gateslacker: (spndeansmiley)
It feels like it has been forever since I posted and I wonder why I don't do drive by updates. Maybe because my "head posts" aren't always in sync with my access. There's no service in the building I work in and, even if I am not in the building, I live in an area of that stupid E (i.e., no 3 or 4G.) That cuts out any lunchtime musings, should they occur.

So, here's a few things I am happy about, which is saying A LOT since I am a decidedly unhappy, unmotivated person in the Winter even when the sun decides to make an appearance.

(In no particular order)

SEASON 9!!!!!!!!!!! 'nuff said

It's Wednesday. On Wednesday, I am more optimistic and all aflutter with anticipation of a new episode. It's pathetic (but fun) so who cares.

Long Weekend!!!!!!

Chatting with [livejournal.com profile] dombedeand [livejournal.com profile] _leigh_leigh while watching Swan Song was great fun yesterday. Having iMessage tied to my iPad makes it even better!

Ditto on [livejournal.com profile] de23 being able to come over last Saturday so she could watch some season seven. It's always more fun viewing with someone else.

[livejournal.com profile] de23 the roasted Okra was FANTASTIC. However, I improvised and did not use the cumin. I didn't have any, of course, but I don't think I would have liked that flavor on okra, anyway.

I am getting pretty awesome with the weighted hula hoop. I am the only one, aside from the instructor, who can actually keep it going. Have I mentioned that I Have never been able to do this? You really work up a sweat, too.

The Winchesters DO look quite fetching on the 50 inch widescreen. At some point, I will provide pictorial evidence of this so that you all may also drool.

My supervisor registered me for a required online CEU course. She was feeling bad that she kept harassing me to get it done while not giving me time on the schedule to do it. Hello, it's a 4-5 hr course. I can't exactly do it between patients and I work over enough as it is. So, she finally set aside some time and then saved me even more time by completing my registration. The password she chose for me? Dean1*. Hahahahahaha. I don't even know if it was amusing happenstance or intentional because she doesn't watch the show (not to be confused with my supervising physician who is also a recent convert, I am probably the most supervised person in my office.)

I should feel really guilty about this next happy thing which I can't tell you because it is really spoilery for some upcoming season 8 stuff. I try not to expand the spoilery stuff when I happen across it but you all know I am WEAK and my weakness only increases as a season progresses.

I should be ashamed to admit that the shmoopy ending of last weeks Downton Abbey gave me the warm fuzzies, proving yet again that I can be pretty easy to manipulate sometimes. Whatever. I am choosing to see it as hope that I will never become a completely jaded, cynical viewer/reader of stories. Those folks are miserable, man! They're never satisfied.

Whoever posted that link to the never before seen SG-1 bloopers, you gave me more nostalgic warm fuzzies!!!Awwwww. [livejournal.com profile] dragonfly_sg1 was that you? If so, can you humor my total laziness and post a link or embed in the comments. Finding the youtube embed code on my iPad is historically problematic.

What is making you happy today?
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First of all, I want to wish a fantastic birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ruralstar. I hope your day has been supremely wonderful!

For the rest of the folks on my f-list, I want to wish you a Happy Easter!


I hate it when I go ages without posting because then I feel like I need to talk about everything which seems overwhelming and too much like work and who cares, right? So, I thought I'd break it down into bits.

Work:

Is going swimmingly. I love it more than I thought I would and I haven't killed anyone. (Yeah, my daily prayer for many, many years has been,  Please don't let me kill anyone. That hasn't changed and is probably responsible for my work OCD and need to triple check everything).


Health:

Is going fantastic.  I'm getting older, which means that conversations will now begin to incorporate health cares and concerns. I have been awesome about regular exercise and trying to eat healthy. I participated in a community health fair which was so much fun. After we had drawn lipid panels on scads of folks (who all hit the line really early because, you know, fasting) we were able to go to the different booths ourselves. My lipid panel was pretty great, I learned that I am not getting hard of hearing after all, and I now have positive proof that I do, indeed, have large bones. My T-score was 1.5! (Acceptable is negative 1 and above. Awesome!

