Well, the last day of April, and the last day you can smoke sans fine in NYC bars. Bleh.
I overslept this morning - I had set the clock for 7am, which I usually do, so I can leave for school at 8 and get on an early shuttle bus. Well, instead of hitting the snooze, I turned off the clock and woke up at 10 to 8. So I ended up skipping a shower (thank god my hair was OK) and got to school by 8.30. I was feeling so tired all morning, even with my steady intake of Diet Coke. I talked to Mrs. F., my instructor, to make sure it was alright to miss class next Wednesday, and she said sure, as long as I get the notes. So I talked to Lori and she's going to bring them to Anatomy that night (test! last class!) and I'll be OK. I still can't believe we're almost done. The schedule for the surgical rotation was posted, too, today. Lots of clinical, so I can't wait.
Derek Jeter, come back, we need you! We went to the Yankees game tonight, and the bastards lost. We need Derek back. Now.
Other than that, it was a good day. I realized that next Wed is the last day of Middlesex classes, except for our Micro final, which will either be next Friday or the following Monday. And we only have one more clinical! I had a good time in clinical today. The patient I was assigned had been discharged, so Mrs. S. gave me a new one this morning. 91 year-old female, on the brink of death. There was nothing much we could do except keep her comfortable. Well, as comfortable as we could, as she was nearly comatose. So it was a relatively mild day for me. I did get to take her rectal temp (four times, every 90 min) and give two Tylenol suppositories tho.
And what is up with the NYC budget? People were picketing City Hall as we drove past tonight.
And in excellent, flattering news, Mrs. B., one of our instructors, asked if I would be interested in serving with her as the student liasion to Nursing Spectrum magazine for the upcoming year! Would I! I was hand-picked by our director, Ms. F., whom I immediately went to see at the school to thank her personally. There's a luncheon in the city next Wednesday that Mrs. B. and I are going to, and we'll find out more information about the program then. I have permission to miss classes that day because my average is so high already. I'm really honored that they picked me. It should be a lot of fun to serve in that position. Ms. F. also encouraged me to get involved with the state board, and I told her I was already working on that. I need to email Lisa, the state president-elect, to find out more info. I'm going to go to the next state meeting, on Saturday the 10th, with Mrs. H. (our SNO advisor, whom I adore) and get more involved. Just call me super-dedicated. I'm loving it.
And my physical assessment paper is all done! I'm printing out all 23 pages now!
I talked to Kati and Eve yesterday about Eve's baby shower, which we're having in August. And before the shower, we're having a first-birthday party for Isabella, Eric and Masha's daughter - that'll be in June. Must go buy cute Yankees onesies for the little ones. Get them started out right.
My Micro slides were screwy, so I kind of had to start again with the unknowns in lab today. Erg. This time I think I have it. We can go in on Friday to work in the lab, so I'm going to do that.
Mom and I took Mimi over to Amy's to look at the kittens yesterday. Mimi was underwhelmed, but didn't try to eat them or anything. We picked out the two we're going to bring home when they're a little bigger. So cute.
So, some convention highlights:
Home again, and I'm exhausted. I have to write up a report on the convention for school, so I'll post it here when I write it. But needless to say, I had an excellent time, and we got a lot done.
I didn't get any work done on my physical assessment paper tho, and I have an Anatomy practical exam tomorrow that I need to go study for.
I learned that Michael Callery, a good friend of mine from ratm, died. Too sad, I loved him.
All packed - dress for the convention is "business casual" - which means I packed my suits and heels and stockings. Also a dress for the first-night party and the awards reception, and my bathing suit. I think I'm all set. I'm also bringing the laptop so I can type up my paper for nursing (the physical assessment one). I turned in my Anatomy take-home exam tonight, so that's one less thing to worry about. We found out in Micro today that our next exam was cancelled/combined into the final, and that we'll have a take-home portion on that, too, which will be super.
I'm off to the airport at 7am, and I'll be back Sunday night.
Happy Anniversary, Peter and Corrie!
