Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hi... Bye!


Hi Bye.

Well... sorta. I've got to keep this post short because I'm packing up my computer tonight so that I can move it out to my new apartment tomorrow. The Internet/cable folks are supposed to be out tomorrow morning to hook up my service at my new apartment. Hopefully everything will go okay and I can possibly blog tomorrow night... but if I don't... please don't worry about me... it's just because I don't have computer access. I will post as soon as I am able. (I may also be just working hard on my new apartment, because I plan to spend the night there tomorrow). I have a couple guys coming over tomorrow afternoon to pick up the Big/Heavy stuff to deliver to my apartment. That'll probably take a couple hours... they're coming over at 4.

Other than that... it was a relatively easy day at work today, although I was a little nervous about my first appointment this morning... they have to do an online assessment before we see them (that's REALLY nice... because then we have a good idea what we are dealing with before they even come into the office). Anyway... my first appointment today answered the question "On a scale of 1-10, how much risk of harm are you to yourself or others?" He answered a "10" and said that he wants to kill somebody. YIKES! SO... I got input from one of the Psychiatrist and let her know that I may need her for Medication management. I went out to meet him... didn't feel threatened (thankfully) and later in the session I asked him if I needed to be scared that he would hurt me, and he assured me he would never hurt a woman. (And he wasn't acting intimidating towards me). The session went okay... and hopefully with some medication, he will be okay.

Okay... gotta scoot... I need to go down and pack up my storage locker in addition to packing up my computer stuff.

Aloha until I can get on again!

- Kris

Reason #1 I live in Hawaii


So... one of the things I do almost every morning when I get up, is I go read the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer paper (http://www.newsminer.com/) and I look at the Arctic Cam. The above picture was on the Arctic Cam this morning... BRRRRR! (http://newsminer.com/arcticcam/). And they said the temperature this morning was 31 degrees. Ugh! What's that song... When it's Springtime in Alaska, It's 40 below...
Aloha!
- Kris

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Busy, busy day...

Isn't this the life... hanging out... floating in some clear, cool, blue water in the middle of a huge bay? (This was taken Saturday out at Kaneohe Sandbar).

It *was* a busy day... I had six clients, with three of those being "intakes." The Intakes take a LOT longer for paperwork (at least for me). In fact, I got one of my client's paperwork done (an "established" client that I hadn't seen before) during the day... then had 5 to do after work. I had a late appointment at 4 (normally 3 is our latest, but this was an exception), I didn't get done with that until almost 5... and then got to my paperwork. I finished about 7pm. I could have left some of my paperwork for tomorrow morning... but then with my luck, I would have a walk-in to deal with. It's also easier to do the paperwork while the situation/case is fresh in my mind. And then... one of my former clients stopped by today in a crisis situation (I was with a client), so I called her and agreed to meet her for a few minutes over my lunch hour (is that going over & above the call of duty, or what?). She was robbed last night. So... a lot of issues of being violated... of losing things that were VERY sentimental to her... etc have brought up a lot of hopelessness and helplessness. I *did* get permission to see her tomorrow during one of my open slots (so... another busier day).


I asked my head boss if I could take off on Thursday, he said okay as long as my two appts that were scheduled for that day are covered, either by someone else, or rescheduled for me, for another day within the next week. SO... I tried to call one, the number was disconected and with the other one I left a message. I explained to my boss that I didn't feel comfortable just calling in sick (which I could have done), but that I'd rather be proactive. He appreciated that fact about me. (And, yes, that's the way I am. I *very* rarely call IN sick... most of the time I am off, it's scheduled).


Okay... it's already after 8, just got home a little bit ago... I need to start doing at least a LITTLE packing tonight (a little more). I feel like I made good progress last night, I cleaned off the shelving unit in my bedroom, which is something I've had on my "to-do" list for a couple years! [gulp].


Aloha!

- Kris

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lunch anyone???


So...

I had to go into Wahiawa, the town closest to where I work. I pulled up to a corner where some guys were going into the restaurant and I was curious what kind of food they served. OMG! I saw some of the menu items posted in the window... "Pig Stomach" anyone? It's only $5.50...how about "Pig's Feet" that's only $6.50! YIKES! You can click on the picture to see a larger image. I was trying to be as unobtrusive as possible when I took the picture.

Work went okay today... slow day, probably the only one this week (although I do have one other day... the 1st, but I may take it off so I can take a full day to get most of the rest of the stuff moved). After work I dropped off a bunch of stuff to the apartment on my way home. Since getting home, I've been packing and packing and packing.

