Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dinner in the Mountains

Jeremy's family has dinner together every Sunday and since I can't drive to Tremonton every week, this is where I get my weekly "home-cooked meal". Tonight we did the dinner in Little Cottonwood Canyon. We had tin foil dinners and smores, then sat around and chatted. The weather was perfect. Everything is still so green and it was gorgeous. I forget how good it feels to be out there and I always think I need to do this more often. I'll work on it.

The bravest squirrel I have ever seen made himself comfortable in our campsite. He got daring enough to take food right out of our hands. This is probably why he was also the fattest squirrel I have ever seen.

I've been singing that song that you're supposed to do in rounds since we left. "I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills..." I know it sounds cheesy, but being out in nature like that really does make me reflect and appreciate things more. So glad we went, I loved it. Anyone want to go camping?

Raging Waters

I went to Raging Waters for the first time today with all my promo friends. We had such a blast. I'm not sure whose brilliant idea it was for all of us to bring an animal floaty, but we did and they were a big hit. We spent more time in the little kid splash park than any adult should be allowed, got kicked out of the wave pool and the lazy river, and four of us were bleeding by the end of the day. It took me three attempts to get down the tall water slide (one failed attempt when I tripped and faceplanted onto the the slide, another when my mat folded in half) but I made it. By far, best day I've had at a water park.

A happier day

Sometimes one thing goes wrong, which then turns into two or three, and all of a sudden I find myself focusing on all the bad things. It's like I forget that for the most part, my life is pretty awesome and I get stuck in this rut. This happened last night. One thing went wrong (My car battery exploded, which actually is quite a pain in the butt) and I immediately found myself listing everything that had gone wrong that day. The list was actually really short, but I was still pretty focused and making everything a bigger deal than it was.

And then it was a new day. I woke up this morning, fixed the battery issue, and started having a good day. I spent the day at Raging Waters with my friends and the evening in the mountains with Jeremy's family. Jer and I went for a little walk and it gave me a minute to think about things. Being out in this beautiful place with someone I really care about made me focus a little less on things like the battery and a little more on how lucky I am.

I have a family that I can talk to openly about anything and everything, and I have fun with them. I get to spend my free time with someone that loves me and would do anything for me. I have friends that make me laugh all the time. I have a job that is fun and exciting and doesn't even feel like work, where I basically get paid to have fun with my friends, and another job where I get to see people improve their lives every day. I live in a beautiful place, and I've never had to want for anything. And for me to complain about anything would make me an ungrateful brat.

A few years ago my mom was on a big positive thinking kick. We were constantly hearing about the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive Thinking. I got a little sick of it, mostly because I was more into the negative thinking at the time, and tried to ignore it when the subject came up. My mother has ways of sneaking things into your head when you're not paying attention and somehow she did it with this. One day I realized that there might actually be something to this law she kept talking about and decided to try it out. With a lot of help from my parents and a little EFT (which will be a whole post in itself one day, but look it up) I was able to get to a place where the positive thinking came easier than the negative. I had to work on it and make an effort every day, but I quickly became a much happier person. My life has been different since and I know that the way you think makes such a difference. If you look for bad, you'll find it. And if you look for good, you'll find more of it than you were expecting. I try to remind myself every day to focus on the positive and let the little annoyances go. Sometimes I still need a boost and I got one today.

As for the Law of Attraction... I'm still waiting for my million dollars to materialize, but I'll try to be patient.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Just another day at Health South

In the last week at work I have been hit in the face, yelled at, spit on, kicked in the throat, sworn at, kissed, pushed, covered in every kind of food or drink imaginable, groped, included in a will, mistaken for a fish, cat, dresser, bird, dog, car, carry-on bag, and airplane, had my pants pulled down, stepped on... all by ONE patient.

Oh, and PEED on. Not just a little urine on my shoe. No, I was REALLY peed on. From the knees down, my scrubs and shoes were covered.

Gotta love one-on-ones with a brain injury patient. Gotta love my job.