Monday, June 29, 2009

Bad Blogger

I know, I know. I've been a bad, bad blogger. 

I could say that there's been nothing to blog about, but after blogging every day for the month of November, we all know that even blogging about nothing is more interesting than no blogging.

So I'm sorry to the three readers who are left out there. I'll try to do better in July.

In the meantime I'll catch you up on my life...

June was a really difficult month for me at work. Many people think that the worst part of my job is having to deal with death. Though that's true sometimes, there are other parts that can be just as bad. This past month we've had multiple patients admitted after being home. This means that they were sent home seemingly healthy and then admitted later for some reason or another. That isn't the worst part. The worst part is that after being admitted, they end up being diagnosed with chronic and debilitating conditions that are a huge shock to their families. I've witnessed so many families being told this kind of horrible, devastating news this past month and truthfully, it's been exhausting. I still love my job and wouldn't want to be anywhere else, but there have been fewer rewarding moments recently. Here's hoping that July brings many more feel-good moments.

It isn't that I haven't been online. I have. And it isn't that I haven't received ridiculous emails from boys who can't compose a sentence. I have. And I'm sure there will be another post somewhere in the future to share more ridiculous emails. But for now I'm trying to focus on actually going on dates, and that has proven harder than I had originally thought. Turns out, lots of the guys who write to me are looking for penpals and notsomuch actual dates. I, on the other hand, am looking for dates. So there's a bit of disconnect there.

Also, what I've realized over the past few months as I've really come into my own in my work is that I'm really happy with where I am in my life. This isn't to say that I don't want to find someone to be my life-long partner in crime, but I'm not in a place where I feel like I need that person, and that feels very healthy to me. So it's not that I've lost my enthusiasm for looking for a significant other, but I guess I've lost some of the urgency.

I've really been focusing on self-care in this professionally trying month, and it's been paying off. I have managed to reconnect with a few old friends and get to know some new ones. I hosted a mini camp reunion last week the day that camp opened and helped a friend paint her new bedroom this past weekend. These connections also help me to feel whole and healthy and it has been wonderful for me to have new energy around my formerly-stagnant social life.

So that pretty much catches you all up on the happenings of Fibby. Thanks again to the few hearty readers who are still out there. I'll try to post more often next month.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Gem

I swear, people, I couldn't make these things up if I tried.

Message in my online dating inbox this am:

Subject: I apologize ahead of time...

   ... because you honestly sound very very sweet!! But you may have the absolute worst taste in music that I have ever ever heard!!(other than rap fans). Please don't be offended.

That was the entire message.

I am entirely bewildered by why anyone would bother to write and send such a message. If you're not interested in someone, just don't write. And if you are interested, isn't it a pretty well-known rule not to insult them in your first message?!?!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Scooper Bowl Wednesday

This week the Jimmy Fund hosted its annual Scooper Bowl fundraiser - essentially, all-you-can-eat ice cream for $8. Unlike last year, the weather was not exactly the kind that made me crave ice cream. Then again, the ice cream didn't turn to soup, so I guess that was a plus.

This year, I sampled 17 flavors (once again, not full cups each time). Many were similar to last year and none were particularly outstanding. If I had to choose, I think Maine Lobster Tracks might win as my favorite with its "unique eclair crunch whirl", but the artificially red "lobster colored chocolate cups filled with a thick caramel" were pretty gross. 

27th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Vendors:


  • *Cotton Candy
  • *Rock 'n Pop Swirl
  • *York® Peppermint Pattie
  • *Premium Churned Light Raspberry Chip

Ben & Jerry's

  • Orange & Cream
  • *Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
  • *Chocolate Macadamia
  • *Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road


  • *Vanilla
  • *Coffee
  • *Cherry Vanilla
  • *Cookies & Cream

Brigham's® Ice Cream

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • *Confetti & Cream
  • Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt


  • Coffee
  • *Take the Cake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Low Fat Caramel Praline Crunch Frozen Yogurt

Garelick Farms/Gifford’s®

  • Chocolate
  • Old Fashioned Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt
  • *Maine Lobster Tracks


  • *Zesty Lemon Sorbet
  • Chocolate
  • *Bailey's® Irish Cream
  • Vanilla Honey Bee

HP Hood®

  • New England Lighthouse Coffee
  • Cookie Dough Delight
  • Fenway Fudge
  • Maine Blueberry & Sweet Cream Frozen Yogurt


  • Amaretto gelato
  • Dulce de Leche gelato
  • Chocolate gelato
  • Chocolate Chip gelato
  • Crema Café gelato
  • Lemon sorbet
  • Coconut sorbet
  • Mango gelato
  • Raspberry gelato
  • Zabaglione gelato
  • *Ginger gelato