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⌂ My foot surgery is in four days. My last day of work for at least 3 months is tomorrow.
⌂ I’ve signed up for a MOOC (massive open on-line course) in financial planning, songwriting, immigration law, and relationships in fiction. There are many to choose from, but I’m using coursera.org
⌂ I paid off my car in November. Since then I replaced the transmission and master brake cylinder (thankfully mostly covered by warranty) and now it’s back in the shop after I hydroplaned on a highway entrance ramp. I’m still waiting for final estimate damages.
⌂ I went to pre-register for my outpatient surgery and spoke with a nurse about working there. Four 10-hour shifts a week and no weekends or holidays. I would have the same employer, so my benefits and such wouldn’t be lost. I’ll see what kind of openings there are in 3 months.
⌂ I’m in the final prep stage of cleaning and stocking my house with food.
⌂ Thanksgiving is at my house. I haven’t even begun to plan dinner.
⌂ My sink decided to start leaking.
⌂ A friend gave me some copies of Rosetta Stone to try. I’m going to brush up on my Spanish (particularly grammar) and take a language proficiency test. First step to being able to take an English-Spanish health translator course.
⌂ I turned in paperwork to HR for my medical leave next January. Not nervous about the surgery…yet.
⌂ My boyfriend is coming over for Thanksgiving. Kinda nervous about that.
⌂ At one point in my 3-month UTI battle, I had a CT scan done to rule out kidney stones because of the pain. It showed an enlarged liver, and, due to my job, my provider wanted to do a hepatitis screen and have me see a GI doctor. It was negative (fist pump) and the doctor said the enlargement is a normal variant called Riedel’s lobe. And so ends that saga….
⌂ My AC is out…again.
⌂ My AC is back… again. 90 to 80 degrees in 5 hours. Holler.
⌂ I introduced my parents to my guy.
⌂ I have single-handedly taken apart, brick by brick, a large landscaping feature in my front yard. I counted over 200. I’m now experiencing a new kind of burn in my lower back and upper butt.
⌂ My sister and I taught my mom how to play “That’s what she said.” Let the hilarity begin….
⌂ I started orientation for a new relief position in minor care. I think I’m going to like it. The people are nice. I’ll be learning new things. And let’s not forget – time and a half!
⌂ Sometime in the next year I’ll be having some foot surgery to take care of bunion pain that’s been getting worse the longer I work the floor. Both feet at the same time so that I only have to take off 6-8 weeks from work one time. I won’t be able to drive for a month. I’m looking forward to the end result, but I’m not sure how the logistics of that recovery will work out. On a positive note – I’ll be able to ride around in one of those scooters at the grocery store!
⌂ I’m about a thousand away from my paying off my car! New job will help with this.
⌂ A consulting opportunity has presented itself.
⌂ My youngest brother is getting married in two and half weeks. I still have shoes to buy, a dress to hem, and and tan lines to get rid of.
⌂ My birthweek was amazing. I ate lunch and dinner with friends every day. I exercised and wrote a bit. I played local tourist and found some new favorite places. I highly recommend such a week to anyone.
⌂ The travel plans are coming together. First up: Pittsburgh in July to meet my new niece. I’m very excited about this second addition to the family. I need to break out the knitting needles.
⌂ Pizza box coupons are highly, highly flammable. That is all.
⌂ This glass and ice ball mold set makes a great gift for that person who enjoys a nightcap.
⌂ A simple visual method for increasing your productivity: Don’t break the chain! It works. I’ve been doing this for my exercise goals.
⌂ I have to do all my required skills and tests this month for my job. I’m going to try to get them done in one day. We’ll see.
⌂ It’s my birthday week! I took off 2 shifts this week and gave myself a whole week off. Thus begins my own personal tradition of never working on my birthday again.
⌂ My little bird has been doing very well after his freak beak accident. I had to take him to the vet to get his lower beak trimmed. (Without the top beak there it was growing like crazy and curving up and over and getting in the way of him eating normally.)
⌂ Carrying my bird to the vet allowed me to discover the unbelievable cuteness of the sound of his little feet walking around in a shoebox. I might have squealed. I never squeal.
