Friday, October 31, 2008


It's almost time for the magic of Halloween night! Honestly, the best night of the year.

And in case you want to know the REAL story behind Halloween go HERE to find out!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Austin and I have both been sick for days now. Seriously. Bed-ridden, coughing, sneezing, can't breathe while we're sleeping kind of sick. Unfortunately we both haven't been able to rest adequately, since we took an entire week off to go to North Carolina. When Austin came home from work on Saturday afternoon, I was laying on the couch wrapped in a blanket, and he walked in the door and said "Uh oh, who's going to take care of who?!"
So we tried our best to recover over the weekend. Monday I spent all day trying to suppress the urge to cough all over patients in the exam rooms, and went through two entire bags of cough drops. Tuesday morning I couldn't bear the thought of going in to work, so I finally gave in and called in sick. After a Nyquil induced slumber that lasted until 1 p.m., I got up and cleaned the entire house. I did everything short of a controlled burn to get rid of any germs in that place.
This included plenty of Clorox, boiling water, and eight loads of laundry. Every doorknob was sanitized, every linen washed, and every square inch of our house was scrubbed down. I threw away all of our chapsticks and toothbrushes, and boiled our waterbottles. I even made Austin let me Clorox wipe his cell phone and keys on the way out the door. We slept on temporary sheets and pillowcases last night, because we will not use the regular ones until we are fully cured! I am determined to get us over this illness before Halloween, because I will not have anything ruining my favorite holiday!!

Friday, October 24, 2008


I'm just starting my official application for Nursing school, and I hope to start in January. So I naively went online to print off what I thought would be a two page application that I would mail in with a BYU transcript. Little did I is the massive list of all the things I have to do just to GET IN to the school.

1. Application checklist

2.Official application to the Nursing program
3. Copy of High School Diploma

4. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended, mailed in sealed envelopes

5. Proof of medical/healthcare employment on company letterhead from the human resources department stating: name, job title and duties, start and end dates of employment

6. Three professional references from people who have worked with you as a supervisor, manager, leader, or teacher. References must completely official Nursing Program Reference form.

7. Provide a copy of your current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or renewal letter. The expiration date must be visible.

8. Provide a copy of your current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. The expiration date must be visible. Your CPR certification must include basic life support (BLS) and must be accepted by the American Heart Association.

9. Personal essay: Type a three to five page essay with 1” margins, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. Your essay must answer the following four questions: 1) What has motivated you to seek a career in nursing? 2) What are your future career goals? 3) What are your educational objectives? 4) How can you ensure you will successfully complete the nursing program? Submit two copies of your essay.

10. Medical Documentation: Obtain records from your medical provider, State Health Department or Employer. and provide a copy of your current immunization documentation for the following:
Tuberculosis (TB)- Must be repeated on an annual basis
Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DPT)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Booster/Titer in adult years
Hepatitis B 3 part series
Hepatitis A 2 part series

11. Provide a copy of your official Criminal Background Check .

All of this, PLUS I have to take a placement test, PLUS I have to have it all submitted within two weeks of taking that placement test. And that's just the beginning of about two very rigorous years of nursing classes and internships. And after all of the schooling, I still have to pass the NCLEX-RN to nationally certify as a Registered Nurse. I guess it takes a lot of work to get your dream job, right? Too bad I didn't figure this all out when I was going to BYU for three and a half years....

So I'm off to get all my shots today. I'll have to endure a total of 9 needle sticks just to get me on the way to a new career. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Leavin' on a jet plane....

Tomorrow we're off to North Carolina! In honor of our trip down South, here's a few facts about the state...

The state flower is the Dogwood

The state bird is the cardinal

The first airplane was flown by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk

It's home of the Outer Banks, considered some of the most beautiful beaches in the country

North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the country

The first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville

Pepsi was created in New Bern in 1898

Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914

If you're a Keaton, it's home to the most important sports team, the Wolfpack

And if you're a Gilreath, it's the home of the Tarheels!

But best of all, it's home to Austin's amazing family, to Devin and Sarah's new baby Delainey (who we are DYING to meet!), and to the North Carolina State Fair!!! Don't miss us too much...=)

Friday, October 3, 2008

October is....


Seriously, it exists.

And the best part is, this is also the time of year when HONEYCRISP apples are in season. Normally you can't find them in Utah, but last night Austin and I went into Target, and lo and behold, by the Indian corn and the pumpkins, there they were. I recognized them from a hundred yards away. They are the most delicious apples IN THE WORLD. I do love Pink Lady apples, but only because Honeycrisp aren't always available. They are so sweet and crunchy and perfect. They are exactly what an apple should taste like. If you haven't tried them, FIND THEM. They will change your life.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October is....

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Here are some facts about breast cancer...

Every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer.

More than 1.7 million women who have had breast cancer are still alive in the United States.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.

It is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.

About 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide.

The majority of people are related to someone, or close to someone who has had breast cancer. Wear your pink ribbons, but be proactive too! Get screened, and support the cause to find a cure.

Visit the Susan G. Komen site for more information.