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. ­čÖé

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┬áV Sattui ┬áand 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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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

That Crazy Night Shift

Hello All!

I have recently switched back to night shift (as I previously stated in my other post, into higher acuity the PCU), and I totally loving it oddly enough. It is definitely hard on your body, but I think being on a great unit with great people helps! I have completed my “preceptor days” and am now working on my own in this unit. Classes start tomorrow for extra education and training and there is a lot to learn, but I am definitely excited for the challenge. I feel like just in the last 4 short weeks I have learned and grown so much in my role, but have only touched the tip of the ice berg!

I think that my hardest challenge so far has been switching from computer to paper charting, there is no charting by exception when you have to write your assessment down by hand.

Anyway back to the night shift thing, I gave up my coveted day position and returned to the land of the night, and I can honestly say I am not looking back. It’s been about a month and I truly am ok with working nights, occasionally its more difficult to make plans with the day walkers, and get errands done, but in the overall scheme of things it isn’t so different from the day time its just perpetually dark. Definitely need to make sure to take a Vitamin D supplement as last time I was on night shift I fell into the deficient levels and was told by my doctor that I needed to supplement.

I thought it would be difficult to stay awake and that my system would hate switching back, but I think that my body tends to do slightly better with a night shift schedule as I am SUPER not a morning person (Those 5am wake up calls for me were brutal). Now that I work night shift, I have to plan seeing my family and friends more, but the pay is a bit better so it sort of evens out in the end.

If you have any comments or suggestions on current or ideas for future posts, post them in the comments!

Until next time

~Niki

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

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Let’s remember all of those nurses that are hard at work today!

This year, those of us that were working on our unit had set up a  potluck long in advance and will be having a wonderful feast! Dividing up all that work allowed for everyone to contribute and for there to be a lovely feast.

I am grateful and thankful for my family, friends, and to be working on such a wonderful unit where we are family! I am also grateful for the help and guidance from all of the members of my work family during this time of transition from student to working professional! Additionally I am thankful to be healthy and have plenty of food on my table this year.

Any of you out there that have any good stories, or traditions for those working or not on this festive day? Please leave them in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

~Niki

*Disclaimer,the photo was pulled from google images, I just found it to be festive and appropriate :).