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3/31/11
Apparently it's raining in the Bronx. On Opening Day. It had better stop by 10am local time, so I can watch Mike Mussina throw out the first pitch! But seriously... rain?

I was thinking about signing up for the DirectTV MLB Extra Innings package, to watch all of the Yankees games, but if I do that, I'll never leave the apartment. They're doing a free trial for the next ten days, so maybe I'll check it out first.

Mom sent over my NJ nursing license renewal form, which came in the mail in NJ. I inactivated my license, which means that I don't pay any fees, and if I want to work in NJ in the next five years, I just have to re-apply for licensure and show proof of my continuing education credits.

3/29/11
The local news is having their "guess the first 100 degree day" contest. The weather folks are saying it might be Friday. Definitely in the 90's on Thursday and Friday. Thursday I'll be lounging in front of the Yankees game, then at the staff meeting, then at Fiddler on the Roof over in Tempe, and Friday I shall be lounging poolside with a pina colada. Bring on the heat.

3/28/11
Sigh. Spring Training is coming to an end - I can't get to any more ST games because of having to sleep during the day. But what does the end of Spring Training mean? The start of the regular season!

Cooking - or preparing to - today. I hit the grocery store right after work (there's no crowd at 7.30am), and after I woke up, made banana bread to take to work and potato salad to have with my hot dogs on Opening Day Thursday. And I prepped everything to make sausage and peppers and lemon chicken and baked beans, so I'll do those tomorrow or Wednesday. Gotta fill up the freezer again, I'm down to my last enchiladas.

3/26/11
So I got home from the theatre around 10pm last night, and as I was getting settled into the couch for a fine night of TV-watching, the phone rang. It was work, asking if I wanted to come and work the overnight shift as a floor nurse, to make some overtime. I knew there was a reason I slept all day yesterday - got through the shift just fine (I hardly knew any of the residents, but I had two excellent aides who knew them all). After work, I went to the IHOP up the street for the bacon omelette (was craving both bacon and eggs), and now I'm going back to bed, so I can go back to work for my 12-hour shift tonight. The next paycheck will be a nice one.

3/25/11
I went to see The Drowsy Chaperone at the local dinner theatre - the one where Erin's friend Heather is going to be working - and I was surprised how good it was! The production was excellent, the theatre was beautiful, and the menu looked good. Next time I'll have to get dinner, too. I just went for the show. They're doing a bunch of shows this season and next that I want to go and see.

Catherine Skidmore, Broadway connisseur, at a dinner theatre. Enjoying it. I should have taken a picture.

3/24/11
Aaaah, got up and showered and ready to go to the bi-weekly supervisor's meeting, and found a voicemail on my phone that it was cancelled. Rescheduled for next week, which is Opening Day, a day I'd planned to spend in front of the TV with ESPN. Which reminds me, must buy hot dogs and make potato salad and baked beans.

So I went for a drive to see the waterfall. Yes, we have a waterfall in Phoenix, over near Scottsdale. Smelled very salty, and the spray felt great.

And I rearraged the couch and coffee table so they're angled more towards the TV, so I don't have to crane my neck when I'm watching. I also get a better view out to the patio now. Small move, big improvement. I need to get a table for behind the couch now, I'm thinking about a Talavera-tiled one from The Town Dump up in Cave Creek - maybe I'll get it when Mom and I go shopping there.

Three weeks til the Grand Canyon with Dad and Ann - can't wait! It'll be great to spend the night in Flagstaff, I really liked walking around the historic downtown. Hopefully there will be no wildfires this time around.

3/23/11
Yay, got my tix exchanged for the games I can't use. Life is good.

3/22/11
My season tickets came in the mail. I'm used to the FedEx envelope from the Yankees with brochures, and discount coupons etc, and this was a plain envelope with the tickets rubberbanded together. I guess that's why they were so much cheaper. Anyway, I'm going to call my ticket rep tomorrow to work on exchanging the ones I can't use. So I have to bring my calendar and the schedule to work tonight, and hope it's another peaceful shift, so I can figure all that out.

3/20/11
It could have been a lot worse, with the moon and all. It was certainly busy at work, which I like, because you keep moving.

Ah, Sunday. I got home at 7.30am, took a bath (love the waterproof Kindle case, have I mentioned?), had breakfast, mistakenly gave the cats a little milk, cleaned up the cat vomit, and went to bed at 9am. Woke up at 4.30pm, showered, had dinner, vacuumed up the carpet cleaner stuff, watched some of the Yankees/Phillies game, packed my lunch for work, and I'm getting ready to head back out for my second 12-hour shift. I got a lot of good feedback from the other weekend supervisor, that I'm doing a good job. I like to hear that.

3/19/11
Tonight is the so-called "Super Moon," I hope my shift as supervisor goes smoothly. Full moons do tend to bring out the crazy in people.

Went to the movies yesterday to see Limitless, which was fun, and there are worse ways to spend two hours than by staring at Bradley Cooper. And other than that, it's been a very uneventful couple of days. I actually stayed up late reading and then slept til 3pm today. Getting ready for work now.

