Still sick!

Feb. 8th, 2009 09:29 pm
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So I was rather premature when I said a few days ago that I was really feeling better. Seeing as how I still don't feel all that great and all. I'm worried it might be moving into A. Sinus Infection or B. Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. Neither of which I am particularly interested in dealing with at the moment. I seriously don't have the time to waste at Kaiser getting some antibiotics. So I think I'll give it a few more days, and if I still feel about the same, I'll probably be resigned to going in.

This of course didn't stop me from going in to work today. But it should have. My speaking voice is pretty quiet right now and I felt rather woozy for the first couple of hours.

I have also not have coffee for almost a week. This is the longest I have gone without in a year and a half. But really, I don't think my stomach could really handle it if I did drink some. Tea it is.

The only bright spot was that my Winx Italians arrived this last week! Now here's a question I'm struggling with - to unbox or not? At the moment, I don't have anywhere good to display them, so I'm leaning toward leaving them in their boxes (which of course makes them worth more). I will take pictures soon though!
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Today at work was epic fail. I was at Longs from 9 am to 7 pm. NINE FREAKING HOURS. I really am so dead. My feet feel like ground meat.

This all happened because two people didn't show up today. Because of my overactive conscience I couldn't just leave the Pharmacist with one other helper until eight o'clock, so I volunteered to stay. And not only did I extend my shift, but two other people had to as well so the day would be covered! Suffice to say none of us were amused. Haha, and my Pharmacist told me that the day after Christmas would be a nice quiet day, too! WRONG. It was super busy and filled with tons of weird insurance problems and terrible (worse than usual!) handwriting on the part of the docs.

Plus, this came off of tons of driving yesterday on Christmas Day, so I was tired just going into work. San Francisco on Sunday had better be worth this trouble of switching days!

And going back farther, Christmas Eve was kind of weird too. My Aunt got stomach flu, so she and my Uncle stayed home, and we ended up just having my cousin (their son) and his family over for dinner and a few presents. It was a little odd - and when my cousin's kids are involved, it is also very tiring. I feel like I've come off of a three-day long roller coaster.

Plus there was too much food and self-control flew out the window. I've felt a bit sick; almost want to go on a really strict diet here and now.

But presents and seeing family I love did brighten the holidays! A selection of favorites:
- Star Trek Voyager Season 7 (I own them all now)
- Pharmacy Sweatshirt and Woolly jacket (I love them both)
- Sleeping Beauty DVD
- eBay giftcard (fueling my addiction)
- Seeing Grandma. :D

Anyway, I'm super bushed, so I think I'll just crawl into bed and sleep for a week kthxbye. :D

I hope your holidays were less exhausting than mine!
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Nah.

Last weekend was one of the better ones I've had in recent memory (read: didn't spend the whole weekend doing homework).

On Friday, we had presentations from the various regions that are available for third-year rotations (which start this coming August!). I'd LOVE to go to one of the ones in Southern California; not because I like the area so much as that it's really my one chance to get away from home for a little bit. Plus some of my wonderful old friends live down there, and it would be fun to see them again for an extended period of time.

Saturday night, I drug my parents with me to the University Symphony, which I got into for free. They were performing Mozart's 23 piano concerto and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (which for those of you who don't know was the final piece in Disney's Fantasia 2000). As usual, the University symphony was excellent; I really need to go see them a few more times while I can still get in for free with my student ID. :D

Also, I found out at work on Sunday that I had been Mystery Shopped. Much to my relief surprise, I got a perfect score, and a small gift card to a nearby restaurant! Yay for free food. :)
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I've been having a hard time so far this semester. It seems like the amount of work has doubled and my time has shrunk to half of what it used to be. Sometimes I feel as though I'll never get all of my work done.

In addition to schoolwork (including multiple visits to a nursing home to do medication therapy management), I have the following commitments:
1. TA for the first-year's Pharmacy Systems I class. (This nets me my first unit (of four needed) of Pharmacy elective classes.)
2. Piano (half-hour lessons on Tuesday mornings and 7:45 plus practice at least three times a week).
3. Choir (1-1.5 hours/week on Wednesday nights).
4. Work on every Sunday at Longs (10-4, and when I get home I usually have to force myself to study).

