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It is way too early to be this annoyed
June 30, 2008, 9:24 am
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I was not in the office on Friday, I was at a company-sponsored training for non-violent crisis intervention. Since I have contact with clients, I need to know how to intervene should something happen, that not only saves me from physical harm, but also from a client getting hurt and/or suing the pants of me or the agency. It was an interesting training and the best part was that I got to leave at 2 when it was over.

This morning I get into my office and have six voicemails–and they are all for me, which is new (they are oftentimes for the former therapist who had this office and extension number). Three of them were from my program director, telling me about an IT training I need to go this morning. Then there were two from a case worker at another agency regarding one of my clients. I have been asked to attend a meeting with this other agency on my client’s behalf tomorrow.

Being the newbie, I went to my program coordinator, an LCSW who is leaving (which really sucks, because she’s been a lifesaver for me these last few weeks as I get acclimated), and asked her what agency protocol is. She told me that I incorrectly filled out a release of authorization letter for this client and a letter I had sent to the outside agency violated privacy and HIPPA policy.

BUT (and sorry if this seems hella-rambling, I need to get it off my chest so I can go through the rest of my day without carrying this with me) I had filled out a NEW release form that is with this client’s NEW chart. What did my program director take to the administration (and WTF? Why couldn’t he go to my coordinator, or to ME?!)–the old chart and the old release form. So yeah. I’m just annoyed that when there was a problem nobody came and talked to me. I’m new here, and could have used a little guidance on this procedure, as opposed to people talking to administrative directors that I have not even met.

And people wonder why there is such a high turnover rate in this department.

On a happier, less bitchy and WAY less rambling note, I saw 162 on the scale this morning. WOO!!!! I feel good and I brought my gym clothes with me so I can go and workout after I get off work. It’s going to be a good week. ūüôā


June 29, 2008, 1:14 pm
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When I was at Cal State Fullerton, I was a human services major with a minor in Women’s Studies. One of my daily readings is Feministing, a fantastic blog about all sorts of issues facing women from a feminist point of view.¬†

I was excited when Hillary Clinton was running for president–even though I cannot stand her politics, I was encouraged that there was a strong woman who was a serious contender for the highest office in the land. I was pissed off with all of the¬†misogyny that she faced in the mainstream media. Seriously, comments about her “cackle” to almost everything Chris Matthews ever uttered about her were¬†frustratingly¬†patriarchal¬†and I found myself defending HRC on a daily basis to those in my life whose point of views are far less feminist than my own.

But internets, I have a confession to make.

I am ADDICTED to “America’s Next Top Model.” I have been watching the MTV marathon since I woke up this morning (even though I saw this same cycle while I was avoiding finals last month). I love Tyra and the way she makes EVERYTHING about herself. I love the cattiness and the drama between the contestants and wish I could compete only to wear the beautiful dresses and have my hair and makeup done by other people.

I feel like ANTM is so the opposite of everything feminism has ever been about, and yet is feminist by its very nature. Even though the women are dolled up and modeling, I feel like it teaches lessons (every once in awhile) about how to be strong, confident women. Tyra, for all of her narcissism, has a strong business acumen and is a very powerful, strong, confident woman.

So, internets there is my confession. And now it’s time to flip back from the Germany-Spain soccer match and back to ANTM.¬†

June 28, 2008, 2:38 pm
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Being broke really sucks. I’d love to be doing something right now. It’s 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. I am home, watching last week’s Kathy Griffin and I’m bored!! Hubs isn’t feeling well, so he’s asleep on his chair in the den. Mom is watching TV in the front room, and I’m holed up in my bedroom.

Hubs and I went to breakfast this morning, which was really nice. And quite delicious. Tonight we’re supposed to go to an apartment warming party for friend’s of mine from USC. Tomorrow is a 1st birthday party at the park in Costa Mesa.¬†

I literally have nothing to talk about. That’s it for me for right now. Maybe I’ll have something to talk about later. Or tomorrow.

June 26, 2008, 11:22 am
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I didn’t realize it had been so long since I posted. I’ve been SO crazy-busy with work that by the time I get home after my 45min-hour long drive, I space out on the couch, eat dinner, and go to bed.

Things have been good. I saw 164 on the scale the other day, which was exciting. I haven’t been as good about keeping track of my points. Actually, if I’m being totally honest, I haven’t been counting points for about a week now. I have to get back on track with that, ASAP. I know that’s how I get in trouble. “Oh, I’ve been doing this for so long now, I know what to do, I know how many points everything has…” Um, no. That kind of mentality is what has gotten me into trouble!

