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8/31/05
Heard from Missy, who's waiting out the storm in Memphis. Yikes. I'm so glad she's OK tho. Watching CNN is just devastating. Very much like being in the city for 9/11 - where you had no idea of the real extent of the damage just by watching TV. I wonder how and if they will rebuild New Orleans. With so many of the buildings, esp in the Quarter, made of wood, the water damage will be so extensive. I hope they don't have to raze the city to start again. I'm really glad that I was able to get down there twice - it's a beautiful city.

One Benadryl-induced nap later, and I am awake. While we were grocery shopping, Mom and I found the most evil thing known to humankind - kitty flea bath soap. Four feline baths later, and we are showing the signs of battle. Who knew that Sheeba had such fierce teeth? Even without their front claws, our cats are a formidable army. Never, never again.

Even tho thoughts of Derek Jeter and David Wright fill my dreams, I refrained from adding the jar of Marshmallow Fluff to the shopping cart today.

The Yankees (in addition to beating the pants off that 19-year-old pitcher in Seattle) donated $1 million to the hurrican relief funds. Maybe this will turn into a fundraising "challenge" round, like we had at convention. C'mon, Sox, beat that!

Tomorrow is up close and personal with David Wright and the Mets. Mrowr. And the rosters expand.

8/30/05
Sucky fingerprinting/background check people. I can't get an appointment until the 15th, which will be after I take the boards. Well, since I don't have a job lined up yet, I'm not too stressed, but I can't believe they don't have any available appointments until then.

I was amused, however, that on the form you have to fill to make an appointment, you can select a gender of male, female or both.

Oh, and just to reassure anyone who thinks I might be a Mets fan, relax! I'm going to the last Yankees home game with J., too.

Jen hit it right on the nose - the folks in New Orleans and Biloxi are going through something like what we had four years ago in the city. I can completely sympathize - but Mom put it in perspective. Our entire city wasn't closed down or evacuated, and I felt really safe in NYC after the attacks (well, in hindsight I did). The south is a mess, and I really feel horrible for Ngoc's family and for Missy and my friend John, who are all from/in New Orleans. What a mess.

later on 8/29/05
Seattle - lovely city and all, and I love visiting Pete and Corrie out there - but the Mariners are really, really sucking lately. Heck, lately! All season. Tho tonight did give me some worry, what with Mike Mussina coming out of the game in the fourth. And it was such a tease seeing Tanyon warming up in the bullpen and then not being used. Altho, and I hate to admit this, he probably would have blown the game. Not doing too well these days.

Michael informed me that David Wright won the NL player of the week. I didn't know that the NL even had players worthy of that honor. But since they do, Wright is definitely the man for the job. We're going to the game on Thursday so I can see him up close and in action. Preferably sweaty.

Tomorrow is doctor day with Eve - baby #2 is kicking and screaming to come out, but I think we want him inside for a few more weeks.

8/29/05
Every time I move, it feels like I'm going to pass out. My blood pressure is normal tho. I think the only thing to do is lay down on the couch with the fan blowing and watch the impending rains come.

Of course, it is sunny and hot here today. Bring on the gale-force winds, I say.

8/28/05
Wow, the new extended edition of Gladiator is phenomenal. There's 17 minutes of extra footage in the movie, three and a half hours of additional making-of stuff (which I gobbled up, admiring how I too will be looking slightly off-camera with a well-lit background), and best of all, a commentary with Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. I think I finished watching around 4am last night.

Good lord, I hope Missy is OK in New Orleans, or wherever she's toughing out the storm:

DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

HURRICANE KATRINA

A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL... LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE... INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET...DO NOT VENTURE OUTSIDE!

So what was a girl to do but curl up on the couch and watch The Day After Tomorrow?

8/27/05
I fell asleep right after the game yesterday. I think the traveling and the interviews all caught up to me. Plus, I started sneezing and couldn't stop for about twenty minutes, and then had the headache to end all headaches. So I popped some allergy pills and extra-strength Tylenol, and fell asleep.

