Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our Plans Have Changed

A while ago, Rachel and I were planning on heading up to Salt Lake to celebrate the girls 2nd birthday up there with my family around the time of the Ute Stampede. But like I have stated in the blog below, times are tough and I have put the rest of my money into my business to help it grow.

So because of that, it does not look like we will be heading up north until possibly September... Maybe for Peach Days.

I really wanted to let the girls go on rides at the City of Fun carnival. But Rachel made a good point: The girls will enjoy it better next year when they are another year older and know what is going on. Sorry to disappoint anyone who had hopes on seeing us up there this summer.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma

My mom's 50th birthday was in December of 2008, but we never really had a party for her.

So my sister sent me a invitation a few weeks ago saying that the family was planning on having a party for her on June 20th. My dad had a party, why not my mom... Since I have put a lot of money into saving my business by renting the space at the shop, we could not afford to make it and to stay up there for the party.

So I did the next best thing. I made a video for her to wish her a Happy Birthday. I had to convert it for the iPod and asked my brother to put it on his iPod touch so she could watch it.

But I wanted to let everyone else watch it since she loved it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iStGeorge is Now A Store Location

Last week, I went and talked to another business owner here in St. George. His wife also works with Rachel at Dispatch and mentioned this to Rachel. He was kind enough to offer me to rent out some of his store location so that I can do business there as well, since he is not in there most of the time.

After struggling all this past week with business being very, very slow and knowing that if I sit around as a home business any longer, I would no longer be a business and/or I would have to get my job back at Lin's or somewhere else that is flexible with my hours.

So, on Monday, June 15th, I finally went over to the City of St. George Business License and applied to have another business license to perform business at this location. But before they give another license to me, one is required to have a building inspection. They need to call me and schedule a time... So it could be anytime this week or next week. I am kind of nervous, but since Mike (the gentleman who owns this business) is doing business in there now, so he was given a thumbs-up on this inspection and now he is performing business in there now. But there is always that, "What if they find something...?".

I am hoping that I can keep busy there to keep me in business, or I am going to be hurting even more... But I look on the bright side. This location is on a busy street of St. George called Bluff Street...

...So until I get a sign up on the building, I am going to park the van towards the traffic so that people will see it when they drive by and know that I am there and that iStGeorge exist. If you are saying, "Why not put a sidewalk sign up?"... Can't. It's not allowed. What is permitted, you have to get permission from the city to put up a sign (such as a banner on the building itself). Lame, I know.

I have already paid Mike for the month of July, but plans have changed from having have my first day open on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 to tomorrow, June 18th... So I am getting a few more things done so I can be prepared when I am there. But I will also have to bring in some things that I might need later as time rolls on.

The only thing I will have to adjust to is taking breaks and bringing little snacks with me to munch on when I am there. I've become too dependent on eating and drinking water whenever I want to. Oh, the struggles of the working man... But luckily it will be 4 hours a day, 3 days a week to get my name out there. So I won't suffer very long.

So, wish me luck! Oh, and check out the business main webpage to see what I have done...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Ryan's Famous Bean Dip

The recipe for my bean dip is below. But I want to quickly tell you how I came up with the idea for this recipe since everything in it was made from scratch without any measurements from a previous recipe.

I use to eat a Lean Cuisine Santa Fe-Style Rice & Beans meal during my two breaks back when I use to work at Super Saver (I was a growing boy). Well, one day after getting off work, I got food poisoning from eating one of the package I had that day. So I decided no more of those and I was going to make my own bean dip recipe. I grabbed what I could remember what was in it or what I thought was in it off the top of my head and made different versions before I finally came up with the version that I like.

Ryan's Famous Bean Dip

1 can (16oz) of vegetarian refried beans
1 cup of sour cream
1 Roma tomato (cubed)
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp of chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup of cooked white rice

Serve with:
Tostitos Hint of Lime chips

First, cook the rice in boiling water on a stove until soft (drain any excess water).

In a large mixing bowl, mix the refried beans with the sour cream together first. Then, mix in the remaining four ingredients in with the beans and sour cream. Stir. After ingredients are mixed together, place dip in storage bowl(s) and refrigerate.

When ready to serve, scoop the desired amount in a microwavable bowl and heat in 1 minute increments (stirring after every minute, but no more than 3 minutes) until cheese has melted.

Makes 4 to 5 cups of dip.

If you heat up the dip and then place any excess dip back in a fridge for later, it will spoil in less than a week... Non-heated dip will last longer.

