Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Balanced Week

This has been another busy week ~ but a little more balanced.   I have purposely been leaving work on time.   Every night I am greeted by this awesome face.
Chrissy Week 4 With US
I have been pushing myself to get out of bed in the morning so that I can spend time with the Big Man.  Saturday he cooked breakfast for us and we actually sat at the kitchen table to eat. 
Of course the Texas Dogs (Angle and Oreo) kept us company.
Oreo & Angle (The Texas Dogs
WWednesday I got a new toy ~ the Galaxy Tablet 10.1.  I am in love with it.  In the past I would have to complete my clinical logs after I got home. With the Galaxy Tablet I was able to work on my clinical logs while seeing patients – this is a great time saver from me.  I am also able to keep up with the blogs I follow, facebook, and read (The Nook App is Perfect).
Galaxy Tablet.
 For those of you new to the blog, last year I taught myself to knit.  I have knitted 7 scarves and have not worn any of them.  Today was the day - I wore one to church.  I can't believe how many compliments I got on my scarf.
As the week ends I am reflecting on where I am in my life - Why has God put me where I am? Am I in the right place? Maybe I should take a lesson from Shasha Grace (160 lb Mastiff) - if it feels right just do it.
Shasha - in the little dogs bed
Update on My Blog - I am working on updating my blog - using the tips from The Arkansas Women Bloggers "Kick Start my Blog Challenge"
 Check back over the next few days to see the updates.
~ Connie ~

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tasty Tuesday

No recipes today - I did cook tonight but it was a simple dish, Lasagna.  Whole wheat noodles layered with browned turkey, onions, green peppers and canned sauce. I added a little pizza mixed cheese between the two layers and on the top.
The Big Man usually cooks dinner since I use my evening to grade papers, complete clinical logs, or study.  Of course tonight he said dinner was awesome - well yes, but it was more awesome because he did not cook.
The Big Man
The Big Man had his first Quorum Court meeting tonight - I secretly think he is liking this new role.
Me - I lived through presenting my first webinar today. I spoke on telehealth and how the rural hospital system I work for uses telehealth. It was actually fun after I got passed being nervous.  I will post the link for the archived version when it becomes available.
I am a little excited tonight - I get my new notebook tomorrow and my Project Life Kit should be here..... Life is Good!
~ Connie ~

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Project Life

Well I have been thinking - I need to get back to creating scrapbooks.  The issue is finding the time.  I have been reviewing Becky Higgins - Project Life.  I love the products. The concept seems simple.
Everything you need in a box - add pictures and journal.
I ordered my kit tonight - I can use my blog to catch up on week 1, 2, and 3 of January.  After that - I have added 2 hours on my schedule each Sunday afternoon for some scrapbooking.
Check back - I will post my creations.
~ Connie ~

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time - Enjoy Friends

It has been another long week –
It started Monday with an unexpected event at work that resulted in me having to work later than I planned.  Of course this change in plans made me late for the clinic board meeting. 
I am thankful for a great group of board members – they totally understand my crazy schedule and they forgive me when I forget it is my time to offer the devotional. 
Tuesday didn’t go any better with the snow causing major issues at work. I ended up helping out in the emergency room with multiple motor vehicle accidents from the snow and ice.  I got home around 8:30 pm only to get a call from the hospital with another crisis.  Thank goodness I have gotten good at handling crises via the phone and in the dark – yes we lost power.
Wednesday went better than expected, except that I realized that I have agreed to do a presentation on “Connecting the Delta – Telehealth” and the presentation is next Tuesday…what is a little more stress in my life.  OH! and, did I tell you the presentation is to a national group.  Note to self – listen to all of the details before saying yes.
Thursday turned into a 16 hour day.  With work, clinical hours (for my FNP program) followed by charitable clinic, then home to complete the paper work for the clinical hours.  I am thankful for the Big Man – he made sure the four-legged babies (remember there is now 14 ranging from 2 lbs to 160 lbs) went out to the bathroom, got something to eat, and made it to their crates
Chrissy D - #14
Friday was work, and more clinical hours, followed by dinner with Friends.  Our friends are heterogeneous group – meaning diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.  One couple are both physicians, one couple are dog lovers (they have more than we do) and one couple are everyday working folks who we met through volunteer activities.  Each couple has kids of varying ages, different hobbies, and different political views – but together over good food and good wine, we had a great time.
Funny I almost cancelled our dinner plans - I didn't think I had the time.  I am glad that I thought about my "One Little Word" - "Time" before deciding to not go.  See - for every thing there is a season.  For me after a long week - it was time to laugh and have some fun.  The Big Man said this morning over breakfast he had a good time last night - he made me realize, life is short we need to spend time with those that mean the most to us.  
 My prayer for you is to find peace, happiness, and time to celebrate friendship
~ Connie ~

