As tempting as it is to leave my last post as my final post, I must start blgging again. I have finally arrived after 2 1/2 days in the car, with the cats, in a beautiful mountain town in the Rockies. Introduced as “Dr. Shazam” to all the staff at the hospital. Engineering showed up at my house to help me unpack ( I saved the large tupperwares of climbing gear for them to unload!). It’s great when the engineering staff can fill you in on all the local mountain biking and climbing spots, instead of filling me in on the local “hosies” like I’m used to. Free guesses as to what a “Hosey” is in the comments…I’ll answer on my next post.

WOrk starts July 1st! Wish me luck.

And then there were none…

Wow, I can hardly believe it. THree years gone by in this little tiny town. I have grown to enjoy the surroundings quite a bit. I will miss the bike rides through Amish farms, the gurgling creek behind my house after a rain, the friendly small-town way people treat each other. Sigh. The woods with the trails, friends that I hardly had enough time to hang out with. The wide open farms, rolling hills and valleys.

My last shift was pretty routine. Saw some patients. Went on a beautiful flight, the prettiest one of all, long, over the mountains to a valley far far away, with an “airport” consisting of a helipad in the middle of a huge farmers field next to the river. It was so wide open that our take off was horizontal, like an airplane’s, instead of vertical like it usually is. As usual, I forgot to bring my camera. that brings the total flight shift number up to 33. Not a bad number, it has a nice feeling to it.

So now I am left with an empty house (friends & family who were visiting have all left), half packed rooms and about 36 hours until the movers arrive. I’d better get out and finish all those things left on my list…ride the trails (again), go for a run, check out the Jerseytown tavern, take photos of all the old buildings in town, relax on my porch, watch the birds, plant a garden, play with the neighbors dogs…

Somehow, I don’t think all of it will get done.


Stay tuned…


8 days to moving day. Spent the afternoon (after 3 hours of sleep post night shift) packing and going through paperwork, tidying up bills, setting up payment for student loans (they’re actually going to make me start paying!!!) It’s nice to throw out junk, but it would’ve been nicer to do it while I was still living here and have a nice clean living space. When it’s all put away, I don’t feel like i have all that much stuff, but when it’s all stuffed into boxes…Wow, it seems like a lot of stuff. I have to get ruthless, but mostly I just want to get it done and am about to start just throwing things into random places.