Monday, July 28, 2008

Whatcha gonna do?

So, my Wally-World trip ended up surprisingly well. Not too crowded, not too busy... as perfect as it can be I guess. I even walked out and found my car in probably less than 3 minutes. I don't know if anyone else struggles with that, but I can never find my car when I leave a store... be it Wally-World, Kroger, Target, etc. My little Nissan is a little older and she doesn't have any fancy beeping things or automatic trunk openers. So, I just have to hunt and hunt and hunt. In the land of really big cars and trucks, she just likes to hide. It's a little scary. It makes me think that I'm going to have to leave breadcrumbs when I go to the store by the time I'm 70...

Anyway, I saw a girl there yesterday wearing a shirt advertising a court reporting school. Many moons ago, I was in a court reporting school. And it was fun. And I was really good. And I was pretty sure I was going to make piles of money. Alas, I has just had Old Soul and decided going to school with a kid was really hard (little did I know...) and I took a semester off. Needless to say, I ended up getting jury duty. And I ended up on a malpractice suit for 7 days. Actually, I was quite surprised that I got selected. I've got this pacemaker and am pretty dependant on doctors and with that involving a doctor and all... Well, you get it. Anyway, all I have to say is hat's off to all you court reporters. I watched her on and off for 7 days. She didn't move. She didn't smile. She didn't frown. She didn't sneeze. She didn't cough. She didn't look up or down or to the side or anywhere except her little machine. You go girl. I knew immediately I was not cut out for that. I'm way too fidgety, way too curious, and way too social. After the trial, I couldn't get to the attorneys and judge fast enough for some interesting conversation. Turns out, the judge went to high school with my mom. We ended up getting an invite to his birthday party that year in a rented out building in the city and it was "uber" fancy and important social scene. How about that! So, that left me with, 'well, whatcha gonna do now?' So, I laid low. I worked on and off, but have been fortunate to stay home for a while every time the pregnancy stick ended up positive. Back up to the pacemaker. Yeah, I got that little jewel January 1993. Always thought that was interesting. I also had a cardiac ablation this past March which was super cool. My doc used magnetically guided cath wires to navigate around in my heart with a joystick. You may not think that's very cool; but as far as I'm concerned, I'm well on my way to becoming the bionic woman. So, I decided to go to nursing school. Yeah, I could eventually get into cardiology. Fast forward and finish the first semester. Consequently, Rain got a job "back home" (near MY home - he had taken me away kicking and screaming) and I had to pull out of the program. Damn... Things happen for a reason I've always believed. So, move, get settled and start looking around at nursing schools. Hey, I stumbled across a cardiovascular tech program at a college that has a campus about 8 minutes from my house. Bam. Decision made. Applied, got accepted on the spot, moving forward. So, I've been in school this past year and I know that when I get out, to me, I'm going to have the coolest job I could ever have. It'll put me in a cath lab, where I wanted to begin with. And, yeah, I know I won't make as much money as a nurse does. I already know that. Yeah, I could have gone through nursing school and gotten in a cath lab eventually. But, I won't have to deal with everything else either. I'll get to be on the interventional side of it which is where I want to be.

So, my question is this. Do you have the coolest job EVER? Are you so crazy psyched to get up and go to work in the morning? Be it whatever... teacher, ditch digger, biologist, pharmacist, appraiser, receptionist, whatever. I had a conversation with a friend a while back and he said you should be passionate about what you do. I totally believe it. Do you?

Oh, and by the way, just LOOK at this picture. I took it with my phone. It doesn't do her justice. Do you see what I'm talking about? Look how perfect and simple and beautiful she is. She's in my garden. Isn't she cool?


Lipstick said...

Wow...I don't even know where to start. I feel *guilty*! I am in the dark about the whole pacemaker episode and it is breaking news that is 15 years in the making.

Re the court reporter stuff...that is so cool. I had a patient at my just-out-of-school job who was a court reporter and I asked her a million questions-especially about that little typing box thing - and what if her mind wandered and did she accidentally type stuff that was in her mind like her grocery list.

My dream job...hmmmm. It varies. Today sucked so pharmacy was not the dream job today. Somedays it is. Right now my dream job is writing. All this blogging has added wings to my soul (that sounded less cheesy in my head).

BTW, that is one cool ass phone you have. That pic is great.

BinaryStarSearcher said...

Thanks for including appraiser to the "cool" list although we both know that's probably not the case LOL! I'd love to be a photographer or astronomer. You're going to be great at the cardio thing :-)