Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge #3

It's my third time taking part in Joyce's hodgepodge and I'm really enjoying it. I look forward to Wednesday every week now! 

1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge this week falls on John Chapman's birth date.  He's more famously known as Johnny Appleseed...what's your favorite variety of apple? 

I know this is sucky but I'm actually allergic to Apples! Unless they're cooked. So I would have to say cooking Apples for scrumptious Apple Pies!

2.   When did you last say 'ick'? 

Yesterday when a patient vomited on my hand. They never said nursing life was glamorous!

3.   Do you think there's a generation gap?  Explain. 

I definitely think there is a generation gap. It exists because there are always changes in values and period effects. Therefore, things will consistently change and the generation gap will always exist. I like that it exists though. Simply because it creates different opinions, debates and in a sense makes us different to each other. For instance, my Gran is from a generation where she stayed at home and was the 'housewife'. She stills believe that should be the case for women when I am fervently against that idea! Although, I respect her opinion it is because of the changes in generation (the gap) that most women aren't doing that any more! 

4.  What's on your computer screen saver?  Do you leave it alone or change it often? 

It's of a beach I visited in Monterey, California, this past March. I change it every couple of months but this one has stayed the longest!

5.  If you had the attention of the entire world for two minutes, what would you say? 

Ah! That's a tough one. Probably some kind of quote that could leave an impression like 'When we know the power of love... over the love for power... then we will know peace" - Jimi Hendrix

But I think for good measure a *wave* and a "HI MUM!!!" too. 

6.  Four fashion trends to try this fall are-brocade/jacquard (fancy printed fabrics), peplum, lace, and printed pants...which of these four would you be most likely to wear? 

I love lace so it would be that. The other 3 are not my cup of tea!

7.  What can make your bad day better?

Good weather changes my bad mood. I love sunshine!  But also a cuddly hug from the boyfriend or a patient telling me I did a good job. It's the simple things. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I was helping a patient of mine get into the shower yesterday when she said "I like to get into the shower first and then turn the water on". I just thought that was weird! As it's natural to me to turn on the water first, let it get warm, and then get in. Anyone with me on this?

Monday, 24 September 2012

Not over the hill yet.

Last Monday was Simon's 27th birthday. We had the BEST day and the pictures we got were great. Below are a few....okay a lot. 

I bought Simon, as his main present, tickets to see the musical Ghost. I hid them in the car with a load of Ghost balloons!

We then set off to London...but I had another surprise! I also got him tickets for 'Up at the o2' where you climb the building that was known as the Millennium Dome! 

All geared up and ready to go!

It was quite a steep climb but the views at the top made it so worthwhile! This is the financial district in this photo with Canary Wharf.

Up at the o2!

We then went to an early dinner at Inamo in Piccadilly. It serves Asian food and it was so yummy! The reason why I chose this restaurant is because it's interactive. There's a projector above the table and with it you can order your food/drinks, play games with each other and see the chefs at work in the kitchen via the Chef Cam. It was really nifty! 

Birthday boy and his Chicken Satay!

Another thing? The restaurant was made of bamboo. There was bamboo everywhere. We have never been to a place so swanky!

Afterwards we went up the road to the theatre. It really was a great day!

The musical was brilliant! The way they did the Ghost scenes was so clever and it was really emotional. At the end when Unchained Melody was playing, Mollie and Sam were dancing and there was I blubbering away silently to myself. Such a shame it closes next month to go on tour. I really recommend seeing it! 

I loved organising your birthday day out Simon!!!! You were worth every penny and sticky tape! I hope you're 27th year is a great one! 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Prince Harry & Combat.

This has been a sore subject when I have talked about it with people at work and my family. Simply because people are so on the fence about whether Prince Harry should be in Afghanistan or not? 

For me, on one hand, he has every right to be there. He trained for it, he enjoys it and as a result should be, like the other soldiers, carry out the duty he worked hard to train for. 

Courtesy of Daily Telegraph.

But then I also think this carries HUGE risk. He is putting other soldiers at risk and the blast on Camp Bastion last week only further adds to my worry that maybe he should not be there. After all, two American soldiers died in the raid and if Harry had not been in Afghanistan those soldiers would probably be returning home alive instead of coffins.  

However, the other infantries know the risks too that by sharing a base with a wanted prince, by the Taliban, their lives are more at risk too. The fact is he is there for another 3 months and I doubt he will come home before then. Just if something happened to Prince Harry I don't even want to imagine the uproar that would occur!

What do you guys think? Should he be there or not?

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Wednesday HodgePodge!

