But, I feel like my 2010 needs to be recapped in a somewhat brief sense. 2010 was a huge year for both Ryan & I and many changes occured..... so here it goes!
January began in the comfort of my family's lake cabin on Battle Lake, MN. Ryan & I were fortunate enough last year to get out there for the whole week of xmas to spend time with them. This will probably never occur (the whole "week stay") until I return in 70 years. It could for Ryan..he gets the week off. It will never occur in the healthcare world. So I'm glad we got to do it!
The Rest of "The Winter"
My dear sister Lisa made a trip out to Arizona for my Birthday. It was an awesome birthday present!! We met Lisa and her friend & husband in Phoenix for a night of fun and a great dinner.
I had my Community Health/Psych Rotation. It kind of changed my view on the world. I grew up quite sheltered. I learned that some people have incredible battles to fight daily. I also found a very fond place in my heart for Psychiatric Units. Specifically people in "Mania". I hope someday I can be a psych nurse.
In March.....Ryan and I planned a seriously last might trip to San Diego, CA. I feel in love. I know it's not a place I will ever want to live -- unless I have millions and millions of dollars to land a sweet beach house.....
But I know that probably won't happen. So it's my sought-after get-away.
I also signed up for a half marathon 2 weeks prior to the race. I PR'ed like crazy. I hope to do this race again (especially since my hospital sponsors the race :D)
A large period of this time is a blur. I was in the depths of my Critcal Care Rotatoin in nursing school. Ryan was in the depths of his Senior Capstone and preparing to graduate. I don't know what we did for most of that time......
But I do know we planned a kickin' Graduation Party. My Mom, Dad, & sister Lisa flew out to celebrate with us! So did Ryan's Grandma from Nebraska -- which was awesome of them to do and meant SO much to the both of us!
It was my 1st time really entertaining for a group greater than 4. I can't wait to do it again -- and next time I won't be so nervous!
I'm going to be honest and say......I don't remember a darn thing we did these 2 months. I remember studying a lot. I had my preceptorship./internship at my hospital -- which I know landed me my current job.
I GRADUATED!! My Mom & Dad flew down from North Dakota to Tucson during the WORST POSSIBLE MONTH EVER TO VISIT. But, they didn't do it for the weather or pleasure -- they did it to support me!
I was very honored to have my Mom, also a Nurse, pin me with my BSN pin on stage. The "pinning tradition" is a big thing for RN's -- it's kind of a symbol of saying "I am passing on all compassion, knowledge, and trust in you to care for others" .
We had a nice weekend with them -- and it was great to just relax with my parents!
September I started studying for NCLEX. I passed NCLEX 1st in my class -- b/c I was determined to start working. However, my hospital didn't come around to hire me until November. I guess it was worth the wait.....
I spend September-October searching madly for a job. I was humbled to say the least. Every morning, I would go for a run - shower - get dressed professionally - print off resumes - and go from facility to facility in search.
Almost every place said, "Oh....we'd love to have you, but we don't hire "new grads"
I cried a lot that month. I also learned a lot. Funny thing is, now in January - I am recieving phone calls from some of those places asking "I see you applied for a position back in September, are you still available"
Funny how that works!
Ryan & I also decided to start building a home. It was our dream home. It was everything we didn't need. lol.
We also sneaked away from a great camping trip with Ryan's Dad, wife, and kids. It was wonderful to get a family weekend in after all the craziness of summer. The weekend as blissful, really.
Ryan & his sweet little sister, Sophia -- who is just starting 1st grade. :) Their big grins are probably present b/c he just got done showing her how to be a "pyro" with the camp fire. He's such a good influence.....
I started working at a nursing home/rehab center to "tide" me over until I got hired by my hospital. Still living in shooken-up-fear I'd never get a job! This was my 1st nursing job.....where I took care of 30 seroiulsy demented patients who didn't have a clue who they were. It taught me a lot of Alzheimers - and opened my eyes. It also made me get some MAD/CRAZY organizational nursing skills -- to manage care of 30 patients.
We also found out that the buildered f***ed up our house. We did the right thing. May made a sound decision as a grown-up-married-couple....we backed out of the contract. Luckily, we didn't love a dime over the issue. All we gained was experience and knowledge. And we grew closer!
I FINALLY got hired and started working at my hospital. I think the day I got my "acceptance call" -- I felt the biggest sigh of relief I've felt in my life.
We also made a trip Bisbee, AZ. It was a pleasant, ecclectic little get-away.
December was a blur. How did it get away so fast? We packed the house up, moved, I switched to night shift, we unpacked, had Christmas, had New Years -- and it was done!
I'm feeling satisfied with the year. It had a lot of experiences, fun, and learning. We are both very enthusiastic to see where 2011 takes us!
But whatever crazy events, stresses, life changes occur -- we always will come back to having each other, God, and our family! :-)