A nurse who knits…

September 28, 2007

Wicked…

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 9:03 pm

Oh… I had such a good birthday. We headed up to LA to see Wicked and eat at Bar Marmont which is famous for celebrity shenanigans. We got to LA really early cause we left at noon and arrived at 3:30 leaving tons of time to kill before we could head to Bar Marmont. We drove around Beverly Hills looking at rich people houses and had coffee at the Coffee Bean on Sunset Blvd. Here’s a pic of Matt at the table. We sat drinking coffee and I was knitting for about an hour before we drove a block to the Chataeu Marmont.

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For those of you haven’t been to the Chataeu Marmont, it’s a beautiful old hotel built in the 1920’s I believe. The Bar Marmont is next door and they have awesome food. I stupidly forgot my camera in the car so no pictures but both the hotel and bar had that cool vintage vibe to it. If you’re not one for old things, you probably wouldn’t like either one but I for one find old buildings fascinating. We each had a glass of wine and shared an asparagus, procuitto, and soft egg salad. Next we had the sea scallops and risotto which were cooked perfectly and french fries with 3 dips. One was a garlic aioli, another was vinegar, and the last was some spiced up ketchup. I had a very nice Americano and we had the best dessert ever… a salty pistachio crumble w/ pistachio gelato. This was hands down the best dessert I had ever tasted and I’ve tasted a lot of desserts, lol. All I can say is yummy, yummy, yummy.

By the time we scarfed down the last bite of dessert, it was 7:45! 15 minutes to showtime. Ack… in normal towns the 2 miles to the theatre would not have been a problem but it is in LA. We headed out and with some careful maneuvering made it to the theatre with a few minutes to spare. For those who haven’t seen Wicked yet, please do. It was incredible. I love the venue, the Pantageus theatre. It’s an old and historical theatre that was home to the Academy awards in the 50’s and 60’s. I heard many comments from others in the audience that the seats are too small, the bathrooms run down but when you have history that cancels out the inconvenience.

Since we were a little late, we didn’t get to take many pictures of the theatre but I did manage to get a picture of the stage during intermission. I was stopped from taking pictures after this one. I guess they had made an announcement that pictures weren’t allowed in the seating area but I have this one to show you of the stage dragon.

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Wicked the musical was very different from Wicked the book. Different endings, characterizations, and story line. But it worked. I won’t give the ending away to those who haven’t seen the play. The set design was phenomenal. My favorite thing was the Wizard’s head.

The play ended at 11:30 and we didn’t make it back home until about 1 am. Talk about a long and fun night. I leave you with more dog pictures just cause they make me laugh. In the one with Waldo and the hat, he’s so tired that he didn’t mind me putting a hat on him and taking his pic.
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September 27, 2007

It’s my birthday!

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 3:59 pm

I’m officially in my 3rd decade. I turn 31 today. But I don’t feel any different. Some people have told me that turning 31 was harder than turning 30 but so far, this is not the case. Maybe it’s because my life hasn’t changd significantly since last year. Or because I don’t have kids to remind me that as they grow I get older.

I’m going to spend the morning knitting and drinking coffee. I started another Lucy bag in Paton’s Classic Wool. This time when I felt it, I will be monitoring it. Matt is working a half day and then we’re off to Los Angeles to see Wicked . Before the play we’re going to have dinner at Chateau Marmont. We’re leaving around lunch to beat the traffic. Isn’t that sad? We’re leaving 6 hours early to make sure we get to dinner on time. Non Angeleno (sp?) have a hard time navigating thru the mess that is LA traffic.

I’ll let you know how the play is tomorrow. I’ll try to take pics of celebrities. The hotspot is going to be Chateau Marmont but I feel funny bringing out the camera at dinner and snapping while people are eating. One of the docs at work told me that it shouldn’t bother me and that I can stealthfully take pictures at dinner by pretending to take pictures of my boyfriend while he was eating. He had us all laughing at the nurses’s station w/ that suggestion. Not really because it was funny but he’s such a serious man that it’s hard to think that he thinks about things like this. But I guess serious neurologists have to have fun too.

September 25, 2007

Ugh… I have a belly shirt

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 12:08 am

My DSL tank came out too short. I was in denial about it for a very long time. I measured very carefully but ya know when in a project there is a point of no return. Or one that you hope is the point of no return. I hit that point in the beginning of the project. I should have noticed when I had a whole ball of yarn left over yesterday.  The tank was screaming at me, “something is just not right.”  I started seaming the thing today and was thinking to my self, “Its going to be too short. I should just stop right there.” I seamed the shoulders and told myself, “it doesn’t look too bad”. Then I seamed one of the sides and I couldn’t continue the denial. I will be frogging this tank shortly. I just don’t want to do it tonight. Ugh… What a nightmare. That will teach me to measure constantly during the knitting process. I don’t even have the heart to take a picture of it. It’s just too ugly to show to anyone.  I don’t know if the yarn is right for this project either.  Maybe I’m in denial about that too.

