Update 090322

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Sorry about not posting here at the end of the week. Things got a bit crazy for me. For those of you that don’t already know: I am a travel nurse and I will be starting my next contract 9/6/22. This means that there has been a lot of things for me to get done to be prepared and to ensure that I can be compliant with the contract. It also means that I have no idea what my schedule will be like starting next week. I will hopefully find out early in the week and can give you guys an idea what things will look like. What my schedule ends up being for that contract will determine what the schedule for everything else is in my life. Thus, I might not be able to maintain the same schedules on my various sites that I have been for the last year.

There is also the plan to start a class so that I can become certified as a nurse coach. Once I start doing that, it is likely that I will need to reduce the amount of time that I am committing to Zebra Pig for the 6 months that it will take to get through the class. That will likely mean that I will need to reduce the frequency of blog posts and pod casts. Because the course work will have to come first and it is going to be pretty hard to balance a course while working full time. But it is something that I have done before and I know that I can do it again. I’m hoping to be able to maintain at least a small presence during that time. That, I think, I will have to play by ear as it will largely depend on the work load of the class.

Thursday exploded on me. My compliance officer called me up early in the day and started firing emails and texts at me. She has been very disorganized and it has been a frustrating process. So, despite my having gotten her everything well ahead of time, she was sitting there on the due date of our compliance requirements scrambling to put everything together. Thus, I did not spend Thursday working on the in-services I need to complete as I had planned. Seeing how if we didn’t get the compliance items in on time I would loose the contract, I gave that my priority for the day. And it took all day. It was super stressful. I had to resend her items and had to sign forms that I have already signed. All kinds of chaos like that. She didn’t understand much of the documentation that she was collecting which was making things more difficult.

While I was working on that chaos, I was trying to keep myself calm and collected so that I could continue to be polite and pleasant while talking with her. While this chaos was her making and all this stress was her fault, being mean to her and expressing my frustration with her in that moment would not have helped. It would only have increased her stress levels which would likely have also increased her chaos. So, I worked on making some maps and on the lay outs for some of the pages on my World Anvil site. These are things that I don’t have to think a lot about and are relaxing. On a whim, I also streamed these world building activities and was surprised by how well they were received. I might expand on this in the future if the time and spoons allow.

All the chaos and stress on Thursday meant that I had to change how I had planned to spend my Friday. I had to get those in-services done rather then working on creating Zebra Pig content. Very frustrating how someone else’s lack of organization can impact your life. At least everything was taken care of and I still hold the contract. That’s the most important part in all of this.

I got most of the things done yesterday, I have few left to finish today. Just getting up and trying to get my brain going for the morning. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am finding that the older I get, the more time I need to transition from being asleep to being functionally awake. It is interesting what things change as I get older. Many of them are frustrating and those are often the things that we focus on, but there are also good things about getting older. I care a lot less about what other people think and that has been very freeing. I am more comfortable with the person I am and that is amazing. I am a better human being towards other human beings and that is amazing. All of this has come from experience with life. I guess you could say it is my wisdom. Because there is a lot in life that can only be learned and mastered by doing it and that means that we aren’t going to get good at it until we are older. So, despite all the physical changes that are happening that I am less than thrilled about, I honestly wouldn’t go back to being 20 if I could. That young woman was struggling in a lot of ways that I would not want to return to.

So, my plan for the day is to finish up my in-services and pre-employment paperwork. After that, if there is any time available, I will review the material for the game that I am running tonight. Then this evening, I have a Ultra Modern 5 game that I am running and I am looking forward to the session. Things are getting into the heavy politics and I love it. I might squeeze in a stream if there is time and record a pod cast, again if there is time. But that will all depend on how long the rest of the compliance requirements take me to finish up. Regardless of how things go, it is looking like it is going to be a full and busy day. Hopefully I will have all the spoons I need!

Well, that’s about it for my rambling today. Thanks for coming and spending some time with me. If you like what you read, click on that like button. It really does help! Until we talk again, you take care of yourselves!

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