Saturday, September 27, 2008

Back to RL (Real Life)

Life is returning to normal. I am pretty much fully recovered from the abdominal surgery, my back is not recovered--it probably never will be pain free, but I can walk unassisted now and can sit for a while, so for me that is a huge plus.

Jury duty is finally over. It was not as bad as I feared, though the drive WAS the pits. I took the bus two days, but drove the rest--it did not seem to make much difference in cost to me. My case was a federal one--armed bank robbery and we as a jury had to reach a unanimous verdict. It was more difficult than I thought, since the evidence was pretty heavy on the prosecutor's side I didn't think there would be much dissent, but there was. But we did finally reach one: guilty on all 15 counts.

I am also leaving my job as office manager for the two urgent cares. It was a good job. It really was. I liked it, liked the staff, and could handle the original two docs there fine. It was pretty much the job I had been striving for for a long time.

So why am I leaving? It is complicated, but it boils down to having too much to do, little to no support and tons of responsibility but no authority to effect changes. I am so overloaded it does not even merit a bad joke.

So I went looking. I interviewed for a clinical infomatics position--a blend of nursing and IT and was hired. It is a transfer, since it is the same company, but a different division. My first day there is Oct 20. I am really looking forward to it. It has a lot of the same compoenents of my previous job, also in the same company, and those aspects were ones I excelled at and enjoyed.

Now on to MUCH better topics.

I went to my LNS, The Needled Canvas in Marietta, to their Grand Re-Opening last weekend. I got some NICE goodies:







A cool blackwork Kitty design






A Blackwork Sampler design





A cross stitch/blackwork checkbook cover done in 32 count linen, OVER 1!





A Basket Purse




With the top part I am currently working on





The Rabbit Round Doorprize I won





And totally non-sequiter--a pen my husband made for me--sitting on that 32 count linen

Also, the online needlework show is almost over. It ends a little earlier this year--monday at noon rather than midnight. So if you have been there to drool over the vast amount of goodies, enter the door prizes, order a few must haves, here is the link:

http://www.needleworkshow.com/cgi-bin/stitcherlist.pl

Enjoy!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Recovery and back to work.....Sort of

I am finally updating my blog after the week from hell and recovery. I have recovered nicely. I have three scars that are about an inch or so to add to my collection and my insides are slowly feeling less like a drive through for truckers and more like a body part.

My WONDERFUL staff sent me the most unusual get-well gift I have ever seen:



Isn't it yummy looking? And it was. =) It fed all 6 of us, with plenty of left overs for munchies.

I also had time to read and stitch and have just about caught up on my BOINK:





I also finished up my portion of judging in the RWA Golden Gate writing contest. There were a few good ones and a really outstanding one.

'Scent of a Man' by Maree Anderson ( www.mareeanderson.com ) made it to the finals, receiving excellent ratings from all three of the first round judges.

The story arc, characterization and dialog were great. Sexual tension sizzled. She hooked me right in. It is not for those who like their romances bland or tame. The story starts of with a bang and is a wild ride (yes, pun is intended).

The only downside is that we, as judges, only get a small portion of the whole story. =) I highly suggest you visit her site and take a look around. And if you are an agent or publisher---PLEASE check her out! I am dying to know the rest of the story.


And now onto more mundane topics:

I did go back to work last week, and needed a shovel and a back-hoe to clear off the desks in both my offices.

This week??? Jury Duty. In Atlanta. DOWNTOWN Atlanta. Like get up at 5:15 AM to leave by 6am to get there by 8am driving the 75 south Atlanta. YUCK.

Any fellow Atlanta Suburbanites that can commiserate??

 
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