it's all about the whimsy

embracing uncertainty

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Yesterday, I gave notice to my dayjob. Farewell to the baby mines for me! In four weeks, I shall be walking out of their doors, never to return. No more semen samples, no more discussions with patients about the consistency of their menstrual flow, no more explaining the convoluted process of the Medicare Safety Net […]

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everyone loves a baby puppy

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One of my colleagues at the dayjob picked up her new baby on Friday night, and yesterday she brought said new baby in to work to show her off. Meet Lily, a (just) six-week-old Yorkshire Terrier: For reference, the curve of that tiny little spine, from nape to coccyx, barely fills my palm. I don't […]

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conversations with medicare

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BRANCH: With this item number, you need a specimen collection point number. ME: Head Office have told me you can override that with a miscellaneous code. BRANCH (noises of shock and amazement): No. Oh, no. That's not possible. *gives up, rings Head Office* ME: Hello, this is Lab X, I need to know our specimen […]

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make it stop

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I think I've found something even less fun than writing a synopsis, writing a query letter, pulling toenails out, worming a recalcitrant cat, fending off a funnel web with nothing but a christmas card1, … well, you name it. Electrical interference between the doohickey and the whatsimabob2 is causing a high-pitched continuous whine that is […]

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today, i am waiting.

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I am none too good at waiting. Patience, thy name is not Deb. I have ordered a new bed and mattress, but does the phone ring to tell me the new bed and mattress (and the good night's sleep I need) is ready? No. The phone is stubbornly silent. The phone, in fact, is taunting […]

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overheard

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Overheard at work today: Patient's mother: Is it…? It's raining. Patient's father: No, I don't think so. Patient's mother, standing and wandering to the window: Oh. No, it isn't. Funny, I thought it was. (Pause) Patient's mother: There must be moisture in the air. That I can see. Me: 😐

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random learnings this week

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Catherine Tate is to play the Doctor's companion in series four. Truly, tempura is the only way to eat your veggies. It even makes carrot taste delicious, instead of like chewing on pale wood. Tempura is also quite oily. Quite. But! Delicious. It is entirely possible to make a paperweight out of a contraceptive ring. […]