Thursday, February 26, 2009


So here is what we have been up to lately...

I finished my last cram test at school! Each week we go through a bunch of material on Common Disorders and then we have the weekend to take a test on it. We fit a semester's worth of information into 7 weeks. Here is what my nose has been in for the last month and a half...
Almost all those papers are double sided so you can imagine a double the sized stack. It's just filled with various disorders, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, management, risk factors, and teaching, etc. I should bind those all together and make a big, fat textbook. It feels so good to be done with all that studying. Now, I can go and apply it to real life by spending the hours in clinical actually helping people (or learning how to help people).

I had my first day of clinical on Tuesday and it was great. I am set up in a clinic in Nephi, UT. Wow, hick city:)/?! It's so fun. I love the rural setting. I think I would love to work in a rural community, but would never want to live there. I need civilization. Anyways, I saw a lot of what we talked about in class. I am super comfortable gathering the history and doing a physical exam, but it's still very scary to make a diagnosis and plan for treatment. Good thing I have another year of school!/?

Brandon has been busy with school as well. He started his MS program in Electrical Engineering this January. He studies almost as much as me.

Other items of business:
Brandon's calling is with the Deacons. I laughed when he put his old Scout shirt on for the Court of Honor or whatever it is they do. I wasn't making fun of him. He just looked so cute. He is such a wonderful husband and person;).

I changed brands in running shoes. I have always been an Asics person minus the couple years I tried Addidas and Mizuno. After the Addidas (loved but more expensive than Asics) and Mizuno (did not really like) didn't work out, I went back to Asics and never thought I would stray ever again. Well, Runner's Corner convinced me to try Saucony. So here is my new running shoe for the Moab Half and Wasatch Back.
Please don't ask me about my training. It's barely existent at the moment. The nice weather we have had lately is what is making it barely existent. Please keep the beautiful warmth coming.
Lastly, the occasional mornings we get to sleep in have been wonderful. My favorite is waking up to the birds chirping outside our window. Spring is in the air and life is wonderful!

Second Round!

I know I just recently did this tag but it is one I like and I have new things to say (thanks Zandra/!). So here it is...

8 Favorite TV Shows:
1) 24- This is our all time favorite! It's been in our lives since the beginning.
2) Leverage
3) House
4) Prison Break- This one should be coming back on soon. We are waiting.
5) Law and Order
6) I think that is pretty much all the TV we watch and sometimes we don't even get to them. So how about movies...
7) The Bourne Identity series!
8) Game Plan

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1) Fed the cat for my visiting teachee who is out of town.
2) Went to school and learned about major eye disorders (from an ophthalmologist). It's an interesting field. If I think I can get really good at looking in eyes then it is possibly in my future.
3) Studied for my LAST binge and purge test of the semester.
4) Went to Charge Nurse meeting at work. Attempted to study during the meeting:)
5) Went to the Cardiac Partiac (big heart services staff meeting).
6) Ate 2 hot dogs for dinner because they are really fast and it was the only thing handy.
7) Went visiting teaching.
8) Took my test!

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:
1) Warmer weather. I know it is right around the corner!
2) Summer break
3) Going to Moab in a few weekends!
4) The Wasatch Back in June
5) Biking
6) A trip to Boston to see Jenni run her marathon
7) Hiking
8) Trying out my new Sun-dried Tomato chicken marinade

8 Favorite Restaurants:
1) Red Lobster- This is my new favorite since before Valentine's Day. They have the best Wood Fire Grilled BBQ Chicken and Shrimp. Yum!
2) Sakura Teppan House
3) Olive Garden
4) China Garden
5) Cafe Rio
6) Zupas
7) Papa John's Pizza
8) Subway

8 Things on my wish list:
1) An apron
2) A swim suit
3) A finished paper (that big Critical Appraisal)
4) That all the nuisance bugs would die (ie. Box Elder Bugs). Do you think the day care next to us would mind if we chopped down there bug infested tree?
5) That Brandon's car would die so we could get a truck. j/k...I don't want to spend the money.
6) A vacation to Hawaii
7) A maid
8) World peace:)

8 people I tag:
1) Sharla (now you can get your blog rolling:))
2) Kristyn
3) Ginger
4) Jenni
5) Lindsey
6) Tori (so you can have another list!)
7) Princess
8) Anyone who wants to!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My new toy...

...came in the mail yesterday. I am so excited that it is finally here! We have to use a program called Epocrates for clinical in Nurse Practitioner school and now I can put it on my new iPod Touch. The iPod is so stinkin' skinny, crazy great. It's going to be super nice to carry my little iPod around rather than a clunky PDA.

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Shrapnel is the best salsa of its kind. There are A LOT of good salsa recipes out there and each one is a little different. Well, this one is really different. That is why it is called shrapnel rather than salsa. Here it is:

1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 onion, red or yellow
bunch of cilantro
2 avocado, cut into small pieces
1 or 2 cans of Casera Mexican Salsa (depends on how runny you want it)

Optional trade-outs or add-ins:
green onions
lime juice

Here is how it may turn out: