Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Merry Spring!

 
 Merry Spring! Here are some pictures for you!
 
 
Koey the elegant lady
 
The following are taken at Eagle Island State Park:
(Can you spot the frisby and the frisby golf thingy?)

 
Below are pictures taken at the farm:
 

 "Sweet violets! Sweeter than all the roses!"



 I like this picture because I think it's a great representation of Caralee and Pooch
 


My momma :)



This is my gramma. She just got her neck brace off in this picture! But unfortunately, she is now in a nursing home for rehab because she broke her hip and had surgery on it. Poor sweet lady!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Poem

I have the ocean
Ebbing and flowing
In the cavity of my frame
The waves crash against my bones
As a storm rages
The only visible evidence
Are two small streams that have leaked
Through the holes in the dyke

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Getting you up to speed

It's been quite a while since I've made a post. I suppose I should tell you what's going on in my life.

Honestly, things have been kind of crazy lately! Word to the wise: get identity theft protection. It doesn't matter if you think you are careful. Identity theft can happen to anyone! That's all I will say on the subject for now. Just be warned.

I am officially going to BYU-Idaho starting this fall! I've been accepted and received my track assignment: Spring/Fall. I can apply to get into the nursing program next Spring and then hopefully start in Fall 2015.

You may wonder, why nursing? Well, I'll tell you. The human body is incredible! Life is very complex (in every way, but specifically in the biological sense). One could spend a lifetime learning and studying the most simple unit in our body, the cell. The more I learn about the body, the more in awe I am about our design--the more in awe I am with the greatness of God. I'm also excited to be a nurse because I really do love caring for people. Especially in a physical way. For example, once my dad fell in our driveway and hit his head on the car and then the gravel. He had a pretty big bump and was really scraped up on his head. It made me feel good that I knew how to clean his wound and knew that I needed to find out if he had a concussion. It also made me feel good that I could respond in a level-headed way. Now I know this wasn't a huge medical emergency by any means, but I think this combined with my interest in the human body shows that I am the right kind of person for a nursing career.

Back to things being crazy: Handling money is a tough thing to do! That is one thing I really don't enjoy about being an adult. Paying bills stinks! Working all the time and then using your money for non-fun things stinks! Budgeting stinks! Debt stinks! But I think debt stinks more than the other things, so that's why I continue to do the other things. Money gets scary when you think about all the things you need to pay for and how much money you actually have. But Matt and I are working through all of this. It takes a lot of faith and my LDS readers will understand what I mean when I say paying tithing really helps! It seems like it would be counterproductive, but it actually isn't. So if you're worried about money, pay your tithing! (learn more about tithing here)

Also, I am excited to go to Pendleton this week to visit my family! I love my hometown and state.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Stuff in My Life...

So I'm still at school at CWI this semester and I'm taking Anatomy & Physiology and Precalculus (should have signed up for dual credit in high school...).

I have a huge secret to tell you: I actually like math. I never thought I would say that. But you know what? It's really pretty cool. Now does that mean I'm going to study it extensively? Probably not.

I also really love Anatomy & Physiology! What a cool class! I've learned so many things already. I guess I just thought I would be memorizing a bunch of bones and muscles, but that's definitely not the only thing. Here are some interesting tidbits I picked up:
  • Your body needs calcium in order to make your muscles go. If you are calcium deficient in your diet, your body will pull the calcium it needs from your bones to keep your heart pumping and your lungs working.
  • Losing weight too quickly (more than 1-2 pounds/week) causes you to have an excess of acid in your body which may cause you to pee too frequently and hyperventilate in an effort to keep your pH levels in normal range (slightly basic). If your body fails to keep your pH in the normal range, you will die.
  • Ever noticed that women are more prone to cellulite than men? That's because of the way our collagen fibers are arranged. In men, collagen fibers look like this: XXX In women, they look more like this: | | |  Basically, the arrangement of collagen in female connective tissues allows for fat to bubble out, causing cellulite in even thin women. But in male connective tissues, the fat is constricted by the X arrangement, making it less likely for cellulite to be present.
  • Your armpits stink because you have sweat glands called apochrine glands secrete the regular sweat contents (urea, HCl, and water) as well as proteins. The bacteria on your skin feed on the proteins and then produce an unpleasant smell. These apochrine sweat glands are also located in your groinal region. It is thought that these glands are homologous to scent glands in some animals used to attract mates.
Anways, I really like the class so far. And I seem to be doing well! I just have to keep up with everything. The older I get, the more I enjoy learning.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Antiques!