Actual weight loss, however, is as difficult and slow as ever.

Brandon and the ADD experiment is underway as well. He texted me from work telling me that he could already tell a difference. We'll see. But, yowza, that stuff is expensive, even with a co-pay.

Not so good on the exasperating teenager front is Brandon having a little episode of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Boys are pretty much idiots). There will be consequences. However, there is good news in that I have confirmation that he tells me the truth about things. 

Travel:

Whoop! 82 days till vacation and my trip to Halifax/PEI! (I can always count on [livejournal.com profile] scarym1 to keep a countdown for me!)

Teevee:

Okay, it is easy to avoid spoilers when you happen upon a new obsession. Why did it take me so long to watch Supernatural!?! It basically has ALL, and I do mean all, of my bulletproof kinks!!  I've already begun to ponder DVD purchase. This week, I took note of some laugh out loud lines, most of which came from Castiel and his delivery of said lines:

"A cupid's gone rogue."

"I think we can rule out Moses as a suspect."

"My people skills are rusty! Pardon me, but I've spent the last year as a multi-dimensional wavelength of celestial intent."

And this one from Bobby:

"They're not like the Loch Ness monster, Dean. Dragons aren't real."
gateslacker: (BBTsosimple)
I can't believe it has been that long since I updated this thing.

But, who the heck cares anyway, right?

Lots going on on the work front. A position came open in the county where I live and after much fretting and angsting, I took it. I loved where I was, knew that in my county they  were losing the doctor who I really liked and had been there several years, would have to hire a new one, which could take months, and did I mention that I loved where I was? Even though my new office is less than 3 miles from my house, it took probable loan forgiveness (as opposed to possible, but improbable) for me to transfer. I started there last week and so far, so good, though I do miss my co-workers. Waaaaaaa!

Lots of cool Teevee that I would love to discuss on here. Fringe, though I haven't watched this week, and the finale of Doctor Who. I don't have much time and all avid, but time constrained, discussion has been centered on Merlin, which also premiered *cough* somewhere else *cough* last Saturday.  (And we're still talking about it!) It was AWESOME!! I can't even begin to convey how excited I am about this series!!!

And, has Merlin, series three, actually been released on DVD over here? (Could I have possibly missed it?) The reason I ask is because I'm paying Netflix every month to watch basically nothing (I actually have two mailed DVD's here at the house that I have had and not watched since May) so I decided to check out my Netflix Streaming queue which I do tend to utilize more, even if it had been awhile since I watched anything on it. To my surprise, I found that Series three had been added to the Merlin Episodes list. Sure, there are none of the special features and commentaries which are my whole reason for buying on DVD these days (what with instant streaming and all) but I thought it was interesting to find things in the queue that had not yet been released to DVD. I also saw some new That Mitchell and Webb Look, which I did end up watching therefore justifying the monthly fee to myself once again. Well, Brandon uses it  quite a bit to watch The Office and whatnot so it is being used. It's funny how I will watch two 30 minute shows like TMAWL and BBT believing them to be less time consuming than an hour long program. (Duh!) Maybe it's not actually time but  the emotional investment of a dramatic show that makes it seem more time consuming.

There were several new show possibilities I would have liked to check out but I never got around to setting the DVR. It doesn't help that my pile of things to watch closely resembles my pile of things to read.
gateslacker: (BBThee)
 

I'm still getting used to this crazy five day work week but, so far, I am LOVING my job. Once I got past the snooze fest of paperwork and reading of orientation manuals and started seeing patients, I started having fun. I realize that it won't always be this way because the schedule will increase and also, sure as the world, something will come up and I will feel seven kinds of stupid. It WILL happen. Repeatedly. The chances are really great as the week I've started referring to as " despair and devastation week"  is looming. We'll see.

I have further evidence that my fellow NP's are kindred spirits. They think that we should be given holiday leave time the day the final Harry Potter movie premieres. LOL!

Oh my gosh! My son has a girlfriend!?! Wha?  We've already broached the "Mom prefer's abstinence...or condoms" topic. I told him he could get them for free at the health department! 

I'm supremely irritated that the weather has nixed my swimming plans two Saturdays in a row! Grrrrr. 

