Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Madison and my nieces..
aren't they sweet!
Spent Saturday afternoon at the roller rink for Emily's 7th birthday, later Mads and I headed over town for a night of Outstanding Young Woman performances. Program lasted until 11:15 pm..but well worth it.
We picked up some pumpkins after church this morning and I found myself wanting to bake something "pumpkiny" - made some pumpkin spiced bars using a healthier recipe:
1 c sugar
1 c apple sauce
1 16 oz can pumpkin
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon
1 t salt
3 oz lowfat cream cheese
1 t vanilla
2 c confec. sugar
Beat first 4 ingredients together. Mix dry ingredients, then add to beaten. Spread in deep cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and conf. sugar for icing.
Fall not only reminds me of baking, pumpkins, mums and candles...also reminds me of grapes and wine:) A wine trip is in the making for the month of October..can't wait!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
November 12th..this is the day that I will be anticipating, nervously. I've got a date with Mr. Simms man. Yes, we heard rumors that we didn't need to complete another medication simulation, since we did one last year...so not true. Under a watchful eye of an instructor, I will be given 1/2 hour to assess Mr. Simm, check all the meds, hook up the lines & set pumps, figure med calculations & conversions, mix insulin's, draw syringes, administer breathing tx, name & show all the sites for injections, perform a SQ & IM injection and answer any questions that are fired at me...did I tell you this had to be done in 1/2 hour? Needless to say, I will be spending a lot of time in the lab, brushing up my skills.
Anticipating the weekend..even if it rains. I will have to budget 4 hours for my paperwork from last week's rotation, but other than that, I'm pretty much free to watch football, enjoy my niece's bd party, have a date with Mads to the OYW program & attend church on Sunday. I may try to track down my friend, Renee, who is patiently waiting for me to teach her how to finish the Lucy Bag. She's got the bag done, but needs help with the straps.
First Microbiology exam tonight - all multiple choice.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I tend to play my music quite loud during my commute home at night, mostly to keep alert. Tonight, Kid Rock and I were singing "All Summer Long," in a healthy voice and I didn't hear my cell phone go off. Later learned that it was Logan, needing a ride home from the JV game. Forgot how much I love Elton John's music...nothing like singing "Bennie and the Jetts" & "Crocodile Rock" on a late night commute, half delusional from lack of sleep but still alert enough to keep a watchful eye on the corn fields, hoping that the deer stay on their side.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Pulled in the drive with about 20 minutes to spare before needing to get to class. Madison looked like a sad puppy. She got a D on her social studies test and she preceded to tell me that she has a big science test, tomorrow. I went to the master bathroom and had myself a really big, bawl baby cry! After composing myself, I made the decision to skip microbiology (and lose out on a 10 point quiz). I'm confident that I can do without the damn 10 points. I took Madison to her open house at the school, met her teacher, visited the book fair and stopped and bought her a frosty before coming home to study science with her. Jay would have been helping, but he's been trying to fix Logan's car that still sits at the high school parking lot.
Grade was posted this afternoon on last night's nursing exam - passed without a problem, but not as high as I thought I would get.
I'm cashing in my free clinical miss on Saturday to attend the football game in Canton. I've decided to do it. Supposed to be one of the best games. Logan plays the entire game, defense end & offense line and it's his senior year.
I will be on the maternity floor on Sunday. I've always saved this day for an emergency, but I'm using it on Saturday. If, for some reason, I needed another clinical day off, I can take it, but I would have to make it up at the end.
All is quiet tonight. The glass of Vulpes Red wine was a perfect ending to a stressful day. I'm sure tomorrow will be a much better day:)
Trying to spend as much quality time with Madison as I can, (again..Logan really isn't into the quality time right now, but I do force a Mama hug on him every morning:) I once read that it isn't so much the amount of time, but the quality of time. Madison hasn't seemed like herself and she's been having a lot of stomach aches (anxiety, I believe). I'm sure this crazy schedule of mine is wearing on her. Jay will be taking her to her open house at the school tomorrow night. Breaks my heart that I can't be there for that. This will be the first one I have ever missed. But I plan on having her give me a tour next Tuesday. Since I have Tuesday's off, I thought I would surprise her at the end of the school day and let her show me her room, meet her teacher, etc. This is definitely the toughest four months, and I'm not talking about the work load, but more the strain & feelings of guilt. -Thank God for my Mother & Mother-in-law. I am very blessed to have them. Mom helped Madison study her spelling words tonight and took her to dance while Jay fixed Logan's car. Before she went to bed, we studied vocab and she had time to read me an entire story.
We decided to take the kids with us, next month, for a long weekend away. It was supposed to be for the two of us (anniversary), but we want the kids to go, as well. We haven't decided for sure, but possibly the Adirondacks or Catskill Mtns.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Spent the entire day studying for my upcoming nursing exam tomorrow night. My mind feels like mush tonight - mostly from trying to come up with ways to remember all the medications and the side affects.
Early this morning after the kids left, I set the timer on the stove and gave myself 45 minutes to get the house picked up before settling in to study...if I didn't do this, I know I would have gotten involved in "deeper" cleaning..no time for that. The timer thing is another trick from Fly Lady.
