Good morning, family!
Tweety, thanks for breakfast! It is so nice to wake up and find breakfast on the (computer) table.
Fran, saw your thumbnail pic yesterday in reference to chili. I really liked your wolf shirt. My girls, whenever they give me a gift for what ever occasion, usually get me something either in wolf or american indian motif. My girls know me well. The wolf (sunkmanitu tanka) is my totem animal. Speaking of chili, I think I'm going to go get some today. Love chili!!!!
It was very busy at work yesterday. I was in charge (usually I and another RN rotate this every other week...nice, preventing burnout). Somewhat short staffed starting off with ER slamming us later with several admits and getting transfers from other floors. My poor LPN was getting a little overwhelmed. All I could do was tell her it was going to be OK, kissed her on the top of her head, then gave her a quick back rub. It costs so little to be nice to one another when things go hectic...usually the time when we need it the most. We often, on my shift, give the quick back rub, pass out the motrin, and offer each other help as needed. They, in a lot of ways, are another part of my family. We have to take care of each other, especially when things get hectic.
Going over to my buddy's house tonight to shoot some pool after he tucks his two sons off to bed. My buddy is a LPN on the floor. He and I, on occasion, shoot pool at his house, commiserate about the ups and down on being divorced with an ex yanking the proverbial chains, and have a couple beers. He really is a good guy, a good father. I consider myself very fortunate to have him as a friend. One thing I really like about him is that he walks his talk. Very genuine guy. He and I are alike in that our needs are really pretty simple, not asking for much. You know when you click as friends in that you can start off a conversation with ease and also you can be inside the same room and not feel any pressure to start or keep a conversation going. Simply put, we are equally comfortable in each others presence doing whatever, to accept where we are at at the moment. This is a beautiful thing, you know. No pressure, just acceptance. He and I both know we would probably give the shirt off our back to the other if need be, but never take advantage of each other in this. This is a beautiful place to be in a friendship. Just wanted to share.
I have to say one thing, totally off topic. I do miss nursebedlam and her posts. I know she was upset about the whole thing regarding premium membership. Has any one seen her around? I fear she totally left. But, I did want to say, I miss her company. Enjoyed reading her posts.
I'm off today!!!
And I have nothing to do! :chuckle What am I going to do with myself? I'm not used to giving myself time off. I'm off tomorrow too, but will spend time with my girls. I believe my older daughter has basketball practice again. Since they have returned back to school after the break, I know we will spend some quality time doing their homework together. I really enjoy doing this with them...never had that when I was a child.
Speaking of my older daughter, It is amazing how she has changed since turning 13. She is so a teenager. It seems like it happened like over night. I kid her at times about these changes that I've noticed. I told her last week that I may plan writing a journal "You know your daughter is a teenager when...". She thought this was funny. I was serious. She hasn't started the boy stage yet :blushkiss, I'm so glad. It gives me more time to adjust. Still thinking about the journal though. It may be a good nostalgic gift to give her one day when she has a kid this age. What do you guys think?
Speaking of my younger daughter (9), she still is in love with her daddy.
She will often want to hold daddy's hand when we go out, like to the mall or to the library or where ever. Its nice to know someone still loves you. She has had a certain friend her age for some time now. The friend is OK, but this friend's mother worries me. The husband is a lawyer, stable, and nonpretentious. The mom/his wife can be sort of the opposite. They have lots of kids in a humongous house. The problem is that mom, I believe, is going through a second childhood. She is about fifty, but acts and dresses quite often as a young teenager. Not too much problem with it per se, but she will often, according to my daughter, show R rated movies to the young ones. I don't feel comfortable with this. I plan to mention it to my ex sometime. Kids do not need to see such things. They are only children for so long. I do not have custody of my girls, so it is a delicate thing since my ex sort of likes their glamour. My young daughter mentioned that she might like to see "The Passion" sometime, no doubt brought up in the friend's home as a topic. You know how kids like to dare each other in being part of something to each other. I saw the movie. It is very disturbing...it was meant to be. But, it is not something for a 9 year old to see. Essentially, the film is a snuff film with religious garg attached to it. It would be showing my daughter a man being murdered in a horrific way, with all the blood, guts and gore. Not appropriate at all. I'm not a fanatical man. But, I do believe in being right according to my beliefs, regardless if it may be popular or not. But, it is a sticky issue with my ex, since she likes this family. I just don't believe this mother of my daughter's friend has enough integrity for herself to set the necessary boundaries. What are your thoughts? It is sticky being a divorced guy who has concerns about one's children's exposure when one has lost custody and not wanting to stir up a pot of bees with the ex. What is a guy to do?
Spacenurse, loved your post regarding your family.
Online classes. Oh, I wish that had been available to me when I was in college. Doing homework in PJ's...what a beautiful thing that must be. Hope everyone does well on their school assignments this week. Make A's for me. I have a NA at work who has just finished her nursing school
at a community college (for her RN), studying for her N-CLEX. We sort of did trivia pursuit together yesterday at work with one of those study prep for the exam books. She wanted to beat a seasoned RN with questions. She did pretty well. I missed only one questiion, not bad for an old guy who has been out from a generic nurse program for what seems like a very long time. She will make an excellent RN. She is energetic, enthusiastic, motivated, upbeat, can set boundaries, and is a joy to work with. I think we have a good one here. She calls me her older brother.
Any way, my lord, I didn't mean to type so much this morning...AND, LOOK AT ME!! Need to stop here and get on with my day and leave room for other folks to post.
Until tomorrow my brothers and sisters