Oh my goodness!! As usual, I am a day late and a dollar short but I finally saw The Eagle and it was AMAZING!!!  Even though I typically don't get all fannish over movies,  I can see why people did and do! It was awesome!  (I must need more than a time-limited movie story to fall into that sort of thing. And, yeah, I was gaga over Neo and The Matrix but even though I have watched it more times than I can count, I never read fanfiction about it so there ya go. I suppose the reading of fanfiction has become my ultimate fangirl litmus test).

Speaking of being a fangirl, I'm really gonna have to wait till March 2012 for the US DVD release of Parked? Seriously!?!  Sometimes I wonder why I do not purchase a multi-region DVD player and be done with it as this whole region thing frequently annoys me.

I also went against my usual phobia of watching-a-new-show-that-might-be-quickly-cancelled and watched Falling Skies. (Because Noah Wyle is in it!!). Call me sufficiently intrigued. Wyle always manages to portray a sympathetic character and I was also rather impressed with Colin Cunningham's performance (Major Davis in the Stargate world). Plus, the long hair suits CC!

Finally, I leave you with my laugh for the week. The guy with the nearly full legbag WEARING  SHORTS had me falling out of my chair with laughter!! Of course, now I have the song stuck in my head which is rather unfortunate. Along with some shudder worthy images. Still, it did make me laugh in a horrified way.

 

 

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  •  So, yeah, I was going to go easy on the bullets but since I am going to have to adjust to a whole different amount of free time based on my new schedule, I may have to keep bullet-ting for a bit.
  • But, first things first! Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] soniag whose first novel, The Revenant came out TODAY! Unfortunately, I am still waiting on my copy to arrive (even though it was SUPPOSED to arrive today. Grrrr).
  • I had a great time this past weekend with my friend C who I met up with in Louisville, KY to attend a Christian women's conference. We used to work together before she moved "up north". I didn't matter that we hadn't seen one another in a year, we babbled on and on the entire weekend. We always had such great times working in the ER together (and have such great stories to rehash!).
  • But, I do so love it when real life and fandom collide (because it so rarely ever does). At one point, I was boasting a bit about my out of character spontaneity by going to Boston to watch a movie. Of course, this being real life, and therefore somewhat separate, I didn't go into any details and resisted the urge to wax poetic about Colin Morgan's cheekbones acting, though of course I was thinking it. Then, later, as we are comparing Netflix instant streaming habits, she asked me if I had "ever watched this show called Merlin"             
*blink*
(cue hallelujah chorus)
 
  • Don't you just love it when that sort of thing happens!?! It gets better. It seems that she, too, is somewhat enamored of CM. But really, who can blame her? The adorableness is, quite frankly, overwhelming. See exhibit A 
 
  • Anyway, it was quite the fun time comparing "what to watch" notes and, now, it seems that I have a "Texting Tudors" watch with C in addition to the Farscape Friday chat that is already ongoing.
  •  If I am going to watch this much TV, I will need to learn new free time management strategies now that I am working the same schedule as the rest of the world. 
  • Speaking of work, even though I am still in paperwork mode, I am getting some good vibes thus far and think I am going to like it. I had a similar "Yay, kindred spirits!" moment when myself and two other NP's got to talking about Anne of Green Gables.
  • We'll see. For the next few weeks, I get to travel to several places and work with different preceptors as part of my orientation. It's a good thing I *finally* bought a GPS device. The only question is is why I didn't make that sort of purchase years ago. So far, I LOVE it. Of course, it hasn't yet instructed me to turn left into a lake or some similar nonsense.
 
gateslacker: (danielpuppetsarepeople)
Since I am running out of bookshelf space, I decided to buy only eBooks, when available, from here on out. Of course, I HAD to make an exception for my friend [livejournal.com profile] soniag 's first novel, THE REVENANT. It will be out in less than two weeks and I am so excited for her! I cannot wait to read it!!!!! Check it out!
 
 I received the phone call this morning that all the paperwork is in order and I am set to start my new job on 6/13. I will be glad to get started!

