Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oh, Lovely Tuesday

Good morning! Needless to say, my life has been a bit busy as of late, which explains why I have not blogged for two weeks. I completed the week long Kaplan NCLEX review course, followed by a weekend trip to Six Flags over Texas. Last week I had three days of orientation at my new job, after which I hopped in my dad's car to trek to Lawrence, Kansas for Jamie's wedding. I went on Wednesday night so that I could have a little extra hanging out time with the bride-to-be. I had never driven for more than 2 hours on my own before and was proud of myself for driving to Lawrence in the rain and the dark, only getting a small bit lost. The highlights of the weekend were coffee with Cinnabon creamer, mani/pedi at Nail Citi with the sisters, mother, and grandmother of the bride, chocolate fondue at the Melting Pot, movie party with college friends, and being a part of the most special day in the lives of two of my dearest friends, Jamie and Jake. I am so blessed!

This week my family (all except Josiah) are in Iowa visiting friends and family. Josiah and I stayed behind due to Josiah's orientation at his job this week and the fact that we're leaving Thursday for Colby, Kansas. Second wedding of the summer: Cyndi and Andrew. I am very much looking forward to spending the weekend with all of my friends yet again! The drive up there should be fun - yay for roadtrips with friends!

I decided that I do not like being home without my family. Yesterday I was incredibly bored, even though we tried to fill the hours with fun things. It is simply too quiet without Mom, Nate, and Ben bustling through the house all day.

Today, I am on my own since Josiah will be at work all day. I started the day by baking chocolate chip banana bread (and since I remembered to grease the pan it turned out great!), working out, watching the Early show, drinking coffee, and spending time with God. It's amazing how much can be accomplished before 9 a.m.!

Now, I must turn my attention to studying for the NCLEX. I do not yet know my testing date, but need to use all of my spare moments (which are few and far between) to prepare as much as possible. I may try to squeeze in some cleaning and reorganizing, since I can only sit in one spot for a few hours before I get restless. Hope that your Tuesday is starting out as beautifully as mine! Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Simply Perfect

I am now a college graduate! This weekend was wonderful, but I am still exhausted! My grandma flew in from Kentucky on Thursday - it was so great to have her here to share in my special day! I'm pretty sure that between my parents, my grandma, and my friends I received more hugs in two days than I usually do in one month! But I'm not arguing!

My friend from NYC whom I hadn't seen since I was 17 also came - fantastic is the only word I can think of to describe that! After graduation, she and I wandered around Brookside, poking in odd little shops before eating dinner at a yummy Mexican restaurant. Though the time was short, her visit was so precious to me. I decided that I for sure need to plan a trip to New York sooner than later. Something about NYC seems so attractive and mysterious to me (especially around Christmastime). This is the next thing I hope to accomplish on my bucket list!

Today was the first day of my Kaplan review for the NCLEX. It was a very long day. Thankfully there is no homework during the class, since the instructor made us all promise to not study this week. Praise the Lord!

Not studying for the biggest test in my life is proving to be easier than I thought it would be. Tonight I am pampering myself: hot bath, newly painted toenails, freshly ground decaf coffee, basking in the cool breeze blowing through my bedroom window, thank you notes, and You've Got Mail. Simply perfect :)

Quote of the day from Coffee Talk:

"Teach us delight in simple things." Rudyard Kipling

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm Finished!

I'm finished! No more clinicals, care plans, assignments, papers, or tests! I can't even believe it! My last test was this morning, so now I just have to wait out the time until my pinning ceremony on Friday. I got a text from a friend this morning that said I was going to beast my last test - I feel like that can be expanded to my college career. I beasted it! :) Okay, that's a little dramatic. But I'm so excited. God is so, so, so good. I never could have done it without Him (I'll stop now since I know I've said all of this before!)

Lunch with a couple of friends today at my favorite coffee shop/restaurant. Can't wait! Jude's will definitely be one of the things I miss the most about not being in college anymore. I suppose I'll have to come back for coffee occasionally, considering that I'll be living an hour away. And my brother will still be in school here. He'll make a great excuse to come back and go to Jude's!

Our senior picnic is tonight. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! I'd hate to have to move it inside because of rain, although rain makes the hot a little more bearable. 3 days until graduation!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Graduation Week

Today was unproductive in a productive sort of way. I had my employee physical for my job today - always interesting and long. Lots of paperwork, lots of talking. I took a nap when I got home - whew! It's still crazy to believe that I'm graduating from college on Saturday. These past 4 years have been the longest and the shortest of my life so far. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday that I was packing up to go to college as a little freshmen while other times it feels like an eternity ago. I guess that's how life works.

