DentalFest 2011 ended a couple days ago with a real bang of a grand finale: The extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth by an oral surgeon, for which I was put under general anaesthetic. Awesome! It only took 20 minutes, and I woke up to find myself mid-conversation with a lovely assistant type person who removed my IV and nodded sweetly as I prattled on and on about all the reasons why I love my partner. Said partner was in the waiting room, ready to pick up my prescription and drive me home to bed (and oblivious to the fact that I was waxing poetic about our relationship to a complete stranger…. Awwwww!).
I wasn’t going to take the prescription at first, thinking it’d be for Tylen0l 3, which turns my stomach. Then Oats told me it was for Perc0set, and I was stoked: Hurrah for euphoria and memory loss! That beats the bloated nausea I get from the T3s, hands down. The pain has been a lot worse with this latest removal compared to my other recent ones, and I’ve been glad for the relief provided by the pills, even if they also make me gap out a lot. Sadly, I think the drugs can also be blamed for my writing this blog post at 3 a.m… Sometimes, it really zonks me into oblivion, but apparently can also have the opposite effect.
The shitty thing about being awake this late at night is that I’ve actually got to get up early tomorrow, in sharp contrast to my usual unemployed-haus-frau routine: Some friends are going camping on a small island several hours north of here, and as their route takes them across another small island where my friend O has just bought a place, I’m catching a ride to visit her. It’s the sort of sudden opportunity that makes me really love my current freedom… I can’t really make too many plans more than a week or two in advance, in case I get a job offer, but I can leap at lucky connections like these.
I asked O if I could bring anything: I know that she and her partner are in need of a lot of stuff to get their sweet little homestead going, and though I’m not really able to toss a freezer or tractor into my backpack, I figured there oughta be something I could help with. Surprisingly, their number one request was PROTEIN. Ha! Turns out they’ve had a lot of visitors since moving in a couple weeks ago, and have already blown through their month’s food budget. They’ve got ample fruit and veg coming in, but with no grocery store on the island, meat-type things are a little lacking.
I totally remember this from when I was a kid, living my parents in northern Ontario: City folks would turn up for multi-day visits completely out of the blue, bringing only a bottle of wine or two, like they would at any urban get together… Not realizing that the closest supermarket was actually a significant drive away, and one could not simply skip down to the corner store for a last minute block of butter. It used to drive my mom completely bonkers!
With that in mind, I visited the local wholesaler this afternoon and bought a housewarming gift that I hope will do the trick: A couple dozen Spicy Italian sausages, 4 cans of tuna, 3 blocks of tofu, 2 kg of dried black eyed peas, 350 g of blue cheese, and a pork butt roast (all for $40! I love the wholesaler). I’m also going to throw in a batch of yoghourt and bread that I made today. Hey, I should put it all in a nice basket, add some jars of pickles and jams, and tie it all up with fancy ribbons! Oh, the excellent ideas I get in the middle of the night… In reality, I’ll be so friggin tired tomorrow morning that I’ll be lucky if I remember it all. Making it look pretty it out of the question.
What else do I have to tell you? Not much, really… I submitted a resume today to a local company that isn’t union but was advertising their need for electrical apprentices. I’d prefer to work union, of course, but at this point I just want to log hours. I also submitted a general application to another provincial utility, one that is much smaller than hydr0 and located mostly in the southern interior of BC. They didn’t have any current job postings relevant to my work, but do hire electrical apprentices each year, and I figure that it’s good to try to get noticed. I’m also watching the hydr0 job board like a hawk, ready to pounce on the next chance to apply for the apprenticeship (again).
To be honest, it would be kinda strange, to suddenly get a job somewhere else in the province just as Oats is figuring out her grad school stuff and we’re making plans to move our little family across the country. On the other hand, the utility jobs pay so well that it’d be a fantastic way of funding this big life change! Even if I couldn’t stay in the position, out of desperate desire to be nearer to Oats as she embarks on her studies, it’d be worth it for just a short while.
On that note, I’m going to try out sleeping now, and see if it catches on. Wish me luck.