Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Well, I Survived :-)

I survived my night duty you'll be pleased to know and have lived to tell the tale :-)

I'm sorry about yesterday - I've been very good really about everything and have tried very hard not to let things get to me too much, however yesterday I was just so angry that two such lovely people had been so upset that it all spilled over.

There have been DEVELOPMENTS. It seems that while I spent my day not sleeping yesterday, a flurry of emails and phone calls and gnashing of teeth was occurring, with the result that night shifts are now ten hours in length again. Honestly! All that upset.

A glitch in the system meant I could only view shifts yesterday and not book them, so they had to be done on my behalf. It's very hard trying to think what you might like to work in October but there you are, all done now.

My problem is that actually I quite like my job - if only I could be left alone to just get on and do what I do best, which is put my patient and their needs first and not have to consider resources and targets and beds and appointment systems and GP availability ....................

There is still a lot of cr*p to be dealt with, but this year I am a lot tougher mentally than I was, and I am NOT going to let it get to me. Added to which other people need me too and they will always come first. Going to work enables me to do and enjoy all the lovely things that I do, but at the end of the day it's just a job, it's not life, and if needs be I can walk away. But if I do, it will be on MY terms.

I've had some lovely messages - here and by email - you are all very good friends - thank you :-)

Yesterday started so well. I have to tell you there are some truly lovely people in this world, and blogless Kathryn from Knitting Haven is one of them. This stunning bag arrived yesterday, I had admired Kathryn's bag a little while ago and said how much I liked Amy Butler fabrics so Kathryn decided I should have one too. Isn't it beautiful. The fabric is from the Tea Box range, Star Paisley, # Apricot, lined with Apricot Oxford Stripe.

I'm a firm believer in the balance of things, thank you Kathryn for doing something so lovely and thoughtful which restored balance to an otherwise mediocre day.

And - wonders will never cease - I appear to have a short row heel complete with wraps. I've no idea if it looks how it should and quite frankly I don't care. Quite why anyone in their right mind would want to knit a sock from the toe up I shall never know, but at least I can say I did it!!!!!


amy said...

It looks MUCH better than my attempt at short-row heels, which were full of holes. I don't like toe-up either. I'm perfectly capable of measuring my yarn as I go and doing the math, so I will remain a cuff-downer. ;)

Glad you're feeling a little better.

fran said...

That's a gorgeous bag Joy, you must be thrilled!

As for the whole toe-up thing... fair play to you for trying it and well done on the heel, it looks fab!
I love knitting toe-up as much as i love knitting cuff-down. I think it's as personal as how many needles you use and everyone has different preferences.
Knit however it makes you happy be it with two needles cuff down or 4 needles toe-up - the possibilities are endless!

LadybirdLinz (:i:) said...

The bag is gorgeous and the sock is looking fabulous.
I actually prefer toe up/SRH's now but I think it's more to do with using circulars than anything else.
Except I really hated picking up the stitches on a heel flap...
Nice to have YOU back btw, enjoy your hols :D xxx

ambermoggie said...

well done Joy the sock is looking good:) Love the bag and you do deserve it, for all the good things you do:)
Glad things have improved a little at work as well

Sandra said...

Joy, well done on the sock knitting - it looks great, and so neat. Must admit I've never been brave enough to try a toe up sock.

And the bag is just gorgeous. What a lovely gift.

Glad things are a bit better at work. I know how horrible it is when work is making you miserable.

Queen of the froggers said...

What a lovely bag. i will be back to study your perfect heel ahen I next do toe up socks ;)

Lobug said...

Excellent job on the socks!! They look perfect!

riggwelter said...

I am so impressed with your short rows, amazing.