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Footprints on the Moon

Back to the crazy time of year

This week has been a wee bit shy of crazy, but I guess that's the way I like it.

First, work! Today is the last day of the last week of me working for Jaz over the summer, and I'm not even working a full shift. It's always a little intense over the summer, but this season seems particularly confusing. The office lady, who we were all rather fond of, left to live in Sacramento, so there was an up high scramble that moved it's way down to the lower reaches of floor staff. Everyone seemed a little more discombobulated than typical.

Another lovely lady left. She's a friend of mine, and she was just very burnt out on the field in general and this place of employment in particular. I'm glad that she resigned, because it is best for her and because she hasn't been as present as the clientele really need her to be. However, rather than giving her two weeks, she just up and and quit. While I haven't yet been able to speak to her (and I think she may be avoiding me) I think I understand her reasons. Still, it was massively irresponsible of her, and I'm more than a little disappointed in her decision. Following your heart is good, and more people should do it. It's very fulfilling. When following your heart, though, pay attention to your feet, lest you step on someone else.

The NSQ campers are having a staff barbeque at Yvonne's on Sunday, and I'm looking forward to re-connecting with the ladies back here in the real world.

Second, school! The 442 breadth course got changed at the last minute for essentially unknown reasons. The program hired a new staff member, a Dr. Michael Ballerio (spelling?), and what was "Adventure" is now "Social Work, Social Justice and The Prison Industrial Complex." Let me tell you, I am jazzed. This class is going to be awesome, group work and all.

Natural disasters will require me to keep up, but I should manage a 4.0 out of it. One page of handwritten notes are allowed on exams, so I'm fine. If I can have a few notes, I'll ace it. (I know I can I know I can I know I can...)

The exercise classes are going to kick my butt. I'm going from a fundamentally sedentary existence to pretty intense workouts three days a week. Let me tell you, my legs are sore! The swing dance class is going to be fun, and dance has always felt like fun rather than a chore, but I know I'll have to push myself to keep attending the power step. The teacher seems to understand the variety of issues I'm dealing with in her class (weight - as in moving around more, joint issues) and doesn't mind if I drop out of the routine and just march in place if that's all I can do. If she doesn't care, and it doesn't affect my credit, then I'm just going to keep doing what I can. Hoo-ah!

I haven't yet started my internship, and I'm feeling a little big lost due to my supervisor's casual attitude. While I am expecting to begin next week, I haven't been able to get a clear answer. Following the internship orientation today, I'm going to try and get something (anything) hammered out so I can start planning ahead.

Of that planning ahead, Social Work Student Association! Officers are having our first meeting today, and I've got one heck of an agenda in my head. I really want to make the club a little more fun and a little more active so that we get greater participation numbers. Movie nights are a shoe in, and I've gotten several of the teachers on board with giving extra credit for participation in the movie nights, as so many of them will be in line with current classes. I decided (because I can do that!) that Champion is going to be our first movie.  Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449472/
Danny Trejo is an excellent storyteller, so the story that I've already heard versions of is very fresh and engaging.  I think it has the potential to lead to great discussion.  Also, I might be able to talk Dr. Ballerjio into giving us extra credit for it.  Woo hoo.

CASA court case is coming up, and I'm not quite ready.  I need to get my court report written, and this weekend is already pretty stuffed.  Ryan and I are hosting all the Rocky cast parties now (which I prefer to attending another Rocky ever again), so that's happening Friday.  Saturday is IMPS, and we're working teardown.  Sunday is the NSQ barbeque, and Monday is back to school.  Somehow, I've gotta get all my homework done and a rough draft of the court report written.  I can do this, yes I can.  I just have to do this (and may not clean anything at all).

Also?  I want to got to Portland still.  Heee.

It never rains but it pours, and this is why I'm probably never having kids.  Waaaaaaay too busy. 

Oh, and I am making headway on being a snake mommy!  A young man from Chico is selling a Ball Python and all it's accesories for around $200 (I'll haggle him down if I want it) and I'm going to meet it Monday around noon.  I may have a snake soon!  He will totally be renamed, yes he will.  While it depends on the critter, does anyon have good snake name suggestions?  I mean, he's a snake.  He's not gonna care.

As the last thing for this update, those of you on the East coast are in my thoughts today.  I was freaked out by the earthquake because most of those states have no idea what to do in an earthquake.  I'm less concerned about Irene because I know that you know what to do and how to stay safe.  Still, I hope there is no damage or danger to you or anyone you know.  Love.
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.

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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Woo Hoo! I successfully jumped through all the fiery hoops, and I have registered for classes for the Fall semester! Yay!

There is irony in the online orientation being called HOOP.

From August 23rd and on, then:
Classes are only Tuesday and Thursday, with lab being on Thursday night.

SW 350 - Human Behavior & Soc Environments I
TuTh 9:30AM - 10:50AM
Room: SH 108
Instructor: M. Waller

SW 382 - Social Work Research
TuTh 12:30PM - 1:50PM
Room: FH 181
Instructor: M. O'Neill

SW 340 - Intro to Social Work Methods
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:20PM
Room: SH 128
Instructor: C. Slack

SW 340L - Intro Social Work Methods Lab
Th 3:30PM - 5:20PM
Room: FH 203
Instructor: C. Slack

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Life is good.


I have successfully completed a decent portion of X-mas present making/shopping. There are still plenty of people I should get stuff for, but I'm at a loss. Anyone want jewelry for the holidays? I never manage to find something for everyone; too many of you strange people. Still, in the interest of making wishes so they can come true....

