Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"If you haven’t all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you wouldn’t want". -- Author Unknown

November is right around the corner & that got me to thinking about Thanksgiving and also about how last year on FaceBook several people decided to use their statuses to post something they were thankful for each day.  I was amazed at how the overall feeling of FB did an about face & became uplifting & positive. I was reminded of the overwhelming power of positive thought. 

So I thought this Nov. I would attempt ("attempt" is the key word, so be patient with me) to post daily for the entire month.  Each day finding something in my life to be thankful for.  I'm uber busy right now, so some posts may be short while others may have pics & be a little longer. Some may be silly & some may bring a tear to your (or my) eyes. My thought is that, instead of putting my thankfulness in a disappearing status on FB, I will have it on here & available to refer back to when mid-year rolls around & I'm forgetting to be thankful.  

After all, "It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment." ~ Naomi Williams

I encourage all my bloggy friends to join me in a Month of Thankful Thoughts.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Totally Random Ramblings

**Apparently I can't read a calendar because last Monday I showed up to schedule my classes & meet with my advisor thinking it was the 25th, haha!  So I'll be registering for my spring classes THIS Mon. morning.  I think I am just a little too excited over all of it :) 

**Today, we're getting together with some of Toby's aunts & uncles from out of state. I always look forward to their visits.  His dad has completed week 2 of his treatments.  So far, things are going as well as could be expected.  He's not 100% side effect free, but it could be a lot worse.  There's no doubt the prayers are working. 

**Livi (notice the new spelling - she decided this week that she wanted to spell it this way from now on - LOL!) decided to cancel her Halloween party.  I hate it for her, but I completely understand her reasoning.  Most of which I won't discuss on a public blog.  It's sad that girls feel the need to be so mean & dramatic though.  We wanted her to have a good time & all it's been is stressful & worrisome for her.  I don't think fun should come with such worries.   I'm sure we'll find something fun to do... :) 

**Anyone seen the movie "The Blind Side".  I love that movie!  My favorite scene is when she confronts the "boys from the hood" who keep trying to pull her "son" back to the wrong way of life.  She proceeds to tell them that if they threaten her son, it's the same as threatening her & she's a gun-packing member of the NRA.  When the boy challenges her on what she's packing, she tells him & then also informs him she's in a prayer group with the D.A.  That is one of my favorite scenes of any movie.   I've searched & searched for that scene on the internet, but I haven't found it yet.  It made me laugh & it brought tears to my eyes all at the same time.  Isn't that how us moms feel?  I know it is for me.  When someone messes with Livi & upsets her or hurts her, I'm mad all over.  I can't fight her battles for her & some of these experiences are important for her to learn hard life lessons but it doesn't stop me from seething on the inside sometimes.  BTW, if you haven't seen the movie....I HIGHLY recommend it :)

**Along the same subject as protecting our kids, have you ever had anyone tell you how you SHOULD be parenting?  I'm not talking about the kind of suggestions you get from a parent that you ask for their opinion, but a completely unsolicited & rude remark made by someone who doesn't really know you or your family?  That type of thing sets my temper off immediately.  And have you ever noticed the most opinionated people are usually the ones who have little to no control over their own children?  One of these days my little mechanism that tells me to stay quiet is going to be broke & I'm going to go off on one of these types....just sayin'....

**I passed my bones test in A&P with a 92.5%.  I was tickled to death with that score since I was just praying to pass it.

**I'm totally bummed that the Fashion Bug doesn't carry the same type of jeans as they had last year.  They are called the same thing, but they changed them & now they don't fit right anymore :( I always LOVED the Fashion Bug's stuff, but anymore there's nothing in there I like. 

**Can you believe it's nearly Nov?  Christmas will be here way before I'm ready, I'm sure. This year has absolutely flown by! 

Well, that's all the randomness I have for today...gotta go get ready to eat & visit :) 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dem Bones, Dem Bones....

