Haha, sadiem, I just wrote on your "hello" post for you to pop in over here, and you did already!
Welcome to our chatty group. We're just a little kooky sometimes, but don't let that scare you off.
My hubby and I make regular visits to OC because he's attending Concordia and we like the beaches better there than the South Bay.
Argh. I got put on standby AGAIN because we have two travelers and even though it's their turn, they're not allowed to be put on standby more than once a pay period. So I got put on standby twice - in one week. Good thing I do have plenty of PTO because I wouldn't be able to afford being cut that often. I plan to send another email to my boss and request that travelers not be scheduled on the same day due to this happening to me twice - where it was not my turn but I had to take standby because travelers could not be cut. At least I've had all night to chill and Google for a chiropractor who works with my insurance.
I also did a lot of looking at the Master's programs and I think the one in Colorado is the most flexible and affordable. Georgetown is the the most prestigious and comprehensive program, but it costs a minimum of $15K a year, versus Aspen being barely $2K which is what my employer covers. The least expensive one - Western Governors - doesn't issue credits, but only "pass" or "fail" - and it requires you to do 8-9 units every six months, which makes it cost $3K-6K per year. At Aspen, I can take one 3-credit class at a time over 10 weeks, and limit to two per year to keep it to my employer's benefit. The more I look, the more I'm convinced it's the best program. I don't really want to rush through the program, especially when I'm working full time.
Shann, I did answer about the nurse midwife thing...I wouldn't do it in the US. Just in Europe or a third world country or something. I love my job, and in the US in most hospitals I'm essentially providing that role without the responsibility of handling the birth. I caught more babies in the smaller hospitals, though. Since we have in-house doctors, if the main doc doesn't make it they are there to catch. It's been close, though. My Christmas delivery would have been my catch if he hadn't walked in 30 seconds before the baby came out!
LOL, Pup...I actually had classmates who hated me because I slept in class and still passed them. The only class I didn't pass and had to repeat was one where I actually did stay awake and really had no clue as to why I didn't pass it - they used NCLEX questions on the tests and they generally have 4 right answers but one is the MOST right. If I become a teacher I will prepare my students to pass rather than try to fail as many as possible. It shouldn't be hard to get an A or B if the teacher is teaching well. I learned by the end of my junior year that I should crochet to keep my hands busy so I wouldn't drift off. I sat in the back so as not to disturb anyone and they still looked at me weird, but I asked my teachers if they'd rather I be sleeping and they said of course not so they let me do it. But I still think many of them weren't very good teachers. The best one was our pharmacology teacher who reviewed the material comprehensively and gave us great handouts - it's mostly a memorization kind of class but she made it easy. It wasn't hard to study for the tests since she'd made it understandable.
Well, I should think about getting ready for bed because it's pretty much only an hour left or less for them to call me in, so it's not likely to happen. I baked a pumpkin pie I'd had in the freezer, so we'll have dessert the next few days. Actually because it's so healthy (vegan) it kind of substitutes for a small meal, especially when I'm off work and headed to bed. I plan to put spaghetti sauce ingredients in the crock pot this morning so we can have spaghetti squash tonight for dinner. Church is at 8:30, 10, and 5, so we'll probably go to the 5pm service. Depending on when I get up, we can eat dinner either before or after. I don't work again until Tuesday, unless they beg me for extra shifts. 'Course that will require patients going into labor. Which really didn't happen tonight.
So I guess I'll be doing more cooking and cleaning. Ryan helps a lot but now that his school has started, things get backed up faster.
Have a great Lord's day! Blessings to all.