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in training…

Posted in fambly and friends, grateful, heartache, humble and grateful, inner peace, making a difference, possible tragic events, science & nature, survivors, The Right Thing on February 19, 2009 by whyvonne

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…approximately 73 days to go! just committed to the Vineyard ride for MS, opting for the measly 50K so as not to embarrass myself and others. LOL.

time to put down the ben & jerry’s and put on the snowshoes! wish me luck…and please consider sponsoring me! no donation is considered too small!

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a frosty july treat

Posted in acts of nature, art, chemistry, humble and grateful, science & nature, stirring of the soul on July 8, 2008 by whyvonne

 

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.
 
Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

 Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.”

thanQ for this set of photos and blurb to my babybrother ed, who is finishing up his 2nd year as a med student at the american university of the caribbean…and will soon be close by as he begins his residency in new yawk!

mother nature never ever fails to amaze and astound me, as do all the wonders of the incredible physiology of the human body. i am all at once humbled, overcome and in breathless awe…

isn’t life delicious?

bewilderness

Posted in acts of nature, art, bewilderness, grateful, growth & change, heartache, herself, humble and grateful, in the summertime, inner peace, love, science & nature, stirring of the soul, the burdens of being upright, trust, Uncategorized on June 11, 2008 by whyvonne

 

 

a single rose
reveals itself today
in the twilight

confused by this early
humid, heavy heat…
beautiful and fragrant,
perfect in its loneliness

not unlike the girl
tiny, wandering
in the vast bewilderness,
the ambiguous landscape
of an ill-defined union

a tear trickles slowly down
her cheek
and she turns her loving
grateful gaze upwards…

as the word
hope
forms in her heart.

carpe diem

Posted in acts of nature, art, carpe diem!, grateful, growth & change, humble and grateful, in the summertime, inner peace, my inner child, nurturing, science & nature, stirring of the soul, Uncategorized on May 16, 2008 by whyvonne

seize the day…

…and let the day seize you!

image copyright 2008 ~ y.e.a.

ascent and descent

Posted in acts of nature, bewilderness, carpe diem!, changes, chemistry, fact or fiction?, grateful, growth & change, herself, humble and grateful, inner peace, love, my inner child, nurturing, science & nature, shades of grey, silence, stirring of the soul, trust, Uncategorized on April 25, 2008 by whyvonne

sitting side by side on the picnic table, in the clearing near the parking area at the base of the mountain, they shared an organic brew that boasted one of his photographs. the landscape image that had been “flopped, cropped and photoshopped” dominated the label.

she was at once proud of him, and perhaps just a little jealous.

her attempt at under-apologizing was futile; she knew in her heart of hearts that this hike was more than just a little ambitious for her. her frequent stops to catch her breath and slow her heart thudding maddeningly in her chest didn’t seem to bother him…he had even taken her pack from her partway up the mountain to make it easier for her.

as they sat together, recovering, in a companionable silence, he announced that he had planned on saving this particular bottle for a special occasion – and this was it.

she was at a loss for words.

abruptly, she confessed:
“i never intended to re-appear; my only intention was to disappear.”
with that she excused herself and walked to the far side of the clearing, hearing him say,
“…and then she disappeared again…”

she chuckled inwardly. she adored his sense of humor, even though the subject matter wasn’t at all funny. as if her words could even touch on an explanation of why she had been in absentia for six weeks.

what had caught her eye across the lawn was several piles of snow; such an odd sight on this unseasonably hot day! she reached the snow, and bending down, scooped up a handful, smiling as she shaped it into a snowball. it was the perfect consistency! she turned and walked back toward him, feeling the gritty ice already beginning to melt in her hands. when she reached him, her hands were icy cold and dripping; she tenderly touched his sunburned arms with her wet cold hands, loving the contrast of it…her cold hands on his hot skin…then she gently bathed his neck, his ears…

 

 

you know you’re a nurse when…

Posted in carpe diem!, just phucking funny, making a difference, nursing 101, science & nature, tales of my sanity have been greatly exaggerated, The Right Thing on March 11, 2008 by whyvonne

i intend no offense to anyone reading this, since we are all patients at one time or another…

and it may seem an odd time to post this in the wake of the shitstorm i am currently caught up in….but sometimes you just need PHUNNY.

thanQ to my sistah-in-nursing, dianne, for today’s laughs…

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YOU KNOW YOU’RE A NURSE WHEN…

  • The front of your scrubs reads “Nurses… here to save your ass, not kiss it!”
     
