Thursday, 31 December 2009

Farewell 2009



I am looking forward to a new and shiny year! I am determined to make it a glass-half-full outlook type of year.... even if it kills me!

Hope everyone has a wonderful night!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Excited!


I am a huge fan of old pinup paintings. Gil Elvren (points up) is of course one the better known, along with Alberto Vargas, Edward Hopper, and so many others. Well, check out Jim Stigall's. He previously had done some wonderful sketches of me when I posed for Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School. We're meeting up again after the new year, and he's going to do a painting of me in this style. I am simply tickled about it.

I popped in my Ziegfield Follies dvd today while I am working. I get so inspired by the pretty glamour!

Monday, 28 December 2009

Shoes!

These are nursing shoes from Nursemate. Don't they have the cutest vintage feel? I figured that I could wear them when I'm not in scrubs too, and they would match my vintage dresses and outfits for class, comfy cute.


I will have to make a post of the fun things that I got from Santa. Sam (Santa) also indulged me in a vintage Swirl dress and really adorable vintage black velvet hat. I have to take pictures of those!

He also got me Burlesque: A Living History, which when I opened had a photo of Orchid Mei on the back. (She's also in the book.) I had to laugh and tell her that Sam got me her for Christmas.



He also got me a book called Retro Crafts
that has some really fun projects that I cannot wait to try.


I also received more volumes of the Twilight Zone Radio Dramas! Love!

We watched "White Christmas" and Sam actually enjoyed it, haha. I told him that I just loved the clothes and makeup and hair and music and dancing. He was sweet enough to tell me that most of my clothes are starting to look like that. Oh if only! I think eventually my wardrobe will be nothing but vintage or vintage reproduction.

Really, it was a wonderful Christmas.

I am getting a luggage cart to pull my bookbags around. Yes, we have that many books a day to lug around, especially after buying the ones for the new classes too. They love to reference previous books and extra books during class, so we have to have them all, all the time. =\

And I received my black pencil skirt from Pinupgirl Clothing. It fits great, is made in the U.S.A., and I figured it would be stable that would get lots of wear. I do have to say that their clothing and clothing from Daddy O's is made very well and lasts and lasts! Of course they both carry clothing that are brands that I love!

Now, I am looking forward to a fabulous New Year!!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Aerial Again?



I'm thinking about taking aerial dance again. A few years ago, I did the introductory course, and I was horrible at it. Then, life gave me a few extras and it went by the wayside.

They have basics classes on Fridays at noon. I'm thinking of jumping back in. It may be a great way to decompress after a killer week of classes. My classes end at 9:30am on Fridays. I know one of the instructors very well too. Maybe I should give it another go. Plus, it's just freaking pretty!

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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Etsy!

I love browsing Etsy. There are so many fun things there. There is no surprise that I am quite a nerd, and I often search "lungs", "respiratory", "cardiopulmonary" and stuff like that. I did break down and buy this tee, made by a lady in Sweden. I plan to wear it our first day back to class.

(I hope the pics show up)

MajaBackstrom



I also found these cute handmade necklaces too. Though, I think that I may try my hand at making my own pendant.



3bagsfull



geelizzie

Of course, you don't have to look up anatomical stuff, haha. I love the vintage prints that are used though even on soaps!



Steam Bath Factory

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

In preparation

I have decided to try and go through with it, not buy any new clothes next year. This will be exempt from school scrubs (we haven't done that yet) and under thingies. So, I was mending torn seams and holes today in some pieces of clothing. Preparing myself, you see, for what will come in the next year. I also pulled out a skirt that I have not worn in a year. I have to play with new ways to wear these things in my closet. It should be an interesting experiment. I know that I own more than enough clothes that I should not want for things to wear. I'll try to remember to snap pictures of my outfits too. At school, it won't be too hard. There is a full length mirror in our health occupations restroom. I just never use that one because there is only 1 potty, so I trapse all the way around the building to a bathroom with more stalls and no line.

