Thursday, November 23, 2017

Things I'm Grateful For

First of all I’d like to say Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. I hope you all have a great day with lots of amazing food and the people you love around you. I’m already jealous of all those gorgeous looking recipes that are being made and shared on Social Media. LOL!! Have fun and be thankful.

Although I live in the Netherlands and we obviously don’t celebrate Thanksgiving today, since it’s an annual holiday in the United States, I found myself thinking about all those things I’m thankful for. And in a world that’s sometimes very hard and brutal, it can be nice to think of the things your grateful for and I’d like to share a view of those things with you.

I'm grateful for my husband. Without him I would not be here today, doing what I love, believing in myself and having in faith in our love. He is my rock, my hero and the love of my life and I’m thankful I now can say I’m his wife.

I’m grateful for my beautiful strong mother and her kind loving man. I’m grateful they found each other, and I get to see them happy. And I’m grateful to be their daughter. 

I’m grateful for my family and family-in-law. Although we are not your run-of-the-mill family I’m grateful for you and for the things we get to share together. Life is definitely interesting with all of you.

I’m grateful for my job as a Nurse. I’m grateful I get to help people in their roughest moments.  Although it’s sometimes hard, I am thankful I get to be a Nurse and meet so many different people and learn little bits and pieces about their lives. 

And, I’m grateful for people that inspire me to be a better person. People around me, but also people across the world who I only know through social media. Even though there are some crazy people out there, getting so see, read, watch all of you guys gives me hope for this world. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Favorite.. Romance Story

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

I am a big Romance lover. Ever since I was a little girl, I could easily drift away dreaming about Prince Charming, fairytales, happy endings etc. And because of that I read a lot of romance novels, and watched a lot of romantic movies. And although I can think of many romance stories there is one that I thought of immediately when I wrote down this topic: the story of Allie and Noah in the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

I read ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks and I watched the movie several times and I just love this story. It’s a beautiful story, nothing impossibly good, but honest and real and I think it’s one of the most amazing romantic stories I’ve ever read or seen. 

“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”

Sigh.. Just reading this particular part again makes me swoon. There is just something so pure about this story and I love it. It’s so romantic!! I think what I loved most is how much Allie and Noah loved each other. Although it took them a long time to get their happy ending, they never stopped thinking or loving each other. And although the ending isn’t perfect, it is romantic and real.

What is your favorite romance story?

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Sunday Post #72: Weekend Trip

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I’m writing this on Friday morning because we are going on a trip this weekend. And I’m super excited. We are going to Den Haag, or The Hague it’s called in English. The Hague is a city on the western coast of the Netherlands and we are going with two friends. We booked two rooms in the Hilton there. And I’m super excited. We got this great deal on a beautiful hotel room there and we’re are leaving around 10 a.m. this morning, till Sunday. My husband and his best friend are going to this international Whiskey event today till 5 p.m. and while I’m waiting on my husband’s best friends girlfriend (LOL!! Do you still follow?) I’m going to browse the beautiful book stores there. She will be here in the afternoon, so I’ll have some time. And we will go out to dinner, and just have a lot of fun this weekend. So I won’t be blogging at least till Sunday evening. 

This week was pretty slow. I worked the final four days of my six dayshifts in a row and I was completely exhausted. But it was a good week!

Books & Blogging:

Blogging wise I’ve tried to visit as many as you guys as I could possible squeeze in. I’m still not completely satisfied, so I’ll try to do more this week. It’s a challenge sometimes with working full time as a nurse, starting my promotion business, doing house work and spending time with my husband.. But I’ll find my way soon! :D

This week another Sign-Up went life for Maureen’s Books Promotions. It’s a Book Promo for ‘Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance’ by Lauren Smith. ‘Grigori’ is a Paranormal Romance novel and the promo will be for December 14th. If you have a spot left, I would love it if you could sign up!

