Saturday, September 29, 2007


Sooo, what is it 6:00pm on a Saturday and what have I done all day? Don't worry I have been spending my entire Saturday giving tours of the Cancer Center I work at here in Murray. The entire hospital opens in October, but we've been up and running since Februrary. Don't ask me why IHC is doing public tours, but they stink! I will have been here for 12 whole hours by the time I am able to leave. The people coming through are freakin' crazy. Honestly, who wants to come tour a giant hospital on a Saturday?? Seriously people, please go home! I am not kidding, the people have been creepin' out of the wood works..People making it a family affair to come tour our facility, and I know they don't work here nor are they in the medical field. Screaming kids, poopy diapers,LAME obvious questions, I can't take it anymore!! Maybe I am crazy and need some insight, but would you tour a hospital if you weren't in the medical field and didn't work here?(not to mention drag the entire fam dam along with you) I am becoming very surly, bitter and irritable. I am beginning to think I am frightning the public..2 more hours, 2 more hours!!!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Strange Experience!

Assuming most of you know, for the past nine months I've been working for IHC. Some of my duties consist of providing cancer education to our staff, patients and the community. I've been in charge of organizing monthly cancer education classes for the remainder of the year. The topic for this month's class was "Erectile Dysfunction: Exploring Treatment Options" Yeah, I am still immature and blushed like a teenager at the topic. The class was held on September 27th and taught by our ED expert and Nurse Practitioner. We only had a handful of men show up to this class (90% of men with ED don't seek help) discussing a topic that I am assuming will be embarassing to all of us. Our expert is a cute energetic woman in her late 30's who was tellin' it like it is, with her penis props all over the room on display:) All of my feelings of embarassment were suddenly washed away. I was completely engaged in this presentation among a room of men who can't get erections, and the best part was (woman/men) were talking completely free and open with all our reservations out the door. I even touched a penyle implantation..I laugh to myself still, but was extremely greatful these men were able to find answers to their sexual problems. You would be amazed at the alarming statistics among our prostate patients who suffer from these problems..more than 50%..
This was my maturing,yet proud moment of the week.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Facts of Life

Let it snow!

On Sunday Ben and I decided to hit up the sale at REI. When Ben and I are together at REI you can suspect we'll be there for a minimum of 2 hours. Mostly trying to justify buying the latest and greatest trinkets. They were having their usual 20% off one regular priced item promo going on..Although,(to my surprise) this time you were able to get 20% off sale items as well. I've been eyeing these skis ever since last season when they came out. "Oh yes,they will be mine" and considering I got 20% off the sale price, I went for it! They'll be great for the backcountry, my previous ski's were a bit long for the deep "gnar-gnar,pow-pow"!
Not to take all the joy in getting new gear, we also hooked Ben up with some sweet climbing finds as well..We joined a climbing gym for the winter for a nice alternative to the sweet dude gym.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Koda and his girlfriend..

Over Labor Day weekend, a huge group of rafters and kayakers headed for Jackson Hole. We camped at the usual Cliff Creek, it was a glorious weekend. I love a'love the weather in Jackson. As of most of you know I am super sensitive to the heat, so it was nice to break out the beanies, fleece and down jackets. It was definitely a dog trip this year, I think there was a total of 7 dogs? Maybe more..They had the most fun of all of us for sure!
We rafted 2 days on the river, with Koda Bear and his new girlfriend Stella on the back of my boat. Stella, is his new found love. There were 6 other dogs for him to play with but he stuck by his little Stella love!

It was good to relax, enjoy the scenery and catch up with old friends, and be on the water!! Mann I need to move to Jackson, its getting me depressed just writing about it!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Tag, Your it!

I was tagged by Laura and Ash
1. What is the best thing you cooked last week?
Funny you should ask, I tried a new recipe..(sorta) I bought a bunch of these different pre packaged Indian spice pastes from wild oats..You mainly just add milk,water with whatever veggies and meat you want..My favorite was the Chicken Tika Masala. Yummmmy! They are super easy too!!

2. If money, time and babysitting were no object where would you go and with who?
I would go EVERYWHERE! Lately I have been wanting to do a road trip along the west coast of the US. I guess there is something to say about knowing your own roots, and becoming familiar with your own country...

3. When was the last time you cried?
I am a sympathy crier, I cried last week..My sis was having a bad day!

4. What is the most played song on your i-pod right now?
I do the shuffle..

5. Is there something on TV this week that you are more excited about than the So You Think You Can Dance Finale?
I rarely watch TV unless its HGTV(home and garden television) although I watched the movie "say anything" the other night.. A great 80's flick!

6. Who are you tagging?
See below...

4 Jobs I've had...
1. CNA
2. Server
3. River Guide
4. Health Educator

4 Movies I can watch over and over...
1. A Beautiful Mind
2. 80's flicks
3. Wayne's World(anything with Mike Meyers)
4. the best of Chris Farley

4 Favorite TV Shows...
1. Sex and the City
3. Seinfield
4. Grey's Anatomy

4 Places I have lived...
1. Salt Lake City, UT
2. Jackson Hole, WY
3. Salida, CO
4. Siena, Italy

4 Places I have been...
1. Costa Rica
2. Italy
3. Switzerland
4. Ireland

4 Favorite Foods...
1. Indian Food
2. Thai Food
3. Chips and Salsa
4. Brownies, yogurt, cookies

4 Favorite Websites...

4 buddies I'm tagging...
1. Tiff and Zack
2. Jill Parkinson
3. Katie Park
4. Erin Oakeson(I mean Shea)

Having a moment!

I often get these sudden urges to travel, leave behind everything and experience the world. I couldn't ask for a more beautiful state to live in where I can do all the things I love, but knowing what the world beholds makes it hard for me to settle down. This may be coming from the fact that I am working full time for the first time in my life, but how do we find the ultimate balance between work and play?
Ben has been my guiding light into the "real world" he is the perfect example of how to work hard so you can play hard. Ben is the smartest person I know (really) he has major success at work, but never brings his work home with him. I love this about him! I am still in search of this balance, nursing school couldn't come sooner :)
I am looking forward to working 3 days a week!