Humble and Kind

I know you got moutains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind.

Song by Tim Mcgraw

link to video: https://youtu.be/awzNHuGqoMc

19 năm.

Không nghĩ là mình đã qua đây từng ấy năm. 19 năm ko dài cũng ko quá ngắn, nhưng là 1 quá trình của 1 cô bé 14 tuổi trở thành 1 phụ nữ 34 tuổi.

19 năm trước nếu có ai hỏi mình muốn trở thành người như thế nào; mình cũng ko biết phải trả lời họ ra sao nữa. Mình đã nghĩ khi mình 30 tuổi chắc có lẽ sẽ có chồng rồi có con, an phận với cuộc sống. 30 tuổi, trải qua nhiều chuyện, mình nhận ra cuộc đời mình mới bắt đầu. Ko nên chỉ vì muốn có chồng mà chấp nhận 1 đời sống mà mình ko thích. Cuộc đời này còn nhiều thứ để mình tận hưởng lắm!

Hoa xương rồng này mình chụp được lúc đi hiking hồi tuần trước. Hoa đẹp phải ko? Mình thấy mình hơi giống xương rồng, đặt ở đâu cũng sống, như 1 hoa dại, nhưng vẫn toả sắc vóc riêng. ❤️

Covid-19.

Trước khi giao ca
(English version below)

Đây là khuôn mặt của tôi sau khi kết thúc ca làm việc 12-13 tiếng trong khu cách ly của Covid.

Tôi về nhà, đi tắm và lăn đùng
ra ngủ vì mệt.
May mắn thay, tôi chưa phải đối phó với những cái chết của bệnh nhân, nhưng nhìn thấy những bệnh nhân cuả mình không có bất cứ ngừơi thân nào bên cạnh và phải chịu sự giày vò của căn bệnh này một mình, thật sự là 1 tra tấn.

Làm việc trong môi trường này khiến tôi nhớ lại những lý do tại sao tôi trở thành một y tá.
Tôi cảm thấy rằng sau một khoảng thời gian làm việc trong lĩnh vực này, có cảm giác như mình đã quên lý tưởng lúc ban đầu.
Mặc dù tôi vẫn lo lắng rằng tôi sẽ vô tình truyền virus cho mẹ và Mimi nhưng hy vọng đại dịch này sẽ kết thúc sớm.

Từ trước đến giờ tôi ko chủ trương chia xẻ về nghề nghiệp cuả mình. Tôi không muốn sự thương cảm, tôi chỉ muốn mọi người biết được 1 chút về tình hình của những người đang ở tuyến đầu của dịch bệnh. Nếu có thương và muốn cám ơn chúng tôi, xin hãy ở nhà!

#imanurseicannotstayhome but you can #stayhome.

Hãy giữ an toàn và luôn khỏe mạnh nhé! ❤️
Tan ca


This is how my face looks like at the end of my shift, working in a “locked down” Covid unit and wearing my PPE and mask for 12-13 hours.
I got home, took a shower and passed out. Thankfully I haven’t had to deal with any deaths yet, but seeing patients who cannot have any visitors and dealing with this all alone. It really makes me feel horrible for them.

Working in this environment makes me finding out the very reasons why I became a nurse. I feel that after working in the field as long as I’ve had, I forget about it sometimes.
I usually don’t post a lot of things about my job, I don’t want people to think that I want their pity or what not. I posted these pics just to show a small portion of what the health care workers had to deal with. Yes, we are very thankful that we still have a job but we didn’t sign up for dealing with the shortage of PPE and the lack of supports.

If you appreciate us, please show it by staying home.

Even though I am still worried that I will unintentionally give the virus to my mom and Mimi but hopefully this pandemic will end soon.

#imanurseicannotstayhome but you can so please #stayhome!

Please stay safe and healthy. ❤️


 

Easy peasy slouch 🎩

E7EC2622-2BF1-482E-B4A4-832064C622D9.jpegI made this slouch hat in about 4 hrs tonight and wanted to share with you. I never written a pattern before and this is more of a guide than a pattern because everybody’s tension is different. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Let’s get started, shall we?

Materials:

– 1 cake of Caron Cakes in the color of your choice. I used Berries and Cream for mine and  I have about 80-90 yards left, probably enough for a pompom but I decided not to add one.

– Size H (5.5) crochet hook

– Tapestry needle to weave in

– Stitch markers (optional, although I highly recommend to know where you need to end and start your round).

 

Pattern:

Brim of hat:

Row1: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook. You could also chain longer, say 11 or 13 if you want your brim thicker. Turn. (8 stitches)

Row 2-64: Ch 1, sc in back loop only to end. (8)

I only did 64 rows because that’s how long it takes to fits my head. You can do more chain if you need.

Ch1, sc in back loop the 2 ends to create a loop. Ch1, turn.

Hat:

– Row 1: sc evenly in each stitch, ss to 1st sc. Ch1 (64sc)

– Row 2-4: hdc in each stitch, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 5-7: hdc in 3rd loop only, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 8-10: hdc in each stitch, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 11-14: hdc in 3rd loop only, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 15-16: hdc in each stitch, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 18-20: hdc in 3rd loop only, ss to 1st hdc. Ch1 (64 hdc).

– Row 21-22: hdc 2 stitches together, sew stitches to close top of hat.

Weave in ends and you’re done!

 

 

 

Badges made from recycled medication caps

Lately I’ve been interested in making name badges with the medication caps I collected at work. It started a couple weeks ago when I saw a nurse that has this really cool badges. It took me a minute to realize that she made them from these medicine caps. We trashed so many of them that I thought it was such an awesome idea.

Anyway, here are some badges that I made.

Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Lower Antelope Canyon

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything. Life kinda gets the best of me sometimes… Anyway, I went on a trip to the Grand Canyon with my friend Phil in April and I wanted to share some of the pictures. It was a wonderful vacation but it felt so so short! I really enjoyed it and hoping that I can come back in the near future.

1st day we flew out from Houston to Vegas, stopped at Hoover Dam and then drove 4 hrs to Williams, AZ, which was an hour away from Grand Canyon.

2nd day, (Easter Sunday!) we drove to our campsite, set up our tent and went out to explore Grand Canyon.

3rd day we woke up early to chase sunrise, drove to Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell. We couldn’t tour Lower Antelope Canyon because all of the tours were sold out that day so we ended up went to Horseshoe Bend.

Last day: we were lucky enough to be able to buy a 9:45am tour the night before and so we went to see Lower Antelope Canyon. Let me tell you though, you will not be disappointed! Best decision I’ve ever made and so worth the 50 dollars plus tax that we spent.

After the tour we came back to the hotel, showered and then drove 5 hrs back to Vegas to catch our 7pm flight to Houston.

Next time I wouldn’t do everything so close together like this because that drive back was so long and I felt rushed. Thankfully we made it in time!

As a bonus, here are some pics from the scenic drive: