Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rexinger Clan

I was able to see my family today. My brother lives just 1.5 hours from here, and he and family came to take me out for lunch today! It was grand to see them all. My nephew Tyler is 8!! Eight years old already! When did he get so big! He is talking politics already. Just wait until that boy is a teenager. Whoa.
 

 


Also today I sang some songs - one with the choir and the other with Rila and friends. It was really nice to sing again. I sure have missed it.
 

 


Doug Batchelor spoke for church this morning. It was a good time. He talked about how we as medical providers have such an opportunity to help people because we see them in a time of need. Anyway, it was good. Can you tell this is Doug?
 

Friday, October 31, 2008

Palm Springs, CA

This weekend I am at a conference in Palm Springs, California.


It's sunny here and the temperature was 92 yesterday. I didn't feel that hot because its so dry though. I am at the Adventist Medical Evangelical Network conference, and it's been really good so far. We flew in yesterday from Oklahoma in Dr. Nedley's plane.


We had to use oxygen when we were flying above 12,000 feet


and had a little time to enjoy the beauty of southern California once we got here.



This morning's message was all about David... well, no. Really it was all about knowing your purpose. Your cause. What drives you. And how knowing your purpose simplifies your life. You have a cause, a goal, and you know what you are striving for.

Simplicity.

Isn't that what we are looking for?
How do we find it?
Know your cause.
What is my cause?
What is yours?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

picture update

My new house


My mom's new car



Saturday Afternoon at Lake Murray - a great view, eh?!



After helping me move

Fraida

Fraida is the name of my kitten who recently made the trip with me down to Ardmore.
Mom, Greg, and I were in the motel when I noticed that Fraida was sitting on Greg's toothbrush.
Isn't she just adorable? How could you be upset...


Untitled from super woman on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Trip tribulations

The trip started at 5am Thursday morning. We were in Kansas when we saw the sunrise and we were still in Kansas when the van started smoking. There was a leak with the transmission fluid. WE tightened up the bolts where the fluid was leaking out on the side of the interstate, checked the fluid levels, crossed our fingers and started off again.

The tires on the trailer started smoking... More fluid out of the transmission. What was going on!!?? We didn't know. So we asked a professional. He said that our transmission was shot. Apparently the fluid was "burnt" which is a very bad sign.

We limped into Ardmore 13 hours after we started after going an average of 58 mph for the sake of the van.

Found a place to live on Friday. Water, gas, and electric are to be turned on Monday. Stayed at a hotel with mom and Greg this weekend and had a very nice time.

Sat. night my mother bought a new car. Wow. It's a nice car!

Now mom is on her way home. Greg and I are headed over to unpack the trailer (which is now in my possession I guess) and move me in to my new house!

More to come

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

mixed and missing

Despair and joy.
I move next Wednesday. I am Oh so excited to start working. My summer vacation has been too long, yet... this means that I will have to leave a place that I love so much. A place that is filled with people that I love, familiar faces, and comfort. And I'm headed to a place that is filled with unfamiliar faces and fear of the unknown.
Here I come Oklahoma. Watch out.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Greg on the homefront

Greg Okimi is here. He arrived a week ago monday! We've been busy working on the farm and such. We repainted the house which was a big undertaking, and were able to do some other projects for the parents. Never before has Greg spent so much time with my parents before. It's going well!
Greg came down to NE thinking he'd have to leave in 3 weeks, but just yesterday we found out that he could stay legally for at least 6 months! Isn't that good news?

I start my new job on Nov. 3, and am so excited to practice! I can't wait to start! I'll be moving to OK (where the job is) in October around the 16th. My doc is taking me to the Adventist Medical Evangelical Network Conference in Palm Springs the last weekend of Oct. just before I start my job. I am so looking forward to it!

So that's the news. What are we going to be doing until then? Well, there may be a little camping involved, some rock climbing which hasn't taken place yet, hiking, and exploring. A little horseback riding thrown in there too.

That's all for now.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

ah yes

Greg is coming soon!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

catch up video

Has it really been that long since I've blogged?! I think I've figured out how to post videos. Oh BOY! You'll get to see me paddling on the Madawaska river somewhere by Palmer Rapids, Ontario and Boundless Adventures. Oh so much fun! This rapids is called Rifle Shoot, and we didn't tip over! We did get a lot of water on board... but we were still upright at the end! Check it out, I'm in the front.

