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February 7th, 2013
03:25 am


Hi, new people!
I'm emmy. This is my journal. Most of it is friends-only, but you're welcome to read what isn't. Or become my friend.

I am moderately short. I have very green eyes. I read a lot, to the point that it could probably be described as a vice.

I have more traditional vices, too.

Professionally, I used to clean up after babies, then I cleaned up after animals, and now I clean up after adults (okay okay maybe there's some "nursing" involved now and again).

I am the ultimate outlier on the "listeners also bought" charts.

I like old things, unexplored places, and stories I haven't heard before.

I'm learning how to jump out of a plane and not die.

I have been variously described as "the world's best wingman", "the Swiss army knife of comely wenches", and "out of [my] damn mind".

I think grocery shopping was way more fun when I was still allowed to ride in the cart.

I have a weakness for cute geeks, cheesy sci-fi, fellow hockey fans, Canadian rock, and good whiskey. If you come being or bearing any of the above, you're already way ahead of the curve.

So, who are you? And more importantly, do you want to hike the Appalachian Trail with me?

Note: It is not actually 2013. This is a sticky entry.

Current Mood: chipperchipper

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July 20th, 2011
02:42 am


I am planning a trip to Australia in late November, and I would appreciate any advice anyone has to offer- and since my traveling companion is currently in a combat zone, I'm responsible for the details. Suggestions for what to do/see/where to stay? We're currently thinking Queensland and we're both of an outdoorsy bent, but no tickets or reservations have been arranged yet, so I'm open to other suggestions. We'll be there for 14ish days.


Current Mood: chipperanticipatory

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January 16th, 2010
12:29 pm


Good People
Project Hope is sending volunteers and supplies to Haiti on the hospital ship USNS Comfort.

I know it's been a few days and most people who plan on donating have probably already donated to some charity or another, but if you do plan on it and haven't decided on which charity yet, consider Project Hope. They're particularly close to my heart because it was in large part the experience of working with nurses from Project Hope after Katrina that made me decide to become an RN (which, incidentally, as of yesterday, I am!). Their competence, compassion, and effectiveness left a deep impression on their patients and made me want to be able to do what they did.

As disaster relief charities (and I have experience with several) go, it's an exceptionally well-designed one. By working with the Navy and basing their efforts off hospital ships, they're able to provide very high levels of care efficiently and safely, serving their patients well and preventing volunteers from becoming victims themselves, as is so possible when well-meaning but underprepared workers enter a disaster area.

Their association with the US Navy also, at least in my experience watching them work, magnifies their authority in the eyes of their patients, giving them an ability to influence stressed people to make good decisions for their own health in a time of crisis. I can't tell you how many people I tried to convince to get tetanus shots after Katrina who blew me off, but bared an arm immediately when a Project Hope RN made the same suggestion. And although I've only worked with them domestically, I imagine their USN association also assists in spreading goodwill internationally towards everyday Americans, which is of course who the Project Hope volunteers are.

If you want your charitable dollars to have a serious impact on the well-being of those afflicted by disaster worldwide, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better charity to support than Project Hope. Someday I'd like to work with them myself, but in the meantime, all I can do is spread the word about just how fantastic a group they really are.

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December 25th, 2009
01:52 am


Peace on earth, good-will to men
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail,
The right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

-Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

To those who are sad, sick, or alone today: best wishes and much love.

To those who are happy and surrounded by loved ones: best wishes and have joy of each other.

To those who are spending today someplace distant and dangerous so that the rest of us may be safer: best wishes, much love, and thank you.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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December 23rd, 2009
06:25 pm


Hey look it's that New Year meme
where you post the first line from each month, which is probably about as much of an annual summary as I am capable of at the moment.

January: I went to the Winter Classic today.

February: Tonight at work one demented homeless patient told me I was a bitch because I wouldn't bring him cookies (we don't keep them on the unit and he wasn't allowed to have sweets anyway) and by another demented homeless patient that I was the sweetest girl for bringing him ice cream (which we do keep on the unit and which he was allowed to have).