After seeing Mozart's Requiem on Friday and Elegies at Lincoln Center yesterday, Mom and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip up to Weston, VT, to go to Easter Mass today. What great weather for it, too - sunny and warm and a great drive. I'm sketching out the house I want when I decide to move up there. Big and barn-like, with lots of open space. Must save money. In the interest of not-saving money, we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Londonderry, the Garden Cafe and Gallery (yes, they have art, yes we bought some). The restaurant is pricey but so good. Their special last night was a dish I had the very first time I was there, duck with a plum sauce, mashed potatos with pesto, pureed veggies. So good. I was so full, but managed to save room for the strawberries and cream desert.
Tomorrow is class, and then Tuesday morning at 7am I'm off to Newark to fly to Phoenix - can't wait!
OK, just as yesterday's weather was beautiful, today's is rainy and cold. Really cold. At least it's in the 80's in Phoenix. I have forced Mom at gunpoint to turn the furnace back on, as I am lying under 3 blankets and a cat, and I'm still cold.
Oh, I am in love! Amy's cat had six kittens - 3 gray, 2 black and one with a white face - on Monday, and we went to see them today. I have never seen anything so tiny and adorable. They look like little Gollums, paws all splayed out, big heads, so adorable. I want one. Or two. And I will name him Lurtz (like the Uruk-Hai ;-) So cute.
Today was a gorgeous day - all sunny and warm and not-humid. I wish every day could be this beautiful out.
The surprise shower for classmate Sandy was a success - she was surprised, and we were all so happy to see her with a pile of presents. And speaking of babies, Eve found out that she and Mark are having a boy. Kati called me about arranging her shower, which'll be the first weekend of August. Hopefully we can have it at the house here - that would be super, what with the big backyard (and the fact that Eve probably hasn't been back to Matawan in years).
Picked up the car today, they did the tuneup, but weren't able to fix the lock on the trunk, so I'm going to ask our neighbor to look at it, or maybe call Ryan Clancy to have him do it.
And our little group is almost done with the Anatomy take-home exam. Nine more questions, which we're going to finish up tomorrow morning. We worked on it for an hour before class tonight, mostly just copying down each other's essay answers, and tomorrow we'll search the textbook for the ones we don't know.
Well, we went to Wal-Mart to buy diapers as a baby shower gift, and walked out $400 later with garden stuff, video tapes, the new Harry Potter DVD, and a swell green and white porch/yard swing. We put that together, with the help of our neighbor Manny, and I plan to sit in it and not get up until Labor Day. I saw it in the store and fell in love.
And then - in anticipation of my impending tax refund check, I drove down to the Colts Neck garden store. They have all of these huge stone sculptures and fountains and garden gnomes. But they also have a series of big, heavy, round stone tables with inlaid mosaic patterns, with matching stone benches, also inlaid. There's one set that has green and pink and red vines and roses (sort of like my big tattoo, but in stone, and really heavy), and I've ogled it for the past two years or so. The store was closed and the lot locked, but they had a few pieces out front, including several table/bench sets that are similar to the one I want - different patterns, same set otherwise. And - lo and behold - it's in my price range, the entire set. I want it. I want to put it in the backyard and then take it to Vermont with me when I move there with my 30 cats and my truckload of books.
I am just dreaming of my little cozy house on my big lot of land with no neighbors, and a view of the mountains.
Good lord, it's warm. And tomorrow is supposed to be 75 - can't wait. I called the Chevy place and made an appointment to bring in the Geo tomorrow and have it fixed. They're going to change the oil and tune it up, etc, too, which'll be nice. Micro today was mercifully short, we just reviewed our cultures from two weeks ago (last week we had no class - because of snow, which I still can't get over), and then we set up our cultures for next week. Next week, we set up our "unknowns," too - we have to run all of these tests to determine which cultures we have, as part of our lab final. It shouldn't be all that hard, it's going to be open book and we can work in pairs and have a "cheat sheet" of sorts to follow along with.
OK, I untied the trunk today, in the daylight, and figured out how the mechanism works. So I was able to jiggle things around and close the trunk with the latch, but it can be popped with anything, a screwdriver, the key, and probably deft fingers. I'll have to take it to the Chevy place tomorrow or Tuesday (it's Sunday, they're closed today) and have it fixed, but for now I don't have to drive with it tied shut.
