It’s My Birthday and I’ll Blog When I Want To

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite my birthday anymore. It was a little less than two weeks ago, but between birthday shenanigans, driving back to my parents’ house for family time, work, and then getting ready for Thanksgiving, it’s been a hectic last couple of weeks. But hey, at least I’m back on here sooner than I have been in the past!

On a quick tangent, 27 has had an interesting start. Went out dancing at Wild West with some friends as I’m wont to do. My mistake was going running for the first time in six months the day before. My thighs were tight, sore, and burning after the night was over. Ended the night (and started the next morning) with an application of Icy Hot…Apparently, I can’t drop it low like I used to. haha

Anyway, kind of piggybacking off of my Bucket List post from the end of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, here are my goals to accomplish before I turn 28.

  • Figure out what I want to do for grad school, and put in the applications for Fall 2017
  • Pay off my credit cards by next August
  • Get a new refrigerator (in progress thanks to Black Friday)
  • Get my garage door fixed by March
  • Have at least $10,000 set aside in my savings by next November so I can get the foundation issues in my house addressed
  • Have at least $10,000 set aside in my savings for other emergency expenses by next November
  • Decide if I want to repaint the powder room and do it before April
  • Get the garage organized by February
  • Grow my own herbs and vegetables this spring
  • Travel to Rome/Vatican City (plans set for June)
  • Go to Georgia and do my self-guided Walking Dead TV show tour

We’ll leave it at that. I’m not going to get too ambitious because I want to actually get things done.

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30DBC Day 30: My Bucket List

Well, it’s official. This is the last entry of this 30 day blogging challenge. I made it! And most of the entries were actually on time too! Creating this routine hopefully motivates me to keep up with this thing a lot better.

Anyhoo, I’ve never really sat down and written an official bucket list, so I guess now’s as good a time as any to start. So here goes:

TRAVEL

  • Set foot on all seven continents (4/7)
    • North America
    • South America
    • Europe
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • Australia
    • Antarctica
  • Travel to all 50 states (16/50)
    • Alabama
    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming
  • Complete the Ignatian Camino
  • Visit the Wonders of the Modern World
    • Great Pyramid of Giza (honorary)
    • Great Wall of China
    • Petra
    • The Colosseum
    • Chichen Itza
    • Machu Picchu
    • Taj Mahal
    • Christ the Redeemer
  • Have an audience with the Pope in Rome
  • Visit major monuments
    • Acropolis (Athens, Greece)
    • Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
    • Angkor Wat (Cambodia)
    • Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
    • Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • Kiyomizu Temple (Kyoto, Japan)
    • Kremlin and Red Square (Moscow, Russia)
    • Neuschwanstein Castle (Schwangau, Germany)
    • Statue of Liberty (New York City, USA)
    • Easter Island Statues (Easter Island, Chile)
    • Stonehenge (Amesbury, UK)
    • Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia)
    • Timbuktu (Mali)
  • Go to other locations, attractions, festivals, and events:
    • Comic Con (any but San Diego would be even better)
    • La Tomatina
    • Go to Mardi Gras
    • Carnaval (Rio de Janeiro)
    • The Four Corners
    • Northern Lights
    • Texas State Fair
    • Yosemite National Park
    • Watch Old Faithful erupt
    • Las Vegas Strip
    • Thunder From Down Under
    • French Quarter
    • Times Square
    • Niagara Falls
    • Mount Rushmore
    • Tour the White House
    • Mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris)
    • The Louvre
    • Have a real Guinness at the brewery in Ireland
    • Float in the Dead Sea
    • Oktoberfest in Germany
    • Gondola ride in Venice, Italy
    • Assisi, Italy
  • Go on a medical mission trip
  • Take a roadtrip across the continental US
  • Fly first class
  • Go on a cruise
  • Visit a truly haunted location
  • Celebrate a holiday in a different country
  • Go to a food and wine festival

TV, FILM, & STAGE

  • Visit filming locations for:
    • The Walking Dead (Georgia)
    • Friends (New York)
    • Harry Potter (UK)
  • See these shows live:
    • Ellen
    • Talking Dead
    • @midnight
  • Visit the Pokemon Center in Japan
  • Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune or another game show
  • Act in a film or onstage
  • Meet Chris Hardwick (my favorite comedian, Walking Dead weekly therapist, and celebrity crush)
  • See a show on Broadway

