December, 2007 Archive

December 26, 2007, 3:35 pm

I Am Legend

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A few years back, while watching “Jurassic Park”, I screamed in the theater.

I am not prone to screaming in theaters.

But I have never screamed so loud, or so often, as I did today watching “I Am Legend”.

And I have never cried so hard at the ending of a movie as I did with “I Am Legend”.

I bought the book today, but the book – while classic – is not the movie.

Some may call it a horror movie; I would call it a medical thriller.

I won’t give the ending away, but the name “Robert Neville” should rank right up there with the best movie heroes of all time.

Is there anything Will Smith can’t do?

Whatever you do, see this movie in the theater! I’m going again tomorrow with my daughter.

And I’ll be buying it on DVD the day it comes out.

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My Yahoo mail account has gone screwy again today, and has deposited over 25000 emails into my .mac box. If you are sending a last minute post to Change of Shift, be sure to send it to caroline at brainscramble dot org.

And look for me to have a change of email address very soon!

Ugh!

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10:48 am

To Be Alive Again

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Okay, how stupid is this?

You stick an egg on the end of a band-aid and then hold the band-aid with your finger approximately 1 inch above boiling water.

Yes, the egg stuck to the band-aid but now you have burned your finger, requiring you to put a band-aid on it and run it under cold water.

Why not just put on a band-aid and run it under cold water without the boiling egg test?

Save time, save trauma.

I’m not sure what is worse: the ad or the fact that I find it funny.

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It is 1000 and I am sitting here at the local Borders in the Seattle’s Best coffee shop, blogging.

I figured I have boycotted Borders for two years and have shown their corporate big wigs a big fat lesson!

Besides, I got a $50.00 gift certificate from my kids.

I bought “I Am Legend” and will be seeing the movie in a few hours.

Will Smith without a shirt. That pretty much gets me into a movie theater.

Check this out! Seattle’s Best puts an itty-bitty gingerbread man on their gingerbread lattes! Starbucks doesn’t do that! But have no fear, I got a Starbucks gift card, too, so I’ll be there tomorrow!

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Wow, do I feel great today.

The unimpeded flow of air past the nasal turbinates is a joy that can only be appreciated once they have been blocked for five days.

Afrin: the.greatest.invention…EVER!

Actually, I’ve been so burnt out I haven’t been able to see straight. Work was a dead weight on my shoulders. If I never saw another nursing text, I’d have died a happy woman. Christmas was just another day that was coming up.

My family helped a lot. My husband cleaned. My daughter put up the 20,000 Christmas decorations we have accumulated.

I finished the semester. Christmas dinner for 12 was a success. I gave, I received and lo, here I sit with my beloved computer able to blog the day away and catch up on all the blogs I have bypassed the last few months weeks.

My sister is walking now, all because one man, a trauma doctor, was the lone voice of hope in an OR where no one else thought her feet could be salvaged. Next time you wonder if you have ever made a difference in someone’s life, remember that. The decisions we make everyday affect the lives of those we care for. Hmmm….I feel a post coming on.

Even had an epiphany at work, which I’ll save for another post! Posts are arriving faster than I can write!

Ahhhhh….life is good!

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Speaking of the semester, so far I have received an A- in Nursing Assessment and….here is a bona-fide miracle….an A- in Statistics!

But…for some reason, the University of Wisconsin program doesn’t give A- grades. They call them “AB”. It means you scored between a 90-94%. That’s an A, people! When did this “AB” come into existence?

It’s like handing someone $100 and then taking away $50.00 of it.

Humph.

I’m still breathlessly awaiting my English grade. My first paper was a B+, my second an A- so I stand on the brink of the Twilight Zone as I wait for the grade on paper number three. Rod Serling is sitting in the chair across from me…….

I learned so much last semester my brain actually ached when I was done.

And now I look forward to the “Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice” and “Jazz Appreciation”.

And my husband gave me half the tuition for the Jazz class for Christmas.

I was thrilled!!!

Then again, maybe he figures he’ll hear more Herbie Hancock and less Jeff Scott Soto.

Not a chance!

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I leave you with these lyrics from a Journey song called “To Be Alive Again”:

Doin time… where it takes you
You know its time that can break you
We get caught in a moment…
Just sleep walkin most of our lives

In your mind (when you need it)
With a song (to help you believe it)
You can reinvent your world
Anytime you like

Letting go (of your feelings)
With doubt and fear (you dont need it)
Break the chains on the heart of the soul
Thats been waiting so long

To be alive again

Indeed.

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December 24, 2007, 10:55 am

Merry Christmas From Emergiblog

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Here’s wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Many thanks to all the bloggers who have enriched my life with their musings, rants and stories.

And many thanks to all who have read and supported my attempts at the same!

May 2008 find Notre Dame winning, Kasey Kahne making the Chase, Brady Quinn taking snaps as the Browns quarterback, Jeff Scott Soto touring and the rest of us happy, healthy and blogging away!

I’ll be right here with my last gingerbread latte of the season!

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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