Invisalign Tray 1

I finally got my Invisaligns!  What a process to get here!  It took an exceptionally long time to get them because my case is “very complex”. There was more back and forth between my orthodontist and the Invisalign peeps than usual, so it took 3 weeks longer than it should have.  I was surprised to find out that I have 22 trays.  I thought it would be way more, even my orthodontist said we were looking into the high 20s last time we spoke.  That being said, I’m happy with less if they give the results we want.

The first thing I noticed when I out them on for the first time is the “tight” feeling.  Obviously with the goal of moving teeth, I expected a tightness.  I took Tylenol and Ibuprofen and went about my day.  I had to work nights, but the pain wasn’t too bad.  By the time my shift was over at 7am, I was in agony.  My mouth felt claustrophobic, my jaw was sore, and worst of all, my tongue was all cut up from the plastic! I popped more Tylenol and Ibuprofen and settled in for a sleep.

I have been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen almost daily ever since.  Usually it’s only once a day, but sometimes more.  The claustrophobic feeling subsided within a couple of days, and my tongue isn’t getting cut up anymore either.  I do feel them constantly, and I have a slight lisp.  I have found that eating has quickly become an unpleasurable experience.  It is also a huge pain in the ass to brush my teeth a million times a day! I have heard of the Invisalign diet, and I most certainly understand now! It’s too much work to snack.  I need to be really hungry to eat, and if I’m going to eat, it better be worth the work!

I took a truly horrible picture after I put in the trays for the first time, but it’s the only one I have right now…

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Well, at least my teeth can only look better!

WIP Wednesday – May 28

For the last week or so, the only thing I’ve been working on is my ten stitch scrap blanket.  It’s slowly but surely getting bigger…around and around I go! So far it’s 30″ x 30″, but I’ve got a fair amount of scraps left. When I popped this sucker on the floor for a picture, Shadow decided that he wanted to be in the picture too!  Silly dog…

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My Boys

Alex and I have been trying for a baby for over a year now. Until there is a real baby, there’s the fur babies.

Link

I got Link as a baby.  He’s a Toy Manchester Terrier mixed with most likely a Chihuahua.  He’s nearing 10 years old.  He’s 8 pounds of muscle and attitude.  He likes to play like catch and tries to get us to throw anything for him.  He can and will play catch until he passes out from exhaustion.  He loves laying in “hot spots” where the sunlight is just right. He loves exploring and hiking.  He has even done a 16km hike pulling on his leash the whole time.  He goes pretty much wherever I go.  He sits with me while I knit, he sleeps in bed with us, he watches me pee. This dog has no boundaries.  He has all kinds of nicknames like boo, booboo, stinky, stink, and moe.  He loves his stuffies and the favourites end up as his babies.  He will carry around his baby everywhere and settles himself by chewing on it ever so gently.

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Link and his baby

Shadow is also known as big dog or dog dog.  He will be 11 in September.  He’s some kind of retriever mix.  Shadow is around 45 pounds, which isn’t really that big, but when compared to Link he’s a giant.  My mom and dad got him as a puppy in 2003.  Shadow came to live with me and Link in 2009 when I left my ex-husband and bought my own house. He was mostly for security reasons (he can have a bad temper and can’t go off leash for those reasons) as well as mom and dad were planning on moving into a house that would be too small for having him.  Shadow loves to be loved.  He always is up to have his head scratched.  He doesn’t seem to realize he’s not a small dog and willingly jumps into people’s laps if they show him love.  Shadow loves going for runs with me and loves hiking and swimming too. Shadow HATES birds though.  There’s a natural pond behind our house and the geese stay there for a bit in the spring and fall and the silly dog will jump as high as he can barking at them.  I don’t have the heart to tell him that he’ll never catch them that way.

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A quick swim at the end of Mount Marten trail

Shadow and Link are thick as thieves.  They are essentially one dog.  If one leaves the house, the other one cries for his brother.  I used to take Link on drives with me, but now I can’t.  Shadow is impossibly car sick and nothing we have tried works for him.  He has a limit of about 90 minutes in the car and then he barfs spectacularly.  So now, the dogs are only in the car for essential travel only.

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Training for West Coast Trail

 

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Nice winter hike with Alex’s mom

Alex and I often talk about how amazing our dogs are.  They only really bark if there’s someone at the door…oh yeah…and if there are birds in the yard. They are mostly calm cool and collected.  They don’t get into things and can be trusted to be alone loose in the house while we are at work.

