P.S. Favorite magazine, read the whole thing every month = happiness!!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
If you have any questions, please ask, but I liked this visual representation. There is also a really great website, lds.org, that can answer all sorts of questions and has a lot of neat resources. Hope you enjoy!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
I love how they keep each other company. I also love soft, wrinkled hands. Kind eyes. Pink nail polish. Cotton-white curls. Wrinkles. Laughing lines. Chanel No. 5. Fragile. Sweet. Innate strength. Denture paste. Determination. Family. Tissues. Floppy ears. Grandchildren. Nightgowns. Old wedding rings.
But mostly their soft, wrinkled hands.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I guess I'm one of those people who look like "crap" at the gym. Or my mascara budget is a little tighter.
I love people watching, whether it's an old couple sharing an ice cream, girls trying on clothes in the mall and thinking they are the only people in the whole store, or some guy in his car picking his nose, it's just fun! Sometimes we will make up little stories about those we are observing from a not-creepy distance. My mom, my sister, and I go to the gym together every morning. It's our little "thing" and I really look forward to it. There are also others who come everyday at the same time as we do - the morning regulars. We don't know them and they don't know us, but they are definitely familiar faces. At the gym, we have come up with nick names for some these more memorable "friends" of ours and I thought I would share a few and the origins of their names. (DISCLAIMER: These are not meant in any kind of mean way, they are simply observations and we can have conversations about these people because we use this set of common names. If you can read these without casting bad judgment on those who came up with them, please enjoy! If not, wait for the next post!)
1. Patti Peruvian - she is actually one of our real friends now, but before we knew her, we didn't like her much. There was an unspoken duel between her and I - we liked the same equipment for the same classes. At times it became quite immature as both of us would walk quickly to the desired machine at an unusual pace. For tread class I would want to be on the treadmill next to my mom, but she liked that one too (I have no idea why), but she would always come and be right between us, so we just started coming earlier. Of course, I won. I don't remember how it came about, but we started talking and she's actually really great! She is from Peru and goes back every year for a month or two. We love you Patti Peruvian. (Oh, and her name really is Patti)
2. BYU Boy - this is probably the stupidest of our names. He is actually a well-known former BYU football player, but hey, who knew? Well, we didn't at least. He would always wear BYU t-shirts and he looks so young, we used to debate if he was pre- or post-mish. Yes, post-mish, post-college, and married with children. Oh well! We still call him BYU Boy.
3. Onion Man - I'm sure onion man is very nice (he was also mentioned in a previous post), however, he sweats profusely - PROFUSELY - and it smells like onions, really bad. If you're within a 10-foot circumference of him, it's so bad you can't breathe. He always smiles and the stench doesn't really appear until he has worked out long enough to create large sweat marks all over his t-shirt, so you just casually move to another area when the time comes, no big deal.
4. Princess Leia - ahhh, one of my favorites. She appeared at the gym about 2 years ago when she was either engaged or newly wed. She would wear the rock her husband bought her, a new work out ensemble every day, make up (of course), and her hair up in these ridiculous buns waaaaay on top of her head. I'm not sure about these people who wear make up to the gym, if you're working out, it usually just sweats itself off, but whatever. Anyways, because of her quaft of hair (which is still present to this day), she earned her code name of "Princess Leia".
5. Booby Mom and her Booby Daughters - a few summers ago this mom and her two daughters got new boobies together (or that's how it appeared). I'm guessing they were recent high school grads and this was maybe a graduation present? I don't know, but that could be a feasible scenario for these three. They would come in their tight, revealing tops and work out in the area with many many mirrors. They would usually lift really light weights that would show off their new purchases and stare at each other. It was hard not to stare, it was quite a sight!
6. Frizzy Mom - typical mom in her early- to mid-forties. Usually wears running shorts that are too short and some work out top that looks like it just doesn't match (usually one of those outfits that make you tip your head to the side and say "huh?"). Very friendly, well, friendly to the skinny hot moms. She thinks she is all that and a bag of barbecue ruffles with ridges. And she has really frizzy long hair that she thinks looks really good. Most of the people I have described I quite like, they seem nice and it's just kinda fun to have a code name that fits them. However, this one is different. She isn't very nice so I don't feel as bad calling her frizzy.
7. The Biggest Loser - this is a group of people, actually, and they all pay to come live in a house and get personal training and nutrition assistance (like the biggest loser) for about 8 weeks at a time. They basically spend all day at the gym and they work really hard. It's kinda fun to see people so dedicated and working so hard for a common goal - quite motivating sometimes!