September 23, 2007

Doulaing…

Filed under: Knitting,Nursing — yarnnut @ 12:24 am

My boyfriend left to play golf with his buddies in Tijuana last night so I spent yesterday doulaing at UCSD. I got a call from my mentor that there was a 30 yo first time mom who needed us. So I headed in about 11:30. Her goals were to give birth with as little intervention as possible. Sounds like something a doula would love to help out with.

My mentor and I spent the afternoon with the soon to be mommy and daddy coaching, repositioning, and rehydrating. She was a trouper but around 4 pm she ended up wanting an epidural because of the pain. She really didn’t want to get one because she said that it would make her feel like a failure and that everyone in her family would be disappointed in her for having one. She asked my advice and as a doula, I explained that everything in her birth is her choice and we discussed her options. She opted for the epidural and I supported her decision. She gave birth around 10:45 at night and I think that she was satisfied with her decision. Both parents said that my mentor and I were very helpful and that they were glad we were there to share the experience with them. What a great way to spend the day.

Here’s an example when doulas come in handy. While the mommy was pushing, the other doula and I supported her legs and dad was at the head giving encouragement and helping her to get her upper body curled into position. When the head was beginning to peek out, I suggested that dad and I switch so that he can see the baby come out without my big ole head in the way. So we switch places. And… he was alright for a few minutes. After a few pushes, he excused himself and hurried himself away. Awful retching sounds came from the bathroom and poor mommy begins to look green. I held a towel to her forehead and got her a bucket to vomit in if she needed it. She held herself together and told her husband to leave the room if he was going to vomit because the sound made her feel like vomiting. Poor dad… he rinsed his mouth out and took his position at the head again. The nurse asked him if he needed a moment outside by himself and he said that he was ok. He asked “Gail, can you take her leg? I don’t do so good down there.” I asked if he wanted to switch when her face was visible because of course I didn’t want to be selfish about watching a baby come out and he replied, “No… you can stay there. I’ll look from up here.” I offered a mirror because mom had said earlier that she wanted that. “Will you be alright with the mirror or do you want me to warn you so you can get out of the way?” “That will be fine. I think I’m safe from up here.” I was kinda laughing in my head. This is why women have babies.

The baby was a girl, about 8 lbs and one of the cutest babies I had ever seen. But then again, I think every baby I see getting born is the cutest baby. She had the cutest little nose and these alert eyes that looked around wondering what in the world was going on. Then after the baby was out, she was placed on her mother’s chest and she started breastfeeding immediately. She just knew what to do! I get to do the followup call next week and I think everyone is going to be just fine:)

I came home exhausted around midnight last night after not having any dinner cause I didn’t want to miss any of the action. I wanted to have a burrito from a taco shop near my house. I thought all taco shops were open 24 hours a day. But… alas, this was not meant to be. They were closed. I ended up eating french fries from Carl’s Jr. which weren’t bad at midnight.

I had a few hours sleep before I headed to my knitting group at Panera . The group had grown a lot since I attended last and I had a great time. I knitted a baby hat for the doula program and even got a few donations. The UCSD doula program gives out hand knitted or crocheted hats to all the babies that are born w/ a doula and are in desperate need. So I appealed to my group and two people donated hats right then and some said they would knit/crochet some and bring them to the next meeting. Thanks for being so generous with your time everyone. I’m sure the babies and mommies will love them. Here’s a picture of the hats. One lady also gave me some booties. The dark one is supposed to be green but I couldn’t get it to photograph at all.
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After the meetup, I went to a yarn store that was closing down in Lemon Grove with four of the ladies from the group. Here’s the damage…

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Some acrylic yarn that I will use for a baby present in green. The pastel multicolor I’ll use for baby hats.

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And 5 skeins of Cascade 220. Waldo is a funny little dog who loves the smell of wool. My whole purchase came to $23. Everything in the store was 60% off. Unfortunately today was the last day of the sale. There was tons of stuff left but the lady in charge of the sale had a prior engagement for the rest of the week. I wonder where everything will end up. I can’t believe it, I got a sweater’s worth of wool for $14. I just love a deal. It doesn’t matter that I don’t have the time to knit the sweater. What’s important is that I have it for when I do have the time:)And although some consider this cruel and unusual punishment, here’s Waldo modeling some hats.

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This is the one I made today.

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And this is one made by Karla (I think that’s her name…. I’m really bad about names but I’ll try to remember for next time)  Sorry for the blurry pictures.  He was not cooperating.

And I got my five people to pay it forward to.   I don’t know what your getting yet or when but I’ll think of something fun.

September 20, 2007

Paying it forward

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 4:36 pm

Hi all…. this is a concept that has been circulating the blog world lately. You do something nice for another person. And that person does something nice for another. And the good deeds just keep on going from person to person. For knitters, that good deed usually has a knitting related theme. I will give a handknit gift or something to help their knitting to the first 5 people who comment on this post. I have know idea what the gifts are or when I will get them to you but you will get a gift. The person who inspired me to do this is George Anne. So go on… pay it forward.

