Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rutting

I don't have anything interesting to write about currently. It was a hectic week last week and as of right now I have a book to finish for class, a quiz to take, discussion board questions to answer, 2 papers to write, a fiance to entertain, and pets to spoil all before I head back to Raleigh on Thursday morning. Sigh. Huge sigh.

I am looking forward to seeing family next weekend even though it's for Grandma Tripp's memorial service. I feel like I've gotten into a rut down here...mainly from summer school and having no job...so any change of scenery is nice. Hopefully Alister and I can get to the lake and beach sometime in the near future also. I think he's bored out of his mind too.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

RNIA

eating : nothing, just drinking some Crystal Light lemonade

feeling : lazy. super duper extra lazy

listening : to Indy purr and some random John Travolta movie on TV

watching : my computer screen (what else can I be watching if I'm typing on here???)

reading: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear...cute book. Odd

loving : not having clinicals right now

disliking: this gut I've started acquiring

thinking : I need to start writing my thesis and finding research articles

hoping : that the automatic litter box gets here before I go to Raleigh in 2 weeks. I love amazon.com but the free shipping can be really slooooooow

wishing : for rain...then I won't feel so lazy

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

First Day

Today was my first day of class- well, and 1 of only 4 class meetings I actually have this summer so yay, there's only 3 more to go! The class is taught by one of my favorite teachers but sadly even she cannot make it even remotely interesting. We spent the entire 3 hours talking about APA formatting and correct grammar. Sigh. It was bringing back some unpleasant nostalgia...from my last scientific writing and research class at NCSU.

In this class we have several quizzes and small assignments in addition to 1 large research paper. I was hoping the topics would be free choice but instead, we had to pick from a list based on a number we drew from a bag. With my luck, I didn't get to choose until the near end. My topic? Nurses roles in embryonic and stem cell research. I was drawn to the stem cell part; only after I chose it did I get the full part: nurses roles. Well crap. What the hell do nurses have to do with stem cell research? I don't know and neither does the internet. This should be fun.

I don't have any other complaints about the class though; there's mostly people I knew from class last semester and the rest of the writing assignments seem fairly easy and straightforward. I thought it was nice that our professor told us she handpicked us for her class (since she had the job of assigning all 200+ students to the 2 summer classes we have to take) so I wasn't surprised to notice that everyone in there did really good in her med-surg class!

After class I ran some errands (including buying a bunch of 2 cent stamps) and then came home to do some reading. Okay, lots of reading. I haven't even started on writing- for either class. Around 5 I decided to take the dogs on a walk (since Alister was at work) and that turned into one of the worst dog walking experiences ever. Needless to say- after an hour of trying to CATCH the dogs- they are on the back patio and will stay there until I can stand to look at them again. They may have ruined any chance of me ever walking the 2 of them alone again.

Hopefully the rest of the evening will be relaxing b/c I have a lot of writing to do tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

RNIA

eating : a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat

feeling : worn out, unenthusiastic, tired

listening : to my dishwasher. something is wrong with it. it sounds like a war scene from a movie.

watching : my computer screen

loving : that the house doesn't smell like animals

disliking: that Rite Aid sold out to Target and now my bc pills are costing me through the roof again; the absurd books I'm having to read for summer school and the absurd price they're charging me to take online classes

thinking : i really need to start reading for class

hoping : that Grandma will get better. that summer school will be semi-easy and over quickly. that Alex and I can plan a trip at the end of the summer before she moves off to be a wife (for real). that this summer will be better than it has so far (lots of bumps and potholes).

wishing : that i could win the Powerball and stop having to get private and federal loans (i'm probably going to wish for those permanently)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Another weekend ends

I decided last minute on Saturday that I would make the short (yet usually eventful) drive to Raleigh. When I got to town I went and picked up Sam and we got lunch and ran some quick errands. Afterwards we went back to my parents house and watched Sweet Home Alabama (always a good movie). Later in the evening I drove over to Grant and Andrea's house in north Raleigh for some grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. It was nice to finally meet Andrea since we read each other's blogs regularly! Justin aka Coochie and Scott also came for dinner and it was nice catching up.

I didn't stay late- what can I say? I'm old, I need my sleep! So I made the loooong drive back to Garner and arrived in time to talk a bit with Sam before going to bed. This morning I got up and took her back to her apartment so she could meet up with friends to go to a new church and then headed over to Alister's parents house for some breakfast. I got in a nice visit with them while Alister spent another few hours in bed sleeping (him and his dad didn't get back from the AllStar race until 3:15am). We tried to go to The Flying Biscuit at Cameron Village but the wait was 30 minutes (despite plenty of empty tables) so we ended up at IHOP. Always a winner- I LOVE their apple cinnamon cream cheese stuffed french toast. Guilty pleasure.