8/26/05
So I went with power red today, and no curled hair. Much easier. Today's interview actually seemed like a real one - we were indoors, tripping over cables and each other, and they had us sitting in the comfy chair with something snazzy in the background. We got to watch each other on a flatscreen TV during the interview, and it looked so professional! Joey and I joked that we'd better get our "lower third" - where they put your name on the bottom of the screen. They interviewed us separately, so it didn't have that camaradarie that we had on Wednesday, but it was still a lot of fun. Oh and this is the group that did the documentary for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, we learned, so I have high hopes.

They'd asked me if I knew anyone who saw the show at NYTW, so Michael came and told his story about how he had comps to an early preview there, but couldn't find anyone to go. "Oh, Michael, not another one of your downtown rock musicals." He also talked as a critic about the critical response to the show and why it's run so long. So I really hope they can use some of this footage for the documentary.

Joey wrote about it here.

Expense du jour, apart from parking near Carnegie Hall: had to buy a new power cable for my laptop, as the old one was frayed to pieces. And while I was out, I picked up some new tops at Old Navy. And some DVD's.

And let me just add. I love having my car back. It is perfect convertible weather.

8/25/05
So I survived the Rent interviews, the train to Kingston, the cab to the Chrysler place, the staggering bill, the drive to Athens (which is this lovely village right on the Hudson and I want to move there), traffic court, and the drive home. I am dog tired.

Since we did the interviews in Tompkins Square Park (on a summer afternoon, natch), they're concerned about the sound, so Joey and I are going to shoot some backup stuff indoors tomorrow. I really hope they can use the outdoor stuff tho, since we were all there. They're also coming back in September, so hopefully we can gather the clan again to reshoot if need be. Had a fantastic time.

Man, but now I need to figure out what to wear. Again.

later on 8/23/05
Super game tonight. Real pitcher's duel, and then bam, fantastic ninth inning. However, I should never have read Moneyball. Now all I can think about is on-base percentage and fielding.

I curled up my hair and pinned it to my head. It's going to stay that way until just before the interview tomorrow, at which time it will collapse and go flat. I guarantee it.

I also packed my stuff for staying at Missy's tomorrow, as Thursday I am headed to Kingston. And yes, I remembered to pack the car insurance and registration cards, because with my luck I will be pulled over on the way to traffic court and not have them. Ha!

8/23/05
I'm wrangling Eve and TCBITW(tm) to the doctor today for an ultrasound/growth check, I can't wait. She and Mark have a collection of ultrasound pictures on the fridge, some of which are hilarious to look at. New baby soon (but not too soon).

My friend Peter is starting a new company: AirTroductions - I'll let him tell it in his own words:

Basically, I've created match.com meets expedia meets friendster. You register at AirTroductions, and create a profile. Enter in your photo, and various facts about you, depending on whether you're looking for a business connection or a personal connection or both. Once that's done, the next time you fly, you enter your itinerary at the site, and AirTroductions shows you who else has registered for your flight, as well. Itís that simple!

Now of course, this only works if lots of people sign up. The publicity machine kicks into gear in a few weeks, and hopefully, we can get enough great press to make this thing work.

The beauty of it is that it's free unless you want to contact someone (just like the dating/networking sites.) So if you sign up, and there's only one person who matches on your flight, don't pay yet. On your next flight, perhaps there'll be 15. Then it's worth it. See?

Anyhow, this was more than anything else, a labor of love. If it happens to take off (no pun intended) and in six months, some big airline comes in and buys it, hey, works for me. If not, I'm happy to just keep doing it for fun. Hopefully, I'll save some people the headache of having to sit next to someone they can't stand for six hours.

And yes - there is an option for "I don't want to talk to anyone - I want to read/work/watch a DVD." Also, we're revamping the way you search for airlines, and they'll all be drop-down pages in the next few days.

