Tuesday, August 11, 2009

< two weeks

Yes, in less than two weeks we go back to school, we as in LB, AW and me.

We three spent the day on Friday shopping for clothes and supplies. We did well with saving some bucks during the VA Tax Free Holiday. The boys made it pretty easy. I have to say I'm rather appreciative of the fact that they both chose to shop in the same three stores! LB is more of my athlete/jock type kid and AW is the skater boy. He's not so "emo" anymore and is branching away from the all black repertoire of that culture. PacSun, Journeys and Zumiez are all stores that cater to the skater/surfer/snowboarder types.

Really the boys picked out nothing more than jeans and t-shirts. I found it kind of ironic. In previous years LB has wanted to shop at stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, etc. He's worn polos. Not this year. He'll wear polos he already has, but he had not interest in buying new ones. They both also got their regular shoes and LB got a pair of running shoes.

One might wonder why not just go to Walmart or some other discount chain store is all they're going to wear is jeans and t-shirts. Well, if you have teens you may know how picky they can be about branding.


I checked yesterday and it is official, I made a C in my A&P class. Because I expected nothing more I am not totally shocked, but it is my first college C ever. Hopefully it wont be the norm in the next year. If so, at least it will get me where I need to be, which is graduated with my ADN.

I've received all of my textbooks and have started reading my med/surg book. The first chapter has been nothing more than a review of previous material. I've also added the online supplements for my texts to my study folder.

The schedule will leave me with less time to study during the day than I've had in previous semesters. I'll be sitting down with the guys sometime soon and reiterating the whole be prepared for mom to be a frantically studying, sometimes present-but-not-present being. It goes as follows:

Monday: Second Level Principles and Concepts 0900-1200, Essentials of Maternal/Newborn Nursing 1200-1500 (I guess we'll eat lunch while receiving lecture...)
Tuesday: Health Assessment 1000-1200
Wednesday: Clinicals 0645-1445
Thursday: Clinicals 0645-1445
Friday: no class, just study time

As the days go on I get more and more excited. There are little life experiences here and there that remind me of why I want to become a nurse. These experiences lead me to press on with this ambition and help to put my insecurities at bay.


Anonymous said...

We luck out in that Matt likes Target jeans and shorts but like you said the shirts are a different story!! We are going Thursday to finish ours. It will be a lot less with only 2 to shop for this year!

KLS said...

Yeah, we've gotten away with buying some shorts for both boys at Target. They're pretty good about having the style of shorts that the boys like.

running wildly said...

A&P and Pathophysiology are the two hardest courses in the entire nursing program. Essential, but hard. It's difficult to study when you can't see how the body works in 'real life.' Honest, it makes more sense when you do the renal system and then see how a person retains urine because they're going into shock. You won't forget it then. That's the difference between book knowledge and REAL knowledge. You can do it!!!!!!! enjoy your last 2 weeks off.

KLS said...

RW-Very, very true, and since I am a visual/tactile learner even more so! By the way, if you're here commenting you're not having that baby!!!

laura.d. said...

I loved Med Surg. It was a really interesting course. We have Fridays off too, I'm looking forward to it.

Nursapalooza! said...

how exciting, what a fun semester you will have. I loved L&D. And I remember being sooo ready for school to start, even though I would enjoy time off. It's so weird not going back for the first time in YEARS!

KLS said...

I'm looking forward to both med/surg and L&D for the learning experiences. I want to see if there's a niche that is my calling, or if I'll still be undecided on what type of nursing I want to do.