Thursday, November 26, 2009


1. My family. I don't say it nearly enough but I am most thankful for them. Even when we argue, even when we don't agree, even when I am willing to walk cross country with glass in my shoes to get away from them. They have been a true support system in the past few years when I have needed them most and I will forever be grateful.

2. I am thankful for modern medicine, most specifically, antidepressents. I know I'll probably catch hell for this but two weeks ago I started taking one. It is truly a miracle. I am thinking clearer than I have before and for the first time in a very long time I can say that there isn't a dark cloud hanging over me.

3. I am thankful for nursing school. Not matter how much I dreaded the 0630 call time for clinicals or getting up at 0500 to get ready for class, I can feel myself learning and becoming more confident in what I know.

4. I am thankful for my classmates. Never before have I met people who are more dedicated or goal driven. They are all so smart and caring and I know that one day we are all going to be kick-ass nurses.

5. I am thankful for my readers. My dear, dear readers. What would be blog be without you? It would still be a page on the Internet and I would probably still post to it but, essentially, I would be taking to myself (which I'm sure is the first sign of schizophrenia). So thank you, readers for keeping me sane. Thank you for the comments and the lurking. You guys rock.

6. I am thankful for my sister, who installed anti-malware software on my computer and successfully got rid of many, many nasty little bugs that were hiding in my computer. Love you, Cat!

7. I am thankful for knowledge and all that is including in that. Books and academic journals and art and biology. The world is just so amazing and there is so much to learn and discover. I want to know all of it.

8. I am thankful for my nursing professors. Yes, they were terrifying and one even managed to make me cry (but it wasn't really a big deal because, at that time, I was cry every few hours). But they were also supportive and ready to help whenever I needed it.

9. I am thankful for the human body. Ever since I finished my A&P courses in the spring, everything about it amazes me. It is a fascinating universe all on its own.

Photo Credits:
1. Family Portrait, 2. Depressant vs. Antidepressant?, 3. My little nurse, 4. Turn of the Century Nursing School Anatomy Class Photograph, 5. Mindless Internet, 6. sisters, 7. Seek Knowledge, 8. Snape, 9. "W. & A. K. Johnston's Charts of Anatomy and Physiology," By Dr. Wm. Turner, Professor of Anatomy, University of Edinburgh

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have Coffee. Will Travel.

Good morning, everyone. I just wanted to tell you all that I am not dead. School is wrapping up for this semester within the next two weeks and I should be back to posting on a slightly more regular basis.
On the agenda for this morning is my Fundamentals of Nursing HESI (Health Education Systems, Inc.) exam. It is a standardized test that you have to take and pass to get out of each level of nursing classes. Super fun. On the plus side, it is only 50 (or is it 55?) questions, so it shouldn't take forever to do. Afterwards, Mother Dearest and I are going to do some shopping for Thanksgiving. Hopefully; while we are out, I can pick up the 6th Harry Potter book because I am almost done with the fifth. Yay!
I'm such a nerd but I know that is why you all love me so much. :-)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Don't Let Anyone Steal Your Light

Dear Firefly:
It is okay to be happy even if other people around you are stressed out and hate their life in that moment. Don't let the energy vampires get you down.
Love always,

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Britney in the Library with a Nursing Diagnosis Textbook

Story I forgot to tell ya'll:
On Wednesday after clinicals; I went home, ate lunch and then went to the college to finish my careplan that was due on Thursday morning. A friend from my group called to ask me what I was doing and I told him where I was. He drove drove to the school and we sat on the third floor of the library for 3 hours, working out our diagnoses for our clients, all while listening to Britney Spears coming from the laptop the library. I felt like such a rule breaker.
It might have been the most fun I have had this semester.....which is kind of sad.
Anyway, I have been listening to "3" by Britney Spears for a while now and I think that I feel safe in saying that I believe it to be about threesomes. Yeah. Your welcome for pointing that out.

Friday, November 06, 2009


Things I Hate Right Now:
  • Not having time to do NaNoWriMo. I have always wanted to do it but I knew that this year, with nursing school and all the other stuff going on, there is just no way I would be able to fit it in without giving up sleep or sanity.
  • My online sociology classes. I swear, they are useless. OMG, you mean men and women are treated differently?!?!?! Un-fucking-believable!
  • Writing careplans. Enough said.
  • Deciding not to date while in nursing school. What the fuck was I thinking? Homegirl needs to blow off some stream, STAT.
  • The sexual innuendo in the previous bullet point. Also, calling myself homegirl. Lame.
  • Not being able to sneeze without being glared at like I am Typhoid Mary. It is just allergies, people!
  • Sharpie Retractable pens. I love Sharpie so I cannot even tell you how disappointed I am when last night I tried to use my retractable pen and it had dried out. It was only about the 12th time I had used it! Get it together, Sharpie, or Pentel will be getting my business.
  • The new food I bought my dog. You try sleeping in the same bed as a gassy red heeler. Not fun.
  • Not being able to figure out origami tessellations. Sooo frustrating.
  • Not being in Texas right now. I have never been sad about not being in Texas. Ever. Until now, that is. My sister's birthday party is this weekend and I am quite sad to say that I cannot attend. :-(

Things I Love Now:

  • Chamomile-Mint tea. Yummy.
  • Being able to afford to get much needed dental work done. Not glamorous, but necessary.
  • Sephora. I have never been seriously into makeup but I went to Sephora today because I was out of (or almost out of) my face powder (the stuff I put on over my concealer and foundation to keep it from coming off so easily). That place is amazing. I have never seen so many pretties and sparklies in one place before. I was good and only had one impulse buy...a nail polish in the color "Metro Chic." It was too unique to pass a gray-purple color. I can only wear it until Monday night because on Tuesday I have to go to the hospital and get my patient information. sigh. But anyway, Sephora. Yes please.
  • Hulu. I have said it before and I will say it again: I love that I can concentrate on school work during the week and still be able to catchup with my favorite shows on the weekends. Thank you, Hulu. You have made this overworked nursing student very happy.
  • Monkey Trail Mix: Chocolate covered peanuts, banana chips, walnuts and pineapple chunks.

PS: Cat, Happy late birthday. I love you and I am very happy things worked out for you last week. I have been looking, but you would not believe how hard it is to find a card that says, "Congratulations on not having cancer!" The search continues.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

School Daze

Due at the hospital for 0630. Fuck. Tell me again why I skipped out on a art major in favor of nursing? I mean, instead of looking up 25 medications and slaving over care plans, I could be painting murals or sketching flowers or dancing half naked around a bonfire with my friends while a sexy Spanish guy plays a bongo or something (not that I have put too much thought into that).
This whole routine is getting really old, really fast.

They tell me it is worth it, though. "They" must have forgotten how much it sucks getting through it.

Sunday, November 01, 2009


When it comes to fashion, I am a pretty simple girl. My everyday uniform is jeans, a t-shirt, and hoodie. It's easy, comfortable, and not at all complicated for when I have to leave the house by 7am. But today, I saw this:
OMG. Want. Want now.

If I were ever a superhero, this would be my costume [I would have no real powers but I would look awesome....and really, isn't that a power all by itself?]. Seriously. It is so beautiful. Plus, the name Luly (the designer's name....Luly Yang) kicks ass. My next pet will be named Luly. I would say "my child" but I am not having pet it is.