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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Drained

Well, it's finally the weekend and it's almost over. After tomorrow, I have to go back to the old grind. Not really looking forward to it. This job isn't really hard per-say, but it's challenging to keep an upbeat attitude and positive demeanor when you're getting cussed at by a patient for not taking them to the bathroom or giving them a shower when they want it (both of which I'm not supposed to do because they're high fall risks). Some days are better than others though. I just don't want to end up acting nasty to everybody like some of the people who work there. Sure it can be annoying dealing with some of the things the patients want sometimes, but they're still human beings and deserve to be treated with respect like everybody else.

I got paid on Christmas. I put some away to help with the rent for January and to pay my storage fees. I still need to make a credit card payment, but it's not due until the 2nd so I have a bit more time. I'll pay for it out of the money my dad gives me for the month probably.

I need to get my hair done badly. I guess I'll have to do that soon too. This job has been throwing my whole day off. After I get off I don't want to do anything. Just sit and stay off of my feet as much as possible. Also, I get tired a lot earlier and when I think it's about 6 or 7 PM sometimes it's only 4. James was off of work Christmas and the day after but I had to work both days. Now I'm off the weekend and he had to work tonight. I guess that's going to be happening a lot, so I try to spend as much time I can with him but it's hard when I fall asleep at 7pm sometimes and he doesn't get off of work until after 9. At least he gets a break from class for a while.

My mom said that she's mailing my Christmas gifts. I know I got a coat and a pair of scrubs. I went ahead and ordered the other scrubs with my sister's credit card so those should be here any day now. I guess when they all get here I'll be set as far as those go for a while. I might get a few more red tops so I can mix and match. I'm definitely going to buy some new shoes soon since I have to be on my feet so much.

Everyone seemed to like the Oreo Truffles. James' mom called and said she really liked them. Maybe I'll have some paying customers every now and then lol. Speaking of James' parents, his Dad and step mom got me a gift card to Best Buy and a bath set with shower gel and lotions and stuff. I haven't decided what I'm going to get from Best Buy yet. Maybe a external hard drive so I can back up all of my stuff.

Well, I rented some movies so I'm going to relax and watch the one that James doesn't want to see before he gets home lol. Oh yeah, that reminds me. James saw a listing for a guy who lives about 2 hours from here on craigslist that was saying he needed diapers for his son, so James decided to contact him so he could buy some for him. Apparently he lives in Roanoke (not sure if that's spelled right) Alabama so it would probably be best to mail them. I thought that was really nice of him. Just another reason why I love him so much and think he's the greatest guy in the world. I know I'm bragging but my boyfriend is awesome lol.

Ok, enough of the mushy stuff. Byeee!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bah Humbug!

Well it looks like I won't be going home for Christmas this year. I have to work. That really sucks. I wish I had known before I spent $20 getting all of the stuff for two batches of Oreo Truffles (Regular and Mint). Since I already had the stuff, I made them yesterday (long tedious process) and put them into the tins I bought. I called my sister's friend to see if she was going to Mobile so I could send the candy through her (and have her pick up my x-mas gifts lol) but she has to work too (she also works for a hospital).

I went today and mailed them off. I used old newspapers for cushions lol. Cost me $13 bucks though. It might get there tomorrow but I think it might not get there until the day after Christmas.

Speaking of the day after Christmas, James's other gift (his official Christmas present) should be here around then. I was hoping it would get here before that, but I doubt it.

I had (lots of) extra candy so I got 2 more smaller tins and packed them for James's Mom, Sister and Dad. The less of them I have in the house, the less I will stuff my face with lol.

I had to go to UAB Employee health yesterday and get the first of 3 hepatitis B shots. They also drew blood to see if I need the chickenpox vacciene. Oddly enough, I never got it when I was younger and I'm not vaccinated for it. I guess this means I won't get it if I get the vaccine. Yay! I was scared to get it older, because I heard it's much worse.

This will be my first Christmas away from home. I'm a little sad about it. Not that I really like going home all that much, but I guess this means I'm more of an adult. First birthdays away from home and now holidays.

Well I guess that's it. I really need to take a shower and then head to bed. I'm so tired! I bet I won't even be able to fall asleep if I try though. Oh well. Byeee!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

PayPerPost

My blog finally got approved for PayPerPost, so expect to see some blog posts related to advertising. I thought I could get started right away, but all of the available posts have been taken for the moment.

I got some more stuff to make Oreo truffles again. I looked at dollar tree for some small gift boxes to give this Christmas as gifts, but I couldn't find the size I wanted. I might try Hobby Lobby or something like that. I also plan on making some mint oreo truffles this time too. I'll be making 2 batches. Hopefully some will make it to Mobile lol.