On a side note, I've been trying to use up stuff in my fridge before it wilts in order to not be so wasteful. Yesterday, I sliced up a peach, seared it and put it on top of baby spinach, some shaved aged parmesean and aged white cheddar and all wrapped up in a multi-grain (no sugar) tortilla. May I just say YUM! It's a mad lab kitchen. I am trying to re-invent leftovers too everyday, waste not ya know.

So, just a teeny update.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Mine!


I had finally finished paying this off, and it is now mine! YaaY! Plus, I was bestowed with extra goodies within my package as well!
Thank you Kambriel!!

Friday, 18 December 2009

Just Fun



I thought it would be fun to do some outfit posts. This was from Wednesday before I left for class. (Yep, that's a Nightmare Before Christmas comforter on our bed, and our bedroom is rusty/orange and dark black/browns). I was feeling somewhat 20s/30s. And I had to stand on my little step stool that I use to get to the shelves in our closet because we don't have a full length mirror.

After class, I ran into Target to get dryer sheets and picked up a $1 2010 planner for school. Then, I was like "Oh full length mirror!" and shot this one, but I had on my coat.


Maybe I'll do something similar to what Two Smart Girls is planning on doing next year and add my outfits. Well, until clinicals begin because then, it's just scrubs! But let's see how I can jazz those babies up, haha

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Negative Nelly



I am a negative Nelly. I always expect the worst of any situation before it has even begun. It is horrible. There is a constant flow of negative self-talk in my head. I recognize this. Really, I do.
Yet, for some reason, it is so difficult to change it. The record playing has been there my whole life. It is like a bad habit or addiction even. Then, I worry about things that have not even occurred, making myself create all of these weird imaginings of what will or could go wrong. Then, I get angry over things that have not happened and probably will not. Then, my anxiety just goes *kaboom* and...

... I constantly feel like this ~points up~ Bad. I am really trying to take matters into my hands and create the change. I know many things that I make up in my head are projecting negative on nonexistent reality. There are many things that are beyond my control, and I really, really do not like that. So I am taking advice from a friend (who is a shrink). I am trying some different cognitive behavioral activities to make the string of negativity in my head slow down and hopefully cease. She also recommended some breathing exercises, and learning some meditation techniques.

Also, I really need to get some time management integrated into my life. After this week, I have two weeks until the absolute madness/overload of a new quarter begins. (Still having some doubts about that one aspect of the job.) Maybe I can try to get the seeds started so that I can become one of those laid back persons. I want things to just roll off my back and give my clenched jaw and "racing" heart a break!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Food Fun!

After reading this post on Bitchcakes blog, I went out in search for the elusive Field Roast Apple-Sage Sausage (vegan). I found it yesterday at the Natural Grocer up the street from my house. I swear her finished dish looks so good that I cannot wait to try it. It will be a day or so though before I get to it because we still have some left overs in the fridge.

I had made a big batch of red beans and rice, minus the sausage. I did make man one link of hot on the side. The rest though is a big veggie batch of yum! Plus, I love that I can freeze portions for use later in the week.

Last night, Sam had a friend over so I made them chicken and cheese enchiladas. For myself I used the same recipe but used the Morning Star Farms Mealstarters Chick'n Strips. I have to say, the veggie version came out just as good! The dishes were really pretty too when I brought them out of the oven. I wish that I would have snapped a pic! I really have to remember those things! I would like to make this again and substitute mushrooms and spinach for the chick'n strips. I know Hubbin would love them that way!

Oh yummy food goodness!

Planning that New Year's List??


I normally do not make New Year's Resolutions, but for some odd reason I feel compelled to do so. I would be very interested to hear if anyone out there is planning any changes and what they may be.

I just think that I may challenge myself to not buying any new clothing next year, like the previous post that I made. I really think that I can do it.

I am going to try and switch back to a vegetarian diet once again, although, I'll still be cooking meat for the man. He does like some of the veggie dishes that I make so perhaps I will be able to sway him to eat a few more along with me.

