March 29, 2011

i feel like im an old person, and m is quick to remind me of this fact ALL the time.  I absolutely LOVE old TV shows. Im not that big on newer TV shows much these days other than Grey’s Anatomy, the Office or Teen Mom, but give me an episode of I Love Lucy, Little House on the Prairie, Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, or Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman…. Count me sitting there… all day long 🙂

i think my favorite memory growing up was when we were little and i mean 4-13 years old.  when we were at the river, the only way my parents would get us to go to bed early enough (since us kids used to race each other in the morning to be the first up), was to turn nick at nite on…. i love lucy and then bewitched.  the best hour or two of my life!

ok… im ranting and m is rolling his eyes at this post.  until next time. have a good day!

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The bf has this fascination for fire. Our fireplace has gotten much use in the last four months since we moved into the house, and not because we were sitting by the fireplace reading or whatever it is that people do by a fireplace. No, he just likes to burn wood. And I mean not one or two logs at a time, I’m talking one if not two bundles! Maybe it’s just man’s primal instinct to make fire, but he takes this a little too far…

Case in point, last wednesday. We’ve had cardboard boxes (from moving) that had been sitting in the house FOREVER. I loaded up what i could into my car so that i could bring it on post and drop it off at recycling. Well i left one big box that wouldn’t fit into my car. I worked the night before so was sleeping, when the bf thought he would get rid of the box by burning it in the backyard. Anyways I smelt burning and came out to find him burning the box in our empty flower pot. He told me it was fine and to go back to bed, he had it “under control”. Im pretty sure you get where I’m going with this… About ten minutes later i hear him screaming ASHLEY! GET THE HOSE AND NOZZLE! I grab them still not knowing whats going on and he grabs my mop bucket. We put out the two spots in the backyard and all of a sudden I notice there’s white smoke on the other side of our fence… I hop onto the fence ledge and see fire heading to the street, while leaving a trail of burnt grass. At this point people are jumping out of their cars and neighbors are bringing hoses and fighting it from the front while I spray from the back… Yep. My heart was racing. All of a sudden I’m thinking our house is gonna burn down, he is gonna be in so much trouble when this is put out! Needless to say the fire was put out, fire dept. was called out; but most importantly no damage was done to either our house and luckily nothing on our neighbors house was damaged. Although they haven’t talked to us yet so… Oops! I wanted to meet the people in my neighborhood but not this way!

He got a good scolding from the fire dept. but nothing like the wrath I gave him. Lol. My mother even told me to be nice, it was a mistake. Well hopefully a lesson learned.

Here’s the burnt grass from the front and side of the house… You can see how close it got to the neighbors house.

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March 24, 2011

i absolutely LOVE country music.

i don’t know how many times i’ve been asked so what kind of music do you listen to? and then been given a face like they just smelled the most rank fart, when i say country.

country music isn’t for everybody, but its for me! I have always been a person that relates to music or feels like songs completely speak what is on my mind at that moment in time. When i’m having a bad day, all i have to do is turn on the radio and hearing just one song makes my day so much better. Country music is all about love, family, good memories, and God. Maybe that’s why i want to move to a quiet lake house in Tennessee… maybe i’m made to live in the south. haha ok I won’t take it that far 🙂

…For every stoplight I didn’t make
Every chance I did or I didn’t take
All the nights I went too far
All the girls that broke my heart
All the doors that I had to close
All the things I knew but I didn’t know
Thank God for all I missed
Cause it led me here to this…

to GRE or not GRE?!

March 24, 2011

so I feel like I would never hear myself say this… but i miss school.

i know. i just heard a pin drop.

i think i just miss the act of learning. I feel like i’ve lost alot of knowledge and nursing skills that i once learned in nursing school.  M talks to me about things that happen at work and i feel like he’s speaking a totally different language of long lost definitions or diseases that I once knew but now i can’t even remember the tiniest thing about them. literally, i feel stupid when he comes home about this “great patient” he had last night.  i know that he is so excited to tell me about what was wrong with them, what cool procedure he got to do, and what they did. I’m very happy for him, really, but all i do is get frustrated. Don’t get me wrong. Labor and Delivery has very high-risk and complicated patients, and it is a GREAT learning experience. But I wonder what i’m missing out on?

