Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Thursday.

Another 16 hour day.  The hospital is so. stinkin. busy.  And I am thankful.

  • I am thankful that I have been given a stable, well-paying job that I enjoy and that I am good at.
  • I am thankful that I have been given the health and strength to work for 16 hours in one day.
  • I am thankful for kind, flexible co-workers who will trade their Thursday shifts for my Friday shifts at the last minute so I can go home and be with my pseudo-family for their grandma's funeral.
  • I am thankful that it is okay that I didn't even keep a gratitude list this week - that I still remember that this is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  • I am thankful that I get paid time-and-a-half when I work extra hours which means I can go all kinds of cool places like Hawaii and Nepal and China.
  • I am thankful that I have been given a soft, warm bed and I am especially thankful that I get to go crawl into it right now!
Nighty poo.

Don't poo in your nighty.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Today was much too long* and way to busy to consider doing anything besides try to keep my head above water at work.  Sorry.  No thankful Thursday.  Sometimes when I know I'll be busy on Thursday, I type my list up on Wednesday but....yesterday was just as busy/exhausting.  One of our hospitals is on "red light" which means it has reached full capacity....elective surgeries are postponed and the surgeries that have to happen get shipped off to the other hospital to recover.  Not ideal, but there is no other choice.  It is really good for business and really bad for the nurses working on a 24-bed unit that ask for 5 extra nurses and get zero.

I would type it up right now, but I'm so tired I can't keep my eyes from crossing.  I've got a busy morning tomorrow before I pack up and head off to quilt retreat where I will be laughing with my sisters and resting from the internet until Sunday.  So. stinkin. excited.  So....maybe I'll get to it on Sunday evening.  Or maybe the list will just be really long next week.

In the meantime....I am thankful for a dad who loves my blog so much that he emails me in the evening to remind me that I still haven't posted my Thankful Thursday post.  He checks every couple of hours.  Everyone needs at least one person who sees them only through their love-colored glasses.  Thanks, Dad, (and Mom) for being that person.

*"Long" as in "exhausting," not "long" as in "had so many extra hours I didn't know what to do with myself."  Just to clarify.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday

(For an explanation of Thankful Thursday, go here).

1461) Sleeping in the cave. I love that room.
1462) Curling up in a chair in the sun and taking a nap.
1463) Spending the afternoon with my parents at the hospital. I love them.
1464) Strong hugs from SNLers - being part of a community that cares about my dad even if they don't know him.
1465) The way Penny's ears fly back when she runs.
1466) Getting to know some new girls on the way to Fall Day Away and getting excited about being friends with them.
1467) Strong spiritual leadership - being excited about where our group is going under Ray's leadership.
1468) Solid exhortation to meditate on and memorize the Word. So good to be reminded of the significance of God's revelation.
1469) A quiet afternoon alone sitting on a bench on the top of a bluff overlooking a winding river, watching the river flow and admiring the last of the fall colors on the opposite bluff. Beautiful.
1470) Addressing letters to places like Nepal and China.
1471) Sitting around a campfire on a brisk fall night.
1472) A long conversation with Christel by the glow of the fire. I missed so many old friends today and yet foundations were laid for new friendships with some amazing people. Definitely a day when I need to be reminded to count my blessings and remember how faithfully God provides.
1473) Walking into church and immediately seeing people I (kind of) know wave me down to sit with them. Just what I needed this morning.
1474) String quartets.
1475) Long phone convos with Chinwe. So good to still be able to laugh and process life with her. Miss her like crazy.
1476) Calling Lindsay to tell her one quick thing and getting off the phone 45 minutes later.
1477) Laying on my bed with Kristy watching The Amazing Race and talking about relationships.
1478) Overtime. Thankful that I have the option to work more so I can support my gift-giving and travel habits.
1479) Having the skills to accurately determine when a patient needs to be transferred to a higher level of care.
1480)Lunch with Ray. Conversations with him always leave me feeling so encouraged - so blessed by the way he sees and names the gifts he sees in others - so exhorted by the way he applies biblical models to real situations - so encouraged by his heart for the SNL ministry.
1481) Curling up on the couch with Penny Poo to watch TV for 20 minutes and waking up 2 hours later.
1482) 3 hour dinner with my roommie. LOVE. So glad to finally have time for a good chat.
1483) Already starting to feel comfortable with my roommie and hearing the same from her - thankful for the way the Spirit binds even those who are slow to form relationships.
1484) Having a lot to contribute to my QI project team and practice committees. Finally feeling like I am becoming a strong leader on our unit.
1485) Buying a ticket to Houston - I get a hug from Lindsay Lou in six weeks!! CAN'T WAIT!!!
1486) Listening to the Mennonites walk around to the patient's rooms singing hymns. Probably my favorite thing about my job.
1487) Finding a nursing conference I could go to in Baltimore. Yay!
1488) Golden sunsets.
1489) Having a sister who celebrates Palindrome Day (11/02/2011) with genuine excitement and gusto. Love her.
1490) He is faithful. Constant. Unchanging. Sufficient. Glory be!!!