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pay off my debt (read all 3 entries…)
Setbacks

Invoice from accountant: $241
Car repair bill: $365
Tuition: $2490 about $600 more than I expected!

Eeshk! I still fully expect to pay off my debt by October at the latest, but this month has set me way back. Nuts to that.



spend more time outdoors (read all 11 entries…)
tree climbing and walking meditation

I didn’t have nearly as much time as I’d have liked, but I stopped by the labyrinth on campus yesterday. The wind was gusty and noisy and cleansing, especially high up in the bare tree that stands at the centre of the labyrinth. I liked it up there.

Someone had tucked a folded piece of paper under a stone at the base of the tree. I was so tempted to pick it up and share in their secret, but something prevented me. It’s just a tree surrounded by stones, but the place felt sacred and the note like a confession or a journal and I couldn’t bring myself to expose it.



pass my exams (read all 13 entries…)
One down, two to go!

Wrote the pharmacology exam on Tuesday night. I feel confident that I passed it, although by how much I have no idea. I felt like I knew about 65-70% of the answers for sure, and another 10-20% I was pretty sure, but on the remaining 10-20% I was guessing. I’d love to know how I did but I doubt we’ll see the marks for at least a week or two.

Tomorrow I write the palliative care exam. Last night I could have studied from about 3 p.m. on, but I didn’t. We had a little party instead. I guess I needed to blow off some steam, and truly, I feel pretty studied out. But I’m going to have to suck it up for today and hit the books. I don’t anticipate a tough exam in this course, but still, I couldn’t likely pass it with what I currently know/understand/remember. NOTE TO SELF: don’t be a dickhead – study tonight!!!

Saturday is the nursing leadership exam. Thankfully it’s open book and online so I can write it at home, whenever I like between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

I think it’ll be closer to 9 p.m. for me, as I’ll have to study all day :o\

Sigh. Almost done.



be prepared (read all 7 entries…)
Kinda flubbed it

After studying my li’l heart out for days in order to prepare for my first exam on Tuesday, I finally felt prepared enough... I figured that I’d learned and/or memorized all that I could, and was just looking forward to getting the test overwith.

So I planned my day carefully, leaving sufficient time to head out very early. I had a little running around to do and wanted to arrive at the school about one hour in advance of the start time (7 pm). And I almost did it! I got there about 50 minutes ahead of time, found a choice parking spot, and settled back into my seat to give my notes one last look over. And that’s when it hit me. I hadn’t thought to bring a pencil. Or an eraser. Or a calculator!! And it was only dumb luck that I had my student card on me.

So minutes before the exam was set to begin, I ran up to the building to beg a pencil from someone – anyone! I felt like such an idiot!! It’s one thing to not prepare for an exam, but to come to it so unprepared? ! ? Well that’s just … duh!!!

As it turned out, the young lady who lent me a pencil was kind enough to give me one with an eraser on the end. And luckily I’m reasonably proficient at long division; I think I arrived at all the correct answers on the posology questions.

Doesn’t really matter at this point. What DOES matter is that I remember for tomorrow’s exam to not only prepare myself by studying, but also by popping a pencil in my purse. Silly girl.



pass my exams (read all 13 entries…)
today's progress

Another productive day today, although I noticed a definite brain fatigue – I was much more easily distracted today, and far less absorptive.

It has taken me these two days to get through the neuropharmacology module (as pictured). It’s a whopper :o)

Actually, I had hoped to get through it in one day, so I’m rather disappointed. Now I just hope expect the next two days’ efforts to bring everything together to gel.



pass my exams (read all 13 entries…)
While this won't be on my exam...

it’s too funny and interesting to not share with my peeps:

“Rarely, patients taking clomipramine experience yawngasm. Experience what? A spontaneous orgasm while yawning. Honest. This unusual side effect, which affects both males and females, may be considered adverse or beneficial, depending on one’s view of such things. In at least one documented case, yawngasms strongly influenced adherence [to treatment], as evidenced by the patient asking how long she would be “allowed” to continue treatment. Although data are scarce, one might guess that the occasional yawngasm would help relieve depression.”