However,  today reminded me that I am going to miss my summer sun fun. I headed to Paris Landing and the water was PERFECT. Usually, it is almost too cold this early in the summer but these ongoing 90 plus degree temps have remedied that.

I don't care that it is already hot. It felt good! Have I mentioned that I love summer?
 
On that note, I know that I cannot go without my summer swim time indefinitely so I have already started pricing condos (with pool!) in the town where I will be working. It's a little premature, of course, but what the heck.

The cicadas are still driving me bonkers! To top it off, one got into my car  while I was cleaning it out the other day and I had to hear the thing in the garage for a day or so before it finally died. Even when I walk with my iPhone, I can still hear that loud, all pervasive hum behind the music.
 
*Beware squeamish reader* While I was walking the other day, I came across a particularly gruesome squirrel roadkill. It was a definite Eeeew moment for me. Then, I started wondering how I can manage a fairly effective amount of clinical detachment when I encounter A DOA patient who is missing the back part of his skull and has bits of brain on his clothing but then get all squicked when faced with roadkill squirrel blood and brains. Makes no sense. Maybe it has something to do with the environment of the encounter. /gruesome
 
Unlike those lucky folks who can listen to books or chat, I *have* to have music to work out to. So, I am always on the lookout for new tunes to get me moving. Here's my cool old, but new to me, go to workout song. 

 
Tonight, I am going to try Zumba for the first time! I hope I can keep up.

Good grief, my son has already managed his first speeding ticket. How long did that take? 2 weeks? Even though he is being appropriately punished (has to take care of the whole deal himself,  has to take the required class, and can only drive back and forth to work till Monday), I'm not too mad about it because he was going 40mph in a 30mph and was caught less than 20 feet from the increased speed limit sign. (Apparently, he has forgotten about our entire town being one giant speed trap). It is partially my fault as I always start speeding up or slowing down when I see a sign, not when I get to or pass the sign. I have warned him that, like my brother when he was that age, they are gonna be watching out for his car. (Yeah, such is life in a small town)
 
Ahhhhhh. More lovely filming photos from Raglan Castle by [livejournal.com profile] archaeologist_d  Thank you so much for that much needed fix!  They are a bit spoilery, but since when has that ever stopped me? I CANNOT WAIT till series 4
 
 
gateslacker: (merlinfacepalmB&W (sorta))
Distraction: A state of mental uncertainty.

 So, I had an interview today and OH MY but there were a bazillion questions regarding hypothetical situations and what would you do if.... But the hardest questions were the ones asking you to recall a time where you did X, Y, Z or how you resolved this, that, or the other and what you learned from it. Holy Cow! So many opportunities to say something completely ridiculous and/or completely blow it. I was at a loss about how to prepare for it and am glad to know that there really wasn't a way to prepare anyway. I felt pretty good initially based on their responses to my answers at the time but, in hindsight, I'm not so sure.

I don't even remember half of what I said and coming up with real life experiences on the spot was HARD! Of course, you think of better examples after it is all over.

It was really unnerving, even after it was all over.

Distraction: someone or something that provides amusement or enjoyment.
 
*Oh yeah*
 
Thankfully, I came onto my flist and was rendered unconscious became distracted by the pretty. And, sure, I am always late to the party, mainly because I depend too much on my flist to keep me up to date with the news/fic/pretty, but, sometimes, the pretty must be shared NO MATTER WHAT!
 
How is this kid even real? )
 
And, yes, today it's "kid" because I have a son who is DRIVING and WILL SOON BE 17. Apparently, I am old ;)
 
Old. But not dead. *goes back to letching*
gateslacker: (BBTsosimple)
 Wow! Has it really been almost a month since I last posted? I suppose that my journal has been filled with enough whinging over the past few years to account for a lifetime. I just decided to cut back on it, is all.
 
  • So, yeah, I am still searching for a job. Unfortunately, the two informal offers I had prior to graduation sort of fell through due to circumstances unrelated to me and beyond my control. It happens. I was bummed. I'm getting over it. I just never anticipated that finding a position would be difficult, probably because finding a job as a nurse has been EASY. Employers want you. Like yesterday. But even though there is an expected shortfall of providers in primary care, it doesn't really seem to be the case here at this time. Thus, employers have the luxury of seeking experienced applicants.  Of course, another reason for the difficulty is I have to limit my search to a particular area to fulfill the terms of a scholarship.
 
