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10/31/05
I'm being a nurse for Halloween. I think I can pull it off convincingly.

10/30/05
Like the radio commercials say, "you go to B&H!" The battery for my camcorder died and wouldn't charge, so this morning I went to B&H and bought a new one. That store is amazing, not only are all of the employees (that I saw) Orthodox, they have everything you could possibly need for video and photo supplies. After the holidays, when I start to move all of my VHS stuff to DVD (my New Years resolution), I'm going to go there to get the supplies I need. Fantastic store.

(addendum: I charged up the new battery, and before throwing out the old one, I decided to try and charge it again. What do you know - the freaking thing charged. So now I have two batteries, which is better than none, and you never know...)

So last night I saw The Woman in White with Steve (it was "eh") and then stayed over with Missy and Marius. She and the Hulking German(tm) are doing splendidly, and I'm going to meet him on Tues. Missy and I are doing lots of theatre this week - tomorrow is a Halloween concert, and Tues is The Color Purple, preceeded by drinks with HG, and Michael and his brother. Should be a blast.

Today, Michael and I had the world's longest drive to the Paper Mill Playhouse, thanks to some unseen construction and possibly an accident on the road. Then, as I always do, I got in the express lane on 78 instead of the local, so we went screaming past the Millburn exit and had to turn around and come back. And then, of course, we got lost in the town looking for what we thought was an IHOP, turned out not to be one, and we ended up at the diner instead for brunch before the show.

10/29/05
Clocks go back an hour tonight - huzzah, an extra hour of sleep. But I'm staying at Missy's tonight, so I'm sure we'll be up late hanging out anyway.

10/28/05
Two things to celebrate today - first paycheck, and the Great Turning On Of The Heat For The Winter. Yay! I worked on the sub-acute unit today, which I really enjoyed. And let me say it again, I really like my job so far. MUCH MUCH less stress than in the hospital.

later on 10/27/05
Wait! This means no more baseball until Spring! Ack!

10/27/05
I'm sad for the Astros, but really, really happy for Chicago!! I actually managed to watch most of the game last night. I stayed awake after work instead of falling asleep until dinner. But then I fell asleep somewhere around the 6th inning and woke up in the bottom of the 9th to see the Sox win the series, and then dragged myself back upstairs to bed.

Mornings suck.

10/24/05
Damn Astros. Yay White Sox. I'm so conflicted.

My feet aren't conflicted - they just ache! I'm off tomorrow tho, and am thrilled to be able to sleep past 6.30.

10/21/05
Good thing: TDF tix to The Color Purple and the (mmm) Michael Cumpsty Hamlet. Scary thing: I'm flying solo at work on Sunday! I'll have two other nurses on the unit with me but I'm basically on my own. Somehow they scheduled me for only a week of orientation instead of the usual three (just my luck), and both of the nurses that I've been orienting with are off on Sunday. So the staffing woman asked if I thought I'd be comfortable on my own, and I think I will be. If I need help, I can ask the other nurses, and I'm assured of having the same patients as I had Wednesday and today, so I know the routine. Fingers crossed tho.

Other good thing: Missy and I are going to bask in the glory that is Elvis Costello at a benefit for Friends In Deed - all of our favorite broadway people are performing! It's gonna be a happy Halloween for sure. Since we're seeing The Color Purple the next night, Tuesday, I'm going to ask at work if I can switch my schedule around a bit so I can have Tuesday off and just stay in the city. If I'm technically back to orientation, it shouldn't be a problem. It'd be much easier to see the benefit, stay at Missy's, do my city errands on Tuesday, and see the show Tues night - easier than the alternative which is work, show, work, show, work. Whew.

later on 10/20/05
Oh god... Dona just called with the news that Missy found Fiyero, as she put it, "in a state of not-aliveness" tonight.

RIP, little sweetheart.

10/20/05
Flannel sheets... quilt... purring cats. I don't ever want to get out of bed. As they sometimes sang in Cabaret, "Why should I wake up?"

10/19/05
Wow, Sweeney Todd was fantastic! I was worried, after hearing that it was a 10-person ensemble and they all played their own instruments, but never fear. The director and orchestrator did a phenomenal job turning the show (opera, really) into a chamber piece, and it scaled down nicely. We waited and said hi to my friend Mano after the show (he's playing Toby and the violin) - he said Sondheim was there last night, and I should show him my tattoo. But alas, Steve was "up in Patti's dressing room," so there was no meeting. I told Mano to tell Sondheim he knew a chick with a Seurat tattoo tho.

