August 6, 2007, 3:53 am

Pacing the Cage


What is up with these old Red Cross ads?

The nurses always look like they are auditioning for “American Idol”.

This one looks like she is in the middle of “My Heart Will Go On”.

Imagine if Simon Cowell was your manager!

Actually, which judge would make the better manager?

Randy would call you “dawg” while he wrote you up and remind you that you have to “bring it” every shift.

Paula wouldn’t know bad nursing care from a hole in the ground and she’d cry if she had to write you up.

Simon would never write you up because if he had a problem with you, he’d tell you right out!  Plus, he’d come to work in those black T-shirts.

I vote for Simon.


Oh great. I’m sitting here at Starbucks and this guy who looks like Charlie Daniels (complete with hat) has been sitting next to me for the last thirty minutes talking to himself non-stop. I mean non-stop! At least I think he is talking to himself. He is looking at me, though.

Sorry, dude. I’m off duty.

The eerie thing is he can’t see what I’m typing on the screen, but his stream-of-consciousness has touched on everything I have been writing at least once.

He is now discussing the “colors of our minds”. I believe his are quite vivid.

He’s actually rather fascinating. Must be the old psych nurse in me.

Ah, now we are onto conspiracies and Merv Griffin…


I’m restless.

I feel like a HDTV with 200 satellite channels and they’re all infomercials.

Lots of ideas, plenty of topics.

Nothing flowing.

Cerebral Fleets, anyone?


It’s waiting for something to happen but not being sure what it is. Not quite anxiety, not quite boredom.

Not quite comfortable.


Maybe it’s the summer doldrums. They don’t call August the “dog days of summer” for nothing.


I can’t figure it out.

I cut back to six days per pay period at work. My son gets married in 6 days. My daughter begins her senior year in two weeks and life settles back into a routine.

And then there is all the fun stuff to look forward to!


Notre Dame football starts on September 1st – the pom poms that have been collecting dust since January are ready for their 2007 inaugural game! Of course, there won’t be any Brady Quinn, but that’s okay because…

The NFL starts on August 11th!!! Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City – first pre-season game!

I just found out Brady Quinn is holding out for a better contract. Come on, Brady!

Don’t blow your chance to take a few snaps this season! I bought your jersey and everything! Ugh!


My semester begins on September 4th. Ten units. I’m actually looking forward to it.

I realized if I really pushed it, I could complete the program by December of 2008. The question is can I push it and still enjoy the process? That was one of my goals for the program, to enjoy the process without getting all stressed about finishing.


Actually, spending the day at Starbucks has helped. That and enough espresso to propel a car for a year.

My friend here is still talking. Britney Spears is his daughter and he is talking about a good dear friend who has retired. The occasional sex reference gets thrown in, but nothing inappropriate. His mother lived to be 94 and never wanted to smoke, while his father would sit in bridge clubs just to breathe the smoke.

I’m still finding this guy fascinating. I’m not sure if that should bother me or not.

Ah…there’s Paul McCartney on the speaker…

Life is good.


  • Rachel

    August 6, 2007 at 4:58 am

    I cannot wait until football (both NFL and college) is here. CANNOT WAIT.

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  • Mother Jones RN

    August 6, 2007 at 8:05 am

    Enjoy your day at Star Bucks. I’m sending you good thoughts.


  • Biffy

    August 6, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    And it’s only 140 shopping days til Christmas! What could be better – an excuse to shop and football?!? Although you must admit they really aren’t the Browns anymore.

  • Peggy

    August 7, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Brady’s holdout is over (Tuesday afternoon, according to– he’s ready to sign a 5 year contract with the Browns. Get ready for some football ! !

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