Untitled from super woman on Vimeo.

Oh, and here's a picture of Greg's new haircut. What do you think?


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hagarsville, Ontario

I'm sitting in a coffee shop now, one of my favorite places to be, reminiscing on my trip with Greg. You see, he had the 10-13th off, and will have the 21st to the 26th off. During his last break we went on a paddling trip down the river. Great fun. Hung out with tons of his friends - overwhelming at first, but soon fun. Then another paddling trip. Rapids were amazing! I am becoming a good paddler (at least I think so)! And I really feel like I can have a bit of control of the boat, maneuvering it through rapids, around rocks, and well, wherever else we need to go. My shoulders are growing in size too (is this sexy, I don't know... I think Greg may like it...).

I was also amazingly sick during this first break of Greg's. Just after the second day run down the river, I had a high fever, and was feeling horrible. I had diarrhea and stomach upset (probably from the delicious potato salad that may have gotten too warm), as well as congestion and coughing for the past couple days. After a hot bath and a lot of sleep in a comfy bed, I was feeling a bit better. After a couple of days now, it's still hanging on and clouding my thinking with yucky snot. In fact... I'm going to get a tissue and blow my nose right now...

Ahh... much better.

I'm hanging out with the Okimi bunch now. Mom and Dad Okimi have been gracious to open up their house to me and let me bum while Greg is working. We've been having lots of fun! Yesterday we made strawberry freezer jam. I had no idea that jam had so much sugar in it! Whoa! It's like spreading liquid sugar on your toast! Yummy! I have also been able to spend some time with the youngest Okimi - Alejandra. What a cutie! She is such a fun little girl - alway on the move! I think I may have become her friend yesterday, we'll see if she still wants to hang out with me next time. :)

So, that's the updates from me.
I have a clip of me and Kendal going through a large rapid. Whoa. So much fun! And we didn't flip over either! We were so proud... check it out!

OK... well, the upload took longer than expected... 45 minutes later, still no video. Hmm... well, guess you'll have to do without for now until I figure out a better way. Tata for now
~nancy

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Palmer Rapids, Ontario

Today was wonderful. I paddled on a day trip down the river with 3 other amazing paddlers, one of which was my wonderful boyfriend, Greg. Who, may I be the first to let you know, CUT HIS HAIR last night. All of it is gone, except just a bit on the top. I'll have to post a picture of it soon, but we kind of are in the middle of nowhere, and I'm lucky to be right next to a computer now.
I'm in love with the Madawaska river, it's just so breathtakingly beautiful!
More to come! I haven't blogged in a while have I?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

A few updates




I've Graduated!
video

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

home sweet home

I'm coming home tomorrow!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

bittersweet

My time in Guam is quickly coming to a close. It has been a wonderful time here and it seems like my schedule is so full once I'm almost to leave! I have dinner's here, meetings there, work here and there, and some serious snorkeling to do! There's so many other good snorkel spots that I haven't been to.

The docs here are so nice! I learned that one of my preceptors is the Grandpa of my Taco Bell Buddy from college! What a small world, eh?! I've leaned tips about casting, infections, abscesses, diabetes, scarlet fever, and much more to list. I've also learned about the red-footed booby, and traveling on a remote island!

A bittersweet parting it will be. Bitter to leave such a beautiful, tropical paradise, and yet so sweet to come home and have not only friends and family, but also my Greggy-pooh nearby.

Tonight I need to exchange pictures with the nursing students that are here from Andrews. We've had some fun times! I'll have to post some pics...

Monday, March 17, 2008

rota

has it truly been a week since I've blogged?
I went to the small island of Rota from thursday night to sunday night.
I wish I had time to blog at length about it because it was nice. But in short
Beautiful
Rustic
Natural
Quiet
Peaceful
Friendly
Slow-paced
Breathtaking

Monday, March 10, 2008

swearing

I had a patient tell me that he waited 4 days to get in to see us. He would rather wait and go the the SDA clinic because here the doctors do not swear at their nurses or at all. Granted... he probably should have gotten in to see someone sooner - anyone, he had a huge ulcer on his leg. But still, that's nice.

cherry red

Went snorkeling at Dog Leg Reef Sunday. Beautiful place! It had rained a ton so the original plan of hiking was kind of sloppy. :( After a scenic drive, I was in the water at Dog Leg. It was rainy and cloudy, so I was oblivious to possible sun exposure. The reef was amazing! So many different kinds of coral! And there was a large, unidentified, long, blue, pointy-nosed fish that had teeth, and swam right past me. Whoa. So, the amount of time snorkeling? I don't really know, but I think it was around 3 hrs. After we had dried off and were headed out, Eric realized that his calves were red. I thought to myself...awww... poor guy. But soon realized my calves were also burnt, and other things on my posterior. Oh my, I was getting more tender every minute.

