janegodzilla: (emo sparkly john mayer)
So I'm sitting here printing out a metric fuckton of class material and it looks like I'm going to be so busy this quarter...and yet all I can think is, "I'm so glad to be back at school!!!! Eeeeee!" (Also: "So many trees died for this, oh my GOD," but at least I'm printing everything double-sided?)

Anyway. This quarter marks the first time we're assigned to an actual clinical site, during which we care for real patients during an 8-hour shift one day a week. Next week we're just shadowing a nurse preceptor and observing what s/he does, but after that? Hands. fucking. ON. I'm terribly excited, and also flat-out terrified. This is scary new territory for me.

In other news, I'm trying my very best to wait until October to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, because some part of my brain insists that I need to wait until then to watch blatantly Halloweenie movies. I'm not sure why my brain insists on this? Also, it's harrrrrrrd. I've been scratching the itch somewhat with a variety of spooky movies, but...it's not the same. Luckily, I only have a few more days to go, and then I can mainline Halloween movies to my heart's content.

...except I'll be spending most of my spare time studying, so LOOKS LIKE THE JOKE'S ON ME. HEY-O.

(I kid, I kid -- movies and tv make for great background noise while I make flashcards, which is how I ended up blasting through six seasons of "Gray's Anatomy" during the lead-up to finals. I regret nothing!)

I miss you, livejournal land. I'm back on facebook again (I rejoined because all of my classmates were there and we have a private group set up for our class and everything), but although it's undeniably handy sometimes, I still don't like it. I've been on lj in some username or another since 2001 -- back during the days when it was invite-only, haha, I'm old -- and even though it has its problems, it's still my social networking site of choice. I know I'm not posting much lately and I rarely comment, but I still read my f-list every freakin' day and love seeing what everyone's up to. So...yes. [/maudlin]
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Two weeks until I leave my job! Three weeks until student orientation! Five weeks until classes start!

I AM EXCITED! CAN YOU TELL I'M EXCITED?! Inside my head I am pretty much running around in giddy circles, like, ALL THE TIME now (except when I look at my financial aid paperwork and sort of stop breathing for a while because my 2011-2012 loans are singing to the tune of $53,000 and oh my god SO MUCH MONEY UGH UGH UGH) and I've become very, "lol whatevs!" at work, even with the stuff that used to piss me off. It's kind of a nice headspace to be in, actually. I like being amused by things that used to frustrate me. It's refreshing.

I spent most of today transcribing chart reviews for one of Dr. Z's site visits. As massive as these reports are, I can't help but find them fascinating, usually because I get to look up interesting medical conditions in an effort to figure out how they're spelled. Today's illness of interest was rhabdomyolysis, which is a condition that develops when myoglobin from damaged muscle tissue starts fucking up the kidneys. Physiologically, it's pretty complex, but at its most basic level the problem with rhabdo is twofold: 1) when muscle tissue is damaged or dying, fluid moves from the blood into the muscle tissue, which not only reduces blood volume and can lead to shock, but also reduces the amount of blood going to the kidneys and limits their ability to flush solutes; and 2) myoglobin is a big-ass protein, so it collects in the kidney tubules, starts to block them, and this can eventually result in tubular necrosis or outright kidney failure. Rhabdo shows up a lot in trauma because of the damage to skeletal muscle, and crush injuries -- especially closed ones -- are particularly susceptible.

~* the more you know *~

(I know, I know. Probably no one cares about this. But I think it's interesting and it's my stupid lj, so a paragraph of rhabdo rambling it is!)

I had to get some blood drawn today for my antibody titers, and this next part might be mildy freaky for people who have needle squicks, so I'm cutting it just in case. )

Anyway. I'm really looking forward to my mini-vacation between work and school, mostly because I'll actually get to spend a lot of time with Nate (before I hole away studying in my office for the next 15 months, ahhhhhhh) and that's always nice. Also, I'm trying to finish a knitting project I started last year, because I am FAIL when it comes to knitting things in a timely manner.

abloobloo

Apr. 15th, 2011 02:56 pm
janegodzilla: (gary oldman let's do it)
Bleh, I need to get a tumblr or something. When it comes to livejournal these days, I am the failingest fail that ever did fail. Here is a condensed version of the past few weeks:

- Nate's parents came to visit for a week, and it was lovely to see them again.

