Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More Summer Camp Ketchup

Summer Camp Day 23:  What are your favorite activities to do on-line? Is there more to do beyond blogging?

My favorite thing to do on-line is blogging and reading blogs.  This is where I spend most of my online time, and I even use google reader.  Second to blogging is googling various subjects in a simulation of research.

There is a lot I do beyond blogging.  Though I do not always blog about it.  I work out regularly, take the baby swimming and go swimming myself, walk my dogs, cooking, shopping, taking the baby to his grandparents, taking the baby on outings like the park, try to attend activities for my mother's group.

Having a very active toddler makes you active by association.  I have just decided to roll with it.  It is probably good for me, too.

Summer Camp Day 24:  What is your dream date? Have you ever dated anyone you met from the internet?

Dream date would be dinner at the fancy steak place in town.  It is fun to dress up every now and again.  I do not get a chance to do it very often. And we have actually done this, and may do this again in the future.  The steak was too good not to do it again.  But we are saving it for a very special occasion.

I have never dated anyone I met on the internet.  I met Hubby about the time the internet was starting to take off.  So I never really got the chance to do any internet dating.

Summer Camp Day 25:  What did you want to be when you grew up? Why and/or how did that change over time?

When I was in high school, I really wanted to be a doctor.  I think I always wanted a "cool" job and doctor sounded like it was interesting to me.  I planned to major in biology, and go to med school right after college.

Once I got to college, I did end up a biology major, but I decided that med school was too much work.  But I loved the sciences.  I loved all the cellular biology I was learning.  So I thought I would go to graduate school.  But I was limited by location.  Hubby and I got married the summer after I graduated, and he was still in law school.  So I had to attend a school nearby. I did manage it, but I was not that thrilled with graduate school.  It is a very lonely existence, and you have to be more in love with your research subject than other people.  Not to mention, it is fairly competitive.  Publish or perish seems to be the motto in graduate school.  So I left the basic sciences.

We also moved back to Virginia so that Hubby could pass the bar and start his legal practice.  I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I ended up going back to my alma mater and getting a graduate degree in education.  Which I sort of felt was a waste of time.  I did not mix well with the other teachers, and I hated teaching in the high school.  Sigh.

So I looked around again.  I worked temp jobs for a while until I figured it out.

And then 9/11 happened.  Which shook up everything.  My parents were in Northern Virginia at the time, which scared me quite a bit.  I  ended up seeing a counselor for a while, and she really helped me figure out a lot of things.  Including my direction in life.  She was the one who brought up nursing school.  I looked into it, and applied at Radford.  And got in.  I felt right, and it came together easily.

And once I started working in the operating room, I realized that I had finally found my people.  I loved the morbid sense of humor, the sarcasm, the cynicism.  I finally fit in.  And OR nursing jobs are almost every where.  So I had no problem getting a job.  For some reason, most nurses do not want to do OR nursing.  It is way better for me, as I really prefer my patients asleep.

So I did end up with what I consider a "cool" job.  It is just not the job I pictured when I was younger.  But it works for me now.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

I never had any dreams of becoming a nurse or anything medical growing up. It just sort of happened and I'm glad for it. I think we all have such a warped sense of humor that we couldn't thrive anywhere else :-)