Monday, September 28, 2009

Short and Sweet

Ok, the bolognese sauce is good--different--but good. I actually added some thyme, oregano, and sage because it was a little too bologne-ish for me. This made it slightly more spaghetti-like. We bought the white wine at Wal Mart for about $4 for those who aren't used to buying it!

School was good today. We got our clinical schedules. I will basically be doing 6am-4pm every Monday and Wednesday for the month of October. The rest of the semester will vary. Yikes! I do not like getting up early so it will be an adjustment.

Tim had some stomach bug stuff today. He thinks it was a burrito he ate this morning because after being sick a few hours he is feeling better. Pray he doesn't have something else though!

That's all for now!

As always, I thank the Father for the beauty of early morning sunrises, coffee, and speedy recoveries!

Enjoy the evening!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Things

I started writing this blog last Tuesday and ran out of time so when it says it was nice and cold outside, you will know it was definitely not today!

Today is a wonderful day. I can smell the crisp, clean air of fall and can feel the cold breeze on my face. I love fall--not as much as winter--but it is the change I like. Fall is like a tease sent from winter, something to satisfy us until the real weather arrives. Time to pull out the scarves, long sleeve T's and fleece. Our God is so amazing isn't he? He knew we wouldn't be satisfied with static weather patterns and the same ole same ole.

Well it's official: we are moved in and unpacked. We had an amazing crew of people who helped us move in. Without them, we would probably still be moving--and unpacking! I cannot imagine having done it by ourselves. I would have been stressed out for weeks.

Ok that's all the old stuff. So this morning my wonderful husband made me breakfast and it was YUMMY! It is such a treat for him to cook because he usually doesn't have much time during the week after he gets home from work.

Here is a recipe I am going to try this week! I love Italian food so this should be pretty yummy.

Bolognese Sauce
2 strips bacon, finely chopped
2 medium onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, (guess what) finely chopped
2 lbs. ground beef chuck
Salt and pepper
2 cups whole milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 cans 28 oz. crushed tomatoes in puree

Serve over bed of favorite pasta.

So I made it through an entire week of simulation labs at school. I can officially care for and ressucitate a newborn baby. I really, really love it. I used to think I wanted to be a labor & delivery nurse, but now the nursery/NICU is looking pretty good. Maybe I can do some of both. I would love that. I am so lame though, Tim and I were in WalMart and there was a pregnant lady ahead of us in line, it was then when I realized I am obsessed with pregnant people. They're awesome.

I promise to start putting pictures on here in the future! It's pretty boring without them. I am just not good at remembering to take pictures.

I cannot think of another thing to write other than the fact that Texas Tech better win the football game I am watching right now. GO TECH! (I love football for those that are new to me.)

As always, I thank my heavenly Daddy for fall, cool weather, football, pregnant people, babies, and allowing me to be a NURSE!



Sunday, September 13, 2009


I used to feel like I was computer savvy but not anymore! I see all these cute blogs and interesting links and think to myself "how do I get that on mine!" It's annoying. It's not like I am old or dumb or something--or maybe I am--don't answer that! It might have something to do with the fact that I finally made the switch to Mac about 3 months ago and am still figuring it out!

It was a busy day for me and the Mr. We packed for h-o-u-r-s. I actually enjoy packing. I am obsessively organized so it gives me a chance to go through things and reorganize when we unpack at the new apartment. It wouldn't have taken us very long but we had ants--lots, and lots of ants. There was a nest in one of our boxes. OMG, it was scary. Millions, and millions of ants. We used 2 of those fuming bomb things and still had to kill some with a shoe. We finally managed to get rid of all of them, including the queen, which was quite interesting. Ant colonies are sophisticated! They have little worker ants and then they have the fighter ants or whatever you call them that are way bigger and have wings. So, not to worry everyone, we are ant-free. I had to take a shower though because I kept thinking things were crawling on me. After the ant fiasco we fortunatly ran out of boxes so we called it quits for the day. Later in the evening we went over to the Tiland's for a few games. Angela and I completely schooled the boys at Hand & Foot and Pictionary. It was fun!

