Friday, January 30, 2009

Ahhh the aging

It is Friday night (I know, thanks Captain Obvious).

I'm at home reading my incredibly redundant nursing texts and doing online quizzes. Does it bother me that I'm at home studying rather than hanging out with friends tonight?

Not. One. Bit.

I am getting older and it is not that bad.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tagged

Bolded are the things I've done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (Just ask Equine Rescue League)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort (it was more of an ice igloo)
25. Held a lamb (well yeah, I went to NC State)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (I prefer sunsets)
31. Hit a home run (yes, on the Wii)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa ( I WISH!!!)
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight (try not to though b/c the little ghost crabs under my feet weird me out)
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (if you never did this as a child you seriously missed out)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies...speaking of, I need to buy some of those
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (see Brownie the Horse)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (working on that...slowly)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Alex and Betty- I'm tagging you guys since you're the only ones I know with other blogs!

Procrastination is my specialty

I should be reading right now but really, I just don't feel like it. All I have been doing for 3 weeks is reading. I think I've read more textbook information in 3 weeks than I did my entire college career. Dead serious. It never ends! And people aren't kidding when they say nursing school takes up all of your time; I eat, sleep, go to class, and read. My poor pets probably feel abandoned despite the fact that they get to sleep on a king size bed with pillows and fleece throws. I actually go to the library now. I didn't even know where the ECU library was when I was on main campus and I think I went to the NCSU one once, maybe twice. The one at the nursing school is surprisingly nice. Very large, very new, very clean, and very quiet. It's amazing what one can get done without a dog shoving his head into your lap every 5 minutes or the temptation of a computer sitting nearby and a kitchen filled with food downstairs!

So yeah, school has been hard. I've felt tired constantly for several weeks now. I'm hoping it's just a reaction to the change in schedule but if it's not better in a few more weeks I might have to drag myself over to the trusty student health center. Speaking of which, I went over there yesterday to get a deep tissue massage b/c my back is still hurting from the car accident. I've been to massage therapists before and always left thinking they sucked. I discovered the issue yesterday; I don't get bad massages, I just don't like strange people touching me, especially my bare skin. No matter how good the massage person is, it gradually creeps me out more and more. I left yesterday with more relaxed muscles but feeling all dirty and in desperate need of a shower. I was okay the first 30 minutes but the second 30 minutes were almost excruciating to endure. The more the guy touched me the more I just wanted to jump off the table and run. I guess that means Alister better hone up on his massage techniques b/c stress and the accident definitely keep my back hurting these days!

Aside from the above, nothing even remotely interesting has happened since the last post. I am anxiously awaiting the grade of my first pathophysiology exam and trying my hardest to avoid doing any more schoolwork tonight (which just means I'll be in the library all weekend again). I need to watch LOST online and catch up on last night's show but that will just have to wait too. Oh, and I'll keep missing my PSODL...but that's nothing new.

Friday, January 23, 2009

TGIF

It's Friday night and I am blogging. Some of you may think that makes me lame; I prefer to consider it an age-thing. I'm too old to party like I used to damnit! Speaking of which, I was thinking earlier how relieved I am that I didn't decide to do nursing until now. I've only been in school for two weeks, but it is hard. I'll go out on a limb and say that it's probably going to be the hardest thing I've ever done so far, and because of that, I'm glad I waited until I was older and more "mature" to start it. With the way I partied the first time through college I would have failed out in a semester (you can't get less than a C and continue) and completely wasted a potentially great career track. So despite the fact that I hate being in school all the time, it may end up being the best path for me to have taken in the long run.

Since starting nursing, I have developed more interest in science- and medicine-related news stories; I don't think it's been on purpose, I just think that as I slowly learn more the things I had no clue about gradually begin to make sense when I see them in the "real world". That being said, it is a screwy world out there. The main thing that has brought me to that conclusion tonight (as opposed to every other night I think it) is a story I just read on CNN about a kid that just died from Haemophilus influenzae type b, which is a PREVENTABLE disease. Preventable as in, there is a vaccine for it...GIVE IT! The parents chose not to vaccinate the child and although the article doesn't state exactly why, the assumption is because of all the media coverage concerning vaccines and autism. Everyone is welcome to their own opinion, and although I am no doctor, I just want to say...I don't think so buddy. People really just want to find an excuse for everything; the latest being, if you vaccinate your kids, they will develop autism. Instead, expose them to potentially deadly, PREVENTABLE diseases and hope the wonderful healthcare workers at your local hospital can save them. Sigh. Grrrr.

