Month: September 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Cabin Video Diary

[This is a re-post of the video, now on Vimeo and in higher resolution]

This started as a 5x?? video, one of those 5 second clip things.  But there was so much to put in that didn’t fit exactly 5 seconds!  I trimmed it a lot though.  I believe less is more.  But the 5 seconds became more of a guideline than a rule.

I’m disappointed that I whipped out my camera mostly when Zaley was being cute.  I wish had caught more scenic panoramas.  Oh well.  It gives a good picture of what the trip was like.  Watch for the bat!
Video Diary of our Bear Lake Cabin Getaway from Rachel Mason on Vimeo.

So much for having a smooth Friday

Wow, today was a pretty bad day.  I was supposed to be a 10a-10p shift.  They called at 7 to say that a tech was sick and could I come in sooner and still work late?  I got there at 8:30 and expected a long day.  Although we didn’t have a third shift, so I got to leave at 7:30p, our patients were a wreck.  Seriously, what is this?  Acute care or something?
 I had written/published this long thing about all our patients, but decided I didn’t want a big rant about the day out there in that much detail.  Clotted systems, severe hypotension and hypoglycemia, barfing, and mucho mucho alarms.  Enough said.
I’m still decompressing before going to bed.  I have the weekend off.  Amanda and I hope to see a corny teenager performing arts movie (FAME! I’m gonna live forever . . .)  I need to update my blog on Emma’s Baubles.  She was only in two scenes this week so it should be a quickie.  Boy, and someday I might put together that vacation video I promised you.

Happy Weekend, everyone!

PS: My car is super awesome and driving it is the best part of my day.  Rock.

movie fail, textual details

I spent the last hour editing down all the footage I took with out flip camera.  Then the program failed and I realized that I hadn’t saved it since I started trimming clips down to 5 seconds each.  And I was almost half done.  Grrr.  So in the words of Miranda, iMovie is going to go sit in the corner and think about what it has done for the rest of the night. 

Amanda wants details and I’m not sure what to say.  We did pretty much exactly what I wanted to do on this trip.  Bullets commence bulleting! (bulletting?)

  • The cabin is still deliciously seventies in design.  Brown and yellow shag carpet with matching harvest curtains and harvest fireplace.
  • I made Nate and Ben walk up the drive way first before attempting to mount it.  They poo-poohed my warnings about the steep angles, but later agreed that it was deceptively difficult to maneuver.  
  • Fry sauce is awesome, equally delicious on french fries and tator tots. 
  • We all memorized Zaley’s signing video.  “It’s signing time with Alex and Leah…”  will that ever get out of my head?  
  • There is nothing wrong with having a LaBeau’s milkshake every day.
  • The autumn colors were beautiful.  We have a lot of pretty aspens in Colorado, but we miss out on the oaks.  
  • I thought this might be my first trip to Bear Lake without a sunburn, but somehow it fried my nose!
  • The water at the lake was amazingly clear, like a swimming pool.
  • We are all majorly nerdy bloggers.  This trip will be documented with photos and videos TO THE LIMIT!
  • In all our smart meal planning and grocery shopping, we forgot to take into account the attractive small town eateries that stole our appetites. 
  • Disney’s Robin Hood is really really good.  
  • Jem is depressed that we hadn’t moved into the cabin permanently.  Talk about dog heaven.  She started every morning bouncing bed to bed, doing consecutive laps up and down the stairs. 
  • The weather was perfect – cool and sunny with scattered clouds.  This morning, before we left, there was a terrific thunderstorm.  I woke at 5 am to close the windows and watch the lightening beams shoot into the lake.  The rain cleared by the time we were packing up.
  • I found some joyous remnants of my youth, such as fancy Kermit and Miss Piggy sheets that Amanda and I used to fight over, and our old Rainbow Brite “Rainbow Inside of Your Heart” cassette. 

I’ll work on the video another night.  I planned to do another 5×5, but it will be more like 5×40.  Molly is happy we are home.  The couch is coated in cat hair.  Miraculously my beta fish is still swimming.  He has to be 304 years old in beta fish years.  I have one more load of laundry to do before climbing into my glorious bed.   Tomorrow is a short day of work, just some computer training.  Later Ben and I will catch up on Glee.  Look for more updates to Emma’s Baubles this week!

Retreat at Bear Lake

Last night after work I left for our family cabin at Bear Lake, with
five adults, two dogs, and a toddler in tow. The plan is to sleep,
relax, hike, walk the beach, drink milkshakes and ironports, play
games, watch movies, read books, and knit. Three blissful days away
from work and responsibilities.

Seriously? Already?

This afternoon I was killing time between picking up my car (now with a working AC) and my staff meeting in Aurora.  I went to Anthropologie, a lovely place that is quickly becoming a usual pay-day jaunt.  While trying on a darling dress (not on sale yet) I caught site of my pale gams.

AAAAACK!  Look at those huge leg veins.  I cannot believe how quickly those suckers popped up.  I’ve only been nursing 10 weeks.

The camera phone photo only hints at how big they are in person.  At this rate I’ll have giant blue ropes by the end of the year.  I wear podiatry-approved shoes and compression socks every day.  What more can I do?  I’m at gravity’s mercy.

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