I haven't gotten my season tix in the mail yet - if they aren't here by Monday, I'm going to email my ticket rep. The first game is on the 29th (and it's a game I can't go to, so I want to switch the tickets for another game), so I'm hoping they actually show up soon.

3/17/11
No, I did not have a green beer at the Dodgers/DBacks game, sorry to report. It looked sketchy. I did have three giant lemonades tho (almost as good as the lemonade at Steinbrenner Field, but not quite sweet enough). I was out on the lawn seats (crowded today, thanks to Spring Break and the holiday), and wound up talking with my neighbor, a Yankees fan from Philly, and the guys behind us, Red Sox fans from Phoenix. We had a blast.

After the game, I swung by the Westgate center (a big outdoor mall) to see where the movies are, since that's where Mom and I are seeing Die Walkure when she comes out. Looks like a nice place to walk around, too. And then I went to Lowe's to buy longer chain-pulls for my ceiling fans and some new area rugs. I don't like the tan carpeting in the apartment, but there's not much I can do about that other than cover it up!

And then I treated myself to a fantastic sushi dinner at the place around the corner. Surprisingly good for being in the middle of a desert - but I suppose the fish is fresh because they *have* to fly it in. Their seaweed salad was also great, and a big enough portion that I have leftovers now. The kitties are upset that I have fish breath and didn't bring them any fresh tuna.

later on 3/16/11
Instead of going to the game, I had the urge to watch the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert, which I DVR'd last week. Alfie Boe (who I loved in la Boheme on Broadway in 2002) and Norm Lewis! The only bad part of the entire thing was Nick Jonas, cast purely for name value, since he had no talent for theatrical singing. Everyone else was terrific, and I enjoyed it. Makes me want to read the book again, if I ever get done re-reading the Outlander series.

3/16/11
Work called and asked if I wanted to pick up some hours today helping with admissions - by the time I called back, they had found someone. But I did offer to come in tonight if they need help reviewing the charts etc. So instead, I spent some time in the pool (shocker). I was going to go to the Rangers game tonight, but it turns out that it starts at 6pm, not 7pm - and it's already 5.30pm. So I'm going to go to the Mariners game instead, that one does start at 7pm.

3/15/11
I'm so glad I have the three days off in a row, because on my night-shift days, I get nothing done. I got off work at 6.30am, dropped off my library books, cashed my winning scratchoff lotto ticket, had breakfast and went to bed. Got up at 3pm, watched yesterday's House, went to get the mail, had something to eat, and went back to bed for three hours. And now I'm getting ready for work again. What a wasted day.

Er, not that I have anything to do this week besides go in the pool and go to a couple of baseball games, but you know.

3/14/11
The night as supervisor went well, I think. No major disasters, and we got everything done on time and ready for the morning shift. Tonight and tomorrow are my regular 8-hour shifts as a floor nurse.

It was a good mail day! My NJ tax return came, and my girl scout cookies (that I ordered from my friend Shannon in KY) came, too! So now I can start laughing when I read that "one serving is two cookies," like I do every year. Yay!

85 degrees and sunny - gonna go sit in the pool for a while.

3/13/11
Tonight is my first night as supervisor for the 7p-7a shift. My biggest worry is staying awake for the whole shift, since I still don't know when to sleep for this weird shift, and couldn't fall asleep for a nap when I tried. Lots of caffeine, I'll get through it.

Mid-March heat wave! I broke out the oscillating fan, and that, along with the ceiling fans and keeping the blinds closed, is keeping it cool in here. It's supposed to hit 89 by Wednesday, so I may get to test out the air conditioning. Next week it's going to drop down to 70 or so, and possibly rain next Monday.

Every single person that I've talked to - when told where I moved from and that I moved for the weather - has asked me, "Have you been here for the summer yet?" I'd rather have three months of heat then three months of snow. But ask me again in August.

3/12/11
Had a blast in Tucson, and met Diana Gabaldon, to boot! The drive down took forever, there was massive traffic on the I-10. So I called Jolene to say I was running late, and she pushed back our dinner reservations. We went to a very cool place called the Abbey (I had the duck crepes and the baked brie, yum). Stayed over at her house, and this morning we went down to Tucson (they live about a half hour north) to the University of Arizona campus, where the giant book fair was. Man, if I ever needed BOOKS, this was the place. There were loads of exhibitors and authors doing signings, in addition to the interviews and panels etc. We went to the interview that Diana was doing at 10am, which was just a lot of fun. She was doing a panel at 2.30pm, but we didn't want to hang around all day in the heat. Had a Sonoran hot dog for lunch from a cart there (not as good as the ones from El Guero Canelo, but not bad, either).

I breezed past Phoenix on the way home to detour through Cave Creek again, since I love the store where I bought the tin-framed mirror. I bought two more, and two Talavera vases, now to figure out where to put them! Cave Creek on the weekend reminds me (happily) of New Hope, complete with bikers up the wazoo.

Oh and it hit 91 on the car's thermometer yesterday.

3/11/11
Maybe the world's going to end in 2012 after all, what with all the earthquakes and tsunamis etc.

