Friday, March 27, 2009

“Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity”

Wishing my husband lots of luck as he heads out to take his state boards tommorrow!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

21 Rules For Life

"1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
6. Be generous.
7. Have a grateful heart.
8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even it it means you'll sometimes be wrong.
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud."

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Beans and Rice-Rice and Beans

Who knew graduate school would be so EXPENSIVE..SHEESH! I am now starting to feel the effects of being a full time student. Yesterday I was informed of just how much it was actually going to cost me to attend school this summer. Besides from selling the family farm I am fresh out of ideas on how to make extra money without having to pick up extra shifts at work. Lets review what has been on my mind for the past 2 days, starting with......

NP Student Liability Insurance
Coaxial Opthalmoscope/Otoscope
Rosenbaum Card
6" Ruler and 60" Tape Measure
Stethoscope (you know the good kind)
Reflex Hammer
Tuning Fork (256 Hz)
Pen Light
3x5 cards
Tongue Depressors
Professional Lab Coat
Professional Attire
Dress Shoes (heals only no tennis shoes)
Palm Pilot (at the advice of my peers)

Okay so I should really STOP complaining because I do realize how blessed I am to be given this incredible opportunity to expand my career, but in the words of John Stossel, "GIVE ME A BREAK"! What happened to the days where "patient care" was the central focus for medical students? When did palm pilots and jimmy choo's become the marker of a competent Doctor and Nurses. Don't get me wrong, I am not knocking the system for producing technical savy Doctors and Nurses who only where Prada. I am just saying that when I am at the center of a medical emergency somebody better be getting me someone who knows what they are doing, weather it be the doctor who is still using his textbook from 1980's to look up diagnosis or the one who only wears jeans with his dress shirt. Makes no difference to me, as long as they know how to treat me as a patient.

Okay, Okay, Okay....I have gotten off the subject a bit. Back to what this post is really about, Graduate School being so dang expensive!!!!!! Please feel free to leave any advice about trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents!! I promise...I will listen!

"Broke as a Joke"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Scale is a Moving...

Thats right, I am on week nine and have lost a total of 11 pounds!! I must say that I am super proud of myself, but it has definatly not been easy. It seems that me and my weight have a "love-hate" relationship. Some weeks I see the pounds drop and other times the scale does not move at all! Either way I am still super motivated and plan to rejoin weight watchers again when this eleven week session is completed. For now I am 3 lbs away from losing 10% of my starting weight and 6 lbs away from my personal weight loss goal!

Monday, March 9, 2009



4 jobs I've had:
1. Stewarts Pharmacy
2. Maurices
3. Sun Loan and Tax Service
4. Middle Tennessee Medical Center

4 movies watched over and over:
1. Days of Thunder
2. Wizard of Oz
3. The Notebook
4. Splash

4 places I've lived:
1. Bybee Branch Road
2. Viola
3. McKennon Blvd
4. Dokota Way

4 shows I watch:
1. Greys Anatomy
2. Keeping up the Kardashians
3. Dr. G Medical Examiner
4. Mystery Diagnosis

4 places I've been:
1. Bahamas
2. Alaska
3. New York City
4. Multiple Beaches in Florida

4 people who e-mail me regularly:
1. Lacey
2. My Research Teacher
3. People from class
4. Clinical Placement advisor

4 favorite things/places to eat:
1. Mexican
2. Chicken Chef
3. Demos'
4. Olive Garden

4 places I'd rather be:
1. Laying on the beach drinking a margarita
2. In Alaska hiking through the mountains
3. In New York City sipping coffee in Central Park
4. Begining an adventure anywhere that I have not been before

4 things I look forward to this year:
1. Fitting into my "skinny girl jeans"
2. Summer nights at the cabin
3. Starting my first vegtable and flower garden
4. Sleeping in on Saturdays with my husband

I Tag... Anyone who reads this and wants to be tagged.

Friday, March 6, 2009

My Advanced Pharmacology teacher passed this out last week after our first test. Thought I would share.

The rules of life for graduates.

Some have said this was from Bill Gates talk to high school graduates
but probably he did not say this unless he quoted Sykes.


Life is not fair; get used to it.

The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you
to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.


You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school OR
college. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn

RULE 4.If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He
doesn't have tenure.

RULE 5.Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a
different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.

If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your
mistakes, learn from them.

Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.
They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the
rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try
"delousing" the closet in your own room.


Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has
not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they'll give
you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear
the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.


Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very
few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on
your own time.

RULE 10.

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave
the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11.
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.