You can always add more tomatoes, cilantro, cheese or even a mixture of different types of cheeses to your hearts desire.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

SimNewB Helps Doctors Train

(This is an article that was on the front page (so I have been told) of The Spectrum Newspaper here in St. George, Utah on June 13, 2009.)

"SimNewB helps doctors train"
BY NUR KAUSAR • • June 13, 2009

CEDAR CITY - Cries, grunts and tears from newborns can be hard to handle, even for trained health professionals, because of the infants' delicacy and unknown health problems.

This is one reason why Valley View Medical Center, in conjunction with Dixie Regional Medical Center and Garfield Memorial Hospital, purchased the SimNewB, a computer-controlled simulator that looks and acts like a real newborn and trains for neonatal resuscitation.

SimNewB is a 7-pound, 2-ounce, 21-inch machine child that costs upwards of $25,000 and has been used in the last year to replace Intermountain Healthcare facilities' neonatal resuscitation lecture-based classes with simulation.

For the southwest Utah region, VVMC was the first to conduct the six-hour training with SimNewB on Thursday, with physicians, respiratory therapists, midwives and nurses working together on the machine.

"This provides a safe environment for this team to get hands-on experience with a newborn," said trainer and OB nurse Jenny Call, noting that a Webcam was also attached to the resuscitation table so the class could go over its successes and mistakes. "Statistically, 72 percent of bad outcomes have occurred because of communication problems," Call said of neonatal emergencies. "Since changing to simulation-based classes, Primary at Intermountain Medical has seen improvement in resuscitation outcomes and satisfaction from employees."

The team on Thursday was given different scenarios and tests by Dixie Regional trainer Kristi Carson, and acted how it would in reality while using SimNewB, checking vitals, watching heart rate and administering medications to the simulator.

"They're testing the whole time they're doing it," said nurse and educator Carolyn Shaw. "They get to use it over and over and learn from their mistakes."

Shaw noted that many at VVMC have not had a bad newborn experience, and if an emergency situation arises, newborns are often taken to larger, area hospitals or a team is brought in.

VVMC also does not place newborns on ventilators overnight in case of a resuscitation problem because of its small overnight staff, but public affairs director Scott Monroe said part of VVMC's long-term plan is to expand the maternity department.

For the last three years, Monroe added, VVMC has handled approximately 1,000 births per year.


URL to Article: Click here
Picture taken by: Patrick Cummings/ The Spectrum

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Very Busy Weekend

On Friday, I woke to find Rachel making my Bean Dip that I make... BUT, she mixes in garlic powder as an additional ingredient-- Gross!, and when I walked in the kitchen, I said, "It smells like garlic in here". Ugh! So, if you want to, I will be posting the recipe for the Bean Dip in a few days-- The way that it is suppose to be made.

The reason why she was making the bean dip was because on Friday, Rachel and her co-workers came over to the house we went to last year for the yearly pool party. Because of budget cuts, everyone had to bring something for everyone. I have made the bean dip before and Rachel has taken it into work and everyone has chowed down on it.

So we drove over to the house and we were the first ones there. People slowly started showing up and lunch was served. We played and I wore out before the girls did. Finally 3PM rolled around and the girls were finally getting cranky, so we drove home to put them down for naps.

Around 5PM, my parents came over to the house. We decided to take the girls over to the water park. We did, but we were not there very long since the wind was blowing and the girls were now starting to freeze and chatter their teeth. After changing the girls into regular play clothes, we drove over to Wal-Mart to try finding the kid cones that we have purchased before for the girls to let them eat ice cream on a cone... instead of wasting a regular sized cone and letting the ice cream drip through the bottom of the regular cones. Still no luck. If anyone in St. George happens to see these kind of cones at any store, please let me know.

On Saturday, my parents came over while the girls were eating breakfast and then played with them for a little bit before the girls pointed to swings on the TV. So, we put the girls in their wagon and took them over to the park that is right next to our house. I wasn't there very long before I had to go work on a computer at a neighbors house. When I was done, I came back to find the girls (and my dad) asleep. Rachel and my mom went shopping. When everyone woke up, we went and ate dinner at Cafe Rio. After dinner, we (the girls and I) went swimming in the pool at the hotel that my parents were staying at. We were not in the pool for more than 30 minutes before dark clouds started rolling over head and wind started blowing. So we took them back to the room and let them play in the tub. After washing the chlorine off of them, we drove over to Iceberg Drive Inn for ice cream. After eating, we dropped my parents back off at their room and we headed home for the night.

