Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Etsy Finds!

One of my favorite things to do at work when I don't have video priveleges is to browse Etsy for cool or beautiful things. Here are some of the things I found. The links to the listings are found below each picture. I guess I'm really into plants right now...
Golden Spring Greetings
Succulent terranium

No. 9899
Camellia Flower

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.