March: If OkCupid is to be believed, my soulmates are all either lesbians from commonwealth countries or het male Canadian jocks.

April: I had a sudden burst of energy two nights ago at exactly 12:05 AM, and unlike such bursts it has actually lasted for several days, and the result is that my living room and kitchen are so clean that I went to rest my head on one of the cats (this is what they get for sleeping on the back of the sofa) and noticed that his fur smelled actively good from laying on the super-clean and nicely scented carpets.

May: I heart Havlat.

June: My life contains a dearth of extreme cuteness and an excess of ants.

July: I have a yen to visit Iceland.

August: Macbeth is a much more coherent play when Lady Macbeth is a hottie.

September: I keep smelling jelly donuts really intensely in my room, which contains no jelly donuts.

In October, I failed to update LJ even once. Bad emmy!

November: Holy mother of God, online job applications are the WORST THING EVER.

December: I graduated from nursing school yesterday.

I am a terrible diarist and something of a spaz, but there's my year in review, anyway.

Current Mood: relaxedreflective

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September 9th, 2009
12:29 pm


Brain tumor?
I keep smelling jelly donuts really intensely in my room, which contains no jelly donuts.

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August 20th, 2009
01:31 pm


A love letter to woo
... as long as the central authorities depend on alternative medicine as a robust avenue for covertly rationing healthcare, the purveyors of woo will always be able to flourish outside the real healthcare system. And this, DrRich believes, represents the ultimate value of woo, and establishes why we should all be encouraging and nurturing woo instead of disparaging it.

DrRich has speculated before on various black market approaches to healthcare which could be attempted by American doctors (and investors) should restrictive, government-controlled healthcare become a reality. Some of these were: medical speakeasies; floating off-shore medical centers on old aircraft carriers; medical centers just south of the border (the establishment of which, at last, would stimulate the feds to seal the borders against illegal passage once and for all); and combination medical center/casinos on the sovereign land of Native American reservations.

But now, thanks to the success of alternative medicine, there is a direct and straightforward path for American primary care physicians to practice a form of now-long-gone “traditional” American medicine, replete with a robust doctor-patient relationship, right out in the open. Simply declare this kind of practice to be a new variety of alternative medicine. Likely, you will need to come up with a new name for it (such as “Therapeutic Allopathy,” or “Reciprocal Duty Therapeutics”), and perhaps invent some new terminology to describe what you’re doing. But what you’re actually doing will be so fundamentally different from what PCPs will be doing under government-controlled healthcare as to be unrecognizable, and nobody will be able to argue it’s not alternative medicine. In fact, it will seem nearly as weird as Reiki.

Alternative medicine, in other words, will provide American doctors who want to practice the kind of medicine they should be and want to be practicing with the cover they need to do so. And this is why we must support medical woo, and celebrate its continued growth and success.

This is such a good blog, there's hardly an entry in it that doesn't make me go YES YES THAT YES, but I am linking to this one entry in particular because the phrase "Therapeutic Allopathy" made me laugh so hard that I nearly fell out of my seat.

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August 19th, 2009
02:19 am


Signal boost
mordere's little sister Casey has entered a contest from Victoria's Secret in which the person who best answers the question "Why do you love your body?" gets a spa trip to NYC.

Since Casey is fighting a particularly brutal form of cancer, her answer is rather badass. And she could use a spa trip more than most.

You can vote for her entry here by clicking on the "Vote for me" heart. No registration necessary.

Thank you!

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August 7th, 2009
01:49 am


Macbeth is a much more coherent play when Lady Macbeth is a hottie.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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July 19th, 2009
11:12 am


You'd think that if you wanted someone to work evening shift, you wouldn't call them at 8:30 AM the morning of.

On the other hand, perhaps they've realized that people are more apt to agree to things like working evening shift when they're tired and confused first thing in the morning.


There go my plans to be unproductive and absorb mindless entertainment with just_kelly tonight.

Current Mood: awakeawake

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