Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday 11.30.2012

Wow!! Here it is, the end of the month, going into the last 12th of the year. And what a year it was for me...

My workday turned out to be another good one, thank you God.

We had enough staff, some discharges, the need to "staff down", and I was able to attend the early afternoon meeting.  I also got to leave at 4:30, which was a bonus, as I was getting tired and it was time to eat again.

So I came home, fixed food and ate, and woke up a short while later.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow I've got to go out to the store. Not my favorite time of year to shop, but shop I must.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday 11.29.2012

I waited until the sun warmed the air a bit before going out for a run. More like a jog, today--my hips felt tight, so I took it easy. I was also fighting a migraine. And I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't had one in a while. This one was complete with the queasiness, eye droop, numb face, drippy nose, popping ears, neck pain, eye ache, and spasms within the brain that I can feel. Yikes!  I went out anyway, hoping that the exercise would help.

It did--I could feel a brain spasm happening, and I stretched my neck several times. It hurts to do that, but it ultimately helped. It was probably a combination of everything--exercise, stretching, increasing the heart rate, increasing the body temperature. I could tell the spasm was "interrupted", and it continued to "quiet down" while I was outside, though my neck and brain have been sore all day.

Breakfast, shower, and off to another meeting. When I got back, I fixed supper and ate, and had a quiet evening.

Tomorrow is a workday, with another meeting, that I don't have coverage for. Time will tell if I'll be able to go or not....

I'm tired tonight, hoping to rest well.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday 11.28.2012

Another Great Day!!

Thank you God for letting me feel better....

I slept fairly well, surprised that it was almost 9 when I woke. And I saw I had missed a phone call from the J.O.B. asking for help. With three meetings in the afternoon, and being so late in the morning, it was moot to call them back.

Breakfast, and computer work. Got the policy final draft reviewed, and had major trouble finding it and attaching it to send it back. After way too long, it was time to go to meeting number one. I shot a courtesy email saying that it would be later this evening before I could attempt again...

Meeting #1 was good. Computer class for new program. Looks different, will need to use it to learn it. Go Live is next week. Yippee.

Back home for a conference call for the Best Fed project. So exciting. We (Allegiance Health) was selected to be one of the presenters, and the Team Lead and I were the only ones from our team that were online. (huh??!!  I was surprised and disappointed that others hadn't been able to participate)  Good stuff, this is.

After the call, I ate, and went back for a Department Meeting, where I was a presenter. 2 hours later, I stopped for gasoline and food on the way home.

A quiet night. I finally got that policy located and attached and sent. Whew.

Tomorrow I hope to get outdoors before going to another meeting in the afternoon.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday 11.27.2012

Workday today.  And it was GOOD!!

Busy, and was feeling overwhelmed this morning. My "cover" came in a bit earlier than I had anticipated--and as I started to tell her what she could do to help me, one of the girls from the meeting-to-be walked by and said we were meeting early--aren't you coming??  HUH?!?!? 

My first reaction was, CR@P!! I've got too much to do before I leave the floor. The next reaction was--I gave S. a quick report, made sure that the results of the tests I had been doing were known to the other team members, because I didn't have time to chart them on the computer, left S. with my worksheet, and I went off to the meeting.

It turned out that we were just gathering, getting set up, so to speak, collecting materials and such. I took the opportunity to get lunch, and since I hadn't had a break since 0630 (it was now 11:30) I was getting a bit lightheaded and knew that I wouldn't be thinking well without eating.

Yay for food!!

We had a great meeting, finishing our policy build. What a project! Next step is to fine tune this last piece, send it to the others to review, then send it to the Best Fed people for approval.

When I got back to the floor, they had been busy. S. caught me up on what was happening and what needed to be done. Thank you, S. This worked out well.

I continued to be busy the remainder of the afternoon. I got everything done, and was able to get everything documented from the entire day and clock out just after 7. Whew!!

Back home, I heated up supper and ate.

