January 23rd, 2016


January 22--Rainy day when I forgot to post.

I had my students in the hospital again. They chose a nurse to shadow and spent the day with them. I wandered around aimlessly. This day and the last day of the clinical rotation are the most boring days for me because I have nothing to do, really. Next week will be a different story. I will be running from unit to unit to supervise IV administrations, check charting, etc. It will be like that for a while until everyone gets competent, and then I back off and let them do it without me looking over their shoulder.

So I wander around and find places to hide out, since I don't have an office or any official place to hang out. I now know pretty much every inch of the hospital, and have my favorite spots. I know where the good bathrooms are too.

One of my favorite places is the courtyard between the two main buildings. There are trees, a couple of water features, and lots of places to sit. It was raining, though, so I couldn't sit out there. There was so little rain last year that even in the winter I was out there almost every day I was at the hospital. I'm glad for the rain, but miss sitting in my favorite spot.

mercy rain

I had to let the students go a little early because I had to go for some mandatory training at the regional learning center for the hospital, which is on the other side of town. In the entire time I have been taking students to this hospital system, no one has ever mentioned the need for mandatory training, and the one time I asked, they said, "don't worry about it." So I didn't. Apparently someone else noticed that none of the nursing school instructors had any documentation of mandatory training on file, so now we are catching up. I'm ok with that--I want to know what the nurses know.

The training was only 15 minutes long, and covered something I know all about, since I teach the same content to my students every semester. It is good to validate that my knowledge is sound, though. It was a 15 minutes well spent. Haha not really--it was a complete waste of time!

Before I left for home I checked the weather app to see if it was going to rain some more. "Don't worry," it assured me. "No more rain until tonight!"

more rain
Thank you weather app!

I stopped at the store on the way home to buy stuff to make soup and bread, which is what I am going to do now.
  • Current Music
    Bob Woodruff--Stop in the Name of Love

January 23--The day I made bread and the coffee maker died.

I made some bread in my dutch oven this afternoon. Started it yesterday evening and let it sit out and do its thing overnight. This morning the dough/batter was warm and yeasty. It almost looked like sourdough starter. I added some flour and kneaded it a few times, then tossed it back in the bowl and into the oven to proof. I love that my oven has a proofing setting. It beats my old contraption, which was a foam ice chest and a heating pad.

After I fooled with the bread I made coffee. I tried to make coffee. The coffee maker light came on, but then failed to do anything else. I guess it is the heating element. It is about 10 years old, so I tossed it out and went out and got a new one--the exact same one as I had. It's a little 5-cup Mr. Coffee with a stainless steel carafe. The old one was faithful until the very end.

After I got back from shopping, I messed with the bread some more. I put the Dutch oven in the regular oven and let it get super hot. Then I dropped the dough in and put the lid on. 50 minutes later I had a delicious loaf of bread with a very crunchy crust. It was so simple. I am already thinking of ways to enhance the recipe, maybe with some garlic and herbs or something.

My friends and I listened to some music tonight. Some random funky Latino stuff and some David Bowie covers. It was good.

  • Current Music
    Lydia Loveless--Everything's Gone