  • But I do have an interview next week. We'll see how it goes, though I refuse to get excited again.

 
  • With the exception of Doctor Who, BBT, Farscape Friday, and my Merlin DVDs, I have been experiencing a prolonged bout of TV apathy. I hate it when that happens. I have yet to watch a single episode of SGU since the hiatus and now I discover my DVR default setting of only keeping 5 episodes unless you specify how many to keep saved. So, the episodes have been automatically deleting once reaching 5. Ack! I remedied that but now I wonder if some of the other shows that show 5 episodes to watch (Chuck, Fringe, and Bones) have also been deleting episodes. Oops. I'm not going to be a happy person when the TV apathy subsides and I've missed loads. I am sure I'll catch SGU again in repeats but I'm not so sure about the others.


  • Some thoughts: Doctor Who is made up of awesome. What more can I say? I cannot wait to see how it all plays out and, oh yeah, I LOVE RORY! Discussion of it has started creeping in to the Farscape Friday chat. BBT: I don't think I have ever laughed so hard as I did at Raj in the coffee shop attempting to chat up a woman after taking the medication for his social anxiety. It ranks right up there with Sheldon's drunken speech! Farscape: We are up to "Nerve" and "The Hidden Memory". (WIN!!) Scorpy!!  Crichton in leather pants has finally made an appearance. I love John and Aeryn so much my heart hurts. Even though we are almost to the end of season one, anyone wanting to join in the discussion is welcome at any time. Merlin: Help me!! I am overcome daily by the pictures coming out of filming. The boyz love and the spoilery has taken over my brain!  I was all kinds of excited to learn of this series 4 guest star.


  • My laugh to tears moment of this day was brought to me (and now to you) by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] lolafeist  "honey badger don't care" I should take few lessons!
 
 

 
 

Bipolar

Nov. 5th, 2010 07:13 pm
gateslacker: (merlinwhatthe.....)
 I have been uber productive today...this whole week really. I finished my part of the post-graduation project involving me and another student earlier in the week that was due today. I purchased my proctored exam, the HESI, that is supposed to tell me how much I suck before I take the national certification exam (whenever I finally decide which one to take...my fellow classmate said she is going to increase her odds by taking both even if means getting a second job at Starbucks to pay for them both). I uploaded another batch of clinical logs and I finished my last reflection assignment. Seeing all those uploaded files in the dropbox makes me all sorts of happy.

I had to be on top of things because I work all weekend. I let my overactive guilt complex talk me into signing up for another day: Sunday. By that evening I will have worked almost 60 hours this week. (20 of which I don't get paid for...LOL)

My house is indeed a wreck but at least I am aware of it.

I glanced in the mirror today and realized that I'm a wreck, too. I've just been in denial. I'm going to need some serious work when all is said and done as I am completely disgusting. Of course, those crazy monthly hormones have a tendency to change one's vision of one's self. Or show you the awful truth. I'm not sure which?

They also make you moody. In this post I cycled from happy to filled with self disgust all in the span of a few sentences. Perhaps if I keep talking (typing) I'll hit the upswing again.

Maybe I'll just go look at hot fandom photos instead. Like this one.






Ahhhhh, I feel better already!!!




gateslacker: (gaiusicon)
 I don't know why I am so beat today as work wasn't particularly horrific yesterday, even if I was in the ED. It was actually a pretty decent day , i.e. not a complete train wreck. I did have words with a lab tech who I haven't worked with very much before. He comes back to draw labs on a patient and tells me that I am supposed to put all ER labs in as "stat". Now I don't usually do this because, one, not all ER visits are emergencies and not all labs needing to be drawn are stat. Two,  putting labs in as stat causes each lab test to be printed individually as it is completed and then, once all labs are done, another,  final copy is printed. This, of course, wastes a great amount of paper which I don't like. (I'm a bit tree hugger like that) and the docs often sign off on preliminary copies instead of the final copies and that is all sorts of hassle, too.

