Monday, August 28, 2006

enough of the reading already.

Well, the first week is behind me! Dr. Barta is killing me with all of the reading in my Child & Family Nursing course. I don't think that I have read this much in such a short amount of time in my life. At least I am somewhat interested in the material, though. We have had at least 120 pages for every class with a quiz every day over the reading. Today I sat in Arsaga's at the Fayetteville Public Library for close to 4 hours without even getting out of my chair. I had a large coffee. My legs were shaky when I finally got up and left. I have gotten around 5 hours of sleep the past few nights. I am tired.
Sorry -I did not plan on writing this to complain. I am trying to toughen up! I guess I just forgot how tired I was all of the time last year. I am having a not-so-nice wakeup call.
I have to find a "senior consultant" to meet with over the semester to talk about health. I have to teach them something. They have to be at least 70 years old.
Friday night, I was able to hang out with my dear friends, Jessica and Emily. They are so fun to talk to and be around. I value our friendships.
Saturday, we (Adam, Hope, and I) all drove to LR too see their cousin, Hannah, get married.
Well, this has turned out to be quite a choppy post.
Oh, my car is in the shop again. It's ridiculous- all of the things that can go wrong with cars, that is. Who needs 'em anyway? I think I am just going to start walking.

Monday, August 21, 2006

fall semester begins!

Today was my first day back into the grind of nursing school. Here are the official names of my classes: Nursing Concepts: Older Adult and Illness, Professional Role Implementation V:Manager in the Older Adult Setting Clinical, Nursing Concepts: Care of the Child and Family, Professional Role Implementation IV: Teacher, and Management in Nursing.
I am actually pretty excited about the Child and Family course; I have enjoyed the reading assignments so far..I hope that I continue to like it!
My name has successfully changed to Argo throughout the university's network, so now I am the first one to be called on for everything...such as attendance(which startles me everytime, because I have always been next to last practically) and professors also seem to like to call on the first name on the list to answer questions like,"what is your goal for this class?" and " what is the most valuable idea that you have learned today?" I was very unprepared for this today. I don't think I have ever been called on so much in one day. Is this what it's like if you have your name as the very first one on the list?
At one point in one of my classes, the professor had everyone stand up that had gotten married this summer. There were 6 people, including me. I thought that was interesting. I felt weird standing up. Like I mentioned before, I am not used to this kind of attention in class.
On to other things.... everyone should go to the Fayetteville Public Library. It is wonderful, and you are missing out greatly if you have not been. I just read 'Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man' by Fannie Flagg. It was nice, because it was very light-hearted and entertaining (and hilarious at times). I am interested in reading some of her other books. I also just finished reading this series by Francine Rivers that followed the lives of Tamar, Ruth, Rahab, Bathsheba, and Mary. I can't remember their names though. They were short, but wonderful. It sparked a new interest in some Old Testament books that I haven't read in awhile. So, I have pretty much crammed as much reading in as I could this summer, because from now on, my nursing books tend to take up my reading time. I love reading good books so much. I just get lost in them, and I think they are wonderful.
As you have probably already read, Adam's family came and stayed the weekend with us. They are such a funny and loving family, and I love them. It was such a good time.
As I was driving to school today, I drove by several kindergarten and elementary schools, where I saw many children and their parents walking to school. The parents were taking pictures of their kindergarten kids on their first day at school. It was such a sweet thing to me seeing this at 7:20 this morning.
I have been playing cribbage with Adam almost every day lately. I have been getting very good..even beating Adam several times. And that is definitely something to say, because Adam is very good.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Free Television

We don't pay for cable television. We don't. But that doesn't stop us from watching a few select stations. We have a giant set of "rabbit ears" that pick up NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS. In the morning we sit on the couch, eating our cereal, watching Good Morning America and the local news. Last night, Thursday night, we watched the 2-hour Grey's Anatomy special. It's a pretty good show, as far as TV shows go. It doesn't matter if it's a great show or not, because it's free television. So this is me telling everyone to discontinue your cable television service, purchase a $9.00 set of rabbit ears, and switch to the Cox internet that is only $24.95 a month. Then, use the money that you save from not paying for a crazy cable bill and put it in a savings accont in order to go on a cruise for 7 nights to celebrate your college graduation. There.

My family is driving in tonight. I think we are going to grill some cheeseburgers for them when they get here. I'm pretty excited.

Yesterday morning, I took Meredith to breakfast. We went to The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe on 6th Street. It's in that building that also has Mexico Viejo in it, next to Electric Cowboy. I know you ALL know where that place is. Support local restaurants.

Now I have to go. The Good Morning America Summer Concert Series is about to present Christina Aguilera.

Enjoy your last weekend before the fall semester. Don't go see Lady in the Water.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

All that's left is duty.

Good morning.

Meredith and I drove to Jonesboro last Friday and had a pleasant stay. We drove home on Tuesday morning in order to make it back in time for work that afternoon. It was a great visit with both of our families. Saturday morning I played golf with my dad and Meredith's dad and her brother. I am terrible, but it was a great time. It was about 75 degrees at 8am and the mist in the air made my father-in-law compare the setting to the British Open.

It was great to be able to stay and sleep over at each others' houses. It was a very relaxing weekend. Skipping work on Monday has made for a short week at work. But I have enough to keep me busy. When Mer and I got back to Fayetteville I had an email from one of my professors telling me that I was supposed to finish a new website for Beta Alpha Psi, an Accounting club that I am an officer in, by the first week of school. I did some work on it this morning and I hope I will be able to scrounge up a "prototype," as my teacher called it, by the first officer meeting.

