Friday, March 30, 2012

For work?


I don't know about for you guys, but for me, this week has been another long and tiring one in the world of social work.

I feel like I've been driving all over the universe, doing tons of intakes for new clients.

Many who will be super complicated and require lots and lots.

Yesterday I actually decided to turn down a case because of that fact, and not to mention that the guy was totally dishonest about some things in his life that will make it pretty impossible to meet his needs.

You can't help everyone right?

Today I am looking forward to just working at home on whatever little things may come up and overall, just relaxing with my son.

I don't have any major plans this weekend, except a birthday party at one of those bouncy places where you can act like a kid again for a few hours.

As always, I am hoping to get some yoga in too. I've strayed a lot from my practice this month and it's really ONLY related to my just being lazy and not wanting to go back out once I get home from work.

That, and last weekend discovering The Hunger Games which took precedence over everything else :) FYI: If you haven't read the games yet, I can't recommend enough. I finished the whole book in one weekend which is almost impossible for me to do.

Now I am secretly planning how I can sneak away by myself to go and see the movie.........

So that in a nutshell has been my week loves.

How are things going for you?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The pink elephant

Source: via Abby on Pinterest

Today's theme social work friends is The Pink Elephant in the Room.

What are some major issues going on with your company that affect your work, that seem like they are never, ever addressed?

And if Pink Elephant was addressed, would make everyone's life better, primarily the clients served?

For me, I work in home care, so our Pink Elephant is mainly staffing.

I feel that we go out of our way to take on cases in need, yet do not put a lot of emphasis on hiring of home care staff to service these participants.

It is a matter that is addressed constantly by us lower-level schmucks, but not CORRECTED because things have to start at the top.

When they choose to continue to work with a broken system instead of trying to move forth to fix it?

I also KNOW that we have the capacity to improve things, and the majority of us WANT to. And before you ask, no, it doesn't really come down to spending a lot of money. Many simple ideas to bring about change that don't involve $$$$$$$ have also been suggested.

I often feel that it's just a matter of time before that Pink Elephant takes a really big explosive shit.............

I know in social work school we talked about this subject our society overall does not value anything preventative until something awful happens.

Then it's time for the blame game and "I told you so's".

I don't know where I am really going with this.

I think I am just feeling especially powerless today, as I am about to go forth and sign up even MORE clients for our programs.

Does anyone have any advice, when you feel the Powers that Be are not listening?

Have you ever addressed the Pink Elephant in the room successfully?

Happy Hump Day all!!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

yoga medal

This is the saying on the back of the medal I was given yesterday in honor of completing my hot yoga challenge back in February.

I know some people think quotes like this are cheesy, but regardless, I love them, and wanted to share.

It is so fitting for everything related to our frame of mind when it comes to our thoughts.

Whether it's just finding the energy to attend a hot yoga class on a lazy day off, to dealing with a client at work we anticipate is going to be difficult or just tackling an issue that's weighing heavily in our own personal life.

What do you think of the quote?

Do you have any other favorite ones you like instead?

I hope all of you out there are having a lovely weekend.

Today I am pretty stationary, just relaxing around my house and keeping it local.

I sat outside for a bit, then I did some shopping at the nearby outdoor mall(yay for new spring stuff!) and now I am finishing up cooking ribs in my crockpot and getting ready to throw some mac 'n cheese in the oven.

Yum comfort food!!

I have a busy week ahead. The program I work for is doing a 2-day client expo to try to bring new participants on board.

I also have to write up another long admission's package with hopes I can get it in early and make myself some more bonus dinero.

Other than that, I am hoping the delicious weather sticks around. Loving these temps and sun!

How is your weekend going in your neck of the woods?

Any big plans for social work and beyond this week?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hey y'all. It's my favorite day of the week!

How have things been where you are?

Socialworkland has been crazy but good.

Also, the weather has been GREAT for the most part.

Spring definitely has sprung. Can't wait to start wearing my flip flops, tank tops and sundresses on a more full-time basis and hanging out outside.

Speaking of the outdoors, I saw the movie The Lorax last Saturday. I can't recommend it enough, even if you don't have kids.

If you are looking for something "Green" to do this weekend other than beer and leprechauns, go check it out.

I will actually be celebrating completing my 20-class yoga challenge on St. Paddy's day.

Happy happy everybody!!

Friday, March 9, 2012


If I was a month, I’d be July.

If I was a day of the week, I’d be Saturday.
If I was a time of day, I’d be early morning.
If I was a planet, I’d be my own--not yet discovered.

If I was a sea animal, I’d be a playful dolphin.

If I was a direction, I’d be West.

If I was a piece of furniture, I'd be an old comfy couch.
If I was a liquid, I’d be warm minty green tea.
If I was a gemstone, I’d be a opal.

If I was a tree, I’d be a weeping willow.

If I was a tool, I’d be a brain ever thinking.

If I was a flower, I’d be a tulip.
If I was a type of weather, I’d be a bright sunny day.

If I was a musical instrument, I’d be a drum.
If I was a color, I’d be a rainbow.

If I was an emotion, I’d be relaxation.

If I was a fruit, I’d be a clementine.
If I was a sound, I’d be a stream trickling by.

If I was an element, I’d be water.
If I was a car, I’d be a small red convertible.

If I was a food ... I'd be cheesy pizza.

If I was a place, I’d be a pink, secluded beach, gentle waves rolling in.

If I was a material, I'd be fresh, soft cotton.

If I was a taste, I'd be salt.
If I was a scent, I’d be citrus.

Monday, March 5, 2012

So what is on your plate this week friends?

I HAVE to finish at least one lengthy intake package.

Complete at least two intake interviews out in the field.

Not feed into drama.

Practice my yoga.

And take care of whatever else may be thrown my way.

Have a great Monday all!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

More social work via Pinterest

In no particular order.....

Good morning friends!

Source: via Social on Pinterest

So we made it through another crazy week.

What are your plans for this weekend?

My sister is coming down today for a few days.

We are planning to do a clothing exchange, go shopping, get our favorite Polish take-out and maybe Five Guys as well, stay in and cook and hang out.

(Can you tell we love to eat in this house? This is probably why I can't shake the poundage).

Wells, I am off now to vacuum and put away about 4 loads of laundry from earlier this week.

Happy weekending all!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Social work ? of the week

I am sure we all work with people who have different philosophies and ways they do things with their clients.

Some even may clash with our own, as well as our agencies policies or program practices.

Have you ever been in this situation with another colleague?

How did you make it work (or not).