Life. It’s crazy, busy, and fun. Phew! This week I might actually get to take a breather and catch up on a few things! Might being the key word here…
So, what has been happening in the life of me? Recent tidbits and such?
I recently hit a big milestone on my car.
This was on my way to school. I was keeping an eye on it in the weeks leading up to it. I drive a 2007 Toyota Camry and it’s been good to me these last two years. It’s gotten me all over the desert and back home safely. I am also forever grateful to my parents for allowing me to use it, as it was originally theirs and when I started school, it’s been “mine” and such. If you don’t know, my nursing school is 75 miles one way and so on a daily basis I could drive about 150 miles, not including errands or anything. I have just one more month of school though and lucky me, it’s all clinical and my location is fairly close to my fiance’s house. My car and gas tank appreciate it.
Stayed in Mammoth for a weekend with Bub’s family. Not too much snow but enough to sled with a beautiful view, fiance included. It was nice to get away and see something different, even if for just a few days.
My man working on his golf green aka our dance floor. This is just a speck of what he’s been working on. He and his dad have been putting so much work and effort into all of this, it amazes me. I told him the other day that he has gone above and beyond my expectations for renovation, so everything he’s done is beyond perfect. That made him smile a bit :-) I think he’s a bit more of a perfectionist in this area; he wants it all to be perfect for the day of. I love him so much for that.
These things have been my life he last few weeks : registries (woohoo!), wedding plans, and applying for my nursing licensure exam, the dreaded but necessary NCLEX exam. Things are moving right along and falling into place…!!! We pretty much have all of the big stuff done, just need to get the little details going. Eek! So much to dooo! also, I know a few of you were asking about our registries and if you’re still interested, let me know and I’ll lead you in the right direction :)
This has been a want of mine for months now and I finally bit the bullet when Sephora had their 15% sale recently. I’m so glad I bought it. It is beyond amazing and my new favorite mascara. It gives me the effect of false lashes and is just.. ahh! I love it. It’s one of the most luxurious pieces of makeup I own, I think. It’s just so, nice.
In my program, we’re lucky enough to have a preceptor program, where we as students follow the same nurse for the full shift (12 hours). We have to complete 135 hours, per the Board of Registered Nursing. This accounts for 11-12 shifts total. We’re placed in various locations, either medical/surgical (general stuff), ER, ICU, OB, or even psych (mental health). Most of my classmates are in med/surg. a few in ER, two in ICU, and I think just two or three of us in OB. I’m one of those in OB, which was my first choice. I’m also on the night shift, so my body clock is all off but I’m off for more than a week right now so I’m recovering (coffee in hand as I type, haha).
Before I started nursing school, I knew I wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. Someday I hope to even get my masters with a nurse practitioners license to become a nurse-midwife. That’s the ultimate goal. But that’s how much I love it. And even though I’ve only done three full shifts (in a row), I already know it’s exactly where I want to be.
Seeing the joy on a new parents face is worth the lost sleep and lost hours. I’ve teared up every single time. I have yet to experience a “bad” birth, but I know that the good always outweighs the bad in this field. Yeah, there will be hard days, but I look forward to all of the good days ahead. I’m very lucky to have a great nurse, too. She’s fantastic and everything I could want in a preceptor.
Oh hai. This was about 1:00 am. The hours between midnight and 0400 are the slowest… We had a bit of down time the other night so a few of the nurses wanted to know how to do a sock bun (my classmates and I are pros at this). One of my classmates happened to be there at the same time as me, so we showed them using those hospital socks that have the white tread on them. Haha. Blue (new) socks in our hair. It was funny.
Work starts at 7:00 pm, where we get report then we do our thang until about 7:30 the next morning. I get home around 0800 (such a short drive!! I love it!) then knock out around 0830, once I’ve showered and whatnot. I then wake up anywhere between 2:00 and 3:00 pm, ready to start my day again. I’m lucky that my nurses schedule (so far) runs three nights in a row, so they’re done and over with until the next three start again. 3 on, 4 off. That’s the ideal situation.
The hardest part of this all is missing the people around me. By the time I get into bed, their days are just starting. And when my day starts, theirs start to wind down. As a new grad though, I have to prepare myself with the possibility of working night shift. Oh boy.
So that’s been my life the last month or so. The pinning is in 37 days, wedding in 90. Can’t wait to show you guys both dresses for the events ;-) Hehe.
Love you guys. Thanks for the support! You all amaze me so much.