Anyhow, feel free to sign up, test it out (and remember, you probably won't find any matches right away - it's still new...) and give me some feedback on it - either at my regular email, or peter@airtroductions.com.

later on 8/21/05
I figured out what to wear.

8/21/05
Oh, I have not laughed so hard in so long. Michael took me to see Silence! The Musical!, based on Silence of the Lambs, and it really was the funniest thing I've seen in a theatre in years. And today I went to see Will in Lennon, which I really enjoyed, much to the dismay of theatre critics everywhere, I'm sure.

Funny moment - on Friday, Jen said I should try to track down our friend Greg to do the interview on Wed with us, but I told her I couldn't remember his instant messenger ID or email address. Lo and behold - who was on line at Silence last night but Greg! And he was seeing Lennon today, too. Small world, and I gave him the info for Wednesday. I don't know what to wear.

Also made plans to stay overnight with Missy on Wed night, and picked up the Amtrak schedule for the trip to Rhinecliff on Thursday. Then I have to find out how to get from there to Kingston (cab, I guess) and get my car. I told them I will be there to get it, so it had better be ready.

8/19/05
Well, I'd been planning to get up earlier than I did, so I could spend some quality time on the beach in AC. But I couldn't sleep last night (you know that thing where your brain just starts cranking out really depressing thoughts right as you want to fall asleep? Yeah.) and didn't wake up until almost 2.30pm today. And it was raining anyway. Went down to pick up my free gift from Caesar's (an iPod mini, which is going to Jay as a going-away gift). I had one of those up-and-down days at the slots, first I had money, then I lost it, then I won some more, then I lost it. When I was at the break even point, I decided to play $100 on the $5 slots, and suffice to say, I came home with $3000! Good thing, too, since I have $10 in the checking account, and traffic court and my new engine both need to be paid next week. Whew.

They're doing the Rent DVD interviews next week. Jen's coming down for the day and Melissa can leave work early, so we will be sassy and charming for the cameras.

What I learned today. Tanyon Sturtze's dad wanted to name him D'Artagnan (of the Three Musketeers), but his mom said, "no way." So they made up the name "Tanyon." I still love that name.

later on 8/18/05
Hate traffic. Hate that it took two hours to get into the city. Hate hate hate traffic.

But other than the traffic, the trip was fun. The trunk was bigger than Tesse and I estimated, in fact, it wouldn't fit in the trunk of Mom's car (oh, how I long for next week when I will have the convertible back, just in time for - gosh - the end of summer). But thanks to our engineering degrees (right), we managed to get the edge in, wrap the trunk in a blanket, and bungee-cord the top of the trunk closed around it. It really worked, and they didn't stop us at the Holland Tunnel like I thought they would, to ask what the heck we were transporting. "No, sir, there's nothing in the trunk," we practiced saying.

And good lord:

CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY
Under the direction of
Artistic Director BRIAN KULICK and Executive Director
JESSICA R. JENEN

ANNOUNCES ITS 2005-2006 SEASON

MICHAEL CUMPSTY
in
HAMLET
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brian Kulick
November 2 through December 11

8/18/05
Interesting site of the day: couch surfing. Now that's the way to get around cheaply.

Today's thrilling news. Pippin has managed to twice escape from her flea collar, and now I can't find it. At least she wasn't bitten up like Mimi and Merry were. Applying for jobs, the fun continues. Alcoholic ex fell off the wagon again, and out of my life for the last time. Heading to the city today to help Tesse and Sherry move a trunk from the Bronx to NJ.

8/17/05
Oh good lord it is beautiful outside. Why can't every day be like this? Warm, sunny, and no humidity at all. I love it.

Perfect weather for spending the afternoon with Eve, Mark, and TheCutestBabyInTheWorld(tm), who turns two on Friday. I can't believe it! I brought over a set of blocks and William amazed me by knowing all of the numbers and letters. What a cutie. Baby brother is due in two or three weeks, so we're on baby alert. Eve said this is it - no more after this - so she'll call early so I can be there with her when Christopher arrives in this world.