SO... since it's 9:30 and I'm just now blogging... I'm going to sign off so I can get ready for bed (and figure out what I'm wearing to work tomorrow... figure out what I still HAVE here to wear!).

Aloha!
- Kris

Sunday, April 27, 2008

No pics...

Hey...
hello... forgive me for not posting any more pics (I actually have posted quite a few the last couple days... but it's almost 9pm and I'd like to be in bed within 5 mins at least to watch the news... I have a fairly good idea what I'm wearing to work tomorrow, so don't really need to worry about that... but I *do* need a good shower before I go to bed!

I've been packing and moving ALL day. All of my bookcases are packed up, dropped off and re-shelved. I have EVERYTHING out of my kitchen area (except for the food in the fridge) and a couple little things... but all my cupboards are bare (even my food pantry!). I've loaded up a lot of my clothes (those are in my car to take tomorrow)... I dunno... just seems like I've taken a LOT of stuff up to the new apartment... I know I still have a LOT to go. Thankfully I had help today from Michelle & her hubby. I've had to empty the boxes over there at the new apartment so I have them to re-use at my old apt.

Okay... time to sign off...

Aloha!
- Kris

Saturday, April 26, 2008

CHICAGO - the band!















So... obviously the above pictures are from tonight's concert. I had a GREAT seat, right on the aisle, on the floor 15 rows back. Towards the end of the concert people started going up to the front of the stage, so I headed up there too... and as you can tell from the pictures, I was up close and personal. It was fantastic!
Anyway... just thought I'd share the pics!

Aloha!
- Kris

Vog & Kaneohe Sandbar

Some of the gang on the way out...
I don't know who these people were with the umbrella, but they had the right idea *smiles*

I took this as I was laying on a "floaty." The sand bar was VERY busy today... look at those hills in the background, you can barely see them!
Hanging out on the boat and around the boat (pontoon boat). (I think it was lunch time).

We headed over to the end with the reef... so I got to try my new camera with some underwater pictures... here's a little puffer fish hidng out! *smiles*

Close-up shot of this eel (taken with the zoom lense)... HE sure didn't like my being there and hanging out... a couple times I thought he might come try to bite me!

Another picture of the eel going from one hiding spot to another, I would guess that he was about 30 inches long.
The ride back... by this time there was some cloud cover (or the VOG just got so bad that it was hiding the sun... a good possibility)... so I was chilly & decided to wrap my towel around me for the ride back.
SO... there's some pictures from today. Time for me to sign off and go get a shower so I can get ready for the "Chicago" concert.
Aloha!
- Kris

Friday, April 25, 2008

Poor view...


So... here are a couple pictures I took from my new apartment this afternoon (after work). I stopped by to drop off a few boxes on my way home. Unfortunately, these pictures don't do the view justice, because it is SO *voggy* out. People say that this is the worst they have ever seen the Vog (kind of like smog, but it comes from the Volcanic ash being released on the Big Island). I noticed that there were black specks on the cover over my motorcycle. By the way, if you click on the picture, it should open up full screen. At least you can see the water in the picture... (barely) but you sure can't see Diamond Head. I'll post another picture (or pictures) on a day when it's clear outside.
Other than that... work went okay, it was an amazingly quiet day (only 2 clients... I had two no-shows). I got home and had problems with my sink, the main line was plugged up or something, causing the water to back up into my sink (because I'm on the bottom floor). Fortunately the property managment was able to contact a plumber to come out. He had to use a snake and go down through my sink to clear it (after looking outside for a line). The Property Management folks are going to pay for it (it wasn't MY sink that was clogged), so fortunately my landlady won't have to deal with the bill.
I've been going through more paperwork, shredding stuff so hopefully I don't have to deal with identity theft. I didn't get as much done as I had hoped though. The process is going kind of slow.
Oh yea... I bought a curio cabinet today. I got it at the furniture store, it had been marked down from $199 to $23. It's about 60" high, about 20" across. It has a mirror back and has a three sided front (like part of a stop sign... those kind of angles?). The reason I got it so cheap though, was because one of the glass panels on top is missing (I assume it broke) and the mirror is also broken on top. While I was at the furniture store, I called a local glass shop and it sounds like I can get replacement mirror & glass for about $70. SO... it seemed like a good deal. I have to go pick it up tomorow morning.

At 11 I have to be over in Kaneohe, I'm going out with the "Meet In" bunch out on the Pontoon boat (12-4) and then tomorrow night I'm going to the "Chicago" concert. SO... busy day... then it will be back to work packing!

Time to head to bed... I'll take some pictures out at the sandbar tomorrow with my new camera (the one that I can take in the water...).
Aloha!
- Kris

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My semi-empty apartment

Looking from the livingroom towards the kitchen (the closet on the right is below).
This is a small storage closet where my washer & dryer are located.
Looking from the storage closet into the kitchen
Master bedroom? Or at least what I'm going to consider the master bedroom.
La Bathroom... with my turtle rug in there temporarily.
The spare bedroom, the guest room... my computer room... etc.

There... I posted some pictures of my new apartment, but they were taken at night without a flash, using existing light, so the quality isn't too good.

Work today was busy! From the moment I got there until about the time I left. I did have 2 hours when I wasn't seeing clients, and used that time to do all the documentation. A couple of the people I saw I had to do some paperwork for that I haven't done before... so it's a continuous learning process.

After work I just came straight home and I've spent several hours cleaning out my desk drawers (did I mention that I am a packrat???). I've had "clean desk drawers" on my to-do list for a couple years... guess it takes a move to make me quit procrastinating.

Okay... now it's 10:30pm... WAY too late... I should have been in bed an hour ago. Oh well... I did get some boxes packed and put in my car to drop off on the way home tomorrow (I got my hummels and some of my glasswear packed).

Aloha!

- Kris

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Another office post



So... what do you think????

I thought I would post some more pictures of my office... now that it's pretty much set up with the pictures. I'm still not 100% sure that I want to keep the couch where it is, I may move it back over by the door, where the two chairs are. I find that I have people sit on the couch and then I sit in the chair closest to my door (rather than the chair at my desk).

Today was a busy day... an interesting day. I saw five clients today (they wanted me to see one more, but didn't tell me until about 15 minutes before my next appointment. We had three people in the office out sick today, one of the counselors, the nurse and one of the front office staff. I think I did intakes on every client (which means twice as much paperwork). I ended up working until 5:30pm (an extra hour... which I don't get paid for... so I've got to watch doing THAT too often!). Then I came home and packed up some boxes and ran them up to my new apartment. Michelle & Kaleo followed me so they got to see my new apartment and Michelle helped me take boxes up. Kaleo indoctrinated my bathroom (first to use it! LOL!). Needless to say... I'm tired now. So... will keep this post short.
Aloha!
- Kris
P.S. will post pictures of my apartment tomorrow night possibly (I took some today, but it's of a mostly empty apartment).

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm moving...


Yep,

I'm moving. I've signed a 1-year lease tonight. (YIKES!). Although... most likely unless something drastic happens, I will probably be there the next couple years. I really like my new landlady & her husband (he owns a small restaurant not too far from the Pearl Harbor area (or stadium area)). They also gave me one of the keys... so I can start moving stuff. The only problem is... I haven't even gotten any boxes yet. My guess is that I won't even try to go up there until Sunday (because Saturday is so full already). But, it also means that I can start taking stuff over there (like drop it off after I get off work... I'll just be making a big circular route to get back to my current apartment).

Work went okay today. I finally got to talk to my supervisor for a little bit. As we talked, I think he was even more grateful that I'm over there (not sure what I said... but *something* that impressed him). I actually went in to talk to him about my first two clients yesterday. The first one went to the hospital... and I guess I kind of skirted the routine (but hey... you put me in the position without the training on the proper way... I'm going to do what I got to do... and it worked out, thankfully).

I *did* make it to the gym tonight, I only did a half hour on the recumbant bike, but at least I still got some exercise in.
Okay... it's after 9, I'm going to sign off and go figure out what I'm going to wear to work tomorrow and then head to bed soon. I think I'm feeling tired just thinking of what is ahead of me over the next couple weeks. And tomorrow I need to notify my landlady that I will be moving and will be completely out of here by the 15th (at the latest).
Ta-ta...
- Kris

Monday, April 21, 2008

I might be moving!

