Saturday, July 25, 2009

Making Some Progress

Got to the gym just after it opened this morning. Walked my usual 3 miles, then did 4 sets/ 10 reps of triceps pull downs (with 20#). After that I headed over and did 25 standing crunches (with 50#), then 15 pull ups on the assisted pull up/chin up machine (with 160#), then 50 more standing crunches followed by 15 more assisted pull ups (with 145# this time), back for 25 more crunches then 15 more pull ups (still with 145#). Then it was in to the room with dumb bells-- I did 3 sets/10 reps (7# dumbbells)each of bicep curls, triceps something or other, and I think the last one is called a military press (but that's probably not the right term) while standing on the Bosu ball (half ball you balance on). Lastly, I did 3 sets/15 reps each on the abductor and abductor machines (with 100#).

When I got home, I picked 3 small tomatoes and one banana pepper out at the "farm". Lunch was a tomato sandwich with Duke's mayonnaise-- the only appropriate condiment!

Mike was busy painting the guest room and I started "redding up" the house. We've just finished for the day and are going to make pizza for dinner then sit and relax this evening. Hopefully, it won't take us too long tomorrow to get the rooms back together. Then we can move on to some other projects we need to get done.

To #3 son--- I DID turn my words into actions today, you smart aleck!

Hope your day has been full of sunshine! Later.......

Friday, July 24, 2009

We Got Peppers!

Took a stroll around the "farm" this morning when I got home from work-- well, really just ambled over to the far side of the house-- and saw we have about a half dozen banana peppers growing! One of them will probably ready to pick in the next day or two!! And it looks like there will be some green peppers starting soon. Now if we can just keep the critters out!

We're planning to spend the weekend painting the front bedroom (that is the royal "we" as in Mike will be painting...) and then getting the rooms back together. My task will be getting the rest of the house cleaned.

We're looking forward to seeing the Myrtle Beach kids next weekend-- now if I can just get someone to cover my on call shift next Saturday night--- I've been working on it, but no luck so far. I'm not giving up though!

Talked to my "baby" brother last night-- he is having some trouble with one of his toes and is getting some neuropathies in his feet. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers that his toe heals and he will not have to have surgery.

VA dil moved last weekend and has been busy unpacking. She had lots of help with the move, which was a good thing. I hope she is settling in and getting things unpacked.

We will be heading to AR in a couple of weeks. They SAY they are looking forward to seeing us, but I think they are more excited to spend time with Mdx. Oh well, that's OK, I'm sure she'll be happy to see them too and maybe get a little bit of spoiling from her uncle and aunt!

I'm off to bed so I can get up and go to the gym this afternoon and be back and showered by 5ish so we can go get the paint for this weekend's project-- hmm and maybe some dinner too?

More later.........

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More 'Maters

We've got some tomatoes ripening and it looks like we may get some banana peppers after all. The green peppers are starting to come back too. I just hope the deer have had their fill of my veggies! I used some of the parsley last night to make shrimp scampi for dinner-- it was REALLY good! Not much else going on except work, work, work-- but I'm more then grateful to have the work and regular paycheck. If somebody knows what I'm doing wrong that I can't make paragraphs-- please help-- I'm not so literate on this machine. Which isn't very reassuring that I have been volunteered to learn the new changes in our computer system at work and then teach the new changes to others! More later.......

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Busy, busy, but doing what?

I feel like I've been going 100 miles an hour, but can't exactly say what is occupying my time. It certainly hasn't been spending time at the gym! I've worked 28 hours so far this week- work again tonight and am on call Saturday night, so I guess that accounts for a good portion of this week. Yesterday morning I ate the first tomato from the "farm" I don't think it was completely ripe, but it came off the vine when Mike was watering Tuesday night and I just HAD to make a tomato sandwich out of it. There is another tomoato ripening, so hopefully I'll have another mater sandwich soon! Well, since I woke up at 3this morning, I'd probably better try to get a little more sleep since it will be tomorrow morning before I'll get another chance for some shut eye! Have a great day! Not sure what is going on with blogger this morning, but it is not letting me make new paragraphs- -sorry for the blob this blog entry turned into!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I Did It!

