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Goodie!, Oh

A mash of updates

Livejournal was down for a bit during the last time I wanted to update; I'm still glad this site exists!

I'm moving slowly over to Google +, only truly slowed by the people who haven't made the change. If you're interested, I've got a bunch of invites. Send me your email address. That said, this is probably the last livejournal post that will also link to facebook. G+'s circles make it much easier to control the flow of my personal information.

Onto writing, and where to start? I don't journal nearly as much as I used to, or nearly as much as I have reason to. When I try to step back and look at my life, there is so much that I never expected, and so many projects it's nearly overwhelming! I fill my time, however, because I am happier when I am "doing". As lazy as I can be, the doing makes life worth living.

Jaz Kidz keeps on changing on all levels. New clients and new staff, but so many of the same old problems. Cleaning, consistency, storage, financial issues (political), etc. As much as I love working there, and love the kids, I am looking forward to a future where I have a bit more say over my environment, and learning new things in new settings. There are drudgery sort of walls with this kind of work, and I feel like I'm running into them.

With the news things comes my internship. As I was pleased to learn last semester, I got my first choice of internship at RCAA's Multiple Assistance Center (MAC). The power structure, there and at Family Services in general, has changed a little since summer break began; Brendan, who I interviewed with, no longer works there. While a lot of data I have is gossip-based, let's just say that I'm a little more nervous than I was previously. However, the MAC is going to be amazing for me. To really compact as much learning as I can into this year of school - so that I can get into the Advanced Standing Master's Program at HSU - I need to have access to a variety of services in the continuum of care, and experience aiding clients in numerous situations with numerous risk issues. The MAC is an excellent place to do this, and it's just down the street from a bus stop.

School starts on the 22nd of August; that would be 11 days and counting. 11! That's not even two full weeks! The stress bunny has started. I need to spend some distinct amount of time getting everything ready to go this week. I don't have my school books yet (and won't until I get money) but I can hunt down and set up essentially everything else I'll need.

In addition to school, my CASA case is nearing it's court date, so I have to spend some time working on the report for the judge, as well as hunting down and talking to anyone involved with the childrens' lives that I haven't yet conversed with.

In my head, this all comes on the tail of a whale of a good feeling of a job well done. North Star Quest Camp for Girls was a total blast! I had fun and I get to add to my resume, as well as having a wonderful nonprofit I can fundraise for throughout the year; I expected this. It's what I didn't expect that still has me reeling in joy: amazement. I did not expect to be amazed by 37 pre-teen girls; I did not expect to be in awe of their capacity for love, compassion, understanding, and power. I did not expect the get my cynical shell so well cracked, or to break down and cry, or to have a dastardly inner clown. Sometimes, the unexpected is exactly what we need. I'm so grateful that I've gotten to participate in this, and you can bet I'll be working my butt off to make sure next year happens as well!

Let's see, what else? So many projects! The incredible SuperKate (who is getting married Saturday) helped me to set up my sewing machine. While I'm still a novice, I can sew! I intend on making a t-shirt quilt for both practice and camping warmth.

I have the intention of becoming a snake mommy in the near future. I am trying to hunt down used (and therefore cheaper) setup goods, such as a tank and heating lights, to get a habitat available. After talking to the gentlemen at Fin & Feather, one of the smaller pythons or a milksnake will probably be the best choice for me. I need relatively small (around 3 feet) and not incredibly thick snakes so that I can be in control if ever a questionable situation arises. While the boas of my friends are beautiful, that's far too much snake for me to handle.

There's more (there is always more) and hopefully I can work journaling into a morning routine.
Yippee!!

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

Hello elljay! It seems that I have a little time to update!

R and I had a successful visit from his mom. Before she came, poor boy was so incredibly stressed out; I'd never seen him that bad. He was super cranky and bitchy (but would apologize if I called him out on it) and generally miserable to be around. Of course, I was expecting terrible things to happen. None of them did.

Marti arrived pretty late Wednesday night; she'd been stuck in traffic outside of Willits due to an overturned propane tanker. Plenty of other people I know ended up in the same jam. Once she got here, I wasn't really sure what to do with myself, so I worked on dinner while Ryan entertained her. Dinner for Wednesday was scallop Pad Thai, and ended up delicious. Watched the tube and chatted and Ryan made her a bed for sleeping. OH. She also brought me flowers, some nice plum-pink mums. Mums dry so well that that's on the list of things to do today.

I went to bed really early on Wednesday night because I'd agreed to work Thursday morning. My favorite client is aging out of the youth-care system, and will be being moved to a new home in Santa Cruz by the new year. I am very sadface about it, as I will miss her quite a bit. She was the only client there on Thanksgiving morning, and I got time-and-a-half - excellent! At the JAZ thanksgiving dinner earlier this month, Leah asked me if I'd like to be part of the team that helps her to move to her new home; I told her that I absolutely am game! I won't have to drive, I'll get paid, and I'll get to share my many experiences with her new staff. I was there her first night, and our relationship grew to where each is the other's preferred person to work with. It's only fitting that I help her move out of not just JAZ, but the youth system in general, and I hope that this makes the transition easier on both of us. I'll miss her a lot. (May end up interning with her mom though... )

Back to R's mom then. She's had lap band surgery, so she eats very little. It didn't make a lot of sense to have a big turkey dinner, so I made wild rice salad and R made salmon for the actual dinner of the day. She loved the salad, and we've sent her home with the recipe. We also played scrabble (she won) and introduced her to Hoarders.

Other meals: Alfredo spinach chicken with broccoli and meat casserole with asparagus.
Other watched things: Food, Inc. She's sort of a foodie, had been to culinary school and used to have a catering business, so it was very interesting for all of us to watch.

We drove her around; she really likes architecture, so we did a lot of loops around the copious Victorians Eureka and Arcata have to offer. We also took her up to HSU to check out Founder's hall, out to the Marina, and to Winco. As for the last, she was very excited about a bulk foods area in a low-cost grocery store. She also bought me a pie! PIE! Twin Peaks breakfast for the last couple of days, yes indeed.

She left about 5:45AM this morning and arrived in the bay safely. Successful trip; no one went crazy, everyone is happy.

I have only a couple more weeks left in this semester, but they are buckle down weeks. 4 projects/papers and 2 finals (one I'll actually have to study for!) and I should be done by the 9th. R has promised me Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood as an early X-mas gift so I can play play play all break. I'm quite looking forward to it.
Purple Scream(def)

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I submitted my letter of resignation today.


Boof.

I'm excited. I'm anxious. "It made me feel excited, well, excited and scared." It's very simple, and it expressed my wish to keep my professional relationship with Jaz Kidz, Inc. by remaining on as a "casual employee". Essentially, my name will still be on the phone list, and I can cover shifts for other people and attend Jaz functions (like the AWESOME Christmas dinner they do). It's not going to be like regular employment though, no sir.

On the other side, I'll have a normal person's schedule again. A daylight schedule. And I'll be spending it all doing homework. Woot.