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Hi! I am a 19 year old nursing student, among many other things. But seeing as I am paying for that title, I might as well use it. Here on this blog are bits and pieces of my life that I would like to share with you. Hopefully it will be good times had by all. Leave me a comment, or email me if you wanna chat! (see link below)
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Easy Peasy Thursday, November 30, 2006 |

Easy Peasy!

Well last time I talked to you folks my car was dead and I had to walk to school. And what do you know, things haven't changed!! My car is still broken and I still have to walk to school. But, as it turns out, the walk is way shorter than I thought it would be! Walking to school yesterday was actually quite pleasant. Plus, it only took me...ohh...about...7 minutes. SWEET! So, no problem. Easy peasy, some might say.
One down side to staying at my Aunt and Uncles house...its very lonely. And big. And scary. Nobody is home, Im the only one there...and its less fun. But its very handy, being so close to the college.
So they've narrowed down my car troubles a little bit: There is a drain on the battery, but they don't know what it is. They think it might be the air ride suspension which stays "on" even when the car is off. Air ride suspension?!!? SWEET! I figured out that my car doesn't actually have shocks like most cars do. Which is why it is such a sweet pimpin' smooth ride. Woot. Ask anyone who has driven with me in my car...it is COMFY!! Which explains why it is a touring car. Thats right, Im riding in style. Which makes up for the messed up front end, wacky tinting, rust spots, and the other slew of problems it has.

Nov. 28 Tuesday, November 28, 2006 |

Hey!!!

Today is a great day. Heres how it went:
Alex sleeps in until 11
Alex bakes cookies
Alex talks to Kyle on the phone
Alex cleans kitchen
Alex talks to Kevin on MSN
Ok thats getting old, and besides thats where it ends. Thats all Ive done today. But its still exciting. So relaxing. I love to bake. In other news...I got my scrubs today!!! They are SOO sweet and comfy and cool. Ill be posting pictures as soon as I find our MIA digital camera. I think Kayla has it...somewhere.
My car is broken, it wont start. Well, it will if you boost it. Which is kind of inconvenient. It is in the shop right now. Kyle brought me to class last night, and Chris brought me home. So today I have no car. So I didnt go to school. My mom is bringing me to work tonight, and Kyles picking me up....HOW ANNOYING!! I wish I had the car back. So tonight Im staying at my gracious Aunty Nelly's house. (Thanks!!) She lives right near the college, so I can walk to school tomorrow morning. In the bitter cold. Better bundle up!
Tonight Kyle and I are going to the gym together. It should be fun. And kinda crazy, seeing as I am terribly out of shape.
And another thing that happened which is awesome....last night when Chris was bringing me home, he had to stop over at Brads (our friend) house to see if Aaron (another friend) was there. Steven also lives with Brad. (is this confusing yet???) Anyway, I havent seen Brad and Steve since graduation, which is so sad. They are such cool guys and total sweethearts and I was pretty good friends with them in high school...but you know how people drift apart. Anyway, I got to see them and give them a hug and hang out with them for a tiny bit. It was SWEET! I hope I get to see them again soon.
Well everyone thats all the exciting news I have. I hope everyone else's day is going freakin awesome!!!
Stay tuned for another chapter of "Alexandria:The A.D.D. Diaries", coming soon to a blog near you.

Owie Sunday, November 26, 2006 |

Hey everyone!! I was just thinking about doing homework, (after reading blogs, of course) until I stumbled across Kyles blog, which I don't often check because he doesn't often post, but he did finally! And so I had to steal these pictures and tell you about my poor boyfriend. Its just a small picture for those of you who may get queasy:

This is what Kyle did to his finger last Thursday. (Picture compliments of me) He cut himself while working with a skill saw at Triple M. Apparently, the saw was crappy because it was battery operated and said battery wasnt working too hot. So, his finger got pulled in, and his finger jammed the saw. Thats right folks, Kyles finger stopped the saw blade. Can you say ouch? Not only does he have a cut finger, but hes got a killer bruise on it too. I couldn't wait to see the injury, and when I did my nurses intuition (ha!) told me that perhaps he should have had more than 3 little stitches. Its a pretty large cut, and the doctor said he could see the bone.
So of course hes been whining about it since Thursday. :) Just kidding, hes actually quite the trooper, even though Ive accidently hit it and touched it and hurt it about 192897465238 times already. Sorry sweetie.
In some strange sort of way I am kind of proud...is that weird? My workin' man has an injury, and refuses to take time off work.
Thats my Kyle!