Tragedy Strikes

Sunshine Socks – from Sock Innovation

Yarn – Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love

Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5

Finished March 20, 2014

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I love Cookie A sock patterns.  Love them so much!  I love the intricate designs, I love the charts.  I realize this is why socks take me a really long time to knit. These need my constant attention and care.  There was lots of ripping back so they were perfect.  These socks are my crowning achievement.  My best socks ever!

Like all other socks I have made, this yarn is superwash.  I washed these like how I wash all my other socks.  OMG THEY FELTED!!!  My gorgeous cabled things of beauty are destroyed!

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In anger, I said that I will never purchase Malabrigo Sock ever again.  In calmness, I state the same.  Never again will I buy Malabrigo Sock.  Two months of work is destroyed.  They don’t even fit anymore.  Luckily, my little sister has smaller feet than me and she inherited them.  She says they are super warm - no kidding! They are damn near bulletproof now! Life is too short to worry about how my knits will turn out in the wash – no hand washing is in my future EVER.

And plus, I’ve become a bit of a Wollmeise addict. I haven’t bought any yarn since my last Wollmeise purchase in March, but that’s probably what I’ll buy going forward until I find a new vice.

 

In other life news, T – 3 days until I get my Invisalign!

I am a nurse

I am a nurse.  I graduated with my BScN in 2004.  As a fresh grad at the tender age of 22, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I’d like to say that it’s a consistently wonderful job.  It’s not. I’d like to say it’s always a  fun job.  It’s not. It is an immensely physically and mentally exhausting job, but I don’t think I could do anything else.

Things people say when they hear I’m a nurse: “Wow, that’s amazing!” “Cool!” “I wish I could do that!”

Then they hear I work in the pediatric intensive care unit: “Oh, that’s so sad.” “What a sad and scary place.” “I could never do that, I would cry all the time.”

The truth is, I do cry.  Not often, but it does happen. What usually happens is I smile.  I laugh.  I read stories.  I give free hugs and snuggles.  I care about these children like I would care for my own, or someone in my own family.

We see families at their worst.  Their child is critically ill, and I work HARD to take care of their child.  While I’m taking care of the child, I’m also taking care of the family.  I’m explaining everything I do, every medication I give, all of the tests that are being done, all of the monitor dings, the pump beeps, the ventilator alarms.  I do not have all of the answers, but I certainly do try.  I hold hands, I give hugs, I give kleenex and a shoulder to cry on. I listen until there is nothing else left to say. I also refer parents to people who have more answers than me. I watch vital signs, I watch test results, I watch the patient. I watch for incredibly subtle changes. A little bit too awake vs a little bit too sleepy.  Hungry vs tired vs withdrawl.  I ask my colleagues for help. I keep the doctors constantly informed of the patient’s condition.  I weigh diapers so see exactly how much urine the patient is producing because in/out balance is incredibly important, especially with the small babes.  If you ever want someone to cheer for a poop, I’m your gal!

I have seen more horrible things in my nearly 10 years as a nurse than I care to think about.  When I come home and tell my husband I’ve had a bad day, he knows what I mean.  He never asks, just gives hugs.  I rarely cry at work.  I cry in my car after work and at home.  One time I cried for three days solid about a little one.   I still get teary thinking of some kids.  There was a thing going around Facebook that as a nurse there’s always one patient you will remember forever.  I think I’m up well beyond 10 special kids.  Some kids just have a special connection with you.  Sometimes it’s just little things.  Some kids you wanted to take home for yourself. Some kids you wanted to hug and tell them everything will be alright, when you know it won’t.

There are many days where I think to myself why the hell am I working here? What hole did I dig myself into?  Nurses have terrible senses of humour.  We laugh about incredibly inappropriate things.  We have to.  We work in a high stress environment.  When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t want to work with anyone else.  The people I work with are amazing.  We are a giant family of at least 100 people.  When something bad is happening, we band together. We support each other.

When I was in high school and I chose nursing as a career, I chose it because I wanted to help people.  I do help people.  Every day.  I live for the day I get an honest thank you from a family instead of snide remarks about how useless I am or how awful the nurse before me was.  I live for the smiles I get from my babes, the cuddles that I occasionally get to sneak in, the patients who tell me I’m awesome.

Being a nurse is definitely not what I thought it was back in the day.  It is so much more.

