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Pancake Day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010



Also known as Shrove Tuesday (for shriving or obtaining absolution for your sins) and Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). It's the day to eat up all the fats, sweets, eggs, and goodies before Lent. I don't do Lent and fasting (or more acurately, semi-fasting), but I'm gonna get me some pancakes today!


I've got a plan - walk the pups (1.5 miles), go to the gym and do the treadmill (4 miles) and circuit training, and, later, walk to the IHOP (about half a mile away). I recently discovered the IHOP's 2X2X2 "IHOP for Me" meal - eggbeaters (equivalent of 2 eggs), 2 slices turkey bacon, and 2 pancakes (no butter and with sugar-free syrup). About 400 calories. Yum!


I have planned for the calories, carb, etc , so I should be safe. Just have to avoid their "All you can eat pancakes" special. Oddly enough, the IHOP has "National Pancake Day" scheduled for next Tuesday. A week late for Fat Tuesday this year, but you can get a short stack of 3 pancakes free with a donation to the Children's Miracle Network.






  
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VICIOUS421 2/21/2010 11:13PM

    Pancakes are yummy!!!! I need pancakes now!!!!! LOL
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LINDAKAY228 2/17/2010 10:19AM

    That IHOP meal sounds so good! Too bad the closest one to me is about 2 hours away. Or maybe it's actually a good thing LOL.

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YAFENELRA 2/16/2010 6:24PM

    I should have planned for pancakes today but don't have enough calories left now. : (

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SUEPER89 2/16/2010 3:35PM

    Hope you enjoyed them! I enjoyed your blog. The animals are adorable!

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SIANBRANNON 2/16/2010 3:28PM

    I am jealous. Pancakes....

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SBATES63 2/16/2010 3:21PM

    Enjoy. Hubby requested pancakes (and eggs and bacon, etc) for dinner on Valentine's Day, so that's what we had. There is something really comforting about having breakfast for dinner.

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10 Reasons Why It's Great to be a Dog

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1. If it itches, you can reach it. And no matter where it itches, no one will be offended if you scratch it in public.

2. No one notices if you have hair growing in weird places as you get older.

3. Personal hygiene is a blast: No one expects you to take a bath every day, and you don't even have to comb your own hair.

4. Having a wet nose is considered a sign of good health.

5. No one thinks less of you for passing gas. Some people might actually think you're cute.


6. Who needs a big home entertainment system? A bone or an old shoe can entertain you for hours.

7. You can spend hours just smelling stuff.

8. No one ever expects you to pay for lunch or dinner. You never have to worry about table manners, and if you gain weight, it's someone else's fault.

9. It doesn't take much to make you happy. You're always excited to see the same old people. All they have to do is leave the room for five minutes and come back.


10. Every garbage can looks like a cold buffet to you.

(Got the list from mytopdogs.com; pix from ihasahotdog.com)

  
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VICIOUS421 2/21/2010 10:27PM

    LOL That was great and the pictures were awesome!
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MBOLTON5 2/16/2010 8:47AM

    Dogs are precious! emoticon

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10 Reasons Why It's Great to be a Dog

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1. If it itches, you can reach it. And no matter where it itches, no one will be offended if you scratch it in public.

2. No one notices if you have hair growing in weird places as you get older.

3. Personal hygiene is a blast: No one expects you to take a bath every day, and you don't even have to comb your own hair.

4. Having a wet nose is considered a sign of good health.

5. No one thinks less of you for passing gas. Some people might actually think you're cute.


6. Who needs a big home entertainment system? A bone or an old shoe can entertain you for hours.

7. You can spend hours just smelling stuff.

8. No one ever expects you to pay for lunch or dinner. You never have to worry about table manners, and if you gain weight, it's someone else's fault.

9. It doesn't take much to make you happy. You're always excited to see the same old people. All they have to do is leave the room for five minutes and come back.


10. Every garbage can looks like a cold buffet to you.

(Got the list from mytopdogs.com; pix from ihasahotdog.com)

  
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JENNY_Y 2/16/2010 2:09AM

  Cute!

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ALAINAJRJ 2/16/2010 2:04AM

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This brightened up my day.

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A Busy Little Week

Monday, February 15, 2010

We begin the week with Valentine's Day on Sunday. Sometimes called a "Hallmark Holiday" because of all the emphasis on sending greeting cards, the origins are somewhat confusing. There were at least 3 martyrs named Valentine or Valentinus who are recognised as saints by the Catholic Church. They were somehow associated with the idea of love.


Sunday was also the start of Chinese New Year and the year of the Tiger.