Tomorrow - day off. Sleeping late. I need it, my back and feet are aching! All that time I spent lying around on the couch this summer is really paying off.

Yay that Joe Torre confirmed coming back next season as the manager. And the news today reported that Joe Girardi is going to manage (his first managerial position!) the Marlins. Now we need a pitching coach. Actually, we need pitching.

Speaking of pitching, I cannot wait for the World Series! Chicago has Garland, Buerhle, Contreras and Garcia, while Houston has Clemens, Pettitte, Oswalt and Lidge. It's going to be fantastic. First game - Saturday night.

I rule. I finally set up online banking. Because I cannot balance my checkbook to save my life. I kind of just want to look and see what my balance actually is every now and then, so I don't bounce checks to Visa etc.

10/18/05
Oh, come on, Houston.

Another thing to hate about mornings? They're cold. I'm freezing. I threw a nice wool/fleece blanket in the car because it takes longer for the car to warm up than it does for me to drive the two miles to work. It's also helpful for driving at night with the top down and the heat on, one of my favorite things to do. I think I saw in a catalog somewhere that they make lap-blankets that are like electric blankets, and plug into the car lighter. Now that's something I want!

Missy and I are seeing Sweeney Todd tonight. I'm a little apprehensive about it.

I'm supposed to start doing meds today at work. Also a bit apprehensive about that.

10/17/05
Wow! Go Sox! Now if Houston wins and they play the White Sox in the World Series, I'm really at a loss for who to root for. On the one hand, Chicago is a fantastic city and deserves the win, but then again, the Astros have never been to the WS, and they have Roger and Andy. Oh, I am torn. Mom tells me I missed a fantastic NLCS game yesterday, but I slept straight through the afternoon.

Also tired. Altho I'm getting off work at 3.30pm, it doesn't quite make up for the fact that I have to be there at 7am. Mornings are not my thing, as I think the entire world knows.

10/16/05
Happy anniversary, Jen and Sean! And Eve and Mark! October must be the "in" month for weddings. Eve and Mark are home with the babies (so cute), while Jen and Sean are in Dublin visiting big old stuff (and cute accents).

later on 10/15/05
Go (White) Sox! I'd be really happy if the White Sox played the Astros (or, OK, the Cards) in the World Series. Because unlike the Red Sox, they wouldn't rub it in anyone's face if they won. No ego at all in Chicago. Boston just has this attitude, especially when it comes to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. So yes, I would be delighted - in fact, thrilled - if the White Sox beat the crap out of the Angels tomorrow to advance to the World Series.

And Roger Clemens? Retire already, so I can come see you inducted into Cooperstown while I'm still alive! But not until after the Astros (who have never been in a WS) beat the White Sox (who are great, but come on, do you really think they'd beat Clemens, Pettitte and Oswalt?).

Did you know that petting cats has been shown to lower blood pressure? And did you know that all of my cats love baseball? Or maybe they just love curling up on the couch with me and my cozy blankets all day.

10/15/05
It's a miracle! The sun is out!

It's expected! Houston beat St. Louis! Now it's time to settle in and watch the White Sox beat the Angels, hopefully.

10/14/05
Hey, it's Friday and it's still raining. How about that. It's great that we had a lovely summer and all, but do we have to get deluged all at once? I'm not a sponge.

Sure does sound nice on the windows at night tho.

So tired today - but then again, I worked a full day shift, and I am not a morning person. It was gratifying to look up at the clock tho and see that it was noon, and realize that my work day was more than half over. I oriented with a terrific nurse, and we did meds and treatments for our 20 (!) patients in slightly less than record time. I got to give a lot of injections, some g-tube meds, loads of oral meds, and do some dressing changes. And boy am I tired. Can't wait to turn the clocks back in two weeks. Oh, and unbeknownst to me, instead of just orienting M-F, they gave me a schedule today with weekends and random days off. Which is cool, I like weekends. I have to remember that when the Spring comes, to request Fridays off for Yankee season tickets.

Michael's review of the dancing cats is here.

later on 10/13/05
How can I be tired when I didn't do much today? We went over loads of paperwork and took a look at some of the charts to get a feel for the documentation. Met a handful of the residents, too - that's going to be the big hurdle, learning who everyone is. But like I've often said, I could talk to older folks all day (heck, I could talk to a pencil all day), so it's going to be a lot of fun.

