Have you heard about the Hobby Lobby challenge where people were going in to create portraits that didn’t look like they were taken in a craft store? I thought it sounded fun and super cool. But apparently Hobby Lobby employees complained. Michael’s Craft store, seeing an opportunity, jumped in to say do the challenge here. I read this article a little while ago and decided I wanted in on the fun at Michael’s since they were welcoming the challenge and free advertising.

One of my friends decided she was willing to be my victim model. Here’s a few of what we came up with.


Doing her best “Zoolander” face!


It’s hard to make a serious face when you’re friend has just shoved into piles of fake flowers.


There’s a few price tags showing but I like it. I’d like to do some Photoshop with this one but I haven’t started playing with that yet. 


A very cute older customer was watching us and getting a kick out of this posing 

We had a blast and were laughing the whole time. We did put back everything we used! And Michael’s didn’t care at all. I also found a couple cute Easter decorations on sale. Bonus!!

My next goal is to start learning Photoshop to see what else I can do. Suggestions welcome!


Photography Field Trip to Detroit

I’m taking a photography class for fun. Just because. I’m embracing this new hobby. These are a few of the results.


Quick Change and New Orleans Vacation

After some time, okay only seven months, I’m changing jobs again. I’m switching for a more normal schedule which means no more night shifts or twelve hour days. While I didn’t particularly enjoy the hospital schedule I was working it did allow for some days off and sometimes in a row. So, with my last chunk of random free time during the week I grabbed my friend with excess vacation time and took a quick trip. I used google maps to scroll around and find a cheaper flight to someplace warm. Michigan is deep in the snowy season and getting out sounded great. New Orleans, LA was the winner. The flight was probably cheaper because it was just before Mardi Gras. But that was perfect for us, as neither of us wanted the craziness or expense of Mardi Gras. New Orleans also offered 70 degree weather! And sunshine! Plus I’ve been dying to put my new camera to use and New Orleans seems like the perfect place.


With Mardi Gras coming up soon there were beads everywhere!



In a cemetery 


I made my travel buddy get up for the sunrise. Unfortunately it was very cloudy but I got some fun photos anyway.


New Orleans style coffee & donuts. Yes, I had them all three days I was there.


Bourbon Street around 7:00pm. The night was just getting started



The iconic shot of New Orleans


A loom shop that had some special sales cats

It was a fun quick three day trip. Boy, did I get a bunch of photos too. Some turned out well and, some, not so much. There’s a bit of a learning curve with the new camera.


With the start of my new job and normal schedule I’ll be on vacation freeze for six months. That makes me really happy that I fit in a quick trip. With the advantage of a normal schedule I’ll actually get to spend some weekends with my significant other and have other adventures.

New Camera = New Hobby

As I mentioned, I’m looking to pick up some new hobbies this year. I purchased a really fancy camera…well, fancy for me. In the great realm of cameras it is on the “beginners” side but I still find it pretty darn fancy. Later this month I’m taking a class at a local community college to learn how to use it. In the meantime I’ve been playing with it and thought I’d show off some results. You’ll have to excuse the multiple cat photos. They are the most willing available subjects.

Checking out the new things

My Dad's dog during Christmas. There's bacon cooking in the background. She's a happy puppy!

My Dad’s dog during Christmas. There’s bacon cooking in the background.

Out on Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit



My sister’s dog. Also during Christmas. Also, quite happy. There were treats.

Also, at the Belle Isle Conservatory

A park behind my house. I was playing with different lens. 

I’m excited for the class to learn about all the functions of the camera. There are so many options that I don’t know how to use yet. I’d like to get outside some more but it’s been so cold around here that there’s just no way I’m torturing myself like that. Brrr.


I think of myself as a relatively patient person. I worked with kids for years then I moved on to traumatic brain injury patients. Both jobs relied on keeping cool and being patient with whatever situation arises. Even now, on a regular nursing floor, I understand the importance of being patient even though there are ten million other tasks to complete.


I rarely have road rage. (Unless someone cuts me off.) I can make a (usually) unbroken cheesecake which requires so much waiting and patience for a properly finished product. I just don’t get riled up easily.

