I Did My Duty

One of the perks of working in a hospital is that the facility tends to like to keep their employees healthy.  Go figure.  Part of that includes vaccines free of charge.  Yes, I said that lovely four letter word.  I jump on the bandwagon for the flu shots every year.  I figure I could get sick from the shot or the flu and I’ll take my chances with the shot. 

I hear you over there saying “silly, it’s not flu shot time.”  To which I say “DUH”.  I didn’t get a flu shot today.  I got a good old-fashioned tetanus booster.  Which really is called Tdap now and covers not just tetanus but also diphtheria and pertussis (whooping-cough). 

You do know you’re supposed to get a booster shot every ten years, right?  So did I.  When was my last shot?  I was about 12.  Ok, stop doing the math.  I know I’m over a little.  Just remember it doesn’t hurt.  Not a lie.  Really doesn’t hurt.  But then I’ve got one too many tattoos for most people to believe me when I say a needle doesn’t hurt.

Sometimes I Forget

If you hadn’t noticed from my pictures my nose is pierced.  I don’t wear a dainty stud that is most commonly seen when a woman has a nasal piercing.  I wear was is called a captive ball ring.  The ring has enough tension in it to hold the ball in place (there are two slight indentations where the ring and the ball meet to make a more secure joint).

 

Captive Ball
And we’ve already talked about my tattoos.  Only one is visible most of the time.  On my right forearm there is a tattoo of a kokopelli chiseled into a stone tablet.  I’ve also been known to show the one on my leg.  It’s a capital letter “V” in a marble design similar to the History Channel “H”.  Add some colorful wings to this mix and you can find it on my right calf.  There are some very special ones on my back that are in a stalled stage of a back piece.

My Public Ink

The point of all of this sharing is that sometimes I forget that I have anything different about me.  I’m not one of the punks you find on Dr Phil talking about a traumatic childhood making me crave negative attention so I dress in a different way and wear bright pink dreadlocks.  I walk down a hall at work and have people stop me with, “did that hurt”?  I usually have to take a second to realize what they are talking about.  Apparently I see beauty in different places than most people.  I blame astrology.  See I’m a Pisces.  We’re known as the artsy fartsy, head in the clouds, emotionally driven sign.  Here’s a pretty good explanation from Pisces.com.

 

The Astrological birth sign of Pisces (February 19 – March 20) is usually associated with being extremely creative, sensitive, and artistic, as well as a healthy fascination with the metaphysical and spiritual.

Pisces are the most intuitive and spiritually developed of the zodiac birth signs.

Aptly called “old souls”, Pisces thirst for spiritual knowledge and personal growth. They are the twelfth, and last, of the Zodiac signs, and as such, tend to have a more finely tuned intuition, sixth sense or extrasensory ability to perceive others feelings.

The duality of the Pisces personality is best described as a constant ebb and flow,back and forth, straddling the physical, material world and the ethereal, divine realm where Pisces vivid imagination, powerful intuition and creative daydreaming feel like home.

Pisces are creators.  Pisces are common as inventors, writers, musicians, painters, and dancers. Pisces make great friends and mates. Pisces are extremely loyal and caring. Pisces often possess uncanny intuitive or psychic abilities.

PISCES – February 19 – March 20

Pisces is the 12th sign of the Zodiac and is represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. The two fish symbolize the internal struggle of the soul within a Pisces. Often, the fish are swimming away from each other in a circle representing life after death or reincarnation. Pisces is considered a feminine or negative sign. Feminine signs are considered more passive, receptive and sensitive than masculine/positive signs.

Pisces are sensitive, humane and often idealistic. People born under this sign react emotionally to everything making them compassionate and sensitive to those around them. Rather than taking an analytical approach to life, Pisces react to the feelings of others and as a result can be very influential when they choose to be. In the right situation a Pisces can be capable of incredible deeds. The positive nature of a Pisces and the fact that they are tuned into the feelings of others makes them socially popular.

Being able to read and react to situations makes Pisces one of the most adaptive signs in the Zodiac. They are very intuitive and as a result can be flexible and prosper in many different situations. The intuitive nature of Pisces also makes them a very creative and imaginative sign. Pisces are often artists, writers and dreamers. The strong intuition of a Pisces can also mean that they are very spiritual.

 

Here fishy fishy fishy

Yah, that’s me alright.  Just remember that not everyone that looks different is doing it for shock value.  Some of us crazies think it’s beautiful art.

 

Wait. What?

Have you ever read a statement, accepted it, and a half a second later realized that it is completely absurd?  Yah, me too.  I just logged onto my WordPress account and one of the things that it displays along with the number of readers each day is the “top searches” list.  This is basically what people put into a search engine to find my little slice of the web.  Here’s what I found today…

bullseye tattoo on lap band port

Really?  That just seems a bit odd to me.  I can see bullseye, tattoo, or even lap band.  But the whole thing?  It makes me wonder about the mental stability of the net-surfing public.  Wait.  I have actually typed those words into a search engine. 

