Friday, July 31, 2009
On another note... I found out this morning that I'm going to have another grandchild the end of January. My youngest daughter is about 3 months pregnant. She's excited about the pregnancy and she sent me a picture of the ultrasound. She doesn't know the sex yet, but she's hoping in another month or so to find out.
I'm going to keep this short for tonight.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Work went okay today, it was relatively quiet. One of my co-workers had group this afternoon with 11 participants (which is a LOT to do by yourself), so I volunteered to help her. The group was on Anger Management and it was quite a lively discussion. *smiles*
Tonight I've just been playing bejeweled (I'm addicted)... and right now I'm watching "The Mentalist."
I'm keeing an eye on the weather, we have a tropical storm developing southeast of Hilo (on the Big Island). From what I understand, those that develop there are the most dangerous to Hawaii. There have been a couple that have turned into Hurricanes and come to Hawaii from that area. And there are many who say that Hawaii is overdue for a hurricane. We'll know more by this weekend.
Okay... time to sign off. Bruno has decided to sit on my lap between me & my laptop! *smiles*
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
How was your day? Mine was relatively busy, I had group this morning with 10 clients, and then met with another client this afternoon. I have a couple co-workers back from two weeks of training, it's good to have them back. I had to help them and one other with some computer problems (I'm the most computer literate at work... must be that 2 year degree I had in computer programming? Or maybe the 15+ years of working on computers?). I also found out that a couple of my former co-workers are down in Waikiki attending the training I was *supposed* to have gone to. It would have been nice to be down there with them and doing some networking.
Other than that... I made reservations for a raft ride around the North Shore of Kauai for when my middle daughter & I go over there in about 3 weeks. It's a 6 hour ride, but includes stops for lunch and some snorkeling. I had a choice between the zodiac ride or a sailboat ride... though decision, but I went with the zodiak because they take you into some caves and under some arches, which I think will be pretty cool.
I've been watching "America's Got Talent" tonight and I'm bummed. They sent home that little girl from Hawaii. She's 8 years old, but wow... what a powerful voice she has! They sent people through that I didn't think should go through... David Hasslebach's stalker and the woman with a whip. There was even an older girl that didn't even sing as good. I'm VERY disappointed. I may even skip watching the show as a result - I'm that disappointed.
Okay... time to sign off.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Work-wise... I could NOT get motivated to do much today at all. I should have stayed home for all that I didn't accomplish. I did prepare for my group tomorrow. I think I was feeling frustrated because I felt like I should have been at the training this week, and because someone dropped the ball, now I won't be able to get the training I want until late spring next year. GRRR. It's okay to be frustrated once in awhile... I just need to sit with the feeling awhile and then let it go and move on. And I will do that.
I'm watching the finale of "The Bachelorette" so I'll sign off for today.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thought you'd enjoy the picture. It's a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
So... I went snorkeling this morning and had a great time (all things considered). I thought I'd share one of the short videos I shot today of honu (turtles).
First... I left home and got about 5 miles from the house when I realized I didn't have my wallet. So... I had to turn back around and come back home to get it. I had left my Ipod at work and wanted to use it when I went snorkeling, so I also had to stop by where I work to pick that up on my way up to the North Shore.
I had gotten my Olympus waterproof camera back in the mail yesterday (water had gotten into the battery compartment), so I charged the battery and decided to test it out today. Nope, they didn't get it fixed. (whatever is causing it to leak). SO... I've emailed them... but there went half my pictures from snorkeling at Shark's Cove. Fortunately, I had my Canon camera with me and the water-proof housing, so I returned the first camera to my car and went back out again with my Canon. I got some good pictures. I even went into some cave-like places, one of them had kind of a "blow hole" where the water would spray out over the top of the cave area. That was neat. There were also a lot of scuba divers out there today, and I got some neat pictures (trying to be creative) of BUBBLES. *smiles* Then, I got up on shore and I knew I wanted to go snorkeling at "Turtle beach" (Lanikea?). But I also realized that I hadn't emptied my memory card last night after I dumped my pictures on my desktop computer, so I decided to go through and delete pictures by date. Well... probably not the wisest thing to do in the sun's glare (I could have waited until I got up to my car). Guess what happened. Yep... I deleted all my Shark's Cove snorkeling pictures. GRRRR! Go figure. Oh well... I've got a lot of snorkeling pictures and God willing... I'll have opportunities to take a lot more. (Next month, right Michelle?).
