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The Poconos and family time for Labor Day Weekend.  Glorious.  Such a great time.  It really is such a special place for me.

However, this meant kind of doing a sort of “half-hearted fast” for the weekend, seeing as most of the food to be had was non-paleo.  I didn’t necessarily go hungry, but I ate a lot of fruit this past weekend.  Some meat when it was around, but it felt good to stay strong and not deviate.

I’ve thought about some sort of goal for these 30 days, and one of them includes trying a brand-new recipe every week (even better, trying 2 or 3).  For this week, I’m going to try the following:

http://shecookshecleans.net/2011/09/05/oh-baby-its-a-sandwich/

It’d be so very, very nice to eat sandwiches again, so I’ll try making this bread and add some rosemary, thyme, and marjoram to it to see whether I can kick up the flavor a bit.  Wish me luck!

Here’s a pic from lunch today.  Enjoy!

6 fried eggs, fresh salsa, turkey bacon!

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So this week starts the last 6 weeks of the semester, and subsequently, my junior year of nursing school!  Went by so fast, it’s ridiculous.

The next 6 weeks (9 days total) I’ll be spending at a suburban hospital in my Maternity rotation.  That means I’ll be hanging out with laboring women, women who’ve just given birth, and little teensy-eensy babies!

I believe they’re splitting us up into 3 sections in our various days on the floor:  Labor & Delivery, NICU, and Postpartum Care.  I don’t think they have a nursery at this particular hospital, so the newborns are kept with the mother in Postpartum Care.  We’ll be responsible for performing assessments on the new mothers and new babies, and (hopefully) observing a ton of vaginal births and some C-sections.  I’m actually really looking forward to this!

Part of the reason I’m excited is because it’s very much out of my comfort zone.  First, as a man, I’m required to have a “chaperone” with me at all times when I’m with a mother.  I can’t examine or assess her by myself, so another female student will have to be with me whenever that’s happening.  Secondly, I was never very good with babies.  They just usually cry when I hold them.  Some people claim it’s just because I’m tall and have a relatively deep voice, so maybe the babies are frightened.  I’d like to imagine it’s something much weirder — like I emit some strange aroma only babies can detect and it really scares them.

Well, now that I think of it, maybe it’s an aroma only babies and women can detect.  Hehe.

Been very much M.I.A. lately here on AiNS.  Been working very hard as Co-Chair of a local Relay For Life, as part of the American Cancer Society.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s been taking up all my free time, unfortunately.

Hopefully I’ll start posting regularly again.  Maybe nothing long, just small tidbits that people can read quickly.

Hope you’re all well!

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Seriously, how long’s it been since I’ve been here?  A week?  And here I was doin’ so well.  Oh well, I guess I’ll go through these little lulls every now and then.

So yes.  How’ve ya been?  I’ve been pretty decent …

Finals were over on Tuesday the 15th.  We took all 3 of them at once.  In actuality, it wasn’t all that bad, since these were not cumulative exams, covering all the material from the midterms on.  However, it was still a lot of information, with the added stress of taking all 3 exams at once.

Let’s see, what else has happened recently?

  • Spent about 8 hours celebrating after the final exam(s) with classmates.  That was a ton of fun.  Started off at a local restaurant/pub, then the party moved on to my apartment, and then moved off to another local favorite.  I think I might have slept 14 hours the following day.
  • Most of my grades are posted, and I’m very happy with them.  As I said before, I kind of pushed my online graduate course to the back burner for most of the semester, and it showed in my grade.  While still happy with the grade, it was my lowest one.
  • Class schedule has been posted for next semester, and it looks great!  January through the end of February looks like Monday-Tuesday 9-5 in class, then I have clinical rotation Wednesday/Thursday 2PM-10PM again.
  • For the first 7 weeks of the semester, I’ll be in telemetry rotation.  For the last 7 weeks of the rotation, I’ll be in OB rotation.
  • They’ve split up the 130 or so students into 2 sections this semester, so some of my close friends I won’t be seeing.  I’m not sure whether this means we’ll be in classes with them still, but just not potentially in rotations.  Not really sure yet.
  • My clinical group is great for telemetry!  All good people, and I’m excited to get to know them better.  Looks like 7 of us.

And oh yeah, we just got 23 inches of snow on Saturday!  SO great when you don’t have to shovel any of it.  W, E2, and L2 met up with me at school, where we didn’t even try to make a snowman, because the snow was too fluffy.  Decided to just go eat instead, and ended up at a favorite place of ours, where W’s classmate, A4, met up with us.  From there we just walked around in the blizzard, attempting to see straight, stay warm, and keep away from W’s shenanigans with the snow.

Poor A4 was totally set up and had her face and neck filled with snow, courtesy of W.  Good times.

So what does this extended break hold in store for me?  Lots of things, I suppose — here’s my Winter Break Bucket List:

  1. Lots of sleepy.
  2. Fix up my bicycle all nice and purty.
  3. Experimenting with making my uncle’s delicious bread (he taught me last week!).
  4. Working.
  5. Lots of Slurpees.
  6. Re-learn how to play the piano.
  7. Study for the HESI.
  8. Watch at least 2 seasons of ER on Netflix.
  9. Find new glasses.
  10. Call Comcast to get me new cables and get rid of the humming in my TV.
  11. Get back into the gym.

Ok, I didn’t say it would be an exciting Bucket List.

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