  • You occasionally park in the space with the “physicians only” sign…and knock it over.
     
  • You believe some patients are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.
  • You recognize that you can’t cure stupid.
  • You own at least three pens with the names of prescription medications on them.
  • You believe there’s a special place in hell for the inventor of the call light.
  • You believe that saying “it can’t get any worse” causes it to get worse just to show you it can.
  • You wash your hands BEFORE you go to the bathroom.
  • You believe that any job where you can drive to work in your pajamas is a cool one.
  • You consider a tongue depressor an eating utensil.
     
  • Eating microwave popcorn out of a clean bedpan is perfectly natural.
     
  • You’ve been exposed to so many x-rays that you consider it a form of birth control.
  • You’ve ever heard a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring, and twelve earrings say “I’m afraid of shots.”
     
  • You’ve ever placed a bet on someone’s blood alcohol level.
  • You’ve told a confused patient that your name is that of a coworker’s and to call if they need help.
  • Your bladder can expand to the size of a Winnebago’s water tank.
  • You have seen more penises than any prostitute could dream of.
  • You believe that not all patients are annoying…some are unconscious.
  • Your family and friends refuse to watch medical sitcoms with you because you spend the whole time correcting everyone and pointing out upside down x-rays.
  • You don’t get excited about blood, unless it’s your own.
  • You’ve sworn to have “do not resuscitate” tat tooed on your chest. Soon.
  • Discussing dismemberment over a gourmet meal is perfectly normal to you.
  • Your idea of fine dining is anywhere you can sit down to eat.
  • Your idea of a good time is a cardiac arrest at shift change.
  • You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac.
  • You believe that “shallow gene pool” should be a recognized diagnosis.
  • You believe that the government should require permits to reproduce.
  • You believe that unspeakable evils will befall anyone who utters the phrase “Wow, it’s really quiet today,isn’t it?
  • You have ever wanted to write a book entitled “Suicide: getting it right the first time.”
  • You have ever had a patient look you straight in the eye and say “I have no idea how that got stuck in there.”
  • You’ve had to leave a patient’s room before you begin to laugh uncontrollably.

science

Posted in acts of nature, just phucking funny, science & nature on October 26, 2007 by whyvonne

…ok, so i ‘ve been absent. there’s just not a whole lot going on that has inspired me to write lately….i am living vicariously through ~m’s posts, which are overly-abundant as of late. {woo-hoo! lucky for us…}
* here’s hoping that something will hit me over the head soon {“dawn breaks over marble head”} and some blog-worthy prose will rear it’s GAWGEOUS head. in the meanwhile, here’s a smile for ye….

A beautiful woman loved growing tomatoes,tomato.jpg
but couldn’t seem to get her tomatoes to turn red.

One day, while taking a stroll, she came upon a gentleman neighbor
who had the most beautiful garden full of huge red tomatoes.

The woman asked the gentleman,
“What do you do to get your tomatoes so red?”
He responded, “Well, twice a day I stand in front of my tomato garden
naked in my trenchcoat, and flash them.
My tomatoes turn red from blushing so much!”

Well, the woman was so impressed, she decided to try doing the same thing
to her tomato garden to see if it would work. So, twice a day, for two weeks,
she flashed her garden, hoping for the best.

One day the gentleman was passing by and asked the woman,
“By the way, how did you make out? Did your tomatoes turn red?”

“No,” she replied, “but my cucumbers are enormous.”

today’s chuckle courtesy of my seester, shee-von,
of the Pueblo Sheevons.

{also home of the colorado rockies, but….
we won’t go down THAT road today…LOL}