I feel like I have been away too long. Or that I live at work nowadays.
I agreed to work another extra shift tomorrow (I did three partial extras over the last two weeks), so not much rest for the weary here. Surprisingly I'm not falling over yet, but we'll find out in an hour if my lack of sleep has caught up to me yet.
My massage therapist lent me her TENS unit to see if it works for me at home. I'm trying it out for the first time, and it's on a pretty low setting and definitely I can feel it strong. My back was all out of whack tonight at the chiropractor after three night shifts in a row. I'm also doing PT now twice a week for my injury. They gave me more practical exercises on Tuesday that I can fit into my daily life rather than having to set aside 20 minutes to do them, so I've been better about my PT "homework". With my schedule all work-focused these days, I've hardly had time for exercising, cooking, cleaning, and writing like I should. I'm sorry I missed most of the Challenge this quarter. I'm really thinking hard about getting that Masters and backing out of hospital nursing since it takes so much out of me. If I could teach online, write, and do violin side jobs and lessons, I could stay at home with my kids when we have them.
We've also been apartment hunting. Not seriously yet, though Ryan's checked out quite a few places already. We still need to get our deposit and moving costs gathered before we're actually serious about a place. BUT we are getting a feel for pricing, amenities, and the exact area we'd like to live. All my extra shifts will help with saving up that money to move.
Anyways, Shann, I loved your story too. Way to pack a punch:!:
AND, I really really really really really really really really really really really want you to come to the conference. REALLY! It would be THE BEST to meet you in person, plus everybody loves you around FW and it would be sad if you weren't there to meet your fan club.
That said, I really really really hope most of you who are able to come do come because you will get to see the real me that others have hinted at but you just don't know until you see it. I'm notorious for making people play games and laugh with each other. Plus, HUGS! Hugs all around, all the time. Just makes me all happy thinking about it. I remember the first FW conference I went to - we all just basked in having a wonderful time meeting each other - even though we already "knew" each other on the boards. It's 100 times better talking in real time.
Well, that's my shameless plug this year for y'all to think about coming on over. Tiara, maybe you can hitch a ride from someone in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Shari and I are sharing a room and we have room for two more and that would make it only $25/night for each person. TOTALLY worth it.
I'm not sure if Ryan and I will be staying in Portland while our family comes down to meet us, or if we'll drive up to Seattle to see them. Either way it's exciting to think it's only a few months away!
Okay, I'll shut up now and see how much longer I can stay up for the night. Probably not too much longer.