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2/28/10
I was working on my plan to sleep all day when the phone rang. Coworker Lori wanted to know if I could come to lunch with her - she was taking her daughter and her daughter's friends out for said daughter's birthday, and needed another "adult" for conversation. After being told we were banished to another table, we had a burgers-and-drinks lunch at the Brass Rail, which used to be the Poet's Inn. Not bad. And then I went back to bed until the closing ceremonies of the Olympics were on.

2012 comes out on DVD on Tuesday. I already pre-ordered it. Perhaps the fires that engulf the world will make it seem warmer around here.

2/27/10
So of course, after vowing to sleep all day, I was up at 8.30am and couldn't get back to bed. This in itself is a miracle, and perhaps a sign of Spring.

So I went out to do errands - picked up my sassy new glasses (think sexy librarian), went to the DMV to get my license renewed (was in and out in 20 minutes, with a picture I actually like!), went to BJ's to stock up on Diet Coke (after driving way out of the way because there was no way to get to the road I needed to be on from where I was), and went to the Hong Kong Supermarket to get more shumai and sticky buns. I almost went to the mall but there was no parking within a mile of the doors. You'd think we just had a blizzard or something.

We are now in the time period where I can check the ten-day forecast for Florida. It'll be 73 next Monday in Orlando. I will not need the Taun-taun sleeping bag. No matter how awesome it is.

2/26/10
After 32 hours at work, I am finally home. It snowed and snowed and snowed all day yesterday and most of the night. I'd brought my overnight bag just in case, and I'm glad I did. Someone called out almost at change of shift because the roads were so bad, so I stayed and worked the overnight shift. I said to my aide, I'm getting awfully tired of standing here on the rehab unit, watching the snow cover the parking lot. And then this morning, my relief nurse came in, and after I gave report, I looked out the window again and said there was no way I was driving. There was so much wind that the roads were a whiteout. So I told my boss to put me down for the 3-11 shift, and I went to bed in one of the empty patient rooms. Thank god my overnight bag holds my Ambien and my airline-stolen eye mask. Got up at 2.30pm, took a shower and changed, and went back to work. The kitchen fed me breakfast (well, lunch, but it was an omelet, which is breakfast) and dinner, which was good since I didn't have any food with me, and thankfully it was a fairly uneventful shift.

Of course, then I had to dig my car out tonight, but whatever, I'm home, and I'm not moving tomorrow.

2/24/10
I am so done with winter. Paralyzing blizzard on the way for tomorrow - depending on which way the wind blows. Of course, I'm scheduled to work. Packed the sleeping bag and snow shovel. Again.

Went to see Shutter Island with one of my coworkers. It reminded us of being at work - all those crazy people. I have no desire to be on an island with crazy people, in a hurricane, with no way out. That alone was creepy.

2/23/10
Aaron Boone announced that's he's retiring from baseball, but will join ESPN as an analyst. A moment of silence, please.

2/22/10
Ski cross - now there's an Olympic sport I can get behind. Also belongs in the James Bond Olympics - being chased, on skis, by Russians.

2/20/10
Also slept through most of the Olympics last night and woke up too late to go to the movies. Maybe Tues or Wed.

2/19/10
My toenails are painted pink, in a futile effort to bring on the Spring-like weather.

My eyes are dilated, because I went to the eye doctor (t-minus one week or so til new glasses).

And my sense of "I love being a nurse" is refueled, because when I went to the grocery store, I was walking from my car to the store and heard someone yelping, "help me, help me." So I - and another lady about my age - followed the voice and there was this sweet lady who had slipped and fallen in the parking lot and hurt her shoulder. So I called 911 and her daughter for her, and waited with her til the police and first aid squad came and had her on the backboard. And yes, I told her where I worked and told her to come by if she needed any rehab. She should be OK. The manager was out there so fast to get her name and refund her groceries price. Took my name, too, and the other woman's, probably in case the woman sues and they need witnesses. Well, didn't see her fall, but yeah, she said she tripped over a raised patch of concrete where there used to be a light pole or something.

