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11/30/02
Whew. The tree is up, the greens are hung, the lights are lit. And the living room is a mess. We have all of the decorations up - and it looks really good.

And I'm tired.

We also made the cemetery trip, brought flowers for Nanny's grave. We drove around for a bit, looking for her second husband's grave (somewhere in the old part), but couldn't find it. You can tell we're in an Irish area - all of the Kelly's and Brennan's and Fitzpatrick's. Couldn't find the Shanahan's tho.

I completely spaced that I was supposed to go and see a show with Michael and Tesse tonight. Michael emailed me earlier to ask if I wanted to meet at Marie's first, and I thwacked my forehead. I just completely forgot about it.

Haven't heard from Jonathan all week. I left a voicemail yesterday - very odd.

11/29/02
Happy first night of Hanukah.

Of course, we picked the coldest day of the year to put up the lights outside. But at least they're all done, and we started on the living room holiday decorations, too. Looks really nice. After that, we went to see Die Another Day - not my favorite of the James Bond movies, but still good. I just love the outrageousness of the car chases and the villains etc. Totally fun movie stuff.

We also set up my Christmas present from Mom - these sassy lamps from Chiasso (that's the big one, this is the smaller one). They're so cool.

Tomorrow I think we're going to finish decorating, and I also want to go to the cemetery to put flowers at Nanny's grave.

11/28/02
Happy Thanksgiving. We went to Aunt Barbara's for dinner. I ate so much turkey and potatoes that I curled up in a ball in front of their fireplace after dinner and fell right asleep. Sara woke me up to ask if I wanted desert, and she gave me a pillow, and that's all I remember until Mom woke me up to let me know we were leaving! Good food, just too much of it. Sara is reading (for fun) all of these library books (for teenagers) about the brain and nerves and learning disabilities and head trauma. I told her she should have taken my Anatomy test for me - we're learning the same things. Of course, she's about 18 years younger than me.

The Boheme rehearsal last night was a lot of fun. The production is super. Baz came out before the show to say hi and thank everyone for coming, and to explain that the scene changes would be a little longer than normal (and they were!). Dad and I had a super time.

11/27/02
The grass is always whiter, I guess... Jen got another six inches of snow up in MA, and we got a light dusting, which was gone by noon. At least it's cold enough for more.

I'm headed to the city to see the dress rehearsal of la Boheme with Dad tonight. And then tomorrow Mom and I are headed off to Aunt Barbara's for Thanksgiving. And a four-day weekend, whatever will I do.

11/26/02
Today was our "culture day" at school - ten different groups of students did little presentations on different cultural groups. We did our little Cuban-American bit. All of the ones that went in the morning brought in food, so we all ate well. Pasta, tamales, empanadas, rice and beans etc. We, however, did not make any food. No time!

They're predicting snow overnight. Doesn't feel cold enough tho.

11/25/02
I either just miss the train, or I get there a half hour early. Last night, I had to wait for a half hour. I went into the city Saturday morning to see four shows in two days with Steve, it was his birthday on Friday. We had a great time, but man am I tired now. I think that has something to do with running into Michael and Rey last night at the Encores Anniversary Bash concert, and letting them talk me into "just one drink" at Marie's. Anyhoo, I ended up getting the 1.37am train home. I fell asleep on the train, which was nice, and then fell right asleep again when I walked in the door at home. My poor car was the only one in the train station lot when I got home.

We had the test in Anatomy today on the neuron and brain. Definitely the hardest of the ones we've had so far. There were nine (I counted) that I was really unsure of, so I'm going to go look those ones up in the book. And the professor who taught our Chem class on Friday (our regular professor was having surgery) told us that our regular professor's surgery was more complicated than expected, and she may not be back as soon as she had anticipated.

I'm reading this book called Extreme Encounters, which should really be called something like Unpleasant Ways to Die - all about being gored by bulls, drowning in quicksand, being eaten by pirhanas. It's wonderful so far. I'm also browsing through David Rosengarten's cookbook, Taste. I used to watch his show on the Food Network all the time, but can't seem to find it anymore.

11/22/02
It is miserably raining out. Bleh.

But in good news, Jen and I received the check from Thurcon - finally - for the rest of our security deposit. About damn time!

11/21/02
I got a 100 on the last Anatomy quiz (actually, over a hundred, I got the bonus question right). I did alright on the one we took today, except that I screwed up the parts of the dicephalon and the brain stem. Otherwise, I think I did OK. And I got a 92 on the last Chemistry quiz, meaning my average going into the final exam is an A. She drops the lowest grade, and so far my lowest grade is an 87, and we only have one more quiz to go. Whew.