So, I tell lab dude that I didn't put it in as stat because it didn't need to be done stat. He tells me that it doesn't matter; that it is our "policy".

And I'm thinking, "Since when?" as I have worked at this place for 12 years and this is news to me. He then proceeds to threaten to write me up. *rolls eyes*

How perfectly ridiculous.   I tell him to go right ahead and that my name is Glenda, spelled G-L-E-N-D-A, and to make sure he gets that bit right.

(Yes, Brandon does get his sarcasm from me)

What is interesting is that I didn't even become particularly angry during all of this, even though there were multiple witnesses to this little exhange. And that is what makes the whole encounter really  strange because, as someone who has always become embarrassed by public arguments or confrontations, I usually have the tendency to back down unless I become angry. I suppose I have to thank nursing for my becoming less of a pushover, yes?

Otherwise, I am pleased with myself because I am a wee bit ahead of the game with regard to assignments. (I hope I am able to continue this trend)

Because of this, I don't feel guilty about talking about The Shows. It has been the week of premieres for a few of my favorite shows and though I haven't managed to watch all of them (sorry Bones), I have been able to watch a few. I don't have time for another stream of consciousness bullet point post but I did want to post a few thoughts. I will also have to be lazy and cheat by copying and pasting parts of other LJ replies. Sorry.


Chuck Me! )


OMG, Fringe )

Goblin's Gold )
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I really wanted to do a quick Dragon*Con highlight post but my mood was waylaid by idiots. (And I still need to upload my relatively few pics) Seriously, they're everywhere. (The idiots, not the pics)

The fine folks who take care of contracts and paperwork and what have you for my Master's program have their collective heads firmly lodged in their collective rectal vaults. Actually, I think it may be all down to one person who, by the way, did not return my call today. I submitted all of the paperwork on my end during the first week of class and, hello, I just used this site last semester. (ding!ding!ding!). Here I am, though, still awaiting the go ahead to begin my practicum. Seriously, I have to fit in 240 hours over the next thirteen....twelve weeks and I was already going to have to, somehow, "find" another 8 hours in my schedule. *thwacks them*. I mean, really, I can't submit the paperwork till class actually starts though I had it already completed. This is what these people supposedly do for a living. You'd think they would have their ducks in a row.

I suppose that will give me some time tomorrow to study and start working on the multitude of papers. Maybe a bright side though I am way too lazy to consider that a boon at the moment. (Work is work, after all!)

At least work (the paying kind) was relatively decent today. I got to work with my fave doc in the ED and we were steady rather than slammed. I didn't want to walk into a train wreck right off vacation! Seriously, though, 12 hour shifts are beginning to get really loooooong.

Yesterday, I did manage to get Brandon clothed for the next few months and you will be pleased to know that he won't be wearing shorts and flip flops in December. I also did a frivolous thing by buying a Blu-ray player. (I think the price was really decent) I have been wanting one for ages and ages but I could have at least waited a few weeks past the fun and  frivolity of D*C. My early Christmas present to me, perhaps? It's pretty cool in that it has built-in wireless and I can watch Netflix, you tube, etc on it. I'm pretty cool in that I (finally)  figured out how to tie it all in to my other DVD receiver/surround sound in a way that allows me to have everything going through the surround sound. (Cue epic music!). Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all of the cables behind my TV!



 


gateslacker: (lightbulbbing)
Not taking crap off people is so very liberating. Why didn't I try this years ago?  I have become a very cards on the table sort and have been speaking out on issues that all of the nurses tend to grumble about but never do anything to either work on making it better or to clarify misconceptions. Even more amazing is the fact that I totally went off on the PA in the ER today in front of two paramedics and another nurse. But, I suppose, when it involves your kid, you do tend to get more gutsy. I have always cringed at the thought of a public confrontation but today, when my son came by the hospital to have dinner, the PA grabbed the sub my son had brought me, told him that I didn't have time and was busy with a patient, and slammed the door in his face. I would have been unaware that he had even came by had the registration clerk not witnessed the entire event! I was livid! I told him that he could have at least told them to have a seat and that I would be available in a few moments, that I wasn't going to just up an leave right in the middle of taking care of a patient,  that he had no business sending them away, and that he was a complete jerk!! LOL!! I actually pitched a complete hissy fit in front of witnesses and DID NOT CARE. I'm quite giddy about it all!!