In happy theatre news, Tesse, Michael, Biff, Mikey and I are taking a Marie's Crisis road trip to Chicago in July to see the new Sondheim show, Bounce. We just bought our tickets, and Tesse is going to see if her parents will let us take their minivan - otherwise I'm going to be teaching four other people how to drive stick this summer!
I'm feeling very worn out today. This whole year has been up and down, and I feel like I never have enough time to just relax.
later on 4/12/03
Erg. So angry. I parked two blocks south of Marie's (after a 45 minute hunt for a parking place, which did not amuse me). And some fuckwad keyed my trunk. I came to start my car to go home and I noticed this creaking sound when I put it in gear. So I looked out the mirror and there's my trunk, flapping in the breeze. I got out and tried to close it, but the lock was busted. And the outside is keyed up. Luckily, the only thing in the trunk is my sleeping bag, and they didn't take that. But still, it shook me up. I drove around the corner to Marie's, and had one of the guys there come look at it, but he couldn't get the lock unstuck either. So I tied the trunk shut with the rope I keep there, and drove home. I only have liability insurance I think, so I'll have to pay for the repair. I'm going to call the Chevy place tomorrow and see when I can bring it in.
I really feel like crawling into a cave and staying there.
But in non-car news, I worked the coatcheck at Marie's tonight and drank for free. And I walked Garrick, Ken's seeing-eye dog, who slobbered all over me, and I didn't mind so much (the dog did the slobbering, not Ken, who is not on my team).
I'm starting to think it's time to get my 30 cats and a house in the mountains and be that spinster cat woman.
But then I wake up on a warm, sunny Spring day, the Yankees are winning, the cats are bathing, the windows are open, and life is good.
later on 4/11/03
Oh, I did not win the election for SNO presidency! But they want me to stay on the executive board for next year.
And Pixel, I miss you.
I feel bad - I haven't updated in a while. Well, since Tuesday, and now it's Friday. I've been so tired all week, maybe it's the crappy rainy weather. Last night I fell asleep at 6pm! I woke up in time to put in a tape for ER and then went right back to bed.
Classes are rough this week, just the sheer amount of work we're doing. We have a take-home exam in Anatomy - about 250 questions. Luckily, we're allowed to work on it in groups, so Lori, Danielle, Lisa, Michelle and I (the nursing school crew) are working together. We finished most of the multiple choice already, and are meeting today to divvy up the short answer questions, so we can work on it over the weekend. We want to get it finished before next Wednesday just to get it out of the way.
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought a shitload of Gummi Bears to send to my friend Michael on the USS Truman. Seems there are just some things you can't find in the Persian Gulf.
Still cold and rainy - a horrid day for the Yankees home opener. Still, I have no doubt that they'll win. And keep winning. And how happy am I that Todd Zeile, formerly one of the cutest Mets, is now one of the cutest Yankees. Biff and I were running down the list of good-looking Yankees the other night at Marie's.
Another fun day of clinical - I really didn't want to leave at 2pm! My patient was alright, but I was really running around answering call lights for a good part of the day. Gave my meds (still no injection!!), showed Shilpa and Christine how to do and document neuro checks, gave a patient a back rub, chased down nurses, documented my graphic sheets for vital signs etc. It was so much fun, can't wait til I'm doing this fulltime so I can complain about it ;-)
I picked up all of the convention info from Mrs. H. today at lunch, and my food allowance check etc. I have to dig out my "business casual" clothes to bring, and my bathing suit, too - so glad I bought the new ones the other day! The hotel has a hot tub and a pool. Not like we'll have much free time outside of the delegates' meetings, but still...
Bleh, it is indeed snowing. It wasn't so bad when I drove to the hospital to pick up clinical assignments, but by the time I got to Middlesex, it was pretty bad. I called the weather hotline but they hadn't cancelled classes yet. But when I got to my classroom's building, I ran into one of my professors, who told me they were closing at noon. So no classes for me today! The roads are a mess - it usually takes me 20 minutes to get home from the college, today it took me an hour and a half.
