Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

So here is what I'm thankful for:

My God who is full of grace, love and patience.

a great husband who has done the following when I'm studying, at school or at the hospital: all laundry, almost all dinners, takes kids to school, picks them up, drives daughter to farm, picks up, cleans a whole heck of a lot of dishes. See? Ain't he wonderful!?

Kids who help me, love me, keep me centered, bring me giggles and joy.

Friends who help me to de-stress with lots of laughter, and talk!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

love, Love, LOVED...

Twilight. I know I know, I'm not a teenager, but it was sooo good. Of course you have to know that I am a romance book eater. Honestly I can read 3 a wk if i let myself, which I DON'T! So, no one my age really wanted to see it, but the more previews I saw, the more I HAD to go. So today, I went all by my bigself! It was wonderful, in fact, as it ended, I thought... I want to see it again. But I showed self restraint and went home. I am a sucker for gothic romance, so this was yummy. Although "Edward" was not as beautiful as my teenager said. Aaaaaaaaaaand he was too teenagery. But that being said, he played the "hurting, deeply misunderstood" character perfectly, even if he was pasty looking.

You can see what my life has become... directionless, unmotivated, vampire movie loving groupie.

In other news, I made some Thanksgiving cards, and organized my desk (which was a massive pile of papers, books, care plans etc). I signed up for an ACLS class, applied for a CNA job at CHOC, did some cleaning..GASP!, made some appts with teachers, nursing director, and for kids. Well, that's about it for now. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

P.S. Is it just me, or does that pie-bearing grandmother look like Ernest Borgnine in drag?

Friday, November 21, 2008

so I'm back, what's new...

I tend to do everything the slooooooooooooow long way around. Yup, choose the indirect route, that's me. So lucky for you, you will hear more nursing school whining for another semester. I am coming around, and accepting my lot. (it's my lot, it's not a lot, but the lot I got, is myyyy lot, and that says a lot...) wow, was that beautiful or what? But I digressed, or maybe I didn't... didn't I just say, I go the sloooooooooow, long way around??? Wow, deep, I just did that.

So... trying to figure out what the heck to do with tooo much time on my hands. I can write a whole lot of bad blogs... But honestly, here's my brainstorming:

-sitting for my LVN boards and working as a nurse, so I don't lose every skill. (this is an especially good idea if I don't get in the next semester)
-Working as a CNA at CHOC ~ I applied last night, but it doesn't look good, there was only ONE position open.
-selling crack on the corners. Just kidding of course, that market is waaaay inundated.
-working as a student nurse intern ~ though i've been told, because of the economy, there might not be any of those open.
-rocking in a corner. ~ though, that would mean, I'd have to dust them first, and kick out all the spiders who have taken up residency during my study frenzies.

So, if you have any idea's for me, please leave them in the comments for me. For now, I wander aimlessly, waiting for you.

p.s. all kidding aside, I really am very thankful for the following: Time w/daughter during some hard times for her. My boy, who is now a teen and nearly as tall as I am! My dear hubby, who has totally held me together during so many stressful days. Thanks honey for all the dishes, dinner and driving you've done this semester. And I am thankful to God, because I know He holds me in His hands, even when I forget. Happy Thanksgiving all.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Crazy 8's

How long has it been that i've written a blog without the words: nursing, school, study, exam, tired, etc..? Exactly. Well since I am at present, unemployed, unschooled (?, well I'm on a bloody school break until Feb. for pity sake) So, anywho, here's a blog just for fun:

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch: (i don't have 8, so i'll give you what I do have..)
1. Fringe
2. Bones
3. 30 Rock
ummm, that's it. Pathetic aint i? Well heck, I never got to watch TV, I was studying!

8 Favorite Restaurants: (NOT in any particular order)
1. Mimi's
2. Marie Callendars
3. Macoroni grill
4. Any ocean side fish grill
yup, that's all i've got.

