Wednesday, 25 September 2013


At the beginning of this month something unbelievable happened, I had a weekend away! Just me and my sister. Four whole days without cooking or dishes, spills or laundry, arguing or time-outs! Of course I missed my family immensely while I was gone, but it was a good mental-health break from the craziness of daily life.

My sister invited me to visit her in Chicago, and the two of us had a really good time walking around the city, sight-seeing, and eating. How much walking did you do, you ask? Over 20 miles in four days according to Tamasin's bracelet that monitors how many steps she takes. She lives right in downtown Chicago, so we were able to walk just about everywhere we went. There's tons to see, so close to her place, and amazing restaurants at every turn. Don't even get me started on the food!!! So yummy!!

I barely scratched the surface of Chicago's amazingness in my four days there, but here is a look of some of the stuff I was able to take in.

The architecture in Chicago is quite fantastic, I've never really been an "architecture nut", but the buildings there are really something else.

"Chicago" sign

The view from the Trump Tower Observation Patio.
Don't ask me to name all the buildings, there are far too many to remember all their names!

The boat we went on to take in a tour of Chicago architecture. Really a highlight of the trip.

The Trump Tower (this one I remember the name of!)

I have no idea what this little building was built to do, but it sure is pretty.

More buildings, from the boat tour.

Me and some pigs. Actually they are not meant to be pigs, some other animal, but I think they look like pigs.

"The Bean"
It's just so cool, and looks different from every angle! It's pretty popular too, we saw 4 wedding parties getting pictures  taken there in the 15 minutes we spent there.

The Field Museum.
This is the main thing I had on my "must see" list, and it didn't disappoint.
Yes I am a geek.

What a fantastic time I had in Chicago. Thanks Tam for having me, I can't wait to come back, and watch out because I'm bringing the whole family with me next time ;)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

My New Mistress

I have been very absent from blog writing as of late, it's because I have a new mistress... NURS614 Foundations of Advance Practice Nursing. Sounds like fun, eh? Well, actually I have to say that I'm enjoying getting back to the books! Clearing the cobwebs out of my skull and exercising some brain power again has reminded me that I love school, and more education is what I had always planned on doing.
That's not to say that my crazy kids have stopped doing things worthy of blogging about, I guess I'm just going to have to be picky about what I can spend my "free time" on. That is if you can all 4:00am, when I'm on break during a night shift, my "free time"!
Here are a couple photos from my phone to keep this post interesting....

Buzz and Woody. 

Visit with my sister in Chicago

Elmo and a Monkey (try not to notice the monkey costume is 3 sizes too small on Gavin)

Gavin learning to tie his shoes

My girl keeps getting more and more grown up! I think she must be just about ready for university herself!!

And, now I must go back to work, then sleep, then study, then work, then study, then sleep and repeat a million times over in the foreseeable future.