Crunchtime Tuesday, November 21, 2006 |


Its Crunchtime again...

And no I don't mean that we are all going to eat Cap'n Crunch, even though that is an AWESOME cereal. I mean that pretty soon in the next week I have a LOT of homework to do. I wont bore you with the details but I know itll be busy. And sadly, a little more Kyle-free than most of my weeks. :( Poor me, I know.
I got 90 on my Nursing Exam which I wrote last week, which is pretty sweet. Seeing as I did REALLY bad on the last one. Im eager to see what kind of grades I will end up with in December. My non-nursing classes I am doing very well in, but the nursing ones are trickier. And, you have to have a GPA of at least 2.5 in those classes in order to continue. Which isnt that difficult, because that is only a 75%, but still. Im sure I will pass and all that good stuff.
Anything else new in my life? Lets see, I went to a choir concert last Friday. The choir that Kyle, Kevin, Mike, Alissa and Brian are in was singing and they were fantastic. Kyle also did a solo with another choir that was there, and he did great! Singing in front of about 400 people...Good Job Kyle!!
Christmas is coming up quick! I don't really know what I want for Christmas. I know of a couple things...such as a teapot (for making tea, of course) and an iPod, clothes, and chocolate. These are all just ideas.
NEXT WEEK Alissa and I are going to see Annie the Musical!!! Im excited! That was her birthday present from me. Itll be cool. Heres hoping I can book it off work.
Well everyone, I better get goin. I have to go to work soon and I was actually supposed to get some homework done today....oops.
LATA!

I made the front page! Saturday, November 18, 2006 |

Front Page News

So guess who made the front page of the local newspaper??? Thats right, ME!! I am so cool. This is me trying out a "Proteus Light and Sound Machine" which is supposed to switch your brain waves to alpha rhythms and help you relax. The sunglasses have lots of little colored lights that flash, and the headphones play weird sounds. It was indeed relaxing for ten sweet minutes in which the photographer decided to take candid photos of me in my semi-concious state. I'm pretty excited because Ive never had my picture in the newspaper, and the only other reason I've been in the paper was for scoring points in a basketball game. That, and not only am I in the paper...I made the front page. So cool. Or maybe that just says what a crappy newspaper we have.

Don't I look like I belong in the matrix??

Strep Throat Thursday, November 16, 2006 |

Strep throat, anyone??

Well. Let's count the number of times Alex has had strep throat in the last 4 months: once, for the entire month of August (I didnt know I had it), once in September, once in October, and yes, you guessed it, RIGHT NOW!
Now, if any of you don't know the joys of this excellent bacteria...just come visit me. (Although I don't know if I am contagious, Kyle has managed to catch it yet) Anyway. Sore throat, achy, tired, headache, and just feeling icky. I don't know what it feels like to not have strep throat. It really sucks.
Every single time my doctor prescribes good ol' penicillin. Thank you Alexander Fleming. YOU WOULD THINK that by now my doctor would figure out that maybe it's not working. Apparently 7+ years in University education isn't enough. Grr.
So today the clinic phones me about my doctors appointment and throat culture which was last week Thursday. It was positive for strep. Could I please pick up my prescription of penicillin, and which pharmacy would I like it sent to? Well, first of all, I don't want anymore crappy penicillin. Because obviously my body is pretty resistent to the stuff...or it is now. So she kindly says she'll talk to the doctor, and his nurse will phone me back.
This is where it gets good.
The nurse says to me "You know, Alex, I think it would be really good if you came in to the clinic today. " (Great...what a waste of time.) "I really think it would be good if you saw the doctor today and told him about your frustrations." (What?? Was I not clear enough? PENICILLIN DOESNT WORK. What else is there to know?)
What is she trying to do, be therapeutic? Empathize with the client? Be assertive? Exhibit excellent nurse-client communication?? This is all the junk Im learning in College. I am so jaded by school, and sick of nursing. Even nurses being nurses make me mad.
So anyway, Im off to my appointment here in 5 minutes. : Good times.