Wednesdays seem to appear rather quickly at the moment. I enjoyed taking part in Joyce's questions last week and "met" some fun people through it! Here's my Wednesday Hodhepodge instalment number 2!

1. What's the best and worst thing thing about growing older? 

In a weird way the best thing is that I am doing what I have always wanted to do. I remember at school "attempting" sport and rolling my eyes at learning German thinking I could be doing something so much better. Now I am and I'm so thankful for that!

The worst thing is that life just gets less simple! I miss the simplicity of when the only thing I had to worry about was getting to school on time and meeting a deadline for homework! Now it's about what I can afford, how much can I save and always feeling like there are never enough hours in the day. It can get exhausting a lot of the time!

2.   Autumn arrives this week in the Northern Hemisphere...what one thing do you love most about the fall season? 

This is cliché  but the colours of Autumn. There is a road near me lined full of trees and I just love driving down it in Autumn! It's beautiful!

3.  Speaking of fall...pumpkin seems to be flavoring everything these days-are you a fan?   What's your favorite pumpkin flavored food or beverage? 

YUCK! Get pumpkin away from me. I don't like the taste or look of pumpkin. 

4.  Since we're on the subject of fall...what's the worst fall you've ever taken?

Oh this is memorable since I still have the scar on my forehead to prove it. When I was 10 I was playing 'Shadows' with my friend Jessica. You know the game where you try and jump on each's others shadow whilst their running? Anyway, as I tried to jump I fell into a fence. But this particular fence had a big nail sticking out of it that I fell head first into. There was blood everywhere and I had to have stitches! Ever since  then a little tuft of my fringe has never grown properly. 

5.  If you could own a prop from any film what would you choose? 

ooo tough one! When I was little I loved the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (still do!). I would love to have the car so I could drive, fly and sail it. It would make modern transport so much cheaper!

6. What's the most interesting word you've read or learned in the past week? 

This will be very clinical but in my new job the physiotherapists say "RTS" all the time. I just went along nodding my head thinking it was something really technical!!! Well it only means 'raised toilet seat' in their physio language. But at least I don't look like a sap pretending what it means now!

7. When was the last time you locked yourself out of your house, car, or office?  Was it a big deal?

I don't think I have ever locked myself out of anywhere because I am really paranoid when leaving a place to have everything with me. However, I do remember one time I locked the controlled drugs keys in a room at work and didn't know the code to get back in. The controlled drugs key is also the crash medicine key as well. So I was just panicking until the hospital manager came with the spares that no-one on my ward went into cardiac arrest!!!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Instead of looking forward to summer every year I have decided only to look forward to September. As that's when the UK has the best sunshine! And hopefully by not looking forward to summer there will be more sunshine surprises in the ACTUAL summer months :)

Monday, 17 September 2012

Happy Birthday!

H A P P Y  
S I M O N !

Simon turns 27 today and I plan on spoiling him rotten. After the past couple of weeks he and his family have been through he deserves it. I have the day off and I have a full day planned.

He loves the film Ghost so we're going to see the musical of it in London. Plus, I have booked a snazzy restaurant and depending on the weather today we will picnic in Hyde park or go tour the Olympic stadium and village! As long as he's happy that's all that matters.

Happy Birthday Si! I love you and I can't think of anyone who deserves a better day than you today.

Friday, 14 September 2012

My answers to your questions.

Sorry it has taken me a while to answer these questions. Thank you for taking the time to ask on here and twitter too!

Here goes.

1) Now you have qualified and worked for a couple of years. Is there something you would really like to try/do nursing wise?

One of the things I love about Nursing is there is so much to do! I can go into pretty much any field but like I have always said; Surgical patients are my 'thing'. I am really enjoying this job but over the last year or so I know that eventually I want to go into the community. I feel there is a real gap in Nursing there or at least it could be improved upon. I know I would like to become a Health Visitor so I can incorporate my love of Midwifery into it. I also like the the idea of practice nursing in GP clinics too! At the moment I am happy with what I am doing.

2)  How is your new job is going and what makes it different to your old one?

My new job is going really well. I have settled in much better than I thought I would and ultimately I am so much more happier. I really look forward to work now and the team I work with are great! In terms of differences to my previous jobs there a few. On the nursing side of things there isn't a great deal of change. I look after more high dependency patients (so they require more frequent monitoring) but I have pretty much just transferred my nursing skills over. 

