Monthly Archives: November 2008

Reading Books, Listening to Music, and Seeing Family

I read a book today.  It was so nice.  The book wasn’t anything amazing or spectacular – it was just nice to sit down and read a book.  When I’m in school, I don’t do much non-textbook reading.  When I came home between shifts today, I grabbed a fiction book from my ever-growing “Books to Read” pile.  I read some before my nap, then finished the rest at work today.  I worked all three shifts at work today, but it doesn’t feel like it.  I napped this afternoon, but it didn’t seem very restful.  I was dreaming about not being able to wake up from my nap and being so sleepy and tired that I couldn’t drive to work or even walk around.  I got home from work just before nine tonight and didn’t feel worn out.  I loaded up the dishwasher (I’m hoping it will work now that maintenance came and did some work on it), then washed up the rest of the dishes while listening to some music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  After that, I ate some Thanksgiving leftovers.  Mmmmm.  Dinner was good, the music was good, and reading that book today was just so, well, delicious.  That’s the only word I can think of to describe it.  Now I’m on my sixth listen of “In My Arms” by Plumb (which I discovered via this post @ CFHusband).  I listened to it multiple times yesterday.  I’m not sure why I’m liking it so much all of the sudden, but I am.  I need to remember to pick up a novel occasionally and to listen to music more often.

Friday I had the opportunity to see my cousin and meet his wife.  I haven’t seen that cousin for a few years, nor had I ever met his wife.  Seeing them was fantastic.  The two-plus hours I spent driving to spend that hour with them was more than worth it.  I debated about going to see them (rather, about driving) because I had to work at school in the morning and the afternoon on Friday and really didn’t feel like spending that much time in the car when I had spent two-plus hours in the car the day before, but I’m very glad I did.  My cousin was quite happy to see me, too.  He and I, along with my sister and his brother, were pretty close growing up.  None of use get to see each other very often but we sure enjoy it when we do.

Happy Thanksgiving

A happy (slightly early) Thanksgiving to those of you in the US.  Hopefully you will get to enjoy the day surrounded by family and friends.  I have to work in the morning, then my husband and I are heading to my parents’ place for a really small get together – just us and them.  Holidays aren’t what they used to be…when I was younger we would get together with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  There’d be a whole houseful of people, lots of food (of course), visiting, laughing, playing, and football watching.  This Thanksgiving will certainly be different.  My husband actually has the day off (it’s rare for him to get holidays off) – something we’re all excited about.

Even though things are tough, take some time out to think about what you do you have and thank God for those things.

Here are a few things I’m thankful for:

My husband.  How could I not be thankful for him?  Crazy-smart, funny, and darn good looking too.  Where else can I go to learn more details of the weather than I ever needed to know? 🙂

My parents.  They’re fantastic.  Much more fantastic than they were when I was 20 (just kidding)!  They’re both pretty special.

My sister.  Every girl should have a sister.  She’s my shoulder to cry on.  My best friend.  My cheerleader.  She makes me laugh.  Plus, she gave me a cute niece.

My niece.  Cutest baby ever.  If only I got to see her more often.

My brother-in-law.  I couldn’t have asked for a better man for my sister.  He takes great care of her (and my niece) and is an all-around good guy.

My in-laws.  They’re great.  No typical “horrible mother-in-law” problems here, either, which is a blessing.

My fluffy Collie.  Yes, she’s annoying.  And useless, from a practicality standpoint.  Expensive, too.  But darn it, she’s so snuggly and entertaining I can’t help but love her.

My job.  I’m thankful that I not only have a job, but that I have a job I (usually) like.  I have four dedicated people working for me and one great boss.

A place to live, (more than) enough food to eat, and money to pay the bills.

What more could I ask for?  I’m pretty blessed.  What are you thankful for this year?

