It’s the Christmas season and I’m very happy about that. Today my school had their holiday fair and it was nice. Some things were a little pricey for a school fair but there were two tables of ornaments and leather key chains made by students in vocational programs at another site of our school. I bought a beautiful wooden Christmas tree ornament painted green with “pearls” for ornaments. I’m keeping it at my computer desk at work. I love that a student made it. I also purchased a leather key fob with a cross imprinted. It’s perfect. Today one of my student’s mother gifted me a Starbucks gift card for Christmas. I was blown away at the gesture and that she thought of me.
I’m almost done with Christmas shopping. I still have to finish up Thomas and I’m just about done with the girls. Samantha told me back in October what she wanted so I finished with her pretty early on. Alyssa and Lelly’s gift buying will be wrapped up hopefully this weekend or during next week. Tommy’s gifts are all purchased, the last one was delivered yesterday so I’m excited for him to open on Christmas Day. I did a combination of online and in store buying this Christmas. I remember one year, like 2 Christmases ago I did practically all shopping online. That was interesting because I’m typically an in person shopper, but for whatever reason that’s the way it was, I think it was when I began working full time after being home for many years, that makes sense.
I’ll be starting at a new to me online college in January for my BSN. I wasn’t thrilled with the one I was attending last year so I searched around, inquired about this new one and I prefer their style. They don’t require clinical hours for classes which is a huge plus. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how to fit in clinical nursing hours for certain classes on top of working and being with my family. It would have been doable but difficult. With the new college I don’t have to be concerned with that. They also charge one flat rate per semester and you take as many classes as you want (4 class minimum) per semester. I’m looking forward to beginning, it should be interesting to experience a college whose style is completely different than the previous one. I’m hoping for less written paper assignments and more clinical knowledge. I don’t mind a paper here and there but the other college required a paper every week, it wasn’t easy but I did it. I feel I would apply further clinical teaching in my nursing practice than knowledge gained of various nursing theorists. I mean the theorists were interesting but I wasn’t enthralled with them.
I’ve been listening to a lot of Christmas music, songs sung by Christian artists. I really enjoy O Holy Night by Casting Crowns. It’s so powerful and beautiful. I can’t figure out how to post the video here so you’ll just have to google.