Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another good resource

I keep meaning to share this site, because I use it frequently for work when I need to find a doctor/specialist for a client, especially one that accepts their insurance or speaks their language.


You can even set the appointment up for them online and receive reminders.

I don't think it's specific to the NY/LI area either.

Although, like everything else, resources unfortunately can still be scarce, and you may still be met with that big fat 0 when you punch in what you are looking for.

I've learned that in my own personal life, trying to find an OT for my son.

I finally did find one yesterday, who I actually ended up randomly meeting face to face when she took a trial run to see how long the drive would be from her last student.

We need to keep on keepin' on finding the needed services and supports for our peeps.

Creativity is often key, as well as just stalking our other social work friends or other people who utilize similar services for themselves or family.

Happy almost weekend all!

Today is our long awaited staff meeting day which means I will either need a strong drink immediately after, or I will be hitting up the yoga room. Maybe both!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

life lately

I haven't heard anything about coming in to interview for that job I recently posted about.

While the salary and benefits are great, I think I'm definitely still leaning to remaining in the crazy of my current employer, even if the other place does end up calling.

I've sent out several resumes lately to different agencies, for shits and giggles and haven't even gotten a response. Thank goodness I don't have to leave my employer.

I feel bad for people who need a job in this economy and can't find a thing. This is what keeps me grounded when things get hairy at work.

It's frustrating, because the "social work" job listings I get daily are really for RN case managers. *Sigh*.

In other news, there's nothing really new on our homefront. I have a renewed love-affair still going on with our little house, since superstorm Sandy.

We've been talking about starting some major renovations, but DH is still so busy at work, so the timing gets pushed off, and it remains just talk.

I'm fine with that though.

I had another CPSE meeting this week with the school district for DS.

The committee actually approved him to receive 2 OT sessions a week, starting now.

I was actually pretty surprised, as I heard OT is one of the most difficult services to get.

He is doing really good as of late, so I can certainly not complain.

Transitions can still be difficult and he had a major melt-down in Target again yesterday where everyone starred.

School he is doing great though, and the teacher actually has told me that she is really surprised we felt there was anything going on that warrants services.

I don't regret the decision to refer him though.

We certainly pay enough here in school taxes, might as well get something positive from it.

Happy weekending all. What's new in your neck of the woods?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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Decisions, decisions

Just looking for advice on what has helped you when you were faced with having to make a decision about taking a major chance at something.


Yesterday, a potential job opportunity has basically fallen into my lap.

Some of the pros are it's a salary increase, the benefits are so much better than I have now (they pay for the majority of family health insurance, have so many more days off) and like my current role, I could create my own schedule, work from home, etc.

The person who is in the role now called me twice and spoke to me for about 30 minutes about it and was texting me all day encouraging me, as they see me as one of the top 3 for the spot. In their words, the other 2 don't have as specific experience for the job and would require a lot more training.

I have reservations though for the following:

1.) It is the go-to Director person for my region. I don't know if I am qualified in my mind.
2.) You have to deal with a lot stress with clients/client family/CEOs of major companies when you need to tell them NO.
3.) The person I would need to report to is difficult at best, and often the reason for client/client family/CEO issues.
4.) I have known people to take the role in a different region who have left the position after several months, related to reasons 1-3 (plus it is a lot of paperwork).
5.) Person in role now told me that their biggest stressor is dealing with threats from unstable people, especially in today's world of Sandy Hook and similar. My name would become well known. In both a potentially positive and potentially negative light. It would not be out of the realm of possibility now that you could google me and find crazy things unstable people may write that are not true.
6.) I am very comfortable where I am. My boss has had this position before too at one point and I don't know how he would take it if I left for this (he lost his position because his contract expired and it went to a different company. His role now is much better/higher paying anyway).
7.) With budget changes I don't know how long a position like this will exist. As I stated above I am very comfortable where I am, and no one knows where you end up once the contract ends. The job market these days is very scary. (Note: My boss has been known to take back employees who have left for something that did not work out. I of course would have this discussion with him if offered the job).

They are supposed to be calling me this morning to set up an interview which of course I will go on.

Have you ever been in a similar position? What helped make your decision easier?

NOTE: DH and his family feel I should go for it. My parents feel that there's something to be said for stability and low stress.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This is my go-to saying.

And I know that it annoys the hell out of some people.

There are so many things that we can't change though about a situation.

You can suck it up and deal (maybe even laugh along the way about all the craziness) or let it over power you.

I think sometimes when we give in, in a sense, maybe the issue really is not as bad as it seems.

And it's not even like we are really giving in.

Acceptance can be a healthy solution.

Monday, February 4, 2013


especially because I'm sitting here, having anxiety about the office this morning.

I think I can manage both, by the end of the day.