- I finally got an iPhone, and can now a) read books on ALL THE DEVICES, and b) play Scrabble with my cousin in Vermont. The magic of technology!

- Nate and I got a puppy! He's a four-month-old lab/border collie mix, and he's precious. We named him Cuddy, because Nate's currently reading Men at Arms and we both think "Cuddy" is a pretty awesome name*. Our Cuddy is not a dwarf, nor does he sport an amazing beard, but the name still somehow works for him.

- Aaaaand...everything else: nursing school preparations and Pokemon and excitement over Portal 2 and being all, "Man, I really need more IKEA bookshelves, 'cause the bookshelves I have sure aren't cutting it in the shelving all of my books department." I am so seriously boring, my god. :I

- No, really, it's ridiculous. I spent a good chunk of my lunch hour looking at scrubs online, all, "I know I prefer a drawstring waist to elastic for the pants, but how many pockets will I need?!?!?!" This is my life now, folks. These are my choices.

- Classes start on June 21. I am mentally keysmashing so hard at this that it would be utterly ludicrous to type it out.


* Whatever animal joins our menagerie next, I'm totally naming it Detritus. Even if it's a girl.
janegodzilla: (CHAOS!)
[livejournal.com profile] inker_alpha gently reminded me that it's been a long freakin' time since I've updated (thanks buddy! ♥), so now is as good a time as any, I suppose.

Things have been pretty quiet, but in a nice way. Nate and I had a low-key Valentine's Day, which was pleasant -- I bought him a video game, he bought me a delicious cake (fun fact: cake is the way to my heart, for reals), and then we ordered a pizza from our favorite local place and watched The Social Network. Verdict: awesome evening. And then our anniversary was last week (three years, how fucking awesome is that? ♥♥♥), so we decided to splurge a little and go out someplace nice for dinner. We went to the Laurelhurst Market and ate delicious food and drank delicious wine, and all in all it was the best sort of anniversary I could've asked for.

In less pleasant news, I got sick again. This bout of ick is particularly nasty (I'm now at the end of week 2 and it's still lingering), so I finally sucked it up and made an appointment with the OHSU Oregon Sinus Clinic. They're specialists and it's expensive as hell even with the insurance, but it seems like my sinuses and throat are getting worse and worse every year and I'd like to rule out chronic sinusitis before I get into nursing school and lose my cushy health insurance. It's also entirely possible I'll need to get my tonsils out and/or get some heavy duty allergy shots, so. Doing all this while I can still afford it, yep yep.

Speaking of nursing school, I should be finding out sometime this month whether I made it or not. Expect a jubilant post full of capslock if I make it, and an insufferably emo f-lock post if I don't. Fair warning, etc.

Just watch -- now that I've said this, I won't find out until early April or something horrifying like that. :B
janegodzilla: (needs more zazz)
I have a bunny in my lap. He keeps smooshing his face into my hand so I can scritch his cheeks, because he is adorable and demanding like that. ♥♥♥ Aw, Rufio. ♥♥♥

Trauma Conference today was pretty amazing. One of the presentations was on leech therapy and how it can help with returning vascular flow to reattached digits and ears and things. And there were pictures! :D Seriously, it was awesome. The fact that I find this cool rather than horrifying makes me feel pretty secure in my decision to work in health care, although the book I'm reading on the Black Death right now makes me want to get a graduate degree in public health or epidemiology so I can study infectious disease all the time. I need to pick a career track and stick with it, because this is getting ridiculous. At the rate I'm going, I'll be in school 'till I'm 70 and have, like, five degrees.

...actually, that might not be so bad. Hmm.

Here, have some random faun art or whatever. )
janegodzilla: (gettin' my hot cocoa on)
Oh, statistics. You're kind of annoying and you're way less fun than straight-up science (or, as I like to call it, SCIENCE!!!), but everything about you makes perfect sense and I can't help but love you for it. The equations always do the same thing. Always. It's so...it's so neat! And elegant! And precise! Science is messy as anything and I absolutely love that, but the clean simplicity of math appeals to the tightly-wound part of my soul that likes to make lists and categorize everything a million times over.

