Happy Birthday To Me!

Today I turn 35 (whoops, am I not supposed to give my age out?). Well, I just did and I don’t give a damn. I am 35 years wiser, more successful (or slowly getting there) and happier.

So, happy birthday to me! I am thankful for the few amazing people in my life and for everything the Lord has provided me with. I’m grateful for this blog and the people that bother to read the crap I write (kidding, most of it’s not crap). I am just thankful.

I made no plans and goals for the upcoming year; I never follow through with them anyway. I’m taking life a day at a time and enjoying the moments I have with my family.

My course is almost done and I’m looking forward to continuing my education further and starting to work. I’m just not sure which direction I want to take my education; meaning should I pursue nursing or go for paramedics. Not sure yet but I have a ton of prerequisites to complete before I move forward with either course and if course, I need to find a job first! This whole, single-income living isn’t working for me.

Anyway, enough of my chitter-chatter. Wish me happy birthday and have a drink for me tonight, for today is the beginning of the rest of my life!đź’‹đź’‹đź’‹

~Tamana

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Remembrance Day

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left shall grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them.” – Laurence Binyon, “Ode of Remembrance”

On the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month bow your head and take a moment to remember what the veterans across the world have done for all of us. Please take a moment to honour their lives and cherish their memories.

Regardless of your race, colour, religion or culture, you are a human being first and foremost and in your country and in our world, there have been veterans that gave their lives so that we could be who we are today.

Lest we forget.

Nid’s 5th Birthday Letter

Happy Birthday, doll! May God bless you with all life’s joys and happiness. May you forever be loved and blessed. May you grow to become a beautiful person, inside and out. May you always know how much your mommy and daddy love you. God bless you, my darling. 

The past five years have gone by far to fast. Your daddy and I are amazed at how quickly you’re growing up and how independent you’re becoming. From the day we brought you home, you were the blessing in our home and lives and with every day that passes, we are reminded by the blessing you are. 

This year, you’ve become more independent than ever. You’re helping me in the kitchen with cooking and baking cakes (with the hope of licking the frosting off the spoons). You’ve helped me hang laundry and fold your own clothes. You’ve even encouraged me to read more, as your interest to visit the library has sparked an interest in me and so our weekly library visits have turned into a special time for both of us. 

You started French immersion school this year and have taken on the new language with such interest and pride. Your favourite song, bonjour les amie, is amazing to listen to, even though you sing it over and over again. You love counting in French and we’ve made a game out of it. It’s fantastic how quickly you’re picking it all up. We are so proud of you and your accomplishments.

Congratulations, my doll for achieving so much this past year. God bless you always. Mommy and daddy love you dearly! Happy 5th Birthday!

Quick Update Plus Diwali and Thanksgiving Pictures 

Monday was the last day of my clinical. It’s been an exhausting part of my studies but I’m finished. The next portion is less physically straining and allowing more interactions with the residents. 

During my community work; which began on Tuesday, I have been assisting staff with feeding, doing activities and walking with the residents. This is a very good chance to get to know the residents and learn their experiences. Although, it’s a much slower paced part of my education, I am enjoy it. 

I completely forgot to upload photos of thanksgiving and Diwali and so decided to include them in this post. Thanksgiving was fantastic and dinner turned into lunch due to a miscommunication between my husband and I. Nevertheless, lunch was enjoyed by all and we were so full afterwards, that everyone decided to nap right after. Here are some pictures of Thanksgiving lunch:

Lamb chops with pasta, scalloped potatoes and stuffing
My Thanksgiving dining table
French vanilla custard cake
Puff pastry fruit and chocolate tea snacks
Egg, spinach and cheese puffs for breakfast
Garlic pull-apart cheesy bread

As for Diwali, my darling husband surprised me and Nid by showing up earlier than expected. Nid and I were just getting dressed and beginning to light candles and diyas when he burst through the front door. I have to say I was overjoyed because I felt terrible that we were celebrating without him. 

Later that evening, when all of us were dressed and ready to pray, my brother joined us and stayed for the prayer and dinner. Nid completely adores my brother and was overwhelmed with excitement. Here are some of the pictures of our Diwali prayer and lighting of the diyas: 

Rangoli made with chalk and turmeric

Happy Diwali

From my family to yours, Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. I hope this Diwali, Lakshmi ji brings happiness and prosperity in your home and your lives are brightened and blessed like this prosperous day. 

Sending love, warm wishes and prayers to everyone celebrating today. God bless. 

Happy Thanksgiving 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. I hope you’re celebrating your long-weekend with tons of family and friends. 

This year, I am thankful for my family and few immediate friends; for the support they’ve given me during my time to further educate myself. Especially, thankful for my husband, who has taken on the full responsibility of supporting us financially and working the long hours. He’s been my strength and has encouraged me to keep pushing when I wanted to give up. He’s praised me for all my successes during exams and assignments and boosted my confidence when I needed the push. He doesn’t know it, but I love him to the moon and back and am so thankful he’s by my side.

I will be celebrating my Thanksgiving with my little munchkin and hubby and maybe a relative or friend. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving lunch. I’ve veered against doing dinner this year because of my placement schedule and having to work the next day. Nevertheless, I am excited to be making the feast and have an amazing menu planned.

I’ve decided to start with a light caeser salad and a three cheese pull-apart garlic bread. For the main course, I’ve chosen rosemary and thyme lamb chops with a garlic and rosemary sauce. For the sides, we’ll have garlic scalloped potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed asparagus and carrots. And for the grand finale, a white chocolate, raspberry swirl cake and vanilla bean ice cream. 

I’ll take pictures of my table and of all the dishes before everyone gets to it and I’ll share some recipes later this week. 

Have a blessed thanksgiving and enjoy your time off with your family and friends. 

Xoxo ~ Tamana

The Last Sprint

I begun my placement at a long-term care facility last week; which means I’m nearing the end of my program. Yay!Class time went by far too quickly. I am astonished at how fast the last six months have gone by. Here I am now at my placement and is it ever a culture shock. Everything we learned and did in class, didn’t prepare me for what was waiting for me on the other end. 

Working at a long-term care facility is so different than anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a different world altogether. Many of the things I’ve learned and many of the expectations I had are all so different than the reality that is before me.

But I will say that working here has given me a very different perspective of how much work personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses do. I’ve begun to feel so much compassion for the residents I care for and the other PSWs I work with. 

It’s a lot of hard work, though and I come home somewhat drained; the 33+ degrees temperature outside doesn’t help either. 

I was a bit overwhelmed the first few days but this week is starting to look up and I am feeling more confident with each task I perform. 

We’ll see how the rest of the week and the next one goes and hopefully, my confidence sores. Stay tuned for more updates. Xoxo

a stubborn desire…

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