Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Work went okay... I had two appointments for today and they went well. I didn't exercise after work because I had my last follow up appointment for the Clinical Study that I've been a part of for the past 2 1/2 years or so. No more dosing medication to take away the arthritic pain. And the doctor today said that it will probably take a couple years for it to make it through the FDA process. It sounds like the clinical study went well, as I mentioned, I've been in the study for about 2 or 2 1/2 years. It sounds like at least 99% of the participants felt a marked difference in the pain level (it worked!) and did not report any side effects. I know it took care of my pain a LOT and I didn't have any side effects. (thankfully).
After the study I stopped and picked up some food and then went over to Janis & Tom's. Janis has been pretty depressed lately, I think she's realizing that the end is near. She's hoping that she can make it until her daughter graduates with her 2 year degree in May. She's lost a lot of weight and is having difficulty eating. She's also feeling pretty lonely as she stays home all day while Tom works. I'm going to go get her on Saturday and we are going to run an errand or two. She has a couple things she wants to do before she dies (i.e. change her beneficiary form and tell one daughter who is estranged from her - that she loves her). Saturday we are going to go get her a handicap car decal. (She definitely qualifies). Tom is pretty busy with his job, so anything I can do to help out... I will.
I haven't talked to them yet, but Bette & Walt should be "on island." They were to go over to Guy & Nikki's for a bite to eat tonight (they live across the street from each other when they are here). I'll call them tomorrow and check in with them. Hopefully the weather will improve for them so they can enjoy some nice, sunny and warm weather.
Okay, I'm home late tonight, so I'm going to sign off and head to bed. Tomorrow will come early. No exercise tonight after work... but I've been averaging 170 minutes a week of exercise (yea!). I've got to get my exercise stuff ready for tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
There isn't really much to say today... I had another one of my tummy aches which disabled me for the better part of the day. I started out my morning by waiting an hour to get my right knee x-rayed (for the clinical study that I am finishing up). Then, because my tummy was hurting, I came home and went to bed for about 3 hours. Then, because I wanted to get a check deposited before the bank closed (I thought, at 2), I went back out. While I was out, I went ahead and stopped & got my nails done and bought a couple (work-related) books at Barnes & Nobles. I also bought some new pillows. I'm deciding that once a year I am going to toss my old pillows and buy new ones. I was lucky, because Sears had a buy one, get one free sale today! YEA!
After that, I came home and I've just been laying in bed watching TV & vegetating. I was supposed to go to dinner with my former co-worker Julie and her family, but her son got his boxes yesterday, that had been shipped from Afghanistan, and it brought up a lot of issues for him. So, they've postponed the dinner until next week. And, the online club I belong too was having a celebration at a bar downtown, to celebrate having 1000 members. I had signed up to go, but with the way I'm still feeling, I decided I should just stay home and take it easy. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow. I'm thinking about going to Sea Life park if I am up to it. I'll see how I feel in the morning.
Okay... guess that's about it for today...
P.S. my computer is being finicky again and wouldn't let me post a picture... grrrr.
Friday, January 25, 2008
This afternoon I actually listened to a sermon! *smiles* It was one of those "Hell & Brimfire" types that are characteristic of black preachers. In a way it was nice, because the scripture he quoted was in the King James version, which I know best. In a word, the sermon was about "integrity" which is something that I've been doing some introspection about (due to the whole bookcase thing... which... by the way, are still in my office, as evidenced by the photos in yesterday's blog). Other than that... I was scanning through some of my books and realized (when a co-worker asked) that I don't have any books about Bipolar disorder. Hrmph! That's interesting. I have several on Depression though (and borderline and multiple personality disorer... etc). Guess that's one area of my book collection I will have to expand when I can (because undoubtedly I will have some bipolar clients at some point!).
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Well... I guess I wasn't supposed to do that. (On one note... I'm thinking HECK... they came from *our* clinic, then we... or I, should be able to have them in OUR office). So, my supervisor said I needed to talk to the military guy in charge of our clinic... so I went and apologized and said if he needed them somewhere else, I'd give them up (in so many words). On the one hand... I'm hoping no one wants them... because they are about as close to wall-to-wall bookcases as I can get, but on the other hand, they are a gun metal bluish-gray. (But... they ARE sturdy and they ARE made out of wood). I said if he needs to give them to someone else, I'd like to get a couple similar to them. He said that we might be able to order a couple bookcases (but he's leaving in February)... and with my luck, it would take six plus months to get them. In any case, I probably won't find out if I get to keep them until the end of the week (I'm hoping that no one will want to go through the hassle of moving them now that they are in my office... possession is 9/10th's of the law, right??? *smiles*).
