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5/30/10
The evening supervisor asked if I wanted to work the overnight shift last night for some overtime - so of course I said yes. It was surprisingly similar to the overnight shift where I used to work. Will be a nice paycheck when the OT shows up.

Back to work for the 3-11 shift today. Next day off - Tuesday. Next day with a chance of thunderstorms? Do I even have to say it?

RIP Gary Coleman, Dennis Hopper and the Yankees bullpen.

5/29/10
Wow, apparently when I was in the city a month ago, I went through a red light (probably a yellow light turning red, because as we all know, that means "speed up"). So the city was kind enough to take a picture of my car and send me a $50 fine in the mail. When did they start doing that??

5/28/10
I had a splitting headache on the way to the game tonight. The woman I sit next to at the Stadium saved my life by sharing her Extra Strength Tylenol, and I felt well enough to stay through seven innings - capped off by Robbie Cano's grand slam. That's almost enough to take away a headache right then and there.

You know how annoying it is when you're in a long line of traffic - say, waiting to merge into one lane to get on the GWB - and cars just pull up to the front of the line and cut in? It's just as annoying to be stuck behind the driver who lets them all in! I mean you - NY DY4 83W in the Subaru Outback - stop letting all the line jumpers ahead of you! Annoying!

Anyway. Cranky from the headache. But glad the Yankees won.

5/26/10
Seriously, weather gods, I didn't mean like go right to 95 degrees without any warning. Sheesh. Was glad to be at work in the somewhat-airconditioning. This is my first week on my own at the new job, and I really, really like it. Good people, same work, better paycheck. Tomorrow's supposed to be a little cooler, and then I'm sure it will rain on Friday for the game.

5/24/10
It's almost June. Maybe it could warm up for a day or two? I'm tired of sitting around with fifteen layers and two pairs of socks on.

So yesterday I watched The Devil Wears Prada, The Blind Side and The Empire Strikes Back (happy 30th anniversary!) - an excellent movie-watching day. Oh yeah, and I watched A-Rod choke in the bottom of the ninth against the Mets. Will try to forget about that.

Sirius Radio has a deal where you can sign up for a lifetime (of the radio) subscription for what three years would usually cost. Sold!

5/23/10
Well, I gave some thought to going down to see the Lakewood Blueclaws play today, but guess what? It's cool and rainy.

I will therefore spend the rest of my weekend off curled up on the couch, sticking pins in my voodoo weatherman, and watching movies.

5/22/10
Iron Man 2 was enjoyable, but not as good as the first one. Love that parts of it were set in a futuristic Flushing, Queens - and no sign of the Mets in sight.

Off to make taco casserole and watch the Yankees win again.

Maybe.

5/21/10
Yay for first paycheck, and yay for it being already direct-deposited to my account. That was fast.

And yay for beating the Mets in interleague play. I don't care for interleague play - or for the Wild Card for that matter - since it takes away from having the best team in each league play in the World Series, but it isn't going away anytime soon. And if there were no interleague, we wouldn't be seeing the Yankees play the Diamondbacks next month in Arizona.

All done with work orientation - starting Monday I'm on my own. Same work, new people, better paycheck.

5/20/10
So Jorge is out 3-4 weeks. I'm sad for Jorge, but thrilled that Cervelli will be getting so much more playing time. Now to see who they call up to be HIS backup catcher.

I think the sun is out today.

Tomorrow is my first payday in a month. Can't wait.

later on 5/18/10
No movie tonight - they played the game starting at 8pm, so I watched that instead. Should have gone to the movie. My (now ex) coworker/friend Lori called to invite me over for a few beers, so I actually watched the end of the game at her house, and it was kind of sad. Watching Mariano blow two games this week and having Jorge out just makes me feel old, because these are the Yankees I grew up watching. At least Derek is the bionic man - he must have a decrepit portrait of himself in the attic.

Kudos to anyone who gets the reference.

