Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: my girls
Mochi and Praline
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Mochi in the morning
This is my wake-up view:
This makes me happy. 
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Overheard at Chez Phlegm:
Me: Hey! That looks like YOUR foot!
Himself: Actually, it does.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: a big, sweet baby
This 85 pound lapdog is Theo, a friend's 85 lb pit bull terrier. He is a big, smiling baby, with a tiny bull in a china shop tendency. His eyes are a beautiful color, and he's a sweetheart. 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ridiculously pretty Stamitz Clarinet Concerto
I was half-listening to my Pandora channel (If It Ain't Baroque) when I was struck by the beauty of this particular piece.  16 minutes of sheer beauty.  Hope you'll like it - very nice for spring. Clarinet is much prettier than you'd think.
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Just a quick update...
I may write more later, but my day is primarily consumed with school work.  I have my dosage calculation final in the morning and that leg of the semester will be done, so Huzzah!  I've done well on those, so I expect a good outcome.

I've got a lot of wrap-up work to do for my clinicals and that sort of thing. Those are elements of which I'm confident of passing, so they are really no sweat.  NOT that I'm blasé about them, but simply they are areas in which I'm the least shaky.

I have a test in Pharmacology on Monday that is mostly pulling focus right now.  Pharm has been a disaster for me, I will freely admit.  It's been tremendously frustrating. Never before have I felt the need for a "for dummies" version of something, but it's been quite defeating. Everything is so heavy and profoundly important to make sure you don't accidentally hurt a patient. It's stressful.

Got fantastic news on Tuesday when I went with a fellow student to discuss our research project with the professor.  The class is online so we'd never met her before. Turns out she is very impressed with our work, and said if we wish to do further literature reviews for submission to journals, she will be our faculty sponsor/editor, if we would like. She also suggested that we may wish a Nursing professor to sponsor us instead.  I'm a dance-with-the-one-wot-brung-ya sort, and while some are extremely supportive, I'm not sure the nursing faculty have the time or inclination to sponsor/edit for students for this sort of thing. Anyway, wrapping up the semester right now is the priority, but it's nice to know the prospect looms for the possibility of research in my field of interest, and it was heartening to feel like a faculty member was actively excited about my prospects. :)

The pups are absolutely sweet, cuddly lambs. They've enjoyed many sun-bunny moments in the beautiful spring weather lately.  I try not to leave them in the sun too long, though, because I don't want them to get skin cancers or such-- do dogs get those? I'd rather not risk it.  Mochi has figured out how to harvest water bottles from my bedside table, so I have to chase her down and confiscate those occasionally. I'm eternally policing whatever she is chewing on at any moment.  Funny girl.  Chuy is a love-sponge, as always, and Praline is my little straight-A student, angelic girl.

Had a lovely dinner out with dear friends last night, and it was a nice break in the frenetic pace of everything.  It's incredible how jam-packed my days are, and all I'm doing is school.  Nursing school runs one ragged.

I've applied for a couple of summer jobs and I'm hopeful to hear from them both-- applied for part time so they won't be in conflict. One is a patient assistant at a large hospital that's just 12 hours / week, and the other is my old job at the company where I worked the past several years. If I get the hospital job, I will keep that throughout the remainder of my school in order to get more experience in the hospital setting. Fingers crossed.

Also went to another dear friend's house on Sunday to watch Game Of Thrones, as I don't get any sort of television at my house, let alone HBO.  SO thrilled it's back on - this is my all-time favorite show-- I love the complexity of the characters, but I also love how many strong women are power players and even warriors, and how a couple of the foremost have unwavering moral compasses (Dany and Arya). In spite of their history, though, I hope that Arya evolves to not want to kill the Hound.  He could have killed her summarily a thousand times over and has not, and though it's buried deep, he has his own moral code as well.  Anxious to see what happens on Sunday night, but for now I'm off to work on a research project. 
Have a great day!
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The question of his sideburns is a chicken?/egg? conundrum
Civil war (General?) Ambrose Burnsides.

I'll let that marinate for a sec:

Did he cultivate those sideburns to love up to the name, or did the name predestine him to have beasting sideburns?

