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Eclipse Day at Happy Acres was....interesting.  If I'd thought ahead (or is we didn't have an asswipe for an activities director, who should have thought of it), I'd have helped the residents make those little pinhole viewers that I did in grade school.  As it was, I sat with a few on the patio and watched it get darker and felt the energy change.

The REALLY interesting thing was that we had two hummingbirds at our feeder.  We've had that feeder for months and...zip, zilch, nada.  The world starts to go dark, and suddenly we've got birds who look like they're dancing.  Hilda pointed it out to me and signed "dancing."  She was totally right.

I need to find a (free) ASL class.  I can do the alphabet and some VERY basic signs, but I would like to be able to better communicate with Hilda.  She's very patient with me, and we've developed some of our own signs, but it frustrates both of us that conversations have to be spelled out letter by letter.

And, yes, I am up at "Oh, WHY gods?"-thirty on my day off.  Kent has his first official day with the school system!  The alarm went off at 5:30.  Just like my weekend schedule.  Yay.

He gets to unload the truck.  Welcome to the fold, newbie.  I have a sneaking suspiscion he's about to be in for a bit of hazing.  He's the only guy in the kitchen, and most of those women have been feeding kids for a decade or more.

Apparently, we'll be taking the same bus halfway to our respective jobs now.  I am a horrible person, but I am NOT looking forward to this.  I want to spend more time with him, but....damnit.  I don't people in the mornings.  Hell, I take an earlier bus so I can avoid UNC's dental school students (do you REALLY have to be that fucking perky first thing in the morning?).  I go and write.  I listen to my 43 songs on Lyra.  I drink my iced tea and try to prepare myself for whatever fuckwittery is waiting for me at work. I DO NOT NEED COMPANY FOR THIS.

I'm really not a nice person.

Oh....I have a day off!  Thank you, Jeebus.  I left AT LEAST 45 minutes late for the last 3 days.  S actually *shoved* me towards the door yesterday.  She was appalled that I'd taken Miz C for cataract surgery and wasn't given a break when I got back.  Now, in all fairness, that was more or less holding her hand, reading to her until the drugs took effect, and getting a free lunch courtesy of UNC Hospital and a really hot nurse, but she does have a point....

Did I mention lunch with really hot nurse?  *fans self*  Miz C insisted I get something to eat because I was going to miss lunch at work, and he graciously took me to the cafeteria once she was knocked out, told the cashier I got the family voucher, and....wow, the food is much better there than at Happy Acres.

His justification was Miz C "seems more like your grandma than your patient.  You take good care of her."

Poor guy didn't know that I'm dealing with THIS time of year.  The anniversary (2 years!?!?!?  How have I survived without her voice for that long?) of Granma's death is still hovering around me.  Yeah, I started to cry.

Consummate professional.  That's me.

We talked about how I ended up at Happy Acres, my "should I stay or should I go?" angst, his angst about his dad having a son who is "just a nurse.  Not a doctor" and funny patient stories.  It was nice.  There's a certain disdain where PCAs are concerned, and it was nice to be treated like an equal.  I do actually know  my shit.

Sooooo....on tap for today: buying tickets to see Psychadelic Furs.  Apparently, there are only 3 left, which means my ass is going to be sitting on that stoop 15 minutes before they open.

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spikesgirl58
Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
Just a nurse? Nurses deserve freaking medals way more than any doctor I've known. They totally rock!
mac_arthur_park
Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY!!!
weebleswobble
Aug. 23rd, 2017 03:24 am (UTC)
i can totally identify and sympathize with not being able to *people* in the morning. i'm not a morning person, i dont wake up nice.

yay for hot nurse and some sympathetic understanding.
weebleswobble
Aug. 24th, 2017 12:38 am (UTC)
my library system has american sign language dvd's. maybe the libraries in your area might have some as well.
athene
Aug. 23rd, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
Try the library to see if they have any ASL lessons. You could always start with Signing Time, which teaches ASL to kids.
mac_arthur_park
Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
xxmadsenxx
Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:04 pm (UTC)

I don't like to deal with people in the morning either. But then again, I don't really like anything about mornings haha. Lunch with the hot nurse sounded nice!

dimity_blue
Aug. 24th, 2017 09:44 am (UTC)
Nurses and carers are amazing. They're overworked and underpaid.
plant_lady60
Aug. 26th, 2017 06:16 am (UTC)
I am a grump in the morning, too, without caffeine-i-zation. Don't feel bad. We can't all be cheerful, morning folk, thank God. And NO, that does not make you a bitch. We all have our quirks. It's in our human nature.

That is so wonderful about the hot, male nurse. I have a cousin through marriage that is a male nurse. He is made of awesome-sauce, I adore Rick, and I'll bet his patients do, too. How could they not? Good that you had a nice lunch and talk with him.

The Psychadelic Furs?! OMG! I love them! I should see if they are coming to Portland, but I'd probably have to go with my daughter. My hubby does not like them. His loss! Good luck! I hope you get the tickets.
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