Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Thursday Three

This week's Thursday Three is going to break from the norm a little bit. And it's not because I can't think of a list topic or a good idea to make everyone jump in with an opinion. Honest. It's not. It's just that this is a perfect time for the blogging firm of Grovel, Acknowledge and Glee to make an appearance. Ready?



#1. Grovel. I'm taking the easy way out here, because I'm tired of writing a gazillion comments on all your blogs saying "I'm catching up. Sorry for my absence. Nothing personal. Love you loads" - over and over and over. (And I'm still trying to catch up). A lot of new people have popped in here lately and, even though I always make it a point to personally say "Welcome!!" - I haven't. I even got the first comment ever from Graham Cracker, who I know for a fact has been reading since Day One - and I never even acknowledged it. A fellow blogger whom I adore sent me an email asking for a favor (that I absolutely intended to do) and I totally spaced out on it. And am too embarrassed to even contact and apologize. Bad RC. Bad! My mother raised me better than that. I really am sorry.



I'm sure most of you have figured out that there's been trouble in my paradise. Gee. And that makes me so special. In my regular blog surfing there are people going through all kinds of crap on a daily basis. Premature babies in the ICU. Health worries. Job security fears. Teenage children trying to take out their parents on a daily basis. Marriages in crisis. Derelict dogs. Name it. We're all going through something.


Maybe I should follow my own advice and Get Over It.


I'm going to be fine. Life really does go on. Bless all of you for caring.


I'll stop whining now.




#2. Acknowledge. When I posted those wonderful headers of Carolyn's yesterday, I never imagined the response. It was amazing. As soon as I get a chance I'm going to sit down and make a little tally of the choices. Stay tuned for the final answer.


I was particularly pleased with the opinion that I couldn't lose no matter which one I picked. Because that's certainly the thought that I had. It was like an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet. How can you go wrong with that?


And even though Carolyn tells me no thanks are necessary, I have to say it one more time. You should all go over and check out her blog. It's beautiful and fun and she always has interesting sites linked that I would never find in a million years.


I also have to thank Jackie at mother's pride for giving me permission to "nick" the fabulous marriage graphic above. She comes up with the most fabulous retro graphics - just the sort of thing I adore - and she's very generously sharing. If you haven't checked her out yet I highly recommend it. Mwah!

So thank you all. Acknowledgments complete.



#3. Glee. If anyone remembers the two installments of RC/RN, I mentioned my best friend from nursing school in passing. We met the very first day of anatomy class and, like some freakish beacons of type A angst, bonded immediately. And permanently. On paper we couldn't be more different. In spirit we were twins. She was a major factor in my survival during that three years.


We always said we would work together, but it never happened. She signed on at her local hospital and I went to the Trauma Center grail that I had been after. She always said she wanted to be in ICU. I said I though ICU would be dull and boring. I coveted ER. She thought ER would be chaotic and out of control.

I became an ICU nurse. She became an ER nurse. Should have seen that coming.


I switched hospitals. She stayed put. But after I switched I started a typically subtle campaign to get her to make a move. I begged. I argued. I probably even whined. And to be fair, she wanted to be at the hospital I'm at. But there were no openings with the hours she needed. Until last month.


So today something is happening that I have fantasized about for years. When I walk onto my unit for my shift - she'll be there. Scrubbed and ready to go. After living in each other's pockets all through school we finally get to work together as professionals. For years we told each other that if we could just survive we would be fabulous nurses. And now we get to do it together.


I give her a week to get used to the layout. And then I'll be eating her dust.


I can't wait.

25 comments:

Carolyn said...

Ohhh... If I type quick I get to pop the cherry on this post.

Sorry. Was that rude?

It's the first thing I thought when I saw zero comments.

Thanks for the lovely acknowledgement. Again, not necessary, but hell... your posts and the comments on it are the only praise I've gotten all week so I'll take it.

Sorry if you're having marital strife. I don't know the whole back story, but I'm sure it's difficult. Remember what I posted to myself the other day: "Try not to let disappointments dull your natural enthusiasm for life. Transformation is an integral part of your life. Although some of life's experiences can be challenging, you can count on them to move you toward your soul's purpose."

Was that too esoteric? How about this: (((HUGS))).

Willowtree said...

#1. Don't worry about the email favour, I bit the bullet and paid a hooker.

