First of all, I spent six weeks of June and July working full-time doing 8 hour evening shifts with an incredible preceptor. I mentioned her a bit in my Crocheted Sunflower Coasters post. I was working 5 or 6 days a week, and living on a wonky schedule thanks to the evening shifts, so it was hard to find the time to write. But I did have a fantastic time working as a nurse and learned an unbelievable amount in the process.
Secondly, if you're a fan of Charm Hour on Facebook, you might have heard that Joe and I went to Hawaii for a week. Joe was presenting his research at a conference, so I went along with him. My parents were kind enough to use their travel miles to buy my ticket as a graduation present for finishing nursing school. We spent the majority of the time on the beach, with a little bit of hiking mixed in.
I'll post most on that later, but here's a sneak peek:
view from the hotel
view from Wa'ahila Ridge
Throughout the trip I made a point to set up my hammock basically every time I found two trees at an appropriate distance. What's life all about if not relaxing in a hammock in a beautiful place?!
Needless to say, we had an amazing time.
Unfortunately for me, on either side of the trip was that kind of working all day, everyday project that makes a ten page paper feel never-ending and seems to require a dozen revisions. And that research paper is then followed up with a 20-minute powerpoint, so by then all you're doing is thanking your lucky stars you have a partner to share the work (and stress) with. So that sucked up week before and after our trip, which has delayed me posting about the amazing and beautiful Hawaii just a smidge.
And after our successful presentation, I officially graduated! I have now acquired my Master's of Science in Nursing, so I can add another set of initials to my credentials. Now all I have to do is study and wait to take the licensing exam so I can add RN to my name and start hunting for a job! It's still hard to believe that the program is really over, and I'm totally done with classes.
So after a long weekend of celebrating my accomplishments, it's time to get back on track and start blogging again!