Sunday, December 12, 2010

People are Weird, Especially When They Eat Out

I see a LOT of crazy things where I work. Things that make you wonder WHERE these people grew up and WHO taught them their manners. Because HOLY CRAPPERS people, on what planet is it ok for a crawling baby to CRAWL AROUND ON A BAR FLOOR WHILE YOU EAT??? Yes, at the bar there were four ladies sitting in a booth and having lunch, completely OK with the fact that there was a small baby (that BELONGED TO ONE OF THEM) crawling around the bar floor. AND these ladies weren't white trash - if I had the cash paid for the collective purses at that table, I could pay my mortgage for more than two months. For serious.

More things that were absolutely wacky:
- Guests looking at you like you are an ALIEN when you come to the table. Seriously people, if you didn't want to talk to anyone at lunch, STAY HOME or GO TO WENDY's.
- It STILL amazes me that people tell me, "I'm waiting on one more," when I ask them if they would like a beverage. NO SHIT SHERLOCK, I SEE THE MENU SITTING ACROSS FROM YOU. It takes every ounce of self-control for me not to say something very snarky.
- I understand that guests pay $2.25 for a drink at the restaurant, and so they are entitled to a To Go Cup. That is fine. I'll get you a To Go cup. I won't be very happy about it, but I'll live, especially if you're tipping 20%. However. Don't ask for a To Go Cup for everyone at the table and then tip 10%. That is NOT cool. Also, it isn't cool to ask for a To Go Cup and then continue to sit at my table for 30 minutes. PEOPLE, I make tips off turning these tables! Don't ask for a To Go Cup and then drink out of it at the table! Weirdos.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Month of Sighs

This month has been cuh-razy so far. Between turning 27 (sheesh), graduating nursing school (holy crap), procuring a nursing job (HOLY AWESOME AND SCARY), and writing a speech for our nursing school graduation (sweaty palms anyone?), I have had a lot on my mind.

On top of all that, my dad has been nice enough to spend a couple days at our house, putting up some finishing touches that have been a long time coming - HELLO CROWN MOLDING IN THE KITCHEN!!! Soooo, super awesome, but super stressful too. AND it's freaking cold here in NC, which makes my fingers le cold and stiff. AND the cold makes it impossible to spray paint my awesome brass chandelier I got at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store for $10... hmmm.

Anyways, just wanted to say hi to everyone out there, and say that I am still here - really stressed and happy for my pharmaceutical assistance - but still here. And really happy that nursing school is alllllllmost over.

I shall try to update more often - especially over the next month as all I do is eat, sleep, study for the NCLEX and work at the restaurant.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Owl Calendar

I am making a FREE 2011 Owl Calendar. HOW DO I DO THAT you ask? Just click below! Enjoy loveys - and Happy Thanksgiving!

Owl Lover 2011 Calendar

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ending on a Sad Note

There were a lot of different experiences I could talk about from my last day in the  ED, but the one that really stuck with me was my last patient of the day. The 20-year-old female came into the ED complaining of vaginal bleeding and extreme pain. She had gone to another ED a few days before where she had been told she was miscarrying, given pain meds and sent on her way. Now she was out of pain meds and wanted more. Nobody was really taking her seriously, since they had all had patients who faked pregnancy/miscarriage to get pain meds (how AWFUL is that, by the way???), but I wasn’t sure.

This was NOT my first patient that came into the ED with abnormal vaginal bleeding – but the first one who came in saying she had had a miscarriage. Our PA didn’t even believe that she had ever been pregnant, so she ordered a urine pregnancy test.

