Sunday, April 4, 2021

COVID 2021

Hello 2021!

WOW. I cannot believe I last posted in 2019. So much has changed for us and I am sure for you as well.  

Things I did during COVID 2021.

Learned how to make charcuterie board. This was a lot of fun with the kids. I suppose I use to like to cook but I've always enjoyed the decorating part the best. Maybe it was because my whole life I feel like i would never be an excellent cook so I gave up on that dream. lol.  

 John went exploring in the woods with my dad. first and last. lol

In fall of 2021 the kids also when back to school <3 My little kindergartener and second grader.  In the beginning of 2021 I had a miscarriage and I was so sad. We saw the little sac with baby but no heart beat. A couple weeks later there was still no heart beat and baby passed.   It was the first time I had the thought that maybe God is only going to give me these 2 beautiful babies.  I am so grateful to be a mom and they mean the world to me. I am so proud of their little accompliments they have everyday. I hear over and over how good kids they are from their teachers and friends.  I love them so much! They make our how full of noise and love and fun and energy. 

Elephant ear at the fair. I ate so much food during 2020-2021. I know I have gained over 50 pounds. 

Enjoying the sun with some yummy food. 

This was my dad's birthday and we took him to try this sushi boat.  My mom was so happy. lol.

Spending time with the grand parents and great grand parents. This year also my grandpa had a stroke. We were defiantly worried. I know my dad especially was worried. He was there watching over grandpa what seemed like 24/7.  This was all during covid so only 1 person could go into see him.  This photo was taken after he came out and after recovery.  Glad we were able to capture this sweet moment. 

First ever Hmong family photo shoot with my in laws. I was hesitate to spend time with family.  Maybe it was because I was surrounded by patients who thought they had Covid and I heard about Covid all the time and had meetings about covid on a daily basis at work. We worked as a team delivering the news to patients and assuring them as best as we could. Covid was very real in my life.  I give so much respect to those who treated Covid patients in the hospital. What they had to mentally prepare for everyday when they went to work and when they came back home I can't even imagine how they felt.  I am happy we were able to capture this sweet moment with my in laws.  John my husband also lost his oldest brother in December 2020.  I know many of you probably lost someone close to you.  We had planned to go to Florida for our annual Disney trip with my sister and her family.  I really had to step back and ask John what he wanted to do.  Anything he wanted and what ever he needed I would be there for him. He decided to just stay home and that what we did. It was a difficult time and I still have a heard time understanding the real pain that someone goes through when they lose someone.  It almost seems like a defense mechanism that I have where I just go numb and forget about my feelings. I find things to burry myself in and busy so my emotions don't get in my way.  

Lots of time with my little family.  I was constantly trying to find out door things for our little family to do.  We went to almost every beach around us and swimming place. Lots of sun for us. 

Sleeping in the garage trying to not infect my family with COVID since I worked at the covid clinic site.  I rotated between covid clinic site, urgent care, and family practice. That was defiantly a huge learning experience for me as I navigated through it. I remember the day I was working and I got the text that they would be shutting down the fast cares for now and we would all be at urgent care.  I learned so much at urgent care.  I was even able to suture minor cuts there.  Thanks to my surgical back ground holding the needle driver and suturing I had seen a million times so it felt natural for me.  Then on to the covid clinic site I went. Full gown, change in scrubs, seeing possible positive covid+ patients. We worked it like an urgent care but saw those with respiratory illnesses. Then I would go to family practice clinics as well.  

Tested out as proficient in speaking hmong for my job :) This year it was also a goal of mine to test out of Hmong.  I always think of the legal things that I will run into in everything that I do so this has made me feel more comfortable when Hmong members decline translators which is always because I can speak hmong. Having this certification now means I don't need a translator and that possibly my schedule with be loaded more with Hmong patients and bonus pay. lol


Thank you for visiting! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What I have been up to...


Hi everyone! Horray! 3500 sales on Etsy in 2 years! THANK YOU ALL! What a great accomplishment for me! Etsy sends us reminders when we hit milestones so this one I was excited about.  

