FOR TODAY - JANUARY 13, 2011
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Outside my window...it has been a very gray and dreary day. Sometimes, it feels rather depressing if it goes on for too many days. I can feel an impending snow storm coming. I love watching a fresh new snow storm with the magical soft white snow flakes falling gently to the ground. New snow is much better than snow that is frozen and halfway melted. The air quality has not been good and it has been so cold. I have a chronic cough that has been exacerbated by the air quality. This is the kind of cold that chills you through and through and stings your face wherever you are walking about. It seemed warmer when I went out this evening. Perhaps, the new snow will clean the air; that's my wish at least.
I am thinking...that I really should be studying the 30 hours of continuing education that I need to complete in order to keep my nurses license active. My license expires on the 31st. I am so not in the mood to study and I have rationalized that I still have more time.
I am thankful....that I could attend the temple this morning with four of my friends. It was a sweet day. We had lunch in the temple cafeteria after the session. It is always enjoyable to take a few moments with friends when you can discuss whatever comes to mind. Today we had a delightful discussion on families and how to maintain close family relationships.
From the learning rooms...I am learning about Helping the Older Adult Improve Their Health Care. This CE teaches that we all need to take responsibility for our own health care by keeping good records, going prepared with a list of concerns when seeing a physician. Also, if hospitalized one should keep a personal chart of tests, medication, and etc. If not well enough to do that; a person should have a friend or family member do it for them.
Communications are so important in health care; so basically the course is on how to communicate better with the different disciplines involved. I personally think everyone should know how to keep a better personal record of your medical history.
From the kitchen...I finished off today the last of the fudge my husband made a few days ago. I have been thinking seriously about going off chocolate for a while. It would be a great self discipline moment for me. I wonder how many days I could possible go. I believe in the following quote with all my heart: "Nothing heals the soul like chocolate. I just love chocolate. It's God's apology for broccoli."
I am wearing...brown pants, a brown, turquoise and white stripped shirt with a soft beige vest. I have tan socks and black house slippers.
I am creating...a new journal blog. This will be just a private blog. Right now I journal on a site called ldsjournal.com. I think it will be more fun to do it as a blog. I love to journal about as much as I love blogging; so it makes sense to have another blog.
I am going...to go visiting teaching in a few minutes to a sister that I am assigned to see once a month and check to see how she is doing and we also leave a message. I went earlier today with my visiting teacher partner to see another sister. It is such a wonderful program to help us all watch over each other. I also have two sisters that visit with me once a month. It's also an opportunity to cement friend relationships.
I am continuing to read... a Book called the "Silence of God." I am learning a lot about Russian history in the early 1900's. The book is getting more intense and I am having a harder time putting it down. I am frustrated because I just don't have time to spend on a novel right now.
I am hoping...to complete the C.E. course this week and take the test on Monday or Tuesday of next week. I will be cutting it close.
I am hearing...a clock ticking in my study; and cars going by our home. It is unusual for me not to have the TV or radio going in the background. Now that I am a Empty Nestor; I still need some kind of noise or it feels strange.
Around the house...my cute little dogs keep wanting to go outside; so they can come back in for a treat. I need to break them from this. They are both little con artists.
One of my favorite things...to do is to play the piano and I haven't done that for a while. I am realizing as I am doing this post I find excuses for not working on the CE and then I don't even do any of the things that I normally love to do. I think there is something wrong with this picture somehow.
A few plans for the rest of the week.... Study two hours on Friday and Saturday. Work my usual shift at the temple Saturday morning. Go to a session at the temple with our brother and sister in law on Saturday afternoon. Try to find time for a nap and enjoy some of the weekend with my dearest husband.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... Perhaps I am thinking green and spring!
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