Written on January 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm
Filed under: Randomosity
I’d like to be a better blogger, keep a better personal blog when it comes to things that happen to me and in my life. Since my last entry (Remembrance Day), I started working (finished orientation, did some buddy shifts) and I’ve been doing shifts without a direct mentor since early December. I worked pretty steadily in December, and now in January I’m waiting for the phone to ring for shifts. Life’s been pretty good though, one of my goals for 2016 is to find a work-life balance. Trying to make the most of my days off from work by spending time doing things I enjoy (hobbies – knitting/crocheting/baking/dolls) and spending time with family and friends.
First big purchases post-being-hired will be a new cell phone (I’ve been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy S6) and a car (no clue which one yet, but will likely be used). That and to get a line (part time or full time) somewhere for some better financial stability over being a casual employee.
Written on November 11, 2015 at 11:11 am
Filed under: Personal
It’s the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Field, a poem composed by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918). It’s sobering to recall the words, which I still know by heart, when thinking about WWI and WWII and all the other conflicts and wars that have followed since then. It’s important to me, and to many other Canadians, to take a moment of silence to honour those that gave their lives and those who had dedicated or still dedicating their lives to the armed forces. The reasons why I wear a poppy – even if I keep having to buy a new one because mine falls off.
Written on November 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Filed under: Personal with tags: birthdays, cheerful antics, excitement, gifts
I turned 26 yesterday and had a wonderful day! It’s my first birthday since I started school of any sort that I’m not in school, the first birthday in a long time where I’m not juggling studying for midterms and prepping for clinical. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, but in the last year I successfully completed two preceptorships, graduated from nursing school “with distinction”, wrote and passed the NCLEX, and got my foot into the door with a casual RN position. So I’d say I accomplished something over the last year!
With my family, we went to Denny’s for breakfast. I opted for a breakfast with blueberry pancakes and got my eggs sunny side up. With my friends, we went to afternoon tea at a lovely little tea salon. There was a mix of savoury and sweet food items that were a delight. It was a great atmosphere with beautiful decor and even more wonderful company. It was fun to catch up with friends. Some haven’t seen each other since my last birthday party. Many of the gifts I received were tea relate, as my friends probably could deduce that I must really like tea if I a) wanted to have my birthday celebration at a tea salon and b) have a tea blog.
The day was capped off with a great seafood (prawns!) feast with my family, and cake – because cake is the best!
I’m glad that my schedule worked out the way it did so I could celebrate my birthday on my birthday – and that others weren’t busy too!
This week on Monday & Tuesday, I have orientation (still) – but I will hopefully get my schedule for when I get my mentorship hours/shifts! My hope is that I get my mentorship hours done before too far into December so I can get placed onto the call list for the winter/holiday/flu season.