Illicit Blogging

November 24, 2008

I’ll have to check the employee handbook to see if blogging is permitted on duty.  MP3 players are not allowed so you never know.  Today’s my first full day of real work.   I sent the first three hours working straight through, but it’s been hit or miss since then, I spent about a third of the data doing data entry, a third of the day fielding appointment calls, and a third of the day hanging out waiting for the next thing to come in.  I have to take calls and determine whether the people who want appointments are qualified or not and basically follow up on all appointments.  That’s part one of my job.  Part two is being administrative help to the rest of the folks in the office.  And finally we heard today that we are going to be in charge of the insurance prescreening process for all inpatient clients.  And I think that’s why we’re over here in the psychiatric hospital… so that we can be in the know about client status and be the “how are you going to pay?” part of crisis patient intake.  Anyway… positives and negatives… just like anything else.

I think the key will be to be proactive about getting clinical experience.  The funny thing is my supervisor is the clinical person and she was telling me I was going to be doing like all data processing.  And then the data processing people came down today and told us how they really needed us to do clinical things that they couldn’t do.  Anyway, I think the bottom line is they took two positions (and four people assistant level people) and made one new position for two of us degree-d people.  And they still haven’t worked out the kinks.

Oh and here’s a thing.  The CEO came to welcome us on orrientation and I was introducing my self and he said “oh, I’ve heard about you.” Now since it was the first day I think that must be good, right?  He didn’t say that to anyone else.  But I have been know to missread a situation… infamous on the first day…sheesh.

That’s right… baby animals.  I didn’t even mean to. How about a baby bear for today?





Because Sunday school classes don’t teach themselves, when you had a power outage and your alarm doesn’t go off.

So I went and bought a battery powered alarm clock that has a outdoor temperature sensor, bonus! But it’s just not that fun to hug.


“There are always uncertainties ahead, but there is always one certainty–God’s will is good.”
-Vernon Paterson

Always, huh? I guess so. I guess that’s why you have to be content in the way things are now, because God always has what’s best for you in mind.

Feeling Random

November 20, 2008

  • It’s freezing.
  • I’m working.
  • My throat hurts.
  • I seriously thought my house was on fire, there was so much smoke in the street when I drove in on Tuesday.  Luckily it wasn’t.  My neighbors must have had a fireplace malfunction.
  • There are things I want do to that scare me.
  • Maybe if I did some of those things I wouldn’t feel so chronically bored.

Directory woes

November 18, 2008

See when I went in to have my portrait taken for the church directory I was envisioning something like this…


But I folded… I told myself I’d ask for a straight-on standing picture, but… but the guy was telling me how I looked like Drew Barrymore, so I thought he must be an expert right?  So he took all my shots 3/4 to the camera and siting.  Meaning my pictures came out more like this…


Now I realize that some people may want their boobs to look as big as possible in their photos, but some of us don’t need the help.



Know what’s cool looking?

November 17, 2008

I was on my way to Walmart to do some grocery shopping, and I was sitting waiting to turn on Tennessee street when I say this glow in the sky.  It took me a few minutes to figure it out but it was a hot air balloon that was down the street at the Ford dealership; they were having some sort of party.  The flames flickered so that it looked like a gigantic candle, and then when the flames would go out you couldn’t see it at all.  Way cool.

Apparently I care

November 16, 2008

We were talking about war and peace in or series on “Virtue in Public Life” in Everyothers tonight.   The series is based on some of the social principles of the United Methodist Church.  The Book of Discipline is annoyingly wishy-washy on the issue. We got on this track of talking about how certain wars are justifiable.  I had to civilly disagree.  So I started talking about what Jesus says about loving your enemies and self sacrifice.  I didn’t feel it, but people told me that I looked like I was going to cry.  See, my head cares about a lot of things that don’t necessarily inspire me with passion and feeling.  But some times I surprise myself.  I guess my heart cares too.

Sunday Quotation: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:27-31, NIV

I’m getting excited

November 13, 2008


My new jacket.. but I think it looks better on me.  It’s looking a little maternity-ish on this poor girl.


That’s right… Fifteen extra days of made for tv Christmas movies in case 25 wasn’t enough. I love it.


It’s full out hot tea weather.

Puppies are so cute

November 12, 2008

Please see the puppy cam for further evidence.  I’m watching them turn over their bed and tear out the stuffing from the bottom. Adorable.