Year In Review

ImageWith 2013 almost over it’s about time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the last 365 days or so.  I’ve had a busy year.  Most people say that but compared to my previous years this one takes the cake.

  • I changed from full-time to part-time at work
  • I started at Cleveland Chiropractic College to finish up my undergrad work
  • It snowed… a LOT (cleaning up feet upon feet of snow alone sucks)
  • I was snowed in at work so patients would have the care they deserve
  • I had a birthday (duh)
  • I was accepted into the doctorate program
  • I left my job completely to start school full time
  • I put two dogs down for serious health reasons just a few weeks apart
  • I filed for divorce (which wasn’t exactly smooth)
  • I lost two dogs in the split (still have my little cuddle buddy though)
  • I lost a best friend that had been by my side for years
  • I’ve learned how hard it is to take care of a house completely alone (although it’s not changed that much)
  • I’ve started the doctorate program at Cleveland University Kansas City (they got university status in January)
  • I’ve made numerous new friends
  • I’ve had more than a few first dates
  • I’ve found a new best friend and confidant 
  • I’ve learned that I’m not as strong as people believe I am but I’m stronger than I think
  • I’ve been able to check several items off of my bucket list
  • I’ve learned that I like quiet

Overall I think that it’s been a very good year.  Lots of changes but change is good.  Being able to adapt to those changes is better.  I’m stronger for everything that I’ve experienced and as much as I’d like to say that I would rather have had a quiet year I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I finally look forward to the future and welcome it and all that it brings.

Catch Up

It is officially midterm at school. Well at least it is for my fellow undergrads. I am half finished with organic chemistry 1 and general chemistry 2. We only have four more weeks of 24 hour studying. This much schoolwork plus working part time (more on that momentarily) leaves most of us in a rather fun state of sleep deprivation. Everything is funny to us. So when I came across this comic I laughed till I snorted and laughed some more.

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I have received my first part time paycheck. Between the fun new tax stuff Washington passed down, the new insurance issues (a whole different post), and the cut in hours I had no idea how much to expect so I couldn’t arrange a budget until the last minute. I am happy to report that things will be really tight but it is very doable. Nothing that we can’t do. Ok we can’t “do” things like cruises but I’m telling myself that it isn’t because of funding but time issues. Yah. That makes it much better.

So back to classes. I love my new friends. Initially I walked in and it was obvious that almost everyone there was already very well acquainted and had quite a family atmosphere. That’s what you get at a small private school. When I say that it didn’t take long to feel like a part of the group I’m talking about by the end of the first day I felt like I belonged and was being included in things. A rare and beautiful atmosphere. It definitely makes it easier when everyone you come into contact with genuinely wants to help you. Especially when you think about how difficult these classes are but I’d be worried about seeing a chiropractor that had easy classes. They are anything but easy. Yet somehow I’m pulling a B in both classes. I’ll take it!

Ok off to study.

Rough Week Already

With the Holiday on Monday today would be the second of the four day work week.  16 hours of work.  Yah.  It’s been a challenge without a doubt.  Some inspiration to make it through the next two days is definitely needed.

I’ve Been Gone Too Long

With the holiday last week I was able to get off from work for five whole days. It was a fluke really but I will take it. Now the only problem (other than not remembering what real shoes feel like) is not wanting to go back. It emphasizes how much I would like to win the lottery. Not even a record-setting payout. I’m only asking for the kind that will pay my living expenses till I die.

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An Actual Conversation

I’m taking a microbiology class this semester at the local college. We meet twice weekly and have gotten to know each other fairly well. I’ll be honest and say that I barely tolerate most of my classmates.

One individual really needs to just give up now. I say this because the prerequisites for this course are to have taken and passed any two of the following: biology and its lab, chemistry, or anatomy and physiology and the labs for both of them. I’ve taken all of these. They were not the easiest things to pass let alone get A’s. I’m not certain that this individual can even spell physiology.

An example of his normal contribution to a class discussion about the microbes used in creating the vaccination for hepatitis B was this gem. “Does everyone get hep A first then go to B and then through C?” After the professor picked his jaw up he answered the question and continued his lecture.

Tonight I was blessed with this question during break, “do you think I could work in a pharmacy?” My answer? I know that answering a question with another question isn’t really nice but I just couldn’t help myself. “Can you open a childproof cap?” “Well yah!” “Ok,” I said, “Can you do it one handed while talking to a doctor on the phone AND repairing a robot for the third time that day?” “Ummmm” “Sorry kid. Pharmacy isn’t for you.”

You think I’m kidding. And if you happen to be one of the poor souls who work in a retail setting you have to do all of that while patients stare at you. All. Day. Long.

Oh The Things You Can Fill
Dr. Seuss on Pharmacy:
Author unknown

Oh the things you can fill
For the folks who are ill.
With your bright shiny spatula
Oh, what a thrill.

Besmocked and bedecked out
In Pharmacist clothes
Knowing all of the things
That a Pharmacist knows.

You’re quick and efficient,
You’re sharp and inventive.
It also just happens
You’re anal retentive.

You read slips of paper
To get the specifics
From doctors who scribble out
Strange hieroglyphics.

Could it be Celebrex?
Or maybe Celexa
It might be a Z-Pack
Then it might be Zyprexa

And you bill by computer
AWP
Minus 15 percent
Plus a buck twenty-three.

You fill and you bill
And you feel so dejected
‘Cause half of your claims
Are being rejected.

So you pick up the phone
While computerized voices
Keep you waiting forever
Explaining the choices.

Press 1 for directions.
Or maybe it’s 2.
Push ‘pound’ for a message
Oh, what should you do.

Then you pour out the pills
On your pill counting tray
And you count, and you count
And you count pills all day.

You count them by fives
To the rhythm and beat
Of the songs that you learned
On Sesame Street

And the customers gripe
And complain while you’re fillin’
Could it be the whole world
Is on ‘Grouchacillin?’

My pills are too big
And my co-pay’s too high!
Take it four times a day?
I cannot comply!

Then you scarf down your
sandwich
In one single bite
Which if done in a restaurant
Would be impolite

But a Doc’s on line one
Mrs. Jones on line two
She has 500 pills
Will you cut them in two?

And the drug reps, they tap
On your counter, tap, tap.
To give you their spiel
Plus a load of free crap!

There’s pens and there’s post-its
There’s free stuff galore
But the really cool clock’s
For the doc who’s next door

Then ol’ Mrs. Snifflemore
Gives you that smile
And you know once again
That it’s almost worthwhile

So you hang up your smock
And put down your free pen.
Tomorrow you’ll do it
All over again.

Oh the things you will fill
For the folks who are ill.
With your bright shiny spatula
Oh, what a thrill!

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What to Do?

Monday is my birthday. No matter what a certain blond one thinks it is not my thirtieth. So it isn’t anything big to celebrate. I have the great fortune to be able to go straight from St Pat’s to hangover to birthday if I so choose. This year I do not choose that. This year I choose to take five days off from work to do nothing.

Not really nothing as I will be seeing a production of Avenue Q with a crazy girlfriend who has a birthday a week before mine. I will also be doing my best to do what I feel like. Relaxing in general. Take advantage of the 80+ degree days by sunbathing maybe. I see a very happy Vickie in my future.

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