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12/29/04
Klunk. I'm tired - too much work.

Very sad to hear about Jerry Orbach's death. The theatre world has had too many losses this year.

I worked yesterday, and even tho it wasn't too bad of a night, I couldn't sleep. I did manage to sleep all day today tho, which means I missed seeing Eve and Mark and the baby, so maybe we can get together on Sunday. Tomorrow (Thurs) is work again, and Fri is New Years. The usual suspects (Michael, Tesse, MissyMink, maybe Jay) and I are going to see JRB as part of a concert up at St. John the too-too-too-Divine (thank you, Cole Porter), and then head down to Marie's to ring in the new year with the rest of the gang. It'll be a nice change from last year's "sleeping on the couch" event and the previous year's "finding boyfriend in bed with other woman" event.

And then - 2005. I can't believe it's here. Three years ago, our nursing school class didn't think this year would ever get here. And now - we're the class of 2005 and it's nearly here. Graduation is in mid-June, I can't wait.

12/23/04
Am I so easy to shop for? B&N and Bath and Body Works - check. Cat stuff - check. Chocolate - check, but being shared liberally with the Marie's crowd and the folks at work. And how did Dad know that my Palm Pilot had died six months ago? I now have a new one, and just have to find an outlet to charge it with, and then hope that my address book syncs from the old software (which I think is still installed here). And then I will have no excuse for not sending holiday cards.

Know what's great? I'm done with the holiday gift exchange. Family, friends, done (except for bringing gifts to Eve, Mark and TheCutestBabyInTheWorld(tm), that's next week). Now I can just relax and not stress over the holidays because it's behind me. So I can focus on... work. Gosh. This is my weekend to work anyway, but I'd work the holiday anyway. We don't have any major traditions (and last year I blew the "tradition" of staying at Dad's Xmas Eve, since I had the nasty bronchitis) in the family, so it's not like I'm missing out on some great-aunt's turducken or anything. And if I get to cheer up some old folks by spending the holidays with them, super.

I got to cheer up some young folks today. The school collected hats, scarves and gloves for our "Warm and Wooly" drive, and I took this HUGE box over to the clinic in Perth Amboy today. The director, Jean - who I love - was overwhelmed. I told her how much I was looking forward to being in the clinic for my elective in the Spring (which I really am!), and she told me that she remembered me doing an excellent job when we were there last year. Anyway, gloves, warm and wooly all over.

I am so jealous of my friends Paula and Jason, who are taking their belated honeymoon to Paris in a week. They have a slew of books (that I was going to lend them, before they went out and bought them), and I pointed out a few must-sees (Versailles, Pere Lachaise cemetary, Montmartre, the (duh) opera house, the sweet garden where Victor Hugo had a house and that had those funky lion-spitting-water fountains), and they're spending two weeks there. So jealous.

later on 12/21/04
So many books, so little time - it's so true. I used the generous B&N gift cards from my family to pick up too many books. Stephen King's book about the Red Sox, a book on Jewish daily customs, the official rules of Major League Baseball (I WILL figure out the infield fly rule this year), a book about Doctors Without Borders, and a handful of magazines so I can keep clipping pictures for my dream home.

Speaking of Jewish things, am I the only one who thinks its weird that the radio commercials for Harvey Fierstein going into Fiddler on the Roof proclaim it "a match made in heaven"? That's so weird.

And speaking of theatre things, this Onion article had me in stitches.

12/21/04
Two more days til Phantom - the movie - comes out. Two more days til Xmas with Dad and Ann. Two more hours til Xmas with Mom. I feel so spirited.

12/20/04
Hey, where'd the snow go? And where'd the warmth go? It was a whopping 9 degrees out this morning.

12/19/04
Snow? Sure, snow! We have about an eighth of an inch, which is just enough to freeze over my car and make the steps slippery. It would be great if I could wake up tomorrow to find a foot on the ground, and then go back to bed for an hour and re-awake to find that it had all been shoveled and plowed and the cars were thawed. Right.

Tesse and I went to AC on Friday - didn't win, but didn't lose - which was a lot of fun.

And nothing else new - three more days of classes until the winter break.

To everyone who sent xmas cards: thank you - and no, I haven't sent any, because - like last year - I kept putting it off and completely forgot. So if you get a card in say, April, that's me.

12/15/04
Four words: Return of the King. I'm in heaven.

Matthew invited me to see Phantom of the Opera (the musical, not the movie - that's next week) last night, and apart from the traffic at the tunnel getting into the city, it was terrific. The show is really holding up well. I've always liked it, and hadn't seen it in years, so it was really nice of him to take me. Plus - the benefit of Matthew being a critic (yes, yes, there are benefits) is that we were in the fifth row of the orchestra on the aisle. Can't beat that!

We are adopting a parakeet from Denise. I can't wait to see the cats' reaction.

