Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fresh off the Press. . . .


Totally a last minute decision! I was initially going to go to Ireland in June as my graduation present from my parents. . . . however, next week is my spring break from school and the trip is almost half the price if I go now instead of in the summer. My mother had suggested that maybe I go next week and save some moo-lahhh. We started looking up flights/B&B/etc. and have officially reserved our tickets today!! We will be gone for 7 nights, 9 days! I am so nervous, excited, freaking out!!! We have so much to do and so little time to do it in. . . . today will be packed with confirming reservations, making itineraries and plans, packing, so on and so forth.

Ireland. . . . .
That land of mystery, romance and full of history. What is it about this emerald isle that calls to me? I have always had a passion for traveling to Europe, but Ireland most of all. I have dreamed of living there in a small cottage with several acres of land, horses, a few goats, my dogs and a scooter/motorbike. I have dreamed of getting married there in a castle with just my closest friends and family. I have dreamed of experiencing the culture and richness of the Irish heritage. I don’t know when my passion for this island started. . but it might have been after I read “Scarlett” (the continuation of “Gone with the Wind”). I have recently acquired a desire to learn Irish tap dancing (after attending Riverdance with Janell in January) ha! Wow. . . I can’t believe that my dream is actually becoming a reality!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

MY Lake Tahoe!!

Today I finished up the 2007-2008 ski season at Sierra at Tahoe! It was beautiful! My dad took me up there for the day even though he had to be at work by 4:00. . . (what a great dad!) On the way up there we passed a thriving little town called Fresh Pond which consisted of a gas station/restaurant/grocery store/souvenir shop all in one! HA!! I ended up driving today so I guess I noticed more things than usual (usually sleeping on the way to the mountain due to the early hour).
Everything seemed new and fresh to me today. . . . The splendor of the mountains, the beauty of Lake Tahoe, and the majesty of the melted snow creating miles of thunderous waterfalls. God’s creation was once again brought to my attention as awe inspiring and wonderful! I am so blessed to be able to enjoy the beauty that surrounds me through each changing season.
The snow was so-so. . . not too great, but not the worst either. It was icy when we arrived on the mountain but as the day progressed the snow began to soften. The wind chill factor was another story. . . it was cold until about 1:00! *Brrrrrrr*
I was able to work on my “moguls” carving skills which my dad critiquing and offering advice. I also was taken out by a snowboarder. . . and NOT on a date! He actually ran me over and thus bending my one good pole that I had. (They will definitely be replaced before next season!) Until the 2008-2009 ski season, I say ado to the glistening snow that covers the faces of rock that I so dearly enjoy treading upon!

Monday, March 24, 2008


Just wanted to update on the dates of my pinning ceremony and graduation. My pinning ceremony (where I recieve my RN pin, etc) is on Friday - May 23rd at 4:30 pm at California State University, Sacramento. My graduation will be held at Arco Arena on Saturday - May 24th at 8:30 am. There are no limitations on who comes. . . all are welcome! :-)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Redneck Mansion

Thanks to Louie!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Sad Farewell :-(

Today was a sad day. . . . one of my best buddies since childhood moved to Pennsylvania for a minimum of 5 years. Misha, her husband David, and young son Cylas are moving to Pennsylvania with David’s family so that he can obtain his education. This family has been some of my closest and dearest friends. Misha and I have been friends since we were around 10 or so (??) . . . it’s been so long I can’t even remember. We were young enough to play with Polly pockets, cowboys and Indians, and run around barefoot all day playing the parts of great detectives and putting on mini dramas (some of our other stories are too scary to share with the general public). I was privileged enough to be present at the birth of her son, Cylas, and hope that I will make it to many future children’s births as well! :-)

Mish, I love you very much and will miss you badly. I wish all of you the best of luck in Pennsylvania and hope I will be able to come visit soon.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Grandma!!

Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest grandmothers in the world (I have two of the you know!)
Nina Henderson is 71 today!! (she looks about 50 or so I'd say) ;-)
My grandma makes the best peanut butter fudge that has ever been attempted and is so giving and loving. She truely has a kind and gentle spirit and I love her to pieces!!

Friday, March 7, 2008


Patient: S.A.H

Chief Complaints: listlessness, loss of motivation, boredom/sleeping/surfing the web during class, daydreaming instead of doing homework assignments, procrastination

Assessment: Patient is a 25 year old female in her last semester of nursing school at California State University, Sacramento. Patient appears to be healthy but slightly disturbed. Patient stated that onset of symptoms started in late February of this year. Chief complaints seem to be present during any scheduled class time and resurface again once homework is discussed or attempted. Patient describes an intense desire to “be free of school” and the assignments are “useless.” Patient is in great anticipation of the month of May.

Diagnosis: Senioritis - from the word senior plus the suffix -itis (which technically means inflammation but in colloquial speech is assumed to mean an illness), is a colloquial term used in the United States and Canada to describe the decreased motivation toward studies displayed by students who are nearing the end of their school careers. By definition, Senioritis is not due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition such as hypothyroidism or insomnia but is typically said to include: slowness, procrastination, apathy regarding school work, a feeling of entitlement or privilege and a tendency toward truancy, increased drug use, malingering or feigning illness in order to avoid presence in a school setting, cognitive impairments, and changes in sleep patterns. (Wikipedia Encyclopedia)

Known Cure: Graduation