What do you want for Christmas?

I'm having a hellofa time answering that question myself, actually. I need a new bead box.... Well, I'm easy to get stuff for.

Speaking of which, I think I got screwed on Jaz Kidz Secret Santa (secret non-denominational winter present giving of your choice). I got "the new girl".... so new that she hadn't actually started work yet (she does tonight) and no one except those boss people have met her. Of course, they don't know anything about her. Usually, at staff meetings, we all fill out paper about what we like and dislike and those are mixed up and given out. For example, in the section on what you like to drink, I write: Whiskey (Irish), Coffee - NOT Starbucks OMG EWWWW, nice tea, whiskey. (That's not a typo). Since new girl (Chryste) wasn't there, here paper looks like this:
? food

Yep. That's it. Urgh.

I'm hoping new girl Chryste has a sense of humor, because I went ahead and bought the Common Cold microbe plushie from Thinkgeek while doing other shopping. I figured that whoever I got for this year's SS would likely find that amusing. So, there is at least something. Damnit though, I want it to be a more meaningful present. I hate the lame presents. Last year I got shower stuff from bubbles. It was boring, and some of it smelled like gardenia. I don't like giving boring presents.

Chryste works overnights the same days as me at the other house. I'm trying to get AM staff over there to give her the 3rd degree so that I can come up with something original. Otherwise, a gift basket of things to do on overnights. Here's hoping she drinks coffee.

Then there is also Susan. Susan is the financial adviser/planner/etc. for Jaz Kidz. She's one of the very few who don't work with the kids, but she keeps everything running from a money perspective. She's top of her game, and also super nice. Last two X-mas dinners, Ryan and I sat with her and her husband. Good people. Last two years, she got screwed on Secret Santa. Now, Leah gives everyone $5.00 - $15.00 gift cards to Starbucks around the holidays. Someone just took those cards out of their own and gave them to Susan for SS. Now THAT is Office style lame. Good lord. Anywho, she's not participating this year, but I still want to get/make her something. That lady is gold.

Oh work, the things you do to me.

I ordered a purple tree from Walmart, and it should come in the mail soon. PURPLE. Sometime after it has arrived, I will run around to the lots and grab some fir branches for the smell, but I won't have to worry about finding a tree in the future. And it's me. A purple tree is just perfect, dah?

There are lots of projects still, some of which I need help on. Waiting until finals are over...

OH, that reminds me! I'm done with CR this semester... sorta! One class has no final, so this week was the last week for it. In Thomas' Critical Thinking, I didn't have to take the final because I had a 95% A in the class. Woooo! Me and 3 others. I also got a giant golden paperclip (longer than my hand is wide, I swear) for getting the highest cumulative quiz score of the class at 100%. Yay me! I'm done having to drive up to CR this semester! I still need to take a final for my History class, but that isn't due until the 14th. I'll study some at work this week and take the final Thursday. I currently have 140% in that class, so I'm not actually concerned. I'm essentially done... now it is time to work on the BSW application *shock!*

That personal statement will be the most difficult. My writing skills have decayed in the last couple of years, and I'm going to need to be at the top of my game. It's a short 5 pages (double spaced? single?), but it'll need to be packed. Anyone wanna help me with the editing process?

More beading will happen! I keep wanting to write informative essays about different aspects of beading because I think that many people don't have any concept about the style of beading I do. Not to sound egotistical or anything; it's more like I want to share these things so that people might have some understanding of something I dearly love.

Made two earrings and two bracelets last night.

I also got the stuff to start sewing. Ryan found the power cord and pedal, I got 3-in-1 oil, canned air, needles (a variety), thread, and the manual. This means that, once I clean everything and figure out how to thread the machine (and make bobbins!) I can actually start sewing. It's getting closer!

Projects: Re-organize the fabric/craft drawers at the landing. Re-organize the top of the landing to accommodate smaller altar space and X-mas decorations. Wrap presents, and mail those that need to be mailed. Keep on... beeeeeading. Re-organize livingroom walls....

I am beginning to want the front room to look different. I think... it's a little like being bored with my surroundings.

And someday? Someday I'll replace that couch/loveseat thing with one that is better (but is without the fold out bed).

Am reading: _Zombie_ by Oates, the first of the Harry Potter books (audio). I jumped on the wagon years later. Go me.

Pirate bunny

School Schedule

Spring 2010, my LAST semester at CR, begins on January 16th.

PE 9: Hiking! Friday 01:00PM - 03:55PM 1.00 unit Instructor: Susan E. Kidd. This one's on the main campus. I need to take an exercise class for weight loss, and this works well with my schedule. I'll need to buy shoes.

SOC 3: Human Sexuality! Monday 06:00PM - 09:10PM 3.00 units. Instructor: Dana N. Maher, Ph.D. Also on the main campus. As you can see, Durhum (am? ham?) isn't teaching the class, AND this instructor has a Ph.D. I'm jazzed.

GEOL 10: Environmental Geology! Online class. 3.00 units. Instructor: James M. Renner. I never did a physical science, and I need one for GE/AA/BSW. Woot.

HIST 9: US History Reconstruction - Present! Online class. 3.00 units. Instructor: Thomas S. Owen. That history I'm taking now? Yeah... wrong history, because I can't brain sometimes. Oh well! As Renee said, this will just be like a review.