Castles and Wine

So here we are again, a month later and I am ready again to post. This time however I find myself having too many things to write about so I might write a couple and release them a couple weeks apart. 🙂

It is probably about a month ago now that we decided to go to wine country one beautiful sunny Sunday in April. Napa or any wine country for that matter is something that I feel is always beautiful and serene no matter what time of year you go. We however could not have asked for a better day in April to spend a day Napa/St Helena.

Our first stop was Castello di Amarosa, which was a winery that was built to mimic a castle in Europe. It has a great barrel room and is fun for all ages, there were children and elderly people in at the same time. The barrel room was the cavernous room that had this authentic rustic feel that is difficult to duplicate. There were many excellent red wines and I would highly recommend going if nothing else to see it, its definitely not something to be missed. IMG_6283

The next place was Peju, a ways down the road and they had an excellent white! The feel of this place was entirely different, it was open and light and airy feeling warm and sunny. At this point we were so relaxed we barely made it through a tasting and then headed home.

In between the two wineries went to a cute little place V Sattui  and had some really good BBQ and sat outside in the warm sun. Working night shift doesn’t allow for much time spent in the sun, so I was soaking it all up and enjoying the warm breezy sunshine.

I definitely didn’t take enough pictures, I was so busy enjoying the day, but I am not even sure I would be able to capture the enjoyment in pictures. It was a great day filled with great friends and great fun, and I look forward to spending more time exploring the area!

Until next time

~Niki

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Fab Fit Fun Box, Again

So a couple of weeks ago I received my second box from Fabfitfun, and really enjoyed this one as well! It was definitely different from the first box, but each unique in their own way.

This box allowed me to customize the box to a certain point, which was nice that I was able to customize my box to my liking within the allowed items. I was able to chose the type of jewelry I received, one of three shades of the lip kit I received, and the color of the roundie that was in the box.

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In this box I received a blue tie-dye roundie, hair skin and nail gummies, 2 skin care products, a leave in conditioner, a makeup/utility bag, jewelry, nail polish, and a lip set.

I have used some of the products thus far, and have liked all of them so far. I am already very happy with my skin care regimen (thank you Arbonne), but I love the nail polish, such chic ivory and light pink colors, and the vitamins really were more of a daily treat than something I needed to take as a daily chore. The earrings were very cute and prefect for everyday wear or a night on the town.

What I would love to see in the next box, is less makeup and skin care, and more work out and life style items that can be reused. I would love to see some yoga items or work out gear.

Leave your comments below 🙂

~Niki

Snow Adventures

Hey Everyone!

Last weekend we made a trip to the snow! It had been so long since I had been to the snow I wasn’t even sure I remembered how to ski! But alas, as with many other skills it’s much like riding a bike, as soon as you get back on them, you’re good to go :).

Firstly we decided to rent a car, and after much research decided to give Turo a try. It’s like airbnb but for cars and ended up with a Range Rover with AWD that costed less than it would have to rent a smaller car with an agency/company. Currently I drive a small 4 door sedan which while great in the city, probably less great in the snow ;).

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We decided to Airbnb, which was a great idea and I highly recommend the location we stayed, the interior was very cute and very cozy for a weekend get away. It was also so close to everything we could have wanted and was close to Heavenly, the resort we had decided to ski/board at.

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Getting out into that fresh mountain air and playing in the fresh snow was something that I love doing and have not done for so long I forgot how much I love it. Now that I live in such close proximity I think it is likely that I will make it a priority to go more than one a year! Even if it is just to play in the snow for a day.

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Excuse my squinting, definitely forgot my sunglasses, but remembered the sunscreen.

Ethan has a long time friend who we decided to go with and he brought a friend with him. All in all a great group of people and when deciding to go play in the snow, having a great group of people makes things all that much more fun.

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Lesson learned however that if we are going to go to a well known resort, we need to get there early, and potentially even think about renting our equipment a day earlier. While getting the equipment at the resort was convenient in that it didn’t need to be lugged there or back, it took a very long time as the lines were long and there were limited number of people who could help out to get you on your way.

That being said I would DEFINITELY recommend this resort, there were so many different options and everyone was very friendly and helpful. That and the fact that there had been so much rain and snow this year made conditions in Lake Tahoe excellent.

Was just the refreshing little break I needed from the hectic day to day life to recuperate and get back to the grind.

Until next time!

~Niki

Resurgence of Anxiety

Hello All,

So this is kind of both a life post and a nursing post, but i have been having a lot more anxiety lately. I think there are several factors that play into this, but I definitely noticed an increase.

I thought maybe it was (those who don’t appreciate lady talk avert your eyes) where I was in my cycle, but after several days of feeling melancholy, I felt like I needed to something more. After having now settled in somewhat to my new surroundings, I have come to the conclusion that I need to do some more self care.

One of the first things that my supervisor told me when I started working on my new unit was to take my time to settle into the unit before taking on anything extra. She said to find a mentor or a coworker that you connect with that you can ask questions or feel comfortable talking to. So now that I feel I have been able to do this, I felt like it was time to put some effort back into me, so what better day than Valentine’s Day.

