Friday, February 10, 2012

At least it ended well

Sorry for the whole Debbie Downer thing earlier.  It's been a very emotional week for me and today was no different.  But I can say that it ended on such a great note!

I killed my lecture today!  I have been a little nervous about it because I hadn't prepared as much as I would have liked to and my topic wasn't the most thrilling topic to talk about for about 45 minutes {if you're wondering, I spoke about acute and chronic graft vs host disease, long term complications of bone marrow transplant, and the role of the ambulatory nurse...sounds really intriguing at 5pm on Friday night, right?} I was expecting about 4 people and a casual setting for the lecture but it turned out to be 11-15 people in a room with a huge projector and a podium!!!  Let me tell you...the nerves went through the roof. When I got there, I was comforted to see half the group were nurses I worked with on the inpatient unit.  When it was my turn, it all just came together.  I didn't use any of the speaker notes.  I didn't feel nervous at all.  I actually felt like I was an expert!  Now I don't know if the audience thought the same of my lecturing skills but from what I hear, I guess it didn't bore them to tears!  I'm so excited!! Nursing Education is an area of nursing that I can totally see myself in {if I ever get tired of my cancer kiddos...which I don't think I ever will!!!}

After my awesome lecture, we had a work dinner planned at Acropolis.  It was a great time!  I love me some Greek food but I loved the company more than anything.  I have a great group of friends from the inpatient unit that I still hang out with, even after I made the switch to the outpatient world, that I wouldn't replace for anything.  But there's something so refreshing about working with a group of people who genuinely get along and enjoy each other's company.  It's because of this that my transition to the clinic has been such a good one.  I was so nervous to leave my friends on the unit and the job that I was comfortable with, so I could start over with a group of people I only knew from taking report over the phone.  Every one of them welcomed me into the clinic family.  It's been a move that I have never regretted (no matter how miserable I may have seen this week).  It was nice to share a drink or 2 with the nurses and doctors I work with on a daily basis.  I am truly blessed!

And because I haven't shared a pic of my kiddos lately, here's a new thing going on in our house.  Em's back in this routine where she needs to be rocked before she goes to bed.  Noah, being the amazing big brother that he is, always offers to rock her to sleep.
Pretty soon they won't even want to talk to each other.  Guess I have to soak it all in now
  Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!


  1. I'm so glad your lecture went well! Sometimes you get lucky and you relax enough to pull of a great public speaking gig. I love it when that happens! I'm glad the end of your week was better than the beginning! :)

  2. Congrats on the lecture! It can be the most nerve-wracking thing ever!

  3. So happy to hear your lecture went great for you! YUM Acropolis is sooo good! Your kiddos are so freaking cute :-)

  4. I can fully relate to this! It is so hard to leave a job when it's not bad and you love the people! And congrats on the rockstar lecture! haha.