Well tomorrow is church and COM group and I am super excited! We are helping lead a sermon-based group with Justin and Becky Watkins. If you don't have a COM group picked out you should come!

As always I thank the sweet Lord for insects, insect bombs, fellowship with friends, and change.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Kitchen

I love to cook.

Cooking is one of my favorite things to do. Other than my close friends, not many people know this about me. If I could describe an almost perfect day for myself (I say almost because I like to cook alone, therefore, my perfect day would always include my husband :)) it would be like this: waking up preferably after 11 a.m., going to the grocery store, and coming home to cook a nice meal. Doesn't take much to keep me happy! I was sitting in class today when a classmate asked me if I like to cook. I said YES! She then asked where I learned to cook? I told her I learned from my mom, but it got me thinking: not everyone learned to cook while growing up! I never really thought about it. I guess I was blessed with a mother who knows how to cook and cooks really well! So, anyway, if anyone wants any easy recipes or needs a cooking lesson, call me!

Disclaimer: This post was in no way inspired by the recent movie "Julia & Julia"; it's not that good.

As always, I thank my Daddy for grocery stores, cookbooks, recipes and His unending love.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Favorite

Hi friends! My computer sits by the window (I accidentally typed winder just now, oh my) where I am looking out to a cloudy gray sky and it's raining! I love rain, it's my favorite. I could easily live in Seattle and never get depressed--I would probably go in the opposite direction and be incredibly enthused. Doesn't rain just make you want to grab a cup of coffee and cozy down with a book?

Speaking of books, does anyone have any good book recommendations? I am horrible at finding books, especially in Midland, but I enjoy reading good ones. My favorites are mysteries and thrillers, but I also enjoy a good non-raunchy love story. So let me know please!! (Not that I have much extra time for reading).

We recently were in Ft. Davis over the Labor day holiday with my parents. Getting away for the long weekend was exactly what we needed. Mom and Dad rented a couple rooms in a newish bed & breakfast. It was lovely. I really do enjoy b & b's because they are usually made out of old houses with tons of character that are so much fun to explore. This one wasn't quite as character-filled as most because they just finished updating and remodeling it, but we enjoyed it just the same. One of the two mornings we were there the owner made some y-u-m-m-y cinnamon rolls-MMM. The first night we were in Ft. Davis we drove up to the McDonald observatory to attend a Star-Gazing Party. We got to look in telescopes at some star clusters, the moon, and Jupiter! It was really interesting--and cold! The next day we drove to Alpine and spent the afternoon at the small shops there and then drove over to Marfa for their annual festival. They had lots of booths with art and jewelry. Apparently Marfa is now known for their art, weird, weird art. Kinda weird. Check out the Chinati Museum sometime if you go there. That evening we went to see the Marfa lights! They are crazy!! No one has been able to explain them but they look like a cell phone tower with a white or red light flashing on top. They come and go, dim and get brighter, and are just too strange for words-go see them.

Well we are finally learning OB in school! I love it. We watched an hour-and-a-half long dvd today about fetal development which showed lots of 4D images which was awesome! I thought I knew this was the field for me but now it is even more evident!

So I realized I don't post much about Mr. Tim Hird so I will be trying to incorporate him more! I keep trying to get him to write his own post on here but he hasn't so far. Let's see, he continues to work at Watco rigging up big semi's and preparing them to go to the oil fields to haul and move stuff. They just changed their hours so he now has to work 7:30-5ish. He is on the couch right now enjoying some much needed down time while watching TV.

Well I think I am ready to get to bed so I don't hate life in the morning.

As always I am thankful for 3-day weekends, relaxing trips, and having a peace of mind knowing that I am exactly where the Lord wants me to be.