I want to go see Shutter Island at the movies, but my eyes are still dilated.

later on 2/17/10
Target gift card = like free shopping! I bought a new summer beach hat (altho I hate the beach, it's good for driving with the sunroof open, and for future Arizona poolside-sitting), a bathing suit coverup (aka a babydoll dress, because I hate the tacky velour and terrycloth coverups they had), lots of trail mix in assorted flavors, a bacon-tray for the microwave, the DVD of The Muppets Take Manhattan, "new car smell" air freshener spray, and a lilac-scented Yankee Candle (no relation to the real Yankees, who are pitching and catching as we speak).

And amazon.com shipped me the DVD of 1776 - the songs have been running through my head all week, and rather than harrass Tesse to borrow her copy again, I thought I'd just buy my own. Will watch it after the Olympic highlights tonight.

2/17/10
Pitchers and catchers! Three weeks til I go to Florida (where it had better be warmer than here).

Thanks to Target's NextWorth Program, I am the proud owner of a $110 gift card to Target, for trading in my old iPod. I know where I'm going later on.

2/14/10
Happy Valentine's Day - my sweetheart, Derek Jeter, and I will have to wait a few more days til we can be together. He reports to Spring Training this week, and I report somewhere around March 11th. I'm excited about taking the Escape for its first long distance roadtrip - through progressively warmer locales - until we reach somewhere where a bathing suit and a Yankees cap constitutes "appropriate attire." Had best get a pedicure before going.

I worked 11-7 last night for some overtime, and except for wanting to throttle some of my residents (ex: you can remember my name - scream it loudly, in fact - but you can't remember that I told you NOT TO PLAY with the colostomy bag?), it wasn't a bad night. Getting better at the computer charting - which is kind of a bummer, since I was looking forward to being stuck there for hours and hours of overtime. I'm trying to finagle my way into working the anticipated snowstorm on Monday night - if I work a double and take Tuesday off in exchange, then I'll be able to watch the Men's Combined Downhill Skiing, and maybe swing a midweek AC trip. Sweet. I'll know soon if I can make that work.

And then I think we need to get some sort of wearable apparel for the gang that seems to always be at work during disasters. Kind of an "I survived the winter of '10" t-shirt or windowscraper or something. Not that we survived it well, but we survived it often.

later on 2/12/10
That's horrible about the luge athlete who was killed when he went flying off the track in practice.

And honestly - tap dancing fiddlers, k.d. lang, AND the two-man luge? Gayest Olympics ever. Can't wait for the games to begin!

2/12/10
The snow... it's blinding me!

The Winter Olympics start tonight, I'm all set to watch the opening ceremony. Couch? Check. Hor d'oeuvres? Check. Fuzzy blanket? Check. Snow? Check.

And Bode Miller will be competing, injuries and all. Yay!

All of my tickets have arrived for Florida baseball and theatre - more yay! The only state that doesn't have snow!

2/11/10
Well, I made it to work, showered, and then the roof fell in. Literally - the patio roof outside on one of our units collapsed under the weight of 18 inches of snow. Thank god no one was outside smoking - we had the fire department come to check for structural damage, did a complete head count in the building, and told all of the smokers that they would have to wait until it was shoveled out and checked by maintainance. Then I set up mattresses for the staff that was staying overnight, dealt with the 11-7 staffing (which ended up being mostly 3-11 people staying over because of the weather), helped some of the 3-11 staff shovel out their cars, and did my normal work til 6.20am, when one of our residents died.

Fun night.

Oh, and then came home to find out the snowplows had plowed in our driveway again, so we had to shovel it all out before we could get the cars in the driveway.

I hate snow. Am taking a pain pill for my back and going to bed til Saturday.

later on 2/10/10
The snow is up to my knees in the backyard, and everything has been shoveled six times and it's still coming down. I'm going in to work the overnight tonight - in exchange for tomorrow off (can you say four-day weekend?) and I get to use the shower at work.

2/10/10
Oh look. Snow. I worked all night and we spent a lot of time looking at it come down from the skies. Very pretty - and even going out in it this morning wasn't bad, it cleared up around 7.30am, just enough time to go out and scrape off the car and dig it out from the parking lot and drive slowly home.