I walked into the patient’s room and told her we needed a urine sample. The look of anguish that washed over her face was heartbreaking, and I told her that I would help her as much as I could. Since she came into the minor trauma area in a wheelchair, I took her by wheelchair to the bathroom, and helped her obtain the sample. The urine sample was full of blood and tissue. So much for a clean catch. As we were setting up for a pelvic exam, the PA took her medical history and I found out that this was this girl’s sixth pregnancy, and I tried not to judge. I was happy that her partner was there with her and sorry she was in such pain. I helped her get to the bottom of the bed, expecting a normal pelvic exam. However, the exam was in no-way normal, and caused her a large amount of pain...

e MD swept into the room, took one look and told the girl (who was still whimpering) that she was still actively miscarrying, and called for more IV push morphine (I had already given her some 5 minutes earlier). When I came back from getting the morphine, it was just the girl and her partner in the room. I told her what I was doing, and that it was going to help with all the pain. Then I told her that unfortunately it was the end of my shift, and that I had to go. She responded with tears. I told her that now that they had figured out what was wrong, it was going to get better, and that I was sorry she was hurting. I reassured her that another nurse and NA were on duty, and that the MD and PA treating her were there for another 2 hours. She wasn't being abandoned. She calmed down and I walked out of the ED.

It was a difficult, emotional experience to end my preceptorship on, but I felt like we actually were helping someone - and that was positive and fulfilling.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Not Quite the Flu.

The ED is a completely different animal than any other place in the hospital. In more ways than one, it's just like the restaurant where I work - sit them down, ask what they want (what's wrong), get them what you can (push meds, get blood or urine), send in the manager (the MD, PA or NP) and send them on their way. Turn those tables (rooms)! 

Instead of doing a head-to-toe assessment where I use my stethoscope, penlight and fingers, I get to have a 3-minute question and answer session, with minor follow up if there is a specific ailment (like listen to bowel sounds if the abdomen hurts, etc.). As the days in the ED went on, I think I became complacent in my assessment - one of the things that I wanted to get better at during my time in the ED.

We had one patient that came in complaining of flu-like symptoms. The Physician's Assistant thought it was probably the flu, but ordered a chest x-ray to cover her butt. When the results came back, we were both were shocked - Pneumonia. At least she had listened to his lungs and determined that his right lower lobe was diminished. I, on the other hand, only asked him how long his signs and symptoms had been going on, and if had been taking anything for them. Sigh.
Later on I started the same patient's IV. He didn't like needles, so I told him to look at the wall while I put in the IV. Good thing I did, because I didn't pull the tourniquet off his arm and couldn't get the saline lock on fast enough ... so he bled everywhere ... like to the point that I had to move my white pants and shoes out of the way so the blood could drip on the floor. I was seriously freaked out by this incident, but both my nurse preceptor and the PA told me not to worry, and that I was still learning. I still felt bad though. Thank God the patient didn't look over toward me! Sheesh.

Eventually I get better at all this...right?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another ED Experience...

We had another patient who came in to the ED complaining of nausea and vomiting, with a sharp pain in her lower right abdomen. My preceptor started the IV, gave the patient morphine IV push and then started a bag of normal saline. When I came back 15 minutes later to check on the patient, I noticed that she had red streaks running up her arm, and her veins were puffy. I stopped the IV and placed a cool compress on her arm, and then went for my preceptor.
All we had given the patient so far was morphine, and I could see the veins leading away from her IV site were red and puffy, so I knew it was probably a local reaction to the medication. I asked her again if she had any allergies, and she said no. I stopped the IV pump and got a washcloth from the cabinet, wet it and placed it on her arm. I told her that she was probably having a small reaction to the morphine that we pushed (which is why her arm wasn't hurting now that the saline was running), and that I went to go get my nurse.

I told my preceptor about the situation, and what I had done so far. She went into the room and took a look, and pretty much told the patient what I had - that this was probably a local reaction to the morphine, and that this reaction was common. To make sure we were right, she asked the doctor to come in and take a look at the patient. Begrudgingly he took a minute and went to look at the patient's arm. He agreed it was a reaction to the medication, and prescribed Benadryl IV push.
This situation kinda freaked me out - I mean, who has seen red streaks running up someone's arm?? It looked like blood poisoning or something. It all worked out, but I couldn't help but think about what would have happened it it wasn't a local reaction, but a systemic one. Her airway would have closed off or her breathing could have slowed. Since she wasn't hooked up to a long would it have taken for me to come back and check on her? That thought chills me...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Adventures in Nursing

During our senior semester, we do a preceptorship in a specific unit at the hospital. Kind of like an internship, we spend 56 hours with a nurse, working their shifts with them, and becoming more and more independent. I chose to do my preceptorship in the Emergency Department (ED), and it has been a fantastic experience. I wanted to share a few of my experiences there - hopefully you'll find them as crazy as I did!

