Monday, 30 May 2011

I've been Zumba-fied!

I get bored easily with exercise. Fact. I go to the gym a couple of times a week for about an hour but there are times when I am just not down with it. I like difference and variance so I always have to change my exercising routine. I go swimming a fair bit and I enjoy legs, bums and tums class as well.

Then I found Zumba! And I am in love with it. It's a world dance and totally DIFFERENT to the 'lets see how many calories we can burn' ritual. Below is a video of a high tempo routine very similar to the classes I take. It's so fun!!!

At time this video does not seem to work but just click the link and you'll see chaos!

The one thing you have to do when you enter a class is lose your inhibitions. Your're encouraged to be sexy, scream and be energetic. I can totally understand why it is a new craze! I am going back next week as you learn different routines each week.

I've been Zumbafied, have you?

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Just had to share.

I only go on you tube to watch home and away or upload my v-logs when I rarely do them. So today when I logged on it said this video was rating highly. What the heck I thought let's waste 4 minutes and watch it!

This kid is hilarious. I'm not laughing at him. I just love how he makes me laugh! He has seriously made my day with his dance moves, "singing" and his one liners cracked me up. For me he is too good not to share. Enjoy.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Forever Young.

A couple of days ago I read an interesting article in the Guardian and it was repeated again in the Daily Mail the following day. The happier we are, the younger we die?

I don't mean this to be a depressing subject but it did get me thinking. I have to say I agree. I have nursed a fair few patients who are just the happiest people you could meet and suddenly they pass away. Regardless if they have a terminal illness, operation or co-morbidity. They are the deaths that affect me the most. I have not seen many but they're the ones that have really made me think "but they were so happy they didn't deserve to go yet." My Granddad was one of these people. He passed away at 65 and he radiated happiness every time I saw him. 

Then there are some people who I have met, for example, much older patients who say on many occasions they have had enough of life and want to pass away. I empathise with what they're saying but I cant help think "don't be selfish I know some people who would give anything to be alive right now and they weren't miserable either."

In saying that I have met some DELIGHTFUL elderly people who make me smile day in and day out! So I guess it does depend on different people and their lives. This was just an article that generated a lot of conversation at my work.

So the grumpier we are, the longer we are more likely to live? What do you think? 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Do I hear Bagpipes?

I decided a couple of months ago that with some of my savings I need to travel a bit more with it, rather than save it for a rainy day all the time. There are quite a few big holidays I want to save for like New York, Australia and hopefully Safari in Africa one day.

Also, I really want to visit cities and have mini vacations away. One of the joys of shift work is that when we do long stints of shifts we tend to get multiple days off as well. I might as well do something other than watch day time TV in bed at 1pm right? There are 4 cities I really want to visit that I have developed a fascination about.

Rome, Italy. Barcelona, Spain. Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland. Paris was also on that list but I visited that beautiful city two years ago. Well in 3 weeks time I will be walking the streets of Edinburgh and I am stinkingly excited! I very nearly booked a trip away to Rome but I am going to Spain at the end of June for a ten day holiday and I couldn't justify a pricey Italian trip in the same month as well.

I fell in love with the idea of visiting Edinburgh for two reasons. 

view from Arthurs seat looking over Edinburgh via google images.

1) I know Laura Anne and Ruth who I have met through the blogosphere live there and I sincerely hope I do get to meet them. Also, a friend of mine attends university there and I have not seen her for about a year.

 2) I am not sure if some people agree but it was because of this book.

And it was barely even set in Scotland. It started out in Edinburgh and finished in Edinburgh but the way the author described it made me want to go there! If an author can do that to their readers then a job well done.

There is a particular scene where they are talking about a hill called Arthur's seat which is a set of hills that look over Edinburgh. I need to go there stat! Plus, I cannot wait to visit Edinburgh Castle, see the zoo, tour the dungeons and do some shopping. I am not trying Haggis though.

I cannot wait for the 6th June!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Nurses Day

This week at work we celebrated Pride in Nursing and today is International Nurses Day. I have said it over and over again. I love my job. To be honest I don't see it as a job because I don't feel like I work. As they say if you love your career then you don't have to work a single day in your life. Yes some days are cry worthy but most days leave me buzzing.

So today I am going to list my five favourite things I LOVE about nursing and why they leave multiple smiles on my face everyday.

  • The people -  I go to work never knowing what characters I'm going to meet. I meet so many wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful) people who truly amaze me. It's simple, without the public needing nursing care we would be out of a job.
  • Critical thinking - Nursing is not just a qualification. It's life long learning. Everyday I have to think outside of the box. Nursing is continually evolving and changes all the time that sometimes it's hard to keep up! But I count my blessings that I get to use my brain and hopefully use it to make people feel better.
  • The variation -  I ADORE that if I get bored in one area of nursing there is always another avenue to take. Whether it be on a ward, in surgery, in the community or doing research. I find it exciting knowing that in ten years time I could be working in a new field. I am not limited one bit!
  • The way it makes me feel -  I genuinely feel happy when I am caring for others. There are days we are short staffed, tempers flare, get stressed and that can affect the care you give. But when a patient says 'thank you' or show they appreciate what you have done it makes it completely, 100%, worth it
  • We're always needed -  It is reassuring to know I will never be out of a job, unless I want to be (which will never happen). At some point in all of our lives we all need nursing care and I am so thankful nurses exist!
I'm the luckiest person to do what I do. I cannot thank each person I have cared for enough for allowing me to teach them, care for them, help them. It's a pleasure, everyday it's an absolute pleasure. I'm proud to be a nurse. So, happy nurses day to every single nurse out there. You do a cracking job!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Time Flies.

How is it May already?! I cannot believe that next month we will be half way through 2011. I find it quite scary. However, May time signifies the beginning of the summer months for me. The UK has had some glorious weather and I cannot wait for the upcoming months.

Simply because:

  • At the end of this month I am going to see Footloose. I love the songs but I have never seen the movie. It's almost shameful!
  • On June 25th I am going to Spain for ten days to see Oli. I really cannot wait to see him again but this time it is different because I am taking this cavalry with me.

We're going for ten days and I just hope we all have a good time. It sure will be 8 times the fun.

  • Then when I come back I will graduating be with these beautiful graduates on the 13th July!!!

Over here the in UK nursing students graduate a year after they qualify. Simply because all over the world a typical nursing course is 4 years. In England it is 3 years with a one year preceptor-ship. Once that preceptor-ship ends we officially graduate even though I have been qualified a year. I am really looking forward to it and seeing my Mum's face.
  • Also in July I am booking NEW YORK!!! Enough said. I am beyond excited for this. My sisters and I are planning to go in October hopefully.
I have not got much more planned compared to other years. Since I have started working I find I have to pay for more things. Anyone else notice that hehe? I am also currently saving my Monkey butt off. I want to see the world and at the moment I am saving for a future trip to Australia! A family friend of ours recently went on a 3 week cruise of the Australian west coast. They walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swam in the barrier reef, sunbathed in the Whit-Sundays. I am sold! It has been a dream to visit this country and I'm determined to make this expensive but worthwhile trip before I consider getting my own place. I find this all pretty exciting. Just throw in a few birthdays, BBQ's and hopefully some nice sunshine. I am pretty pumped for Summer 2011!

This was just an update post for you all =]

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