OK-- ACLS is OVER!!!!! And yes, I did pass, but it wasn't easy. I walked in to the practice code today and drew a complete blank-- I had to be walked through the whole thing. The test code was easier, but the instructor tripped me up when she asked if I would give a particular drug, I said no, it is only given as the first or second dose and I had already given 2 doses of another drug. She said, well the other drug wasn't working, so it was at least worth a try-- she apologized later for the confusion, but it had been pounded into our heads the last 2 days, only to use that drug for the first or second dose (OK-- I did forget about using that drug, but, remembered not to use it for a third dose).

The written test was a breeze--- I did miss one question, but it was a dumb mistake-- identified the strip incorrectly because I read too much into it. BUT-- the other L&D team leader and I made higher scores than the MD and the ICU nurse who were in our group!!!

We went back up to the floor and finished some office work we had neglected all week and were on our way home before 3pm.

I stopped at the gym-- walked 2 miles, but just wasn't feeling it. I was hoping to walk off some of the stress, but it wasn't happening. So I left, went home and took a shower then went and got a pedicure. My toes are now "patent leather" and I feel quite pampered after the hot rock leg and foot massage.

I have a play date tomorrow with some mini friends. I promise some pictures of miniatures soon.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

One Day Down

The first day of ACLS is over! It wasn't as bad as I had imagined, I got 100% on the rhythm strip test. Tomorrow there is a test and we have to run a mock code-- meaning-- we will be given a scenario and will direct our team in treating the patient.

So, I'm off to study my notes from today.........

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Not Much New

Not much going on around here--- I worked all weekend and have the dreaded ACLS class tomorrow and Friday. I've been reading the manual, don't know how much I'm retaining, but hope it will be enough.

Mike is in Charlotte today and tomorrow, and then going to visit VA dil on Friday. He's going to help her pack up #3 son's "Man Lair" getting ready for the move. Their street of base housing is being remodeled (rebuilt or something) so everyone has to relocate. DIL went to the meetings and asked questions, but wasn't able to get acceptable answers (when and where would she be relocated), so she has found a great house for them to rent.

We are going to visit #2 son and dil in AR in August. Looking forward to seeing them! We haven't seen their house yet-- and they've lived there for a year and a half.

Guess I'd better go to something a little productive and do some more studying.


Friday, July 3, 2009

The Peppers Are Missing!

Today we went and bought paint for the guest room. We are switching the guest rooms in our house after bringing a bedroom set from Mike's folks-- it is just too big for the back bedroom. So this weekend, we will move everything out of the back bedroom and Mike will paint it, then we (please note the use of he ROYAL "we"-- I have to work this weekend) will move the the daybed into that room. The next project will be to repaint the front bedroom, then reassemble that room with the queen sized bed set.

After the trip to Home Depot, we stopped at El Dorado for some quick, cheap Mexican food. Then we went to Kroger-- whole boneless rib eyes are on sale for $4.88/lb- we picked one out and had the butcher cut it for us. When we checked out, the computer took a discount-- we got the rib eyes for $2.98/lb. We were wishing we'd gotten more, but it was too late to get the butcher to cut another one.

OK-- now to the main subject for this post. When we got home, I walked over to survey the crops--- AND----- The pepper plants had been eaten. I am so disappointed-- they are nothing but leafless stalks. We had at least 4 peppers about the size of walnuts to golf balls. The tomatoes are all still on the vines-- no signs of ripening, but they seem to be growing.

--- didn't make it to the gym Weds, but got there today. I went into work one of my "office days" at 0630- I stayed until 1230, then off to miniature club-- we had a short business meeting and then continued working on the Shaker furniture project. Today's project was a bed. Left the club meeting and went to the gym. Did some arm work-- bicep curls, military presses (I think that's what they are called) and triceps curls all while standing on the bosu ball. Then did some other arm exercises on the stability ball and crunches on the stability ball. Went out to the floor and abductor and abductor exercises (100# of weight), 50 standing crunches (50#) and then torso twist also with 50# of weight. Then I walked a little over 2 miles (I was watching Little People big World and had to see how it ended!).

Enough for now--- going to try to get back to sleep---- later all!