Friday, September 26, 2008

new found (music) love

In honor of a totally hectic week, I have decided to write a totally pointless blog post about my new found (music) love, Bob Marley.

Yes, I know. I'm a little late getting on the reggae train, but better late than never. The movie In Her Shoes has "could you be loved" at the end of the movie and it inspired me to start up a Pandora radio station the other day. It's been playing on my computer ever since. 

Saturday, September 20, 2008

it's just not fair

I had the opportunity to see something really cool. A miracle of sorts. It was humbling and touching in so many ways. I almost cried, which is kind of a big deal for me. 

but in the midst of it all, I realized that life isn't fair. now that's something that is sort of ingrained in you (well, it was in me...) your whole life. people say things like "finish your kidney beans, there are starving kids in China." which is true. and people always talk about how just from being born in the US we're part of the wealthiest part of the population. which is also true. but i don't think the unfairness of life hit me until this very moment. 

more than the country we're born into, how much money our parent/guardian's have, where we go to school, life is just plain unfair. We have different parents that bring us up uniquely. Some don't have parents. Some have aunts and uncles or stepdads or grandmas. Some have lots. Some have nothing. Some have "everything." the love we feel isn't the same. now this is definitely obvious, but even within our country the range of living people have is phenomenal. 

I don't think there is anything anyone could ever do to make anything fair. There is always going to be something that's different. Always. it's weird to realize. 

people you think that have less maybe have more than you in other ways. but it's really hard when you see situations that you know are unfair and leave a person disadvantaged. What do you do with that? Even with things that are good and right that try to make things "even" like giving money to feed children, you're still not making things fair. 

Is fairness even something we should want? i'm probably keeping a really wide definition of fair in my overly tired state of mind, but this is definitely something i'm thinking through and wrestling about what I can do. I would love feedback/discussion about this because it isn't something I'm gonna work through on my own...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Birthday Presents

You may be thinking to yourself....Angela, your birthday was two months ago. Why are you writing about birthday presents? 

Well friends, I am writing about them because I love getting them, especially when they're late. First, because you tend to get the majority of birthday presents within the week or so of your actual birthday and postponing the presents makes it seem like your birthday lasts longer. Second, i love any excuse for presents :)

I am going to tell you about two presents i just got that I am exceptionally excited for. 

1) A rice cooker! I am very excited about this because it means one more excuse to cook Asian themed food and is great for rice-n-raisins, my family's favorite Saturday night meal!

2) Light up knitting needles! Why, now I can knit anytime anywhere. they're perfect for watching a movie or when I'm trapped in a cave and feel like creating something out of yarn. This marvelous birthday present is the perfect excuse to get back into knitting more!

Bottom line - birthday presents are phenomenal any time of the year, especially when they are amazing presents!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

a day in the life of a nursing student

Now, I wish I could give you one simple outline of my day. But it's impossible. Needless to say there will be a lot of reading, a lot of class, a little whining, some laughing with my nursing school friends, various moments of mental anxiety and maybe some needle sticking.

It's all very exciting really. And totally overwhelming. The fact is I'm doing real things to real people now! Definitely a step up from pretending and/or watching movies. 

I think I'm learning a lot too. Not just about caring for people, health care, medicine and nursing plans but about myself and people. I learned I probably can't be an operating room nurse (although we'll see if I actually get into a real OR...) and I really value sleep. 

This is just a blog to get myself back in the blogging world after a 3 week hiatus, so expect some actually interesting blogs soon...