Why are we never satisfied?

#photooftheday #sunset during our trip to River Valley Gorge this past summer. #365daysaphotoaday

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I was reflecting on how beautiful the weather was this past summer. How I wish this darn cold weather and rain would go away. That this Winter just plain ole’ stinks.

Then I remembered that a year ago we were buried under the #snowmageddon. We had 3+ straight days of constant snow. It was during this time last year that we earned the ‘snowiest city’ badge of honor.

I should be simply content that it’s cold and rainy… and I’m not traipsing through mountain-sized snow drifts to get in and out of my car.

If mother nature was listening… I’m sorry for not appreciating the cold rain. Seriously. I’m sorry.

 

It’s Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays…???

Or, “Keep the ‘Christ’ in Christmas”.

*sigh*

There’s just so much hate and negativity out there that it’s starting to infect the holidays. This recent debate (I say recent since I just started seeing these posts maybe in the last few years) talks about how we’re ‘ruining’ Christmas by calling it ‘Xmas’ or we’re not appreciating its significance for what it truly means when we say ‘Happy Holidays’. That we’re offending someone, some thing or somebody.

*sigh*

I’m really not sure of the how, why, who, or what started this whole debate, but it’s a real thing out there. I did some quick ‘Googlin’ and … wow!

I’m not here to debate the pros and cons, who’s right, and who is  wrong. I’m not here to point fingers at the media, retail, government or the advertising agencies. I’m not going to ramble on about holiday hours, holiday work parties, ‘Christmas’ gift-exchanges or diversity tolerance.

I’m simply here to offer my condolences to all the people of the world who have that much angst in their heart, that they need to cast this stone.

Regardless of your religion, regardless of your secular choices, of your ‘up-bringing’, your following, your neighborhood, your skin color, or which side of the sidewalk you walk on. I’m hoping that maybe we can all pause during this time of the year and just enjoy the life we are living.

Enjoy it.

For me, personally. I say Happy Holidays. I say Happy Holidays because there is more than one celebration going on this month. Hanukkah, Kwanza as well as a handful of other significant events are celebrated during just the month of December, let alone November or January. And I’m sure there are many more than I’ve missed.

I work with colleagues from different walks of life who don’t recognize any of the aforementioned Holidays. I work with colleagues who do.

My point is this. I remember during my childhood years in elementary and middle school reading and learning about this place being the ‘Great American Melting Pot’. Yet every single day we find new ways to separate and divide ourselves further and further. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not immune or ignorant to the fact that our world has become a much danger place since my childhood)

Different is not wrong. It’s just different.

From my home to yours, Happy Holidays everyone. May you and yours find peace, joy and happiness.

(as if I could pass up the opportunity to share some School House Rocks!)

Eating Ice Cream as a kid

Soft Serve Chocolate Ice Cream

I loved ice cream. Chocolate was my favorite. I used to get out the ‘box’ of Neapolitan ice cream and carve out all the chocolate (you know you did it too!)

I would fill up my bowl full to the brim of that rock-hard frozen treat.

And then I would proceed to eat it slow enough to let it melt ever so slightly, and begin to stir my ice cream in my bowl. I would stir it so much that it would turn into my very own ‘home-made’ version of soft-serve ice cream (before the days of dairy queen).

I guess I’m still a kid at heart, because every time I get the traditional ice cream I find myself stirring the darn stuff in the bowl.

Maybe that’s why I prefer blizzards…?

Image source: Flickr

 

 

My blog name: My Strong Medicine

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I’ve been blogging for…uhh… wow. I’ve been blogging for ~10 years. Officially have been blogging with a separate ‘dedicated’ blog for 8 of them and spent about a year-plus-or-so blogging on the old Yahoo 360 social network (which, in my humble opinion, is where the Facebook juggernaut got their inspiration and ideas) as well as tinkering with good ole’ Blogger (back when it was one a handful of blogging platforms) dating back to 2004-2005 era.

When I first created my blog ‘space’ back then I had intended to blog about health/wellness/fitness. In fact I did that for approx 18months (or so) under a different  blog name : 2bestrong.  I’m not quite sure why I chose that name.  Way back then I wanted to promote all-things health with the mental toughness to go along with it. Even back then I was all about mental ‘strength’.

As a new blogger I realized quickly how many fitness blogs were out there.. but not many nursing blogs. I wanted to find my niche’, but I wanted to keep blogging about my original topics. I thought, why not do both? I’ll blog about all-things health AND I’ll blog about all-things nursing. More specifically my journey as a nurse, and of course me being a MALE nurse (even back then I hated that connotation).

My topics of interest were all about the physical toughness, mental strength, metaphysical fortitude and of course my love for all-things nursing.

I’m pretty sure I took weeks, heck months to figure a name that was unique, had a ring to it, and of course had some good metadata draw for my blog’s SEO! (bet you didn’t think I knew or cared about SEO, did ya?!)

I wanted and loved the work ‘Strong’, but I just couldn’t find the ‘hook’ that I wanted for my blog. I started using domain name generator websites that would take keywords and mash them up into a ‘name’ for your website/blog. After A LOT of wasted hours I stumbled upon the phrase ‘Strong Medicine’. Ironically there was a TV show named ‘Strong Medicine’ that literally had just ended around the time I was creating this blog – not that the TV show has any application or relationship to my blog – just a fun fact for ya.