My second day in the ED, my nurse and I had a patient who was complaining or continuous nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In order to replenish her fluids quickly, the doctor ordered a liter of normal saline to run wide open…which meant she needed an IV started. Since I had never successfully started an IV on a patient, she sent me in with the IV supplies by myself – and told me to return to her if I thought I couldn’t do it.

This was my second attempt at an IV start in the ED – at the first one I was aiming correctly, but was afraid to hurt the patient and didn’t push far enough into the skin. Thankfully the weekend prior to the clinical day included a visit with my mom, who had promised to be a pincushion for me as I practiced IV sticks (she is a saint). AND I got the stick on the first try – so I had slightly more confidence than I had before the weekend.

As I went into the room by myself and examined the patient’s arms, I talked to her about if she had ever given blood and asked her which arm they used. She pointed to her left, but I had just seen a large vein in her inner arm. I asked her if that vein always stuck out like that and she assured me it did. This was like a giant bull’s-eye on her arm. She seemed really calm – I’m not sure if it was from her nausea or her natural state – but I was grateful, because I was a wreck. I tried my best not to show how nervous I was, especially that my hands were shaking! I had a hard time starting the IV without getting blood everywhere, but I did my best to recover and start the bag of saline. Once the IV was started and a medication was pushed, my preceptor came to check on me. She asked me if I got blood, and thinking that she meant the blood flash when starting an IV, I said, “YES!!!!” Actually she meant if I had pulled blood for the lab. Oops. I had been so nervous about the IV that I hadn’t read that she needed a full workup on the order sheet.

All's well that ends well, right?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Well I WAS on a Roll...

And then I got distracted. It happens.

I HAVE been doing a lot of stuff around the house - but in the last month school started back and the weather started to get nice and Labor Day happened and I started my new schedule at work and yesh. So I've been doing stuff, just not blogging about it - which is actually what most of the world does. Hmmm.

Sooooo here are some random what-I've-been-doing-for-the-last-month pictures. More soon. Promise. =)

My Homemade Jewlery Organizer, a la Centsational Girl:

FINALLY a place to put out back door and shed keys...
FINALLY a curtain in the full bath (now I just need to add a blue ribbon border...)
I spray painted the then-black shelves a crisp white! AND we got a great rug at Ikea for $20! (the gray one under the kitchen table)
We FINALLY put all the closet doors back on (after repainting and spraying the handles oil-rubbed bronze), except mine - I requested flowy curtains since I can walk into my closet. ALSO see the Dwell Studio rug in the hall? Target. Clearance. $40. What what!
I modge-podged a curtain scrap onto the light switch, after I repainted the dining room (after caulking ALL of the wood paneling)...

I FINALLY finished my book page wreath - a la Living With Lindsay- and hung it in the family room.
I STARTED painting the brick out in the sunroom - eventually this will be my reading room!
Even M got in on the craft action - he made an Arsenal decal for his car!
Whew. I TOLD you I was busy...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Project 59 ALSO Complete

Damn I am on a ROLL here.

When we moved into our house, I said to myself (and to anyone within hearing distance), "I hate this fireplace." I hated it because it had a brassy bronzy grate. Because it was missing a flue. Because it could possibly let in bugs. Yesh.

SOOOOO I can't change anything about the fireplace, except the brassy bronziness. And so I did.


And After!

Sooooo now it's black, and I lav it and I want to put white pillar candles in there and have it be suuuuuuper sweet. However, there is one teensy problem. The spray paint kind of rubs off a bit. I don't know if this is temporary or not...but I'll keep you updated. For now, I'm looking and not touching.

woot woot!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Project 58 Complete!

Project 58 out of 3,635 complete! Thanks to mom for the curtain, K for going with mom and me to get the fabric at MaryJo's, M for never cleaning out his closet (and therefore I found a free curtain rod - sweet!), and to Deacon for cheering me on as I used the hand drill.

