Friday, May 14, 2010

So It Begins...

So I'm sitting at work next to the telemetry monitors and looking over my syllabi (syllabuses... syllabi?) for my summer classes yesterday. I have my little goolge calendar pulled up and putting in all my assignments, when I look up and comment to Morganne (another nurse), "What am I doing to myself?!" A question that still echos in my mind even now as I sit on my couches, watching Sting sing Roxanne on the Today show and avoiding my homework.

What. Am. I. Doing?! I mean I just got done with school a year ago, and now I'm going back full time while working full time. Surely this constitutes as self-mutilation. Don't get me wrong, I want to be a nurse practitioner, like real bad; however, this mountain of work ahead of me is very daunting. And I know I'll get through it, I always do. I mean it's only 2 years... I could be going for 6 for my doctorate. But I still feel like Miley Cyrus at the beginning of her hit song, "The Climb" (And yes I know I have an unhealthy relationship with Miley). "I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreamin'. But there's a voice inside my head sayin, You'll never reach it." Ahh the sweet sounds of inspiration echoing in my living room as I type.

And so my mantra begins... 9-5 and no holidays.... 9-5 and no holidays. Say it with me, 9-5 and no holidays! 9-5 AND NO HOLIDAYS!

I am empowered, on to face my homework!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Whoa... day off!

I still feel like life is going by at a million miles a minute. Last week I worked 3 12 hr shifts in a row ( which any nurse knows is exhausting) and had a busy but good couple of days off. Nick's brother Mike was up for the weekend. His father joined us for dinner at the beginning of my stint off and his mother and sister, Lisa, joined us for a day at the end. We had a great time! We saw Iron Man 2, went bowling, and went to a Lexington Legends minor league baseball game with our Sunday School class. I also had a class for work to go to and orientation for school.

As I sat through orientation, I found it ironic that my sister, Cathy, was graduating from college. Only last year I was the one walking across the stage, happy to start working and be done with homework (a feeling I'm sure Cathy is feeling right now), and now I am back. I'm a little nervous about balancing school full time and work full time, but I believe I am here for a reason and the Lord will help me through some how. This time in 2 years, I'll be graduating from Eastern Kentucky University ready to take my boards and become a Family Nurse Practitioner... YAY! But looking at the climb ahead can be daunting. I'll just take it one step at a time, asking for prayers along the way :)

In other news, Nick is 1/3 of the way done with seminary! We should be graduating at the same time. He's taking 1 summer class this season, but things should be pretty even sailing for him. He makes me so proud, providing for his school and mine so that we don't have to take out any loans (UK also helps out by paying for 6 hrs/semester). He makes me happy, and I'm looking forward to this Saturday when both of us are off and we can have budget and relax day.... mmm naps.