It’s crazy how fast the days and weeks go. I’ve had the goal to post weekly for the past few months, but I have not been successful for many weeks in a row! It’s good to have a goal, right?
Here is a list of a few things that have made me happy in the past month or so…
The first Friday in May I finished my class! That meant that in April I wrote four papers, participated in online discussions, and read books and journal articles to prepare. I’m glad that’s behind me and now only wait (with bated breath) for the grade.
For that class I read the book “The Boy that was Raised as a Dog,” which is a good book about the research that Dr. Bruce Perry has done on the brains of children who have been affected by traumas. It was good and I recommend it to people who want to know more about trauma and children. We’re going to read it for work, which is going to be fun. Always better to discuss books!
After that last class, I stayed at Deadra’s and we had a good chat, with good wine, followed by good sleep and good donuts (Glam Doll Donuts!) for breakfast. That weekend was also filled with basketball, choir practices and performance at St. Mary’s University, and the Kentucky Derby at a Mexican bar. Gotta fit a lot in when I have the weekend off!
Not a single movie in the theatre in the last month! Lots of meals out and ordering in and DVDs, though! I’ve watched all three Iron Man movies, August: Osage County (really good!), 10 Years (Channing Tatum, why not?!), Blazing Saddles (classic comedy with crazy racist storyline – meh – don’t think I’d recommend it!), and tonight I watched What’s Up, Doc? (Babs and Ryan O’Neal – comedic genius? “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” “Corniest thing I’ve ever heard!”). Marissa and I rented Labor Day (just ok – sad life, she had) and Chris and I are slowly watching House of Cards (I hate politics – why am I watching?? It’s good!).
I’ve read Divergent, Insurgent, and am currently reading Allegiant. Looking forward to finishing and discussing with the 12 year old who told me this last book “would hurt me.” Also ripped through Where’d You Go, Bernadette? which was so quirky and good! Next (or soon) I’ll read The Fault in Our Stars so that the 12 year old and I can discuss that! So many books.. have some catching up to do!
World Book Night happened! My peeps and I met after we got done with work that night and we book-bombed the hospital downtown and went out for cocktails afterwards. It was a nice night – and giving people free books is harder than it seems! Maybe I’ll blog more about it later.
I had to work overnight for Cinco de Mayo, so I just had to reminisce about celebrations of the past… see photos below. 🙂
Mother’s Day was relaxing and busy – more basketball, girl time with Marissa, cookie making, toes polished up and a meal or two out. Can’t believe it came and went. Time does fly!
This weekend brings more singing in Rushford at the Expo Culinaria! Looking forward to that event with my peeps!
Well, it’s been busy and wonderful – and I hope that your May is the same! Enjoy the few Cinco de Mayo pics from the past below!
Off to read!
The fixings for a good Margarita…
Cinco de Mayo meets Kentucky Derby day! Juleps before Margaritas!
It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of January 2014. I haven’t written my 2013 re-cap yet, I haven’t thought much about goals or theme for 2014, I haven’t even organized photos for my photo book for 2012 yet!
But all the “haven’t”s are only because I have been doing so much. Here’s what I’m thankful for today —
Chris and I found a delicious authentic Mexican restaurant – and I crave it almost daily! Can’t wait to go back there.
Got through another weekend of overnights, and was able to have dinner with Marissa one day and with Chris and his daughter the day I was recovering. Working overnights makes me want to hibernate and put life on hold, but it doesn’t hurt to fit in a little social life! I’m thankful I don’t work all overnights, but can’t wait to try to spread them out even more. 🙂
On a day off, Chris and I were very close eyewitnesses to a woman driving through the exit door at my local Target. We were the last people out that door, and I looked her in the eye as she backed up and slowly drove away. I felt scared that she was going to use her vehicle as a weapon against us, because it appeared intentional, so I am very thankful that everyone was safe and that I wasn’t alone in experiencing it! Koni was inside the store and saw it from a different angle… quite a story!
And then NYC… how to recap that in a few short words? Travel in January is not without its complications – the flight was delayed out of Rochester and we nearly missed the last flight from Chicago to NYC that night, but we arrived – as did our luggage! Our flight home was cancelled, so we were able to enjoy one more full day in NYC – and we made the best of it! Our flight out of O’Hare was delayed delayed delayed, but eventually we made it home. And the trip was so much fun… I’ll write more about that in another blog. Monday. 🙂
January 30 is the 2 year anniversary of my employment at Mayo Clinic – and I got to enjoy it with a day off! Yesterday and today I have been able to take care of things at home (laundry, mail, groceries), enjoy time at Caribou with Chris and a book, go to the ED book club, attend an author talk at the library, and now tonight a BBB game.
By the skin of my teeth (and with the help of Sparknotes summaries!) I finished reading “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway for book club last night. Hemingway really has an interesting writing style, which is not my favorite, but he and his life still fascinate me. I was able to set my DVR from NYC to record the movie on TCM – so I can’t wait to watch it. All 2 hours 45 minutes of it.
The talk at the library was by Allison McGhee, author of “Shadow Baby.” I haven’t read anything she has written, but I will now. I am always fascinated by author discussions and she was not a let down. She was able to speak eloquently about her insecurities and her writing process. She said she reads poetry every morning, and that sounds like something I’d like to do. She also talked about writing exercises, and I think I’ll do one!
Things I’m looking forward to in early February –
I look forward to organizing my NYC photos and blogging about the trip!
I “get to” take a class, which starts Friday! I’m working on my clinical license and have to get some “hours” in different content areas and this class will help a lot. I’m thankful that the class will be very relevant to my job, but I’m dreading the actual work of taking a class. I have homework due before I even go to class, so I’ll be looking at that this weekend. The books have arrived, so now I’ll get organized. It’s one Friday per month, so I can do it. And I’m thankful for an ED colleague who is also taking the class – she will keep me motivated and on top of things!
Next weekend is SocialICE downtown Rochester! I have gone every year with Kristine and a varied group of people, and this year is no exception! Saturday night we will be enjoying the bands, the weather, the beautiful ice sculptures, and the company of fun people! Can’t wait!
Just bought tickets to see Jeremy Messersmith at FIrst Ave for Marissa’s birthday! Looking forward to spending her birthday with her! Yay!
Although I work on Valentine’s Day, I will actually have a Valentine this year! That’s something to look forward to, right??? Wow. Thankful for him. 🙂
I’ll end with the quote that I adopted for my January photo album on Facebook. I think it’s a great sentiment and I hope to live up to it! (And I hope to read something by Neil Gaimon in 2014, too!)
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.