12/13/04
I'm plowing through the rest of my nursing projects for the semester. Today I went to the Addiction Treatment Services clinic in Perth Amboy, and saw more methadone than I ever care to again, and then I went by the high school and talked to the nurse there for a few hours - she's terrific, we had a really good time. So strange that our football coach (when I was there) is now the Vice Principal! And then I put together my Psych "concept map," which is due on Wednesday. I still have to do hospice (called and left a message for the director of the one in Edison) and support group (was going to go to Weight Watchers, missed it last week, have theatre tickets for tomorrow so can't go then).

Speaking of school, we got the list of fees for the spring semester - combine that with the $100 that I need for make-up clinical days and the $375 for the Intro to Judaism class I'm taking in the spring, and I'm in what the french call a crise - a financial one at that. Perhaps I can sell body parts on ebay? I don't need two kidneys, after all...

I love how Tesse sounds when she's drinking Rob Roys (OK, OK, it WAS her birthday):

oh, yeah. Go see The Rivals at LCT. Fun show. We loesxs the Sana Ivey. that's Dana Ivey. I really eant meant to type that. Wow, I can't tope type for shut shut shit when I'm drunk. This is kinda scary and kinda funny all at once. I'm sure I'll read this tomorrow morning when I'm sover um, u I mean spber no , Sober SOVER SOVER SOBER that's right S-O-B-E-R and laugh. Till then, I'm gonna stare at these wiggly lines and wonder why they keep miving moving. Whatev.

12/6/04
The senior citizen center was a lot of fun - L. and I took a lot of blood pressures and chatted with the folks there. We really had a good time. And work today - well, it's been better. Not that I can really complain - I was on a "1 to 1" - which basically is a precaution for a patient who needs close observation, for elopement or suicide risk. You just sit there, pretty much. I wish I'd known in advance that I was going to be doing it, as I would have brought some study things to work on. So instead, I chatted with the patient and his roommate; watched the wife of a patient across the hall grow increasingly confused, scream and punch her husband before being physically removed by security; and played a lot of solitaire (the day shift aide had brought cards and let me borrow them). I'm usually grateful for the "break" of the "1 to 1," but today I was just too tired to enjoy the downtime, as it were. Studying would have passed the time more efficiently.

I didn't get to the rest of my to-do list, alas. So tomorrow - which is the clinical day slated for my support group experience - I'll get to those things.

12/5/04
Happy birthday, Michael!

Dad called to let me know that there's a new Dirk Pitt book out by Clive Cussler - and his son, also named Dirk. I wonder if Clive is going to retire soon? So I picked it up today, and now I have two new Cussler books to dive into. My to-read stack is growing again. Fortunately, I can spend the evening curled up in bed with the cats, reading, which I haven't done in a while.

This afternoon, Mom and I went to the city to go to the Union Square holiday bazaar and the Grand Central craft fair. Picked up a few more holiday gifts for people, and some things for me as well. We also popped into Petco to adore the kitties there for a while, altho I couldn't convince Mom that if we could handle four cats here, five or six would be a breeze ;-)

So yes, off to bed with Pippin curled up on my feet, a book about the Dodgers in hand, and 106.7FM playing their non-stop, 24/7 holiday music. Love it.

Tomorrow's to-do list: senior citizen's center clinical in the AM, then to the post office, the HS to ask about sitting with the school nurse for a day (community health clinical), do my concept map for Psych, call my bankruptcy lawyer about a notice I got in the mail yesterday about discharging a debt (not sure what that means), and call a local support group and hospice (my other clinical experiences). I know I put off all of these clinicals until the end, but this week is actually specifically scheduled for me to do these things. If I had done them earlier, I'd just have days off. So I'll get all of this done asap and use those extra days when they show up next in my schedule.

12/4/04
Today we celebrated Uncle Charlie's (well, Mom's uncle, my great-uncle) 80th birthday. So the entire family was down, even the people that we're not sure we're really related to. The weird ones are all blood relatives, that much I know. It really was a lot of fun, and good to see that Charlie wasn't the oldest one there by a long shot. Tho we did wonder exactly what Aunt J. meant when she said that she got a dog because her husband, F. is "91, and not going to last much longer, so I figured I'd better get a dog now." Too funny.

12/2/04
Happy birthday, Eve!

12/1/04
I can't believe it's December already! We did our neuro lecture today - interesting stuff. And then got some info about Nursing VI, which starts in January. We get another week off between semesters and then a week off for spring break, which is super. And we have to put in requests for our clinical electives next week. I want to do mine in OB/Labor and Delivery, which I surprisingly really liked. And we can also choose to work in the clinic, which I loved. So either one would be great. And we had a meeting about the Health Fair we're going to do in April with Faith Fellowship, that's coming along. I set up a meeting for Tuesday with the hospital big-wigs - surprising how easy that was to get set up, we expected more of a hassle.

So things are good.

-catherine

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