Archive | July, 2010

Check Another One Off The List!

31 Jul

I just got home from another on call – I had a busy afternoon, but relatively quiet night until 3:45 a.m. when I shot awake to the sound of a code blue.  Not the most pleasant sound to wake up to!  I was going to come home and go for a run, but the humidity level is like 150% and I’m exhausted.  It’s back to bed for this chaplain!

Have a great weekend!

And Down the Stretch They Come! (Of a Half Marathon?)

30 Jul

I have been trying really hard not to.

I really, really have been.

But I’m starting to.

I can’t help it.

Tomorrow marks two more weeks until CPE is over.  Can you believe it?  It seems like just yesterday I spent my first day on the floor, contemplating how in the world I could quit CPE and still manage to be ordained.  I believe I sent Bruce a text around noon that day, which said:  “I will be home around 10:00 tonight.  At that point I will need to cry.”

And now I see light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s weird.

I’m trying not to count down the days for several reasons.  First of all, I need to stay focused at the task at hand.  I need to be a chaplain.  I have two more on calls and I am going to need to be especially present and focused during those times.  The spiritual needs of patients, families and staff won’t decrease just because I only have a few days left.

Second of all, I haven’t fully come to terms with the fact that come August 14th, I won’t really have anything to do.  The last seven years of my life have been structured by my education.  During the year my focus was school.  During the summer my focus was work or internships.  Now my job is to finish working through my ordination process and start looking for a job.  Unfortunately, it’s not a simple or a fast process.  So there is definitely an in between time of waiting, being patient and trusting the process.

Easier said than done.  I don’t do well without structure in my life.

I was thinking about this yesterday and had an idea.  Enter …

… the Thanksgiving Day Atlanta Half Marathon.

What do you guys think?  Should I go for it and start training?  The way I see it, registering for a half marathon would accomplish two things.  One, it would give me a tangible goal that I can be in control of.  Two, it would give me an outlet to deal with the anxiety that comes with looking for a job.

My only concern is that I still don’t have any cartilage in my right knee – but I’m fairly confident that I can slowly build up my miles and strengthen my legs so I’m not pounding on my knees.  13.1 miles is kind of daunting considering the fact I haven’t run more than a mile and a half in over three years – but I think it might actually be fun to create a training schedule and trust a different kind of process.

Should I do it?  Any Atlantans want to do it with me?

Sometimes I Wish Steve Jobs Was My Uncle

29 Jul

So after an hour at the apple store, I still don’t know what’s wrong with my computer.  Are there any apple-geniuses out there?  Here’s what’s been going on …

The fan has been running a lot (sometimes when I only have one or two programs up) and it’s been getting very hot and causing the battery to drain.  When the fan really gets going sometimes it runs a little slowly and it won’t shut down normally.  Initial tests at the apple store showed nothing wrong with the fan OR battery.  I’m thinking it’s a hardware problem?  Or a software problem?  I’m going to have to send it out, but I wanted to back everything before I did that so I still have it.

While we were waiting for the diagnostics to run, I asked the girl helping me to show me how to permanently delete photos and videos from iPhoto.  I had a feeling that when I was deleting stuff it wasn’t actually getting erased and I wanted to clean out my photos and videos.  My hard drive started to fill up fast after I got my camera!  While I was going through my files tonight, I found the following video …
Birthday Snow With Lilly from Sarah Weaver on Vimeo.

Now I’m going to close my eyes and pretend the weather forecast doesn’t look like this –

Goodnight y’all.

Twitter Fail?

28 Jul

So apparently people were having issues opening my blog and having a Twitter thing pop up? I’m not sure what the issue is, but I pulled my Twitter gadget until I can get on my computer and investigate further! I’m guessing it’s just a glitch with the gadget but who knows if it’s permanent.

If you want to check my twitter feed, my user name is @MrsSarahWeaver or I’m currently giving a play by play of my trip to the genius bar at the apple store. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be awhile! Could be entertaining. 🙂

Thanks for being patient!

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Wear a Dress Tuesday and Another Flashback to High School

28 Jul

I have two fun facts about today’s Wear a Dress Tuesday outfit …

1. It’s another skirt from high school!  I fully intend on wearing these 10-year-old skirts until someone tells me to stop.
2. One of my fellow interns had the same skirt in college!  She is three years older than me so her college years match up with my high school years.  When I walked into group this morning she was like, “That was one of my favorite skirts!”  We had a WADT bonding moment, it was nice.

