Friday, December 29, 2006

We should have gone to LA

Clear your calendars for the next hour, this is going to be a long one.

We have had a great week of relaxng around the house. We have not been very productive at all, but that is not what I want to write about. Today we felt like we should get out of the house, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. We were going to drive to LA and see the movie "Children of Men." For various reasons, we decided not to.

One of the things we've been doing this week is watching the first season of the tv show "Arrested Development." We wanted to watch the second season and instead of buying it, we decided to rent just the first disk. We went to Blockbuster, discovered that our account hasn't been used in so long that it doesn't exist. So, the worker led us over to the counter where you can apply for a Blockbuster card, we fill out the form, go back over to the cash register to turn in the form. He takes us back over to the "application registration" counter, enters our information in to the computer, then he says we can go over to the register to rent the movie. We go over there and 10 seconds later, the same guy appears behind the counter and helps us. Nathan and I gave eachother a look and tried to hide our smiles because it reminded us of something you would see in an episode of Seinfeld.

Later in the afternoon, we decided to go see the moive "Blood Diamond" We parked our car and are walk through the parking lot. A man riding his bike turns toward us and no joke, spits right at us!! (He apologized on his way by) But still...nasty!!

Maybe we should have gone to LA afterall.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Look what the wind blew in

You are not going to believe this. We have had some extremely gusty winds all day. Here's proof. The pictures speak for themselves. One of them is of our neighbor's wooden fence that blew down. That wasn't too unbelievable. The other one is the wall on the side of our yard that the construction down below put up. Supposedly there wasn't any cement in the wall.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Dinner

I heard a joke from one of my patients the other day. "Why did the teddy bear not eat any Christmas dinner?" .... ready? "Because he was already stuffed!"

That is me today. We went over to someone's for Christmas dinner. It was just 4 of us, but judging by the food you would have thought it was one of my famly reunions. (actually, not even those have this much food!) When we first got there, she gave us sweet potato pie (to tie us over 'til dinner) Then, when we were done with that, we had a pecan/walnut pie. Then, she gave us a piece of peach cobbler. Then a huge glass of sparkling apple cider filled up mutliple times.

Then came dinner. We started with a shirmp cocktail. The dinner consisted of ham, turkey, twice baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and a lemon soup with rice.

I am afraid I will still be stuffed for our Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow.

Monday, December 18, 2006

U.S. Geography lesson

How well do you know the states? I think I scored 84% Although in my defense, I was always pretty close, usually only 1 or two states away. Good luck! Just click on the title, it's a link.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

New Blogger

I finally updated to the new blogger which makes it a ton easier to change various settings. Bear with me as I figure out what I like and don't like. I kept changing it and I now need to leave it and come back to it with a fresh look. Suggestions are welcome:)

We had a great weekend. We had a Christmas party last night with various friends. I ate way too much. People brought some aweseome food. Papa Murphey's pizza, tomales, and many sweet things. Nathan baked 3D gingerbread cookes that were pretty good. I was excited because I love cheeseball and it is a tradition in my family to have it for Christmas. I made a cheeseball look like a snowman with three balls and then using black peppercorns for his eyes and buttons. Then I cut the very tip of a baby carrot for his nose. It was seriously adorable. I also added some cayenne pepper to the recipe which I have never done before and I liked it.

Then, today...
Our unit sponsors a patient's family every Christmas. Everone signs up to buy various gifts for the family. I went with a few other people from our unit to deliver the presents to the family this morning. It was fun to see our little patient in his house, in his environment instead of ours. For about a year he was in all the time. Now he is 3 years old and he barely recognized us. (I think this is a good thing) He even has a head of hair!! I hardly recognized him when I walked into the house.