My "to read" pile is out of hand. I'm getting started on some books that Tesse lent me before moving on to the books that I bought, before moving onto the books that Mom gave me this week. Lots of reading to catch up on.

5/18/10
Of course it's raining on my day off. It's supposed to warm up throughout the week, and then - wait for it - rain again on Saturday.

I was planning to go to the movies to see Iron Man 2, but all the movies at Strathmore were sold out. Probably because it's the free Optimum Rewards theatre around here, and it's still raining. I'll try to go on Saturday or Sunday (or if the Yankees/Red Sox game gets rained out, I'll go to the other movie theatre tonight).

5/17/10
I don't know which made for more thrilling TV - the end of the Yankees/Red Sox game (I heard the postgame on the radio) or the season finale of House (I watched it when I got home). That's a close one. Going to watch the encore of the Yankees game on TV now so I can see all the thrills.

5/16/10
I woke up early today - I was going to get up around noon anyway, so I could watch the beginning of the game before work, but the doorbell rang at 10am. It was the son of the landlord next door, asking if he could use our driveway to pull a junked car out of their yard. In order to that, I had to move my car. I was not amused to be woken up so early, but he did apologize. Since I couldn't get back to sleep, I watched Iron Man, which was a hoot - Tuesday I'll definitely go see the sequel (before the Red Sox game, that is).

Best cameo (as discovered by watching the bonus features)? Peter Billingsley, from A Christmas Story.

5/15/10
Oh, I think I'm going to like the 3-11 shift. It was so much less stressful than my old job, and the nurses I'll be working with seem really together. Looking forward to more of the same.

And I love my new pillows.

Ooh, with every other Tuesday off, I'll be able to take advantage of the Optimum Rewards card now - free movie Tuesdays at the theatre right down the road.

later on 5/14/10
Well, when they say 40% chance of thunderstorms, they also mean 60% chance of no rain at all, and we lucked out. And Cervelli with the triple! Oh, and A-Rod with the grand slam, that too. A great game all in all, we had a blast. The entire old Stadium has been taken down, it's just a big empty lot now.

I did indeed find the Iron Man DVD, but I don't think I'll be awake enough to watch it tonight. I also went to Macy's and splurged on hotel-quality down pillows, so I can sink into my bed. Extra special, since they were half off. I was surprised how expensive some of the pillows there were! These are pricier than I would have liked, so the half-off was the tipping point for me. Also went to Old Navy to find better-fitting jeans, the ones I had must shrunk a few inches. Either that or I got mysteriously taller.

5/14/10
It's Friday, and Dad and I are off to the Yankees game tonight. I swear when I woke up (by accident) at 8am, it was raining. But now it's noon and the skies look sunny and possibly even warm. I'm not sure how to take this.

I rented Sherlock Holmes on the onDemand thing after work yesterday, and really enjoyed it. I was hoping they'd have Iron Man available since everyone raved about it, and now the sequel is out in the movies, but they didn't. I have a discount coupon from Border's Books, so maybe I'll go grab the DVD before I go to the game.

5/12/10
Rain, rain, go away. Come again in a few years. It was so dark and cave-like this morning that I couldn't believe it was time to get up. Tomorrow is my last day on the 7-3 shift. It's been fun, and the people are great, and I would love to keep doing it, but I simply cannot drag myself out of bed at 5.45am any longer.

5/11/10
On the way home yesterday, Mike Francesca was interviewing Bill Madden of The Daily News, whose new book about George Steinbrenner came out today. He made it sound so engrossing that I had to run out after work (how weird does that sound) today and buy it. As soon as I finish what I'm reading now, I'll dig in.

American Repertory Theater up in Cambridge, MA is doing a musical about the Red Sox later this month. I might have to go back to Boston for a quick trip.

5/10/10
Home, tired of traffic.

Did the Fenway tour this morning (and got to go on the warning track which was cool), then drove drove drove back down 95, hit traffic in the Bronx, detoured over the Triboro and back home. And now I have to go to bed at 9pm because I have to work days tomorrow through Thursday.

