Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Stuff I haven't posted AND something AMAZING!

Let me just say that you need to read this post in it's entirety. The first part might be boring, but it will be worth it...

Since Rayleen and Apollo moved up here, I have forgotten to post something else I did in the house. I didn't want to post it before because it was a surprise for them, but now it's safe. I refinished the oak floor in the livingroom and hallway!

I started out with the old carpet...

I guess the carpet wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. And I knew underneath was a beautiful oak wood floor.

Taking the carpet and carpet pad helped me realize some things... Like the fact that the people who sold the house lied when they said they had the carpets cleaned. I just don't think you would find Cheerios if they had really cleaned it.

The tack-strips, nails and staples were crazy. They were EVERYWHERE. My friends Jennifer and Theresa helped with getting them out and cleaning up.

It was worth it when it was done. The floor still had a nice color, so I didn't even have to stain it. I was pretty proud of it!

Now for the interesting part... this has nothing to do with the wood floor, I just wanted you to read that.

As most of you know, I'm a CNA2 at the nearby hospital. I get to see some amazing and crazy things. Huge needles, cute nurses (guys, of course), old-man-winkies, old-lady-tatas, a few medical procedures, occasionally blood, and always, always, always... pee and poop. I see more poop than a mother does. I had to clean a guy today THREE times because he had diarrhea in his bed - he couldn't make it to the commode by his bed. His anti-diarrhea medication finally took effect though, thankfully. And I'm not complaining - somebody has to do it. People are sick and people need help!

But today... today I got to do something... well, different. Believe it or not, I was able to... (wait for it..)

SCOOP POOP WITH A SPOON!!! Yes, it's true!!! I had to get a sample to send to the lab to see if the patient had a particular bacteria, so armed with my spoon I waited for her to make a deuce. And deuce, she did.

Today was a good day.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Another freakin' post

I thought I would show you a couple of things that I've done at the house and studio. I still need to download pics of the garden, so that will have to wait. But until then, here's what I have:

For some reason, the cupboard doors in the studio were never hung. They didn't have hinges at all and all of the door handles were in their original packages. Finding the right hinges at the hardware store proved to be a little more difficult than I thought - luckily, I grabbed the ones with the 3/8" inset, because it happened to be the ones I needed! Here are the cupboards in the studio. Yeah, all of my crap is hangin out of them. (Oh, and I don't have a phone jack in the studio, so that's why the ghetto phone cord is taped on the floor - it's going from the main house to mine.. hehehe!)

There's a little one up above the counter as well. It's kind of a weird one...

This is what I mean by weird - the door goes to the bar, and then there's a gap. No door fits there or anything. Strange, but I don't care a lot.

And the final look. Somehow it looks bigger and more spacious in person, probably just because there's not anything hanging into the pathway!

The natural gas guy came to the house because I couldn't turn the gas furnace on. I thought maybe the pilot light was out. He looked at the furnace and said it was fine and wanted to see the thermostat. When he saw it, he said, "Oh. You need a new thermostat."

Apparently this is the mercury type - the kind they don't make anymore because of the very poisonous mercury. I think it's the orignal thermostat that was installed when they built the house in the '50s. You can see the mercury capsule at the top... kind of... under the fuzz.

Anyway, he said it was very easy to replace and basically told me how to do it. So I went to the local hardware store, bought a new one and voila! I replaced the thermostat by myself, and it WORKS!

I was just glad that I didn't shock myself or blow anything up, to be honest.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Five Months Later

So it's been five months since my last post... so what?!? Let me try to remember what has happened in that time...

After months of frustration, mom bought a house near Eugene instead of Salem. I've moved into the studio (the garage was converted into a studio) and tried to get the house a little more ready for Rayleen and Apollo. The studio is nice, although it's actually smaller than the cabin (!!). I think the paperwork said it is about 400 square feet, but I'm not sure if it's that big.
I do like it though, it's very bright and clean looking, two great skylights and two entries - one through the old garage and one in the back to the backyard. I bought a small refrigerator - not the little college half sized one, but a studio sized refer. It's perfect and I got it for $300. Before it got cold and rainy, I refinished the deck outside (it was soaking in any water before) so it can at least make it through another winter before we might have to replace it. I bought some utility-type shelving for the kitchen area and a bookshelf for the "livingroom". I still need to buy hinges and make sure these boards that look like doors for the kitchen cabinets are really the doors! I need to install their handles as well.
I'm working on replacing window screen material in the main house as well as a couple of other things that I'll elaborate on when they get here. I got them a surprise for the house and don't want to spoil it. Basically, I think I've done quite a bit and I'm ready to relax a little. Mom wants everything ready for them for when they arrive, so she's keeping me... focused? Or something.
I'm still in school, at this point taking a few classes over for better grades to hopefully get into the nursing program. It's very frustrating. I'm also taking a singing class and an African dance class, the latter being VERY challenging. I'm working out at the gym as well, so I hope I lose some more weight!
That's all I've got for now.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Exciting Adventures in Oregon