Then Nathan and I went over to his new office and cleaned like crazy. There are 4 offices in one area that are all his. They are full of tons of junk that has accumulated over years. We only finished one office and I will hopefully be able to help him clean up the rest of them over Christmas break.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Teary eye problem solved

I am super excited! My SCUBA goggles got some use today for the first time since our certification. I had a ton of onions that needed to get used. So...I decided to make french onion soup. I was not looking forward to cutting 6-7 onions and I didn't feel like pulling out the food processor because I had to use the knife to cut the skins anyway. So...I went into the closet, pulled out the goggles and wore them the entire time I cut the onions. It worked beautifully! Not a single tear.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Holiday

We just saw the movie The Holiday. I liked it and it was entertaining. I even got a little teary-eyed. I just read something saying that it was this year's Love Actually, but I don't agree. I loved Love Actually. The flow of the movie was perfect, the multiple characters all intertwined was fantastic, the music made the movie drive forward and gain enthusiasm.

The Holiday was a nice story and the acting was good. However, I felt like the movie was unbalanced. There were basically 2 story lines and the movie focused on one more than the other. There wasn't really a climax and the only "twist" was kind of a minor one.

It sounds like I'm tearing it apart, but I'm not. I enjoyed it, but it was no Love Actually.

Monday, December 04, 2006

High School Never Ends

When I first heard this song, I loved it! I was reminded of it today as I was waiting at the pharmacy for a pain patch for Dolores. On the table were three magazines. All of them were the entertainment gossip magazines, not a Readers' Digest, Good Housekeeping or Time, so this song popped into my head and I have been humming it all evening.

This song has a strange way of putting my priorities in order.

by Bowling for Soup

Four years you think for sure
ThatÂ’s all you've got to endure
All the total dicks
All the stuck up chicks
So superficial, so immature
Then when you graduate
You take a look around and you say HEY WAIT
This is the same as where I just came from
I thought it was over
Aw thatÂ’s just great

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With who‘s the best dressed and who‘s having s**,
Who‘s got the money, who gets the hunnie's,
Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess
And you still donÂ’t have the right look
And you donÂ’t have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends
High school never ends

Check out the popular kids
YouÂ’ll never guess what Jessica did
How did Mary Kate lose all that weight
And Katie had a baby so I guess TomÂ’s straight
And the only thing that matters
Is climbing up that social ladder
Still care about your hair and the car you drive
DoesnÂ’t matter if youÂ’re sixteen or thirty-five

Reese Witherspoon,
SheÂ’s the prom queen
Bill Gates,
Captain of the chess team
Jack Black, the clown
Brad Pitt, the quarterback
Seen it all before
I want my money back

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With whoÂ’s the best dressed and whoÂ’s having s**,
WhoÂ’s in the clubs and whoÂ’s on the drugs,
WhoÂ’s throwing up before they digest
And you still donÂ’t have the right look
And you donÂ’t have the right friends
And you still listen to the same s*** you did back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With who‘s the best dressed and who‘s having s**,
Who‘s got the money, who gets the hotties,
Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess
And I still donÂ’t have the right look
And I still have the same three friends
And IÂ’m pretty much the same as I was back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

High school never ends

Here we go again

Thursday, November 30, 2006


I love watching Ellen. Nathan surprised me by getting 2 tickets to a taping. That taping was today. I had invited my friend, Rachel, to go with me. We've been excited about it ever since. Today was the day. We left about 6:15am and drove to Burbank. Of course with morning traffic we didn't get there until 8:30am, which we thought would be fine since the gate where the line begins wasn't supposed to open until 8:30. Well, I should have known better, but there was already a line by the time we got there. We were hopeful and continued to wait until 11:00 when they started handing out the tickets. (its first come first served and they overbook) We were told all the tickets for the audience were gone and we were still hopeful for the Riff Raff room. We were about 20-30 people away when they announced that even the Riff Raff room was full. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

We still had a great day hanging out. We went to lunch, did a little shopping and I got a lot done around the house after being gone for 2 weeks.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Small world

I have been on many planes in the last two weeks. One trip to MD was planned to visit my sister. The other trip was unplanned to attend my grandma's funeral in MN. JetBlue to MD was a positive experience. (as always) They told me I was their favorite customer and that I look good in leather. They even gave us a little kit since we were on the Redeye flight with lip balm, lotion, earplugs and an eye mask (that eye mask came in extremely handy later in my trip) My trip to MN was uneventful. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in MN. My flight from MN to Denver again uneventful. However, snow in Denver caused my flight to be delayed. I used the restroom (Denver's restrooms are nice and clean and actually smell good, by the way) I passed someone I recognized by sink. As I was walking away, I figured out it was one of the neurosurgeons from my hospital. I walk to my gate, discover my flight is delayed, and notice that one of the few chairs available was next to this neurosurgeon. So, I go over and introduce myself and we had a nice conversation while waiting for our plane. It's a small, small world.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


What is the big deal about Videogames.

