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Day 42

Day 42 of the selfie challenge

Sometimes I like to spend my Friday nights studying and day dreaming about pedicures. It’s not all that exciting.
Tonight is a frizzy haired and exhausted kind of night. I am in a dead panic at this point that I may have actually bitten off more than I can chew with 3 classes, two toddlers, and work this semester. It hasn’t even been a week and I am already getting cranky. I think it’s time to be firm with boundaries, refuse any social obligations, and take up any offers for babysitting for the next 7 weeks… Also heavily invest in caffeine related products and get use to not having any sleep again.

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This is the kind of pedicure you get when the person who is performing it is watching the World Cup instead of your feet… The kind where half the polish chips off in the first week. (It’s been longer than that, I just haven’t had a chance to fix it.)

Day 34 and 35

Days 34 and 35 of the selfie challenge

Yes, I know, I didn’t post yesterday… It wasn’t for lack of trying. More importantly, I did take my selfie, so today you get a double post along with an update on the exciting and terrifying things that are going on in my life.

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Yesterday’s selfie was taken at work on my lunch break. It was a busy day yesterday before work for Liam and I, as we ran around doing last minute errands before he got to spend an afternoon with Grammy and Grampy. My summer semester classes start this weekend (I really love online courses, they really are exceptionally convenient if you have the motivation to actually learn from them) and this last year of college (which I STILL can’t believe is actually starting!) is going to be a busy one as I will need to complete my internship for my nursing home administration license while continuing to work full time and hang out with the babies. Maybe busy is putting it mildly….

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Today I put the finishing touches on my internship request letter. I keep having mini panic attacks now, which I suspect won’t subside until I actually hand it to the nursing home administrator where I work. I would greatly appreciate any positive thoughts, finger crossing, and/or praying to who ever you believe in that I will get this internship that I so desperately want! This administrator is (in my opinion) the best there is, and I would love to learn from her.

Liam is off for an overnight visit with Grammy and Grampy F, as well as a couple of aunts and cousins. I am sure he will have a blast. Hopefully Aunty and Uncle Moonshine survive the car ride. Conan gets a fun night of household chores and puppies having panic attacks due to fireworks while I get school and work… I know, the Fourth of July excitement is overwhelming in our house. I have the weekend off!!! So the posts will (hopefully) get a little more fun filled tomorrow after Liam gets home!

And now a bonus puppy picture.

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Someone is getting his rest in now… Panic attacks due to loud noises are exhausting, even with daddy cuddles to keep you safe.

Day 11

Day 11 of the selfie challenge

Today I started an IV certification course across the state, so I spent a good portion of my day either sitting in the car or sitting in class. When I got home I was super excited to spend some time with Liam so I opted for a spaghetti dinner with take and bake grocery store bread. This resulted in:

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An injury. Who knew that when in a rush the plastic oven lock, which so nicely prevents little toddler hands from reaching into hot ovens, I would get a plastic splinter? (FYI, I think plastic splinters hurt more than wood ones.) Thankfully Liam generously let me use one of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle band aids, so I did not bleed in the spaghetti sauce (I hope).

Now we are hanging out in the bathroom in Liam’s favorite place… The tub!

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I seem to have a permanent mental block on how very messy spaghetti is for a toddler.

On another note, today’s full story is a long one and worthy of another post and possible selfie challenge check in which I will not have time to write out until tomorrow when I promise I will also go back and add the appropriate linkage to the last few days posts… I just can’t seem to get the hang of/hate how much of a PIA it is to do it on my cell phone (first world problems).

A Long Journey In Nursing

Ahh the JOB. I have a love/hate relationship with it right now, but first a little history.
I graduated from nursing school in 2005 and knew immediately after graduation that I was going to go back for additional degrees. After many long semesters of school the one thing I found most intriguing about nursing was the thought that I could teach it some day. Instead of going back to school full time I opted for part time so I could gain experience in the field while advancing my degree.
The nicest part, and also the most torturous part, of nursing school were the clinicals. On one hand they gave you first hand experience and semester long glimpses into some of the many different worlds of nursing that are out there. On the other hand the care plans were torture… Although apparently not for everyone, I actually met a nurse the other day who said she loved care planning. I told her she should consider going into MDS. I knew when I graduated that I wanted to work in long term care. I love being able to really build relationships with the residents and I enjoy the age group. I also knew when I graduated that the last place I wanted to work was pediatrics or maternity. I hated those semesters in nursing school and to this day can not picture myself working with those populations.
For the last 9 years I have been working in long term care and skilled nursing facilities and truly have enjoyed every moment.
When my husband and I decided to have a child I planned on going back to work after, and understood it
was going to be full time. This is partly because I can’t picture myself not working full time, and the other part is for the money… Being a professional student is an expensive hobby.
Right now I am 3.5 years from my ultimate goal of a MS in nursing with a concentration in teaching. It is exciting to be this close to no longer being a student, and terrifying as well. Not being a student for the first time in a very long time just seems strange. At the same time I look forward to entering into a job that will more closely mirror Liam’s schedule when he is entering into school, while currently enjoying a job that provides me with the flexibility I need to avoid daycare costs during his infant and toddler years.

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Really, who could resist that mischievous grin poking around the corner?

I love the balance I am finding in my life right now and can honestly say I have never been happier. I am truly looking forward to the next few years and the changes they will bring both to my personal and professional life. Providing quality nursing care is only one of my passions. My family, dogs, and friends are my others. While I do frequently wish I had more time, because I truly would love I spend more time at every aspect of my life, there are only 24 hours a day and I try to make the most of every one of them.

Now I suppose I should go study 🙂

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