Well, "exciting" might be stretching things a bit. Honestly, I've been studying so much I haven't had time to knit, quilt or even read, much less blog. Plus, the issues with my downloading pictures onto my computer (although it downloaded just fine a couple of days ago - like nothing ever went wrong!) made for a very boring blog.
But let's get on with it, shall we?... dang it! I forgot to re-size the photos! Hang on.............
............ be patient....
Okay! We're in business!

I had been having some tv issues. Basically, I lost my greens or something. Most colors were blues and pinks, as CSI will attest (btw, George Eads should NEVER have a moustache again! GARRRRR!!!)

Et tu, gecko???

Notice the great taste in style, they way I lovingly drape cords hither and thither...

So I bought a "new" used tv from a lady at church for $75. It's a lot bigger! The sound can be a little hinky, but on the whole, I'm very satisfied. Quite a difference, I'd say!


Okay. I just wanted to warn you.

Here are some sheep lungs. The instructor has an air tube hooked up to the trachea of the good one and has it blown up. The one on the right we dissected.

This is my favorite cross-cut slide of the distal end of the small intestine (human.

I had to go get my eyes checked at the VA hospital in Roseburg. Apparently, I've never had a real eye exam. I thought they were going to blow bursts of air in my eye and do weird things, so I was a little nervous. I took the pictures for
Apollo, but it came in handy for my blog too!

It was still pretty early and the hallways were empty.

I'll admit... I was pretty intimidated when I saw this. It just looks scary!

This is where the Gold Club Members hang out.

Freedom!!! Just kidding, it's really not that bad.

I just thought this was a nice area... and I could swear I saw a sign about a gift shop or something? Well, I guess every hospital needs one.

This was the one area that looked really "old school GI" to me.

Ahhhh, that will do for now... eeeexcellent...

Saturday, February 23, 2008


I am having some sort of USB port problem or something. I can't seem to download pictures from my SD card... it's taken me about a week or two to download the following. I've bought three different readers and finally plugged my old one in, which I thought was broken. Finally, success!!! Obviously, this will be a smorgasbord of pictures and stories. I have to fit them all in, and I don't know when I'll be able to download more!

First off, my diet has been going pretty well. I need to exercise to lose more weight, but I haven't been gaining and that's good. I lost about six or seven pounds initially and have maintained that. Better than nothing. I've been eating out of a Weight Watchers cookbook. Some of the recipes are okay... some are pretty bland though. They really cut out the salt! Everything seems to be low sodium and stuff. I just throw a little sea salt in it, and I'm good to go! :) Here's a picture of the spinach chicken stuff that goes with pasta shells. It was actually pretty darn good and very low in fat.

I also made chili out of the cookbook, although I added many more spices and peppers. It was made with turkey breast burger, which does NOT fry up like regular burger by the way. It was pretty good though and very low in fat - I think about one gram of fat per serving.

School has been a little crazy. My schedule is INSANE this term, and I've been stretched to the max with work, the CNA class and my regular school load. In Spanish, we are learning about verbs and different tenses. I don't even know English tenses, much less Spanish!!! It's driving me crazy.

My Anatomy & Physiology teacher suggested a way to study by buying a dry erase board and "teaching" it aloud at home. I took his advice and I think it's really helping! Here is some of my "teaching" on the olfactory (smell) system.

Okay. This is where things start getting a little gross. Just warning you.
The other day, my face started hurting and I could feel a volcano under my skin. The next morning, sure enough, I had a hug zit. This picture does not let the viewer fully appreciate the size and pain, but it will have to do. I could see people's gazes drawn straight to it, dang it!