8. Old Golf Man - he is one of my favorite people. He comes to the gym and lifts weights everyday and then gets one of the 25-pound bars and works on his golf swing for at least 20 minutes. One day he even asked me if I was a volleyball player because I'm so tall - thank you golf man, I love compliments! :)
9. The Dads - this group is never the same group of dads, but there are always a few from the group that are in the weights area together. They aren't in fantastic shape, are starting to get guts that hang over their basketball shorts, and try to lift like the high school boys. They still think they are in their "prime" and it's charming. My favorite is when they are talking about their kids but don't want to sound un-masculine so they usually do it while curling some heavy-ish weight and using a deeper voice. News flash - you're still taking Katie to kindergarten and talking to your other gym dad friends about how much you miss her while trying to lift.
This video helps illustrate my point:
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I worked 6 of the last 8 days. SIX! That's a lot! Especially when they are 12 hour days. Anyways, yesterday, my last of these past few busy days, was really really busy. I was so excited when I transferred my second patient to the floor at 4:15 and I finally got to eat lunch. Because I woke up late (ah! I hate this!! Definitely a New Year's Resolution will be to be early for work-ok, at least on time), I didn't have time to pack a lunch, but I did remember cash (which I usually forget whenever I need it). I had been thinking about a turkey wrap on the yummy spinach tortilla thing all day and when I arrived in the cafeteria I was sorely disappointed. They were closed. At 4:00. It's a Sunday. So I just stood there, I don't know what else to get. I always get the turkey wrap or the Mexican food on Fridays. Then the little Asian woman walked over to the counter where they make the delicious wraps, I totally thought I had a chance. I asked her if there was any chance she wouldn't mind making one more (nothing was cleaned up, everything was out and ready), she said "no, we are close, I go home". Seriously, that's what she said. So I asked again nicely, "so you can't make just one more?" - let's be honest, I'm starving, it's late, and all I want is a turkey wrap, I would make it myself if they just let me behind that little counter. She responds "I say no, I go home." I almost started laughing, but I thought that might be rude, not like she was being very Christmas spirit-y, but I didn't. I turned around wandered around the cafeteria about four more times, and decided on a quesadilla. After I made my decision, to my chagrin, the same Asian woman was now behind the grill counter! Didn't she have to go home? Anyways, I ordered a quesadilla, the cheese was all melty just how I like it, and I grabbed a little pico (I love pico). I was over the turkey wrap, they will be back on Monday. I said "thank you!" she said "mmhmm, you like extra sassa?" [I'll translate, sassa = salsa] What?? Now she is being nice?? I said "yes please, thanks! Have a Merry Christmas!" to which she said "mmhmm". I was so confused.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I know I have shared this with you before, but I LOVE the Today Show. On the Today Show is that cute Matt Lauer. He has great taste in shoes, is so classy, and always responds tactfully to anyone he is around. Love him.
Next, my date to the Royal Wedding (remember?). Yes, Mr. Bradley Cooper himself. A little more rugged and edgy, but oh so cute. I don't think we would have any kind of long-term relationship, but again, a crush is just that, a crush!
George. Oh George. You make looking at dead bodies and crime scene materials so much more fun! Again, just so cute! Love the baby face. And he's so sweet! Or at least he is on CSI.
Patrick Jane (I don't know his real life name). Again, I LOVE The Mentalist. My mom and I watch it together every week. With sugar-free hot cocoa. He is so cute! And so smart. And from Australia.
Note . . . I know I don't know these people in real life and that I am making complete assumptions about their character and personalities, I just don't want you to think I'm completely delusional.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I, on the other hand, have a real job. I go to work, I get paid, it's great! I love going to work, I feel productive and I like feeling like I'm helping other people. However, I also have days off. Like four of them. Every. Single. Week. Depending on scheduling, sometimes I will have five or six in a row! What is a girl to do?! The first day is awesome, I get everything done and feel accomplished. The second day is also pretty great, I get things done but it's laid back and I still feel productive. After that, however, it all goes down hill. I don't have kids, or a house, or a husband, or a dog, and after following my mom around at Costco far too many times, well, basically I've got to work on my hobbies. (And I've already covered spending 3 hours at the gym every day so don't suggest that.) If I could keep up with the Kardashians I probably would think about it, I drive a corolla, I wouldn't mind changing it up a bit, but my paycheck and common sense might not agree.
Anyways, if anyone has any idea of what in the world I can do on my days off (preferably something benefiting the community, not just Erin - although that would be great too), let me know! I especially like being outside, but inside things are good too. Waiting for your suggestions! :)
P.S. Do you think that's their real hair? I'm suspecting extensions . . .
