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5/31/05
Wow, the preview for the Rent movie looks great.

5/30/05
Jay had a fantastic dinner party tonight, Melissa and I drove over (with the top down, this weather rocks) - he made duck, shredded, with flour pancakes, cucumber, scallions (ala Peking Duck). Absolutely delicious. We also polished off some excellent Cabernet and a lot of Ben and Jerry's. It could not be better.

As Mary Phagan said, "Happy Memorial Day, Mr. Frank."

5/28/05
I'm glad I slept all day today - I didn't have to actually watch the 17-1 defeat of the Yankees to the hated BoSox today. But I did watch the Yankees kick their ass last night, so that was a big plus.

5/24/05
Why is it cold out? It's the end of May.

My cats are all happy that the kittens have gone to good homes (altho I got an email from the woman I brought one to on Sunday who said that her older kitten is not adapting to the visitor so well and the little one may need another home if that keeps up). Melissa also now has proof that Fiyero is the cutest kitten in the world. And having spent some time with him yesterday, I am tempted to agree!

later on 5/22/05
Yay Yankees! Beat the Mets two out of three in the subway series, part one. Part two is next month at Yankee Stadium.

I actually arranged with the new catmommy of the single kitten (the other two are going as a pair to a coworker of Tesse's) to bring him in tonight, so I did. She's terrific, and they bonded immediately. I know that's going to be a good pairing. I asked her to send pictures when he gets bigger!

Shucks. Marie's in the news. But as was pointed out by nearly everyone - the piano is blue??

5/22/05
Big news first - my official converting-to-Judaism service will be on Friday, June 17th! Yes, two days after graduation. I will undoubtedly be so confused that I will sing the Sh'ma at graduation and announce that my Hebrew name is Clamydia, which translates as "burning sensation" (the name I've actually chosen is Chanah, which means "grace," although I am not feeling too graceful today, what with overflowing the toilet and tripping over my own feet and all). I had planned to celebrate my graduation that night at Marie's, which will still happen, just as an official musical-loving Jew! I'm very excited. Meeting with the Rabbi on Wednesday morning and again next weekend to discuss further details. Anyway, if anyone wants to come, it'll be at 8pm at Beth Miriam in Elberon, they're right by the train station for all you city folk.

And yes, I'm psyched that I'm doing all of these big things while I'm 30. It's been a great year.

Also newsworthy - Melissa and I managed to break even in AC, which is a miracle. She taught me how to play "Spanish 21" blackjack, too - more than the basic "it has to add up to 21" rule. We had a super time and stayed up way too late, but we managed to roll out of bed this morning in time for the breakfast buffet (alas, we couldn't do the massive Sunday brunch because they don't start serving until 10am and we had to leave by then so I could go to class). Great trip.

Kittens have homes. Tomorrow they go to them.

5/20/05
TGIF indeed. Melissa and I are taking a much-needed rest break in AC tomorrow, and seeing Whoopi Goldberg, got free tickets and room. She's bringing Fiyero, I can't wait to see the little puffball.

And all of the kitties are spoken for - a friend of Tesse's is going to take the two that are eating from the saucer, and I found a home for the third one once he's off the bottle.

So I finally got around to watching The Phantom of the Opera DVD (aka the movie where everyone is now a soprano). Jeez. Let's see. We have Emmy Rossum as Christine, obviously coached to sing without moving any of her facial muscles; Patrick Wilson, who - as the friend of a friend - has done nothing wrong; and Gerard Butler, the youngest, unsexiest, uncharasmatic Phantom there has ever been. He's like Craig Bierko with a lisp. Where did the father figure stuff go? The devilish magic? There was a lot missing. And that backstory with Mme. Giry? And the Cats pose? And the... OK, I'm done. I did like Minnie Driver tho, and she didn't even do her own singing. She was fantastic. Oh, and the costumes were lovely.