I haven't blogged in so long! I figured I would let you know what I have been up to! As many of you know I graduated with my Master's in Nursing in December!  I am currently in the process of studying and getting ready to take my boards ANCC.  It is a 4 hour long exam that will grant me certification to practice as an FNP.  After that is applying for my DEA and NPI.  So many things need to line up before I can officially be hired and start working.  I am just taking it slow and focusing on studying for my boards.  I am not picky with jobs but hoping I will find something that will be family oriented.


On another note I have been involved with the beginnings of Hmong Nurses Association and part of the core group that has been organizing the beginning meetings in Wisconsin.    Elections took place on January 26, 2018th for the officer positions.  I was not planning on holding a position because of family and my new job I may be starting soon.  But Mai emailed me and asked if I would be able to run as secretary.  I thought long and hard about it again and decided I would give a go with this amazing nurses.  This will be a 2 year term and I am hoping I will be able to assist in anything that is needed.  So much to think about as be will be the first group to lay the foundation for the Hmong Nurses Association Wisconsin Chapter. 

It's like starting my business all over again.  Thinking about all the legality details that need to be put in place for the next group that will be taking over as well and thinking about how we will make a difference in the community.  I am excited to be working with these smart amazing ladies.  

Another event I may be attending as long everything works out is the “I Am Hmoob” event at the UW-Milwaukee campus on Saturday, March 30th. 

Either way if I don't make it to this event I have sent along 2 surprise coffee mugs and a shirt for raffle prizes!  So make sure if you are free that day to go support these talented students.  You'll have to chance to win many other prizes and have so much fun!

Another organization I have been a part of is the Wisconsin Hmong Association Inc. Miss Hmong Madison Court. Currently they have calendars for sale as fundraising for their events they will be hosting in this year. 

Our calendars are fun and unique. Each month contains an important theme and message that our Miss Hmong Madison 2019 Court wanted to share. Funds raised will be used towards our platform projects and initiatives for this year. Our platform is empower Hmong women and girls, help them find their dreams and passion, continue to make awareness on depression and suicide, and give back to our communities by volunteering and many more ways!"

Click below to support these lovely ladies! 

Watch below to see the amazing things Miss Hmong Madison was up to last year! 

Miss Nkauj Hnub Lauj, of Wausau, gives her farewell message and talks about some of the wonderful stories she has accomplished since she was crowned as Miss Hmong Madison 2018. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Differences between 1, 2, and 3 silver

DISCLAIMER: Use this information at your own risk. I merely and writing about my experience.

I have received a lot of questions about what the differences between 1, 2, and 3 money are. 

Money 1 is solid silver 95% and up
      This is real silver.  Not plated.  It is full solid silver.  It should be heavy when you put it in your hand. Here is an example.  I would say its hard to tell if items are real silver just buy looking at it.
You could take it to a jeweler to double check the item.  But you could risk damaging it as well.  I have seen kits online that you can buy but it is basically a type of solution that you put on the item and it should react in such a way that you would know.  For this type of silver you can use TarnX to clean it with good results. BUT don't do it too much because you can ruin the silver. The quality will last a lifetime. 



MONEY 2 is Silver Plated 
       I would call this SILVER plated.  It has the the silver on top but when you rub it with a silver cleaning cloth it will turn yellow.  Essentially you are rubbing off the nice silver color on top off of it. The silver color will never come back.  It also will tarnish quicker than real silver.  The quality is good for a short term item.

silver plated

       Money 3 is something else.  From my experience I believe it is just plastic.  It is a plastic piece that has been coated with a shiny aluminum liquid.  They are nice for events but won't last long if they are not properly stored. They also tarnish quickly if left out for long and you won't be able to make it shiny again.  They are very light weight.  When you bend them they will snap into 2 pieces.  They also don't make the nice dinging sound that real metal coins make. They almost have a dull plastic dinging sound to them. 


I hope this information helps you guys when looking at items for the new year as we all dress to impress.

COVID 2021

Hello 2021! WOW. I cannot believe I last posted in 2019. So much has changed for us and I am sure for you as well.   Things I did during COV...