Monthly Archives: November 2008

Trip South

We had a good but busy Thanksgiving weekend. I worked Thanksgiving day, which wasn’t all that bad, and afterwards I got to see John’s mom and brother and learn how to make homemade pies! We made pumpkin and apple pies from scratch. Boy is it a lot of work, but definitely worth it! John’s mom is quite the pro at pie crusts, I must say.

On Friday we left for a 4 hour drive down to the middle of Iowa to see my sister and new brother-in-law, along with my parents, brother, and his two kids. I loved seeing where Jen and Jerod (sis and BIL) live and stay for a day and a half. A really cute town and beautiful campus that they both work at! It snowed yesterday afternoon and looked very Christmas like… and did I mention that the food was really good too? Good job Jen on hosting your first big family gathering! You did a marvelous job, despite all the stress in the kitchen hours before!

Now we’re back to the cold buzzling city of St. Paul and back to work. Switching back to nights tomorrow night and it looks like it’s going to be a tough week. I don’t mind the working at night part but it’s the trying to plan my days/evenings in a way that doesn’t cause me to neglect sleep part that is so frustrating. Since I technically have all day and evening free, I sometimes have to schedule things throughout the day which can really mess with your sleep schedule, or lack thereof. After this week it should get a little better, I hope.

Speaking of my job, as I said in my last post, I’ve been looking elsewhere incase I lose my job at United. Within 30 minutes of writing the last blog post, I got a call for an interview at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Crazy huh? It’ll be on one of their ICU units, which would definitely be a challenging position, in addition to getting used to a new hospital and all new coworkers. One of my coworkers at United actually told me that she was working with a nursing student who works at Regions on that unit and she said it was a great place to work and that the manager is super nice and will hire me right away… which I found funny since this girl doesn’t even know me!

The interview is on Tuesday at 11am… so please say a prayer for me if you can! I’m not sure if this is where God would want me to be, but I know that we do need a steady income and this is all that’s come my way so far. The tricky part would be if I get a job offer and still don’t know about the status of my current job… but we’ll “cross that bridge when we get there” (in the words of my mom).  God never said things would be predicatable and easy, but that he would guide my path in a way that grows me and challenges me to depend more on him and find my ultimate joy and satisfaction in HIM ALONE. And since he is the only stable thing in the universe, I suppose it’s good that he’s forcing me to depend on him! :)


Scared but Trusting

Yesterday, I got a voice message from my manager saying that I’ll be getting something in the mail regarding layoffs and voluntary hour cutbacks. Oh dear.

She basically said that I still do have my job, but as of next week there will be another round of rebidding for nursing jobs, meaning that the higher seniority nurses who are laid off will be able to take a whole or part of a lower seniority nurse’s job. Since I’m 0.8 (almost full time), my shift is day/night (not desirable), and I’m in the float pool (requires extra training and more flexibility), I’m hoping that those more experienced nurses will not want my job or will perhaps only take part of my FTE (full-time equivalent, which is 0.8).

I won’t find out until next Tuesday though. Please be praying for me. If I lose my job, it will be really difficult to find another nursing job right now because pretty much every hospital around here is on hiring freezes due to the bad economy and needing to save money.  I’ve been applying to any positions I can find, but most of them require 1yr experience or more specialized training/experience (like ICU or ER experience).

This could really affect John being able to go back to school in the Spring, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. John did get a temporary job that will start on November 30th, so at least we’ll have something!  This is only a month long job though.

I am a little scared of what would happen if I lose my job, but I have to remember that last year we were living off of John’s job working as a lifegaurd and swimming instructor. We were just fine and God provided for us. And if we have to put off John’s schooling, it won’t hurt anyone, it will just thwart OUR plans a little more.

God has His plans and we should trust in His sovereignty and that whatever comes our way was by His loving hands. And it’s for our good, whether we realize it or not. Isn’t that amazing?

Name That Dog

Funny thing happened this morning. I woke up at 5am and was wide awake and actually did not want to sleep anymore. This is revolutionary for me… but is most likely because I zonked out last night at 7pm. Gosh, do you think work wears me out? Only two days on day shift and I’m just about ready for a weekend. I’m really enjoying my job, but since I’m still pretty new, there is far too much to learn every day which just kills the brain energy, and the rest of me follows suit. 

Other than work, John and I have been pretty busy around here. But when I actually think about it, not too much is really going on. John is still trying to find a job for the winter season before he heads back to Stout in January. He’s so excited about school, which makes me happy. I can’t wait for when he can be done with it and have a career that he’s really passionate about. I know he also really looks forward to allowing me to possibly not have to work as much and eventually have time to raise kids. Speaking of which, I had a dream last night that I was suddenly 5 months pregnant. Boy, was that weird!!

We’re also in the midst of trying to plan (but not get ahead of ourselves) for some future investments in two things.

1) A dog! We both loooove dogs and would like to get one when we move to Hudson, WI in May of next year when our rent is up.

Which obviously brings us to the next possible investment:

2) A house! Eventually… probably not for a couple years actually. But we are trying to buckle down lately on the spending of money department so that we can pay off all debt and actually be able to save for a good down payment on a single-family home in that cute town of Hudson. Did I already mention on here that we love it there? Trying not to think about it too much for now though, since I can quickly become inpatient and ungrateful for what we do have now. 

So, what we’re really planning for next is:

3) Another apartment, but IN Hudson! Baby steps, people. But we would like to get a dog that can be active but still able to live in an apartment.  

I don’t know if John and I want to even mention what type of dog we’re currently set on. It’s like how parents don’t want to reveal the names of their soon to be born children so that people don’t talk them out of it (or make fun of their favorite names!). That might sound unwise, but as long as we do thorough research, I think it’s okay to not invite others’ opinions.  It is just a dog, right? Possibly 15 years worth though… 

How about we make a game out of it? (Yes, I know I’m lame.) It’s a reddish/brownish/golden dog… medium sized… short hair…. does NOT smell (YAY!)… or shed!… loves to run around a lot…. but is also very cuddly!… and has very few health problems!   Name that dog!

Gruyere and Gouda

My lovely mother recently gifted me with some 10 yr old cooking magazines that were collecting dust in her basement. This post describes my first journey through one of the Cuisine recipes:

Tonight I made a super yummy (and not so healthy) gourmet version of the staple mac ‘n cheese. Didn’t realize that I’d be contrasting it so nicely with our Kraft 87 cent mac ‘n cheese that we enjoyed last night! This one had, as the subject says, some real good cheeses. I should have thought more about the price of this meal, but now that I know, I won’t be cooking it again for just any old meal.

Husband helped grate the cheese while I sauteed the shallots in butter and then added some flour, chicken stock and heavy whipping cream… yum. Then of course, the macaroni and the cheeeese.  I did totally forget to buy the fresh chives… I always seem to forget one main ingredient. I’m still new at this though!

Topped it off with some home-made sourdough bread crumbs (with butter and salt of course!).  It’s quite fun to actually make bread crumbs from scratch, as lame as it really is when you think about it. Not like I’m making the bread, but I did shove it into my food processor! Now that’s hard work! 

We only allowed ourselves one small bowl each (out of a 6 serving dish), and our stomachs now feel like we have a growing child in them, but we’re much more motivated to hit the gym in the morning, so maybe this meal was a good thing?

I’d like to think so… in moderation.