A quiet night.

Tomorrow is a series of meetings. That will be interesting....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday 11.26.2012

Worked today. Busy; tired tonight.

Cold weather is here. Soon to be ice on the ponds...

Tomorrow is another workday, with a meeting in the middle. And I've got it covered so I can attend....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday 11.25.2012

A pretty nice day today.

I had a quiet morning, and when the sun poked through the clouds, I was hopeful that it would warm up a bit. But it was just a small reminder of blue sky--and remained overcast the rest of the day. I bundled up and went out for a run.

Which was really nice. Well, nicer than predicted. The weather report was 15 mph winds, and that would have brought the wind chill down to the 20s--but there was just an occasional light breeze, and that was fine with me. The dusting of snow was dissipating from the roads, and I noticed that by the end of the day, it was gone from the yards, too.

Breakfast, shower, phone calls.

I actually emptied another box this afternoon, and tried to organize another area.

Frank came over after supper, and we picked up a computer desk I had passed each of the previous two times out jogging. I looked at it a little more closely--seemed to be ok, and the paper taped to it said "Free, computer desk". Not sure what I'll do with it, but I've got it....

I spent the evening reviewing the budget, thankful I have a job that affords me a place to live and a means to support myself.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday 11.24.2012

A very pleasant phone call this morning--my turn to be "on call".  Yay!!  I went back to sleep....

And had a nice day today.

Putzed around in the basement, trying to get a bit more organized, looking for items I haven't found yet since I've moved. *sigh*  Still haven't located a couple of Christmas things that I hope I picked up....

Frank and his friend Dee stopped by for a short visit. We chatted a bit, then they were on their way.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow I might be out for a run. It's supposed to be cold, though. I'll have to bundle up.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday 11.23.2012

Didn't sleep as well as I thought I might, and woke with a little naggy headache. After breakfast, I took tylenol and motrin, and went north to visit T&KS. She had been a bit "under the weather", but is better now, thank you God.

And thanks for the safe drive there and back.

I did laundry after I got home, ready for a workday tomorrow.

My headache is just a shadow of one now. And now that I think of it, my nose was a little drippy this afternoon. Hmmm, I wonder if I'm fighting a virus or something....????

Time will tell.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday 11.22.2012 Thanksgiving Day

What a wonderful day I had!!

Started with going out for a run in the morning sun, mild mid 40's, birdsong, and minimal traffic.

Before I got in the shower, I put together the "Impossible Pie" Bisquick recipe for a breakfast quiche for Frank and myself before going to Grand Blanc. It was really yummy.

A beautiful drive north.

Such a lovely afternoon, spent with Jeremy, Jenny, and Matilda Skye; Jenny's parents, her brother and his wife and son, and Lola the dog, and another dog.

I will say I was a baby hog. And they let  me.  I did share her with "Uncle" Frank. It was fun to watch him with her.

I've got a few pics, of course. And so does everyone else. I hope we are able to share our photos with each other....

A safe drive home, thank you God, and a quiet evening.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday 11.21.2012

The workday started out busy, and with enough, GREAT staff, I had a good day. It all worked out that I could attend a meeting that I had not been able to find coverage for. THANK YOU to the best co-workers!

7pm finally arrived, and I had a quiet evening at home.

Tomorrow I'm preparing a nice breakfast for Frank and myself before we go to Grand Blanc, where Frank will meet his niece, Matilda Skye. I'm excited to be seeing her again, too, wondering if she'll recognize me....

SOOO Thankful for my life. And for you being a part of it.

May your day of Thanksgiving be full of love and peace.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wednesday 11.20.2012 Doctor Day

Slept pretty good this morning, getting up and ready for the "Annual" gynecologist appointment. 

I like her, Dr. Rhonda Maney, in the Mid Michigan Physician group. (I like the MMP group--all my physicians, other than the Family Practice guy who does the physical) are part of that group. Which means, that with the Electronic Health Record (EHR), my whole cancer process--diagnosis, treatment, follow-ups, and tests--are available within their computer system, and any of the physicians/nurses within the group have access. Very nice when they are asking about previous lab testing and such. She just clicked around and saw results.

