The Tale of the TB Shot

Once upon a time, this past Monday, I had to get a TB shot as part of my application process for this substitute teaching gig.  The lady interviewing me recommended this walk-in clinic nearby to the school that was pretty cheap.  She told me this particular clinic was located on Hogan Road.  I know she said Hogan Road because this street is part of the “newer” section of town and in my mind I was high fiving myself for knowing where it was.

I drove up and down this street but the clinic was nowhere to be found.  So I headed home and looked  it up online and noticed the address lists the street as Harkrider.  Ok, honest mistake.  Double checking, I called the clinic before leaving the house because I didn’t want to show up and find out they don’t do TB testing or walk-ins and as a side thought, I asked how much it would cost – $15.  Beautiful, I can afford that.

Here’s where I need to explain a little about how I entered the clinic.  At the address there is a large pharmacy/drug store.  I walked in and was a little confused because I didn’t immediately see a clinic.  I asked a worker and he pointed to a door  that took me outside where the clinic was located in a strip mall business type area.  This is important because I was walking on a covered sidewalk and couldn’t see the business sign located on the face of the building.

I went in, told the lady why I was there, and while she handed me the paper work to fill out, she let me know that it would cost $32.  Uh, what?  I was quoted $15 on the phone 20 min. earlier.  I started filling everything out and came across a sheet that said all new patients had to pay a minimum of $86 to be seen.   You know that feeling when you’re in a dream and in the dream you realize something is a little off but you can’t figure out what it is?  And if you could only figure out that you were in a dream it would all make sense?  That’s how I kind of felt.  I could tell something wasn’t quite right but couldn’t quite figure out what it was and as I looked around everyone else seemed to be going about their business at the clinic as though nothing was wrong.

I went back up to the lady and told her that I thought I was in the wrong place and explained how I was quoted $15 for the shot.  She seemed a little confused (welcome to my world) and then I asked her, “This is Occumed right?”  Nope.  That was the problem.  In what could probably only happen to me, I showed up at ANOTHER walk-in clinic at the EXACT location listed for the walk-in clinic I was looking for.  Turned out this clinic had rented the office space after the other one moved out and I guess no one told Google.  And since I had walked in from the side, I never saw the new clinic name on the building.  But don’t worry, this kind of stuff only happens to me so I’m pretty sure all of you are in the clear.

I got to the clinic I was looking for, which wasn’t even on that street at all, right at noon and was told that all the nurses had just left for lunch and wouldn’t be back for another hour.  Of course they did. I started laughing, because really, how could I not at this point?

When I returned, the waiting area was filled to capacity and the receptionist told me it was going to be a long wait.  I was a little bummed because I forgot a book to read and all the chairs facing the TV were filled.  I was going to have to settle for only hearing Maury tell the mother that her ex-boyfriend was not the father of her baby, rather than getting to see their fake outburst emotionally distraught reaction to the incredulous news.  A little bummed indeed.

About five minutes later a nurse called my name and took me on back.  Turned out all the rooms were occupied but she didn’t think I wanted to wait all afternoon for a quick little shot and if I didn’t mind, she would just do it right there in the hallway.  Glorious day!  A couple minutes later I was out the door and on my way home.  Thank you medical personnel who bumped me to the top of list.

I went back today to get my results, fully anticipating a long wait.  No way could I luck out twice in a doctor’s waiting room and had even brought a book along to keep me company.  I told the receptionist why I was there and rather than having me take a seat, she went and got a doctor who checked my arm, copied the results, and had me out the door in less than 45 seconds from the time I walked in.  Talk about service.

And that is the tale of my TB shot.  The end.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I don’t have TB.  The end.

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Feels Like Forever

Since I posted last even though it was just last weekend.  I’ve been so busy at work I just haven’t had time.  Speaking of work however, Monday is going to be my last day.  I do have a meeting with a company in CA next week so there’s a potential job opportunity there.  I’m sitting on the fence with this though.  On the one hand I was really looking forward to being unemployed and basically doing nothing for a while.  I was going to go back home and hang out before deciding my next adventure.  Which was looking like moving to Arizona.  I have no connections there, just always wanted to go.  But on the other hand, I am unfortunately responsible and recognize that I will need a job and money, so how nice of it to drop in my lap (if it works out).  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

But speaking of CA, I’ll be flying out there this next week to spend Christmas with my sister, mom, and brother.  That will be nice to get away from here and it’s got to be warmer there compared to here so that’s a definite bonus.  We got hit with multiple snow storms this week like many of you.  I hate it.  I hate snow, cold, and being wet.  Driving is a nightmare and if I were able to I would stay in bed and hibernate for 4-5 months until winter passes.  Unfortunately I do have to venture out tomorrow if for nothing else, to buy dog food for Walter.  That and I need to make it back to my apartment to clean before my mom and brother show up here Sunday night.  Nothing says “Welcome!”  than a dirty place.  And I decided to make a turkey dinner for them on Sunday so I’ll have to pull it out tomorrow as well.  Hmm, come to think of it I have a whole list of stuff I have to get out and do.  So much for staying inside and watching Arrested Development.

And that has been my most recent guilty pleasure.  When this show first came out, I was living in Guatemala and so I never heard of it.  I completely missed it’s entire three seasons and until this week, had only seen one episode.  I had heard from so many people that it was hilarious but I didn’t see the humor based on the one show.  So while staying with Walter I’ve pulled out the series my friend has on DVD.  And let me just say – hysterical.  I love this show and can not for the life of me figure out why they canceled it.  Unfortunately I left one of the cases on the floor and Walter got a hold of it and chewed it up.  I about died when I came home and saw it.  The DVD is fine, it’s just the case that’s gnawed.  I felt so bad that I had been so stupid that I ended up ordering the entire series on DVD and will replace the cover when it gets here.  Lucky for me Amazon was having an awesome deal on it and lucky for me I really like the show and will watch it over and over again.  So, Pete if you ever read this I’m sorry about the case but if you don’t read this you’ll never know.

And while I’m on the subject of Walter I’ve discovered (as if I didn’t know already) that I’m not ready to have children.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love this dog.  I’m tempted to have some legal papers drafted up for joint custody but I’m exhausted.  Every night there has been a rotation of him either wanting to play right when I’m going to bed which leads to him whining outside the door or him waking up and needing to go out between three and four in the morning.  Which means I only get another hour or two of sleep before I have to get back up again.  I’m one of these people that needs their sleep.  It was well after midnight before I either passed out and couldn’t hear him whining or he finally just stopped (that’s kind of late for me).  Then my alarm didn’t go off and for the first time in forever I didn’t automatically wake up.  I got up when I was supposed to be clocking in for work.  But it didn’t really matter because it was my second to last day and no one shows up until nine or ten.

Ok, so I could really keep going and going but if any of you have stuck around this long I won’t make you keep reading this dribble.  Hopefully a better blog will come along shortly.

In the Spirit of Random

So I don’t have an actual blog to write but am taking a cue from Half Full or Half Empty (Glass o Water) and just going to jot out a few random things about today I guess.

I had my one year blogiversary about a week ago or was it two?  I kept meaning to write something but got busy and distracted and never did.  So finally I’m getting around to it – cheers to me!  And while we’re on the subject of anniversaries, today is my third official year of working for the company where I’m at.  I was hired on Halloween and I’m still not sure if it has turned out to be a trick or a treat yet.  I don’t write much about work becuase one, no one really cares what I do, and two I don’t want someone to find this and get me fired for something I may say.  Although, we are closing down in a couple of months so maybe it’s all fair game now….

Well since I’m on the subject of work, I was trying to hurry and get some of the orders out of here ASAP so I could have time to do some blogging and in my hurry this is what happened:

We put all the orders in plastic totes and the sides are sharp little suckers.  This happens frequently and it’s a wonder I have an arm left at all.

Meanwhile, every year the company I work for gives us carmel apples for Halloween.  This is never a treat that I think about but or even crave but when handed to me the yummy goodness all comes back.  Good thing I have floss in my car too!:

Since it’s Halloween there are a lot of employees who are dressed up but I just didn’t feel like it this year.  Instead I wore my scrubs that dub as my pajama bottoms and lounge pants.  They’re pretty much the most awesome pants I’ve ever had.  And since they’re bright orange I figured no one would really mind.  I’ve been told they look like inmate pants and I’m tempted to have Wentworth put across the butt of them.  For those of you who don’t know, Wentworth Miller is the actor in Prison Break.  Here they are (sorry about the angle and shot but it’s hard to take a pic of your own pants):

And since I didn’t bother getting dressed today I decided I wouldn’t bother with my hair either:

Only two hours left until I leave for home and I hope I can make it!  Hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween!

