The Two of Us Book Review

I could not put this book down! I seriously read it in like two days, and I would’ve sooner but I had to go to bed! This is the only book I have read by Victoria Bylin so I can’t wait to check out her others. Mia Robinson has been hurt badly after two broken engagements so she decides to make a change in her life. Her sister Lucy, whom she raised, spices things up by having a surprise wedding. Mia meets the best man and things change! The characters in the book are so real you’ll feel like your friends with them. Even the secondary characters feel so real and you feel invested in the book and their lives. The plot of the book is excellent. It has religion to it but not in an overbearing shove it down your throat way.

*I was given a copy of this book. The review is honest and entirely my own.

I believe…

+ in Sunday dinners
+ in trying anything once
+ in love
+ in shooting stars & midnight drives
+ in wedding rings and bibles
+ the best walk you’ll ever take is walking down the aisle
+ that laughter is the best medicine
+ that there is still good in the world
+ in happiness
+ in staying up late
+ in singing in the shower
+ in dancing in the rain
+ in smiling
+ in music
+ in best friends
+ in God
+ in miracles
+ in fairy tales
+ in happily ever after
+ in traveling
+ in education
+ eating dessert first

I believe...

Top 5 Nurse Interview Tips

Since graduating nursing school I have been working in geriatrics. I have spent the last couple of years as a quality assurance, workplace safety coordinator, wound care, and charge nurse. Yes, all at the same time! A little over a month ago I was contacted by another local long term care/skilled nursing facility. They had an opening for a co-director of clinical services (aka director of nursing). This position would oversee the skilled unit as well as quality assurance and infection control. Stay tuned as I will go into more detail about my position in a later post. I set up the interview and it went great; I was offered the position a few days later and accepted it! I start this Wednesday, I am equal parts nervous and excited. Nursing has so many opportunities and specialties that it is not uncommon for nurses to switch specialties or jobs, so along with that comes job interviews. Interviews can induce some anxiety so I have put together a list of top 5 tips for your next nurse interview.

  1. Do your homework. Research the company. Research the specialty. Head into the interview knowing what you can about the company, the specialty, and the position.
  2. Mock Interview. Research common nursing interview questions. Using a word document type the question and then come up with your own answers. Have a mock interview and go over the questions and answers, you can do this by yourself. Basically study this, that way you won’t draw a blank during the interview.
  3. Dress Professionally. The majority of nurses spend their time in scrubs but when it comes to the interview it is best to dress in professional business clothes. Black dress pants, shoes, and blazer with a colored or patterned shirt underneath always looks great and professional.
  4. Know statistics. Know basic facts and statistics related to your job. For example if you work in quality assurance know your current re-hospitalization rate, for infection control know your infection rate. If you’re working the floor brush up on latest trends and findings related to your specialty.
  5. Be prepared. Bring copies of your resume, references, nursing license, and relevant certifications to the interview. Also bring a pen, one you have made sure works. Put these in a nice black leather padfolio, that way you will have paper to take notes on or write down questions. Many interviews these days include a panel of people not just one person, in my experience there will be anywhere from 1-5 interviewers. You should have that many copies of your resume with you.

Nurse Panel Interview

You are not a farm widow.

Since social media and blogging has become a big scene, I have noticed a trend. Farm wives jokingly calling themselves ‘farm widows’. In this context farm widow refers to somebody (generally the wife) who spends long days and nights alone while the spouse (usually the husband) is busy farming.

Since planting season is in full swing in Iowa, I just wanted to take a moment to say: you are NOT a farm widow. Your husband will come home tonight and climb into bed with you. Your children will get to play with daddy again. You are not a widow. You have a hard working farmer husband, be thankful for that.

As a farm wife every time my husband leaves to run a tractor or climb a grain bin I can feel a little pang of anxiety deep down inside. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupation worldwide, killing thousands each year. Every year thousands of spouses and children never make it home. Thousands of women never get to kiss their husbands again. They are farm widows.

My husband works long hard hours to provide for not only us but for you. For the world. Be thankful for your farmer and don’t call yourself a farm widow as a joke.

farm horizon

Millennials are an embarrassment.

First off, I should start by saying not all millennials are an embarrassment. It’s what the term millennial has come to mean that is embarrassing.