It's not very often that Brandon gets to come by when I am working and, most often, I go the entire three days without even seeing him because of my hours.  I miss him sometimes and I know that he misses me so, if he does get to come by, I try to have lunch or dinner with him unless it's completely out of the question. The PA is a bit hyper and working with him is a hurry up and wait affair most of the time. We didn't have many patients and there were two of us, not to mention another nurse on the floor that I could have called.

But, it's not just work. I am also beginning to master the art of family confrontation which, in many ways, is even more difficult. In the past, I would "nod and go on" as a way to keep the peace. Though I love her dearly, my sister is so headstrong and opinionated with a my way is the right way outlook that is firmly entrenched and my poor mother gets her feelings hurt at the drop of a hat. I've had enough of that crap too. I have decided to lay it all on the line with them as well and, surprisingly, that is going way better than I expected.

I know there is a fine line between assertiveness and aggression/outright rudeness and I like to think that I am on the right side of that line. Well, except for today, maybe, but don't you all think he had it coming??? He had already reduced the poor switchboard operator to tears the day before so I am of the opinion that he was totally out of control.
gateslacker: (beautyandthejohn)
Have I mentioned that I am enjoying Farscape even more the second time around. I finally took a break from paper writing about 10pm last night to watch a few eps, "Won't get fooled again" and "The Locket". Two great episodes. Seeing all the characters in such different ways was great fun but I never caught one of the best lines from Zhann the first time around, "I'll wear a Freudian slip" ROFL! The Locket just made me cry with all its poignant John/Aeryn goodness.

The new schedule hours were approved though I won't be starting it till the next schedule...4 more weekends from now. I am glad though I'd hoped to start sooner. This weekend is yucky because of dayight saving time. There is nothing worse than seeing 2am twice in one shift!

This concept analysis paper is complex and pulling together information from 20 plus articles is tedious. Good thing my instructor offered to give anyone who needed it more time. Her assignments may be many and over the top time consuming but she is certainly reasonable and understands that most of us have full time jobs and families. I don't know if her class is what I should generally expect or not so next semester I'm only taking one class. (not to mention, cheaper) I should have remembered from nursing school that any schooling pertaining to nursing is unusually "busy" when compared to other programs of study. At least that has been my experience.
gateslacker: (danielteddy)

I am "away" for a few days and the place runs amok with posts regarding just about everything. From Threads to Pride and Prejudice...Can I ever hope to reply to it all??? It has been such a long time since I read Pride and Prejudice that practically only the names sound familiar. And I haven't seen this production everyone is raving about. I may have to check that out in my spare time *snort*.

I had a very productive weekend. Finally managed to clean this desk off in the computer room. I hate clutter and it was way over due. I have books lying about with very few places to put them. I need to clean out the book shelf to make room because I ordered another book. It is the second book in a series from Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (rapidly becoming a favorite author). The series started in Time's Eye which I highly recommend. Of course, I am wasting my time as no one ever really reads anything i recommend...LOL! Sunday was a busy day with church and a youth fundraiser/basketball game, Youth VS. Geezers, which I renamed "It's all fun and games till someone breaks a hip!". Fortunately, the geezers won with their hips and other body parts intact. Then, I went to visit my aunt who, unfortunately, has pancreatic CA, one of the those cancers with the most dismal prognosis. I have never seen anyone with Pancreatic Ca last very long but since I don't know all the particulars about her cancer, I won't be making any predictions.

Gotta have a work rant )


On death and dying )


gateslacker: (coffee)

I have to write a quick apology to any who have e-mailed or responded to an LJ entry that I haven't replied to. I am a bit overworked this week (and last) but that's okay. For purely personal reasons, I like being overworked during the Valentine's Day hubbub.

Nurse Rant )

Oh, and

[livejournal.com profile] ruralstar , this cut's for you! )

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