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Get a Bachelors Degree
  • Get a Masters Degree
  • Get a PhD
  • Run a marathon
  • Have a six-pack (abs not beer)
  • Learn other languages:
    • Spanish (in progress)
    • French
    • Italian (in progress)
    • Latin
    • Greek
    • Czech
    • German
    • Mandarin
    • Portuguese
    • Tagalog
    • Sign language
  • Learn how to play piano
  • Learn how to play the harmonica
  • Learn kickboxing
  • Buy a house
  • Go on a silent retreat
  • Create a family tree
  • Be published
  • Flip a house
  • Have no debt

That’s a lot, but I’m sure there are many more things to be added to this list eventually. Also, while doing this entry, I learned that there’s a Pinterest-style bucket list site here.

Well, for those of you that actually read this, thanks for following along as I did this challenge! Now I’m off to continue celebrating my birthday week…and by celebrate, I mean take every opportunity that I can this week to not have to put on pants and just relax. Especially because between going on my first run in months and then going dancing for my birthday outing last night, there were no less than three applications of Icy Hot to my thighs because I couldn’t walk right because they were so sore. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of how 27 is going to treat me. But we’ll find out soon enough, I turn 27 tomorrow!

30DBC Day 29: What I Live For

What do I live for? That feeling of gratitude when I open my eyes in the morning. That feeling of satisfaction when taking a bite of delicious food. That feeling of confidence when a patient tells me they’re a hard stick, and I land the IV on the first try. That feeling of compassion when a patient comes in literally helpless and in need. That feeling of freedom during a dance. That feeling of amazement when someone asks me a question, and I give them an answer I didn’t realize I knew. That feeling of grief after losing a loved one. That feeling of achievement after crossing off an item on my to-do list. That feeling of wonder while taking in the grandeur of nature. That feeling of wanderlust after learning of new places that I have yet to see. That feeling of curiosity upon arriving to a new place. That feeling of joy when surrounded by family and friends. That feeling of warmth when a dog curls up next to me completely satisfied simply being in my presence. That feeling of frustration when despite your best efforts, Murphy’s Law seems to be personally targeting me. That feeling of vulnerability when a situation is completely out of my control. That feeling of relief when things are going wrong and a deus ex machina shows up and saves the day. That feeling of liberation when clocking out of work after a rough shift.

That feeling of serenity after entering the sanctuary that is my bedroom after a busy day. That feeling of peace in those moments of spiritual consolation. That feeling of hope that tomorrow is going to be a new day.

What do I live for? Those moments that make me feel alive.

30DBC Day 28: Goals for My Blog

Hmmm…I’m not really sure honestly. I’m not doing this blog to get followers or be internet famous or anything. It’s just something to help me document things I’m interested in at the moment and just be an outlet for whatever thoughts I may have at the time. I guess the biggest goal for this one would just be to keep at it. Maybe take an hour once a week to write something…maybe from some kind of prompt or maybe just whatever happens to pop into my head that day.

That’s all I got…not really one of my more prolific posts, but whatever.

30 DBC Day 27: Questions I Have About Life

Well, in the wake of recent events in Paris, Lebanon, and many other places around the world, my question now is “Why is it so hard for people to just get along?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for doing away with ISIS…but why did they have to even start mess to begin with? What kind of psychopath preaches a gospel of death and intolerance and then brainwashes others to think the same? There are billions of people in this world. People are bound to have different beliefs and different opinions. I’d like to think morality transcends denomination, but apparently not. Just because someone has a different viewpoint or doesn’t believe the same things you do isn’t grounds for extermination. But if you start killing innocents, you bet your ass I’m behind whatever the military does to get you off this planet.

