Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SLACKER! And...Some Big News!

Wow, I never thought I would be this big of a slacker when it came to blogging. But really, what can I say. My life is boring. And I am not even going to post any pictures to spice this up. I guess I have been lazy in all aspects of my life lately, including picture taking.

I went to Las Vegas in March and I didn't take one single picture! How pathetic. I got to see Julia, who I haven't seen in........entirely too long. Like a year and a half maybe? That's just sad. I also spent some quality time with Glad, Marija, Carrie and my mom. Brent got my landscape design for my yard done and I submitted it to my association. It was even accepted! A true miracle! Anyway, mostly I just hung with friends in Las Vegas. I ended up staying two extra days because, well, that's how I roll. It was lots of fun! The weather was perfect! Except for the wind the first few days. But seriously, I was complaining about being hot while on my way to the airport (I think it was 75 there) and then I get home to dreary, rainy, cold weather! BOO!! I was happy to drive my car even though it was absolutely filthy. When I got home I was feeling a little sorry for myself. I mean, you should feel sorry for me, too. I had just spent a week in Las Vegas, I have awesome friends, a good job, a sweet place to live, etc. etc. It is so easy to take everything great in my life for granted and just worry about stupid things that aren't a big deal in the long run anyway. Wow, enough of that tangent. So anyway, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself by the time I arrived home. I got a week's worth of mail from my mail box and began sorting through it. I noticed that there was a letter from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (which I will forevermore refer to as UMass because that is entirely too much to type) Graduate School office of admissions. It was thin. Usually when you apply to school, a thin letter is not good news. But I am getting ahead of myself since I told almost nobody that I had applied to grad school again. After applying last year, telling everyone and their dog, and then not getting in, I decided to just keep it mostly to myself. Although I am eternally grateful that I didn't get into school last year, it is still a little humiliating to have to tell people that I was wait listed. Obviously their loss, but still. So, I applied in January to UMass Amherst. It is an online Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Apparently, a thin letter from UMass is good news because I was accepted! I'm so excited! My first class starts May 17. Obviously I will have to do real live clinicals here in Salt Lake, but I think the online thing is going to be awesome! Well, that's if I can figure out how to pay for it. I do know that grad school is expensive, especially if you are paying out of state tuition, but I am blown away by how much just my tuition is going to be this summer. I will have easily surpassed the total cost of my entire undergraduate degree within the first year. It's sickening, but it will be worth it......right?

Anyway, that's really all that's going on in my life. I am beyond anxious for nicer weather! I can't WAIT to get my yard done. Brent will hopefully be coming up in a few weeks to finish the retaining wall in my back yard and then (again, hopefully) I can get started on the fence. Which is going to cost more than my tuition this summer. Oh well. My dad will hopefully be here the second weekend in May to get the sprinkler system in. I'm hoping to do sod the same weekend. Perhaps I am a little too optimistic but I want to get it done while I have some guaranteed help here! Anyone out there reading this who wants to help..........I will even feed you lunch! :) That's a huge incentive to do several hours of backbreaking labor, I think. Regardless of what actually happens, my yard must be in by May 31st so I will be posting pictures of that, I'm sure. And knowing me, that will be the next time I update this thing! Thanks to anyone who hasn't given up on my blogging and is actually reading this. I love your comments! And I can't WAIT for Summer!!!