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Also, since I'm working in Salt Lake, I'm moving! Yes, I am making the big move from Provo to Salt Lake! I'm a little nervous since I've finally gotten this Provo thing down, but I know it will be good. If you have any suggestions or ideas of where to go, I would love to know! Well, I'm back so stay tuned for next time! It won't be too long this time!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
- Being on time
- Sometimes clumsy
- Fiji (oh how I'm going to miss you!)
- Clean and tidy
- She always smells good
- Her hair looks great all the time - even when she wakes up
- She's a great example
- Put together
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The Easter ham, and most other "Easter" traditions actually have their roots in Paganism and have nothing to do with Christian commemorations of the Resurrection of Jesus. Although Christianity observes Easter to acknowledge the Resurrection, most know it is not the actual day of this event.
Still, Paganistic rituals infiltrated the Christian Church and have become intermingled to the point of misconceptions. The word Easter is in the Bible only once and is used Acts chapter 12. There it tells that King Herod (an evil pagan) was preparing to participate in Easter rituals at the time of Peter's arrest. So Herod delayed bringing Peter forth for sentencing until the pagan rituals were over. (You can read this miraculous story in verses 1-19)
What were these rituals and where did they begin? Noah's grandson (Cush) and his wife Semiramis had a son named Nimrod. Reports say that after Cush's death, Nimrod married his own mother and became a mighty king. He too was eventually killed. His mother then began the deceit of deifying her son/husband, claiming he had become a "sun-god" (the origin of "Easter Sunrise services), and he was then to be called Baal. (Baal was worshipped as a god of fertility and promoted sexual sin.)
She proclaimed that the people of Babylon should worship him and that he was with them in the form of a flame. This wicked Queen, doing the work of Satan, was creating a new religion and set herself up as the goddess called "Ishtar." Hence the root of the pronunciation "Easter."
After she became pregnant, she bore a son named Tammuz claiming he was the product of a sunray, which caused her to conceive. But Tammuz grew to be a hunter and was later killed by a wild pig. "Ishtar" then designated a forty day period (the source of Lent) to mark the anniversary of Tammuz's death.
During this time, no meat was to be eaten. Every year, on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a celebration was made. Ishtar also proclaimed that because a pig killed Tammuz, that a pig must be eaten on that Sunday.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Life has been a little busy lately and I haven't posted as much as I would have liked to, but updates will be coming!
First, and most exciting - I passed the NCLEX!!! It was not fun, it was hard, and I vow to never do it again. It was really fun writing, "Erin Zundel RN, BS" for the first time (it means I have taken my nursing state boards and am licensed, but I have also received my Bachelors of Science, which is different from a BSN but most people don't know that). I still like being called "Nurse Erin" if the desire overcomes you and you would like to formally address me. I participated in the graduation ceremony in August - which was great, but felt kinda weird considering I didn't actually graduate until December, but even then, it didn't feel over until I took that test. Now I feel like a college graduate and I'm loving it!! (This is the first time since I was 4-years-old that I haven't had homework!!!)
[Note: top picture is my nursing class - I love these girls, we made it through 3 years of nursing school together and had a lot of fun doing it. I miss you all and can't wait to hear what exciting things you will be doing! This picture was taken after our final "Closing Social" event. It was a really fun night. I'm laughing so hard, however, because Melissa's husband was trying to take a picture - along with all of the other husbands, moms, and attendees - and if you know Melissa you know that her anecdotes are hilarious, and she was trying to help him be a little more assertive. We were laughing so hard!! The bottom picture is of graduation in August! Such a good feeling!! Thank you cute sisters for taking a picture with me!]
After all the papers, tuition, and late nights, I have learned a few things along the way . . .
-It's not always about homework and getting the best score in the class. Sometimes it is. But sometimes it's not. Balance is a hard thing in college, and especially in nursing school, but sometimes you have to set aside the competition and just worry about doing your very best.
-There are good nurses and bad nurses. Learn from the good ones.
-Hands can be washed. It's ok to get them dirty sometimes.
-Go to bed early. (This kinda goes with the previous point)
-Sometimes going to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and then trying to make it to class the next day is an appropriate choice.
-You don't have to wash your hair everyday.
-Always volunteer - this includes raising your hand and doing things you don't think you are comfortable doing.
-Find good friends and learn from them. They are not easy to find and most of them get married, I'm really grateful for my current roommates, they are great friends and it's lucky for me they are still single.
-Be grateful. No matter how hard things have been or how overwhelming challenges can feel, being grateful can truly make a difference. Thanks mom and dad for all you have done and continue to do for me. I would be nowhere without you and I am grateful for your constant love, encouragement, and support. Thank you. I love you!