As I lay in bed after a lovely dinner cooked by Ethan (salmon and veggies yum!) and some beautiful gifts (hello Tiffany bracelet…

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and some lovely smelling candles)

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we watched some TV. As we were laying in bed, Ethan snoozing away, and myself awake watching TV, I found that I was feeling amped up and starting to feel that edgy feeling coming on of just wanting to jump out of my skin.

SOOOO being 1:30am I decided naturally that it was time to hop on the treadmill. It had been WAY too long since I had done that, so I only lasted about 15 minutes, but those 15 minutes really helped take the edge off and help me get over that hump of wanting to jump out of my skin.

I now remember the importance of self care, especially in nursing. I need to make sure to take time to care for myself so I can care for others. What is your favorite form of self care? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Until next time

~Niki

FabFitFun

So after seeing all of these posts about this quarterly box, I have decided to break down and give it a shot.

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…And let me tell you I absolutely am glad that I did. I love the stuff that came in the box, and while I don’t need the beauty products, it was nice to see some variants in there. It felt a little bit like opening gifts on Christmas Eve (Christmas morning to those of you that don’t open gifts last thing before you go to bed the night before). I mean just look at it! It looks like a party in a box.

I love the scarf that it came with and necklace I put on and haven’t taken off since I got it. I tend to be bad at jewelry anyway so having something that simple and pretty is nice to have, and was a nice addition to the one I already wear, despite the fact that one is silver and one is gold 🙂 oops. Whatever I like it so I’m ok with that. The to go mug goes without saying, I love having it, its easy to bring with me on the train or even to use around the house to help keep my tea warm. That’s just how I roll. Not sure I’ll use the coloring books soon, but I definitely have purchased coloring books, so it is likely I will use them in the future.

So many other good products in there, but those were some of my favorites!

For those interested in trying, here is a link from me to you and I believe it gives you $10 off.

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Leave me a note or little message in the comments!

Until next time!

~Niki

New Beginnings

Well here we are again, way over due for a post, but I have a good excuse I promise! This one is going to be sort of a combined nursing and lifestyle post, so bear with me, there is a lot to update, and I will try to be succinct and not bore you too much.

I have now moved to a new city, gotten a new job, and moved into a new apartment with a new roommate. Well I guess we can call him a roommate for arguments sake, but really he’s my boyfriend (yay! finally, that only took 2.5 years).

I now reside in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco, CA. I know that I still can’t believe that I live here.

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I have a new job in an Intermediate ICU for Neurosurgery, the acuity is DEFINITELY a lot higher than that of my previous position, but I am excited for the challenge that it will bring in the future and all that I will learn. So far everyone at work has been friendly and helpful and want to see me succeed, which makes for a great work environment (not that I didn’t have this before, it’s just always something I am worried about when going to a new place).

My new apartment is fabulous, and is within short walking distance to…

  1. The train, which I take for work most days
  2. Great restaurants
  3. Union Square
  4. The Embarcadero
  5. And several other things which I will stop listing otherwise this list will be a mile long

which is nice for afternoon strolls and little mini weekend adventures. Especially now that I live with…

ETHAN! That’s the boyfriend for those of you who don’t know. He’s great and puts up with my antics so that makes everything better. We have been doing little day trips and walking around in places and decorating the apartment, which makes me happy so all in all not so bad :).

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Little day-cation to Stinson Beach! So pretty!

Ozzie the cat tolerated the move well, it took him a couple of days to warm up to the idea of the new apartment, but now he loves to sit in front of the window and bird watch, and keep a close eye on all of the goings on occurring on the street outside our window.

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Excuse the mess behind this picture, we were still trying to figure out where everything should go, but Oz just looks so content I had to post this picture :).

Until next time, or if there is anything you would like to hear about in particular, leave a message in the comments!

~Niki

Leaving My First Job

Hey All!

I am writing this post more directed to nursing, but I think that a lot of the ideas that I will be sharing in this post apply to all areas of work. I am going to write about how quitting my first job went for me.

I will be the first to admit I DREADED this. I was afraid of the reaction I would receive, I was nervous I would say something wrong, and I was anxious about leaving the warm, loving, supportive environment I had grown so familiar to for something different. But this is how we grow, by throwing ourselves into the scary abyss and seeing what results.

I remember feeling OK walking into the building, I remember feeling fine in the elevator, but one I stepped of that elevator, my whole body felt a sense of dread wash over. I am definitely one of those people that doesn’t like confrontation or uncomfortable conversations (Yes yes, I know I am a nurse and I have these with patients everyday, but this just felt different). So I took a moment and composed myself, and did what I do best, walked into my managers office and just did what I needed to do. I was polite and direct and kept it brief, I didn’t ramble on and talk about all of the reasons etc, I just said I was leaving for personal reasons and that I appreciated the opportunity and left it at that. We had a very brief conversation, and that was the end of it.

I had built it up so much in my head that it was almost embarrassing. Definitely sounds like something I would do though.

Telling my coworkers was my next step, this was less daunting to me, but I still felt bad as they had become like family to me as any good nursing unit is. People were of course sad to see me go, but wished me luck and totally understood my need/want to move and progress and explore my options now while I was not as tied down.

I hope this didn’t sound too ranty, but hey it was more of a feelings post. Anyone have a scenario they would like to share, or a topic they would like to hear about? Just leave a comment 🙂

~Niki