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Eight, Six, wow [25 Feb 2007|10:37pm]
86 days

I get married in 86 days.
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whoa [23 Oct 2006|10:04am]
I haven't posted on here in like a thousand years. I've just been doing the school/social club/life/wedding thing. Had a fabulous clinical last week and may have changed my mind about what I want to do with my life. Picked out some bridesmaid's dresses.

I turned 22. I'm so old. I got a tattoo for my birthday from adam.

I'll post better (less swolen, less SHINY) pictures later.
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Given up? [04 Aug 2006|12:14pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

Has everyone abandoned LiveJournal for MySpace? MySpace stinks. Keep the LiveJournals. They're more... um... daily.

So I've finished all of my summer classes and did fabulously in them; should help to counteract the shitty grades I got last fall and bring the ole' GPA back up to where it should be. But now I'm sad because I'm moving out. Whoda' thunk it? I dreaded summer school like pulling teeth but it was really nice. It was fun to pretend that I'm not a nursing major for a while, kicking back and taking 101 level classes, sleeping till 9. I even had a roommate for the first time since my freshman year (something I never thought I could do again... I like my own space) and really really really enjoyed that. Nicole is the best. I think I'm actually going to miss having a roommate in the fall. It was great!

Now I'm about to head home for a whole 6 days. I'll unpack everything I boxed up when we moved to the new house, and hopefully find a location and a date for the wedding. Hopefully!!! Everybody cross your fingers! I'm church hunting Saturday morning with Becca & Tiff... that should be interesting. I am really dreading the wedding planning even though I can't wait to get married. Can't someone just plan it for me?

I just want to show up and wear white.

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Hey gals [21 Jul 2006|03:19pm]
[ mood | engaged ]

Hey peoples!
It's offical now and I can announce it and stuff - I'm going to be getting hitched next July. So exciting!!! I'm heading home this afternoon when Adam gets off work. I'm trying to plan a girl's day for Saturday, maybe look at some possible locations for the "big day." Anywhoo, I guess that's all for now. I've leave you with a sweet new pic.

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puppies [17 Jun 2006|09:16am]
[ mood | puppy-licious ]

So, this entry isn't about Leia.  She's a year old now, and still as cute as a button (Leia is mine & Adam's "love puppy" who lives with him in Starkville).

See? How cute!

This entry is about a new puppy. My parents just got her! She's moving with us to the new house (oh! My parents just bought a new house in Brandon, about 15 minutes away from where we live now in Richland). Her name is Molly, and she is a six-week-old black lab. She is the sweetest, saddest little puppy you'll ever see. All she does is sleep and cry; sort of like a baby. But she's really BIG for six weeks old. She's easily twice the size Leia was when she was six weeks old. I think we should have named her Bertha or The Hulk.

That's just me.

I'll post pictures eventually, or steal them from my sister or something.

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Idol [25 May 2006|12:26am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Should have been:

But, I'll settle for:

Soul Patrol, baby. It's not Chris or anything, but he was my second choice. Plus, it's a flash into my future because that's exactly what my boyfriend is going to look like in 10 years.

Okay, I'm off to sleep!

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Concert part II [07 May 2006|11:29am]
[ mood | a little bummed, but good ]

Might make more sense to read the last entry and then this one.

I got my nails done yesterday, so this typing thing is kinda weird. Oh well, I'll live.

Yesterday we went to part II of Jen & Adam's Weekend Concert Adventure featuring Dark New Day, Nonpoint, Puddle of Mud and Staind. Well.... not exactly. Here's the deal: it RAINED yesterday. It didn't just rain..... the Great Lakes fell onto downtown Jackson in the form of watermelon sized rain drops. We left my house about 3:15 to head to the concert to see Nonpoint play at 4:50. We wore very stylish blue ponchos and baseball hats in a desperate attempt to stay dry and warm. It worked... for the most part. We got some crawfish, sat down, ate, had lovely conversation, and went to go catch the end of whoever was playing at the time in order to get a good spot for Nonpoint. However, we soon realized the band playing at the time was Dark New Day, the band that wasn't supposed to go on until AFTER Nonpoint. We turned to people around us and asked..... yup, we had missed the one band we had come to see. They had bumped up the schedule by two hours. Damnit.

Well, long story short, they bumped the show up so far that Nonpoint couldn't even make it, so we didn't miss them, they just didn't play. We had a great spot for Puddle of Mud, they put on a good show, but we'd seen them before when they came to town with 3 Doors Down. We would have had a great spot for Staind, but a bunch of assholes came and stood by us. They were smoking pot and rubbing all over me so we just had to go, I couldn't stand next to that for long. We watched Staind from the very back for a couple of songs. But I was tired and wet and concerts just aren't the same when you're not in the thick of it, so we left. Friday's show was awesome, but Saturday's show left something to be desired. All and all, I still had a good time, heard some good music, ate some good food, and saw some great shows.