On to Monday, celebrated in the USA as "Presidents' Day" in honor of Presidents Washington and Lincoln. Legally, it is still Washington's birthday (22 Feb), but since Lincoln was born 12 Feb, they were rolled into the same celebration. Since 1968, it has been celebrated on the third Monday of February.


Tuesday - Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday! We used to call it Pancake Tuesday when I was little - it's the last day of feasting before the fasting of Lent - the day to use up all the fats, sweet, and rich foods. The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power). Carnival refers to the season, which always begins on 6 January, and ends on Fat Tuesday.


Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the 40 days before Easter (actually 46 days, but the Sundays don't count). The dates for Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday vary each year, being back-dated from Easter - which is the first Sunday after the full moon after the vernal (Spring) equinox. It is a time of semi-fasting - perhaps because historically, food was running short before the Spring crops came in.

  
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VICIOUS421 2/21/2010 10:34PM

    I didn't know that about the Mardi Gras colors or Lent. Great blog, very informative and I loved the pictures!

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Lots of Stress

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Last night when I got to work, we had all of the beds in the Emergency Department full. Eleven of them had "A"s by them - meaning we were waiting for admissions - and told there were NO beds in house to admit them to. 11 out of 13 beds. Sheesh! I was assigned to 4 of them on the one side of the unit. OK, hit the ground running. Every one of then wanted "just one thing", "Miss, nurse, ma'am ..." "Oh, one more thing, please" "When am I going upstairs?" "Help me, help me, no, help ME!"


Within 15 minutes of getting to work, I started getting a headache. I usually fill my water pitcher and make instant (sugarless) tea as soon as I get on duty - never got time to get anything to drink until after midnight. I was parched!


Anyway, with all the people in the beds, with their visitors, and all the staff - it got noisy. Very noisy. Everyone was out-talking everyone else. I was getting stressed and more stressed - later I realized it was all the noise.(Besides all the "Ma'am, over here ... nurse! ... can you start this IV/hang this antibiotic/do this?" - all at the same time.) I was freaking - about 1 second from yelling "F* it all - I'm outta here!" Deep breath - calm down, I need this job .Headache like a spike in my eye.


Got one of the guys up by 2200 (10P). Orders for the other 3 came out with ward assignments. Called report on the 2d - copied his papers - had him ready to go - oops! Orders changed to a higher level unit - but no bed ready there. OK - call me when it's ready. Got the other 2 ready - no physical bed in one room, they'd call me when it was available. The other? Hmm, need a private room for him, they'll call me when they've shifted people around. Docs asking, "why isn't so-and-so upstairs?" Skreech!!!! Took 2 minutes to type in last night's so-called blog. Oh, beds available - get 'em up!


Midnight - got my folks up - I could help with the others. Evening shift goes home. Sound level drops to tolerable. Got my tea. Grabbed a protein bar. Deep breath. Ommmm! Better & better!


The night CT tech had time to work me in just before I left work - got my chest CT done and don't have to worry about for the 25th. Better & better!


On the way home, I decided to stop by Sonic and get the beef toaster sandwich. Thoroughly enjoyed it - until a piece got caught in my lap-band pouch and I barfed .. and barfed. Yuck. Have no idea how to record my food, since I upchucked so much.

Slept a few hours and plan to walk the pups later. Beautiful day outside. Maybe it's a good time to take a rest day - I'll just amble with the pups. emoticon

  
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VICIOUS421 2/21/2010 10:41PM

    LOL I could never do what you do for a living! I would go insane!!! It takes a special person to work in health care like you do! Sorry about the headache, I get those sometimes too and they suck, I can not stand lights and sounds when I get those headaches. Glad your night ended on a better note!
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JCORYCMA 2/14/2010 3:35PM

    As an ob/gyn nurse I can totally relate! I work in a clinic but I do triage and everybody wants in NOW. Doesn't matter if they've had the problem for days, weeks, months...
Fortunately on the busiest days, if I get lunch in, I'm lucky and snacking is out of the question! Sorry you barfed. Did you eat a little too fast?
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TOMWDCSKC 2/13/2010 10:59PM

    Do you get to reduce your intake since it came back out? Hmmm.... Well hope you get better. emoticon By the way,

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!! May you have a great one. emoticon

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CARRAND 2/13/2010 7:21PM

    I used to do hospital work so I no how busy and stressful it can be. You will be blessed for working with those who need you. I'm sorry your threw up. what a way to end the day.

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DWHEATLEY 2/13/2010 6:38PM

    I have days like this hitting the ground running.

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