Archive for February, 2008

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The Milk Float from Father Ted is getting pushed round Ireland to raise money for two Down’s Syndrome charities. Reading the stories of some of the people got me a little teary eyed.

I know this post makes sense only to Father Ted fans, but it’s too cool not to share. This BBC story explains a bit more.

I wonder if this is more of an issue in Ireland where abortion is illegal. In the USA, 80% of pregnancies where Down’s Syndrome is diagnoses, are terminated. I’ve read other studies that showed higher numbers. This could be why there is at least one billboard in town that alludes to continuing such a pregnancy. I don’t remember the words, but I do remember the picture, of two brothers hugging, one with Down’s Syndrome.

Interesting too, or maybe not, I’ve found recently that the kids I’ve run into with Down’s are quite capable of a lot of things. Earlier therapy makes a difference, I bet. It’s not the big scary thing I thought it was. There was a time I would have thought that if the test came positive, I could have never coped with a kid like that; now I know differently. Not to judge those who can’t, but it’s amazing how my perspective has changed since meeting some toddlers recently.

Anyways, Father Ted is brilliant, so this fund raiser really caught my eye.

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My new toy

Palm – Products – Palm T|X handheld

Picked up one of these. I am a terribly disorganized person, and it seemed like a good idea. I chose this one because it has integrated wireless, and it syncs up with my school’s web portal. The portal has been doing a decent job of keeping me apprised of what I have to do, so I figured I should combine my school schedule with my life schedule, in one little package.

It’s good, too, because it is compatible with a lot of programs which are useful to a nursing student (and even a nurse). This includes A&P flash cards. I’m giddy!  I’ve also noticed that I prefer taking notes by hand — I make a mess of my textbooks, and write in them.  Most of the stuff I did with my laptop is stuff I can do on my PDA.

The rest of the stuff I need a computer for I can do on a terminal at school, or at home, and upload to the network drive. I can even do edits on the PDA, so I can check over my work on the bus and fix it, and again, upload it to the school network. I also do all my printing at school, too.  As it stands I don’t think there is a need to bring a laptop to school much of the time, I will see if the PDA is good enough. I hope so.

I hope to make a post about how school is going, but I’ve just been too busy to write about it. It is going well, though, don’t worry about that.  So is everything else. Except the weather. Boo.

Iowa has two settings in winter. SNOWING LIKE MAD and FRICKIN FREEZING. It was -5f/-21c a couple of hours ago. I heard it will peak at a balmy ZERO today.  I think that means I should go shopping, today.

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