I just wonder a lot why society’s so screwed up. Material possessions are being prized over quality time. People are upgrading to the newest iPhone when they’re on food stamps. I have to get drug tested to earn my money, but some of these people in the system get away without it and still get my tax dollars. People with a history of heart attacks haven’t decided to stop smoking yet. The state of mental healthcare still sucks ass. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinions unless it disagrees with yours and then in that case, you’re wrong and you’re ignorant if you don’t change your mind. I can’t tell people what they need to patients what they need to hear because they’d rather not be offended than live a healthier life. Ugh, everyone’s always fucking offended about something.

And don’t even get me started on the race card. I acknowledge that there is legitimate racism in the world still. But it’s not everywhere, and this whole victim mentality is getting on my damn nerves. There was this one patient I inherited when I came on shift that came in for pain. She got a dose of a narcotic pain med before she told us she was going to drive herself home, so she had to wait four hours per hospital policy. She said that her pain was still there when I went to discharge her after the four hours. We’d given her prescriptions for gabapentin and I think Norco. And even after I explained to her that because she’s driving herself home, she doesn’t get anymore narcotics on site because that’ll be the quickest way for her to get a DUI, she walked out and kept saying “It’s ’cause I’m black, ain’t it?!” No bitch. It’s because you drove here and haven’t been able to procure a ride after four hours of waiting in my ER. If we were going to leave your pain untreated, we wouldn’t have sent you home with the prescriptions, so STFU and GTFO.

I guess my biggest question is how long is it before the movie Idiocracy becomes real? I used to love that movie because I thought it was hilarious. Now it’s terrifies me because looking at society now, it’s completely plausible.

 

30 DBC Day 26: My Creative Projects

Oh I can already tell this one’s going to be a long one. This one is by far my most prevalent one at this point in time, just trying to keep up with a blog to encourage writing and expression. It’s been fun. But unfortunately, I have this tendency to save drafts and edit and overthink things, so while the bulk of the writing was done on the intended day, it doesn’t get posted for like a week because I’m constantly wondering if I messed something up. But hey, at least I’ve actually committed to it, albeit on a slightly altered timeline. It’s been fun though.

I’m also working on my own personal cookbook of sorts. Nothing I’m going to publish by any means (especially since none of them are my actual recipes). But every time I try out a new Pinterest recipe and it works, I’ll type it out and put it in a binder in my kitchen. This way, when I want to recreate it, I don’t have to go back through all of my pins trying to find the recipe I actually liked. It’s going relatively well so far.

I’ve got a few different random projects I’m working on or about to start. I’m about 75% of the way done with this Pokemon cross stitch I want framed in my house. It’s the main character from the original Game Boy games standing next to his house with the caption “Home Sweet Home.” It’s going to be awesome if I ever get around to finishing it.

I’m also trying to make photo books of all the places I’ve traveled. I’ve got lots of photos just sitting on my computer that I want to use, but just haven’t quite figured out how to do it yet. Thank you Shutterfly for having sales really frequently though.

I’m also in the middle of working on a scrapbook for my brother’s memorabilia from his Awakening retreats. But that’s been on pause for a while because I’ve had to work on some other things first…like getting my house cleaned for the holidays.

Oooh, this blog post is making me realize that I need a to-do list and a timeline so I can actually get these things done instead of having a bunch of works-in-progress.

30 DBC Day 25: My Favorite Blogs

Welp…I don’t really “follow” too many blogs. My friend Kayla over at Booklushed is the only one I actually follow on here. But you can bet that I follow all sorts of people on Pinterest. Most of those pins are blog posts from different people. I just never really bothered exploring more of their sites. I guess it’s more out of laziness.

In any case, reading Kayla’s blog is kind of nice because it gives me a heads up on books that I may or may not have ever considered reading. To be fair, will I ever get around to reading all of the books she has? Probably not. My “To Be Read” list is growing longer and longer by the day, but at least I’m reading something instead of just letting my brain rot on Facebook all day.  Granted, I also think she’s the only other person that reads this blog (Hi Kayla!) but if anyone else happens to stumble upon this entry, go check her out! She’s a lot better at blogging than I am, and you’ll actually get useful information from hers.

I guess I technically follow Inspired By Charm. I don’t follow his blog per se, but I’m following him on Pinterest where he does put links to his blog entries. He’s got some pretty good recipes on there though.