study break

Thursday, May 31, 2007

So I'm tired of studying.
my exam is this upcoming Wednesday...
to be honest, I'm actually excited, because that means the studying will be over.
AND, I get to stay at Melissa's house.
AND, we get to have a fun party to celebrate being done tests with Sam.
I'm happy for that.

One other thing that made me happy was that today Nathan and I ate steak for dinner, no potatoes, no salad, just a piece of meat as big as my head.
Sorry to all you vegetarians out there, but it was delicious.
I'll do my part to better the world tomorrow.

Speaking of bettering the world...I was at Shoppers today just to photocopy something quickly so that I can apply for my CNO (nursing) registration, and some guy asked me to give money to a charity that looked a bit sketchy, and then gave me the worst look when I said "no thank you, not today."
I felt like the worst person in the world. He gave a mean scowl.
I wanted to say, I SAID NO THANK YOU.
Come on buddy. I could have said, "get the BLEEP out of my way and don't BLEEP bother me.
OR, I could have listed all the better ways to raise money for the charity, or told him about all the wonderful things I do to rationalize not putting money in his sketchy box.
Anyway, I was disgruntled.

Nathan is reading a book right now called "The Road to Hell" it's about how humanitarian aid hurts the world. Sounds interesting. I'm going to start a book similar to that called "The White Man's Burden." I'm curious as to what they are going to say...

I like learning. As much as I complain about studying, I do love it.
It will be weird not to have to study.
I think I will probably just take more classes and make up excuses to learn.
Because that is who I am, a big library loving nerdy-nerd.

I am eating ice cream cake right now.
Nathan and I got the best wedding gift from my room-mates. A bunch of envelopes with different dates in them, tonight we cashed in the free ice cream coupon. But, instead of just a cone, we bought a whole cake.
He's not home right now so I'm scarfing down.

I'm glad he's not home, that might sound mean, and I'm sorry to you Nathan, but I'm going to try to go to sleep before he gets home.
He is officially the worst sleeper.
He snores, he talks-tells stories even, rolls around until he is COMPLETELY comfortable, hits me, tries to steal covers (granted that I did steal in the first place), pokes me in the eye, slaps me on the head. All by 'accident'.
A few nights ago I was so mad, I kicked him.
I was so mad because after he woke me up, he just went right to sleep and I was lying there awake. Then I got so mad that my kick did nothing to bother him, so I kicked him again, harder.
I felt better after that.
Nathan doesn't remember a thing.

Tomorrow I have nothing to do, except study, so I'll probably sleep in.

posted by Rachel Pede @ 11:43 PM   4 comments

I've decided....

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

After a few days of mulling over the job offers, I've arrived at a decision.
Thankfully that decision was confirmed when I got a call today saying that I'd gotten the job I wanted.
It's with the Cardiac Care Unit in Sarnia.
The other offer I received was for the ICU, so it was a real tough decision.
I feel at peace with the choice though because I chatted with the best nurse in Sarnia, scratch that, the world.
She said that she thinks I'll really like it there, learn tons and grow in my abilities as a nurse, which is exactly what I'm looking for.
So, the job is for 7 months. And it is one of those government jobs that guarantees temporary full time work. It's a sweet position because it is pretty much like a 7 month orientation into the nursing world. I get to start slow, with a preceptor/mentor and learn the ropes without being thrown into a situation I can't handle.
After that, the manager talked to me about keeping me on and hiring me part-time. Which is exactly what I was looking it was exciting to hear they weren't just going to ditch me after the orientation.
The best part is that after talking to the managers they are totally cool with me leaving to go to Europe so I don't have to worry at all about not having a job when I get back.
I think I start toward the end of August, so I might even have some time to rest and relax after backpacking before I jump right into my nursing career.
I'm super excited today.
We're going to the Mielke's house to celebrate.

posted by Rachel Pede @ 4:59 PM   2 comments

New House, New Job

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

So I'm on my way to my 4th job interview in a week.
It's not even the interviews that are making me nervous.
It is the full time work. The big life decisions.
Nathan keeps telling me that if multiple jobs is my biggest worry I need to stop.
But I can't help it.
First of all it's scary to grow up.
Second, this is now my career. I can't just leave after the first semester and switch to a new placement. I'm actually a nurse.
I have to leave now or I'll be late, but I'll let you know when I get a job.
Hopefully today.
*Fingers crossed*

posted by Rachel Pede @ 9:44 AM   2 comments

The Last Volvo

Sunday, May 27, 2007

This is our new house.
You can tell, because it has a Volvo in the driveway.
All good Pede's own Volvos.
At least that was what I was told growing up.
As a little girl I'd curse my parents and pretend to drive a convertible.
But now...I love my station wagon.

Yesterday I found out that my dad just sold our last Pede family Volvo.
I now own the only remaining Volvo in the Pede world and I'm not even a Pede.
Well 'technically' I am since I haven't legally changed my name yet, but I'm married, so Nathan keeps reminding me to say Colquhoun.
All that's to say, I'm keeping my Volvo for as long as it will run.
And I love my new house!

posted by Rachel Pede @ 12:22 PM   4 comments