Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Long and Difficult Journey

     Two and a half years ago I made the decision to return to school to get a degree in the medical field.  I already had earned a degree in computer science in the Philippines, but it was long enough ago that I would still be required to return to school to update that degree.  Not wanting to enter the field of computer technology, I decided to focus my efforts in the medical field.  At first my husband and I came to the consensus that the best field for me to enter would be radiography; however, after
checking the job opportunities available at the end of my first year of studies, we revised our thought process, and I started to prepare for a career in nursing despite tremendous odds against my making it into the program.  I had been out of school for more than eleven years before returning, was starting a program that demanded a high level of excellence to even get accepted, and was studying in a language that was not my native tongue.
     Pictured above with me is a friend who was in some of my classes and was a great encouragement to me as I made this journey.  Finally, after two years of late nights and much study and lots of encouragement and prayers by my husband and sons, I received my acceptance into the program.  Although I am only a little over halfway through this journey, a tremendous hurdle has been cleared. Of more than five hundred students who applied for the program, only eighty were accepted.  I am thrilled to be entering the program.  I know there are difficult times ahead, but with the Lord's help, I know I can finish the journey.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

More Than a Dietary System


                           
                                   
Approximately seven months ago, I started using a supplementary diet system more for the benefits that it claimed to provide for overall health than for weight loss.  The weight loss did come, however, as can be seen above.  The upper photo shows me at the beginning of my first week of taking Yoli, and the lower photo shows me after the second week.  Although I was able to lose my stomach very quickly, perhaps the greatest improvement was my energy levels; previously I had been feeling so wrung out and weary.  I struggled to maintain activity until 9:00 P.M. when I would drop into bed, exhausted.  After beginning the Yoli regimen, I noticed a significant uptick in my energy levels, and a definite increase in my stamina.  First I noticed it in my ability to maintain a good degree of physical activity far beyond my former capability.  Then after the school year began in the fall, I found I was able to study into the wee hours of the morning.  Needless to say, that was extremely important during a semester that required more study time than I had previously had to put out.  Additionally, I was able to completely stop using vitamins and herbs that had been prescribed by a doctor along with prescription medication to alleviate migraines that would cause horrible bouts of dizziness.  Even my husband agrees that my health has greatly improved since taking Yoli.
    

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Homestretch



     Finally, I feel as though I have reached the homestretch of this semester.  After  a grueling first seven weeks, the end is finally in sight.  I am finally down to my labs in microbiology, a paper in sociology, and my final exams. Weary and worn down, I really am looking forward to the winter break and some downtime from my studies.  I am looking forward to spending time with my husband and boys and just being able to go to bed at a decent hour once again.  As we approach the holiday season, I really would love to return to Williamsburg to see the town with its Christmas season decorations.  Of course, one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to go shopping, even if it is mostly window shopping.  Hubby and the boys tend to be a little more forgiving about spending time in the stores at this time of year.  Usually, I feel rushed when I am shopping.  Hopefully, when school resumes, I will feel rejuvenated.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Visiting the Past in Williamsburg






     Hubby sprang a neat surprise on me with this trip to Williamsburg.  I had mentioned that I would like us to do something special for our tenth anniversary.  A few days earlier he suggested to me that since I was off from school for a day sandwiched by a couple of days that I had no classes, we could perhaps take the boys to Williamsburg for a three day field trip and spend some leisure time together.  After seeing some photos online of the area, I readily acquiesced.  It was a wonderful trip!  I was able to get some needed time away from the books while still being able to spend a little time in the evening studying, but the days were filled with fun.  I learned a lot about US history and had an even better time wandering through the many shops in the area.  I just love to go shopping even if it is only window shopping, something of which my husband is not necessarily fond.  He was a good sport though and took me to a number of shops.  I would love to visit again in December just before Christmas.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Great Pasttime




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     This summer rekindled an old interest, painting.   When I lived in the Philippines, I enjoyed painting, but after I came to the United States, other interests took its place, such as making dolls and barrettes.  Then last year I took a course in painting to fill out my course load.  I enjoyed it so much, and it provided a great release valve for the pressure of my regular coursework for nursing.  After finishing the school year, I had some free time on my hands and found once again that painting was a great leisure activity.  Although I have painted portraits of people, including my sons, I really enjoy painting bucolic scenes the most.  It just gives me a sense of peace to paint these.
         

