mac and cheese with bacon.
I enjoy cooking, but I still consider myself a novice. Here’s a new dish I decided to try out. I took bits and pieces from various macaroni and cheese recipes and added some bacon.

mac and cheese with bacon.

I enjoy cooking, but I still consider myself a novice. Here’s a new dish I decided to try out. I took bits and pieces from various macaroni and cheese recipes and added some bacon.

palm leaves.
The leaves of a coconut tree.

palm leaves.

The leaves of a coconut tree.

entrance arch.
The entrance arch at Ek’ Balam, located in Yucatan, Mexico. According to our guide, Pedro, this arch was used for ceremonies and give offerings.

entrance arch.

The entrance arch at Ek’ Balam, located in Yucatan, Mexico. According to our guide, Pedro, this arch was used for ceremonies and give offerings.

sunrise.
The sunrise at Playa Maroma. I woke up extra early to try to catch it.

sunrise.

The sunrise at Playa Maroma. I woke up extra early to try to catch it.

playa maroma, mexico.
A little piece of paradise located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

playa maroma, mexico.

A little piece of paradise located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

after the rain.
Luckily, it only rained once while I was on holiday.

after the rain.

Luckily, it only rained once while I was on holiday.

mexican coffee.
Whilst in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I had a wonderful cup of organic and freshly roasted coffee at a local cafe called La Bendecida.

mexican coffee.

Whilst in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I had a wonderful cup of organic and freshly roasted coffee at a local cafe called La Bendecida.

i’m a graduate … again!
Nursing is an art; and if it is to be made an art, it requires as exclusive a devotion, as hard a preparation, as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or cold marble, compared with having to do with the living body - the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts; I had almost said the finest of the Fine Arts (Florence Nightingale) For the past six months, I have been a student in the Winnipeg Critical Care Education Program so that I can become a nurse on an intensive care unit (ICU). I have never studied or worked so hard in my life, but I am so glad that I did. The past few months have been the most frustrating and demanding times of my life. As I embark on this new chapter of my career, I feel confident that I have made the correct decision. Trust me, there were many moments when I considered quitting all together. Even though I have been a practicing nurse for over nine years, being an ICU nurse will bring on new challenges and rewards.
I would like to thank my family and friends for being there for me. Thank you for forcing me to take a short breaks, putting up with my grumpiness and tears, and most especially, encouraging me when I was feeling doubtful. Without awesome people like you in my life, I would not be the person I am today. For this, I am forever grateful.

i’m a graduate … again!

Nursing is an art;
and if it is to be made an art,
it requires as exclusive a devotion,
as hard a preparation,
as any painter’s or sculptor’s work;
for what is the having to do with
dead canvas or cold marble,
compared with having to do with the
living body - the temple of God’s spirit?
It is one of the Fine Arts;
I had almost said
the finest of the Fine Arts (Florence Nightingale)

For the past six months, I have been a student in the Winnipeg Critical Care Education Program so that I can become a nurse on an intensive care unit (ICU). I have never studied or worked so hard in my life, but I am so glad that I did. The past few months have been the most frustrating and demanding times of my life. As I embark on this new chapter of my career, I feel confident that I have made the correct decision. Trust me, there were many moments when I considered quitting all together. Even though I have been a practicing nurse for over nine years, being an ICU nurse will bring on new challenges and rewards.

I would like to thank my family and friends for being there for me. Thank you for forcing me to take a short breaks, putting up with my grumpiness and tears, and most especially, encouraging me when I was feeling doubtful. Without awesome people like you in my life, I would not be the person I am today. For this, I am forever grateful.

puzzle pieces.
For Christmas, I gave my brother a 1000 piece puzzle. It only took him 15 hours to complete the entire thing.

puzzle pieces.

For Christmas, I gave my brother a 1000 piece puzzle. It only took him 15 hours to complete the entire thing.

angel cookie.

Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that I, Sheila Lyn, did not burn the angel-shaped cookies this year! 

Every year, I make sugar cookies (in various holiday shapes) for our big Christmas dinner. For some reason, I often burn the angels. This year, the angels came out okay! Huzzah!

angel cookie.

Hear ye, hear ye! Let it be known that I, Sheila Lyn, did not burn the angel-shaped cookies this year!

Every year, I make sugar cookies (in various holiday shapes) for our big Christmas dinner. For some reason, I often burn the angels. This year, the angels came out okay! Huzzah!

bokeh hearts.
wide aperture + colourful Christmas lights + cardboard cut-out = fun with photography!

bokeh hearts.

wide aperture + colourful Christmas lights + cardboard cut-out = fun with photography!

christmas bokeh.
Wide aperture + colourful Christmas lights = fun with photography!

christmas bokeh.

Wide aperture + colourful Christmas lights = fun with photography!

balloon’s shadow.
Our hot air balloon’s shadow on an amber field of wheat.

balloon’s shadow.

Our hot air balloon’s shadow on an amber field of wheat.

winnipeg cp.
An aerial view of Winnipeg CP.

winnipeg cp.

An aerial view of Winnipeg CP.

downtown.
Winnipeg’s downtown as viewed from a hot air balloon.

downtown.

Winnipeg’s downtown as viewed from a hot air balloon.

NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY