Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I'm A Nurse!!!!!!!

Photos Taken by Matt M.

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What: Faux Wrap Dress - Lane Bryant; Pumps - Lane Bryant; Fishnet Tights - Torrid; Necklace and Bracelet Set - Gift from Mom

Where:  Dinner to Boi Na Braza with Matt to celebrate my PASSING THE RN NCLEX!!!!!  The above picture is me holding my degree in it's fancy cover they gave us...  Figured it was a good enough replacement till my license comes in! 

I passed my test!  I past my test!  I passed my test!  THANK GOODNESS I passed my test!  I am officially an RN!!!  After 4 years of extremely hard work - I am finally at the end!  I cannot believe it!  I took my test yesterday and left the facility a wreck!  I cried most of the way home and drank quite a few rum and cokes last night...  But it was all worth it because I passed my test!

The necklace and bracelet was a Christmas gift my mom gave to me a couple of years ago (it also came with earrings that I totally forgot to put on).  I love this set.  The colors of turquoise, green and brown are a great combo.  I thought it would add a nice touch of color to this outfit.  The shoes I purchased in the early fall of this year.  I love these nude shoes and they are super comfortable too!  (Gotta love shoes from the big chick's store - they are wide enough for my big 'ole dogs!)  I purchased this dress at the same time.  It had a very high rating on the website and there is a totally legitimate reason why.  The faux wrap does my curves wonders!  Plus - the animal print is super cute!

I had been stressing all last night and this morning/early afternoon about my NCLEX results.  Every hour, starting at 7:00 am, I would check the Ohio State Nursing State Board website, waiting to see if my status would change from "pending" to "approved".  It finally happened around 2:30 this afternoon.  It felt like a heavy weight had been lifted off my shoulder!  I've been hard work.  Studying almost everyday, for the past 4 years.  Living and breathing nursing school!  I don't know what I'm going to do with all my free time now!  (Maybe vacuum my living room floor since it's covered in pine needles from the Christmas tree we put up yesterday!!  LOL!)

When I texted Matt to tell him I had passed, I sent him "So...  I'm a nurse.."  to which he replied with "Well that was a very understated way of saying THE MOST AWESOME NEWS EVER!"  HAHA!  He then proceeded to tell me that I needed to go home and get dressed up because he had a babysitter and reservations!  (Nice!)  Unfortunately, I looked like a hot mess at work today...  Didn't wash my hair this morning (haven't washed it since Saturday evening), didn't put on any makeup (I seriously was just in the most down mood EVER this morning).  So I came home, helped my son finish up his homework and got in the shower to clean up and look hot! 

Matt took me to a Brazilian steakhouse, Boi Na Braza.  We have never been there, but had a Cincy Saver coupon for a $25 credit.  It was amazing!  If you are not familiar with the Brazilian steakhouse deal...  There is no menu.  There is a huge salad bar with cold and hot side offerings.  They give you a card, one side is red, the other is green.  If you have your card on the green side up, many different servers come to your table with various cuts of meat to give you.  Tonight they were offering 11 different cuts!  Fillet, pork ribs, garlic steak, bacon wrapped chicken breast, chicken legs, lamb....  Oh man - I can't remember them all, and my stomach definitely could not handle them all, but it was delicious and it was quite the experience!

Matt has done so much for me while I have been in school.  He's been pretty much a single parent - cooking most meals, doing all the cleaning and laundry, doing all of Ronnie's homework till this past spring when I finally graduated and could be home in the late afternoon/early evening (I worked full time and then went to night school.)  If anything, I am just so thankful I have passed my test so I can be more involved in my son's life and be a better, more productive partner to my husband.


  1. Congrats! That is so exciting. Hard work defnitely pays off. What an awesome hubby to take you to dinner and for being supportive during your schooling :) And...you look hot in that dress. LOVE IT!

  2. Congratulations! I can only imagine how you must have felt when your status changed from pending to approved. If you're anything like me, you NEED that proof that it really happened.

    So, does this mean you are going to go out and buy leopard-print scrubs? Because you look great in leopard!


  3. CONGRATULATIONS! That's so fantastic. And your dress is so awesome! I'm a new follower :) I'd love if you'd stop by my blog some time and say hi (and follow back if you're interested).

  4. @Style Journey

    I have an AMAZING hubby! He has put up with so much. When you are in nursing school, in order to succeed, it really does consume most of your life!

    Thanks! I love this dress! It was an awesome purchase!

  5. @Clothes Karma

    Daena - I was a nervous wreck waiting to get my results! It really is unfair how stressful they make this whole testing process. Most people I talk to leave the testing facility crying! It's just crazy!

    Unfortunately where I have my job lined up I am stuck with blue and white scrubs... It's actually a new policy too. (Sucks!)


  6. @Sarah Stright

    Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Just got back from your blog and I think I just left the longest comment I have ever left on a blog! LOL!

    Congrats again!

  7. Congrats on passing the NCLEX! I'm a nurse and style blogger too :) Love love love this leopard dress!

    The Other Side of Gray

  8. Awesome!! Congratulations! I hope you feel as fabulous as you look, girl!

  9. omg, congratulations!!! i wanted to go down that road (nursing) at one point, but the minis came along and i wasn't able to do the full-time nursing program. what an accomplishment!

    you look absolutely fabulous in this dress...WOW!

    btw, all my pyramid and spikey bracelets came from forever 21 at some point! here's a link to a few:


    What's the next line? Help write the story!

  10. that is terrific!! congrats!!

    love the leopard. love the tree!



  11. Congratulations! That is amazing news, all of your hard work payed off. Glad you got to get out and celebrate! That leopard dress is so sexy on you. Love! Brazilian steakhouses are awesome, aren't they? I mean you can never eat it all. but it is so delicous!

    I'm a new follower, would love for you to check out my blog and follow back if you're interested!

  12. Congrats on becoming a nurse! I love the leopard dress with the fishnets. You look amazing!

  13. Thank you so much everyone! It truly is an exciting time!

    Thanks for all the warm wishes and compliments! Seems like this dress is one of my better purchases in a long time!

    - Justine

  14. I like how you put together your ideas in this blog.



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