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Thankfully midterms are over because otherwise I would go on a rampage. Thankfully, I did well on all my tests.

We found out our last grade today, which was the test we took on Friday. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dreaming_faerie, I got curious about Nostalgia Critic. So most of last Thursday night before my test was spent dying of lulz listening to his reviews! Yay for priorities! XD

But the last test really did suck, and I went away on my overnight trip feeling bad about it. And last night I even had another one of those "YOU FAILED NOW YOU'RE THROWN OUT OF PHARMACY SCHOOL" nightmares that plagued me last semester. So it was a big sigh of relief when I saw that 83% this morning.

Weekend trip was nice - visited with my brother and spent some time at the ocean and shopping. Retail Therapy, I choose you!

But I'm still tired. The Lab I TA for was canceled for this week OMG SO GLAD, and I don't have any of my labs scheduled as well, so I spent the afternoon watched more Masters of the Universe. My gosh, I love that show - it does so much to develop the mythology of Eternia and the characters.

But DAC (my committee) has a speaker coming this Thursday, so yay more coordination!

Also, I have not forgotten about taking pics of the Italian Winx! But I may just wait until my new three arrive to debox/photograph them all.
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So, as promised, here are some picture of the puppet theater that I recently completed for my committee at school. It represents a good $50-60, and many hours of my (and my parent's) time. I'll hopefully have event pictures with us using it soon, but for now this is what I've got.

Oops, except you've got to click to actually see the pictures! )

Tell me what you think~! Good or bad!
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I feel so unfocused right now.

I spent last weekend (right after midterms) in Anaheim attending a Pharmacy conference. The plus side is, of course, I got to go to Disneyland too! And see two of my dear, dear friends from high school who live down there now. And since one of them works for Disneyland, I got to get into the park for free. :D The Happiest Place on Earth (TM) is only made more wonderful when it's free.

So I had a wonderful time, but it's been bad trying to focus this week - I didn't get the rest I usually get after a test week, and have just kind of been dragging. It doesn't help that there's been some interpersonal dramas this week - everyone (including me) has just been a little waspish this semester, and it's starting to really get to me.

Last night I really didn't do any work, and ended up going to Jo-Ann's Fabric and Crafts to get the final supplies for my puppet theatre (which I'll post pictures of when it's complete). I also did the gold paint detailing work on the board (which I think looks terrible, but eh), so that's out of the way. Now all that remains is the strengthen the board and get the curtain sewn. Before Monday. *faints* But the goal was to create something that can be used for several years, and I think I'll have done it. :) I also stopped by Borders (Maple White Mocha goodness!) and found the most amazing thing ever: an X-Men pop up book. In the bargain section.
I don't know who's crackhead mind came up with that (it uses actual comic panels!), but it is without a doubt the most amazing/insane thing I've ever seen. For just $5, I had to have it. I also picked up Prilla's Prize and Fairy Lanterns from the Disney Fairies collection, also for well below retail. ^__^

During this week, instead of studying I've plowed my way through the entire first season of Winx. This is crazy, as the last time I watched the first season, I also went through the whole thing in a week. I swear, ever since I started playing as Brandon in the Winx Club RPG ([livejournal.com profile] winxclubrpg) - and having a marvelous time, I might add - I've been really hungry to watch Winx again. I have to say, I still love the show just as much as when I first started watching it. Stella's lines still make me laugh out loud (like when she says to Flora "Like homeopathy's going to work against dark magic? It's like, 'Don't mess with us or we'll hit you with a daisy and go all herbal on you!'"). In fact, I think this rewatch really renewed my love for Stella as a character.

Granted, though I came to the show late (I didn't start watching it until the third season), Winx will always hold a special place for me because it's what started my "Second Renaissance" of creative endeavors after several "dry" years.

So now I want to pull out my Season 2 DVDs and give those a whirl. :)
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I can't believe I've gone two weeks into my 4th semester without posting anything. For shame! :D

Actually, the truth of the matter is that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. I knew that Second Year would be a change, but really wasn't prepared for the magnitude of that change. These next three semester will focus more on Pharmaceutical care than last year (which is not a bad thing, but it means a shift in study style). It's more important than ever to daily stay on top of the material now. Something I've never been stellar at.

