What's new with me? I got back from my birthday trip a few weeks ago! It was so much fun! Rome was incredible and I found new restaurants and places I haven't been before. I also was able to see different parts of the Colosseum that were previously and currently off-limits unless you book a special tour. AND!!! I succeeded in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and it was hands down the most amazing and incredible thing I have ever done in my life. It was 8--long--days and we summited on Day 7 and I actually reached the top! I say actually because nothing about that climb is a guarantee. Two people in my group of seven alone didn't make it to the top due to acute mountain sickness so shit is real up there to put it in perspective. I'll definitely be writing a post about it and including pictures--goal is to have it up next week Wednesday for Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere--so hopefully y'all stay tuned for that! I don't really know what I want to write about it so if y'all have any suggestions of what you wanna hear I'll do whatever. Otherwise I'll just do a quick write-up of what it was like/how I felt going up. *shrugs*
Work has been great. I've only got a few more shifts left before I'm off orientation and all on my own. It's so odd to have such a long orientation after travel nursing where I literally got 2 shifts and then it was good luck, don't kill anybody. Permanent jobs take their time with you, lol, so I had 25 shifts by comparison. I'll be in float pool which I'm really excited about because I'll be able to go to any floor in the hospital that isn't an ICU. I'm a bit nervous as I always want to do a great job as a nurse and will still feel out of sorts for awhile because of the fact I'll be going everywhere and not really have a home. I know I'll eventually get used to each floor once I've been there a few times each but I'll get there!
With that said, I finally got my schedule of which days of the weekend program I'll be working (weekend program by choice, long story) so that means I can start planning new trips! Eeep! I just booked a flight to go see Hannah in Atlanta and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!! I cannot wait to finally hang out with one of my best friends in person and meet her new baby. Okay, so he's not that new of a baby anymore but still. I've been going nutso looking at Skyscanner and the Southwest sale like, hmm maybe I'll go to Aruba or Costa Rica between my weekends in the fall. I REALLY wanna go to Iceland and Vancouver with this schedule! I'm hoping to get a weekend off in fall so I can *covers face for a moment* go back to the UK for a week. I seriously love it there so much I want to make it an annual trip and see new cities there while I have the time and money and no chains here...yet.
Speaking of chains, or rather lack thereof, still nothing on the romantic front. I know my other single ladies out there can commiserate with me, I finally bit the bullet and tried online dating. It's been...interesting to say the least. Not gonna lie guys, it's a sad, sad world to pick from out there. I'm trying to keep an open mind but it's led to a few disastrous and hurtful conclusions so I really can't seem to do anything right in regards to this aspect. Le sigh. Maybe someday. SO until then I guess I'll just book plane tickets solo even though for like the first time in my life I've started thinking, hmm, it might be really nice to have somebody to plan a trip with...Yeah, I think that'd be kinda nice. But until then... *Already picturing myself on the beach in Aruba solo with a drink in my hand...it could be a worse life*
So yeah, I think that's it! Reading some great books, trying to plan some fantastic trips, and working to make that dolla holla. Until next time, guys!