January12014

books read 2013

1. Wheat Belly — William Davis, MD (1/1)

2. Heretic — Bernard Cornwell (1/6)

3-5 The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay — Suzanne Collins (1/16)

6. The Glass Castle — Jeannette Walls (1/18)

7. The Witches of East End — Melissa De La Cruz (1/31)

8. The Casual Vacancy — J. K. Rowling (2/10)

9. Wuthering Heights — Emily Bronte (2/14)

10. The Book Thief — Markus Zusak (2/19)

11. Arcadia — Lauren Groff (2/27)

12. One hundred years of solitude — Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3/3)

13. Middlesex — Jeffrey Eugenides (3/9)

14. Sharp Objects — Gillian Flynn (3/12)

15. 1356 — Bernard Cornwell (3/21)

16. Beautiful Creatures — Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (3/23)

17. The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho (3/25)

18. The Princess Bride — William Goldman (3/29)

19. Sarah’s key — Tatiana de Rosnay (4/5)

20. Swamplandia! — Karen Russell (4/16)

21. Mortality — Christopher Hitchens (4/17)

22. Beyond belief, my secret life inside scientology and my harrowing escape — jenna miscavige hill (4/20)

23. Life after life — kate atkinson (4/24) bc

24. Beautiful Darkness — Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (5/3)

25. Moms who drink and swear — Nicole Knepper (5/13)

26. The seventh son — BD Toms (5/22)

27. 1000 White Women — Jim Fergus (5/26)

28. Divergent — Veronica Roth (5/27)

29. Hemlock Grove — Brian McGreevy (6/1)

30. Eclipse of the Son — BD Toms (6/2)

31. Son Rise — BD Toms (6/4)

32. Entwined with you — Sylvia Day (6/7)

33. Insurgent — Veronica Roth (6/10)

34. A Good American — Alex George (6/14) bc

35. American gods — Neil Gaiman (6/30) rr

36. The Gods Of Gotham — Lyndsay Faye (7/3)

37. The Birth House — Ami McKay (7/21)

38. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (7/28) rr

39. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (8/2) rr

40. The Graveyard Book — Neil Gaiman (8/2) rr

41. The Wolf’s Hour — Robert R. McGammon (8/11)

42. Beautiful Chaos — Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

43. All He Saw Was The Girl — Peter Leonard (8/23) bc

44. The Graveminder — Melissa Matt (8/27)

45. Beautiful Redemption — Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (8/30)

46. The Silent Wife — Asa Harrison (9/18) bc

47. Telegraph Avenue — Michael Chabon (10/13) bc

48. Silver Linings Playbook — Matthew Quick (11/1)

49. Deadly Pedigree — Jimmy Fox (11/8)

50-52. Divergent (rr), Insurgent (rr), Allegiant — Veronica Roth (11/15)

53. The Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafon (11/27)

54. The Fault in our Stars — John Greene (11/29)

55. Safe Haven (rr)— Nicholas Sparks (12/13)

56. Gabriel’s Redemption — Sylvain Renard (12/14)

57. A Land More Kind Than Home — Wiley Cash (12/19) bc


*bc - book club selections

*rr - rereads

I averaged a little more than last year, which makes me happy. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up.










books 

4PM

01.01.14

Blogging, for me, lost its appeal as a person who spends 48hrs a week working, with call-back, while sleeping during the day. All of this is done for a multi-million dollar corporation that doesn’t care that our licenses are in jeopardy with each shift: under-staffed, patient acuity beyond our personnel, no help from management. To add to that, I have two elementary school aged children and a husband with two jobs.

Not too many people understand the life of a nurse: being tied to the hospital, constantly worrying about the patients you left behind, dreading to see them again during the next shift. Even fewer people understand the concept of being “on-call” for surgery. I can’t go out to eat with my family without taking two cars. My husband can’t run to the store and leave me alone with the girls because I have a 30-minute response time (20 minutes for stat c-sections) and it would take longer for him to get home to be with them than I have to spare.

I get tired of hearing the 9-to-5ers say “but you only work 3 days a week.” I don’t know too many nurses who have the luxury of working only 3 days a week anymore. Forced Recommended overtime, required call coverage, mandatory weekend coverage, too few employees, together with management that seems to have forgotten how to perform bedside nursing/patient care, overworks most of us.

So this year, I plan to work toward doing something different. Whether it turns out to be changing jobs (again) or just changing locations, I hope that I can carve out some time for me and my family at home, not just my family at work.

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My breakfast date!! #huddlehouse

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