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8/31/10
I feel like I have a pinched nerve in my right elbow - my arm, from the forearm to above my elbow - hurts on the inside and it feels, I don't know, tingly inside. I didn't whack it on anything, so I have no idea what's causing it. It started a few days ago but today is really bothering me. So I have it slathered in Ben-Gay and wrapped with an ace bandage, and hopefully that'll help. Can you get carpal tunnel of the elbow? Is it from playing too much Bejeweled on my iPod? If it doesn't feel better soon, I'll go see my MD, since as of tomorrow, I have insurance again

later on 8/29/10
I love New Hope and Lambertville - best place(s) ever to walk around and go shopping. Every time I go, there are like four zillion motorcyclists there. I have no idea why, but they are always there. My only regret is that I'd eaten lunch before I got there, so I didn't have a chance to sit outside in one of the cafes and get something to eat. I did, however, save room for a delicious homemade-ice cream milkshake to drink as I walked down the main street in New Hope. Did lots of browsing in stores and bought a few things - for me and for the holidays. I found the store where I'd bought my favorite perfume ever, and while they had other Miller Harris scents, they didn't have the one I wanted. That's OK, I'm using a similar one from L'Occitane these days. Took the incredibly scenic route home through Trenton (until I got on the Turnpike, it truly was scenic, swear, it's a beautiful day).

8/29/10
Wait, what was I thinking? Why would I want to spend a beautiful day outside with a bunch of kids, when I could spend it driving through mountains and shopping along the way? Screw the LLWS, I'm going to New Hope and Lambertville.

later on 8/28/10
Ah, Scranton. Still a dumpy city, but somehow, relaxing to just be away. It's a gorgeous drive through the mountains to get here, just over two hours. The hotel room is free, thanks to Hilton Honors, and came complete with hot tub and pool, squishy pillows, free breakfast, a soft robe to wear, free bottles of water, free high-speed internet, and best of all, free toiletries available from the front desk for those of us who rushed out of the house without a toothbrush. I also made a run to the local Rite-Aid to pick up the other things I forgot (deodorant, sunscreen, etc).

I lasted til the middle of the second game in the doubleheader. The first game was a lot of fun - Kei Igawa actually pictched well, until he gave up four runs in the seventh inning. Between him and the Buffalo starter, they had I think 21 strikeouts. Really a good game. In the second game, neither starter made it out of the third inning. But as a plus, they had the San Diego Chicken as a special guest. I'm still partial to the Phillie Phanatic as a mascot, probably because I've seen him/her/it more, but the Chicken is a blast. Very, very funny. I left in the fourth inning because I was getting cold after sitting outside for four hours, and tired.

Leaning towards the LLWS tomorrow, will see what time I wake up.

8/28/10
Why is it that when you know you have to get up early, you can't sleep? A prime reason I don't work the day shift. But enough about "work" - It's Saturday, it's 10am, and I am off to PA for the weekend. Doubleheader today, and tomorrow I'm torn between going to Harrisburg to see the Trenton Thunder play on the road, or going to the Little League World Series final game. Will decide later!

8/27/10
So freaking happy Friday is over.

later on 8/26/10
But in good news, I found out that the $500 mystery bonus check was part of a $1500 sign-on bonus that I knew nothing about! So yes, in another 90 days I will get another one, and if I last the year, which would be next May (which is doubtful), I'll get the rest.

The state of Arizona has cashed my check! Now they have to review my application and send me a fingerprint card.

8/26/10
Two more days of work, then the weekend off. I'm running away and going to Scranton, PA. Because it's going to be perfect weather and there will be a doubleheader on Sat, at the AAA Yankees. And because Hilton loves me, and the money I spend with them, I have enough HHonors points to stay over in scenic downtown Scranton on Saturday night, so I don't have to drive the two-plus hours back. Can't wait to get away, even just for an overnight. There is a definitely a full moon, work is just nuts this week.

8/25/10
I don't get the big brouhaha over building an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan. Almost nine years ago, I was supposed to meet my Buddhist friend for lunch, but instead, there was a terrorist act, and my Lutheran roommate and my Catholic roommate and I evacuated and went to the office of our Jewish friend. Two days later, we came back to get some clothes and the cats, assisted by our Muslim doorman. And I can't think of a single time in the past ten years - or ever - where I've said, hey, I should discriminate against an entire group of people because of how they choose (if they choose) to pray. I realize it makes me a bad dictator-candidate to think that way, but apparently it makes me a bad American, too, to support freedeom of religion.

Build what you want, where you want it. Did people raise an outcry about the Oklahoma City bombing memorial having crosses on it, because Tim McVeigh was a Christian?

It's cold out. How could I have ever thought I loved cold weather? My feet are cold, and that annoys me.

Definitely a full moon at work. My coworker and I had to reassure each other that yes, we would be back at work tomorrow, despite it being so crazy that we both wanted to quit on the spot. It was just really, really insanely crazy. Tomorrow has to be better - it just has to be.

8/24/10
Rain! On my day off! Perfect day to go get my oil changed, go to the bookstore (a book about the making of House? I'm all over it), and go to the library (medical thrillers? I'm there). I was going to go to the Trenton Thunder game, but hey, it's raining.