As always, here are my random thoughts for the show:

- Navy blue ponchos are super sexy.

- If anyone doesn't know who Nonpoint is, they should check out my Myspace, it's my profile song, they're awesome.

- What good are police on horseback? I mean, really, they look cool, but there's not much they can do from four feet up in the air. Short of having their horses crap on people, they're not very useful. Especially if they're not even INSIDE the venue, but are rather standing in a circle in the parking lot.

- If I had to sleep with a member of a band, I think it would be a bassist. Not because they're the best looking or the most famous or anything like that. It's because they're so dang energetic, and, more importantly, so enthusiastic. They are the most animated person on stage, be-bopping all over the place, trying to rile up the crowd, singing when they don't even have a mic.

- I discovered that I'm really, really loud. Seriously. When I'd yell after a song, people would literally turn around to see who was making that much noise. Two people complimented me on having "nice lungs." This has a great benifit: I get to annoy the hell out of the people in front of me, if I want to.

- Be aware if you come stand in front of, or next to, me at a concert, be prepared. I am probably one of the loudest people in the crowd. Plus, I head bang and thrash around a lot. A lot. I'm there to enjoy myself. I'm almost the only girl in the crowd who wasn't there because:

a. she wants to get naked with the lead singer

b. her boyfriend drug her there or

c. she wears all black and never smiles so this is a great creative outlet for her

I'm there because I want to see a good show, because I like these bands. So, unless you want to be elbowed in the head or yelled at, I'd suggest not blocking my view.

- I should totally join a band. I'll be lead singer. Adam, you play bass.

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This will probably get long... [06 May 2006|12:07am]
[ mood | wonderful, buzzy ears ]

I went to the day one of the best-freaking-ever concert tonight. Had so, so, so much fun. Saw 10 Years, 3 Days Grace and POD. Before I run down my thoughts for the evening, I'd like to tell you the highlight of the night. The lead singer for POD jumped off the stage during the first song, and walked around behind the barricades singing. Then, he decided to climb on the barrier to get into the crowd. However, Mr. I Make $6.50 An Hour security guard decided that it was not such a good idea for the multi-millionaire world-famous rock star to join his fans in the audience, and tackled him to the ground.

Let me repeat, the SECURITY GUARD tackled Sonny from POD to the ground in front of 23,000 screaming fans. The music stopped, and the other six or seven guys in the band all lined up at the front of the stage like "Yea, punk, you think you're going to start something with me and my 300 pound tattooed friend?!?!" It was awesome. In all honesty, I'm seriously surprised that dude made it out of the concert with life and limb intact.

Okay, here are my random thoughts for the evening... in no particular order:

- I think the guitarist from 10 years really really wants to be the lead singer. Really. This dude sang every single word to every single word, but he DIDN'T have a MICROPHONE. He just wanted to sing, I guess. Somebody get this guy a mic.

- Do people from other parts of the country not know where Mississippi is located, geographically? Hint: It's in the South. When you play gigs in Jackson in 85 degree heat plus under stage lights wearing black pants, long-sleeved shirts, and jackets, the nursing major in the crowd is going to be concerned for your health.

- I hope someone washed the mic between 10 Years and 3 Days Grace. Because the lead singer from 10 Years painted his hands black. Yes, I'm serious. It sorta wiped off on his face throughout the set. You know, I'm all for creative expression and everything (like when the bassist from Lit spit fire during Jubilee Jam), but that was a little odd.

- Me and Adam got on the Jumbo-tron. So I guess now we're like, famous.

- Why is it that the bassists are always the most animated person in every band? I think it's just that they have the least to do. We should really get them something to do, like one of those new sudoku puzzles.

I'm so freaking excited about the second half of this concert tomorrow. I still get to see Puddle of Mud, Nonpoint, and Staind, plus some other no-name local/regional bands for filler. I'm done with classes for the semester, made 2 Bs and the rest As, and ready to start a wonderful summer. This concert weekend is a great kick-off to the end of a great semester and the beginning of a great summer.

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Clickie [26 Apr 2006|10:43am]

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crap [11 Apr 2006|11:10pm]
[ mood | shitty! ]

UUUuuuuggghhh!!! It's been one of those days, weeks, months, semesters, whatever. I have so much left to do and not enought hours in the day to do it. I'd stay up late to do things, but it feels like the less sleep I get the less work I can do, not the other way around. I'm going home this weekend for the first time in AGES. It'll be nice. I'm getting my hair cut, getting some R & R. Then I'm dragging my happy ass back up to Memphis again. Yucky. I'm working the 3-11 shift there. When I get home at night I'm too freaking tired to do any work, then I get up the next morning, get dressed, find some food, get ready for my shift, and go work again. Which leaves ZERO time for my paperwork, working on projects, etc. So I'm really behind. I have like a month and a half's worth of projects, papers, studying and tests, and I've got all of 2 weeks left in Columbus to do it.

