So here I am now. Things are a little calmer in the Pilkhouse now. There are a few jobs scattered around. I went full time in a job that I like very much. Is it over the top to say that I love my job?? It's a great floor, and most of the people I work with are great. A few are not. A couple treat me like hired help because I'm a HUC, not a nurse. Oh well. When it comes to cleaning up poop, that is their job. I'll stick with my paper and my small wage any day. :) I probably am smart enough to become a nurse if I wanted to but I don't. Forget that shit. Doesn't matter - I like what I do and where I do it. I also like the fact that I can depend on a regular paycheck every two weeks! Wow. I can pay my bills.
There is this super cool thing at work. We get "cash bank" hours. It is kind of like a Christmas Club of sorts. You start accumulating hours the first of the year, ending the end of Sept. In Nov. they give you a check, unless you use those hours for time off. I didn't. So that means I get a check for something like $300. Considering it just took $404. to fix the brakes on my car, that is a very good thing!
Summer was good. Andy and I spent a good deal of time kayaking. I will have to do a post on that because it's worth it. We have such great rivers here in the Saginaw area. Now it is getting cool again. The trees are turning and it's getting really pretty outside and it smells really good. I love it.
Andy is doing awesome. He is 99 percent better as far as his gait goes. He loves his job in security at Covenant. Training ended today I believe for him and now he is beginning the job, picking up extra hours until he can go full time, as I did. Our 35th Wedding Anniverary is coming up, Oct. 6. We will be going to Algonac State Park to watch the freighters go by. We have a "front row seat" and plan to listen to appropriate seafaring music as we just relax and appreciate all the goodness to life. I think the toughness just makes us appreciate the good times better.
More later because I have stuff to do. Bye!
Well, theoretically, I have no problem with the job. It is very different from what I do on 7 Main, but that's okay with me. I can learn it. I'm good at doing stuff like that. Learning new shit quickly, and all that. Yeah.
So right now though this is what it is. I have finished working the 12 hour night shift. I had ONE night off, then time to go in at 7a. Wow, how do you do that? The only thing I coudl figure out was to stay up on my day off. Seriously, what else could I do? So, I came home from a 12 hour shift, messed around straightening the house, took a 2 hour nap (my body hurt!), got up, skied 4 miles in the flats, got all excited, came home, got everyone together including myself, and went to see the Doo Dads play.
Need to get up around 5:30 a.m. for work tomorrow, and it is now 10:20. Think I should probably sleep....
Dan, Missy & Sarah:
Sarah & Missy:
Em and Sarah bowling:
Dan (and I) watching the football game at the bowling alley:
Em throwing a gutter ball:
Pourin' a brew:
Missy HIT it:
My crazy girls:
Kelly & Megan visit:
Taking Spam for a much needed walk!
Sarah & Spammy:
It was a great visit! :)
One of the weekends we plan all year to attend. Amazingly enough, Andy ended up getting a couple people to work his weekend, so we were free, Friday through Sunday night, so that was good. We signed up and were ready to go. At the last minute, we almost backed out, because we didn't even think we had enough gas money to get back and forth! But, because the weather was predicted to be great and because we both had the weekend free, we decided to worry about it later....just go!
Man, we were so happy we did that!! It was awesome. I would have hated to miss that special weekend of the year, especially with the nice weather we had. Friday morning, we put together some Enchillada Casserole to take for that night's dinner and to share, and packed everything up including our pre-cooked and frozen Jack's Polish sausage. We were one of the first ones at the Schoolhouse (Steeve had beaten us there), and put up our tent.
Finally, here are some photos of our annual mid-October Sleepy Hollow State Park camp trip with Missy, Bob and Spam. We love this camp in the fall because the colors are so beautiful and because there are so many miles of hiking trails, a beautiful Lake Ovid, and even a bridge to a little island. For a state park, the campsites are fairly private, more so than most, and best of all, it is located halfway between Missy's place and ours making it a perfect fall get-together.
We left on Friday, just before noon, and met Missy in Owosso for lunch at the Taco House, an amazing establishment. The proprietor has owned the Taco House for over 30 years, and sells the most delictable authentic Mexican food that we stop by as often as we can. Missy was duly impressed as well.
After we set up camp, Andy, still feeling a little poorly after his cold, took a little nap, while we hiked with the dogs for a short 3 mile loop.
Relaxing with a game of Skip Bo after our hike. Bob was not scheduled to arrive until the next day at some point.
As you can see, it was a little on the chilly side, but pleasant with no rain!
The next morning, after a small breakfast, we left on our hike, as Bob was not yet ready to catch up with us.
Here is a pretty trail.
Once Bob arrived, we had a terrific steak dinner, then Missy and Bob left to join friends in Lansing to take in a play. I believe it was Fahrenheit 911, which they very much enjoyed. Andy and I chilled by the firepit, and played a couple games until they got back.
The next day, a new hike. Checking the GPS or camera I believe:
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Taking a little rest break:
The Bridge to the island:
Pretty colors here in the Fall:
After our hike we had a great hamburger meal before a game of Euchre and packing it up!
And the dogs played.....What a nice weekend it was!
I'm into the second phase of my training now, which is two weeks (well, a total of 5 sessions) of computer training. I'm finding it really taxing. It's not that I don't know the computer system, it just that the training is really fast paced, and if I don't get there really early I'm sitting in back feeling like I can't see what's going on. I feel a little slow compared to how well I did in the classroom, and this surprises me because I thought I would rock in this section. I did get 100% on my surprise (more like "shock") test on the first day. They threw a bunch of stuff at us, went over it a little, and then told us we were getting a test that we had to pass with 85% or we couldn't work the floor. Or else we had to retake the test. I kind of freaked a little, but I aced it.