On Sunday, I had to go pick up a computer from a customer. When I came back, I found the girls awake in their cribs and so I fed the girls breakfast. I called my parents to let them know the girls were up and they could come over. They arrived shortly after and played with the girls until they had to leave by 1PM... so they could make it back to Salt Lake before it got too dark. Around 1, it was time for the girls to take a nap too. So it was perfect timing. My parents said goodbye and since I was exhausted, I went to take a nap to finish catching up on sleep.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

60 Years

On May 10th, 2009, my grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. But, because May 10th was also Mother's Day, many restaurants were obviously going to be packed with families celebrating that day. So, in order to have fun and not have to deal with a crowded and packed restaurant, my family all agreed to celebrate the anniversary the following Sunday, May 17th.

So, Rachel and I (along with the girls) planned to drive up there for a very quick 3-day visit.

Friday, May 15th
On Friday evening, because Rachel was nominated to be Dispatcher of the Year (again), her work gave her the night off (with pay!). Just so you know, Rachel won it last year. Rachel asked me to go with her and to let her mom watch the girls while we went. So we drove over to where the reception was being held and made it just in time. There were other awards before they finally announced the "Dispatcher of the Year" award at the very end.

Because she had enough votes, Rachel has now won it two years in a row. I took video with my cell phone of Rachel receiving her award, but you can not hear anything the presenter is saying (so I won't post the video). After the reception was over (after 8:00 PM), we picked up the girls and then headed on up to Salt Lake since Rachel didn't have to go back to work. That made it so we could enjoy all day Saturday with my family up in Salt Lake instead of traveling. We made it up there around 2:30AM -- NEVER AGAIN!!! because the girls would not go to sleep, so I was up until 4/5 AM. We had plans to go visit and see my dad's Mustang in a car show... But, because I slept in, we never went.

Saturday, May 16th
I don't remember much after waking up. I do remember that I was able to fix tire in the van since a screw had punctured it (on the drive down to Las Vegas) and was causing it to leak air very slowly. After my dad and I fixed the tire, we all sat down and ate a spaghetti dinner as a family. It was gooooood...! After dinner, we let the girls play outside in the backyard since the sun was setting and the temperature was just right.

Then, Rachel and I asked my parents if they wanted to watch the girls while we run to The Gateway too get some ice cream. Plus, she wanted to get some clothes and I wanted to play with all the gadgets in the Apple Store... But the Apple Store was closed! So, I had to hang out in the clothes store with Rachel until she was finished. By that time, the Ben and Jerry's was closed and so we headed back to my parents.

Sunday, May 17th
On Sunday, there was absolutely nothing to do until 4PM. Finally, 3PM rolled around and we started to get ready, and then we headed over to the restaurant. The reason why 4PM is that is when the restaurant opened on Sundays, not because that was when my family wanted to go there if it opened earlier. So we sat down at three different locations. This Japanese restaurant is like Benihana. You sit in a semi-square and they cook your food on the grill right in front of you. Because we had the girls with us, and because there was fire, they were getting scared. So they wanted to be held. But since they were in high-chairs, I just hugged them and talked to them explaining what the chef was doing. So they enjoyed it later on.

Because the chefs get you involved with their act (i.e., tossing cooked shrimp in the air and trying to catch it in your mouth, etc.), it was a lot of fun! After eating, they brought out a cake with the custom picture placed on top and Sparkling Cider. So we celebrated by making a toast to my grandparents.

But after eating, it was time to go because the girls were getting grumpy. But before everyone we left, the entire family gathered 'round and pictures were taken of everyone in the Sharich side.

Later that evening, before it got too dark, we all drove over to my sister Annie and brother-in-laws Ben's house. I have never visited them in their home since ... well, ever. So we all drove over (minus TJ) in our van so the girls could see the baby chicks they were raising. The girls loved it.

Monday, May 18th
On Monday, we got packed up and ready to leave. We left my parents around 1PM. We made a quick stop to say bye to my mom at her work, then headed over to visit with my grandparents before we headed out. We were over at their place for about an hour before we took off again (they had plans to be somewhere too). We stopped to say Hi to my friend Tristyn at her work and bought a cat trap while we were there.

Got on the freeway to head home, but since Rachel never really had breakfast, we stopped at Apollo Burger. We wanted to stop and say goodbye to my dad, but he never answered his phone... So, we continued on down to Nephi, Utah to visit my grandma for a bit. By the time we left, it was about 5 or 6PM. We could have been home by then had we not stopped. But after visiting with my grandma, we continued on home and made it back home quarter to 10 ... The dog was happy to see us!

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