July 9, 2014

Oh hi

Remember me? The blogger who hasn't posted since June 3rd. No?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't blame ya: I am a slacker and just haven't had any motivation or creative thoughts for blogging. Which is not to say that I'm "over it" and no longer enjoy it. Because I still absolutely love it and still identify myself as a "blogger". I just couldn't face a blank white page because I didn't know what to write. I feel like a lot of the bloggers I love are having this sort of crisis recently, which makes me feel a little better. I guess you just have to pop that screen up and write whatever comes to mind AKA TODAY'S POST.

 Literally, right now. Boy Meets World, open windows and doors, iced coffee, and blogging time.

I thought I would update you all on my summer so far because I have been busy. Literally, almost every weekend throughout June and July, I have had something going on: either work or fun activities.

What my summer has included:

Surprise birthday party

My Grandma turned 85 back in the middle of June and we all planned a big surprise party for her.


Rain. Buckets of it.

We have gotten so much rain this summer. The Mississippi River was above flood stage and we were under a Flood Warning for practically a month. Lake Winona (across the street from my apartment) was super high. There was a ton of sitting water in the baseball fields and park across from my place. Oh and did I mention that our work parking lot floods no matter how much it rains? So basically this is what was outside our employee entrance for the longest time:



 Happy Summer! To: Me, From: Me.

I bought myself.....wait for it......an iPad Mini! They were like $100 off or something crazy like that at the beginning of June at Target and I knew I needed to get one. Since, ya know, I have a steady income now. Unfortunately, the Target in Winona and both Targets in Rochester were all sold out because everyone and their mother had the same idea as me. This is where the wonderful world of ad match at Walmart comes in.

I absolutely LOVE my iPad. I find myself turning on my computer maybe once a week (which also is contributing to no blogging) because I can do everything on the iPad and it's more portable and easier to use (and faster!).


Sipping that pimp juice

...or iced coffee. Whatevs. Everytime I go back to Rochester, I need to get my favorite coffee: Moka! They have some in La Crosse (like a half hour drive from Winona), but no car = no Moka for Breanna. They also just opened a Dunkin' Donuts in Rochester last week, which is the first one in Minnesota since 2005. I had to see what everyone is talking about when they say the coffee drinks are delicious and they did NOT disappoint. Super cheap for the amount you get and super tasty. And I treated my family to donuts cause I'm just that sweet.

I've become addicted to coffee-house drinks and walked 20 minutes each way to go down to Mugby Junction for some yumminess. Let's just say....I think I'll stick to going to Target for Starbucks.


 I think Moka's pretty cool too.

Here's comparison drinking for ya: Mugby Junction's large iced mocha with carmel is 20 oz for $5.13 with tax. Dunkin' Donuts medium iced carmel swirl latte is 24 oz for $3.29 with tax. AKA MUGBY IS A RIP OFF and letsbehonest not that good. #coffeesnob

Work it

I've also been working a lot. I've had some crazy long stretches lately so having a day off today is awesome. I've been working as a registered nurse now for a little over 3 months and I can still say that I love my job, I love my co-workers (most of the time!), and I love what I do (even though some people are crazy). I finally feel in the swing of things and, even though I sometimes still have questions, I know what I'm doing more often than not. Of course, I still have those days where I am over it and do not feel like dealing with people and putting a smile on my face and working. Everyone has those days though and I just push through and make it by venting with my co-workers. 

One of our providers had Dairy Queen decorate this ice cream cake and brought it for us a few weeks ago.


 HOME

I've been going home every single weekend that I don't work because I've had stuff going on! Surprise party, Fourth of July last weekend, vacation this weekend, Charlie Worsham concert the last weekend in July, Thomas Rhett concert the last Thursday of July. After work this Friday afternoon, I am home free for vacation until next Thursday afternoon. That's 5 1/2 glorious days of no work, shopping in a town with actual places to shop (sorry Winona, but it's true), and spending time with family. On Monday we're making a trip down to Decorah (my college town). I haven't been back there since May 2013 for the pinning ceremony, so it will be nice to spend time around town and on campus. Living in a college town like Winona makes me miss Luther so much sometimes!


