Game night!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

I was SO GLAD to leave work this morning.  It was another crazy night, literally, as the night ended with a patient having severe altered mental status and injuring a nurse.  Dealing with that took from 6:45 am til 8:15 am and emotionally I was just DONE with this week.  It was the best feeling knowing that I would now have 2 days off.  Funny (but not really) thing is that it was one year ago that a nurse in ICU got seriously injured when a patient became aggressive.  Thankfully this year the injury seems minor, but still!  I don’t think I want to work this date next year!

Bed was wonderful.

I woke up and made a super simple, but super enjoyable meal…veggie burgers and fries.  Eaten while watching House of Cards.  And then after eating, Kimm looked at me with that look…the ICE CREAM look 🙂  Yep, we did it…ice cream!  And it was SO GOOD…a new flavor for us…Oat of this Swirled (Ben and Jerry…cinnamon ice cream with a oatmeal cookie swirl, with fudge flakes!)

A nap after dinner, then dishes, and then…GAME NIGHT!!!

I knew that I wanted our first night after a long week to be fun…not just lounging around.  So we made a plan to have a game night.  We played our new card word game, Quiddler.  It was fun!  The goal was to make words each hand (with each hand with more cards).  I won two hands and Kimm won one.  We broke out the wine, the chips and dip and the M&M’s so by the time the evening was over we were laughing like crazy.  It felt SO GOOD.

What also felt so good was going up to bed and getting to sleep 🙂

Meditations from the Mat (Day 155)…

~~on the mat we learn to confront, experience, understand, accept, live with and let go of the difficulties of our lives….in doing so we learn to live fully, one day at a time

Things making me happy today: done with my long stretch at work!!!, simple meal of veggie burgers and fries, game night — Quiddler, wine, chips and dip, M&M’s, BED!!!, having off!!!

Last one.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another busy night…a patient escapee and tons of sitter rooms (8!!).  I was working on securing staffing for the morning, evening and night shifts for a good portion of my time.  I was SO tired at work last night…I admit a quick 10 minute cat nap was had.  I was more than happy to come home and get into bed.

Tacos for dinner (with dry rice…I totally messed up by putting just a “little extra” of the rice in to finish off the box but I have to remember that that rice is really 1:1 ration!  oh well, we lived).

A nice relaxing nap after dinner followed by a walk.

Tonight I’m in for 8 pm so I don’t have much time before I have to leave.  I’m GOING to do a very fast yoga and then into the shower!


Meditations from the Mat…

~~we can never enter the same river twice — we can never experience the same posture twice or take the same breath twice

~~we enjoy our practice because as we flow through the postures each day we are learning and we are growing

~~showing up for something different, being willing to be a beginner again is one of the ways we keep our practice alive

Things making me happy today: small cat nap in the office at work, cherries, after dinner naps, breezy walks, knowing I only have one more night on

Unable to give…

Friday, June 2, 2017

The month is marching along…

Another busy night at work, but what else is new.  I think I should just start commenting when they are NOT busy!

I tried to give blood after work, but my hemoglobin was too low…needed to be 12.5, it was 12.2.  DARN.  I was hoping that it would be high enough to give after stopping the iron pills, but remaining on the B12 pills.  I guess not.  I’m going to try the iron pills again, but if the side effects are not to my liking after restarting, I’ll just have to try to eat more iron.  I’m going to try to give again in one month.  I REALLY don’t want to have to give that up.

I hopped into bed after a quick convo with Kimm.  She was going to be mowing the lawn today.

I woke up when Kimm came into the bedroom around 3:00 pm.  She had just finished the lawn…not because it actually took that long (because she was going to be starting in the morning!) but because she had gotten delayed twice by people talking to her (for long periods of time).  So frustrating for her.  She, like me, needs to learn how to politely get rid of people!!

On the positive side…the lawn looks GREAT 🙂

Tacos and rice for dinner.  YUMM.

Then dishes, a walk with Izzy, and now I’m heading up to do some yoga (I’m wicked sore from yesterday’s practice!).  Then a shower and hopefully a nap of some sort before heading in.  I’m in an hour early tonight…10 pm.

Only two more left.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 153)…

~~do not second guess yourself on the mat, or underrate the power of asana

~~whatever you were doing with your body before you came to the mat is in the past…you are in the right place at the right time and the sky is the limit

Things making me happy today: coffee on my ride home, Tammy Wynette!, tacos, beautiful walk, sun!, freshly mown lawn, relaxing after dinner, naps before work

Reconnecting with an old friend.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome June!!

It’s hard to believe that by the time the month is over, the days will start getting shorter 😦

But I’m not going to think of that yet.

I slept fairly well, but did wake up with a sore back.  I’m thinking that maybe we will need a new mattress in the future.

