Saturday, April 29, 2006


Last night Cheryl and I went to the Turning Stone Casino and saw the Pussycat Dolls and the Black Eyes Peas. I had such a great time! The opening band, Flipsyde, just wasn't good. I could've easily missed the first part of their crap. I was so mad though. There are a ton of signs that say "do not bring cameras, etc". NOONE was checked before the concert! I had seats 15 rows or less from the stage- GREAT SEATS- and no pictures. I'm pissed. Next time I'm bringing my camera in no matter what! So, these are the only pictures I got.

I'm really glad that Cheryl and I developed such a good friendship. It's nice to have her as a friend and a classmate! Nothing like a good concert, great wine, and great friends. :)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Project Spectrum April Wrap-up

April was Project Spectrum's YELLOW and ORANGE month. I failed to post anything that was related to these colors because Blogger is once again, challenged. So here we go - better late than never, right?

Ahh.. Things that I love in Orange or Yellow. :)

No more Navy

I got tired of my old blog template. So, I have changed it. The links and everything were lost in the change, but hopefully I will be getting it all up soon. I also have to figure out how to change the picture on the top since it's actually something like 4 pics together, and how to make this template into 3 rows like my last blog. I find that 1 sidebar is just not enough!

I also put together one of the Music Lists that everyone is posting. It's hard to come up with what artists you want to put here, so I picked the last few CD's that I have either bought or listened to in the car.
Create your own Music List @ HotFreeLayouts!

Yeah, I know I have weird taste.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Ceremonies and Sadness

I know I neglect blogger most of the time. I'm such a slacking blogger! I want to back track for a minute.

On March 31st I had my committment ceremony for nursing school. This marks the fact that we only have 1 year left (yay!!) and we now committ ourselves to the healthcare field and pledge to be the best person that we can be. It truly was a life changing ceremony. The Father blessed crosses (our school's symbol- it's a catholic school) for us to wear everyday to remind us of our duty. This is me and Theresa, and me and Elaine. I love them both to pieces! Not to mention the fabulous hats....

On the same night that I had this wonderful ceremony, tragedy happened.
What's this you ask??

This is the JoAnns that just closed on the 30th of March. It makes me so sad to see it gone! I worked there for 3 years, starting the DAY that I turned 16. This JoAnns used to be across the hall from where it is now, and when I was even younger, they used to let me come in and roll remnant fabrics, straighten, drool, etc. They would pay me with JoAnns sweatshirts. What a deal! Before that, well, I guess I'm a JoAnns baby. I was born at 215 in the morning, and my mother didn't want to stay in the hospital because the food sucked. So, we got discharged and I was at JoAnns by 9am when they opened the SAME DAY I was born. How lame am I?? I feel like a part of me died when this store left... Atleast I have another one nearby.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Operating Room

So I went to the Operating Room at the hospital where I work and go to school. Today was my clinical experience with watching operations. Can I say that this was FREAKING EXCITING!!
My case didn't start until late in the morning, so I got to see an extra one. The first case was a LAP assisted Large Bowel Resection. I only got to see about an hour of this procedure, but it was still awesome. The case that I was actually there for, was a LAP assisted Ventral Hernia Repair. This was the most interesting case. The MD and PA inserts 3 scopes into the stomach so that lighted instruments can get under the abdominal wall. Using the scopes, tools are inserted to locate the hernia. They tear away all the fat that's attached itself to the abdominal wall and and other organs that it's not supossed to be attached to, then they insert this large piece of mesh- it looked like it was 10" by 5". they insert it through that little scope space and flatten it against the body cavity (on the inside). Once it's in place, they inserted this cool new "stapler" and put in about 40 staples that are permanent. All tools and scopes were pulled out and the patient was stitched up. AWESOME. I was kind of mad I didn't get to see a CABG (coronary artery bypass graft, aka open heart) because I thought it would be awesome to see the chest sawed open and see the beating heart. My friend Cheryl go to see that one. :( I am happy, however, because I did get to see 2 different surgeries that interest me. I also got to hang out with my FAVORITE doctor, Dr. S. He showed me how to administer anesthesia to the patient, and how to put that tube down the throat. VERY COOL. Eventhough I was supossed to be paying attention to the RN in the room, I concentrated on Dr.S. We had the chance to talk about my career ideas, and I think I finally figured out what I want to do. I want to be a CRNA- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesist. Afer I finish my last year at this school, I will have to go for my BS which is 2 more years, then it's only 2 years after that which includes all of my training.... I think it will be great! Starting rate when I get out of school would also be around 150K per year base. I think I'm going to find a CRNA to shadow for a day or 2 so I can see what exactly then do.