I can't seem to get into playing video games. Give me a game of Sorry, Egyptian War or Go fish and I'm there. Every now and then I might get in the mood to play Mario brothers, but even that isn't very often. One of my other favorite games is PACMAN. I just added it to my personalized Google page and I could only play it for 10 minutes and now I'm bored of it. I just don't get it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


When I was growing up, we often had chocolate miniatures around the house. My dad always played a game with them called "The Game" It was a game teaching about choices and how there are consequences for those choices. He would hold out his hands, both hands containing a chocolate miniature. We had to choose which hand we wanted. Whichever hand we chose, that's the piece we would be required to eat. I always hoped it would be a special dark. Those were my favorite.

In order to ensure that I had plenty of chocolate for myself. I would always choose a krackel or a Mr. Goodbar if there was one in the bowl because my other siblings didn't like the special dark. So the special dark would be the last eaten and since they didn't like it, it was all for me (and my mom)

I realized today as it's Halloween and there was an article about how chocolate is better for the teeth than sticky candy. I have concluded, that it is ok for me to eat my dark chocolate. In fact, I should be encouraged to eat it. Not only is it good for my heart, it's good for my teeth. Well, it's better than starburst anyway.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Writing produces writing

I am home sick today and what a better excuse to sit at the computer and pass the time writing. I also have some books I picked up the other day and now I can feel good about sitting around and reading as well. Without feeling like I should be doing something else. Here is how I like to treat myself when I'm sick. I'm not sick for very long, so this usually works.

1. I always make a glass of hot tea. The first sip is usually pretty quick, I practically inhale the tea bypassing my tongue and the roof of my mouth and swallow it down my throat burning most anything that might be lingering in there.

2. I repeat with chicken noodle soup.

3. I try to take it easy. But I still make myself get off the couch periodically to move the mucous around. So, right now, there is laundry going. I will type, read or rest in between the loads. The bed sheets, towels and everything will be cleaned.

4. It helps to have a cute box of Kleenex nearby. I just bought a brown box with pink, blue and green flowers. The girl that bagged my groceries even commented on how cute the box was. I love brown.

5. This one is new for this round of sickness, I think Bruschetta is the new chicken noodle soup. Our neighbor gave me a ton of tomatoes so of course I made Bruschetta. I think all the vit C, antioxidants, etc in the tomatoes and the garlic are great for the immune system. I'm sure the basil and olive oil have some kind of affect as well.

And now...updates

1. We are officially SCUBA certified and had a great time spending a few extra days on Catalina Island after our last dive. (oooh, first load is done, I'll be back) I'm supposed to be getting a CD of our pictures from the SCUBA instructor some time.

2. The mason started putting stone on the wall out front. Only a small section is done, but it looks great already.

3. We will be visiting my sister on the east coast the week of Thanksgiving. Our friend from Scotland will be in Washington DC at the same time, so the timing is perfect.

4. The local country station is having a radio-a-thon for my unit at the hospital. I will be answering phones tomorrow afternoon to collect pledges.

OK. Enough time on the computer, I need to finish a book and then heat up some homemade chicken noodle soup. # of sneezes while typing this: 8. I guess I should go wash my hands and wipe down the keyboard. Later.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Lessons learned from SCUBA (so far)

1. Clearing a mask of water (while under water) can be done, just don't forget to exhale with your nose, tilt your head back and close the mask again.

2. Do not swallow air. It comes up a lot bigger than when it went down.

3. Urinating in a pool while wearing a wet suit for 3 hours is a necessity (to all the swimmers that used the pool when we were finished...sorry)

4. Equipment selection is all about comfort.

5. Keep the regulator in your mouth at all times, except when performing skills that you pray you won't need to use when you SCUBA in the ocean for real.

