Friday, November 6, 2009
I think that people probably don't really care about the little things that are going on in my life, but I know that is not completely true. I love reading blogs. I like to hear about the small, everyday occurrences in the lives of people that I know or even are just acquainted with. I guess I am just not good at putting my thoughts out there on a forum that somehow dissipates into the internet abyss for anyone and everyone to read. It seemed easier when there were "events" to write about. Lately, we have not been traveling, we have been trying to budget better - so no more expensive date nights -, and we just have not had the time together to do anything "interesting."
In July, I started a new job. I am working for a home health company as a clinical nurse liaison based out of one of the big hospitals in Chicago. The transition has been interesting. I work 9-5, M-F, which is so much less stressful than what I was doing before. But... it is also much more boring. I think "boring" is definitely the way to go at this point in time. Sean's work environment is stressful enough for the both of us.
I can't believe he will be halfway done with residency in less than two months! The time has gone by so fast but so slow at the same time. I cannot emphasize enough how happy I/we will be when this phase is over. Residency sucks... I know that he is learning what he needs to know and that we will look back fondly on our time here in Chicago, but the hours/work environments/studying/researching/test taking/missing holidays/missing time together/etc. are ridiculous. Ridiculous, I tell you!!
We talk about how much we love our little Brigita. Especially on those days when I work a normal day and Sean works 1pm to 11pm, gets up to be at conference at 7am until noon, and then goes back to work that next night for an overnight shift. Oh yes... that happens. So much that it isn't even really surprising when it does. He gets no sleep, and I don't see him for days on end. That is the reality of this chapter in our lives. At least we have our naughty little puppy who makes you feel like you are never really alone in the house.
I didn't mean for this post to sound so negative. We are both really happy in our lives, and, despite the stressors, knowing that this time is only temporary makes it completely bearable. I guess my point (if I had one) was that these are the sorts of things I obviously find to blog about that I think no one probably wants to hear! HA
But then... I was reading my friend Rachel's blog today, and she mentioned documenting a part of her life because she wanted to be able to look back and remember it. Her blog is not only for those who read it, but for her to commemorate different stages in her life.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We heard about this restaurant from one of Sean's co-workers. It is famous for the beautiful view and romantic setting. We were not disappointed at all!!
View from Cite'
I love to re-live the memories of our wedding. We both still talk about how we loved every minute of it. I was just looking at wedding pictures again and thinking about how perfect everything was. The gorgeous weather we had again makes three years of beautiful days on the 13th of July!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We flew into Honolulu in the evening on Saturday, Feburary 28th. After walking around the shops along Waikiki for a while, we crashed and woke up refreshed the next day, ready to start our adventures in paradise. The main reason I wanted to visit Oahu, being that I had never been there and Sean had, was to go to Pearl Harbor. I was very excited about it! And what an experience it was! I am so glad that we took the time to see the USS Arizona memorial. The feeling of being directly above the ship, watching the oil bubble up from the sunken tomb where 900 men still rest, and looking at the names of the 1,177 men who gave their lives on that quiet December morning in 1941 was a memory that I will take with me forever.
We decided that visiting Punchbowl National Cemetery would be a good follow-up to the sobering experience of the USS Arizona memorial, so we drove there next. The memorial area at the cemetery has an abundance of information on the Pacific battles during the time of WWII, so we spent a while reading and looking at maps.
The rest of the day was spent driving around Diamond Head, taking pictures at beautiful beaches, walking the shops at Waikiki, and getting some delectible seafood at one of the resturants on the beach.
The next morning we walked along Waikiki (when can you ever get enough of that!!) before packing up and heading to the airport for the twenty minute flight to Maui.
We arrived on Maui in the afternoon on Monday, March 2nd. After a 50 minute drive across the island (in our rented convertible, of course) from the airport to our resort in Ka'anapali, we spent the evening taking in the beautiful resort grounds and beach and planning our adventures for the next few days. My favorite part of the place where we stayed was definitely the view from the balcony of our room! We looked out over the ocean with the nearby island of Lanai in the background. Watching the sun on the water with the occasional whale surfacing in the bay between Maui and Lanai and listening to the crashing of the waves on the beach was surreal.
The next morning we went horseback riding along the coast and through the mountains, spent the afternoon swimming in the ocean and lying on the beach, and ate some more seafood for dinner. On my birthday we headed out of Lahaina Harbor in a speedboat for an all-day tour of Lanai. We went snorkeling, swam on a deserted beach on the "uninhabited" side of the island, saw two WWII shipwrecks, watched a school of dolphins swim around our boat, and witnessed a humpback whale surface about twenty feet from our little boat. I think it is safe to say my 28th was the best birthday ever!
Snorkeling Around Lanai