My next stop was just outside of Haleiwa at Lanikea (sp) beach where there are ALWAYS turtles. I don't ever remember snorkeling there... I was surprised at how murky the water is. Yuk. I felt dirty snorkeling there. But... snorkel I did (I wash up good *smiles*). I swam quite a ways back and forth across the area. The first turtle I came upon was an old turtle (I'm not good at telling the sex, it has to do with the size of the tail). It was BIG too. I would say the shell was 36-40 inches in diameter at least. The 2nd turtle I saw actually snuck up on ME and startled me a little bit. He didn't like it too much when I tried to dive down so I could try to take a picture looking up from the bottom underneath him... he took off. I found a few others... another HUGE one that seemed to be as long as I was! (for real!). WOW. That was just amazing. I love watching the smaller turtles, but I'm amazed by the big ones. I saw at least a half dozen turtles and found some shells too. At least I didn't accidentally delete THESE pictures!
I think I may have gotten a little too much sun on my back side... I'm feeling it on the back of my lower legs (I was wearing swim trunks) and on my upper back. I did spray some sunscreen on a couple times.
On my way home, across the street from where I turn into my apartment complex, there was a HUGE gush of water going across the street (you had to drive about 20' blind!). Got a free car wash though. Maybe I'll go ahead and post the picture in a separate post. *smile*. I got an awesome shot (*I* think). I have a picture of the fireman, he's actually in the street trying to turn off the water with a long pole (with a wrench head on the end?). BUT... it looks like the water is coming out his rear! LOL! (You'll probably see it before you even read this now).
Other than that... I've just been chillin since I got home. I had a salad for dinner and I've taken the pups out a couple times. I also uploaded some pics (and the video) to my facebook account.
Okay... time to sign off. I've got to meet up with a bunch of people for some motorcycle riding tomorrow at 8am. I'm going to participate in my first "Poker Run" (I don't even know how to play poker!). LOL.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Okay... gotta scoot!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Work went okay today, I had three or four clients that I saw and worked on documentation in preparation of case presentation coming up.
I posted this morning because I forgot to post last night *oops!*
Today is one of those days that there isn't much to write about. I was supposed go to a training next week dealing with PTSD, but it doesn't look like I will be going. My boss said if I don't go, there may be a chance I could go to a training either in San Antonio or Philadelphia - that would be neat. I'd like that. The trainings are in the early fall. I'll keep you posted on that.
Time to sign off... I'm watching "America's Got Talent" (I missed it last night).
Monday, July 20, 2009
Work went okay today. I had a doctor's appointment first thing this morning, just a follow up, nothing major. I love my doc, she's fantastic. I couldn't ask for anyone better. She is great at taking my feedback, or at least letting me give input. She *is* going to schedule me for an upper GI. She's actually put in a couple consults for me (but no one followed up and didn't call me). I didn't follow up, because the last time the one doc did mine, he started sticking the gastric tube down my throat before I was out. That was a little nerve wrecking! I think it left me a little gun-shy about going back. She said she would talk to another doc to see if he'd do it (if he's the one I've heard about, he's pretty good). Time will tell. They are just doing it to see why I have ongoing tummy aches. My doc asked me about diverticulitis... guess I need to read more about that.
This afternoon was our staff meeting and I met with one client and talked with a couple more.
Tonight I've been researching my Fort Lauderdale to Panama cruise in November. I've been looking at blogs that other have been on the reverse of this cruise to see what off shore tours they recommend. Time to start planning, although it's hard to believe that the cruise is more than 120 days away.
I've also been watching "The Bachelorette." *smiles*
Time to sign off...
