Tuesday, January 22, 2008

All work and no play

All work and no play makes me a dull girl. Or something like that. I got tired of the last week and all the late study nights and minimal sleep. I need some fun, dangit!!! Ok, maybe not too much fun.

We took our son up to Seattle to go to the Pacific Science Center. He wanted to see the dinasaur exhibits and the live butterfly exhibit. We enjoyed seeing all the butterflies and all the different and pretty colors. I didn't like when they landed in my hair and flapped around. I don't know, something about feeling like a bat in my hair! ha! But, they quickly fly off and on to another person or to one of the many trees and plants. We also got to see a lot of miniature train sets all over the museum so my son was having lots of fun. I like going there and seeing all the scientific and interactive exhibits. There are so many we never get to all of them.

The next day we had a day off due to our holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and I took my son to the beach/ocean. It was a sunny day but near freezing, I think! But, he wanted to play next to the water and in the sand and pretend the big logs were pirate boats. I was freezing by the end of the afternoon. We then went downtown and he wanted to ride the light rail/train type commuter. It is free in the city and we took a whirl on that and looked around the town and he managed to find a popcorn store where you can get like 20 different flavors of popcorn and so carmel corn it was for him.

I also rented some dvd's and saw 'The Constant Gardener' and 'Eastern Promises'. Both sad films and not uplifting. I heard Viggo was in Eastern Promises and was nominated for an award and that he is 1/2 naked in that so I was wanting to see that. I'm a fan. Ha! I got more than I bargained for as there is a fight scene in the nude. But, the film had lots of violent parts as it is about the russian mafia so I didn't like how I can't forget about the icky parts.

Anyway, I didn't do a lot of studying this weekend and went to clinic today and doing pretty good on doing the xrays though I have lots to learn. I have to do a big paper on 'how do do a barium enema' and also speak on that for 10 minutes and get videotaped. Ah, lovely. Just want I always wanted to do. I haven't started the paper and I have about a month so I'll think on that some more and get to view one on Thursday. Ah, more fun!! (Just kidding!) My supervisor says 'you can do the enema if you want!' I'm like 'no thank you!' I really want to see one done before I start poking people. yuck. I know, it's part of the job and I must learn. bluck!!!

As for the healthy living, I'm doing ok an just maintaining my weight. I did start some exercise but not as much as I should. Tomorrow is a new day and hope to get in some walking after school. Stop by and say 'hi' and tell me how you are doing this week!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Slowly getting back into it

I'm slowly getting back into working out. It has been a long, long break. The fall was filled with sadness for me if you are a reader of my blog and stress of my school and time constraints made it all too easy to quit working out. But, I'm back at it even if it is only walking for now. Soon, I will add weight lifting and then get back to other things like the elliptical and yoga. Not sure about the running! I do miss biking though but the weather is crap these days and I've never tried the indoor spinning. Have any of you tired it? My hubby has and he says some of the teachers are tough and that it's a good workout.

I've been busy with school and it's going pretty good. The hard part is the physics class. I'm not enjoying it that much and I'm trying to get my head around it and really understand it. Wish me luck!!! I never have taken a class such as this. The anatomy and postioning for xray is going well as well as my internship at the clinic. I'm liking those things.

Not too much time for fun but I did go to a baby shower yesterday and the lady hosting it is married to an old family friend. A guy I grew up with whose mom is my mom's best friend. This guy has done really well for himself and has one of those 'street of dreams' houses. If you don't know what that is, they are prob. million dollar homes I would guess. It was awesome with a whole workout room and a room that looked like a mini-theater and also room for a pool table and outdoor hot tub and overlooking the golf course. He's living large but he is a lawyer and works all the time. I'm not sure if I would make that trade off or not. Do you have time to enjoy it all? I don't think I like to work more than 40-50 hours a week but the money would be nice. Anyway, it was a nice shower and the mom to be (who is married to his younger brother) got some really nice things and it fun to see how excited someone gets when expected their first child.

Other than that, not a lot going on. Had a chance to spend my gift cards at the mall and got some new clothes and shoes and had my hair done with a gift card too. I missed out on going up to the mountain to go inner-tubing with my son and hubby but I have to put in the study time to get decent grades. It sucks but whatcha gonna do. I have to miss tonight out with friends too due to this darn physics test coming up. I haven't seen them since November and they are going out for Thai food....waaaaahhhhh.....but I made the decision and I'll see them next month. It is just quite a ways for me to get up to Seattle and I need to be at the library. My son and hubby are missing me too. It is fricken hard to go back to school and give everyone my time too. It just ain't possible. Ok, just feeling the pressure a bit at the moment.

Hope everyone is doing good on their fitness journeys. I'll check in with you soon.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

The New Year

How's your new year going? Mine is going fine. Got over the sickness for the most part so I'm happy about that. The bad part is a lot of people are sick at my school and they sit by me and now that I'm working in the clinic I'm around sick people all the time!

What I need to do is take better care of myself cause it seems my immune system sucks and I catch every cold around! I was pretty nervous on my first day at the clinic that I'm interning at twice a week. My fears were unfounded because they were a nice group of people and I think it will be a good place to work. We were so busy with xray and didn't stop for like 5 hours. It finally slowed down and we could take a breather. I'm sure not used to working on my feet for 8 hours a day. Think I need to find some more comfortable shoes. My tennis shoes are ok but I'm sure I can find something better. I was mostly observing the xrays and patient interaction but my the end of the day I was assisting the tech with greeting the patients and giving them instruction and doing some of the technical things and some computer work. We did so many chest xrays that I probably will be proficient at that real soon!

Ok, enough boring talk about xrays but that is my life these days. Looks like the academic classes will be challenging too. I was sorry to hear that we lost 3 students due to them flunking out of a class. Our class is dwindling fast as we started with 24 and down to 20. I hope no one else has to drop out but it's bound to happen. 2 years is a long time to commit to the program or really it takes 3,4 or 5 years when you figure in all the prerequisites and waiting to get acceptance into the program. Sometimes I wish I picked something a little easier a little shorter like a pharamcy tech. But, it didn't make sense to make less than I did as a administrative assistant. I wanted to make more money than I used to and eventually I will. I just hope I like this field. It seems ok so far but I wonder if people get bored doing the same thing over and over. There is some variety and I do like the interaction of meeting new people all the time though it is for a brief time.

Not much happening this weekend. My parents came to visit overnight and they are off to visit my Aunt. She is the one who lost her husband recently (my dad's brother) but she is doing as well as can be expected and went back to sub/teaching to keep busy. She has a large family of of sons and a daughter a lots of grandkids that she needs to be there for. I think religion is helping her out a lot with coping. She said somethign about a poem someone gave her saying 'this year she is spending christmas with God'. Anyway I'm just rambling on.

What is everyone's New Year's resolutions? I didn't really make one but mine really is to get more healthy and lose weight and in turn get my blood pressure and cholesterol in a normal range as they are a tad bid high and I don't want to go on meds if I can help it. We'll see. It sucks getting older as it seems more things start to happen. I want to go to that movie 'Atonement' today but we'll see if I can make it.

Tell me what you are up to and leave a note!! Check out this cute 'Happy New Year' clip at http://web.icq.com/friendship/swf/0,,16961_rs,00.swf.
All we did for New Year's was drink sparkling cider out of my big, hug Margaritaville glass and let off poppers and blow horns and shoot silly sting. My boy loved it and we did our party early thought me and my hubby did watch the fireworks in Seattle on the TV.