Saturday, December 5


Hello ladies (and gents?), it is 9:45 pm and I am writing this blog before I go to work. You see, I learned a lesson in the last 24 hours. Last night (Friday), I was supposed to work at the hospital. However, 30 minutes before my shift was to start (I was already dressed in scrubs and had scarfed down a quick dinner), the day shift charge nurse called to tell me I was being "low volumed." Low volume = there isn't a whole lot going on, so we have no need for you. My response: crap. With the holiday season upon us, money is tight, and I need every shift! However, we decided to make the best of it, and I had a lovely evening with my husband and puppy. At 9pm, the night charge nurse called to ask if I could come in to work. At this point, I should've eagerly accepted and gotten back into my scrubs and driven to the hospital. But I was enjoying my night off and decided to stay in. 

Tonight (Saturday), I had just finished up my run at the gym and I noticed I had a missed call. Uh-oh. Unknown number...double uh-oh. Checked my message, "Hi this is so-and-so, and we're low-voluming you tonight." DAMMIT! It cought me totally off-guard, and I tend to cry when I am surprised in a bad sort of way, so I high-tailed it out of the gym and to my car so I could cry in peace at least. When you work 12-hour shifts, 3 shifts = a full week of work. When you are low-volumed for 2 shifts...that just means you aren't getting paid very much. I have the stress of being the breadwinner upon my shoulders, and I was just extremely frustrated. Luckily, I have the most understanding and amazing husband ever, and he immediately made me feel better once I called him. I got home, and he had cooked me dinner (chicken nuggets and oven-made french fries : gourmet, I know), and he just said all the right things. Man, I love him. He reminded me that we have his student loans to live off of if we need to, and that I should just enjoy the evening off. He was so right. We did just that. We watched Kung Fu Panda, which is a movie I have wanted to see for a very long time! It was really funny :) But a small part of me wondered if there was some karma action going on - since I chose not to go into work last night, I was low-volumed again tonight. Luckily, they called around 9:15 tonight to say they were going to use me from 11pm-7am. Phew. And technically, I can use PTO to get "paid" for the hours for which I was low-volumed. Alas, all will be well :) 

Funny how I need these life reminders from time to time. Things will always work out in the end.  


  1. I'm glad that you were able to get some hours of work in so that you can get paid more money. I understand with the holidays that it can be tough financially.

    I like the picture of you and Penny...very cute!

    Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorites...laugh every time I have watched it.

  2. I think that you shouldn't be so hard on yourself :) There is nothing (!) wrong with deciding to enjoy a night off after you've already been told to take it off.

    And that's just probably yea it's karma :) But those things just happen and there's nothing you can do about it but enjoy your movie and snuggle up to your hubby. :)


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