hillarygayle: (Agent Smith)
1. When was the last time that you enjoyed a camp fire?
You know it's been a while! I have one of those cool split logs with kindling in the middle, meant to use in a fire pit. I should get it out and Ganon & I can roast marshmallows later tonight.

2. What is your favorite fall tradition?
I love the IDEA of hayrides, but Bryan & Ganon & I all have allergies to some extent which are exacerbated by hayrides, cold air, and smoke. So that means it generally stays an "idea" rather than a thing we actually do.

My favorite autumn tradition that I actually DO, however, is warm drinks. I live in Arkansas, which means we get all 4 seasons, very distinctly, and usually in 3 month increments. I drink coffee and tea iced during the spring and summer, but I go back to drinking it warm in the fall and winter. I actually prefer it warm in both cases, but it is simply too HOT here in the summer to drink anything warm. When it's 101F outside, hot coffee sounds like torture.

Just for interest, my own very unscientific perception of how the seasons break down here in Arkansas:
Spring: March, April, May
Summer: June, July, August
Autumn: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February

3. Do you celebrate Samhain?
I don't, personally. I feel like it's a religious celebration that I'd be appropriating if I even used the trappings of it, as I know it's important to a lot of people who follow various forms of paganism. That said, I've always had an interesting draw toward some of the pagan belief systems. There are things that stem from those belief systems that make me feel better; more firmly grounded, safer. There's a lot of the concept of balance in certain pagan beliefs, which appeals to me on a very visceral level.

4. What are your real feelings about candy corn?
You know, most people are either very pro or very con as it comes to candy corn. Me, I'm all about balance in this too! I'm not particularly fond of candy corn. I won't seek it out to eat it on purpose the way my husband will, but when he buys it and keeps it in a dish on the kitchen table, I will eat a piece or two every so often if I think about it. I don't adore it, but I don't hate it either!

5. Do you believe in things that go bump in the night?
I don't, particularly. There are things I can't explain, but it's because I simply don't KNOW the explanation for them, not because they're supernatural. 
hillarygayle: (BPAL Fire Pig)
It's the Friday Five, on a Saturday! Get yours here: [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive.

1. What’s your favorite way to stay cool in late summer?

Air conditioning! I live in the southern US (Arkansas, specifically), and it's both hot and humid here. There's really no way to defeat both of those things together without A/C, and the vast majority of homes built here have central A/C. Leaving that aside, I also drink my coffee iced in the summer, and I really love swimming and water parks! This summer I've been obsessed with iced green tea lattes from Starbucks.

2. Are you ready for autumn yet?
Autumn is my favorite season and I am SO VERY READY for it! I'm always ready for both autumn and spring. Extremes in temperature are not my thing, especially when they go on for very long. I'm always ready for it to warm up in March and to cool off in September (although it really doesn't cool off dramatically here until October). I like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the smell of smoke. I like jeans and skirts with cardigan sets and jackets. I like ruby red, topaz yellow, and all the bold, dark, saturdated jewel tones that come into style during fall.

3. What do you have left to do before summer ends?
Working on getting all the physician signatures for my collaborative practice agreement to work in the emergency department. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of August so I can start working in September.

4. Has it been a good summer for you?
You know, it really has. At the beginning, I graduated with my doctorate in nursing. Then I went to Chicago for the first time and took a review course for boards. Had a couple of trips here and there and everywhere, and took a 3 week exercise course at the local university as a volunteer for training personal trainer students. Went to interview with the emergency room and was hired after the world's shortest interview. Studied like a madwoman throughout, and then finally passed my nurse practitioner boards on August 2...only to find out immediately that my dad-in-law needed heart surgery. That went well, though he's currently dealing with some gall bladder issues now. It's been much too busy for my taste, but most everything that happened this summer has worked out in my favor, so I'm very satisfied. I worked hard, and it's paid off. Now, to start work so I can actually get PAID! :)

5. Have you started Christmas shopping yet?
LOL THAT'S CUTE!

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No.
hillarygayle: (Hedgehog LOL)
I am having...not quite a recurring dream. Let's say I'm having a series of dreams with the exact same theme. In them, we're living in a house. It might be this house, might be a different building, but in the dream I know it's our house. In these dreams, every time, I find an extra room or maybe an entire extra wing that we didn't know about, even though we've been living in the house for a while. I might find them behind a hidden door, or behind a wall when I discover some sort of chip in the paint. A few times I've found them behind something we were using for storage, and in one we were USING an extra room for storage because the doorway was filled up with shelving, and I decided to tear down the shelving & use the entire room, at which point I found 3 more rooms behind it. In the very first one I can remember, Bryan wasn't excited about it at all, but in all the subsequent dreams we've started talking excitedly about what we were going to do with the extra space. In last night's particularly meta episode, I dreamed I was talking to Bryan about these dreams, and THEN found an extra room in the house when I scraped at a hole in the paneling!