Breakfast was wonderful…cinnamon raisin English muffin with butter and peanut butter, coffee, and my book.

Since it is a new month and my motivation is high, I was able to get back on the mat and do a 30 min yoga session.  I was sweating before it was over.  A wonderful shower followed.

Lunch was super simple — egg salad on lettuce, mini carrots and French onion dip, grapes and chocolate chip cookies.

And after that…I was able to enjoy a long conversation with a dear friend that I have lost touch with over the years.  It was just so NICE to hear his voice.  We had a lot to catch up on and hopefully we’ll be able to stay connected better.  I want to be a part of his life, even if that means just phone calls at this point (he lives in France).

Then a quick walk with Izzy where I caught Kimm up on all the news.

Dinner was cheeseburg salad followed by the last of the chocolate chip cookies 😦  They were SO SO good.  I’m sad to not be able to have them every day but my calorie count will be much easier!!

Dishes done and now writing the blog.

Izzy update: her eye is looking much better.  We are both so happy about that.

I’m heading up for a nap in a short bit.  I’m on for three and I hope they go by fast…

Meditations from the Mat (Day 152)…

~~”There is no higher religion that human service.  To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” — Albert Schweitzer

~~I am a drop in the ocean and as the content of my drop changes, the ocean changes, and as the ocean changes, I change

~~as I extend love to myself, in the form of my practice, I am extending love to all things

Things making me happy today: breakfast and coffee and reading, getting on the mat for yoga, talking to Frank!, getting a walk in, cheeseburg salad, windows open!!

Izzy is on the mend!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It was another busy night at the hospital.  But I made it through and now I have one day off!!!  (super excited!!)

Izzy’s eye was still swollen when I got home (but no worse than yesterday) and her jaw looked slightly swollen as well.  I was hoping that she would be even better after all night, but again, not really any worse.

I slept until 4:30 pm and then when I got up I noticed that Izzy looked much better!  The eye was definitely less swollen, her jaw no longer looked swollen and her third eyelid had retracted a bit so you could actually see just mostly pupil again, which looks a lot more normal and less scary 🙂

No poop for her today though…

SO HAPPY to have tonight off.

Dinner was excellent…homemade pizza and chocolate chip cookies.

I cooked up some white rice for Izzy for her meals for the next few days.  We did her medicine a little early because we saw there was a severe thunderstorm watch.  The bad weather hit about 8 pm….lots of thunder, lightening, rain and then … HAIL.  It was crazy.

Plan for tonight…popcorn and House of Cards.

Then bed at night time (!!) and I’m excited for breakfast tomorrow.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 151)…

~~the aim of spiritual practice is maturity

~~we want to be dependable and wise, loving and brave…

~~choose a handicap in your practice and experiment with embracing it…experience all of it — the resistance, the fear, the pain and the possibility of growth…experience being grateful for your handicap

Things making me happy today: Izzy looking better (eye less swollen), homemade pizza, a night off, feeling relaxed, deleting email, hearing a storm, going to bed at night

Unexpected ER Vet Visit

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


So work was busy, but not in a totally bad way, it just kept me going until I had to leave.  But of course that is when all the excitement started!

I had given Kimm a quick call before leaving work because she was going to call the vet by 8 am, especially if Izzy seemed worse.  Turns out that Izzy was a lot worse…she woke up with her left eye more significantly swollen and it also looked like her eyeball was going up into her head.  Of course Kimm was a little freaked out, also because she was still pretty lethargic and she was also doing these tics with her head to the right side of her body.

She called the vet and of course being our luck they were not able to see her today…our vet does surgeries on Tuesday and then the rest of the day was booked.  But based on the symptoms that Kimm told the vet tech, they recommended that she be seen by the vet ER.  That place is in Deerfield (about 40 minutes away) so we headed out as soon as I got home.  THANK GOODNESS I had taken my No Doze later in the night and still had my coffee to drink!

We got to the ER, explained why we were there, and were seen immediately (small miracles!)  The ER doctor that we had was really good…nice to us and Izzy, thorough in her exam and explanation, and didn’t gouge us for things we didn’t need.

She was concerned about the eye.  She thought it was what is called a retrobulbular abscess (an abscess behind her eye).  It is actually caused by an infection in the teeth, usually by poor dentition (tartar, plaque, inflammation).  She actually showed us the area in the back of Izzy’s mouth that was red and inflamed.  The weird eye thing was actually Izzy’s third eyelid pulling up over the eye (all dogs have this and it is often exposed when the eye is inflamed…kind of like a protection).  She said that Izzy was actually a “stoic” dog since it was obvious she was in pain (based on when she was palpating her mouth, she yelped!).  She also checked the eye for pressure (a little higher than normal but nothing to be concerned about) and ran some blood work (white blood count normal so no systemic infection).

