Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

  • Looks like my schedule at work may change a little bit in the near future being that we are going to be down one dispatcher yet again. I don't know why it is that we can't seem to get that seventh spot filled with someone who wants to really be a dispatcher but it's been that way for as long as I can remember now!
  • Jamie called from Florida the other day and was very excited; she auditioned for and was accepted into the visual arts program at Blake High School in Tampa. From what I've read about Blake they have an award-winning magnet program and I think this is going to be a huge positive for Jamie. She's going to major in television production, something that she had the chance to dabble in a little at her old high school and which she has definitely showed an aptitude for.
  • From what I can tell on the weather forecasts, Hurricane Bill isn't going to be hitting us directly but we should be getting a good drenching from him on Friday. Figures - I'm working an overtime shift but hopefully there won't be a bunch of medical emergencies as a result of the heavy rains.
  • The nasty heat wave that we had definitely caused more than its fair share of medical emergencies. Hazy + hot + humid = increased difficulty breathing for a lot of people, especially those who suffer from asthma. August in New England can be a very difficult time of year for a lot of people.
  • I'm pretty sure that Amanda and I will be heading down to Baltimore for a few days the end of next week. Everyone tells me that Baltimore is a great city to visit and I found a really good deal on a hotel only four blocks from the Inner Harbor. Amanda wants to see Edgar Allan Poe's house and gravesite and I've wanted to go to Fort McHenry for a long time.
  • If we do go to Baltimore, I'm hoping we might be able to take a side trip down to Washington D.C. as originally we had planned a trip there with Jason & Amy for next week but plans for that fell through. I still have reservations for a Capitol Tour, though, and I'd really like to be able to keep those if possible as well as visit some of the monuments. I've heard the World War II monument is beautiful and I find the Korean monument to be haunting - especially at night.
  • My house really needs a good cleaning but I have zip, zero, and zilch ambition when it comes to doing that. Plus it's still too hot to do that or mow the lawn which is getting kind of overgrown, too.
  • The thought occurred to me the other day that my 51st birthday is rapidly approaching and I've been trying to figure out where the last year went so quickly. I wish I had a visit from Claire and an evening at the local pub with some of the handsome paramedics and EMTs I work with to look forward to like last year's birthday (which also included delicious chocolate ganache cupcakes by Mags!) but alas, I see nothing fun on the horizon for the 9th of September this year. As a matter of fact, I believe I am working.
  • I had put in for tickets to go see another taping of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on September 4th in New York City but ABC called the other day to say that the taping had been canceled and there are no others left for the year to go to. Rats! It was so much fun last year I wanted to go again this year and bring my friend Amy, she would have loved it.
  • I'm still thinking a trip to New York City to walk the Manhattan Bridge may be in order. The plan is to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn across the Manhattan Bridge, check out Brooklyn Heights, and then walk back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge. It's about a 2-1/2 mile walk but I think it would be great. Anyone want to go with me? Maybe we could find a cupcake afterward??
  • I guess for now I'll go find another cup of coffee and see if I can also rustle up a side of ambition! Everyone have a great Thursday!


  1. The Baltimore trip sounds good. I'm happy Amanda loves history too. That comes in quite handy.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  2. That's great news about Jamie! Congratulations to her.

    My brother's birthday is 9th September too! :)

    It seems like only yesterday that I was coming up to my 51st birthday, now here I am almost 60! :0

  3. well having lived there the first twenty years of my life i can say that i love baltimore and especially the inner harbor. crab cakes are my favorite thing after cake in the food department anyhow.

    smiles, bee

  4. Anonymous6:57 PM EDT

    I'll walk the bridge with you, as long as you don't mind my roommate possibly tagging along (depending on her schedule). Email me if you do decide to do that.

  5. Congratulations to Jamie! That sounds really exciting.

  6. you keep an amazing amount of things happening all in sync around you.

    yea! for Jamie.

  7. Congratulations to Jaime! Blake happens to be one of the schools my niece Jennifer attended. Hillsborough County Schools participates in a fabulous Junior Symphony program, too. Jennifer plays Cello and her brother Danny plays the String Bass. There are some fabulous teachers and programs in Tampa for the students if they have any initiative at all!

  8. Linda, both Amanda and now Jamie have such artistic flair. You a stage mom??

    Sorry about the work situation - will the 16 hour days continue, I hope not...

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  10. have fun!

    hoooray for Jaime.


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