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My 5th class's paper is currently in the grading queue, some 26 papers are ahead of it for grading. And my 6th class has the exam scheduled for next Tuesday. Assuming all goes well, that's at least 6 classes down in a month, 8 classes to go.
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We got married! It was gorgeous and perfect and everything I could have dreamed of. Everyone behaved themselves and it was everything I could have ever asked for.

We went to Chicago for a mini-honeymoon and hit up several of the museums and a Blackhawks game.

Then it was all work and little play and honestly, I had become so accustomed to the stress of having a million irons in the fire like life has been for me for the past, uh, 5 years now....I got bored. Not with Rafe, not with work, but just the whole experience of not being under tight deadlines and incredible stress.

So I just started a Master's degree program through WGU (same place I got my BSN). I started June 1, I have already passed one class and have a second class's project paper in the grading queue. I'm working on a third class's paper today. If I'm lucky, that'll be 3 classes down in a week. Anyway, once I'm done with the MSN in Leadership and Management, I'll apply to postgrad psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) programs for certification as a PMHNP. All things considered, doing my graduate stuff this way will shave 6 months to a year off of the timeline to become a PMHNP versus going the traditional route of applying to a MSN PMHNP program and having to wait until Fall 2018 to start due to the way application deadlines fall.

Oh! And we're going to Pennsic! We'll be there starting the Saturday of War week as Rafe only gets a total of 7 PTO days per year. Our preregistrations are paid, we're camping in N01 with the Barony of Shadowed Stars, and I. Am. Stoked. Rafe has been watching YouTube videos of Pennsic battles shot with helmet cams and is really into the idea of fighting heavy as well as rapier. I'm looking forward to a week of not being connected to technology and a chance to be my best self. We've been playing more in the SCA lately -- well, Rafe has. I'm still stuck working every other weekend and now the MSN program is going to be eating up my free weekends. But it will be worth it in the end. Anyway, the Barony of Shadowed Stars, our liocal SCA group, is much more lively than our local Adria groups and quite frankly, I'm sick of the Adrian politics. Maybe someday I'll be more interested in Adria again, but not right now.

Um, other than that, the cats are all good, and so is Maggie. I've dropped the rope with trying to stay in touch with Dad and Rita and suddenly I'm a hot commodity as far as Rita trying to get my attention goes. Mom has decided to stop drinking, which can only be to the good. Melanie got out of floor nursing and is working as a case manager making better money with better hours. Brett is deployed someplace with sand and has 3 years left on his contract. I am terrified that The Great Pumpkin will do something even stupider than his usual embarrassments and trigger a war with someone, anyone, just so he can try to prove he has a bigger dick. Cause it's not like the current President has to worry about sending his own relatives into combat, just ours. And in the words of Lord Faarquad from Shrek, that's a sacrifice he is willing to make.

Well...I got a little opinionated there. Let me close this with an update on Princess, a much happier topic and certainly less controversial. Pretty pretty Princess has made such enormous strides in her socialization! She has begun sleeping next to me about 25% of nights and is allowing me to pet her regularly!
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Life has been busy, to put it mildly.  And because of political shenanigans, I'm going to be moving my LJ to Dreamwidth's platform.  You can find me there at https://emmawulfstan.dreamwidth.org/.
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Well, I think I have a photographer ([livejournal.com profile] dreamqeen) all lined up, now on to a DJ.  I've got the contract for the venue in the mail and invitations ordered.

Mom is doing the flowers -- mostly sunflowers -- and between white mini Christmas lights, paper lanterns, luminaria, and some paper flower pompoms, that should take care of most of the decor.  Should be less than a hundred bucks for decor, the venue is so pretty it really won't need much.

We still haven't figured out catering, mostly because we don't have an estimated head count yet.  Gotta get a guest list figured out!
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May your Christmas day be peaceful and filled with love and laughter.

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Into costuming and reenactment. I managed to score a lovely sheared beaver capelet the precise size and shape as a gollar...for.$35. As the lining is shattering (linednin acetate), the game plan is to rip the lining out and replace it with some really pretty wool. Then flip it inside out, and voila! Insta-gollar!

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Oct. 17th, 2013 09:26 am
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Lord, just when I thought things were going to settle down a bit and that my last quarter wouldn't be too strenuous...

I was wrong.  Wrongity wrongity wrongwrongwrong. Wow, was I wrong.

(Now "wrong" appears misspelled.  Sigh.)

Anyway, while I only have two classes plus their required clinicals, they are pretty heavy-duty when it comes to outside-of-class-time work:  My Transitions to Nursing class consists mostly of computer tests and homework consists of Yet More Computer Tests (which tend to average about 350-500 NCLEX sample questions per week) which necessarily requires internet access.  Guess what I don't have at home?  Yeah.  And Psychiatric Nursing requires 8 different support group meetings logged by week 8 (none of the support groups can be duplicated; I can't attend 8 AA meetings, for example.  I have to go to 1 AA meeting, 1 NA meeting, 1 grief support group meeting, etc.).  Between 2 jobs, school, and the computer testing, I am going crazy trying to schedule all of the support group meetings I need.  Argh.

In other news, my son Caleb is home from Basic Training/AIT until the end of the month.  Wait, you say, what do you mean "your son"?  Well, like the rest of my life, it's complicated.  See, about a year and a half ago, Boe dragged Caleb home with him from the local game store after he overheard Caleb telling another player that he (Caleb) wasn't looking forward to sleeping on the front porch patio that night...in early March (2012).  It turns out that Caleb's mother was heavily into drugs and her shack-up dealer/boyfriend kicked Caleb out of the house when Caleb was 18, so he spent the next year couch surfing until Boe heard about all this and dragged him home to me.  Well, I said, "you can stay with us" and the rest is history.  Caleb is a good kid, he has needed some stability in his life and I've basically become his unofficial mom.  Caleb decided to join the Army back in February, went to Basic Training in April, started AIT in July, and will report to Fort Hood TX in November.  He is being deployed at the beginning of the year.  Anyway, somehow his debit card information was stolen back in May and we didn't discover this until now because 1. Caleb is an adult and I'm not on his account, which is why 2. I didn't open his bank statements earlier when he was at Basic and AIT; I just kept them sealed and sent them with Boe to give to Caleb when Caleb graduated from Basic.  So now I have to be put on Caleb's account in order to be able to clear all this up and get it resolved.  Y'know, in my copious amounts of spare time.  *headdesk*

But hey, life is never boring, right?


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