8 Things that Happened Today: (but since it's too early today for anything to have happened, I'll do yesterday)
1. I went to church.
2. Our family visited my mom... very hard, but I'm glad we did.
3. Went "thrifting" w/ daughter, had some great talking time.
4. Made amaaazing shrimp pasta, sooooooooo good and fast. I do believe it will become a regular on fam menu. Do you know how unusual it is to find something my boy will actually like AND eat, and praise?? He is sooo danged picky. I know, I know I am digressing.
5. Ate said amazing good.
6. Watched 30 Rock w/ hubby
7. showered... yup, it's sunday, whether I need it or not.
8. talked with daughter until after 11. Hard times, but good convo.

8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. Finishing school!
2. Vacation
3. cleaning house (I know, weird hah?)
4. Making some new recipes
5. getting together with non-nursing friends... I miss them!
6. getting a paycheck
7. taking a class just for fun
8. getting in better shape.

8 Things on My Wishlist:
1. a belly that doesn't look like an 8 on it's side.
2. world,.......... learn how to use my new camera
3. PhotoShop
4. new couches
5. some pants that I don't have to safety pin
6. my kids to choose friends wisely
7. grad from nsg school
8. how best to use my time before I head back to school.

Thanks for sharing Kirsten!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

news flash...

.....or should I say, bad news flash? I did not pass the class by 2 points. I needed 78 points, and I got 76! Yup, you heard me correctly, two bloody points. So I will do the fourth semester dance again, and this time I'll get it right. The only worry at this point really, is getting back in. There are 10 of us who didn't pass, so they will have to have a lottery with the number of spots available. I just hope to get one of those or it could be next Fall that I'm back.

For those of you who haven't followed my blog, in our programs you have to have 75% to pass. I was at 73.9 or somewhere near that. It's a hard one to swallow, being so dang close. Very embaressing, and humbling. It's been very stressful, and I need a holiday. Thanks for all of your prayers, I really do appreciate them.

Ashes and sack cloth

Pleeeeeeeeease pray for me, going to take final in 5.5 hrs! Thanks!
Just finished it! Now the wait begins! I hope I don't get the dreaded call.... urgh.

Friday, November 07, 2008

my last ATI test.............CHECK!

This is where you will often find me at SAC. I live in the cubbee's or study cage or whatever the heck they're called at their library. This is a class friend, Rosa. She is super duper supportive!

So, I hope to heck this is theee last time I will ever see an ATI test. It was a booger! I did not do great, but, from what I hear, only 2 people passed it that we know of. So heck, maybe my 69% isn't so bad afterall! I'll have to remediate, which is not a big deal at all, just time consuming. I will need a 78.9% on final to pass. No, not 79%! Yes it does matter, dang it! Okay, so my stress level is running a tad high. I am finished with clinicals, so really I have plenty of time to review, but dang! there's a lot to review. But I am up to the task. I hope you enjoy my clinical pics, I've been happily taking lots of pics since i bought a really small camera that I can throw in my pocket or purse. That's all for now, enjoy! And good luck to you, whatever you're up to!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

one wk to gooooooooooo

So, I finished my last clinical...hopefully for life, and it was a nice relaxing day. Started out with four pt's, two went home, and one to surgery. Pretty nice day. My nurse really helped me with trying to stay organized, and to do everything on time. I kind of found out my problem. I am in the pt's room too much. Now, I know that sounds good, but you have to be in/out fast int he morning, to get all the meds done, and early charting. THEN, i can spend more time in there, doing a more full assessment, after the morning rush. That really helped with my time mgt, since that is what really screwed me up. So the day was great, talked with my preceptor and when I begin that (counting on passing the dang class of course first). So that's the update, I think. Ummm, got my first rejection from CHOC. That was dissapointing, but they want some peds experience. Ah well. I will still apply all over the place, we'll see. I need to go study, I've got the ATI test tomorrow. Cya.