And a little more gross...
My cats have found the joy of catching mice, as I might have previously told you. A couple of weeks ago, I could tell they got one because they were downstairs (at night while I was trying to sleep), playing for hours. Sure enough, I got up in the morning and was greeted by this site:

Thanks Buddy and Grace. Learn to EAT THE MICE!!!! IT'S YOUR RIGHT!!!!

And now for the gross stuff. If you don't want to look any further, DON'T. I have pictures of a dissected sheep's eye. Seriously.

In my A&P class, we got to dissect a sheep's eye. At first, I felt a little sad for the sheep, but then I got too involved in the dissection process. In my group (of four girls), I am the surgeon. I have a steady hand (surprising, with all the coffee I drink), and I'm not grossed out by the... fluids and stuff. Also, I don't just start hacking - I'm delicate! Before cutting on the eye, the instructions said to cut away the adipose (fat) tissue. I asked the teacher if it was like skinning a deer (which I have helped family members do). The teacher and the three girls in my group stared at me. The teacher was at a loss for words - first time ever. Apparently, not everybody skins a deer. Hmph.
This is the cornea - the front of the eye.

After cutting it in half - front to back - this is the back, the choroid and the retina has been scraped together, leading to the optic nerve which exits through the back. Pretty, huh?

Here you can see the oval lens...

And from this view, you can see the lens (out of place now) and the pupil opening (the little slit). Cool, isn't it??

Well, that's all I have. I hope it hasn't grossed anybody out too much. I went through some crap to get these pictures - the group and the teacher thought I was a little nutty taking pictures of an eyeball. Oh well! It was worth it!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Pardon My Technical Problems

I can't upload any new pictures from my camera because of my card reader. I even got a new one, and it doesn't seem to be working either. There is a large chance that it may be operator error, but I can't seem to figure it out. So. I'm actually going to have to type words. Of course, I might put a few older pictures up that I hadn't gotten posted yet... or I may wait a little longer....

I have survived another Valentine's day! It wasn't as bad as I thought, although people kept wishing me a happy Valentine's Day. I would smile and thank them, but as soon as I turned away I became the ValenGrinch. The married ladies in my church decided to throw us single ladies an evening of pampering. The cooked us dinner, a nice cheesecake dessert, and then had "stations" for us to go to. We could get our hands dipped in parafin wax, get a manicure or pedicure (or both), a facial, make-up, a massage (about 10 minutes or so - done by one of the older ladies who used to be a nurse), or we could play games. There was a really nice devotional and some door prizes too. All in all, it was a really sweet thing that they did and I had fun!

I have put in applications to three schools so far, for the nursing program. I actually don't think that I'll get in this year, but I have to apply. If I don't, I will know for sure that I won't get in. At least I'll try! I'm not sure how long the process takes, but I hope it doesn't take too long. A lot depends on if I get into a program - I'll have to move.

Well, there's a nice 1980's movie on. I think I'll go watch that and relax before I get some studying done.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

What month is this, anyway??...

Although it's been 17 years since I blogged last, I will go on as if it were yesterday. It's part of my new Denial Plan. The same plan that helped me take that stupid weight loss ticker off my freakin' blog.

I woke up one morning not too long ago... honestly, I can't remember how many days it's been - this month and last have been a blur. Anyway, I looked out of one of my windows to see a beautiful view:

After finding out I had an official "school day", I went outside to take a couple of pictures. It was absolutely beautiful! And the snow just kept falling...

I ended up making a snowman which did not, I repeat, did not help my Anatomy & Physiology exam grade. I reeeeally regretted that later. But it was fun making the snowman!

It was pretty cold though. Even the antenne pirate guy was cold:

I could have gone to work, but after thinking about it I decided to just stay home and enjoy instead of driving.

There was a stretch of time, about 16 hours, that I had no electricity. My wood stove came in very handy for cooking, but please take some advice: don't cook pasta unless you can get the water to boil. It took about 40 minutes for my pasta to cook, and it was pasty. Pasty pasta. Not. Good. Veggies were okay though.

Roger was well buried. I couldn't wait to take him out in the snow!

Poor Roger! I kept having to go out and brush the snow off the canvas roof because of the weight of the snow. I did get to drive him later. I actually had to drive him to school and work for several days, using the four-wheel drive to get up and over the mountain. It was awesome!

Well, I have posted a lot of pictures to make up for the lack... but I am in school full time, I'm taking an extra CNA class that meets three to four times a week (five hour class times each day), and I'm working part-time. So I hope you understand my lack of posting!
Until next time...