Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a delicious meal with family, friends, or both. I had a tasty potluck meal with my coworkers…since I spent the day at work! We basically work every other holiday, and since I’m off for Christmas, that means I’m spending Thanksgiving at work. It was a fairly uneventful day, which holidays in the hospital tend to be. (Working with a skeleton staff and basically no unessential employees or procedures makes for a slower day.) However, I have a trend of having very eventful Thanksgivings (laying on patients as they try to crawl out of bed, chasing a patient down the hallway with AMA papers…), so I’m always glad when the holiday passes quietly. (And I only use the "q" word when the shift is over…)
Although I would much rather spend holidays with family or friends, being at work isn’t so bad once you get there. (Although it was a little bit of a pain getting here, since I had to cross the parade route and there were people EVERYWHERE.) It is made a little worse by the fact that all social media outlets are filled with pictures of turkey trots, trips home, and tables set for families/friends…but at least I’m making time and a half! ha. Luckily, the people I work with like to make it fun, so we had a potluck at work. Everyone brought a dish (including a brave nurse who brought the turkey!) and we had quite the spread. Turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, mac and cheese, corn pudding, salad, acorn squash, cheesecake, apple pie, and cookies. The people I work with sure know how to cook!
Of course, we might be one of the only Thanksgiving dinner set ups to have a colostomy bag hanging over it…no idea why it is there as I can’t remember ever having a burn patient with a colostomy. Maybe from an inservice…?
Anyway, Thanksgiving dinner was delicious, and the unit was quiet enough for basically everyone to sit down and eat together. (Don’t tell JCAHO…we don’t all fit in the nursing station!) Eric was hanging out at the apartment after watching some of the parade this morning, so I invited him to come for dinner. He got to see me in my lovely bouffant, but you can’t beat actually having a turkey dinner. And in case you were wondering, here are some pictures from Eric’s viewing of the parade…it pays to live a few blocks from the parade route!
I really do miss the tradition of turkey trots – my brother and I ran the one in my hometown for a few years, but my job doesn’t exactly allow me to take part in annual traditions all the time. I’ve also been thinking about doing a run commute…so since I’m working a bazillion days in a row and can leave some stuff in my locker at work, I figured tonight would be a good time to give it a go. Gets me home from work quicker, saves me money on the bus, and I get to do my own turkey trot! Winning all around.
I took my running backpack with me to work, along with some running clothes. I ended up running about three miles home (not a direct route), and it felt sluggish and kind of long, ha. Perhaps doing a run commute after Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t my greatest plan, but I got home pretty quick! It wasn’t quite the same as doing a Turkey Trot (okay, it wasn’t close at all), and I’m not sure how I feel about the run commute after a 12 hour shift, but it’s done!
Now it’s time for a piece of pie and watching Christmas Vacation! I finally have a kitchen big enough to dig out my Kitchen Aid mixer, so I put it to good use before my stretch of work started and made a French Silk pie…it is delicious! Eric has a tradition of watching Christmas Vacation, so away we go!
Happy Thanksgiving to all…hope your bellies are filled with pie!