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Day Zero Project

So, I am an adventurer of sorts. When I graduated from college I decided that I needed a fresh start. I moved from Rhode Island to Boston. Granted, this isn’t a huge move but I was going from a place where I knew a lot of people and the area to a place where I really didn’t know anybody. Just because. When I picked a college, I deliberately picked a school where I would know nobody. Just because. I have a desire to go to places that I don’t know and where I don’t know anybody. I feel a need to find new places and explore new things. And in the past several years I haven’t been able to do those things. Or at least, that’s how I’ve felt. But I had no idea how to get out of that rut. Until I found this.

The Day Zero Project, as I’m working on it is to do 101 thing in 1001 days (or just under three years). I have started working on a list of things that I want to do. These are not all things that involve travel but they are things that are pushing me to do things that I never would have done otherwise. So, as of July 1st, I am officially on the path to completing 101 tasks by February 26, 2020.

Now, honestly, I don’t have 101 things on my list yet. I actually only have 51 things. So I need to add 50 things still. But some of my tasks are not exactly earth shaking. However, I tried to pick things that would push me to do things that are different. For example, one of my tasks is to ask 20 friends to choose a book for me to read. That’s 20 books that other people think I should read. Some of them may be books I don’t like, but I think it’s important to see other people’s ideas. Hence, the task. Other goals are ore challenging and will require me to get creative. For example, run a 5K a month for a year. I don’t think I can do that while I’m in nursing school, so it needs to wait until I finish (which granted isn’t to much longer, but still). Some things are travel related, like sleeping in a travel train and eating a lobster in Maine. But others are simple like perform five random acts of kindness for strangers.

If you are interested in the project, you can visit the site for ideas at Day Zero Project. I am hoping that this will get me jump started on my bucket list as well. My bucket list is a source of consternation for me because I have done almost nothing on it and I’ve had it for quite awhile now. I keep using nursing school as an excuse but it honestly does eat a huge amount of time since I have to work on the weekends and have school five days a week. This will get less difficult once I finish this first part but that’s still eleven months away.

As an aside, I have almost finished week three of eight. There is very little of this first class left – just next week, really and then it’s on to a second class in another four weeks. This is a hard road since it’s almost no time to think about what we’re learning and that frustrates me but I keep reminding myself that I just need to get through this. The fall will be better, with less stress, even though the work load may be heavier. More time always means a little less stress.

So that’s it, my lovely readers. Take a gander at day zero, if you’d like and see what kinds of adventures you can embark upon. Find yourself and be that. Until tomorrow!


Traveling to the city with 2 small-ish kids

The trip could be called an overall success. I was a little apprehensive about dealing with my two kids in the middle of Washington DC, full of Metro rides and crowded sidewalks. I am now proud to say that it went well. I need to give my kids more credit, I suppose. We did have challenges though.

Every parent knows the dreaded question on car rides – “Are we almost there?” I hate that question, especially since I didn’t really know the answer. I mean, I know what the GPS said but I have no way to know for sure because I’d never been there. I expected traffic and I was right. The stupid GPS kept trying to get me on the express lane of the highway but we don’t have a FastPass so I couldn’t. That got annoying quickly. The driving wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be though, so that was a definite win.

Ultimately though, I thought that having the kids in the midst of DC would be the worst part. My kids live in a more rural part of suburbia. Subways are unknown to them. Heck they’ve never ridden public transit because we really don’t have much here. They’ve ridden a school bus and that’s about it. One of my goals with this trip was to introduce them to the city. A real city with a good public transit. I want them to know what the world looks like beyond their backdoor. They rose to the occasion. In fact, the Metro might be one of their favorite parts of the trip. My daughter had to get over the fear of an escalator but by the end of the trip she was managing them well. My son is not the most observant kid, so he kept getting in people’s ways, which was frustrating but we will keep working on it. I assume that he’ll get better over time. At least, I hope he does.

Spending time in the Smithsonian was meh, for both of them. There were things that they liked and things they thought were boring. They loved the zoo but I knew they would. The zoo is a wonderful place and going to a new zoo is always awesome. I thought about going to the National Aquarium in Baltimore but we really didn’t have time for that. I enjoyed the zoo but really, I loved the Museum of American History. I saw Bert and Ernie. I adore Ernie and have ever since I was a little kid. When I was little Sesame Street was one of the few shows for kids and I watched it every day. I also loved a lot of the other exhibits though. There was a transportation exhibit and a food history exhibit. I got to see Julia Child’s kitchen, which was something else I watched all the time when I was little. Julia Child reminds me vaguely of my grandmother (I can’t tell you why, honestly). Plus I loved watching her cook. There was just lots of really neat stuff that made me smile and reminded me of being little (I remember when McDonalds had styrofoam containers).

So, there it is. I took 2 kids to a city and survived. Actually, it was fun and I would love to take them both to my all time favorite city – Boston. My once home is still my favorite place in the world and there’s so, so much to see there. I have to get them better about walking though. But I can only imagine my daughter’s face if I took her to Faneuil Hall.

Until next time, all you wonderful people!

Nursing School, Travel

Nursing school and Vacation update

As of Monday, I am on a week break from nursing school. I am ecstatic about that because I really needed the break. My final exam grade was a high B and my final grade for the class was an A, which also made me very excited. Finishing my second class is a milestone since it was a difficult one. Our third class is certainly going to be difficult too but it seems less intimidating to me, somehow. That may change once we get into it but it’s about pregnancy, primarily and since I have some experience in that area I feel like I’ll be more able to handle it.

Vacation has been a good time so far. The drive to Virginia was long but it was fairly uneventful. It was after we got to Virginia that things kind of went downhill.

I dropped my phone.

My iPhone 6+, which is you were not aware has an issue where the screen stops working. The technicality of why that happens is unimportant. What is important is that my phone has everything on it – GPS among the most important since I’m in a place that I’m unfamiliar with. I got directions from a very nice waitress on how to get to the mall where the T-Mobile store was and got there without GPS. It then took over an hour to get a new phone set up. However, I have no space on my iCloud because I can’t seem to erase all the old back-up data (anybody know how to get it to clear out all the old data on iCloud?) so I had to take the old phone back to my laptop, create a new backup and restore that phone onto the new one. Suffice to say, I was successful and now possess a new phone. It wasn’t in my plan to replace that phone until the summer but clearly the universe had other plans. I am nervous wth the phone too because I don’t have a case for it. I’ll have to order one but I’m not going to get one while on vacation. Here’s to crossing your fingers that the phone stays in one piece until it gets a new case.

Tomorrow, we drive to Washington D.C. I am hopeful that we’ll get to see lots of stuff in the couple of days that we have there. I’m excited to see somewhere that I’ve never been before. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that I’ve been to a new place. I’m going to be taking pictures and I’m hoping that there will be cherry blossoms on the trees. It’s only 3 hours from here, so that should be an easy drive compared to Monday. Driving home Friday will be a long trip.