There were a lot of "but I don't have a ride," and "I don't have a babysitter," calls at work - which got the replies, "Give me your address, the administrator will pick you up," and "you knew yesterday that schools were going to be closed, find someone."

Then I slept til 3.30pm or so, and the snow has really picked up. It's just coming and coming.

You would think our road would be better plowed, what with the fire depr right across the street, but it's a mess. I'm not going anywhere today.

Cousin Dennis, however, is crazier than I am - when Mom called to tell him the shower that he fixed started to seriously leak this morning, he offered to come over and look at it. Crazy. But not unappreciated!

2/9/10
We're supposed to get another 10-16 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. It's supposed to snow all day tomorrow. I'm working the 11-7 shift tonight, and had better be able to get out of there in the morning! But in case I can't, I (again) threw my sleeping bag and overnight bag in the Escape. And the snow shovel. And the ice scraper. And the six-pack of Diet Coke.

I filled out an application with a travel nursing company. Maybe they can put me somewhere warm for the winter.

2/7/10
There's some bug going around at work, and I was feeling a little queasy last night, so I took today as a sick day. The snow is also making me tired. I don't know why, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I was rooting for the Colts to win the Super Bowl - so it was kind of disappointing when they lost. Not that I am a big football fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the New Orleans fans just annoyed me for some reason. I think it was the constant "Geaux Saints" signs - please. Spell. That isn't even how you'd say it in French.

2/6/10
I got home from work (in the snow), nearly everyone from the day shift made it in (and it was nice to see our administrator walk in at 5am, and offer to go pick up anyone who needed a ride). I was going to go back in at 6 or 7pm, but they called and said the shift was all covered, so I went back to bed instead, and now I'm going to go in around 9pm to relieve the weekend supervisor so she can go shovel out her car.

I got the steamer working - how easy was that - and made some sticky buns and shrimp shumai. Behold the power of boiling water! Gotta go back to that store more often (because no, I will not make my own dumplings).

2/5/10
I am not wishing my brother a happy birthday, because he is in Hawaii, and I am stuck here waiting for the snow to come. Feh.

I bought a bamboo steamer at the Asian grocery store, now I have to figure out how to use it (so I can make the sticky buns and shumai that I bought, too). They have the weirdest combination of foods - things I've heard of (rice, noodles, sauces), things I've never heard of (because the labels are not in English), and things I do not want to have heard of (container of pork blood, anyone?). But I stocked up on things from the first category, and some dessert-type things. Yum.

Going to work 11-7 tonight (snow? I don't see any snow), and if we get a lot of snow, who knows what time I'll get home tomorrow. But I don't have to work the evening shift tomorrow in exchange, so no double shift for me.

2/3/10
Oh look. Snow. It's already melting, which is a good sign. You'd think it was winter in the northeast or something. I didn't need the groundhog to see his shadow to know that there are six more weeks of winter. They should put that poor thing out of its misery.

Went to Life Uniform (where I discovered we get a 10% discount for working at my company). They're changing the dress code so nurses have to wear solid color scrubs (instead of prints, no one is happy about this), but the store didn't have any solid color tops (apart from the single pocket unisex ones). I'm going to wait until they start enforcing the policy. I have a handful of solids, but prefer the prints - so do most of the nurses and most of the residents.

My dentist must love me, because he always wants me to "come back in a week or so, to have some work done." I have to get another filling replaced and a new one put in (new cavity, what am I, 12 years old?). After I saw the dentist, I walked downstairs to my eye doctor (who takes my insurance, and was chosen solely on the convenience of their office) - turns out the doctor I saw last time moved to Long Island, but they still take my insurance, so I made an appointment with random doctor.

I remember hating Moby Dick in high school. And having just read Billy Budd, I have no idea why they assign Melville to high school students. I had to go and look up a lot of the references and allusions - and I consider myself a fairly intelligent person!

2/1/10
16 days til pitchers and catchers. Maybe it will warm up by then.

Got my flu shot at work today (we ran out for a while, which is why it's so late) - and I'll get the swine flu shot later this week. Not that I particularly care about catching it, but they're everyone who gets one (or both) gets entered in a raffle at work to win a flat-screen HDTV. I am a sucker for winning raffles, even if it comes with an IM needle attached.

-catherine

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