Nevermind. I am perfectly normal and so is the brilliant person who did that search to find little ol’me.  Thank you.

New Family Additions

Since I made my goal I have been thinking of a reward.  Yes, I know that a reward should ideally be picked out before reaching a major goal (details).  I was really thinking about getting a tattoo. Yes, another tattoo.  This one would be very appropriate and a bit twisted funny.  Since my history with my surgeon finding my port has historically been iffy at best, at least until my first unfill right after my revision surgery healed, so Dr. K and I joke that I should get a bullseye tattoo over my port site.  Something like this maybe…

 

Ready, Aim, FIRE!

 

 

I was going to consult with my favorite Fat Man over at Dragonfly Tattoo (where I get all of my work done~ my leg piece is on Clint’s gallery page) when something I’ve been wanting for a while landed in my lap.  One of my pharmacists is moving to Florida in a few weeks and she’s trying to unload a bunch of her stuff.  One of these things was an iMac.  Sweet!  So now that I’m a Mac-geek I’m trying to figure this alien out.  I’m doing pretty good but for a chick that loves her keyboard shortcuts on Microsoft it’s a bit tough.  A friend likened it to learning how to write with your non-dominate hand.  Very true!

 

vMac

 

 

The other new addition is of the four-legged variety.  Being the sucker caring person that Hubby is, when he found a little dog sitting on the side of the road (having been obviously hit by a car), he swooped in to rescue the poor creature.  She has a broken leg, and because she likes to attempt to free her leg from the wrap that the vet used, a cone on her head. Poor thing is just a little bully when it comes to getting loves from her people.  The other dogs just don’t have a chance but I’m sure that will change once she gets the “cast” off and the playing field is level. Only a few more weeks and she should be free from that pesky splint.

 

Poor Little Penny

 

Pet Peeves

We all have things that bother us about the rest of society.  Some of mine are probably the same as yours but everyone has their own unique issues.  Here’s my Top Ten Pet Peeves in no particular order.

  1. The word Italian.  Really, why do people say it eye-talian?  Do Italian people come from a country named Eyetally?  No!  It’s Italian.  The first letter sounds like the i in pit.  Come on!
  2. Since we’re talking about pronunciations there is the word wash.  Let’s make this clear.  THERE IS NOT A LETTER R IN THE WHOLE WORD!  DO NOT PUT ONE THERE!  It’s not spelled worsh so don’t say it like it is!
  3. The ever present toilet paper debate.  I’m all for the paper end going over and not under.  No reasoning really.  Sorry to disappoint.
  4. I love books.  Going to a library is a calming experience for me.  I love finding a new book and taking it home so that I may lose myself in it’s pages.  Opening it to find that someone has written all over the pages makes me want to reinstate public floggings.  It’s not your book!  Don’t write in it!  Some books like text books I understand writing in (if you own them).  Novels?  NO!
  5. Public manners have died.  Library etiquette is extinct.  What makes a person think that it is perfectly acceptable to talk shout into their cellphone while in a library escapes me.  Is being quiet that hard of a task?
  6. We all have our own personal bubble.  If I’m not intimate with you please don’t step inside my bubble.  The grocery check out line is usually a pretty good example of this.  Do I really need another adult standing so close our shoulders touch while I pay for my purchases?
  7. Music is relaxing.  It can create a nice atmosphere in a restaurant.  I just don’t understand how more and more restaurants feel it necessary to blast their dining spaces with loud music.  If I wanted to go to a concert to rupture an ear drum I would have bought a ticket.  Thanks.
  8. I don’t smoke.  Never have.  Almost all of my friends smoke.  I really don’t understand the phrase “It’s my right to smoke.”  Ok, may I counter with “it’s my right not to breathe your smoke?”  Just checking.
  9. I have tattoos.  Many more than most people.  Like most people that have tattoos I like to show mine off.  When I’m asked to show one of my tattoos to someone why is it that they feel the need to ask me if it hurt?  Let’s see, the needles shove ink into my skin by stabbing me thousands of times?  YES, YOU IDIOT IT HURTS!
  10. When people meet for the first time they typically shake hands.  I really love when a man is introduced to R and myself and he only goes to shake R’s hand.  Explain that to me.  I’m a human too.  Don’t just shake my husband’s hand and say hello to me.  That’s rude.  And for those that actually do shake my hand don’t give me that pansy weak grip!  My grandfather taught me to shake hands.  If you shake a person’s hand do it like you mean it.  Not too loose and not too tight.  Practice this people!