Both side of my extended family, who live no where near each other, are threaten by fires - I'm relying on the ABC, The Age and Wiki to keep me updated. Hopefully dad will be able to speak to my gran, who lives alone on her farm, tomorrow morning to see how she is coping. My sisters thankfully stayed in Melbourne this week and are just trying to keep cool and keep the cat alive.
I hope those of you back home are safe and surviving the heat and fires okay, those of us over here are thinking of you and sending our love and hopes for cool changes.
Be super safe, drink lots of water, stay out of the sun and stay in touch.
(I'm feeling this situation is a little surreal on my part - while home battles raging bushfires and souring temperatures I'm watching the snow fall, living in a different hemispere is wack.)
afterwards not so much. but i was able to unhuddle myself to watch the midnight fireworks over Cardiff Castle.
oh i'm in cardiff by the way!
but HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope 2009 is what you hope it will be and if you can be bothered having them, you fulfil your new years resolutions.
oh, opps. not the first of Jan anymore. but still!
(Message to London: you are really like an epsiode of the Bill! AMAZING! Your police men and women are very nice, though the inside of your stations, the multiple i saw, leave a lot to be desired. Also it would be very cool if you stations were open 24 hours, because crime happens! But I think you are very cool)
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Great Thursday!
Mine is unfortunately not a white Christmas, but still! There is snow on the alps!
Oh and apparently Melbourne misses out on Santa - and therefore Christmas, the only Australia city that Santa decided not to visit (Townsville got Santa! So did Mackay!) - according to NORAD. HAHA! (Saying that Geneve will miss out as well most likely!)
I'm in Spain! Hi! From Spain! I've been here a week, down on the Mediterranean coast doing the roadtrip thing with my parents and sister. My dad took a week off work (big thing for him!) so we could do a family trip. It was enjoyable - except the part where I got sick. Seriously - why now!?! I had to spend a day in bed being grumpy and sleeping and then a couple of days being snotty and grumpy. But at least, what with traveling with the parentals, I didn't have to pay for anything and we had a car. Though driving in Spain - insane, the streets a smaller then the car, well that’s what it seems like!
The parents left to head back home to Geneva this morning, saying goodbye at a horribly early 8am. I just grunted at them and went back to sleep. Little Sis and I moved out very, very heavy bags out of the expensive hotel and into the cheap youth hostel on the other side of town, by foot! We are too cheap to do the bus thing. We got lost and I nearly died. But the dorm is nice and we went to the cathedral and played 'spot the horrible fashions, the children dressed exactly the same and the fake designer bags' for an hour - because we were too lazy to line up to go into the cathedral.
Seriously - the parental need to dress kids in exactly the same outfit is fairly strong in Spain or maybe just Europe in general? We saw like 16 pairs (sometimes three kids!) in matching outfits! Why? Why!?
Okay, onto other adventures
Involved a Sound of Music tour and lots of bad sing, dancing and posing for pictures in ridiculous positions (mind of the gutter! this is a PG movie!). There also might have been some skipping. We saw first snow! it was pretty! and cold! until it was just cold and inconvenient (like when we trudged for three k in the snow looking for McDonalds) There was also Christmas markets and playing H&M vs. McDonalds (McDonalds won 5/7), eating chocolate crepes for dinner two nights in a row (shut up) and also the Opera.
Look a my cultural creds! We saw Salome and it was beautiful and the singing was so pretty and we had little screens with subtitles in English so we knew what was going on! and we paid less for the tickets then we paid for Breakfast - 3 Euro! So worth it!
Well, really it’s been less travelling around Switzerland then bludging in Geneva at my parents. Comfy beds! Internet! Shopping! It's been so fantastic seeing my parents, it’s been like 11 months! I have missed them so much and it so great just to see them every day! And speaking to them! Plus mum's cooking! How awesome! But it is kind of weird coming 'home' again after living nearly, kind of, independently for a year. I don't think I could go back to living full time with mum and dad, I like doing things my own way to much! Luckily what with Sweden and then the end of uni when I get home, and mum and dad mostly certainly staying in Switzerland for another couple of years, I don't think this will happen!
