we choose

With the photo I chose today I wanted to sing the joys that is a back-lit keyboard because it is literally a joy to see the keys so easily.


I might be late to the party, but people, this literally changed my life and as I have become acquainted with my new laptop over the last six months or so I began to wonder why couldn’t this be possible in my workplace because nightshift nurse problems charting in the dark with a black keyboard. I even brought it up at the last staff meeting when we discussed ways to improve the workplace because it seemed like a great idea…to me…the girl with low vision who is trying to see the keys on her black keyboard in the dark while she is charting…nightshift nurse problems for sure. Some agreed…and some did not…as we do because we do…disagree sometimes. We have our preferences and we do choose…because we can.

This last weekend was a tough one globally.  Many of us reacted in very human ways being human and all because there were 129 dead in Paris, 43 dead in Beirut, 18 dead in Bagdad. There was also a 7.0 earthquake in Japan that triggered a tsunami near Kyushu as well as a 4.3 earthquake in Baja California. Also one can not forget the 147 dead in Kenya…that happened more than 7 months ago. More globally aware people on social media sniffed as they would remind anyone and everyone who dared to change profile pictures with the French flag filter or the Eiffel tower drawing by Jean Julien of these things…these things that are so much more important. The trouble with such presumptions and assumptions of our global myopia is that you are wrong…really…and you make an ass out of you in front of me.

Have to say that has always been my favorite rhyme for remembering commonly misspelled words because it is so true…truly.

“Yes, so much bad happened this weekend…as it does, sadly, almost every day.

But we can choose that which we will focus on.

In that same time period more than 362,000 babies were born.

6,200 couples got married in the United States alone.

Some people met the love of their lives. Some got engaged. There were first dates, first steps, first words. There was laughter and friendship and love. There was moments of joy both big and small.

And here we are. We can choose what we put into the world. Choose love. Choose kindness. Choose joy.

It’s a new week; make it a good one.”

Me, I will choose to keep the French flag overlay on my social media profile because I choose that for now. Tomorrow I will most likely change it to honor World Prematurity Day because that is something VERY important to me too.

And I will choose to lobby for backlit keyboards in the workplace because being able to actually see the keys on the keyboard while charting on my patients in the dark is indeed a nightshift nurse problem.

Thank you, Megan Gordon for such inspiring words that said pretty much what I was feeling.



coffee in a cardboard cup

The trouble with the world today

It seems to me

Is coffee in a cardboard cup.

The trouble with the affluent society

Is coffee in a cardboard cup

No one’s ever casual and nonchalant,

No one wastes a minute in a restaurant,

No one wants a waitress passing pleasantries,

Like ‘Hiya Miss. Hiya Sir.

May I take your order please?’

The trouble with the world today,

It’s plain to see

Is ev’rything is hurry up.

It’s rush it through.

Don’t be slow…

It’s coffee in a cardboard cup.

~ Frank Ebb/John Kander

So much brew-haha over absolutely nothing really.

I really don’t care what my cup looks like. What matters to me is what’s in the damn cup.

As much as my clowns who were/are baristas tell me how awful it is to steam eggnog, I offer no apologies for being so happy that Eggnog Lattes are back…because yes, god loves me and wants me to be happy.


in a world like this just doing my job

Yesterday this:

Literally shared all over social media and even by local Phoenix television news. But what of the ASU and the ASU Police and the ASU LiveSafe app?

No news…at first. Soon though they took to Twitter assuring students, faculty, employees and visitors that while it was unsubstantiated they were investigating…and beefing up their presence. Stay safe they admonish too.

Home from working all night seeing all this on my social media feed as well in texts from my daughter there at ASU I’m thinking that there shall be no sleep…even if the Monday rains in Northern California promise a good day’s sleep for all Vampira Night Shift Nurses.

The hours pass with updates from Jodie with tales of a virtually empty campus

Empty except for the presence of campus police and other agencies everywhere. While denied publicly, Jodie confirmed reports that one building was basically locked down with occupants carefully evacuated and one person appearing to be taken into custody. Classes were never officially canceled, yet most were. At the end of the day, nothing much happened except for nerves rattled even more than they were during the overnight minor earthquakes that happened near Phoenix. Oh, and parents more stressed out than they really need to be literally everywhere. The threat did indeed prove to be nothing more than a hoax as announced today by the ASU Police and for that we are all thankful.

Still the fact that this is the reality for all of our children at literally every level of their education everywhere is absolutely, positively fucked up…absolutely, positively fucked up. Really.

But as for today, today is a new day. Today, hopefully, is a better day. Today is the day that my most favored Sun Devil Freshman is trying to select and schedule classes for the Spring semester which can prove to be a frustrating task when one is using ASU’s wi-fi it seems…if I am to believe my ASU twitter feed.

Lucky for Jodie, I am here.

Made. My. Day.

Just doing my job, baby girl…just doing my job.

Added bonus, I get to see your face. Thank you FaceTime.