Monday, January 21, 2008
Thought you might enjoy these pictures from last night's sunset. As I think I mentioned last night, we saw the "green flash" (where the last bit of the sun turns green).
So... I'll say Aloha for now...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tomorrow my youngest daughter will be moving to Spokane. My older sister's boys (two of my nephews) are going to head over to pick her up and bring her back. It'll be nice to have her there where she has some support. I'm hoping that my nephews can be a good influence on her as she will be staying with one of them and his significant other.
Let's see... probably the biggest (and saddest) news today, was that about a mile from where I live, a 23 year old guy threw a 2 1/2 year old toddler off the freeway over pass. It sounds like he knew the mother. On one of the film clips he's heard saying that "she's a drug addict and she's out running around" (screwing around?... being unfaithful?). It's too bad that a kid has to die because of it though... and I feel bad for the two cars that supposedly hit the kid (he probably died when he hit the freeway). Anyway... a sad day in Hawaii.
Not much else to write about at the moment... and it's time to go to bed. Because I am watching TV on my computer, it won't let me upload a picture. Wish I would have taken one up at the Army base when I was leaving... the sun was setting behind the pass and it was just beautiful and the sky colored up real pink. It would have made for a beautiful picture. Oh well... it'll just have to go into my memory and I'll have to be satisfied with that. Oh yea... and I did about 70 minutes on the treadmill tonight (While watching the news). YEA! And I'll get my exercise tomorrow going up and down the stairs as I move some stuff over to my new office. [groan].
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Work went fine... just saw three clients today and got their documentation done in the computer this afternoon, after the last appointment. Tomorrow I'll file the documentation in their charts. Tomorrow I have a new client coming in for an intake at 9am, and then need to call some former clients and see how they are doing and whether they want to come back in, now since our portion of the clinic is up and running again.
Tonight I went over to Tom & Janis'... it was nice, Tom's brother was there (they grew up in South Dakota and Dan is mighty interesting to talk to) and Conchetta was there as well. The conversation was about "The Bucket List" and then later got into politics a little. The "Bucket List" topic was interesting... There is only ONE thing on my bucket list that I haven't done... that has been a goal of mine for a long time... and that is to Hike the Appalachian Trail before I am 60. Will I ever get it done? I don't know... but it will continue to remain a goal.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Today was about as slow as yesterday. I was supposed to see one client today, but her sink started leaking this morning so she needed to stay home to wait for someone to come & fix it. (and she is in a relatively new house!). Tomorrow is supposed to be a busier day, I think I have three clients scheduled for tomorrow. I *did* exercise after work, did 35 mins on the ecliptic machine.
Thursday will probably be spent packing up my office (thankfully I haven't taken TOO much up there!) and we are supposed to move to our new quarters on Friday.
Let's see... in other news, my youngest daughter took my youngest granddaughter to the doctor yesterday and apparently Kiara has the beginnings of pneumonia. So, K is on antibiotics. Tomorrow my youngest daughter is supposed to go to the doctor and is anticipating being placed on antibiotics as well, because we are assuming she has the same thing as Kiara (they both sound equally as bad).
It looks like my youngest daughter will be moving to Spokane next Monday or Tuesday. It gives her a little more time to pack up in preparation. I'll be glad to see her get to Spokane and get settled in there where she will have my (large) family for support.
Okay... I'm going to sign off.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Which reminds me... my daily calendar for today is on DETERMINATION and says "Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you CAN do." Good quote. One to take to heart.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
So... that's it for the Kolekole pass information.
Friday, January 11, 2008
So... this was sunset (modified to add music) from sunset tonight. Nice way to end the day. The sun didn't set on the water though (it set *behind* the clouds). By the time I got home from work, I didn't have time to stop & pick up Guy & Nikki (snowbird friends from St. Louis).
