The past week or so has been quite the week. The hospital I work at has had a really low patient census, which means they need less nurses, which means I don’t get to work much since I’m new and have virtually no seniority. Bummer. Especially since this week (with all the time off I had!), my husband and I discovered how much we LOVE the town of Hudson, WI and would really hope and love to move there eventually. We recently found out that John got accepted into UW-Stout to finish his BA in Special Ed, and since that’s a good hour drive east of here, we hope to move a little closer while still being close enough to where I work in St. Paul. Phew! That was quite the run-on. :)
So, it’s been a bunch of mixed feelings and thoughts as we get excited about John going back to school in the spring and about us maybe moving to Hudson (and to a townhouse hopefully!) while hearing news of possible lay-offs at my work and also waiting to find out which job John will get. Sorry, I left that bit out. John’s been the job hunting king lately. I think up to 10 applications have been submitted thus far. He’s after them! Kinda feels like we’re in limbo right now. All these possible changes coming at us, but we are trusting our Lord that he has it planned out before we even have a clue what’s happening or going to happen. Cool huh?
I heard today though, since I finally got to work (it had been almost a week!! three of those were normal days off, but two were either Requested Absences or a Mandatory Cancel… love the name huh?) that they will, in fact, be laying off some nurses from my hospital. I guess the units affected though do not include me, that I know of. What’s interesting though is that I’m currently in my 9month-year long orientation to all the units that I’ll eventually float to, but since they closed the unit I’m on right now due to low census, I’m actually back to the unit I’ve already been on for 2 months. Fun to be back, but kinda pointless. But what do you do when the unit I’m meant to be getting used to is closed? And they can’t float me elsewhere until I’ve been oriented to those units… Hmmm, we’ll see where they stick me next week!
Can I just say how excited I am that after next week all the political craziness will be DONE? For now at least. SO excited.
Oh and I’m also really excited that we FINALLY GOT OUR WEDDING ALBUM!! It’s beautiful!
Quick update: We are officially moved into our new place and I love it! It’s a bit smaller than our former apartment but it’s SO much cuter and more “us”-ish, if that makes sense. Of course I woke up sick a couple days ago and yesterday was very sick (super sore throat/cough/headache/sneezing… the works) so that kinda made the move a little more difficult and tiring. We’ve only gotten about 5 hrs of sleep each night the past couple nights… I know that hasn’t helped, but that’s what happens with still being in school and John working full time. Well, that’s all for now. It’ll be a busy weekend trying to organize and cute-ize the new place. :) I’ll try and post some pictures sometime soon!
I hate to call them elders, but I’m not sure what else to call the older women who I have met at my church that have been SO sweet and generous and hospitable to me since I’ve been them a few months ago! Since we’re moving tomorrow, and since I was a little curious how we would do it ourselves, I sent out a mass email to pretty much anyone living nearby that I knew that could possibly help us with our move. I’ve received countless offers to help us and I’ve been so blessed! A few of my close girl friends from our small group are coming (one with her cute 8 month old girl!!) and then we have my mom, my brother, John’s dad and his brother as well! I’m hoping the day goes well with all this help and that we don’t step on each other toes too much. I’ve also been amazed at how the two older women who lead a women’s group that I’m in have made sure to call and offer their time to come help us. They both were planning to cancel their plans to come help us! I can’t believe that! One of them was planning to pick stuff up at our place on their way to a city a few hours south of us and then drive it back to our new place the next day when they returned. I’m just feeling so blessed by the love these older women are showing me! It’s not something I’ve really ever had before, I suppose because I’ve never really known older Christian women. Well anyway, I just wanted to share with you the joy of being blessed by my sisters in Christ and encourage you all (and myself) to try and bless those you know as much as you can!
Back to a busy busy night of packing!
We’re glad to to be moving to St. Paul in less than a week! It has been a fast 9 months of living in Northfield while I finish school at St. Olaf, but we’re both excited to be closer to our friends (most of them), John’s work, church, and family. It’s a bit crazy how just 45 minutes makes a big difference in how able you are to see all those people… especially when gas is $3.50/gallon! Yikes. Pretty soon, when I start working at United Hospital in late July, I won’t have to drive to work! That will be glorious, and a good workout too! It’s a mighty steep hill that I’ll have to climb.
Whelp, back to packing… John really shouldn’t have had me pack up the books because of course, I found one I wanted to look at more (Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore) and got distracted for a half hour… oops. Ok, enough, back to work.