Saturday, December 31, 2005

A few updates

I went to the Kenneth Cole store at Oak Brook to get the camel colored boots. Unfortunately, Ken only makes them up to a size 10 and I needed an 11. So no boots for me, but thanks for everyones input. I was really sad.

I tried to call Aaron in NYC right after the big ball drop, but I kept getting the "all circuits busy" message.

I will update on the highlights of 2005 and what 2006 has in store in a couple of days.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Another Survey...but you'll never really know me

1. What is your dream occupation? I don't know
2. What color is your underwear? black
3. What are you listening to right now? the traffic on 290
4. What was the last thing you ate? a clemintine
5. Do you wish on stars? yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? cornflower blue
7. How is the weather right now? dreary
8. Last person you spoke to on the phone? I don't know
9. Do you like the person who sent this to you? i guess so
10. How old are you today? 24
11. What is your favorite drink? Diet Cherry 7up, but they don't make it anymore
12. Favorite sport to watch? pro baseball, college football, or basketball
13. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes
14. Do you wear contacts or glasses? both, but not at the same time
15. Pets? no, just a roommate
16. Favorite month? JULY AUG. AND SEPT
17. Favorite food? PASTA
18. What was the last movie you watched? UPTOWN GIRLS
19. Favorite day of the year? my birthday
20. What do you do to vent anger? either talk to someone or internalize it
21. What was you favorite toy as a child? SO MANY
22. Fall or Spring? both
23. Kisses or hugs? Kisses
24. Cherry or blueberry? cherry
25. Do you want your friends to email you back? no.
26. Who is most likely to respond? no one
27. Who is least likely to respond? megan
28. Living arrangements? with Jenne
29. When was the last time you cried? I dont' remember
30. What is on the floor of you closet? crates of shoes and laundry baskets
31. Who is the friend you have had the longest? my brother
32. What did you do last night? worked
33. Favorite smell? fresh cut grass or Christmas tree
34. What inspires you? my family
35. What are you afraid of? being a failure
36. Plain, cheese of spicy hamburgers? spice up my life
37. Favorite car? hmm...maybe the camp truck
38. Favorite type of dog? a small cute one that doesn't yap
39. Number of keys of your key ring? 10too many
40. How many years at your current job? 1.5
41. Favorite day of the week? my day off
42. How many states have you lived in? 2
43. How many cities have you lived in? 5

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Here is the darker brown pair

I have been wanting a pair of cowboy boots for a very long time and am very picky about what I want. Then, before Christmas, I found the perfect pair made by Kenneth Cole. They are currently onsale and I found a store nearby that has both the camel and darker brown in stock. I really like them both. Which do you think I should get? INPUT NEEDED!

accepting the challenge...maybe

Mel has posted a challenge on her blog. The challenge is to read one book a week for a year. Aaron and I had a bet similar to this a few years ago where I read 25 non-school books in one year. I always get a good start, but then I slow down as the year progresses. I just run out of good books that I want to read. My goal is to read 30 books this year. Up five from my previous contest, but less than one a week.


I got back to Chicago about 8pm last night and didn't get much done. I was still on vacation and feeling lazy. I have a lot of unpacking and cleaning to do today. Jenne gets back tomorrow. I haven't seen her in 5 weeks. It will be nice to have a roommate again.

AHHHHHHHH! Someone, motivate me!

poopy poopy poopy. that's how lazy i feel.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

It's a Dad Sandwich

When my brother and I are home at the same time, we like to gang up on my parents. The victim is usually my mom, but this Christmas, we invented the "Dad Sandwich." As you can tell, my dad isn't enjoying it too much, but we are. Love ya, dad.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas 2005 Re-cap

Christmas started out on the 22nd by driving from Chicago to Burlington to stay overnight at my parents house, then riding with them and my brother(who had arrived that morning) to Early, IA. On the journey there, somthing very funny happened at the Flying J Truckstop in Elk Run. To pass the time, my brother and I were looking at this large display of ceramic snowmen Christmas tree ornaments that had people's names on them. Well, my mom came over and wanted to see if they had her name on there. When she put her finger ont he "C" rack, the whole shelf fell and all the snowmen shattered on the floor. I foudn thsi quite hilarious, but my mom was worried that she was going to have to pay for about $150 worth of broken ornaments. She turned herself in and luckily didn't have too.

