Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ross and Dani's Wedding

The happy couple (October 28, 2006)
Bekah and I check ourselves out. Karen, Nick, Becca, Stacy, and I shut down the dance floor. Yes!

Beautiful weather, beautiful ceremony, fun reception, hot bridesmaids. What more could you want? I even reluctantly fulfilled Dani's request that I be out there for the bouquet toss. Sarah was the lucky catcher. I caught my aunt's bouquet when I was 14 so I figure I'm still covered. Dani and Ross are now honeymooning in Hawaii and my life can get back to normal for a bit. At least until next Thursday when I leave for Ireland!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Kiss me, you're Irish!

Jill and I leave for Ireland 2 weeks from today! I can't wait until we meet our husbands. And tour Waterford, Guiness, and Jameson. And hike the lush green countryside. And get lost in our rental car. It's going to be amazing!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I laugh in the face of Haunted Houses

I went to my first Haunted House last night. My parents are anti-Halloween, hence I never even went trick or treating. My parents still bought me and my brother candy and took us out for a special dinner and/or movie that night so it never bothered me too much. I usually don't let myself watch scary movies anymore- half the time I can't even watch the previews on tv! I get too freaked out. When Brian and Donna started talking about going to a haunted house, I told them a firm "no way!" I was on call until 8 so I kind of had an excuse anyways. Brian, Donna, Josh, Brian's cousin Noe and Noe's girlfriend Jenny all convened at our apartment. I'm not saying there was peer pressure involved, I'm just saying. When Josh told me I'd better change into my shoes as slippers are not allowed in haunted houses, I had to laugh and finally give in. I was somewhat curious about what all the fuss was. $12 later our experience at Basement of the Dead in Aurora began. I threw up a prayer to God, knowing that I might have been screwing myself over for a nightmare filled night. Josh and Donna were kind enough to let me hold on to them and I made sure that I was sandwiched between the two couples. It was a good spot to be in but I was still confronted by monsters and people grabbing at my legs. I just kept laughing, trying to hold on to Donna while Jenny held on to me. It was so ridiculously dark in there that a lot of concentration was spent just trying to figure out where to go next. I jumped once or twice but no big screams. I was too busy laughing! And if any bad guys got too close, I told them "Get out of my way" or "You're not very nice." Both statements were equally effective. It'll probably be a while before I pay to do that again but at least I can say I've been. The moral of the story: I did lose my right contact during our walk through. There were lots of body bags hanging from the ceiling that we had to shove out of the way and in the process one clocked me in the eye. I didn't realize my contact was missing until well after we were done. I don't think it's a punishment but it is ironic. Hopefully the eye doctor will get a new one in fast because I'm in Ross and Dani's wedding on Saturday!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

She just keeps talking

Yesterday I did a presentation at Midwestern University for pharmacy students. My friend Meri is the instructor for an End of Life Care elective class and asked me to be a guest speaker and share what I do as a social worker. Needless to say I was insanely nervous. Thankfully it went really well! I used Power Point, which was a mark of genius, and did not practice before hand. I usually do better to just wing these kinds of things and hope for the best. I figured I'd be the cool lecturer that lets everyone out early. Unfortunately there was no clock within my eyesight and if not for Meri flashing me the 5 minute warning, I would easily talked for another half hour. Luckily I was able to wrap it up and end the class on time. No one fell asleep, everyone was pretty engaged for a morning class, and they all liked my case examples. Plus Meri said I did a great job! Hurrah! Now I just need to get ready for my next presentation...a nursing home wants me to talk about taking care of yourself when you're a health care provider. Should be interesting stuff. And then the next day I leave for Ireland. I can't wait!!!

Monday, October 09, 2006

The wages of visiting grandparents

Aunt Teresa had a seizure last Monday, evidence that the tumor continues to grow. I didn't get a chance to visit her until today. I was able to stop out at my grandparents for lunch and enjoy my grandma's famous chicken noodle soup. Teresa is definitely declining, she's more lethargic and weaker but still happy as can be. In the middle of lunch my grandpa decided to go talk to my uncle at the farm (right next door). A minute later he came back inside with a sheepish look on his face. He had backed into my car with his truck. He felt terrible about it! I thought there would maybe be a slight dent but the rear passenger side above the wheel was completely caved in. Not a pretty sight and not what I wanted to deal with. But apparently this is the hand I was dealt with today so I determined to make the best of it. After making my visits, I went over to my parents' house to get the name and number of the auto body shop they've used before. In a strange twist of fate, my dad decided to go with me. Usually he sees incidents like this as a good way to make me become more independent than I already am. For whatever reason, he put his "teach her a lesson" hat aside and came with. Moral of the story: my car is now considered to be totaled!!!! I wanted to curse and scream so badly but I was with my dad, so I did my best to keep it in. The auto body guys did pull out the part above the wheel as it was rubbing the wheel whenver I went over bumps and they have recommended I drive it as little as I can. Now I just have to wait for my grandpa's insurance company to do their own assessment. It looks like I'll be buying a new car a lot sooner than I was planning.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

If only I was 80

On Monday after visiting a patient at one of my nursing homes, I stopped in at the nursing station to chat and review his chart. While I was leaving the RN station, an older male resident called me over, saying, "honey, come here, come here please." Sometimes residents think I work at the facility or just want to chat about the weather, so I walked over to him. With a big grin on his face, he asked, "You want to give me a kiss?" I started laughing and said, "Not today but thanks for asking!"
On Wednesday, I visited a new patient at another nursing home. As we were talking, he suddenly asked me if I was married. I confessed that I wasn't. Too my surprise, he smiled mischieviously and proposed. He figures he only has a few months left to live and he might as well have fun doing it. I just told him I was flattered.
Who knows what Friday will bring?