I was happy that my previous visit to that office, last November 11, I was 20 pounds heavier. Or maybe I'm happy that I'm that much less than last year??  Anyway, she called me good to go for another year...

At home, I fixed food and ate, putzed around a little, took a nap.

A quiet evening, and work tomorrow.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday 11.19.2012

Ugh. When I got up this morning, I had the "feeling" that I hadn't had enough sleep. I had enough time to enjoy the morning before going in for the meetings.

Both were very productive. I had a nice text inviting me to lunch, and enjoyed my visit with J&P. Thanks!

On to groceries.

The remainder of the afternoon/evening I tried to catch up on a couple of things, with a big fail on getting a nap.

So, I'm off to bed this evening.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday 11.18.2012

What a day!!

Worked, and we were busy. When we left, we had birthed 19 babies this weekend; 4 more were laboring. Amazing....

We had a great crew, and we ordered the "Fajita Feast" from Los Tres Amigos--the veggies and chicken, refried beans, rice, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, and tortillas, chips, and salsa. (I don't think I left anything out) It was less expensive to purchase that for $69.49, to serve 10, than for everyone to order their own food. We 10 had enough to eat all day, took home leftovers if wanted, left some for night shift, and discarded the rest. That meal could easily have fed 14-16. That was one of the best ways to feed us!!!

After work I went for a much needed haircut.

Shower, and ready for bed.

Tomorrow I have a couple of meetings, and groceries to get.

I'm tired.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday 11.17.2012

Worked today with a great group. Stepping in and helping each other when/where needed sure makes the day go better.

Tomorrow we are going to do it again.

I'm tired tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday 11.16.2012

A great day today!!

Sunshine and warmer daytime temperature. I went out for a run this afternoon, and when I got in, I realized I actually enjoyed it!!  Not just that I'm taking care of myself physically, and the birds were active, but I felt good and it was a beautiful day.

Thank you God!

I also received a text that Jeremy, Jenny, Matilda, and Lola the dog are on their way to Michigan. I will finally get to see them again on Thursday. The "girls" are staying with her parents in Grand Blanc, and Jeremy will be going north to hunt. I'm trying to be patient...

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday 11.15.2012 Opening Day

I woke this morning to gunshots. What?!?!?  Oh, yeah, deer season. That's a sound I haven't heard in many years. I'm outside the city limits here, and evidently there are areas nearby that can be hunted. Yikes!

The sun was in the clear blue sky, though it was a cold 44 degrees. Frank came over before he left for work, and we washed our cars out in the driveway. I used gloves--I don't know how he did it without. My hands hurt with the cold.

I did get the basement windows "foamed". I don't know if it's my imagination, or the milder temperature, or lack of wind, but the furnace hasn't been on as frequently this evening.  Time will tell....

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow I hope to get outdoors to exercise.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday 11.14.2012

I slept pretty good, in between interruptions, and got up feeling mostly rested. 

Breakfast, looked at the computer, went out for fresh veggies and "great stuff" spray foam, to seal the basement windows with. I also pulled down the stairway to the attic:  very little, very old fiberglass insulation, just on the ceiling portion, with newspaper underneath. Old wiring that makes me shudder. The side walls and roof are just bare framing, and the screens in the side vents look ok, though I didn't go across to get a closer look.

I had a nice afternoon taking care of myself; fixed supper and ate.

A quiet evening.

Tomorrow I'll foam those basement windows.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday 11.13.2012

Worked today. Ugh. Busy. And tired.

Forgot to mention yesterday that the caulk-job on the awning over the back door was a SUCCESS!!!  (mostly) There is still one area that had a drip. I saw the water stain when I was doing the project, but must be coming through in a different area. And it's a little off to the side, so I might not get glopped on while going in/out of the door. Go Me!!