Once in Early, IA, we hung out with my Grandpa on the farm until after dinner the next day when we again traveled even farther north to Marcus, Ia, where we lived until I was 5. There, we visited family friends for the afternoon before again heading farther north. We finally arrived in Rock Rapids, Ia(can't get much more north than that) around 5pm for my dad's side of the family's Christmas dinner. In retrospect, it was one of the best Lens family Christmas's I've ever been too. My cousing Mitch(a junior in HS) and my cousin Brad(a year older than me) totally had me cracking up most of the night. There were 44 people there for dinner, which was more than we had anticipated, but far less than the family total. After dinner and mingling was over, we headed back down to my other grandparents farm.

The 24th was a full day of running errands and getting ready for the 25th.

On the morning of the 25th, my grandpa(who has alzheimers) was telling us a story and it went like this. "I was sitting in this chair looking out the window and I saw a 35 pound Elk-deer up in the tree. It was a rainy son of a bitchin day, maybe sleeting. So I went and got the gun and headed out to the shop for shells and I couldn't find any, so I called Greg(my uncle). He came down and shot the thing out of the tree and it landed on the ground and bounced about 3 feet in the air after it hit the ground. Then it headed straight for Greg, took about 3 steps, and died." Well, we about dies when he was telling the story. I had previously heard the story and knew that he was talking about a raccoon and NOT an Elk-deer. However, we call cracked up that he called something an case you are unaware, there is no such animal as an elk-deer and if there was a thing as an elk-deer, I'm almost positive that it wouldn't be able to climb a tree. During our stay, my Grandpa also called my brother Josh, "Alan" to his face and we all started laughing so hard that I had to get up and leave the room. My Grandpa had no idea what was going on and so instead of telling him that we were laughing because he called my brother Alan, Josh told him that I farted and that is why we were all laughing. I indeed did NOT fart.

At noon on the 25th, my uncle and his family came down to the farm and we all had dinner, played bingo, and opened gifts. We left shortly thereafter to head back to Burlington. Upon returnign to Burlington, my immediate family had our Christmas and exchanged gifts. I think we all got everything we asked for and more. It was great.

Finally home...and more Christmas

After making the 5 hour trek home from my grandparents on Christmas day, we celebrated Christmas in the comfort of our own home, with some excellent wine and more gifts. We all look a little tired.

The Domino Family

The whole family got together at my grandparent's farm to celebrate Christmas. Very back row is my Uncle Gregg and my cousin Chris. In the row in front of them is my Aunt Marilyn, Chris's wife Nicole and my dad. Next row is my Grandma Shirley, my Grandpa Keith and my brother Josh. In the very front is my mom and I. We all had a nice dinner with traditional opening of gift and some ruthless bingo with present stealing. This year we started a new tradition of human sandwiches. You can't say you've had fun until you've been around us for an afternoon.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Victory is ours

I played Domino's with my mom and brother and this is them demonstrating thier victory dance. We had a good time.

Hot hats

Ha ha. I am weating my Grandpa's hat. I jokingly put it on and he told me I looked like a movie star, so I put my favorite hat of his on him and made him take a picture. He is the good looking one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

somedays, i wish that was my world

Last night, my patient was a teenager with Aspergers Syndrome, who is obsessed with anime and super heroes. Anyway, everything is a power struggle with her and she often ends up in the quiet room, which frequently leads to seclusion(being in quiet room with the door locked). And this usually leads to her trying to choke herself or head banging, in which case we have to go in and hold her or put her in restraints.

Anyhow, the standard protocol is that the psych resident on call has to come see the patient within 2 hours of the door being locked, aka the patient "going into seclusion". Well, when the psych resident came up to out floor quickly and this patient was still in seclusion. When the psych resident came in and asked her what was wrong, she responded "My life is a living Hell." Then, she dramatically threw her arms in the air and yelled "This is NOT my world! My world is full of sunshine and green grass and laughter. People playing in park and children running." Then when she had finally calmed down and was ready to leave the quiet room, she stumbled around and pretended to be blind, because we had taken her glasses off of her face upon entering the quiet room. She has almost no presciption in her glasses.


