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2/25/15
Heading back to work tomorrow! Two days to orient - which won't be too rough, since not much has changed - and then I'll be on my own starting Saturday. Going to do these four eve/night shifts and then figure out my permanent schedule after that. I spent this morning doing the annual employee OSHA and fire safety tests. The only other orientation stuff is the day-long parent-company orientation. Which is offered once a month - the next one happens to be when Mom is here, so Eve is going to hang out with Mom that day while I'm in class.

Mom and I were planning to roadtrip to Monument Valley when she's here (in 17 more days), but today's weather has three feet of snow on the ground up there, so maybe we'll hold off til another trip!

Frank survived his neutering, and Marvin has taken Frank under his wing (paw). So cute. I'll never find a home for him, except mine.

later on 2/23/15
And no sooner than I typed the below, HR called. Going in tomorrow at noon to finalize my paperwork and get things rolling.

Pete and Corrie are on their way to Costa Rica - I hope they have a blast.

2/23/15
Another plus of this not-working-yet schedule is that I got to watch the Oscars last night, in its entirety, for the first time in years. Today I'm curled up on the couch watching movies.

It's been nice and warm (unseasonably so, in the 80's) all week/weekend, and today we're back to Winter-in-Phoenix weather - 66 and rainy. Good day to do movies.

Waiting on HR to call back so I can complete the paperwork stuff. Sigh.

2/18/15
Tomorrow I take Frank to the vet to get neutered (quick, before he even notices that he has testicles!) and then up to work so I can sign the rest of the paperwork and get my schedule. I've totally enjoyed having an extra week off - and while I kind of wish I'd known I'd have this extra week off so I could do some traveling, I know full well it was wiser to stay put and not-spend any money.

While the rest of the country is trapped under snow (sorry, Boston friends), it's been a lovely 80 degrees here all week. Don't hate us.

2/14/15
Happy third birthday to Toby and Claire, and happy Valentine's Day to everyone else. I'm going to take the clones out to dinner, so Eve and Mark can take themselves out tonight.

I also realized that last week was the three year anniversary of closing on my house. Time sure flies, it doesn't feel like I've lived here three years already. Four years in AZ, three in this house.

And happy birthday to the state of Arizona, too, while we're at it!

2/12/15
Dropped off my paperwork at the job (CPR card, fingerprint clearance card, license etc), and now I'm just waiting on HR to do their background check and call me in to do the tax paperwork. Then I can get together with the staffer and get cracking.

Rescue kitty and I are off to the v-e-t tomorrow for his next round of vaccines. The woman who had adopted him pre-paid for his vaccines and his neuter surgery (to be scheduled tomorrow, after the shots are done). I offered to reimburse her the cost, but she just wants him to find a good home. I'm looking, honest I am, but boy, he's a cutie. Marvin is stalking him around the house.

So Verizon announced that they're lowering data package pricing for new customers - which, of course, sent the current customer base into a frenzy. So Verizon said, sure, we'll lower the pricing for current customers, too. While I was out, I went to the Verizon store to see what they could do for me (besides be awed that I've been with them for 16 years now). After talking over my options with the guy there, I wound up upgrading my phone from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 6. While I've thought about getting an iPad (and it could be added to my data plan for $10/month), I just can't afford to buy one right now. But anyway, new phone - and now the hassle of switching my music and photos etc from the old one to the new one.

2/10/15
I got an extra day of vacation thanks to my flight from Costa Rica to Houston being delayed. Twice! So I got to spend the night in Houston, and I flew home yesterday instead of Sunday.

I had such a great time visiting Dad. I'm glad to see him happy. We did some traveling around - including up the hairpin curved, unpaved, completely unsafe road up the mountain to Monteverde, where we went ziplining through the rain forest, but mostly sat around at the beach or the pool, sipping cocktails. And that's what a good vacation should be!

I am re-employed. I'm going back to the facility in Peoria where I worked for almost three years when I first moved here. I went in today to meet the new DON (the current ADON is my former evening supervisor). I'm going back in as a floor nurse, eves and nights, and I'm looking forward to it. In April, they're implementing the computer system that I've spent the past 16 months working with, which will be super exciting, since I'm so accustomed to it already. And I know most of the staff already, and all of the policies, so the orientation shouldn't be too painful. I go back tomorrow to bring in my paperwork etc.

Cat rescue! A neighbor adopted a cat, and then discovered that she had terrible allergies to this particular one. So I'm going to foster him until a forever home can be found. He's all black, about four months old, and has a crooked tail like JFTB does. His name (for now) is Walter.

2/2/15
Seahawks! What was that??

Anyway. Sixteen days til baseball season starts.

Vacation starts tomorrow (well, the official vacation). I'm all packed (complete with carry-on full of things Dad says they don't have in Costa Rica, all food items) except for my phone and the charger, I'll throw that in the bag tomorrow morning. Eve's going to drop me off and pick me up at the airport, and also mind the little ones while I'm away.

2/1/15
Blankets? Check. Pillows? Check. Cats for snuggling? Check. Chicken casserole, pasta salad, butter crunch cashews? Check check check. I'm ready for Kitten Bowl II.

Oh, and the regular Super Bowl. Go Seahawks!

-catherine

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