Come on May 5th!!!

I think this is all wearing on my nerves. Sorry if I'm testy, but that's just the way it is. I am just not functioning very well right now. Sorry I'm a crappy person and I am so behind. Sorry if I've let you down. Sorry if I'm mean to you. Sorry because I suck.

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it's about [19 Mar 2006|11:47pm]
[ mood | sneezy and gross ]

It's about that time of the year again, folks. Time for me to kick back and try to remember what it was like to be on the other side last year. Oh how time flies...

Yes, I'm a thousand years old.

I spent my break re-decorating my room. It was lovely. I painted the walls from navy blue to a light tan. It took a thick coat of primer and almost two gallons (two good coats) of paint. Then I got this nifty Moroccan-inspired bedspread I love. It's all deep purple and maroon and gold and silky. Then Adam and I went antiquing Saturday afternoon like the old married couple we are and I got a sweet antique red glass vase. It was all of $3 at the Elton Road Flea Market. You should go there, I highly recommend it.

I managed to see my friends hardly at all the whole break. Didn't go to the St. Paddy's parade cause it was raining and yucky. Saw Becca like once. Got paint on every surface imaginable in my room - the floor, ceiling, my TV, my old sheets, the chair we used to stand on, my remote... EVERYTHING. In fact, I've STILL got some primer in my hair that I can't get out. So my break wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible, either. I can't wait for this time next year! I'll be almost done with nursing school (if I make it)!!!!

p.s. It's allergy season and I'm about to fricking die.

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going to the hospital more and more [08 Mar 2006|04:58pm]
Shitty week at clinicals so far. My teacher is pretty much a hard ass and a little OCD and everything. I just don't feel like I can ever do anything right around her, she totally stresses me out. How much she watches me makes me even more nervous, which only makes me mess up more, which only makes her watch me more, which only.... you get the picture. But the good news is, tomorrow is my alternate day! Yay! This means that I get to leave the floor and her supervision and go to another place in the hospital and work with a nurse there. Tomorrow I go to the ER. That should be cool. Not very exciting or anything, the emergency room in little old Starkville. The other day they had four patients, two of which had a cut to their left middle finger from a knife at breakfast and the other was an asthma attack. But maybe I'll get to see something cool. Not TOO cool, though. Last semester a girl in my group was in the ER and a guy came in from a wreck and they made her do CPR on him "for the practice" knowing full well the guy was pretty much already dead when he got there.

That would creep me out. Not as much as seeing a bone bent the wrong way would, but still. Oh, and for those of you know don't know, I broke my arm BIGTIME when I was in the sixth grade doing gymnastics. It like bent the wrong way and both bones came out the skin, everything. So now I can't even watch someone jokingly pop their shoulder out of socket. Seeing body parts bent the wrong makes me want to vomit. Put me elbow deep in blood, feces, vomit, whatever... I'm cool. Just don't make me look at some guy's twisted leg or I'll have to be checked into the ER myself because I'm going to hit the floor.
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yager [04 Mar 2006|01:35am]
that's what i typed to get here. i should really add sutff to my favorites to get here on times like now when i've been drinking and i wanna get to cool internet stuff.

hey....... revelers won songfest.
freaking awesome.
i had a few celebratory drinks. i think my boyfriend wante to get me drink and take advantage of me. i felt OK updating my xanga but not so OK there. jay leno is on agian and i've got to get up in the morning cause my parents are coming in the morning at like 11 to go to lunch or whatever.

yea. whoo hoo for us. whoo hoo for dinks. lindsay and melissa (big 11 and big 1) bought me my fisr shots ever and i think i had a few too many in a too small time frame.
yeah so whatever. i'm lovely for those wondering. i'm glad i can still type when i'm dionking. i' mgoing to sleep now.i've given up on backspace because i'ts taking up too much tyme.
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Ugh! [02 Mar 2006|11:46pm]
[ mood | freaking frustrated! ]

So I've got a test at 8 in the AM tomorrow. I had been doing so good this semester (the lowest grade I've made so far has been a 88) because I had been keeping up with everything. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to read the book so far and there's no hope to have it done by the morning. So, for the first time this semester, I'm going to be heading into a test completely unprepared. I'm wishing for the best but expecting the worst. Maybe I'll learn something from this lovely experience. I'm SO mad at myself right now. I almost feel like there's no point in even studying a little because it's not going to help. Ugh!