This past weekend was crazy busy. I feel like I'm still recuperating from staying up until 4 a.m. on banquet night. I'm not used to staying up that late and it takes me a while to catch up! Mother's Day was quiet and fun - we went to a steakhouse for dinner after church (yum!) and then hung around at home. I love it when my whole family is together : )

This may be the last time I have a chance to blog this week since life's about to get crazier. Tomorrow night is a party with my nursing girls - so fun! Wednesday is the senior picnic put on by Brooke and I (senior class pres and vice pres), Thursday is another bridal shower. Then home to see my grandma who is flying in from Kentucky for my graduation! Can't wait to see her! Then Friday is the pinning ceremony for nursing, followed by a visit to some graduation parties and then dinner at my house with the fam. Saturday is GRADUATION!!!! And then I get to breathe. I may start a new blog after graduation entitled, "Charissa, RN." Cheesy, I know, but I think I'm going to start signing everything like that. I'm just so stoked to be finished! Happy graduation week to me!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Panera Day

Here I am at Panera, sitting at a table near the window, sipping on my coffee (out of a mug, not a cardboard cup!). The last few days have been crazy! I took the test that predicts how well I will do on the NCLEX on Tuesday. The NCLEX is the test that all nurses have to take to be licensed. The good news is - it looks like I will pass! There has been so much pressure to do well lately and it's such a relief to know that all of the hard work is paying off! Today I am finishing up a few last-minute assignments and then I'm pretty much done forever!

The last couple of months have been hard on my hair. It's just so curly and hard to manage. I decided that I'm tired of looking like a frizz-ball and need to conquer my hair. Mostly because it makes me feel more grown-up to be in control of my mane. So far, I've tried tons of gel and drying it with a diffuser. It's actually turned out a couple of times. However, Diffuser and I are still in the getting-to-know-you phase, so it's definitely not perfect yet. It's a little crunchy in some places and frizzy in others. The problem is that my arms aren't really long enough to do a good job on the back of my hair. But don't worry, I shall prevail and have grown up hair in no time!

This weekend is going to be super fun. Friday night is spring banquet - the last one of my college career! I bought an amazing dress the other day that I cannot wait to wear. I love buying and wearing new dresses - one of the simple pleasures in life. Saturday night I'm helping put on a bridal shower for one of my engaged friends. In the process, I've discovered that I'm not very creative at party planning. Shocker. It should be fun, though, since one of my dearest friends just gave me some wonderful ideas.

Okay, I must stop putting off the homework. I have some pictures to post later - be excited!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just an update to my earlier post. I didn't end up buying soup for lunch. By the time I decided I was going to buy some, they had run out. Sad day! It actually turned out well, though, since I went shopping before dinner and found a dress for banquet AND new shoes to go with it! Dinner at the Olive Garden was scrumptious - kids' meals are the best - cheap and yummy! Wheat noodles weren't necessarily the best choice with my fettuccino alfredo, however - there was a small texture issue. I didn't have a problem eating all of it, though! Now for an early (for me) bedtime. Test in the morning!

Blog Break!

Right now I am studying at my favorite coffee shop with my lovely friend Brooke. Our big test (the one that determines whether we'll pass our state boards) is tomorrow. Yikes! I've decided I'm going to prepare as much as I can and trust that God will bring to my memory everything I've crammed into my brain over the past 4 years. I'm so close to the end!

This weekend was crazy! On Saturday Mom and I were in a car accident, which kind of made me stop and think about my life. We were rear-ended and the car was totaled, but praise be to God that I walked away with only a bit of whiplash. Mom hit her head on the steering wheel so her whiplash was a little worse than mine and she has a small abrasion on her forehead, but she was discharged from the ER after a couple of hours. Maybe a rear-ender doesn't seem like a huge deal to some people, but it was definitely a wake-up call. I realized how fragile life is and how much worse the accident could have been. Yesterday I was praising the Lord for seatbelts - something so simple yet they probably saved our lives! I drive all the time for school and pleasure, never giving thought to the fact that it can be dangerous. Life is a gift and I'm so thankful to be living it!

At the moment I'm fighting the urge to buy soup for lunch since I'm going out for dinner with my nursing girls tonight. However, my will-power is dwindling quickly after Brooke gave in and bought soup. It will help me think more clearly, right? I think so. Plus, how many times does soup taste good in May? It's cool and rainy again today...so weird for Oklahoma. Procrastinating must end now...have a lovely Monday!