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3/31/06
Someday, James and I will see a show that we want to stay past intermission for. Maybe the Rent benefit. Certainly not Encores tonight.

3/30/06
Ain't it the truth: Steinbrenner Names Johnny Damon As New Yankee Scapegoat

It finally feels like Spring around here. I have the screens down again and the cats are just soaking up the sun. Me, too. Bummer that we have to set the clocks ahead this weekend. I always hate losing that hour of sleep.

I'm seeing 70, Girls, 70 at Encores tomorrow night, and was going to see a show on Saturday until I remembered the daylight savings thing. I'll probably get home from work on Saturday and go right to bed.

One of my patients - who's a nurse herself! - told me tonight that I'm one of the most caring and competent nurses she's ever met. That feels so good to hear.

3/29/06
There's a management spot opening up at work. I know I've only been there six months, but I'm going to apply. Can't hurt to let them know I'm interested. Pro side - more management, more paperwork and organizaion (which I'm good at). Con side - salary instead of hourly, 8am-5pm hours (better than 7-3 tho, not as good as 3-11).

3/26/06
I cleaned five boxes of books from my room to take to the library, and it actually looks like I made some progress. There are three empty shelves (well, two, since I moved crap from the floor onto one of them). The last time I took books to the library, they said they don't take reference books or encyclopedias. I wonder if kids who're growing up today even know what an encyclopedia is. Or what it's like to go to the library to do research. Huh.

No Yankees game on TV today. Bummer. At least the absence of a current game to watch gave me the time to do some book-cleaning.

Today's "I defy you not to cry" book: Luckiest Man, the wonderful biography of Lou Gehrig.

3/25/06
Well, I got half of my plans in today. Went to the city, stopped at Tesse's (and found a fabulous parking spot) for the first part of her housewarming party. Then I went downtown to meet Steve for the Tarzan lottery, which we promptly lost. But we waited on the cancellation line and got 6th row center orchestra seats, which were great. I wanted to like the show, I really did. But it needs a lot of tightening up. I talked to Jim after the show and he said they're trimming some scenes and musical bits. I hope that helps. But it sounds great and looks terrific, visually it's stunning to look at. After the show, I took the subway back up to Tesse's to catch the tail end of her housewarming party and pick up my car from it's fabulous parking spot, and headed back home. I'm just too tired to get up early for Pajama Game cancellations. Another day. All I want to do is sleep until noon, watch the Yankees game tomorrow, take a nap, and go to the airport to pick up Mom.

3/24/06
I feel much better today. I think it's because I watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy yesterday (extended editions, too!). I crawled into bed around 4am, and slept til noon today. Now I'm working the 3-11 shift tonight.

Tomorrow I'm going into the city. Tesse's housewarming, Tarzan ticket lotto, trying to get rush tickets for Pajama Game and maybe meeting up with Missy Roden (back in NYC) for food on Sunday. I have to find a way to fill up the time on Sunday before picking Mom up at the airport at midnight.

3/23/06
I still can't breathe and my head is so stuffy. I'm miserable.

3/22/06
High praise indeed! The medical director of our facility praised me for being so efficient with everything today. That feels good.

And I was thinking all day that I was working the evening shift tomorrow, until I actually looked at my calendar and saw, no, I am working the day shift tomorrow. There goes my plan to go to the city. Ah well, will be there this weekend.

And also in the "I am a dork" category, I meant to buy blank DVD's, and when I opened the package today, they were blank CD's. And yeah, I checked amazon.com and that's what I ordered. What am I going to do with 100 blank CD's? Maybe I'll make a mobile.

And my sinuses are so clogged. How can they be clogged yet my nose is so runny? Ugh.

And (to start yet another paragraph with "and,") the Yankees are playing the Red Sox tonight.

3/21/06
The beauty of a day off is that I get to do all of my errands. Today was car day. I got the car inspected, got my license renewed, put air in the tires, had the brake place replace the lugnut-cover thing that they "lost" when they road tested the brakes, and got gas. Truly exciting.

3/20/06
Al Leiter retired. And Tanyon got the save yesterday. What an odd day.

3/18/06
Happy birthday, Keith!

Of course, my black leather pants still fit, too. Maybe that's more appropriate. Or the sassy dress that I didn't get to wear for New Year's. Man, am I glad I don't have any tough decisions to make today. Can you tell I'm tired of wearing scrubs every day? I dress up vicariously.

later on 3/17/06
I'm not torn. I'm going. And my sassy black bridesmaid dress from Eve's wedding fits again. It was too tight in the ribcage the last time I tried it on, but I tried it on again tonight and it fits. And looks great with the necklace that Jim bought me back in December. And I even have shoes that'll look great with it.