Well I guess that's it for now. More when I get to it!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas!

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Christmas is next week! The bad thing is that I have to work the day after Christmas, so I'll have to go home Wed. when I get off of work and then come back on Christmas day. Probably the afternoon. Money is still a little tight, so I'm going to make some more oreo truffles for everyone and put them in gift boxes. That way I know everybody will get to try some lol.

Work has been going ok, but some of the people there have a really bad attitude. I understand it can be stressful, but geez act like you give a crap about your job. Plus some of the people talk about the patients in their faces. I know most of them are a bit out of it, but still that's disrespectful. Well Hopefully it will get better soon. That's it for now! More when I get to it.

Byee!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Day

Well today was my first day at work. It went pretty well. I had to park way far away in tim-buck-tu and walk, but one of the nurses said that I could probably park in the parking deck of the hospital next door and it's only a dollar or so to get out (I hope she's right!) and it's a lot closer to where I work.

Sweet!

So I had to do rounds today, every 10 minutes. Pretty easy actually. I think I learned all of the patients faces and put them with names pretty well for my first day. Now when they started moving around into different seats in the day room...that messed me up a little sometimes lol. I was even able to catch a few short sit down breaks after doing rounds. I can get them done in about 5 min. if I'm on a roll! lol

James and I went to Walmart and bought some groceries today. More quick stuff and some stuff to take with me as snacks. I took a sandwich and an apple today. Pretty tasty. I think I'll do that and maybe change it up a bit once in a while and bring a yogurt or something. One of the nurses had some cherios and some milk. I think she got the milk from one of the meal trays that someone didn't want lol.

I was surfing around the internet and found a funny little cartoon. I'll post it and then I'm going to take a shower, grab a bite to eat and maybe take a little nap. Byee!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Changes

Well, today was the last day of training. I got out about 11 today. Yesterday we had to go on a scavenger hunt and find about 50 different places in the hospital. It took about 3 hours total. My feet and legs were killing me when I got done and I think I passed out around 9 or so. James kept waking me up because he wanted to talk to me and he wasn't sleepy lol.

I officially start work tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to getting up so early. I even tried to change my parking so that I could park in the deck attached to the Hospital, but apparently I can't unless I work night shift. I guess having to be at the hospital at 5am doesn't count.

I found another pair of pants to match the other scrub top I had. I don't like it though. Apparently my mom bought me another one (either pants or another set) and it sounds like it's the same ones that I have but don't like that much. I still haven't gotten the ones my sister ordered for me...if she ordered it already. I guess I should have just gotten her card number and done it myself.

In other news, I finally got off of the waitlist for Quicktate. I did a little bit today while I was sitting around when I got home. Basically you transcribe voicemail messages. I did a little bit on MTurk too. I wish some of the hits I already did would go ahead and approve so I can go ahead and turn the money into a gift card and order what I wanted from Amazon.com.

James ended up getting his Anniversary gift early (Need for Speed: Undercover). The game looks pretty cool and he seems to enjoy it.

That's about it. I just wanted to make a quick post to update everyone. More when I get to it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

3 days down, 5 to go!

I thought that I only had to go to training for my new job at UAB hospital for 2 or 3 days...but apparently I have another week to go. 8am-5pm sitting listening to different people talk and filling out a million forms is BORING! I don't even think I'll be using half of the training that I'm getting, since I'm not REALLY going to be a Unit Secretary, and I'll be doing rounds. Oh well. I've had a rough few days. I don't feel like going into detail about everything so here's a shorter version:

Day 1 of training:

  • Dressed in business casual, even though most people wore jeans or more casual stuff
  • Didn't have my ID badge ready on time(got it on day 2)
  • Had to wait in line for a long time to get out of the parking deck
  • Drove all the way to Big Lots looking for red scrubs...didn't find any
  • Drove to Walmart for scrubs which took forever because there was traffic
  • Stopped by K-Mart to pick up a scrub top that matched some pants I had
  • Got home around 7pm

Day 2 of training:

  • Planned on wearing scrubs, and found out the shirt for one pair was too small, and the pants for another set were too small
  • Went to Walmart at 7am and exchanged scrub tops and changed into the new one in the bathroom
  • Feet were hurting from different shoes (sneakers I haven't worn in a while)
  • Got my parking assignment for Remote I which has a shuttle to take you to the buildings, but the shuttle doesn't start until 5:35am (I'm supposed to be clocked in at work 7min before my shift or up until 5 min. after the start time or I'm late)
  • Went to parking services with a girl in my group during break and got a new deck assignment (still not where I wanted, but closer to my building)
  • Had to walk 6 blocks to another training session and back at 4pm to get to my car