New & much needed hair


View at dusk from my apartment balcony.


So that was a long-winded update on my life over the last month. Any questions?

Hopefully I keep up a more routine blog posting schedule?


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June 3, 2014

Friends: The Post-Grad Dilemma

I have a totally legit question for all you college graduates out there: how in the heck do you make friends after college? This doesn't make me sound like a complete loser, does it?

In college, everyone is desperate for a group of new friends. You become close to your roomies, the other people who live on your floor, and people in your classes. You become friends with their friends and soon develop a close knit circle that stay with you for those 4 (or more) years.

Then you throw those hats up in the air and are left to your own devices.

 

Most of the time, you end up working in a different town from those friends you made. You enter a workplace where friendships have already been established or the people you work with are much, much older than you. Married, kids in high school or college. Or just becoming parents.

Nothing you can relate to.

So how do you develop new friendships outside of relying solely on those college friends who are no longer a 5 minute walk away at all times?

Don't get me wrong: I love my co-workers. They make going to work fun.

But they're all at a different life-stage than I am and I can't really relate. They're in their 30's-60's and they all have kids and/or grandkids, are married. They're all from around the town I work in.

I'm not married, not dating, don't have kids, am only 25, am a new nurse, from a different city.

So back to the question: how do you make friends after graduation? How do you make friends outside your work? Did you or do you have this problem?


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May 30, 2014

10 Things To a Newly Graduated Me

Since it is graduation season, I thought I would write advice to myself when I graduated from college. I wish I would have been a little wiser or would have heard these things from others. Not that I would have listened. It's all about needing to figure it out for yourself, right?



  • Take every opportunity and interview that comes your way, but trust your heart when it tells you that something may not be the right choice. Your heart always knows best.
  • Stretch your comfort zone. Search for jobs outside your immediate area. Opportunities arise where you least expect them.
  • Not getting an offer from somewhere you interview does not make you less of a human or less of a nurse. 
  •  Being jobless/taking time off for over a year isn't such a bad thing. That time off can give you life experience and give you time to find your direction.
  • Never lose your thirst for knowledge. Just because you aren't in school doesn't mean you have to stop learning. Even though you didn't get a degree in something, find a way to integrate that passion into your career.
  • Being an adult doesn't mean you can't have solo dance parties in your apartment. Or that you have to stop listening to Hannah Montana.
  • Having a blog doesn't have to be embarrassing. In fact, a lot of people will think it's pretty cool. (Still working on this one.)
  •  Listen to people's stories. They will change you for the better.
  • Don't apologize for something you shouldn't. Stand up for yourself and stand firm in your beliefs and actions.
  •  Be irresponsible with your money once. Spend an ungodly amount on clothes and other things you probably don't need.



What would you tell yourself if you had to graduate again?
 


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May 29, 2014

Currently...



#blogslacker

That's me. I always come up with one or two ideas to blog about, but then I sit down after (or before) work to actually write them and lose all motivation and decide to nap or watch Netflix or call my mom instead. Therefore, no posts. But I thought I would do this short little post that requires absolutely no thought. 

Reading: "After Silence" by Nancy Venable Raine. Definitely not your light, summer read. In fact, it's one of the heaviest books I've read and I need to take breaks while reading it. But it has a lot of good information!

Listening: Days of Our Lives is playing in the background. I just haven't changed the channel yet. The air conditioner also just kicked on - perks of living on the top floor of an apartment complex with a black tar roof that soaks up the suns rays.

Thinking: I signed up for a webinar that starts in fifteen minutes, but I really want to take a nap...Also, that I have spent WAY too much money in the last week. My checking account is sobbing in the corner. Luckily, I get paid tomorrow!

Wishing: I wish it would cool down a little bit or there would be a nice breeze so I could open my patio door and windows instead of using the damn air conditioner.

