I haven’t been sleeping well for the past couple of weeks. Almost since I’ve arrived in East Lansing. I got about 2 to 3 hours a night until last Wednesday when I bought and took 1 sleeping pill. That put me out for the night and I didn’t wake up once. At first, I thought I was just getting used to East Coast time. But it’s been a few weeks so I’ve given up on that excuse. Then I Thought it was the heat. But that too has passed and I’m still not sleeping. Since I took the pill last week, I’ve been able to get about 6 hours of sleep. I was soooo hopeful that that was the end of my insomnia. But no. I got no sleep last night and I was an absolute mess today at school. I had lecture for 4 hours and another 6 of lab. Let’s just say that I was not the most attentive person at the lecture.
So instead of taking another sleeping pill to make sure that I get enough sleep tonight, I decided to watch the season premiere of Lost. I’ve never watched this show but have several friends and a roommate who are addicted to the show. I think it is interesting and will probably watch it again, but I’m throughly confused. There were people hallucinating and characters who popped out of no where. But it was perfectly enjoyable since I had a glass of wine and was knitting all at the same time. Wow, I was actually doing three things at the same time. But that one glass of wine got to me and I hopelessly tangled my yarn. I put the yarn down and am concentrating on finishing the rest and trying to get sleepy enough to go to bed tonight. I may be on my way…
I’ve been pretty busy with school for the past week. But over the weekend, I knitted about 7 of the 14 inches on my Orangina. I really enjoy this lace pattern. And I love the yarn, Rowan 4-ply cotton. But it’s so fine, that it will take me forever to knit it. I guess that’s good. Then I won’t buy so much yarn anymore. I do still have yarn to knit my Spartan green hat. I’m planning on doing that while making my three hour commutes to my clinical site. Ack!!! I’m not looking forward to making that drive in the winter. I’ll take some nice pictures when I get a chance of my Orangina. I wonder how long it will take to finish it…
By the way, fall weather is making it’s way to Michigan already. This morning, it rained and we’re supposed to have thunderstorms tonight.
I was almost done posting when I accidently clicked the back button. Don’t you just hate that! Anyway my previous post was wiped out and I don’t have the energy to rewrite it. Here’s a few pics to laugh at instead…
I wanted something to get a dog but I can’t since I’m so busy. So I decided to get a plant instead. I decided on a parsley plant since I love to cook with fresh herbs. Three days with me and it looks like it’s headed to the plant grave yard. I did water it and hopefully it’s as resilient as I’m willing it to be. Oh little parsley plant, if you just perk up I promise to water you at least every two days. It’s been so hot here that it just wilted. And I feel horrible:(
And since I miss my puppies, I’ll post a pic of Waldo. Just because.
One of my favorites cause he has that “hound dog” look on his face…
This is going to be a relaxing day. My plan is to study some medical terminology. I’ll say it’s for my career but at this point it’s to pass a quiz I’m going to have in a week. Oh, first I’m going to walk to Beaners which is about 2 blocks away. Then I’m going to study. Beaners is chain of coffee houses that started here in East Lansing and it seems to be the “Starbucks” of the town. There are hardly any other coffee shops around except for Starbucks of course. I happen to have a $1 coupon which also influenced my decision to go to Beaners.
Then I’ll take a break for lunch and come back to the house. Maybe get some knitting done. I went to Threadbear Fiber Arts on Saturday to buy some bulky yarn to make a hat or two. I’ve got 2 projects that are lace. Meaning, I may never finish them. I needed a quick instant gratification project and I figured a hat would be useful for winter. I ended up buying some bulky Alpacca yarn that is simply lovely and soft in burgandy, some superwash Cascade 220 in spartan green, and some Patons Shetland Chunky in Taupe to make a gift. My boyfriend is always complaining that I can’t make hats that fit him. I’m determined this time. I actually made a simple rolled brim hat last night but since I didn’t use a pattern it came out a bit short. So I’m going to reknit it. But here is a picture of it along with my other stash additions.
When I stopped in on Saturday, they were having movie night which was a lot of fun. A group of knitters come in to knit, eat pizza and popcorn, and watch a movie. I got to meet a few people and got to talk to Rob, who is one of the owners of the store. Really nice, sweet, and helpful man and I enjoyed his store immensely. If you’re ever in the area visit Threadbear Fiber Arts in Lansing. The store is huge and there is an extensive list of classes. Rob told me that every 1st and 3rd Saturday, they hold a group activity. Movie night and I think a free knit time. Very cool and a nice way to meet some knitting folk!
The rest of the day may be spent doing my health history assignment. I’m supposed to conduct a health history on someone. I don’t know anyone in the area so I may do my boyfriend. Maybe my roommate if she’ll let me. The idea is to practice your interviewing skills. Funny, I’ve never had a health history so complete done in any of my examinations in my life. You actually ask a patient about diet, mental health questions, some even more embarassing than that. I guess they want you to get practice asking these kinds of questions. In real life one would probably only pick out the pertinate questions.
I don’t get good TV here, not even the news. Our cable channels include QVC, Discovery Channel (which I like), and paid advertising. So I haven’t ben able to watch any news other than what I can on the internet, which is quite extensive. I’ve been trying to follow what is going on in New Orleans and Mississippi (spelling?) and what a tragedy. I wish I had some money to donate. All sorts of charities are coming out to help like the Red Cross and the Humane Society. But things are going to be tight for me shortly. The people in my program are getting a grant from the state of MI. But they may be “adjusting” financial aid packages. Some people in my program are getting their loans cut back to the point where they don’t have the wiggle room that they had before the grant. Does the financial aid office really expect you to live off $200 a month after rent is paid for? I spent over $600 in books alone! If you want to eat something other than Ramen noodles 3 meals a day, $200 isn’t going to cut it. Add in the gas that we’re going to have to pay for to get to clinicals and what’s a nursing student to do! Really, in the grand scheme of things, these problems are nothing compared to what’s going on in the South but… not being able to donate money sucks. Maybe I’ll give a small donation of $10 or $25. That way I can feel like I’m contributing something
Well, back to the books!