Sunday, October 12, 2008

For the mamma

I'm making a shawl for my mom for Christmas... if I can get it done, it will look like this.

Beef, Barley and Leek Soup

I made this amazing soup today. Super easy.

3 leeks
2 onions
2 short ribs
some garlic
1/2 cup barley
oh and i added two jalapenos.... (you dont' have to)

i put a bit of grated pecorino romano at the end.

yummy hearty deliciousness!

put it in the pot on the stove and let it cook...

Saturday, September 20, 2008


i am so tired. i am so tired that i'm not tired does that make sense?

it's been an incredibly long week. one spent running from work to study, to class, to events, etc... i left my house by 645 every morning and didn't get home until after dark and i think today my body is catching up with me.

it's been an exciting week though. i had my first day in the ICU and I LOVED it. I cannot tell you how excited I am to go back. It's so neat up there and I think I may have found my calling.

i also know i have my calling in taking care of kids, hopefully just my own at some point. i took jonas and maisie to the park today and as after jonas and i had a serious talk about some questionable behavior and i was hugging him like no other, i realized just how much i want to have that chance with my own. to be as good to my children as i am to other people's. i can't believe how much patience i have garnered over the years and how much better i am at taking care of them then i was ten years ago. i would hope my bambinos would benefit from it.

in other slightly boring news...
I put these lovely dark brown sheets on my bed today after an exhaustive search of just the right color, I actually found some at Target I am quite fond of.

As for tonight, I was hoping to go bowling with some friends, but I think I'm going to stay in and go to bed early, so I can get up and get the mounds of school work that is on my plate started.

i realized in the past few days i cannot wait to relax, just a little. i love school, i love nursing, but i can't wait to not have to worry about taking tests and such...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

when i die (i'm serious)

we were given the ability to create our advanced directives in class the other day. i loved it. i guess because i am okay with my death, i figure i won't have to deal with it. :)

but i had to think of what i wanted done once i actually died. i knew i wanted to be cremated, but what to do with the ashes?

i knew almost instantly.

i want them spread in elliot bay. I love Seattle with everything in me, it breathes life into me when I am there. It feels like home, it feels like me. I see the Seattle skyline and I am breathless. I love going home and hoping on a ferry ride by myself, a lot of the time I'll take the ferry to Bremerton just for the ride and then I turn around and head back. There is something so divine and heavenly being surrounded by mountains and water and polar fleece. I LOVE the pacific northwest. oh how i love you with every part of my soul.

so please take my remains on a ferry and dump them once you get a good view of seattle. let my body rest in my favorite perch in the world and then get scattered wherever the ocean may take me.

And if you can. If i have that kind of cashola... add a mermaid fountain to children's hospital and dedicate it to me. but make it a quiet area... with room to breathe and just be... to be quite amidst all of the medical and emotional storms that take over people's lives...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

An Evening with John Williams

check out all the light sabers! as soon as they started playing star wars, these popped up all over the audience!

i can't remember what song this was... karen?

so last night i was lucky enough to attend "An Evening with John Williams" at the Hollywood Bowl. John Williams is the famed conductor of every movie ever.. .okay, that's a bit drastic, but even if you don't know who he is, you've heard his work. He composed the Olympics theme, Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones to name a few.

The famed director and choreographer, Stanley Donen of "Singing in the Rain" also came out and spoke about some of the movies he has choreographed and directed. Again, amazing, he also did a bit of a dance for us, as requested by Warren Beatty. This guy is old, my first thought was "please don't have a heart attack. that would really bring down the whole evening."

All in all, it was a great event last night, the LA phil did an amazing job of playing to the cued up movie images, I was impressed.

Thank you John Williams. Movies would not be the same with out you...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

what i've spent the majority of my break doing...

guitar hero. it is so addictive. i cannot explain how addictive it is.

check out this kid, he's amazing. i'm barely working on hard, but once i get those hammer and pull-offs... downs, something like that... i'll be much better!

awesome guitar hero kid on ellen


the red fabric was the most expensive of the bunch, but you know you have a good eye, when i literally bought all they had left...and it was only 3/4 of a yard.

the blue bird yard speaks karen to me every time i look at it. hmm. maybe she'll get a gift.

i also discovered when grouping my yarn by colors... i have a LOT of pink yarn. i also have a lot of alpaca, which i love, cause it doesn't make me itch when I knit it. I also like how intricate and strong alpaca is. I made a few alpaca hats for Jason a few years ago, he still wears them and they still keep his big ol' brain warm.