6. Exhaling under water is possible, just don't breath in without your regulator.

7. I am thankful for the nose God gave me that warms and humidifies the air I breathe.

8. Diving computer is totally worth it.

9. Replace the dust cap every time or Wiley will not be happy.

10. Relax.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

My husband has always wanted to get scuba certified. He has loved the ocean ever since spending a lot of his summers as a kid on Catalina Island (where we will do our 6 required dives by the way) at his grandparents' hotel. Nathan has been wanting me to get certified with him ever since we started dating. I have always laughed saying "I could NEVER scuba dive" For his birthday this year, I am not only giving him a Scuba certification class, I'm doing it with him! Yikes! His patience will be rewarded.

The following is my own acronym for the word SCUBA.

Scary: This is the word that has caused me to say "no" to my husband all these years. It's a totally different world under there. Definitely not my comfort zone. I was always taught to breathe with my nose, not my mouth. Something very basic and natural will now take concentration and thought...breathing through my mouth. It will be mind over body to not feel claustrophobic going down 70 feet. That's a long way. It's kind of the opposite of being scared of heights, being scared of depths.

Costly: This won't surprise any of you that know my husband. He's been all over southern California from San Diego to LA checking out all the scuba shops, spending hours on the internet researching the best equipment, and talking about the places he wants to scuba dive. The only things we are required to purchase for the class (other than the class itself) are gloves, booties and a hood for the wetsuit. I did purchase some goggles, a snorkel and fins so that we could go snorkeling. But just like any new activity, it usually takes some money upfront.

Ugly: No one looks good decked out in Scuba attire. Enough said.

Babysteps: I think the secret to succeeding in scuba diving (or anything that is scary and a challenge) is baby steps. 1st baby step was deciding that I could succeed at trying to get certified. Admitting that it's ok if I don't get certified, as long as I tried. The next babystep was snorkeling. Realizing that it's ok to swim under the water with the fish. I had a good time, but I wasn't able to really dive down. The last baby step is using the gear in a swimming pool and eventually the ocean.

Anticipation: While there is most definitely anxiety within me at the thought of scuba diving, I am also excited. Doing something I didn't think I could ever do and then coming to the realization that I can (with lots of prayer and determination) exhilarating. And so it is with great anticipation that I look forward to doing something that started out as a sacrifice and something to please my husband, has turned into an opportunity for personal growth.

It helps me to think that God created the things under the sea as much as he created the things on land. What a privilege it is to be able to see these creations up close with my husband.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A much needed break

God knows our needs before we do. We had a few rough months at work with lots of very sick children passing away. We had the largest number of deaths in a 2 month time frame than anyone could remember. Being that we work on a pediatric hematology/oncology unit, you would think that we would "get used to it" and it would just be a "part of what we do" That is not the case at all. All these deaths were making nurses rethink their choice of career and people were getting burned out.

Today I was talking with someone about what a stark contrast it has been on our unit the last few weeks. Our census is so low, so many empty beds, that we are calling off nurses each shift, we are floating to other units, and our assignments are nice, cushy, 2-3 easy patient lists. It's not even like this around Christmas when we try to get as many children home as possible. This last Christmas, there wasn't any empty bed to be seen. I mentioned that I think God knew we needed a break and this was His gift to us. And for it, I am forever grateful.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The other side of work

Praise God! The boy mentioned a few posts ago is doing great and is scheduled to go home this week!

Friday, July 14, 2006

House Update

Here is an update of the house. We still need to put stone on the wall and on the columns in front of the house. But its getting there.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Because You Have To

Parents just might know a thing or two.

When a child is growing up, they often hear "because you have to" as a reason for why something must be done. Nobody really likes the reason, but sometimes there is no better explanation.

I took care of a very sick little boy today. The only good thing he had going for him was #1: he wasn't burning up with fevers like he was yesterday and #2: dedicated, committed, caring, strong, smart parents.

I had a rough day, but those parents had an even rougher day. I felt like nothing was going MY way, but come on, nothing was going THEIR way. Their little boy is in the hospital, with 7 IV pumps on his pole and continual medications/blood products going through his body. 7 days ago, he was riding his little tricycle around the unit. One medication given, in hopes that it would help an ailment of course causes even more side effects.

