Friday, December 28, 2007

A Woman's Prerogative

For the past few years, my mom has helped me collect things for when I move out on my own. I have a vast collection of beautiful dishes, pots & pans, silverware etc. My mom's philosophy is that a woman can be successful on her own and that she does not HAVE to depend on a man *or anyone for that matter* to make a good living.

As part of my Christmas present this year, my mom got me a set of professional cookware pots & pans. When I got home from work lastnight a big box was waiting for me in my room. Apparently my dad was upset when he found out that mom had gotten me more things for when I move out. *I think he was just stressed from life in general and the thought of another of his kids moving out* He asked mom why she was getting me all of these things because, "Amy won't need them, she can just move in with someone". Mom replied, "I want Amy to know that she does NOT have to depend on anyone to make it in this world."

Wow...and I thought the whole 'poor pitiful, I can't do anything on my own woman cliche' was gone from the world....I guess not!

On a lighter, yet related note, the past two days my family has been helping my twin brother pack up his things for a move to his first new apartment! He is getting married in June and the Lord blessed him with a nice apartment perfectly located between work and school. I love it when God ordains something as 'good' because EVERYTHING falls into place perfectly!! For instance, Geoff was trying to find a decent coffee table/side tables for a good price *that weren't too schmultzy*. He finally gave up trying to find such things and focused on the main necessities: big comfy chair and a place for his HD tv/surround sound *must be a guy thing* Anyhow, an LPN he works with just happens to live 3 apartments down from him and is trying to get rid of a a solid oak coffee table and 2 side tables for $100!! Geoff was like, "That's exactly what I needed!!"

So needless to say, everything is working out fabulously for Geoff and the new apartment!! PRAISE GOD!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Finishing Strong

lol cats *hilarious website*

I'm part of a devotional group on Facebook and the past few months we've had daily devotionals from Max Lucado's 'Grace for the Moment'.
The following is an excerpt from the book:

"Finishing Strong"
“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.”Hebrews 12:3
Heaven was not foreign to Jesus. He is the only person to live on earth after he had lived in heaven. As believers, we will live in heaven after time on earth, but Jesus did just the opposite. He knew heaven before he came to earth. He knew what awaited him upon his return. And knowing what awaited him in heaven enabled him to bear the shame on earth.He “accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him” (Heb 12:2). In his final moments, Jesus focused on the joy God put before him. He focused on the prize of heaven. By focusing on the prize, he was able not only to finish the race but to finish it strong

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bum-to the -Er (Bummer)

Well usually I have something all nice and happy to write about, but today I just need to vent!

Today I retook an exam for Nursing school called the HESI and I did not pass. This is a fake nursing boards exam that just so happens to be incredibly and vitally important to my future of graduating from ETSU and becoming a Nurse.
The test consists of 110 questions, and contains basically EVERYTHING I've learned up until now in school. Topics are as follows:
-Pharmacology (any drug/reactions/side effects etc)
-Health Assessment (everything related to doing a head to toe assessment on someone)
-OB/Gyn (pregnancy stuff ...hypertension. etc)
-Psych (every mental disorder from schizophrenia to Anorexia and how to treat)
-Med Surg. (the basic foundations of nursing: fluid/electrolyte imbalance to infections)
-Pediatrics (developmental stages/milestones/delays etc)
-Advanced concepts (EKG recognition/CPR etc)

....I could literally go on.....and on and ON!!
I have one more try to take this exam, next month, January 7th. The consequences would be being kicked out of nursing school.

I KNOW God put me in Nursing school, I KNOW that He wants me to pass. I KNOW that this storm will pass and light will shine again.

As of now my Christmas vacation will consist of the following:
*Studying profusely (mainly pharmacology and health assessment)
*Working out 5-6 days a week
*Working at the hospital
**most importantly** Giving it ALL to the Lord

I keep reminding myself that everything will be okay, it is just a test....

Shew...I need some major prayers everyone!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Meowry Christmas

Yeah...the cats officially hate me now....

Tyrone saying, "okay Amy... hurry up"

"She's angry elf..." Emmy kitty loathing me...

A gingerbread house I made back in
high school pottery class.

Awww look at those cute Szabo kids...
where are they now?
George, Amy, Geoff and Greg





Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Art and Finals

Sorry it's been awhile since my last post. Life (work, school, family and health) have been keeping me busy.

I found my absolute new favorite artist, Mrs. Brenna White! Mom and I found her website while searching the internet for 'coffee-cat' pictures...because coffee and cats are two of our most favorite things! Here are some of her pieces she has for sale on ebay:

'Happy fat cat'
**This is me w/long hair & the cat
'Christmas Magic Calico'
**This looks like my Emmy kitty!

'Easter Magic Tabby'
'Only the best'
**This one reminds me of mom

She also does paintings of dogs and various animals / landscapes.
This is 'Mocha Moose'

A painting of her dog 'Lucy'

If you like what you see, visit her website at:
Well, I've got 1 out of 3 clinical exams finished. Tomorrow is pediatrics and the next day will be Psych. Then next week is my actual final exam week *lots of prayers to pass every exam*
I am sooooooo ready for this semester to be over. I cannot wait to be able to read books I want to read, but more over I cannot wait to hang out with my friends whom I haven't seen in forever! My brother and sis-in-law are trying to fly me down to Florida in January, hopefully I'll be able to get off work to go. I miss my Florida family so much ie: Greg/Rosie/Luanne/Phil/Mamaw/Dave/Nana/Popa etc.
Well everyone, it's 12:15 am and I need some sleep. I've got an hour on the treadmill awaiting me in the morning! *By the way, God has allowed me to lose 20 lbs!!*
I love you all