On another health note, there was also an article about a Brazilian model who has had both her hands and feet amputated along with having both kidneys and part of her stomach removed. The cause? She got septicemia following a Urinary Tract Infection (those fun infections where it burns when you pee and you feel like you have to go 24/7). Seriously people, don't take anything lightly. A nosebleed can turn into an anheurysm and a stubbed toe can cause a pulmonary embolism. Be careful! And pray you have good insurance because I'm betting mine wouldn't cover any of that (isn't non-universal overpriced student insurance great?).

Aside from the brief ranting, I was excited to learn today that my sister (Alex) had started her own blog. I actually enjoy reading other people's blogs and definitely look forward to seeing what she shares. I shouldn't even be on the internet surfing with all of the PILES of work I need to do, but the breaks are what keep me going. For now...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Okay, I admit...

...I was wrong. It did snow. Not the 3-6" they were calling for but the non-paved parts of the ground are nicely blanketed. Stetson loves it; sadly, I'm frustrated that I didn't get to go to class today. It would have been nice to have a break from all the reading but instead I am stuck at home...reading...more...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Snow? Yeah right.

So the weather people in North Carolina are calling for 3-5" of snow fall in the Greenville area tonight and tomorrow. Right. I think it was well above freezing all day today and it's still dry as toast outside. Not surprisingly though, there are already places announcing closings for tomorrow. This is NC; apparently if they THINK it's going to do anything other than rain, they jump right on things- almost to the point of absurdity.

Aside from the weather, I started nursing school last week and have pretty much had my nose buried in books. I think this past weekend alone I read for over 14 hours. What was that I just saw fly by? Oh, my life. It has moved on to greater and more exciting things.

On a sadder note, Kris (Alex's Kris) leaves for basic this week. I know Alex will be sad and I hope Kris takes good care of himself while he's there(what is WITH the military expecting trainees to eat a meal in under 2 minutes? Hello choking and severe indigestion). I'm sure he'll be fine- he seems like a smart guy.

Other than that, sorry guys but no interesting news. "Cooters, Hoo-ha's, & Other Inappropriate Dinner Conversations" will just have to wait a bit longer.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

No Time

I'm in nursing school now...I have no time to blog (among other things). So bear with me, it may be a while before I can come up with another interesting post!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Key West anyone?

I'm so bad at updating this blog, so in the spirit of keeping it fairly simple I'll just skip straight to the more interesting parts of the previous week or so. My parents, Alister, and I (and the Brownings) went down to Key West for the week for Alex and Kris' wedding. I have to admit, it was a great ceremony; 75 degree weather on an almost empty beach (thanks in part to the cops who removed the leftover partiers from the night before), palm trees, clear blue water, and a minister that got everything said and done in under 10 minutes. Very nice.




Alex looks gorgeous and Kris was very handsome (and yay I finally have that brother I always wanted!). Alister also did a very good job videotaping everything for family and friends to watch in July- too bad the wind was blowing into the microphone for most of the ceremony! Afterwards everyone returned to the hotel restaurant and had some great omelets, Mimosa's, and buffet food.

Aside from the wedding, the rest of the week was incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. Key West is gorgeous, although insanely crowded. The mile itself is only 8 miles wide so several in the group spent a day biking around the island looking at all of the sites. Supposedly Key West has a mile marker 0; the most southernmost point of the United States, complete with a large buoy to mark it. I actually didn't make it that far; I was lazy and stayed on the beach, but I heard it was neat.

For New Year's Eve the Browning family treated everyone to a "rehearsal dinner" at Benihana's, a Japanese restaurant just like Kanki here in Raleigh. It was great food (of course I munched down on some lobster, shrimp, and scallops) but I felt like I smelled like garlic and onion for several days afterwards!

The food down there was definitely one of my favorite things; I absolutely love seafood and being able to eat it everyday was heaven for me. Alister and I got to enjoy a seafood tower one night at one of the restaurants on the water; it was literally a tower of food (think the stacked trays used for displaying cookies or cupcakes). It included clams, oysters, boiled shrimp, calamari, snow crab leg, some kind of salmon pate, and HUGE sea scallops. Talk about mouth watering.

As for outdoor activities, we were able to go out on a catamaran both Thursday and Friday. The one Thursday was a larger party catamaran holding around 35 people and including snorkeling and drinks (and I definitely drank my share of rum). The one Friday was a private catamaran that my parents, Alex & Kris, and Alister & I went out on and we were able to snorkel and kayak (kayaking was was more appealing to me than snorkeling due to a water temp of 75 or so).

We finally left the tropics on Saturday while Alex and Kris remained behind to actually have a small honeymoon. I won't lie; it was really depressing leaving and even more so knowing I have to return to school...tomorrow!