Thursday, May 28, 2009

Graduation

I finally made it! After months of hard work, long nights, endless homework, slave labor at the hospital and thinking that I was going to die on multiple occasions, I made it to graduation. It was a great ceremony - not too long. And so wonderful to graduate with such an amazing group of people that I have become so close to.

Here is my group of girls - without them, I would have never made it through. They encouraged me, helped me, and were the best group members a student could ask for. They ate sushi with me, walked to Starbucks with me, calmed me when I cried, listened when I vented, celebrated when we passed (usually with beer) and overall were just amazing friends. Thanks you guys!
As some of you may know, I bought some pretty fantastic red shoes for graduation. Here is the woman responsible for this purchase - Thanks Sarah - I felt great wearing them. That is, until they just started digging into my feet at which point I was glad to switch to my ballet flats. :)

With my family who loved me, encouraged me and supported me through this adventure. My mum came out for the ceremony and Phil's parents came up from Oregon to see it.

Phil - you were my rock throughout this. You kept me grounded and took such good care of me. I couldn't have done it without you and your unending support. I love you. Thank you!

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Mountain Biking

For years our good friend Kevin has gone on and on about mountain biking and how it is the greatest thing EVER and it is the best adrenaline rush. Phil joined the addiction last month and this past weekend, I finally got to try mountain biking.

The first run was a bit freaky. I rode the chair lift up on Whistler and looked down from the top of the run. The boys were all ready to go before I cried out "Wait! I don't know what I'm doing!". I got a 2 minute tutorial (literally) on where to balance my weight, the best way to use my brakes, etc, then off we went. We stopped a few times on the trail where they always asked "So, what do you think? How is it going?" The only response I could muster was "Uh-huh" because I wasn't too sure yet.

For my second run I went on Crank it up. After flying down the mountain, going over ups and downs and flying around corners, I got to the bottom and proclaimed "That was f$%@ing AWESOME!" Pardon the explicitive, but it just seemed to work.

So now I understand my dear friend Kevin so much better. I understand the adrenaline rush. I understand the addiction.

Gotta get me a mountain bike!

Here we are all geared up for our ride.

Yes, that is actually me behind all the gear.

Post ride- dirty, bruised and so happy!

Australian visit

My dear friend, and former roommate, Lisa took off to Australia with her husband a year and a half ago. This month they graced us with a delightful visit! They were kept extremely busy and I got to enjoy spending time with Lisa, and other friends from that group at a welcome home party, a baby shower, a girls shopping weekend and a goodbye dinner (for beautiful people :) ). This was our last night with them. Gonna miss you Lisa!

New Camera

Way back in 2003, I bought my first digital camera. My Cannon powershot with 3X optical zoom and 4 megapixels did me well for a long time. When I bought it I was on the cutting edge of cameras - digital cameras were quite new. Now they are everywhere and mine certainly looked outdated.

So Happy Graduation to me! Brand new Cannon Powershot SX200IS with 12X optical zoom and 12 megapixels. Much better.

Here's my first (of many I'm sure) self portraits.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Soon

Coming soon to a blog near you (as in this one that you are reading right now), fun stories about new cameras, mountain biking and associcated wounds, and graduation and associated parties.

Until then, I'm off to said party. Will fill in on the details soon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Time... or not

I was so excited about my May schedule - only 10 shifts at work. The rest of my days were to be spent exercising, sleeping, catching up with friends, and studying for my licensing exam.

But then a few more orientation days got added. New grad workshops. And of course, the social calendar. I was so excited that I finally had time to spend with so many long lost friends that I started booking them all in.... and resulted in no time for myself. Every single day is packed with something!

So glad that I have a few days off after the exam to relax.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mercy

So now I have TWO new nurse shows to be excited about. As I said before, HawthoRNe is starting soon, and now NBC has picked up Mercy. No, it's not completely realistic, but it's better than Gray's Anatomy. I gotta admit, I like the lead character Veronica! She is hardcore, but underneath it all, she really cares. Hmm.... reminds me of someone I know. :)

One of my friends pointed out that she doesn't like how the newbie is portrayed. True, it's not the greatest. But I gotta say, newbie or not, I want to throw pudding at any nurse that wears scrubs like that!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Great Posts

Why is it that I always come up with great post topics when I'm away from my computer, but as soon as I sit down, I forget them all? Often when I'm running I will literally be composing blog posts in my mind, and yet they just never seem to actually make it here to the blog. Hmm... will have to work on that.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

HawthoRNe

Finally, a medical show about NURSES! Jada Pinkett Smith stars in a new show on TNT called HawthoRNe and it's all about the nurses perspective. The only downside is that it foils the plan a classmate and I had of starting a show about nurses one day... oh well. maybe we will anyways :)

I have high hopes that this show will acurately portray nursing since Jada's mom is a nurse. We'll see.... it premiers on June 16.

IV Start

I started my first IV this week, and, I even got it on the first try! I was pretty proud of myself for that. You would think that they would train us on inserting IVs in school, but alas they don't. Weird, I know. But the IV training has now begun! I also practiced inserting some into a banana - may sound ridiculous but it actually helps a lot!