Friday, April 6, 2012

On A Change

I rode my bike again today.

I took the route I'm going to take to my new job.



I'm a Doctor's Assistant at All Creatures Animal Hospital.

It sounds so official, doesn't it?

Interestingly enough, only one building belonging to the United States Army stands between Candlelight and All Creatures.  In fact if I had not applied to All Creatures back in November, I would have never considered  popping over to Candlelight to see if they were hiring at the time.  And I might have been spared.

But all that is neither here nor there.  All Creatures did NOT hire me in November (though my new boss was kind enough to mention to me that the only reason I was not the one they hired was because the next day after my interview in walked someone who knew the software and had worked at another hospital.  I was THIS close!).  And I learned all kinds of patience working at The Lodge.  

Moving on.

I get to wear scrubs.  Not gonna lie, they make me feel pretty rad.

I can't talk about my work.  I COULD tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

The other day I learned how to pluck the hairs off male cat genitals in preparation for a neutering, how to administer a sub-cutaneous injection, what sub-cutaneous means, pull at least 30 ticks off a runaway dog, and restrain a cat that I am pretty sure was possessed by the devil.  Woops.  Now I have to kill you.

There is A LOT to learn.  But I have high hopes and I am tremendously excited.

I love the changing of the seasons and this ride I will take to work (being nearly 5 miles) grants me a detailed look at all there is to see, hear, and smell.  It follows the rambling Bear Creek and it winds through town under the overpasses of Rangeline, Providence, and Garth.  While I get moments of the city, most of my way is surrounded by trees, marsh, and scrubland.

Currently, bursts of purple phlox ornament the green undergrowth.  I spent the ride racing with butterflies as hawks navigate the thermals overhead.  Northern Perulas have started sounding their trilling call. Dandelions, prolific as ever, claim their territory in brilliant yellow.

(The above all sounded lovely in my head.  Now it kind of makes me want to *phert*)

The weather was perfect, and the ride invigorating.

I know waking up early only to take a 50 minute ride to work will take some getting used to, but I am excited to finally be back to spending regular time outside and getting in good exercise.

This could be the perfect turn of events for me.

And just to end things off, here are some pictures I took while I foraged for dandelions and wild onion with Sadie the other day.


Emily S. said...

I love this.

I love you.

I love Sadie's tongue in sharp focus.

I love the optimism.

I love this line of work for you.


Emily S. said...

(Oh, and I LOVE LOVE "phert" to describe that noise. I never really knew how to write it down before now.)

Julina said...

Happy for you. Hope I get to talk to you soon to tell you directly (: Have a great Easter weekend, see you soon!

Peeser said...

I LOVE the photo of the solitary dandelion puff and the one of the iris at the end- (I just LOVE iris!)

I'm so happy for you! I hope you enjoy this job as much as it sounds like you will!

Happy Good Friday!

Ellaniemae said...

I am sooo excited for you!! I just new that way back in November that this job was right up your alley. I am so glad that the boss reconsidered.

I am also very impressed with the great job you did in the Easter Cantata last night. You were amazing!

Erin said...

I echo all the sentiments above - I'm so excited for your new beginnings and it sounds like life is moving in the right direction!!!

Glessie Sue said...

I love when things finally work out! :) Thanks for the description. Missouri in the spring is pretty great.

Ellaniemae said...

I LOVE the new layout of your blog! It is very visually appealing. Maybe I will take your cue and follow suit. Mine has been the same for a very long time.

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