Friday, April 06, 2012

Finally: Some updates

Alright! So it has been a while since my last post. Sheesh I really thought I’d be better about keepin’ it current when I first started this blog. Ok lets just jump back into the past few months and maybe further if I’m feeling ambitious. A lot has happened since November and I’ve got a lot to say!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sorta, kinda, really Busy

Oh man it’s been a BUSY couple of weeks, lots has happened- where to start? In the last few weeks I…
1-    prepared for winter. It recently snowed so I FINALLY got to wear my new boots and driving gloves. I still need to find some good snow pants but the search continues. The weather isn’t so bad right now so finding a pair is less urgent than I thought it’s be in late November.

2-    kindly asked my mom to hem my work scrubs. I like to call them my “kimono scrubs” The tops are so long and have a huge slit up the side. Don’t they remind you of a kimono?! And with the hemming of my new uniform pants I had to pack away my lovely colorful scrubs. Sad day. Sd, sad day! Goodbye reds, purples, browns, oranges, yellows and holiday themed scrubs. Hello grey boring uniform. I didn’t realize how many scrubs I owned till I folded ‘em all up and had to put them in boxes.

3-    got the opportunity to go to a super saturday where I made this cute crafty tile. I’m not really a creative person but this made me feel so smug.

4-    have tried unsuccessfully to catch up on my newspaper subscription. I fell behind a bit… well a lot… and now I got a pile to skim though since I can’t possibly read every article. My mom makes fun of me saying I should just recycle them because “whatever is in those papers is old news now” but I can’t do it. I have to justify ordering a three-month subscription of the Edmonton Journal and the only way to do that is to look at each paper. It was so much easier to keep up when I didn’t have a job but now there is no time.

5-    Went to my very first Zumba class. Oh man. That was an experience. Well I’ll just start off by saying I’m not really a coordinated individual as it is, so trying to follow an instructors quick-paced moves is not a talent of mine. Last time I tried a dance class it was belly dancing and the instructor picked me out of the group as the student needing the most help. Even after all the extra guidance I still couldn’t move my hips properly. I think about ten minutes into the hour-long class I stopped trying to imitate every motion and instead just focused on continually moving and keeping my heart rate up. I must have looked crazy but who cares, I still got a good work out. Our instructor was amazing. I can’t wrap my mind around how someone can move their body so precisely.

6-    have watched too much reality TV. I could be happy watching almost anything on TLC, except toddlers and tiaras- that’s where I draw my line! Many days after work I feel like I have no energy to do anything so I’ll watch two or three episodes of a show I’ve recorded, eat dinner and be in bed all before 9 pm. Needless to say my social life has gone downhill and I’ve become slightly obsessed with “Say Yes To The Dress” and “Long Island Medium.” In the last week or so I’ve realized what a waste of time this is. So I have a new goal- use what energy I have left to do something physically active, emotionally fulfilling or mentally challenging. My friend Kaleena came over for dinner last week and she told me about a ten item 30 day challenge she is doing and it sounds achievable. Basically each day you follow a routine:

-50 crunches   -25 leg lifts   -50 bicycles   -25 squats   -15 sumo squats                       
-50 calve raises   -100 arm circles   -15 push ups   -50 jumping jacks
-1 min plank
I start December first. I’ll keep you posted.

7-    got to assist with the most interesting extraction I’ve seen so far in my career. We took out the 2.6 (first molar on the upper left) and once all the diseased tissue was removed you could see directly into the sinus, little blood vessels and all. A dental sponge was put in the extraction site so new bone would fill up the area. After I go through the regular post ops the doctor adds in two more instructions that I’d never heard before – no blowing of the nose or breathing deeply through the nose for a few weeks. You see something new each day and that is why I love being a dental assistant!

8-    tracked down two packs of Laurentian pencil crayons on kijiji! I would have never guessed I’d find them anywhere. I posted about this in September but long story short- the company stopped making them over three years ago. This guy who listed them bought two packs in high school and put them in storage, forgot about them but found them when he was moving years later. I got both packs for $8 plus the shipping. Couldn’t be happier!!! :)


So yep this is pretty late but I had too much fun between October twenty sixth and October thirty first not to blog about it. There is no better way to join in the spooky festivities then to carve a pumpkin.  I went to superstore and found huge pumpkins for $2.49 so I picked up six and invited some friends over for a carve off. There were so many squishy guts everywhere and lots of seeds to roast after. 

Jonathan's Pumpkin (below) and BJ's below that!
Preston's Pumpkin (above) and mine beside

                                                      Zoe's Pumpkin----->

Once the orange masterpieces were done we made plans to meet a week later and race them down a hill. Only BJ’s pumpkin stayed mostly intact after the hill roll. We collected the pieces and went to a nearby ravine bridge and chuck them over the rail. The noise they made when they hit the ground was surprisingly loud.

