♫ Roy to the World! It’s Blog Forty-One. It works …only if …you sing. ♫
It’s my last blog post for the year. I want to wish everyone a merry George Michael Memorial Day and a Happy New Year. May your 2019 be Amazing.
I’ve been doing an immense amount of writing lately. As mentioned in Blog Post #38, I have decided to write a book. Efforts to get articles published are on hold for now as I dedicate myself to writing, self-publishing, and promoting this book. What the heck will this book be about? The book is about nursing. More specifically, it’s a humoristic look at bedside nursing. Based on the three ‘Humour in Healthcare’ blog posts I wrote in 2017 and 2018, the book will include amusing short stories and jokes combined with an inside look at bedside nursing and its many challenges. The book is truly a ‘work in progress’ and I really don’t know what the final product will look like. I also know nothing about self-publishing. That’s part of the fun. I’ll post more updates on the book as time goes.
The book will include a lot of excerpts from this blog. You’ll be excited to know that all nursing jokes from this blog will make the book. I’d like to have the book finished before the end of 2019 but that’s not likely. It’s about as likely as Santa making a delivery to The White House in Washington this year.
2019 Travel Plans
My wife and I will continue our world travelling ambitions in 2019. We are going to spend a few days in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A at the end of February before meeting family in Guayabitos, Mexico. We are also excited to be going to Tokyo, Japan in the fall of 2019. In between both of those, we’ll be looking at a few more adventures closer to home. While I love travelling, I also love my home. I took this photo of the Xmas tree in the middle of downtown Vancouver earlier this month.
What’s Your Resolution?
There’s a lot of evidence that New Year’s resolutions don’t actually work. However, I consider myself proof that they can work if you work. In January 2016 I started my weight training resolution. I worked out at the gym focusing on strength training twice a week without fail. I’m now down 22 lbs, feeling good, and work out three times a week. Consistent strength training simply changed my life. It gave me self esteem, energy, and self belief. Resolutions can work (at any time of year) if you decide to make it happen.
At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to study Spanish every day with the goal of being fluent by the end of 2019. How’s it going at almost the halfway point? I’m not calling people ‘donkey’ or ‘books’ any more. I can ask if people speak English. I can ask what a word is in Spanish in Spanish. I can ask people to repeat themselves, speak slower, and tell them I don’t understand. I can also ask if there’s a monkey in my coffee. So I can safely say that progress is slow; but it’s progress…that’s progressively progressing.
Words of Wisdom
1. Before I talk about procrastination, I want to encourage everyone to take up strength training. It’s life changing.
2. Take on a challenge… and there’s no need to wait for the calendar to flip over.
3. Procrastination. I’ll talk about it in the next blog.
I want to wish all my readers peace and Roy over the holidays. May you all have tidings of comfort and Roy. If you see Santa, remind him to stop at The Island of Misfit Roys. That’s it for this crazy year. I look forward to sharing more of my writing in 2019.
So with “The Book” on it’s way, I thought I’d share a couple of jokes I’ve been working on. These, like “The Book”, are a ‘work in progress’ but the meat and the potatoes are there. Enjoy.
This first one might be only for nurses…or no one actually. I was in a café at the airport in Dublin, Ireland looking for a bite to eat. They had a burger called the MBM burger (mushroom, bacon, mozzarella). I ordered it without mushrooms. The server then said, “So you’d like a BM burger?”
Nursing can be so busy. You’ve got so much to do. One shift I was being pulled in so many directions at the same time, that I wasn’t sure what to do. Patients, nurses, doctors, care-aids, and managers were all asking for something from me and I was losing my mind. I said to my co-worker, “It’s moments like this that I wish I was an octopus.”
She smiled and replied, “Yeah, I could use a few more arms too.”
I looked at her blank and said, “Arms? I was talking about having a deadly vicious beak.”
She laughed, “Or to just be able to throw an ink bomb and take off!”