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It’s official!

Today we’re having a miscellaneous post. To start us off:

I’m officially accepted to nursing school!

When I got the email…I cried.

It’s not that I was nervous about getting in; I knew the odds were extremely good that there would be a slot for me.

So I wasn’t crying tears of relief; I just felt a flood of emotion thinking about how hard it was for me to get here.

Kristen wearing a backpack

I thought of all the challenges I have faced in my efforts to go back to school and how there were multiple times that I was tempted to quit in these years of doing my prerequisites.

But I made it!

I went back as an adult student, I passed all my classes with flying colors (even that chemistry class), I took my TEAS test, and I did it all partly while living in a very difficult marriage and partly while leaving that difficult marriage.

Kristen in a tshirt

A true summation of my last few years

And now I just have a few more things to knock out before classes start in the fall.

(Such as a CPR class, a drug test, and a medical examination)

chemistry homework.

You guys, I’m really doing this!! I’m going to wear scrubs soon (student scrubs, but still!!)

I feel so proud of myself…like this bursting feeling in my chest. And I am also just so very grateful.

After four semesters, I’ll have my R.N., sooooo, buckle up for two years of riding through nursing school with me. 🙂

A blood-tracing worksheet.

Blood-tracing assignments from anatomy.

Also, I was thinking: if I cried at just getting accepted into nursing school, I’m REALLY gonna cry when I graduate!

I went long-boarding and I did not hurt myself

Kristen on longboard.

We got out the longboard and skateboards on Sunday and I successfully navigated the streets without falling.

Kristen on a longboard.

I look…not relaxed. Ha!

I wore my (repaired) Vans so I could really pretend to be a skater girl. 😉

Kristen's feet in black vans.

I arranged my closet in rainbow order. And then I undid it.

A while back I happened to include a photo of my closet in a post, and several of you said you were positively itching to arrange my clothes in rainbow order.

clothes hanging in a closet.

Well, the other day when I was decluttering my clothes, I put everything in ROYGBIV order.

And I decided that it is most definitely not for me. Having my summer stuff mixed right in with the winter stuff is just toooooo weird.

rainbow organized closet.

This looks like chaos to me.

Also, I feel like it’s not even visually pleasing!

So I did a modified rainbow arrangement: my winter things and summer things are separated, but they both are still vaguely in the “correct” order.

summer clothes on hangers.

Anyway, I just thought you should know. 😉

winter clothes on hangers.

I have been eating lettuce at breakfast

I don’t know how long I will keep this up but…I’m on a pretty good streak of eating lettuce/greens with my breakfast.

fried eggs on greens.

I don’t have it as a side if I eat, say, pancakes or oatmeal. But if I do one of my savory egg-based breakfast plates, I usually dress some greens and eat them as a side.

breakfast plate with eggs.

The dressing I use is this slightly sweet vinaigrette from the mandarin spinach salad recipe I shared long ago.

sweet dressing in a jar.

The dressing has sugar in it, yes. But you cannot make me feel bad about that because I AM EATING LEAFY GREENS AT BREAKFAST.

No one can push the self-righteous halo off my head, ok?

I just keep a jar of the dressing in the fridge and then I toss a serving of greens with it right before I eat.

Super quick. Super cheap. Super healthy.

Allllllrighty. I think that’s the end of the miscellaneous things I have to tell you for today. 🙂

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Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

That's fantastic news. Congratulations! The next two years will probably fly by - enjoy them! Also, I'm with you on the rainbow sorting. I don't do it and I don't especially like the way it looks. In fact, when it comes to books, I positively dislike it. Cannot understand the love so many people have for this.


Monday 22nd of May 2023

<3 <3 <3 CONGRATS!!!


Friday 19th of May 2023

Congratulations on getting into nursing school, Kristen! It's been really awesome following your journey here and cheering you on.


Thursday 18th of May 2023


Meg L

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Belated, but I just had to add my congrats! So proud of you! Excited to “follow along” as you excel in nursing school! God bless you! You

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