8/16/05
I received my "Authorization to Test" today, which means I can take the NCLEX. Of course, they don't have any available testing dates in NJ or NYC for the next few weeks, but now I have a definite date set. I'm not sharing it tho, until after I pass.

Wow, Johnny Damon wrote a book called Idiot. Imagine that. Get a haircut.

8/15/05
All those nights of sleeping on 41st Street are paying off again. Jen, Dona, MissyMink and I (among others) are going to be in the documentary that Sony Pictures is doing about the Rent story, to go along with the upcoming movie's future DVD release.

That doesn't help with the $1000 tickets to the benefit OBC performance, but it's pretty freaking cool. I mailed off a bunch of still pictures to the company making the documentary today, so they can use them as well. Shots of us at theatres all over the country and London and Dublin.

And on an unrelated note - Derek as the DH? What are you thinking, Joe Torre?

later on 8/14/05
Still hot, but I got in some exercise by rearranging some furniture in my room. I made room for all of the books to actually be ON the bookcases, instead of stacked up in piles all over. However, any new additions are out of luck. Good thing it's hot out, more time to stay in the AC and read and fill out applications.

Six Feet Under keeps making me cry. I can't believe next week is the last episode.

But in good news, I called the car place in Kingston and my car should be done this week. I'm thinking the timing will work out that I can go up and get it and then go on further upstate to Athens and traffic court all in the same day, since my court appearance isn't until 5.30pm.

8/14/05
Too hot to move. There were two rain delays in the Yankees game, but no rain here, and we're only an hour away. Please - send it down here.

I'm in front of the fan, turned on high, reading a book about two guys who roadtripped to all thirty major league ballparks in a month during the '98 season. Good reading so far, and they're only in the midwest. They made their trip during the summer, too, so I feel their pain. Too hot.

later on 8/13/05
Well, I'm a little bummed that I didn't get the job I wanted, but I'm also so happy to be back in a land where "Yankee lover" is a compliment.

The recap - we drove down to Baltimore, bummed around the Inner Harbor in the rain, went to the aquarium (they have sharks and pirhanas, it was amazing). ate crabcakes (so not kosher!) and stayed over in Towson, MD. Tuesday morning, we toured Camden Yards. I sat in the bullpen, stood in the on-deck circle (which is really close to home plate), found the bronze circle where Paul O'Neill hit a homer out of the park into Eutaw Street, saw the press box and found Mike Mussina's picture in one of the team lineups. We met these guys from San Diego (yes, Padres fans) who were making a ten-day, twelve-stadium tour of the midwest and east coast - now that sounds like a cool vacation. I couldn't fall asleep that night, so I spent the "falling asleep" time trying to think of all thirty stadiums. I must've counted someone twice tho, because I got to thirty and managed to forget Detroit. Well, who doesn't?

So after the stadium tour, we headed south and west some more. Drove past a nuclear power plant (my first, I think my ovaries are all shriveled now) and lots of coal mines (cue Loretta Lynn music now) throughout West Virginia, and we stopped for the night in Beckley (which is funny only because it's my friend's last name). There is nothing to do in WV except look at cows and count the number of Baptist churches. For the record, the entire south is covered in them, there were no synagogues, and I thought I would be lynched the entire time we were below the Mason-Dixon line. I could understand the lyrics from Parade much better: "These people make me tense. I live in fear they'll start a conversation. These people make no sense. They talk and I just stare and shut my mouth. It's like a foreign land - I didn't understand that being southern's not just being in the south."

Wednesday. Drive drive drive and drive some more. Drove down part of the Skyline Drive in Virginia, but it was really too foggy and rainy to see much. Kept going and we made it to Louisville by early afternoont. Toured the baseball bat factory. I opted out of going into the batting cages because I didn't want to end up with a concussion and ruin the trip, but we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of it. It's up there with the Vermont Teddy Bear factory as one of my favorite factory tours.