So… show of hands – who all is going to the doctor Monday to complain of depression & request clomipramine??? hehe

my bloody luck that the ONE THING I read today that I’m definitely not going to forget won’t be on the exam!!



be more seasonal (read all 6 entries…)
Try again next season!

I haven’t been very conscious of this goal for a long while; in fact I was just going to post a little update that in the spirit of getting the last bit of enjoyment out of the colder evenings, I’ve been bubble-bathing like a mad woman the last couple of weeks, only to see that my last entry on this goal was about the fact that we were just heading INTO bubble bath weather! haha



finish my degree (read all 3 entries…)
As with my debt...

I’ve been waiting to add this goal until I could actually feel the end near enough to be uplifting. Now it is, and I am practically bursting with anticipation to complete this goal. Remembering how close I am to being finished this degree is a great motivator right now while I head into my (second last set of!!) exams.

2 more courses, 12 more weeks, 2 more courses, 12 more weeks,

C’mon, join in everybody!!! 2 more courses, 12 more weeks, 2 more courses, 12 more weeks, 2 more courses, 12 more weeks!!



pay off my debt (read all 3 entries…)
Finish line is in sight

I am so close, this is sort of cheating, but when I realized the extent of my debt* (around Apr/May ‘07), it seemed so insurmountable, adding it as a goal to my list would have just been depressing.

Now, however, I am so close to being (consumer) debt-free that having this goal on the list is just a reminder of how far I’ve come and an extra little incentive to stay the course.

I can hardly wait to mark this as done – and NEVER EVER find myself needing such a goal again.

*mortgage excluded – I consider it a different, acceptable debt



Catch up the bookshop's bookkeeping before next Y/E - doh! (read all 11 entries…)
December was quite unsatisfying

I had to plug $5.34 – only about the fourth or fifth time I’ve ever allowed myself to give up hunting for that last lost penny or nickel, and by far the largest amount I have ever plugged. But, it’s another month down, so I’ll take it as an accomplishment.

Bring on the 2008 data!



Lose five pounds over the next three weeks (read all 7 entries…)
I have to complete this goal NOW

while I’m still down five pounds. I can feel a compulsive, hungry little monster fighting hard to regain control of my hands and mouth, so this goal MAY find it’s way back to active status, but for now I pat myself on the back for having fit back into these hot-ass jeans :o)



learn (read all 9 entries…)
Despair

I had what I can only describe as a complete melt down yesterday. In hindsight, I can see some warning signals – my thoughts were scattered, my breathing kind of fast and shallow for much of the afternoon, and I was both restless and tearful. But what should have probably tipped me off over everything else was that I couldn’t be at home. I just couldn’t get comfortable there. That is really unusual for me, and I probably should have recognized it as significant.

Leaving home was a mistake. I didn’t fare any better out in the world, and probably only added to my feelings of loneliness and despair.

I won’t bother with the whole story, because I feel somewhat better and a great deal stronger now, but I wanted to record these points in the hope that next time I start to unravel, maybe I’ll recognize it sooner and be able to deal with it more carefully than I did last night.



Lose five pounds over the next three weeks (read all 7 entries…)
Yesterday was two weeks

and this morning I tried on – and fit into! – one of the pairs of jeans I started this goal for. So yay me!

Probably due to the current stresses I’m dealing with, I’ve felt ravenous the past two days – this morning I actually woke up craving scalloped potatoes. Comfort food. I’ll probably take up thumb-sucking by the end of the day. Jeesh!

Anyway, having slimmed down a little is the best incentive I can think of to keep on keeping on. Though, God, a family-size serving of creamy, cheesy potatoes really would hit the spot right now!



love my job (read all 12 entries…)
Fessed up

Well, I finally fessed up to my boss that I intend to look for work elsewhere as soon as I’m done school. I offered to leave sooner, if he would prefer that, but he was just as sweet as pie suggesting that I stay on to finish up school without the stress of finding and learning a new job.

He also said that he would prefer that I stay on, if I am at all willing to reconsider.

And he praised me for handling this latest intraoffice battle with maturity and dignity.

Then today he popped into my office later in the afternoon, looked at me quizzically and asked why I wasn’t studying.