i am such a sucker for all things domestic. i see a bin of yarn and i want to dive in and create. i see fabric and i just want to make pretty things with it. there is a bit of a miser in me, that is like, you are not good enough at any of these things yet, do not waste that fabric on a project that may not work out!... . but i'm trying to get over that.

i went to this awesome fabric store in downtown LA, Michael Levine the other day, pre-illneess and spent way too much money on fabric I'm not so sure if I'm going to sew. However, the picks were awesome and I had a hard time not buying everything, especially the adorable and very expensive designs from the japanese designers.

i had already been prompted to change the storage under my bed to long boxes rather than deep bins, so I got started, I was rather excited to see all my other fabrics and my yarn. (ha... not like I'll use them anytime soon!) the photos above tell the tale...

i'm actually headed to joann today to buy some extra zippers and such. i have a bunch of birthdays coming up and i'm wondering if i can fit in a few little purses here and there. def want to practice piecing those things together.

this is the bag i eventually want to make. amy butler nappy bag

Thursday, August 21, 2008

two semesters down, four more to go

my favorite girls

our clinical group

i've learned a lot in the past two semesters of nursing school. so much.

i've learned that i'm rather freaked out about my own body. it's something they call intern's syndrome... as soon as you start learning and diagnosing everything that can go wrong with you, you feel like you have it. i've absolutely been feeling this and it's not so much fun. it's manifested in my by feeling my pulse. so kinda every time i feel my pulse, i freak out. and since pulses are let's say, vital to living... it's become quite interesting at times. it mostly happens when i get still. when i lay in bed at night or when i'm really concentrating. i'm working on moving through it. i've talked to other nurses who feel the same way and one that has the same pulse issue as i do. it hasn't gone away and i've learned to just go with the anxious feeling it gives, to stop and be grateful that i have a heart that is pumping correctly and it's pumping well enough that i can feel it where i should be feeling it. and i'm learning to breathe into it. i've by no means mastered it, but i'm working on it, day by day.

today as i was taking care of two of my patients on the oncology wing, i realized a few things. 1. life is not promised. 2. you just never know what is going to happen and so you just have to be happy and do things for now.

a few things that bring it to light.

- my patient who had end stage renal failure. they went into do dialysis and her blood pressure kept dropping dangerously low. we had to call in a team of people to help her bp go back up, mind you this was a woman, i just gave a foot massage to a 1/2 hour earlier. you never know.
- my other patient is dying of luekemia that has metastasized all over her body. She had comfort measures only, meaning we help her to be comfortable as her body moves towards death. She is 71, comes from a family of nurses and loved ones. I was talking to her best friend who was at her bedside today. They've been best friends since they were 11, 60 years.... She is fine and healthy, though they have basically lived the same lives... you just never know.
-another patient on the floor is 26. she has cancer and isn't doing so well either, she had to come back from a country in asia where she had just moved to get treatment.... you just never know...

i'm not trying to be depressing. i actually find it optimistic. we are given this life, we have to make the most of it at every step. we can do everything to insure our lives are healthy and get hit by a bus or we can do nothing and live to watch our friends pass away in old age. we don't get to choose. we can make the most out of our time. we can love each other. love our families. take care of our bodies. but we just have to take it one step at a time. (ha.. i wish i remembered this when i am freaking about everything we have to do in school.)

all of that said, nursing school has also brought up how important friends are. i have so many amazing friends. i am always so thankful for them. and the cool thing is, i've made more! this summer, way more so than the spring has brought an amazing group of friends i don't know what i'd so without! the keep me sane, in this insane world, especially our summer program. i am thankful we can study, go to the beach, play rock band, and help each other with our work.

so i guess i'm just thankful. i'm thankful that summer school is over and that i have 10 days off. i am excited to relax and just be and i'm glad i'm here on this little patch of earth. i hope that i can give back as much as i've been given.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

i should be studying...

this is my new favorite breakfast, inspired by heidi at 101 Cookbooks..

Pretty simple, make a batch of quinoa.
Stir fry some frozen broccoli (i just cook it plain)
And three egg whites, scramble it up!

Sometimes I add a little bit of cheese as seen above and I ALWAYS add tapatio...

