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goals for 2008.

I have lots of goals at work for the coming year and they all deal with productivity and making the Pediatric Unit a better place for patients and my nurses, but this year, I am making life goals that are highly attainable for myself. I have beat myself up for not reaching New Year's Resolutions in the past. And I will refuse to do it this time. Dammit.

So. Here are my life resolutions for 2008.

  1. Do something scrappy once a week. This has been such a time consuming job, that I have not had the time to do something relaxing and cathartic like I used to. If it's cleaning and organizing my studio, or making a card, or catching up on my blog and others' blogs, etc., I vow to do SOMETHING! Dammit.
  2. Take more everyday photos. Not publishable quality photos. Really bad ones that are blurry and show my triple chins. This year, I don't care about photoshop. I will show everyone my big butt and frizzy fro. Dammit.
  3. Spend a date night once a week with my husband. This way, I don't feel guilty for taking advantage of him. Ha.
  4. Read more books. I have a list of books I have always wanted to read and I just have not gotten to them. I want to visit the local library more so that I don't spend money on things I can get for free. The thing is---I owe them late fees from one and a half years ago (blush). So, with the new year, I will have to take care of that. :) Also, I think it's kind of gross that other people have touched those books, says the germophobe. I will just have to stock up on germicidal wipes.
  5. Get on that darn treadmill more. OK, so I have forgotten the treadmill ever since I started this 40 hour a week job. I feel exhausted most of the time, but that is a symptom of a bigger problem. I probably feel exhausted because I have not been on the treadmill. If it's just 15 minutes, I will get on the treadmill at least 3 times a week. Dammit.

So what are your plans for the new year? :)

i am christmased out.

Long time no blog. I've had a hard time trying to keep up with my creative side while trying to get used to my new position. It's been quite a learning process and it has been more mentally challenging than I thought. I can't seem to catch up with housework, time for my husband and family, and time for myself. Hopefully, now that Christmas has passed, the stress will be lifted somewhat.

The stepkids have been here for 4 days and it has flown by. They got here last Saturday and will leave this upcoming Saturday. We've been running for the past few days and this is the first time I've had a breather. Did you all have a good holiday? Both sides of the family got together and it just happened too fast. Thank goodness this busy season comes only once a year. How did I ever organize myself so well in the years past? I have to catch up next year and plan waaaay ahead for gifts and parties. It was just too much and too crazy this year. I am so not used to going back to work so soon after a holiday. I usually have a few days to recover. Not this year, sister! This weekend, I vow to catch up on much needed sleep and some much needed action from my husband. No, I have not changed one bit! Ha! :)

Eva Meet my new niece, Eva, on her first Christmas. She is two weeks old and weighs about 6 pounds. Ain't she a beauty? :)

at the very least.


I have not scrapbooked at all in the last couple of weeks but I made sure to make time for cardmaking for my staff of 50 people. Little by little, every day after work, I managed to finish 50 Holiday Cards. I have to finish putting little packages together and then I will be ready for gift-giving for my coworkers. I am happy about that. :)

work is cramping my style.

Working 5 days a week is really cramping my scrapping style. I don't know how other people do this. I've worked 3 days for 10 years, right out of college and I am having a hard time getting used to the new schedule. I am on day shift now and I am having a hard time falling asleep at a decent time in order to get my butt up at 5:50 AM every morning. Why such an odd wake-up time? I don't know but it seems to help me get to work and it doesn't get me written up. I'm thinking this is a good idea. I am also having to wear my church clothes every day. No more scrubs for me right now. I actually HAVE to shower. It's not that I don't shower, it's that I didn't really HAVE to shower for anyone but myself (well, my husband counts, but he's not that picky). I was pretty much a lady of leisure, lounging around in my pajama bottoms. Yes, that's right. No top. Just kidding. I usually wore a bra when I cooked since there were lots of dangerous outcomes if I didn't. I digress. Anyway, I also have to do my hair. When I was a staff nurse, I always pulled my hair back. It wasn't only because it was our dress code, but because I feared getting pee or poop on my hair. I would not be a happy camper if that happened. It takes me a little while to straighten my fro in the morning, but trust me, my coworkers thank me for that. The worst thing about my new schedule is that I have no time to scrapbook. I might have nights off now and I suppose I could get some creativity done at night, but if I don't want to show up naked to work, I have to do some laundry, IRON (ugh!), and prepare food for 5 days. Scrapbooking is the last thing I have to do. 

But I want to do some scrapbooking. I am itching to get my hands on paper and glue and trimmers and the Cricut. I have been trying to make some cards for my staff but it's not looking very promising. I have about 50 employees and it's going to be quite the feat to make cards and gifts for everyone like I always have. I have been rearranging and redecorating my office so that it is a little scrappy, but again, there's that time thing again. Oh, well. It's all about time management right now as I orient to my new position. And one day soon, I am actually going to make a page.