The plan: antibiotics for 14 days (twice a day) — she said that most dogs that get this will be cured by this alone.  However, if she does not start responding to them in 24-48 hours she may need a follow up visit with an opthamologist and probably would need the abscess drained.  Along with the antibiotics, she told us to continue the flagyl that we had stopped because the new antibiotic can be tough on the stomach and the second antibiotic would help alleviate some of that.  She also gave us a probiotic for her to take (to help with her stomach and get her stools back to normal).  Lastly, a topical eye cream to help ease discomfort in that eye.  She also recommended that we stick with the bland diet for a week (and better to go with cottage cheese and white rice, than the veggie burger or “chicken” patty).

So we headed home after paying about $650!  WORTH EVERY PENNY for peace of mind!!!  We stopped at Geissler’s to get cottage cheese and white rice.  Then home where we got the first dose of all her meds in her.

And by that time I was exhausted.  To bed I headed for a little “nap”!

I was up four hours later and already I thought it looked like her eye was less swollen.  Kimm agreed.  Big sigh of relief.  She also seemed to be acting a little more energetic and like her old self 🙂

We ate dinner (chicken sandwiches, corn off the cob, chips and dip, and chocolate chip cookies!)

Izzy GOBBLED up the cottage cheese…she likes it!

Dishes are done…I’m about to take my shower…and then another short nap.  THANK GOODNESS I only have one more night left!

Izzy pooped for the second time (still soft) and she’ll get her second dose of meds tonight before I go in to work.  I can’t wait to see how she is doing in the morning.  Hopefully she’ll continue to be on the mend.  I can’t wait for her to be 100% back to her normal self.

Best of all, I am so glad that Kimm has a little more peace knowing what is going on.  She looks better and less stressed, which makes me VERY happy!

Looking forward to having tomorrow off.  Fingers crossed for a good night at work.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 150)…

~~”Let the beauty that you love be what you do.” — Rumi

~~dharma is the recognition that each of us is born with unique gifts, and that it is our path to discover these gifts and share them with those around us and empower them to live out their dharma

~~most of us dread missing our own lives…ask yourself, “What would I do if I had all the time and money in the world?” … most of us already know what makes our heart sing…the problem is that we have been trained to believe that the power to fuel our dreams lies outside ourselves, that our unique gifts must be described in a preexisting job description in order for them to be legitimate

~~dharma is what makes you, you!

~~our practice readies our bodies, our hearts, and our minds for the deep work of living our we inhale, we prepare, as we exhale, we deepen the posture…coming to the mat, we prepare, going forth into our lives, we shine

~~our practice is an inhalation, our dharma is an exhalation

Things making me happy today: getting Izzy to the vet ER and finding out what is wrong and getting her started on meds, finally seeing Kimm more relaxed, chocolate chip cookies 🙂

Memorial Day 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

Well, my first full day back in Massachusetts…as usual it went by way too fast.

We were up by 8 am because Izzy was raring to go…not to poop though, just to get up 🙂

Breakfast while reading.

Then some chores — unpacking, doing a load of darks, dishes.

Shower done, a quick snack, and then we headed out to Geissler’s and Stop and Shop.

When I got back I started on our Memorial Day treat — homemade chocolate chip cookies.  The house smelled amazing.

Weather was rainy and drizzly, but we made do with our “indoor picnic” — tomato and basil burgers with cheese and lettuce, corn OFF the cob, roasted asparagus, Stateline potato chips and dip, chocolate chip cookies!  All while enjoying Pearl Harbor, the movie — excellent.  There was even some ice cream at the end too!

Now just finished the dishes, I’m writing my blog and I’m going to try to take a VERY SHORT little nap before heading back to work…boo!

Izzy update: she FINALLY pooped this afternoon!!!  However, she has been fairly lethargic all day and her left eye is swollen and tearing…so we decided to stop the antibiotics, see how she is in the morning and if she is the same, call the vet and see if she needs to come in.  I’m HOPING the eye will be better in the morning (maybe a reaction to the antibiotic, or maybe she got something in it??)

I’m REALLY crossing my fingers for a good night tonight at work.  Not sure how well that will work as it IS a Monday.

Meditations from the Mat (Day 149)…

~~”Posture becomes firm and relaxed through control of the natural tendencies of the body, and through meditation on the infinite.” — Yoga Sutras

~~”make a friend of boredom” — boredom can be a foe to the enjoyment of practice

~~instead of reacting to it, or suppressing it, simply include it in the process

Things making me happy today: sleeping in my own bed, AC at night, unpacking, folding “freshly washed” clothes, making chocolate chip cookies, our “indoor picnic,” watching Pearl Harbor

Packed and ready to go…

Saturday, May 20, 2017


It was a rough last night on too…busy and staffing was not great.  I was super ready to head out.