In good news, Mrs. H. called me and said that Mandy, the president of the SNO, wasn't going to be able to go to the national convention in Phoenix, and did I want to go. Do I! I checked in with my Micro professor, who said it would be OK to miss the two lecture classes that week, and called Mrs. H. right back. So I'm off to (hopefully) sunny Phoenix, AZ, on the 22nd.
In food news, Mom tried out the pancit recipe that one of her coworkers brought in. I use the word "recipe" loosely, as there are no measurements - just things like "add soy sauce, pepper, fish oil, chicken and vegetables. Mix." I didn't think it came out so bad! A sample is undergoing scientific taste tests among the Filipina staff at Old Bridge to see what we need to alter to make it taste like theirs. I love pancit.
Snow! We're supposed to get snow tomorrow! What's up with that?? The Yankees cancelled their home opener - rescheduled for Tuesday - because we're supposed to get somewhere between 2-14 inches.
Mom and I went to see Camelot again. Mmm, Brent Barrett. We didn't get lost this time - probably because I actually read the directions correctly this time. We also browsed the art gallery at the theatre and bought a few paintings. What good is a tax return if you can't support the arts with it?
later on 4/5/03
Erg, I slept all day and I'm still tired. And we lose an hour of sleep. Nuts.
OK, this funky space bar is annoying me.
Matthew and I went to see Camelot at the Paper Mill last night. What a stunning production! It was really enjoyable - and shoot me now, I'd never seen it before, and really had no idea how it was going to end. I was completely enthralled. The only bummer about the PMP is that I always get lost going there. This time, the directions on their website told me to get off at the wrong exit, so I ended up in Newark. And then, once I turned around and found my way back to Millburn, I got lost trying to find the parking lots. Erg. Anyway, after the show, we went by Marie's for a while. They've rescinded the "no smoking" thing there, at least until the city starts fining people, which isn't until May 1. Ran into Tesse and Biff there, and I stayed until 1 or so, drove Tesse home, and came home and fell right asleep.
The latest Colonial Williamsburg magazine came yesterday, and now I'm starting to get more excited about our upcoming vacation there in June. I've been looking on the website to get an idea of what's going on. Plus - shopping! I can buy more hats! I bought two spring hats on Thursday at the store on Nassau St. The owner gives me a 10% discount now, for coming in so often. But soon I can add colonial-style hats to my collection, I hope.
We're losing an hour of sleep tonight. I am not amused.
Gypsy was so-so, I didn't really like the production at all. Ah well.
Damn it, I took the space bar off my laptop to clean out the crumbs that fell on it, and I couldn't get it back on right. I'm going to have to call Dell to have them fix it.
So now it's been two days this week that my snooze button on the alarm clock hasn't worked. I woke up at 10.30am, hit the snooze, and didn't wake up again until 10 to noon - and my Micro test was at 12.30! So I tossed on jeans and my Yankees cap (go Yankees!) and raced to class. I don't know how I did on the test. There were a lot of questions that I was completely stumped on.
Tomorrow is the day that the summer/fall schedules are put up at Middlesex, and registration starts next week. I'm going to see if they're offering anything interesting for the summer, and I have to sign up for Sociology for the fall. I could take Soc at the nursing school, but I need to take it at Middlesex so I can keep getting their cheap health insurance.
Off to the city tonight to see Gypsy.
Mmm, Spring. It's back in the 60's and it feels great. Windows open all the way home from school. Mom went and picked up our car parking passes for Cheesequake, and the lake there opens on Memorial Day. I should take a spin there and see if there are paved rollerblading trails in addition to the hiking ones.
I do love me some Wal-Mart. I picked up two new bathing suits (as I have the summer off and plan to be at the lake every day), a pink lipstick that's identical to my Mac Twig, but at a third of the cost, and a boatload of blank video tapes, as I was running out.
Tho it's rainy and gray out today, and the thought of sitting in the sun at the lake seems so far away.
Clinical was a lot of fun, too. Got to interact more with my patient's visitors, which made me feel professional, as they were the first people to treat me as a professional and not as a student. That felt good.
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