My problem is that i loved too many of my rotations during nursing school, that i don’t think i could pick just one that i want to do for the rest of my life.  I loved working the peds, oncology floor at CHLA (Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles), I really enjoyed working the Critical Care Unit at St. Joseph’s, I enjoyed working with the pregnant teens during Community, and I actually enjoyed my Rehab rotation at Tustin.

I don’t know… maybe one day i’ll figure out what i want to be when i grow up 🙂  until then i’ll enjoy the time i get to play with babies all day!

March 23, 2011

so yesterday i found a box full of photos, and i mean old photos.  i spent hours sitting on my floor looking through them and recalling all the memories.  i smiled alot and gave me a good laugh.  hope you enjoy.

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March 9, 2011

There’s nothing better than walking to work and hearing a familiar sound of a bird cooing that sends you back to long ago memories. If I close my eyes I could picture myself laying out on the dock, could feel the warmth of the sun hitting my body. I could hear the water laping against the dock and shore and every once in awhile I could hear the roar of a boat engine or jet skis passing by…

But all too quickly, someone calls my name and I’m back in Texas. Killeen, Texas. Reality sucks… Until I can get back to the river, I guess I’ll just have to deal with hearing the coo of a bird that sends me back to my favorite place on earth.

I mean seriously, wouldn’t you want to look at this all day?!

I still have a dream of retiring here…

March 7, 2011

I have another set of Book Recommendations.  They are AMAZING books!
 

A Thousand Splendid Sons focuses on mothers and daughters and the friendships of women. While The Kite Runner focuses on father and sons, and friendships of men in Afghanistan.

At first, I thought I would give a review of each book for you, but honestly they are just too detailed to even attempt that.  However, I will say that I would given A Thousand Splendid Suns  and The Kite Runner . They are easy reads, honestly I read A Thousand Splendid Suns in two days…. I could NOT put it down. So, hopefully you take my advice and learn something new from the many lessons that these books have to offer.  Enjoy 🙂

San Antonio

March 7, 2011

We went to San Antonio this past weekend, so we had a little early birthday celebration.  When I was in San Antonio for OBC in 2009, I actually hated the city; but i never really went out and saw all the culture around it. There is tons of history throughout the city and great food!

If you want great Mexican food and an AMAZING margarita head to Casa Rio down on the riverwalk.
If you want great Texas BBQ, head to Republic of Texas.
If you want great breakfast and lunch food… head to Guenther House. It’s a family owned flour mill, so all of their food is from scratch. I can never leave San Antonio without having food from here.
If you want a laid back family owned bar, head to Thirsty Turtle.
If you want a great place to relax and people watch, go to Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub and sit on the patio.
If you want AMAZING meat, head to Fogo De Chao.  It is a Brazilian Steakhouse (Churascarria), its expensive but so worth it.
Other bars and good hangouts would be: Pat O’Brien’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Mad Dog’s, and Coyote Ugly.

anyways… that was my weekend! Yay!

Little pick me ups

March 1, 2011

So as you know I’ve been on this reading kick for awhile now. I have a library full of books and i tend to find myself rereading a bunch of classics from back in high school. Recently I’ve been wanting to finish the two books I was reading so I could read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Well today I started reading and about page ten I saw a bright pink post it note that read “smile 🙂 your gorgeous!”. I was thinking what the heck?! That’s my writing… I don’t remember writing that. That’s wierd that I would make a post it like that…

… Then I got to page 143 and there was another one! It read “your sexy, smart, funny, and deserve to be the center of a man’s world”.

I must say, at first it was definetly wierd. But my younger Ashley just made my day. Maybe I’ll start leaving little pick-me-ups around more often. Sounds good to me!