I once said casually to his mom, as we were changing the umpteenth diaper of the day. "I don't know how you parents do it" She turned to me and said in the most loving voice "Because you have to"

At least I had a better ending to my day (despite leaving an hour late). I had a nurse come on and relieve me of the mess. And she will have another nurse there tomorrow morning to relieve her of hers. But as far as those parents go, they will continue to trade off with rare, yet precious, breaks. No one to relieve them, but each other. All because they have to.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Who'd Have Thought

I just purchased a ticket to Minnesota to visit family for the summer. It makes sense that a ticket to Australia would be one of the most expensive tickets because it's probably the furthest you can go from the west coast. But please explain to me why a ticket to Minnesota is more expensive than a ticket to London, Rome, and probably a number of other places over seas.

Monday, June 05, 2006

I am a Slacker

I am a slacker. It has been over a month since I've updated. I haven't been really inspired to write anything, but my English teacher in high school always said "writing produces writing" So...I am going to write some randomness that will hopefully not be quite so random by the end.

Work on the house is slowwwwly getting there. Nathan has been working hard out in the yard planting various edible plants. We now have, banana trees, queen palms, an orange tree, grapefruit tree, 2 cherry trees and some blueberry bushes. There is grass growing on one side of the front lawn and the other side is all grated and ready to have grass planted. All that is really left is the wall on the side of the house and finishing the retaining wall in the front.

Nathan and I are participating in a Race Across America next week. It leaves from Oceanside, CA and ends in Atlantic City, NJ. The race is a team of 8 bicyclers that take turns riding for hours at a time. Nathan and I will be part of the crew that drives the vehicles that carry the equipment and assist the cyclers. It's going to be fun, but intense.

Over the last few years I fell in love with the characters on Everwood on the WB. Last night was the series finale. We thought the season finale was last week, so I bought Season 1 on DVD and we watched the first episode before the finale. It turns out, it wasn't the last episode, so I spent last week re-watching the entire 1st season. The thing that really pulled me in is that a father from New York City moves his 2 kids to a small town in Colorado after his wife dies. It's a place she fell in love with when she was a child on a train ride. These city people fell in love with the small town. The best thing was that the show often opened and closed with narration that was always beautifully poetic that pulled the entire episode together. They stopped doing the narration after the first couple seasons and while I still thought the show was great, it was always missing something. Week after week, this show made me miss small town living. And now it's over.

Friday, April 21, 2006


I don't know how a 19 year old patient and I got to talking about ages, but she said I didn't seem that old. So...I had to ask her how old she thought I was. (I love asking this question because its always the same answer) She said 21 or 22. Nice. Good deal. All those years I was bummed when people said I looked like I was 12 when I was really 18, weren't so bad after all.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

How old am I anyway?

My 27th birthday was yesterday and the past couple months leading up to my birthday I have been trying to wrap my brain around the idea that I am 27 years old. 27 years old. It still doesn't sound right. I am now closer to 30 than 20. I am officially in my "late 20s." Anyway I put it, it doesn't sound good and I don't believe it.

27 must be old because I am starting to forget how old I am when people ask. I have to really stop and think about it and even when I finally give an answer, I'm not 100% sure I gave the right one. I cannot believe that this time next year, plans will be made for a 10-year high school reunion. I'm not ready for my 10 year reunion. That's for people older than I who have been out of high school forever.

I hope its true that you're only as young as you feel. I must be young at heart because I simply do not feel like I'm 27.

I have always heard that time flies faster the more a person ages. My first 27 years flew by so fast, it seems that just yesterday I was turning 16. How fast will my next 27 years pass.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lessons I learned from a child with a brain tumor

1. Stop. Look at the person who is talking and listen. You can hear a lot more than the words they are saying.

I didn't understand him very easily until I consciously thought that I needed to stop "multitasking" while in the room and focus on him speaking. When I was patient with him while speaking (he stuttered and had a hard time getting words out) he was more patient with himself and had an easier time communicating with me. Therefore making my job easier and making his day better.