Tomorrow I start "shadowing" with one of the nurses, and I'll be working the day shift for the next few weeks to get comfortable with the routine and procedures.

I love The Onion. From today's paper: Fox Cancels ALCS After Just Two Episodes and MLB Promises Next Season Will Be Even More Predictable. Ha!

My "Boston Still Sucks" t-shirt arrived today, just in time for next season.

And hey, check out Time Out NY this week, page 25. I'm quoted in an article that my friend Adam wrote about piano bars in the city.

10/13/05
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go.

It's early, tho.

later on 10/12/05
Due to flooding in NJ and the city, it took me four hours to get home. No typo. Four hours of waiting at first the Holland and then the Lincoln to get home. I was actually able to pull over, go to Subway and get a sandwich, get back in the car and pull back into traffic, and still be behind the same car. I'm so tired.

10/12/05
Happy birthday, Tanyon James Sturtze, object of my undefinable major league crush. I hope you're still with the Yankees next season, and I hope the team doesn't fall apart again like this year. And I hope your MRI goes smoothly. No more shoulder problems, you hear? And you'd better be back next season.

Al Leiter, don't go! You're not allowed to retire! I need you to talk talk talk and keep the bullpen awake.

I have determined that I either have to lose two inches off my fat ass (ha!) or go up a size in jeans. I know that's such a girly thing, but it's the truth. Since moving home I've easily put in 20 pounds, and they've all decided to sit on my hips. Thank god I can wear scrubs to work all the time. Nurses at the place where I'm going to work can wear any kind of scrub top as long as we're wearing white pants/skirt. So I went scrub top shopping yesterday and found some nice autumn-y tops. I'm excited to start.

10/11/05
What more can I say but, "Go White Sox!" (update: unfortunately, my cheering didn't help)

It's a change of season, alright. Took the air conditioners out of the bedroom windows today. It's supposed to be cool and rainy all week, perfect weather for curling up and reading Bill Veeck's autobiography. After all, as Michael pointed out, we have four months until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, so I have plenty of time to catch up on my reading and movie-going.

They're still doing my paperwork at the new job, so I won't be starting officially until Thursday. So tomorrow afternoon Steve and I are going to see In My Life, a musical about a girl who falls in love with a guy who has Tourette's, and a reality show run by God. I can't wait. Should be nearly as good as Carrie. And then Tesse is coming back to NJ with me for quality cat-cuddling time and pre-fasting Yom Kippur dinner, and then I'm going to drive her down to Princeton after we watch the NLCS game. Go 'Stros.

Congrats to Elan and Judy on the birth of their son. May he be up and singing at Marie's in no time!

later on 10/10/05
Fucking rally monkey.

What will we do 'til Spring?

10/10/05
Work! It does a body good! I went to orientation and watched all of the required videos and filled out the tax forms. They're still clearing my background check (whoops, did I go on a killing spree?), so I have to call tomorrow to confirm starting on-the-floor orientation on either Wed or Thurs.

Whee.

later on 10/9/05
I love the post-season! Not only did the Yankees come from behind to win (and head off to meet Mike Mussina in Anaheim, he'd better have the welcome wagon ready), but Boston? Still gone ;-) I was going to take a nap between the Astros/Braves game and ours, but that one went 18 freaking innings. How cool was it that Roger Clemens came out of the bullpen to pitch? So cool. I'm really rooting for the Astros - not only do I love their brick red uniforms, but they have a terrific pitching staff. And of course, it'd be great to have them face the Yankees and have Clemens and Pettitte back in the Bronx.

But first we have to win in Anaheim and then beat the White Sox and then hope that the Astros beat the Cardinals in the NLCS. If New York ends up playing Chicago, Sue and I are going to come up with a good bet.

In other news, J? Divorced. My mind? Turmoil.

OK, sleep. Potential work tomorrow.

10/9/05
Cardinals sweep the Padres, gosh, I didn't see that one coming.

Time to curl up on the couch for another double-header day. I live for this.

10/8/05
So I'm sitting in the car outside Missy's apartment last night, waiting for her to call and tell me that she got off the subway from work, and the radio announces that the White Sox have swept Boston! Sweeter news there never was!