As frustrating as work can be, sometimes you just have to look back and laugh.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Twas the night before the night before I left...

So I realized today that it is the night before the night before I go back to Iowa for 6 whole days. While much of this time will be spent in the car with my parents and older brother traveling around the northwest part of the state seeing various relatives, I am quite excited.

Except, I realized that I have to get everything done before I go to work tomorrow. Why you ask? Good question, I respond. I am working 3-11:30pm tomorrow then working 7am-3:30pm Wednesday. I need to have my car packed up so I can run(maybe literally) home from work, hop in my car and do my best to get out of the city before rush hour traffic clogs the expressway like a fat clogged vessel during a heart attack.

Unfortunately, I need to pack and wanted to give the apartment one last quick cleaning before I left. I am feeling highly unmotivated...yikes...someone call the motivation fairy to come kick me in the butt.

4K Christmas Party

This was taken at my work Christmas party this year. It was held at one of our co-worker Kristen's very nice west loop apartment. Notice everyone in the picture looks good but me. I just came from work and had to take my patient down twice that shift.

L to R: Me, Keno(Kristin's boyfriend), and Kathy W

Friday, December 16, 2005

I love a good burrito

Today while shopping downtown I stopped in for lunch at Chipotle and had a delicious burrito. While I enjoy their food, nothing compares to my favorite Pancheros. The only thing I like better about Chipotle than Pancheros is that they put cilantro in their rice. I love cilantro. It might be my favorite herb.
The best part of Pancheros is that you can eat it really late at night because it's open until 3 or 4am and their super fresh tortillas. Mmmm...they are so fresh and good. I love them. Also, Pancheros has a much more varied menu than Chipotle. Speaking of varied menus, another love of mine that is quite similar to these places is Qdoba. Qdoba has the biggest menu of them all.

Enough about my love of Mexican food.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Another flashback

Sometimes, I do very funny things, especially after I have been drinking.

Today, I was talking to Eddie online and we were reminiscing about some fun college times. He brought up the night we went to Brothers for Mardi must have been my senior year. I somehow obtained a feather Mardi Gras mask that just covers your eyes. Well, after a couple of long islands (with my newly obtained mask on), I decided that people wouldn't know who I was since you couldn't see the top half of my face. Sadly, I saw a lot of people I knew that night and they ALL knew who I was. So here was our AIM conversation:

vetter2k: oh and that mask, that was great
Stawojo5481: when I was incognito
vetter2k: that night you were invisible
vetter2k: oh yes
Stawojo5481: thinking people wouldn't know who i was
vetter2k: LOL
vetter2k: i got a fever, and the only prescription
vetter2k: is MORE COWBELL
Stawojo5481: and i would go up to people and talk to them thinking they would know who i was, i got so sad when they knew me
Stawojo5481: BOL
vetter2k: LMAO
Stawojo5481: because i don't have the most obnoxious voice ever and a deaf person would recognize it
vetter2k: LOL, hell helen keller knew who you were

Oh, I miss the good days of IC! We had some gooooood times.

Sometimes, I am unintentionally an asshole

I feel bad, but tonight at work, I was a jerk and I totally didn't mean to be. Sometimes I have verbal diarrhea. A new patient was crying and I asked her what her name was, because I hadn't met her yet. She responded, I didn't understand her and I said, "GORILLA?!?!"

Needless to say, her name is NOT Gorilla.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

warm ears=happy stace

I LOVE this hat. I tried it on at American Eagle. If anyone wants to buy it for me, I would love it. I hate normal stocking hats, because they don't cover my ears very well, so I usually opt to wear nothing on my head, but this hat clearly made me happy...and kept my ears toasty warm


At Old Navy Megan tried on this faux fur coat and I took a picture. I really like the sophisticated air about her.

the Home Depot dance and my obsession with f-u-n

So today, Megan and I did super Christmas shopping and we had to stop at Home Depot for me. There, they were playing wierd music overhead, so Megan created the Home Depot dance and got really embarassed when people witnessed it. Then I made her do it and took pictures. It was a very good time. THEN...Megan told me that I was OBSESSED with fun and that I no longer found it acceptable to find the fun(I was formerly catergorized as a Fun Finder), but now I she claims, finding fun isn't good enough for me and that I am obsessed with it and can never have enough fun. What can I say...I LOVE THE FUN!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Real World...Austin

While many of us know that Austin is my favorite city in Tx(a little inside joke for some of you.) was most defintiely not my favorite season of Real World.