Tomorrow I'll try to get another piece of something done around here. I'd like to go to the JC, as I have 3 days off, with no meetings or appointments. Anyone want to go with??   *sigh* 

Hoping to sleep well tonight.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday 11.12.2012 Veterans Day

Boy did I sleep last night. Although I woke intermittently, I felt like I slept also. And when the phone rang this morning, it was ringing in the dream. Took me a minute to get through to reality....

But I repositioned again and went back to sleep. That was nice.

So I was able to attend the meeting. Which was very productive.

I did have to work the floor the remainder of the shift. And that was ok, too.

Tonight I reviewed some of what we had done in the meeting, and made notes.

Tomorrow is another workday.

To all the Veterans--you humble me. Thank you.

And thank you for reading. Peace.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday 11.11.2012

What a beautiful day today!! Hope you were able to get outdoors and enjoy it....

I waited until late morning to go for a run. Today, in shorts and t-shirt. That sun sure felt nice.

Frank came over mid-afternoon and helped finish the outdoor trimming that we had done a few weeks ago. I'm happy to have that done--there was a lot of foliage entwined with the "cable" wires, causing enough tension that it looked like it was pulling away from where it is attached to the house.  And since it was so warm, I caulked above the back door at the seam for the metal awning. The water dripped right through, causing an unpleasant glob of water on your head/body when going through the door.  Not okay in my book. So I fixed it (I hope).

I also went back to the grocery for a couple things I missed yesterday. Funny how those things disappear from the refrigerator....

I had a good supper, and now am tired and ready for bed.

Tomorrow is a workday, with morning meeting that I don't have anyone to cover for me.  We'll see what happens.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday 11.10.2012

Busy day.

As I was going out for groceries, the lawn maintenance people (the ones (I pay for) stopped by to see what might have needed to be done. The two guys picked up the debris in the front yard from the wind the other day. We talked about other projects--leaves, and snow removal. I was happy to have been here when they were.

Went out for groceries after breakfast, after picking up and finishing the last of a couple of the projects I was doing yesterday. The store was really busy; I was surprised.

When I got back, my friend asked if she could come over earlier than we had talked about--sure!!  I showed her the house, and I finished getting ready while she tinkered on the piano a bit.  That was fun to listen to!

We went to the Champion Banquet for the Springport Speedway--my co-worker/friend's S.O. is an owner/driver and she asked if we would like to celebrate his season with them. He won Track Champion this year. We had a lot of fun.

Hoping to get outside tomorrow. Sure was nice this evening. Snow is right around the calendar....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday 11.09.2012

So today I could have slept this morning. And I felt like that the majority of the day--kind of tired, "dis-engaged". Yes, I was at the J.O.B., and doing what needed to be done, but I was less than 100%.  Guess I'm Human--

Tomorrow I'll try to pick up where I left off yesterday doing the chores. I need to get a few groceries, too.

Maybe I can hop into bed and pretend it's morning, so I can sleep during the night. Interesting, eh?

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday 11.08.2012

I had a very good day today.

I slept as I do, and woke about 0730. I rested there for a bit, waiting for the furnace to kick in (so it would be warm when I got out of bed....*smile*

Since it was about 28 degrees this morning, and very frosty, I decided to wait to run until the sun warmed the day. It was predicted to get to 48 degrees, with just a light breeze.   So I had breakfast, and went downstairs to start the laundry.

I moved stuff around, again, and created a place to put the plants to overwinter. In the southeast corner, just under the windows.  They will get a lot of light there...we'll see how they do.

I had a good run. The sun warmed the air--the birds were noisy and squirrels busy.

While cooling off, I went out to check the boat.  Yep, doing ok out there. I put the cover on, leaving access to the motor cover, to put the trickle charger on the battery. But the indicator light went out when the battery was connected. !! Hm ??  The conclusion is that the charger is manufactured backwards, opposite polarity than it should have been. It's disconnected from the battery now. I hope the battery holds ok through the winter.

