A Pirate's Life for Me

February 21, 2017

I was looking through old files when I came across these photos from 2014 when Chris and I went to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire! This seemed sooooo long ago - Chris and I decided to really get into the feel of the fair so we dressed up as pirates! I just bought my costume from the clearance rack at Party City while Chris decided to rent his.

Also, in that first photo I was only 22 and Chris was 25 (I'm 25 and he's 28 now)! Wa wa waaa, baby Eena and baby Chris. I suddenly feel so old.

We tried on these really cool masks but put them down right away because a) they were expensive and b) they were very breakable.

I still dream about having these French beignets again. (Notice how I always have at least one photo of food in my posts? It's becoming a thing here, everyone!!)

This fair is an annual event in Irwindale, California and they'll be back this April through May, on the weekends only! Here's their website if you live close and wanna check it out! I'm definitely thinking of going back this year!

Life Lately #3

February 16, 2017

Chris was obviously my date for Valentine's Day. We had lunch at Sena on Myrtle, where we both ordered lobster grilled cheese sandwiches. After lunch, we went to see John Wick Chapter 2, which was really great. I'm not a huge fan of action/assassin movies but holy crap, this movie was amazing. The sound effects and the visuals were soooo good.

Remember in this entry where I talked about propagating succulents? One of the leaves finally grew baby leaves! Almost time for me to plant this baby in soil and watch it grow, grow, grow!

I visited a good friend of mine, Stefanie, this past week to finally meet her newborn. When I got out of the car, I was met with this really pretty view. Winters in California are definitely too sunny for my taste but it's a pretty sight.

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home... - S.E. Hinton

Working with Dementia

February 10, 2017

As I begin to close this chapter of my life, I felt that it was necessary to share my story, my experience. For the past two years, I worked with the elderly who were diagnosed with dementia, or some form of it.

What is dementia? Dementia is a general term that describes a group of symptoms, such as loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual function, caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells, or neurons. In fact, several diseases can actually lead to dementia, including Alzheimer's disease which happens to be the most common and leading cause of dementia.

In the two years I've worked with these residents, I've learned so much about the disease, about my residents and about myself.

  • There will always be good days and bad days. And by this I mean, my residents can wake up in the most cheerful moods, get themselves dressed and get on with their days. With that, there will always be days where it's a struggle to get them up in the morning, where they scream and kick at you but it's just a bad day.
  • Talk to them with respect. I cannot stress this enough. So many times, I witness coworkers baby-talk these residents and it is not cool. Absolutely disgusting, and just degrading.
  • They may not always remember who you are, but they will recognize your face.
  • Spend time to get to know them. Take notice of what they like to eat, what they like to do - it makes everything so much easier. Also, it never hurts to ask their families questions about what they did back in the day. I always take time to get to know my residents through their families and it warms my heart knowing how much they've accomplished in their lives, and how loved they are. I also go through their photo albums they have on display in their rooms and it makes me so happy. It also never hurts to talk to the residents as well. Some of them may be incoherent with their words or unable to talk, but they do understand you. The can still hear you.
  • You get attached to them. This is the most important thing I've learned. I know I'll be moving on to a different job soon, but every time I think about it, I die a little inside. I've gotten so attached to these residents, and I know I'll miss them tremendously.

Dementia is such a horrible thing. I hope that in my career as a nurse, however long it may be, that I witness progress or a cure for dementia because it's a terrible thing to be living in a world where your friends and family don't exist.

On top of the world

February 6, 2017

The smell of wetted dust and wetted sagebrush in a desert thunderstorm is a fragrance more packed with associations than the most romantic of flowers. --- Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

Keys View is a popular destination with Joshua Tree National Park that's perched on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. When you hike to the top of Keys View, you get a clear view of the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, as well as seeing the Salton Sea. According to park rangers, when air was less polluted, you could even see a glimpse of Mexico from that little area.

This was my second visit to Keys View and it still gave me chills like the first visit did. It's so surreal being on top of that mountain and seeing everything below. Being on top of Keys View is probably (for me, at least) the closest thing I'll get to feeling like I'm on top of the world.

Explorin' Joshua Tree

February 3, 2017

After years of falling in love with the National Park system, I caved in and bought an annual pass! This means that for $80/year, I get to step inside the country's most magical places. First line of business - Joshua Tree National Park.

Chris and I planned a day trip to the park. We left close to nine in the morning, and drove two hours to get to Twentynine Palms, CA. When we were 11 miles away from the park, we got really hungry and found John's Place along the road, which is a local diner. I was initially hesitant to dine at said establishment because it seemed empty, but when we walked in, the place was packed and the prices were great! We paid $23.33 for a ruben sandwich, egg & ham omelet with hash browns, and two half orders of fries and fried zucchinis. So much for healthy eating, I know I know.

From there, we went straight to the park! Since we went on a Monday, I was hoping it would be empty but it took ten minutes just to get to the park's entrance.

The park's name is dedicated to (obviously) the abundant Joshua trees (or yucca brevifolia) in the area. I did read up that these trees are actually found on one side of the park. The park's official website is right here if you want more information on it :)

The park's west entrance is where most of these HUGE rocks are situated. And look at Chris being a spider-monkey and jumping over all these rocks. I'm short so I stay in safe places because a) my legs are incapable of free climbing and 2) I am a wimp, ha!

I obviously had to include plant photos because I love plants and the desert had a cool variety of them.

This last photo is my new masterpiece. My "take a hipster photo of me taking you on an adventure photo" because hey now with this new annual pass, I'm definitely going on more adventures! Stay tuned as Chris and Eena take on national parks!

Life Lately #2

January 31, 2017

Chris took Toby (my furbaby) to the vet last week. He was uncontrollably peeing on things he shouldn't have and the vet diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. He got medications for it and he's feeling much better now! Toby was a stray cat that used to hang around in Chris' backyard; when Chris and I started our relationship in 2011, I saw him in the backyard and I fell in love. Chris and his mom have sort of taken him in and he lives indoors and outdoors now :)

On top of having a succulent collection, my mom and I started gardening. Like really gardening. She's growing potatoes, ginger and onions. Then she decided to buy two citrus dwarf trees - orange and lemon. We transferred them to the ground this past week and we're keeping our fingers crossed that they thrive! We're planning on getting the mulch sometime next week to protect it from other living things within its vicinity.

I met up with two of my closest nursing school friends, Michelle and Debbie, last week. We had lunch at our usual spot during nursing school, Gogo Poke, then stopped by Tea Bar which was right next door. Poke is the best; although I need to watch my intake of raw fish because too much can obviously be too much.

Southern California got a lot of rain recently! Winters in California are typically warm and sunny, but this year's winter is a cold one. Since the rain started, we've been plagued with extreme cold which ultimately meant, defrosting my car for five minutes in the mornings as I got ready to leave for work since there would be ice on it. I love the cold so I'm perfectly fine with it but I do enjoy the cold weather more when I get to stay at home.

What's been happening in your life lately?

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