So another year is upon us and much has changed since this time last year.

The biggest change is that I am happily in a relationship and have been since last June. I met Cory at Origins and we have been seeing each other ever since. Funny how when you are not looking for something it just kind of happens. I am very happy. Now I do wish that we lived closer together but for now he and I travel back and forth between Cleveland and Buffalo as often as we are able.

I started school last week and it seems to be going well. I need to locate some old records and that is going to be a challenge but hopefully I'll figure that out.

Starting to consider looking for a new job but staying within the Cleveland Clinic health system. The management where I am at is out of control and has no respect for its employees. It is very frustrating.

I am about 40 lbs lighter this year than I was at this time last year so that is definitely a positive.

I have reconnected with a lot of people from my past and this has been overwhelmingly positive but very strange. I have moved a lot over the years so I know a lot of people from all over the country and knowing how much I have grown since I knew these people has been positive.

So overall the new things in my life are good and I can live with things at work for now, so all in all I am in a good place right now.

Safely back in Cleveland.

Rest in Peace
Bill (my step-grandfather) passed away this morning with my grandmother by his side.


Cleaning my apartment has turned into an expedetion.  I think that if studied properly many interesting things about me would be discovered.  There has only been one brave soul (besides myself) that braved the depths of stuff that was in my apartment.  So to innocent_man a heartfelt thank-you.   I don't think I could have done it without you.

meme thing
I've done the things in BOLD print. I have not, but would like to do the things in Italic print (this is my addition - jkh).

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you could to a charity

7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo When I was a kid I went to catholic school and sang solos in church frequently

11. Made something up to replace a missing question in a meme

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisioning In the past year in fact

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables only tomatoes.  Nothing else will grow for me.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa

20. Traveled by Train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse (solar)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language  I'm trying to teach myself Spanish but I've fallen out of the habit of studing.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung Karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance Three times and there are strange stories for two of them..

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Made up a second question to go with number 11's missing one

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Lied on a meme because you were afraid to admit the /complete/ truth publicly

65. Didn't do a meme specifically because one or more questions would have been awkward/uncomfortable to answer publicly

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job 

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone Several

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone's life   At least I'd like to think so being a nurse and all

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in a day

I applied to go back to school today.  I have been wanting to do so for a while and finally got off my lazy ass and did it.  I need to request transcripts yet but everything else is done.  I don't see getting into a BSN program as a problem because I graduated with honors when I got my Associates so I think my chances are good that I will get accepted into the program.  I like this particular program because it is all on-line and has no clinical component so it will be convenient.  Once I finish my BSN I  can then apply to grad school and hopefully get into a MPH program with a focus in epidemiology.  The only problem I see with this plan is cost.  I have no real savings to speak of and I will have to take loans, but it should be doable.

Everything else is going well. Work has been crazy but ok.  I have my days where I doubt myself and the job I do, but I know I make a difference.  There are just so many things I don't know and I feel inadequate.  I have really had my doubts since I took on new responsibilities at work but everyone says I am doing great so I need to get over it.

Anyways that is what is happening right now.

Quick update
Just figured I would post a quick little update.  I have now lost 21.5 lbs.  I am much happier with the way I look although I have a lot more to lose I am sticking with weight watchers and it is working.

I dyed my hair redish brown (a very natural looking shade).  I like it, but it does take some getting used to ( I will try and post pictures).  I also trimmed it up a little so it looks much healthier.

I spent the last week in Toledo at my parents house which was nice, but I did something to my back and it is killing me.  It will heal, but I hate hurting.

Work is going well, although I think I liked it better when my boss thought I was worthless and didn't trust me.  I hate the extra responsibility I have had lately mostly because I feel like I don't know enough and will mess something up. 

Still thinking about going back to school, so I need to get off my lazy butt and apply.  I love going to school but hate all the BS that the application process entails.

Can't think of much else going on.  I think I will try and sleep now.

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I guess since I just posted a fictin piece I will post a quick update on the world of Andrea.

Life is good, work busy although I took last week off which was lovely.  Back to work tomorrow which is good cause I kind of miss it.  I love my job most of the time.

Getting read for con season soon and I have now lost 20 lbs so that is good.  I am excited to be at the lowest weight I have been at for years.  Still have 50 lbs to lose though.

I have been reading a lot which is par for the course for me.  Currently I am reading "The Mental Floss History of the World." and am continuing my way through "The Intellectual Devotional:Modern Culture Edition"  which is set up like a religous devotional with 365 entries so you read it for a year.  I am enjoying it.

Nothing very exciting going on in my life although my friends have had a rough time of it reciently so that kind of sucks.  I will try and update more often.

Oh and my new tattoo finally healed although I think it needs touched up.

Weight Watchers

I stumbled on this article online and I thought it was interesting since I am doing weight watchers now. 

Games Without Frontiers: Fun Way to Lose Weight: Turn Dieting Into an RPG

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My beloved Steelers won the Super Bowl.  I know that most people that read my journal don't care but I am thrilled!  Onty team to win 6 Lombardi trophyes!


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