Tuesday, September 9, 2014

its my birthday!

Even though I have been accidentally telling people I am already 26 for the last few months...now I really am.  So Happy Birthday to me, Sylvia gave me the gift of only waking up once last night, best gift ever :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

sylvia crawls

yes she does and it is sooo cute


Let me preface this that I have never used tobacco in my life.

I feel like tobacco smokers are unfairly discriminated against.  I was recently filling out a job application  and it addressed tobacco use?!?  Is that fair.  Also CVS is getting all sorts of praise for not selling tobacco anymore.  Are they really helping anyone?  Is that really going to stop people from smoking...no.  They are just going to drive farther to get it, after the resources are likely already strained enough just to smoke.  Smoking is an addiction and they are going to have plenty of natural consequences for it without people making their lives more difficult.

From my observation people that smoke tend to have life circumstances that already make their lives difficult, they are just trying to cope...just like all of us.  Some people (a lot) cope with eating too much sugar, some cope by drinking etoh, some had life circumstances that made it so that smoking was the obvious and modeled way to cope.  Does not mean they are not people and do not have feelings.  Picking on people who smoke is the picking the low hanging fruit.  Its PC to say bad thing about smoking and smokers, but that does not mean its right.

I wish no one smoked, I hate to be around smoking, I hate the smell, I would be devastated if any of my children chose to smoke but, making their lives harder when each of our lives is plenty hard enough does not solve anything.  All smokers know its bad, I am sure most of them wish they never started, so lets not rub their ongoing struggles in their face.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

we moved

we moved to panama city florida and its gorgeous, more than I thought it would be!
Gulf breezes....

Thursday, June 5, 2014

the end of an era

Paul graduated from law school a few weeks ago, he had his best semester ever and graduated in the top 10% of his class (yay go Paul),  this was especially great because well we had a baby not long before finals and.....Paul was ambitious (insane) enough to take really hard tax classes this semester.  Now all he has to do is pass the Florida bar, which he is studying for right now.  In August we will be moving from Gainesville to Panama City (florida) because yay ! Paul got a job at a law firm there, we are all excited for the beaches.  
We came to UF as newlyweds from California with a degree in econ (Paul) and history (me) and now we are leaving a nurse and a lawyer  with a baby!  I have to mention that compared to University of California, University of Florida has been so good to us although very far from our families we have loved it here,  we have loved the on campus housing, the cheap(er) tuition, the culture shock, and the southern kindness of so many great people we've met here.

now to survive the summer heat!

we had a baby

Her name is Sylvia, she was 5lbs 13 oz born on 3/15 at 6:09 pm (almost shift change), everything went well, I didn't get the perfect natural birth I had hoped  (little bit o' pitocin at the end), but it worked out for the best, and it was a vaginal delivery which is all I really wanted.  Life has changed a bunch since we were joined by our cute little elf,  I can't believe that it was only 2.5 months ago...can't even imagine life before that.  So here's some pictures.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Today I had a great day at work.  And it has me thinking about all the wonderful opportunities I have by working in health care.  Opportunities that are not a stable job and benefits, but the actual many human unique human interactions I have had.  With so many patients that change all the time it is hard to remember individuals and individual situations, but some patients would be hard to forget.  I am grateful for there optimism, hope and all around good attitudes.  Of course this is not every patient and there have been plenty of people who are not shy at expressing/complaining about what they area going through, which is totally understandable.

But tonight for some reason I was thinking about the recreational therapist at the Rehab Hospital I used to work with and the fun and creative activities she used to do with patients and their families.  Its Saturday night and she is probably there playing music, bingo and make virgin margaritas for the patients able to sit in a wheelchair.  Maybe this doesn't seem like a huge deal but, many of these people are in recovery from life altering strokes, brain injuries or surgeries.  Just some music can bring such a better mood and more hope into their daily routines of nurses, medicine and trying to get back to a minimum functional routine. In fact my writing is terrible and cannot give the full picture or express my feelings. But, these are people who have been in the hospital for months, maybe they have lost their continence, and have to call a nurse to be turned in bed or changed, many can't properly swallow their food, have tubes in several parts of their bodies, can no longer speak properly, may never walk again and the list goes on...and some have all of these.  And so to simply be able to sit at a table (strapped into a wheelchair) and just not think about what is wrong is a pretty big deal.  I am grateful for the perspective it gives me as a caregiver and as a human, and for all the sincerity that comes with an event of such magnitude.

                                                 This is what is on my mind tonight