good morning. or evening. or whatever. my body is already completely confused (and rather exhausted). i’m sitting here drinking coffee because i am in caffeine withdrawal from avoiding it this morning, but the night sky outside sort of makes me want to just crawl back under the covers.
i’m back at work at 1 pm tomorrow (for a 22 hour shift) though, so i need to maintain some sort of reasonable structure. maybe tonight i will be more successful at a later bedtime / late AM wakeup. unfortunately, i really don’t think there’s any sneaky way into tricking my system into thinking this bizarre shift work is okay. or at least i haven’t figured it out yet.
back to the mantra: it’s just 2 weeks!
i had quite a busy night on call yesterday — things began dramatically with a rapid response (patient found down — yikes!) and then the new (but all-powerful) CAP system went into effect at 10:30 pm, rendering me in charge of any and all general admissions after this point.
yes, it’s my real pager. complete with sexy scotch tape holding the battery in!
i got the above page from the resident in the emergency department at 10:45, and the next thing i knew it was 4 am. i do appreciate the time-warp effect that happens when you’re busy, but i was HURTING at 7 am with hours still to go. i can put the physical discomfort of fatigue aside, but the indomitable mushy-headedness that occurs when i want to be anything but inefficient is the worst.
however, in the midst of all this i am happy (and a little proud) to say that i kept my cool, tried to see the humor in all of it, and did the best job i was capable of. by the light of the morning (and my wise attending) i saw a few things i might have done slightly differently, but nothing major.
so: 2 down and 5 to go! night float, i will own you. eventually.
an easy question
so many great career, family, running, and health-related questions were sent into the anonymous vortex. i’m tackling the easy ones first!
What kind of car do you and your husband drive?? was asked twice with different wording — either someone REALLY wanted to know, or mode of transportation is a hot topic!
i actually linked to this picture of me + my car recently — i am hugging the silver hunk o’ steel not because i love it so much (although i do) but because we had sort of gotten lost after climbing mount mitchell and HITCHHIKED (sort of) to a road that josh thought might lead to our cars, and i was convince we’d be lost forever and found by the side of the road months later, as unidentifiable parched skeletons bleached bright white in the NC mountain sun.
anyway. sorry, a little night float brain got the best of me there. i do love my 2002 VW golf. i like the design, and i like the way it drives. since it is small, it has decent gas mileage, and the hatchback provides a surprising amount of trunk space (great for IKEA excursions)! i don’t love the amount of upkeep/repairs that it tends to need (it’s a VW — ‘nuf said) — but even with this downside, i would consider a volkswagen for my next purchase as well.
this baby is my first (and only!) car, and it was an extremely generous gift from my parents, bestowed upon me as i finished college. in its 8 year/80,000-mile lifespan, it has been through a lot — including $6000 worth of undercarriage damage when i ran it off the road into a ditch during its 3rd month of life (a car neonate!).
honestly, i used to be a terrible driver and i am glad that i survived to tell the tale. i’m WAY better now! right josh? speaking of josh, here’s a version of his vehicle:
yes, he drives what i consider to be the standard, because we know SO many people who drive civics! his car is also a 2002 model, and it is stick shift. i will sheepishly admit that i don’t know how to drive it. it requires maybe 25% of the upkeep/service that the VW does. but (in my opinion) it’s not quite as cute 🙂
for my next car — maybe in a year or 2? — i will look seriously at hybrid options. maybe VW will come out with one by then!
bake 4 haiti
i am happy to report that diana’s bake sale looks like it was an amazing success! my CA fruit bars went for $18.50 to the highest bidder, who turned out to be . . .
(drumroll, please . . .)
thanks, mom 🙂 that was very sweet of you (no pun intended)! even though i know you are perfectly capable of making these bars yourself (after all, that’s where i got the recipe!), i will of course send you some baked love. heather from hangry pants and sharon (SJ? is that you?), i thank both of you for bidding as well — and i would like to send you some deliciousness, too. email me your addresses!
workout: 40 minutes elliptical (levels 9 – 13) + weights
– 2 x 12 pushups
– 2 x 12 squats with ball (10 lb weights)
– 2 x 12 bicep curls (12 lb weights)
– 2 x 12 walking double lunges (8 lb weights)
– 2 x 12 tricep pushdowns (15 lb weight)
– 2 x 15 ab ball roll-to-tucks
here’s a shot of the filling pre-topping:
reading: some endo work, plus 10 PREP questions, one of which involved this picture: