Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Who Stole Whose Bed?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winston's Addiction

Hello, my name is Winston and I have an addiction... 

I compulsively seek out paper towels to eat. I have no control over this disorder. I think I may need counseling. 

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas

We brought Zoe over to the parents house for the Christmas festivities. While we were opening presents she found the perfect spot under the tree. 

It was a wonderful Christmas for all this year. Family was together for a big day of eating too much food then laying around to recover for another round of too much food. One of the gifts I got this Christmas was an Altec Lansing dock/speaker to play music from my iPhone. I love it.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas! 
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Monday, December 22, 2008


After seeing the commercials on t.v. I wondered, "does this thing really work?" Two out of our four dogs do not like getting their nails trimmed. They've gotten better over the years with all the treats they get during the n dremel ail trims, but still it can be a struggle.  So while at Target I found PediPaws, a dremel made for nail filing. It comes with a cap to catch the nail filings, although I find it easier to use without the cap. It also has a safety feature that will slow down or stop the dremel if you're pressing to hard on the nail.

Zoe gives the PediPaws two paws up!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Shoes

I have been in need for new walking shoes and also new nursing shoes. They are Nike Air Zoom Vomero +3. I found these shoes in the Fit2Run store at our local mall. They have you run on a tread mill while video taping it, then play the video back to watch how you run or walk. This gives you information on what kind of shoe you ned for your running/walking style. 

(Photo from Fit2Run website.)

Hopefully these shoes will help on my long 12+ hour days as a new nurse. 
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Pinning Day

A tradition in the school of nursing is the "Pinning" ceremony. At this special ceremony given for the graduating nursing students, family and friends, the students get to dedicate their nursing pin.  Near the end of the ceremony they take a pledge which reaches back to Florence Nightengale who distinguished herself during the Crimean War nursing sick and wounded British soldiers. Because of her selfless duty during the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale became known as the "lady with the lamp." As a tribute to Florence's dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. The lamp will always shine brightly as a symbol of the care and devotion the nurse administers to the sick and injured in the practice of Nursing. The Florence Nightingale Pledge:

"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to faithfully practice my profession of nursing. I will do all in my power to make and maintain the highest standards and practices of my profession.

I will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping in the practice of my calling. I will assist the physician in his work and will devote myself to the welfare of my patients, my family, and my community.

I will endeavor to fulfill my rights and privileges as a good citizen and take my share of responsibility in promoting the health and welfare of the community.

I will constantly endeavor to increase my knowledge and skills in nursing and to use them wisely. I will zealously seek to nurse those who are ill wherever they may be and whenever they are in need.

I will be active in assisting others in safeguarding and promoting the health and happiness of mankind."

The nursing graduates honor the dedication of Nurse Nightingale and symbolically plan to carry the ideals for which she stood in the Candle lighting portion of the pinning ceremony. The tradition of Candle lighting and Pledge recognizes her ideals.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Starfish Christmas Wreath

I have one more week of clinicals in the ER until I graduate! My nursing preceptor has been awesome and to thank her I have made this starfish Christmas wreath for her. I got the idea from another blog, Puttin' on the G.R.I.T.S. and from the Coastal Living website. I like the wreath so much that I think I need to make myself one. 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanksgiving at the firehouse

Michael still - Last post for the night.  April may hurt me for hijacking her blog.  If no one hears from me again, and I turn up missing, please name her as the number one suspect.  Anyway, so, I had to work at the fire department on thanksgiving, and there must have been about 2 dozen cooking related calls that the fire departments in my area responded to.  This is just proof that people who microwave their meals all year long should not try and cook Thanksgiving dinner.



Still Michael here... I know that this is the "Preppy Pugs" blog, but, our boy Oliver deserves a special note.  Tonight, Oliver sunk to a new low.  He always puts his toy up on the couch so that we will throw it, and he can bring it back (kind of like fetch, I guess.) Well tonight I guess I wasn't playing with him enough, he actually fell asleep with his head on the couch, very sad. Just felt I should share.


Why you should be careful who you give stuff too

So, this is actually Michael - April's Husband.  I'm at home tonight while April is working hard doing her clinical hours for school.  One of our firefighters in my department gave a fire department sweatshirt to a local person that is "residentially challenged."  The firefighter thought he was doing something nice and keeping this guy warm.  WELL . . . as you can tell, you our friend ended up getting into some trouble with the local law.  Unfortunately he was wearing our department sweatshirt... so, he is off to the clink.  Wearing our sweatshirt.  So, the moral of the story, if you don't want your shirt to end up on a criminal in jail, be careful what you give away.

This blogging this is kind of fun.  I might have to do this more often.