8/22/10
It is so miserable-humid out, I was walking from the door at work to my car last night, and I was dripping sweat. And it's only about 20 feet to walk. Today looks like the skies are about to open and pour down some rain. Which will not make it any less sticky. Am I cranky? Was it an annoying day at work yesterday? Do I get to do it again today? Yes!

8/21/10
Decided not to go to the Yankees/Mariners game last night - too humid. Good thing, too, since we got pounded, and AJ Burnett sucked again.

I filled out the application for "Licensure by Endorsement" in Arizona for my nursing license. Sent it off with a big check earlier this week, now I'm just waiting for them to review it and send the fingerprint card. I have to find out when my vacation time kicks in at work, so I can plan another trip out west to look around at places to live. I'm looking online and saw some nice apartments, but I need to go look in person.

8/19/10
Over the past few weeks, I've had a few occasions where I swear I smelled a skunk. And it's happened frequently enough that I thought I was being followed by herds of skunks. So I wondered if it's possible to hallucinate through one's nose. I looked it up, and the obvious answer is that I have a brain tumor.

Off to watch South Pacific!

8/18/10
Ack - can't believe I forgot that Lincoln Center's South Pacific was on PBS tonight! They're going to rerun it late tomorrow night, so I can set the VCR.

It's back to being humid out. Ugh.

8/15/10
Took the money and ran south - not to AC, but to Marlton NJ, home of the LL Bean store (and a zillion other stores in an outdoor mall). Found some jeans that fit perfectly at Coldwater Creek, and a madras-print tote at LL Bean, and ogled everything at Anthropologie, as usual. I wish I were super-rich, so I could actually shop there.

Went to see Eat Pray Love last night, which was not as good as the book, but still enjoyable. I want Julia Roberts' wardrobe designer. And her hair.

And hey, it's 66 degrees out, which is downright COLD. I'm wearing a sweater. Love it.

My plan for today was to go to the Thunder game, but - wait for it - the skies are ominous and it's supposed to thunderstorm later on, so I'm doing dishes and such instead.

8/14/10
I wonder if they're going to tear down the house next door or gut it and rebuild. There's a big "unsafe property, do not enter" sign on the plywood where the door used to be.

I walked into work yesterday and picked up my paycheck, and was surprised to also get a $500 "bonus check." It didn't say what the "bonus" was for (and the HR woman had just left when I opened it), but I assume it's because I either completed 90 days of work, or have revolutionized nursing care in some great, unspoken way. Maybe I'll get one every 90 days. That would be nice.

8/11/10
It was just about 4.30am this morning when I was trying to fall asleep, and I heard a thudding noise on the porch. Thinking someone was trying to steal my new bike, I turned off the AC to listen, and heard shouts. So I looked out the upstairs window and holy shit - my neighbor's house was on fire (again, it burned about 25 years ago). Threw on my glasses, grabbed the nearest cat, and headed downstairs. The cop was just on the porch about to come in as I opened the door. He told me to evacuate (just in case) and yes, I could go get the other cats first. Drove them down the street aways and came back to watch the three-hour mess next door. I got to meet a bunch of my neighbors that I hadn't met before.

They told me that they were able to get Mrs. Rich, my neighbor, out of the house and to the hospital, and someone from her family told me they'll let us know what happens. She's almost 90 and not in good health, so who knows. I'm glad they got her and her family out OK.

If I had known there were going to be four dozen firemen setting up shop on my lawn, however, I would have worn sexier pajamas.

Called out from work, since I couldn't get back in the house til nearly 7am and now it's 8.30am and I still haven't gone to sleep.

The News12 story. I am in the background near the end, crossing the street behind the anchor. Note un-sexy pajamas. That's our house to the right of the fire.

8/10/10
No rain! Perfect day to sit in the kiddie pool and veg out. Oh and I went to Best Buy to buy Mom a newer, faster computer (the old one was 6-7 years old and about to fall apart). So that's almost all set up now.

Now to continue the vegging out.

8/8/10
It's finally nice summer weather - I wish I didn't have to work this weekend, because I'd have been outside as much as possible. But alas. Must save money, therefore, must work. I hope it stays nice for Tuesday (my day off), even tho I have no idea what I'm going to do yet. Probably go ride my new bike down the bike trail and chill.

8/6/10
Stupid Red Sox. And their stupid fans. No rain tho, which was a first. Headache, time for bed.

8/4/10
Finally, A-Rod. Three years to the day after hitting #500, hitting home run #600. Now the media can shut up for a while.

8/3/10
I had my "three month interview" at work today - and I passed my probation with no problems. Now I have to hound the HR person about the insurance paperwork. I reminded her on Friday about it, have to find her tomorrow and get that rolling.

8/1/10
Since the second book in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy was my favorite, it makes sense that I liked this movie better than the first one.

Bonus of the day: street fair on Columbus Ave, picked up some goodies and snacks on the cheap. There was a stand with vuvuzelas for sale, but I stuck to hairbands, snacks, and flipping through some nice framed prints, which I did not buy.

For people who don't have toasters, I saw toast for sale at BJ's the other day. Actual toasted bread, in a ten-pack bag. Never saw that before.

-catherine

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