Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Stuff I Made

It only took me 12+ months, but I finally finished J's quilt.  Although I once again thought "Why did it take me so long?!", it was all worth it in the end.  It's all flannel with a handsewn binding & 'wonky crosshatch' quilting.  I even napped under it last week, and it earned 2 thumbs up.  

This is a twin sized quilt, and my machine is just not made for something this size.  I think I'm retiring from anything bigger than a baby quilt.  

J helped me make cookies......

I found THE soft caramel recipe!

Tried out a Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread recipe. 
Verdict: Good!

And made crock pot caramel with apples for neighbor gifts.  


What am I going to do with all my free time in January?! 

(good thing I have a handful of new books waiting in my Kindle)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


One of the MAJOR things that has happened this year is that we have gotten Husband's licensing DONE.

This. Is. Major. 

Licensing is important because it allows the Resident the option to begin moonlighting.  And because it's a kick-butt addition to a CV when you start looking for a j-o-b.

Before we started the process, I knew nothing about all the hoops we would have to jump through.  But I can tell you that I now feel like a bit of an expert.

Is it time consuming?




A lot of Hurry-Up-and-Wait?


Here's how it goes (this is specific to Ohio, so if you are a Resident from another state, the process/ paperwork will vary a bit).

Let me begin by saying that the whole process can easily take 6+ months to complete.  And that's if everyone is on the ball & all forms are completed correctly.  Add in some incomplete forms or a busy time of year, and you may be looking at 9 months. Plan accordingly & DON'T start this a month before you want to start moonlighting.
  1. FCVS On-line Application  
    1. This is your federal credentialing, and must be done prior to your state license application.  
    2. You have to send them a certified birth certificate or your passport.  If you send your passport, it's an extra $25 to have it sent back to you. 
    3. Time to process is 6-8 weeks.  Husband's took 6 weeks to complete.  
    4. Cost: $400 total - $350 for the application, $50 for your transcripts. 
  2. Criminal Background Check
    1. FBI, BCI, fingerprints. 
    2. Must be done in person; lots of locations to choose from.  
    3. Everything gets sent to the state medical board. 
    4. Time to process - about a week or two.  Everything gets linked to your state application, so you don't have to wait on anything. 
    5. Cost: $66
  3. Ohio Uniform Application
    1. Print out the application - all items must be mailed back unless otherwise noted.  
    2. A portion must be notarized.  Our bank did this for free. 
    3. You need at least 2 RECENT passport sized color photos.
    4. The AMA physician profile can be completed online. 
    5. 10-12 weeks to process.  Husband's took 4 weeks.
    6. Cost: $335, paid by check.
  4. DEA License
    1. Can't apply for this until your state license has been approved. 
    2. Application is online. 
    3. 4-6 weeks to process.  Husband's took 1 week. 
    4. License is good for 3 years.  
    5. Cost: $731
We began the process at the beginning of June, and completed it last week.  Because we didn't know how long it would actually take to process everything, we allowed ourselves LOTS of time before he would "need" his license.  We fully expected everything to take longer than it did - especially the DEA portion.  We did not move immediately from one step to the next.  Once the FCVS was done, we spent about a month+ on the state application.  Some of this was because it wasn't urgent, and some was because portions have to be completed by other people - specifically the Residency program, and the certificates of recommendation.  

Anyway, we are DONE with this, and it feels like another gigantic box checked off.  Whew!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Remiss + Christmas

My Husband pointed out the other day that I have been very much remiss in keeping up with my blog.

"Well, I just feel like I don't have much to say these days.  Stuff either doesn't feel important enough to share, or it feels a little too important to share, ya know?"

But again, he wisely reminded me that my original blogging intention was to be sort of a family journal.  And in that, I admit I have failed lately.   And I have plans to catch up and do a bit better in 2014.

Here goes.

First, we bought a real tree this year!!  We haven't had a real tree since we left Oregon.  Our apartment in Iowa didn't allow real trees (fire hazard), and since then we've either been tight on space or money, so we continued to use the fake tree I bought in 2007.  In last year's post-Christmas frenzy I picked up a sturdy tree stand, and have been plotting since then.

On Dec. 2 we went out as a family and chose our tree.  Back in Oregon, we used to do the tree farm, cut-your-own deal.   But this year, instead of Making Memories (aka calling everyone I know in the area to try and figure out where to go, then driving out, getting lost, tromping through the freezing mud, choosing an average tree & paying a heart-stopping amount), I chose to take us all down to Tractor Supply and randomly pick a tree from the stack out front.

And It. Is. GLORIOUS.  

That, my friends, is 7 1/2 feet of pure Christmas joy.   

We put it down in the family room, and it's so big that there is no room for a star, angel, or giant bow.  
Every time I walk downstairs, I smile.  
The smell is amazing.
And at night I like to turn off all the lights and just bask in the soft glow.
Best $20 I have spent in the last seven years!

And of course I had to get some silly Santa pictures in front of the tree.

Merry Christmas!