Monday, October 03, 2005

Duuuuuuuude.

So I've been, like, without 'Net access since, y'know, Wednesday of last week.

Duuuuuude.

The Internets finally returned to their coop last night at about six; I recognized the shape my facial expression was taking as I logged on for the first time in five days. It's the same expression that junkies get when you walk in the door with the Dilaudid.

Fortunately, I have several books by Gerrald Durrell that got me through the worst of the DTs; plus, I've been working the last few days.

The reason the 'Net went out was a huge, gigantic, impressive thunderstorm that rolled in Wednesday afternoon, dropping hail the size of quarters and the temperature by twenty degrees (Fahrenheit, for my non-US pals).

In work news, the Idiot Instructor and her Dunderheaded Ducklings will be dealt with tomorrow, and not by me, thank God.

Also, a triumph: I managed to get an IV into a nice old man's ankle yesterday. This was a triple boon, as the patient was a) elderly and very dehydrated, b) three people had tried his arms multiple times with no success, and c) the IV was an 18-gauge. (For non-medical folks, that's about the size of a small finishing brad.) It took one stick, and the best part? When Shaggy, the IV God, leaned over and said, "You got it! Boy, and it's a *hog*, too." That remark carried me through the rest of the day in a good temper.

In non-work news: Today, I signed my life away for five years. Yes, fiends and neighers, I bought a car. The elderly (1993) Civic was getting to the point that small, disturbing things were beginning to happen, so I went out and got me a spandy-new 2006 Accord coupe, five-speed, with a cloth interior and a CD player. It's not been delivered yet, and I have to drive an automatic Element in the meantime, but I'm not complaining. The guy who sold me the car is very human, quite kind, and understood when I got all choked up as I was clearing the junk out of the old car.

So that's it. I'm back. RSS feed should be up and running nearly immediately.

6 comments:

leslie said...

glad you're back and glad that instructor will be dealt with - scary to read about her and her students!

I love Durrell's books - which ones were you reading??

Jo said...

Oooohhhh, let's see....

I got a helluva haul at the local used bookstore. The Book Gods were smiling. Among the finds:

In hardcover: Catch Me A Colobus, Fillets of Plaice, and A Bevy of Beasts. In softcover, small-format, The Bafut Beagles. I had read A Zoo In My Luggage and was looking forward to finding Beagles. It did not disappoint.

One super-duper bonus: a back-jacket picture of Durrell shows him to have been, in his prime, quite the hottie. Sort of like Thomas Jefferson was a hottie, but with a beard. If that whiny resident Cameron doesn't stop invading my House dreams, I'll switch over to Durrell with no trouble.

HypnoKitten said...

I've always thought Thomas Jefferson was a hottie. I just can't go for a guy who spends that much time on his hair!

Whats going to happen to your students? Are you saving the details until after it happens? ;)

leslie said...

what fun - zoo in my luggage is one of his best. Have you read "the Whispering Land"? I nearly put a car in a ditch when someone read parts of it out loud to me. and "my family and other animals" is also painfully funny.

Sad part is that he died after a liver transplant failed - too much drink + tropical diseases did him in too young.

new car sounds nice too - speaking as someone driving a 94 accord!

shrimplate said...

Must be I am getting old again because when somebody mentions an author named "Durrell" the 1st one I think of is "Lawrence" and not "Gerrald."

Wasn't "Gerrald" the meanie-boy bad guy on Wallace and Ladmo?

Congrats on the new Honda. Lovely cars, those. But you didn't mention the color.

Eric said...

oooooh you got one in an ankle... I have a hard time starting one down there, especially anything bigger than a 22. I'll go for a shoulder or finger first.