Guest Post: 13 Things That Make Me Hostile At Work

Waitresses aren't the only ones you should feel sympathy for - the hostess has a pretty miserable job too. A waitress gets to make everything better by bringing food and liquor...while the hostess is the one who tells you there is a 90-minute wait. On that note, I bring you the first of a reoccurring series: Things That Make Me Hostile At Work, by an anonymous hostess. Enjoy!!!

1. Soggy paper coasters (I have an aversion to touching wet paper).

2. 40+ year-old hostess who thinks she is the boss of me because she's old, but really she's
3. Same hostess noted above who leaves me all of her work to do.

4. Rain.

5. People who think I give them a 30 minute wait quote just
to be funny (seriously, people will ask if I am joking).
6. People who think I care about why they're late for their reservation.

7. Old ladies who travel in packs of 5 or more.

8. Roll-up shortages.

9. Picking up cloth napkins off tables, due to my fear of encountering snot, spit or swine flu.

10. Servers who think I don't seat them on purpose.

11. Sweeping noodles off the floor.

12. Children under 12.

13. When I am asked by people who were
LITERALLY just outside if I think it's too hot (or cold) to eat outside. HELLO, I WORK INSIDE!!!

Note from Dani - #13 is my all time favorite. Seriously people, do you know how STUPID you sound when you ask that? You just walked to the restaurant from your car, which you parked OUTSIDE. It's in the same vein as telling me you are waiting for three more people when I ask you if you would like a drink. Ummm, duh? Isn't that what the THREE OTHER MENUS ARE FOR ON THE TABLE?? Sheesh.

Picture of the Day: Pre-flipcup at M's 30th birthday party

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Musings

I keep a Moleskine book solely for quotes that I find in books. I have found that this way I can keep all those underlined passages in one place, and I can look back on them later. And I love quotes. A lot. So I have decided to share some with you every Sunday. Get excited!

Today's quote is from Alan Bennet's novella, The Uncommon Reader:

"Above literature?" said the Queen. "Who is above literature? You might as well say one is above humanity."

Happy Sunday everyone!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Library is Bumpin' Bumpin'

In order to adequately study for my final (aka, I need an 80 to get a B in this class and I SWEAR TO GOD if I don't get a B in this class I am going to be pissed), I went to my local library at about 11:45 a.m. I would have gone earlier, except with the stupid budget cuts the library doesn't OPEN until noon on Mondays (don't even get me started about how it's closed on Tuesdays...).

Soooo I was a bit early - and I expected to be the first one there. OH WRONG-O. This was the sight that greeted me when I got out of my car:

Oh yes. Your eyes do not deceive you - there is a LINE to get into the library at noon on a Monday. I sent this picture to M and he was astonished. Honestly I was pleased about the whole thing. I wish the freaking paper could have been there to take a picture of all the poor peeps who wanted to get into the library earlier but couldn't.

Anyways. It was nifty. And cold. Why is it always cold in the library??

Love and kisses...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dear Peeps...

Dear people who eat in restaurants,
Please ask to box your own food. I can guarantee your hands are cleaner than mine.
Love, the exasperated server.

Dear eight-top with the $400+ bill,

Yes, I included 18% gratuity. No, 18% is not sufficient. Besides, this is going on your company credit card, Give me a break! I'm poor!

Love, your really broke server.

Dear Nursing Instructor,

No, I'm not quite sure how I failed the test today while making the class' highest Maternity ATI test score. Please stop asking me such obnoxious questions.

Love, the sleepy student.

Dear Mom,

I don't really like any of the curtain patterns you scanned - do you think we can just do a fake roman shade over the kitchen sink?

Love, your indecisive daughter.

Dear various members of The Ocho,

I miss your
faces. I'm sorry I can't join you in Chuck-Town this weekend, but have a drink for me!
Love, D-Sice

Picture of the Day - a kick-ass tree in Key West, Florida

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


DUDE - why do I always feel the need to blog whenever I should be studying for something or completing something? Hmmm - WAIT I know the answer! I am a chronic procrastinator! Oh yes!

