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Some non-health goals met!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Last year, I set the goal of finally transferring my pharmacy license to Iowa. We've only lived here for over eleven years now. It seemed like something I should do. I could get a job at the local hospital and stop commuting to the big city. When I investigated how much it costs, I freaked out!

Preliminary form to the National Assn of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP)-$350
Final form to Iowa Board of Pharmacy-$320
Iowa Pharmacy Law exam (yes, I have to take a test)-$200
Study materials- at least $100

Looking at the $1000 investment, I never followed through last year. Yesterday, however, I finally completed the first form! It took about a week's worth of phone calls to both the Nebraska and Minnesota boards of pharmacy (I've had licenses in both states), but I finally finished the first step. It should take about five weeks for NABP to finish their part, then on to the next part.

I was also excited last week because I decided to be proactive and call the local hospital in my small town. Right now I commute and work in a large hospital. The winter commute is killing me. I even spent the night at the hospital one time since their was a blizzard warning. The Human Resources person I spoke with was very excited. In August, all my kids will be in school, so I'll be available for a lot of hours then. She was going to have the head pharmacist call me. They only have two pharmacists out here, but they do need someone to fill in. I also know the two pharmacists out here are in their sixties, and may be looking to retire sometime in the next few years. I think I did a good job of "selling" my positives: I'd be able to come on "on-call" then be trained to take over when these guys retire, I have plenty of hospital experience, I live two blocks away and can get to the hospital in any weather. I also have friends who work with these pharmacists at another city hospital, and they will "sell" my positives too.

So, things are looking good with the possibility of employment here in my small town. All the expenses of transferring my license will happen over several months, not all at once. We should be able to manage it. I hope to someday be able to walk all my kids to school, then walk up to work and have normal , daytime hours again.


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ELISADENK 2/21/2011 12:37AM

    Wonderful goal! Best wishes!! Keep us posted on how it's going.

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STACYSMILES 2/17/2011 11:59AM

    That sounds great!! Timing is everything and it seems that things will work out perfect! emoticon

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MAGIC10FINGERS 2/17/2011 11:22AM

    That would be SO COOL! It's just insane the cost of licensing in other states for things like your career. Massage therapy isn't quite as bad, but it's still costly. This is my yr for getting my continuing ed classes in, then pay for the license, which has gone up in cost. I feel you $$ pain!
Good luck & will be sending good vibes your way!

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ASMPP1 2/17/2011 9:24AM

    Great! You will be glad you did it.

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/16/2011 5:28PM

    Wow, that sounds great! It sounds like all the steps it took to do that are all worth it:)

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/16/2011 1:02PM

    That would be awesome for you to be able to do that. Good luck!!

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SHARON360 2/16/2011 9:39AM

    Wow, that's great! It doesn't get any better than that, being so close to home! It's so hard as Mom's to put yourself first and do things that fulfill you personally. Good for you!

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KANDKFAM2 2/16/2011 9:34AM

  Congratulations! :) It's always a great feeling to know that you have accomplished something that means so much to you!

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Butternut squash, and Coffee Brewers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I've had an interesting week in the kitchen, so I thought I'd post about that. On Monday, I decided to make my Harvest Port stew. My husband smoked a pork tenderloin on Sunday, and that makes such a flavorful stew with butternut squash, onions, chicken broth, and apples. With my large family, I make large amounts of stew, hoping to have left overs. I had three butternut squash to cube. By the time I was done with the squash, I noticed the fingertips on my left hand looked and felt strange. I tried washing them off, they were orange. It didn't come off. The skin was orange and very dry and tight, and beginning to peel a little on the edges. I lost some feeling on the surface of my skin too. This was only on my left hand, the one that held the raw squash. My right hand, which held the knife, was fine. I looked online for information. Apparently, orange colored squash, like butternut, have enzymes that act like a chemical skin peel. It took about a day for all the damaged skin to peel off, and it felt weird all night.

Over the last several months, we have been struggling with coffee brewers. Our main complaints are that the ones readily available to consumers all get grounds in the coffee, and the coffee really isn't hot when it's brewed. We've gone through several brands, only to be disappointed each time. Hubby even started trying percolators, but we still got grounds in our coffee. Yesterday, we finally got a good brewer. Hubby found it online and we both rejoiced as we drank our first coffee in months without grounds in it! We got it from Coffee Makers Etc, and it's the OCS-12 Coffee Maker for anyone interested. It seems much sturdier than the other ones we bought. It's usually sold to businesses, not individuals. It's also louder. It makes a popping sound as it brews, and finishes with a loud burst of steam at the end. Quite a show, but I'm glad to have good coffee again!

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STACYSMILES 2/10/2011 4:09PM

    Interesting about the butternut squash -I have never heard of that before.
Yeah, nothing is better than a great cup of coffee in the morning!! emoticon

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MFABER3 2/10/2011 3:13PM

    That's interesting about the squash. I'll have to keep it in mind.

While I haven't had problems with the grinds in the coffee, I had problems with the plastic or rubber disks emitting an odor. I finally bought one I like. Coffee is such a picky thing!

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ASMPP1 2/10/2011 2:56PM

    Interesting what happened to you with the raw squash. I am glad you have your coffee the way you like it brewed at home! I have people I know who are coffee drinkers who comment, too, on things like that. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/10/2011 2:45PM

    That is weird about the squash. I never knew that! The stew sounds really yummy though!

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VEE2008 2/10/2011 2:36PM

    Thanks for sharing about the butternut squash.

