Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Long Time No See!

Sheesh, it's been a LONG time!!

Sorry readers :( I have been super busy, but not busy enough to justify no updates at all. We don't have internet at home anymore and that complicates things a little. However, I am still alive and kicking, as they say, and I'm almost done with nursing school.

I think I've even had a baby since I last posted! We had Omilie Ella Jean Doran on November 10th of 2013. She's already 5 months old. Aftasie will be 3 in June.

 I graduate on May 3rd, in a few weeks! It's crazy knowing all of this will be over soon. For an example of how busy I've been, last week I did 45 hours of clinicals/commute in 64 hours. I am on the Neuro-Trauma floor in Salem. It's not always quite that busy, but my workload is considerable right now. The end of four years is in sight!! The last few nights of school I have a pinning ceremony, which is a welcome-to-the-nursing-profession ceremony, then a dinner for alumni (which I almost am!) and then graduation. It's going to be such a relief to be done.

Porter is our homemaker right now, which I am so grateful for. There is nothing like coming home to dinner he's cooked, or knowing he's getting the girls to bed when I'm not at home.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4(ish) weeks to go!

36 weeks yesterday! The most remarkable thing about this pregnancy so far is how easy it’s been, even compared to my pregnancy with Aftasie. I haven’t had any carpal tunnel, minimal hip pain while sleeping (although it’s a little worse during the day, I think), and I just feel good. My feet haven’t swollen yet, either, although some of my shoes seem kind of snug. It’s getting a wee bit harder to sleep but it’s not from any particular discomforts, I just can’t seem to settle down. I’m getting practice contractions here and there but if anything, they’ve lessened, and they aren’t as intense as they have been in the past few months. I can also hold a full bladder of pee! :D

I’m sure I can be plenty uncomfortable in the next 4 weeks but I’m just grateful for what I have right now. I am looking forward to doing full yawns instead of this uncomfortable, gasping type of yawn (I just can’t get the air in!).

I’m trying to figure out how to make a cheesecake that will be ready to eat after the baby comes! I think it would be good for about a week in the fridge, but I don’t want to wait too late, either. Maybe I’ll just have the ingredients on hand and start on it when I think I might be in labor. Haha. I don’t know if that’s going to work. I can imagine myself not able to finish it. I need to print out detailed instructions so someone else can finish it while I deliver the baby :P

The midwife brought the birth pool and some of her bags yesterday to leave with us. Super exciting. I’m actually hoping the baby will be late, because it would work better with school, but who knows!


School – eh, school is fine. Lots of busy work. I think I prefer lecture, test, lecture, test. It’s mostly smaller assignments, presentations, papers etc. Plus tests. But mostly easier ones.  Kind of annoying. We are now 8 weeks into the semester so I’m finishing up my public health rotation at hospice and will be starting a 7 week rotation in maternity next week. And after that comes winter break! Next semester I have an 8 week rotation in mental health and then an 8 week rotation at the hospital doing a preceptorship, which as far as I understand involves working more or less independently undert the supervision and guidance of a nurse. I have 1.5 semesters left before I’m done! Pretty exciting. I’ll be relieved once I get past maternity and actually get all of my hours in for that class. I’m pretty sure we have 135 hours of clinicals due in each class, which works out to be about 16-20 hours each week. There are various things other than being on site that count as hours, such as lab, extra classes, etc.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

All Through the House...Was Quiet

Porter surprised me this morning with the sink full of dishes that I left last night washed and by taking Aftasie out for a long walk/adventure!! I don't quite know what to do with myself, but I finished the Harper's article on Algebra II and am halfway through my HOT cup of coffee (it's still hot!!) :D

I was going to blog about cleaning the house the other day but didn't have time, but now that seems so boring and mundane. It was just some blather about two periods of house-state: you have the clean and the dirty. Dirty is inevitable, even if only for moments, because you live in the house and make a mess. Clean is what you want. You try to make it easier to make it clean, but you still have to deal with dirty. No matter how good my maintenance PLAN, I still get behind in the dishes sometimes and I have to deal with that. Now if my maintenance was actually perfect, I'd never have to worry, but no one is perfect 100% of the time on everything.

So on the one hand, I want to make it easier to get the dishes done and try to maintain them, but I also have to face the fact that sometimes there is nothing to do but just do the mountain of dishes.

So depressing, eh? :) I guess practice of maintenance will make better.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pictures

One thing that's usually missing around here is pictures. And when I go back in my archives and notice a post with pictures, I enjoy it so much :) I enjoy the pictures of Aftasie the most, but here's one of me that I'm sure I will appreciate later because it's a preggo pic!

24 weeks this week. 6 months! And really, if I wear baggy tops, no one knows I'm pregnant. I've had so many surprised "Really!? How far along are you?" reactions :P


Blackberries Galore!

I should have taken a picture but they're now baked into crisp or in the freezer awaiting processing for blackberry wine (!). We went out yesterday and picked five pounds, which, granted, is not a TON, but for me picking by myself with Aftasie toddling along half of the time, it's not too bad :) We also found a great area to pick, thanks to a friend who suggested to pick by the train tracks. I was afraid of picking there with Aftasie, because it's right next to where the train would come through, so we wandered a bit and found some perfect, loaded patches.

