Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Friday!

Pull up a comfortable chair!

I'm glad it's Friday, aren't you?

Like many of you, I've had a jam-packed week. One of the highlights was working the local flu clinic, where thousands of folks were immunized against that pesky/deadly scourge. Since there were ample A-team nurses in attendance to administer the actual injections, I was relegated to a computer and an enormous stack of patient paperwork. It was still a great experience. A few random observations: there are a TON of people without ANY insurance. A majority of the few who do have insurance whip out a medicare/medicaid card. People are very subdued and glum these days. Kids can scream VERY loudly. The number of people with diabetes is jaw-dropping.

I also traveled to attend a convention, and was nearly brought to tears while there. I've never heard anything quite like the sound of hundreds and hundreds of nurses slapping their hands on their hearts and belting out the Pledge of Allegiance. Purely awesome!

How was your week?


  1. I may indulge in an adult beverage this evening. Care to join me? :)

  2. Oh yeah. I'll make my patented Nash Cosmopolitans... as long as you have no plans to walk anywhere, much less drive anywhere.

    Yesterday there was one of those href=" href="">">things you never want to hear about when you're on your way to pick up your Sweetie at the airport. The main road in was closed -- Fay took a taxi out and we met for dinner.

    Finished up my fourth week in a row of exams this week. I had two weeks of "post tests" then two weeks of midterms.

    For my communications class we have to interview someone in the field of opticianry. I emailed an independent optician last night: she emailed me back and I interviewed her this afternoon. I am in the process on transcribing my questions. She was easy to interview. My questions look rather disjointed (I don't have to transcribe her answers), because whenever I asked something she took the ball and ran with it covering many things, leaving us in an entirely different area when she finished. I recorded the interview which was nice -- i didn't have to worry about writing while we were talking.

    I bough a new recorder for the interview, figuring it would come in handy for other things. Not only does it record MP3s, it also records WMAs. I had to convert it for my Mac, but that was no problem. The audio is very good for a built in little microphone on a little pocket recorder.

    Got a bunch of homework to work on. Have projects in my other two classes as well. It has been pouring all day, so at least I have plenty of things to work on this weekend.

    I plunked around on my bass the other night. It has been a long time since I have. I have some blisters.

    Maybe we can play Scrabble while we enjoy our NCs.

    The Pledge of Allegiance must have been nice.

    I am not a fan of flu shots, though.

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  4. Cheers Matt!

    You have had a busy time! Are you enjoying your studies?

    I know Fay has been jetting hither and yon. I'll bet she's happy to be home, and I'm sure you're happy to have her! That news story must have really stopped your heart for a moment.

    Kudos for plinking around on your bass. My instruments have a thick coat of dust.

  5. Wow lady red you have had a very busy week. What you are doing will make a huge difference in people's lives. Good for you. I really admire you for going to nursing school at this stage in your life. Bravo to you and Noah. I wish the "journalists" would report on your week instead of giving credence to the Hollywood "do-gooders" who probably couldn't boil an egg, let alone peel it.

  6. I think you have told us before, but you know how we Cranky Old Farts are. What instrument do you play?

  7. Oh, and I'm back from my jetting hither and yon LOL!

    My trip was okay, first day flying, second day educating, third day training, fourth day half training-half flying, fifth day working from home.

    Now it's wine time :)

  8. lady red, I can just picture you sitting in that chair watching your favorite hawgs!

    It's nice getting some insight into your day as a nurse-in-training and hearing the take from the other side of the flu-shot table.

  9. Matt, I bet you found it easy to conduct an interview with your background in radio. I so admire you and lady red (and lewy, Alphie and Soj too) for going back to school and working towards a new career.

    Cheers to all, I'm drinking my nightly peppermint tea.

    (sssh, don't tell Fay, I know she's a purist when it comes to tea :-)

  10. Aw, thanks for the kind words Fay. At the conference, I had the honor of attending a presentation by a seasoned nurse who worked on a Red Cross disaster team (when she wasn't teaching or working her hospital job). She had us newbies mesmerized with her first-hand account of the Albert Pike disaster. When she was finished and we were swallowing the lumps in our throats, I turned to the people next to me and said "I want to be HER when I grow up."

  11. Matt, I used to play guitar and mandolin, and fooled around a bit on the bass, fiddle, and keys. I even have a banjo around here somewhere. My fingers aren't as supple and quick as they used to be though. Heh. About the only time I play anymore is when my youngest brother is here visiting (I don't bother trying to keep up with my other brother...he's a super-picker!). The folks love it when we play together, so my brother Greg, my son Jase and I play them a few of their favorites. :)

    That reminds me, I'd better get the duster out. Greg will be here in three weeks for Thanksgiving! It's always a joy to see him.

  12. Florrie, I wish I had that chair in my living room! LOL!

    Next week I'll be glued to the LSU/Bama game, and cheering for LSU. We play LSU the last game of the season. If they're still #1, and we beat them...celebration time in Hog country! Woo-hoo!

    Yeah, I know...first we have to get by Vandy...(and South Carolina next week).

    Also: can you believe the Cards pulled a World Series out of their a&&? Crazy! (I didn't watch any of the games. Professional athletes, including the Packers, are on my "bah humbug" list lately. Spoiled brats, the lot of them.)

  13. Another bit of happy news this week; my nephew Randy is HOME after his third tour. His wife and kids are ecstatic, as is our entire family. Welcome home Randy! :X

    When any of my loved ones are deployed to a hot zone, I can't really breathe until they're safely home. I'll be so relieved when ALL the troops are home, safe and sound.

  14. :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x

    Happy happy day, LR! But may they all come home safely.

  15. Yay, I'm glad Randy is back, I pray it's his last deployment to the ME.

    I'm with you on the professional sports, lady red; I never dreamed that would happen but I got too disgusted with all of them. I *did* catch the last bit of game #6 and it was amazing! Made me miss Lou Piniella and the Mariners of old.