I Just Made Percocet In My Mouth! (And Other Tales)

Hello, friends!

A lot has happened in the last couple weeks. Some good, some bad. But the best news of all is that I’ve felt a lot better over the past few days – I think I’ve felt better this week than I’ve felt for most of the past three months. Progress!

The reason for that, at least partially, is because I’m on some fun drugs because I had surgery on Tuesday.

I went in to get a crazy thing on my finger removed – I thought it was going to be a fairly quick in-and-out procedure – but in the process I received anesthesia and a nerve block. I’d never even heard of a nerve block before, much less gotten one, so that was… an experience. For 24 hours, my arm from just above my elbow down to my fingers didn’t feel like it belonged to my body. I thought it was straight, and I’d look down and find it bent at some weird angle. I hit it off of just about everything and had zero control over it – I couldn’t wiggle my fingers no matter how hard I tried, and I couldn’t even lift or lower my arm without forcefully moving it into place with my other arm. It was wild. Apparently I hit myself pretty hard in the face when I came out of surgery, but I don’t remember it… the nurses thought it was hilarious, though (and so did I when they told me about it). So yeah. It’s been an interesting few days.

As a result of surgery, I can’t really do anything with my right hand for two weeks, which means I can’t write / eat / drink / shoot / bartend / do yardwork (aww, shucks!) with it. I also have a prescription for oxycodone, which I just took about a half hour ago and mixed it with acetaminophen, which means I just made percocet in my mouth (a fact that I proclaimed triumphantly and loudly to everyone in the office, so I guess I’m that girl). Whatever. I feel glorious. My hand still hurts (as well as my arm, since I hit it off of every known surface over the past two days), but otherwise I feel stupendous.

Not being able to write was really awesome yesterday when I got my new car. That’s right, Smokey Robinson has returned to the mothership and I have a new love in my life. World, meet Tallulah, or Lula for short:

All of my paperwork looks like scribbles, so if I decide I don’t like her, I can probably just deny that I ever signed for her. 😉 I don’t think I’ll have that problem, though – so far I love her!

And finally, capping off the news of the past few weeks, I graduated from CERT this past weekend. CERT is the Community Emergency Response Team, and we had our classes and final exam at the fire training academy. During our final, I got to hang out with these guys:

Yes, those are fire dummies. I think the dude made out of fire hoses is my favorite.

So now I’m able to respond to local disasters again, and I get to be involved in some cool programs. Yay!

That’s it for now – typing is a challenge when you’re only using one hand. Have a great almost-Friday, everyone, even if you don’t get to take fun drugs! 😉

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Five Things Friday: 5/4/18 Edition

Greetings, friends!

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts – I think the last one was the first week in April. I’m slowly but surely getting back in the swing of things, and I’m finding more and more exciting things to occupy my time. Let’s get back on the horse, shall we?

  1. Currently Reading: I’ve done a fair amount of reading over the past few weeks. Since the beginning of April, I’ve finished The Girls, Origin, Losing It, and Scrappy Little Nobody. Currently, I’m about 40% through Talking As Fast As I Can and I’m finding it to be a relatively quick read. This is good, because my next read is going to be the behemoth above – Essentials of Fire Fighting and Fire Department Operations. More details on that can be found below. 🙂
  2. Currently Eating: I’ve had a backlog of leftovers for about two weeks now, which means I haven’t had to cook at all. Between birthday dinners, some volunteer stuff, work stuff, and my close friends “babysitting” me, I’ve been well-fed and kind of spoiled, in the best possible way.
  3. Currently Watching: I’m currently about halfway through season 4 of Scandal. Funny story about that – Wednesday night I got ready for bed at around 11 pm. I paused Netflix like I normally do, and then went to bed. At 2:20 am, I was woken up by voices. I live alone, so hearing voices was a real cause for concern. I listened, and the conversation was about guns. I’d just purchased my gun on Wednesday evening, but since I only have target ammo at the moment, I left the gun in the living room. I started to panic. Then I heard what sounded like Kerry Washington speaking. I woke up a little more and realized that Netflix was playing Scandal. This didn’t make me feel much better, since I thought I was alone and the computer started doing stuff – I thought someone had entered my house and for some reason was really into Scandal. So I grabbed the large chef’s knife I keep by my bed and creeped around my house until I was satisfied that no one was there. I guess my computer had decided to do some updates at 2 am and when it restarted, it just automatically started playing Netflix. NOT CREEPY AT ALL. Needless to say, the gun is now in my bedroom – even if I only have target ammo, that’s better than nothing.
  4. Currently Loving: Still very much loving the support from all of my friends and the fact that even though we can’t volunteer together anymore, they’ll still remain close to me.

    I’m also loving that I own a gun and have a concealed carry permit. Even just holding it, without firing it, I feel more powerful. It’s kind of an awesome feeling.

    Lastly, I’m loving the new job, mainly because I have absolutely nothing to do right now. For real, my job this week has been to sit in a comfy chair and read whatever I want on the internet. It has been glooooorious. I’ve read about guns, firing ranges, EMT training, and firefighter training, which leads me to…

  5. Currently Anticipating: I’m (hopefully) becoming a firefighter (and eventually maybe an EMT)! I’ve been kicking around the idea for over a year now, but I’ve historically been too preoccupied with other extracurricular activities. Now that I have all the free time in the world at my disposal, I have a chance to do it. It also pairs well with my FBI Citizens Academy graduation and my upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) graduation. I filled out an application and took it to my local fire department last night, and met the chief and a bunch of members. They were all so incredibly nice; the entire experience reminded me of the warm fuzzies I got after my first volunteer orientation training around 2.5 years ago. I got to learn about the different apparatuses last night, and learned about the training required. The chief is going to try to fast-track my application, and once I’m “voted in,” I’ll start fire school. After fire school, I’m hoping to attend EMT school. Fire school is expected to last 8-10 months, and then EMT school is another 6-8 months. Considering I’ll be working full-time, that’s not too bad. Also, this might be a good reason to stop bartending – there’s a good chance my classes will be 8a-5p on Saturdays, which will mean I won’t be able to take my regular shift. But that’s all TBD right now. Can you tell I’m excited? I’m SOOOOO excited!!