"What... you looking at me????" *smiles*
Well... I talked to the prospective landlady today. I had sent her a bunch of information with my application (which I emailed), and some phone numbers for former supervisors, friends, my current contract contact (read that right!) person, etc. I had emailed most of them and let them know that the prospective landlady might contact them and three responded via email to me (sure! Give her my name and number, I'll tell her what a wonderful person you are... that kind of thing). So... I forwarded the emails to her (might as well forward good comments/references to her, right? *smiles*). This aftenoon I finally got in touch with my current landlady and let her know that she might be getting a call for a reference, that I had looked at a place yesterday. I had to chuckle though... BECAUSE I am so low maintenance as a renter... when I called her, she said "Kris, Kris who?" LOL! I guess that's a good thing. I've only talked to her once in the past year (as far as I can remember), when it's time to pay rent, her Mom cleans around the apartment building and so I just give the check to her mom whenever I see her just after the payday.

SO... when I talked to Karla this afternoon (prospective landlady) she said she felt comfortable with everything I sent her and would like to meet with me tomorrow (after I get off work), so I can give her a deposit and a copy of my ID. SOOOOOO... I'll know for sure tomorrow (she may want to make some calls? But I'm sure that will go okay)... but it looks like I will be moving soon! I am hoping to be completely out of my current apartment by the middle of May. At the moment, I don't even want to think of the work ahead of me over the next couple weeks! YIKES! And I'll be doing it on weekends and evenings. I'm sure I can get SOME help with moving... I'll need to rent a U-Haul. I mentioned that I might be moving to one of the women that work at the gym... she offered her help and that of her husband! (wow... aren't people nice??? *smiles*). I'll keep you posted on the moving experience (there may be some days I don't have computer access as I get my services transferred over).
Other than that... DANG... work was something else today. My very first appt had to be sent to the hospital (because they had hurt themselves in a suicidal attempt last night), and the 2nd appt was also suicidal and didn't want to contract for safety! I'll see the 2nd one on Friday again. I've been assured that it isn't normally like this. Guess if I start off with the worst case scenario, then things can only get easier, right? *smiles* I *did* go to the gym after work and did an hour on the Elliptic machine. I'm planning to go to the gym tomorrow as well, but will probably only do a half an hour or so of exercise.
Okay... time to sign off.


Aloha!
- Kris

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Apartment hunting...

So... I didn't make it to Hanauma Bay today. I saw an ad on Craigslist for an apartment up in the Kunia area (7 miles from where I work), so I thought I'd go check it out. There were actually a couple apartment complexes that were advertising. The first one I went to had a LOT of apartment vacancies (it's a LARGE complex, similar to the above), but the first one they showed me, the carpet was stained and it looked kind of junky. The 2nd place was nice and you could actually (barely) see the ocean from one of the windows. It was a 2 bedroom, and at least it was quiet. But then she said it would be $1650 to rent, which is really more than I want to pay... but took the paperwork and told the woman I would get back to her later.

I had also printed out another ad, here's what it said "Second Floor unit w/ lanai, beautiful view of pearl Harbor & Diamond Head. Gated security entry w/ video. Unit features great floor plan, spacious kitchen, 2 window ac, ceiling fans, washer/dryer in unit, extra storage, and open lanai. close to shopping center, golf course, jogging route, community park, and nearby Walmart, Times market, resturants and more. Plus EZ access to H1 Freeway & bus stops. Approx. 5 miles to Scholfield/Wheeler and about 5 min. away from Waikele Outlet Stores!."

So, I called that woman and had to wait around for a couple hours to meet up with her. (I went to Walmart and then to Denny's for lunch). Then I went to see the place. It's nice. And I *would* like to live there. It's not a really BIG 2 bedroom, but it's good enough for me. I'd lose some of the storage space I have now... but I'd just have to deal with that. I could use the 2nd bedroom as a computer room/guest room. Anyway... I'm going to submit an application and keep my fingers crossed (it may take me an extra month to pay off my car). She said that she has several other applications to consider... but she seemed to like me and the fact that I would most likely stay put there for a couple years. I *really* like it because I can see the ocean out of both bedroom windows (and the bathroom has the best view!). The only negative thing is that the neighbors next door and below the next door neighbor both seem to have quite a few (little) kids. I hate to say it, but I feel old enough to move into a quieter senior citizen's place where kids aren't allowed (except for short visits). The picture above is a picture of the apartment unit that I'm submitting the application for).

Anyway... so that's been the focus of my day. I need to run down to Kinko's and fax my apartment application before I call it a night. I'm going to sign off now and go watch the news.

