And now here I sit, after sadly ending 2008 much the way we spent the majority of it, fighting with kids, finding myself unable to put together a simple coherent thought.
I worked yesterday at one of the hospitals that I haven't worked at for close to a year. It's usually pretty dull. But just like I did when I first worked there and was by myself, I was crazy busy. Last time I had four patients all at once, which doesn't sound like much, but then add in that three were brought in by police, I need a psych aide for each one, security coming to do scans, plus the stretcher and EMTs that came with another, and my little corner of the world is suddenly very full. Add to this the fact that I have to operate the switchboard while sorting out piles of paperwork and entering endless data into the computer, and you get one very red-faced brand new admitting clerk. Apparently something about me working a shift by myself brings out the 'crazy' in people, real quick.
Thankfully it wasn't quite like that, but more one after the other, and me still fumbling my way around remembering what to do while having police, doctor, psych aide and psych patient all waiting for me, it's still quite the pressure.
By the time I got home, it was time to turn around and meet some friends for dinner. I was barely seated yet when the waitress came and asked what we wanted to drink. Yes, you guessed it. My response was a coffee 'with a whole lot of friggin bailey's'.
I discovered two things by the time we had our dinner and were on our way home.
As it turns out, 'coffee with a whole lot of friggin Bailey's' is an incredibly expensive drink. AND, I learned that my mouth is a whole lot fouler than most.
So knowing what I do now, I've added two things to my very sad list of resolutions:
- Carry a little bottle of Bailey's in my purse. At. All. Times.
- Either clean up my mouth, or work on dirtying the mouths of others.
And yes, I've got intentions to try to lose 20 pounds, get more active, eat less, or at least smarter, and be a better mom to kids who won't appreciate it anyway. You know. The usual.
That said, thank you for listening to my first rant of 2009.
I wish you and your family all the best in this fine New Year.