Monthly Archives: September 2006

unaccustomed productivity

So today my prime MSN distractor left the city to visit her family up in the northern wilderness. No, not Wales. Northern NSW. I was a bit concerned about what I would do while my MSN buddy was away. Surprisingly (or not), I have actually achieved rather a lot in the uni work department!

Luckily before my writing hand got sore, my northern correspondent logged in. Phew!

In other news, I have stuck my puzzle to my circle of masonite. Now I need to attach the hook things to the back and it’s ready to go!

In yet more other news, I am working for the next two days. I haven’t worked two consecutive days since January. Or possibly December…

ceding defeat

I have decided to call a halt to my active search for spiral bound notebooks with margins and non-perforated pages (thanks miss lisa but the Spirax 595s have no margins 🙁 ). The ones I have are Xbooks (made by dats, black cover with an X embossed on it). They must be discontinued or something.

So I will use up the two that I have left. That should take me to the end of my haematology notes and possibly into cardiology. Or the end of respiratory which is still sitting in a pile on my chair… but then I will need a new sort of notebook. I’m thinking I’ll probably have to get the non spiral bound ones. The problem with them is that if you bugger up a page you can’t just rip it out.

Maybe I could look into importing notebooks…


So today on my way home I was inspired to cook something with vegetables. So I stopped at the fruit shop (well it’s called that but it also sells vegetables… strange really) and wandered around looking for inspiration. The first thing to catch my eye was a kumara. I briefly pondered squash but decided they were overpriced. Then I came across the lentil aisle. I’d never cooked lentils before and wondere how hard it could be… so I purchased a bag of red lentils. Then I thought garlic. And zucchini. And eggplant.

At home I had some tomatoes already. And some tomato paste.

I cooked the lentils for about 15 minutes after washing them. Google told me to do this to get rid of the dirt and stuff. Then I lightly cooked my garlic in a different pan and added my kumara and eggplant (but I chopped them first. It would have been quite funny to add them whole!). Then zucchini and tomato. Then lentils with some water. Then the tomato paste. Oh yes and tabasco sauce and paprika and a bit of pepper. And I cooked it til it was ready. And it was pretty good.

THEN I spiked dinner with lentils as well. It was a rather multicultural meal. Lamb with rogan josh sauce, spinach (or maybe bok choy… something green), capsicum and lentils. Pretty tasty though.

Wiblog entry for 23/09/2006

This afternoon I cut out my circle of masonite to use as backing on my puzzle. I considered doing it this morning but somehow went back to bed after breakfast and slept til nearly 1. But that’s ok. The afternoon is just as good for sawing as the morning.

Tonight I will probably glue the puzzle to the masonite and then clamp it using phone books and Kumar & Clark’s Clinical Medicine (6th Edition) among other weights. I will not be using the pathological basis of disease book because I intend to read from that tonight. Then I just need to attach the hook thingies to the back and behold! It will be finished!

driving hint of the day

When a car with lots of dents in the back draws alongside you on a multi lane road, assume that it is going to cut in front of you. Some people never learn.

Not that I’ve hit anyone today, I was just pondering this while driving (a fair distance) behind one such person.

Medicine is Fun :)

Warning: Squeam Level High. Those with weak stomachs erm… well if you have a weak stomach maybe this is applicable to you… but I still wouldn’t read on!

This morning we had a lecture about Poo. Well, to be precise it was about Common Parasitic Infections. But due to their preferred place of residence there was a fair amount of poo-talk.

When collecting a stool sample to test for parasitic infections, there are two important principles regarding the sample. Looser is better and generous servings make the pathology people happy. Apparently in the private sector the sample containers are opaque, however if you are doing your sampling through a public hospital you will be given a transparent urine sampling container. See in the private sector, these things remain private.