I really wanted to show you all pictures of the surgeries, but there's this damn thing called HIPAA so I couldn't take pics to show you. Damn it.

Sorry to bore you all with medical shit. I just love this stuff.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Quick update

So today marks 5 weeks on the Atkins Diet, and 5 weeks being single again. Can I say I feel completely different? I do, however, miss the companionship of having a boyfriend and not being alone when I come home from work. Maybe I will just buy me a fish? I can't have a dog here, so yeah.. maybe a nice little Beta fish. As for the pounds, I don't miss them at all! I have lost 14 pounds to date. It's been a slow decline, but it's healthier than losing it fast. I feel great, and I don't crave all those nasty foods anymore. I'm so proud of myself for losing this much weight so far. Now, if I can just keep losing it!

My new home is coming along nicely. It was DESTROYED when I got there, so I had to do a lot of repairing, painting, cleaning, etc. I still have a lot of painting to do... I am proud to say that I have been slacking :) I picked my color palate from Martha's collection. I want this place to have a nice asian flair throughout all the rooms. I still have stuff to move out of ex-Mr.Bean's (who will now be called fun_with_cheese) apartment, but I will get it eventually. I really need to have a GIANT garage sale.

What about my knitting you ask? HA!! In the past 3 weeks, I picked up my dreaded sock project for 5 minutes yesterday. Then, some good company came to visit with me for a while and my motivation ended. It's not that I don't like the sock, but I am just bored with it! I've made 1 full sock, and 75% of the other. Yet I still have no motivation to finish the toe. I have a feeling this will be a Christmas present for someone. Someday I will get back in the groove!

I met my first blog-reader on Thursday. Becka, The Knitting Wounded, flew to Syracuse from her homestate of California. She purchased my 1st ever Hawaiian Chocolate knitting needle case. I was so excited! It's really funny how Blogging brings people together.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Moving Day has come

Today I'm moving into my new apartment across town. I'll be living alone in an apartment owned by my mother. Thankfully I am able to paint or do whatever I want. Yay! I'm so sick of "eggshell" colored walls everywhere... I will have an actual craft room, and of course, I am making a knitting area in the living room. I will miss the days here of the sun coming through the windows all the time. I will miss how pretty our buildings look. But, I need my independance, I need my sanity, and most important, I need more time for school and work. Let's all hope that this is a good move for me.

Oh!! For those of you that keep bugging me about my pictures from florida, here are a few.

I now have my own Flickr site, and there are more for your viewing pleasure :) The link will always be on my page for convenience.

I am updating Bean's Stock. I am not using blogger anymore for the site- I have a private one. The blogger site, well, probably just as an update page for Bean's Stock. Please visit my store! I have decided to incorporate some new ideas and they will be posted there soon. Please send comments about that site to so I know how to improve it. Thanks!

My internet will be hooked up Wednesday morning. Posting will definately resume then and be on a more regular schedule.

So long for now!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

How time flies.

Happy Blogger-versary to me. It's been one year of pure bliss. Thanks to everyone to reads about my boring life and projects! In the next few months to come I hope to re-vamp what I have here and make an interesting site. Imagine that!!! Please leave me any suggestions.

This picture is just too ridiculous... Thanks to Liz for taking it. I look so lovely...