Loving: My co-workers, the blackberries and raspberries and mini pears and watermelon that I have sitting in my fridge from my weekend at home, removing stitches and/or staples at work - it's probably my favorite thing to do, the clothes I just bought from Old Navy.

Wanting: To have a repeat of this past weekend. Here's the lowdown on what I did:
Friday: Worked until 8:30pm (and we were SWAMPED), then went home for the long weekend.
Saturday: Went to Starbucks, shopped at Costco, Pier 1, Scrubs & Beyond, and Michaels (where I bought $30 in supplies to glitterize wine bottles). Went to lunch with my mom at Jimmy Johns. Went for dinner and drinks with my mom, sister, and aunt at Wildwood.
Sunday: Went to Moka, took my Grandma shopping for flowers, went to Aldi and Costco (again - my sister is working there this summer). Took a nap. Ordered pizza in for dinner.
Monday: Went to Old Navy, Target & Starbucks with my sister. Found a sweet vintage/antique sale at the Plummer House. Went for lunch at Nupa (YUM!). Came home and did my laundry, packed. Grilled out for dinner. Went back to Winona around 6pm.

AKA MY WEEKEND WAS FULL OF SHOPPING, EATING, AND PUPPY CUDDLING.

Feeling: Tired. Woke up at 5:30am for work and I haven't had to do that in over a week.


Please tell me you have bloggers block or feel like you are majorly slacking at posting lately too?

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May 22, 2014

Life Update

I am horrible at blogging.

I have plans to write a post about "real life" friends and acquaintances finding your blog posts & everyone and their mother reading and sharing a post. This happened to me last week with my post about Luther.

I read Erin's post the other day about how she hasn't been blogging much lately because she has been busy with life and blogging is something she would do to replace things she didn't want to do. This is me. I blogged a TON, almost every day, over the past year and a half. During that time, I was jobless except for nannying part time and didn't really have anything else to do. Blogging was my go-to.

Now, I have a part time nursing job + living on my own and keeping up an apartment, bills, etc and I've found that sitting down in front of a blank screen to write a blog post is the last thing I want to do after a long shift.

I still do love blogging though.

Today, it is a beautiful 70 degrees with a light breeze. The sun is shining & there's not a cloud in the sky.

I work 4-8pm tonight.

My friend from nursing school who works in North Carolina  (& whose hometown I work/live in now) was home visiting this past week, so she came over today and we caught up on life. I haven't seen her in one year and we picked up right where we left off. It's amazing how much we've both grown as nurses. We walked down the street to the drive-in diner and then walked by the lake.

 

I'm going home tomorrow night after work for a long weekend. I don't work Memorial Day and I don't work until 4:30pm on Tuesday, so I'm staying home until Monday night. I even bought my dog & cat presents to bring home with me because I miss them SO FREAKIN MUCH!

I expect to do lots of shopping, lots of coffee drinking, and lots of hanging out and I can't wait.

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May 15, 2014

#TotalSocial: Firsts


Helene in Between


I know, I know: I've been absent a lot lately. Life has been happening. But two of my favorite bloggers starting a monthly link-up? Well, of course I'm going to participate. This month, the prompt is all about firsts. I decided that, since I still need to update you all on how my apartment is turning out, I would link-up with everything about my FIRST APARTMENT.

I'm still in the process of adding some decorating pieces, so some walls are still kind of bare. But it's getting there!

 View from my front door




 View from the dining room

My makeshift dining room table. Basically a place to throw all my mail and work stuff


My coffee nook is getting out of control


My chalkboard that my sister made. Writing courtesy of me & the Joyful Heart Foundation






Please pretend my bed is actually neat. Also, if anyone finds a twin size comforter that will match those white and red flower curtains in the above picture, let me know. I've been religiously hunting at Target and haven't been able to find anything I like yet.

 My closet needs major organizing. I have a shoe, clothes, and jewelery problem.



The view from my balcony: Lake Winona and Sugarloaf

I bought an actual plant on Saturday!

That's it! As you can see, I don't spend much time in my bedroom (other than when I'm sleeping), so it's kind of neglected right now.

