Week One

Every time I think I’m getting to the end of the paperwork, a few more things get added to the stack—-so goes the first week on the new job.  At the rate we’re going, I might actually get to do a little nursing sometime before summer, but I’m not making any promises.  We are still waiting for the proper form, so we can get the proper computer coded ID badge, so we can get into the computer to do actual work.  Everybody and their dog has asked for our social security number, many want our birth date, and Mr Security even wanted my mothers maiden name.  We’ve done hours of computer based training, everything from what to do with a suspected mail bomb, to proper office relationships, to how not to use our government credit card—-which we won’t have.  We’ve become acquainted with the gal who runs the espresso cart in the lobby (she closes at noon), and the dude who keeps track of training (he’s from Florida).  I’ve about broken in my new tennies, and I think I can locate every bathroom in the clinic.  But what I’d really like, what we would all like, is to get to work.  Some things you just have to learn by doing.

We all got to leave early today because of another winter storm……go figure.  Sometime during the night, we got some freezing rain, which was then covered up with a thin layer of snow.  The temperatures are brutal (it was about 5 degrees when I drove to work this morning), and the roads are dodgy.  I’m glad to be home early, in front of the fire and feeling not quite as brain dead as the last few days.

Tomorrow, if the weather is not too dangerous, our merry band of knitters will be coming over for ‘brunch’ and the kick off of our KnitPicks Palette Fair Isle knit-along.  From the email traffic, I can tell that some of the girls have started today—-Chery wrote a theme song, Kirsten added some new lyrics and it looks like everyone is having a good time. 

Me???  Well, I’m hoping that my brain will be less cluttered in the morning and I’ll be able to focus enough to cast on the 3 million little stitches.

How about a Favorite Foto (remember when we used to do this every week??)

Mt. Rainier

This is what Mount Rainier looks like on a clear day from 30,000 feet or so.  You can see that the peak is covered in a layer of fluffy cloud, but I don’t think I’ve ever (in all the times I’ve flown in and out of Seattle) seen this view.  A day like this one is rare in January in this part of the world…..ask anyone who has lived or travelled to the Pacific Northwet.  We were lucky to get such a clear view, lucky to be on the correct side of the plane, lucky all ’round. 

If you haven’t heard from me this week, I’m sorry—–by the time I get home I just can’t bear to look at another computer.  I’ve checked in on most of you, but only made quick trips.  Hopefully things will ease up soon.  Have a terrific Holiday weekend.



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4 responses to “Week One

  1. Do you get Monday off? Not me. Hope you can find your way to doing what your trained to at work! PW is the worst!

  2. Hang in there! I’ll think “actual work” thoughts your way. 🙂

  3. I heard it was pretty chilly out there. We saw about zero degrees just before we left, and heard that today was -14 in Park City, Utah. Brrrrrr. Stay warm.

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