Happy Mother’s Day!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MY FAVORITE MOM IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!!

Yes, my mom is better than your mom.

Thanks mom for always loving me and supporting me. It is your encouragement that has gotten me through stressful times, and we both know I have had my fair share of those. Love you!! Can’t wait to see you in 4 days!

XOXO, Danae

Countdown to Graduation: 5 days (what?!)

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Daily Prompt: Menagerie

There is a very special man in my life. Nope, its not a boyfriend. It’s my dog ūüôā And it is very fitting that this post is today because it is actually my dog’s 12th (or 84th) birthday today!

I have a cocker spaniel and his name is Bentley. He is actually the second Bentley we have had. My parents had the first Bentley when they first got married and he passed away when I was younger. We got this Bentley when he was a puppy. I was in 5th grade when he came into my life. He means so much to me. He has really been like my childhood dog. He has gotten a little grouchy in his old age, but I remember the days when he would curl up with me and jump on me when I walked in through the door. I still love it when he sleeps in my bed with me, even though he lays in the most inconvenient spots. It has been sad to be away from him, but I am looking forward to seeing him in less than 2 months!!

Bentley on V-Day 2013

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Photo taken this morning on is B-Day!

Happy Birthday Bentley!! Sister loves you!!

XOXO, Danae

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Hallelujah! Christ is Born!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!! Hope it is safe holiday for everyone and you all are able to celebrate it surrounded by loved ones! I am looking forward to curling up on the couch in my pajamas with some hot coffee, coffee cake ¬†and opening presents with my mom’s side of the family (which is pretty much just my family and my grandparents).

Yesterday we had our Christmas with my dad’s side of the family and opened up gifts with my cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents. It’s a good thing both sets of grandparents live in the same town..it makes the holidays just a little bit more simpler.

Enjoy Christmas!!

XOXO, Danae

O Emmanuel {God is With Us}

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we¬†ourselves¬†receive¬†from God”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I am sure every blogger in America has blogged something about the tragic events that happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on 12.14.12. I am going to be one of those bloggers. But I am not going to write a whole bunch about because frankly…it is too heartbreaking for me to even think or write about.

Friday was a hard day at work. The other dietitians and I watched a little bit of what was happening on the news, but eventually, we all had to stop watching because it was getting a little too emotional. I have no understanding on why or how someone could go into an elementary school and shoot children. What is even more heartbreaking is that the medical examiner said that the children who were killed had anywhere from 3 to 11 gunshot wounds.¬†Absolutely¬†dreadful. Looking at the list of names of the individuals killed on Friday was difficult. Many of the children that died were about 6 years old. They had their whole lives ahead of them. And their parents didn’t even think twice that the morning they dropped their kids off at school would be the last time they ever saw their children…at least alive.

This morning at church, First West Baptist in West Monroe, was our “Wonder: A Christmas Worship Experience” service. Pastor Avant addressed what happened on Friday and tried to answer questions that people, both believers and non-believers, were thinking. I liked what he said when he addressed the question, “Why would God let this happen?” He basically said that “God did not make this happen. Neither did facebook, video games or bad laws”. What made this happen was our corrupt world and the fact that Satan has worked his way into our society.

Now, as a Christian, I do ask myself why God lets things like this happen, but I know that if we lived in a perfect world and we were all perfect, sin-free robots, we would have no capacity to love or feel empathy for anyone. God gives us trials to live and learn through. And if people are led to Christ through this tragic event, then so be it.

During the service, the children’s choir sang several Christmas carols. It warmed my heart seeing these children, anywhere from ages 4 to 13 singing, and laughing and enjoying themselves. They sang with such joy and it was so awesome seeing them worship the Lord. I got a little teary eyed during their songs, because even though children died in CT and parents are mourning their losses, these kids in front of me still have their lives and they are complete and utter blessings. And though it is sad that innocent children died, I know that they are in a much better place. They are with God in heaven, which is way better than any earthly place.

And like the title of this entry says, God is with us. Among all the suffering and the mourning, God is here for us to run toward.

He is our Comforter, our Counselor, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

XOXO, Danae

7¬†days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!

New Rotations. New Quarter. New Start.

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I had a wonderful time at home seeing friends and family. Won’t boar you with the details but here is an overview of what went on.

1. Left Monroe 6:50 am and got to Chicago at 3:35 pm. My whole family + my brother’s girlfriend picked me up then went to eat at Toby Keith’s I ‚̧ This Bar & Grill for a (very) early dinner.

2. Shopped with my sister and mother.

3. Went to one of those eat and drink movie theaters with one of my best friends at saw Breaking Dawn Part 2.

4. Went to the Turkey Trot, a bar crawl in Chicago in honor of Black Wednesday. I went with my friend Greg and his co-worker Tyler. All you had to do was pay 20 bucks and you got beer, “Pilgrims Punch”, food and free trolley rides that took you to all of the bars. We managed to make it to all six. It was a good time.

