A bad day became a good day…

Update: this got ridiculously long. I had more to share then I thought…I shoulda said this post would be like long underwear instead of briefs.

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Let's talk about today. Or let's start with last night. I'll try to be brief like underwear. Especially since I have learned helplessness and it has taken me an hour of hypothermia to turn on my heat so I can barely feel my fingers. Who needs phalanges anyways. Not me. Phalanges are for wimps!

Yesterday
blah blah blah, see previous entry….I forgot to mention I had a wonderful dinner at a local Mediterrean dive called Sean's, which incidentally also sells discount cigarettes, vitamins, and smoothies. Believe it or not, it's good. I was there with my “little sib”, aka an incoming freshman to our OT program, Talli. We chatted about OT-related things and I REALLY am happy with our match! We are like oil and oil! She will do great in OT school!

Then…I didn't exactly plan my calories so great…. I went to IHOP at 9pm to meet Virginia and Allison (the entire class was invited though!), and we studied for our neuro final for about an hour with pancakes and decaf coffee. It was fun!!!!!!! The other night OTS Allison was online at the same time I was and so we were quizzing each other on cranial nerve functions. Pretty sad.

Me: exotropia and diplopia
Allison: Abducens!

Today:
9am: Nathan from New Zealand, an honors OT student, asks if he can use my blog in his dissertation which talks about Web 2.0. I agree happily and print out the -mail for my PDEs.
9am: See very kind e-mail from little sib Talli thanking me for last night. Print it out for PDEs.
10am – Neurological Aspects of Occupational Performance final. I did good! Our professor in that class is Superman when it comes to putting up grades, so I know I got an A in the class. 🙂
11am to 2pm – worked on professional development evaluations, played on myspace, chatted with classmates…
2pm to 2:20pm – I presented on the Centennial Vision and how Conclave went. We talked about ways we could be all Centennie. Hey….Tennessee…Centennial….CenTENNial…oh my goodness I've missed my calling. I'm switching from OT school to advertising….ok anyway – I was proud because I was interactive with my classmates and encouraging their ideas, although apparently I never smile while I give a presentation. 🙁 I thought I did a good job though overall. We talked about tapping into various magazines, newspapers, high school fairs, getting leadership hours by making videos and pictures and other fun stuff to put online, etc.
220 to 3pm – Our department chair closed up our final class of the semester
3pm: went home and the electricity was out and basically had a panic attack…not because of the electricity, just because I was anxious and freaked out to have my routine completely changed…I have soooooo much to catch up on from 4 months of neglect to catch up on, and I'm still not done with professional development evaluations, and I just felt bad. I am a creature of habit….I like my performance patterns to stay the SAME and even though I'm happy we're done with classes, it always takes me a while to transition to a new routine.
4pmish: drove across town to Houston's restaurant to have dinner with a friend's parents. Was 15 minutes early. Drove up and saw OTS Kerri getting into her car from Office Depot!! Pulled up next to her and she got into my car for a minute. She was stressing out too…overwhelmed with our professional development evals, and just feeling yucky in general. I told her I felt the same way and how anxious I was. We pow-wowed, in true OT fashion, on ways to reduce our anxiety and help each other. I don't know if she felt better but I did. 🙂
5pmish: Yes, you heard me…my friend's parents. My friend Doug is in London, England getting a master's in history. Yet I met with his parents. I'm kinda groovy that way in having a diverse set of friends…. This is when the day started getting better. Had a yummy dinner. Got a starbucks gift certificate and burt's bees stuff as a late bday gift from them. 🙂 Followed Doug's mom to grocery store Wild Oats and she bought me two yogurts so I wouldn't starve tomorrow morning. Enjoyed it. 
7pm: Got into my own car and called OTS Allison back. She said she practically cried with happiness on her way home to Jackson, TN, because she was so glad to have some stress off her shoulders!
7:10pm Doug called from England and we talked for an hour.
740ish:Got home. Street was still pitch black. Walked in and tripped over things and found a flashlight and candles.
830ish:Sat in winter coat and called OTS Virginia back. Informed her my electricity was out. She immediately offered to let me spend the night….for the third time in six months since there has also been two times my a/c died this summer. I refused, with high hopes electricity would come! Think about doing something productive like putting videos on my laptop from my camera and Flip recorder. Decide not to secondary to depressive feelings.
9pm. Electricity comes on. Wireless comes on and the angels sang hallelulljah (sp). Have an e-mail from a high-ranking person (I don't know if I can share his name) at AOTA that my blog is making the rounds in the national office and he agrees my blog is the epitome of the centennial vision as I so articulately explained recently. Cried (ok smiled) with joy..
903pm. Power goes out. Filled with elation from AOTA email. Run to camera and start putting on videos so I can update and knock people's socks off.
910pm: Wish I knew better ways to edit videos
9:15pm: Power comes back on. Finish writing this post (I have set it up so I write this in an e-mail in Gmail and then send it to a special address and it posts for me, cool huh)
916pm: Decide this day ended a lot better than I expected
9:16.2seconds pm: Decide this post is way too long.
916.3 seconds pm: Decide don't care and posting it anyway then cleverly immediately posting again with a shorter and more exciting post to hide the unprofessionalism of this post.
916.5 seconds pm: Move on to figuring out how to post a movie directly through Blogger instead of using Youtube or Google Video.

PS: Does anyone know how to say brown in medical terminology or latin? I looked it up in my med. book and didn't find it…I decided to make a medical term for brown-nosing and I came up with congenital brownonasalia until I get a better word for brown and then I'll rethink this serious matter.
PS2: In case you scoff at our short day in OT school, it was OUR LAST DAY of CLASSES! SO WE DESERVED AN EASY DAY AFTER SIX HARD MONTHS (our semester started in early July)! Now we just have PDE's left!

Nov 30, 2007 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

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