Tuesday, June 14, 2011

sigh. could use a pep talk right about now.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

tender mercies ftw!!

Tithing can be hard to pay but oh the blessings it brings. I just need to learn to recognize the blessings. I know they're not always monetary but today I feel like this time around they are!

Exhibit A: Austin texted me saying he just got pulled over going 40 in a 25 and probably can't get out of this one. Sigh. I thought, well, at least we have graduation money. His thoughts exactly. But... a few minutes later, a glorious text: Got out of it! HOORAY! Tender mercy No. 1.

Exhibit B: My friend has wanted to buy my old drumset at home from high school (yes I used to play drums in a band. We were so cool. Playing in a shed after school and all. Hahah oh the glory days) and just messaged me saying he's sending the check for $200 this week sometime. AWESOME. I never play the set anymore and it just takes up space so holla to recycling your old goods!

So hooray for tithing and the Lord watching over us and His perfect timing. :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sometimes I get rather irritated at patients at work. Either they're rude or just rub me the wrong way, etc etc. And then it's hard to remember that they're in pain and might be having a bad day or whatever. I'm always nice, regardless. But I think I need to try harder to be more understanding and not just nice on the outside but nice on the inside.

Today I had a regular come in and she's this old little lady turning 75 this year and hooked up an oxygen tank and all that. Well I used to be absolutely frightened of her. She was ornery and would only let me draw from her hands and could just be sharp and well, a mean little old lady. Until the last time she came, I missed on one of her hands and she said "well now you owe me a hug."

Totally took me aback. This mean old lady wants... a hug????? And then I realized... she must be so lonely. And just want friendship. I mean, she has kids and grandkids... she can't be all that mean. She's just this way. So I was nicer to her then. And today when I saw her on the schedule, I was actually kind of happy. And definitely not scared.

So today I gave her two hugs just for good measure and we chatted the whole time and even though I missed twice she was super nice at the end and told me I was a good kid. Then the next patient told me I was a sweetheart. Gave me warm fuzzies!!

Another patient came in today and after chatting a bit I learned that she was from England and she and her mother were the only two Latter-Day Saints in their hometown! And that they moved to the States for the Church in the '40s, after WWII! How insane is that!! All this time I've been drawing blood from a real pioneer. If only I'd delved deeper into conversation with her before.

Therefore, I am going to make an effort to talk more with my patients and be kind even when they are mean or ornery because if I can make their day better maybe they won't be the same way to the next person they encounter.

And if you want to read nerdy phlebotomist talk, continue on.

The only reason (well hopefully, ha) I missed twice on that lady I mentioned is she only lets me draw from her hands and she doesn't let me put the tourniquet on very tight. Read: it's basically a bracelet because it's not doing any good that's how loose it is. But when she finally let me try her arm she had a GREAT vein. What the heck! But she said she has pain up there and that's why she only likes the hands. Sigh. Ok, lady. I'll keep a-going on your hands. Reminds me of my sister-in-law who for some reason has an aversion to getting drawn in her arms and prefers the hand. Weird to me because I think hands are way more painful! Oh well to each his/her own.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

why you gotta be so mean

Welp I thought I'd only use the other blog but now I can't decide. Where do I post random thoughts and happenings of the day that do not involve Austin or married life? Conundrum.

Thanks to my good friend Rebecca I have a place to stay when I interview at Wake Forest! That cuts down costs so much. Yay! And they seem like super nice people. I'm trying right now to figure out plane tickets to Virginia for my third interview with Jefferson College (yay!). (They just called me on Monday. Was sooo happy) Virginia sucks because their airports are spotty and there are too many of them and I can't figure out which is the best way to go. Southwest is cheapest but only goes to Raleigh which is 3 hours away. Delta is more expensive but right in the city I need to be (Roanoke). What do I do?! Oh, and I can't wait till I'm 25 and renting a car isn't an extra $15 a day. Bleah.

Car insurance also sucks. And getting a cell phone plan. I'm just so afraid I'll get a call from a PA school and miss it if I change it now. This is not the best time to be changing names, etc, unfortunately...

I'm very irked today by my bosses who came to do my yearly evaluation (even though I won't get my raise till January... what??) and said I got a "low met" on attendance/clocking in business. What the heck! Apparently if I don't stick to my "schedule" which is 8-6, then it comes up to them as me not being in or out on time. Well I come at 8:15 because patients don't need to be drawn till then and sometimes I leave at 5:30, sometimes 6, sometimes 6:30, just depends on the day. You can't calculate these things! So I'm rather irritated that they want to "track my trends" so they can make a "more accurate schedule." That's so retarded. It doesn't even affect anything! Policies that have no point are RETARDED. GAH.

In other news, our apartment is finally looking good! I'll post pictures soon--no wait I won't. They'll be on the other blog. Ha! How confusing!!!

Signing off!
Jean Goff

haha what a funny rhyme

Monday, October 25, 2010

New blog!


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Last night I made the most delicious zucchini-potato frittata. I used the cast-iron skillet that my friends got me and it was perfect. Needed some salt and pepper but it was perfectly moist and the vegetables were cooked through just right. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

I tried to take cool pictures but only got one that turned out ok--I'll update later with it and the recipe.