*This blog is brought to you by Nike…Just do it!  HA just kidding – Though I wish they would sponsor me.

20 Questions You Probably Never Wanted Me To Answer But…

I was tagged by Maleesha  at Binary Trash to answer these.  Sometimes, like today, I’m so glad for tags because it saves me from having to think of something to write about.  Right off the bat I’m going to break rule #2 and not tag other people.  Feel free to participate if you want.

The rules of the game:

RULE #1 : People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

RULE #2 : Tag 6 people to do this quiz and they cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.

1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?

No clue to be honest.  If it’s a real betrayal I might just walk out and take him for all he’s worth.  I once heard or read Ivanka Trump say, “Don’t get angry, get EVERYTHING!”  Of course I really don’t know and I hope I never have to find out.

2. If you have a dream you’d like to come true, what is it?

That I would have an infinite amount of money so I could travel around the world on a whim.  And because it would be infinite I would just be giving it away.

3. Whose butt would you like to kick?

Hmm, I don’t honestly know.  I can’t think of anyone specific but I really hate bullies so maybe I’d round up a few of them and show them what it’s like.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

Didn’t I just answer this already?  Well, I guess I would pay off my student loan and my car – big spender I know.  Then I would pay off all the debt everyone in my family owes and give them all enough money to not ever have to worry about money again.  I would put away enough to travel and maybe invest some somewhere for posterity.  Then I would probably give the rest away.  There are a bunch of people in a small village in Guatemala whom I would love to give money too.  And anything to do with kids.  Like going to schools and purchasing supplies for them or donating to after school programs, music programs, and fitness programs.  Stuff like that.

5. Will your best friend always be your best friend?

My best friend would be Leigh and yes, she’d better be!

6. Have you ever been in love with two people at once?

Nope

7. How long would you wait for someone you really loved?

Uh, well it depends.  What am I waiting on them to do?  Get back from somewhere?  Overcome some issue?  Are they making up their minds about something?

8. If you won the lottery, would you quit your job?

Absolutely.

9. Who is on your celebrity top 5…you know, the ones…that if you ever had an opportunity…

Oh my gosh I just went into a frenzie b/c I know there are so many to pick from but my mind went blank.  For sure Wentworth Miller from Prison Break.  Christian Bale, David Beckham, Ryan Gosling, and Dave Annable.  I wouldn’ be surprised if I changed this a few times throughout the day.

10. What sucks the life out of you?

Hearing about or dealing with the same issues over and over and over again without any changes being made.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

I would use my eyes.

12. What’s your greatest fear/phobia?

Rejection.  But I will also accept spiders and those large grasshoppers.

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?

Well, we’ve never met but her blog is dang funny and she reads my blog so she must be awesome.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?

Hmm, I don’t know.  I’ve never been married or rich, just single and poor.  So I might be up for anything that changes that up a little.

15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Think to myself, “The sooner you get up and function, the sooner you can leave work and come home.”  Then I get up.

16. Would you give all in a relationship?

Yes.  As long as I’m not the only one doing so.

17. Is your career vitally important to you?

Nope

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing the someone has done?

I would really like to say yes to this question but I don’t think I honestly can.

19. Do you prefer being single or having a relationship?

It’s a toss up.  I love doing whatever I want whenever I want without having to think of anyone else.  I love coming and going at my own schedule and not having to worry about other people.  But sometimes it’s a real drag to have to go to things by yourself all the time.  And it’s nice to have someone want to be with you simply because you’re you.

20. List 6 people to tag

I already said I wasn’t going to do this.  But feel free to take the tag and run with it.  Just let me know so I can take a peek.


Happy National Punctuation Day

That’s right, September 24th is National Punctuation Day.  This may be a good excuse for me to brush up on my writing skills because no doubt as you read this you will find a number of errors.  Looking at their website, I gather this day was really meant to be geared toward younger children in the school system.  Good for you Jeff and Norma (Punctuation Day founders)!  But talk about random.  It makes me wonder what all the other National Day things there are.  Did you know that on September 19th was National Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Imagine going into a work meeting while your boss says things like, “Arrg, shiver me timbers” or “Ahoy matey”.  Actually, come to think of it (and a little off the subject), a couple of years ago a co-worker and I planned a pirate themed birthday party for my former boss and it was AWESOME!  Hmm, that could be my next post.  In the meantime, Happy National Punctuation Day.

