It’s going to be a HELLUVA GAME
I don’t mean to neglect you. It’s not even that I haven’t blogged because I’m so super busy. Because I’m not. I mean, I haven’t been just lying on the floor staring at the ceiling either. I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle of that. Sometimes it’s easier to just post a quick picture on Instagram than to try to think of something interesting to say. Really, my life isn’t all that interesting. I do have lots of fun though.
Yesterday, for instance, was fun. Chris and I took the bus to Monroe to check out the Evergreen State Fair. Neither of us had been before. It was a fun time of eating strawberry shortcake, deep fried cheese curds, ice cream and hot dogs and “oohing” and “awwwing” over all the farm animals. One of my favorites was the sheep barn (what a shocker), and we also spent an almost embarrassing amount of (albeit not enough) time hanging with these guys…
…and this bunch…
I didn’t get many pictures of the animals. I tend to get too excited about just being there with them that I forget to take pictures.
We also bought the most awesome garlic grater. Seriously, really awesome. Oh and some delicious beef and turkey jerky.
See? Suuuuuuper interesting.
Early on in the beginnings of my career as a nurse…I had a goal. Well, honestly, I’ve had several goals related to nursing and they have changed many times. I’m not actually sure when I voiced this particular one, either in the trudges of nursing school or deep in the virtual insanity of working graveyard shifts, but there has been one goal that has remained consistent while other goals shifted and molded into my ever changing ideas about nursing.
I want to work less so that I can do more.
I have been working my ass off for the past several years, as a nurse, building my experience. Working long shifts. Working stressful shifts. Putting in extra time so that other nurses wouldn’t have difficulties picking up where I left off. Or putting in extra time so a patient or family member was comfortable and could have a better evening. Or just trying to catch up so that I could attempt to relax in my time off.
For the past few years in home health and now hospice, managing caseloads of patients/families, means that my days are never really “done.” Often that means I am putting in extra hours to stay on top of things, and then putting in extra hours trying to “turn off” the day so I can have some time for myself. It’s tough sometimes. It’s tough a lot of the times. I tend to put off things that I’d like to do or accomplish because at the end of the day….I’m just too tired to even think about it. Not cool.
Because I hate to make it sound like I am only complaining, I should say that I really do like what I do. I could write an entire other post about the things that I have learned from what I do. That being said, I don’t want what I do for work to define who I am. And working 50+ exhausting hours a week does not really help me feel that there is much else to me.
The other more recent addition to the goal of working less, is that I want to work weekends. “What?! Are you crazy?!?” you might say. No. But my partner in life crime works every weekend, and I REALLY don’t care what days of the week I have off…as long as I have them.
So why am I blabbering on and on about this? I really just wanted to try to set up how AWESOME this next part is to me.
I got another position doing what I do. But it’s 30 hours a week….Friday, Saturday, Sunday. And I am giddy in the knowing that I am getting what I want.
So, if this isn’t enough to make you say in your head “YEAH MARIA!!”, I also made a lot of pretty new things over the weekend. Here are some of them.
Prepare yourself…to see (or hear of) a continually new and improved, but still ultimately genuine, version of ME. I’m just sayin’.
Oak Heights Elementary
Annual Holiday Bazaar
15500 18th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA
Saturday, November 17th 2012
9am – 4pm
RemedyaRN will be there with lots of new yarns and knit accessories. Start your holiday shopping early and support small business. Or just come by and say hi! The location will also be selling raffle tickets and I’ll be donating this glorious shawlette as one of the prizes.
…and then spin them into lovely yarns…
This process is so fun because I never really know how the yarn is going to look until it’s done. There is some planning involved, as far as putting different colors and textures together in attractive combinations, but the yarn is never something that could be entirely planned. So the end result is always a pleasant surprise. This also goes for the final item that the yarn becomes. I really, really love this part…
Which brings me to another process I absolutely love…making hats! Well, I think I’ll leave that for another post. To be continued…
Wow…how the time flies. I always think about blogging. But sometimes the trouble isn’t not having anything to say, it’s having too much to say. That, and not really knowing how to say it.
I deal with a lot of profound things at work. And even though all these intense situations are not mine personally, I still have to manage my thought process around them. That being said, it’s not like my days at work are depressing and filled with constant stress or tears. Often times I am honored to witness great expressions of love between others. It’s so strange sometimes, to be an “outsider” to some of these very personal moments between people.
So sometimes, seeing different people showing such strength and courage, makes the “trivial” things in my life seem so….I don’t know….even more small. But then I remind myself, that it’s these things that get me through the day sometimes, kind of a therapy, so that I can continue to offer what I can to help people through rough times. That in itself, gives them meaning.
So, here’s my trivia for the day…
Tomorrow I will be sending my first shipment outside of the US. It’s only going to Canada…but that still counts, right?
Oh the power of the Internet.