Nate and I are going camping next weekend, and I am STUPIDLY EXCITED about it. We're staying in a yurt! YURT CAMPING! I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT THESE THINGS! They're like little elf houses! It's way too cold right now to go tent camping*, but the yurts in the Oregon state parks all have heat so weirdos like us can go camping in the wintertime. It's a little ridiculous how giddy I am about the prospect of camping in February. It's just. I haven't been camping in such a long time! And I've never been with Nate, so I'm just really looking forward to the whole thing.

We were originally going to camp at Tumalo, which is down near Bend, but when I talked to my mom about it she was all, "Oh honey, no" about it. Apparently, she and dad go cross-country skiing out there this time of year, because it's the high desert and there's mad snow in January and February. Uh. Whoops! So now we're going to Beverly Beach, which is down by Newport. That way, we can go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium or something even if the weather is shitty. Random shitty weather is how the Pacific Northwest rolls.

Oh my god we are totally going to make s'mores! Eeeee! *flappy hands of delight*


* Also, we don't own a tent.
janegodzilla: (i *heart* portland)
Nutrition grumbling. People with their own food issues may not want to read this, since I'm mainly complaining about my own and that might be triggery. )

In slightly more cheerful news, I think I've watched this video for Meshuggah's "New Millenium Cyanide Christ," like, five times now. Maybe more. I just. It's amazing. They're so SRS BSNS about their air-drumming and air-guitar and the singer is fake-screaming into a pen and they're all full-body thrashing in a freakin' RV...it's my favorite thing right now. I'm a sucker for people doing very silly things in a very serious way.
janegodzilla: (she smells like delicious bacon)
I'm watching my telecourse materials for nutrition and they keep showing people chowing down on giant fast-food burgers and stuff, all like, "DON'T EAT THIS SHIT, IT'S BAD FOR YOUUUUUUUU!"

And all I can think is, "Oh my god, that burger looks so fucking delicious, why am I not eating one right now?!"

Preeeetty sure that's not the message I'm supposed to be taking away from this. Perhaps the nutrition telecourses, like grocery shopping, are not to be attempted on an empty stomach.

(Seriously, though, back to the burger thing -- we discovered that our favorite neighborhood breakfast place also has a limited dinner menu, and just about everything on there has a delicious vegetarian or vegan equivalent. Their black bean burger is the best one I've ever had, and I desperately want one now. Stupid nutrition class, making me want to eat things!)
janegodzilla: (marla will cut a bitch)
Sometimes I really wonder about the Pandora algorithms. Today my Dethklok radio station threw up Nirvana of all things, and when I when I hit the thumbs-down button (sorry, Nirvana fans!), it then decided to give me a Clint Mansell score. Which...I love Clint Mansell, I really do -- he's definitely among my top five favorite composers -- but, um, Clint Mansell =/= Dethklok. COME ON, PANDORA.

So. Things! I managed to waitlist my way into nutrition this quarter, so between nutrition and stats I'll be blowing over a grand in tuition, books, telecourse materials, and a calculator. I am...kind of freaking out about this, mostly because I just doubled my credit card bill over the span of a week. It's fine, of course, but still. These "welcome to adulthood, now we're taking all your money!" moments still startle me sometimes, and now I need to curl into the fetal position and huddle in the corner for a while until the feeling goes away. The nutrition materials alone ran a little over $200, which is completely fucked up. Every time I have to buy textbooks I get enraged all over again at how much money this shit costs. This quarter, the amount of money I'm spending on books and materials is equivalent to over half my goddamn tuition. For two classes! Just two! How is that even fucking fair?!

Anyway. I suppose I should consider myself lucky that I'm only shelling out about $1000 this quarter instead of, oh, $20,000 or thereabouts. Swear to god, thinking about my nursing school costs makes me want to break out in hives. Big ones.

I had every intention of cracking open my textbook when I got home from work today, and instead I've been reading Metalocalypse fanfic all evening. *facepalm* I win at everything.

yay math?