See? It’s a juicy job. I just wish I liked it!



Exemplify health and fitness (read all 29 entries…)
caved and had fries today

which is baaaaaaad.

But ….

they were goooooood.

shakes head at self and mutters something about being a dumb ass



make the most of the time I've been given (read all 41 entries…)
the back of the chapel

This hasn’t been a great day. Lots of upset and stress right now, and not much life experience in dealing with it in healthy, productive ways. But today, during a moment of feeling really lost, and knowing I was about to cry, I stuffed a handful of Kleenex into my pocket and headed into the small chapel next door to my office.

I have to say, if you MUST cry at work, having a small chapel handy really is lovely. And after I wept a while, and was sufficiently drained of energy to cry any longer, I took off my shoes, folded my legs into a half-lotus, and meditated for a while. Reading “Peace Is Every Step” has taught me a new technique for lightening up, which really did/does help.

I think I’ll try to spend a few minutes in the back of the chapel every day, with my shoes off and my eyes closed, reciting the little verse that brings me back to peace.



pass my exams (read all 13 entries…)
High on marker fumes

I made this giant poster today, covering all of module 16 – antibacterial therapy. I had at least three anxiety attacks thinking of how goddam much there is to remember – and this is only ONE OF 17 MODULES!!!

Anywho…

I learned some things, I think, and can move on to forgetting it all tomorrow.

Sigh.



Stop wasting money / Live on less (read all 20 entries…)
Two weeks of lunches

I’ve brought my lunch & snacks to work every day for two weeks, and have made dinner at home every night too. I also paid back the entire debt to my wonderful brother out of my last pay cheque.

I’ve stopped the bleed of buying new clothes on credit (dumb girl!!), and will recover from that minor set back by the end of next week. I’m also not going to buy more clothes just yet. One of the pairs of pants I bought two weeks ago are already a bit too big (a gift for my Mom!)... best to not buy clothes during a shrinking spurt :o)

I watch ‘Til Debt Do Us Part’ almost every day, mostly to remind myself where I was headed and how badly it can get out of control if one isn’t very very careful.

I checked y’day and I now owe less than $100 on my Visa and about $400 on the one line of credit. THAT’S progress I’m proud of.



take at least three great photos of my long hair before I get it cut for the summer (read all 5 entries…)
done

and done!



Record things that make me happy (read all 39 entries…)
Used to be...

that coming home made me happier than anything. I loved my little home – so quiet, so restorative, so all-mine.

That is no longer the case. I could bitch and moan about how coming home doesn’t hold the same joy for me any more, or I could exhale, regain a healthy perspective of what ‘real problems’ are, and focus on what does make me happy. So here goes:

  • the cozy little room I’ve made into my study makes me happy
  • finding Riesen’s squirreled away in the back of the freezer makes me happy
  • that spring has sprung makes me happy
  • Jamie’s friendship makes me happy
  • that my laptop is connected again so I can play on 43T upstairs rather than downstairs (enemy territory) makes me happy
  • the quote “Hope is what you do until you know what you need to do” makes me happy
  • not studying makes me short-term happy (long-term stressed, but I’m dwelling in this moment)
  • memories of getting kisses and holding hands at the retreat on Sunday makes me happy
  • my new chanting monks CD makes me happy
  • jasmine green tea makes me happy
  • cool breezes and warm sunshine make me happy
  • just admiting “I don’t know”, and the freedom inherent in it, makes me happy
  • smiling at nothing, amazingly, does make me happy-(er)
  • a message from a wild boar makes me happy (but sad, at the same time, so I don’t know if this one counts)
  • practicing a new technique for getting my attention out of my mind and back into my body makes me happy
  • feeling hunger makes me happy
  • knowing that my hunger is entirely optional for me also makes me happy
  • sedum buds and chives playing peek-a-boo from the garden beds makes me happy
  • peameal bacon & cinnamon french toast will make me happy, in a future moment
  • moments of mindfulness, and the fact that they seem to be occuring more often lately, make me happy
  • that I finally told my boss I’d like to find work elsewhere, and that his response was compassionate & generous, makes me happy
  • that ‘this too shall pass’ makes me happy


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