I came home and immediately started packing.  It took a bit longer than usual because I had to try on so many things!  I wanted to make sure that everything fit okay.  I actually fit quite a bit in my small suitcase 🙂   Took about 2 1/2 hours total to pack.  Good thing I had my coffee to drink during it.

After that I hit the bed for a little nap.  Kimm was busy…a load of laundry and she mowed the lawn.

Progress on the fence behind us…some of the panels are up.  It looks … okay.  You can definitely tell that it is a home-done job.  I am of the opinion that certain things should be done by those who are experts!

We ordered pizza and curly fries for dinner and watched a movie…Julie and Julia.

And then an after dinner walk and dishes.

Now I’m just chillin’ for a bit.  I’m about to hop in the shower…I think I’m going to shower tonight instead of in the morning…to save some time for breakfast.

I’ll be up at 3:30 am!!!

Tomorrow at this time I’ll be home in Sheboygan…

Meditations from the Mat (Day 140)…

~~we fear a lot of things — success, failure, money, poverty, child rearing, childlessness…on and on and on…and we bring those fears with us to the yoga mat

~~either we can allow ourselves to be drained and distracted by doubts, questions and fears, or we can simply apply ourselves to the task at hand

~~yoga requires all of you…if you are filled with doubt, judgment, self-criticism then you are not doing yoga

~~believe that everything is going to work out okay

~~faith supports you under all pressure

Things making me happy today: finally on VACATION!!, getting my packing done BEFORE sleeping, pizza and a movie, enjoying a quiet moment just BEING

One left.

Friday, May 19, 2017

WOW…only one more night left before being on VACATION!!!

First some interesting news from last night…the supervisor who has been out for her knee surgery will NOT be back on June 1st.  Well, we all knew that.  So the clinical coordinator from the ED will be filling in 3p-11p while the other supervisor is on vacation.  Also, we have another potential new supervisor being trained up.  It is a male, and he has been a nurse for about 2-3 years from what I recall.  He has a good personality for it, just not a lot of clinical experience.  So we shall see what will happen…

Work was actually good…pretty easy.  I stopped at Stop and Shop on the way home and then came home and went to bed.  I slept GOOD!  Thank you AC.

Dinner was excellent — TACO SALAD.

We went for a gorgeous after dinner walk.  The temp was perfect and there was a gentle breeze.  If all of summer could be like that I would LOVE summer 🙂

I’m going in an hour early tonight so as soon as I wrap this up I’m getting changed and heading in…


Meditations from the Mat (Day 139)…

~~”For those who have come to grow, the whole world is a garden.  For those who have come to learn, the whole world is a university.  For those who have come to know God, the whole world is a prayer mat.” — M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

~~come to the mat to GROW, to LEARN, to know GOD

Things making me happy today: having ACs in hot weather, sleeping well, taco salad!, sunlight dappling on the books I’m reading, one day of work before vacation!!!

Another good day…

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Boy, I just NEEDED these two days off.

Another really good day.

First, breakfast at the table…I hadn’t had breakfast at the table for 6 days!!  That’s a long time for someone who really loves breakfast 🙂  My fave — toast with peanut butter and jelly, and of course…COFFEE!

I chatted with my mom a bit to firm up plans for Sunday when I arrive, then watched an episode of Survivor (I was two weeks behind!) and then we were off…

…to the movies!!

We saw The Circle.  It was good.  Not good enough to own the movie, or even see it again, but very thought-provoking none-the-less.  Really makes you think about privacy versus knowledge in this technological driven world.  Inspired me to do another social media free month.  BTW…the popcorn and M&M’s were very good!

Back home to put the other two ACs in and then time to relax…I watched another episode of Survivor…now all caught up!  Then I had a sudden burst of energy…changed the bedsheets — FINALLY!!!

Homemade pizza for dinner…yumm!

AND I cleaned the tub!

Then a shower and nap.  Only TWO more nights until I’m on vacation!!!

Meditations from the Mat (Day 138)…

~~asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence, and benevolence of spirit

~~asana helps to improve the BODY, the MIND, and the SPIRIT

~~asana equals feet on the mat…and there is our first obstacle to asana practice…getting to the mat…there are an endless array of reasons for not practicing today…PLAN your week around your practice

~~do a little yoga a lot, instead of doing a lot a little

~~make yoga a part of your life…give the opportunity you have been given the respect that it is due

Things making me happy today: going to the movies (and popcorn and M&M’s!!!), watching Survivor, having the ACs on when it is hot!, getting the bedsheets changed (FINALLY), only two nights on!!