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Plans Changed

Every Sunday night I try to figure out where the weekend went.  This weekend is no exception. We had planned to attend the Arkansas National Wild Turkey Federation State Banquet and replace our oven (that went out on Christmas Day)
 Mother Nature changed our plans.  
We had a flash flood that resulted in 2 inches of water in our garage and kennel.  The kennel is home to 12 of our fur-babies.  We had to move the larger fur-babies into the sun-room to keep them dry.  The little fur-babies crates are on a shelf so they were safe from the rising water.
We pumped the water out of the kennel, dried the floors, washed and dried blankets and moved the babies back to their room. Saturday night the rain started again - up at 5 AM pumps back out. This time we worked fast enough to keep the water out of the kennel. 
So - we missed the NWTF banquet.
Fellow NWTF Blytheville Beards & Spurs members were there to accept the awards.
 Awards: Top Women in the Outdoors - Top Jakes - Top Wheelin Sportsman - Golden Gobbler - Top Overall Chapter!  We rocked the State.
 We did get the new oven and it is installed
We also bought a new refrigerator (will be delivered tomorrow)
I cooked dinner tonight as the Big Man helped friends load the old refrigerator. As we finished dinner I realized - I have enjoyed my time with the Big Man.  The weekend didn't go as planned but we spent 48 hours as a team - together.
Hope you had a great weekend
~ Connie ~


Sunday, January 06, 2013

Time Flys

Where has the weekend gone -  We made an emergency run to the veterinarian with MeMe the smallest and oldest of your four-legged babies. She has an infected tooth.  Started her on antibiotics but, will need surgery.  We are scheduled for this coming Thursday. 
MeMe - 2 lbs and 11 years old
We dropped off donations at Annie's Attic (Humane Society Thrift Store). We did a little shopping for a new stove, spent some time on the gun range, followed by a movie with the Big Man.

Sunday was church, lunch, grocery shopping, refilling bird feeders, replanting a new plant, laundry - followed by 3 miles on the Treadmill.
My run/walk was awesome! It felt great to move and to sweat.  I am planning on a run tomorrow. I am hoping running will help keep my stress level manageable.  The Hamster Wheel I am referring too isn't my busy weekend, it is my schedule.  Tomorrow I return to class and start a new 8 week block of teaching.

Time is my "One Little Word" for 2013.  According to the American Heritage Dictionary - one of the definitions of time is: "Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed."
For me it is a period of time for each task. 
Check back and see how I do
~ Connie ~
P.s. Chrissy Says Hi

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Reflections of 2012 & My One Little Word

Welcome 2013 ~ Today The Big Man begins a new journey in his life, Quorum Court Justice, District 8, Mississippi County, AR.
The Big Man is the one on the Left
For those who don't know what a Quorum Court Justice is, the best way for me to describe the elected position is - they are the city council for the county. I am so proud of him. 2012 was a good year for us.  We have grown as individuals and as a couple. I can not imagine my life without him.
For me 2012 has been a little of a challenge - with work, managing a free health clinic, teaching nursing online, and returning to school.  I have found myself exhausted. 

My goals for 2013
1. Choose to participate in only what is truly important to me.
2. Make more time for me and the Big Man
3. Follow the plan God has for me (this will require a little more prayer and thought)
Every year I choose a word, One Little Word to focus on. In 2012 my word was balance.  I need time to reflect on the impact this One Little Word, had on my life. 
My One Little Word for 2013 is "Time".
Check back tomorrow to see why I choose the word "Time" for 2013.
~ Connie ~