Balance? What is this balance of which you speak?

Photo: Birds on a railI have another blog for my photos, but I've been trying to sneak up on these birds since May and finally got a good snap of them this afternoon. It was worth the wait. I love their little expressions ("whatcha doin'?"). What am I doing? Not blogging. I've had a few nights off and now I have a few nights on, which is about how it tends to go. I have been crossing small distasteful postpone-able tasks off my lists because they stopped being postpone-able and spent a not-inconsiderable amount of time curled up in my recliner with the new Sophie Kinsella book.

It seems I'm crispy with work-related burnout. It's not my profession itself that's burning me out; I love healthcare, and I love being a nurse. The three big bad B's, not so much. (Never heard of them? They are bickering, back-stabbing, and bullshit.) But these things are easily confused (am I burned out on my JOB or my CAREER?), and I needed to get them sorted. A big part of a successful nursing career is learning to cope with these situations, and I'm still learning. ER nurses seem to get burned out faster and worse than nurses in other specialties, and I knew that going in. It all boils down to I have a good job, I'm good at it, and I am confident that I will eventually come within a glancing blow of balance. I had fair success with chick lit and chocolate, if anyone else wants to experiment with that and report back!