Going waaaaaay back, because I am about three days behind on everything these days.
nic~It's not a match program. Nursing residency programs are new, and completely optional. They generally offer a longer precepted orientation to ease the way into independent practice, as well as support, evidence-based practice training, etc. There are only a handful in the entire country, and my university hospital has one of the first to be nationally accredited. All that to say that it's highly competitive, but there are no guarantees. Even the worst doctor graduating from med school gets matched somewhere. I would compare this more to trying to get into a super-prestigious fellowship...
lala~Happy belated birthday!
sparkle~That is seriously impressive of your DD! Here's hoping for nationals in Denver!
mel38~I am constantly amazed at the presumptuousness of the (ahem) "younger" generation. Really? You stand someone up for a "professional" meeting in a field that you want to eventually work in and expect them to just be overjoyed to meet up with you at another time?
Welcome, Jessi! We were all new here at one time or another, so dive right in and don't be intimidated!
nic~Who the ^&*(# does your H think he is??? If a similar situation (say...hurricane, or tornado, or somesuch) had happened the weekend of his triathlon, would he have done the same? I think not! That is completely and utterly ridiculous.
Originally Posted by kerc
a. that guy better not self-identify himself as your husband in some elevator sometime. I'd bonk the security camera and might have to nail him in the nuts. Geez.
melw~Good luck at the interview!!
On the homework issue...I really don't mind the homework much. They get their homework packet on Monday and it's due on Friday, so they have all week to work on it. The problem has been arising more because we have had a TON of four day weeks, and then if there's a night I'm not home or we have something going on, or even just errands to run...well, just not enough time to get it done. Again, if my child would just DO the homework instead of sitting there wasting time, he could be done in half an hour or so, total. The packet consists of a reading page (they color one block for each book they read during the week, and pick a favorite part of one book and draw it), a writing page where they usually just trace and write the letter of the week, some type of coloring/counting page, and one or two math pages (everyday math...stuff like practicing counting by 5's or 10's, looking for shapes around the house, etc.). It's the coloring page that kills me. If he wants to get it done (say, because he wants to help mommy peel potatoes), he can bust it out in no time flat. Otherwise he mopes and moans and groans and whines. And he LIKES coloring! I think the problem is mainly just that he's so tired. It's gotten slightly better as we've gotten farther into the school year, but not enough. I wish I could take bec's suggestion to work on it in the morning, but that's not gonna work, either. There's just as much dawdling in the morning withOUT the homework! I can't imagine trying to squeeze even 10 minutes worth of homework in. It's a struggle just to get DS to eat his breakfast, get dressed, and get out the door in under an hour.
In other news, I am annoyed with the nanny, and not sure if it's irrational. I kind of think not. I worked last night, so she came over at 6pm. DS was finishing dinner, and needed a bath before bed. I told her that the dishwasher needed run once his dinner dishes were in it, and that his laundry was in the dryer and needed to be put away. I came home this morning to a clean-but-full dishwasher that needed to be unloaded and DS's laundry laid out on his chair in his room with only the socks and undies put away. Seriously? The dishwasher takes two hours to run, so it should have easily been able to be unloaded either last night or this morning. The clothes are slightly more difficult since DS was going to bed pretty quickly, but she should have been able to either do it before putting him to bed, or going in once he was asleep (he sleeps like a rock). I don't feel like that's too much to ask. I really feel like she's starting to let things slide. Maybe she's getting too comfortable or something. I'm also (probably irrationally) irritated that she finished off my bag of tortilla chips, which I discovered when I went to get them to put on my soup for dinner. And that, instead of the pretzel or whole-grain goldfish that I bought for DS's lunch, she packed the not-so-healthy extra cheddar ones that I bought for ME (and also apparently ate a bunch of those, too). Sigh. She knows that she is welcome to any food she sees unless I specifically tell her otherwise, but for pete's sake...TELL ME WHEN YOU FINISH SOMETHING. So, I think we need to have a little chat. She's just not making much effort lately to help me keep the house up, and that's not ok, especially when *I* don't have the time or energy to do it right now. That's (part of) what I pay her for! [/rant]
No fm for me lately, unfortunately. Wednesday's snowstorm and busyness killed off that day. Yesterday morning, the snow was lingering, and I convinced myself that I really NEEDED to get home and sleep since I worked last night. (and then slept like crap). Today, I was just tired. I tried to get up around 1:30 to get a quick 30 min or so in before picking DS up from school, but could not wake up. Tomorrow and Sunday, I have clinical from 6 am till noon. I'm hoping I have the fortitude to drag DS out in the stroller when I get home because I desperately need to do SOMETHING. Maybe if nothing else, we can go hike on Sunday. I STILL need to go pick up my darn bike helmet, but it's all the way up in Boulder, which is just far enough away to be difficult.