Sunday, July 19, 2009
We started off on the sand bar and then went down to the reef as the tide started coming up. There was only one other snorkeler besides myself. I think they are glad I am along... I get to hop in and set the anchor (and pull the boat when they decide they want the boat farther down the sandbar...pffft!).
For dinner I had grilled chicken and grilled veggies, and then had watermelon for desert. Mmmm.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So... I didn't have any clients scheduled today and ended up seeing three of them. One of them came in to let me know the status of a court hearing... I've only had them for a client less than a month and met with both the husband and wife. Today I barely recognized him and could not recall what our first session was about. I kind of had to "play" along with what he discussed, then afterwards I pulled their chart and THEN remembered their situation. YIKES! I talked with my co-workers and was relieved that they have had similar experiences. So... I'm not alone there.
Other than that... I worked on charts today and had to make a bunch of work-related phone calls.
On another note... my oldest granddaughter was placed in a group home today. She's been having some behavioral problems so my daughter & son-in-law felt this was best at this time. Please keep them in your prayers. I'm hoping they will all be able to get some family counseling together to work on communication and getting along. I think one of my biggest concerns is with the timing. Today was my son-in-law's birthday and he's really close to my granddaugher. It's tough that he had to take her to a group home on his birthday. I'm sure it has made it hard to enjoy his birthday today. They *were* able to go down and pick her up tonight for soccer, and will be able to pick her up for her practices & games, so they'll get to see her a few times a week. She's in a home with three older girls, so it's not a real big home, thankfully.
Tonight after I got home I took my puppies over to the nearby little park and let them run and play. I love to watch them play their version of "tag." *smiles* And Bruno has found a way to torment Peanut.. he's taken to chewing on her tail!
Okay... I'm going to sign off. It's already bedtime.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Hope everyone is doing well. Hope you like the video. I took it with my camera this past weekend. I've jumped off this rock, it's about 35 feet high. It doesn't look so high, until you are standing on top and looking down! *smiles*
Work went okay today, I stayed busy most of the day. I didn't leave until about 5:30 or so. One of these days I'll get back to just working 8 hours a day (that's all I get paid for).
Ok... time to sign off and hope this video comes through.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Work was busy today, I had group this morning with 8 clients and I had a new co-worker that sat in on the group with me. She's going to be a good addition to our workplace. This afternoon I had a lot of paper documentation to deal with, I met briefly with a walk-in that I'll see tomorrow and had to catch up on some voicemails (I had 8 to respond to). Tomorrow we staff our cases, but I am not presenting any cases, next time (in 2 weeks) I will.
Unofficially I found out that my nuclear scan came back okay... no tumors, so that's good. I still have to talk to the doctor. So... now I just *really* need to focus on getting more calcium (I did buy some yogurt yesterday!).
Not much else to write about today.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Today was a VERY busy day at work. It started off slow and I was able to get some paperwork done. Then I got a call about a suicidal client, so I had the person come in as a walk-in and recommended further evaluation by a medical doctor. I can't say much more about the situation, because of confidentiality issues, but suffice it to say the client felt hopeless & helpless.
When I have a situation like that, many people have to get involved and there's a LOT of paperwork (I'll take the paperwork over the loss of someone's life!). So... I didn't get out of work until about 6pm.
I didn't get to go down and meet Carol & her husband who are here ready to head out on a cruise tomorrow. (Darn!). And when they return, they fly out that day. I did talk to her though and then I thought to send her some links of the Cruise Critic website (cruisecritic.com) it is one that I would highly recommend for anyone thinking about going on a cruise. For example, when I looked at the "Meet and Mingle" for the cruise Carol & her husband are going on, I found that several people were able to get cheaper rates than what they had paid for their cruise (the price had come down, but unless you ask them to give you the lower rate, they don't). I also sent her the link to "bryan's" page. He got on the ship I was on from Auckland to Hawaii. He got on here in Hawaii and sailed around the island and then on up to Vancouver. He did an (almost) daily blog while on the cruise and then posted his pictures on a website. So, I sent Carol those weblinks.
