Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving 2006 with my husband and a little Ava. Isn't she precious?
Also Thanksgiving 2006- this is my mom- with her fire hat and martini in tow, playing with Jack. The holidays are never boring in my house!
Monday, November 24, 2008
The night started off with a silent auction, and after the Chef's event, I feel like a silent auction pro! Most of the items up for sale were created and donated by the nurses involved. To me, that just made each item extra special. There were some really incredible things to bid on, from a hand-made quilt with pictures of little nurses on it, to gift baskets of goodies, to jewelry, to paintings and photography. My hubby and I bid on a few things, but my husband only had eyes for an large, artsy photograph of a Las Vegas building. We eventually won the picture (yay!) and it's now hanging in our kitchen.
Matt guarding the picture he bid on with his life. He wasn't going to let that one go!
The most appropriate item; A diaper bag.
Some of the nominees enjoying the night.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Do I seriously say that? Oh shit....I just said it, didn't I? Oh shit, I said shit. I really gotta work on that swearing thing, too. I don't want my kid to grow up being an effing potty mouth....because I'm not a fucking potty mouth. Oh shit...I did it again. Did I seriously just say shit again?
My girlfriend and I were talking the other day, and the subject of our kids came up. She said "don't you hate it when your kid starts to say things that you know came from you?"
Shit, yes! I answered.
These funny things come out of Jack's mouth, and I seriously don't realize how silly they actually sound until he says them. Seriously. I'm raising a boy with a valley-girl vocab.
Sweet. Like, totally gag me with a spoon.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Category Winner Facility
Advanced Practice - Cristy Thomas - University of Nevada School of Medicine
Case Management - Victoria Licklider - Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Charge Nurse - General Medical & Surgical - Sharon Oliver Mountain View Hospital
Charge Nurse - Specialty - Christina Baker Sunrise Hospital
Critical Care - Debra Marlow - Southern Hills Hospital
Education - Alma Angeles - UMC
Emergency - Robert Reynoso - Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
General Medical & Surgical - Cecilia Fleming - Sunrise Hospital
Hospice/Home Health & Palliative - Allison Zieglmeier - Nathan Adelson Hospice
Infection Control & Occupational Health - Harsha Dave - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus
Managed Care - Sandy Hessler - Southwest Medical Associates
Nursing Administration - Alice Chernich - Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Nursing Management - Mary Lou Haslach - LaGrutta Valley Hospital Medical Center
Oncology Nursing - Debbie McKinney - UMC
Pediatric Critical Care - Jennifer Quiner - Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Nursing - Chris Mariano - Sunrise Children’s Hospital
Peri Operative Nursing - Una Jensen - Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Public Health, Ambulatory Care - Kay Godby - Southern Nevada Health District
Behavioral Health Quality & Risk Management - Sarah Lopez - North Vista Hospital
Rehabilitation/Long Term Management - Marie Guevarra - UMC
Women’s Health - Paula Hutchison - UMC
Nurses Choice – Administration - Sam Kaufman - Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Nurses Choice – Support Staff - Phyllis Stead Spring - Valley Hospital Medical Center
Distinguished Nurse - Minta Albietz - Sunrise Hospital Medical Center
Category Runner-up Facility
Advanced Practice - Jennifer Buitrago - Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases
Case Management - Grace Jamison Gregory - UMC
Charge Nurse - General Medical & Surgical - Karen Kerkstra - Sunrise Hospital
Charge Nurse - Specialty - Linda Stacy - Sunrise Children's Hospital
Critical Care - Nancy Legaspina - Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Education - Judi Carrion - Sunrise Hospital
Emergency - Joy Stoops - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus
General Medical & Surgical - Haidee Rivera - Kramer Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Hospice/Home Health & Palliative - Lisa O'Driscoll - Nathan Adelson Hospice
Infection Control & Occupational Health - Giovanna Santovito - Carducci UMC
Managed Care - Serena Summerson - United Health Group
Nursing Administration - Ernie Stegall - Valley Hospital Medical Center
Nursing Management - Lynn Ray - Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
Oncology Nursing - Jane Edelman - Sunrise Hospital
Pediatric Critical Care - Cheryl Hayes - Sunrise Children's Hospital
Pediatric Nursing - Neely Sylvia - Sunrise Children's Hospital
Peri Operative Nursing - Vela Maria Orozco - Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Public Health, Ambulatory Care - Susan Michael - Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
Behavioral Health Quality & Risk Management - Renee Christensen - Sunrise Hospital
Rehabilitation/Long Term Management - Anita Dioquino - Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
Women’s Health - Sheila Hiramoto - Sunrise Children's Hospital
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Clement Park is sprawled over a large area, including a lake, multiple playgrounds, and lots of open trails for walking or biking. Columbine High School (home of the Rebels) is right next to the park, and the school's "Rebel Hill" stands as the marker for the memorial. Isn't it a beautiful park?
