Monday, May 19, 2014

When I grow Up....What I want to be

I have taken a couple of days off the challenge. Because I needed to...because I don't have any energy to walk around all day with a camera showing you my boring, hard-working life. Because I don't think I could come up with 10 things to be happy about. I am in a funk. A deep, blue funk. Have you ever been there. The last of this past week my computer (that is just 3 years old) decided to die. It is being looked at now to see if it can be saved. But to think of my whole life was on that computer and what I might now get back. My documents folder, my calendar, my pictures (although most of them were at Picasa) just makes me sad. And it makes me even sadder to think how dependent I have become on a computer. All my saved
emails...all gone. But I am going to try to hope for the best...I am going to try to have faith in my computer guru, the good Pastor, that he will find a way.

Anyway, back to the challenge at hand. Sunday, at Love Happy Daily, and the link-up. Today she is asking us:

 Dream job?

I loved my job as a nurse. Especially the first few years. The years that I was still so eager to learn all of the new things that I needed to know. And I was a good nurse!! I don't toot my own horn very often, but I will when it comes to nursing.

But then, the political side of nursing started. I started to wonder why we were sending people home so soon? Why were we not providing them with supplies they needed? Why were people being denied care? Why didn't we have enough staff? Why did they keep building on and improving the hospital, but nobody really cared about imporving the staff? That is when I would dream about doing something different. 

And what I always dreamed about was becoming a landscaper. I loved digging in the dirt. I loved pulling weeds. I loved planting flowers and vegetables and watching things grow. I like to mow the grass. I like to trim the edges to make everything look crisp. I no longer have the energy to do all of this in my own yard. I can barely even keep up with the mowing. But if I were in a different situation, I would become a landscaper....

What would your dream job be? Follow me over to Love Happy Daily and link up here.

25 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about the computer and your blue funk....holding onto hope with you. Beautiful flower bed in your picture, wish my yard looked like that.
    Sandy at Traveling Suitcase

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    1. I wish mine looked like that too. Not a picture of my garden. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I like the garden too. Dream job is not to work. Enjoy life. Hope you can get back out of the funk, and I do hope you get out once in awhile too! That is needed in any case!

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    1. That is what I am doing now ...not working. But at least I am old enough to get my social security. I just wish I could spend more time outdoors

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  3. Oh Paula, we know....we have all been there....this too shall pass.....I promise, I have spent all day today in the gardens and don't feel as if I made a dent. I hate gardening. I cuss with every weed I pull. I ask myself over and over what I was thinking when I put in all these gardens. I LOVE gardens, I just hate having to care for them. I wish you lived closer...I would for sure hire you!!

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    1. For you, I would do it for free. I always feel so close to nature and to God when I am sitting on the warm ground and pulling out the weeds and letting the dirt run through my fingers.....I love gardening. Just wish I could get out there and do it. Thanks for your thoughts. I know it shall pass. It always does

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  4. Yes I have been in a blue funk. I hope it goes away soon. Good luck with the computer. I had the same thing happen to me with a newish computer also. After that I got an external hard drive at Best Bye for about 50 bucks. It automatically backs up all my computer stuff each time I use my computer. You might want to get one for yourself. To me it it worth it for the peace of mind.

    I enjoyed being a teacher until like you, the politics set in. If I could do it over I would be an occupational therapist. They helped me get my life back together after our accident. I watched them work with me and others and think it would be my dream job.

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    1. I do have an external hard drive....we are just hoping that it was automatically backing everything up. I didn't set it up so therefor I don't know I hope your funk ends soon as well

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  5. So sorry about your computer, Paula. I'd be frantic!
    Your observations about nursing sound much like our DIL's frustrations; and she's only been practicing a few years. Obviously, "S" doesn't share anything confidential, but I guess the Blame Game is still alive and well, with doctors loathe to take responsibility and administrators constantly looking to cut expenses.

    I don't pretend to know anything about nursing or horticulture, but I can see where your talents to heal the human patient could easily segue into creating pretty, healthy landscapes! Dream on!

    PS - My dream job would be playing a part, however small, in a team of writers for a TV drama - bouncing ideas off one another. While not EVEN probable, it's fun to fantasize!

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    1. That would be an awesome job wouldn't it? Like for "the Good Wife." My favorite TV drama

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  6. Oh no with the computer! I hope it is able to be fixed! It is amazing how dependent we get on them, when to think a few short years ago (for people our age, LOL) they didn't even exist in the form they do today. I am sorry about your funk. I was in one last summer, honestly I think I had a bit of a nervous breakdown along with it; took a bit to get out of it and lots of tears. I hope yours doesn't last long.