⌂ I think I’ve finally accepted the fact that my family will never not go to a buffet. I’m growing!
⌂ 37-year-old men don’t necessarily act any better than a teenager when it comes to breaking things off.
⌂ In a related note, my original birthday plans have changed. I’m winging things a bit and making sure that I do something fun every day this week. I may still go hiking solo.
⌂ “What can you do on a windy and cloudy day?” Note to self: there is such a thing as too much wind to fly a kite. However, I can never have too many memories with my sister.
⌂ Amazing slow cooker lasagna found here. I exchanged the cottage cheese for ricotta and an egg. I only used about half a teaspoon of salt. I also used tomato paste and sauce that already had Italian seasoning. I cooked it for exactly four hours on low. Enjoy.
⌂ If you happen to live near a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, you must stop by! Everything is good, but I always get a bowl of their black bean soup. So delicious!
⌂ I love fair food! It’s my reason for going. The rides are just something to do before you eat. (And I just realized that’s the third thing about food.)
⌂ I’m going camping for my birthday! I’ve never been so it’ll be interesting. Maybe I’ll finally cross skinny-dipping off my life list.
⌂ Speaking of my life list, I finally got a bikini wax. It wasn’t bad at all. I think I’m a convert.
⌂ My reading has hit a low after two years. A certain boy definitely has something to do with it.
⌂ I’ve been keeping an eye out for furniture since buying my house and have come across a distressed gold leather chair and ottoman on-line. I’ll be looking at it in a few days. I’m crossing my fingers because I need more seating, but I’ve yet to like anything on-line once I see it in person.
⌂ I found someone to reupholster these two chairs I have for $200 each. That is about 50% cheaper than any bid I’ve ever gotten. I’ll see the guy on my next day off to look at his materials book and check out his work.
⌂ There’s another possible job opportunity. This company not only contracts nurses for education but social workers as well. My sister and I both could have new jobs soon. (The first is a prn position in minor care. I should know sometime next week.)
⌂ The studying for my PCCN has finally begun in earnest. I’m shooting to be ready for the exam by the end of March.
⌂ I bought myself a little French press, and I love it. Anyone want a never used coffee maker? Three years sitting on a counter untouched.
⌂ There is the possibility of a return trip to Vietnam and Thailand this summer. I’m just awaiting the details from a friend…
⌂ It happens to be the parents’ birthday weekend. Family tradition means lunch and bowling. Maybe a movie if they’re feeling especially wild.
⌂ A work friend is leaving for a supervisor position in minor care. She wants to speak to me this coming week about a job opening.
⌂ I have an actual date for Valentine’s day this year, thus ending a 28 year streak. It’s still nice to know that I’ll be getting chocolates from my mama.
⌂ I went rock wall climbing. I learned that I have no upper body strength, but my legs are killer. Also, it will ruin your nails. Even if they are short.
⌂ I was at dinner the other night, and I couldn’t believe how loud it was in the restaurant. These two girls were sitting across the room, yet I could hear their conversation as if they were right next to me. I mentioned this to my date, but he said he couldn’t hear anything. It was then that I realized what was going on. Telegraphing! We happened to be sitting along one end of a long curved wall (I was facing away from the wall), and the two girls were on the other end directly facing us. Suddenly it was so cool.
⌂ My (real) name is always at the top of contact lists, so I get butt-dialed a lot. I always listen a bit to the soundtrack of someone’s life. (I do hang up if it sounds personal.)
⌂ My phone rang one afternoon, and I saw it was a college friend with whom I hadn’t spoken in ages. I picked it up thinking it was another butt-dial, but I was pleasantly surprised to find her on the other line just calling to check in. We had some great conversation that lifted my spirits for that night.
⌂ I’m still taking down Christmas decorations…
⌂ The weather the last few days has been absolutely perfect. I’ve been leaving windows and doors open throughout the day. It smells like springtime inside my house.
⌂ Some coworkers and I were eating at the same restaurant as one of our bosses. We said hello on our way to our table. Later that night we learned that our boss had covered our bill. It was such a nice surprise. I need to do that for someone.
⌂ I know some of the “50 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do.” I’m going to learn the rest. Watch me make a fire!
⌂ So, there’s this boy….