We Bought A Car & Other Stuff

It’s been quite the last few months of highs and lows. As you know, if you read my last post (written over a month ago), my husband came home after 40 days of fighting fires. It was great coming home and seeing him there, with that mustache of his covering his upper lip again. Oh, how I missed him.

He came home on a Wednesday and went back to his usual schedule of Saturday-Monday, where he gets off Tuesday morning. That first evening back we planned on looking at cars, as we discussed a few months before that we needed to buy a new car for me. The Camry I had previously been using was getting up there in miles (220k+!) and the AC also happened to go out while Bub was gone. Long story short, we went to look at cars and ended up signing the papers to our new 2015 Subaru CrossTrek!

I love my car. So much. She’s so pretty.

IMG_6554Look at her! I love driving her around; she’s smooth, practical, sporty, and just so pretty. Haha.

Anyway, that following Saturday he got called away. Again. He was home for 10 days and 5 of those he was working at the station. This time he was gone for only 2.5 weeks, not 5.5. Ha, cake! 19 days are nothing compared to 40… So far this summer, he’s worked 5 fire and was gone for a total of approximately 68 days. In the span of about 78 days, he was gone for 68 of those. Yeesh.

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For those who have followed me from last year and such, you’ll remember his epic Wyatt Earp status mustache. He got that growing again but shaved it off last week. Meh. I actually like it.

Since he’s been back, we’ve been able to see a few movies with friends, spend time with our families, and even go to the beach! We both got some nice tans, considering it’s October. But that doesn’t mean anything in California. Today was approximately 100 degrees. California doesn’t care that it’s “autumn.”

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Note: I am wearing a bikini top; it’s strapless tho. So yeah. The waves were actually decent that day and I got tumbled around a bit while body surfing. I got a nice tennis ball size abrasion on the back of my hip to prove it. That sand is tough, man!

I also recently did a friend’s bridal makeup, as well as her MOH. It was fun for me and awkward for them because they’re the type of girls that really don’t wear makeup, which they don’t even need to as they’re naturally gorgeous anyway. But I loved doing their makeup and then having them tell me that I did better than the girls at Sephora… 😉

I wore a pretty new dress. I had my mom snap a picture of it to send to Bub because he couldn’t come as he was working.

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I finished my RN training at work a few weeks ago and am now on my own! This also means I am now working in the desert, the same area where I did a lot of my nursing clinicals. My schedule is completely random and is now Tues-Sat. Some days I clock in at 0945, other days I’ll clock in at 0345. Ah, the life of a mobile RN… But I get to see beautiful sunrises again

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#nofilter

School is also moving right along. I’m in my 4th class and with that, only 8 more to go!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Life is crazy. Life is busy. But life is good.

My husband and I are slowly getting back into a schedule and rhythm again. The first week or so of him being home is always weird. A good weird, but weird nonetheless. I get used to doing certain things without him and he’s used to living out of a duffel bag. Then he comes home and we get to share a bed again, go grocery shopping, talk about bathroom rugs, and just do normal couple things. He can fix the toilet that’s been leaking and I get to do our piles of laundry, which include smokey blue pants and many sets of scrubs on my end.

Life is good.

xo, Briana

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Hello, Goodbye!

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Just wanted to say a quick hello!

You know how life happens and you’re just so caught up with it, that you don’t even realize the days are just flying by? Yeah, that’s happening right now. But in a good way!

I read on another blog years ago this fantastic quote,

I’m too busy living life to write about living life.

I love that. And it’s very true right now in my life 🙂 And again, that’s a good thing!

My fiance’s best friend (and best man!) is flying in from Australia with his lovely wife in about one hour! They’ll only be here a very short time and we plan to make the most of it while they are here, so please don’t be surprised if you don’t see a post from me until next week! That’s all I wanted to say.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

xo, Briana

Catching Up

So, it’s been awhile.

And honestly, I have no reason for not having blogged. School has taken over my life, but its been worth it. We finished our first round of clinicals and next week we start in a real hospital. We were in a nursing home (skilled nursing facility, depending on where you are in the country). All of the patients in the SNF are really residents and because of that we all became close to a lot of them, since we saw them twice a week.

I had an interesting experience this last Monday at the facility. I was with a patient as she passed away. I had a classmate and an instructor with me as well, but we all experienced it differently. I was able to hold her hand and rub her back before she passed. I even read a few bible verses to her. I think it calmed her down a little, because she was in pain for a little bit. A lot of the CNA’s and a few LVN’s said goodbye to her and it was very touching. I didn’t cry until after it all, but its good that I cried. I had to mourn and grieve, even though I barley knew her.

After that experience, I’m more aware of what kind of a nurses want to be, how I want to be there for my patient, in any way possible. A lot of people would have been very uncomfortable in that situation, but it somehow felt right to me, like I needed to be there for her.

I know it’s something I’ll always remember and carry with me further into my nursing career.

Well, besides that, I recently did a 5K with my boyfriend and some friends in support of breast cancer research. We walked the whole time but it was a lot of fun. It was great seeing so many thousands of people wanting to beat cancer. We all know at least one, if not more, friends and family who have been affected by cancer. Both of my grandfathers passed away because of cancer.

I also recently smashed my right index finger in my boyfriends truck door. The door completely shut on it. I really don’t think I’ve ever known such pain, even when I broke my collarbone 8 years ago. I wanted to either throw up or pass out. Luckily I didn’t break it, but my nail is completely bruised all the way through. It’s still swollen and its difficult to do much with it, even hold a pen or pencil.

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Lovely, isn’t it?

I’ve done a few YouTube videos as well.i know, it takes more time and effort to make a video than it is to blog, but I really don’t have much to write about. Eh. Oh well.

So, I believe that is all I have to say for now.

Thank you to everyone who still stops by and checks up in my little blog 🙂

xo, Briana