I’ve been super PMSy all week. The kind where I don’t want to talk to anybody, get out of bed, or generally be awake. Naturually my work load doubles as this is happening. I’ve had two really busy days this week, luckily today is looking like it might be a bit more mellow. My first two appointments have been late, supervision got cancelled and I am going to go and have Subway for lunch today. ūüôā

Things with my parents are okay. They’re not drinking nearly as much as they have in the past. Their 29th wedding anniversary was Tuesday and they went to dinner, where I’m sure they both had a drink or two. But you know what? It’s not in my house, my mom isn’t forgetting things as much, and they are both way more pleasant to be around.

Hubs is feeling well. He has a doctor’s appointment today to check up on his knee (which is healing nicely) and to finally schedule his hernia surgery. He’s been sleeping in the bed with me, which has been amazing. While he was really sick, the tumor was making it difficult for him to sleep laying down. Now he can!

Client is here, time to jet!

I wanna rock!
June 22, 2008, 10:22 pm
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It’s been a good weekend. A rockin’ weekend, if I may.

Friday night started out kind of crappy. There was a woman in the middle of a psychotic break at work towards the end of the day and she was with her husband. I felt so bad for the poor guy and ended up helping him out with some stuff before I left (an hour late). After that, I went out to dinner with my parents to Black Angus, ended up having a filet mignon sandwich which was really awesome. After that,¬†I went out dancing with my gay BFF at a local club. It was rad (yeah. Rad. Deal). The bartender knows my friend, so whenever he would make my friend a drink, he would make a little extra and I got those extra shots. I discovered¬†pomegranate flavored vodka which was fantastic. I got nice and drunk and danced it off. It was nice to hang out with my friend who I feel like I haven’t seen in forever.¬†

Saturday was pretty mellow. Slept in, got a pedicure and then Hubs and I saw “The Incredible Hulk” which was pretty okay. Not nearly as good as ¬†“Iron Man,” but Ed Norton is delicious. After that we went to dinner and shared fajitas, which was the perfect thing.¬†

Today was awesome. We got “Rockband” and have been playing it almost all day. My sister E came over and hung out with us. We did a BBQ and played so much that my eyes are starting to go blurry, my wrist hurts from playing the guitar, and my throat is a little sore from all of the singing (and screaming on “Ballroom Blitz,” haha). My parents were being kind of douchey and that was really annoying to me. They seemed so put out that they had to go and sit and watch TV in the back den, as opposed to the front room.¬†

On the parent front, they’ve only gone to see one place all weekend, and it was a bust. I’m not sure if they looked for anything in the paper today, but I didn’t see them looking, nor did they ask me or hubs or my sister to help them look. On one hand, they’ve been really helpful (my mom cleaned the front room, dad unsealed the windows that had been painted shut by the previous owners, they pitch in with cash), but at the same time, they need to be doing all that they can to find a new place and get out.

Food wise, things have been going okay. I have been sucking down water like nobody’s business today. Then again, it’s been about a thousand degrees in my house this weekend while SoCal has been in the middle of a heatwave. I plan on going to the gym a lot this week. Catalina is in about 3 weeks, so if I could lose a few pounds and tone up, even just a bit, I will be happy.¬†

That’s it for now. I’m off to do a few more loads of laundry and hit the sack.

You know you need to…
June 20, 2008, 9:02 pm
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Go to the gym when a 54 year-old Eastern European woman in the middle of a psychotic break tells you that you look pregnant.

The end.

Everyone can suck it!
June 19, 2008, 9:40 pm
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Yeah. I just laughed my ass off at Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Awesome.

Today’s been a good day. Work was good. I went to the gym and did an hour-long hip hop dance class. It was supposed to be a strip tease dance class, but there was a different instructor and the replacement only does hip hop instruction, so yeah. An hour long dance class where I looked retarded but had a good time. And got super-sweaty.¬†

Food was okay. One of the girls I work with brought me a breakfast sandwich from Starbucks, and while it’s really sweet of her, I wish she hadn’t. But it filled me up and I didn’t even eat my chicken for lunch until after 4. Dinner tonight was turkey meatball subs. If you haven’t had the turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s you have no idea what you’re missing out on. They’re one point each and not dried out after you pop them out from the oven. I made a simple spaghetti sauce (not even one point for what I put on the roll) and topped it with¬†mozzarella cheese (maybe a points worth of cheese). Popped those in the oven for about five minutes to let the cheese melt and the bread get soft (I did not skimp on the bread. It was 3 points per bun. So I would guess that it was a 7 point sandwich. Not too shabby.

Starbucks breakfast sandwich thing: 8 points

Chicken: 3 points
Granola bar: 1 point
Snap peas and hummus: 1 point

Sandwich: 7
An extra meatball ūüėÄ 1 point

AP’s: 2 points

Total: 21 (before AP’s)
I might have me a lime popsicle because it’s hotter than hell in my house.

Things with my parents are going well. They’re helping out with stuff around the house, both with money and with the general upkeep of the house. Not sure what this weekend is going to be like, but all I know is that Sunday I will be MIA from here ’cause I’m gonna be playing mother-effing ROCKBAND! Oh yeah!¬†