A nurse who knits…

August 8, 2006

I’m going back to Cali, Cali, Cali…

Filed under: Nursing School — yarnnut @ 2:15 pm

I have this dumb rap song in my head that I remember from when I was a kid. I don’t even know who did the song… But it echos my excitement to be heading back to California. I hate it when people call California, Cali. Grates on my nerves like nothing else!

But there are things I will miss about Michigan. Here’s a list…

  1. My friends at school. I made tight circle of friends in the nursing program. I think we all bonded at the ridiculousness of some of the things that went on in the program. That and I carpooled about an hour and a half to clinical with some of these folks
  2. Threadbear. This place is the coolest store for knitters. You can knit to your hearts content in the air conditioning and have great conversations with the staff and other knitters. There’s always something going on to keep you interested. Hi to my Wednesday knitting buddies!
  3. Green trees. We don’t have many trees that are naturally green in San Diego. Not enough moisture in the air or something….
  4. Ice cream. Although Lansing is definitely lacking good Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants, one cuisine that they excell in is ice cream. My favorite is Melting Moments Grand Marnier. Yum… have to get me some of that before I leave.
  5. Parks and lakes. There’s a park or lake practically every 2 or 3 miles in Michigan. The lakes are cool cause there are tons of ducks and other birds playing in the water… But the lakes are also on my list of things I won’t miss about Michigan.
  6. Proximity to Chicago. Chicago is one cool town. And Lansing is only 4 hours away by train if it’s on time.
  7. Cheap gas. Michigan has gas prices that were in CA about a year ago. Gotta love it on my student budget.
  8. Snow. It is really pretty as long as I don’t have to walk around or drive in it.

The things I won’t miss about Michigan list

  1. The weather. It sucks! It’s either so cold it hurts to breathe or it’s so hot I don’t want to move. There are only a few days in the spring and fall that are perfect for me. Too bad it’s not like the perfect days most of the time. I’m definitely not a season’s kinda girl. I think I’ve gained about 10 lbs since moving here because the weather doesn’t cue me to be active. I can’t wait until I can start walking and talking yoga/pilates class again.
  2. The nursing program at MSU. It was disorganized and the lead faculty of my program was the most unprofessional I’d ever met. She’s an example of a nurse I’d never want to turn into.
  3. The lake behind my apartment. Even though it was home to cute ducks in the daytime, at night the ducks became the bane of my existance. They honked and quacked all night long. I don’t think I’ve had a decent night’s sleep since I moved here last August.
  4. Mosquitoes. With the warmer weather and rain, came the mosquitos. I never knew I was allergic to mosquitos until I moved here. They seem to swarm around me and eat me alive. To top it off, I swell so bad when I get bites that if I get them on my ankles, I can’t put shoes on. The last mosquito bite I got was on my eyelid. It was so swollen that my eye shut for about a day. Needless to say, bug spray became my friend.
  5. My old roommate. She was horrible. I will never live with another roommate who isn’t my friend ever again.

Well, the big drive starts next week. My graduation is on Friday. My parents are flying in to Detroit tomorrow night. Yea!!! I still have a final I have to take tomorrow morning and I’m supposed to be studying right now. Oh well, my goal is just to pass anyway… I’m in no danger of failing. After the final, my parents and I are driving over to Niagara Falls for 2 days then I start driving on August 15 with the SO. Two weeks of driving in the car= no fun. We will get to see things like Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore so it can’t be all bad.

My knitting group is doing a little party for me today since it’s the last time I’ll be able to go by the shop. Sniff, sniff… I’m really going to miss them. I’ll post pictures in the future.



  1. i think that cali song was from the late biggie. and yea, i’ve always hated it when people say “cali”. i equally hate it when the locals call sacramento “sacto” (it just sounds dumb).

    but gosh, congrats on finally finishing your program!! what an achievement! my first thought in coming back to SD is the relief you’ll have with the weather. 😉

    Comment by Ruth — August 8, 2006 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  2. Congrats! Michigan will miss you! I SO agree about no good Thai and Indian cusine. Have a great and safe trip back to California!–>

    Comment by Red Dog Knits - Kristi and Otis — August 8, 2006 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

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