Now the other thing that is goofy is that they keep changing the times/places where we are to meet for this training. One day it is at the old Osteopathic hospital, the next day it is at the Anderson Center behind Harrison. They also are very ambiguous about what time we are supposed to end the class. For someone like me that is getting dropped off and picked up by Dan, this is very nerve-wracking for both of us. I call Dan and tell him I'm supposed to get out at 9, then I end up getting out at 8:30, and call him to rush and pick me up. Sometimes when I leave the facility, the doors lock and I can't get back in and I'm stuck alone in the dark! I would appreciate a little more organization to this.
So though, all I have left for computer training is tomorrow at Anderson Center, and then next Tues and Wed at Osteopath. Friday is my morning tour of the hospitals. After that I have 5 weeks of Tues/Wed/Thurs 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on the floor clinicals. I'm actually really looking forward to that part. Right now there are 5 jobs posted for HUCS who pass. One is a doctor office and 4 are Covenant. But there are 9 of us in the Covenant clinicals. So I need to be as good as I can. I compete against very young, sharp brains for these jobs.
We decided that Dan would take me to school each day, getting me there well before 8 a.m., so I could get an up front seat, and picking me up at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and 2 p.m., the other two days. He needs the car to take Jen to work at her new job as a Kitchen Supervisor at an elderly home. I kind of like being dropped off and picked up; it takes one stress away for me. Dan probably doesn't like much to get up so early, but he is good about it. He definitely contributes - does all the dishes every day, some of the cooking, etc. For that I am grateful.
My instructor is an actual HUC from Bay Med. The class was once taught by an RN. Sharon (my instructor) complained that the HUCs being turned out at Delta were more oriented in the RN point of view and really didn't know how to do the job when they got to Bay Med. So she was asked to teach the class, and accepted. She has been a HUC for more than 20 years. She is a Type A personality and a force to be reckoned with. I liked her immediately. Some people do not so much.
I think the first day was overwhelming for a lot of people. I was fascinated just listening to Sharon and taking notes, and did not let my mind wander. I caught it trying to twice, but slapped it right away. I liked just being on campus, having lunch outside by the courtyard - the kids don't go outside much - they stay inside with their WIFI and cafeteria. I bring a homemade wrap and an apple and coke and go outside in the sun and walk around. I have two friends who are sisters, Pat and Carol. They are down to earth, about my age.
There is this little bitch too. Isn't that funny? She is like early 20s, sat next to me yesterday. I said something like "Whew, that was a lot of homework! Took me 5 hours two days in a row to do those 5 Chapters and answer all those questions on paper!" She was like "No, that was NOTHING. I spent only 3 hours total on it. Yeah, really? She then said, "Well, I read really fast and comprehend everything I read". Oooooh, aren't YOU special? Later, she actually snickered at a question I asked of the instructor. Her self-esteem is just running amok. I hope she forgets to study for the next test.
Anyway, I'm now getting into the swing of things. Doing 5 chapters a week is not so bad when you know about it the Thursday before it is due, as opposed to knowing about it the Tuesday before that Thursday! I can pace myself. I'm doing okay on the med. terminology, just the As and Bs so far, but crap, there are a couple that are driving me nuts.
Went to the eye doctor today and he says my eye is completely healed. YAY! Ordered new contacts since the only insurance I have is vision insurance. Hey, it's always nice to see. Just as I was getting ready to leave for Great Lakes Eye, I did what I usually do upon leaving the house, I reached for my book (which, btw, is Landscape with Fragmented Figures by Jeff Vande Zande) then I set it back down on the table, and reached instead for my flashcards. This was difficult for me. I think I have read about two paragraphs since I started Delta. Sigh. Crazy that the book I was reading as I started my class is written by a Delta instructor. I guess fun reading is taking a back seat right now.
I'm proud of my family. Dan has been doing some cooking. Andy had the day off from work AND school today, and took me to the eye doctor, vacuumed the whole house, vacuumed the pool, cooked dinner and helped me fold clothes, while I worked with Mark all day. Things are okay; things are good. I may not be backpacking next weekend - too much schoolwork, but I'm prepared for the next steps in my life.
Oh, AND Andy and I watched the Glee episode on Hulu.com tonight! Treat time! Okay, back to the flash cards.
We call this Dan's Camp Trip because there happens to be a weekend in August in which there is no Nascar race, and that is the weekend that Dan is available to camp. Doesn't matter what the weather is predicted to be - that is the weekend Dan is available. Because Andy had to work the whole weekend (he tried hard to switch with someone, but it just didn't work out) and because of our lack of money for gasoline, we chose Sleepy Hollow State Recreation Area in Ovid, Michigan. Where is Ovid? Uh, near Laingsburg. Ha, ha. It is somewhere just west of Owosso on M-21, actually a very great location because it is a mere 1 hour, 6 minutes from Shields, and just 45 minutes from Ionia, so we can usually count on special guests! It also has a gorgeous lake to kayak, at least 15 hiking miles, and a nice day use area to picnic in.
Andy, Gypsy and I took the camper up when he got out of work at 4 p.m., and Dan, Joe and Jen followed when Jen got out of work at 6. Dan had some awesome Hungry Howie pizza coupons by email so they picked up dinner in Owosso on the way there. Friday evening, Missy, Bob and Spam came for a visit, and we had a good time by the fire.
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As you may know, last week I went to San Francisco as Sarah's guest to be her model for her State Board Exam for her Esthetician License, and to have some great fun! You've been waiting for these photos! :)
It was fun to see the kitties again! Zap liked to hang by my computer:
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