After creating and consuming a lovely salad, and changing the laundry around again, I finally got in the shower. Ahhh.

A quiet evening, putzing around, putting things here and there. Settling.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday 11.07.2012

Whew--a full day, and I'm glad to be done!

Started out with a meeting/class at 0800. Came back home, went back to hospital at 11:30. Worked on a policy until after 1 o'clock; left to go to Mason for a much needed massage.

Leah did a wonderful job, as always.  The pocket of fluid that accumulates along the side of my ribcage has been bothering me for a couple weeks now. The bra band is very annoying. But she got that fluid moved, and now that side is sore. Great. I don't remember being sore like this before. And, she worked a lot on my entire back and neck, and my left arm and shoulder, too. She thinks something might be amiss in that left shoulder, because that's been bothering me a lot lately, too. The same one with the torn supraspinatous ligament. Hopefully she worked her magic on that, too, and it will settle down.

When I got home, I fixed food and ate. I set the alarm on the phone so I could doze--I had another class at 7pm at the hospital.

And I did fall asleep.

The class was good, and I got continuing education credit for it.

I look forward to not going anywhere tomorrow, and to catch up on household stuff, as well as going outdoors for some exercise.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday 11.06.2012 Election Day

I had a pretty good day today.

Slept fairly well, got up and went for a meeting, which was good.

Back home, lunch, then went to vote.  I was Number 1192 in my Precinct. And while I was there, I heard the election workers say that Number 1200 was here. The line moved quickly; I followed another person in, and we were both "processed" as we approached the table. All went well in this location.

The rest of the afternoon/evening, I got paperwork ready for tomorrow's meeting.

An early morning class, then the meeting, and another class in the afternoon. Then work on Friday.

And I'm tired this evening.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday 11.05.2012

Another day at the J.O.B.  I'm happy to have it.

I was just as happy to be the one to go home this afternoon when we "staffed down". I closed my eyes for a bit this afternoon as the soup was simmering. Just what I needed.

Tomorrow I have someone working for me so that I can attend a meeting, and I will be able to vote, too.

Hoping to catch up on a little sleep....

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday 11.04.2012

Couldn't post the last couple of nights--went to the JC with DF Friday night and--no internet.  Not really no internet; the computer and modem weren't communicating. Ugh. I didn't have the time or patience to figure out what was going on with it, so I just waited to get home. (this computer worked last time it was there.....)

We had a great weekend, though it seemed brief.  I cleaned the garage Saturday--a squirrel had gotten in the garage and had knocked over lots of stuff. It was in there for a while, it seems, by all the doo (scat, feces) that was on the floor.  It ate a lot of the green pellets for the mice (D-Con) and I found it dead. Sure glad I did. Even though it's cold, I wouldn't want to find it weeks later....

It was very cold, hovering around freezing. With the windy weather we've had, there were not many leaves left on the trees. I had to re-secure the cover for the Sunsetter awning on the front of the house, and Diane moved leaf piles around. Maybe they'll blow away like they did last year. I didn't have many to rake and burn.

Sunday we walked around a bit, and I cleaned the house again for the winter season. And we saw two eagles circling around, hunting, right out in front of the JC!! Very cool! We really enjoyed being there.

Tomorrow is a workday.

Thank you for reading. Hugs.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday 11.01.2012

Zoom!!  The year goes by....

Today was a busy day--I did a morning session for the Best Fed roll out, impromptu meeting after that, then lunch. Went home for a couple of hours, and got another window "plastic-ed" with the shrink stuff. A couple of phone calls, and back to the hospital for the evening session, which ended up lasting longer than it should have. BUT--Success!!  We had all but approximately 5 staff (out of ~70) attend, and 2 of them were on Leave of Absence. WooHoo!! 

Tomorrow I work on the unit. I hope it's a nice day...

Thank you for reading. Hugs.