Monday, June 21, 2010

Our new home

Here are some pictures.  Nothing is anywhere near being complete.  Maybe when I'm back for more than 2 days at a time (usually studying for a test) in August some other things will be complete.  Mainly bath mats and bookshelves!

View from the front door:

New (to us!) Baker's Rack.  It is a great place to display my dishes.  I plan on changing it for summer, fall, winter, and spring.  Yes - I do have enough!
Pass through from den to kitchen:
Kitchen, complete with great space above the cabinets.  It works as both display and extra storage!
Laundry Closet (with my new washer & dryer that I LOVE!)
Guest bedroom/Office:
We have a new (to us!) daybed & trundle which is perfect for this space!  Rocky has claimed it as his own bed.  Please note that the old polyester pink blanket is there.  He LOVES to sleep there!
Our Bedroom:

And the corn field out back:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Guess what I found

The camera battery charger.  Yes, the day after I finally ordered a new one.  Such is life.

My birthday!

Today was  a great birthday!  Mark woke me up with breakfast in bed and later cupcakes.  We had dinner tonight at Ninfa's with Megan and Greg and Mark spoiled me with way too many presents!

He got me a nursing school joke t-shirt:

(It says "What would Flo do?" and has a picture of Florence Nightengale)

A really neat Camelback insulated water bottle - which is perfect for class since I try to always have a lot of water.  I put ice in it last night and when I woke up, the ice was still there!  Talk about good insulation!

And finally, some Chaco flipflops.  Mark loves his Chacos and always tells me I need some, so he took this opportunity to get me some.  They are teal zebra!!

Thank you, Mark for a fabulous birthday!!!

Tomorrow I'm back to Dallas - complete with birthday cake from Panini.  Yummm!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Homemade Frozen Yogurt

I got this recipe from here.   It is really good - we like it even more than ice cream because of the tartness. makes me use a kitchen appliance that gets a little neglected!

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk (I used 2%)
18 ounces Greek yogurt (I used plain)
1/2 cup of half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Combine the sugar and milk in a large mixing bowl.  Whisk together until the sugar dissolves in the milk and the mixture no longer feels gritty between your finger tips.  Add the Greek yogurt, half and half, and vanilla bean paste.  Whisk until the mixture is smooth.  Pour into ice cream maker and churn for about 20 minutes.  Then place in freezer to harden (or serve it immediately if you like soft serve).

Monday, June 7, 2010


This is available for pre-order June 15th - to arrive on June 25th.

You better believe that I will be ordering mine early on that Tuesday morning!  My original iPhone has lasted me for 2.5 years, but the battery life has been on borrowed time for at least 6 months.

I have been (not so) patiently waiting for this announcement for a long time.  I can't wait!!!

Camera Battery Charger

I ordered one of these today:

As much as I hated to spend money on something I shouldn't have lost.  Progress is being made toward pictures!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Minimester almost done!

Well, I still don't have a camera battery, so no pictures in this post.  Sorry!

I'm 3 weeks in to my classes - and have already taken 1 final (and made an A on it!).  Tomorrow morning is my lab practical final, and Friday is another final.  By noon on Friday, I will have completed 6 hours of my nursing credits. (Foundations of Nursing and Health Assessment)

I think the hardest part is actually figuring out how to prioritize what to study/do and what to ignore.  There is just no way that you could possible process all the knowledge.  Maybe that is on purpose!

I really like school - there are some great people in my program (which is nice considering I spend more time with them than with Mark) and I reaffirmed the fact that if I could be a professional student for my whole life, I would do that!  It's never boring, and I love learning. Is it weird that I have missed being in school for the past 3 years?!

On Monday, we will start The Maturing Family (gerontology), and Professional Practice (this class teaches basic nursing skills like shots, IVs, etc...I think.)  Don't worry - in another 3 weeks I'll have 3 more hours completed!

Sorry this isn't that exciting - just a short update on nursing school.

I promise to try to take duplex pictures this weekend.

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