Beta Alpha Psi is hosting a career fair of sorts in September called "Meet the Firms," in which 13 accounting firms will be on campus hosting interviews to fill positions throughout the surrounding areas. Hopefully I will be able to dress sharp enough and shave close enough to impress the smartest of interviewers. I am a University man, an institutionalized business student, a product of the system. I have been trained to follow down a particular career path, to strive for the highest-paying salary, and to sell myself as a packaged product. My father-in-law and I discussed a scenario in which companies got together to bid on an employee, but sadly, that is not how it works.

Tonight, Mer and I ate dinner at the Ward's apartment. James was there too. We had manicotti. Man, was it good. We had a great time being with true friends. After dinner, Marc and I played a "team" game of Donkey Kong Kountry for SNES. It was fun while it lasted, but every good party must end. James wouldn't believe me when I told him that Terrence Malick is working on a project with Mel Gibson named "Tree of Life." He chooses not to believe it. I don't care if he believes it or not, because in 2008, I will be watching a Terry Malick movie starring Mel Gibson and Colin Farrell. Supposedly, Malick began working on the film in the summer of 1978 under the title "Q," but it has resurfaced under the title "Tree of Life." Any Malick film is guaranteed to be pure gold. This one is rumored to have a $150 million dollar budget. I read online that is being filmed in India and Austin, TX. I really hope it has a huge "Creation of the Earth" theme and has Colin Farrell walking around in Eden. I don't really hope that.

After leaving the Ward's, we went to Hog Haus to celebrate Stephen's birthday. He turned 22 and I stood up and gave a toast. Happy Birthday, Stephen. I talked to Austin Bell and Nick Rhodes (How do you spell your name?) and Stephen about playing golf soon. Stephen used to work on a course in Rogers and they still let him and his friends play for free. That is the only reason I am friends with him. Happy Birthday.

Class starts Monday. This will be the start of my second-to-last semester. My parents and my two sisters are coming to Fayetteville this weekend to stay with me and Meredith. They are really coming to move my sister Hope in to her new dorm, but it will be good to spend some more time with them and have them stay at our apartment. It's still funny to say "our apartment," because it still very new to be living with Meredith. It is absolutely wonderful to say to people, "This is my wife. We live together. We got married in June. We love each other."

Let's all enjoy the time we have together. Let's say the things we want to say and not let moments pass without saying them. Let's tell stories with our friends and kiss our loved ones. Let's stay up past our bedtimes and sit under summer moons playing cribbage and drinking tea. I told someone tonight that this has been the "best summer of my life," and it was true.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

oh, to laugh at work.

This summer, I have been working at a daycare/preschool at the Methodist church on Dickson. It's quite a lot of fun, because I love the kids I work with and because they are very amusing.
Here are some quotes..
"Do you want to see how run I can fast?"
"When are you going to get done brooming?"
"This is my song Mrs. Merduf, this is my song!!"(said in response to a rap song on the radio, right before excessive dancing ensued...making me wonder, where did they learn to dance like that? they are 4 years old!!)
"awesome! Awesome! AWESOME!!!!" ( they boys can't seem to stop saying this for at least 5 minutes straightwhen they are playing 'hot wheels' is said in this really funny voice that is impossible for me to imitate.)
"hey, my mommy has that ring!"
"I have a little baby boyfriend!"
"I like to move it, move it. I like to...MOVE IT!" (they sing this ALL of the time.)
"Can you call mommy to come pick me up?"(first thing a little girl told her dad when he came to get her in the afternoon.)

Seriously, these kids make me laugh everyday. It has been a very frustrating, yet enjoyable experience working with them this summer. My last day is next Thursday before school starts, because I can't fit it in my schedule to work there once clinicals begin. But it has been really fun to me. I like kids alot. I'm thinking about maybe doing some kind of pediatric nursing. I don't know though. It's just a thought.

Monday, August 07, 2006

a new journal, a new entry..

We had a very eventful weekend. Friday, Adam surprised me and took me to Lawrence, Kansas to the Bleeding Kansas Arts & Music Festival. It was very fun being surprised, and going to a new place that we had never been before. We stayed at the Golden Rule Motel, where we think that someone siphoned(sp?) some of Adam's gas overnight in the parking lot. Weird. However, we decided that if they needed it that bad, they must have had to get somewhere important, so we would let them have some.
We ate at the Free State Brewing Company, and headed out to the Festival. Now, I will have you know that I had a great time overall at the Festival, and getting to see Mates of State was definitely worth the trip and the heat. But for the first 3 hours we were there, it was probably 100+ degrees, and I was roasting. It was pretty miserable, and I am not one for sitting out in the sun with this kind of heat. But, at around 5, it cooled down to probably about 90, and it was much more tolerable because of the increasing clouds. But back to Mates of State....they were so good!!Adam had never seen them live, and I think that he liked them too. We also got to see Broken Social Scene, Appleseed Cast, Keane, Death Cab for Cutie, and some other bands thatI didn't recognize, but that Adam knew and liked. All in all, it was a wonderful day!
The next morning we ate breakfast at this awesome local bakery, and got some bread to take home! I LOVE homeade bread (we got wheat walnut raisin) and I am very excited about eating some.
Last night, after we got back into town, we went to see Talladega Nights, which we liked very much. It is funny, and worth going to see at the theater. We went to Rogers and ate at On The Border, were I ate tooo much and was punished later, but we got a FLAT tire on the way back home! However, Adam changed our tire, and all was well. I'm just glad it didn't happen on the way home from Kansas.
(I spilt coffee on the laptop. I'm sorry Adam! Now none of the keys will work!) We are going to Jonesboro this weekend, and it will be the first time we will have seen anyone since the wedding, which should be nice.
I wish we had another month of summer left. I love just being married and going to work and not having to worry about school or homework. It is wonderful, and it makes me look forward to graduating when it can be like this again.