What a week it's been! I'm thinking at this point, I'm just going to have to accept that work just isn't going to get any better. Sadly, what's happening down here is that mental health services in Louisiana are getting cut more and more by our wonderful governor and as that happens we're getting more innundated with patients and unfortunately have a very limited number of beds. We're one of a very few mental health hospitals left in Louisiana. Even outpatient services are now being cut so when people panic, run out of meds, or just aren't getting their normal services and deteriorate mentally because of that, they need to come inpatient. As an admissions counselor, my job is to get these people who need the help into the hospital when we have a bed open and to explain to them that we don't have a bed when we don't. And sadly the latter is the truth most of the time these days and that's just hard to tell people. These weeks have just been draining me emotionally and physically, so today was really just what I needed.
I'm actually off for the next two days as well! Tuesday is Mardi Gras, but I'm actually not a huge fan of Mardi Gras...I like to go to a couple of the parades, but I can pass on Mardi Gras day. And with the last few weeks being hell at work, I'm using these three days off to just relax as much as I can. Today has been WONDERFUL :D Well, except for the splitting migraine that I woke up with that almost made me puke, but I took meds for that and about two hours later it was gone. Once that was gone I got up and went and got myself some coffee to start the day and then cleaned the hell out of the apartment. Call me crazy, but this is actually something I enjoy :p Or I enjoy HAVING a clean apartment afterwards I should say :p
Since then, I've just been reading, playing songpop, baking banana bread, and doing a whole lot of nothing :) And I think after I write this, I shall go sit in the bathtub with Stephen King's The Shining and do some #Shinealong catching up! I've only just started Part 2! I've been reading some good graphic novels lately though!!
I finally read Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days which has been sitting on my shelves literally forever. The funny thing is, I never even knew what Midnight Days was. It just had Gaiman's name on it so I bought it years ago. What it actually is, is a collection of five previously unpublished graphic stories by him! And I really enjoyed it!! Highly recommended for those who like Neil's graphic novel stuff and are looking for something different.
I also picked up Shaun Tan's new book, The Bird King, which is subtitled "An Artist's Notebook." It's SUCH an awesome little book. It's exactly what the subtitle suggests. It's basically sketches and ideas...some that never saw the light of day and some that became published work. It's broken down into sections for short story ideas, film ideas, random notebook doodles, etc. The first section, the short story ideas were just SO amazing. Some of them evoked a really strong emotional response in me and reminded me why I love love Shaun Tan so much. You can just look at one of his drawings and imagine an entire story from it. Love this one.
Then today I finished Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and wow, what an intense graphic memoir this one was. It's quite the powerful story of Bechdel's family life, particularly her relationship with her father. After finishing the book, it's still hard to really discern her relationship with her father. Bechdel draws parallels between herself and her father as she shows herself discovering herself as a lesbian in the book as she discovers her father's affairs with men and in a way there's a really close bond between the two, though at the same time, there's a near hatred there as well at times. But even though I say it's hard to discern their relationship, it's not so hard to understand it. Bechdel communicates her story, her upbringing and her life with her family in a way that's relatable and I think this is a perfect example of how the graphic/comic medium can work so well for a memoir.
Anyone else read anything especially good this weekend??