What is with this offended by everything, everything has to be fair, get a do-over, entitlement of the millennials? They are living in a world of unicorns and rainbows, but I’ll let you in on a little secret; life isn’t fair, there are no do-overs, and you are not owed ANYTHING.

Fast food workers think they should make $15/hr flipping burgers. Are you shitting me? EMTs make $15/hr. LPNs make $15/hr. Store managers make $15/hr. Burger flipping requires no skill, no education, no continuing education, nothing. You have no responsibility. Insert your argument about how minimum wage isn’t enough to live on. You need to go to school, get an education, and get a better job. You can go to school it just might not be easy. But not everything in life is easy. I had no financial help from my parents and I attended nursing school. I took out loans and worked through school. Many schools offer daycare. I’ll give you an economics lesson also; say if we raised the minimum wage to $15/hr or $30 for that matter – do you really think the cost of everything will just magically stay the same? Maybe in your dreamland. With an increase in the minimum wage comes this thing called inflation. Prices inflate to match the increase in minimum wage, so all it would do is drive prices higher.

In a world of participation trophies and handouts it’s time for a wake up call. There are literally 10s of thousands of teenagers and young adults running around not knowing how to function. They are clueless to real life because you can’t punish them or hurt their feelings. We have things like child led parenting. Try to have a conversation with one and it’s like dealing with a 3 year old who hasn’t had a nap. They honestly think something should happen or be a certain way simply because that’s how they want it, and will argue until they are blue in the face about it. They like to make invalid arguments about subjects they know nothing about. Let’s make marijuana legal but ban GMO crops. Yeah, makes perfect sense. Crops have been genetically modified for thousands of years, seriously have you ever seen what corn looked like in the beginning? We would have all starved by now. Farmers are feeding and clothing the world, and they need to be recognized for that not criticized. Especially from somebody who probably couldn’t grow a Chia Pet.

Do you know that the new thing now is that the millennial’s parent is accompanying them to their job interviews. You know for support because they can’t handle that on their own. Because maybe they won’t get the job and it will hurt their feelings and it won’t be fair. Boo-hoo. Recognition must be given for every little accomplished or they feel left out or underappreciated. You took a shit today, congratulations.

It is not anyone’s fault that you are too busy taking selfies, partying, or watching TV to live your life as an adult. The whole YOLO thing. Yeah it’s over. Done. Time to mature up. You do only live once so stop living like a child and take on life’s challenges. Please, please, please get off social media and stop watching channels like E! and MTV. Those ‘reality shows’ are not realistic at all. I am still trying to figure out how just about each Kardashian has their own show and that people what them. You can argue that you’re just a product of you’re surroundings, and that’s a bit true but stop comparing what is happening now and what you’re doing now to what your grandparents we’re doing 50 years ago. Because if you want to look at it that way; when your grandpa was 19 years old he was off in Germany fighting in WWII; you’re 19 years old live at home and dropped out of the local community college because they ‘we’re dumb’.

As a millennial myself (1991 model) I can speak on this subject. I’ll be honest with everyone I’m embarrassed to be considered a millennial. No doubt there are still plenty of millennials just like me, thank God. We are still hardworking, educated, and intelligent people. We work for a living and don’t expect handouts from anyone. Hopefully other millennials can look at this and see that with a little hard work and effort you can have your own life functioning as an adult.


Guess who’s back, back again…

Hi guys, it’s been awhile. Like a long while. So much has changed since my last blog post. The biggest – I got married! And also our honeymoon to Hawaii, which is totally worth mentioning. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been married for almost 9 months already. I’ve been  wanting to get back into blogging so bad for awhile now, but just haven’t seemed to have the time or when I do have the time I have so many things to write about I can’t think of anything to write, that happens to other people too, right!? I’m just so sad that I went from writing posts that were viewed over 150,000 times a year by people from over 125 countries to not blogging a single post in 5 months. Anyways I feel a change coming on, like a whole blog overhaul. New design. New name. New everything. I want to really focus on blogging about  life, what’s important to me, and just random thoughts. I plan to steer clear of beauty reviews unless it’s something really great. I know how annoying post after post of beauty reviews can be, so sorry about that. So I hope everyone is as excited as me about this, and will keep me accountable for keeping up with posting! Hopefully many new posts coming soon, stay tuned!