We got the course schedules for the Spring semester. Anatomy and Physiology 2 is offered either at 8am or in the evening. Guess which I'm opting for? You got it. Me? Not a morning person. There are a few others in my class who are also going to take it at night, so that'll be nice. Micro is in the afternoon, so is the other part of my pre-calc class.

Not much else is new. I slept through Calculus the other night (literally, I came home from Nursing on Tuesday, fell asleep and woke up at 10pm). So I have to ingest lots of caffeine to stay awake tonight. Plus there's a new ER on after class, so I'd better be up!

I emailed Damian, Jen's friend's Ric's former roommate (talk about convoluted!) to tell him to tell his brother (Jason) that I liked him in the new Harry Potter movie. Very charismatically creepy. I still think he should play Jonathan Randall if they make movies of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Mmm.

11/20/02
Here's a tip if you need to get your car inspected. Go around 1pm. In the fall. No line at all, I was in and out of Eatontown in ten minutes. And yes, it passed. And no, it isn't the Tank. That isn't even starting, much less being inspected.

11/19/02
So I had my first "naked old guy" patient today. He told me I was very professional. Go me.

I was nearly late to clinical. There was an accident on the Parkway right before the toll, and then I got caught at the drawbridge on rt 35. As I was getting out of the car in the parking lot, I heard my classmate Debbie call my name - she had the same problem. So we raced up to the meeting room and were only two minutes late.

And at lunch, our cultural group met - we have to do an oral presentation next Tuesday, so each of us has been researching our topic (we're doing Cuban-American as a culture, I had to research communication and the family). We put all of our information together and went over how we're going to present it. It should be a lot of fun, we have a very enthusiastic group. And in another cultural way, I have another little project. During clinical, since Perth Amboy is a very hispanic area, we have a lot of patients who only speak Spanish. So I asked Vilmary, whose first language is Spanish, if she would mind translating a list of common statements and questions into Spanish, so we can use it as a reference. She and I are going to work on coming up with a list and she'll do the translations.

On an unrelated note, my checking account is so overdrawn that it's anemic.

And I've been feeling slightly ill all week, like a cross between cramps and a stomacheache. Don't know if it's stress from school or what. I hope it isn't a flu-like thing.

11/18/02
Sheeba is a very strange cat. She's lying on my bed, licking the blankets. She also likes to lick pillows, people, scarves, gloves and Mimi. Mimi, however, isn't too thrilled about it. I have no idea what the blankets and scarves think about the licking, as they aren't too responsive.

11/17/02
I went to see Harry Potter a second time last night, with Mom. Because of the rain, the power went out about four times during the movie, and they gave us free passes to come back to see another film. Very kind of them, and much appreciated. The movie was just as good the second time.

I've slept so much this weekend. Must be the weather, and the fact that I'm not stressed with school on the weekends. It's always a nice break.

11/16/02
So I liked this Harry Potter movie much better than the first one - more plot, less exposition, and it was a lot funnier. Tho the scene where Ron is regurgitating slugs just reminded me of Waterford last year, with the slug on my neck. Ick. I've got a thing for the guy who plays Oliver Wood, captain of the Quidditch team. I think it's the Scottish accent.

I meant to get to the post office this morning, but I was up late IM'ing with Jonathan and playing Yahoo's Literati (it's like Scrabble, and it's addictive) and I didn't wake up until 1pm today. And it's miserably raining out, and I don't want to do anything.

11/15/02
Lori and I met up this morning to study the nerves etc. for Anatomy - it's a lot of material. After we ate, and went over to Anatomy class, we found out that our teacher had cancelled the class because she was sick. So I went back and studied some more and then went to Chemistry. We did a lab with testing for carbohydrates - it involved a lot of boiling and eyedroppers and was actually kind of fun. The teacher gave us our quiz averages, mine is a 92, which is great. We have one more quiz, and she'll drop the lowest grade, so I'll get an A in that class - well, we'll see how the final goes. A bunch of us agreed to get together over Thanksgiving weekend to study, and then we'll probably do it again the weekend before the final. One month to go.

I visited the long-term care facility here in Matawan for my "community project" for Nursing School. I talked to the Director of Nursing about the center, and had a really good time. It wasn't as depressing as I had feared.

And tonight, I'm going to see the new Harry Potter movie at the local movies. I haven't been there since high school.

11/14/02
Yesterday was a long day! Nutrition and Nursing classes, and then the SNO Executive Board meeting after classes, and that let out around 4.10pm. We talked a lot about communication and fund-raising. I'm really glad to be a part of the board. I checked my messages after class and Michael had called to ask if I wanted one of his comps to see Take Me Out last night. So I came home, ate dinner, and drove to the city. The play was excellent - very funny and literate. I would love to see it again. The premise? A superstar baseball player (think Jeter) comes out as gay, and it's about the reactions, his relationships with players and his accountant (who has the best monologue about baseball being better than democracy) and in general, the search for identity. Apparently it's going to transfer from the Public to Broadway, which would be super. Michael, Rey and I went to Marie's for a drink afterwards, and had a blast as always. I got home around 2am, and actually remembered to get to lab on time today - as opposed to last week when I thought it was at 12.30pm.

