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Grabbed a nap yesterday after the spousebeast went to work, and when he got home, beat him soundly (10-2) in Game One of the Glass Asylum July Munchkin Tourney (according to my FB memories, we've been doing this every month for a year now.  Gods, we're such geeks).  Needless to say, nap or no, I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime.

So I was a touch cranky this morning.  My 6:10 bus to work used to be quiet.  Now, we have chattering hoardes of late summer term med students.  I've actually started wearing earbuds in *both* ears when I ride, instead of my usual practice of just one.  So I was listening to my music, re-discovering the wonders of Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.  A tap on my shoulder nearly made me jump out of my skin.

Now, the medical science students at UNC wear solid color scrubs colored coded by department.  I think it's kind of a cool game to figure out which color belongs to which department.

I, on the other hand, buy my scrubs at PTA Thrift and wear cute stuff. Flowers, butterflies, stuff like that.  Bright scrub pants.  Weird socks. I'm like perpetual Free Dress Day in a bus full of kids forced to wear uniforms ever day.

That said, PLEASE obey the new social codes of earbuds + book =/= tap someone on the shoulder.  I jumped about a foot, and little Miss Perky, Blonde, and Highly Caffeinated (I don't inherently dislike any of these things.  Except at 6:10 in the morning.  When I have had about 4 hours of sleep, cumulitive.  And then I pretty much  hate everying except gorgeous prose and the Bee Gees) indicated she wanted to ask me something.

"So, what do you study to get to wear the cool scrubs?"

Now, Underslept Alicia's mouth has 2 speeds:  "Don't talk to me.  Need.  Iced tea.  And sugary cereal.  Now."  (Imagine Buffy in the "Beer Bad" episode.)  And the one where my internal censor has her feet up on the desk in the back of my brain, sippin' wine and paging through a magazine...and totally misses the big red "WARNING:  SHE'S ABOUT TO SPEAK" light until it is too late.

In other words, option number two was in the house this morning,

I smiled and said "English. Get your Masters, have a baby the day after you get your degree, another 18 months later, spend 10 years as a barista, and find yourself as a PCA in the dementia ward of an assisted living facility in your mid-forties."

I think I ruined some peoples' days.  The whole crew chattered a lot less after that.

I think I'm going to get up a tad bit earlier and take the 5:55 in, though.  More time to write, and less noise.  And fewer students to fuck with.

Comments

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seaivy
Jul. 7th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
lol
i love it
Go You!
she was innocent
but at that hour i do not function
my BEWARE sign flashes
oneworldvision
Jul. 7th, 2017 01:07 am (UTC)
Bad enough to disobey the earbud code, but at that hour? Does she have no sense of self-preservation? :P
spiffikins
Jul. 7th, 2017 01:18 am (UTC)
ahahahahahaha. I am super impressed that you came up with that at 6:10am after being startled. +10 you win ALL the cookies today!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 7th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
My mouth was on point yesterday (boy, THAT came out wrong). Sarcasm +10.
praxedes_osaka
Jul. 7th, 2017 01:34 am (UTC)
I love you so much right now. <3
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 7th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *blush*
spiral_meter
Jul. 7th, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
what is your job?

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mac_arthur_park
Jul. 7th, 2017 04:34 pm (UTC)
I'm a personal care assistant in an Alzheimer's/dementia unit in an assisted living facility, which means I help with dressing, changing, showering, feeding, etc the residents. Anything they need help with or can't do themselves.

My granma had Alzheimer's, and my grandpa slid into non-Als related dementia when she died, so I kind of feel like I'm doing this for them.
spiral_meter
Jul. 8th, 2017 01:17 am (UTC)
ah cool. it's good to show compassion for our fellow beings, whether they be alzheimer's patients or dogs. i chose dogs and i work at a doggy daycare.

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murielle
Jul. 7th, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
You love the Bee Gees!!!! I love the Bee Gees!!!!! For fifty years I have loved the Bee Gees!!!!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 7th, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
*squee* They are one of my go-to "happy music" bands.
communitybee
Jul. 7th, 2017 09:36 am (UTC)
Don't think you ruined their days, just a dose of reality, so elf them don't like that though.
spikesgirl58
Jul. 7th, 2017 11:47 am (UTC)
Heh, well answered
gneu
Jul. 7th, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
I remember that Buffy episode.
wherdafux_d_cat
Jul. 7th, 2017 03:37 pm (UTC)
^5! (And bonus points for 'Beer Bad' Buffy.)
bb
Jul. 7th, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
lol I love Buffy! I've seen them all. Such a great show.

Hey, you answered her honestly lol. She should have known to leave you alone though. You were clearly in your own world and not inviting conversation.
imagine_peace
Jul. 8th, 2017 06:55 am (UTC)
I would hate that. I always hate people being so cheerful in the mornings.
davesmusictank
Jul. 8th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
Go girl! Buffy would have been proud!
elainegrey
Jul. 8th, 2017 10:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know what she was expecting when she asked that, but you rocked the answer!
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