Monday, June 2, 2008
This is why I'm a traveling nurse:
This is exactly why I love what I'm doing right now! This was my view tonight as I ate dinner on the beach, watching the sunset. Could it get any better? Am I really getting paid to live here and work for the summer?
Oops, I'm getting ahead of myself! I intended to post all sorts of pictures of "our" apartment tonight, but it turns out I haven't really been here all day, which means I'm not any more settled than last night. But, since I had such a fun day, I have no regrets! (And I'm mostly settled, it's just all the little stuff to finish, and the decorating things to make it feel like home.)
This morning I had the huge blessing of worshipping at Calvary, the CLBA church in Fullerton where my Uncle Jim is the pastor. It was great to be back there (I had been around some in the late 90's with Youth Ministries) and to see a few people that I knew from then -or had met when I was here last month.
One really fun thing is that Erick and Merrily (of Washington fame) are down here for the weekend and came to church as well!
After church, Erick and Merrily and I headed to Laguna Beach for lunch and an afternoon stroll while Jim and Marilyn had a previous commitment. We ate at this great restaurant that had outside seating and we had the best seats in the house -right on the corner next to the beach! Here's Erick showing us that he and Merrily are celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary!!
After lunch, we walked along the boardwalk and saw all sorts of sights. This first picture is for my cousin, Krista, who is a HUGE volleyball fan and requested a beach volleyball picture. I hope this will do okay! In fact, pretty much the first thing we saw at the beach was 3-4 beach volleyball courts, all filled with fun players! I wish you could be here to join in! (And you wouldn't have to shovel sand to make a court like at the family reunion!!)
Click on this picture to enlarge it, and look at all the houses crowded together on the hill -Laguna Hill. Wow, the people are just packed in!
Erick told us these are the basketball courts from "White Men Can't Jump". It was fun to watch the pick-up games being played.
We walked all around the town of Laguna, up and down streets enjoying the fun shops. We also tried some WONDERFUL gelato down a quaint alley that reminded me of Europe. We headed up the hill to find some other shops, and discovered this great scenic view.
After saying goodbye to Erick and Merrily (and THANKS for the really FUN afternoon!!) I headed back to my apartment so I could get the address for my new hospital and head in that direction. I always check out the hospital the day before my first day, so I know where to park and where I'm supposed to go once inside the doors. I'm a little nervous about the commute, because it took 32 minutes to get there on a Sunday afternoon when traffic wasn't an issue at all. That's just how long it took with the distance, stoplights, etc. I'm due at Human Resources at 7:45am tomorrow morning, so with rush hour thrown in there, I'm not sure how long it will take. I had been figuring to give myself twice as long as it would take today, so to leave 60 minutes early to drive 11.7 miles seems crazy... [I'll admit, it made me think nostalgically of this post, talking about the 1.2 miles (3-minute) commute I had in Fergus.]
I found the hospital okay, figured out which parking lot to use (it's a really big campus and a little overwhelming...), found the HR office and decided to wait with finding my unit until I get the official tour.
I left the hospital and was determined to watch the sunset from the beach. I figured since I was further west than yesterday, it was a great night for it! I was also more prepared, with my jacket thrown in the car for the cooler beach weather! The hospital is pretty close to Redondo Beach, so that's where I went. I grabbed a really good ham and cheese sandwich from "Classic Burger" (it looked like a classic CA eatery!), found a parking spot, grabbed my lawn chair from the car, and walked down to the beach. I ended up with a great view! I sat in my chair and just thanked the Lord for His incredible gifts! I kept thinking about how really blessed I am!!
Should be a great summer!
I headed home the other way, which took 28 minutes, typed up this blog for you! and am now heading to bed so I can leave at 6:45am. Good night!