Doctor of Nursing Practice! Wooo! I graduated this past weekend.
And the behind-the-scenes of the chicken photo shoot:
In school news, I recently gained approval from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for my doctoral research project. It was a very rigorous process that involved fun steps such as writing a 45 page paper, completing a 37 page IRB application and making multiple revisions over several months; all of that while keeping up with regular coursework, clinical hours and my regular day job. Like I said, fun! My project is going to be very simple; seeing if the addition of exercise (walking 20 minutes, 5 times a week) helps to improve symptoms of depression. I will begin collecting data soon, just as soon as I get final approval from my hospital (where I work). The actual approval should be no problem, it just involves scheduling/assembling like every member of the senior management team and several physicians in one place at one time; which as it turns out, is also a very fun process. I usually don’t share tedious details of my life like this, but am asking for a few prayers for me in the final stages of this process; they would be much appreciated!
Back to the potpourri of pics from the past month or so!
Sports photography isn’t my strong suit but I did get this one amazing shot (of another kid on the team; not the Spy):
Cheerleading fan may be more accurate for ‘Zilla!
Due February 2nd :)
Thanks for visiting and have a happy thanksgiving!!
Squirrely Garden is the garden at Baby’s school (and was named by the preschoolers). I am the CEO of Squirrely Garden, but have taken a bit of a break from my executive duties as of late. We went to Colorado, had to spiff up Spy Garden for a magazine photo shoot and most of all: it has been 100 degrees for two weeks. Today was the first day I’d even set foot in Squirrely Garden since July 17th…
I meant to just take a quick look today, but confronted with this weedy jungle I was compelled to clean up least one of the beds.
The weeds are rampant, but the heat seems to have just about let up, which means the kids (and teachers!) will be back in the garden regularly. We made a plan to get the whole garden weeded in the next couple of weeks and the other good news is that more than just weeds are growing…
I will definitely be taking some lemon grass shoots for our garden from this mass next time I’m up there: lemongrass is such a great flavor (and the smell…mmm!)
This eggplant variety is called Fengyuan purple and I am so happy it is growing in Squirrely Garden; the ones I planted in Spy Garden have yet to fruit.
Downhill from Squirrely Garden…
Very interested to see how this solar dehydrator works out; might have to have Smoochie build one for us if it is successful!