5. Drove to Champaign and ate¬†Thanksgiving¬†at my grandma’s house.

6. Saw the movie Flight. Scary as s***, but still really good. (Note: If you hate flying, do NOT see this movie)

7. Went Black Friday Shopping.

8. Saw family from TX, CA, IL and WI in honor of my great-aunts 90th birthday! We had a party at an italian restaurant. It was a lot of family for such a small room (There were over 20 of us!)

9. Got sushi at my favorite spot, RA Sushi.

10. A woman behind me threw up on the plane on the way from Dallas to Monroe. It smelled.

It was a very good break, but looking forward to starting my new set of rotations. I start tomorrow at St. Francis for clinical rotations. Should be interesting getting to know a whole new, and larger facility.

XOXO, Danae

P.S. Fellow intern, Katelyn, wrote a recipe for Fruit Pizza for College Lifestyles Magazine! Check it out!

25 days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!

Fall Community Rotation Part 3 of 3: Completed! (Next Stop Home!)

Well, not only is the third part of my community rotation completed, but  I have finished my second quarter of graduate school/internship!! It is crazy how fast time has flown by. It has been a hard quarter, so I have definitely earned a break!

My last week at the diabetes center was great. I love the atmosphere there– it is so laid back. I love the ability to follow up with patients and see how they are doing, yet I love it when I have some free time to sit with my co-workers and drink homemade hot cocoa. The people I worked with were so sweet and I am going to miss working with them. I would so the most interesting patient I had this week was I sat in on a lap-band surgery¬†consultation¬†for a girl who is just 10 days older than me! 10 DAYS! It is so sad when someone is 23 years old and they are that overweight that they need the lap band, when it¬†actuality, with diet and exercise they could most likely lose the weight. But ¬†I guess if you won’t put forth the effort to cut back, exercise and eat right it makes sense to take the easy way out? I don’t know if I 100% agree with that.

Because Monroe Airport is so small (Only three airlines fly into this airport and they probably have 5-10 flight in and out of there is a day), I have mucho connecting flights. You can only get to Monroe Airport via Houston Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Atlanta Airport. I start my flight journey at 6 something in the AM, but I get into the Chi around 3:30. So and early start, but I get to spend the rest of the afternoon with my family and wine!  Below is  visualization.

Monroe–> Dallas/Ft. Worth –> Peoria –> Chicago

Gwen and Nate and myself (along with possibly some other guests) are going to Enoch’s Irish Pub tonight to celebrate a number of things like:

  1. My finishing hell previously known as Research Proposal
  2. Gwen has completed both of her management rotations
  3. Me going home.
  4. Completion of Gwen’s Management Theme Day
  5. Completion of Fall Quarter
  6. It’s the weekend!
  7. Good Final Evaluations

You get the point…there is a lot to celebrate!

I plan on having fun tonight, but I am very excited to hop on that plane tomorrow morning! I will try to at least write one entry while home.

I want to know what YOU love about Thanksgiving. Take my poll!!

And to my family that is reading this right now…I’m coming home!! Can’t wait to see you!!

XOXO, Danae

1 Day until Home!

Five’s a crowd

The past week has been a whirlwind of activities.

1) We finally got cable and internet at our apartment! However I spent the following three hours trying to set up the “wireless” internet (Mr. Comcast surprised me by telling me that our internet modem that we got was not wireless proof.) I hate technology.

2) No more than 24 hours after we got our cable installed, I broke the tv malfunctioned. After an hour talking to the Comcast people (AKA my bffs), a cable guy finally came to our apartment to fix the issue. Turns out our cable box was rusted on the inside and just pooped out. #notmyfault

3) My roommate Gwen’s family came to stay with us for a few days before they left on vacation. All five of us plus their little dog stayed in our three bedroom, furnitureless apartment. Safe to say it was close quarters, but it was an adventure. They left on Saturday and then it was me, myself and I.

4) I attempted to try out a new church (First United Methodist Church) on Sunday, however their website was wrong and I showed up for the service at the wrong time. However, just walking through the halls, I discovered that it was not my scene. I did not see anyone that was my age. Most people were either elderly individuals or families. I decided to go back to First Baptist West Monroe. I really do like it there and they have a lot of ways for me to get involved. I may have found my church for the next 10 months.

4) On Sunday evening, my grandparents from IL drove down to visit me as well as deliver my bed and other goodies from home. It was so wonderful seeing some friendly faces. They took me grocery shopping, clothes shopping as well as get furniture for my bedroom, like some drawers, hangers, mirrors, and etc. I also got to crash at their hotel. It was nice to sleep on a bed after eight days on the floor, even if they bed was a pull out couch.

Now that my grandparents have left to go visit my sister in Columbia, MO, I now have the rest of the week to relax, organize my room and start on my thesis review of literature go to Ruston and lay out by the pool. My roommate arrives back sometime Saturday, so I get my partner in crime back!

Ill get pictures up of my room once its completely organized.

XOXO, Danae