I *did* ride my bike to work today, it sprinkled on the way up there, but was dry on the way home. Work was fine... quiet morning and I had one client this afternoon. (a repeat, who was doing MUCH better today, than when I saw her earlier in the week).
I *didn't* go see the movie tonight, Janis ended up having company, so we are planning to go tomorrow night. Depending on what time I get to bed tonight and what time I get up tomorrow, I may head back up to the Army base because they are having a post-wide garage sale (I guess they figure they should coordinate their garage sales and everyone have it the same weekend?). I'm looking for a large area rug for my new office. Rumor has it we should be moving next Thursday-Friday.
Well... not much else to write... so I'll say...
Thursday, January 10, 2008
And the reason I was getting home AT sunset time, was because I went to the gym again... fourth day in a row (whooohoo!)... and tonight I did an hour on the Treadmill. Figured I'd better start getting some walking in (I usually spend my time on the Ecliptic machine)... because I need to get ready for the Great Aloha Run which is on President's Day weekend. It is 8.2 miles and goes from the Aloha tower downtown, to the Aloha Stadium. The Run is actually on the Monday... President's Day.
I got an email from the Dive club I used to belong to, they are going over to the waters off of Molokai that weekend to dive, they are going over on Sunday (overnight ride) and coming back on Monday night. It costs $250... which is that bad of a deal (and there are three awesome dives scheduled!). Oh well... that's one trip I'll be missing...
Other than that... work was rather slow today. I did meet with my supervisor for awhile this afternoon to go over the clients I met with this week and to review my notes. I had asked for some constructive criticism and he showed me a couple things I could have worded a little different. And of course... I'm working to understand his philosophy of the way he does things... he's been counseling since 1979, so there is a LOT I can learn from him.
Guess that's about it for today... not much else to write about. I'm *not* exercising tomorrow (nothing planned anyway). On Fridays we can "dress down" so I can wear jeans... and therefore I plan to ride my motorcycle tomorrow. Tomorrow night Janis & I are planning to go see "The Bucket List." I hope she will hang in there and do okay with it... she wants to see it too. It's got Jack Nicholsen and Morgan Freeman. Both have cancer and sneak out of a cancer ward (they are dying) and go to do everything they have on their "Bucket List." (things to do before they kick the bucket). Should be a good movie.
Time to sign off...
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Not too much to write about today... work went okay, I spent the morning doing all the documentation for my appointments yesterday, had one appointment this afternoon and did the documentation for the appointment afterwards.
And I *did* go exercise after work. Three days in a row! Whoohoo! So far I haven't seen any of my other co-workers who said they would be there starting this week... the only one that's been there, is the one that *has* been going on a semi-regular basis. One of them that said she was going to start this week, has been having problems with TMJ (aching jaw). Not sure what's up with the others... one has been on sick leave yesterday and today... not sure what's up with her, if she's sick, or if it's one of her kids.
I have a good quote on my desktop calendar today it is "Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror!" As I said... good quote.
Okay... short blog [shock, shock].
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Work was semi-busy today... I met with three clients today! (YEA!). Two were clients who had been seen in our clinic before, one was new. Then, this afternoon the power went off. I decided to go get my gym bag out of my car and move it closer and found the reason for the power outage... some guy had collided (with his vehicle) with a power pole. The pole didn't look damaged, but it must have been enough to snap the wires loose (the wires were NOT across the road). As I drove by I could see about 6 soldiers around what looked to be a man laying on the ground. (maybe he had a medical condition that caused him to run off the road?). A few minutes later the ambulance got there. Our clinic ended up closing early (so did the other clinic on the floor)... but at that time I was meeting with a client (we still got ambient light from the windows in our offices). SO... I left about 3:45 and headed over to the gym (two afternoons in a row! YEA!).
Now I'm home watching "The Biggest Loser - couples".
Okay... gotta go!
Monday, January 7, 2008
We went over and saw our new offices (that we were supposed to move into a couple weeks ago). My office is an awkward shape. And everything is STARK white... it will be a challenge to make them into comfortable, homey offices. We still don't know when we will be moving. At least I know where I will be putting my "Storybook People" pictures up (on the wall that leads into my office). I don't yet know how I will decorate my office... I *will* have to get a nice rug to put in my office... and will probably keep the two chairs I have in my current office. We will be getting new modular furniture/desks.