Soldier’s Angels and Project Valour-IT

If you look in my blogroll, you’ll see a link titled “From my position, on the way”.  It doesn’t really fit with the themes of the rest of my links.  It’s the only military blog on my list.  I started reading “From my position” quite a while back (a couple years, perhaps) and check it out every one in a while.  It’s written by a soldier who was severely wounded while serving overseas.  A highly opinionated, outspoken, family loving (that’s not quite the word I’m looking for, but it’s late and I don’t feel well, so you’ll have to excuse me), patriotic soldier.  From his blog, I learned of an organization called Soldier’s Angels.

Soldier’s Angels, is an organization that provides aid, support, and comfort to military personnel and their familes.   They have a program called Project Valour-IT.  Project Valour-IT provides laptops and other technology to military personnel recovering from severe injuries.  They provide laptops with voice-recognition software, allowing the injured person to stay connected with family, friends and the outside world while they recover.  They also provide other technology that aids these severely injured soldiers, airmen, etc. recover both physically and psychologically.  For more information on Project Valour-IT, click here.

For Veteran’s Day (which was a few weeks ago), Soldier’s Angels is running a fundraiser for this project.  Their goal is to raise $250,000 to go towards Project Valour-IT.  The fundraiser ends Thanksgiving Day (they will certainly accept donations after this date, though).  They’ve set up a friendly competition between the branches of the military.  Each branch is a “team”: Air Force, Army, Navy/USCG, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  If you’re in the Marine Corps, you can “join” the Marine Corp team, for example.  If you have a child or relative in the Army, you can donate via the Army team.  (All donations will end up in the same place – the teams are just set up as a way to get some friendly competition going.)  Right now, Team Navy/USCG is in the lead, followed by Team Army.

If you like what Project Valour-IT is doing and you have even a few bucks to spare, head on over and donate (see this page for information on tax-deductions).  While you’re at the page, click around and see what else Soldier’s Angels does.  They have many different programs you can get involved in, including adopting a soldier (when you adopt a soldier, you agree to send a certain number of care packages and letters to your adoptee).  They have programs and projects that both individuals and groups can get involved in.

A Few Pet Nutrition Facts

We’re reading about nutrition in my small animal medicine class.  A few interesting facts:

  • Vitamin K is provided to dogs and cats by intestinal bacteria.
  • Egg protein is 100% utilized by dogs and cats.  All other proteins are compared to eggs.
  • Dogs can synthesize their own arachidonic acid from linoleic acid and therefore do not need arachidonic acid supplementation in their food.  Cats cannot synthesize it and therefore do need supplementation.
  • Improperly utilized protein can cause the pet’s waste to have an offensive odor (my note: as opposed to the rosy smell it usually has?).

That’s all for now.  I’m off to take my long-nosed dog outside and then to get some sleep before work tomorrow.

Veteran’s Day

veteransdayflagIn the US, today (November 11) is Veteran’s Day – a day set aside to remember and honor our military veterans and the sacrifices they made and continue to make.  If you are a member of the military, please accept my thanks and appreciation for your service.  If you know a military member, remember to thank him or her today.

Photo courtesy of √oхέƒx™’s

Radiology Mid-Term Grade

We got our radiology mid-term proficiency grades yesterday.  I’m happy to report that I did better than I expected on the written portion – I didn’t get any wrong!  I was a bit concerned about my radiograph evaluation – I wasn’t sure that my suggestions for improving the image were correct.  My final grade on the test was 56/60 – an A!  When we first got to class, somebody asked the instructor if we all got A’s.  We did!

In class yesterday we did skull and pelvis radiographs, both of which require anesthetizing the animal.  We worked on an adorable blue merle Miniature Australian Shepherd.  She was very cooperative 😉  During the second half of class we worked on thecnique charts, which involved doing some math to figure out our initial settings, developing the radiograph, evaluating it, and adjusting our settings accordingly.  From there, we had to fill out an entire chart that listed the appropriate settings for different tissue thicknesses.  We only meet one more time before our final.