Also, you may see two empty wine bottles in my kitchen. Totally saving those to glitterize using the DIY from Whitney's blog.

Living Room
NYC Prints: Target
Chevron pillow covers: Pillomatic
Coffee table: Handmade by my brother
Yellow picture frames: Target (similar)
Chevron curtains: Target (no longer sold)

Bedroom
Flower curtains: Target (no longer sold)
Wall art: Menards (Yes, Menards!)

Bathroom
Wall print: Designs by Emily F.
Shower curtain: Target

What's the most memorable thing about your first apartment?

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May 14, 2014

40 Things You May or May Not Miss About Luther College

I was reading The Life of Bon last week one day and she did a post about things you would miss if you went to BYU. I had fun reading it (even though I didn't go to BYU) and reminiscing about the things I missed about Luther. Because I've been missing it a lot lately! It's been almost one whole year since I've been to Decorah - the longest stretch of not being there.

So I know this list doesn't really apply to or resonate with anyone who reads this blog (except maybe my fellow MN Blogger and Luther alum, Katie!), but I hope this makes you reminisce back on college.

1. Whippy Dip tornadoes. Better than any other ice cream.


2. The big tree in the center of campus lit up for Christmas.


3. Figuring out the perfect dinner time to beat the rush of choir students -- especially during Christmas at Luther rehearsals.

4. Going down to the Miller/Dieseth lounge to print something only to find the printer broken, jammed, or out of paper and having to trek all the way to the library.

5. Having to barricade yourself in the corner desk in the basement of the library to get anything accomplished come April.

6. "Studying on the library lawn" aka bringing your books and a blanket and gossiping with your friends while tanning.

7. Nutty Irishmen & Marty's cookies = sugar. rush.

8. Someone is always singing no matter where you go.

9. Avoiding the SPO on Valentine's Day.

10. Saturday nights may consist of Roscoe's and Subway.

11. Knowing not to wear nice shoes to 'scoes.

12. Naked Soccer. It still exists.

13. Corner Bar Long Islands + darts

14. Dorian = avoid campus like the plague

15. Choose your seat in the Koren 2nd floor classroom wisely when it is sunny out - the blinds never work.

16. Old School Luther grads: the ramps in Valders. Enough said.

17. Sneaking food out of the caf and handing it to your friend who's waiting outside the gate.

18. Waffle cone + hot fudge + crushed oreos + mint soft serve ice cream = best caf night

19. Living in the ice cream room in Ylvi = always a mess.

20. Trout Fry: you know exactly what to bring.

21. Hint: it isn't fish, french fries, or anything used to fry food.

22. Sunnyside = best cinnamon rolls. 8am classes aren't so bad if they're in the CFA.

23. Caf trays = more than just for holding food. Even college students like sledding.

24. Hanging out at your prof's house for lefse making/grill outs/babysitting their kids.


25. Willing to wait in line for 45 minutes for a fancy brunch on Sundays.

26. You'll probably never live anywhere called "Dirty D" ever again. At least I hope not.

27. Going shopping either means a trip to Walmart or traveling an hour and a half up to Rochester.

28. If you're friends with a freshman nursing major, basically don't talk to them until January.

29. J-term = hanging out with friends and having fun....oh and going to a 2-3 hour class everyday.

30. "The Bench" - no explanation needed.

31. Orange Day in the caf.

32. T-bocks for beers and a peanut butter cheeseburger on a Friday night.

33. Never will you see a more beautiful sight while watching a football game.


34. Deer & "Nubby" the tail-less squirrel = everyone's pets.

35. Main is always giving you the middle finger.

36. Wishing Main would burn down in another fire. Hey - it happened twice already!

37. Going to Olsen in the icy winter months requires great skill.

38. Paideia. We all feel for you, freshman.

39. Comedy Sportz, Jim Wand the hypnotist, and a movie on the library lawn = first week back to school tradition.

40. Being serenaded by cute boys singing acapella.



Man, I really miss Luther!!

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