hillarygayle: (With chopsticks!)
1. What was the last book that took your breath away?
Process & Reality by Alfred North Whitehead. It was very surprising to find that my way of looking at the world had a name & an entire school of logic.

2. How many hours do you spend in a car during an average week?
Oh, very few at this point. I attend school from home for the most part, and right now I'm on summer break. Less than an hour or 2 in an average week, though during the month of June we are doing a lot of traveling. Could be several hours, right now!

3. What is your favorite mind game to improve your memory?
I like trivia games, like Quiz Up on the iPhone. I also like to practice Spanish on Duolingo.

4. How often do you talk to friends on the phone?
Very rarely, if you mean an actual voice call. Daily, if you mean using the phone to text/iMessage.

5. If you could have minions (like the yellow guy in my icon), would you?
ABSOLUTELY YES. There would be minions doing TONS OF THINGS in my house. Not the least of which are the laundry & dishes!
hillarygayle: (Nurse Sakura)
1. If there was one thing about your body you could change, what would it be?
Belly pooch. The abdominal flap I was left with post-Ganon makes it hard to fit into jeans. The belly pooch is not at my waist, it's below, so when I get jeans that fit my waist the pooch is kind of in an awkward spot.

2. Would you rather lose 10lbs or 10 points off your IQ?
What kind of question is this? I'd rather lose 10 lbs. I'm happy at my current weight, but I'm happier at my current level of intelligence! (I don't have the first clue what my IQ is, as a point of interest.)

3. When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see?
Yes, actually. I'm a little irritated with my current haircut, but it'll grow out. The stylist was a bit layer-happy in the back and now my hair won't flip up the way I want.

4. Have you ever dyed your hair?
Yes! Several times with temporary die. I currently have a bottle of "Red Rum" semi-permanent from Hot Topic just waiting for me in the bathroom. Gotta get some gloves first.

5. How often do you weigh yourself?
I never weigh myself. I don't see the point. I fit in my clothes, I can move around easily, I'm a healthy person. I don't care what arbitrary number gravity applies to my plumpness.


At the moment I'm awake. I've been awake since about 4am. I suppose it'll take a while to unravel my schedule after a week of working nights.

I like the night shift, by the way. At night, the hospital is run by nurses & techs. No administrators, no physical therapists. There isn't a huge crowd around the nurse's station, surgeons stealing your charts, everyone fighting over the computers. It's slower paced (not SLOW, just slower) and more laid back. We get up to goofy things at the nurse's station, like eating Honey Bunches of Oats while listening to German "funeral metal" on Night Nurse Brian's iPhone.

I'm learning better time management early in the shift. I had 5 patients on my own for the first time, and I had gotten complacent with 4. I realize that I'm going to have to give up eating sometimes if I don't want to get covered up with work. What a profession: where you choose between getting work done and eating food.

I've noticed a major problem around shift change: if a patient needs something right then, BOY is it easy for stuff to get lost in the shuffle! And if it requires more than one nurse, holy CRAP. Like trying to herd cats. Yesterday I needed some major help with something and I refused to leave my patient without having accomplished it. Shelby mentioned that she'd seen a bunch of LPN students from ASU Tech in the hallway, and I ran. Spotting more than half a dozen students in the hallway, I bounded up & asked their professor if I could have them. She seemed pretty delighted to let me have them, so they followed me down the hallway. That was kinda fun. I felt proactive.


This song makes me want to kiss Jeff Coffin. Nobody makes me love the sax like that man. SAXGASM. He's utterly amazing at the flute, as well; please see song "Chennai" from Béla Fleck & the Flecktones "The Hidden Land" for proof.


Ganon still loves going to Ms. Carla's. She's awesome with kids. He's getting way more attached to Bryan these days, too; always concerned about what Daddy is doing, curling up beside Daddy in the recliner, etc. It's really cute. I also like his opinions. "You don't want to go to work," he told me Thursday night. "You want to stay home with ME."


Well. Now that I have time to type all the big-fat-entry I want...I can't think of much to say. Here are some pics I took around the hospital!

photo by you.
I used TiltShiftGen on my iPhone for this photo. This was taken from the corner of Carson & Matthews, next to the cemetery where everyone goes to smoke. Neat shot of the building, I think. Those windows are the waiting areas/lounges on the southeast corners of the East floors: 1, 2, 3 (all cardiac/telemetry floors) 4 (med-surg & pediatrics), & 5 (labor & delivery) East.

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Oh, I just love the Friday Five, don't you?

1. What time of the day is your favourite, and why?
Morning & evening. During the morning, everything is getting started. The day is made of potential, and I look forward to the adventures I'll have that day. In the evening, everything is done, and I'm thinking about all that happened that day. It's the time when everyone comes back home and converges, and I find out what happened to my family & friends in their adventures.

2. What's the best time to take a walk, and where to?
Evenings are awesome for taking a walk. I don't live where I best like to walk, though. I like to take walks in neighborhood parks, or perhaps around a nice neighborhood where other people walk around. In a neighborhood setting like that, it makes for an even larger "evening convergence" with more folks to hear from. Obviously I have a thing for community. Q lives in a place I think would be nice to walk in the evenings, and so do my in-laws.

3. When can you work best?
I get my best work done right after I wake up, for sure. Right after breakfast when I'm still drinking my coffee and I see all that potential.

4. What to do on sunny mornings and stormy evenings?
Sunny mornings: Clean house, get work done, organize things
Stormy evenings: I live in Tornado Alley. This usually means "get in the storm cellar". If it's just raining, then we all curl up in blankets in the living room and play around on the internet, play video games, knit, etc.

5. When you look outside right now, what do you see?
I hung blankets on the line day before yesterday. Then yesterday it rained on them. Now they are there, being soggy and taunting me. :(

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