Thursday, July 29, 2010


I have to go into the office tommorrow for a staff meeting. I normally have Fridays off. Wah!!!

Just feel like whining.

On a positive note, I may be picking up a bunch of new cases which means a chance at possible bonus money if I can get their plans approved quickly. I will have to do a bunch of other PITA stuff too like travel really far to the facilities where these clients are located out of area............but extra $$$$$$..........

That would be nice as I am feeling like we are broke lately.

DH also has to work a TON this month to get a bunch of $$$$$$ in so it doesn't look like I am going to make it to a whole lot of yoga classes :(. I have to miss tonight because he won't be home in time. I think I am going to need to start exploring other options for exercise until things calm down for him a bit.

I'm bummed though. I really love this class. I also refuse to leave DS with the ILs so I can go to yoga, even though they offered because they watch him all day. It's just not right. I feel like that's taking advantage.

Which brings me to this topic that I've been contemplating posting about.............more kiddos!!

DH has been obsessing lately about having another one. But I personally don't feel ready. The lack of affordable childcare is the biggest reason on the list. It would be really hard financially even just sending one to daycare P/T. And I just don't feel right about asking family to watch another one. Especially after I found out this week that SIL is TTCing again. (ILs watch 3 under 19 months already) One of us staying home is not an option either because we couldn't afford health insurance

I also don't feel like I devote enough time to my son----I have a hard time imagining being able to spend time with TWO kids. I love him so much too...........I don't know if I even want another one for that reason. I already feel like DS is my favorite.

Anyways, a short-term goal for this week:

Exploring other exercise options, or a yoga/gym facility that offers childcare

Long-term goal:

Look into starting a childcare co-op.

Have a nice weekend everyone :D.

Monday, July 26, 2010

So looking forward to

Hot yoga, followed by Real Housewives of New Jersey tonight.

That is all :D I made it through another Monday.

Please don't.

Please don't try to push your work off on me. I am a social worker. Not your personal assistant.

Please especially do NOT try to push your work off on me when it involves going beyond my scope of practice and doing what YOU are licensed to provide .............nursing duties.

Again, I am a social worker.

I can do a lot of things, but when it involves handling medications, I know that's not on me!

I also do not work for your agency. So if you have questions about what your responsibilities are, ask YOUR nursing supervisor.

Lastly, please do not assume you know what my position entails. You know what they say about people who ASSume ;).

Friday, July 23, 2010

Holy Awkward Batman!

OK, let me start this by saying I work under a couple guys who can be very pushy, bossy and sometimes just not nice people. If you are the type who can take things personal, you probably wouldn't like them at all. (And before anyone says anything, I don't agree that their behavior is right). Anyways.....

One of them is always bumping heads with another co-worker of mine also in a position of authority but still technically under them (a woman twice my age who is sweet as pie).

So, we all held a meeting the other day with a client who can be difficult, demanding, split staff and often lie about stuff in general. The meeting got pretty heated, and I guess my female co-worker got upset with the way my boss had treated her in front of the client and other professionals from a different agency. (She felt like he was siding with the client and blaming stuff on her). FWIW, I think he was trying to use a strategy to make the client feel he had someone else to vent to, even though he knew a lot of what the client was saying was total B.S.

After the meeting we all walked out together and they got into it. She actually was in tears and this was all in front of me. They then followed me to my car and were still going back and forth.

I quickly excused myself but feel bad. Other people I work with have complained about my boss (and the other male boss) but they also are people who tend to take things REALLY personal. Sometimes IMHO I think they haven't done what they are supposed to, so it's understandable that my bosses may call them out on stuff (that's another post though!). For me, I basically just ignore these two, do my work and don't get involved with them unless I absolutely have to.

Well, I don't really know where I am going with this..........just wondering if anyone else has been in this situation before. This is the 2nd time I have witnessed this co-worker cry related to my boss.

I guess I just don't want to be sucked into anything!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It must be working!

A random co-worker came up to me today and asked me how much weight I've lost?!

She told me I look amazing.

And I've been slacking a lot with my yoga lately. I've been going on average about twice a week because life in general has just been getting in the way.

Imagine if I could go more often!

