humpday happenings

Yesterday was super busy, I had about 1736478 things on my to do list, but first, I had 8 hours of cardiology class.  The class was really interesting, it taught me A LOT about the heart kids we take care of, but it also made me aware of how much I still have to learn!  

Midway, some of the people I work with and I grabbed lunch from Zoë’s Kitchen.  I got the new quinoa salad and added grilled chicken.  Oh. My. Gosh. It was so good.  Try it, you’ll thank me.  

I rushed to run some errands afterwards before heading to NoDa run club with one of my favorite running buddies, Serena.  



(You can tell it’s an old picture because it’s March not summer and we wish we were this tan)

It was absolutely perfect running weather.  And then I ruined the run.  After we started, we were chatting for a bit then I started seeing spots a little bit, but I thought I could push through and would hit my groove and feel fine.  Serena looked at me and asked if I felt okay because she said I looked clammy.  I said I was fine and kept running, but my vision was blurry around the edges and I felt like I was on the verge of blacking out.  So, finally we stopped and tried walking, but then I felt super nauseous.  I thought I was going to throw up, so we decided to head back to the car.  And then, when I thought I was in the clear, I puked.  Great story, right?  I’m pretty sure it was just the combination of exhaustion (I had just worked a bunch of days in a row), I hadn’t eaten in about 7 hours, and maybe a touch of dehydration.  Fail.  

We headed back to my sisters after the run for dinner- she and her roommate were grilling for her roomie’s bday.  I didn’t feel like eating, but they made a feast of brats, Brussels and broccoli, and Thai coleslaw.  



This is Julie’s plate- she may have a slight affinity for condiments.  Dinner was topped of with the best ever dessert, King of Pops Popsicles!



I’m still not feeling 100%, still a little nauseous/headache-y/indigestion-y.  I’m really hoping it’s just the exhaustion, I have MAJOR plans for this weekend!

Has this ever happened to you?  What did you go?  Popsicles or ice cream? 

my first month is over

How nuts is that? This week marked my fourth week as a peds nurse, and even though I’m way busier and often getting home later, I’m absolutely loving it.  I worked this past weekend plus Monday and Tuesday and had a cardiology class today, and I am completely exhausted.  But in a good way :) I packed my lunches on Friday night to 1. Make sure I’m eating healthy and 2. Save money.  Plus, if I don’t pack lunch the night before, I end up either grabbing a bunch of random stuff or buying food at the hospital.  



Asparagus, sweet potato, and chicken with a clementine on the side were great choices!  

I also logged some serious treadmill miles while working, and thanks to the new season of House of Cards, the time flew by. 



I’m trying to take the new season slow, like I did with Serial, by only listening to it while I run, but we’ll see how that works out.  

The 12+ hour days were definitely exhausting, but were great for me.  I feel like I’m getting the hang of this whole new (to me) world of not only kids, but pretty sick kids, and I’m loving it.  I still have so much to learn, but I’m excited to do it!

How’s your week going? House of Cards fan? 

things getting me through this snow 

So it snowed again, and it is so so cold!  Besides cuddling up under blankets with Netflix, the other things getting me through these day are….

Hot tea



Oh my gosh, hot tea is making a huge appearance in my life these days.  A couple of weeks ago I gave up my beloved Diet Dr. Pepper and have starting replacing it with a cup of hot tea in the mornings.  Not gonna lie, it’s definitely warming me up after my early morning drives into work and love sipping on a cup on my days off.  

Zoe



Hanging out with this pup and cuddling with her every chance I get.  She recently decided she could not handle her crate any longer (I think she’s too cold) so she’s graduated to sleeping in bed; it’s like sleeping with a furnace.  Also, she hates to cold, so in the picture above she’s probably thinking, “I hate you mom for making me stand in the snow.”  Such a diva.  

Sleeping in

I had three days off this week and I’m relishing spending a little bit longer to sleep in the mornings.  Which is so nice because I always have a hard time leaving my warm bed when it’s cold out.  

Sidenote- I tried running with Zoe for the first time this week and it was a huge fail.  The run started with her leaping next and darting in front of me, it was like a deer on a leash.  Then, when she realized where we were, she switched to cheetah mode and was trying to sprint home.  Her sprint is like Usain Bolt speed, there was absolutely no way I could keep up.    I know she needs to grow to learn how to run on her leash, but whoa, we have a long way to go!  

How’s your week going?  How do you like to keep warm in the winter? 

winter weekend

While we’re gearing up for another winter storm, I figured I’d update y’all on my weekend!  

The highlight for sure was our friend Justin’s birthday- it was 90s themed and the costumes were so fun!  Julie and I searched for our outfits, but I ended up just wearing things I already owned with a sweet jean vest I found at a thrift store.  



We went to a 80s/90s club and were loving the music.  Hello TLC, Destinys Child, and *NSYNC, I’ve missed you!

We recovered Sunday with a delicious dinner and doing my normal Sunday things like gricery store, Target, and clean.  It was surprisingly warm so I ended up grilling our steaks on the grill, so yummy! 



Another fun weekend in the books!  

icecopalypse 2015

How’s every doing with this weather? I could not handle living in New England right now, I am SUCH a wimp about winter. You’ll probably definitely laugh at me, but Monday I was so stressed about driving into work after the ice storm, I could hardly sleep. This was our view around 5:00 am Tuesday (aka when I got up to leave)

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I know you northerners think it’s nothing but it was pure ice. After basically crawling to work, I got there about 45 minutes early. Obviously my preparation was overkill, but better that than being late, right? The plus side of all this cold weather is I’m loving hot yoga! The heat is heaven :)
How are you surviving winter?

I survived my first week as a peds nurse!

And I loved it! It’s completely different than my old position and I know it will push me, in a good way. There is so much to learn, and will definitely be a steep learning curve. For all you non-healthcare people, a progressive unit, also known as a step down unit, has patients that are more stable than ICU patients but not quite ready for a normal floor. I’ll be taking care of kids like that plus some specialties and I am so excited! I definitely have tons to learn and being adult world for the past seven months is making me have to relearn how to think, but it’s an adventure I’m ready for :) Not gonna lie, it’s almost like being a completely new nurse again. I cannot wait to get back there this week!