Aloha!
- Kris

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New Camera... The Olympus 1030SW

After I posted the previous blog, I realized that I had forgotten to talk more about my latest, newest camera (new toy!). For those counting... I now have four digital cameras. This new one is one I've been wanting for quite awhile. I'll post an online commentary about it here:

Among the coolest of Olympus' compact cameras are their rugged, waterproof, dustproof, Stylus models. This year, the company is updating both of their go-anywhere cameras, offering the all-metal chassis 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1030 SW and the slightly more stylish 8-megapixel Stylus 850 SW. Both models include face detection for autofocus and auto exposure, ISO-boost Digital Image Stabilization instead of the more-effective mechanical stabilization found in some of Olympus' other Stylus models, and a handful of in-camera editing functions, including red-eye removal, panorama stitching of up to three shots and more. Like all of their compact cameras this year, these two will come with adapters so you can use MicroSD cards with the cameras' xD Picture Card slots.
The more hard-core of the two tough cameras is the Stylus 1030 SW. It can bounce right back from a drop of 6.6 feet and withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure. You can take pictures with it down to 33 feet underwater and it's made to operate at temperatures as cold as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Conveniently, the 1030 SW has a 3.6X optical 28-102mm f/3.5-5.0 zoom lens. While I always like a wide zoom on a compact camera, it's especially helpful when shooting underwater, so it makes even more sense to include it here. As you might expect, Olympus includes multiple underwater scene modes in the 1030 SW, as well as scene modes for use in snow and beach conditions. The 1030 SW also includes a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD screen. Olympus says that this new update to their old HyperCrystal LCDs can yield a higher contrast ratio and more accurate color reproduction.


In a nutshell I can swim with it to 33' deep, I can freeze it in a block of ice, I can stand on it (it withstands 220 pounds of pressure), and I can drop it from over 6 1/2'! It's a pretty amazing camera. I had wanted to get an earlier version, but this one is actually tougher, so I'm glad I waited. All of the photos below (in the earlier post from tonight) were taken with this camera. And yes... I've got the one with the green shell.

So... for now anyway... I've VERY content with my camera selection. For intensive photography, I can use my Digital Pentax SLR camera, for everyday use, I'll most likely use my Canon SD1000, for going to the beach, I'll probably take my Olympus 1030SW, and if all my batteries are dead in my Canon & Olympus (both are pocket cameras), then I'll probably turn to my Sony Discman (which was my cheapest camera... and you get what you pay for...).

Okay... time to sign off and go hop in the shower.

Aloha!
- Kris
P.S. My neighbor Michelle came through her shoulder procedure okay. The doctor knocked her out and numbed the arm and then proceeded to manipulate the heck out of it (since her shoulder surgery she'd had limited use of it). She said it was weird though, her whole arm was numb on the evening of her surgery, she had no control over it, it just kind of flopped around on it's own... she said it was *really* weird!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Changing Offices...

I thought I would post some pictures of my "offices." As you walk into my "old" office, this is what it has looked like (until I moved stuff out today). In the photo (below) I have the overhead light on, normally I just use the laps for a more toned down lighting situation.


This rug is 5X7, fairly good size. I'm hoping this picture gives you a better idea about how large my "old" office was. (these pictures were taken before I moved anything out of it).

This photo (above) was taken looking from my desk towards the door. You can kind of see my tall bookcase (which was about 7' tall), it's a gun metal gray color (not the color I would necessarily choose for myself, but it was free). I have my Alaskan pictures on the long wall, then my "Storybook" people on the small wall behind the chair.

This is how my "new" office looked when I moved in. This photo was taken from the corner near behind where the door shuts (so I could get a larger view). I had to do a lot of cleaning (wiping down the furniture).
This is standing in the corner behind where my purse is in the above picture (or in the one-foot space on the left of my printer in the below picture). This shows the couch in my room and the chairs that were there (heck... I could do a "group" in my office... I had four chairs & the couch!).
So... the above photo was taken at the end of the day. Gone is the little table that was where the chair is now (there are actually two chairs there) and I've brought over my personal stuff to put on my desk.
Another view of my desk, this was taken from the doorway of my office. I don't like having my back to the door. My plan is to put a file cabinet in the space to the left of my desk (not visible in the picture immediately above, but kind of over behind where the wooden chair is in the picture before that) and then I'm going to put the printer on top of the file cabinet to get it out of my way and off the desktop! See the little bouquet of flowers on my desk? Those came from one of my clients yesterday... awwww.... (sad smile).
So... for now I've rearranged this side of the room... I'm not sure I like it this way (the bookcase is fine because when the door is open, it totally blocks the bookcase... some of those shelves have 2 sets of books on them). I may move the couch against the wall by the bookcase, I don't know... I'll look at it this weekend. I still need to go over to my old office and get the pictures off the wall. I don't have room to put them all up in this office. So... what I may do is just put one of my "Seasons of Alaska" pictures up (just put the "Spring" one up now) and then rotate out each season as they occur. Hopefully when I go in Monday things will be all set and I'll be ready to boogie. My (former?) supervisor will be surprised when he comes in and sees my office empty. He's been out for the last two days). But... since it sounds like I will be over at the new clinic for awhile, and I had offers to help me move... I figured I might as well get as much moved as I could.
So... how did my day go... well, besides moving furniture, I did see one "walk-in." Sad situation and unfortunately, I think things are beyond the guy's control at this point. I won't go into details (in order to protect the innocent *smiles*). I'm scheduled for at least three intakes on Monday (yikes!) and an "established" patient. It's going to get VERY busy fast! And I have quite a bit to learn about the military system (and the benefits of having a psychiatrist and a nurse that can prescribe, on the unit!).