Those sideburns have their own microclimate! Guy walks down the street with sideburns like that, you know he's not afraid of anything. 

Fact IS often stranger than fiction. I grinned like a possum when I saw this fellow. Then again, perhaps he was compensating to the sparse hair in the upward-area, the Chevy Corvette not yet having been invented?
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Odd, but true:
Research has turned into my best class.  By that I mean I'm consistently hitting it out of the park, the teacher seems very impressed with my work, an A is assured, and I haven't cried a single time over the class or its prospects.  Rather refreshing.
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Chicken CPR - Jay Leno
Chicken CPR - Jay Leno : Video Clips From The Coolest One

This is so funny. :)
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Sunday, April 06, 2014
Sunday, Puppy Sunday: Mochi selfie!
Such a cuddly little thing!
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Saturday, April 05, 2014
A good day for staying in.
The local BBQ joint makes the best ribs on earth, so I ordered a large order last night, nibbled around on a couple of them and brought them home. This morning I tumped the ribs into the crock pot with some garbanzo and white beans, and a roll of mild breakfast sausage. Also popped in some beef bullion gel and some roasted garlic, and it made up a fairly decent pot of beans.  Nice when the cooking is easy and tends itself.

It's cold and wet, which we desperately need in this drought-stricken place. A little on the chilly side, but I'll take it. At least I've got puppies to snuggle.
Today I got out a bunch of perfume and decanted some samples for a couple of friends. I usually wear nitrile gloves for that task, but didn't bother today, for some reason.  My hands stink now, but it's a good kind of stink. It's a big stress-reliever to play around with the vials and bottles and girlie things. I need to do this more often.

I knew things were going too well with my Research class.  Another person in my group is a go-getter and we've been lighting a fire the whole way under the other 5 group members. Unfortunately, they are mule-headed and lazy, so it looks like we're going to have to drag them kicking and screaming the whole way. This is disappointing, because the other go-getter and I sort of engineered things so that we'd finish our project early with room to spare and hopefully with a shoo-in for an A.  She and I have decided we'll do our utmost with the material we have, but that we won't do our work and theirs, too. Let the chips fall where they may.

Recently discovered the insanely funny Squidbillies from Adult Swim. Profane in a way that is, for me, therapeutic.


I've started sniffing around for a job, and I have to get serious about it. Hopefully I can find something I'll enjoy that won't make my summer stressful - I need a break from the high-tension existence. One down-side to my teeth meeting since my surgery is that now I can grit them.  Chipped a tooth a few weeks back.  Joy.

Counting the minutes until semester is over.
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
In bed after 9AM with puppy dogs.
Feels wonderful. 

Gotta get up and study, though. 
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
I never skip class, but this tempts me.

After outside business and a hard day's breakfast, the pups always settle in for beauty sleep of a morning. The gingerlings are looking particularly cuddly, and I think it's stormy this morning. Still,  I'll be a good student and go to class. 
Update: in retrospect, not skipping class today was a mistake. 
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Monday, March 31, 2014
baby steps
Made it through a colossal gauntlet of beastly deadlines for all my classes on Thursday through Saturday, and I had a test in basic nursing this morning.  After being fried on all the frantic desperation on all that other stuff, I had not much left over with which to focus on today's test.  I still managed to study, some, but it may be more important that I got some good sleep this weekend, and didn't have insomnia last night.  I made a high C, to my relief. Amazingly, half the class did worse than I did-- 19 students made Ds and 13 made Fs on that exam-- kind of staggering.

So I'm baby-stepping away.  My on-site clinicals concluded last week. I have a major assignment due related to that in a couple of weeks, but after tomorrow, I only have one simulation lab clinical remaining for the semester. The mile markers are passing and it's starting to feel like I may pull a squeaker after all.

My house is a mess.  The dining/living area are actually not bad, except for two substantial piles of clean clothes and school papers strung across every horizontal surface. I've managed to smooth my feathers enough to deal with most of the clothes, and I think I can at least punch some of the papers into a semblance of order.  Even if there's a lot to be done, it feels much less manic if there's a  tidy place to work. I found an empty classroom this afternoon that was very quiet, and I made a lot of progress there, so there must be something to that.

For now, though, baby steps, and watching the mile markers go by...

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