Second - I have completed my term as Director (West) on the National Student Nurses' Association Board of Directors. It has been an amazing opportunity and I have had a great year. I loved the people I got to know and work with and hope to know them for a very long time. (And a special shout out to my roommate Reneka - who made me feel welcome and invited, put up with my alarm clock, and whom I love and adore, what can I say, she's the best!). I also got to pass my position on to a fellow BYU student! Jaclyn Coleman is now Director West and will do an amazing job. It was really fun being able to pin her at the last meeting where I handed over my position. I know she will take good care of things.
Third - and ya, actually this is probably the most important - Happy Birthday to ME!! I love love love birthdays (especially my own) and I celebrated my 24th on April 12th! Fun fact about Erin - she has 3 sisters, 2 of which are also born in April, also, there are 4 girls who live down the street, 3 of which have April birthdays! I think this is a fun, unique coincidence and I love that we all have April birthdays (because really, April birthdays are the best!) I also have 3 cousins with an April 12th birthday - again, another affirmation that it truly is the best day of the year.
Well, I'm sure you all have missed me, and now that I am no longer a student, have passed the NCLEX, and don't have too much to do, I can blog! Lucky you :)
Monday, March 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Some thoughts lately . . .
1. I'm not a student! What kinds of things do people with real lives and no homework do? It seems like there is a lot of free time, or time that I get to decide what I want to do with it, and I'm just not quite sure how to handle it.
2. I no longer have an excuse to avoid the gym. I used to love the gym. It was a priority, it came before basically everything except sleep. Now I'm not loving it so much and because I'm a little more free with the new schedule, my lack of gym attendance excuses aren't working so well.
3. I think every married girl I know is pregnant. Seriously. It's so fun to read everyone's blogs and hear about babies and all the new exciting things that are happening in their lives and I love it, but I'm pretty sure I don't know a married girl who isn't pregnant or who hasn't had a baby in the last 2 months. Pretty cool!
4. I would really like to travel. Somewhere warm and balmy where I can get a tan. Hawaii? Greece? Anything is fine with me really.
5. Work takes a lot of time! Having a scheduled time on and off is SO great, but 12 hour shifts kinda make days pass by without being connected with the world. I love my new scrubs, the little shoe things I got so that my feet won't hurt, clocking in and out is kinda cool, and soon my name badge will say "RN, BS".
Well, that's about it for now, but I'll keep you posted, wish me luck!
P.S. It's Cezanne's 172nd birthday! (Thank you google!)
Friday, November 19, 2010
I love Harry Potter. I have read ALL the books twice and will now do it again beginning Thanksgiving weekend. (Ok maybe after I take the NCLEX). I still remember being in 8th grade and checking the book out from the Churchill Junior High library (our librarian sang in MoTab and I always looked for her during conference-so cool!). I have always loved reading, and still do, but the excitement of reading Harry Potter and thinking of nothing else is wonderful. When you're reading HP, everything you do is so that you can read. You do your homework faster, or not at all, you get your chores done, you miss meals, it doesn't matter what happens, you MUST keep reading. It becomes consuming, but it's SOOOOO great!!
The first part of the 7th movie came out last night and I cannot wait to see it!! No joke, I woke up this morning dreaming that I was in some HP book and trying to get to Diagon Alley. (Those of you who know me know this is very significant, I never ever ever dream and I can count on one hand the number of dreams I have had since I have been at college and I can tell you all of them). Anyways, I was trying to think of a particular spell and couldn't, it was so frustrating. Of course, the first thing I did when I woke up was google the spell, thank goodness for google. But that is how excited I am about this movie.
I also found out that the bell tower at BYU has been playing the Harry Potter theme!!! How cool is that??!! I love BYU. In honor of the movie, they played the Harry Potter theme every hour on Thursday between 8 and 6 and again today at noon.
On a less positive note, I took a dumb facebook quiz and it said my HP boyfriend would most likely be Fred or George Weasely. Facebook knows nothing. It was a slight shower on my Potter Parade, but I won't let it get me down. I know I deserve better, like Harry. Even Ron. He's kindof a dope sometimes, but incredibly endearing and hilarious. I'll find my Harry, someday.
Also, there was a fun article in the Daily Universe in relation to Harry Potter. It's called Sorting BYU Majors into Hogwarts houses. I really liked it, but they left out the Nursing program. Hello? For real? We have the highest GPAs on campus, we are incredibly resourceful, driven, competitive, and compassionate (just to name a few of our outstanding qualities). Even though she forgot us, it's ok, I still like the article. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This is so sad and so emotional, no I'm not depressed, emo, or anything of the sort. (I hate the word emo). Anyways, it's beautiful, lyrical, I could watch it a million times, and I love it.