BUT, then there are times when I’m extremely impatient. Waiting in long busy noisy lines gets me. I’m impatient when other people are running late and I’m meeting them. It drives me crazy.  And once I’ve made a decision, I just want it to happen.

This is also the case with New Year’s Resolutions. I just want them to happen. Unfortunately they are all things that take time. As I mentioned, I’m job hunting, and, probably, driving everyone crazy because I’m talking about it so much. I just want to know what that next step is going to be. Now. I want to know now and I want to begin down that path now! However, everything moves slowly in the healthcare world. So I just have to be patient and wait.

I’m a whole 2 days into trying to lose weight…with no results yet. Obviously.

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I’m realistic. Really. But it still tests my patience. I’m trying, so what do you mean I have to wait for results?! How many times do I have to go to the gym and not eat fries before I start seeing results?!?! (I do understand the reality of it all, honestly.)

I’ve got some long roads to go down, I get that. And I’m trying really hard to be patient.




It’s that time again….I love a good New Year’s Resolution

I say it every year (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017) and I’ll say it again, I love a new year’s resolution. I love the fresh start even if it’s just because the calendar is turning over.

Last year, 2016, was a maintaining year with no big changes. That was not the case for 2017. In April I graduated from nursing school and in July I left my job of seven years and started a new nursing job.


It was so exciting to graduate and pass the NCLEX. However, I took a hospital job and I really don’t like it. I never enjoyed the hospital during clinical and I really dislike it on a regular basis.

Resolution #1: Get a new nursing job. Preferably one without a midnight shift and not in a hospital. After years of a messed up schedule- night shifts, weekends and everything in between, I’m really looking for something consistent and normal.

shift work

Along with the change in jobs and the end of school I now have time. It was pretty elusive in 2016 but all of sudden I actually have downtime. I haven’t really made good use of it either. It’s time to get some other areas of my life together. Especially if, as a nurse, I’m going to be preaching self-care and healthy living, it’s time to take my own advice.

Resolution #2: Lose 50 pounds. With diet and exercise, of course.


You know, the normal ones that everyone makes.

#3: Try some new hobbies. – I’m taking a photography class in January for six weeks with a DSLR camera. I’m interested to try my hand at something new. New hobbies might including cooking too. I’ve been watching a lot of Top Chef lately. Those meals and ingredients are amazing. It’d be interesting to learn just a little of that.


I think those are it. They seem big enough to tackle for the year.


Filing Cabinet Renovation Gone Wrong.

I’d been wanting a larger filing cabinet for awhile. I love some good organization. Plus I’d been using a filing cabinet I rescued from the garbage years ago that had a healthy dent and was rusting. So when I saw this guy at a garage sale for $20 I thought awesome! I’d try repainting it. Pinterest makes it look totally doable.

I read up on how to do it and purchased some spray paint. Seemed easy enough.

I sanded everything down and the few bits of rust. 20170829_121920.jpg

This one drawer took 2 cans of spray paint! It was so much. So before tackling the rather large base I thought it would be better if I primed. Make the spray paint go further, right?? This was only my second attempt to do anything with spray paint. I didn’t know what I was getting into.

Primed! Should be easy now right?


Well, shit, everything is a different color now. How did that happen?!?! Not great progress. At this point I decided that instead of spray painting the base I should roll it. Spray paint wasn’t working in my favor. Rolling the base would work, right? I went back to Home Depot, for what felt like the billionth time, and purchased some Rust-oleam. The non-spray kind. I had a roller from when I was painting my walls so I didn’t get one. And there was my mistake. You definitely can’t use the same type roller. Why? Well it leaks fuzz everywhere.


Can you see all the lint/fuzz bits?? Oh there were so many swear words.

This project was getting ridiculous and expensive. Also, on a side note. Rust-oleum really sticks to everything including hands. I painted a day before I was to attend a wedding. Not all the black came off. It was a look.


This was after washing my hands! 😦

I had a very fuzzy discolored filing cabinet. I went back to the sander and Home Depot. I resanded and repainted with a foam roller. It’s definitely not perfect but it’s done.

filing 3

filing 2

Can you see the spots I missed?? Ugh, I didn’t think they would show so much