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Right now, I am…

pink and white blossom.


because we have third-semester orientation today, and I might get to have a better idea of what life will look like next semester.

My experience thus far is that almost nothing was the same from first semester to second semester, so I am guessing third semester will be a whole different beast too!


to meet the professors who teach in the third semester.

It’s a whole new set each time.


that I will get the clinical schedule I asked for. Both semesters so far I have gotten put in evening and/or weekend slots, but maybe this time around they will have mercy on me.


I’d love to get a morning shift one semester, especially because you get more practice doing medication administration that way.


to get the OB/women’s health final exam scores (we took it yesterday).

Hopefully they will release them today!


to see what my Zoom interview is like today. I am interviewing for a student nurse position at the nearby hospital, and I have not interviewed for a job since….1997.


Chiquita in Kristen's lap.

Chiquita joining me on a Teams meeting last night

I am confident in my ability to handle this interview, though; I am good at talking to people, and I am definitely qualified to do the tasks that would be assigned to me.

So, there’s not much to be nervous about.


to wear my Buy Nothing group blazer for the interview. It’s Zoom, so I don’t even have to wear fancy shoes.

black high heels.

I can just throw the blazer on over a shirt and poof, I will be professional.


about the fact that this student nurse job doesn’t pay much above minimum wage.

I’m so used to going to the hospital for unpaid clinicals that I almost forget that I will even get paid at all for a student nurse job.

Anything more than $0 feels like a pretty nice bonus to me. 😉 Mainly I want this job because I want experience; the extra money will just be a cherry on top.


to get tomorrow’s med surg final exam over with.

Not anxious as in, “omg I am so nervous” but anxious as in….impatient for it to be done.

A thing that is annoying about school is that you could always, always study more. So I never feel quite relaxed until the finals are finished.


that there is very little pressure on me to get good grades this week. My “work hard all semester so I can avoid finals stress” plan is working out exactly as I hoped.


to use a mouse under difficult circumstances.

cat sitting on computer mouse.


that I have a raincoat.

Kristen in a rain jacket.

Because it promises to be raining basically all day today.

(Someone on Instagram yesterday was asking about the rain jacket: it’s this one from Eddie Bauer.)

Alrighty…I’d better go get rolling on my day!

Wanna join me? You can do a “right now” in the comments if you’d like!

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Thursday 16th of May 2024

Right now: I had surgery this morning, and I recognized once again how wonderful nurses are. My pre-op nurse, the OR nurse, and the recovery nurses were all highly skilled and professional and gosh darn NICE. Now I'm at home, with an ice pack 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off, and focused on rest and recovery.


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Right now, I’m happy…

Because I just got done eating a free birthday dessert alone in my car. That’s me-time, and I’ll take it. For free ❤️.


Thursday 16th of May 2024

Not sure how this will come across since I am just a stranger on the internet, but... I just want to tell you how proud I am of you. I've been reading (not always commenting) your blog for years and have seen how your life has changed in unexpected ways. But the fact that you have this goal of being a nurse and are working so hard for it, it's inspiring. You're doing great!


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Still trying to absorb the no rhyme or reason of how hair grays (or is it greys) for females. You, like my sister, are younger than I am. When Covid-19 hit, I got to see first hand how gray my sister is - roots not so bad but flip up her hair and holy moley. You are younger than my sister yet have different areas of gray (grey). I'd have to say today I am angry that a few people in my department lost their jobs due to no reason but "the bottom line". A couple more are jumping ship for better working conditions (as in screw you re: 1980s in the office mindset) plus more money. Hate to lose them too but one has to do what is best. It won't be the end of the churning is all I can say. I have six months to get to my "golden" date. Likely will make it but if I don't, zippo debt and retirement/savings is there.

Central Calif. Artist Jana

Thursday 16th of May 2024

@Selena, I believe "gray" is the American spelling and "grey" is the British spelling.


Wednesday 15th of May 2024

Right now I am about to go recover the cell phone that fell out of my pocket this morning, from the lady who found it on her way to her child's sporting event in the park near us. We have a lot of homeless souls who live in the park, so I thought it was gone for good. Many thanks to the lovely Sarah!

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