Also, as one of the second-year co-chairs for the Drug Awareness Committee, I now find myself with extra work in that department. My partner and I have to interview new first-year co-chairs for the DAC, and are trying to put together different programs (through of course, the puppet shows will always be the backbone of our organization). In an effort to update our ancient presentation board (which we use to try and entice the other students to get interested in our organization), I have ordered photos from Snapfish, which I am very eagerly waiting to receive! It's so much wonderfully cheaper when it comes to ordering pictures, and they mail them right to your house (AKA: time saver for me). I'm seriously fed up with trying to print digital pictures at Wal*Mart - it seems as if there's always some problem with the machine/card/USB stick/peoplefailingtousetheirbrains. Seriously, you haven't known true frustration until you've been behind the seriously technically inept trying to use the Kodak machines to print 100 pictures of their great-niece's birthday.

I'm also working weekly at Longs now too - which in case you haven't heard, has been bought out by CVS Pharmacy. I'm surprised that for the most part I find the work rewarding, and getting the paychecks doesn't hurt either. :)

On a non-school note, for anybody who's been wondering what happened to my weight-loss resolution, things are going fairly well. I've lost somewhere around twenty pounds, and certain articles of clothing are actually fitting better now! It's a very nice feeling. ^_^

As far as watching things goes, I just finished the first season of "The Spectacular Spider-Man," which I must admit really charmed me. Maybe that's because I went in with kind of low expectations? I'm not sure, but the characterization was spot-on and really believable. I especially like that Peter's not "locked into" Mary Jane already - he actually has better dynamics with Gwen (love her) and Black Cat at this point (okay, so I've got to admit I love Spider-Man/Black Cat, whether there's romance or not) I'll definitely be buying it when it appears on DVD in stores. Also, it makes me want to watch the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, even if it had the worst CG ever. :)
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I feel as though I've been running a mental marathon that started back on the 17th of this month, and is only finishing up (sort of) now.

It started with the super-busy weekend that was detailed in my last post. That led into the following crazy week (with new, up-to-date descriptions!)

Monday: Health Poster Project Presentation, which went well. Big relief there. :)

Tuesday and Wednesday: Started work at Longs Drugs for Early Experience rotation hours. I was going to post about these earlier in the week, but was just too tired. After the first day of standing for roughly five hours, my feet felt like someone was pushing hot pins into them. I have since ordered more comfortable shoes to minimize this issue. However, the work itself was very interesting - I learned quite a bit about inputting information into the high-learning-curve Long computer system, filling prescriptions, etc. I even got to mix up some of the liquid medications, which was fun. :D

Thursday: After lab, I came home, registered for classes (getting none of my first-choice sections!) at a Panera Bread while trying to eat dinner, and went to Phantom of the Opera. Which was amazing, as I expected it to be. It was just as wonderful as I remembered from when we went a couple of years back, and now the songs have been running through my head for DAYS. They simply will not go away. (To complicate matters, my family also watched the movie on Saturday night so that Dad could finally understand what was going on in the story, which only further cemented the songs in my brain. XD) However, we got home rather late, and I had school the next day.

Friday: I killed my arm doing six puppet shows in a row. I am also totally in debt to the AMCP folks for helping out and letting out committee people sit a few out to recover. I also missed class to do this, and had to listen to the lecture recordings later.

Saturday & Sunday: Rested during Sabbath, and tried madly to catch up with work during the rest of the time. I also worked from 10-4 at Longs on Sunday, which sucked up most of that day. It was also super slow though, so I had the opportunity to do some research online for school work.

Monday: FINALLY took a short breather and went with the family to see Iron Man. It's seriously one of the best movies I've ever seen. Tony Stark comes off as such a HUMAN character, and his sort-of-relationship/friendship with Pepper Potts is really touching - especially when she gives him the little gift! :) It totally blows the socks off of the X-Men movies. Now I can't wait for the sequel. Also, it had a preview for the new Indy movie, which just made me more and more excited for the time when I can squeeze it into my schedule!

So, the rest of the day has been spent studying.

I have also slept horribly this weekend for unexplained reasons. Blah.