Last night I got some serious treasures when Matt's grandparents came over to my in-laws' house. They came over because my sister-in-law, Stephanie, turned 19 and we had cake and ice cream about it. After we finished eating, Grandma Knight said, "Let's play 'What's in Grandma's Crazy Grab-bag!'" In the bag she had some stuff they didn't use anymore, but thought we might like to have. Otherwise it was all going to the thrift store. 
 

 
In my opinion, I made out like a bandit! The treasure pictured above is a citrus juicer. You lift the handle, put a piece of citrus fruit in, and squeeze the handle all the way down. Then you pour the juice out of the spout!
 
This used to belong to Grandma Knight's mom. She used to sell WearEver Aluminum products. Basically these were like Pampered Chef items, but way cooler and way before Pampered Chef came around. In fact, WearEver revolutionized the way people cooked by introducing aluminum into cookware and bake ware. A lightweight metal that would seemingly wear forever? Awesome! *Update: Don't use aluminum cookware because you can get Alzheimer's from it!*Grandma Knight's mom would host dinners using her WearEver products and see who she could sell them to.


My other treasure used to be Grandpa Knight's mother's (but maybe his father's...). It's just a tea pot, right? No, the glorious thing about this tea pot is that it's electric. I suppose the idea was that if you went to a motel or something and you wanted to have some coffee or tea, you would just fill it up with water and whatever else and plug it in! If you look on the bottom right of the pot, there's a little place where you attach the electric cord. Pretty cool, huh? I thought so.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Weird Dreams.

(this picture doesn't belong to me, but I wish it did)
I dream very vividly and often. Maybe I just get really good sleep or something, I don't know. But I thought I would share some of my weirdo dreams with you.

First of all, I have reoccurring dreams. Well, it's not so much that I dream the same exact dream, more like the same basic dream. So different things will happen in the dream, but the concept and/or location are the same. I have farm dreams, pool dreams, ocean dreams, mountain dreams, and secret passage dreams.

Farm Dreams

Farm dreams always take place at my grandparents' farm outside of Pendleton. The thing that makes these dreams strange is that the surrounding area is usually really populated or lots of people go there for recreation. Like there are businesses and train stations. If you've ever been to the farm, you know that it's out in the middle of nowhere so you really feel like you're away from it all. I usually fly in these dreams, too. But lately there have been really popular swimming areas at the farm and sometimes the wheat fields are the Columbia River.

The other really odd things about these dreams are that my siblings and mom have them, too! Theirs are a bit different though. Some of them have farm dreams that are apocalyptic!

So last night I had a farm dream. It went something like this:

My family and I were going to go swimming down at the river. On the way there, Joe (my brother-in-law) was really upset because Cindy was hanging out with Cinna (from the Hunger Games). She wouldn't stop hanging out with him even though it was making Joe mad. (For the record, Cindy making Joe jealous is sooo not something I think she would do). When I finally got to the water, it was dark and cold outside, so I couldn't swim. That part made me quite annoyed. Then the dream changed and it was the next day or something. We went down the dirt road eastward to a different spot on the river. To get to the river, we had to walk through some brush. Among the brush were calf brain mushrooms.
(also not my picture)
When we got to the water and stepped in, I noticed there were calf brains in the water, too! They were attached to the rocks like sea sponges or anemones! That's when I also noticed they were attached to my ankles. I frantically tried to pull them off, but when I did, I could only really get the fruit of the mushroom detached. It was very painful when I tried to pull out the roots, so I gave up. A little while later I looked down and saw that one was trying to attach itself to my right thumb. I discovered that the calf brains attached by sending out a poisonous thread that would numb the skin and then burrow itself in you until it was secure. Luckily, I got the one off my thumb before it got in too deep. We finally decided to walk back up to the house and as we were walking I saw that all the calf brains were gone! I was so relieved to have them gone, but my ankle was pretty swollen.

Anyway, that's the kind of stuff I dream about. Very vividly. Farm dreams are the only kind of dreams I'm going to cover today. But stay tuned, because I dream almost every night!