Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The activity girl

Finally, it's over 30 degrees here, and the sun is out. I took Bash/the dog whose name may or may not be solidified, for a walk directly after work. I had a great morning, both at home and at work, but my afternoon has pretty much sucked for reasons I can't determine. Even the walk in the awesome weather didn't help me. 

Below is a list of phrases I dislike:
"Is there going to be a sing-along?"
"Are you the entertainer?"
"Are you going to perform for us?"
A staff member to a resident, as I am trying to gather specific people for a group: "Would you like to listen to some music?"
"The new activity girl is here." (This one is special; I don't like "girl," either.)

I do happen to look good in red.
I. can. hardly. stand. those. words. in. those. configurations. !

But I do. I do stand them. 


  1. :) I. dislike. those. too. Here's what I've been told a lot lately (fyi: I work in hospice, and frequently go into nursing homes to see the pts):
    - Have you ever considered being a performer so that you can make some real money?
    - Wow! You just put him (him = a really confused, emotionally bewildered and agitated pt) to sleep, why don't you perform so that you can be around really big groups of people?


    Just found your blog and really like it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts (and letting me share mine).

  2. Michelle! I am thrilled that you read my blog; I subscribe to yours and read it as often as there are new posts. How nice it is to meet you. :)
    I love the question you got about performing so that you can make "real money." I have a resident who is insistent that I provide the music for everything having to do with the facility, because "why should they pay for someone when they can get it for free?" Ha. Yeah.
    Thanks again for the read.

  3. :) Those comments to me actually came from STAFF! I think they would have a heart attack if they found out how much I get paid... let alone paid at all.

  4. Wow, comments like that from staff. Pretty amazing. Just have to shake your head sometimes. :)