Month: July 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

Boys and sticks

I had a staffer meeting this morning that took me away from church. I gave a presentation and it went really well.

When I got home Ben was babysitting Wolfie. Our friends had watched Jack last night so we could get dinner and a movie. Now they are seeing a matinee while we watch their kid. It's so nice to have a couple we can trade with.

Now that I was home we had enough hand to wrangle dog and toddlers out to the park. We are learning important lessons about hitting the ground and not t people


Three years of nursing plus one year of clinicals, and I got my first dirty needle stick last night.

It happened after working for 14.5 hours. I was cleaning up an apheresis treatment set-up. I had taken over the treatment from another nurse. He used a needle at a junction where I prefer to use a stopcock. He also used a needle without a safety device. Grrr.

I slipped while trying to detach it for disposal in the sharps bin. A little poke can generate a lot of hubbub and paperwork. They did a rapid HIV on te patient that came back negative. This morning I had blood draw at my occupational health clinic. My manager has been very helpful and supportive in figuring out all the paperwork. The patient had a hepatitis panel drawn earlier this month which was also negative, but they redrew for protocol.

I'm certain nothing will come of this. She's clean, I'm vaccinated, yada yada. But boy does it suck to get a needlestick. You can't help but feel super stressed.

I can't wait for this summer to end.

Saturday Night

Ben and I like to really cut loose after Jack goes to sleep.

Yup, it’s like party central in here.  Hopped up on Coke Zero and Chipotle, making yarn and playing a Batman video game.  We are positively RECKLESS!

Summer time at home

While Amanda is adventuring across the globe, she asked that I post more on my blog to appease her homesickness (which is mild, I’m sure).  I explained that I haven’t been having a great time with work lately, so I haven’t been in the mood.  But I guess I can conjure up some at home stuff to write about for my dear sister.

Jack is getting more confident and careless while running around.  We had some scrapes this week.

I’m trying to get him away from the TV more often.  They get addicted so soon!  We went to story time at the library yesterday and today.  I can see his little brain figuring out the routines and games involved.  He’s so shy, but already getting braver about participating.  He’s also better about not hitting other kids. 

I must be knitting too much.  I’ve had constant pain in my hands and forearms for over a week.  I try to take frequent breaks, stretching and resting my arms.  It’s no fun not being able to knit for hours like I want to!  Those on Ravelry can see I have a lot of projects in the works.  This is the first summer where I haven’t wanted to slow down my knitting. 

Today I’m making an effort not to knit at all and to minimize iPhone use, in case all that finger and thumb work is contributing too.  Sewing is not my best craft anymore.  I’m out of practice and impatient.  I know!  You would think knitting takes more patience.  But it takes so much more effort to set up a piece by sewing than knitting does.  You can pick up needles and yarn, start or stopping willy-nilly.  But sewing involves lots of space, planning, prepping, thread, pins, measuring, and cursing at the pattern because the marks NEVER line up for me.

I’ve had this great jersey stripe fabric for a while with a top from Burda in mind.  It came out a little boxy, but I think it will look nice with skinny jeans.  (I did iron it after taking these pictures.)

I didn’t bother to hem anything, so all the edges are raw.  The jersey won’t fray.  This was a simple project.  It took longer to sign in to buy the pdf, print, and tape it together than it did to cut and sew the actual shirt. 

So that’s life this week!   Oh, did you know you can buy bags of ice at McDonald’s for $1?  I send Ben to fetch once every couple days.  I like to have a giant cup of ice water with me all day long. 

Happy birthday Dad!  I hope we see you on Facetime tonight. 

I’m famous!

Not really 🙂  But I’m so happy to see they finally used a picture from open spin night last winter.  I’m on the far right (straight from work, in my scrubs).  Here’s the page it’s on. I thought it was hilarious we all had chunky vintage glasses too.  I should really try to catch the next spin night. 

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

While Jack took a nap we dashed back downtown for the arts festival.  It started off another perfect day for walking. Cool and cloudy.  But the thunder started its warning.

Hmm, looks like it’s really raining.  We should stay in this booth for a bit.  

 Whoa!  Shoot, I can’t keep my feet dry in this.  I think it’s up around my toes.  Water bottles and flip flops start floating past us. 

 Uhh, this is really bad.  The guys across the street just lost a few two by fours to the torrents.  It’s pounding.  A loading dolly just floated past us in the gutter!

 Ahh, the rains abated after quite a while. We were up to our ankles in the tent.  We ventured down the middle of the street where the water was more shallow.  Then at a junction we hopped up to the sidewalk. 

 And we were so proud we remembered the umbrellas today.  Fat lot of good they did us!  But then we said “oh, screw it!” We’re already soaked, let’s see if any booths are opening back up. 

When I took the above shot a woman on the sidewalk pointed to my parents and said “Now those are the true art lovers.”  How right she was!  They even made another purchase after the floods. 

We splish sploshed back to the mall and through the building to the car without slipping.  I took off my shoes and for the third time tilted the water out of them and wrung out my socks.  This is one Cherry Creek Arts Festival where I wasn’t complaining about the heat!

(Can you believe I wrote this post without punning the location?)
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