5/18/05
Took the second predictor test, got my graduation uniform, set up some interviews. I am on a roll.

5/14/05
See what happens? I start listening to the Yankee games, and they start winning. We're only one game under .500 now. Kickass.

I've decided that every incontinent patient should have a rectal tube attached to continuous suction. It would make life easier.

5/13/05
Word of the day: Triskaidekaphobia.

Sucky things about the Yankees west coast roadtrip: games don't start until 10pm EST.

5/12/05
And then there were three... Melissa fell in love with the kittens - all of them - and decided to adopt her first choice. She took home the little white-ish one, who she prompty named Fiyero, after the character in Wicked ("the book, not the musical," she was sure to point out). I told her she needs a second one so they can play and frolic and keep each other company, but since this is her first cat, she's going to see how she survives the weekend and then make up her mind. The other three are still here and just as cute. I have some leads on homes for them that I need to followup on tomorrow.

Had a good day in the clinic - my clinical elective. I'm there for the next three weeks (and then back on my med/surg floor for one week and then we are done done done). I really like the clinic, the pace, the people etc. I ran into one of the ER nurses who asked if I was sure I didn't want the chaos of the ER, and I replied, "I like my chaos by appointment," which sums up the clinic.

As Melissa put it tonight - "You rescue stray animals. You immunize babies. You can quote Tino Martinez's stats. You're smarter than anyone I know. Tell me again why we're single?"

Sigh.

My calves hurt when I walk. I call it "intermittent claudication." Classmate Heather calls it "not getting enough exercise." She's probably right. I think it's because I wore heels yesterday (imagine, a day that I didn't have to wear my uniform or scrubs), and today I wore flats, so my muscles are getting stretched all over. That, and the not-exercising-apart-from-walking-at-work thing.

Car update: the Allstate appraiser and car shop agreed that the work will come to - at worst - $580. Which is $80 more than my deductable, and really not worth putting in a claim for. I'd rather pay that myself than have the premiums go up (tho I really don't think they could be any higher, jeez). So I called to cancel the claim, and I'm having the work done. It might be less than that amount, since they didn't know if a part needed to be replaced. It turns out that it wasn't the axle or the rear suspension, but rather a bolt that holds the piece that holds the axle in place. The bolt broke, and that's why the wheel slipped loose. So anyway, work being done, credit card being defrosted, rental car being driven. That's going to be the other major expense - with the basic charge and the full-coverage insurance, it's about $45/day. But hey, unlimited mileage.

later on 5/11/05
Useless product of the day: Neuticles.

5/11/05
One predictor exam down, two to go. I think I mentioned it already, that if we don't pass all three, we do the summer tutorial. It's optional to attend the tutorial if we do pass all three. I'm not too stressed out about the tests - I figure, if I don't know if by now, I don't know it. So I just review the topics that I feel unprepared on, and do lots of questions from my review book. We had to hand in proof that we did four hundred questions on the computer - I handed in 1200. And I'm doing more from the books and on the computer at home and work. I feel prepared.

Kittens - still adorable. That's not going to change. And Sheeba is still the queen of the baths. Two of the kittens are able to lap from a saucer, but we're still bottle feeding them all.

Because the internet is amusing, I have created my very own Nation State - Bentwick.

On a baseball note, I never liked Giambi, still don't like Randy Johnson, and have always loved Tino - his five game home run streak only adds to the attraction.

5/10/05
OK, I am mobile with an Allstate-covered rental car. It's so clean.

And congrats to Norbert on his second Tony nom. I knew it was coming.

The kittens? Still adorable. Still need homes. We have a little kitten routine worked out - food time, play time, bath time (starring Sheeba) - and they have also discovered "poop time" in the actual litterbox, which is a relief. Hopefully they'll be able to lick from a saucer in a few days instead of having to be bottle-fed.

5/8/05
Happy Mother's Day, Mom. Er, want a kitten?

