Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oh, Gnats!!!

It was another beautiful day here.  Temps in the low 80's.  I'm always amazed at this time of year that we can go from frost on Sunday morning to 85 degrees on Tuesday.  Oh, well, that's just the way it is.  But with all the rain we have been having, the gnats are fierce!  Even I11 asked me if he could take vanilla to school so he could put some on before safety patrol in the afternoon- he is a crossing guard.
I didn't get out to the acreage today, and I didn't get to the farmer's market either. But I did manage to get the porch rails (12 inches wide) here at the town house sanded and painted.  We didn't paint them when we painted the house a few years ago because we had planned to sand them down to bare wood and finish them- but that didn't happen.  So, I dug out some paint we had left over from the house and painted them.  It's one of those tasks on the list to get this place ready to sell.
J15 said that the Renaissance faire went well today and people liked the cheese she made so all is good on that front.
I have been contemplating applying for the new supervisory position that should be coming available in our department.  V is encouraging me to apply but I'm still torn.  Granted, it would be only 25% administrative and 75% patient care but I'm not sure I want to take on that kind of headache.  A few years ago, I would have jumped at the opportunity but I'm just not sure.  Yes, it would be a strategic move careerwise but I'm not sure my heart is in it anymore.  My priorities have shifted over the years and I have realized that there is much more to life than a career.
Something to ponder while I work in the garden.


  1. Are You a nurse? I was a nurse once upon a time ~ in ICU ~loved it at the time ~ but then we had kids and Bob didn't want me to work. So I was a stay at home mom for about 16 years ~ Our weather is just as crazy as yours ~ wonder what's going on? DON'T SAY GLOBAL WARMING!! that is hog wash!! Tomorrow i'm going to go get another tomato plant and some potting I can add to my pot

  2. If you don't really need the additional money(if there is some), perhaps you shouldn't take it. It doesn't really sound like your heart is in it. Make sure you weigh all the pros and cons carefully. Best of luck to you. I HATE making decisions!

  3. That's a tough decision, especially with all the other changes in your life. One thing I am trying to get to is the point when I can really find the direction of my life and follow that passion. When the heart isn't in it, even the most favorable "opportunity" can be a personal drain. But I do hear about the financial aspect. Tough to sort out. Hope your gardening helps to figure things out. How soon do you would you have to apply? Can you sit on the decision for a few days?

  4. OH NO- I think you said the S-word. For me 'should' is a red flag for something I feel obligated to do. 'Should' doesn't mean halt-go no further, but I do examine the issue a little closer.

  5. Debbie- I'm an Occupational Therapist. We had the opposite idea when our kids were small- I worked and V stayed home with them- it was the best economic decision for us at the time.
    Sue- I'm not sure there will even be much extra money associated with this position. They are trying to restructure without breaking the bank since our hospital is in dire financial straits at the moment. But it would get my foot in the door for something better. I'm a senior therapist- that's as high as I can go on the clinical ladder at the moment at our facility.
    Localzone- I've got time to think. The restructuring plan hasn't even been approved by administration yet and then the university hiring system moves slower than a glacier during an ice age.
    Kris- yeah, I'm trying not to 'should' on myself. Our new director is hoping to pull these clinical supervisors out of the pool of people in each new division. But I look at our current division and the folks who we would be combined with for this new one and try to think who else would apply. They were specific that this person needs to be full time- that eliminates quite a few people right there. In my current division, there are only two of us who are full time, me and our newest hire who is young, ambitious and I don't think has the temperament for management- she tends to be a bit judgmental and quick to take offense. So, maybe I am feeling somewhat obligated- I've got 15 years clinical experience on her and WAY more life experience than she does. I actually applied for a management position a few years ago but was turned down because I don't have supervisory experience- which you can't get unless someone gives you a supervisory positon.... Hmm, the old catch 22.
    One nice thing about this position is that it would still be 75% direct patient care. THAT is something I would never want to give up.

  6. Oh what a tough decision - get out in your garden this weekend and start thinking it through. We are finally hitting 80's here - after 30 Sunday night, what a difference. Have a great weekend!

  7. I am a nurse and used to be more career orientated as well until I had the girls. Now I would much rather be pottering about at home, and in the garden with them. It's funny how priorities change over the years isn't it?


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