Hmm, that is the end of my adventures so far - I mean not really, I haven't said much about Spain, but whatever. Little Sis and I are off to Madrid tomorrow, and the France next week. Then Germany, then back to Switzerland for Christmas and then England for Hamlet! And then Cardiff for New Years and the Sweden! for uni. Whoo!
(Inbetween various adventures had a breakdown and declared I was not going to Sweden. Stupid mountains of paperwork and visas, and medical tests and police checks and whatever. Am back on track - hopefully another one won't happen until at least Feb)
I meant to be good and update and be awesome and stuff. But I didn't which is really to be expected. But anyway, I'm flying out to Europe today, well tonight, to begin a nine month trip of EPIC adventure which starts in switzerland and ends somewhere in sweden where I will be doing the education exchange thing and go to uni. I'm going to be still around, I'm taking my laptop, and will most likely update just as often - but instead of complaining about uni in Melbourne I will be complaining about uni in Malmo. Wish me luck! (I think I will need it!)
I'm getting all excited about leaving! I'm planning my Austria, Prague and Turkey trips - which is all yay! But seeing the parental unit in Switzerland is the most yay of course! I leave on Novemeber 10th, which is so so insanely soon - and I can't even to begin to get ready because of assignments, practical assessments and exams oh my!
I'm waiting for new Bones by watching Nanny McPhee, and not feeling loserish at all! Thats the joy of being sick.
The conversation started off like this:
older gentleman: excuse me young lady, sorry to bother you - could you point me in the direction of building 201?
and ended like this:
older gentleman: and so I went in to get my hernia's repaired and got a flesh eating disease!
I am never telling anyone I am a nursing student ever again.
I'm in the middle of my fifth edit of a really, really stupid medical surgical assignment. Seriously the word limit is the most stupid thing, I can't believe they expect us to answer the four fairly difficult questions in under 2500 words total - each question could easily be a thousand words. I still have about 300 words to cut, after cutting 200 last edit - I need to stop being so freaking long winded, I should be all surly and curt in my assignments. Or stop caring.
Spoke to Lil Sis yesterday, makes me miss her like a crazy thing - she is (dorkly) my best friend, and without her hear I feel like I'm bottling everything up - also she lets me fangirl at her, and now I can't which means I end up telling my Big Sis stupid fandom stuff and she rolls her eyes and makes me feel like I'm 5.
My Big Sis and Ed just went out for dinner - which means I'm alone, again. yipee. Seriously I would not survive living by myself - I get all grumpy when there is no one for me to cook for, and no one to eat with - especially when I expected there to be. Now I don't even feel like dinner, I think I'll have crumpet and make double choclate cookies.
*goes off to edit*
One day I will talk about fandom again.
EDIT: Assignment now on 2544 words - including the questions! WHOO! Now I have to decide if I can get away with that.
EDIT TWO: triple chocolate cookies made, assignment still sitting on 2544, went to see a friend instead of doing another edit. Might have had Maccas for dinner. Maybe.
It's taken me a week to get out of my emo!funk and get up the energy to update - a week that is supposed to be holiday time but instead was an odd mixture of chores, adventures and assignment stress. Wheeee! Good times!
So it started off like this:
Friday (a week ago) was my last day of Nursing Clinical's for the year - the end of an exhausting six months of straight school stress - either in the form of lectures, practical assessments, assignments, exams or full time clinicals. It also happened to be a week and a half since my sister left for her overseas trip (my little sis, who is more like a best friend and someone I've only been separated from for a significant length of time twice. in her whole life). And I had a really shitty (kinda literally) day at the hospital - that involved me nearly smacking a couple of the other nursing students and to top it all off I still hadn't heard if I was accepted into going to Sweden for uni next year or not.
So I was feeling really isolated and lonely - because I felt like I had no supports and I just wanted to curl up in a ball and be emo. So I did - except it started when I was out walking the dog and I must have looked kind of pathetic walking down the street crying. at 3pm on a bright, beautiful, warm day - the first one in months.
hence the emo!warning and the distance.
But I'm feeling much better - though I don't think it's going to last long - three assignments due at the end of next week and I have only started one. time management by the master here folks!
In other news: Sweden is still up in the air - the uni hasn't decided if all three of us can go, which is superduper annoying because everyone else nearly has the nomination except us! So frustrating - they said most likely the middle of next week - but 7 weeks ago they said it would be a week.