Something that I have often wondered is the logistics of the process. I mean, it seems like an awfully small container. Well. You need a primary container (for example an ice cream tubs or an empty take away food container – my lecturer emphasised that a pizza box was not appropriate) and then use a plastic spoon to dole out portions into two official containers. When looking for parasites, it’s important for the sample to be delivered to the labs in a timely manner as some parasites can break down outside the body very quickly. You can add a fixative to one of your samples to prevent this occuring. I wonder if it’s anything like the puzzle fixative that I bought on Saturday??

Final item on this topic. On Victoria Road (which is a main road in Sydney that goes from the city to West roughly), there is a store called The Stool Shop. It always has a sign out the front saying “All Stools Must Go”. It makes me giggle.

The End.

Wiblog entry for 17/09/2006

On Friday afternoon at work, I was merrily working when the screen went black and then the message “non system disk or disk error” flashed up. To cut a long story short the hard drive had died.

I had six hours of work still to go, the software people hadn’t given us a re-install disk so I couldn’t install the dispensing software on any other computers and it was Friday night so there was not much that could be done. The computer company is replacing the hard drive and the software company is sending us the software. But this won’t happen til Tuesday. The pharmacy is open 13 hours/day, 7 days per week. So that’s over 50 hours without a dispensing computer. Also whichever company installed the computer hadn’t given us a Windows re-install disk. So even if we’d bought a new hard drive and managed to borrow a dispensing software disk from another pharmacy (impossible as it turned out because no-one else had been given one either), it would have been useless without an operating system.

The helpful software people told me that if I wanted the software before Tuesday I could send someone to pick it up on Monday (the busiest day of the week). “erm so I send the ONE shop assistant, leaving the ONE pharmacist dispensing everything by hand (ie. hand writing all labels and repeat forms) for THREE HOURS, plus dealing with the Monday morning methadone client rush, because you guys are too cheap to send it by courier??”… yep!

My boss gets back from holidays tomorrow. Hehe he’s going to be happy.

Something that I have learnt from the experience is the importance of regularly checking your back up procedures – backing up is good, but in the event of a total system crash, do you have everything you need to restore it??

Another thing that I’ve been pondering is how we are being forced to become more dependent on computers. For example in Australian pharmacies, we all have a Yellow Book that tells us the stipulated prices for medications and various regulations related to their subsidisationg – the pricing info is built into the dispensing programs but sometimes a bit of extra info is needed. The Govt department that provides it has decided that the book will only be available online unless you opt in to hard copy and pay them money. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the online version and use it frequently BUT the time when you most need the Yellow Book is when your computer is down. Oh! and where will the Yellow Book be then? Online!! Oh! This is a problem!

In short, computers are great but they break. And electricity delivery depends on intact wires. And is providing a not overly large book, printed on bog standard paper, to a few thousand businesses, three times per year really that much of a budget destroyer?

I would like to discuss this with the relevant er person. But I can’t quite figure it out. See all the details are online. Apparently. Somewhere. You just email firstname.lastname@somewhereorother. But who!?!

what’s my life worth?

Thanks Nessa – I now know what my life is worth.

Your Life Is Worth…


Hmmm so possible interpretations of this information…
1. This is the amount that my presence on earth will contribute to the world coffers
2. Once I have earnt this amount of money I may then die having completed my life’s work.
3. One I have earnt this amount of money I will die.
4. If I were to be taken over by a larger company, this is how much they’d pay for me.
5. If I were owned by someone else this is how much I’d make for them.
6. If I were compressed into a diamond, this is how much it would be worth.
7. Other.


Well, despite the snotty assistant at the optometrist who made me feel like an idiot and tried to convince me that my lense had fallen out and couldn’t possibly be stuck somewhere in my eye, it WAS stuck in my eye! It was very hard to find and she had to coax it out with a cotton bud.

Then she gave me two sample lenses (a spare one because it was the last in the box) so that I could find my way home. It’s very hard to walk around with one eye seeing and the other not. Especially when it’s the weaker eye that’s not seeing.

So nerrrr Mr Snotty Assistant! I told you that I didn’t think it’d fallen out.