In terms of differences though. I don't do night duty so my body clock likes me now. I have less of a patient load. In my last job I had about 10 patients per shift - it was exhausting and a 10:1 ratio in my opinion is dangerous! I now have about 6-7 patients per shift which I LOVE! I have more time to do my job and form better relationships with them. Also, I have a better spectrum of surgical patients. In my last job my ward specialised in gynaecology, bowel, breast and urology. Now, I have orthopaedic, medical, vascular and neurological patients too. 

3) Out of the places you have travelled to so far on your bucket list. Where has been your favorite?

Argh! This is so hard.....(3 minutes later)....I would have to say California. Purely because of the amount we saw and the amount we did in 10 days. It was a breath taking state! However, New York, Rome and the Lake District are way up there!!!!

4) You've been to quite a few places on your travel list that I have seen. Has there been a place that did not meet your expectations?

There's only one place I did not like and that was Turkey. I'm a (fake) blonde girl and Arab men loved it. I was grabbed in streets, on the beach men would just come up ask me to go late night dancing/swimming/use hot tubs with them. I felt really uncomfortable the whole time and I found myself getting more wound up the longer I stayed. The actual country is nice and hot, just the men put me right off ever going again!

5) I love you and @sbottomley17 together on twitter. Can I cheekily ask if he is 'the one'?

Thanks haha! I will tell him that! Without a shadow of a doubt yes. I see myself moving in with him, I see myself walking down the aisle to him and I most certainly see him as the father of my kids (but that's a long way off yet!). He's everything I have ever wanted and I am very happy with where we're at right now. 

 6) Do you have any pets?

I have two cats but my one is called Appleby (her sister is Bramble). I call her Crabby Apple though cause she's always in a mood. I love her lots and I have had her since she was 6 weeks old. Now she's 10! She's feisty and very vocal. I really have not had a cat like her. She knows when I am down because she does not leave my side. I wish she was immortal!

7) What made you start blogging?

I wish there was a set reason but there really isn't. I just remember one Saturday morning in July 2008 I was bored and was surfing the net. I came across a blog (Angie Smith's) and thought it was a nice way to document life. At the time I was going through a lot. I had just broken up with an (ex) boyfriend, had the day before finished my first year of nursing studies and just felt really jumbled up! I look back at my first post and think 'what the heck were you writing?'. But I guess I was using it as a release at the time. It felt much better to have my issues stored somewhere else than my brain! Since then it has evolved into many other reasons and I love it!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

For the last couple of months my blog friend Katie takes part in Wednesday Hodgepodge and I have always said 'I want to take part in this'. But you know life gets in the way and all that blah blah blah.

Well today I have a day off and I am dedicating it to blogging and reducing my Google reader of 126 posts to read to 0. So I am going to take part in this fun weekly blog in that Joyce from From This Side of the Pond has created. She posts the questions on Tuesdays and you answer them and link up Wednesdays (today).

1.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?  The NFL is back in action along with all the college teams.  Are you a fan?  Who do you root for?  If you're not a fan what do you do while the rest of America watches Saturday, Sunday, Monday night, and now Thursday night games? 

Whoa! That's a lot of football. In England we don't have NFL but we have Soccer which makes people crazy! I don't understand it and don't agree with the pay so I am quite happy not rooting for anyone and sticking to my own little world.

2. What's something I'll always find in your closet?

Scarves! It sounds mad but I have loads and when I need one I know I will find one in there. 

3. Share one of your earliest memories.

My earliest memory is not very vivid but I distinctly remember lying in what I think was my cot and peeling green wallpaper from the walls. Whenever I mention it to my Mum she says it's crazy cause I was only just gone 2 at the time. It was because I peeled the wallpaper they had to redecorate my nursery - whoops! 

4. What circus act best describes your week so far?

Most definitely the tightrope! This week is crazy busy and I am not sure whether I'll balance it out or fall at the moment.

5. What's a food you disliked as a child but you love now?

I hated Spaghetti when I was little. I hated the texture and it always looked so slimy! Now I love it! mmm Spag Bol and garlic bread yum!

6.  Describe your summer in three words. 

Wanted More Sunshine!

7.  Where were you on September 11, 2001? Will you do anything special to mark the day this year?
I remember it so clearly. I had just finished school and was walking home. I noticed everyone was on their phone and when other students got in their cars I'd hear things like "you won't believe what has..." and "some bloody terrorists have..." I was actually a little afraid to walk home because I thought something was going on here in the UK. As I walked in through the door, the TV is the first thing you see, I just saw a building collapse. And my Mum and Dad just going "oh my God!!!" - it wasn't until I got home that I knew how bad it was. 

My work place have a 2 minute silence at 2pm as a mark of respect. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
I take back all those times when I didn't want to nap when I was younger!

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