After watching the stuff they didn't show during the season and the reunion tonight, I enjoyed the cast a little more. I still think Neiamiah is a douche with anger issues and a bit of a divo(male diva) ...and I don't even care enought to spell his name correctly. Danny does think he is Ben Affleck and I didn't really like him during the season either. I thought that he tried to be somewhat controlling of spineless icky Mel. It seemed from the reunion tonight that he still is controlling according to the accuisations made be Rachel that he wouldn't let her go shopping with the girls. I really hope that Mel and Danny dont' get thier own reality show about thier engagement/wedding/married life. I think I would vomit on the cable box. I could be completely wrong, but Mel seems like one of those girls that conforms to whatever her boyfriend is like. I need a good word to describe those people...I'll take suggestions.

I was happy to see Wes and Johanna together. I always thought they would get together during the season, but now they are official. Wes seems like he may have grown up a little since the show, but who knows...he was on the real world and his mission was to "hook-up" and that the season is over maybe he isnt' really that crazy in real life. I thought it was interesting that he and Johanna were pretty quiet during the reunion show and they were two of the bigger talkers in the house. It was also very interesting that Wes tried to redirect Neiamiah into treating Danny with more respect and to have his beef with im while the cameras were off...which leads me to wonder... real is the real world?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Well, I'm still not tired

Working second shift(3-11:30pm) is a different kind of beast. It really screws with the sleeping pattern you have tried to set all of your life. I have tried to battle it ever since I started my job about a year and a half ago, but I think I have finally come to terms.

I will not ever be able to come home and go directly to bed. I will be up until almost 3-4am every night and I will not get up until 10 or 11am. I just feel so lazy when I sleep in that late, but then I realize that I probably got 7 hours of sleep.

Right now it's 3am and I am wide awake. I've even cleaned my apt since I got home from work.

I just want to be sleepy.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Why I am not getting an iPOD

After much research and pineing for an iPOD nano, I have decided not to get one. I have instead chosen to get another style of an mp3 player. While I vote the iPOD the most attractive of the mp3's, I have also read a lot of reviews saying that it is quite fragile, is easily scratched(especially the black one), and several of the LCD screens have broken on them. Multiple reviews recommends not taking the nano out of the packaging until you had also paid the extra $$ for a protective case. The nano doesn't have all the accessories out yet either...and in my opinion, they are very over priced.

I ideally wanted a 1GB mp3 player and I do believe that apple only offers the shuffle in the 1GB. The drawback to the shuffle is that it does not have a display screen. The iPOD i really wanted was the mini, but unfortunately apple discontinued the mini when they came out with the nano.
So, I have looked to other reputable brands and have found a 1GB with a display screen, that is less expensive and has less over priced accessories. Can't wait until Christmas...It will be music to my ears, literally.

Top of the table

Here's an arial view of the top of the table. Almost 2 weeks of work and many cuts on what's left of my bloody stumps for hands.

One step left

I have finally finished mosaicing the top of the table and gotten the bottom painted. Now all that is left to do it grout the area between the pieces of mirror and I plan on doing that in a charcoal gray. I think it turned out pretty well.

The return of Courtney Scott

There was once an Iowa basketball player named Courtney Scott. He was only at Iowa a year or two before he transfered to some small school in Michigan. Well, Megan kinda looks like him when she makes this face. She used to get really mad at me when I told her that, but now she even poses for pictures.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Give up on love?

I like many was devistated by the news that Nick and Jessica have separated, but not yet filed for divorce. Although they have been denying the split rumors for almost a year now, they are rumors no more. With thier tv show, Newlyweds, skyrocketing Jessica's career and doing nothing for Nick's, one can only wonder...was it rocky all along, but we believed in them due to the editing?

