Sunday, April 4, 2010

April...Already? Happy Easter!

Wow, April already...Actually, almost a week into April already! You know it seems like I just started the semester yesterday, but in reality, we're well over half way done! My last class ends May 17th, which is incredible, exciting, and kind of scary! Time is really flying by, especially lately. I guess that's what nursing school does to you, it keeps you too busy to be bored and to notice the time. I know I haven't blogged as much as I would like to since the beginning of this semester, but alas here I am. That silly persistent insomnia has struck again. I don't know what's going on lately, but for some reason these past couple weeks I haven't been able to sleep very well, but it's not bothering me too much (yet)! School and work is going well. For those of you who don't know, I have been working as a nursing tutor since lately January, and I absolutely love my job. There aren't many hours, and the pay sucks, but it's fun, it's a little extra cash, and it will look great on a resume! I've finally gotten "in" with the teachers I work with, which is awesome. They treat me special, which is cool. What I mean by that is, they will take the time to explain things to me, or to talk, or to help me with homework. They even include me on workplace gossip! Talk about being "in!" I do love my job, in many ways. That's what has solidified my third become a nurse educator (which is just a fancy term for a nursing teacher). And I can see your eyes looking around and you saying "third dream?" Well, I have three main I have already reached (becoming a LPN) my second dream is to finish the RN program and get my RN license. Third is to get my masters degree in nursing, and get a job at a tech college or university as a teacher. See? Makes sense don't it? :) Anyway, not too much has been going on here lately. School and work keep me busy most of the time, and lately in my "free time," what little I have of it, I've been getting back into drawing, writing, and playing my trumpet. My mom got me a beautiful blue trumpet as a graduation present (blue is my favorite color), which for me is probably one of the best presents I've ever got(or could ever get)! I was in band for a long time, but we always did the renting thing; never could afford to get a trumpet until I found a site on ebay that sells instruments in bulk. So for just $110 (and free shipping) I got my trumpet, a carrying case, a polishing cloth, a pair of white gloves, valve oil, and a digital metronome/tuner. It was an amazing deal let me tell you! Anyway, back to what I've been doing in my "free time." Here's a couple pictures I drew using my mouse and Paint Shop Pro 7.

So, what do you think? I love drawing a lot, and everything I've learned (both pencil sketches and computer/editing/animation) I've taught myself. I love the way things look when they're digitally drawn, but when you have to do it with a mouse... PITA...PAIN-IN-THE-ASS!!!! That's why I'm going to start saving up for a Wacom tablet. YAY for Wacom tablets! Below is a video of a little cartoon animation I made.

This one isn't anything too special or spectacular, but it still turned out pretty good, and it's cute! Well I suppose, it just turned 11:00 PM and I have class in the morning, so I should probably hit the hay! Good night all and hope you all had a Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Half Way There!

Half way there! What I mean is, I'm officially an LPN now! I can still hardly believe it. I took the LPN boards on Friday the 19th and was CONVINCED I had failed. The test sucked. It was so hard, but again to my surprise I pulled it off and got the results yesterday that I passed! YAYYYYYYYY!!!! I've never felt so good about myself in my entire life. To reach a dream is an amazing feeling that I've never felt before. I've never had to work so hard in my life to reach a goal-ever! Not like I have to become a nurse. And I've finally made it. :) I'm in my third semester of the RN program, and it's going pretty good. We just got done with spring break and the weather was incredible. Then mom and I drove down to Milwaukee because that's where I had to take the LPN boards. Quite an interesting process they have to buzz you into the testing room. Fingerprinting, palm vein scanning, photographing, two body searches. EEKS! I felt like I was going to prison...or joining the FBI! You have five hours to take the test, but I finished mine in an hour and a half! That pretty much freaked me out right away, and the actual test itself was really difficult. I still can't believe I'm officially a nurse! :D I definitely owe a lot of my success to my parents who never gave up on me and always had faith in me. It makes me feel honored to have been able to succeed, for them and for myself! Now to find a job! I have to wait a month until my license comes in the mail, but that's alright. I'm not in a hurry anymore! :D We're half way done with this semester, and I dropped down to 3/4 time, so that set me back a semester, but it's all good. I'm officially a nurse!!!! :)