Here's what Rebel Hill looks like from afar. It's hard to miss! The trees to the left of the hill is where the memorial stands.
When you get to the actual memorial, there is an infinity fountain and a crossed ribbon etched into the cobble stone sidewalk. The memorial itself is a circle that you can walk into, and it has the names of each victim on it. Under each name is a personal note from their family about the victim. There is a larger wall surrounding the names with quotes from the students who experienced the day with the victims.
Rebel Hill stands over the memorial, and it's a short hike to the top. It's taller than it looks!
And at the top, you get an amazing view of the memorial....
Although the Columbine massacre happened almost ten years ago, I don't think anyone who lived there, and saw what the entire city went through, will forget that day anytime soon.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I have a new food addiction. Can you guess what it is? I'm really ashamed. These are like the worst food on the face of this earth...are Cheetos even considered a food? No? Who cares- I love them. I *could* eat a whole bag, but I haven't .... yet. They taste so bad they're good. I swear the devil must have made Cheetos, because I cant imagine any normal human being creating these and not realizing they were going to Hell for it. Um hello!?
And what's with the natural part? Do they think that anyone is actually going to fall for that BS? These things are about as natural as my silicone breast implants.
Want to know what's even worse than ME liking them? Ava likes them, too, and I really don't want her eating them (at least not as frequently as I do). That means I have to sneak them- which makes me feel even worse. I feel like one of those food addicts who eats Ding Dongs in the bathroom at 3am after her family goes to sleep.
And if that's YOU, then call me. We'll go to food rehab together.
Friday, November 14, 2008
I heart Old Chicago. It's one of my most favorite places to eat- they specialize in pizza and beer...two of my favorite things! I practically lived there in my early 20s. They don't have any in Las Vegas, so every time I come back to Colorado I have to eat there. Preferably more than once.
My two best girlfriends and I took all of our kids to The Denver Zoo one day. We have known each other for a really long time, so it's fun to get everyone together and just "wow" at the little group that we've created.
Matt made friends with the gorilla.
We ordered THREE huge dishes like the one above. I love sushi so much- I could eat it every. My sister and I easily out-ate our husbands that night. Maybe big stomachs run in the family?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Today's subject is the 'Then me' vs the 'Now me'. Are you catching on? I swear my 'then' person really existed at some point, but it sure feels like forever ago. Sometimes even I question my own memories but, I figured they had to have gotten in there somehow so they must to be real...
Here we go!
Then: I have to work in the morning so I have to get to bed by 3am- at the latest. That will give me a good 4 hours of sleep- which is plenty! Who needs sleep anyway?!
Now: I'm so fucking tired I swear to god I'm going to bed at 8pm tonight (while the "then" me is screaming in my head 'loser!!'), since my daughter likes to get up and the butt-crack of dawn every single morning.
Then: Yes, please. I would love to order dessert.
Now: Yes, please, I would love to order dessert. Can I get one to go, too? Ah hell, just give me a whole cheesecake to go. I'll eat it at home in bed while I watch 60 minutes.
Then: Oh my god, I just love the new CD from The Offspring! It's totally bitchin. I think I'll just put it on repeat all day!
Now: Oh my god, shut that horrid music off! My ears are bleeding! Oooowwwwww! It's too loud! Stop the insanity. And why is he screaming the lyrics? Hasn't anyone heard of real singing anymore? Did I seriously listen to this crap?
Then: I need a haircut. I haven't had one in almost 8 weeks!
Now: I need a haircut. I haven't had one in almost two years. Has it been that long? I swear I was just at the salon last week....
Then: I love kids! I cant wait to be a mom! It's going to be so much fun, and I want to have them really close together so they'll be best friends their whole life. I've got great mom instincts- I wont have any problems!
Now: What the HELL was I thinking? Best friends? Ha! All they do is fight with each other. Is this what my life is going to be like for the next 15 years? Playing kid-moderator? When do I get a vacation? I don't have any idea what I'm doing, either....but the kids don't know that, right?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
By the time we broke through the foothills, we were all tired and were ready to be out of the car. But look what we were welcomed with: beautiful Denver! I grew up near this park (below), and I had no idea how good I had it....until I moved away. This is a picture of Clement Park, which neighbors Columbine High School, and I visited the Columbine Memorial while I was there. I hadn't been back to the site since the massacre happened. I was living in Colorado then, and I still hold vivid memories of that day. Stay tuned for more about the memorial, and for the details from the rest of my trip, in an upcoming blog!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The event is called Nurse of the Year, and it recognizes exceptional nurses in Southern Nevada. Each nurse is nominated by their peers and patients. There are other Nurse of the Year awards throughout the United States, but I'm told that the Las Vegas awards ceremonies are the best. I know that the March of Dimes plans to promote their Las Vegas party with a video, in hopes of increasing the nursing awards to other cities. So if you're a nurse, check to see if there's an event near you. The awards are growing!