So now I officially have a painful, heat-emitting burn. It makes me tired. It makes me crabby. On top of that I had the worst day at work today. I should have had a good day because I was able to see a lot of patients... but I was crabby, had a headache, was uncomfortable, hypoglycemic, and just plain cranky. Bah. I didn't get out of work until 8pm. That is 12 straight hours of clinic.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

crazy drunks

Lemme start with last night. Eric (my new guam adventure buddy that I met on the flight over) and I started our adventures on Gun Beach and wrapped around the cliff to another beach where we started our search for a cave the someone had said was over there somewhere. Where? That's what we were supposed to find out. We found a path through the bush and had quite given up on finding a cave when we came to a building of unknown use. We went just a little further and found a public bathroom. Hmm... Then we discovered a whole resort-type situation with picnic tables, reclining chairs, beach chairs, hammocks, and locked-up surf boards. No one was there and it was all dark. Ahh.. nice for relaxation.

We moved on and found a fenced in area with no trespassing signs. The gate was locked. A little further, same fence, next gate was wide open! In we went and came upon a beautiful cave! It had those stalagmite or stalactite structures and had hanging drops from the formations. Wow. It was so pretty and pretty hot. By the time we had explored the whole thing the back of my shirt was completely soaked. There was water down below that was so clear that you had to look twice or three times just to see if it was really water, and the rock formations in this cave were just gorgeous! Totally worth the hike.







Today's adventures consisted of a lot of getting lost. No, just temporarily off the planned route. This morning I thought I was lost on the way to a new church in Agat, but I just kept going and ended up in the right spot. Great church there, with a great potluck! I was so full!

Sabbath afternoon came, Eric agreed to go come with me and find some horses, and turns out I'm super-glad that he could come with. One of the drawbacks to being a tourist here on Guam is the limited amount of street signs combined with the lack of good directions. So here we were going down this road that was getting smaller and smaller, looking shadier and shadier. There couldn't be a horse farm out here, could there? Then we came upon this sign at the dead end of the road:



at which point we had to turn around. There were some very intoxicated people located just up a little hill playing loud music and generally making a ruckus. As we started driving back down the road one of the gentlemen cut us off by throwing a bike in the road demanding us to get out and talk to him. Whoa. He said we were just flying down the road (if you could only see this road you would know that could not be true) and we just couldn't do that. Some other guys came down to get the bike out of the road and eventually, after an apology for our outrageously fast speed, we were on our way. Whew!

We found horses, and I was able to get my fix of horse smell, horse petting, horse talk. No horse riding though :( They were done for the day. But I was still quite satisfied. Successful trip.

We then traveled up to Ritidian point where the beaches are perfect, only to find that the gate closes at 4pm. We were too late. There was another road off to the right, so we took it looking for a chance to get the beach. Every place along the beach had huge no trespassing signs and gates. There wasn't even any place to park the road was so narrow. The road once again got smaller and smaller until we ended at a dump where they explode stuff. Cool! But still no beach. We did find a lot of papaya, although they weren't too tasty and we ended up not keeping the rest of them. They were kind of small, were kind of grainy, and just didn't have good taste.


Anyway, that was the days events... I'm pooped. Tomorrow to Tarzan falls, Family beach, and perhaps some other falls, time allowing. I might even be blessed with a call from Greg tomorrow evening! Oh boy!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

hiking action

We



Are the people who hiked to here



It was a beautiful



and quite interesting hike, with many friends!



Our trail was also shared with ATV's. Can you believe they drove here?


Finally we were almost there! But as you can see it's down quite a hill.


It was a small challenge to get down




But a great reward at the end!




All in all a wonderful hike! With great company, variety, and beauty!