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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Studying...

Ugh... I'm studying for the NCLEX now. I am just reviewing a couple of books right now but it's slow going. And I suck at these multiple choice questions. They are tricky! I am signed up to take the Kaplan course but it starts on Sept 18. So I'm just doing things on my own. I got thru one section of the Kaplan self study. It seems like 100 more topics to go. Ugh...

On a more positive note, I started my job. I now have health insurance. Yeah!!! The downside is that MSU has not made my degree official yet so I can't get a transcript over to the Board of Nursing. This delays my interim permit. I need that to work as a graduate nurse. So they are paying me a lot less than if I had my IP. Sucks to be me right now. I almost wish I waited to find a job until after graduation. But I have to look on the bright side. I can break my leg and not worry about having to pay an arm and a leg for it. (Sorry for the pun.)

No knitting has been completed since the last post. I was trying to knit while listening to Kaplan lectures online. Then I realized that I was not paying attention. So... I am taking notes while I listen. So no time to knit!!! I am knitting during breaks and trying to finish up my Somewhat Cowl. I'm at the ribbing for the waist band right now. Gosh... so close. I hope to finish it up before the end of the month. Everything else is on hold until I get this WIP done!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I'm home

I got home on August 24. I'm sooo glad to be home. It was so fun to see parts of America that I haven't seen before but it's great to be home now. Things started to look familiar in Utah. The towns were really small in Idaho and Wyoming. We had spent so much time in Wyoming that I'd never thought that we'd be done with driving through towns with a population of 50. But towns got bigger....

And while we were driving, I knit. A lot. Here are some pics of what I finished.



These two are of the long awaited Clapotis. I finished this one while we were in Winona, MN. Sorry they are so yellow and blurry. I don't know how to make them better.


Pattern:Clapotis
Needles:Size 8 Denise Interchangeables
Yarn:Lornas Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies in Black Pearl
Verdict:I liked this pattern a lot. Simple and easy to remember. My only hang up was dropping my first stitch. I dropped it in a colum without the yarn over and it ran all the way down. Ugh... I had to start over at that point. I also made it not as wide as the pattern indicated. I'm so short that if I did, it would overwhelm me. I think I'd like to do another one. Maybe in cream Malabrigo. That stuff is soooo soft.

I've also been working on socks since they were so portable in the car. I had a couple of pairs going.
This first one was knit from the basic sox pattern in Paton's Kroy. I used size 2 bamboo DPNs. Nice and basic. I might give them to my mom if they will fit her.














Remember the unfortunate Brown Sheep sock yarn that I hated a few months ago. It's back in the form of a ribbed sock. I have a feeling that these two are going to be dark but I'll post them anyway. The yarn knit up striped in these brownish tones sprinkled with greens and orange.





















This one is the Lovely Lacy Sock from the Spring 2005 Interweave. I am using the recommended yarn, Opal Pearl in this lovely soft pink. Just getting throught the heel flap right now. My first lace socks. Ah....









I know I said I'd post more vacation pics but this is already image heavy. I'll post a more intelligent entry later with some cool Yellowstone pics.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Provo, UT

I'm here... so close to home. I love hotels these days. Every hotel I've stayed in has free high speed wireless service and a free continental breakfast. And it's not the traditional coffee and donuts before hopping in the car. They actually have hot waffles and fruit! Yum...

Since Winona, I've been to Woodbury, MN to visit Matt's brother and family. Then on to South Dakota to check out the Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore monuments. Crazy Horse was particulary touching to me. Korczak Ziolkowski dedicated his life to memorializing the Native American and doing what he could to right the wrongs that the Native Americans have suffered. We took the bus up to see the monument and took lots of cool pics. Take a look.

This one shows the model that Korczak envisioned with the current memorial in the background.










This one is a close up taken from the bus.















This one is of me and Matt being silly at Mount Rushmore.
I was shocked to see how many buffalo are living in the park. They even roam the streets!















More to come... there are tons of pics from Yellowstone and for those in the know... Wall Drugs!

Friday, August 18, 2006

Winona, MN

We're here visiting Matt's parents. No pics since the camera is in the car and nothing fun is going on here. We're just sitting around the house relaxing. I did get a whole bunch of knitting done. The Clapotis is finished. I'll post pics and a review of pattern. Lots of fun though. I'm also working on a few pairs of socks for the rest of the trip.

We left East Lansing on Tuesday morning and we spent the night in Eau Clare, WI at Fanny Hill Beautiful bed and breakfast. I highly recommend it. No pics since I was too lazy to bring the camera in but trust me, the rooms were neat. Every room had a whirlpool tub and there was a great breakfast included.

Next stop is Woodbury, MN then on Sunday it's off to Mount Rushmore to see the Presidents!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

I graduated...

yesterday! I can't believe it. It was a hard year but worth it. I lost a lot of sleep, gained about 10 pounds, and missed my boyfriend, family, and puppies and gained a new career. Yeah!

My parents flew in for the graduation on Wednesday night and I spent Thursday cleaning out my apartment. Friday was graduation. I graduation was going to be a big joke but it was actually touching. I'm going to miss my nursing school buddies so much. They became my family here in MI and it's going to be really weird not seeing them. Most of them want to come out and visit next year so it won't be so long but I know I won't see many of them again.