This is my passion.

This is my life.

I am a nurse.

WIP Wednesday April 23

Happy Wednesday!
I’m writing this on my new computer! My beautiful iMac arrived last night an hour before I left for work. I had just enough time to set it all up and start the data transfer from my MacBook. It actually turned out good that I had to work because before I left the house, there was about 7 hours to go on the import. I had a long antsy night at work just waiting to go home!  My handy hubby did lots of set up after the transfer was done, so when I finally did get home, it was all fired up and ready to go.  I sure feel spoiled having a new computer.  Everything is so fast, and it can actually do more than two things at the same time!

My new baby!

 

So, as the title suggests, I’m going to show off a WIP (that’s work in progress if you aren’t down with the knitting lingo).  I’ve wanted to knit a sweater for a long time, but haven’t had the guts to go for it.  I finally decided that I know enough about shaping, so it’s now or never.  I browsed through patterns for a while and finally settled on the Backbone Cable Sweater for Alex.  It’s available for download on Ravelry for $6 US.  I bought the pattern in October 2013, and then waited until Alex was ready for measurements.  I ended up buying yarn guessing what size he would be because I never got around for measurements.  Finally, around Christmas, I measured him up. I then decided that I would finish up all of my 2013 projects and have nothing on the needles for the start of 2014.  I casted on the sweater shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day. It’s been a slow slog knitting this thing.  I picked something simple for my first sweater, and this seems to be causing me problems because I’m used to knitting quite complex socks and hats.  The miles of stockinette with one cable going up the spine is not keeping me very interested.  I have to knit until it’s 17 inches before I split for the sleeves, and I’m up to 14. It doesn’t help that since the start of 2014 I’ve procrastinated on the sweater so badly that I’ve knit two pairs of socks, two hats, a pair of slippers, a stuffed monster,  a cowl…and so on. Clearly that should get me a medal!  I have 2 other WIPs right now and I’m trying to push myself to finish this sweater.  No more casting on socks until I’m done! PS – socks are my favorite thing to knit!  The cable will be going up the center back, not the side as the picture suggests.

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Friday Fun Day!

Happy Friday!

I signed up for a knitmeter account yesterday and logged all my projects for the year so far.  I decided to start keeping track of how much I knit so it will help me when I’m attempting to use up stash! I might be just a bit of a nerd about things! I also finally went into my Ravelry stash and calculated how much total yarn I have.  Are you ready for this?  I have 15.9km of yarn!!! I’m sure many people think that’s not a bad number, and though I don’t think it’s a bad number either, I just want it smaller.  I want to enjoy the yarns I buy rather than let them sit unused for years and years.  I pulled out all the yarn yesterday to take pictures.

My stash April 17, 2014.  15.9km of awesome!

My stash April 17, 2014. 15.9km of awesome!

 

Yeah, I do love my stash.  It’s not the greatest, it’s not the most expensive, but it’s mine.  I chose every one of these.  There are very little yarn regrets I have had over my modest 2 years of knitting.  After rolling around in my yarn for a bit, I carefully tucked it all away into storage.

 

My perfect knitting corner!

My perfect knitting corner!

 

My plan is to never have more yarn than can comfortably fit inside the drawers.  Currently I have just a little bit more, but my next two projects will take care of that.  On top of the yarn drawers is my knitting basket, which has current projects, scrap yarn, my interchangeable set, and some spare DPNs. The pink square container is where I keep all my little important things like stitch markers and tapestry needles and scissors.

 

Lets do a FO now:

Hermione’s Everyday Sock – free download on Ravelry

Yarn – Trekking XXL

Needles – 2.5mm/US1.5

Finished – TODAY!!

 Hermione's Everyday Socks

 

These socks were so fast to knit! I decided to make ankle socks this time, just for a change.  I did the modified eye of partridge heel as per the pattern.  Most pairs of socks take me at least 2 months to make, and these only took 2 weeks! I easily memorized the pattern and knit the second sock pretty much without looking at the pattern at all.  This yarn is one of my yarn regrets.  I don’t really know what I was thinking when this came home with me.

 

All of the socks I have ever knit have been top down heel flap gusset socks, so I think with the next pair I will try toe up.  I’m planning on knitting Blurred Lines next, and they are toe up with a OMG (One-needle Mock Gusset) heel.  It is a paid pattern on Ravelry.