And thank god we had that news to tide us over, because the Yankees played horrendously last night. Randy Johnson? Gave up five runs. Aaron Small? Nearly saved the day but got the loss (his first!). Tanyon? Came in, got his one out, didn't hit anyone or give up a homerun. So the Angels are up 2-1, and today's game was completely rained out. Bummer. It was fun to watch last night with my friends tho - me, Missy, Sam, Dona, Liz and Glen all packed into Missy's apartment, and it was loads of fun (except for the score).

Michael and I went to see the dancing cats show today. It was so bad. And the poor cats were so miserable. They looked utterly terrified, I nearly burst into tears watching them forced to perform but luckily the show ended and we were able to leave unscathed. I am a huge animal rights person, and this was just terrible. Terrible.

10/7/05
In a matter of perfect timing, I called the board and got my license number! It was just processed on Tuesday, and mailed out on Wednesday, but I have the number, so I can start work on Monday. (update: the letter that says "Congratulations!" came in the mail today)

Tonight I'm going to Missy's to watch the game, and if that's rained out, we're going to watch Fever Pitch so we can at least have some baseball action. And tomorrow, Michael and I are going to see dancing cats.

10/6/05
Ack, can't start on Monday unless I have my nursing license number in hand. That is a major bummer. But my future boss did assure me of a job, I just can't do the orientation until I have the license. I'm going to call the state board tomorrow and find out what the holdup is!

It's supposed to rain tonight (finally) and pour all tomorrow evening and night and into Saturday. I hope the game isn't rained out. I'm driving in tomorrow evening to drop off some furniture and dishes with Liz, who moved into her own place, and then Missy and I are planning to watch the game together. Fingers crossed that it stays dry!

Oh and Roger Clemens? Come back to NY. Or retire already. I want to go to Cooperstown when you're inducted into the Hall of Fame, but that can't happen until you retire. But if you aren't going to retire, please come back to the Yankees.

later on 10/5/05
Well, it was a disappointing loss, but it only means that Friday and Saturday will be chock full of Yankees baseball. But! White Sox win! Boston loses again! There's only one more game until Boston sits the rest of this one out ;-)

I love watching the former players turned sportscasters. Paul O'Neill looks so uncomfortable behind the mike on the pre and post game, but does a great color commentary when he's at the games. Mike Piazza (thank god he shaved) the same, but you can tell it's his first time being a broadcaster, he sounds so nervous. And I hate to say it, but David Justice does a great job in the studio and at the games. Halle Berry, let me help you find better men to date.

10/5/05
Yankees win! Cardinals win! And best of all, Red Sox lose! You can't get much better than that for the first day of the ALDS. Today is another triple-header (Astros-Braves, Sox-Sox, Yankees-Angels), so I'd better go ensconce myself on the couch.

Best part of the games yesterday was that Karen and I went to AC (she was taking her boards today) and stayed in a swanky suite - and I mean swanky! Behind the double doors kind of swank. This room had a couch, chaise, dinette set, mini-bar, half bath AND full bath with a big soaking jacuzzi tub and a shower. I made use of all of it. And then watched the end of the Sox-Sox game and the Yankee game. I don't even care that Tanyon Sturtze gave up a home run, it was so good to be there. We ordered room service and lounged around all evening.

Worst part of the games? I forgot that the Angels have that stupid rally monkey.

10/3/05
L'shanah tovah! Happy new year.

In honor of the new year, we're raiding the New York Times Jewish Cookbook to make dinner: roast chicken with honey and cumin, and carrot and fruit tsimmes. It smells delicious!

And good lord, starting tomorrow, we are in for some serious baseball coverage. I can't wait. And yes, Tanyon Sturtze is on the post-season roster. Al Leiter, too. So I'm happy.

later on 10/2/05
Then again, how sweet it is that we're playing the Angels.

And now, once again I can root for the White Sox to beat Boston.

10/2/05
Eight years in a row! And even tho the Yankees started out this season in a horrible slump, and then the pitching staff sort of disintegrated, they still came back to win the AL East. Now all we need to do is beat Boston again today, and hope that the Indians win (sorry, Sue, I have to root against the White Sox today), and then the Sox will end their season tomorrow when the Indians kick their butt. Oh, how sweet that would be.

10/1/05
Time for October baseball to start in earnest. Last night was disappointing, but we can still kick Boston's ass today and tomorrow.

-catherine

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