Also, in a scary turn of events, I have started reading Star Wars novels - Heir to the Empire to be exact. This was very unexpected. @_@

Go read Kate Beaton's comics - they'll make you feel better. http://www.katebeaton.com or here on LJ at [livejournal.com profile] beatonna.
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I am so dead right now.

This weekend was one of the busiest in recent memory. In addition to going to Graduation for the Health Sciences school (congrats to Courtney on getting her Speech Pathology degree!) - which was ridiculously hot at 102 degrees - we also drove down to Fresno for my Grandmother's 80th Birthday Party. Both were very nice events (though both were very diet-murdering as well!), and I was finally able to meet the majority of the relatives on my Dad's side of the family.

This is a hectic week coming up too.

Today (Monday) we gave the presentation of our health research poster project to a faculty member. All in all, it went well, which was a big relief considering we did the actual research last semester (so I'd forgotten lots of it!).

Tuesday and Wednesday I start working my "Early Experience Hours" at a local Longs Pharmacy. I'm excited and scared all at the same time - I've never actually worked at a community pharmacy, so it shall be a learning experience for me. Expect more updates later in the week.

On Thursday, we're going to see Phantom of the Opera, which I am INSANELY excited about. I haven't really been out much in the last many months, so it'll be wonderful to go to the theatre again after such a long time. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Phantom is one of my absolute favorites! :)

And finally, on Friday, our Drug Awareness Committee is participating in the Children's Awareness Carnival (CAC), doing about six puppet shows in a row, so I expect to be totally drained by the end of Friday (especially after getting home late from Phantom the night before!).

Also, I have been sneaking episodes of Batman Beyond, which I am thoroughly enjoying. For some reason I'm on a total animated Batman kick right now.

And since I've been rather sick for the last couple of weeks, work has stalled on my Jewel Riders fic (posted here at Fanfiction.net. But I have part of the second chapter done, and hope to finish and post it over the upcoming long weekend, which I will totally need to catch up with both sleep and work (and see Iron Man!).
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So yesterday I participated (or rather, our committee participated) in a Health Fair. As we are the Drug Awareness Committee, we teach kids about drug safety - with cute animal puppets. :) I love puppets (and doing voices), but damn, my arm is killing me today. Puppeteering is tiring work; I have new respect for people who do it professionally.

I also finished watching the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 2002 series, and it did what I expected it to: make me want to watch the box set of the old series that I bought awhile ago. And buy action figures (but what doesn't make me want to buy toys these days?). I really like the redesigns for the characters - especially Teela and The Sorceress.

Really, I'm kind of surprised I never really watched any of the various series before now. Had I caught the original He-Man or She-Ra back when I was younger, they would have really captured my imagination. As it is, I'll probably always enjoy the newer series a little more, simply because of better animation and design (and possibly writing - I have to watch more of the old series still to determine that). I can't wait until the next set comes out in May!
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Wow...I'm actually a little shocked...@_@

Earlier this week, I applied and interviewed for Co-chair positions on the Drug Awareness Committee and the Children's Awareness Carnival Committee. I really needed to have a little bit of leadership stuff to add to my CV and resume, but I really applied because on the Drug Awareness Committee, you get to go around to schools and put on puppet shows to teach the kids all about drug awareness - super fun! And the second-year Co-chairs both seemed really nice too, which made me feel much more at ease.

So last Friday I got the call from the DAC that they wanted me for a Co-chair; I'm totally psyched about it, even though it means more work on my plate. Our first event comes up this Friday: the Pre-Pharm Fair, where all the Pre-pharmacy kids come over to our side of the campus and learn about all the different organizations that they can be a part of later on. It should be fun!

Also, I'm being overwhelmed by work a little. I guess I got used to having maybe one or two "important" (aka hard science) classes a semester, rounded out by the more enjoyable (and easier work for me!) liberal arts classes. Ah, I miss my History of Ancient Rome.

Piano is going alright, even if I'm not getting to practice quite as much as I was over the summer. But that was expected. I won't give up however - even if I have to cut back to only two lessons a month. I can't let myself fall into that pit of despair again - life without the arts isn't life.

My diet's been going well too - I've lost about ten pounds so far, and I hope to keep on losing!

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