Sunday, June 24, 2007


A tip of the campaignin' cap to my photoshop saavy friend

She felt my pain when my mom got to go to the fund raiser and I didn't. She felt it hard because I didn't shut up about it for a long time. She heard all about the litany of questions I carefully wordsmithed for my mom to ask Senor Obama. She's a good friend.

And in good-friend style, she's made me my very own keepsake -- as if I were really there.

THAT'S what friends are for, my pretties. 'Cause that's what it would have really been like had I been there. For serious.


My mom is (politically) cooler than yours.

Guess which one is MY mom. One of these things is NOT like the otherrrr...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


What I find funny and what you laugh at might be two different things.

We are a reality show waiting to be caught on camera, man. This past weekend, the Bestie, the Betrothed and I made a pleasant day of Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia via Betrothed's plane. Rather than give our 100% undivided attention to the tour guide (who, to be honest, could have used a little more inflection to amp our interest), we decided to take funny pictures underground instead.

Ahh, the classic, make-it-look-like-I'm-touching-something-far-away-and-taller-than-me-
with-simple-camera-tricks picture. Clearly, it was the do-over-and-over joke de jour.

An aerial shot of somewhere, Virginia. I don't know, really. I was sleeping.

And apparently me sleeping was photo-worthy.


Hubbas for my Orientation-For-New-Hires Trubbas

1. I have had to constantly remind myself that I am being paid for this. A week long orientation that is "business casual" and covers mission, vision, values, disaster plans and patient rights. (About that "business casual". I have quite the business casual collection from my corporate years. When I reached for them yesterday, they squinted at the closet light and nervously questioned their purpose. It has been two glorious years of jeans, sweatpants, shorts and best of all, scrubs. And now I have to spend a week in lined pants with button down tops and heels?! I am being paid for this. I am being paid for this.) I am bored to tears and want so very desperately to grab my Newsweek or my crossword puzzle out of my bag (brought along for only the most desperately boring of moments) and go to my mental happy-hour. But then I remind myself that I'm being paid for this and it probably wouldn't make the most stellar impression on my new employer.

2. On the upside, while I am in a room full of nurses with years of experience on me, I know shit they don't. Lots of shit, actually. Like where the employee garage is. The secret, fast ways around the hospital. What overhead pages sound like and mean. For every clinical rotation I have had in this hospital system I have had a mini orientation to the computers, the facility and have spent enough time in the place to know how everything there rolls. On the downside, for every clinical rotation I have had in this hospital system I have had a mini orientation to the computers, the facility and have spent enough time in the place to know how everything there rolls and I still have to sit through this. I am being paid for this. I am being paid for this.

3. Either I am getting older, more bitter and jaded, judgmental and impatient -- OR -- I am the butt of some cosmic joke. With the exception of my chosen career path -- I hate being in a room full of a personality cross-sections. For example: yesterday's orientation day was full of ALL the new hires, not just nurses. And while I'm sure some of those nurses would annoy me to the point of homicide, I was more referring to the OTHER new hires.
4. I got my nursing lisence in the mail yesterday. It's officially official. I got my hospital badge and it actually says RN. I've started selling my textbooks and review books online. It'll all be worthwhile once I get out of this week.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.

And officially, as of today, that could be me. At least the nurse part. (I might substitute "pretty" for "smokin' hawt", though, in my own humble way) I have passed my boards and have been awarded a license to practice nursing by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

That may clear up to some of you where my bursts of hilarity in blog-form have been lately. Since graduation I have been up to my proverbial eye-balls in review classes, Princeton Review books, flashcards and the like. I wrote lab values, disease etiologies and the developmental stages of children on neon green posterboards and put them in front of the TV so that I was always keeping them in mind. Yeah, the Betrothed loved that. (Though at times I'd yell down, "Hey, what does it say for Hct?" "What does that mean?" "No matter, what does it say for Hct?" ) I took the test yesterday, managed to refrain from spontaneously vomiting on anyone nearby and learned this morning that hey, I really can be taught.

I begin my hospital orientation next week (read: paycheck, sweet sweet paycheck. Checking account, meet paycheck. Yeah, I know it's been a while..) and the following week they set me loose on sick people. Only more for-reals this time. Like for-serious, for-reals. Which is an intimidating thought, but hey. So long as they aren't as sick as the example patients on the state exam, I think I can muddle through it. Hell, I know I can muddle through it.

In the meantime, I have had my employee physical (sick nurse = not so good for hospital..) which included a drug test. Also a good idea. It was my first drug test evah and I think I may have gone in with a little too much newbie enthusiasm. It would seem that my own infatuation with docu-dramas about the squalor of substance abuse may have had the lab tech marking "URGENT" on my urine cup. It went a little something like this:

Lab tech: "So yeah, pee into this cup. Don't set it down, don't flush and don't wash your hands. I'll be outside the door listening."
Me: "That must be an awkward part of your job. So hey, what are you testing for?"
Lab tech: "Cocaine, crack, meth..."
Lab tech: silence
Me: "Uh, I mean, cool that you can test for all that."

I had a little celebratory dinner with my lab partner nursing pal -- who also passed (YEAH!, J, RN!) -- and we were anxiously peering around the restaurant for people who looked like they might choke or go into cardiac arrest and staying away from them -- fearing that we may actually have some sort of legal obligation now to act. That's the spirit!

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