Sunday, October 15, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 15

The best part of this week's Husker game was definitely the Taco Box from El Tucan!
This week...
-- T celebrated a birthday! 365 days until he turns thirty! We celebrated with a simple dinner at Gram's (T chose tacos for dinner!). Of course, she made one of his favorite desserts - pumpkin bars! We have tickets for the Garth Brooks concert next weekend to really celebrate but I was strongly instructed to not purchase any other gifts since we're spending so much on the garage addition. I managed to comply by passing along my favorite idea to my family.  We look forward to seeing them next weekend and celebrating my Dad's birthday too!
-- our lot is still a muddy mess. We've heard they poured the floor of the garage but had to hold off on the section of driveway we're replacing because it was just too wet. However, we did find a new vendor/installer for our garage door! That was stressful until it was finalized. I think the only purchases we have left are the light fixtures? Hopefully more significant progress next week.

xo,
Krista

Sunday, October 8, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 14

[ Jones Design Company ]
This week..
-- begins a super busy month for both T and I. He has work responsibilities in almost every city but our own - including a trip out of state towards the end of the month. Things are busy with the youth group at church (parades! canned food drives! halloween!). And some fun things too! T had a birthday next week, we have tickets to one of of his favorite concerts, and we just found out we get to spend a weekend with 2 of my siblings & see our cousins' new babies! So we're sort of in survival mode - but it's a great busy!
-- I've been working in the ER when I'm not in my own clinic. Our ER is like many others - there are a few emergencies, many sick patients, and even more coughs/colds/sore ankles. Most of my day feels like my own clinic (or even simpler because they only have one complaint/concern!) but I'm trying to be there during the busier times and seek out the less-common things.
-- I can't end the blog post without a garage update! It was super frustrating this week when we were told the by big-box-store where we ordered the garage door (which, we ordered in person, asking specifically about this issue..) that they were cancelling our order because their installer refused to travel to Holdrege. Sort of  a big deal as the footings are already poured for this oversized door that is no longer a thing. Thankfully, T made a million phone calls and we've found another supplier and installer for price that is in the same ball-park. There was no physical progress made this week because it was a rainy/soggy mess. But maybe by next week it will start to look like a structure?

xo,
Krista

Sunday, October 1, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 13

See the foundation on the footings! 
This week..
-- progress was made on our garage! I'm sure you are completely uninterested in these step-by-step updates but it is so exciting for us! This is the first project we've designed and contracted out from the ground-up (not to mention it will cost about every spare dollar to our name!). We've taken on some larger home renovations in the past but we were typically the ones doing the labor so this is totally new to us to watch a project just happen. The forecast has a fair amount of rain this week so I'm not sure there will be much change by next week..
-- we had a church activity at a local pumpkin patch! It's no Vala's.. but there were more activities than the kids had time to partake in (and we didn't have to share with anyone else!). Plus, the weather was 70-60F while we were there - a beautiful night for a soup/chili potluck! There are times T and I miss the stores/restaurants/activities of Omaha, but overall, we love the simplicity of living in a smaller community (and can't wait to get to Holdrege!). Plus, with Amazon Prime or Google Express we can get almost anything on our doorstep in 48 hours.
-- I became certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support! Being a general practitioner, we are certified in many types of life support (basic, advanced cardiac, pediatric, and neonatal!) but this one is quite a bit different than the others. You use ATLS when, for example, someone is transported to the hospital after a fall from a ladder or car accident and you have to do life-saving procedures and survey their injuries in an organized manner. While the others discuss CPR, heart rhythms, medications, and the order you offer each of those things (which is slightly different for each age group) - ATLS is more procedure based with chest tubes, needle decompressions (that dramatic thing you see in the movies when someone grabs a pen and saves someone's life jamming it into their chest), tourniquets, removing helmets with spinal cord injuries, when to go to surgery, when to transfer to a trauma center, more details about ways to protect the airway, etc.
-- we didn't even have to get dressed today for church! Twice a year, our church hosts a General Conference which is televised throughout the world. I don't know how many millions of people watch - but it is interpreted to 80 languages via live broadcast and 90 via internet/print/radio. So we enjoyed a weekend of educational & uplifting talks from the comfort of our sectional!

xo,
Krista

Sunday, September 24, 2017

HO3-- WEEK 12


This week..
-- we have big news! They demolished the previous, small one-car garage at our new house and poured the footings for our new garage! T spent the night there Friday night since he was working with Habit for Humanity in Kearney Saturday morning and he FaceTimed me so I could see the action! I spent the weekend picking out the design elements (overhead door, exterior door, and windows!) which involved about 1,000 more decisions then I anticipated. As you can see, we're squeezing the garage into our small backyard so I've been stressing about how to make it pleasant to look at it from our deck. After a lot of time on Pinterest and a to-scale mock-up, I think I've finally settled on the details. I'm sure I'll share more pictures once it's complete!
-- was Junk Jaunt in Central Nebraska. "[...] Junk Jaunt, like a large garage sale, is happening in 36 towns along the Loup River and Sandhills Journey Scenic Byways. The event spans nearly 500 miles of garage sales, collectibles, antiques, vintage items and quirky finds. This year, 760 vendors are selling things for Junk Jaunt [...]"  I didn't do any shopping- but it meant I got to spend the weekend with one of my favorite people while she crashed at my house! Our townhouse in Grand Island is so not setup for entertaining - but we still love any excuse!

xo,
Krista