                                                     Braya's Pumpkin------->
                                                              The Hill
                                            Braya and Zoe with their pumpkins
                                                    BJ and I after the roll

 At FHE Monday night there was enough candy to satisfy 45 people but only about 20 came out to the activity, which meant I took home an unhealthy amount of Twix, Caramilk and Mars bars. These candies combined with my lack of self control led to canker sore in my mouth just a few days later. Overall Halloween this year was a success- bobbed for apples, dressed up twice, carved and smashed some pumpkins and enjoyed it all with my friends.
                                                                   i LOVE my job!

This video made me laugh :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Who Are You?

One of my favourite Disney classics has always been Alice In Wonderland. This story tells of a girl (Alice) who falls down a rabbit hold and into a world of peculiar creatures and unimaginable events. Alice’s ideas of reality are challenged at the least and she often finds herself in utter confusion. Her perception of this world is faced with adversity as the characters she encounters lead her to believe that down is up and up is down. She finds herself in uncomfortable situations with a bottle labeled “drink me” which causes her to drastically shrink and a cake titled “eat me” which causes her to grow to the size of a giant. 

Countless other adventures find her in the presence of talking flowers, the mad hatter and the Cheshire cat. However the scene that provokes the most thought on my part is when Alice encounters a blue caterpillar sitting on a mushroom, smoking a hookah. He prods her with the question “Whooooo Arrrrreeeeeeee yyoouuuu? Alice admits her identity crisis and is even more troubled after her conversation with this caterpillar.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thankful For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my absolute favourite holiday. I don’t know if I can describe why but it’s more of a feeling that I get than anything else. It’s a time to reflect on all we have rather than all we lack, there is no focus on what gift to give and what you will receive, it’s a time to see that we are truly blessed in more ways than we may be able to recognize. I love that we have a holiday set aside to spend quality time with the ones we love while we reflect on the countless blessings we enjoy! I have much to be thankful for and I hope you realize that you do to. I sometimes like to make a list of the things I’m grateful for and I’m always surprised when I make it into the hundreds and I haven’t had to think very hard yet. If we are pen to recognizing them the blessings come to mind almost effortlessly. I’d have to say gratitude is one of my favourite characteristics. In the Bible Luke chapter 17 there were ten lepers who desired that Jesus would heal them of their sickness. He granted them their desire but only one of the lepers returned to Jesus and gave him thanks for the miracle that so greatly changed his life. The other nine left to continue their lives as healthy men, forgetting to give thanks for such a wonderful blessing. I never want to be considered ungrateful for the gifts I receive so I try to consciously think of those each day. Here’s my list of 30 things I’m grateful for:

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Back In Scrubs

Since returning home from my travels in the beginning of September I have been on a frantic search for a job. I think I’ve checked every possible hiring site in search of suitable employment. I also signed up for emails if any dental assisting positions became available. With each update in my inbox I’d find a renewed sense of opportunity and hope only to (9 times out of 10) have it crushed. I don’t know how these sites work but somehow I got job openings posted in my email for everything but dental assisting! They were always jobs that had the word assistant or assisting in their title but never what I was looking for. I’m happy for all those medical lab assistants, administrative assistants, assistant managers or advertising assistants out there- I know from these emails that there is no shortage of jobs for you! 

Despite this setback I found quite a few possible leads through kijiji, monster, simply hired, place pro, indeed and The Edmonton Journal. I went to countless interviews and even did a few working interviews in an office but nothing felt right. I got offered a part time position in a nice clinic but I was on a search for full time employment. There was a point that I began to feel like this situation was a little hopeless. I kept praying that Heavenly Father would help me find an office that would welcome a new grad, be willing to teach, have the newer technology such as digital x-ray and a paperless charting system and have friendly staff. I know I gave him a long list of hopes for a job but I kept praying, fasting and having faith as best as I could. 

There was one point where I was sure I’d have to settle, I began to feel discouraged and unskilled since I had been out of practice for months now. I did a working interview at one office and I felt useless, slow and out of place. I started to doubt if I’d ever find something. At that time I decided it would be best if I got a blessing. The feelings I felt after that blessing were indescribable! I knew that Heavenly Father had heard my countless petitions and if I were patient enough something would come along that would be all that I wanted. I decided to put my trust in the Lord and continue my search.  A little less than two weeks later I got a call from one of the offices I had applied to, they asked me if I’d be able to come in for an interview. Shortly after my interview they called again asking if I’d like to do a working interview.  I agreed and went on the following Monday and Tuesday. I got the job offer Tuesday night!!! This office is everything and more than I asked for! Full time hours, awesome staff to work with, great training, new technology, better pay than I thought I’d get as a new grad and a wonderful dentist who is so patient and willing to teach. I am soooo thankful for answered prayers. I know He hears our pleas and is very aware of the desires of our heart. Prayers are answered in His own timing and in His own way!