2. The more you understand someone, the less frustrated and angry they become.

After, I learned lesson number one, I realized that he could understand more of what I said than I originally thought. If I was patient with him, he was patient with himself and would become less frustrated. He would then be more willing to get from the bed to the chair and back on his own rather than just laying in bed all day. Often, the process of having him move from the bed to the chair was met with crying and screaming, but he knew, that I knew, that he didn't want to do it, but that "no" wasn't an option.

3. Don't underestimate someone's abilities.

When it came time for his medicine. I was prepared for a battle. I had another nurse on the "back up" that I could call in if I needed help "giving" him the medicine. I went in and sat on his bed with the 3 medicines he needed to take. I asked him which one he wanted first. He chose the one with the least amount. Then, I asked him if he wanted to do it or he wanted me to. (this is all done very slowly, but I realized, my patience would be rewarded) He reached out for the medicine, messed with the cap on the syringe and finally pulled it off. Put the syringe to his mouth and pushed in the medicine. He took the next one, removed the cap (after struggling with it) and took the medicine. He did all three without a hitch. Shocked me and the other nurse waiting outside. But I couldn't have been more happy.

4. Be careful what you say around someone. They remember everything you don't want them to remember.

This is one of those things that I could beat myself up over. Someone was passing out pizza on the unit, asking if my patients wanted a piece. I thought of my brain tumor patient who hadn't eaten much all day. I went into his room said "Do you want some Piz...How is your pepsi?" I stopped before finishing the word "pizza" Hoping that he hadn't caught on to what I said. I had forgotten that he was on a pureed diet. (that doesn't include pizza in case you were wondering ;-) ) When dinner was delivered, I took in his tray. He looked at the jello, applesauce, yogurt and "green stuff" and says "you forgot my pizza" He really made me feel bad when the next morning I asked if he wanted something to eat. He said 'pizza" I said "how about some applesauce? pudding? yogurt?" He said "I eat applesauce, pudding, yogurt all day long" In his broken up, stuttering words. He then informed me that he wanted his food on a plate. (everything was pureed and in little bowls) and he didn't want any "green stuff"

5. Just because someone kicks you, doesn't mean they don't like you.

When I walked into his room for the first time on my shift, his diaper had leaked and he had soaked through everything on his bed. I apologized and said I needed to give him a bath right away that morning. Then get him up into the wheelchair so the mattress could be cleaned. He started crying and screaming because he hates baths. He actually kicked me during this process. Then later that evening as I was saying good night. He asked where I was going. I explained that I needed to go home to sleep. He asked when I would be back. I said I would be back on Friday. He smiled and said. "OK. I'll see you Friday"

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


I have just discovered (again) that I am a hypocrite.

A few days ago a friend was over and wanted to borrow some DVDs. We started talking about how sometimes people don't return things that they have borrowed. I made a comment about not understanding how someone can have something of someone else's and not know that it's not theirs. I just don't get it.

Then today...I opened a drawer in my bathroom and discovered some hair clips this same friend loaned me months ago and I still haven't returned. Hypocrite.

As a side note, we have a program on our Mac that I love called Delicious Library. When you enter in the ISBN of a DVD/Book/CD. It stores it in your "library" and then when someone wants to borrow it, you enter it into the program, assign a return date, etc. Helping to keep track of who has what. If you're interested, here's a website. I wonder if they have a way to keep track of hairpins loaned out to hypocritical friends?

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Sadly, the Coloseum is falling down. Still very impressive to walk up to it. We weren't able to go inside because we arrived after they were done selling tickets for the day. It closes at sunset. Don't tell my friend Meigan, (she and her husband were in Rome with us) I was somewhat glad we couldn't go inside, it meant we wouldn't be re-enacting a scene from Gladiator. She's the theatrical one, not me. It was funny, there were a lot of cats around the Coloseum, Meigan sat with one and we joked that it was probably trained to pickpocket. As it turns out, there was a homeless lady there with a ton of cats around her cart. We appropriately took a picture and called her "the cat lady." I wonder if she would have wanted a part in our re-enactment?

