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Thankful Thursday | 80%

This week, I am thankful:

that my exam grade was not as bad as I anticipated

I got 20/25, which is 80%. That’s my lowest exam grade ever, but it’s not exactly a tragedy. I can definitely pop back from that.

cat by laptop.

This first exam basically got split in half this semester; we got one-half of the material this week, and we’ll have the other half of this module’s material on next week’s exam.

So in a sense, I have a chance to redeem this exam next Monday. If I do really well on that one, my grade for this module won’t be bad at all.

And besides, an 80 is still passing. I just prefer not to be floating so close to the not-passing level!

I like me some margin.

that I have some ideas about how to prepare better for the next exam

I’ve got some other resources I’m going to use, and I think I might try to get together with friends to study together before Monday.

cat lying on table.

This is not the friend I will be studying with.

that I have some clear days to study

I don’t have any lectures today or tomorrow, which means I can focus on studying for the upcoming exam. Yay!

Tomorrow is the second-chance competency testing at school, but since I passed on my first try, I have the prize of an empty school day.

for a fun visit with my friend Mia

Unfortunately, we took almost no pictures because we forgot! But we did have a lovely time with each other, and I’m sad she had to go back to Ohio.

Perhaps one day we will live in the same state again…

(I met Mia when she lived here for a number of years.)

for so many sunny days

This week has been wonderfully, delightfully sunny, and that has made my heart happy.

Mia and I were walking on a trail together last weekend and I think I probably said, “OH I love this sunshine!!” somewhere around 15 times. 😉

for our cats

Because, of course! Always!

tuxedo cat.

Shelley always looks grouchy in pictures!

Our cats entertain Zoe and me so much.

Kristen and cat.

Both of them like to hide underneath sheets and comforters, so you always have to be a little careful before you plop down onto a bed!

It’s not so tricky when it’s just a sheet like this, but if it’s a comforter on an unmade bed, a lump of cat is hard to notice. 😉

cat under sheets.

that I got a $1000 scholarship yesterday!

Geez, I can’t believe I made it this far in today’s post before I remembered to include this.

This one is from the PEO sisterhood, an organization that helps support the education of women. I got one from them last year, which I used to pay for my first semester of books, and I am delighted to have another one this year. Yay!!

A local friend of mine suggested I apply, and I am so glad that I did.

I am gonna be ok. 🙂

that I have paid for over half of my RN degree already

My first two semesters are all paid for now and that’s over half of the cost of my degree because obviously my prereq classes are behind me now too.

So, I truly only have two more semesters to cover.

Also, I think I have most of the books purchased now; you have to buy a ton in the first semester, and then you keep using those books in future semesters.

And of course, I’ve already paid for my student uniforms and the other various required supplies.

So, the financial end is in sight, and once I graduate, my degree is gonna earn me money. 🙂

that the days are noticeably longer

I love that the sun comes up a little earlier; that makes it easier to squeeze in a walk, shower, and breakfast before morning lectures.

sun rising behind a tree.

And of course, I love that the sun is setting later (5:35 pm today!) More daylight always makes me happy.

By the end of February, sunset will be at 5:58, giving us 11 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.

(Who’s counting? MEEEEE.)

What are you thankful for this week?

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Monday 12th of February 2024

Congrats on the scholarship! My mother was a PEO sister. It’s a sorority that started when women struggled for higher education. They founded a small college that is still alive; not sure where it is.


Monday 12th of February 2024

Way to go on your exam grade and getting the scholarship!

My Thankfuls 1) 3 beautiful girls 2) My and my family’s health 3) For having what we need and not necessarily what we want 4) Time to pursue my hobbies or goals 5) Sunshine and warmer weather


Monday 12th of February 2024

My mother is a PEO member in our local chapter. I'm glad they're doing good things for many women, including you!


Monday 12th of February 2024

Yay for an unexpected windfall! Congratulations! And your comment on your sleeping study buddy made me lol irl.


Monday 12th of February 2024

Hello Kristen, you are an inspiration to single moms everywhere. Congratulations on all you have accomplished and will continue to accomplish. Praying for all your needs and that the rest of your schooling goes without a single hitch. Your and your girls are lovely and being the mother of 3 girls, and 6 grandchildren all living close to each other, I am aware of the importance of family. May you always cherish each other.

May our Lord bless you,



Monday 12th of February 2024

Aww, thank you!

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