Thursday, June 30, 2011

... AND TONIGHT'S, FROM CARLSBAD, NM

Hello from Carlsbad, NM!

Today we visited the Roswell UFO Museum, then drove down to Carlsbad, where we took a stroll through Carlsbad Caverns.  At sunset we watched thousands of bats fly out of the cavern entrance.

Tomorrow we're going back through Roswell to check out the annual UFO Festival, which just happens to be this weekend, then on to the White Sands National Monument, the Space Museum in Alamogordo, and Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences (if it's open to the public on a drive-up basis) before ending up tomorrow night in Socorro.

Love and hugs everyone.  More tomorrow night.

LAST NIGHT'S POST ...

Couldn't get this to post on the blog last night, but here's yesterday's road trip update:

Good night from Roswell, NM!

Just made it in to our hotel, safe and sound.  Changed our driving plans to avoid a fire / road closure in eastern Arizona; passed another huge forest fire near Lincoln, southwest of Roswell.  Otherwise, a fun and trouble-free trip out after a late start this afternoon.

So weird being back in New Mexico, driving roads I used to travel frequently.  I lived and worked here for seven years.  Now, other than a few air ambulance flights to Albuquerque, it's been seven years since I was last in the state.

So far, doesn't look like much has changed in the parts we've seen tonight.  Maybe a few more lights in the bosque (where all the trees are, along the Rio Grande) south of Los Lunas.  A few new signs on the interstate.  That's about it.

Good night, everybody.  Love and hugs!  More tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TOMORROW: NEW MEXICO / CRASH ANNIVERSARIES

All ready(-ish) for our road trip!  Carlsbad Caverns, Smokey the Bear, Billy the Kid, White Sands, aliens, a space museum, radio telescopes, and the new Virgin spaceport, not necessarily in that order.

We leave second thing in the morning. 

First thing will be dropping off flowers at the TWA gravesite and up on Switzer Mesa:  Tomorrow is the third anniversary of our mid-air; the day after tomorrow is the 55th anniversary of the Grand Canyon air disaster.

Good night everybody.  Love and hugs.

BACK IN FLAG

Just got back to Flagstaff.  Gonna get some sleep, then figure out what I need to do before we head out on our road trip.

Monday, June 27, 2011

WINSLOW - OFF IN THE MORNING

Fairly busy shift so far -- four long / challenging flights and counting -- but holding up okay, and looking forward to being off in the morning.  Probably won't leave for Roswell / Carlsbad until tomorrow night or Wednesday morning.

Hope all's well with everyone.  Looking forward to catching up with all of you soon.

Love and hugs!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

NEARING THE END OF MY TWO-WEEK WORK-A-THON

Spent 12 hours in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit helping take care of newborns today.  Off to Winslow for a  48-hour shift in the morning.  After that -- six days off!

Will probably spend part or all of the first day recovering as needed.  Then off to Carlsbad Caverns (via Roswell!)  with Sam, Gylde, Sandy, and AJ.

Love and hugs, everybody.  More from Winslow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

GOOD NIGHT FROM COTTONWOOD

All's well here so far this shift.

Gonna try to get some sleep before it gets too late and I get a late-night second wind.

Love and hugs!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A QUICK HI FROM BOOKMANS IN FLAG

Off shift this morning.  Class (ACLS renewal) most of the day.  Starting another 48 tomorrow.

But got to see Sam and Gylde for a bit this afternoon, and made it to the library and Bookman's tonight.  Also, a nap, and an episode of Jericho (picked up the Season One DVDs at a truck stop in Winslow a few weeks ago, and have been enjoying it in bits and pieces ever since).  So all in all, a good day.

Love and hugs!  More soon.

SORRY IT'S BEEN SO LONG; CANYON FLIGHT PICS.

Just realized it's been - weeks?  - since I posted here.

Sorry it's been so long.  I'll try to check in more regularly from here on out.

All's well.  Life's been crazy-busy, in a good way.  I'm about halfway through a two-week stretch of shifts, extra shifts, classes, and clinical time that has me doing something work-related 8-24 hours of 12 out of 14 days in a row or so.

Still working on cranking out chapters for review in the nooks and crannies of my schedule.

Tonight I'm working an extra shift in Kingman.

It turns out that the TWA planes are no longer here at the Kingman airport.  They've been replaced sometime in the last couple of years by DHL, Continental Express, and Delta Connection aircraft, among others.

Very cool flight today, into the western end of the Grand Canyon.  Here are a couple of pics, courtesy of my partner, Flight Nurse and Photographer Extraordinaire Paula Clark:








Love and  hugs!

 More soon ...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AND SO TO BED

Not the MOST productive of days, but productive enough, and very pleasant.

Discovered that my patio makes a great home office:  Sheltered from the wind, beautiful view, sound and smells of wind in the aspens and pines, and although north-facing, warmed by a sliver of direct sunlight in the morning.

Ran errands with Sam.  D&D with him and the other kids tomorrow. :)

A rather ill-advised nap from 6 to 8 pm.

Reading tonight, and quite a bit of Twitter (till it crashed sometime this evening -- at least, my bit of it did; nothing but blank screens, not even the usual "Fail Whale" error message) and Tumblr.  There are so many amazing people posting so many amazing things on both.  It's beautiful, and incredibly addictive, and probably something I need to figure out how to time-manage better at some point.

And so to bed.

(A favorite phrase of one of the most prolific, informative, and entertaining bloggers (diarists) of all times, Samuel Pepys ("Peeps").)

Love and hugs, everyone.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A SO-FAR MELLOW SHIFT ...

... the first in awhile.  A nice change.  Off work in the morning, and back to work on getting Chapter Two out for review.

Love and hugs, everyone!

Friday, June 3, 2011

CHAPTER ONE - OFF FOR REVIEW

Just emailed Chapter One -- The Bloated Chapter That Would Not Die -- off to Tom for review.  Major stress, multiple delays getting it on its way; as soon as it sinks in that I'm finally done messing with it for now, I suspect I'll be very relieved.

Dinner with Tom and Hazel tonight.  Work again tomorrow.

Will try to get another chapter off for review soon.  Hopefully it will get a little easier / faster at some point.  Definitely glad it's getting done.

Love and hugs, everybody.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

AND ANOTHER EARLY GOOD NIGHT

Back from Show Low, safe and sound.  Intubations, check.  Meeting at the base in Cottonwood in the morning.  After that I'm gonna see if I can do something non-work-related for a day or two.

Good night, everybody.  Love and hugs!