The rain started pouring so I hung around my parents house for a little while longer and then met up with Alister to make the wet drive back to Greenville. The rain held off for the most part although the wind was incredibly gusty. Yay for driving and not getting hit (or hitting something else). Regardless, it was a nice little visit home even though my parents and Alex are in Salt Lake City. I'll probably see them again when I go back for Grandma Tripp's memorial service June 6.

Summer school starts Tuesday, and although the classes are mostly online, I decided to take both at the same time so I think I may be slammed with work. Both classes are writing intensive so that should keep me busy. I'm also trying to plan a visit to Winston Salem to visit with my grandparents- hopefully sooner rather than later!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Haiku II

Cheap trip
Must go on
Bonding time
See new places
Short break
Before more poo
Crossing fingers

RNIA...

eating : nothing. but looking forward to the pasta with mushrooms, chicken, and spinach later this evening

feeling : lots of things. it's a manic kinda week

listening : to some stupid soap opera running in the TV and the dogs scratching at the back door

watching : my computer screen

loving : that i have no school for another week

thinking : i need to come up with better things to write about on this blog

hoping : that Alister finds a job. that Grandma will get better. that Alister can sell the AllStar tickets so we can save some money. that summer school will be semi-easy and over quickly. that Alex and I can plan a trip at the end of the summer before she moves off to be a wife (for real).

wishing : that i could win the Powerball and stop having to get private and federal loans

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Update Haiku

Finished school. Did okay. Still can't stand nursing.
Went to the beach. Ate a lot of seafood. Got some sun. Drank margaritas.
Waiting for summer school to start next week.
Spending time with Alister. Getting used to slobbery doggy. Getting Alister used to spoiled Stetson.

That's all I've got.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Almost there

Today I finished up my 3 "hard" exams so that has been a big weight off of my shoulders. I still have patho and professional nursing...but I can literally fail the patho exam and still do good and prof nursing, well, that class leaves much to be desired. DOn't get me wrong, I still plan on studying all day today and tomorrow, but I'm not hardly as stressed as I have been for the past few weeks.

On another note, Alister came to Greenville yesterday so that was a very nice treat. He left Durango on Saturday morning and made it to NC yesterday evening. He had planned on staying in Raleigh until Thursday to help his dad and let me study for exams but we decided he should come down for a quick visit and drop off all of his stuff. Thank goodness he's in nursing school; it was a big help in the studying last night!

The only plans I have this week are to finish exams, get the house spotless (for the first time in 6 months), and hopefully take a weekend trip to the beach for our anniversary. Oh, and maybe find a job. I miss working. Seriously. It makes me feel like a contributor to society rather than a drain on it.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Right Now I Am (instead of TGIF)...

I'm just going to do another right now b/c I have absolutely nothing to put on my TGIF post. Exams are currently underway; yesterday's was awesome, today's was a bomb. I have 3 more next week. My roommate moved out yesterday and that was a huge weight off of my shoulders. Although she was a nice girl, I ended up living with her AND her douchebag boyfriend, and to be quite honest, at 29 years old I was not looking to have an early-20's couple as roommates (especially since the male half wasn't paying for anything or cleaning up after himself). That and he used up a LOT of hot water, refused to take his shoes off in the house (I vacuumed up mucho dirty foot tracks), harassed my cat, and wouldn't put the toilet lid down (so Harrison wouldn't fall in). And did I mention that he was a slob and incredibly disrespectful? Yeah, so glad that's over. Anyways, all I will be doing all weekend is studying so...yay?

eating : a fresh cut turkey sandwich on whole wheat and some green grapes.

feeling : still tired, worn out, and stressed. and after the exam today there's a touch of disappointment.

listening : to Roseanne on TV before I get my bum up to go study outside in the sun and Indy cleaning himself.

watching : my computer screen. soon to be my foundations notebook.

loving : again, the weather. it's so warm and nice out...finally!

thinking : school sucks. especially nursing school. I knew I'd hate it, I just underestimated how much.

hoping : that I do better on next week's exams than I did on the one today.

wishing : for the end of the semester to come quicker. for Alister and Baer to get here. for fondue-due at the beach next weekend. that my Grandma and Grandpa are going to be okay. to win the powerball.