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[13 Feb 2006|08:16pm]
Gearing up for Songfest... dealing with "line" issues... going to orientate for my Labor & Delivery clinical tomorrow... dinner with Adam for V-Day tomorrow night.... that's about it.
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it's weird [08 Feb 2006|06:00pm]
[ mood | sore & spaced-out ]

It's weird how sometimes I update this thing ten times in one day and other times I go weeks... like now. Life is the same old same old. Nursing school is going swell, I guess I'm finally into the routine so I'm handling it much better this semester. I didn't kill anyone in my last clinical rotation and even managed to start 3 IVs. It wasn't as horrible as I thought it would be but it was also much, much harder than those rubber arms we practice on in the lab. But I did it!

I have started trying to work out a little. I've gained probably about 15 or 20 pounds since I've come to college and I've really started to notice. Even my FACE is looking fat in a lot of my pictures. So Monday I went to the gym for the first time since my freshman year and it was great. I bought an exercise ball at Wal-Mart and I did part of a yoga-ball tape yesterday afternoon. I was a little sore yesterday, but I had a soccer game to play in! So... I went and busted my ass in a game... we had six girls and the other team had like five guys and two girls... needless to say we got the beat down and I ran so much I almost died. Anna got a concussion. She's okay though. She called nurse Jennifer to tell her what the drug they gave her for it was... it was an antibiotic, that's really weird. Anyways, I'm so stiff and achy today I sneezed in class and almost died. Holy crap. But isn't that wonderful?!?! I haven't been sore in as long as I can remember. Maybe now I'll be able to make it up and down the stairs in my building without dying. Yay!

Anyways, I guess I'm in a kinda weird mood today. I've actually gotten out of class before noon two days in a row and I guess I just don't know how to function! Adam told me I'm being spacey and that's how I feel. Odd.

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fun in the hospital [24 Jan 2006|02:17pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

So I had my first day back of "real" clinicals and it was pretty good. My patient got discharged while I was at lunch, so I was free the whole afternoon! Tomorrow is the problem.... tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'll be rotating off the Medical/Surgical floor to the Outpatient department. I'll have patients who are going to come in, answer some questions, get an IV, go to sleep, get some surgery, wake up, and go home. I'll be responsible for the answer some questions part... as well as the get an IV part. Yes, that means I'll be starting somewhere from 5 to 10 IVs tomorrow. Did I mention I've never started one on an acutal human being before? Yea, so I'm pretty nervous. The girl who went there this morning started ten. TEN!!! Oh my gosh. I never was really nervous giving shots, but IVs are a whole different ballgame. Shots you have a four square inch area to hit and get it right. Its in, its out. IVs you have to get it EXACTLY right, or you'll blow it (literally... you'll blow their vein). I'll let you know how it goes.

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less [17 Jan 2006|09:50am]
[ mood | somewhat less funk ]

I'm feeling less "funk"-ey today. I guess that's because I finally passed my calculations exam AND I passed my check-offs. My clinicals for this week got cancelled, so now I'm free except I have to spend one day in the lab doing practice stuff. Lovely. I'm trying to get out of my funk so I can be excited about tonight but it's really hard for me to be positive. I got no sleep last night (Nicole came to talk to me at 12 and I was still awake, and then I woke up at like 5:30 to study) and I'm still trying to shake my funk from this weekend. At least I got to see Becca Saturday. I really miss her sometimes!

"They don't have LEGS!!!" - Becca, explaining why snakes are from the devil

We went to a party at her appartment Saturday. We basically just grilled out and watched 4 Brothers. Her dog barfed his body weight on her living room floor. Her husband brought the neighbor's snake in the house and we hid in the bathroom from it. Good times.

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blues [16 Jan 2006|11:05pm]
[ mood | yuck ]

I told my boyfriend today that I really feel like I'm in a "funk." I don't know how to explain it really, but I'm just feeling out of it and sorta bummed out. It's icky and I don't know what to do. I'm usually pretty cheerful and positive but I feel like the big, black cloud that is nursing school and responsibilities is just hanging over my head. I'm going to go sleep it off now, because I have to re-take a test I've not passed yet (and I've taken it TWICE) at 7:30 in the AM and THEN I have check-offs in the morning. Yuck yuck yuck. I just want to crawl in a hole and sleep for the next 16 months. Wake me up when it's over.

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aaaaaah [11 Jan 2006|06:42pm]
Dude, I blew my calculations exam this morning that I totally thought I did well on. That blows! I get to re-take it, but it was IV calculations and I only got 88% of the questions right. That means I would have given 12% of my patients the wrong ammount of medicine. That's scary!! I hope this isn't a sign of things to come for this semester.
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