Later in the day, Mom, Anna and Daisy were out for an afternoon stroll and stopped by to give me a study break.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Started the weekend in the stands watching football. Again, Towanda beat 31-6. After an early morning rise to clean my house and get in a little studying, we were off to shop for a birthday gift and then Jay dragged Mads & I along to shop for a new door..boring. While Mads attended a roller skating bd party, I got two additional hours of studying in (back to back exams this week). Saturday night, the four of us + my little niece, Lily, went to Pizza Hut & shopping. I was impressed that the 17 year old wanted to spend his Saturday night with us. Unfortunately, we all developed a stomach ache later that evening.
Logan took his Dad's place ushering with me, at church, (I'm still upset with Jay for sneaking off to race go-carts when he knew we were supposed to usher....errr). He assures me that there is only a few more races left for the season.
Madison felt a little better by Sunday aftenoon, so we spent some time in the kitchen making peanut butter brownies and homemade applesauce. The brownies were such a hit, that I wanted to share the recipe:
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/4 cut peanut butter
- 1 c sugar
- 1 c brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 t vanilla
- 2 c flour
- 2 t b. soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 pkg Reese PB chips
- 1/2 c. Hershey syrup
Beat butter & pb in large bowl. Add sugars. Beat well. Add eggs, one at a time & then add vanilla. Stir dry ingredients together and add to moist ingredients. Add chips.
In greased pan, spread 1/2 batter. Spread syrup evenly over batter and top with remaining batter. Bake 40 mins.
I made the decision to not go to lecture this evening, only because we would be finishing up the content that would be on the exam, Wednesday, then head into new content. I very seldom ever miss class, but found it would be to my advantage to have the 2.5 hours that I would have spent on the road, as study time this evening.
I've have the urge to start a knitting project, even though I know I won't have much time to work at it. I find it very relaxing to knit and have even been known to knit a few rows before an exam - very calming. The Camden will be my newest project. I love it!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Fly Lady would stroke out if she showed up at my house tonight.
I am happy to say that the weekend consists of spending quality time with my family. Madison and I plan to shop, bake & craft. Logan's idea of spending quality time with Mom consists of 10 minutes.
Now, I'm off to tuck a dollar bill under Madison's pillow~better late than never.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
As I look out to the kitchen, I see that Logan forgot his football cleats - that will work nice for practice..
I'll be picking Mads up from school today since we both have hair apts. at 2:00. This will also give us a little study time for her spelling/vocab test on Friday. A quick dinner together before I head back to Binghamton for a 6:00 lab.
Monday, September 8, 2008
The recommened dose of calcium for women/men is 1000 -1200 mg per day. On any of your labels, the calcium will be shown in % and it is always based on 1000 mg. An example would be a label on a yogurt container might state the calcium is 20% which means that there are 200 mg of calcium in that serving. Here is a site that will give you some ideas for getting your calcium. Let's keep that bone mass up and not become frail & brittle!
OK, I'm off my soapbox.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Home by 4:00 to an empty house - Madison was visiting with my Mom, Logan was fishing and Jay was go-cart racing with his Dad. Jay had the kitchen nicely cleaned but he did something he is strictly forbidden to do...a load of laundry. I found one dark blue towel, some whites and a beach towel all washed together in a nice fluffy mess...
Madison and I later went to get a few groceries and I made my Aunt Maryann's yummy squash casserole for dinner. I insisted that the four of us eat together on the deck - we don't get too many nights to have dinner together.
At 9:55 , all is quiet in the Abbott home, the wine glass is empty and I'm ready to call it a day.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
So it's two weeks into the semester and 13 left to go. I spent most of my time traveling up and down Rt. 17 to Binghamton. I really think I deserve to get hooked up with satelite radio.
Clinicals are every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Today being the first clinical of the new semester. OB/Labor & Delivery. I've had all the rotaions, so this semester was "my pick". I'll do three weekends working OB, then finish up with three weekends of med/surge. I've been doing clinicals since the first semester, three years ago....and the night before the first clinical is always the same - can't find my ugly, white, nursing shoes. Jay found them for me at 11:10 pm last night - Love that man! The day that I graduate, I am treating myself to a pair of trendy, cute nursing shoes..is there such a thing as trendy nursing shoes? I'm so tired of wearing a bright yellow scrub top (BCC requirement) and white pants. When we were following our clinical leader around today, it hit me...we look like ducks. My style of scrubs will be solids..no loud prints for Karen.
Our Friday night started with a football game at Sayre. I never thought that football could be so exciting, but I love it! I actually get quite rowdy. Logan kicked some butt on both offense & defense last night. Ending score 44-13, Towanda. Hit the Chinese Restaurant for take-outs at 10:30 pm.
Madison and Jay rented a few movies tonight and it's pizza for dinner. The most that I got accomplished at home was laundry and vacuuming. Settling in to watch a good movie with my fam and then off to bed by 10:00 - early morning wake-up of 4:45 am.