Needless to say, Strong Medicine, the domain name was taken (back then).

*sidebar – just did a quick Google search and that particular domain is no longer active. Weird?

But a little trick that many websites were utilizing back then (and still do to this day) was to ‘personalize’ your website’s name by adding ‘my’ to the front of the name.

Presto-chango… and POOF…

MY STRONG MEDICINE was born, circa 2008.

I liked it because the name could apply and be an umbrella to all the above words, terms and intentions of my blog: physical toughness, mental strength, metaphysical fortitude and of course my love for all-things nursing.

The only stretch of the imagination is the play on words between my world of nursing and the term medicine. Ehh, splitting hairs if you ask me. Medicine is nursing and nursing is medicine. But my life is more than nursing, and the term medicine can encapsulate so much about my life:

-medication, medicament, drug, prescription, pharmaceutical, dose, treatment, remedy, cure; nostrum, panacea, cure-all; informal meds; archaic physic.

-the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery).

-a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease

-a spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power:

Six years later, and I’m still pretty happy with the name.

 

Image source: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-116169541/stock-vector-strong-heart.html

 

Visiting the past helps appreciate the present

My (as well as many others) new favorite mobile app is Time Hop. It’s a nifty lil’ app that sends you a daily reminder of what you were doing on the listed day in the past. It lists them by year, so you can see what you posted (via social media) one year ago, two years ago, so on and so forth. I’ve actually had days where it shows me what I posted seven years ago! (yes, I have been posting on the regular for seven years… I’m getting old)

What’s really cool about my #timehop is re-visiting what was happening to me over the past 5+ years. The last 5 years have been quite demanding, eventful and quite entertaining. Everything from diving back into school, new jobs, new vacation adventures, new personal and physical milestones as well as a new home.

Guess what I was doing three years ago? Surprise! I was studying.

Image-1For instance I totally forgot I made the leap from the PC world to all things Mac three years ago:

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And check out my day two years ago:

This still feels like ages ago. Really?? 2 years a ago. So much has happened. #nurselife

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The funny thing is, this app is keeping me grounded by reminding me of how far I’ve come. I’ve busted my ass over the past half-decade with scholastic endeavors, work related accomplishments as well as my recent personal achievements regarding my passions outside of my employment with CrossFit and the sport of Weightlifting.

Anytime I feel stressed, or bogged down or maybe even a lil’ down I get to see what I’ve done over the past several years.

It’s a good feeling.

Hard work does pay off. Perseverance does pay off. There IS a light at the end of everyone’s tunnel.

Of course there is the comical side of taking the stroll down memory lane as well. Man I did and said some pretty entertaining things (don’t we all). You should give Time Hop a go… even if for just a good laugh or smile.


My day today:

I luckily discovered a new flavored coffee that is DA BOMB. I had to tease a friend of mine I was brewing some:

This still feels like ages ago. Really?? 2 years a ago. So much has happened. #nurselife

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And a lil’ blogging:

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I also decided to recruit the help of a blogging  prompt challenge while I’m making a vain attempt at blogging daily for 30 days:

IMG_1955I figured I’d utilize this when I’m pressed for a topic.

Until tomorrow..

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And now for something completely different…

A bet IS a bet….(I must admit I never heard of this song prior to reading the following story)

<From Mashable.com>

Dude loses fantasy football bet, recreates ‘Chandelier’ music video

One man’s loss is the Internet’s major win.Chuck Jose lost a fantasy football bet with his cruel friends and was forced to recreate Sia’s “Chandelier” music video shot-for-shot, complete with blonde wig, eccentric dance moves and nude leotard. Sia’s original video starred 11-year-old Maddie Ziegler performing some impressive choreography, which Jose — a digital operation specialist for PlayStation from San Francisco, California — somehow managed to nail.If you ask us, Jose would be better off in a dance studio than on a football field.

via Dude loses fantasy football bet, recreates ‘Chandelier’ music video.

The dude nailed it. Hilarious.

… we now return you to your regular schedule…

 

We are creatures of habit. Just ask your car.

Isn’t it amazing how much comfort we find in our vehicles? I for one feel like a new-born with Bambi-legs learning to walk when I have to drive any other car than my own. I took my car in for some repairs this morning and had to drive my wife’s car for the day. 2014-12-02 07.34.40

My wife actually has a very nice vehicle, but man did it feel awkward. The seat feels ‘off’, you can’t seem to get the steering wheel to a good height, and you fiddle with the side-view and rear-view mirrors for what seems a lifetime to get them just right.

Just… all kinds of awkward.

Then the gas and brake pedal don’t have the same ‘feel’ as your own trusted vehicle, so you end up either pumping and slamming on the brakes, or you almost get into an accident because you didn’t brake soon enough. Then there is the whiplash effect that happens when you depress the gas pedal and the car takes off like a dragster.

Just… all kinds of awkward.

I only had a single afternoon of this awkwardness. I got my car back this evening, and boy did I miss it!!!

Here’s to the creature comforts of personalized vehicles!!!!


 

2/365 photo a day:


 

OH! And can you believe this was 2 years ago?:

2 years ago!!?? Wow. #nurselife

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