Thursday, March 25, 2010

Back in scrubs

After all the great comments about followers and such from my last post, I decided to move my followers widget to the bottom of my blogroll.  That lasted all of 24 hours, as my scrolling finger is now suffering from a repetetive use injury checking to see if I got any new pidgeons followers.  So I've restored the order of my side bar to not have to work so hard to be obsessive.  I really appreciate all the comments I got about wondering why some people get followers by the dozen, and others, like moi, seem to acquire one per 10-12 days!  It truly doesn't matter, but it was interesting to see that I'm not the only one who notices stuff like that.  The universality of human behavior never fails to delight and amaze me.

Today is a red letter day for me.  It is the last day of of my FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) time off from work for my knee rehab.  I certainly could put in for more time if it was necessary, but I'm ready to re-enter the world of blogging on the job working and having steady structure in my days and weeks.  (I finally took the plunge and enabled the new editor in blogger, as you can see.  There are enough differences in the workings of it that I held out for a long time.  Not very tech savvy, though I love all things about desk top publishing and have actually thought of getting schooling in it.  Anyhoo....)  I do enjoy my job, and LOVE the clients with whom I work.  I'm the nurse for an Adult Day Program for developmentally disabled individuals.  It wasn't a specialty area I'd ever imagined I'd work, or enjoy for that matter.  However, the job came available when I was looking for something 6 years ago and I decided to give it a shot.  Turns out to have been, and still be a fit.  I love the people I work with, but mostly I love the clients.  I can't wait to see them tomorrow, hug them, tell them I missed them, and begin to get back in the groove.

The absolute classic aspect of this is that I am required to return tomorrow per the FMLA agreement's terms, but then we have all next week off for Spring break!  It really works out well, because I  have the one day of re-entry to settle back in, regroup, and do the paperwork changes that will be required for April when we being back after break.  So another week of rest for the knee, but with the reassurance of having some essential stuff for April already done.

I was going to be doing a lot of nice cooking for myself this week while hubby is gone, but turns out I've fallen into eating out with friends more.  I've made good choices with food - and since no chain restaurants were involved, the freshness and quality was far higher than would otherwise be the case.  Last night at home I cooked up some frozen organic ravioli by a company named Rising Moon Organics.  The variety I had was Feta~Hazelnut with Butternut Squash.  I would take a picture of the empty package but just discovered my camera battery out of juice.  So my vivid description will have to suffice.  It was actually quite good and cooked up nicely.  Some frozen ravioli tends to fall apart a bit in the boiling water, but this held up totally.  The pkg. gave detailed instructions on how to boil gently to help the ravioli stay intact  (note to self for future ravioli adventures).  For sauce I just squeezed a bit of tomato paste from a tube over the draining hot cooked pasta and tossed it gently.  This was my maiden voyage with tomato paste in a tube, too, and I really liked it.  It's more concentrated, was an organic brand and had great flavor.  Again - no pic.  Maybe after the battery charges I'll shoot em and post pics later.

Yesterday I went to the gym and did 10 minutes on the bike.  I could probably have gone farther as the knee felt good, but I had to meet someone and was on a bit of a time crunch.  Just as well because there was still the 90 pounder to walk in the afternoon, and that puts definite strain on the knee.   So I'm seeing slow steady progress, which is good.  I want to be better yesterday, but finally get that overdoing it today won't speed the process and will more likely hinder it.  Hey - maybe I am teachable now, and the tender age of cough-cough.

It's been fun seeing and reading about Fitbloggin.  If there is Fitbloggin Part Deux next year, I'm going to have to get in on it.  It would be wonderful to meet blog friends in person. 

I'm sitting here on my last day off and the View is on, and I'm going to say something that I mean no offense to anyone about.  Elizabeth Hasselbeck gives me a pain in the brain.  It's not her politics or her beliefs - it's her delivery of her thoughts that makes me want to throw a bowling ball at the screen.  Perhaps some voice modulation coaching?   Whoopi Goldberg on the other hand, is AWESOME.  Love her.  Okay - you know it's time for me to go back to work when I'm critiquing the women on the View.  I hadn't watched the show in years.  YEARS!  I don't think she was even on when I last saw it!  ME thinks I need to get a life.  Or at least more of my previous to the last six weeks life! 

