Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Out with the old, and in with the new!

The past few months have brought many changes in my life, but most recently would be my beloved PDA. It had been a dear companion since my summer rotations through the ER, L&D, and last semester. But, it decided to crap out on me for no apparent reason this weekend...right before the semester started, Monday. I had no choice but to replace my old friend with a Palm TX. Now, if my occupation had been anything but the current "moocher" status, this wouldn't be so difficult...but I am thankful that I had enough money left on my student loan, for the semester, and the school bookstore carried something that would work.

This new semester has also split up a 3 semester partnership with Vanessa since we are now on different days with different instructors. We were both kind of upset, as were many other students, b/c we are now out of our comfort zone and working with different people. But, this ended up being a blessing in disguise b/c Vanessa's husband is going TDY for over a month, so I will be available to help get the kids to & from school on her 11 hour clinical day. She keeps insisting that she is going to pay me...but I keep telling her no! It's only going to be a few hours, one day of the week. Plus, she was there for me this summer when Tyler passed away very unexpectedly, and spent so much time with me while I cried...b/c that's what friends do!

My hair has gone from long to some blonde to short to slightly orange to light brown over the past few months, and I still don't think I am quite done. I still think that I might go black. I think it would look great with my cut, and I could pull it off. Or, I was just thinking about thick blond highlights throughout...I'm not sure which will be harder to maintain...

The first days of being vegetarian were quite challenging, but not b/c I was craving meat...my body was adjusting, and it didn't like it at first. For 3 nights in a row it felt like I had a rock in my stomach at night, and I wasn't sleeping well. But, now I am feeling great, and have plenty of energy to exercise!!! I have been trying lots of new recipes, thanks blue violet, and making sure I get the needed protein through other food combinations. I had stopped consuming caffeine in December, to include chocolate (b/c it contains more caffeine than soda), but this came to an end Sunday. I started getting migraine Saturday while helping V finish her son's room, and b/c I don't get them frequently enough the docs won't give me migraine meds. So, when one hits I can only take Tylenol and, previously, load up on caffeine. I tried the Tylenol and was able to finally fall asleep, but when I woke up Sunday for church I couldn't take the pain, so I gave in...and the chocolate bar combined with a soda did the trick, mostly. I am still going to try to stay away from it, but since this is my last semester of Nursing School...we'll have to wait and see.

The local 24 hour gym has proved to be quite therapeutic for me! I was very skeptical at first, but I enjoy being able to work out at 2 am if I can't sleep! It is a very small gym, but I bring my notes with me and read as I do the stationary bike. Plus, with my current gym jams, I can't sit still while listening to them anyway!

I won't be posting as often due to my schedule this semester. I have class/clinical 4 days a week till April, then I have 4 weeks to complete 120 hours of practicum (working with a nurse on her schedule) til I graduate May 5th!! I love reading all your blogs, and will continue to do so...just don't be too upset if my comments are a few days late ;o)

13 comments:

blueviolet said...

Your priorities are right where they should be. And I'm so excited that graduation is just a mere 4 months away!

Jillene said...

Don't you even worry about the comments!! You need to take care of school and yourself!! Of course you will be missed but we can all wait!!

Kristina P. said...

Wow, that's a lot going on! Good luck on the vegetarian stuff!

Your Friend said...

I love the fact that you change your hair so frequently!

It does sound like you are going to be really busy. Good luck this semester, and take care of yourself!

the letter Bee said...

You are busy! I barely know how to work my [really old] cell phone. I can't text worth crap. PDAs scare me. LOL

Queenie Jeannie said...

You sound so happy hun! Like you're in control and lovin' it!! That makes me happy for you!!

Hugs and good luck this semester!

So said...

Good luck with school! I have limited myself to one caffeinated drink per week. So far so good. When I get the headaches I take Excedrine. And good for you on going veggie. I could never do it. I love meat too much.

Vic and Al said...

Did I miss something? What is with the veggie thing?

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

if you go darker you will have to watch your roots more - your roots will come in light - and you will have the skunk line. (I know this from having to dye my hair every 3 weeks ! suckage)

Wendyburd1 said...

Wow you are a busy lady! Good luck! And your hair black sounds cool!LOL! I DO love hair color!Just be careful with the vegetarian thing, you can get sick if you don't get what your body needs, you may want to take a daily multivitamin if you don't already...and as a often migraine person....does chocolate seriously work?

Michelle said...

I think you got a good PDA. I'm kinda partial cuz it's the same as mine, and I've been extremely happy with it using various medical apps. If you have any questions about it, let me know. Sorry about the headaches and harder school schedule, they suck. Ditto about the multivitamins.

Irish Chicken Soup said...

You want to talk about commenting a few days late? ;)

I feel you on the new schedules. Just when I got used to the old one. *sigh*

Grandma Arnold said...

Good luck and I know you will do well with correctly combining protein sources.