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a card a day keeps the doctor away.

At least it will keep the straight jacket away. :) I am enjoying my 2 days off. It is raining in Vegas, an extra bonus (it never rains here!). I will be going to church tonight and singing with my husband. I spent some time with my mom yesterday. It has been a lovely weekend. Short but oh so sweet. :)

Stampin' Up! Warm Words stamp set
Stampin' Up! Big Pieces stamp set
Stampin' Up! Taken with Teal ink pad
Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise ink pad
Doodlebug Design brown brads
Heidi Swapp chipboard letters
Pebbles Inc. patterned cardstock

ink pad love.

I have come to the conclusion that I have a little OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I simply cannot just have one of something. I must collect the rest of the bunch or else my life does not seem complete. This holds true with cardstock, buttons, and ink. I won't touch them all.  I just like to see them lined up in a row. Yes, it's a sickness. I admit it. My name is Cynthia and I am an inkaholic.


Hey, at least I managed to use 4 different colors with the card below:

Marvy Circle Punch
Stampin' Up! Big Bold Birthday stamp set
Stampin' Up It's Your Birthday stamp set
Stampin' Up! Taken with Teal ink pad
Stampin' Up! Sage Shadow ink pad
Stampin' Up! Pixie Pink ink pad
Stampin' Up! Pink Passion
Piggy Tales patterned cardstock

i'm not quitting my day job.

I have decided to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! I know, I know. How in the heck would I find the time? I will make the time, dammit. :) I really needed a creative outlet now that I am no longer on any Design Teams. Plus I've been a huge fan of their stamp sets and ink pads for a long time. This week I received a big box of supplies and it was killing me not being able to play with some new goodies. How did they know I loved cupcakes?

Stampin' Up! Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set
Stampin' Up! Pink Passion Ink Pad
Stampin' Up! Gable Green Ink Pad
Stampin' Up! Real Red Ink Pad
Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa Ink Pad
Piggy Tales Patterned Cardstock
ribbon unknown
Marvy Uchida Scallop Circle Punch
Marvy Uchida Circle Punch

Stampin' Up! Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set
Stampin' Up! Sage Shadow Ink Pad
Stampin' Up! Pretty In Pink Ink Pad
Stampin' Up! Cameo Coral Ink Pad
Piggy Tales patterned cardstock
Marvy Uchida Scallop Circle Punch
Marvy Uchida Circle Punch
natural twill unknown

i made it through day 12.

Shoot me now. I feel droopy. My eyes, my hair, my breasts (more than normal). Joint Commission was grueling. But we passed! :) I worked the floor again today after being called all night the night before for some staffing and unit issues. Oh, I hate being on-call. Do they expect me to come in everyday after having interrupted sleep throughout the night? People say I am too nice to my staff and that I shouldn't work on the floor too much. I am spoiling them. This might well be true because now I am not giving them the tools to problem solve the staffing needs. But then I think I was there 3 months ago. I know how it is to not feel the support from administration. I don't want to leave the staff hanging. I want to work to help the nurses. The staff is happier and the kids get a better nurse. Balance is definitely something I have to work on because I still have work to do and no one is helping me do it.

I am moving on. I am keeping myself sane by taking full advantage of 2 days off. My husband has turned off my work cell phone since I am not on call this weekend. No matter what they say, I am NOT coming in to work. Dammit. My plan is to caress, pet, and rub all  my scrapbook supplies this weekend. Forget the dishes, laundry, or the toilets. In other words, I will be making love to my patterned paper and scallop punches instead of my husband.

day 10.

Today is day #10 of being at work. 10 straight days! I will make it to day 12 and DIE. I plan on sleeping in on Saturday if it kills me, dammit. When one works so much, so many things get neglected- the dishes, the laundry, the scrapbooking. Of course, we make time for the hickeys but then again, this couple knows how to prioritize. Ha!

We are still awaiting Joint Commission inspections. They have been everywhere in the hospital except for Pediatrics and I wish they would just get here already. Sheesh. Talk about pure torture. I'm not touching you... TOUCH ME ALREADY!

I have to count my blessings and give thanks for the fact that I have a job and I am able to contribute to my family. I am healthy and able bodied. I am making a difference in my place of work. I like my job... I like my job... I like my job... Okay, I really do like being a nurse. There is always a sense of accomplishment when I get home after a hard day's work. The kids make me smile and I enjoy taking care of families. It's the management stuff I am taking a while to warm up to. It will get better though (I've been told by everyone anyway).

happy day after easter, y'all.

Once upon a time, when Cynthia was young and stupid and naive, it was cool to go to school with a hickey. It said, hey, look at me, someone thought I was cool enough to suck the blood to surface of my skin. Yup, a mark of love. Or maybe a mark of sluttiness. It was cool when you were 16. It's not so cool when you're 34 years old and now the boss. I thought I would wear my hair up today but had a change of plans when my husband pointed out that there is now a purple mark on the back of my neck. Sheesh. I don't think anyone at work wants to know what indiscretions I've participated in yesterday. And on a Holy Day at that. At the very least I have legal license to be slutty to my husband any day of the week. :)

hoppy easter to all.

Peepshow_2Hope your Easter was a joyous one! I almost forgot it was Easter weekend. I spent some time today at my parents-in-laws' house for a family celebration. It was short and sweet but, oh, how I wanted to stay in bed a little longer. I do miss having a life.

I worked on the floor again yesterday as the Charge Nurse and went in today to check patient charts and to make sure everything looks good on the unit for the inspection coming this week. We still have a lot of work to do as a unit and I hate that we are doing things the last minute. I will not do this to myself or the staff in the future. The staffing issues have been my sole concern for the past few weeks and I have been overwhelmed with trying to do my own job and also do floor nursing at the same time. I've only been on the job for a few months and I know what I should have done. I should have prepared sooner and made sure that we are always Joint Commission ready at all times. Hindsight is always 20/20 and I'm sure my inexperience at nurse management shows.

I know that the stress will soon dissipate once the inspection is over. I hope...