Workspace wip

My roommate has finally moved out and on, so we started remodeling the room into an office. I really just needed to upgrade and make the space a relaxing oasis for myself. Richard had no problems with this, although I do feel a little bad about it, since it was his office prior to my having to go back to school. 

As a present to myself, I bought a new computer to help make my office more minimal. I get very overwhelmed by cables and cords that inevitably just start sprouting their own little cord babies. Richard is stilling finding cords that he isn’t sure what they go/went to. Other than my speaker cords and the power cable, this computer is virtually cable-less. Eventually, i am going to get a bluetooth sound bar, so then the speaker cables will also be nonexistent.

New iMac

To be fair, the retina display on this model is outstanding! I’m not a huge Apple fan, but I will admit that their systems were designed very very postmodern and sleek. The OS is about as simple to use as any other Apple product, unless, of course, you’ve never touched a Mac in your life. (Which I haven’t so I feel like I am learning how to use a computer all over again.)

Grey Office

I am going for a mostly neutral palette with three accent colors. I painted the walls bright white and Zero Gravity grey. It’s very striking and yet instantly calming scheme to walk into.

Color Palettes

The shades that I am going to be using.. Well, the medium tones throughout. (With the exception being the yellow. I am using the 2nd from the top for that card.)

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I’ve always wanted a papasan chair.  I have a new cushion on order for it since this one is green and flat. That doesn’t negate the fact that it’s super comfortable though. I’ve gotten stuck in it simply because I was too comfy to get up again. 

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Vanity. This is also going to get changed some more. Need to get new storage drawers and a lighted mirror. 

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Ok, this I am super proud of. We bought this chandelier at Ikea and I came to the understanding that it had to be wired into the ceiling. Well, I rent so there is no “wiring it into the ceiling”. After a stop at Home Depot and a quick google search later, I attempted to swag it myself using a chandelier swag kit. This converts the chandelier into a plug-in.

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One attempt later, I had a working, hanging, pluggable chandelier.  It’s quite empowering….? 

Of course, the office is still essentially under construction. I am deciding on bookshelves since I have lots of figures to space for as well as all the books I have on top of that. 

House Fairies are problematic

This weekend was super relaxing. After a stressful week and getting ready to go into another, it needed to happen.

Before leaving for work on Saturday, I find out Richard had made a nail appointment as a surprise for me.  Since my work place doesn’t ban acrylics, I decided to get a set done along with my pedicure.

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Square shape this time. Usually, I get these in squoval or stiletto but I wanted something different. Sure, french tips are super plain but, hey. It feels fresh to death.

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Found these guys in my local metaphysics shop. These little buggers are supposed to keep away sneaky little miscreants who wanna make you lose your socks, or keys; or turn off the coffee maker when you swear to God you just turned it on.  They’re so cute, I want one. The bottom pair remind me of Gengar some how but that is probably why I like it so much.

Call me Nurse Bee

I know I haven’t really updated recently. I’ll be completely honest with you all.

Between gathering my marbles to start my Youtube Channel (with which I am still working on one more mother’s day video that’s overdue by a week and a half), crying about not having work and feeling useless and unproductive; my roommate bailing out because she and I suddenly don’t see on the same level so to speak [No back story, I am not gonna throw shade],

and finally getting the results and card for my license in the span of 10 weeks (aka FOREVER); I finally was able to just sit down and write a small blog.

A legit, blog. Not just a pop-in like I have been doing. 

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I can’t lie. Getting this in the mail was a moment of glory for me. I felt powerful, I felt accomplished and I felt like to myself, I was worth something. For once, something I did truly came to fruition. I worked my little butt off getting passing results.

A friend of mine unfortunately did not pass, however, she immediately came to me after re-registering and asked for my iPad. I had bought and used NCLEX-RN Mastery to study. There is a PN version, but seeing as how there’s only slight differences in the things a PN and an RN do, I decided to get the RN version. I did at least 80 questions a day, even at the gym. I had Richard come along and read out questions as I did my weight-lifting and answered them. Wrong answers meant more reps. It really helped me focus.

I did buy the Saunders-PN study guide and tried their online exam bank but it was poorly scripted, timed out a lot and the book itself was not comprehensively organized in my opinion. It jumped back and forth quite a bit which confused and frustrated me. I’ll probably just donate it. 

The day of the exam, I wasn’t really able to sleep. I tried but in the end only got about 3 hours of sleep. There was way too much anxiety built up. ‘Take your time! Don’t rush!’ I kept telling myself. I tend to be a fast test-taker so I wanted to slow myself down. I almost never fail tests but I didn’t want to give a failure even the slight chance of happening. So, when I finished the exam at 118 questions and having only used 90 minutes out of a 380 (5 hour) test, I started to panic.

I tried the “PVT trick” which isn’t accurate at all but hey, I’m superstitious and I’ve heard it gives you hope. The PVT trick is where after the exam you attempt to re-register for the exam; the idea is that if it knocks you back after putting in your information, you probably passed. It can, however, produce false-negatives (or false positives)and allow you to re-register (an expensive $200 lesson for some). It knocked me back but I checked obsessively. 2 hours after, 6, 12; 24; 48 and all the way up to three weeks after my exam just to be sure it was still kicking me out. 

I’ll admit, it got really obsessive.  The good news? That obsession paid off. I got that letter in the mail and several weeks went by without another word. I did receive a letter that had been postmarked for the day before my pass results stating that I would go for further review through the enforcement board. This was because under the policies I applied (which are changing this year, I think) any tickets or court fees exceeding $300.00USD must be fully disclosed. I had received a stop light ticket earlier in the year. My area takes those things very seriously (M.A.D. was founded in my town. That’s how serious they take it) and so my ticket was $499.99USD

It didn’t cause me any trouble; it was my first ticket and I had paid it in full right after getting it. All it did was cause the wait to be about a week longer to get my actual card.

 

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Poof! I’m a nurse.

I cried. Literally. I can finally say, I finished nursing school. It’s all done, set in stone and now I have something to be proud of. (Until I go after my BSN, that is. )

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