Thursday, June 26, 2008

Did I Say Lazy Summer Days?

I really need to work on homework so that I can go to bed and wake up at 6 am to register for next quarter's classes, but I've really been wanting to update my blog. (I promise to post about my trip to Seattle as soon as I can!) Hard to believe that it's been so long since I last posted anything, but I haven't exactly had any free time. After returning from Seattle I jumped right into summer quarter, and between school and spending time with wonderful people I've been staying incredibly busy. Speaking of which, thanks to some canceled classes and a holiday, I'm leaving next week for a 6 day family vacation in New Mexico and Texas. We'll be visiting some wonderful friends in N.M., and then traveling to Texas to see my grandparents. I can't wait! So now you can see why I really should be doing homework right now...

My aunt snapped a picture of me on my way out the door to my first clinical yesterday. (It was way too early in the morning to pose for a picture.:o)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Lazy Summer Days

Okay. Maybe that doesn't exactly describe how my day went, but I can honestly say that every time I got this feeling I should be studying and realized I didn't need to a huge smile and possibly even a squeal or two escaped my mouth. I had a fairly large list of things to do before I fly out of LAX tomorrow, but I actually managed to accomplish it in a relatively short amount of time and then got to enjoy a relaxing evening of watching National Treasure with my aunt and uncle on their new flat screen TV.

I think the numerous relocations and trips of late have made me an efficient packer. My aunt asked me if I'd started packing as she was starting the rice maker (to which I replied no), and I had completed all packing by the time dinner was ready. So, in case you didn't catch it, I am now officially able to pack in less time than it takes to cook rice. Yes I know. Pretty incredible. Don't worry...I'll put a chapter on packing in my autobiography someday.:o)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Study, Study, Study

Since I last blogged I have completed two written finals, two practicums, made a mind map poster, flown to Sacramento for my sister's graduation, and even managed to sneak some studying in occasionally. Was it really only last Wednesday that I blogged??? I wanted to thank you guys for all of your prayers for my tests. My two practicums went really well. One was half written/half practical, and the written portion covered abbreviations used in charting. Thankfully the test only covered 40 of the possible 300 that we had to study. It was pass/fail so I know I passed that one. The second half was a demonstration of skills we've learned over the quarter. It included everything from wound care to enemas and all things in between. That one was also pass/fail, so I found out that day that I passed. The second practicum was for my assessment class, and we had to be able to examine the entire body. I was a pretty nervous, but it ended up going way better than I anticipated and I didn't miss any points. My instructor was also impressed by my accuracy taking blood pressure, and I absolutely had to give all credit in that department to my aunt who has graciously let me take her blood pressure almost every day. (Of course her doctor told her she needs to, but that's besides the point.:o) My two written exams were today, and they went pretty well. I actually did better on the one I thought I would do poorly on, so I guess what I learned is to plan for failure and then I'll be sure to exceed my expectations.:o) All joking aside, they both went just fine and I have only one more tomorrow before I'm FREEEEEEEE!!! My summer vacation starts tomorrow at 2:30pm, and ends June 16th at 8am. I definitely have big plans and a lot to squeeze in during that time. On Saturday I'll be packing and getting caught up on everything I've let slide while studying for finals. On Sunday I'm flying from LAX to Seattle to visit a dear friend/former roommate and her husband. They have graciously invited me to stay for a week, so I'll be up there until the following Saturday. I'm sure I'll have plenty of material to post from our adventures, but for now I should probably stop thinking about fun and get back to studying. Not that studying isn't fun...;o)

I know this is random, but I haven't taken any pictures lately and then I realized I never got around to posting these pics I took of my current living situation. This first pic is of the front of my Aunt and Uncle's house.

Here is a pic of part of my room.

And here is most of the rest of it...

And the last of it. Maybe I should try to get a job for Google taking 360 pictures...