Journal Tuesday, November 14, 2006 |

My ulterior motive

So, I started a blog because a)I kinda like to write, b)Windows Live space just wasn't doing it for me, and c) because I need to journal for my English class.
I know I know, Im a terrible person. Blogging because I have to. I still enjoy it and its better than writing in a notebook and handing it in to my teacher. Does it matter that I never really talked about English or literature at all during my blogs?? I sure hope not. I mean, Im still journaling. Kind of. So this is dedicated to helping my journal get an A+. Thank you in advance, Professor Stevenson, for giving me a good mark. :)
So we're reading a book in English. Its called "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion. It is very interesting. It is a non-fiction novel (a new concept) about the grieving process she experiences after the loss of her husband of 40 years to a fatal heart attack and follows the illness of her daughter, who later also dies. It is pretty fascinating. Any preconceived ideas I may have had about grief were kind of smashed with Joan's eloquent, literary chapters. As interesting as it is, I cannot help but think if I were to grieve about something, would it be like what Joan experienced? Would I enter a year of magical thinking wishing to bring that person back, that things were as they were before? Im not sure. Of course Ive never been in that place and hopefully never will, but life happens. The other thing I think about is how much easier and better(?) her grieving process could have been if she knew comfort like I, and I assume, some of you readers do. My comfort comes from Jesus. Inexplicable peace and contentedness. A sense of direction and never hopelessness.
I can't imagine going through a catastrophic event such as this without Him.
I can only imagine how lost Joan must have felt.

Thoughts?

Monday, November 13, 2006 |

Calgary, clothes, and comments.

This weekend Kyle and I went to Calgary for a little shopping trip. We left around 8:30 from his place and our first stop was....McDonalds. For McGriddles. MMMM sooo good. Then we continued our drive, listening to music and chatting. It was fun! We went to Chinook Mall where we did most of our shopping, and it was tons of fun. Kyle was the amazing boyfriend coming with me into even the girly stores. Only once did he complain, and thats when we spent a huge amount of time in Stitches. Sorry Kyle. We got ice cream, I got tons of new clothes, and new shoes, ate lunch in the food court, and it was tons of fun! We made a trip to Market Mall also, but we got lost first. Then we bought a map and navigated our way through Calgary together. We make quite the team!!! We are awesome. By the time we were done shopping we were very sick of it. We went to Jack Astor's for supper, and then drove home. It was a wickedly fun day, but tiring. We rolled back home at around 9.
I got tons of much needed new clothes. It was great. I also got some new shoes, which were also much needed as I was wearing some ugly old Nikes (which are extremely comfortable) that I've had for WAYYY too long. Kyle got a pair of jeans and a new belt. All in all, a great day.
So Im wondering if you folks out there who read this are shy?? Why the no comments? Id love to hear from you if you read my blog. Please feel free to comment in the "Love Notes" at the bottom of the post. You can be anonymous if you like, or you can leave an URL to a myspace or blog you might have. Either way, Id love to hear from you! So leave a comment.

Birthdays! Tuesday, November 07, 2006 |

Happy Birthday Alissa and Mike!!

Two of my very good friends, Mike and Alissa, have birthdays today!!!
Mike is turning 19, and Alissa is turning 18!!! Its pretty sweet.
Here are some pictures of them, and of them with me. Cuz remember, this is my blog. :P Just kidding, its because I love them so much that I want pictures with them. Thats right, they are that cool.
Mike is a really cool guy. Hes TONS of fun to be around, and always good for a laugh. If we'e together, its guaranteed I will be laughing my ass off at his crazy antics. He always has a silly face or pose for everything. And doesn't he look like such a snappy dresser? Mike, at times, can be very concerned with his appearance and this is pretty amusing to the rest of us. In a good way. He does always look good though, so I guess it pays off!! (and ladies, he is single.) I can think of tons of crazy things Mike and I have done together, like pretend we were skiing on a little kids playground, fly a kite, bake cakes, leave crazy post it notes everywhere, lock ourselves into a bunk bed inside the motorhome (see picture), and many, many others. At grad we performed a song together, him on vocals and me on piano of course. We have a lot in common we discovered early in our friendship, the most important of those similarities being our unconditional love for chocolate. Of all kinds. He bought me tons of the stuff for my birthday, and you can bet he is getting some for his!!! All in all Mike's a great guy and Im glad he's my friend.