I am not much on the idea that dreams mean something, but I do know that we believe scientifically that dreams are probably our brains processing something. The fact that I'm having a continuing series of dreams with the same theme...does that mean I'm continually processing the same thing? That there's something my brain is trying to wrap itself around, or something I'm cooking up & I'm not even aware of it? It's happening often enough & going on for long enough that I'm starting to really wonder.


I'm taking Sam to the vet today. I'm the nurse, but I have no feel for doggie body language, & Bryan does. Sam does yelp sometimes when you bump into him, and he tenses up when you go to touch him. I can't find anything obviously wrong on examination, but I don't know the first 2 things about dog anatomy & physiology, so off we go to Dr. Doyle.


Our weather has turned to fall for the moment! When I woke this morning to see Bryan & Ganon off to school, it was 57 degrees. :) I had my oatmeal & coffee out on the back porch like a little old lady & I was over the moon about it! I love my porch so much, and having an iPad makes it even better.


Work is okay these days. Except for a major snafu in staffing/scheduling about a week ago, things have gone relatively smoothly. I'm feeling very confident & happy in my skill level & the trust people have in me. Two of the physicians I respect most have shown a great deal of trust in me recently, and that was a major boost. I've gotten comments recently about how long I must have been a nurse, and when I ask for guesses, my patients have guessed anywhere from 8-15 years (though at the age of 33, I think 15 years is a bit far out). When I tell them it's been 3 years since I passed boards, they usually go on to tell me I was born for this profession. I feel like that's true, actually.

Now. On to a doctorate. One of the APNs at work pointed out that I could work in a capacity as a DNP that hadn't occurred to me: DNPs are certified to perform certain procedures. I could work in an ER or interventional radiology if I wanted to. I still think I like the idea of a hospitalist program, though.

I am in the middle of an poop schedule though. 2 shifts on, 1 day off, 2 shifts on, 1 day off, 2 shifts on. I am on that 2nd day off right now, and I am headache-y and tired. Only 2 more. I can do this. I swear, centralized staffing might be my least favorite thing that's happened since I started work at my hospital.
hillarygayle: (Hottie Red Earring)
Well, my Dreamwidth account has been neglected for too long. I'll tell you why: I do mostly mobile posting anymore. Even a look at my LJ will tell you that. Still, every time I come over here & poke around, I feel strangely guilty. I really do like Dreamwidth & I want it to succeed. Livejournal is really flying all over my nerves with their insensitivity to the needs & concerns of their users. The only things that have kept me from plopping over here entirely: 1) Lack of mobile posting ability to Dreamwidth, and 2) the fact that my LJ account is permanent. Back before they went all Corporate Nutjob on us, Bryan bought me a permanent account.

Today I have been prompted to post because IT'S CHILLY THIS MORNING! That's right, ladies & gentlemen: fall has come to Arkansas! I'm still not where I want to be here. Nirvana will be achieved when we live in Little Rock & can go on a bike ride along the River Trail when the weather is like this. When I have hills covered in trees & I can see the leaves changing colors along the rises.

Since the last time I posted, several things have happened. I've reached my 1 year birthday as an RN. I've been the charge nurse some nights. Been to 2 DMB shows, one of which was at Bonnaroo. That's a lot of STUFF. All of it has been fun, but having my job makes it harder for me to blog at all. I have to be very careful not to give out identifying patient information, but I WANT to tell the stories of what happens to me! Not trusting myself to do it in a non-privacy-violating way means that I simply don't tell them at all in writing. Must find a balance for this!

Right now I'm writing up my concert experience on Saturday. Lots of photos, some of them really good. I did NOT get to ask Jeff for a reed; by the time I got to where I could yell at him...Carter started throwing drumsticks. I'll let you imagine what the pit was like when Carter was tossing sticks. SCARY, YO.

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