Trevi Fountain

There are fountains and statues all around Rome. Every walk we took led us past tens of them. There are probably hundreds all over Rome. So, in all honesty, I have tons of pictures of statues and fountains that I don't know the names of or even significance of. The most famous of these is Trevi Fountain. The legend is that if you throw a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome...we tossed a coin in...we shall see if this fountain makes our wish come true. This place was busy all times of the day. This was not really surprising being that Rome doesn't really wake up until early afternoon and doesn't go to sleep until well into the wee hours of the morning.


The Vatican was magnificent! Even before we walked inside, it's quite impressive. It is built at the end of a street, making it quite exciting to see it all the way down the road. The "arms" that are "hallways" built on either side are huge and really appear to be arms, especially from the view from the top of the tower. The climb to the tower was something. (Our friends tell us it is nothing compared to the climb of Notre Dame) But it is quite worth it after all those narrow, winding stairs. The paintings on the dome and everywhere are impressive and beautiful. Precious stones and metals were used to build everything in the Vatican and it all looks amazing.

Monday, January 30, 2006

The IT Crowd

I am soon learning that I love British comedy. My husband first introduced it to me by showing me "The Office." The british TV show that the American version is based on. It took me a few episodes to catch what they were saying and get used to the accent. Soon I was addicted and we finished the first couple seasons over a few days.

Then, last night, he downloaded a show called "The IT Crowd" He told me it was another British comedy. I had just finished working a full shift, so I wasn't excited to watch a show. I just wanted to go to bed. He promised I would like it. You know what...I loved it!!! It started off with a girl interviewing for a job in this huge company with a great view of the city, huge windows, beautiful bathrooms, etc. The boss (who knows nothing about computers) decides to hire her (she knows how to use email and surf the internet) for Supervisor of IT -Information Technology - aka computer nerds.

He sends her to the basement where her office is. She passes by everything you could think of in the basement. We were cracking up that the computer people were in the basement, isn't that how it always is. The computer people are just thrown anywhere in the worst place of the building. Then there are the two guys in the room, they were so stereotypical for IT people. You had the desktop support manager, (who took his precious time answering the phone while he finished his donut/coffee) after he finally picks up the phone, he tries to solve a problem by telling the person to turn the computer off and on again. Then you have the programmer who says and takes everything literally and corrects anyone that is incorrect. Of course these two are upset to learn that she (having no computer knowledge whatsoever) is their new boss. She tries to pretend that she knows what she's doing by typing when they come into the room. Of course, they figure out that the computer isn't plugged in.

The entire show was hilarious and they end up trying to figure out a way that they can use her "people skills" to make the other people in the company happy. (this idea was inspired after a lady came down and beat the desk support guy with a high heel) I'm excited to see the rest of the episodes.

Who would have ever though I would enjoy a British comedy about Information Technology people? I now understand Nathan's job a little better. When will the British come out with a show about nurses so Nathan can understand my job better?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


We had a great time at MacWorld. The most exciting thing for me was the updates to their software included in iLife. They released a new iMAC with duo core intel processors. (much faster) Since Nathan had just sold our other iMAC a few days before leaving, we purchased a new one and the updated iLife programs will be included. I'm really excited for the changes in iphoto and they have a new one program called iWeb that looks great. So hopefully, there will be some changes to this little blog. Stay tuned.

Friday, January 06, 2006

I was wrong

The last egg of the carton was cracked open last night. I was wrong, it was only a single yolk. It was fun while it lasted. As I cracked open the first egg of the new carton this evening, I couldn't help but anticipate and hope that it would be a double yolk. The excitement over all of this wasn't as much the fact that I saw that many double yolks, but rather, the number of double yolks in one carton! I think all in all it was about 9/12 were double yolks. Crazy!

We are off to MacWorld in San Francisco in a couple of days. I'll be sure to post on some of my favorite things we see there.

In case you've been wondering, the home improvement projects have been very slow lately. I'm hoping they start picking up in the next couple weeks now that Christmas is over.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Egg-Craziness Continues

In all honesty I have lost count of how many eggs were twins eggs, but in the last two days, I have cracked open two and they were both twins. I have one egg left of this crazy dozen. My bet is on twins.