I feel like I can barely watch an episode of anything or read at all this semester, and feel guilty almost every time I do. And writing has basically gone out the window. I really want to work some more on my Jewel Riders fic, but just can't find the time (or when I do find the time, I'm super-exhausted and feel entirely uncreative).

In short, I may be reaching my breaking point. Thank God I'm going to Disneyland for a Pharmacy Seminar after midterms (which are in two weeks!) - it's the only thing that I'm looking forward to at the moment.
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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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So yeah, I haven't posted anything here for quite awhile. That tends to happen on my breaks - I barely open my laptop. In fact, I barely even use the computer period.

This break has been strange. The first week and a half (roughly) was nerve wracking as I awaited my grade from the hardest class. We were supposed to know our grade by the Friday of the first week of break, but ended up not finding out until the following Tuesday. This led to some very vivid dreams. YES, I HAD MULTIPLE NIGHTS OF DREAMS ABOUT MY TEST. I swear my subconscious was trying to run through every scenario that could possibly happen (whether it involved passing the class or not). Thankfully, however, I passed the class and will be moving on to Second Year. I also had the best grades this semester of any so far in graduate school, which was kind of exciting. :D

So aside from work I've basically been a bum/hermit over this break. And work had an interesting shocker this week when we found out that Longs was bought out by CVS. I'm not sure what this means for my job however, and am a little anxious to find out. Otherwise, I find the work fairly interesting and enjoyable (except when people are real dicks because they want you to solve their insurance problems) and of course I love actually having some spending money again after a year of being broke.

Actually, I've been a little stir-crazy and ended up taking a trip to Barnes and Noble to buy books last Friday, which was lovely. Also, today I saw the new Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie. When I looked up reviews, I was surprised how much people hated it. Granted, it's not like it broke any new ground or anything, but it was fun nonetheless. The animation (while rather stylized, which I actually liked) seemed rather stiff for being associated with the company that owns Industrial Light and Magic. The character's movements and a bit of poor dialogue were the movie's only real problems to me, though. Especially when you remember that it's basically a pilot for the upcoming TV series.

So this break has been full of movies and books, basically. I'll give a mini-review of each.
Books read this break include:
1. Shadow of the Flame by Chris Pierson. I was glad to finally finish this Dragonlance trilogy, possibly the last I'll read for a very long time. I used to love the Dragonlance world, but lately it feels strange. However, this was an excellent trilogy that you could probably read without having read almost any other Dragonlance books.
2. The City of Ember by Jean DuPrau. I've had this book sitting around for awhile, but was compelled to read it once I found out the movie adaptation is coming out this Fall. Nice and very imaginative first novel, even if the writing could have possibly used a little more polish.
3. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer. It's no secret that I love the Artemis Fowl books - this is no exception. Fun, FUN book with witty writing and totally engaging characters. This series probably beats out Harry Potter even in my book. I really need to re-read this series from the very beginning too.
4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yeah. So I finally broke down and read the damn book. And you know what? I secretly enjoyed it. It's nothing ground-breaking, but at least Meyer thinks outside the box a little when dealing with her vampires. I'll probably have to read the rest of the series now...>_<;
5. Fawn and the Mysterious Trickster. Another fairly standard Disney Fairies entry, which, while enjoyable, seemed like it didn't really add anything to the world.
5. The Host by Meyer and Esther: A Story of Courage by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole are also both in progress.

Things watched this break:
1. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. I've loved this story ever since I saw the movie a couple of years ago, and this futuristic anime adaptation didn't disappoint. Very highly recommended.
2. My Fair Lady. I haven't watched this in years, but Mom wanted to see it (since she's reading the Jule Andrews biography and she starred in the stage version). It's still very enjoyable, and full of very interesting art direction (not to mention the lovely Audrey Hepburn and hilarious Rex Harrison).
3. Batman and Batman Returns. It preparation for seeing The Dark Knight (which I have yet to actually go see), I wanted to see the previous film incarnation of the Joker. This lead to wanting to see the other Burton Batman (which is much darker than I remembered).
4. Star Trek I-VI. I've had this box set of DVDs for probably 2 years now, and finally had the time to sit down and watch them all. I was surprised by the amount of continuity between the films, which showed up in little ways. The Original Crew films are always a pleasure to watch.
5. The Infinite World of H.G. Wells. A fun Hallmark mini-series where a fictionalized H.G. Wells (yes, the writer) experiences various scientific phenomenon with his scientist friends and gets inspired to write his stories. Much better than I'm making it sound.
6. Nim's Island. I generally enjoy "family" movies, and this didn't disappoint. Jodie Foster was especially wonderful as the adventure writer who happens to be afraid of leaving the house. :)
7. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. I LOVED this movie - it's heartwarming and imaginative and terribly sad and nostalgic all at the same time. All four of the main character had very touching storylines which I could relate to. The whole thing ended up coming out like a modern fairy tale. I really want to buy this movie.

