Jan. 17th, 2017

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We got to meet our students this morning. I had met them already, as I also do some lectures for the prior semester, but that's more like seeing a bunch of faces. Two were late for the first day of class today. Grrrr.

We usually do brief introductions, go over the stuff for the semester, then launch into lectures. Today we did something different. We went around the room and had them introduce themselves and tell us something about them. It was interesting to hear their responses. The youngest is 24, and the oldest is 63, and coming to nursing after a career at A&M Records! Many of them have had to overcome multiple hardships to get to this point.

It was interesting to see how they respond to each other. They have been together for a year and a half now, and know each other well. They laughed a lot, and had a lot of inside jokes. It appears to be a cohesive group with a good sense of humor.

Finally, we had them come up to the white board and write their greatest fear. Some were funny (dental cavities), some were expected (failing), and some were poignant and sobering (accidentally killing someone). Each of the instructor spoke to these fears, and related our own stories. I don't know if it helps them, but it does help us understand what they are thinking about.

The minimum score to pass the course and get out of nursing school is 75%.

I thought I would be able to get out early, but I had lots of stuff to do in anticipation of clinical orientation on Thursday, and didn't go home until about 3:30. I stopped at the store to get some stuff to make a casserole for Malida. She has a pot luck at work tomorrow, and likes me to make something for her. She comes home after and tells me how much everyone likes what I make, which is incentive enough for me to do it again.

I made a macaroni and cheese casserole. It is one of the first things I ever learned to make, and it is very much like my mom and grandma used to make it. I have tweaked it a bit over the years, but making it is mostly muscle memory now. I can only imagine how many calories per serving, so really only make it for myself once a year, around my birthday. The forbidden fruit.

mac and cheese
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