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11/30/04
ICU is exhausting! I'm way too tired this week.

Jon and I did the dinner-and-talk thing on Friday. Sort of awkward at first since we hadn't seen each other or talked in two years, but things are looking up. And - having learned my lesson about writing about relationship stuff here - that is all I have to say about that. But it's good.

11/26/04
Mmm, food coma.

11/25/04
Happy Thanksgiving.

This morning, I was hoping to sleep in, but I forgot that the marching band and the homecoming parade go right in front of the house. Damn, that was loud. It was much more fun when I was marching in it. So I went back to bed - windows open, since it was 60 and sunny out - until 2pm, and then went to work. We had so much food - I worked with Joan and Joan on the B side, and we were ready to fall into a nap after eating. Delicious. I got Joan's recipe for her chili cheese dip, which was amazing, and I think I'm going to make it for the holiday party that my friends Robert and Chris are rumored to be throwing in their new apartment next month.

Tomorrow - no school, no work. I can sleep late, and I think I'm going to go to the city. I need to get my brows done, meet up with my friend Jon, and maybe - being Black Friday and all - hit the Union Square bazaar. Tho since tomorrow is the first day it's open this year, I may not, it'll probably be swamped.

11/24/04
Could this week be dragging by any more slowly?

This week, we're in ICU/CCU for clinical. It's med/surg intensified. Even tho the nurse/patient ratio is much lower, the workload and stress is so much higher. Our nurse was terrific, she really had her time prioritzed and managed well. It was a great experience all around, and next week we get to do it again. There was an interesting, once-in-a-lifetime medical case that was being transferred up to CCU (with a condition that the doctor said most people drop dead from). I ran into the head of cardiology in the elevator, and asked him if he could show us the echocardiogram, and he said he would do a presentation for our clinical group on Monday - how cool is that! I can't wait.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I'm celebrating by working. We're having a culture-ish day tomorrow, everyone is bringing in a food dish from their country. What am I bringing? Vegetables and dip - because I can't cook. And hey, veggies are healthy and reasonably American.

11/20/04
Well, technically the 21st, but any time I can save before mailing my bills helps. The way I've done the math, I have -$124 in my bank account. So if I can wait until Thursday, which is payday, to mail them, I should be better off.

Of course, having negative amounts of money didn't help in AC. We had a typical night of losing. Let me tell you, the Borgata's rooms are amazing! And the bathroom! I want it for my future home. Glass-enclosed shower, toilet in its own separate room. I had a wonderful night's sleep. Today we woke up, bought breakfast with our comp dollars, and decided to drive to Bucks County. Well, we got to Philly and decided to drive around there instead. I found the Mutter Museum again - the place with all of the disfigured babies in jars and siamese twins and other medical oddities - so we explored that, and then went to look at the block of buildings that are covered in mosaics, and then to Whole Foods (delicious!). So, upon leaving Philly, we took 95 north, thinking we'd get onto 95 in NJ and head home, but we saw the signs for New Hope, and since it was only 3pm, followed our original plan and went there for some holiday shopping. I love New Hope, and I love that the store that sells only cat supplies and treats has this gigantic carpet-covered tower (the sister model to the little one we have) on sale. But it just will not fit in the car. Alas alack.

Home, dinner, give catnip to cats, and Marie's with Tesse. Small world moment du jour: someone at MC touched my arm and asked if I used to live on Gold St - it was the guy from the 5th floor that I always used to run into in the elevator! I told him it was a shame we never touched on the topic of showtunes while we lived near each other, since I spent a good part of 2001, while unemployed, at Marie's. Small world indeed.

They screwed up my schedule at work - again. I'm supposed to work tomorrow (technically, today), but the supervisor left a message on the machine that said I was scheduled to be there today - and not tomorrow at all! Which is the opposite of what I requested. So they don't need me as yet for tomorrow, but if anyone calls out, they'll ask me to come in. I need the money, but right now I'm tired and annoyed at work.

Holy cow - I know Cy Coleman died this week, but so did dancer Gregory Mitchell, who I've admired since seeing him in Aspects of Love. Amazing dancer, and sweetheart of a man.

11/19/04
Life is crazed, and yet I can't imagine how we found time to get some of the holiday decorations up already! Mom and I are off to AC tonight to pick up a free gift cert that I earned, and to press our luck. Well, her luck. I'm poor.

11/9/04
Oh OK, now that I have the EKG measuring thing figured out, it's kind of fun. I can do all of the measuring, but it's the analysis that I have trouble with on some of them.

The news said the "S" word today - "we may have rain, but not snow, on Friday." I love snow. I love this weather - it's my favorite time of year.

And Raul in Chitty Chitty? Why am I always the last to know!

later on 11/7/04
Ooh. I went to the bookstore to see if I could find EKGs for Dummies, and then realized that I didn't want to spend $30 on a book that I would only be using to get through the next few weeks of class (because seriously, critical care is probably not where I will be working and the stuff just confuses the heck out of me). Instead, I am now the proud owner of the incredibly huge Complete Book of New Yorker Cartoons, complete with two cd's containing every single cartoon ever published. Now, if only I had unlimited time...

Also picked up new Clive Cussler (Oregon files, not Kurt Austin, that one I'm waiting for paperback), new Nora Roberts (paperback new, not hardcover new) and a book about houses in the woods, so I can clip out more pictures for my "future dream home" files.

11/7/04
Well, I meant to go to the city last night after work (no, not my usual weekend to work, but I switched days with Karen because she wanted yesterday off), but I came home, took a shower, and promptly fell asleep, still wrapped in towels. So that didn't pan out. So instead, I'm driving in today - seeing a matinee with Michael and then going to dinner. And I have some Macy's gift certificates to spend, so maybe I'll go to the big Macy's and do some shopping.

11/4/04
Happy six-years-in-NY, Jay!

Today's moment of Zen: back during the Heather/faux-Munchausen-by-Internet saga, I'd been exchanging emails with Dr. Marc Feldman, an expert in the field of factitious disorders (which we covered in class this week). My interest being piqued because of the class lecture, I looked in the index of his book, Playing Sick, to see what info he had on internet use and factitious disorders - and to my surprise, found a blurb and email quote about Heather that I had included in the info I sent him! How cool, kind of. I knew I should have read the book earlier. It's on page 168, and they changed her name to Arlene. It was seven years ago, but it won't go away. There's also a quote from - I think - Melissa Anelli in there, too.

And the book is fascinating - people are really screwed up.

11/3/04
Well, the only positive outcome of this presidential election is that the folks over at Avenue Q won't have to change their line about George Bush. Ugh.

It looks like I picked up some extra theatre work with Kevin - carpentry and painting. Their production of The Matchmaker opens next week, and there's still plenty to do. I also gave him numbers for everyone I know - everyone, that is, who isn't dangerous around power tools.

Thought for the day:

Baseball is better than democracy - at least democracy as it's practiced in this country. You see, baseball acknowledges loss. While conservatives say, "Leave things alone, no one will lose," and liberals say, "Interfere a lot, no one will lose," baseball says, "SOMEONE WILL LOSE!" Not just says it, insists upon it. Democracy is lovely... but baseball's more mature.

From Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg

11/2/04
Get out and vote, already. I remarked to the woman at the polling place (fire department, across the street) that for the last local election, I was voter #10 or #11. It was a relief to see that I was #289 this time. People really are coming out in droves. This is the first time I can remember there being a line at the Matawan polling place, too.

Only one more psych clinical to go!

-catherine

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