    I’m also very much looking forward to Sunday – either I’m going to a shooting range on my own, or I might have a shooting event to go to with a friend. Either way, yay for getting to use my gun!

    Here’s what’s on the docket this weekend and upcoming week:

    1. Meeting a friend of a friend for a “date” tonight. Ooh la la.
    2. CERT class tomorrow morning and early afternoon.
    3. Working a wedding Saturday afternoon and night.
    4. Shooting things on Sunday.
    5. Reading the internet Monday through Friday
    6. Possibly hanging out with the fire department on Thursday

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Happiness Is A Warm Gun

Hey y’all!

I was a little bored yesterday, so I went to the mall on a whim. I meant to go buy jeans. Instead, I went into Dick’s Sporting Goods and looked at guns. And then I bought one. I also bought jeans, but the gun purchase is way more exciting.

I’m now the proud owner of a Springfield Armory XDS 9mm handgun and two boxes of ammo. I have some additional supplies (eye/ear protection, targets, holster) being delivered on Saturday while I’m either at CERT training or at work. Sunday is most definitely going to be Funday.

Since I’m doing absolutely nothing at work these days (that’s my new job – I have nothing to do for the next month or two), I mosied on up to the Sheriff’s office and got myself a concealed carry permit, so now I can take my gun places. I’ll be 100% legit as soon as I find a regular place with an indoor range so I can practice – the place I went for my first session with a friend is kind of expensive to go there on a regular basis.

As weird as it sounds, the gun makes me kind of happy. The few times I’ve gone shooting, I’ve felt a huge weight lifted off of me – it was like a huge release. I’m not sure why, but I’m content with knowing that this makes me a little closer to happy. Whatever it takes, right? 🙂

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Hello From The Other Side

Hello From The Other Side

Hi there, friends.

Just popping in to say hey. I started my new job (same company, new job, less work, higher pay) today and I moved up a few floors and got to pick out my own desk. I chose a window seat, but it was a totally new view – the new group is on a side of the building I’ve never sat on before. So now I get to gaze out at this sight every day… there are worse things!

I did need to leave a little early on my first day in order to make it to a funeral on time. This is the fourth funeral since Friday that I’ve been aware of, which is a little scary. On Friday we had my friend/coworker’s funeral, then Friday night a good friend’s mom died (I attended her funeral tonight), and I learned on Saturday that two other friends lost their fathers. It seems like kind of a crazy time to be friends with me.

More updates to come as more good things happen. To be continued!

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How To Save A Life: Part 2

Hi, friends.

I’m very happy to say that things have been going a little better this week than they had been going over the past few weeks/month. A lot of that is due to those really amazing friends I have who refuse to let me be alone, but some of the credit goes to some extracurricular activities I’ve picked up along the way.

Like today, for example.

The past few Saturdays, with the exception of last week since I was at Range Day with the FBI, I’ve been spending my mornings and early afternoons before work at the Pgh Police & Fire Training Facility. I’m involved in the latest CERT training class, or Community Emergency Response Team training. At one point, this would’ve gone hand in hand with my other disaster volunteer work, but now I’ll be able to continue some semblance of disaster work without the other volunteer organization in May, after I graduate.

Today’s class focused on first aid training beyond what I’d previously received as part of FA/CPR/AED training, so I was pumped. I learned how to use Narcan, Epi pens, tourniquets, and we also received Stop the Bleed training. Additionally, I think I may have accidentally discovered my next disaster-related volunteer move after talking to today’s instructor. Time will tell if I move on it or not, but I’m cautiously excited.

For now, this is all a step in the right direction for me. 🙂

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

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Hi, Internet.

Here’s a good thing that happened today – I graduated from the FBI!

Okay, not exactly (though I wish). I graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy tonight and I got a really fancy-looking certificate and a badge. Not a badge that I can use to get out of traffic stops, but a badge nonetheless.

I’ve spent the past 8 weeks attending classes and listening to incredible presentations by engaging speakers, and I even had the opportunity to try my hand at processing evidence, clearing a shoot house simulation, testing my rationale in a Firearms Training Scenario (FATS) shoot-don’t shoot situation, and learning how to fire a handgun and a semi-automatic machine gun (and hit the target square in the chest the majority of times!). I’ve learned so much in the past 8 weeks, and it’s inspired me to learn as much as I can about the different subjects we covered.

For tonight’s ceremony, I chose to invite one of my favorite people – a mentor from back when I started my volunteer service. She has moved on to a new job, and I’m working on moving on from that organization, but we’ve kept in close contact and she’s an absolutely outstanding human being. She makes me want to be the very best version of myself, even when it’s really hard, and I’m so honored that she wrote my nomination letter and that she left her numerous personal engagements tonight to attend my graduation with me. We couldn’t hang out for long afterwards due to those personal commitments, but I know we’ll have plenty of time to hang out soon enough.

In the meantime, I’m going to go around showing everyone my certificate and my badge and see if I can’t get someone to believe I’m a real FBI Agent. 😉

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