I definitely want to get our back yard in order and have a better planned veggie garden come spring. I do believe that we will be following the old square foot gardening method (my mom & dad sent me an old copy of the book) rather than my hodgepodge plant anywhere strategy. Our compost unit is just doing so great that we finally should be able to incorporate more in our beds too. My future vision is mini-farm, veggie & fruit in small compact area. =) If only it were easier to get permits for a few chickens in this area, I would love eggs! Plus, I grew up with chickens and miss the little buggers.

I would like to be able to sew, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, perhaps finally learn to knit, well heck, I just want to have more time to craft.

I definitely will be using my bicycle more this year in hopes of building up longer rides.

Oh, and along with diet, there will be a new exercise regimen. The doc and I went over the pluses of a new diet and exercise strategy along with relaxation techniques.

So what are you planning? I love ideas and sharing.



On a side note: not sure if I am going to continue on with school, rather this program. I am taking the break to contemplate. Along with unplugging ventilators and life support there are a few other aspects of the job that I am not so sure about. Plus, the job and RT's here are quite different than the ones that I encountered during my six month stint at the children's hospital back home, which by the way, I adored and was the whole reason that I wanted to become a respiratory therapist. The whole outlook is like another world in a way. I am making good grades (all A's & B's) and love the academia portion, I am just having some issues with some of the duties and the way they are approached. I am fine with death in general, just not with it being at my own hand to others. I also am a very empathetic person and do not want to become as cold and disassociated as many of these folks here have become. It is quite amazing to me. Hmmm, so I am debating which road to take in this crossroads. Til break a whole week of exams, medical director's lecture on disease, and a history paper to finish.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Crazy Ideas for next year



I am amazed by how much "stuff" I have, including clothes. I am contemplating trying to not buy any new clothing next year. I could make new things because gosh knows that I have enough material. I could refurbish some of the items that I have. Hmmm, something to think about.



This would of course exclude undergarments because, well, sometimes a girl just needs new undergarments and I cannot make underwire bras or a sturdy bra, in general.



There will also be a regimented exercise routine. Plus, after my doctor's appointment Monday, EKG's, still waiting on blood results, my diet and lifestyle need a complete overhaul. It doesn't hurt one either to make those positive changes. The food has begun immediately.

So, just thinking about things that may be achievable in the upcoming year. Perhaps, once I'm done hashing out ideas, I'll post a list of things I plan to do or change in the upcoming year. Feel free to share yours too!

P.s. I am starting to have all sorts of issues with turning off ventilators and life support, a common part of the job of a respiratory therapist. We're discussing more and more in classes and watching films and talking about the legal, moral and ethical issues. Makes one think and question if they are cut out for it. I thought that I was, but am now not so sure.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Books own me...



I have not been on the computer almost the whole week, with the exception of sending a paper to a teacher. It seems like I am either in class or at the school library. I come home to shower and put a little comfort food in my mouth before passing out, and the cycle begins again. Today, after classes, I came home and actually took a 2 hour nap.

I have finally gotten to read/catch up on blogs!!

Oh my! Crazy I tell you! My weekend will be spent studying and writing papers. ~sigh~ I will be going tomorrow night though to the last roller derby bout of the season AND riding the party bus!! Woohoo!!



On a cool note, we are arranging a group of us to take a private cadaver lab. Twelve of us, $40 a person, 4 hour lab and they will focus on the cardiopulmonary system. Yes, I am a complete, morbid, geek-oid.

Two more weeks til this quarter is over! Yipee!!!

Social Darling Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!!

Social Darling Frock GROSGRAIN GIVEAWAY!!!!

Isn't this darling?! Oh one day, I hope to win one of these fabu creations!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

WooHoo!! Thank you!!



The lovely Gingerella graced me with the Vintage Style Award! How fun and, yes, flattering!
I'm passing this lovely on to 7 sassy gals:

1. Bitchcakes
2. 50s Times
3. Destination 1940
4. Time Machine to the 20s
5. Tales of a Retro-Modern Housewife
6. Two Smart Girls One Fab Post
7. Vixen vintage