So yesh. Not only do I have my fourth test of the semester tomorrow, I also have our pediatrics/maternity ATI test, tutoring and work. AND I have a paper due. AND paperwork from last week - which includes an article summary. HA. HAHAHA! Yeahhhh It's 10:14 p.m. and I only have the paper done. I have been studying all day for the test, but since the test was SUPPOSED TO BE TODAY (I was NOT feeling well, so I rescheduled for tomorrow morning...) I really can't feel good about the studying. Yesh I wasn't feeling weel - I have had a sore throat for over a week, so I finally went to the doctor this morning. I tested negative for Strep, and my doctor pretty much old
me to go home, drink lots of fluids and rest. So I did. I napped and studied on the couch all day long. It was glorious.

For those of you who DON'T know why I am so worn down - I threw M a surprise 30th b-day party this weekend at our house. Talk about a stressor. BUT, he loved it and we had a fabulous time. So it was worth it. =) We'll see if I reconsider after getting my test grades back...

On another note, I finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson. Both were really good, and I would recommend them! It looks like I am going to kill last year's "Books Read" number - right now I am only 2 away from last year's total ... and it's only the end of July. Sweetness.

Weeeeeeell, I guess I should finish my care plan for tomorrow while M alternates between a History Channel show on Grant's ride through the South and How it's Made on the Science Channel. Yup we're dorks.

Here is a picture from M's party this weekend - thanks for the cupcakes mommers!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Library Can't Buy Books?

Sooo the awesome Mecklenburg County budget crisis has gotten so bad that the libraries can't stay open and can't buy books. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Read the press release here: 18 Local Bookstores Band Together to Help Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Libraries

It's great that these bookstores are trying to help out, but it just makes me SICK that the budget crisis is coming to this. What happens when the libraries can't buy books for their patrons?? I want to DO SOMETHING. I wish I had a bajillion dollars so I could single-handedly save the whole system. Maybe I should talk to Travis McCoy...he could include it in his next song.

Only four years ago, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library was one of three libraries honored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for it's extrodinary public service. Now it's slashing jobs and can't afford books.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Feelin' Crafty

I have always liked doing crafts. Whether it was plastic lanyard bracelets, cross-stitch, paint-by-number, crocheting potholders - if you can think of a childhood craft project, I was into it. When I got older, I didn't craft as much...but when I went to college I started knitting scarves. It was something soothing to do instead of studying for psychology, biology, Spanish or chemistry during my freshman semester. I really liked knitting, but I haven't gotten any better at it - I'm still making scarves and recently made fingerless gloves...but those were just rectangles sewn together!!!


My fabulous neighbor K is a stay-at-home-work-part-time-craft-and-cook-all-the-time mom and both she and my mother have inspired me to get back to crafting...mostly because I can't handle ANOTHER house project. (Although I DID just tell M that we definitely need to replace the full-bath's vanity...)

Anyway, here are a few projects I'm working on - with links to the place I originally saw them/got directions. I can't wait until I have more time to craft more often!!

Here is a star wreath I made for our front door. It's modified from the one seen here at *Remodelaholic.

Here is an outdoor rug I made from burlap, modified from here at Ohdeedoh. I ran a stitch along the edges to cut down on fraying, then painted the design on using a K-made stencil (thanks K!). I LOVE how it turned out. I want to stencil EVERYTHING this design!

Lastly, I'm making this wreath from Living With Lindsay, but I am only this far... Librarians-in-training and bibliophiles, PLEASE don't come after me - I'm using Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After I read it. I didn't want to pass it along. The end.

Anyway, I'm working on some other stuff too, but right now I have to get blue modge podge off my fingers in time for work! Ciao!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Yes, I have a paper due in two hours...but I can't stop watching the official HP7 trailer...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Bunch of Meh

Dear Ridiculous Manager at Work,
Please don't ever have another pre-shift outside in 95-degree-95%-humidity-weather EVER AGAIN. Next time, I'll give you more than dirty looks. Seriously. WHY???
Love, your seriously disgruntled (and sweaty) employee.