September 17, 2007

Golden Girls

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 11:22 pm

Anyone else a fan of this show? Not many people know this but I love this show. What’s not to love about 4 older women “shooting the shit” as one of my friends Dirty Sue would say?  I’m watching it while I knit my DSL tank.  It’s the episode where Blanche can’t get Ham Lechbomb (sp?) to sleep with her.  I’m just laughing my head off.  Thank goodness this tank is such an easy pattern.

I’m working on the back right now.  It appears that my gauge has changed.   Don’t you just hate that?  But hopefully it will still work.  I’m almost afraid to measure it.  I’m using Berroco Comfort which is a very soft yarn.  If I have any complaints, it’s that it is a splitty yarn.  But works well for this tank.  It’s nylon and acrylic though.  Hopefully, it won’t be too hot to wear.

I have a feeling that this tank will be finished this week so you’ll probably see a picture later…

September 14, 2007

Yeah!!! Socks!!!

Filed under: Knitting,Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:25 pm

So I finally finished a pair of socks a few days ago. They are knit from Tofusies which is made of soybeans and chitin which is crab shells. Supposedly they are naturally antibacterial. I used my standard ribbed cuff. I think the next pair of socks I knit will have some sort of lace to keep me from wanting to poke my eyes out with my Addi’s. The cuffs are a bit shorter than I had wanted but I just couldn’t do it anymore. If you couldn’t tell, I have a touch of ADD.

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I have had a few days off now and have been catching up on Meerkat Manor. Is anyone else addicted to this show? For those who are not in the know, it is basically a soap opera that takes place in the African desert with these cute Meerkats as characters. They have affairs on their significant others, raise babies, and have enemies. I have it tivo’d which is the greatest invention ever.

I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in about 2 months.  The time before that was on the cruise ship.  I lifted weights and my whole body hurt.  The irony is that before I fell asleep last night, I told Matt that I must not have worked out hard enough since I wasn’t sore.  Time to eat those words.  I am going to go for a nice walk today.  Hopefully, that will stretch out all my hurting muscles and get them used to more physical activity.  Women keep commenting that my butt will start to drop soon.  I’m starting to feel it!  Turning 31 is starting to do a number on my body.  I might actually have to start working out consistently to stay thin and healthy.

Well, nothing else that’s new to report. I’m still working at my Tele floor. Everyone now knows and my manager told me that she had already planned on me leaving and had hired a new traveler to take my place in Oct. well, it’s nice to know that the world isn’t going to fall apart. Unfortunately, it seems like I’m working every Wed that my group is meeting until I leave this job. And I work more than my fair share of Saturdays right now, so I can’t even go to my Saturday group. I’m going into KIP withdrawal!!!

September 8, 2007

I got a new job!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yarnnut @ 2:00 am

I have been pretty hush hush about this but I interviewed for a labor and delivery position over at Sharp Mary Birch last week and I got it!!!! I’m so excited.  I have my dream job.

It’s all been so fast.  I applied for this job about 2 weeks ago when the recruiter for my current hospital called me and said that there would be October preceptorships at Mary Birch starting in October.  For those of you who are not nurses, when you apply for a new specialty or are a new grad, you go thru a training period that’s called preceptorship.  You go to classes and get matched up with a “preceptor” who is responsible for teaching you the ins and outs of the job.  These preceptorships are usually only offered 2 times a year in January and July but they decided to do an extra one this year.

I interviewed last week and I got the impression that they liked me but they told me that they would start letting applicants know in about 3 weeks.  My heart sunk because I so wanted to get to nursing moms and babies.  But they got to me 2 weeks early.  When the manager called me she said “You are such a gem.  We couldn’t pass you up.”  Makes me feel good because she did say that my current manager gave me a glowing review.  It’s nice to be appreciated for your hard work.

The job starts on Oct 29.  I’m sooo excited.

September 4, 2007

Hot…

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 3:09 pm

People who know me know that I am rarely hot.  It just doesn’t happen.  It could be 90 deg outside and I don’t flip the A/C on.  Maybe it’s in my Filipino heritage.  Do Filipinos get hot?  I grew up w/ no A/C on.  My parents just never turned out on.  Even as we speak, they don’t have it on.  Because they don’t own A/C.

Well, today it’s supposed to hit 95 deg.  On Labor Day, we were 102.  Now that’s hot.  10 degrees I found out is the limit for me to put the A/C on.  How funny, it’d be humid and 80 in Michigan, and I could stand it but 102 of dry heat and I’m not doing anything cause I feel like I’ll have a heat stroke.  I actually wore a sun dress which is a rare occurance because the A/C in buildings chill me so much.

I was going to work out today.  Lol… but it’s just too hot.  Even w/ the a/c in the gym.  Someone please motivate me!  I guess I’ll spend the day buying groceries and knitting.  Even my knitting fits the weather.  No heavy sweaters to knit.  I’m knitting socks!  And the second one is almost done.  It’s a pair in Tofusie and my usual ribbed recipe.   Pictures to follow when I’m not so overcome by the heat.