Sunday, June 8, 2008

ask and you shall receive

well, with the cost of gas being a million dollars a gallon. my need to get a bit more exercise in with this crazy summer school schedule, i broke my bike out of storage and decided to ride it to school.

however, school is 5.5 miles away and the "good" roads have fairly high speed limits. speed limits that scare me with my limited knowledge of commuter biking and i need to avoid them.

so i started looking around on the internet today and found a website, Long Beach Cyclists they seemed fairly "in the know" about LB, so I emailed and asked if they would find me a route. If you click on the link above you'll see he found me three! I then confessed my utter and undying love to him.

So I've decided on this option. I will ride the 1/3 mile to the bus stop, pay 90 cents and take the bus directly to school. I then will take the leisurely route home on the bike path along the bay and LA river. It makes it a 10-mile trip home, but it is much safer and prettier than going on all those grungy streets, plus 10 miles is a good workout when I haul all my stuff with me. I don't have to worry about being sweaty or smelling when I get to school (well anymore than usual.) So horray for LB cyclists.

I also found a really cool thing in LB for cyclists called bike station. It's a non-profit bike shop, storage facility, cycling & commuting class place. I haven't been there yet, but I can't wait to go. Apparently if they know a part is cheaper somewhere else, they'll tell you. They also teach you how to fix your own bike, how cool!

I am really hoping that I get into this biking thing. It's sooo good for the environment and it's just healthy for me to be outside and exercising. It will help with my newfound crazy anxiety...sigh.. well, you win some, you lose some.

Monday, June 2, 2008

diy - heat blocking curtain

so. i moved to a new apartment in long beach and it's awesome. well, the space is awesome, i'm quite happy with it... however.. it's had some downfalls. namely, the cockroaches, damn those bugs, but they are few and far between now that i did all that patch work. I think i need to do more, but that will come gradually.

anyway, the other big issue is the HUGE window my my front room. It is 9x6 and faces the morning sun. It's poorly insulated, it's an aluminum frame, thin windows, not so great on those sweltering 95 degree days. So I needed a something to help me keep it cool. I did not want to spend well over $100 to put up a curtain rod and the type of material it would take to keep it cool, nor did I want to deal with installing the hardware in a place that I'm not sure how long i'll be here.

it was so hot one day, i thought, i'll just put aluminum foil on the windows, i don't care how ghetto it looks... that's when i came up with my brilliant plan.... emergency blankets.

I thought, well they are reflective, they can keep heat out or in, and they are cheap. They were also much bigger, way easier than trying to figure out how to put up a whole bunch of aluminum foil. However, I really didn't want to have a huge sheet of aluminum looking stuff hanging from my window, so i did a bit of research and found one other person who did this. She suggested putting a white sheet in front of the blankets, i thought, perfect.

i was originally going to sew the thing together, but then some common sense kicked in, and i decided to use packing tape and staples, as you can see above. it worked like a charm and took about 20 minutes.

i hung it up by using clear adhesive hooks from 3m, they are about $3 per package and I used 6 of the heavy duty kind. I then put medium size binder clips on the "curtain" and hung the clips on the hooks. This is what it looks like inside when my blinds are all the way open, on the inside. When they're closed, well, they look like blinds.

And this is what the whole thing looks like from the outside. We haven't had a super hot day to test my theory yet, but it is noticeably cooler in here every day and for that, i'm thankful.

so let's see, if i were to have bought a curtain rod ($25 at Ikea), curtains ($100 for them to be thick enough and fit the whole window), then spent the time to hang it, it would have been really time consuming and expensive.

Instead, I paid $3 for a twin size sheet at Ikea, $9 for three emergency blankets at Target, and it took me about 20 minutes to assemble the whole deal.

I'm a happy camper. No only if the blanket would search for cockroaches and kill them in my house, i'd be elated.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

new bookmarks

i saw this on someone else's blog...

i loved it. way to recycle and be original. i think they'll make cool gifts if done correctly.

Yoshida Brothers

Karen, may, and I went to see the Yoshida Brothers a few weeks ago. They are two brothers in their late 20's from Japan. They play the Shamisen, a traditional japanese guitar. I had never heard of them before, but apparently they were on a wii commercial a few years ago.

Anyway, they were amazing. Very glad I went to their show. It so nice to see people play who have such command of their instruments. Check out this video of the pair.

