Grrrrrsquid

Blog from the Giant Squid of Nebraska!

A squid discovers her ocean is right in her own backyard!

August in Nebraska...
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...brings many expenses, my old job back (I will never leave it again!), and living in my old home.  I am so glad to be in my house! I am looking at everything through fresh eyes.  Many things I didn't even KNOW I would miss...old brick buildings, nobody honking at me if I don't turn right immediately at the red light...people being polite everywhere and an overall sense of sanity restored to my life.  I don't have to work 80 hours to be paid for 30 any longer.  The people I love are all around me and 15 oceans cannot compare to that.  My employer has expanded in every direction since I left and many of my tutorials and orientee education consists of entirely new policies, procedures and exciting medical practices.  My basement studio waits for new art projects, PFH has his own "man cave," we have a spare bedroom for guests and our library is wall to wall books even though I gave away two bookcases full before departing from Florida.  The dining room is full of mirrors and ready for ATS bellydance.  Yep, I'll be paying off my experimental move to Florida for a bit but it's been worth every penny.  I have no regrets.  I've never felt more content and motivated at the same time.   Also?  I can be wrong about so many things.  It's okay.  Getting a new perspective is pretty humbling.  It makes me appreciate everything a great deal more.


And she had had enough...
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And cried, "Uncle."

The move has been completed without catastrophe! *trumpets sounding*
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Thanks to the help of the illustrious pigfuckinghat, and my daughter Danielle (and her boyfriend), My cats and I are now residents of the suburb of Fort Lauderdale, "Oakland Park, Florida!"  The journey was straightforward with no mechanical difficulties, the weather was beautiful and the palm trees are STILL tall!  Since we wished to expedite, we did not take scenic routes through swamps or stop at beaches but we did make great time.  My new complex, Set Point Gardens, is as pictured and is beautiful and comfortable!  The only drawback is that it is in a slightly impoverished area of town with some blight and a bit higher crime rate.  Fortunately, I am a block away from the police station and indeed, five to 10 minutes from the beach, depending on traffic and the time of day!  My oldest purchased movers as a present for us, (which was very sweet).  Unfortunately, they never showed so I'm sure Piglet lost a good 10 lbs in sweat alone and I had a nice (and fortunately temporary) case of golfer's vasculitis. 

I'm thrilled to report, people are VERY friendly here and many neighbors have come up to introduce themselves and to offer cups of sugar (ha...they don't realize I don't cook!) and offer advice.  The sea is just as wonderful as I remembered her! I feel like I'm reuniting with a long-lost friend.  I really do feel home! 

Restaurants visited in the last few days: Chicken Kitchen (A for fast "chicken chop" food), Margarita Cantina - A+ for lovely sit -down seafood and steel pan music!  (YES, by a smiling man with dreadlocks!!!), Pollo Tropical Caribbean grill - B- for fast food, Aruba Beach Cafe  in Lauderdale by the Sea - A for the delightful mussels in cream sauce, Tijuana Flats - A+ for fast  tex-mex food, with nearly 50 different kinds of hot sauce, Athena by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea  - C+, and finally Einstein's Bagel's - A++++ for their Nova Lox and cream cheese bagels with onions and capers...*faints again.*

People of all ages are really in shape here, trotting up and down A1A with their small hand weights and ocean breeze in their faces!   Of course, Piglet is hunting for pods and seeds to take home and plant in his ever-growing jungle.  

I have to say, I'm excited, but am feeling a bit forlorn today as I think of my friends back in the mid-west.  I know I will make new friends here but it does feel a bit weird to have every close friend I know over 1500 miles away!

16 More Days...
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Well, things are steadily  being completed.  I have one more utility to hook up at my new Florida apartment, a filling/possible root canal to be performed and tranquilizers to purchase for my felines along with cat carrier number 2 for the pioneer kitties.  Go EAST, old and young cats!  I need to finish up the evals on nursing homes/memory care facilities for my beloved Grandmother.  None of them really meet wth my approval but I have gotten the "nix" on kidnapping her and moving her to Florida with me.  *sigh*   I have yet to decide on a position workwise.  I know I can be paid much more but am being offered abysmally low wages, with the explanation that they can hire new grads at  quite a bit less.  I am on a mission to convince the Floridian nursing environment that calm, assured experience is the way to go!  I can accept a position which involves 25 to 50 miles a day commute but would really prefer something closer to home. It is inevitable that I will be taking PALS, and ACLS.  That's okay.  I've wanted to do so for awhile and I love classes.  Anything to sharpen this aging mind!   The NE beach is nearly packed with a few sundry items to pack and label.  I'm also trying to finish projects which are proving to (as usual) take longer than originally anticipated.  Thank GOODNESS I have an extra day off this week.  I'm in the surreal zone so have yet to become maudlin and missing everyone horribly.  I'm quite sure this will occur after I've landed and I'll start bawling on the beach and probably accidentally tase myself.  Yes, I have an awesome new pink taser if any mashers should try and bother me while I am enjoying the beach alone.


I am looking forward to meeting the vastly diverse Floridians.  And seeing Alligators ambling about.  And learning to SCUBA..and....and..and...

Testing...testing
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