There's something about driving into the city that makes me incredibly anxious now. I just have an odd feeling that something else horrible is going to happen.

In Anatomy lab, we dissected a sheep brain. It was actually really fascinating. We did a lecture on the anatomy and the nerves before we started, and then went and identified the parts on the brain as we were cutting it up. I shared my box of rubber "I am not touching a brain" gloves with the class and everyone appreciated it. In Chem, we got our last test grades back. I thought I did really badly on the last test, but I got an A, so that's good. Takes some of the pressure off with the final, which we're all stressed about.

I'm excited that my friend Jonathan, who I went out with when he was here a few months ago, may be moving back to NY. He's in Tennessee now. We're talking about getting together for New Year's, somewhere in the middle. Of course, the "middle" of NJ and TN is somewhere like Charleston, West Virginia. Hrm. I think if we were in the same place we'd have a close relationship, so I'm really happy about that news.

11/12/02
Best thing about rainy days - in and out of the DMV, with new plates, in 35 minutes.

I spoke to Mrs. H., who manages the SNO, about attending the state and possibly the national conventions. Pretty exciting stuff. I'll run in January to be a school delegate to the state convention, which is in Atlantic City in February.

11/11/02
Hee, I was elected, in absentia, to the Student Nurse Organization Executive Board - something I was talking to the SNO folk about at the dinner on Friday. To be on the board, you have to be a class officer or chair of a committee. So I was elected as Chair of the Grievance Committee. This is super news!

The Deborah Voigt/Leading Men of Broadway concert was a lot of fun, we had a blast. Lots of eye candy to admire, plus I got a hug and a "long time no see how are you?" from Adam after the show.

Our clinical was cancelled for tomorrow, probably because the state accreditation folks are all over the hospitals this week. Class at 9am instead.

11/10/02
Sunday night, and back from NYC. Rather than stay over and have to get up early tomorrow, I took the train home tonight and will drive in with Mom for the concert tomorrow night. I was going to meet Trisha for lunch tomorrow, but instead she's going to join us for cheap dinner at Dallas BBQ before the show (she's going, too!)

There was a woman on the train - of course, seated right behind me - who I just wanted to smack. Not only because of her theatre-going ignorance and loud conversation about said lack of knowledge, but then because she went on about Broadway being horrible in Times Square, because, "god forbid, if there's a war, and someone attacks us, they're going to go right for Times Square!" Hello? World Trade Center? Anyway, I refrained from saying anything.

When I had my ears re-pierced about ten years ago, I put in these nice steel hoops, and hadn't taken them out since. But for clinical, we can't wear hoop earrings, so I had to take them out. Which involves bending them out of shape and then re-bending them to put them back in. Of course, they're now bent out of shape completely, which bugs me. So I bought actual earrings that are different colors and shapes etc. It feels so very girly.

The big hoop pair that I bought loves to get hooked on my scarf, tho.

11/9/02
We tried to jump start the Tank this morning, but it didn't start. I have no idea what's wrong with it.

Last night's dinner for Miss McCormick was a lot of fun. I was at a table with a bunch of the juniors, including my "big sister." There was a ton of food, appetizers, salad, pasta, fruit, main course, and desert. And lots of toasts and speeches. It started at 6.30pm and I didn't get home until nearly 11pm. And it was at the Buttonwood Manor, which is the "swanky" place to eat right here in Matawan. I hadn't been there in years (easily ten years) and it was nice to go there again. I had a really good time.

I'm heading into the city tonight, and tomorrow Steve and I are going out. Since I have Monday off from school (Veteran's Day), I'm going to stay over Sunday night, and meet Trisha for lunch. And then Mom and I are going to a concert Monday night, thanks to the wonderful Ngoc, who got us comps :-)

Oh, we got our midterm grades for Anatomy - I'm getting a 93 so far.

11/8/02
We seem to have resolved the issue with our landlord from Gold Street. We had sent them a letter demanding the rest of our security deposit, refuting their list of "damages," and backed up with info from the NYC housing code (they wanted us to pay for repainting the apt, when they legally have to do it anyway, etc). So we sent this letter and got no reply, so I called this morning and they're giving us back an additional $400 (we asked for $542 of the $612 they owed us) - so we actually only ended up losing something like $50 from the deposit, because of the interest we accrued on what we originally paid. Very cool, and now I can cash the check they sent us back in September.