Dec. 19th, 2010 07:11 pm
janegodzilla: (emo sparkly john mayer)
One of the things that cracks me up about Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is how nonchalant everyone is about the Four Horses of the Apocalypse. It makes sense, kinda -- as Nate pointed out, when the undead are roaming the land in great numbers and things like zombie bears exist, people aren't going to get too het up about a creepy horse that weeps blood. But I still think it's hilarious that no one says stuff like, "So...I noticed your horse was on fire," or, "Not to be rude, but are you aware that your horse is swarming with locusts?" Hee.

Anyway, I finally took my math placement test the other night so that I could get into statistics, nutrition, and/or chemistry. I've been putting this off for two years, because I haven't taken math in, like, A DECADE and lord knows I'm not all that confident in my math abilities at the best of times. Perhaps this is why I waited until the last possible minute to get this shit figured out. Luckily, my week and a half of frantic cramming paid off and I qualified for statistics, and I'm feeling much better about the whole thing now that I'm finally registered for a class.

The guy at the testing center was hilarious, though. There are three or four different math tests you can take depending on what you're trying to get into, and for stats I had to take the test with advanced and college-level algebra with some trig thrown in there for...I don't know, variety, I guess. So I take my test and there are things on there that I totally didn't study, like factorials and imaginary numbers and bullshit like that, and afterwards the guy prints out my results and is like, "Yay, you qualify for statistics!"

I go, "SWEET!" and do a fist-pump, because I am a noble and dignified flower that way.

Then! THEN! Testing guy gets all sadface, and he says, "But you didn't qualify for calculus or trigonometry, though. You'd have to go through college algebra before you could take those."

Me: ...AHAHAHAHA, OH MY GOD.
Testing guy: What?
Me: Dude, all I care about is stats. I haven't done trigonometry since I was sixteen. Sixteen.
Testing guy: How old are you now?
Me: TWENTY-SEVEN.
Testing guy: OH. So...I guess that's okay, then?
Me: Yes, quite.

It was just...I don't know, it's like he was trying so hard to make me feel better about the fact that I didn't qualify for things that are ridiculously over my head anyway, and it was amusing. I'm still kind of a amazed I qualified for statistics in the first place, given that I outright guessed on three of the four factorial questions before I remembered what the fuck factorials were. I mean. Factorials?! What the fuck.

/cool story
janegodzilla: (OMG RAPTORS)
Oh my god, good things are FINALLY HAPPENING. First, it looks like the closing is actually going to go down today. WE MIGHT HAVE A HOUSE BY THE END OF THE DAY WTF WTF WTF :D:D:D:D:D:D. The bank didn't have all their paperwork done last week, so Nate had to file another extension, but this week...this week money is being moved around and papers are being signed and Nate's going out to the title place this morning and! And! House! Of our own! Finally!

In other good news, Nate's getting promoted to banquet sous chef, which is a REALLY BIG DEAL -- banquets bring in a lot of their revenue, a LOT, and being the banquet sous is a big responsibility. But they're confident he can handle it, and I know he can handle it (on account of his being awesome and all), so the whole thing is pretty exciting. Not only will he be making more money, but his schedule will be more flexible AND I'll actually get to see him in the evenings again. Like, earlier than midnight! THIS IS VERY COOL.

Also, I got an A in A&P III, but that's noteworthy only because I knew -- based on the points and my test scores -- that I wasn't going to. But she apparently decided to curve the final scores, so...yay? I didn't think she was going to for a while there, but when your entire class can't seem to score higher than an 83% on every goddamn test and/or quiz, that's probably a sign that something is wrong with the way you're teaching. In class, she would say things like, "I just don't understand why this keeps happening. Not ONE of you broke the curve this time either, and it just doesn't make any sense!" *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* No one broke the curve because your tests were badly written and you teach in a confusing way! Why do you think this keeps happening?! Gahhhhhhhhhhh.

But...it's over and she curved the final scores and I still have my 4.0, so I still have a shot of getting into OHSU when I apply this fall. Hooray!

To recap:
Today might be the day for the house.
Nate got a totally awesome radcakes promotion.
My grades are still on track.

Good things, yep yep.

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