I'm finding it hard to blog because there's something else on my mind that I don't know if I want to get into. I have my own faults, don't get me wrong. Maybe I should just leave it at that :) Misconceptions abound in the world, don't they? Hopefully I'll figure out more things that I have as misconceptions as I go along. It does make my blood boil. But heck! It's OK. Someone else can have a different understanding of something, or even be prejudiced, and I can't really say much that will change their mind and that's OK. Just leave them alone.  OK :)


In 5 days I'm going to pass the CLEP test for Human Growth and Development! This is a class that was on the docket for the year Aftasie was born, but I said I was going to CLEP it. So I studied a little, took it, and missed by one point! George Fox has a passing grade that is 15% higher than most other schools. So technically I passed very well, high above the passing mark, except that GFU has the grade set a little higher. So, 6 months later, I took the test again, and got the exact same score!!! This time I'm going to get one point higher, a PASSING GRADE, OK? I feel a lot more confident about the material, although I'm extremely irritated at having to study it a third time. I can't wait till I can just flush all of this trivial info down the drain (I'm not a fan of the "science" of psychology, and honestly, 99% is a bunch of BS, and it's not fair to even call it science). (Tell me I'm wrong when every page contradicts itself, and makes statements like "Science discovered babies feel pain." Stupidheads.) Part of the problem with passing may be, indeed, do they want me to answer according to Piaget? To his critics? To Vygotsky? It's really ridiculous to call it a science, they should call it a religion, IMHO. (Yes, I'm SOOO humble. And I'm also not full of my own prejudices!). If you're a psychologist I can be friendly, though :) I think people who want to be psychologists to help people probably have become able to help people despite the theories of their religion, not because of them. But anyway, enough of my opinion. And good luck to me on passing and feeling a little less irritated at psychology.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Organization Systems vs Organization Habits

I have tried to be organized for a long time. I found a book when that really helped me with the basics of logistics of organization called -- I can't remember! But if I remember I'll try to remember to add it :P Incidentally, it was not really approved of because it contained the devil psychology (ooooh!). Anyway, it had you make lists of what was working for you, as far as organization goes, and what was not working. Then the plan was to work on the non-working areas, and see why they didn't work and what solutions were best for you. This was great and I got a lot of new storage ideas and had my things pretty organized. But I'd still come to these massive, clothes-on-the-floor, nothing put away, it's-going-to-take-hours-to-clean days. Why, since I had everything very "organized" when I did finally clean up?

I have known people who spent a lot of time organizing but never really seemed satisfied with their organization. That has been me for a long time, until recently I haven't really had time to do even the organization part. I've discovered something new that at least holds true for me, and I imagine it does for you as well.

The only thing to keep a neat, tidy, organized home is habitual maintenance. THERE IS NO MAGIC SYSTEM! Stop buying books! Stop trying new methods! There is also no magic suddenly-clean-from-here-out method. You have to decide to habitually maintain and then just start putting things away. You don't have to do go on one huge organizing binge. If you start putting things away your house will become clean. The only way to keep a clean, organized bathroom shelf is to put everything away as soon as you are done using it. The only way to keep your clothes organized in your drawers is to put them away or in the hamper as soon as you are done using them, and they will only be stored as neatly as you fold them in the first place before you put them in the drawer.

Seems simple, eh? And I've been missing this my entire life, practically.

There are various methods that will make maintenance simpler and easier, and those are methods that you should work on. But it won't work without continual work! You can't just organize things in a drawer and then expect them to stay that way (unless you never use the stuff, in which case just throw it all out). You have to put each item back where it belongs as soon as possible. Otherwise your drawer will be disorganized again. Nothing is going to go back to its organized state (in its place) without you putting it there!

Since our lives are continually changing, you will probably have to do things that improve your organization system continually as well. Bought something new? Where are you going to put it? Take up a new hobby? How are you going to keep things up?

It's a little more difficult with children, I think, because they move your stuff. But you can teach them to put things back and try to make things very simple for them. For instance, while I haven't gotten Aftasie to put her books back each time on the shelf yet, they are just piled there in a way that would be easy for her to return them to when she gets the hang of it. I don't bother straightening the books every time I walk by because I would be straightening them every 5 minutes and that's a waste of time. Her toys don't have to be placed neatly on a shelf, they just go in bins.


NY Family Reunion

We left on the 1st at 7 pm and flew out at 10pm. Then we arrived at JFK (yep!) with our suitcase, carseat and bag about 5.5 hours later at 6:30am and had to figure out how to get from JFK to Penn Station to take the Amtrak to upstate. It should have been simple, but the shuttle (that was twice as costly as public transport, but promised to be simpler) only took us to Grand Central Station. So we walked around Grand Central Station for a bit. So many people! Poor Aftasie was getting tired of the constant hand holding but there was no way I was going to let her disappear in the crowd. And tired, too, because she'd only slept about 4 hours on the plane.

Anyway, to make this part of the story short, we rode multiple subways and had to walk up and down multiple, long staircases and lots of New Yorkers helped us out! One woman (who had an accent just like my relatives) walked us three blocks to the Amtrak station once we had gotten off the subway.

Then we had a lovely 2.5 hour train ride, during which Aftasie slept in our seats and I slept on the floor. I was soo tired that I didn't care how filthy dirty the rug must have been. Then a cousin picked us up at the station and we had a LOVELY time with relatives in upstate NY. Vincent and Peter my brothers came, too! That was so nice. It was so nice to be supported and have people around who like me, who are also related to me! :)

Then we did pretty much the same thing on the way back but it was a lot easier because a cousin told us about an easy way to get from Penn Station to JFK (only two stops!) and we started our journey at 9am instead of at 7pm, which made a huge difference. We got home at 1am EST, where we had come from, which made our trip about 16 hours. Aftasie slept in the plane and I just sat there until we arrived. Oh yeah, I played some game Peter put on the ipad we borrowed - mushroom wars? It was weird, but it did pass some of the time :) Thanks Pete.

It is SOOOO good to be home. I feel refreshed. I feel like I actually did something! I think I have a hard time during the summer because I don't have as much to do as during the school year. It really helps if I am pushing myself. Otherwise everything becomes "break time" and I get frustrated. While I was bored and not doing much to keep up the house before I left, I have done loads of cleaning and feel all ready to do practically anything!