Brian and Susan

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More Gob and Lucy November 23, 2008

Filed under: Family,Play — Susan @ 10:31 pm



These pictures are a little old, but I was looking through them and realizing just how little they used to be. We’ll post recent pictures soon!



PNCB October 4, 2008

Filed under: Play — Susan @ 3:13 pm

Since Brian posted about his non-trip (hopefully trip to be) I thought I would share about the trip I took in August. Shortly after I graduated I began volunteering for the pediatric nursing certification board as an external item writer. I was thrilled to learn that I was invited to attend a workshop on writing test questions – and I was even more thrilled to learn that it would be paid for! I am definitely a big nerd in that I really like to study, especially when it is on my  own terms and timeline, so writing test questions in my spare time is actually a lot of fun. It also keeps me on my toes on topics in primary care.


I headed off for Reston, VA for the conference with nervous excitement about traveling alone. I was to  navigate 3 airports going to and from the conference. The first part of the trip was a breeze. I had a non-stop flight to Washington D.C. then caught a shuttle to the hotel we stayed in (very nice btw). The hotel was in the middle of a large shopping area in a nice town about 10 minutes away from the Dulles airport. I had brought several books and was really excited about watching cable but was very disappointed to find that apparently the hotel signed up for all-sports tv – no food network, tlc, MTV, vH1, bravo – nada. Nonetheless I had plenty of reading material, so after grabbing some dinner I sat down to enjoy a good book. Then the power went out.

Not just a little power outage, but a full city block. I went out in the hallway to see if anyone else knew what was going on and heard the maids yelling in another language, then the fire alarm started sounding and an intercom said to exit the building, so I took that as my cue to head downstairs. On the way down I befriended another visitor of the hotel who happened to be in the navy. We went outside into the plaza outside the hotel and waited for about 2 hours with other people in the area for the lights to come back on. Several rumors swirled about the cause of the outage, but the true reason remains a mystery. All I know is that it’s hard not to be a little freaked out when the power goes out in the whole city you’re in all alone that happens to be just a few miles from the nation’s capitol. Thank goodness my freak-out threshold has been raised over time or I would have been a mess. I actually had a decent time talking with the guy I met  and some of the other people waiting outside. And it turned out that the guy I met was a Christian which was cool.

The workshop was really great. I had another small freak out moment when one of my flights for home was severely delayed and I thought I’d be spending the night in an airport in New Jersey, but once again God totally helped me out and I got a direct flight to Nashville, and got home 4 hours earlier than I thought I would. Overall a great experience.  An added bonus, I got to fly in a tiny propeller plane!


How Does Your Garden Grow? June 26, 2008

Filed under: Play,Work — Susan @ 4:22 am

Brian and I now have this great yard and would love to have a garden; thing is, we know nothing about gardening. My great co-workers at MCC decided to jump-start our gardening hobby by giving me everything but soil as my going away gift. I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful gift – some people gave parts of plants from their own gardens or plants that are meaningful to them.

Due to the temporal nature of plants with limited space for roots, Brian and I dove right in and with the generous help of my family, added on to our existing flower bed in the front lawn. Here are a few photos from our garden party.

Original post 5-15-08


Status Post Recent Change

Filed under: Play,Work — Susan @ 4:09 am

May has been an eventful month thus far.

May 1: My last official day at Mercy. What an amazing last day! My co-workers were so encouraging and kind – they threw a surprise lunch fiesta with incredible authentic Mexican food, a very funny (and sweet!) group poem, and a gift I never expected…more on that in a later post.

May 3: Sister-in-law Stephanie graduates from MTSU. Hooray for the amazing teacher to be! She also found out that she will have a job at the school she’d hoped to work for. Great news! (update 6-25-08: turns out that Stephanie didn’t get the job she wanted due to a relative working at the school, so she is currently searching for something wonderful which I’m sure she will find!)

May 9: My graduation from Vanderbilt. Even though I finished school 9 months ago my graduation ceremony wasn’t until now so that the school of nursing would graduate with the rest of Vanderbilt University – a much larger group than I had thought! It was very Hogwarts-esque with lots of pomp and circumstance and funny hats. The ceremony was outdoors…the weather was perfect!

May 11: Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13: My 24th birthday!

In the past couple of days Brian has found out that he will move to the downtown building so we will be able to carpool to work starting in September…I am so looking forward to spending that time with one another. Half way through the month and look at all that has gone on…we are very happily busy.

Original post 5-15-08


Temporary Kitty

Filed under: Play — Susan @ 4:02 am

Recently we volunteered to cat-sit for a friend from work. She belongs to an animal rescue group that had found the cat in an abandoned trailer. Not knowing what we were getting into, we brought an adorable year-old bengal cat home with us for about a week. The first night we had him my allergies went haywire…I’m hoping it is a temporary effect! In the clinic world, when a patient comes in for, lets say, an ear infection, and as your walking out the door they mention that they have had problems paying attention in school, we call that an “oh by the way,” or OBTW for short. This was a cat with an OBTW.

He is the most playful cat we had ever known. He would stalk us and run and jump…sometimes with claws beared, onto us. However, he had a strange habit of suddenly hissing at himself and acting very strange, followed by being very cuddly. We took him to the vet as these episodes were becoming more frequent and he appeared to be pretty bothered by them. The vet did some X-rays and told us that he had some old fractures in his leg and hip and recommended surgery (!) There’s the OBTW for ya!

Thankfully, when we returned the cat to our friend, she took him to her vet who said that he would hold off on surgery, as the cat is compensating for his injuries so well. He said surgery would set him back rather than allow him to move forward. Great news! The kitty will soon be in a no-kill animal shelter called Happy Tales until he finds a good home. He was a great practice cat…other than being afraid to turn a corner for fear that the cat would pounce and cling to my thigh, it was a positive experience. Here’s to hoping my allergies don’t go crazy when we get the permanent kitty!

Original date 4-5-08


New WordPress Blog

Filed under: Play — Susan @ 3:49 am

Brian and I are (re)starting a blog today so we can document all the happenings of our life, and to keep up with family and friends we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. We’d been at another location, but I like this one better because I can see the pictures I upload while I am still writing the post. I’ll be adding in all of our previous posts. Welcome!