I am finding used Metrocards all over the place. I have no idea how much money, if any, is on them.

later on 11/7/02
Man, I just made it to class! I was standing in the shower (right after I typed in this morning's entry) at 10.45am, thinking class started at 12.30pm. Well, lab day = 11am. Whoops! I called Lori and asked her to tell the teacher that I was stuck in traffic, and I made it there by 10 past, in time to take the test.

Whew.

I found the website of the woman who designed the hats I bought on ebay. I love her work.

11/7/02
DDD was a blast, we had a great time. Tesse and I were going to have dinner at Torino's, because I have a gift certificate to spend there, but it was cold, and we didn't really have enough time, so we met at Marie's, and were surprised to see that Maggie had a spread of appetizer-type foods out. She said she does it every Wednesday. And it was good stuff like hummus and babaganoush and brie and strawberries. So we had dinner at Marie's - there's a first time for everything!

Good lord, the week of tests is nearly over - today we have the muscle practical exam in Anatomy and then it's done! Tomorrow I can breathe! Well, nearly. Lori called to let me know that her work schedule couldn't be changed, so she can't attend the retirement dinner for the director of nursing, Miss McCormack, tomorrow night. Since I was next on the list of "who wants to go," I'm taking her place. I could have gone anyway, but I can't afford it - this is the slot for a freshman that's being paid for by the school. So that's tomorrow night. I had planned to go to Marie's tomorrow night to get the Last Five Years score back from Jim, but it's dinner instead. Need to find out what the dress code is.

OK, off to Anatomy.

11/6/02
My fabulous hats from ebay have arrived. Love love love. I'm going to wear the brown one to the city tonight, when I go see Debbie Does Dallas - not the movie, the musical.

I got a 100 on yesterday's vocab quiz and a 100 on last week's nutrition quiz as well. I did not get a hundred on today's exam, because I know there were two or three questions that I missed.

11/5/02
Vote vote vote. I voted - right down the party line.

I also survived the second test of the week - a fairly easy vocab test. And got to assist my patient with his bath this morning - he needed me to wash his back. What a sweetheart he was, too. We had a great time talking while I was making the bed and helping him.

After school, I had planned to get dinner ready but instead I fell asleep and slept for two and a half hours.

I'm reading all of these books about travel disaster stories. It makes me realize that when Jen and I ended up at the wrong airport in Glasgow, that it wasn't such a disaster after all!

later on 11/4/02
So I had a music score that Jim at Marie's wanted to play, and since he plays on Mondays, I drove in after dinner to drop it off. He played a few songs for me and Tesse (and a very drunk Jessie), and is going to practice it this week. I'll pick it up on Friday (looks like I'll be in the city all weekend!). It was a blast. I dropped Tesse off at home, and once again, got lost on the way back to the Turnpike. Eventually I found it and made it home in record time. Sleep now - tomorrow is bedbaths and beyond.

11/4/02
So I went to the city, saw the show, went to Dad's, ate dinner and fell asleep. And then got up at 7am so I could go up and see Dr. Stein. As predicted, I was in and out of there, with the rubeola vaccine done, in ten minutes. Jeez.

I survived my Chemistry test today. Erg. What a pain. And I did well on Friday's Anatomy test, and I might even get more points because there were two questions that I want to challenge. We're going to finish reviewing on Thursday, so I'll ask then.

Tomorrow is clinical, followed by a vocab quiz. Perhaps I'll actually have a bedbath to give this week - as opposed to last week's patient who was getting discharged as I came in. I also have to fill out a care plan for Nursing I, based on a real patient (instead of the case studies we've been doing) so I need to bring that form with me tomorrow so I can read the chart and get all of the info I need.

11/3/02
As they said in The House of Blue Leaves, "Was it the beef?" (a reference no one will get). After the super dinner (for eleven people) we had last night (beef bourgignon, carrots with tangerine sauce, beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, apple tarts), I was feeling incredibly tired, so I excused myself and went to take a nap. Well, the nap lasted from 7pm until 11am this morning. Eek.

I'm about to get ready to head to the city for the closing performance of Amour. Then I'm staying over at Dad's, so I can go see Dr. Stein tomorrow morning, bright and early. And then back on the train so I can go to school. What fun.

11/2/02
Oh, the traffic! We drove into the city to see Aida (the opera, not the musical) last night. It took two hours to get there - major traffic getting into the Lincoln Tunnel and then getting out of it - and an hour and a half to get home - they had closed part of the Turnpike so we had to drive around, and got stuck in traffic there, too. It would have been much easier to just take the train.

So I have the vaccine thing solved. It means going to see Dr. Stein in the city at 9am Monday morning, but he has it, and he'll administer it. I'm going to stay over at Dad's Sunday night so I can go, and then hop on the train and come home to go to class. Erg.

We're cleaning and cooking to get ready for the invasion of family!

-catherine

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