It has been a great long summer. Time to say goodbye.
In May, I made my way to San Francisco with my boyfriend. We stayed in Walnut Creek for 6 days and had a blast visiting the whole city. I definitely would love to live there. I actually am so in love with the city that I bought a skinit sticker for my laptop and all my desktop backgrounds are of the Golden Gate bridge. Obsessed much?
In the middle of July, I was hired as a PCT at Loyola hospital. My position is registry. I still get scared coming into work and being assigned a floor. Every day is different and some of them I haven’t been on. I thought I would like surprises, but I guess I learned that familiarity is what I prefer.
I attended Lollapalooza on Friday only. I saw Wax, Dr. Dog, Zedd, SBTRKT, Die Antwoord (the best show ever), Porter Robinson, Dev (sucha cutie), and Black Sabbath. I got a Black Sabbath shirt, which I plan to cut up, wear under my leather jacket, and maybe ride a motorcycle next year after I graduate nursing school. Sounds like a plan?
August 4th to 11th, I volunteered as a companion for Camp Quality, which is a camp for cancer kids to be kids again. I had a cancer survivor who I had to be one on one with at all times. There were many activities to attend to and a lot of good food to eat. It was a wonderful experience and I hope more people become aware of it. I made a wonderful friend who is like a sister I never had. I hope to show her the ropes and positively influence her life.
The next day after camp, I had a flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL with my co-worker Phil. We got there at midnight, slept, and the next day I had to shoot with Scott Teitler for my portfolio update. It was a good six hours I was being shot. I believe my money was well spent. Right after the shoot ended, Phil and I boarded the trains and made our way to Miami Beach. My old manager from Japonais lives there and allowed us to stay for 2 nights. In a day and a half we did everything. Dined in cuban restaurants, had a drink at Clevelander, then Fox Hole (a local place), and lastly Abraxas (best Pear Cider ever). The next day we had brunch at Big Pink. Mmm yummy breakfast burrito. HUGE MENU! We stopped at David’s Cafe and had some Cuban coffee, cortadito. We walked the whole shopping center street. We stopped at some galleries, particularly Peter Lik, who is a self-taught landscape artist. You really need to check out his stuff. Truly amazing.
After some shopping, we made it back to the apartment. Phil and I ventured to the beach at about 6:30pm. One hour of relaxation and we came back. We took a little nap and at 9pm we took a bottle of wine and made our way to South Pointe Park. Dinner followed at a Cuban restaurant and then we hit up one more bar, where the bartender was definitely on some kind of drugs. We left shortly. The next day, our last day, we decided to get these great bagel sandwiches and rent Deco Bikes and ride back to South Pointe Park. We had a little picnic in the heat. By noon we left and boarded the trains and arrived at the airport. First flight was delayed, so when we arrived at Georgia for our layover, we had to sprint to our next gate. We thankfully made it. That was our trip!
Back to reality, time to focus on school. School started August 27th. My classes this semester are OB first 7 weeks-clinical at Mercy, Health and Policy, Critical Care elective, PEDS second 7 weeks-clinical at Christ, Community second 7 weeks-clinical at ICRE. Busy semester and I am already overwhelmed.
This past weekend, I attended North Coast Music Festival with my boyfriend and his friend. Of course, I go there for the music because I like it. Others do the same, but under a whole lot of influence. As a nursing student, I am disgusted by what people put into their bodies. Teenagers and adults are here to kill their bodies, by something not so worth it. What pains me also is, why does it take drugs for people to be happy. I can honestly say that I would never attend this festival again because of the type of atmosphere it creates. BUT, I do it for the music.