Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I discovered Ravelry.com and am loving it. I found all sorts of projects I would make if I had lots of lovely silk and alpaca balls. Lots of patterns to browse and great organization. I uploaded my "stash" of yarn and lined up WIP and queued projects. Little Sheldon here immediately caught my eye. I'm working on another knitted tortoise (almost done!) then I'll try a couple of these before school starts.
Mavi and I spent some good time in Anthropologie cooing our eyeballs out. So much cuteness! Look at those grape-colored pleats! That pink sweater has POSIES in the pocket! Their stuff is so inspiring and beautiful.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
(Be sure to check out the rest of our photos on our flickr accounts)
Below is the menu for our resteraunt - I forgot the name. It's in Williamsburg, hipster central so I'm told. Sure enough, we entered through an unlabeled barred garage shop-like door revealing a hidden warehouse converted fancy resteraunt with a DJ table by kitchen.
After dinner we walked to the Williamsburg bridge and admired the city lights. We crossed over into Manhatten and took the subway back. We finished off the night at the Barcade (bar + arcade). Ben set a few high scores before we called it a night.
Tiny Cup where I had my requisite toasted bagel with cream cheese and a hot chocolate.
With full bellies we rode the subway home to ready ourselves for an evening of fun. First off, The 39 Steps at the Cort Theater. The show was a real hoot, we all loved it. (Thank you Mom and Dad!)
Bamn, an updated automat. Across the street I finally finally got to try Pinkberry! I've been curious to try it for over a year but alas, they are only in NY and LA. It was delicious and I'm already trying to recreate fro-yo at home. I hear their is a place in Denver called Kuulture that makes a similar fro-yo.
Sing Sing Karaoke is Asian style karaoke. Instead of singing in front of a large group you rent a private room with your friends. This has two benefits: 1) Everyone is encouraged to sing without the public embarassement and 2) you get to sing more songs in your own room.
So Sunday we decided to take it slower. We slept in mightily and cooked breakfast at home. Mavi took me shopping on 5th avenue and the guys went to central park and Toys R Us.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We knew Jeff and Mavi from high school in Fruita and all went to CU Boulder where we really became friends. I hooked up with Mavi when we both signed up for East Asian Civilization, me because Ben recommended the Japanese history portion, and Mavi because she was majoring in Chinese language. Jeff was at CU's film school. After school they got a cool place on Capital Hill. We went out dancing, crafted, cooked, and even made a Movie Saturday at their place. Soon they decided to move to New York to give themselves more opportunities in music and film. They make internet movies and are working on a film about their Breakfree Project music tour. Meanwhile, we had a standing offer to come visit New York and stay at their place for free. That was . . . three years ago.
Gosh darn it - it was high time we took them up on their offer. I had these two weeks off from school so we booked a flight and convinced Brian to come along (later finding out he had NEVER been to New York. Ben and I have been several times). Even more than visiting the city, I think we had a blast just spending time with great friends. Ben and I got to see a different side of NY, away from the touristy stops.
Now I'm home and despite the laundry and work to be done, it's nice to be back. There's nothing like a trip to make you appreciate home. No more polluted humidity making us sweat the moment we step outside. We desert folk like our dry, clean air. My comfortable bed encouraged me to sleep much later than I should have this morning. Molly is affectionate and happy we are home. Jem is exhausted from playing nonstop at her kennel. My tomato plant has tiny green tomatoes(!) and my clematis bloomed a second round of purple stars. I'm so glad I have until Tuesday to enjoy the quiet of Colorado before going back to school.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
X 2. Nettle tea
-3. Huevos rancheros
-4. Steak tartare
-6. Black pudding
-7. Cheese fondue
-10. Baba ghanoush
-11. Calamari (yes, I tried fish)
-13. PB&J sandwich
-14. Aloo gobi
-15. Hot dog from a street cart
-17. Black truffle
X 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
-19. Steamed pork buns
-20. Pistachio ice cream
-21. Heirloom tomatoes
-22. Fresh wild berries
-23. Foie gras
-24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
-27. Dulce de leche
-30. Bagna cauda
-31. Wasabi peas
-32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
-33. Salted lassi
-35. Root beer float
X 36. Cognac with a fat cigar
X 37. Clotted cream tea
X 38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
-44. Goat’s milk
X 45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
-47. Chicken tikka masala
-49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
-51. Prickly pear
-55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
X 57. Dirty gin martini
X 58. Beer above 8% ABV
-60. Carob chips
-66. Frogs’ legs
-67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
-69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
X 73. Louche absinthe
-74. Gjetost, or brunost
X 76. Baijiu
-77. Hostess Fruit Pie
X 79. Lapsang souchong
X 80. Bellini
-81. Tom yum
-82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
-85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
-93. Rose harissa (common in African cooking, so I'm pretty sure I've tried it)
-95. Mole poblano
-96. Bagel and lox (well, not the lox, but I've had my chances so I'm gonna count it)
97. Lobster Thermidor
X 99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
I have eaten 61 items. 13 items are disallowed alcohol, coffee, or tea.12 items are seafood which anyone can tell you I detest. But I've actually tried 3 of them. Ha! I beat Amanda's 59 even with her my fish handicap. I think it helps to have a husband who likes exotic foods. To sum up:
- 61/100 or 61% total
- 61/87 or 70% of allowed items
- 58/75 or 77% of non-seafood, allowed items
Not bad for someone my age I should think!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My clinical was fantastic. Great instructor, great staff and patients, interesting experiences, pretty much all you could ask for. I got to spend my last day in the surgical ICU, what a treat!