    I understand about nursing and the changes involved with it. When they started with DRGs in the 1980s, that's when healthcare went to "pot" I think. Now it amazes me after what I consider a major procedure that people are discharged the next day. I remember my mom saying when she had us, she was kept in the hospital for 10 days routinely, 14 days for my brother since he was a C-section, and she convinced the doctor to discharge her/me after 3 days because she wanted to be home for Christmas, but routinely she said mothers stayed in for 10 days. Now they are out in a day or two if no complications.

    My dream job is sort of what I'm doing now but that industry too has changed over the years, medical transcription. When I got into it over 30 years ago, it was good, lucrative, great money. Now it is drying up and over the last seven years, my pay has gone done by 1/2 though I'm still working 40 hours a week. That is a shame!

    betty

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    1. Oh yes, those nasty DRG's! And the shortened hospital stays are doing their job on making health care what it is today

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  7. The political side of nursing sounds like the political side of education. :-(

    I love your dream job of landscaping. What a creative outlet for you.

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    1. I think nursing and education are much alike....

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  8. I am sorry for your funk. We all have those times. I know that you know it will pass. I hope that happens sooner rather than later. I love pretty gardens, but I don't enjoy gardening. It is work, not pleasure for me. I planted hosta and impatients this year, like in the picture, but mine will never look that good! I hope you can soon get outside and do some of what you love!

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  9. Gee, your blue funk is completely understandable. It’s incredible to me that you do what you do. My funk is always with me. Sometimes it exists deep down, trying to hide, but I always am aware of it. Keeping busy and distracted helps.
    I love to look at beautiful landscape art. I usually will plant some flowers in the spring. That is the extent of my gardening endeavor.

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    1. That is the extent of mine anymore as well. I will buy some baskets and hang them and call it good

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  10. I totally understand the funk! It is so hard to claw your way out of the abyss and towards the light. But you know what? There are always positives. I speak first hand at trying to find them. Sometimes it is extremely hard to see but they are there. I hope you can find yours. Even if it's just the fact that you woke up today! :) *hugs*

    As for my dream job...writer, traveler, student, gardener....all these and probably a lot more. I just wish I could hit the lottery and do it all! :D

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    Be Positive in Life and Writing
    Caring for My Veteran

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    1. I wish you could hit the lottery too! Wouldn't that be awesome? But then I think if we were rich we wouldn't want to do anything except travel and let someone else take care of us..

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  11. Oh my goodness! I was crazy just not having time to sit down at the computer...I would have to sit right down in the middle of the floor and wail if mine died. My fabulous husband is a wiz at computers...thank goodness!
    I am so sorry about your funk. I was so discouraged on Saturday I actually screamed in my car...then I felt silly and laughed at myself. I was still discouraged , but I felt a bit better.
    I love your dream job...what a wonderful thing to be a landscaper. To be outside every day. To be surrounded by plants and flowers and to know just what to do with them. I would have to install new knees to be a landscaper...I am quite a sight in my yard trying to get up and down!
    I am sorry to hear about your rough week - I feel like I know what that means. The tough days make me the most frustrated at the exact times when I should be the most calm. I am praying for you and sending hugs and smiles and my only joke (remember?....hee hee hee!)
    Hope today sends you good news about your computer and some peace and calm and beauty.

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    1. I have wailed....I, too, have screamed. There are just days that I can't take it anymore. I do remember your joke....hehhehehehe!

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  12. It would definitely suck to lose a computer, I'd go nuts with nothing to do. I've taken advantage of websites and apps to keep all my info so I wouldn't lose anything. If your interested in the apps and sites I use to save pictures, let me know, they are all free.

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    1. It has sucked. I won't know until I get my computer back and hook up the external hard drive to see if it was doing it's job. But I would love to know what sites you use for pictures.

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    2. I use dropbox for my phone. You download the app and set up an account online (dropbox.com) and then sync them and whenever you take a pic, it automatically downloads to your laptop and is also stored online at the dropbox website so if you lose your laptop, it should still be online. From there, every so often, I take the photos from my laptop and upload them to my account (also free) at shutterfly.com. If you take the time on shutterfly, you can set up a whole site for your pictures with albums. With shutterfly, you can decide who can view them and who can't so you have your privacy for your family photos. You can also make it so nobody else can download them without your permission. Once uploaded, shutterfly is also an online site so they are stored there as well.

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