Tonight I went to an "Open House" up at the School of Social Work. It was for the DSW program (Doctorate in Social Welfare). There's a part of me that would absolutely LOVE to get a doctorate degree. And there's no doubt in my mind that I could do it and be successful. But... it does take a commitment and means a career change (I would become a "college professor" or a researcher... of the two, I'd rather teach). The main reason I would love to get a doctorate though, is just so that people can call me "Dr. Jenkins." *smiles* That would be so cool. But, as my ABD (all but dissertation) daughter tells me... that's the wrong reason to pursue the degree. They did say that because I have the "Clinical" experience, it makes having the Doctorate degree more marketable because I could teach "practice" courses. Anyway... I just went to see what they had to say... and to think about my options. It was also nice to see some of my former professors and the Dean as well. (And the food wasn't bad! *smiles*).
Okay... I'm going to sign off... maybe go read a little bit before I head to bed.
Aloha!
- Kris

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sad...

Another turtle pic from this past weekend.

Well... It still doesn't feel real that it was my last day in my current clinic. I only saw two clients today (a 3rd was a no-show). One of the clients brought me a small bouquet of flowers in a mug. She's been through some very tough times. Her older sister died in January from cancer, and an older brother died in March from a chronic illness. She was showing her appreciation for my helping her through a dark time. The other client was one of my favorites... has mood swings and some psychotic behavior. She's the one that no one else wants to touch with a 10' pole, but when I met her, the very first session was awesome and trust was established. Of course she's hurt because I'm leaving (and would like to go stab the person responsible for my moving with a pencil! *sad smiles*), it's hard when you keep changing therapists. She's one that would benefit from a consistent long-term therapeutic relationship. Argh... it's so frustrating. I *really* do care for my clients, they aren't just "cases" or a case number.

So... yea... sad day... and I didn't do much to prepare for starting in the new position tomorrow. I did have to go to a short training this afternoon as part of the new position (but people in my current clinic would have benefitted from the training as well). I introduced myself to the doctor in charge of the clinic where I'm going (he's a major), and he said he's really looking forward to having me on board tomorrow (I was sort of hoping he would say that they might have to re-think my coming now... but alas, that didn't happen). I *did* go see my new office, it's about 1/2 the size of my current office and definitely not as nice! I should be grateful though - it DOES have a window. Part of me would like to go in this weekend & completely clean out my old office and move over what I can to the new office, but then another part of me realizes that might be a little presumptive at this point.

Please pray that I will go in tomorrow with a positive attitude. I'm reminded of the Bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." And the verse... "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." from Romans 8:28. It's funny how scriptures come back when seems like they are in turmoil and challenges loom.

Then there is the Kanji symbol for "Crisis." It is actually made up of two kanji symbols, one that stands for "danger" and the other which stands for "opportunity." Basically it means that any situation that is a crisis, has the potential for danger (you can let it drag you down) or opportunity (you can use it as an opportunity for growth).

So again... please say a prayer for me tomorrow... or send positive thoughts, whichever you feel more comfortable with.

Also... Lora didn't make it today. I guess she didn't get on the plane. She's back at home with her husband. Not sure if she will still decide to come over to Hawaii at some point in the near future or not... I'll cross that bridge when and if it happens.

Okay... I'm going to go have a bowl of Rocky Road Ice Cream (comfort food... what can I say???). I *did* do an hour on the treadmill after work... hopefully that'll take care of the calories I'll eat in ice cream (I'll have a moderate portion).

Hugs & Aloha!
- Kris