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wedding Caterers-A Capital Idea!


     It has been ten years ago that I was hastily helping my husband put together the plans for our wedding.  Arriving in the United States from the Philippines in late October, I had just over one month to prepare for a wedding celebration in a strange land with different customs than those with which I was familiar.   Needless to say, that was an unforgettable month of frenzied activity filled with stress.  Fortunately, my husband-to-be helped me as much as possible; however, a good Wedding caterer would have been greatly appreciated.

     If you live on the West Coast, you are fortunate to have a great wedding catering service available to you.  One of the San Francisco wedding caterers that serves both private and corporate clients is Taste Catering.  Of all the wedding caterers in the San Francisco area, this is definitely one worth checking out.  Having a wide variety of menus and venues where they serve,  this catering service can take care of all your needs, including connecting you with wedding vendors for specialties outside the realm of catering.  Remove the hassle and stress from wedding planning and reception preparation by looking for Wedding caterers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Convenient Shopping for Hoteliers

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     Whether you are starting your own business in the hotel business or food business, renovating your hotel supply or restaurant or only replenishing supplies, you can now simplify your shopping and add convenience to the process.  Simply go to Hotel Supply Online and browse through the available products.  The site is extremely well organized,with separate pages for almost any area of purchase you might need. 
     Some of the general categories of supplies listed range from banquet room supplies to disposables to janitorial supplies to concessions to room supplies.  This does not cover the whole gamut of supplies available but gives an idea of what is available.  Premium quality products are available at Atlanta Hotel Supply  at reasonable prices making this an excellent company to deal with.  If you are in need of bar supplies, then a visit to Hotel Bar Supplies is the solution to your problem.
     Whatever your needs may be, a visit to http://www.PeachSuite.comcan solve your needs.  This is a family owned and run business that has been in the business of meeting the needs of hotel owners, motel owners and restaurant owners since 1981.  A great business with a history of being eco-friendly is available to meet your needs.


     

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spring Gardening to Beautify Your Property

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     Time to consider what you want to do to beautify your property again this year.  It is that time again, time to get out those gardening supplies and dress up your property.  Get out your spade, hoe, rake and wheelbarrow and work to make your property beautiful.  Turn over the soil with that spade, break it up with the hoe, add some of Scotts Continuous Release Plant Food and work it into your soil with your garden rake; then you are ready to plant those gorgeous flowers to turn your property into your own special haven.  Allow your plants about two weeks to become thoroughly rooted, after which you will want to find the best available mulch to hold water and keep weeds from growing.  Using the best mulch for your garden will lessen your work and allow you to have more beautiful gardens. 

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     It feels as though spring is taking forever to arrive this year.  We have had a few  beautiful spring days lately, but most of the weather during April was extremely cool with a few very hot days mixed in.  Last weekend, my husband and the boys were able to put out a small vegetable garden in our backyard.  We don't have a lot of space, so they only planted a couple of tomato plants, half a dozen broccoli plants, some green beans, corn, cucumbers and zucchini squash.  The boys had a great time helping their daddy plant the garden.  Now we need this warmer weather to speed the growth of the plants although it will be a while before we see our first sign of corn and bean shoots pushing through.  I am looking forward to eating fresh vegetables out of the garden.   I am not looking forward to the extreme heat and humidity of summer, but I really am anticipating some of those spring days much like we had this weekend.    It turned out to be lovely weather for the boys to enjoy there soccer games.  I will finish with final exams in the next ten days and am looking forward to taking a few days off to go camping in Pennsylvania and visit friends and family there.  Maybe spring finally has arrived.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring Break at Last!

Finally, spring break has arrived!  I am truly exhausted and am really anticipating a week of  downtime.  I will be spending some of my time preparing for a midterm in Probability and Statistics during spring break, but not having to deal with Anatomy II and literature at the same time will give me a much needed break.  Hopefully, we can find some time to do things as a family as well as to visit my sister and her family.  I know it is a much needed break for my husband as well as he spends a great deal of time helping me with my studies, frequently late at night.  Knowing that I only have six weeks left when I return from spring break also provides me with my second wind.  I know I need to really hit the books when I return if I am to get the grades I want and need, all A's.  My studies do not easily for me, so that means that I will have to work really hard to achieve my goal.  Coming back well will definitely help me accomplish this with the Lord's help.
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