Training day 3:

  • Wore jeans to be more comfortable, but the sweater I put on was itchy all day
  • Feet still hurt from shoes
  • Had to stop at the gas station in the morning before going to training
  • Made it to the correct parking deck, and tried to wait on a classmate so we could walk together but it was too close to 8am so I started walking by myself
  • Walked 3 blocks in the rain to the building and made it at about 8:03 (not technically late)
  • Got out early (3pm)

I have to go back to the same building tomorrow, but after lunch I leave the main group and go to Unit Secretary training (only myself and one other woman will be going) until next Tuesday and I officially start on my floor next Wednesday. I also have to drop off my time sheet to my new boss by Saturday (which means I have to take it when I leave training Friday, or come back on campus on Saturday).

In other news, I was checking my e-mail yesterday and Alabama A&M University's graduate school said they're offering me regular admission so I got in to graduate school FINALLY! I'm still going to apply to my other schools in a few months, but if none of the rest take me, I know I'll be able to start there in the Fall!

That's it for now. I'll post more when I get the chance.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Coffee!

You may have noticed my new widget on my sidebar. If you like my posts, why not buy me a cup of coffee? If you click the coffee cup then you can donate to my coffee fund. One cup costs about $3.50 or so with tax, but you can donate whatever you want. Every little bit helps!

If you haven't had the Java Chip from Starbucks, you should try it! It's my favorite drink. It is iced though, so make sure you have somewhere warm to snuggle up if you get one this winter! I might get the Mocha Peppermint Twist instead. It's hot and it sounds delicious!

Chase is taking a nap right now, so I can surf the Internet a bit. I'm going to try to add a widget to my other blog as well. On there you can buy me a candy bar or if you're really felling generous, contribute to my next tattoo fund! That's it for now.

Bye!

Friday, December 5, 2008

MTurking it

I've been working my butt off on MTurk yesterday and today. I found a group of really easy hits today so I did as many of them as I could before they were all gone. I guess other people figured out they were easy and jumped on them too. $0.10 each just to copy and paste stuff. I have about $8.50 pending just from doing those. I did a few $1.00 hits yesterday where you had to make up 20 trivia questions and answers. Harder than it sounds lol. I just did a bunch about movies that I like that were easy to make questions up for. I'm trying to earn some money so that I can use it to get a X-mas gift for James. I can't say what it is yet, because he reads this sometimes and I want it to be a surprise lol.

In other news it looks like we won't be moving after all. James extended his lease for 9 more months at the apartment where we are now. It's cheaper and easier to stay here. Rent did go up $30 a month though. Oh well.

Oh yeah, I finally had a blood pressure low enough to clear my physical, so I'll start training on Monday. I e-mailed my new boss to see if I needed a specific color of scrubs, and apparently she wants me to wear red ones. I'll have to go get some this weekend. Maybe Sunday after James and I drop off Chase and get out of church. I went to church in Mobile last Sunday (I think I said this before) and my Mom came with me. I missed going to church up here though. It's called Point of Grace Ministries.

Well I guess that's it for now. I'm going to play with Chase for a while.

Bye!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Poor thing

While I was home, my niece's adopted stray cat Snow Angel (they found him around this time last year wandering around in our yard and started feeding and playing with it) apparently got into a fight. He had a wound on his chest which Brandie freaked out about. The day before they saw some fur and blood on the porch and hadn't seen him all day so Brandie though he had died. My dad let the cat come inside for a little while. Brandie put a towel down and gave him some water and food.

I spent some of the time while I was there sneaking the cat in after we let it out. He was pretty good. He mostly stayed behind the entertainment center or under my bed. He did jump up on the table one day while I was fixing a plate so that was a no no. Also he jumped on the couch, and it was pretty hard to get him down without alerting my dad (he didn't really want the cat inside). He woke me up one day at 4am by meowing and then jumping on my bed. Scared the crap out of me lol.

Anyway, here's a pic of him.

I went back to the doctor to get my blood pressure taken yesterday, but it was still a little bit too high. I'm going to relax today, drink plenty of water, and try again in the morning.

That's it for now. More later!

P.S. Check out my other blog for my post about making the Oreo Truffles and a picture of them!

Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm Back

I'm back in Birmingham! I got here about 1:30. I would have been able to post while I was in Mobile, but the router wasn't there like I thought it would be. The oreo truffles that I made went over really well. I'm going to try to get my blood pressure taken again tomorrow so that my physical can be cleared. Hopefully everything will work out!

More when I get around to it.

Bye!