With that thought, I decided to email the studio owner and asked him if there was a way he could make a later evening class, as well as consider doing a modified class for 60 minutes instead of the full 90.

Wouldn't that be great if he can do these things? I am sure I am not the only one who would go. I will keep you posted regarding what he says.

On a non-related note, I was excited to see that my blog was featured today on this site. Thanks for the shout-out!! I'd love to draw more social work related traffic to my site. Even though my blog has been kind of boring lately. If you are new here (or even if you're not!), give me some ideas of some social work related hot topics you'd like to discuss.

Well, have a good evening all. I am actually off to yoga. Two nights in a row, go me!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

OMG, I want to do this!

It also happens to fall on our anniversary ;).

Do you think I can convince DH to go here?

Back to the grind tommorrow!

I am actually looking forward to it though. I already have a stack of work that needs to be followed up on (as I knew I would!). I have loved being home with my son this week, but I need to get out there again to use my brain to help solve some of the world's problems.

I also need to get back to yoga. I've been slacking on that A LOT lately. I only went twice last week. I also chose the beach over yoga earlier today. Oh well. Tommorrow's a new week :).

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm on vacation but.........

I just got an email from one of the higher-ups "scolding" me for not sharing some info about a client.

I actually forwarded this email to my boss earlier this week when I first found out about the situation...........but I suppose he could have overlooked it and not followed up because of that, not to mention I know he is completely overworked and running in a million directions. Sheesh!!!

What if I was actually on a REAL vacation and didn't have access to my crackberry? I social workers we can't catch a break. Even when we ARE supposed to be off.

I am just venting, and I WILL get over this, but I am still really, really annoyed.

I guess I will have to start CALLING in these things on my days off *rolls eyes*.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Guess what?

I'm on vacation next week!

I am so freakin' excited, even though it's just gonna be a staycation. I may go out of town for a few days Upstate but, even though I have nothing seriously planned it will be nice to have a week off from work.

I am sure I will go back though and things will be nuts. That's how it always is in the social work world.....take off 1 week, find yourself behind TWO weeks LOL.

Oh, BTW, we also got a new car-----2010 Mazda CX9. I love, love, love it so far!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fireworks last night

We walked to the local beachfront near our house last night to watch a fireworks show. This is the first time my son has ever seen fireworks. It was so amazing to watch the excitement through his young eyes. He kept saying "oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh" and "What's that?" and pointing, laughing and his face just lit up so beautifully.

The show itself lasted about 25 minutes which was just enough for his short 18-month-old attention span. (Maybe a little too long because he was restless about 15 minutes into the show).

Someone down near the beach started a grass fire by setting off their own amateur fireworks session. We watched some of the fire boats come into the bay to water down the grass where the fire was going strong. Fortunately, they were able to put it out pretty quickly and all of us spectators were able to finish off the evening without too much chaos and mayhem.

Friday, July 2, 2010

4 day weekend!!

I don't have to be back at work until Tuesday. Yes, I am very excited about that. We are planning to resume our car search at some point though this weekend.

I am NOT looking forward to that. Earlier this week we looked at the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder. We didn't test-drive either yet. The Nissan dealership didn't have any Pathfinders in stock which seemed kinda crazy to me. They just had a used 2007 model. The Honda dealership was of course trying to push the highest-end model of the Pilot. He also insisted all the 2010 models had been "sold out for months and he didn't expect to be getting any more". The salesman quoted ridiculous prices for a lease as well (something like $7K down and $600 or $700 a month). You have to be shitting me. I know new cars are expensive, but for a lease, my research has shown that you should put little to nothing down, and $700.00 a month payment? For a HONDA? Yeah, Honda's are great cars, but I better be getting a MERCEDES to be paying that much a month for a LEASE!!

Some of the SUVS/crossovers we plan to look at this weekend are the following:

Mazda CX9 (my absolute fave right now!)
Jeeps (Cherokee, Liberty)
Chevy Traverse
Toyota 4runner

Wish me luck for this. I hope we find a great deal. Otherwise we will continue to look and pray that I run into no more problems with my car and that it lasts until we find something that fits our needs, and most importantly, our budget.