Dear God,
Couldn't you have given us a heads-up about S's grandma? Finding out about the effects of her heart medication by HER DEATH is a kind of shitty way of us finding out. Just saying.
Love, a saddened Dani.

Dear MSON,
Please stop making me do these care map/care plan thingies. I hate them. It is not helpful to bullshit a nursing diagnosis for LAST WEEK'S 9 month-old post AVSD repair patient. Sigh.
Love, a very sleepy nursing student.

Dear In-Laws,
You rock. And your visit rocked. Sorry we are a bit boring - but it was nice to chill with you for a week! Miss you already. =)
Love, your favorite daughter-in-law

A bit of blue skies from Nassau, Bahamas:

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Few More of my Favorite Things

- Gronk, a webcomic by Katie Cook (SO freaking cute)
- Long visits from M's parents (from Cali!)
- New books from the library (
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley)
- A whole weekend without my job
- Generous housewarming presents from friends and family
- Gift cards from

Annnnnnnd, my new duvet from Crate and Barrel!!!

For a picture...a view from an aquarium in San Francisco:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Instead of studying...

...I have:
  • Gone to Ikea
  • Gone to Home Depot
  • Caulked the half bath
  • Painted the second blue coat in the half bath
  • Painted the wainscoting
  • Spray painted all my frames and the mirror for the full bath
  • GEEKED OUT when I saw the newest clips from Eclipse and The Deathly Hallows
And I had some carrots and peanut butter. Will any of that be on the test? Didn't think so.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Bathroom Blues

We are trying to renovate BOTH our bathrooms (one fully, one just paint and fixture fixin) before my inlaws get here in A WEEK.

Sigh. You can imagine that I hate my life just a little bit right now. Memorial Day weekend was full of trips to Home Depot...I think that between M and me, we made about 9 trips over three days - NOT EXAGGERATING PEOPLE. So. Instead of being blue about the fact that I can't find a paint color that goes with the ugly beige and brown tile in my full bath, I'll watch this video over and over:

That's right people. I'm going to be POSITIVE. Sigh.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Back To School...Back To School...

Today is the first day of my maternity-pediatrics semester. Woot woot! I am not going to think about our bank account (pretty depleted after our MUCH NEEDED vay-cay) or about the AWESOME looking Ecplise clip that was released on Oprah (can't wait!), or the fact that HR came and talked to the graduating-this-summer students and pretty much said BLECH on you and the job market.

No. I am going to think about babies and pregnant mommies and about catching babies all covered in goo and sick kiddies and making people feel better. Because that is why I am in school - to make people feel better.

I have made straight B's throughout nursing school...while I've worked and played and tried to fix up our house...but I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to make an A this semester. We shall see!

For all 5 of you that read on a regular
basis, sorry about the blogging delay. I was seriously burnt out about a month ago, all the way until my vacation. But, I'm back!

Happy Tuesday,


Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Monday!

The weather today is simply wonderful, and I've opened all the windows in my house! I just passed my LAST med-surge nursing test (not with a great grade...but HEY anything above an 80 is passing!), I have a hair appointment set for Thursday, I finally get to see the new modern art museum tonight AND book club is on Wednesday!!! YAY AWESOMENESS! And I get to finally watch Avatar while I paint my $5 table from the Goodwill Re-Store. =) Life is good at the moment and I'm just going to sit back and chill with it.

On a book note, I finished
The Road (did I already tell you that?) and As I Lay Dying. Finally reading Faulkner made me realize that I shouldn't be intimidated by any writer. I have been putting off Faulkner for YEARS (and I was an English major...) because I was intimidated and thought he would be absolutely boring. I was so pleasantly surprised! It was a wonderful novel - it was funny, sarcastic, biting and poignant. I just loved it. Thanks to S for suggesting that one.

AND M put up our ceiling fan in the kitchen. It looks three billion times better than that old piece of crap that has been hanging up there since we moved in. I can't tell you how big the smile was on my face when we took that old thing down!!! There is so much more to talk about, but I want to watch Avatar!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Keepin' it Short and Simple

That was my theme at work tonight. On another note, I have a TON OF SHIT TO DO, so this post shall be VERY SHORT.