And here's Alissa. Alissa is one of the sweetest girls I know. She is always looking out for other peoples interests, even if it means shes stuck doing something crappy. She doesn't often speak out, but once you get her going, she is tons of fun. She has such a cute smile and laugh, I love to make her laugh!! We have millions and billions of inside jokes, none of which make sense. eg. "Sirry Darryr...." See? I bet that didn't make sense to any of you. She is in the nursing program at the same college as me, which is SWEET even though Im not in any of her classes. (Guys, this babe is also single.)
Alissa loves clothes, she has a ton, and she loves frip frops. She loves chocolate, and cheesecake, particularly toblerone cheesecake. She's been there for me through some tough times in my life, and she always has great advice! She's very smart. Alissa and I also have some great memories: playing walkie talkie hide and seek during spares at school, laughing at hilarious calculus jokes in Mrs. AK's class, talking weird, grad trip, and our equally lame sense of humor that usually has everyone around us groaning. Good times. I love you Arissa!


What a great weekend....not. Monday, November 06, 2006 |

Diary of a madwoman.

Well, that was kind of a crappy weekend. Don't you hate that? You only get one weekend during the week, so you kind of hope its good and not sucky, but alas fate smacks you in the face and says "screw you!" and theres nothing you can do about it.
I have been sick and nearly literally coughing my brains out for almost a week now. I cough so violently it feels like my jaw dislocates and my muscles and tendons stretch beyond their capacity in efforts to expel the non-existent material out of my poor little trachea. Its a dry hacking cough that doesn't really accomplish anything except to irritate said trachea and annoy others around me. Oh, and the fact that it keeps me from having a good nights' sleep is another factor contributing to my awesome weekend.
I had my first night shift for the Home health care company that I work for. 10PM-8AM. Sweetness. Although it was a sleeping shift, can't say I did too much of that. I kept waking and listening to see if my client was up and about or if shed had a stroke and fallen down the stairs and broken a hip. A little bit stressful, to say the least. That and the fact her husband was pissed off at me because heck, he's 97 and he can take care of himself and his wife who can't walk up the stairs by herself! And seriously, of all the wrong things in the world, to have a non-family member SLEEP in their house, preposterous! How inappropriate.
That and the fact that I've been tired all weekend and that all added up on Sunday when I morphed into the most annoying and grumpy person Kyle's ever seen, constantly attacking him for things he didn't do and making him feel badly for nothing equals me being the worst girlfriend ever. No questions asked. Of course then I feel like the worst person on earth which doesn't make my monday so awesome either. Ugh.

Grades Thursday, November 02, 2006 |

Maybe Im a keener, maybe not!

To make you believe I ace every test, exam, quiz and paper would be to disillusion you. There was that one time, two weeks ago, when I failed a Bio Quiz. Thats right, I failed. I got a 51%. (in College, under 60 is a fail). I was most upset. I mean really, do I fail stuff? It was a shocker and an eye opener. That almost made me want to give up. (well, it wasnt that bad). But really: I have so much more of a sense of what people who struggle with school go through. It's very discouraging. I can't imagine the persistence and dedication it takes to get good grades. High school was pretty easy for me, and its pretty neat to see the other end of the spectrum. Im not trying to brag, rather, Im trying to expose my incorrect thinking.
On the other hand, it turns out my Bio teacher made some mistakes when entering the grades into the computer and WebCT: I actually got 71%. Which isn't so bad. :)

Why I can procrastinate Wednesday, November 01, 2006 |

Why I can procrastinate.

Biology Midterm: 90%
Ethics Case Study Paper: 93%
Biology Muscles Exam: 95%
English Quiz:90%
Knowing I can procrastinate and still pull off kickin' marks: priceless.

BOO YAH!!!