"Kodo" by the Yoshida Brothers

cauliflower jalapeno soup

this is one of my favorite soups. it's super easy to make, super low-fat, and really easy to make. It only takes about 30 min. all together.

shopping list:
1 head of cauliflower (i used brocciflower this time, because it was cheaper)
1 med onion (whatever kind you want)
2 jalapenos (this is to taste, i have a high tolerance for heat and sometimes use more than two)
1 to 2 medium potatoes (pref not yukon or russet, but I'm not sure it really matters)
2-6 cloves of garlic (whatever you like)
5-6 cups of chicken broth
olive oil

here's what you do:

1. Take a 5qt. dutch oven, I warm it up for about 5 min on medium.
2. I add about 3 tbsp. of olive oil and let that warm up for a minute or so.
i then add my garlic, crushed, minced, whatever... i just let it warm up for a min in the oil.
3. I then add my onion, again chopped to your preference (the smaller it is the easier to manage, you'll be blending it anyway.) Cook until onions are tender.
4. Add potato, the smaller the pieces the faster they will brown (i do live skins on.) Cook that for about 10 min.
5. Add 6 cups of chicken broth
6. Add your chopped up (small pieces) cauliflower and jalapeno
7. Let that simmer for about 10 minutes.
8. Turn the heat off. I use my immersion blender and blend away.

most cookbooks will tell you to let the soup cool before you blend. this is a great idea in theory, but i am way to impatient for that and i take my chances w/ the hot liquid. That said... i do put a towel across my body, because it does tend to splatter no matter how hard i try.

add some grated cheese or cream to make it creamer, but i think you'll find it's fairly darn good on it's own.

you can substitute green chiles if you can't deal with spicy things.

this is the best chicken broth i've found and it doesn't take up space like the boxes do. the taste is divine.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

RIP Maria Chapman

I grew up a HUGE fan of Christian music. I was ape for the stuff. I'm still terribly fond of it though my feelings towards my faith have changed quite a bit. All of that put aside, I was very sad to find out today that Steven Curtis Chapman youngest daughter, Maria (age 5) was killed yesterday. It's all made worse by the fact that it was the oldest son who accidentally hit her in their driveway.

The thing that comforts me is knowing that SCC's faith is strong, his belief in family in strong, and that the community in Franklin will get them through this horrible tragedy. He wrote a song years ago called "With Hope" for close family friends that lost a child. I am so sad that he has to now live in it.

So Steven, blessings and peace to your family. Thank you for all the ways you have blessed my life. From your first album you touched me with your lyrics. I loved every time I saw you live and I loved working with you and realizing you meant what you sang, that was so refreshing. May god bless you with every comfort in this time of hurt, may Will find peace in this.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

my favorite tofu snack

the last time i was in seattle my friend donna and i were feeling quite cheap, so we did a lot of cooking at home. we found this tofu idea. it's now become a staple in my life. however, it looks so pretty when i make it, i thought i would take pictures. it's sooo easy to make!

here's what you do.

1. chop up however much garlic and green onions you would like. i'm liberal with both, because once you saute them, they taste awesome.

2. soak them in equal parts soy and toasted sesame oil. just remember if you add more soy, you need to add sesame, so the soy doesn't evaporate.

3. take a block of extra firm tofu. (the more firm the better.) Place it on a plate (that is not flat, it needs to have sides that are a bit higher.) Put a few paper towels down. Place the block of tofu on it. Put a few paper towels on top. Put another plate on top of the tofu, sometimes i use a cutting board. Then put something heavy on top of it. I use my cast iron skillet. Let that sit for at least 20 minutes. It will take a lot of the water out of the tofu and make it even more firm.

4. cut up the tofu in whatever size you like. the smaller piece, the better the mixture coats everything and the faster it cooks. but do whatever. tofu is yours to manipulate as you wish.

5. put your skillet on the stove. i always let my skillets preheat. i can't remember the reasoning behind this, but i've read great cooks do it, so i do too. put the mixture on top of the tofu and mix it up.

6. put it in your hot skillet and let it cook however long you wish. i like to cook it for awhile, so it gets a charbroiled kind of taste, but do as you wish. i then just put it in a container and snack on it or add it to stir fry through the week.

that's it. gotta love it. i also made my awesome cauliflower jalapeƱo soup tonight. i'll post that later.

dear bulk mailer

thanks KG. this is awesome.

soooo glad! hit 'em where it hurts

check this out. way to deal with that junk mail. kind of mean and yet totally awesome. by the way, i burned my finger tonight. it hurts. boo....

however. i found a HUGE place where the pests may be getting in. there is a huge panel on the side of my desk, i had completely never noticed. until there were two on the wall. i could not figure out where they were coming from, the window was closed. the panel connects to the bathroom wall. i was too chicken to look behind it. i dropped some boric acid in. and taped the whole thing up. i am so glad i bought all that packing tape on sale at target.

