I know I haven't updated in a while, and I know I said I would write a lot, and I know I said I would post pictures. Unfortunately this is me just checking in to say I'm still here and doing well, just very busy with work. I started my road training shifts yesterday and three twelve hour days in a row when I've been sitting on my rear end is knocking me off my feet, and by the time I get home I just crawl into bed and fall asleep 😛
So here's the deal…Saturday is my day off. I will take lots of fun palm tree filled pictures and post a good real update then. I promise, scouts honor and all that.
But in the meantime I just want to say…I LOVE my job so far. Now that I'm on the road and actually being a paramedic again, I'm having a blast. Its a little weird getting used to a new area, talking on the radio here, etc but my preceptor is great (he used to be from Syracuse so he knows where I'm coming from) and we have had a lot of really good calls so far (for non-EMS folk, that actually means sick patients but good in that I was able to use my skills and actually make a big difference).
Anyways, all is well, work is great, Adam is doing well (one month from graduating the Police Academy), my apartment is still too small for all of us, and Jake the Cat is cuddly. I miss you all like crazy but other than being away from everyone, I love it down here! Now all I have to do is convince you all to move…
Hi everyone, I made it to Florida in one piece 🙂 The drive was about 21 hours long, I drove 13 hours Saturday and 9 on Sunday. It wasn't a bad drive, just VEEEERRRRYY boring. I got two books on tape (well, CD) which took up about 16 hours and actually made the time go by much faster.
So now I'm officially living in Florida. That feels so strange to say. I look out the window at the palm trees (really, we're on the third floor and I can touch the leaves from the balcony) and it feels like I'm on vacation, not actually living here. The weather has been beautiful, 70 in the morning and evening and up to 85 during the day. This week is my vacation week so I've been running errands, learning the area, and generally enjoying being in Florida.
My biggest complaint so far (it wouldn't be me if I didn't complain about something, right?) is the traffic. There are no real expressways in this county, and pretty much every road except for neighborhoods is like West Ridge road – three lanes and 45mph (which means people drive 60). There are medians everywhere which means a lot of U-turns. And the lights take several minutes to change, which gets frustrating. But in a couple weeks I'll be in an ambulance, which means I get to skip the lights most of the time 😛
Thats about it for now…I'm all moved in and just killing time until work starts next Monday. My email now is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number hasn't changed yet…and when I do change it I'll let you know. My computer still isn't set up but thats on the agenda for this week so soon I'll have some pictures 🙂 Hope all is well up in NY, miss you all!
So tomorrow is the big day…I head out around 8am for my drive down to Florida, I'll stay overnight somewhere in North Carolina, and get to Clearwater Sunday night. For now my phone number is the same so feel free to call me either Saturday or Sunday because thats going to be a long boring ride! I'm going to do my best to post more regularly once I get down there so that you all know how things are going.
I really want to thank all of you for being so supportive of me and this move, even though I know some of you don't want me to go. I love you all so much and its really hard to go, but its a little easier knowing that you guys are there for me. On a happier note, I expect you all to come visit the sun and sand (and little old me)!