I decided to keep things quiet until I signed on the dotted line and everything was official. As of today, it's official: I'M MOVING!!!!
(**I'm also currently doing a happy dance!!**)
The answered prayers that I was refering to in my previous post on the 14th was in reference to this move. I wanted to keep thing quiet until I knew that everything was squared away and 100% certain. I am simply astounded by all of the answered prayers that have taken place recently. Everything is just falling into place right now and that is such a huge blessing!! I signed the lease on my new apartment today and I will be going in the morning to pick up the keys! Ya!!!
It is a one bedroom/one bathroom apartment (all I need) and I have to say I love it!! It is MUCH safer than where I am currently living, and it is also close to my friends and family members, my church, shopping, Jack, school, and the hospital where I'm currently doing my clinical rotation. It's such a blessing! I can officially start moving in tomorrow! (Realistically though, most of my moving will not be able to take place until late Friday night/the upcomming weeekend. I have a lab in the morning at school, clinicals tomorrow night, and a respiratory care seminar and test on Friday. Since my schedule is soo hectic right now, most of the moving will take place this weekend with the help of some very sweet people! That being said though, I have EVERY intention of taking a few small things to the apartment after clinicals tomorrow night, just because I can haha!
I feel soo blessed right now. God really does work in amazing ways when we put our faith in Him! Here are a few pictures of the new place! I will take plenty more when I have a chance to move things in and get situated!
Outside view of one of the units (this one isn't mine, but mine looks identical)
There are endless trees in the complex! I love the scenery!
A few pictures of one of the many walking trails Hagan and I will be visiting daily!
View of one of the lakes...this place is soo beautiful and such a blessing! I'm still in shock that I will have the blessing of living here.
A few pictures of the kitchen! (I am SOOO excited about having a dishwasher! Ya for not having to wash dishes by hand anymore!! Washing my hands umteenthoushand times a day at the hospital is enough!)
(If you look close, you can see the cute details on the cabinet doors)
Umm I'm in LOVE with the pantry! (this picture is aweful and doesn't do it justice..it's MASSIVE! Ya for a little bit of storage space!!)
Pictures of the bathroom
View of the patio (sorry the picture isn't the best...I'll take a better one!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the patio!! I predict lots of studying out on this lovely little patio with Hagan by my side!)
It comes with a real fireplace!!! (Which I seriously have never used one before! Tips??) I'm thinking of adding a mantle/shelf above it and decorating around it to make a nice focal point! I can paint anything I want to in the apartment, so I might come up with a cute idea for an accent wall. We'll see!!)
Another view of the living room (the scenery outside of the window is lovely!!)
Ya for a great gym area!!! This will be awesome for my heart condition & for loosing some weight! Once again, what a massive blessing!!
Another picture of the gym area and Jack's head (he was checking out the gym area with me lol)
That's it for now! When I go back I will be sure to take more pictures! Feel free to post any tips or decorating ideas! :)
Most people that know me know one thing in particular...I am short. It's a pretty obvious thing. ;)
That being said, finding pants that fit can be a royal nightmare for me! When I first started back to school, we recieved 4 sets of scrubs. (of course, "men's" scrubs!) Needless to say, mine have NEVER fit me right. Now that I'm in clinicals, it's even more of an issue as I'm constantly running around in scrubs that don't fit right. The top is always too tight (umm hello, women have breasts!) and the bottoms were literally soo big on me that they were tied as tight as I could get them and were still up to my bra. Nevermind me having to roll the bottom of the pants 3 times on each leg to keep from walking all over them. (yes, I still need to get them hemmed!)
Yesterday Landau was having a sale on all of their scrubs, so I figured it was time to pay them a visit! I'm soo glad that I did! I wound up with 4 new pairs of pants that fit perfectly (aside from needing a few inches hemmed off of the bottom) and new tops as well! It's soo great to finally have clothes that fit properly!
(For those of you in the Memphis area that work in the medical field, I believe that Landau will be having that sale until the 27th, so definitely check it out! EVERYTHING is 10% off in the entire store, but there's also tons of tops and bottoms for only $9.99...you can't beat that! :) ) http://www.landau.com/
I thought I would start something new to my blog and post a few fun facts today!
1. Clowns absolutely terrify me; yes, they terrify me!! (there is a long story behind that as well involving the movie "IT" and a trip to the circus.)
2. I love fried pickles & ranch dressing...it's the most amazing combination!
3. As of today, I know how to intubate and extubate patients!!! Ya!!
4. I have 8 piercings, yet no tattoos.
5. Giraffes make me really happy!
6. I would love to adopt a child someday when I am financially able to. :)
7. "Dirty Dancing" is my all time favorite movie!! (I wanted to marry Patrick Swayze (rip) when I was a little girl!)
8. I had an odd fascination with scissors when I was little. I gave my poodle a haircut (his poor ears never grew out!), my rabbit a haircut, myself more haircuts than I can count (one time I just lifted up all of the hair in the middle of my head and went "snip" with the scissors...I had a bald spot for quite a while much to my poor mom's horror), and I even tried to make my nightgown a minidress before my mom took a hint and started hiding scissors hahahah!
9. I've never been able to whistle!
10. I love Claude Monet paintings; he's my absolute favorite artist. (I have several replicas)
This week has been full of ups and downs. A few nights ago when I was really upset, I decided to read my Bible for a little while and commit things to God. Sometimes we just have to know when to let go of things and pray. All I can say is our God is an awesome God and he works in mysterious ways! Last night and today have been nothing short of amazing and have been filled with answered prayers!!! (I will blog more about that at a later time ;) ) This is the passage that really stood out to me this week! I hope it inspires some of you too!