I was talking to a friend of mine at church on Sunday and she told me that her SIL in Mississippi had hijacked her facebook page and was reading my blog and taking part in WADT!  She connected us on facebook and she e-mailed me pics this afternoon …

Christen and her beautiful daughter!  Both in dresses – I love it!

Christen with one of her coworkers.  She works in a hospital, too!

Later in the day Christen sent me another e-mail …

She convinced a friend of hers (who lives in another part of north Georgia) to take part in WADT, too!  I love the way social media is spreading the good news that is WADT.

I’ve got more!

Meet Betsy.  Betsy is a friend of Kari‘s from med school.  Kari did not participate in WADT this week (she gave me some lame-o excuse about being on her ED rotation and having to wear scrubs) but Betsy’s current rotation allowed for participation!  I love the angle that she took this picture from.  I may steal it next week.

And last but not least …

Sara!  She posted a couple more pictures today and they are so beautiful!

Speaking of Sara – she suggested a couple of days ago that the WADT button link directly to a page about WADT.  I finally managed to create a page for it, which you can either find linked on my left sidebar or up on my top navigation bar.  I updated the button so now it will link directly to that page.  If you get a chance, just re-copy the code.  Thanks!

Wear a Dress Tuesday
Wear a Dress Tuesday
I think that’s it for now.  I headed out for a walk and ended up on a quasi-run.  I just about died!  Remember when I was in college and ran 6 miles a day?  Yeah … it’s becoming a distant memory for me, too …

Have a great night!

I’m Usually Not This Sappy, But …

27 Jul

So Bruce was out of town this weekend visiting his family.  He flew out Friday morning, but because I was on call Thursday night and didn’t get home until 9:30 Friday morning, I had to say goodbye to him when I left for work on Thursday.  I know there are worse things to go through than being apart from your husband for five days – in fact I see a lot of them at hospital.  But, still – I missed him.  And I realized once again just how lucky I am.

Let’s back up.  On Friday night I was driving home from a fundraiser at the church when I noticed my car was bobbling on the highway.  And not in the “it’s windy so I just need to keep two hands on the wheel” kind of way.  It was bobbling in the “hmm my tire feels like it might fly off” kind of way.  I didn’t really feel safe making the 45 minute trip home from church, let alone the 2 hour trip to Alabama I had planned for Saturday.
So I called Bruce.  At 12:30 in the morning.  Sobbing.  I’m not sure what I expected him to do from 800 miles away, but what I did do was manage to upset and worry him because his wife was six states away freaking out, but still planning a road trip with a car that needed work.
I’ll spare you the details but we hung up around 1:30 and went to bed.  At 6:30 the next morning he sent me a text saying he had talked to the manager of the service department at the dealership he works at and they were expecting me to stop by to have them fix my car on my way out of town.
I arrived at the dealership at 8:30.  The guy who Bruce said was expecting me stopped what he was doing, took my car and an hour later I was on the road again, this time with correctly balanced tires – and feeling much safer!
Meanwhile, back in Pennsylvania, Bruce was fishing with some of his friends.  Even after I had kept him up late worrying about my car and then forced him to get up early to work out the logistics of getting it fixed, I saw the following facebook status Saturday night from one of the friends he went fishing with … 
I love him.

Sesame and Ginger Chicken Salad

26 Jul

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a recipe – but, let’s face it, it’s hot.  I’ve been eating a lot of yogurt, peanut butter and jelly and ice lately.

And salads.  Lots and lots of salads.  And like I said when I posted the recipe for Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Chicken Salad, I appreciate new ideas and ways of dressing up a head of lettuce.  That leads me to today’s recipe …

Sesame and Ginger Chicken Salad
(Makes one salad!)
1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 cup uncooked rice
Romaine Lettuce
1 tomato
1 cucumber
Walnuts (1/4 cup-ish)
Sesame and Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing
Start by boiling your chicken.
And cooking your rice
While everything is cooking, wash and chop your vegetables.
Start building your salad.  Let the rice simmer for 20 minutes and add it to the top.
If I only have one piece of chicken I usually throw it in the water first, then turn the rice on and take the chicken out when the rice is done (about 25 minutes between boiling and simmering) so I know it’s had plenty of time to cook.
Chop up the chicken (for this salad I actually only used half of this piece).
Add the chicken and try not to drool as this all comes together.
Walnuts are expensive.  However – this brand was cheaper than the store brand.
Toss on a handful.
It’s still missing something … 
Ahhhh, yes.  The ultimate cake salad topper.
Doesn’t that look delicious?