I guess it's appropriate for Halloween time, but A&P this week is all about learning the bones of the body.  I wish it was as easy as "This is the femur, this is the scapula..." but we've got to learn all the little parts like the greater trochanter & the lateral condyle of the femur & so on for each bone.  It's really interesting and going to be super useful throughout nursing school & in life, but it's A LOT to learn. I'm lucky that I have a really great prof who is awesome at teaching this stuff.  She has a way of making everything A&P easier to learn.  Next semester I'm taking A&P II in Mitchell so I can be home more often, and I'm hoping that the instructor there is just as good. 

Nursing classes are going well.  I thought I totally bombed the last test only to get the highest score of any test I've done in there this far.  I was so excited!  Our midterm grades posted this week & I'm making all A's except I have an A- in nursing.  I'll take that! Tomorrow I sign up for next semester's classes.  Hopefully, I'll have a couple of days that I won't have to drive to school.  That will be a nice change. 

It's hard to believe that this semester is half over already. Things are moving along quickly which is really exciting because it means, before I know it, I'll be sitting for the NCLEX & earning those 2 important little letters to go behind my name: RN.  Then it's on to getting my BSN & MSN so that I can really get into the things I want to do in life.  EEK!!!

I think I've pretty much got everything together for Liv's Halloween party.  We went this weekend & got her pumpkin.  Now her & Toby are busy trying to decide what to carve on it :) 

Toby's dad started his chemo/radiation treatments this past week.  So far he's doing really well. Every day without bad side effects is a blessing & they're just taking it one day at a time.  Please continue to pray for him & my MIL.  This is a very challenging time for them, but we all know God has a bigger plan & we must be patient to see what it is. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

I Hear Voices....

Heard this on the radio the other day & had to smile...I'm thankful for the "voices" that have made me what I am today ....

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Where has the time gone?

Oh my goodness!  Has it really been almost a month since I blogged? School has really kept me hopping.  Monday will be the start of my 8th week of the semester & it seems like just yesterday I was worried about going that 1st day. 

Last week was nothing short of hellashish with a Chemistry test on Wed, a Nursing test on Thurs. morning followed by an A&P midterm Thurs. afternoon and a Dosage Calculations test on Fri (which we are required to get a 100% on).  I did relatively well, getting an 89 on the Chem, 88 on the Nursing, 97 on the A&P, & a 100 on the Dosage.  I came home Friday afternoon & felt like melting into my recliner. 

I still don't enjoy the driving every day, but I am enjoying the experience. I'm really starting to get the feel for all of it.  We toured our 1st clincial site on Fri. & I'm so excited to begin the hands-on learning portion of school. I've made some awesome friends (just like Toby said I would) and I wonder how my life was complete before meeting them. They totally enrich my life & provide magnificent support. I am learning so much & not all of it comes from the nursing books. I'm learning a lot about me as a person & a lot about what I want to do in life. I laugh more, I smile more & I appreciate time with my family more.  Even with all the headaches, testing, laundry that goes undone, dishes that pile up, & dust that has settled on everything in my house, I am having the time of my life going through this process. I really feel like I'm coming into my own. 

On a completely different note, the colors of fall are everywhere & we've actually been able to have the windows opened for the past couple of weeks!  I really enjoy this time of year. I love the colors, the crispness in the air & the smell that can only be described as "fall". 

I've never been much of a Halloween person.  To be honest, it's always been my least favorite holiday.  But Liv likes Halloween, so I try to celebrate along with her.  She's getting too old to trick-or-treat & where we live now there's not a lot of trick-or-treaters to hand out candy to, so this year Toby & I decided to let her have a Halloween party &/or sleepover (her choice).  She chose to have the sleepover with some girls she goes to school with.
So we're busy planning a Halloween sleepover...I've totally got my eye on a plastic cauldron at Walmart :) And I'm working on a crafty project for the girls to do that night too...we'll see how it all comes together....