Since it was still early, we made the drive out of town and south towards Cave City, and stayed overnight there Wednesday night. And yes, we managed to find delicious Italian food down there in the middle of nowhere.

And Thursday was all about Mammoth Cave, one of my favorite places ever. I was there a month after 9/11 and it was just so incredibly peaceful inside the cave. I was not disappointed at all this time, either. We did two tours, with lunch in between. The first was a historical tour, about the cultural history of the caves, and the second was the Frozen Niagara tour, which is the one I took when I was there in 2001. I told the guide that I remembered the previous tour mainly for the spot where the guide turned out the lights and then lit a single match. Amazing. Plus, it's always 54 degrees inside the cave. I could have stayed inside all day. My glasses actually steamed up when we came out.

After the caves, we drove east a bit to see Floyd Collins' grave, which is - no kidding - at the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church.

So that was Thursday... drove north from there to the little town of Hazard (which is NOT where the Dukes of Hazard are from, I learned to my dismay). All the way there, we kept passing signs that we were in Boone country. I had no idea Aaron was so well-known. In the hotel, I turned on the TV and lo and behold! An Indians game! Aaron Boone was on my mind and then all of a sudden, there he was on the television. Love when that happens.

Yesterday we drove some more, stopped in a lot of backwater towns with cutesy shops, did some shopping, and ended up in western VA for the night. Along the way, we drove up part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Ran over a snake and saw a bear (and many deer and hawks and butterflies). The snake was a sign. Go home. I know how to read the signs. So we decided to drive until sunset and then crash.

Ate too many pancakes for breakfast today, and we continued the trek north. We did some more of the Skyline Drive today (much less rainy, much clearer), and didn't see any snakes at all. We went to Luray Caverns, which are just stunning and filled with stalactites and other speleothems. Lovely. But you can totally tell it's run as a tourist attraction and not as a national park (like Mammoth Cave is) - so so crowded and loud and more expensive, too. But lovely just the same. After that, we drove north, and then east, and here we are back at home.

So - highlights. All of it. Like I said, lots of Baptists, no Jews, everyone complimented my tattoo in thick-as-molasses accents, I didn't see any bookstores that didn't have the word "adult" in front of the name, and I bought cigarettes for less than $3.00 a pack. West Virginia has the best town names (I personally liked "Sharples"), it's just as hot down south as it is up here, the local town fair is as close to culture as you can get in some places, all of my gay friends would be shot on sight in KY, and thank God I had some Sondheim and JRB in the car for sanity. I missed the cats terribly, and I need a shower.

8/13/05
And we're back. More later.

8/8/05
I passed my exam! So now the school will send a note to the state boards, and they'll contact me when they've received it, and then I can set up my appointment to take the NCLEX. Whee!

OK - NOW we can leave for vacation.

later on 8/7/05
Ran into classmate Lori at Nick's wake. Tomorrow we both take the "exit exam" for the review class. I feel really confident about it, just need to slow down and take my time answering the questions, as usual.

And then after the test, Mom and I are off on vacation - Baltimore and Louisville. Should be a blast. I'll be back at the end of the week.

8/7/05
Ah, there is nothing so satisfying after a Yankees loss as sobbing my way through Field of Dreams. And all of the DVD extras. It's the 15th anniversary DVD, and there's a part where Kevin Costner invited Johnny Bench, Bret Saberhagen and George Brett over to his house to watch the movie and chat about it. I resisted the urge to yell "pine tar!" at the TV when George came on. He's still too handsome for words.

Everyone at Marie's thought I had dropped off the face of the earth, and I had to explain that it's a lack of transportation keeping me away. I took the train in Friday night after Shabbat services, and stayed out way late. Tesse, Paula and I went over to the Duplex for a bit, too, where we ran into Jay (definitely moving to Atlanta, I have to find my plane-sized cat carrier for him) and Jason. I stayed over at Dad's and slept all day yesterday. He and Ann had gotten me a gift card to J&R for my birthday, so I went and bought the aforementioned Field of Dreams and two other DVD's that I'd been wanting.

