How long between when you first seriously decided that you were going to apply to crna school to when you actually started class?

In my situation, it will be 9 months before I can even apply, and then another year from then until start of class. That is nearly 2 years. I'm here at work in ICU tonight day dreaming of not being an ICU RN anymore and being a CRNA. I've been an RN 8 yrs, ICU 7 years, GPA 3.8. I'm going to take my CCRN in a few months, and in 2 weeks shadow my old classmate who is now a CRNA. I'm not very concerned about getting accepted, rather, what else can I do to keep me from going crazy waiting to start class and the next big step in my life?!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.