Next broadcast may be from work tomorrow.  But I 'spect I'll have enough to do that I'll write about it after the fact.  And Tom gets home tomorrow night which will be nice.  Time apart is good.  Time together, better.  Especially after time apart.


  1. You totally crack me up about moving your followers to the bottom then back up. How funny.

    I hope your first day back at work goes well and your knee hangs in there. I'm sure your clients missed you terribly, since I'm convinced you're even better in person than in blogville.

    The View drives me slightly crazy. When they argue you can't even hear what each one is saying. I think have I changed the channel to a political argue fest. Common girls...light and fluffy conversation please...

  2. Well, now I know why I like you. It takes a very special, GIFTED, person to do the kind of work you do. Special.

    For me, the absent Mr. Helen means eating however I really want to. Sometimes it's lots of cooking of things only I will eat, other times it's more eating out. Whatever. The point is to enjoy the freedom.

    I'm with you on maybe getting to Fitbloggin if there is another one. Do you think they'll let us in?

  3. Hope you have a great day back to work tomorrow. That does work out nice to have another week off next week. Great planning.

    I can't stand the shows were people talk all over people. It's rude and makes me feel uncomfortable.

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  5. Ha. I had so many typos in my comment, I had to delete and start over! Comments need spellcheck.

    Speaking of spellcheck, since you switched to the new editor, do you have spellcheck for your posts? I don't--and NEED IT! If you have it, would you let me know how?

    Ok. Back to my comment.

    Your posts refresh my day! I feel like we're sitting down at a coffee break. And the fact that I can say, "Yes, me too." to most of your thoughts is encouraging. :D

    Happy back to work day. How cool that you will have another week off! God is good.


  6. Good luck with returning to work tomorrow!

    It's not adding new followers that I obsess about, it's losing them! I've lost one or two over the past few weeks (probably bored them to tears blathering about Tabitha so much!) and I drive myself crazy trying to figure out who it is who has disappeared (and why!)

    Still, if you've got to obsess about something, followers of your blog isn't a bad one (unless you start stalking them!) ;o)

  7. I usually end up thinking that people don't want to deal with a CRAZY woman. Whether it's about leaving, too few, or too slow. Take good care tomorrow. I love seeing you early in the morning.

  8. glad things are well.

    I have a hard time with all of them (View) so you are not really being picky if only one of them gets to you!.

    PS - I don't watch TV during the day - so no matter - but I can understand that it was good company for you these weeks while you were recovering (and alone). It is probably very weird to be alone all day when you are used to work and then to have your hubby gone too.

  9. Aren't you able to see your followers on the dashboard? I know that's how I notice if I gained/lost any.

  10. I LOVE pretty much everything she has ever done...from Ghost to Star Trek to the View. My all time fav - Jumpin Jack Flash. LOVE IT.

    It's good to get back to work! Take it easy though...Spring is springing and you have all that lovely nature around you!

  11. Work OK, but happy dance for Spring break! Take it easy on that knee.

    Healthy Choice has some awesome new ravioli dinners. Who knew?

  12. I have a really strange pattern with my followers. I will lose one, and then will gain two or three...Now I think it's when I post something that is very blunt or strange or offensive. I scare one off, but then a few like minded people happen along, say..'hey, this person is alot like me'...and then follow. I lose one and I gain three or four.
    Not sure what the deal is.
    I think Liz is okay in her politics..but the thing is... I hate to say this.
    But I think she is a little light duty in the brain department.
    She isn't very bright.
    She has opinions, she knows in her 'heart' she is right...but can't express herself for beans.
    That always drives me insane.
    No matter who it is.
    Have a great night. Glad you are getting back in the swing of things.

  13. Good luck with your return to work Leslie.

  14. Thinking about you and hoping your day is going smoothly :-D

  15. I'm glad you're feeling better and looking forward to going back to work. I'd be crying if I had to go back now.

    Since I got laid off I've been watching the View at the gym and have to agree Eliz. H. is extremely annoying. It's fun watching Whoopie and Joy put her in her place.