Next week there will be another Sign-Up ready to go. It’s for a ten day event in January and I’m super excited about it. Keep your eyes open for the sign up! ;)

I also updated my 'My Favorite' list for 2018. So check it out if you're interested! 

So things are going pretty good. I’ve been reading in the late hours of the evenings, and I’m definitely feeling like I’m completely back in reading paradise. LOL!! I should stop requesting book on Netgalley though. My TBR is getting to damn long!! Sigh..

How was your week? What did you read?

Last Week on the Blog:

This Week on the Blog:

  • My Favorite.. Romance Story
  • Review ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by Carrie Elks

New Arrivals:

Received from Netgalley
Received from The AudioBookWorm
Received from Netgalley

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Adventures in Nursing #4: The Moment That Changed Me

Next to being a book blogger and a fanatic reader I work fulltime as a Nurse in an Academic Hospital in the Netherlands. Since being a nurse is such a big part of my life I decided it’s time to share some of my adventures in nursing here on my blog.

Sometimes working as nurse can be very hard. And I’ve had several moments where I wondered for who I was doing it all for. When I was yelled at, puked over, pied on. It’s just something that comes with working as a nurse. We all go through it.
A view months ago something happened to me that almost made me want to quit nursing all together. Scary really. That moment changed me. And still, months later I am not the same person I was before.

I was working the nightshift. Something that I didn’t mind at all. In the weekends we used to stand with two nurses on 34 patients max. It’s a busy shift, and sometimes it’s not a big deal because most of your patients sleep. But most times it’s really hard work because people tend to be awake a lot. When I started this particular nightshift one of my patients, a man I also took care of the night before, was standing in the middle of the hallway.  This was not supposed to be possible. He had several IV’s, and he hadn’t been out of bed since his accident. Well, now he had no lines and had this wild look in his eyes. 

My patient was very angry, convinced that we were there to hurt him and he didn’t want to listen. Thankfully my colleagues of the evening shift were still there and they tried to help me get the man in his bed. Unfortunately he was very strong and tall, and he didn’t believe us for one moment. When he kicked me, my colleagues immediately took hold of him and put him down in a chair. We already called some guards and they were helping us keep him calm. And for a while it seemed to work. My colleagues from the evening shift went home, and me, my nightshift colleague and two guards stayed with this patient while we waited on a doctor. 

The man was extremely aggressive and in the end I also got hit, got urine thrown in my face and I was told he would murder me several times. In the meanwhile other patients were awake too of course and I tried to keep them calm and happy while I waited on more doctors and the patient’s wife.
Well.. he didn’t recognize his wife and he didn’t believe he was in the hospital.

After four very long hours we were able to help the patient get back to sleep. And when he woke up he couldn’t remember a thing of what happened. He felt scared, because he found himself in another room with a lot of broken stuff surrounding him and he had a lot of pain because we weren’t able to give him a lot of painkillers since we couldn’t come close to him.
At the end of my shift I tried to console my patient. But the truth was I was scared out of my mind for the man. As a professional I know that he doesn’t remember a thing, and didn’t mean to hurt me. But as a human being I felt terrible, scared, violated and angry. I became a nurse because I wanted to help people. And when I did just that I was hurt. 

Now, months later I’m doing much better. I’m doing my job as a nurse, and I enjoy it most of the time. I’ve worked some nightshifts and I’ve talked with my husband, coworkers and boss about this memorable shift. People don’t always seem to understand what this night did with me. But I understand now that I can’t expect them too. I have witnessed violence in my past before. And that’s why this situation was probably harder to me than for others. Angry people have always scared me. And this situation just made that a little worse. 

I’m still not back to being the nurse I was before this happened, and maybe I will never be. But I can see now that this situation was not because of me. It was not my fault. My patient didn’t mean to hurt me. He was just sick and needed help.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to become a nurse.. It has been my dream.. and I will find my way back. 

Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.
These views are based on my own experiences and my own interpretations in my life as a nurse. 
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