So anyway, after that exhaustive list, I'll mention that I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow for five days. Yay for renting a house by the coast at Sea Ranch (no actual horses or cows). :D Hopefully I'll be able to finish Chapter 3 for my Jewel Riders fic while I'm there (I'll have the laptop but no internets!).
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What the hell? I put in all the forms for direct deposit so that I wouldn't have to deal with going to the bank all the time anymore. My first work check was supposed to be deposited today - so where is it? I am going through mad book withdrawals and need that money to satisfy my cravings.

Understandably upset Ry is understandably upset.


But also~~~

ONLY ONE MORE TEST TO GO BEFORE THE END OF YEAR ONE.

HOPEFULLY

Swimming!

Jul. 12th, 2008 08:58 pm
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So today I went swimming for the first time this summer. In our own pool.

Yes, I fail at life. Or at least I fail at dragging myself out into the pool. But it was WONDERFUL - I think I'll go again tomorrow after I'm done with my work to relax. :)

Finals start in two weeks, and I'm trying to juggle studying for those with the training for my new job pretty soon, so things are a little hectic around here.

But! I'm SUPER excited because I found out that Wicked is actually coming to San Francisco starting next January. I have to go!
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So, I love musicals. If you've read this journal you probably know that. I also love Batman, which I'm sure I've stated here before as well. So when I found demo recordings for Batman: The Musical at Dark Knight of Soul you have to understand that I was completely intrigued. I mean, it could be SO BAD in so many ways, but when I listened to the demos, I'm actually kind of sad it's never been made. There's some really great songs there. Also it has Catwoman, which of course makes it tens times more awesome by default than it has any right to be. :D

So speaking of musicals, I have finally managed to get my paws on the Wicked soundtrack, which is made of awesome. "Popular" and "Defying Gravity" are standouts in particular. I would absolutely love to go see this show, but the closest one playing is in LA, which is a tad far away. Hmm...maybe this Christmas I can do Disneyland again and tack on Wicked? We'll see.

But anyway, I am also starting a new job in a week or two with Longs Drugs as a Pharmacy Intern. I had my drug test today, and am currently waiting for the paperwork to arrive so I can fill it all out.

This week was really tiring, and by the time I got to last night I was so bombed that I just sat down and watched The Empire Strikes Back, which was totally awesome. I haven't watched that movie in forever, and I'd forgotten just how much I love it. I'm still on some weird Star Wars kick, and just bought a neat Revenge of the Sith hardcover at the Used Book Store today (for super cheap of course, which is my super weakness). I've also been eyeing some lots of YA/kids Star Wars books on Ebay.

MUST NOT SPEND MONEY THAT I DON'T HAVE BEFORE I ACTUALLY START WORKING.

Too late - my Sarah Brightman tickets came this week! I dread that credit card bill.
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So this morning when I was washing my hands at the school library, I looked up into the mirror and realized "I have honest-to-goodness DARK CIRCLES under my eyes!" I have always been kind of an insane studier, but this is a new one even for me. I have joked about this before, and even drawn them in once or twice with a charcoal art pencil, but to see yourself looking that haggard is just kind of depressing.

But such is life the week before Midterms. I have been studying with my group for roughly 7-8 hours per day at school (that's AFTER I finish the normal school day), and when I got home I still worked until about 12:30 to 1:00. This week has really taken a toll on me; I'm starting to feel a little sick now too. DO NOT WANT. I seriously don't have the time to be sick right now (didn't I just get over a sickness recently too?)

In other news, I might be getting a permanent internship with Longs, which is very exciting! I sent them my resume and CV last night, and have a telephone interview next Wednesday.

I also start up piano lessons again next week (bad timing, I know), which will be wonderful after going several weeks without. :)
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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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