Monday, November 26, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Days 20-26

Day 20

I am thankful for my cousin Becky. Since I am the oldest sibling, it was fun having her close by to look up to.

Day 21

I am thankful for my health, and the ability to exercise. Sometimes I moan and groan about getting up early to go to the gym, but a lot of people aren't able to, so I am thankful I am.

Day 22

I am thankful that the worst Thanksgiving ever is behind us :) and for Libby Ferlic and her family for having us over for Thanksgiving dinner for the second year in a row.  Eric was on call Wednesday night-this morning (Monday). He kept thinking he was going to get to come home so I waited for him all day hoping to get to spend some of the day with him.  Instead I spent all day by myself.  Bummer...but at lest I got some Christmas shopping done.

Day 23

I am thankful for a roof over my head and that Eric and I both have stable jobs that allow us to put food on our table every night.

Day 24

I am thankful I was on call over the weekend and made some extra money to pay for my Christmas shopping :)

Day 25

I am thankful for books (on my kindle)...I love love love to read and wish I had more time to do it.

Day 26

I am thankful Eric was home long enough to allow us to put our Christmas tree and decorations up last night.. It's so much better doing things with him!

Monday, November 19, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Days 15-19

Day 15: 

I am thankful for my job. Work is work, and is pretty rough sometimes, but my job is pretty awesome. Not only am I fortunate enough to have a stable job, but I get to hang out with some pretty fun people too. My co-workers ROCK and it is so much fun to be around them...and we definitely figure out how to fit in some social time here and there. :)  I get to take care of patients who are (for the most part) pretty appreciative, and hang out with fun people all day long. I've got it pretty good :)

Day 16: 

I am thankful for my mom and dad! They are pretty awesome parents! I was a huge brat when I was a teenager and I can't believe they still claim me :) I miss them a ton and I can't wait until we live in the same state again and we can hang out whenever we want! I can't wait to see them as grandparents to our (future) kids. The older I get, the more I appreciate them, and I hope they are around for so many more years!

Day 17

I am thankful for the super-nice attendings that Eric works for! The residents had their annual in-service exam on Saturday morning.  To celebrate, Dr. Andrews had us all over for dinner to celebrate the exam being over.  Maggiano's (an awesome Italian place in Scottsdale) catered and we had beer, margaritas, wine, 3 types of pasta, 2 types of salad, bread, cookies, carrot cake, and red velvet cake. Oh and there were some really amazing appetizers too! I've heard some pretty bad horror stories about some residents' attendings, so I am so thankful that Eric hasn't had to experience that.  His attendings recognize the residents' hard work and reward them for it. Residency is difficult enough without having to have awful attendings breathing down their necks all of the time. 

Day 18

I am thankful for Eric's co-residents and their significant others! I am pretty positive that no other residents care about each other more, stick up for each other more, hang out with each other more, or are as close to each other.  They have become some of my best friends too. Last night we had a Urology Family Dinner: Thanksgiving Style...we have a Urology Family Dinner most Sunday nights and we have a potluck type dinner and get to hang out together.  Last night we had a huge Thanksgiving feast! I am very thankful for this especially since it was probably my only traditional Thanksgiving meal since Eric is on call from Thursday- Monday morning :( 

Day 19

I am thankful for wine! :) It was a busy day at work, and nothing is better than unwinding with a nice glass of wine in front of the's the little things :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Days 13 & 14

Day 13

I am thankful for my brother and sister! Siblings are so fun. I am also thankful for Dickson's wife, Jenna, and Sara's boyfriend Paul.  They bring so much joy to their lives and it is so fun all hanging out together! I can't wait for the day that we can all hang out with our little kiddos running around :) So fun! Love you guys!

Day 14

I am thankful I live in a place where it is warm all year round (for now). I definitely miss the cold weather, and the legitimate winters in Oklahoma. Call me crazy, but I LOVE when we get snowed/iced in. It's so fun not having to go anywhere or do anything because the whole city is shut down. You get to hang out with the family/ friends, be in sweat pants all day, and not do anything but bake cookies and watch movies. I know it stresses some people out but I think it's so fun (for a couple of days)! One of my favorite memories is from nursing school is when Tiffany and I were at her apartment studying for nursing school finals. An ice storm hit hard that evening but we didn't know if it would be bad enough that our finals would be canceled.  The power kept going off then coming back on, so we didn't have heat for the whole night, and we were studying by candlelight!  We went to bed with about 5 layers on, and still woke up in the middle of the night freezing! Our finals that day ended up being cancelled so Tiffany's dad picked us up and took us to her house where they had power.  We "studied" there (watched movies, drank yummy coffee) and had so much fun! Here are a couple picture from that ice storm...please excuse us...we were studying and had no reason to look cute :)

Love you Tiff!!!

All that said, I swam for a workout today, and I couldn't help but think how much fun it is that all year round it is warm enough to have a swim workout outside all year round (in a heated pool of course)! Love it.  I am excited to live where it is cooler again but you can't really beat the winters here in Phoenix.

Love love,
Mrs. Wise

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of thankful: Day 12

Day 12

Today I am thankful I was able to fix the smoke detector without the huge fiasco it was last time the batteries went out. Click HERE to read about my experience fixing them last year. I woke up this morning, heard the beeping, and immediately has a huge deal of anxiety remembering last time! This time I made sure and turned the power off before I changed the battery so the circuit could re-set. Thank goodness it was a quick fix!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Days 10 & 11

Day 10

I am thankful Eric isn't on call this weekend.  He has been crazy busy studying for his in-service exam next weekend, but at lease he has been is better having him home even if he is doing practice questions all day :)

Day 11

I am so thankful for our past, present, and future military and their families. Thank you for the countless sacrifices you make so the rest of us have our freedom.  Those families who have lost loved ones: you are in our hearts and prayers, and we can never re-pay you for what you have done for your country. We love you and are in our thoughts on this Veteran's Day. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Day 9

Day 9

Today I am thankful for technology! Last night I got to FaceTime with some of my family! I got to talk to Mom, Dad, Sara, and Paul, and see the dogs of course! They are such cutie pies! It was so good to talk to them all and see their faces... and watch the dogs play :) I am so thankful that the technology we have today allows us to see and talk to each other when we are so far away.  I can't wait until January when I can really hang out with the fam.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

30 Days of Thankful: Days 7 & 8

Day 7

I am thankful that I believe in God.  No matter who is president of our country, I have so much peace in knowing that He is King and He is in control! 

Day 8

I am thankful for the little bit of rain we are getting today! It was so nice to leave the gym after my workout and feel the cool rain on my face! If I wouldn't have gotten some crazy looks from people, I probably would have just stood out there and soaked it up a while longer. Now that we live in Phoenix, I swear I will never ever get sick of rain again!