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MAGIC10FINGERS 2/10/2011 2:31PM

    VERY interesting about the butternut squash! Was it raw still? I usually cook mine 1st b4 I peel it & haven't ever had that happen. I have some squash I'm going to attempt a butternut squash soup with.

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Tomorrow is my one year Sparkversary!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Kind of funny that I picked Groundhog day to start SparkPeople last year. Like everyone else, it's been a year of ups and downs. I'm so glad I found this site and all the wonderful people who use it. I know I've made progress. I'm down about 25 lbs from a year ago. My size has come down. I was 1x-2x, 18W-20W, 40C, size 10 plus undies. I'm now an X, size 16 or 16W, 38C, size 9 regular undies. I'm also down 7 inches in all my measurements.

I feel like I'm in great cardio shape. I can elliptical for an hour, but usually do 50 minutes. When we bicycle as a family, I'm not the one who wants to stop all the time. I'm the one who wants to keep going. I can easily jog 3 miles, although since I don't do it regularly in winter, I do go slowly.

I've gotten stronger too. Here are some comparisons:

Weight machine chest press: was 25 lbs, now 42.5 lbs
Free weights delt press: was 5 lbs, now 12.5 or 15 lbs
Free weights alternating bicep curls: was 8 lbs, now 12.5 or 15 lbs
Weight machine Tricep pull down: was 15 lbs, now 32.5 lbs
Weight machine Lat pull down: was 25 lbs, now 42.5 lbs
Weight machine quads: was 5 lbs, now 25 lbs
Weight machine glutes: was 17.5 lbs, now 25 lbs

My hubby has joined me on this journey now too. His last doctor's appointment was eye-opening. I told him I thought he was pushing 300 lbs. He weighed 293, more than he ever has before. He knows his weight is the biggest problem for his health. He has finally become committed to eating better. The exercise will come. It's hard right now with all the snow. When we get our indoor endless pool fixed, he'll be out there a lot. Right now, I'm happy that he's eating better.

I'll close with some goals for the coming year:

1. Do a 5K race- I was unable to do one last year due to a fall in October that bruised up my knee something awful.
2. Get down to 150 sometime this coming year. The weight is coming off slower than I had hoped, but it's coming off. I take it 10 lbs at a time. My more immediate goal is to get into the 160s.
3. Keep my family as active as possible. We have all the equipment to take our bikes anywhere. We still need paved trails since we have to pull the twins along in carriers behind our bikes. We also are planning to go camping a few times this Spring and Summer. The kids have swim team, a couple will do track, and we will have one in soccer.

It's been a great year! Thank you SparkPeople and Spark Friends for helping me to keep motivated.
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ASMPP1 2/1/2011 6:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Spark Anniversary!

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CMPEARL 2/1/2011 1:12PM

    Happy Spark Anniversary & congratulations on all of your success. Here's to another fabulous year and meeting all of your goals!!!
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MAGIC10FINGERS 2/1/2011 11:46AM

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Good job on all the progress! That's fantastic! How great your hubby is joining U. If yours is like mine, we want them around for a long time to come!

Keep up the fantabulous job! & thank U for being our inspiration!

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/1/2011 11:27AM

    Happy Sparkversary!! I am so glad that you are on this site and that you are a part of the Iowa Moms team! You have been a wonderful motivator for me. Thank you!!

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January in Iowa-And I went for a Jog!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

What a gorgeous day here in Western Iowa! The predicted high is 42 and the sun is shining bright. I did something today I have never done before. I went for a winter jog. One of my older kids was home with a cold, so I had him babysit the twins for me. Really not a hard job for him. They play together so well and I had already made their lunches.

The roads were wet, filled with gravel on the sides, and icy in spots, so I went slowly. I also didn't want to overdo it since I've only done the elliptical lately. I was still able to jog 3 miles (with a quarter mile warmup walk, and a quarter mile cool down walk). I guess I'm still in pretty good cardio shape. It felt great being outside. This is just the boost I needed!

I never would have tried jogging, let alone jogging in the winter, if it weren't for Spark People and all my Spark Friends. Thanks everyone for helping to keep me motivated!
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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/29/2011 11:56AM

    wish I had taken the time to try, for I'm in Eastern Nebraska. Our streets were pretty flooded with running water off the snow. I live on a hill, so I can't avoid it. LOL!
Glad it went well & U enjoyed it.

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CMPEARL 1/28/2011 5:08PM

    emoticon It was beautiful here too in Eastern Iowa, but I have yet to take a winter jog. I see 1-3 people jogging EVERY school morning when I drop my kindergartner off at school, and I would so love to join them. A few more years and my youngest will be in full time school, and I can give it a try myself. In the meantime, I'm sticking with indoor cardio!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/28/2011 3:27PM

    That is awesome! Way to go!!

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Kid's say the darndest things...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My oldest son, 14 years old, last week said the funniest thing. We were shopping at Costco, in the canned tuna and chicken isle. He said, "Look mom, Albuquerque Tuna." I replied, "Look again, it's albacore tuna."

Maybe we need to get him new glasses.

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CMPEARL 1/27/2011 5:08PM

    Priceless!!! I love those goofs :D

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MAGIC10FINGERS 1/26/2011 4:26PM

    gotta love it! That's my kind of kid! LOL!

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MUSICMOMOF2 1/26/2011 12:56PM

    Too funny!

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ASMPP1 1/26/2011 10:02AM

    emoticon emoticon Possibly, new glasses may help?

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