Saturday, November 1, 2008

Megan and Jacob's wedding

My cousin's wedding in Cancun was amazing! It was so great to have 18 members of our family there, not to mention the friends of the family that made the trip! We were there for 10 glorious days........thanks Dad:) The Cancun Moon Palace all-inclusive resort is definitely THE place to stay......gorgeous property, great food, fun tours, lovely spa, spectacular beach, super-fun swing bar and oooooooh, the unlimited cocktails:) Check out the web-site for really great deals.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Castle Crags

Bubba had never hiked Castle Crags so we headed up the 2 3/4 mile trail to the top.
Did I forget to mention it has a 2,200 ft gain in elevation? oops:)

He only complained a little;) and it was a beautiful day, the view is amazing. We left feeling very accomplished.....and very tired!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Apple Hill

Before we packed up the fifth-wheel to head home, we met the family at Apple Hill for our annual indulgence in all things apple. Apple donuts, apple cider, apple pie, apple wine, apple beer.......... you get the picure:) It was delicious, as usual, and it was great to see everyone. Next month, Cancun Mexico for Megan and Jacob's wedding!!!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Last night at Sutter Auburn Faith

After an eight week assignment which happily turned into sixteen weeks (where did all that time go?), I worked my last night shift at Auburn Faith. We had a fun italian potluck dinner and everyone came through to say goodbye, although I think Wes just came for the food:) Paulina even called fron Arizona!!! I will treasure my card filled with beautiful sentiments and the beautiful felt bowl that Lynn crafted just for me. If everything works out, I will return in the spring to work with my new friends again. There is still so much I would like to do there and it will be great to see everyone once more.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rollins Lake

I've been kicked out of the trailer park!.......he he, never thought I would say that;) Actually, the Auburn Gold Country RV Park where I was staying (conveniently right across the street from the hospital), lost it's lease on the land and had to close suddenly. I have moved 17 miles away to Rollins Lake in Colfax, CA. A little further to drive, but it is beautiful out here! Unfortunately, after returning from a trip home, I found that someone had unplugged my power cable and I lost all the food in my refirigerator!!!!!!! After a stroll through the campground with my sweetie, it was soon forgotten. We are going to spend some time exploring the area this week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Paulina's Last Night

Paulina has completed her 13 week assignment here and is returning to Nogales, AZ. I am going to miss her terribly, it definitely won't be the same without my fellow traveler. I hope to work with her again soon!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I bought a fifth-wheel trailer to live in while I am traveling. I finally got to move into it after a series of catastrophies, such as the delivery guy dropping all 15,000 lbs of it on his truck! To celebrate my move-in, the staff threw me a "trailer trash" party where we feasted on "pigs in a blanket", pork and beans, twinkies, ho-ho's, kool-aid, pork rinds, cheese whiz and other fine cuisine. Paulina helped me dress the part with a hat, glasses and a shot glass necklace!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

There is another traveler here with me from Arizona. Her name is Paulina Grijalva and it is her first assignment as well. We have both learned so much together and it has been such a pleasure getting to know her.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Due to several nurses leaving recently, the night shift staff is pretty slim........only three nurses and two techs left! They are very happy to have Paulina and I here:)

The regular staff at the family birth center work 8 hour shifts, but the other traveler and I work 12 hours so we work 4 hours with the evening shift before we join the night shift. These are some of the staff on the evening shift.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Auburn CA

I am currently on my first assignment in Auburn, CA at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, about three hours from my home. Being so close to home allows me to keep my regular part-time job at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, CA where I have worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the past 16 years. Originally I signed on for an 8 week assignment, but I love it here so much, I extended another 8 weeks. The hospital is small, only about a hundred beds, and the staff are so friendly and welcoming. They made feel right at home from the beginning. I miss my boys, but I am also enjoying making new friends and being closer to my parents in Truckee. Unfortunately, my boyfriend has been so busy selling his restaurants and tying up loose ends, he has not been able to accompany me on this assignment. There are some wonderful people that work here and they help keep from being too homesick. I have had some very nice deliveries here, one that I had to do myself as the doctor didn't make it in time. There is a great team atmoshphere in the family birth center. There is always another nurse, a tech and a respiratory therapist in the delivery room with you.....I've never had so much help before:) It is definitely going to be hard to leave here, the staff remind me every day that I COULD take a full-time job here! I am afraid they have spoiled me, I'm sure not all of my assignments will be this nice. What a great way to start my adventure!!!! coming soon.......................