Monday, April 26, 2010

Books

Four weeks and counting!

I bought my textbooks this week. Fifty-nine pounds of paper, ink, and shrinkwrap are weighing down my kitchen table. I bought everything new, since I hate the distraction of somebody else's highlighting and margin notes, but with some shopping around I managed to find prices that were not completely insane.

I'm fortunate to have a friend who works at a publisher and who offered to share her her employee discount. Getting half my books through her saved me a couple hundred dollars. The rest of the list came either from Amazon or direct from a few other publishers, at smaller but still useful discounts.

There's exactly one book I did not buy online. In defiance of all logic, it was cheaper at the campus bookstore than anywhere else.

Now that I have assembled this stack o' tomes I am resisting the impulse to sit down and start reading. I really want to get dug into the fascinating sciency stuff, but I have far too much still to accomplish before class starts. I've a long list of home repairs, family obligations, and spring cleaning tasks that all need to get done while I have the time. Reading can wait until it's mandatory.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hello, world!

My nursing program starts in six weeks!

I've been looking forward to this date for more than a year. Now that it's finally approaching I am getting excited, and anxious to start, and just a little freaked out. Having already stopped working, I have all kinds of free time to sit around and be nervous.

The whole thing has started to get real now that I've bought my first set of scrubs. Looking at myself in the mirror, I realized that this uniform is the first thing patients are going to notice when I walk into a room. They aren't going to see some random computer geek who's worked at a desk for half his life. They're going to see a healthcare professional, because that is who and what I'm going to be.

As revelations go, I suppose it isn't particularly profound, but it's helping me remember my reasons for doing this. I'll be happy when the semester starts because that will leave me too busy for all the second-guessing.

I did notice that I look damn good in the outfit, if I do say so myself.