Here are the requisite pics...

Scott, me, Karen, Nicole, and Allison: the bastardized Oakwood clinical group.

Priscilla, me, and Jessica. Pris looks great with her new haircut!

Me and Nicole. I feel like I was standing next to a very tall tree. Her sister is even taller!

Can you believe it? I got interviewed for the local news. The publicity coordinator pulled me aside and asked if I could spend a few minutes giving an interview to Channel 10 news in Lansing. I was about to say no way when my mom answered that I would love to do it and proceeded to put lipstick on me and fuss with my hair. What the hell? I figured... Gotta make the mom happy.


Me, Scott, Nicole, and Karen. This one cracked me up.

All in all, it was a great day. Much more emotional than I thought it was going to be. I saw some good things, bad things, some inbetween things. More good than bad though. The only thing I would change is that I wish Matt were here. He missed it partly because my parents wanted him to watch my dogs and partly because he was gone so long on business in Japan and he had loose ends to tie up before he will be gone for 10 days driving back with me.

I don't have any pics of my last knitting meetup last Wednesday cause once again, I forgot my camera. Oh well... We had a good time eating lots of sweet treats and laughing our heads off. I love knitting with the gals from Threadbear and I'll miss them a lot. They cheered me on through socks, lace tanks, and many beginnings of projects. I plan on keeping in touch with them. Maybe we should get a knit along started on Yahoo so I can keep up with everyone...hmmmm.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I'm a German Shepard...

You Are a German Shepherd Puppy
Intelligent, quick witted, and a bit aggressive.You've got the jaw power to take a bite out of anyone you choose.

I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali...

I have this dumb rap song in my head that I remember from when I was a kid. I don't even know who did the song... But it echos my excitement to be heading back to California. I hate it when people call California, Cali. Grates on my nerves like nothing else!

But there are things I will miss about Michigan. Here's a list...
  1. My friends at school. I made tight circle of friends in the nursing program. I think we all bonded at the ridiculousness of some of the things that went on in the program. That and I carpooled about an hour and a half to clinical with some of these folks
  2. Threadbear. This place is the coolest store for knitters. You can knit to your hearts content in the air conditioning and have great conversations with the staff and other knitters. There's always something going on to keep you interested. Hi to my Wednesday knitting buddies!
  3. Green trees. We don't have many trees that are naturally green in San Diego. Not enough moisture in the air or something....
  4. Ice cream. Although Lansing is definitely lacking good Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants, one cuisine that they excell in is ice cream. My favorite is Melting Moments Grand Marnier. Yum... have to get me some of that before I leave.
  5. Parks and lakes. There's a park or lake practically every 2 or 3 miles in Michigan. The lakes are cool cause there are tons of ducks and other birds playing in the water... But the lakes are also on my list of things I won't miss about Michigan.
  6. Proximity to Chicago. Chicago is one cool town. And Lansing is only 4 hours away by train if it's on time.
  7. Cheap gas. Michigan has gas prices that were in CA about a year ago. Gotta love it on my student budget.
  8. Snow. It is really pretty as long as I don't have to walk around or drive in it.
The things I won't miss about Michigan list
  1. The weather. It sucks! It's either so cold it hurts to breathe or it's so hot I don't want to move. There are only a few days in the spring and fall that are perfect for me. Too bad it's not like the perfect days most of the time. I'm definitely not a season's kinda girl. I think I've gained about 10 lbs since moving here because the weather doesn't cue me to be active. I can't wait until I can start walking and talking yoga/pilates class again.
  2. The nursing program at MSU. It was disorganized and the lead faculty of my program was the most unprofessional I'd ever met. She's an example of a nurse I'd never want to turn into.
  3. The lake behind my apartment. Even though it was home to cute ducks in the daytime, at night the ducks became the bane of my existance. They honked and quacked all night long. I don't think I've had a decent night's sleep since I moved here last August.
  4. Mosquitoes. With the warmer weather and rain, came the mosquitos. I never knew I was allergic to mosquitos until I moved here. They seem to swarm around me and eat me alive. To top it off, I swell so bad when I get bites that if I get them on my ankles, I can't put shoes on. The last mosquito bite I got was on my eyelid. It was so swollen that my eye shut for about a day. Needless to say, bug spray became my friend.
  5. My old roommate. She was horrible. I will never live with another roommate who isn't my friend ever again.
Well, the big drive starts next week. My graduation is on Friday. My parents are flying in to Detroit tomorrow night. Yea!!! I still have a final I have to take tomorrow morning and I'm supposed to be studying right now. Oh well, my goal is just to pass anyway... I'm in no danger of failing. After the final, my parents and I are driving over to Niagara Falls for 2 days then I start driving on August 15 with the SO. Two weeks of driving in the car= no fun. We will get to see things like Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore so it can't be all bad.

My knitting group is doing a little party for me today since it's the last time I'll be able to go by the shop. Sniff, sniff... I'm really going to miss them. I'll post pictures in the future.