8/5/05
At last, my hair is dark brown again. Spent some quality time in the air-conditioned comfort of Wal-Mart, which was just lovely. I'm waiting for the supposed thunderstorms to attack, maybe the temp will drop a little. And now I'm spending some quality time in front of my fan, installing new Palm software (IV drip rate calculator, nursing procedures reference, etc).

Off to temple tonight, to say a prayer for Nick.

8/4/05
Cultural lesson of the day: Filipinos don't consider it rude to comment that you've gained weight.

even later on 8/3/05
To take a page from Take Me Out, the Yankees' pitching staff apparently held a secret meeting in which they decided to slump in unison. And the bullpen guys have started to hold the ball as if it were some chunk of alien matter that had fallen from the sky.

Poor Mike Mussina. Come over here and let me massage your troubles away. No one seems to understand that my version of the Yankee Fantasy Camp involves several infielders and a large tub of marshmallow spread.

later on 8/3/05
Bad day all around - my friend (and coworker) Cindy's husband died today, of no apparent cause. She came home from work and found him. Their daughter goes to our school. A complete and total shock, he was young and didn't have any serious medical conditions. Mom and I went over (being Jewish, bearing food and silence) to spend some time with them, and then went by work to let people know how she was doing (not well, expectedly).

8/3/05
It's a good thing I waited until after I took my practice test to call the car place in Kingston, because they were the bearers of bad news. Car needs a long engine block - the one that will lead to financial bind #549 for the year. They asked if when I had last had the oil changed because there was four inches of "muck" (their word) in there. I told them that it was done the week before coming up there, and they sort of shrugged over the phone. So I need to call back on Friday to get another update - they're taking apart the rest of the engine this week to see which parts can be re-used and what needs to be replaced. It's a good thing I had a super interview yesterday, because every penny I earn will be going to the car from now til eternity.

And I got a notice in the mail that I need to go further upstate (near Albany) to deal with the speeding ticket I got over a year ago. You know, the one I promptly forgot about until the "show up in court" notice arrived. So that's in three weeks. Maybe I can combine that with picking up the car in Kingston, going there in the AM and then driving up to court. Fingers crossed tho that I have the Sebring back before then, but with the way things have been going...

8/2/05
Good lord, I can't believe that the Air France plane that crash-landed in Toronto and then burst into flames produced no fatalities. That's truly miraculous.

Now if only Al Leiter's pitching tonight had produced no runs, that would have been lovely, too. But alas, he gave up five runs in two plus innings, and I am starting to lose hope.

Tomorrow I have my "practice" test at school, in preparation for the final next week. Then it's off to do errands - post office, oil change in Mom's car, calling the place in Kingston to harrass them, etc. The weather is supposed to be this miserable all week, so I'll undoubtedly spend the rest of the day locked in my room with the AC running full blast like I did for most of today.

8/1/05
And we're back to hazy, hot and humid.

Just the perfect weather to put on my interview clothes and go out for a second interview at Hospital X, where I really want to work. I think it went well - spent two hours with the nurse manager of the unit, and we covered a lot of ground. She has some other candidates to interview this week, and I don't know how many positions she's looking to fill, but I should hear something from HR next week. And next week I'll know when I can schedule my NCLEX (licensing exam) for - our review class final exam is Monday. Fingers crossed that I don't miss this one by five points, like I did on the predictor exam. And fingers crossed that I get the job offer. And fingers crossed that I win the lottery.

Right now I'm going back to sleep. I couldn't fall asleep last night (partly because of Six Feet Under, and partly because I couldn't for the life of me remember what the song was that Kate the military guy sang in Kiss Me, Kate (yes, it was "From This Moment On," a relevation that came at 4am).

-catherine

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