Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nurses Are Like That Species of Monkey That Preys, Kills and Eats Their Own Kind

I have been a registered nurse for about 4 years, and I have to say that I find myself relating less and less to this type of "person". From my personal experience I can confidently say that nurses are like that species of monkeys in Africa that prey, kill and eat their own kind.

But why. Why aren't nurses kind and caring and helpful to other nurses? Isn't that what everybody thinks they are?

It's beyond me. I know that nurses have a very positive perception, but when you are a nurse yourself, you know otherwise.
Maybe it's the areas that I have worked in? Maybe it's only the nurses that I have worked with?
All I can say is that I find myself becoming more distant to this profession because of how it treats its own.

If you are a nurse, when you go to work next, see if you can identify a bully and then identify the victims. It's usually pretty hard to stand up to nurse bullies. They are usually very senior, have been working in that place for over two decades, and have a big possy. But if you are a victim it can be so bad that you don't want to come to work, you feel depressed when you go home, or you even lose your job.

I'm not sure what I want to get out of this, but I just want people to be aware that nurses aren't magically nice and kind. They can be mean and nasty.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wait a Minute. I'm a Condowner...in Vancouver?

It's probably not surprising to anyone that lives in Vancouver or near Vancouver or even far away from Vancouver that housing prices are crazy. For most people the idea of even owning a "home" is out of reach. I have been planning and saving for this basically since I finished high school. And with all the money that I have in the world, I just bought myself a condo.

So am I a homeowner? Nope.

I'm a condowner!

To a lot of people the idea of paying half a million for a condo is absurd. 
But maybe it's not so bad. 

So I don't have a front and backyard, instead of a have a courtyard :)
So I don't have a mailbox, instead I have a little mailbox in the midst of a few hundred other mailboxes. 
So I don't walk up to my front door, instead I take an elevator to my front door. 
So I can't mow my own lawn, instead I pay fees to have someone else mow the lawn in the courtyard. 
So I don't have privacy, okay there's really no comparative to being sandwiched between hundreds of other people. 
So I don't have the freedom to renovate however I want, okay again there's no real comparison. 
So I don't have actual physical property, again, nothing compares. 
So I don't have stairs and multiple levels, instead I have an emergency exit stairwell. 

I've already made this comparison before, and I will say it again. I feel like I live in a beehive. I'm a little bee with a little house in a big beehive. I just wonder, who's the queen bee? Maybe the strata? Maybe me? I guess I can be the queen bee and I can pretend that the strata is my worker bee. 
That feels better :)

I probably will not be able to afford a house in this current market, but maybe one day I can sell my condo and get a house instead. In the mean time, I'm happy being a condowner. 

And look how beautiful it is :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Paleo Gluten-Free Breakfast Cereal

I have recently injured my foot so I've had to change my calories and food consumption for the day. I used to do yoga about 5-6 times per week and I would run about 1-2 times per week.

Since I can't really do any exercise now, I give myself about 800-900 calories per day.

For breakfast I have created this yummy little Paleo Gluten-Free Cereal. Honestly since converting over to Paleo about 3 years ago, the one thing that I miss is cereal. I used to love to eat bran and oats and even quinoa for breakfast. 

But I've created something even more delicious and with huge nutritional value. 

This is great for breakfast, or before a workout, or even as an afternoon snack. I've never tried heating it up but that might be yummy as well. 

I make a big batch of this and then keep it in a mason jar in my fridge. I have about 1/2 cup of it for breakfast with 1/2 fruit and almond milk. 

Paleo Gluten-Free Breakfast Cereal

1/2 cup organic chia seeds

1/2 cup organic hemp hearts

1/4 cup organic flax seeds

1/2 cup organic ground flax

1/2 cup organic almonds (whole or flakes)

1/3 cup organic almond meal

1/3 cup organic dried goji berries 

1 tbsp cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. Transfer into large mason jar and store in fridge for up to 3 weeks. 

Add approx. 1/2 cup almond milk and fresh fruit, and 1/2 cup of cereal mix and enjoy! 

(I add a splash of egg whites if I know I'm going to have a long day and need more protein)

Yield: 12-14 servings