Monday, May 19, 2008

black bean brownies

sounds weird right? they are sooo good and so much better for you.

as i was perusing my new favorite cooking blog 101 cookbooks I came across this recipe. black bean brownies I read the comments to see what people thought and found a much easier version to make. Take a box of brownie mix, puree a can of black beans, mix together and viola! Brownies!

I decided with the help of my local target to make two batches for the nurses at the hospital where we had clinical. I got to work. Turns out my new oven has a crazy thermostat and I almost burnt them. (When the heat wave goes away, I'll work on that.) But for now... here is what they looked like.

I didn't take them to the hospital on account of not wanting to deal with the oven temperature, for a second batch, but I took them to my CNSA meeting and they were a hit. They aren't as sweet, which is nice, and from what i heard, the do cause gas. :)

oh and last but not least. last night as i walked through my apartment (i turned the lights on, as i'm still trying to deal with the aforementioned problem.) i found one, killed it, wiped up the raid, and the proceeded to slip in the raid and bit it. i fell hard. right on my knee. it hurt so much. that bone jarring hurt. thankfully, it's not too bad. i immediately grabbed an ice pad, elevated it, and took a few motrin. it's a bit bruised, but i think i'll survive.

i've also installed a door sweep on my front door. one of the neighbors swears by 409, i'm going buy some tonight. i also bought a vat of boric acid, and i've been caulking every nook and cranny.

it's all just gross... well, except the brownies. which were made before i had special visitors.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

this better work

this is the hole causing all the problems.... I hope...

So I've been killing the cockroaches all week. Not a billion, but enough that it really freaks me out. I've become quite nervous at home with them about. The exterminator came yesterday and I almost took his picture. I didn't though. I did ask him to marry me. He put gel all over the place in the kitchen and the bathroom and sprayed down the hole pictured above. He said "that should do the trick." Um, it didn't.

Sure enough I found a cockroach on my toothbrush early this morning and as I lay in my bed at 5 am, I saw one scuttle on the wall above my bed. It was then and there, I was just pissed. I couldn't get to the raid and back before I found it again. I hope it's dead. I hope it ate gel and now it's just dead.

Anyway... I escaped the heat of the day, went to Starbucks to study a bit, and worked on a plan. What else could I do? How could I block that huge hole? I decided to try a screen. I had seen it somewhere else on some other pipe or hole (now I know it was probably to keep varmits out.) So I went to Home Depot.

I asked in the plumbing section if they had anything special to use. No such luck, but the guy did tell me that cockroaches don't like steal wool. He suggested I fill the hole with steel wool before I do anything. Awesome.

So I went and bought mesh screen and caulk. I then had to babysit.... and I got home at 1220am. Decided to set to work...won't let those creatures of the night mess with me anymore.

1. I sprayed the hole with Raid.
2. I waited a bit, drank a bit of Lillet and then stuffed the hole with brillo pads. (BTW, when you break brillo pads soap sprinkles everywhere....)

3. Gather the rest of my supplies.

4. Cut hole for pipe...2 inches wide.

5. Seal it up with caulk. The caulk will dry clear and hopefully it will work. The wall is VERY textured and I had a hard time working with it... but hopefully. The whole steal wool, plus screen will keep those grody little monsters out.

take that.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

the organ man

i moved to the ghetto. i got cheaper rent. and... wait for it...wait for it... i got...

cockroaches. i am so grossed out right now. so i came home from a great evening with ahmi & mike to find a little cockroach scurrying on my counter. gross. i grabbed the raid and killed that mofo. (the raid was saved from the colby's actually ant spray for our once yearly infestation.) so i'm calling the organ man. When i was a nanny in DC, one of the kids always followed the Orkin man around and called him the organ man. I still find it funny.

went and washed my face. came back and saw another little mofo running on my clean dishes. dude crossed the line. on my clean dishes? seriously? i sprayed them and him with raid. then proceeded to wash all the dishes.

got the computer out and started looking up bugs, because these don't look like cockroaches, well a litle, but not the big ones i'm used to in hawaii. sure enough it appears that they are called German cockroaches (bugs from the motherland, awesome. i wish it was beer from the motherland.)