Stay tuned to find out how the event went! And thank you March of Dimes for the invitation.
Also, stay tuned for a couple of blogs about my Colorado trip last week. There's talk about Sarah Palin, an Avalanche Hockey Game (sorry Liam!), Columbine High School, and lots of girlfriend and sister time.
There's lots to talk about, and tons of pictures to share- including all my family's Halloween pictures.
So here's 7 random things about me...not like you don't already know everything.
1. I love the new HBO series True Blood. I'm not sure where they're going with it but I am following every episode so far.
2. I just got back from Denver, Colorado, last week. I was visiting my best girlfriends and my beloved sister. Thanks for everything, Joanie! Stay tuned for some Colorado bloggin next week.
3. I want to lose 25 pounds. Ick. How the hell am I supposed to do this? I've never had to lose weight before...turning 30 really fucked my body up. Now that I have the boobs, I have a newly-acquired big butt to go along with them. Bleh. It used to be that a little exercise and starving myself for a week did the trick. Well, it's been almost a year and my ass is still fat.
4. I am eating all of my kids Halloween candy....and they don't even know it! I'm pretty sneaky. Maybe this goes with the weight thing?
5. My daughter, Ava, will be 3 in two months and she isn't even close to being potty trained. Do I care? Not really...
6. I wish I had more time to devote to blogging. I have so many cool blogs in my head- living in Las Vegas is a never-ending story- but I have no time to get them out.
7. Go Obama! Wasn't that a fabulous speech he gave? McCain even gave a good one. Congratulations America!
I'm tagging anyone who wants to list 7 random things about themselves!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
So after we were introduced to the chefs who would be creating all of the delectable food we'd be eating that evening, the staff pulled a couple of large curtains aside to reveal another ballroom (and seriously, with the curtains there, I didn't even realize there was another room behind them). We entered the second ballroom- which was twice as big as the first- and it was such an amazing, glamorous set up, I had to remind myself to close my dropped jaw. And, as I said before, the color of the evening was PURPLE!
Remember that, ladies. The color of the season is purple.
At each place setting, there was a detailed "menu" (although it was more like a book) with a page for each chef and a detailed description of what they'd be serving. I glanced over the book, but really, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the actual food. Screw reading it...I want to eat it! I took the menu home and read it the next morning! It made me want to do it all over again...
To read what each chef was serving, click here.
Every food station- which had anywhere from 3 chefs to 10 behind it- each had their own set up. Some where very exotic, some were very simple. I think they each reflected the personality of the chef.
There were some really amazing ice sculptures in the middle of some of the stations. You can see on the table each little white china plate with a small sample of food. This was pretty much how every station was- you got a few bites from each plate.
Once I picked up a plate, each had a delectable, edible work of art. One of the popular things the chefs did was use the freshest herbs and vegetables. There were some pretty amazing flavors around.
Another really amazing thing about the event was that the actual chef would serve his dish. I made friends with a few of them...Luciano Pellegrini kindly posed for a picture with the dish he was giving me. Lobster Carbonara...mmmmm.
As you can see, some of the set-ups were incredibly elaborate and beautiful. Look at these- aren't they amazing? Doesn't it make you hungry?
While on my food rounds, I came to the Rosemary's restaurant table. (Read about my birthday dinner blog at Rosemary's here) Although I didn't meet him, I got to watch the owner, Michael Jordan work his magic behind the table and I even had a chat with his PR manager. By the way, his shrimp remoulade was to die for! While I was munching on his shrimp, I set up a table at their restuarant to have dinner the following week. Stay tuned to my column at Living-Las-Vegas.com in November for a review of my dinner at Rosemary's!
I heard that Clint Black and his wife were at the event, although I didn't see them. I did see Robin Leach walk by (champagne wishes and caviar dreams!), and Shelly Bruner and John Huck- our local Fox evening news anchors- were sitting at a table over from us.
At the end of the night, there was a short presentation from The March of Dimes. They told the story of little boy, who now was about 5 or 6 years old, that was born premature, and The March of Dimes helped save his little life. It was really sweet because we just happened to be sitting at the table next to this little boy's family. I got to watch his reaction to the movie they played- he was so proud watching himself on that screen! Inspiring stuff.
I have to say, next to the Epicurean Affair, this was one of the most amazing events I have ever been to in Las Vegas. If I'm lucky, it wont be my last.
If you'd like to make a donation to The March of Dimes, click here.