Am most happy with the vast amounts of seafood ingested in Boston, and with not getting killed (or starting any fights with any Red Sox fans, most of whom were - sad to say - well-behaved and intelligent). I may have lost a few fingers to frostbite, however.

5/9/10
We didn't sweep, it was cold and freaking windy at Fenway - despite my five layers and two pairs of socks and my blanket, we left in the sixth - and there is no way to get back on route 90 from Boston. I have never ever been able to find it and tonight was no different, so we had to drive on route 20 with all the traffic lights and it took forever to get back to the hotel. Ugh. Headache.

Going to soak in the hotel tub.

5/8/10
Beautiful - but WINDY - day for baseball. My friend Alan and I drove down to Philly (making good time except for the half hour we sat on rt9 due to bridge construction in Englishtown). I love Citizens Bank Park, it's just so beautiful to sit and watch a game. And the cheesesteaks are to die for. And the Phanatic is the best mascot - if you must have one, have him. The Phillies ended up losing, but it was still nice to sit in the sunshine for once. Kept an eye on the Yankees/Red Sox score during the game (we ended up whipping their ass again - with Cervelli getting five RBI's). And as a bonus, I used a different set of directions to the ballpark, so when we were leaving, I didn't end up getting lost on the way back to NJ, like I usually do. Will save those directions for future reference!

While I was going through things in my purse, I found the Trenton Thunder schedule and saw that they were playing a 7pm game today, so we left Philly at the 7th inning stretch and drove to Trenton (halfway between Philly and home anyway) to go to the game. Lots of Philly fans there who must've had the same idea - the game was packed with 6,000 fans. Also really windy, there was trash blowing all over the concourse. I ended up buying a new Thunder fleece hoodie because it was getting chilly in the middle of the game.

Tomorrow - Boston. Leaving at a relatively early hour (but late enough to avoid rush hour), and meeting my high school friend Elana and her husband up in Beantown for the game.

5/7/10
Happy birthday Jenben! I hope it doesn't snow any more up there.

We're having beautiful Spring weather this week, so it's been kind of nice to be done with work at 3pm. One more week (well, Tues Wed and Thurs) on the day shift, and then next Saturday I start on 3-11. I'll miss having my afternoons free, but that's about it. Meeting more and more people at the new job that I know, which is nice, and finding my way around (literally). Got my new schedule, I'll be off every other weekend, and every other Tuesday and Friday (I gave her the list of Fridays I have Yankees tix for, and most of them fall on the "every other," except for two that I'll just have to switch days for).

Off to Philly in the morning for the Phillies/Braves game, then off to Boston on Sunday for the Yankees/Red Sox game. Staying over Sunday night so we can do the Fenway tour on Monday.

So of the "core four" on the Yankees: Posada is out with a sore calf, Mariano has tightness in his left side, and Andy Pettitte has a sore elbow. Derek Jeter, watch your back.

5/6/10
Survived the 7-3 shift today, but man, how on earth do people get up that early every single day? Tomorrow is also 7-3, then off til Tuesday. I have to find the staffing woman tomorow since she had already left by the time I thought about looking for her.

5/5/10
Day one of new-job orientation went well! Lots of paperwork to fill out etc. I have to orient all this week and part of next week on the day shift, which will be rough for me. But after that it's back to evenings and nights. Tomorrow I have to meet with the staffing woman to go over my schedule, because the schedule she gave me had me working every Friday, and I had specifically told the DON that I can't work on Fridays. So they're going to look it over (and I gave her a list of the days I cannot work) and we'll go over it tomorrow. And I told her I don't mind doing double shifts, so maybe she'll work that in.

Turns out I do know a handful of people there, including an 11-7 nurse that I worked with at my per-diem job two summers ago - it'll be good to see them all again.