1 Thessalonians 5:12-24
12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16Be joyful always; 17pray continually; 18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not put out the Spirit's fire; 20do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22Avoid every kind of evil. 23May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
When I was a little girl, I used to enjoy going to the occassional arcade or game places and playing one particular game called "Wacky Gator". It involved wacking multiple alligators upside the head with a mallet. It really felt wonderful to smack those silly creatures upside the head for jumping out at me! I REALLY enjoyed it! (Here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lec6W4fEsbI - oh yeah people, that kid has the right idea!) Where am I going with this thought you might ask? Well, I will tell you- I think that in an ideal world, we would all be able to wack dumb people upside the head for saying stupid things. Wouldn't that be simply marvelous??? How delightful would it be to just be able to bop someone upside the head once in a while when they need a reality check???
Just to be clear, I'm not a violent person, I just think people need a little sense knocked into them sometimes is all. Now be truthful...have you ever REALLY wanted to wack someone upside the head??? (not hurt them of course, just knock a little sense into them) . Oh boy did I ever want to do that today!!! But alas, I have excellent self-control as far as bopping people upside the head goes, and I resisted the urge!
I was tagged by the lovely Erica for this! These are the rules: List 10 things that make you happy and link back to the person who tagged you and ten others.
1.) My relationship with God. I love knowing that He is always there for me in every facet of my life. That's such an amazing gift!
2.) Giraffes!! (They Fascinate Me!)
3.) My family & wonderful friends- I love them all to pieces and enjoying spending time with them! They help make my life complete. / I also cherish my relationship with my boyfriend Jack!! After dealing with the pain that comes with an abusive/unfaithful ex husband and a horrible divorce, I pretty much gave up on the dream of ever finding the right man. All of my friends/family told me that when I least expected it, God would bring the right man into my life. They were right! Jack is the most incredable man I've ever known and never fails to make me smile or feel loved. I cherish each new day I get to spend with him in my life, and look foward to our first anniversary in May!! :)
4.) Magazines. I've collected Cosmopolitan's since I was 17 and always look foward to each new issue. It's something simple, but it is always filled full of interesting articles, beauty tips, and cute dinner ideas. I look foward to my new issue every month! (I also love Red Book, O (oprah) Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour, Marie Claire, and many more - yes, I love magazines!)
5.) Cooking!! I love to cook and I'm always trying out new recipes. For me, it's a great way to try out new recipes and throw away the worries of the day and concentrate on something fun. I also like to prepare healthy meals instead of eating fast food. (Giada de Laurentiis is my muse)
6.) My animals. They are my "fluffy children" and are such blessings! I love watching all of the unique personalities and quirks that each of them have. Every day, whether it's a good day or a bad day, they are always there to geet me and make me laugh.
-Hagan (German Shepherd) is my goofball and my guardian all rolled into one. I rescued Hagan on the day he was set to be euthanized at Memphis Animal Services. He was heartworm positive, had 2 severly infected puncture wounds (because they were untreated, his entire body was in septic shock), he weighed only 48lbs and was severely emaciated, had a massive URI infection, was aggressive, and nobody wanted to give him a chance. I thought he deserved better.He has since made a full recovery and has progressed quite well with his training. I'm soo happy I adopted my sweet boy!
-Velvet- she was the first cat that I ever adopted and I have had her since I was 11 yrs old. She is my sweetheart and if there is such a thing as a furry "soulmate", she's it. She knows when I'm sick, she knows when I need a hug (yes, she gives hugs), and she's always there to make me smile. :)
- Isabella- she was abused horrifically before I adopted her. It took me months to even get her to where I could pet her or get her to play. Now my gorgeous girl is always chirping away at me and making me laugh.
- Kojak- I rescued him and his and his brothers when they were only a few days old. They had ringworm, coccidia, feline herpes, URI, and were not expected to live. With a little love and around the clock bottle feedings & meds, they all made full recoveries and all of them found amazing homes. When it was time to put Kojak up for adoption though, I just couldn't part with him. He's now my best buddy!
-My fishtanks...oh how I love to watch my beautiful fish swim around and have fun!! :)
7.) Claude Monet paintings. Is there anything more beautiful than the way he could capture a beautiful image in his mind and then paint it for the rest of the world to see?? I would love to travel one day to see his gardens at Giverny! I have several replicas of his paintings and I love them all!
8.) Clinicals- I love helping my patients and learning new things each shift! I also enjoy hearing the "Go to Sleep" tune play at the hospital during my shift. They play it evertime a new baby is born, and it always makes me smile! :) (When I'm on my way to the cardiac floor, I love sneaking a peek through the nursery windows at the newborns all swaddled in their blankets as I pass by L&D. Totally makes my day! I can't wait to finish my degree so I can work woth those beautiful infants!)
9.) Fried Pickles & Ranch Dressing (No, I'm not pregnant, I just happen to like that combination!) / I also love "white wedding cake supreme's" from Jerry's Sno Cones..1 word for them - AMAZING!
10.) Floral Design- I've been a lisenced florist since I was 17 years old, and still enjoy designing whenver I have the time! :) Designing is an amazing excuse to be creative and have fun using your imagination!