Monday, June 29, 2009

I know, I know

I know that I have not posted anything in a while. I have been so consumed with school lately. I have only 5 weeks left of the summer session, and it is going to be a tough 5 weeks. I have 12 process recordings to do, 1 individual assessment, 1 group assessment, an organizational assessment (maybe) and a organizational intervention. And that is just for my Internship. I also have two more assessments to do, but they are substantially shorter than the individual assessment (2 pages not 10 pages). I also have a research paper to write. I have all of the research done, I just need to get it down on paper. And I wonder why I have been having anxiety attacks. Yes, the past few weeks I have had about 4 attacks. Today, I went to the doctor and got put on some meds, but to use just as needed. So now I'm going back to working on my individual assessment. The good news is that I will have a great 4th. Scott and I are going to Dallas. We have a cram packed weekend. Rangers game, Six Flags and the Water Park. Hopefully I can make some time to meet Tanna, the "BEAST" who started the Challenge. Pray that I can get the bulk of my work done before we leave.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Happy 1st Birthday to my soon to be nephew Alex!!!! Oh, and happy birthday to my soon to be father-in-law Ken. I'm not sure how old he is!! Can't wait for the Sesame Street party this weekend. Hope I didn't spoil the surprise for Ken. I know he is really looking forward to it!!

Ken is actually holding Lucas, but it is the only picture I had of him!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

100 Things You May Have Done

I got this from one of my fellow Challengers blog

RULES: There are 100 statements and you bold the ones you have done. Grab it and play for yourself!!

1. Started your own blog 2. Slept under the stars 3. Played in a band 4. Visited Hawaii 5. Watched a meteor shower 6. Given more than you can afford to charity 7. Been to Disneyland (World) 8. Climbed a mountain 9. Held a praying mantis 10. Sang a solo 12. Visited Paris 13. Watched a lightning storm at sea 14. Taught yourself an art from scratch 15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning 17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 18. Grown your own vegetables 19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 20. Slept in an overnight train 21. Had a pillow fight 22. Hitchhiked 23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill 24. Built a snow fort 25. Held a lamb 26. Gone skinny dipping 27. Run a marathon 28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice 29. Seen a total eclipse (solar) 30. Watched a sunrise or sunset 31. Hit a home run 32. Been on a cruise 33. Seen Niagara Falls in person 34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors 35. Seen an Amish community 36. Taught yourself a new language. 37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied 38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person 39. Gone rock climbing 40. Seen Michelangelo’s David 41. Sung karaoke 42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt 43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant 44. Visited Africa 45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 46. Been transported in an ambulance 47. Had your portrait painted 48. Gone deep sea fishing 49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person 50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris 51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 52. Kissed in the rain 53. Played in the mud 55. Been in a movie 56. Visited the Great Wall of China 57. Started a business 58. Taken a martial arts class 59. Visited Russia 60. Served at a soup kitchen 61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 62. Gone whale watching 63. Got flowers for no reason 66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp 67. Bounced a check 68. Flown in a helicopter 69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 71. Eaten caviar 72. Pieced a quilt 73. Stood in Times Square 74. Toured the Everglades 75. Been fired from a job 76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 77. Broken a bone 78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person 80. Published a book 81. Visited the Vatican 82. Bought a brand new car 83. Walked in Jerusalem 84. Had your picture in the newspaper 85. Read the entire Bible 86. Visited the White House 87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 88. Had chicken pox 89. Saved someone’s life 90. Sat on a jury 91. Met someone famous 92. Joined a book club 93. Lost a loved one 94. Had a baby 95. Seen the Alamo in person 96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 97. Been involved in a lawsuit 98. Owned a cell phone 99. Been stung by a bee 100. Read an entire book in one day.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I am loving my internship. I took this position because I wanted to challenge myself. I have never worked with the older generation, so I wanted to before I got out of school. I don't think I want to work with this population when I finish, but I like what I am doing. It is so good to see someone come in not really knowing anything, even who they are, and seeing them come into their own. I had a man today that would sit at the back of the room during group. Today, he came to the table and sat beside me and asked me about my schooling. It was so fullfilling to see his progress. There are even times when I don't want them to leave, but I know they have to.

So I finally got my financial aid. Long story, but they put a hold on it and didn't take it off when they were supposed to, which is a month ago. I finally sent enough emails, like 15, and called that they figured out that they were wrong and I should have had my money last week. At least I got it all, so I can't complain that it was a week late. It's not like it is being used for anything good, just bills (and maybe a few wedding items!!).

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Woes of Financial Aid

So, I was supposed to get my refund check in on June 4th. Did not happen. I was on the phone with financial aid for 20 minutes today, and still didn't find out what was wrong except that there is a hold on my account. I have sent at least 10 emails since last week and have had no response. I will be in the office tomorrow morning for as long as it takes for them to give me my money. It is loan money, so I'm not sure why they are withholding it. I have to pay it back. Guess we will see what they say tomorrow.

Monday, June 1, 2009

First week of Advanced Standing

My first week in the master's program started last week. It went by fast. I only have 9 more weeks of the summer program!! My internship is going good, and I think I am really going to like it. I am working on a geriatric unit at Baptist hospital. Most of the patients have Alzheimer's. I picked this place to challenge myself. I did not want to ever work with the elderly. I am learning that it is not as bad as I had thought. Pray that the next 9 weeks go by just as fast and I get all the work done!!

Win a Wii / Challenge Update

So the past few days I have been telling Scott that I want a Wii. I want to use it to work out with. Scott does not want to buy one because he says "You can work out without having to pay money." While that is true, it would be nice to have one. I happened to stumble upon a website today that is giving one away. Check it out

So, I lost 5 pounds on the first challenge. I didn't meet my goal, but I feel better. I also went down a dress size!!! I started challenge 2 today. I hope to lose about 7 pounds in 12 weeks. I want to lose a little more, but am going to start at 7. I really just want to tone up for the wedding.