I am so far behind with school. At least it feels that way. Realistically, I think I'll be fine, but I'm stressing out because I have so many projects and papers due and I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff figured out for USU and it's just crazy. I have group projects in both of my social work classes and my math class (why did my instructor think a group statistics project was a good idea? WHY?!) One of the social work ones is about Native American families and it's been interesting so far, but our third group member dropped out and the other group member is a girl who has maybe come to class half the time throughout the semester, if not less. I have a sneaking suspicion I'll be doing most of the work on this one. This is exactly why I hate group projects. And our professor is like "Oh, but as a social worker in real life, you'll have to work with other people as a team all the time." Fair enough. That doesn't mean I have to like it. Then I have this research paper to write, which I only barely started and then realized it was due a whole two days earlier than I thought, which means I basically have to finish it by Friday because I work all weekend and won't have time for anything besides revisions before it's due. On Monday, I was looking at my syllabus and realized I had a paper due Tuesday morning, which I of course hadn't even started yet. So I frantically wrote a six page paper in the two spare hours I had before work on Monday and I'm actually rather proud of how it turned out. If there's one thing I know how to do (and this is literally 90% of the reason I've done well in school so far), it's spit out a paper on short notice. It might not be a great paper, but it will do in a pinch. If only I could write stories that well and that quickly.
So speaking of work, I did a stupid thing and decided to try and be a helpful employee, which has come back to bite me in the ass already. I usually work Saturday afternoon shift and Sunday afternoon and night shifts (yes, a double shift, because I am crazy like that). But we have been SO short staffed on the afternoon shift, and when we got the new schedules, there were a bunch of days where that shift was going to be 4 or 5 people short. Since I don't have class on Mondays, I told the scheduler that she could take me off night shifts on the Sundays they had extra and put me on Monday afternoons instead. She did that for the first 3 Sundays in April, and after that, I don't know. So I went to work on Monday, and of course, state inspectors finally decided to show up. We've been due for our yearly inspection since January, and I was so excited that since I only work weekends, I wouldn't even have to deal with them this year. No. Of course not. And they put me on the floor with just one other person (usually we're supposed to have 3) that day, and it was a nightmare. I swear the residents know when state is there and they all decide to go nuts. Every. Single. Year. Me and my partner both skipped lunch and we literally did not sit down that night except to do my charting for maybe 30 minutes. We started rounds late and I left way after my shift was supposed to end. It wouldn't have been so bad except that I had started to get this cold the day before, and then running myself ragged like that all day and staying up super late that night to finish statistics homework didn't help, so now I have this miserable cold that's making me miserable and grouchy. I am so ready to quit this job. Seriously. I am counting down the days. 4 more months. It's been great, and I love my residents and most of my co-workers, but I'm sick of it all. It annoys the hell out of me that the place has gone downhill so much since I started. It feels like the CNAs are the only ones who actually care about the residents sometimes, and unfortunately, we don't have much control over their care, despite the fact that we're the ones doing a lot of it.
Anyways, enough complaining. I actually have been doing pretty good lately. We went to my Grammie and Grampie's house for my Grammie's birthday on Friday. My mom and the two youngest brothers who still live at home went too, and my mom made enchiladas and we tried to show my Grammie how to use Pinterest. She and my Grampie got new phones and Verizon was having some promotion where they ended up getting a free tablet, too, so we tried to get that set up for her. I think we may have just ended up confusing her more. But we did get all of her church music on there and stuff so at least she can listen to that.
Piper turned 4 today! What happened?! It's so crazy. I've only got 14 more years to not screw her up. She wanted a blue princess castle cake for her birthday, and I had all these great plans to make it all elaborate and amazing. Since I've been sick today, though, I just didn't feel like it, so it ended up being kind of lame-looking but she loved it anyways. And it tasted good! That's all that really matters, right? I have been collecting a bunch of clothes when I see cute things on sale over the past few months, and that's really all she got for her birthday. I had to start shopping for her in the girls' section of the store instead of the infant/toddler section, so that's a little weird. But fun. There is a much better selection of stuff. And she definitely needed the clothes. I can't keep up with her growth spurts. She's SO TALL all of the sudden, and all of the jeans I got her for Christmas (less than 4 months ago) no longer fit her. I think the ones I got her today will fit her for a while, but they're a little too wide so we probably need to invest in some belts. She was super excited to open presents though, even though she didn't get any toys or anything. I did make her a countdown calendar for the weekend after this one. We're going to go to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake, which should be fun for her.
I did finally finish editing my story a few weeks ago. It's far from perfect, but at this point, I don't really know what else to do with it, so I sent it out to some beta readers to get some feedback on it. I did a critique exchange with one of the beta readers as part of that, too, so I read her novel and that was fun. I haven't heard back from anyone about my story yet, though. Not the whole thing, anyways. There was one lady who just sent me feedback on the first two chapters, which was really insightful. I had beta-read for her back in January or something, and she just released that novel: Avant Nation It's a YA dystopian. I enjoyed it. The writing was pretty good, but what I really loved about it was the world-building and some of the social issues that were brought up in the book. Anyways, it will be good to get her feedback since I think my story falls under the "dystopia" category, too. I've never been entirely sure.
Ugh, I should probably go work on that research paper some more or it will never get done.