This weekend Ben and I are headed to NYC with Brian in tow. We're going to stay with some friends in Brooklyn for a long weekend away from dusty old Colorado :-) I can't wait!
Yeah, this is a short, kind of lame post. I waited too long since clinical to write, so my interest in revisiting it is low. I'm loving that my house is clean, my kitty is in my lap, and I spent 2 hours today watching Scrubs and knitting. How about some quick stats as a final note on my Med/Surg 1 experience?
Number of MRSA swabs taken down to the lab: 11
Number of times I almost fainted: 1 (PICC line insertion = YOWCH!)
Number of old men I showered: 2
Number of times I yanked up my compression socks per day: 7
Number of nurses I shadowed: 6
Number of lungs auscultated: 7
Number of times I washed my hands: 288 (give or take)
Number of times I applied soap thinking it was alcohol rub until it failed to absorb: 3
Number of times I entered vitals in the wrong column of the flow sheet: 5
Number of times old men winked at me: 6
Monday, August 11, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
I did a gastric tube feeding for a different patient's lunch. I listened to his belly while we squirted in air to make sure the tube was in place. I aspirated the contents from his previous meal, measured, and put them back in. Then we flushed with water and I gave him lunch. You just pour in the can of liquid slowly and let gravity draw it down into the stomach.
As we watched it flow the patient said "Did you hear about the tomatoes?" Hmm no, we said. "This man was known for growing these beautiful red tomatoes. His neighbor asked him how they got so big and red. Well, he told his beautiful neighbor, every night I take off all my clothes and walk around in front of my garden, and my tomatoes blush this pretty red color. What a great idea, she said, I'll have to try it. So that night she took off all her clothes and walked around her garden. The next morning the man asked her if it worked. Well, she said, my tomatoes are still small and green. But you should see how big and long my cucumbers are!"
Imagine that you're pouring lunch into a guy's stomach down a tube while he tells you raunchy jokes. What a surreal experience. Oh, and he followed up with two more to finish the meal (but they weren't as funny).
Once my patient was discharged around 1 pm I could only roam. Our unit was pretty quiet so Darcy, my clinical instructor, scouted out something exciting for me to do. In the meantime there was a COR code call (cardiac/respiratory arrest). Darcy was on the COR team so she grabbed me and we ran down together. We were the first to arrive since it was the unit right below us, but immediately there were 20 or 25 people there - COR team, medical teams with students, nurses, respiratory team, lab people, the works. I couldn't see much but I could seem them start compressions and bagging (breathing), and they tossed yellow gowns in the room because he was another MRSA dude (isolation is an afterthought in an emergency). I was shooed away soon, but I couldn't see over the heads anyway. I later learned the worked for 15 minutes but weren't able to save him. It was so exciting and adrenaline fueled, I'm really pleased to have been able to see how the response team comes together and what exactly makes a COR response.
But the excitement didn't stop there! Ok, it was more mellow, but very interesting. Darcy let me follow around the IV nurse in the surgical and medical ICU's. The character of each floor is pretty unique. I must say I preferred these types of units. We checked various IV's (peripheral, central, PICC) for infections and dressing changes. She found a guy I could try an IV on, but then the Cath lab got a patient and they thought that would be a more unique experience so I switched over to cardiology. The patient had come into the ER late that afternoon. They put a catheter up his femoral artery to his heart to get angiograms of his coronary arteries. He had a few 18 year old bypasses that were full of plaques. So then they placed a filter, used a balloon catheter to place a stent, removed the filter, and checked perfusion. I sat outside the lab behind a glass wall with the record keeper. She explained what was going on while we watched both live and on the monitor images of his heart. I'm almost ashamed to say the sweetest part is that I was sitting in a chair for the whole two hour procedure. My poor legs!
So interesting, so much to learn. At some point during the day I had a couple epiphanies.
1) I'm so much happier being here learning all these new things, compared to where I was last year and the year before, stuck in administration and management. It's definitely a sacrifice and struggle, but it's definitely worth it.
2) I'm so grateful to have a healthy body myself and for my family. I'm so glad I'm not the one visiting their parents in the hospital. I'm so glad I don't have to help my husband eat breakfast, take a bath, or use a urinal. I hope and pray we continue to be blessed with healthy, functional lives.