#2 I didn't actually say anything about the banners yesterday, but I liked #1's font with #2 colour scheme.

#. Hmmm, that can be a recipe for disaster, I've done it a couple of times in the past and the outcome was never good.

belle said...

have a fantastic day with your friend :o)

Mya said...

Having your friend there at work will mean twice the fun. Enjoy!

Like Willowtree, I got over the fact you didn't reply to my e-mail. I saw the doctor and had it removed there and then. ;) (that's supposed to be a wink - I can't be doing with these signs)

Mya x

Flowerpot said...

hope the marital strife resolves soon I do feel for you. But glad you have good buddy to work with. Friends eh? So important...

Jen said...

You know, sometimes it's nice just to come in here to read Peter's comments.

I shall not contribute to the "e-mail meme" started in this comments section, but just because you have enough on your plate.

And huge congrats on getting to work with your friend. I hope it's everything you want.

Jen said...

Oh, and I finally made it in before the hordes of your other admirers!!

laurie said...

like wt and mya, i completely forgot that i had emailed you and asked a favor but not to worry, the repo man didn't take everything.

good luck on the kill floor with your buddy.

oh wait, i bet in a hospital they don't call it the kill floor....

kathy said...

I'm so glad you are getting to work with your friend. My best friend here has just been accepted into nursing school and she is sooo excited. I know she can't wait to hear the rest of you RC/RN story. You really have a gift for writing.

Lisa said...

Getting to work with your friend is definitely a bright spot on the horizon, yes? :o)

Bennie and I will be married 13 years in March. Funny... It seems A LOT longer...

kitten said...

Hugs to ya babe!

Graham Cracker said...

Thanks for acknowledging me. Since I took so many months to comment, it wasn't necessary to get back to me in a hurry. I also liked #s 2 and 5 yesterday. I am glad your friend is coming to work with you. Not only does it make the time at work go well, knowing that you can count on each other, but the ability to share your frustrations and the laughs is wonderful. I am lookingforward to the next episode of your how you became an RN.

Sandy said...

Have fun with your friend. As for the rest, just remember to breathe. Some days that's all I can manage...lol.

ped crossing said...

Sometimes we have one of those days, sometimes it is one of those weeks. Sometimes, sadly, it is one of those months. And then there are times when it seems to be one of those years.

Take it minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, whatever it takes.

You still rock. And I will be trying out the bread this weekend. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Akelamalu said...

Marriage can be (very) difficult but if you want it you'll get through!

It's fantastic that you are finally getting to work with your friend. x

aims said...

I think working with you friend after all this time will be very healing for you. Maybe it will even help with all your other problems. There's nothing like a friend to lean on and sort through problems with.

You are stronger than strong and smarter than intelligent. However it works out is going to be what you want in your heart.

Kaycie said...

I read this last night and I could swear I commented.

I bet it will be wonderful fun to work with your friend. That rocks!

Since I hadn't heard anything from you, I was hoping all was quiet up there in liberal collegeville. My previous offer still stands.

Take care of yourself, girl. We all love you.

Stacie said...

I am so happy that your buddy will be working with you! You two will make quite the team. Look out hospital--here they come!

Ahh, men. They can drive us crazy a lot of the time, can't they? (My husband is on my list right now, too). Hoping that things look brighter real soon.

Lil Mouse said...

sorry about the problems. i hadn't noticed anything, but it wouldnt be the first time. i take things at face value, if someone says, my kid tells me no on something so we dont do it, i tell them they shouldnt let the kids rule their lives. like i said, face value...

Swearing Mother said...

I have a friend like that at work, and believe me, when we're on top form we are really moving.

So great to have a good work mate.

Go kick some butt.

the mother of this lot said...

Hope you had a great day at work and..well you know the rest!

Corey~living and loving said...

hugs for you! LIfe is hard....and it is okay to feel down about it.
I am thinking of you.

Yolanda said...

It's okay life happens. Just hang in there. Nurses can handle anything right?

Sweet Irene said...

Oh Rc, I am glad you are finding the time to post, never mind about the comments, although it is lovely when you do, but obviously you have a very busy life, where some of us have way more time than you do.

I think working on your marriage, being a good mom and taking your job seriously are your first priorities now, not necessarily in that order.

I hope you are well and are taking care of yourself. Ciao...

Eileen said...

Sending love.

XOXOX