Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 2012 Update

Hmm.... so I just realized how long it has been since I posted on this blog. I have truly violated the number one rule of blogging - Do Not Blog About How You Do Not Blog Enough. But, the fact is, it's been a very busy and long year and the time has flown by. Here's what I've been up to:

School
I started Nursing School in January. Originally, it was going to be 5 very busy semesters. Due to the events at the beginning of this year, I've had to stretch out my plan. I'm now going to school part time instead of full time. So, it will be more like 7 semesters, with some summers off due to scheduling and class progression issues.
Nursing school can be challenging at times, but I have to say that I love it. Like parenting, it's pushed me to my limits and taught me I have strengths I didn't know I had. I've always been somewhat academic, so I am not really overwhelmed by the amount of material or the pace of learning. I expected to be overwhelmed by clinicals and the challenges of working on real patients, but it's not so bad. I am surprisingly overwhelmed by lab. Not sure why, but the first semester's skills checkoffs were difficult because I got nervous. Somehow I've learned how to study for them and it's not a problem anymore.

Web Projects
Not much has been done on the web project front. Surprisingly, earnings still trickle in from Zazzle despite not posting very many new designs or keeping up with the new products they've launched. Earnings also trickle in from Amazon affiliate links, too. My top earning blog is Pug Market and my top selling Zazzle products are the pug items. Kinda funny to me, because they are the simplest items I've designed. I am not complaining. Of course, I have plans to launch more items in my Zazzle store, and update the design, but I don't know when I'll do that.
I have some new projects in the works, and we'll see how that works out. Something about micro niche sites that can be quickly set up. I'll update you later on how that works out.

Technology
My love affair with my DroidX dissipated. For whatever reason, I had major problems with the Gallery and camera while I was on vacation at Disney World in December, and things were never right after that. I got an iPod Touch for school, and decided that iOS was a good choice for me. So, when my contract was due for renewal, I got an iPhone 4S. I have to say that I absolutely love it. It's just very seamless. Sure, it doesn't do everything under the sun, but then again, I don't do everything under the sun on a daily basis.
My laptop is still OK. I have no issues with it. I really want an iPad, though. I have figured out that I could do 90% of things with a tablet. I'm a bit intrigued with the Surface, too. Over the past year, I've really been tracking my laptop tasks to see what I do with it. Mostly, I surf the web, play games, do schoolwork, watch videos for school and fiddle with iTunes. It seems I could do most of that on a tablet.

That's it for an update for now. I do have plans to write about my adventures in nursing school, but I am not even sure where to start.

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