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  1. Give Thanks
    26 Nov, 2016
    Give Thanks
    Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for... well, ever.  I can't remember a year where we didn't spend the holiday with family.  I've been blessed beyond belief to not have to work on Thanksgiving for my entire working career.  This was the year that changed. I work in EMS and Fire.  We are never guaranteed to have the holiday off to spend with family.  That's part of the deal.  We never close, so... someone is working and away from home on every holiday and special day
  2. Descent into... November
    01 Nov, 2016
    Descent into... November
    Okay.  I just realized I have been doing a massive stint of procrastination on my blog post writing.  I have been hung up on posting daily, because that is what I had in my head I wanted to do.  I write more often than once a week.  The challenge of writing more frequently has been a good one... but I feel it is time to admit that my life, between LIFE, trying to sleep, work EMS and Fire jobs, go on adventures, READ, and maybe sleep some more... writing a blog post isn't happening. I don't
  3. Balance
    18 Oct, 2016
    Balance
    Balance is something I can't seem to find often.  I try and try and try... but at the end of the day, the balance between work and time off, time with family and time alone, time working on writing projects and time spent DOING things... it never seems to quite add up to an equal sum. What I have found, is that instead of the "descent into madness" and the "heights of exultation," I have the steadiness of walking through life's challenges and through the joys.  I'm not really one for living in
  4. A Day at the Firehouse
    17 Oct, 2016
    A Day at the Firehouse
    Today was that day... warmer by far than this time of year should be.  I was working at the fire department.  Morning training -- EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) power point lecture -- was cancelled due to technical details.  (The inter-departmental comm system was... non-operational, to nobody's surprise – it has been marginally operational only half the time lately.) That left the morning for cleaning the station, running an errand (out to repairman to switch out the battered
  5. Just Keep Calm
    14 Oct, 2016
    Just Keep Calm
    Just stay calm.  That's all... and it can be hard to do in a crisis.  Today was a fun day.  No EMS calls at all -- AT ALL -- from 0800 to 1800 when my partner left (she had stayed over from working a 24 already, and is usually a black cloud, so this was UNUSUAL)... and then it happened. My partner and I were toned out for an unresponsive patient, not breathing.  We bailed out of the station, adrenaline running high.  The second truck was seconds further out, and I could see them as I turned
  6. EMS Rights
    11 Oct, 2016
    EMS Rights
    Disclaimer:  This blog post is made in a spirit of SARCASM and INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR.  Do NOT continue reading if you are sensitive to the above.  See also, EMS HUMOR. Okay, so I have to start this post off with a story.  I was talking to a friend of mine who writes, and we were talking about evoking emotions in our writing.  They immerse themselves into the emotion.  I write outside the emotion.  Mostly personality differences, but I also have a strong sense of self-preservation from being in
  7. Writing While Deliriously Tired
    10 Oct, 2016
    Writing While Deliriously Tired
    Writing While Deliriously Tired (a picture from Facebook that resonated more than just a little...) While Writing: I'm so creative right now, it's like all the  normal constraints have been lifted.  Wow I wrote 2,000 words in 30 minutes!  This is going to be great. Rereading the Next Day: I used the word 'Beautiful' 8 times in this sentence and instead of 'reassuring' I wrote 'refrigerator.'  Also the tenses switched 3 times in one paragraph and I started writing about a character who isn't
  8. Introverts Are Funny Too
    07 Oct, 2016
    Introverts Are Funny Too
    Being an introvert does not mean I have no sense of humor.  I have a very strong, very weird, very eclectic, oddball, quirky, and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.  I just... don't always choose to share my hilarity with everyone else. Being quiet and responsible and "prim" comes naturally, especially when I am not sure who my audience is, or if I'm not fully comfortable being myself with people.  Once that wears off... watch out! What brings this up, you ask?  Well.  I've had at least
  9. Courage Over Fear
    06 Oct, 2016
    Courage Over Fear
    Some days, courage is that still, small voice saying, I will try again tomorrow. I wanted to put a "shout out" to the barista today who had two small tattos: Mind over Matter, and Courage over Fear.  What made the black letters on the inside of her arm remarkable is that they were over multiple small scars criss-crossing and healed up and down her arms.  That spoke more profoundly than words.  Cutting is something some people do "to feel."  It is a coping mechanism.  From the outside looking
  10. Creating a Blog Post
    30 Sep, 2016
    Creating a Blog Post
    What actually goes into a blog post?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  Grin.  It takes several things.  For one, working internet.  This is kind of important, because my blog is online.  I also use a program called 750 words to type in for my blog posts, and that also requires working internet. Most of my blog posts are about 750 words long.  It seems to be a good length where I can say what I want to say without dragging it out for EVER.  (Balance is a good thing... right?)  I've been typing since I