I just bought "Hello" on iTunes...the GLEE version. =) I know Cory Monteith is super cute and all, and I know Jonathan Groff's character is all skeezy...but I LAV HIM. sighhhhh.
I also bought the GLEE version of "Like a Prayer." Bitchin.

Our friends had their baby and she is the sweetest thing I have EVER SEEN.

Our kitchen cart is DONE AND LOOKS AWESOME (pics to come).

Love y'all, but I gotta go...

(I wish I was here!!)

Monday, April 12, 2010

100 Ways to Get Kicked Out of Augusta National

(aka, Dani went to The Masters on Friday!!!)

So, M and I have a college friend who played in The Masters this past weekend. Graciously, he gave us tickets for Friday. We drove down to Augusta, Ga after work on Thursday and stayed at a friend's house. The next morning we had breakfast and headed over to Augusta National - which was like CHRISTMAS for M (seriously, that morning he woke up at about 7:30 and was rarin' to go). I, on the other hand, know very little about golf and didn't know what I was getting into - I just knew I was supposed to dress preppy.

Well, if you didn't know, Augusta National is the freaking creme a la creme of golf courses, and there are proper RULES to follow when you are a patron there. Like, don't bring in any alcohol or weapons or bags larger than 10" x 4" x 2" or hard chairs. BUT once you DO get in (and park in the free parking...which used to be a neighborhood, but they bought it to be a VERY large pretty parking lot) you can buy beer for about $3 and delicious sandwiches - egg salad, pimento cheese, the chub - for about $1.50. Yesh. These people aren't trying to gauge you...because they have more money than everyone else. They don't NEED your paltry coinage.

Anyway, during the day we kept coming up with ways to get kicked out of the course. It started really early when M wanted to not follow the path from Will Call to the security gates. The friend who drove us there told M that he should go ahead - and that we would tell him all about the day later on when we picked him up from jail. Ha!

Sooooooo here are just a FEW of the ways to get kicked out of Augusta National...

1. Have sex on the pine needles, or up against a pine tree.
2. Touch Tiger
3. Pretend to touch Tiger
4. Steal one of the turtles lounging on the fairway
5. Try to cross a fairway when the ropes are up
6. Skip in line at the golf shop or the concessions stand or the ATM or the bathroom
7. Fake your own press credentials
8. Bring in a toy gun
9. Clap when someone bogeys...or even makes par
10. Scream
11. Climb a tree
12. Try to go into the clubhouse without proper credentials
13. Run
14. Lie down on the ground
15. Steal someones "Masters" portable chair
16. Pick the flowers
17. Hide in the azalea bushes
18. Go swimming in the water hazard
19. Throw something on the green
20. Streak across the fairway

There are many, many, MANY more ways to (possibly) get kicked out, but there are twenty. There are even more ways for the security and other patrons to get really pissed at you (like climb across 10 people to sit in the stands for only one hole...), but I won't get into all that here.

Despite my basic knowledge of golf, it was a REALLY beautiful course and I'm very thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully this can become a tradition!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Woot Woot Bitches!

I got an A on my test! I got a FREAKING A!!! That is my second A of nursing school so WHAT UP.

The slightly sheepish thing is... I am not quite sure how I pulled the A out of my ass. It was a mean test - not really hard per se, but just mean. The questions stretched back to material from the first and second exams (which is LEGAL, but not COOL) and only had two medication questions - when we had a BAJILLION meds to study. Sooooo mostly I was lucky. But I'll take lucky. Especially if lucky could continue through the ATI exam I have to take at the end of the semester - the test that counts towards getting the preceptorship that I want (aka not med surge). We shall see.

On another note, I taped off the kitchen cart and primed the tiny wooden strip that was left. Delicious. Perhaps I'll have enough time tomorrow to paint the first coat! It IS my LAST clinical of the semester and they told us we had NO PAPERWORK - so things seem to be going my way for the moment. I think I shall ride the wave.

On another note, from now on I think I'm going to end my non-picture posts with a loverly photo from my hard drive. =) Enjoy!

Key West, looking toward Cuba (2006)