Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Almost There

I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing me talk about how i'm almost done with school, but I am almost done. I finish up my practicum, which is an internship, today. I have to finish my paper, do an evaluation or two, and get my portfolio updated. I get to turn all that stuff in Monday January 26th right before the luncheon for the accelerated nursing students (me). The actual graduation date is January 30th, but on the 26th I will be DONE!! I will be in Kentucky on the actual graduation day.

I think that all the necessary paperwork has been submitted to the state board of nursing, or will be submitted shortly. A court document was needed, but I got that taken care of last week. After graduation, the school will send my transcripts to the state board of nursing. Once they get all the paperwork, they will send me a notice that I can schedule my state board's test (NCLEX). Once I get the ok to test I get to schedule the NCLEX at my leisure and take the boards. HOORAY! I actually get to start working as an RN February 9th. If I don't pass boards (which I will) I don't get to work as an RN anymore until I can pass. That won't happen though, because I will pass and it will be GREAT!

I am doing my practicum on the floor that I will work on when I graduate. I really like the people on the floor and and am having a good time learning. I am excited to start working so I can get a paycheck. It's going to be awesome to get paid for nursing rather than paying out the nose to go to school. I think graduate school is on the horizon, but not next decade. Maybe in 10 years or so.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I've Got Plenty of Nothing

I have not much interesting to say. As I'm sure everyone knows by now, Matt and I are having another baby. We are due September 3rd. Maybe the baby will come early and be born in August. That would be cool! September is good too. Lot's of great people were born in September, like me. When I told my mom that I was pregnant she groaned. She was totally not excited about me having another baby until I reminded her that me having another baby meant she gets another grandchild. Then she got excited. I think my mom thinks we are too busy to have another kid, but i'm not getting any younger here. If we want more than two we need to have another one soon. I don't want to be 40 and having babies.

I am halfway through my Senior Clinical Practicum, which is an internship for nursing. I worked Thursday - Sunday last week. I was not ready for four 12 hour shifts in a row. My legs were swollen and nasty. However, this means I am truly almost done with nursing school! It's very exciting. I am doing my practicum on the floor that I will be working on, so I am getting to know people and finding my way around. It's like orientation before orientation starts. It's cool. The un-cool part about the practicum is the paper I am writing. I didn't realize until Friday that my rough draft was due yesterday. I threw something together at the last minute and am glad that we are not getting a grade for the rough draft because mine was super rough. Oh well, at least I have most of my paper written now.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sometimes A Book Can Surprise You

I don't normally blog about books I have read, but the one I just
finished inspired me to blog. It's called The Last Templar and is by
Raymond Khoury. I have seen this book several times and thought it
sounded interesting. It is in the same vein as The Davinci Code by Dan
Brown. I finally bought it in Dallas at Half Price Books. As a side
note, I highly recommend Half Price Books. I LOVE it!

Anyway, I started this book and it was really good. About half way
through it made me mad. The book centers around searching for a lost
Templar treasure that may prove Jesus Christ was not divine. That
stuff doesn't bother me. I know He was divine and I can suspend
reality like you wouldn't believe when I want to. What really made me
mad was that one of the main characters is a devout Catholic and he
starts to doubt his faith. At one point I almost didn't finish the
book I was so disgusted. However, I love to read and couldn't help
myself. I had to finish the book. As a matter of fact, the ending made
me think I would like to read more of this guys books. If you enjoyed
Dan Brown, I recommend The Last Templar. It was never boring and the
ending was surprising and good.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Inappropriate and A Bit Creepy

So, Matt and I went to Dallas for a few days. We left on the 27th and got home on the 1st of January. As we were driving home, Matt got tired and I had to go to the bathroom. He pulled over at an Exxon in a Podunk town in Oklahoma. I went in, went to the bathroom, and got a Coke and some pretzels (which William ate). I stood in line behind an old, fat lady that shopped there all the time because she was chatting with the not very cute, kind of short and chubby male cashier. He was probably my age, and commented on me being cold. I was kind of shivering. He made fun of me and as the old lady in front of me left, he started laughing. Then he said "I can tell you are cold because your nipples are showing". OH MY GOSH! First of all, why the crap was he looking at my nipples? Nasty. Second of all, why would you say something like that? Did he think he was funny and was going to get my phone number? Yuck. I kind of chuckled and covered myself with my arms. I should have sent Matt in to tell him off. Matt may not be mean, but he is tall and is probably menacing looking to a short, chubby, ugly guy.