Headed to Tucson tonight. Tomorrow is the Tucson Festival of Books, and Diana Gabaldon is doing two talks. So I'm staying over at my friend Jolene's tonight, and we're going to check it out in the morning. Should be a fun day.

3/10/11
It's about 85 degrees out (I am legally obligated to tell you that), and I went out to Camelback Ranch in Glendale to watch the Dodgers/Padres game. Sprawled out on the lawn with my Kindle and my bottle of water. It's a beautiful stadium and complex, with very little in the way of food choices. I was disappointed in that. Tho you can tell they share the park with the White Sox, because they have that only-in-Chicago bright green relish. And after five innings or so, I came home to sit in the pool for an hour, with my Kindle and my bottle of water. Running a load of laundry now so I have clean scrubs for next week, and then I'm going to veg out on the couch and watch the Yankees game. Good day off.

The weather forecast for the next ten days goes back and forth between "mostly sunny" and "partly cloudy." What's the difference? It's going to be above 85 every day.

3/9/11
I guess I could have stayed awake after work and gone to a ballgame, but I went to bed and got up around 3pm. Got my brows done and a pedicure, did my grocery shopping, bought a blender, and went to the movies. I saw The Adjustment Bureau, which was alright - I did wonder how they could be walking downtown, decide to get a bite to eat, and end up at Fort Tryon park a second later, when they had to be back downtown at the Brooklyn Bridge in the next scene. Artistic license, I guess.

3/8/11
Took one look at the thought of rush hour traffic, and decided not to go to Scottsdale. Bought the (unautographed) book for the Kindle instead.

3/7/11
My second 12-hour shift was also uneventful, and I'll be ready to go on my own as the supervisor next weekend (Sunday, actually, since I need off Sat for going to the bookfair in Tucson). I came home this morning and went right to bed until 3pm or so, then had dinner, read for a bit, and napped from 6 til 8.30pm. I taped House, will have to watch it tomorrow, or more likely Wednesday.

Clive Cussler is doing a signing for his new book tomorrow, over in Scottsdale. It's at 7pm, which is do-able since I don't go to work til 10pm, but I'll have to see how much sleep I get and how much energy I have for the 45 min drive over.

Off to work again! Only eight hours tonight!

3/6/11
Oh man, the 12-hour shift knocked me on my ass. I'm not used to it yet, and figuring out how to sleep on Saturdays is going to take some figuring out. I got home this morning about 7.15am, had breakfast, and went right to bed until 4.30pm. So Sunday is shot - back to work tonight for another 12 hours. Tonight should be busier than last night was, which is good, since keeping busy keeps me alert.

And happy birthday, Francisco.

3/4/11
I don't think a day off can get any better. Went to the Mariners/Reds game (had a pina colada, sat in the sun). Came home and went in the pool (love my Kindle's waterproof case, sat in the sun). Lounged for a bit on the patio with Stephen King's Under the Dome (needless to say, sat in the sun). And I'm about to watch the Yankees/Red Sox Spring Training game on the MLB Network (can see the sun from the couch).

Need to get a blender so I can make pina coladas at home. I would go get one now, but I don't want rush hour traffic to ruin my day.

The news about Francisco Cervelli's broken foot is bad enough. Trying not to dwell on it.

Oh and Best Buy called - my (original) laptop is ready to be picked up. I'll get it tomorrow, have to figure out what to do with two laptops now.

later on 3/3/11
Or I might lounge poolside for a while, and then fall asleep on the couch.

3/3/11
Made it through a very uneventful overnight shift, and slept til 1pm. It's lovely out, so I might go lounge poolside for a while, and then check out the evening game down in Goodyear tonight.

3/2/11
Francisco Cervelli is catching the Yankees game today, so I'm going to stay in and watch it live on the MLB Network (god bless the MLB Network) instead of going out to a game. And then I can go back to bed so I'll be up for the overnight shift. Tomorrow and Friday will be go-to-the-ballpark days, it's supposed to be - wait for it - warm and sunny.

Bought my tix for the tour of Fiddler on the Roof and the production of Lost in Yonkers (starring Judy Kaye!) that are coming into town in about a month. Now that I'm moving on to my regular work schedule, I can start planning things to do with my days off.

3/1/11
March comes in like a... well, it's going to be 80 this weekend. Is that a lion or a lamb?

Today was my last day of orientation on the evening shift, tomorrow I'm on the overnight shift, and then I'm off Thurs and Fri, and start my "regular" schedule on the weekend. I'll orient as supervisor on the weekend, and I'm not sure if Mon and Tues will be night-shift-orientation days or work-as-a-real-nurse days. I guess I'll find out and see how comfortable I am after tomorrow's shift.

Our facility offers a free clinic (to act as primary care doctor), so I went by this morning to meet the doctor, have a quick physical, and get my prescriptions refilled. The doctor there is fantastic, it wasn't crowded, and I didn't feel rushed. Definitely a nice perk of working there. And tomorrow morning I go back to the dentist (and then most likely to a baseball game and then back to bed for a nap).

-catherine

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