Okay, I have Bones to watch and three assignments to do - its an exciting Friday night for me.
UNESCO just named Melbourne as its second City of Literature, this makes me so gleeful - and just three days before the Melbourne Writers Festival! I'm having some serious library withdrawals (having been on hospital clinicals for the past two weeks) - especially after this article titled Hot Library Smut. The pictures made my sister and I sigh, and I promised I would drag her to the couple we could get to while in Europe.
Has anyone been to some fantastic libraries in Europe that I must see? Or infact anything I must see? I'm going to be mostly in the Switzerland area, with side trips to the UK, Austria, Prague, Greece and Turkey (again! with my lil sis and mother, but only if there isn't aren't anymore bombings) and then to Sweden (maybe Russia! Poland! Germany!) and Denmark for uni.
I've already decided I am going to do the Sound of Music tour, go and see all the chocolate factories in Switizerland and be a huge fangirl and go to Zurich to find Sloane (I know! I know!).
The thing I am can't!breathe excited about is the fact that I am going to see HAMLET! My favourite favourite Shakespeare with David Tennant.
(Still haven't heard from my uni about Sweden - waiting, waiting, waiting for the go ahead email (go ahead to apply for the uni, unfortuantly not go-ahead to go!) hopefully they will email us tomorrow.)
Three Weeks in Three Dot Points
- Started my next round of clinicals at one of the BIG hospitals, I was lucky enough to be placed in the Liver Transplant and Gastro Unit ward. Had a awesome, interesting, sad and stressful time. I only fainted once! GO TEAM ROSE! And I did interesting things like doing an ECG (heart monitor! electrodes! yay!), pulling out a Centeral Vascular Catheter (which is in the NECK! and which tip rests in the HEART! And I pulled it out! Like not by accident - as a procedure! WHOO!), doing obs! (whoo! good times! so boring!) and pulling out other stuff. Also showering people. And writing notes. And eating a HUGE amount of chips.
- Turned 21! Like Two weeks ago - and I did NOTHING! I mean I went out for Lunch, Breakfast and Dinner the day before. But on the actual day I had a AM shift at the hospital which started at 7AM (which meant getting up at 5.40! IT WAS STILL DARK OUTSIDE! ) and when I got home my sister made me chicken soup and xanyacame over and we watched TV. OMG STOP THE PARTY ANIMAL THAT IS ME!. A week later I went out for dinner with the uni girls for pizza and drinks and then got lost in St Kilda (who knew!? It CAN be done!!) at 9.30 at night. GOOD TIMES!
I might have spent the week following my birthday watching the My Little Pony movies on youtube! BECAUSE I AM A ADULT AND I CAN. So there!
- I got my exam results. I actually got them on my birthday (lovely present!) and I did well, I get to keep my HD average which makes me beyond happy! And it makes me getting into Malmo so much closer! I hear next week which makes me HAPPY!EXCITED!SCARED! I will be going to Europe anyway (I head out 10th of Nov!) but doing a semster in Sweden would make me BEYOND HAPPY.
I am going to bed, so tired.
My skill was Venipuncture - which is taking blood with a vacutainer and pure vein finding skill. And my assessor was my advisor for Sweden - so he already knew I was a HUGE nerd (though he doesn't particularly like me - miner draw back).
I'm so relieved. Also now I can stress fully for the written exams! Wheee!!!
(that could be the m&ms I just ate though)
My friends are mean. And also completely irritating. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY AND I CAN PANIC IF I WANT TO.
I have successfully convinced a lot of people that I know what I'm doing, I think I have fooled them with my over-confident stage show and my willingness to ask a LOT of questions. Also to read ahead in my lecture notes. I am a con-artist of nursing and combine that with my brilliant multichoicing ability I am going to FAIL (delicious taste of failure - its like being back in year 9 maths again).
Makes no sense? HA! Thats what exams do to you!
I HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM PANICKING. I'm a little annoyed - I mean I THRIVE on panic - its what makes me not sleep! WHOO!
My mother sends me messages from Geneva to go to bed, she also gets my aunty to ring up and make sure I haven't had a breakdown from stress and she sends me emails that make me cry.