Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Check-In

Yep, still alive.

What's been going on?

I moved.  Love the new house more than I thought I would.  This house feels more like a home than the last one.  It's the same square footage, but more compact.  I like that.  It's cozy without being cramped.

I do, however, miss the great view of the mountains we had.  We're at the bottom of a small valley here, and no view at all.....on the up side, we are around the corner from a nice park.  Green grass!  What a luxury in the desert....

Work is good.  I'm going to be making a change later in the year.  Same job, different team.  I'm excited to learn something completely different from the world I've been living in since 2003.  I'll still be working for the same health insurance company, but instead of skilled nursing facility case management, I'll be working on out-of-state/out-of-plan acute facilities.  It's mostly trauma, so I'll get to put those old ICU skills to work. It's all telephonic, so Joe can use the car to go to school without having to work around my needs.

I'm working on some healthier habits.  Walking every day (I love our park!).  Not eating after 6pm.  I've lost 6 lbs so far!  Woop, Woop!!

Planning next summer's BIG TRIP.  Yes, folks, we're going back to Puerto Rico for our 10th anniversary. Saving for the plane tickets has commenced.  Big work bonus in December will be the hotel and most of the spending money.  Even tho' it's a year away, I'm thinking ahead.  No credit cards this trip...just pure cash.  I can't wait!!!

My laptop died, so Joe graciously gave me his.  Now, we've got to buy him a new one before school starts in August....

On the up side, I've got Windows again.  I've had to use Linux on the old laptop since Windows got corrupted a few years ago.

Lucy, our obese kitty, who was 20 pounds?  She's now down to a svelte 16 pounds.  We switched her (and the rest of the "kids" to Wellness canned food, and feed twice a day.  She now can jump up on counters, she uses the litter box again (praise the lord!) and is all around a happier girl.  I cannot thank Lisa Pierson DVM at enough for her website and her extensive writings on obese cats--it changed my way of thinking about the kitties, and saved Lucy's life.

Joe starts at UNM (University of New Mexico) in the Electrical Engineering program in August.  I am so very proud of all his hard work.  Joe's a Lobo now!

We're summer binge-watching Scandal.  Wow.  Now that's a show that grabs you.  I also want to watch Orange is the New Black on HBO, and catch up on Strike Back on Cinemax.  Went to see X-Men last weekend.  It was pretty good.  I have a 25$ gift card for the theater that we're saving to go see Guardians of the Galaxy in August.

Speaking of watching stuff--when the overtime was jamming, we bought a 60" TV.  OMG.  I am still not tired of that thing.  It's huge.

I want to go see my cousin in the Fall.  Too flippin' hot in North Texas in the summer.  She is my only cousin, and we are the same age--born two days apart in the same hospital.  Hope I can organize that....

Well, there's your info-dump for June.

Have a fantastic 4th!


  1. Good to hear from you and know that all is going well. I like the idea of working from home. I don't think I can ever go back to 'real' nursing after taking care of Richard 24/7 at home!

  2. So glad the move went well and you've settled in. I am surrounded by lush green lawns, fields, and forests, so I genuinely cannot picture your environment. ;-) I've missed your blogging.

  3. North Texas, you say?? If you will be anywhere close to the DFW Metroplex, PLEASE let me know. You are one of the Internetz people I'd like to meet (you know, if the sentiment is mutual...*grin* and, if it's not, I'm not offended).

    Sounds like you've had lots going on!


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