My Kindle rocks!

I take walk’s in the morning to rev up my brain for studying. oh, I do a little studying before  go, But I save the big stuff for after the walk. I took my Kindle with me and listened to my A&P book. It’s a great review for the TEAS. What a nice thing to have. I feel like I’m covering all the bases I can, while living a minimalist life style, which is critical to me. If I can study better, it stays. That’s one of my motto’s.

Last night, I was surfing the net, trying to maximize my Kindle experience. I just knew I could do more with this device. And there sure is. I can go online with it, and I can get books and newspapers that are free, and not off the Amanzon web site. Very cool.

A wonderful thing about the Kindle is the amount of stuff I can hold in it. And I can get rid of old news, too. I downloaded Calibre to be able to get other books from other places besides Amazon. The freedom!  I feel it!

 I was called out last night. I have a plan B. But what I was reading told me to ditch the plan B, and put all my energy into plan A.  I can really see the wisdom in that. And what do you know? It has a certain minimal mind set to it. So I’m going to take some risks, and plow all my effort nto plan A. Which is work like a crazy woman to get into my class of choice, instead of registering for another college.

Back to studying…


Trying different approaches to studying

I have an A&P class tonight, We are studying the respiratory system. Friday, I read one hour of the chapter in our textbook. Tough stuff. That gas exchange has a lot of chemistry components.

 Saturday, I reread some of the hard stuff, with no more understanding that than I had before. No problem.I then listened to my smart pen class lecture.  I have more familiarity with what I need to know.

 Sunday I listened to the respitory system from Anatomy and physiology for Dummies on my kindle. It does a good job explaining. Not really easier, just different.

Monday, I looked up pathology fo the respiratory system. Very interesting stuff. Did you know fungus can grow in the lungs? Me neither. I looked at the histology (cell sized) of lung tissue, and of regular sized pictures of diseased lungs.

 Today, I’ll draw the lungs and other aspects of the respiratory system. So when I go to class to-night, I’ll have the best possible idea of what  questions to ask my professor.

I want a good understanding of what I’m learning. I know it’s key to becoming a good nurse. Learning all I can, every way I can.

The weather is much better here today, and the post office is open, so I’m going to walk on over and mail my taxes. I need to get that going so I have money for you, know, stuff. Oh, wait, I try not to own too much stuff. Let’s just say, I’ll use the money for a little thing I like to call ‘mortgage’.

Take care!  Beth

I’m getting better at studying.

I have more of my day worked out. I have better tools now. When I started school, I used pencils and spiral bound notebooks. That was it. I’m not mathematical, or really science intuitive. So I struggled a lot. I got my friend the smart pen. What a difference that’s making. I really need to hear the lectures again, at my pace. I did not know I’m a listening learner. I thought I was a visual, and kinetic learner. It turns out I’m all three. I absolutely need to hear, touch and see to learn. Hey, hey! That makes everything easier. I just needed to learn about myself to learn about everything else.

I copied down what I wanted to remember the first half hour, then I listened to the chapter on my PC for the next half hour. I made up some index cards to make a game for myself. Then I took a break. Wash rinse and repeat.

I picked up my truck from the mechanics. It need a new radiator. Two days ago it needed the injectors cleaned out. My walking was timely. I might be getting down to just one vehicle, and I don’t own that one. Walking it is. I think I’ll need to invest in long johns. I think about getting a pair every time I go for a walk. By the time I buy them, it’ll be June.

Take care, Beth


I’m trying to get a feel for what it’ll be like to go without a car. I live in a bit of a spread out area. I can still walk to where I need to go, for the most part, however. I walked to pick up my taxes yesterday. I walked there as fast as I could. I was afraid I’d be late. I still need to get a feel for how far things are by foot. My son reminded me I could take my bike. I have thought about the whole bike situation. I really don’t like the bike. It may sound funny, but I prefer to walk. The bike is windy to ride. I like the feel of the ground under my feet. I like to look at things as I walk by. I especially like the extra time it takes to think about whatever crosses my mind. biking takes too much concentration for me. So, walking it is. At least until I change my mind.

I have a big test on Thursday. I’ve got my study on, like my kids say. I downloaded a book into my kindle yesterday. Anatomy and physiology for dummies. I have found it very helpful so far. I have seven more books to buy and download into my kindle, and I have replaced everything I’m going to. All in my sweet little kindle. So easy to carry. So many books inside of it. Don’t get me wrong. I love books. I just don’t want to own anymore. I keep checking for downloadable textbooks. Then I’ll be free.

When I was a tot, going to school in the big city, I was learning how to write sentences. I was too shy to ask questions. the one I wanted to ask was do you use the last letter of the word before to start the next word? I.e. start alking. (start talking). I really wish I had asked it. All these years later when I make that error, I still think of first grade, and not asking what I need to know. Perhaps there is a lesson there.

Take care,


New day

So, I make these vows, and then I get sick. But I’m back walking. Which is good, since I got a flat tire last night. It’s a little hard to tell, since I have low profile tires, but the truck was shaking, so I took a look. There it was, even flatter than usual.  I’ll be getting that fixed right away.

Take care y’all.