*after writing this I googled National Days to see what I could come up with.  This site has a list of what are supposed to be official national days (though I see no Punctuation or Pirate Days on there).  But for fun I checked out my birthday and it is National Beheading Day.  HAHA!  And now I wonder what National Day theme falls on your birthday??

Tuna Surprise

Last night I decided to  make some lunch to take in to work so I wouldn’t go out and buy junk food.  I didn’t want to cook anything so I quickly made two tunafish sandwiches.  One for breakfast (I can eat just about anything in the morning) and one for lunch.  I got to work and after a little bit started feeling really hungry so I pulled out one of the sandwiches.  I was about 2/3 finished when I noticed a speck of dust drifting down right in front of my eye, so close I thought it was going to land on my eyelash.  When I refocused my view I discovered it wasn’t dust at all but a tiny spider making its way down from the ceiling.  Can you imagine if that thing had landed on my face??  Oh hell no!  I’m glad no one else was at work to witness what happened next.  I let out a shriek, ducked, and did a drop and roll off my chair to the ground all the while staying hunched over while clutching my tuna sandwich.  Stupid spider.  I stood up and hit it with my shoe but didn’t see what became of the body.  I sat back down and continued reading everyone’s blog when all of sudden the eight legged freak crawled out from underneath my keyboard near my palm.  I shrieked yet again, but this time when I hopped off my chair I remained focused not frazzled.  I took my flip flop and slammed it so hard on the spider its legs flew off.  There’s still a shoe imprint on my desk to serve as a warning for any other creatures that are thinking of stopping by.  They’d better think again.

It’s that time of year again

We had to fill out our company’s work evaluations this past week…ugh!!  This is the third evaluation I’ve done for this company and right off the bat I have to say they’re a complete waste of time.   

Year #1:  I had only “officially” been with the company two months, although I had been a temp worker for 7 months before being hired.  I still had to fill out the evalutation.  99% of the questions didn’t even apply to me seeing as how they had to do with goals I had set for the previous year and whether or not I had reached them.  Plus a large portion of the questions had to do with aspects of the company I did not (and have never had to) deal with.  Many of the questions were repeated throughout the form just worded a little different and I felt compelled to answer them all differently.  The whole thing took between 4-5 hours to complete.  In the end, I received a whopping $.04 an hour more because the company only took into account the two months since my hire date.  Honestly, I would have given the change back if it meant not having to waste my time filling out the form.  My manager at the time had it approved to give me a bigger raise because he didn’t think it was fair to not take into account all the time I had been there, even if I was only a temp worker.

Year #2:  Same stupid form to fill out from the previous year.  Seeing as how I never saw the previous evaluation again (though we were supposed to review it with our manager) I didn’t put as much time into this one but it still took about 3 hours to complete.  However this year, I copied and pasted answers on multiple portions rather than trying to think of a new way to answer the same question.  Plus on portions that didn’t apply to my job responsibilities I answered with a mocking, sarcastic tone that is hard to fully detect unless you know the person.  I can’t remember what the raise amount was but it wasn’t worth much.  According to my new manager, he wasn’t consulted like he was supposed to have been by his boss.  Instead HR and his boss and had assigned everyone the same percentage raise.  He went back and had it raised on a few people (like me) to make it fair according to the work and job titled held.  So once again, my raise was based on my manager asking for more money and not a result of the evaluation.

Year #3:  This year the company changed the form to make it faster and easier.  A large portion consisted of a ranking scale from 1-3 on how we feel we are in particular areas.  I made it incredibly easy on myself and rated 3s on pretty much everything without really reading the questions.  Because let’s face it…I rock.  My answers to the questions resembled my high school term papers, filled with tons of flowery words, that when you think about it don’t even make sense.  There were a lot of,  “I feel that in order to adequately enable our customers to efficiently ascertain and master their evolving goals within the competitive environment….”, “As a means to obtain our primary focus within our company’s infrastructure, our ending result must reflect not only our unwavering dedication to our valued customers but the importance in acheiving quality satisfaction….”  Uh, WHAT??  Exactly.  And it only took 20  minutes to complete.

If the past two years are any indication, my raise will be the result of my manager.  And my evaluation will be filed with the rest in the large folder labled trash can.