So much for my New Year's resolution to be more fiscally conservative.

3/17/06
Well, the brake pads on my car aren't completely worn out, but the rotors are rusted, they said. So I'm getting new rotors and having new pads put in as well. Better to spend the $350 now than to have the brakes go when I'm tootling along somewhere.

I got the invitation for the Rent 10th Anniversary benefit in the mail. I am so torn.

3/16/06
I can't believe the US Team was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic. Bummer.

However, I can totally believe that I'm getting $800 or so back from my taxes. I have to remember to email my accountant and tell him I did the EZ forms myself. Since I don't have any investment income anymore, which is why I got an accountant in the first place, this year was easy.

later on 3/15/06
I was all excited because an envelope with the return address of "The New York Yankees" came today, but it turned out just to be the 2006 ticket and fan information guide. The season tickets should be here any day tho!

3/15/06
I can't find the keys to the Tank anywhere. I could have sworn I actually left them in the ignition (and the car is sitting in the same place it has for the past three years, in the back of the driveway), and they aren't there. They aren't in the junk drawer, they aren't in the car itself, they aren't hanging on a hook near the back door, they aren't on the shelf where the pencil sharpener used to be. I have no clue.

Does anyone know how to start a Dodge Dart (or put it into a towable neutral) without the key? My former neighbor was interested in buying it, but I don't think he'll want it without the keys, so it's back to the idea of giving it to a tow-away place, but if they won't take it without the keys either, then what? Dismantle it piece by piece and throw it away? It's a car.

I'm annoyed.

3/14/06
Happy birthday, MissyMink! Yankees await us!

Good things: I got complimented on my overall work by my supervisor. I found the ESPN Radio station. I managed to get up this morning. Bad things: my brakes are making a mild grinding noise, so I'm taking the car to the shop on Friday. Have to get that fixed before I get the car inspected this month. I guess that's the only bad thing today.

And a whole article about Tanyon Sturtze. That's a good thing. Altho he did horribly in today's game. Which is a bad thing.

3/13/06
I made it to Marie's on Saturday night, for my friend Jack's first time on piano for a weekend late night - he usually plays the "happy hour" that ends at 10pm, but Dexter's been sick, so Jack filled in and did a great job. Jim called, he had gotten my postcard from Tampa, and he came down for a few drinks, too. I know we can't do the dating thing, but it was sure good to see him.

Yesterday I did nothing but sleep and watch the World Baseball Classic. I think Japan got robbed on the one call where the umpire said the baserunner left third early, but the USA team ended up winning, so I'm happy about that. And I was surprised that Puerto Rico beat Dominicana - I really expected the Dominicans to win!

Spring training news - "Yankees reliever Tanyon Sturtze (tired shoulder) looked good in his first appearance of the spring, needing only eight pitches to get three outs." Too bad they still lost the game.

I wanted to see Carnival last night with Michael at Paper Mill, but around 3pm I was just exhausted so I called to cancel. If only I had known that I didn't have to get up early today... I did get up at 6am and went into work, to discover that we were overstaffed for day shift and understaffed for 3-11, so I asked the director if I could flipflop shifts and come back at 3pm. She agreed, and I'm going to ask HR if I can make that a permanent switch, one more evening shift. That would thrill me. But right now it's 7.30am and I am going back to bed.

3/11/06
This weather is fantastic (and "fantastic" is my new favorite word). I have the windows open with the screens down and the cats are just loving that. Technically, tho, it's still winter, and as such the temp is supposed to drop back to the 40's on Tuesday. But yesterday and today were wonderful, and it wasn't such a hardship to come home from FL. Weather-wise, that is.

It was funny to watch the game on the YES network today. I kept saying, "Hey, I was just there," and trying to make little gestures to Mom to point out where the practice field is and where you have to cross Dale Mabry to get from the parking lot (or rather, the football field that you park on) to the stadium etc. Definitely going back next Spring.

later on 3/10/06
Oof, no Marie's for me - too tired. We had a massive dressing change, two discharges, and one new admission - all in the first hour of the shift, and it didn't slow down from there. I was on my feet all day and now I'm just plum exhausted. I'm off the weekend, so maybe I'll go in tomorrow.

I made my background picture on my computer one that I took of Tanyon, Joe Torre and Ron Guidry. Unfortunately, I am starting to think Tanyon is the Invisible Man, because all of the clear pictures I have are of the back of his head. All of the face pictures are blurry. I am just not meant to be a photographer. But the back of his head looks great in this picture.

3/10/06
Yes, yes, I DID bring this lovely weather home with me.