I think it was clear as the seasons progressed that there was less marital bliss than in the first season, but what was to be expected? They were getting busier, a little less time for eachother and the newness was wearing off.

When discussing this issue with my good friend Buggie last night, she said, "I don't know if I can believe in love anymore." While she was being dramamtic, for many, Nick and Jessica were the portrait of a good moral realationship. It wasn't the typical Hollywood romance.

I am hoping for a saved marriage.

My new weight loss plan..."Bartender, pour me another"

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who have an alcoholic drink or two a day may have a lower risk of becoming obese than either teetotalers or heavy drinkers, a study published Monday suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 8,200 U.S. adults, those who said they enjoyed a drink every day were 54 percent less likely than non-drinkers to be obese. Similarly, those who drank a little more (two drinks per day) or a little less (a few drinks per week) had a lower risk of obesity than teetotalers did.

Heavy drinking, on the other hand, raised the odds of obesity. People who downed four or more drinks a day were 46 percent more likely to be obese than non-drinkers were. Binge drinkers also showed a greater prevalence of obesity.

The findings are published online in the journal BMC Public Health.

Many studies have linked moderate drinking to better heart health, but only a few have looked at the relationship between drinking and body weight. "It's a fairly new line of research," said study co-author James E. Rohrer, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

It's possible, he told Reuters Health, that the lower prevalence of obesity among moderate drinkers helps explain the lower risk of heart disease. However, Rohrer stressed that the findings do not imply that overweight people should take up drinking for the sake of their waistlines. Alcohol is high in calories, and it's not yet clear why moderate drinking is related to lesser odds of obesity.

Given that, Rohrer said, drinking should not be viewed as a "weight-loss strategy."
The study findings are based on data from a national health survey of Americans age 18 and older, conducted between 1988 and 1994. The researchers focused their analysis on 8,236 participants who had never smoked.

Overall, half of current drinkers were in the normal weight range, versus only about one-quarter of non-drinkers. Why this is so is unclear, but, Rohrer noted, he and colleague Dr. Ahmed Arif factored in the "usual suspects" in heart disease risk -- such as age, exercise levels, education and income -- and moderate drinking was still related to lower odds of obesity.
Though he cautioned against taking up drinking to trim the waistline, Rohrer also said the findings suggest that completely cutting out alcohol might backfire as a weight-loss plan.
SOURCE: BMC Public Health, online December 5, 2005.

relaxing weekend

After working a dayshift on Friday, I didn't have to be back to work until 3pm today. This was the first time in a long, long time that I had two days off in a row where I wasn't going somewhere or someone was coming into town to visit. Not that I don't enjoy those times, but it was nice just to be able to relax.

On Friday night, I ran errands and did a little Christmas shopping. After returning home, I worked on the mosaic table for a few hours while watching a movie.

On Saturday, I worked on the table top more, did lots of laundry, visited Megan in Joliet where she was babysitting her cousins. Upon returning home, I stayed up until 3am working on the table more and painting the legs.

Sunday was prounounced Lazy Fest 2005. I worked on some Christmas presents and the table top even more. I made some chicken fajitas for dinner. I finally ventured out of the house at 8:30pm...still in my go to Target to buy another Christmas present. I came home and worked on the table for a while longer and headed to bed.

It was great to do whatever I wanted for a couple of days. Now, back to work-ville.

21 days until I get to see my "sister"! We are going out to dinner with our old boss and her family. I love them all so much and miss them...except for when I got beat up by a pillow at night when I was trying to sleep!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

busy, busy, busy

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I have been super busy with work. There is light at the end of the tunnel as I have this weekend off...YAY! It will be filled with crafting. I am very excited. I am currently working on a mosaic table top, which i am using broken peices of mirror. It will look very cool when I'm done, but have cut my fingers a lot.:-( After the top is done, I will still have to grout it and paint it. I hope to get it done in the next week or two. Other than that, I want to do some sewing and work on some people Christmas gifts. It should be nice and relaxing. I intend on feeding my addicitons to coffee and Christmas music.