Not much else going on, I just came home and had some dinner and enjoyed a relaxing evening, playing with my puppies and surfing the web. It was a good way to end the day.
Okay... time to sign off!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Today was a busy day, much busier than I expected it to be. I spent a lot of time on the phone dealing with client issues and then this afternoon I had two new clients. SO... I was busy. I thought about staying late to finish paperwork, but decided to come on home, get a bite to eat and watch some TV and deal with my internet addiction *smiles*.
Looking forward to the weekend. I plan to get my oil changed on my car, and hopefully hit the beach if the weather is conducive. I'm also hoping to meet someone here who had posted on my blog, they are on the island from California and will be going on a cruise around the island. They board on Saturday.
Okay... time to sign off.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Not much going on tonight... did some chores and I've been playing "Bejeweled." (what a time waster!).
My youngest daughter is supposed to fly up to Alaska tomorrow for her best friend's wedding. It is something that she has been planning for several years. I'm glad she gets to go back up there (my daughter was raised for the majority of her life, in Alaska). She was trying to get her tickets changed so she could stay longer. When she first made her reservations, she didn't think she could take any time off from work, so only planned to go for a long weekend, but now she has the opportunity to stay a little longer... hopefully she'll be able to that.
Okay... time to sign off.
Aloha! Have a great day!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I called and talked to my older sister today (and emailed my younger sister). Today would have been our Mom's birthday. I also got to send a couple text messages to my oldest granddaughter. I finally called her to see how her trip to Anchorage this past weekend turned out. It sounds like she had a good time.
Which reminds me... every day I check the news in Spokane (where I'm from originally) and in Alaska, where I used to live, and I also check the weather. I'm surprised at how often they are the same temperature, or when Fairbanks is warmer than Spokane. They've had some nice hot days up in Fairbanks the last week or so.
I just found out that the person that asked me about Hawaii and what to wear & do is heading down tomorrow for Hawaii. I hope they have a great time!
Okay... time to sign off. I'm watching "American Roadtrip."
Monday, July 6, 2009
See... doesn't that sound better than dreading it was Monday?
I spent the morning in meetings and this afternoon we celebrated a co-worker's birthday. I had a no-show and had to talk to a couple people in regards to clients. And... I had to prepare for my group tomorrow (which is on Feelings & communication).
After work I did some grocery shopping and then tonight I've just been home watching TV. Not too exciting (and I've been playing with my puppies).
Time to sign off...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
So... I have had a really good weekend (other than losing my nano pod), I got to go boogie boarding, I got to snorkel at Hanauma Bay and I got to spend a day riding my motorcycle (and thinking of my friend Janis... it's her bike I ride and it's her Harley boots that I wear). Our bike ride took us a LONG way. We met for breakfast at Sizzlers, and then we rode all the way out to Dillingham Field where I did my glider rides, and we came around the back side of the field where they were sky-diving (how cool... makes me want to try that again), then we came in and headed the long way around to Haleiwa on the North Shore... wound our way around, stopping for rest breaks every now and then. We came back across the Pali, and had to stop for a few minutes and wait for the President from Taiwan, he was headed up the Pali as we were coming down. We rode around through Makiki Heights and came back down Punahou where I used to live. From there we rode on down through Waikiki on our way up to Diamond Head Look out. We stopped at Kapiolani Community College and then went to the Market City area for lunch at a Mexican restaurant. From there we headed out past Hanauma Bay, past Sandy's and Mokapu'u, through Waimanalo and we turned off near Olomana for a break. From there it was basically good-bye... as those who lived in town went back over the Pali and the rest of us came across the H-3. I think today was the first time I've ridden my bike over the H-3. One guy headed on up to Wahiawa, while the others of us headed out west, I waved good-bye to Forest and his wife and came on home. They met me at the gas station about 8:30am, and I didn't get home until about 5pm. Granted we had several 10 minutes stops along the way... but we had a FULL day of riding. I think I put 150 miles or so on my bike.