And this is one of those really cool things that happens somewhere in the world that people should know about.
In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. This uniquely Catalan tradition requires astonishing strength, finesse, and balance. Not to mention courage.
Isn't it amazing what things people do and we don't even know about it? This is why you need to get out and explore a little. You find cool things! Enjoy!
-Buy clothes, mostly so I can look cute on my days off! :)
-Wash my car more often
-Buy a beach cruiser
-Study art history more often
-Watch movies in the middle of the day
-Learn how to ice skate
-Go rock climbing
-Learn how to snowboard
-Go on lunch dates with my mom
-Join and be active in a professional nursing organization
-Dress up and celebrate Halloween
-Go sky diving
-Take bubble baths
-Learn how to put on make up (maybe even work at the make up counter at Nordstroms on the weekends?)
-Read. A lot.
Basically, when I graduate I will have SO much more time and I plan on taking great advantage of it! I can't wait for December 17!!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
One of my favorite childhood books is "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day". It's a good story if you're ever in the children's book section of the library. My day hasn't hit that mark yet, but it's definitely been "one of those days". We all have them, they don't kill us, but they're not always the best either. Oh well! This has been my day so far . . . I had the best intentions of waking up early and going to the gym (even though I have averaged 5 hours of sleep every night, I totally thought I was super woman, I often think I'm super woman, it doesn't usually turn out so well) ANYWAYS, I didn't. Instead, I did the "snooze" thing (which I hate, you're just awake the whole time wishing you could be asleep), and ended up waking up late. Not a good start. Due to the late wake up, I didn't get to wash my hair, again, and ended up wearing a semi-lame outfit - no comments if you see me. I also had the choice of doing my make up or eating breakfast. I chose breakfast. Needless to say, by 8:00 a.m. I was quite flustered already. I was on time for class, but I didn't look too great, my hair was grody, and I had to do my make up in my car. Then I got to class and realized I hadn't forgotten to finish not one, not two, but three assignments! I had a paper due, which was already written but I had forgotten to print it off, I had a dumb reflective writing assignment that I semi-spaced but wrote very quickly before class started, and then for bridging we usually watch movies and discuss a particular principle (ex: leadership, delegation, accountability, etc. - most fabulous class ever) and I forgot my movie! No need to worry though, we didn't have time and I am presenting another time! Then we went to a lecture in the Mazer building and on the way out we were walking down a spiral stair case (4 flights of stairs from top to bottom) and my water bottle somehow flew out of my backpack and through the middle of the spiral, and managed not to impale anyone on the way down! The water bottle has even lived to tell the tale. (Not to mention I didn't even notice it took flight, some girl behind me had to tap me on the shoulder and tell me! Ha!) Major dork moment. My friend, Rose, and I came back and were eating lunch and I realized I forgot the chicken for my chicken tacos. I had corn tortillas with salsa, corn and black beans and learned I don't want to be a vegetarian. Then I spilled the salsa from my lame tacos on my jeans. To recap: I have dark circles under my eyes, look slightly homeless, have uneven mascara due to the fabulous lighting in my car, made myself look dumb in front of too many people, am low on protein, and smell like a Mexican restaurant. I'm not mad, everything is fine, it's just been one of those days.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
-Giving blood = the Lorna Dune cookies and juice you get after
-Going on vacation = coming home
-Going to the gym = leaving knowing you did a good job
-Attending any mormon function = there's always treats!
-Making your bed = getting in a nice bed that night
What are some of yours?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
This summer I taught swimming lessons in my backyard. I love swimming, I love teaching, and it was so much fun to have little people come and hang out with me every morning. During lessons I heard some pretty funny things, here are some of my favorites:
Jack saying "over there" . . . it sounds like "obah day"
Jensen: Are you bringing us treats again tomorrow? (Sometimes I wish I could ask this question too!)
Daisy: Why do you wear your hair like that?
Me: It stays out of my face like this
Daisy: Oh. It just looks kinda weird.
Zach: Do you know that one guy?
Me: What one guy?
Zach: That one guy who goes to the gym and has no hair but little short hairs and looks like me?
Molly: Mom, Daisy has to go to potty
Daisy: No I don't!
Molly: Yes you do!
Mom: Daisy, do you have to go potty?
Mom: Molly, why do you think Daisy has to go potty?
Molly: She keeps holding her bum!
Here are just some, among many, that I can still remember a month later! Thanks to all my little friends this summer, it was so much fun!!