I asked if I could not-work this coming Monday, since I have tix for the Yankees-Red Sox game up in Boston Sunday night, and they said OK. That makes me happy, I didn't want to have to drive back after the game on Sunday night.

later on 5/4/10
Oh, now I'm glad we didn't go to the game, because I would have forgotten to set the VCR for it. But since we stayed in, I got to watch it on TV and see Cervelli go 3-for-3 (and a sac bunt) with a triple, plus this great catch over the dugout rail. It was his game all the way. Love.

5/4/10
Not going to tonight's game - a) it looks like the heavens are about to open and it's really windy, and b) I have to get up at 6am tomorrow! Work orientation is only a half-day, but it's the first half of the day.

Funny this: I started at my last job on 10/10/05, and am starting this job on 5/5/10.

5/3/10
I remember three things about my last trip to US Cellular Field (fka Comiskey): Frank Thomas hitting his 400th home run, the fact that you have to go outside on one of the terraces to see the skyline (because they oriented the ballpark backwards for some unknown reason), and that guys selling margaritas from a big backpack come through the stands. The last two are still there. The White Sox beat the Royals, 5-1, and we left before having to suffer through Kyle Farnsworth pitching for the Royals. The Cell has fantastic food - had a sliced brisket sandwich and some churros, and I was eye-ing the corn-on-the-cob (served sliced off the cob) with myriad toppings, but I'll have to come back for that one.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation does some fantastic tours of the city, had perfect weather today for the 90 minute riverboat tour.

Back home tomorrow, then to the Stadium to watch the Yankees beat up on the Orioles again (Posada strained something during tonight's game, Cervelli had to come in in the 5th, I wonder who we'll see tomorrow), and then Wednesday I start my work orientation at the crack of dawn.

5/2/10
Wrigley reminds me a lot of Fenway, but with better food. They have bison dogs. Delicious. And the Cubs beat the D-Backs 10-5. There were one or two protesters (against AZ's "you'd better be a US citizen" law, which I happen to agree with, in spirit), but nothing major.

We saw the touring production of Stomp tonight, which was fantastic. I saw it many moons ago in the city, and there are some bits that stuck in my head (the Zippos, the giant trash cans) so I was happy to see it again. The theatre where it's playing (which is right downstairs from the hotel) - is where we camped out for the Rent tour also many moons ago. I have a pic of me, Jen and Missy on the line in front of those very doors! In the snow! It made the Rent movie documentary.

later on 5/1/10
Up early for the flight to Chicago, and the city is just as I remembered it - beautiful architecture and more homeless people than in New York. Eh. Walked around the theatre district (where the hotel is), admired the Palmer House's renovated lobby, watched some of the Polish Day parade, and went to the Art Institute to see "Sunday in the Park" in the flesh again. I love this museum.

Went to see Billy Elliot too - the tour is in Chicago. I hadn't seen it on Broadway. And I can't fathom how it won "Best Musical" at the Tony's. Except for the kid who played Billy, I was underwhelmed by the whole thing - characters, staging, score, book, pacing etc. I loved the movie, however, so I'm kind of sad that the show wasn't better.

Can't wait to start working again - I've gained eight pounds since I stopped. Probably because I'm not walking around as much as I do when I'm at work. I went to the hotel fitness center and did an hour on the treadmill/elliptical to help.

Jeez, I go away and they find a car bomb in Times Square.

5/1/10
I bet Mark Teixeira is really happy that it's May.

Great game last night, we won 6-4, Derek knocked in four runs and Mo got the save. The usual. Except for the lack of rain. I almost didn't recognize my Stadium-neighbors without the umbrellas. Had delicious Asian noodles for dinner.

Off to Chicago for the weekend (last weekend of "vacation" before I start the new job on Wednesday). At the Stadium last night, I finally waited in the ticket-exchange line to replace my raincheck tix from last season, and also the $5 tix vouchers that season tix holders get, so I got free tix to Tuesday night's game against the Orioles (we get home Tues at noon, come home to unpack, and head back out to the Stadium), and also got tix for three games later this summer. Not sure if I can use them yet since I don't know my work schedule, but I'm sure I will find friends to give them to if I can't go.

-catherine

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