We went up to PA last night to have dinner with Grandma, Aunt Linda and Uncle Peter for Mother's Day. We took the kittens because they need to be fed every few hours (and because they are adorable) - Uncle Peter (a man known for Vietnam War stories and large guns with freshly-made ammo) was sitting on the floor cooing at them within fifteen minutes.

Other news...
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the company Allstate deals with, is closed on Sundays. Every branch in the area. So I couldn't deal with renting a car today. Fortunately, classmate K. is staying over tonight, and she's going to drive me to school and to work tomorrow, then I just need to worry about how to get home from work tomorrow night. And I can deal with the rental car situation on Tuesday. Hopefully by then, I'll have an idea of how long it's going to take to fix the car, anyway.

Bought invitations for graduation today, since the school only gives us so many, and I have lots of people to invite. Did a lot of NCLEX-style questions from my books and on the computer. Played with the kittens - Melissa may take one, I emailed her some pictures and she's going to come over to the house after we go out (theatre in New Brunswick) on Thursday evening and see if they're as tempting in real life... of course they are, silly.

5/7/05
Well, I either cracked an axle or broke the rear suspension on my car, but needless to say, I really should not be driving. This is ridiculous. Long story short - I was coming through the Holland Tunnel and heard this clunking, like there was something in the trunk banging around. Stopped a gas station, noticed the tire was at an odd angle. Called Tesse (mind you, this is 3am) and asked if I could crash at her place. Parked at the gas station, took a cab to Tesse's, slept, got up today, called tow truck place in Matawan, got car and self towed to Sal's Tire in Matawan, awaiting repair. Allstate is going to cover it, except for the deductable, and they also pay for a rental car, so I need to organize that tomorrow.

Also rescued four kittens from behind the hospital - they're adorable. Any takers?

Oh and this was random - at Maries, outside, someone came over and asked, "Excuse me, but are you Catherine? I read your website! I love it!" and then proceeded to fawn as if I were a celebrity. It was a nice ego boost. I am famous in small circles.

And happy birthday Jen! I hope you enjoy the present.

5/5/05
Feliz Cinco de Mayo to Javier, wherever you are. Boston? I think?

I can't believe I'm thinking about moving back to the city. It seems like I just moved home yesterday. But I need to figure out the job thing and the money thing before making any decisions. Right now I have neither until I pass the boards. So for now, it's an incredibly fleeting fantasy. I miss living there, and the money would be better in the city, but on the other hand, I really love being home and the fresh air and driving everywhere and having space. So I really need to think about it a lot more than I have.

later on 5/4/05
Jay is in a funk, and I can completely understand why. His love life is down the drain and he's miserable. And what was going to be a fantastic trip to England for him is turning into a nightmare. I wish I could help more, but all I could do was offer a shoulder to cry on and hold him while he let it all out.

5/4/05
Good things today - we did our last graded project for the year. Missy, Jay and I are going out later. I got an email from someone I hadn't spoken to in years (or rather, who hadn't spoken to me in years). And I am actually awake.

5/1/05
Good lord, the Songs For A New World concert was amazing. Afterwards, Melissa, Tesse, DMT, Dona and I gathered at Missy's for pizza and video clips, and just had a good girly time. Haven't done that in a while. And I made Missy walk me past New York Presbyterian's uptown branch just to see how close it is (five minutes) to her apt.

And adding even more to the good day (good weather, great concert, friends who kick butt), Melissa bought me a keychain that reads, "I didn't lose the keys this time. I lost the whole damn car." just to remind me that the last time we were at Symphony Space, it took 45 minutes and several blisters to find where I'd parked it. Today we put it in the lot down the street from SS, and yet I still managed to walk right past it. "Ah, Catherine? Isn't this the garage?" "Is it? I thought it was down further!" So when we were leaving Melissa's apartment to come home, I made her give Tesse the directions to find the car, as she has the brain this week, obviously.

-catherine

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