I'm working 3-11 today, but I left a message yesterday asking if I could take one more vacation day (since I'm off the weekend). They left me a message this morning saying they were seeing if anyone could work it and next time talk to a real person if you get the machine. I'm a dork. So with the short notice, I'll probably end up going into work, tired and sunburnt. But hey, I have the weekend off, so it isn't all bad. I do want to hit Marie's tonight or tomorrow, and Sunday I'm going up to Paper Mill to see Carnival, pending a freak snowstorm like we had the last time I wanted to go to Paper Mill.

(update: I am working today, Marie's after)

3/9/06
Man, to think - six hours ago I was *this* close to Tanyon Sturtze, watching him warm up with Mariano, and then working out in the bullpen. I had such a great trip - the Yankees went 2-1 in the games I saw, I shook hands with Mayor Guiliani and George Steinbrenner, saw Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson and Ron Guidry and most of the players up close, went on a dolphin-watching boat ride in Clearwater, finally met my friend Peggy from St. Louis in person, had a rental car with a sunroof, had my Sturtze jersey flashed on the fan-cam at last night's game, got sunburned all over, dipped my feet in the Gulf of Mexico, went to an incredible museum exhibit about the history of the Bible, and did I mention? I was *this* close to Tanyon Sturtze.

I totally want to go back next year.

3/6/06
They put up the info about the lottery for $20 tickets to the Rent benefit concert. The one where the cheap tickets are $1000. I wonder if the concert is going to be at the NYTW instead of the Nederlander.

Anyway. I'm off! I have everything packed into a carry-on (including my second duffel bag, so I can fill it with souvenirs and stuff), so I won't have to wait around when I get there. And I packed shorts and jeans (and an in-between skirt), and plan to leave my winter coat in the car when Mom drops me off - because I won't need it!

3/5/06
I really thought Brokeback Mountain would win best picture! I really did! Of course, it was the only one I saw out of the five. I'm lame. The only other surprise was the one for best song. Funny, but unexpected.

I am so ready for some sun and warmth and live baseball. YES got me in the mood today by showing the 2003 ALCS game with Aaron Boone sending the Sox back to Boston, so that was a nice thrill. I'm so ready to go. I'm glad Moose beat the Reds. I was beginning to think we were going to lose all the way to Opening Day. And hopefully Tuesday will be a full baseball day, as Team USA is playing in the World Baseball Classic against Mexico at 4pm. I hope my hotel gets ESPN, or whatever they're televising it on.

I can't believe Kirby Puckett had a stroke. I was just reading something about his retiring because he was diagnosed with glaucoma in 1996. He's so young - just 44. That's too young for a stroke.

3/4/06
I'm packed. I'm ready to go.

T-minus 48 hours until I am on the plane.

3/3/06
Ooh, YES is televising the Spring Training games. Live and on Yankees Encore (the edited versions). I am in heaven. Well, nearly. It looks so warm and sunny down in Tampa. I can't wait. And now you can look for me on TV.

Today's game was good - and close - up until the last run by the Phillies to win it 11-10. And how strange to see Tom Gordon in a Phillies uniform! I missed the first few innings of yesterday's game so I didn't have to see Johnny Damon in pinstripes. And now he and Derek and A-Rod and Al Leiter are all off to that World Baseball Classic, so they won't be in FL when I am. I hope Tanyon Sturtze pitches during one of the games I'm seeing. That would be amazingly cool for me. I guess I'll pack tomorrow after work, since Sunday is the Oscars (and hence, lounging on the couch). I honestly can't remember what 80 feels like, but I saw people on TV in both shorts and jeans, so I'll bring both. I'll stop rambling now. It's going to be such a disappointment to get back to NJ after the trip. OK. Done.

Guilty pleasure of the day: I did spend good money on Bode Miller's autobiography and I intend to enjoy every minute of reading it.

3/2/06
I can't believe the Yankees lost their first Spring Training game. To the Phillies, of all teams. They just need me there to cheer them on - and soon, soon, I'll be there. Two more days of work and then sun sun sun.

3/1/06
I had the weirdest dream last night. I woke up around 3am with the feeling that the entire inside of my body was vibrating, and I couldn't move. So I crawled out of bed (rolled, really) and picked up my cellfone, and tried to call 911. But I couldn't get the numbers right, I kept hitting the wrong ones. So I dragged myself across the hall into Mom's room, to the phone that - in real life - used to be in her library. I managed to call 911 but couldn't make any sounds and still couldn't unclench my hands or move my legs. That must be what having a stroke is like. And then I woke up and it was 3am and I was sweating and couldn't get back to sleep until nearly 6am. Good thing I'm working the 3-11 shift today. It was terrifying.

-catherine

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