The only place I can figure out that they might have gotten in is the screens in the kitchen. My apt is blessed to have no ventilation, therefore if anything smokes or needs some air, you have to open the windows. The windows do not have perfect screen. i.e. welcome my lovely countrymen, come in and scurry all over my kitchen. ewww...

walked back in the kitchen to wipe down the counters again. sweep one more time and make sure that everything that needed to be in plastic was.

saw another little mofo on the wall. unbelievable. i sent an email to the landlord letting them know this situation needs to be resolved immediately. i will not deal with these bugs.

i did some more research, resolved that i can't do anything more this evening. and this is what i found.

*cockroaches can be found anywhere. doesn't matter if you are dirty or clean, they just want a home they can cuddle up in. they like clutter. (um. i'm clean and clutter free, so go away.)
*it's important to control the manifestation early. (oh i'm controlling it. stupid bugs won't mess with me anymore.)
*they can live behind the labels of canned goods and eat their paste.
*they die quickly without water
*they can eat through plastic ziplocs... you need better containers.
find out more here:
insert blockquotedie you motfo's die

i'm over it. they better get the f out. stupid bugs. :)


I love seattle. I love it with every essence of my being. I went home a few years ago and fell in love with a photo John Wiley was selling at Pike Place. I finally drove back to the market on my way to the airport and purchased the photo. Since then, it has remained in it's matting and I have never framed it. I had to go to the frame store other day and finally bought a frame and put the whole thing together. Now I just have to put the little teeth, hangie thing and hang it up, but I've made progress.

And below is is my new coconut aloha tea... I'm about to make a cup as I work on this paper for pharmacology.

oh and as I was looking for new photos to add to my seattle collection, I came across this blog. which can give me a bit of eye candy for my beloved city everyday! yeah!!!Seattle Daily Photos!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

coconut aloha

i am in love with tea. or coffee. or water.... i like them all. but i have an obsession with teavana. teavana is a chain tea emporium. you can go in and buy 2 oz. of tea for said price. i had a moment to go to teavana yesterday, i needed to get a new strainer, because i had just been using emily's. i was compelled to get some coconut aloha tea, black tea with large bits of hawaiian coconut mixed in.

The picture above is of my favorite, blooming tiger. It's crazy, it comes shaped in a little bud and it turns into this big, huge flower once you "water" it. It's an amazing white tea. I also spotted this super cool tumbler for their special blooming teas, but it wasn't in the financial cards. For now I will just think of it longing.

btw.. i should be studying patho, but i'm reading a great book called "The Year of Fog." I picked it up at Target yesterday and thought I rarely purchase books, because I read them too quickly, I'm happy I did. I have needed this quite morning in bed, with my tea, and a cozy novel.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

sweltering heat

my apartment is currently 89 degrees. it's 915pm. this does not bode well for sleeping soundly this evening... oh well, at least i get to live by myself!

i'm waiting a few more minutes and then i'm headed to the hospital to collect my preplanning information for Tuesday morning. hopefully i'll find an interesting case or two, choosing patients this early is risky, because a lot of people get discharged on monday, but i'm too tired to do it another way right now.

nursing school is really good. it's exhausting, but it's good. so far i am incredibly happy with what i have learned and as read books and more books, its neat to have an idea of what is actually going on with the human body.

i'm struggling in one of my classes, but at this point i will be happy if i pass it. never felt that way before, but nursing school is all about being open to new experiences!

i got to scrub in for a surgery last week, that was amazing. amazing to see the inside of living body and watch it be manipulated and cut and blood rushing everywhere. just incredible.

this is what i would rather be doing right now.

i just learned how to crochet granny squares. i am attempting to accomplish the babette blanket.

it will be neat to see how it turns out.
okay, off to the hospital.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nursing School

So, I'm writing this in hopes of keeping track of this crazy adventure we call nursing school.

I was accepted into a BSN program in the greater Los Angeles area for Spring semester. We are into our third week and so far it's been pretty good. It's scary and exhausting. There is a lot of stuff we have to memorize, know, learn, and understand. The thing that is crazy about it, is that it all builds, we have to develop these skills now, because we only build upon them in the future.

All of that said, it's also nice to be taking classes to apply towards a bachelors degree that actually apply to your future job.

Skill one down... blood pressures... Friday, we embark on physical assessments. woohoo!