Saturday, July 31, 2010

Quiet day...

So... I *didn't* make it to Waimea today... instead I stayed up too late, and the dogs had me up early, I think they started waking me up about 5:30am! I took them out for a walk and then came back in and laid down and snoozed on the couch until 11am or so. AND... if you don't get to Waimea by about 8am, you DON'T get a parking spot. Besides... it was cloudy this morning (pic above wasn't taken this morning). So... I'm planning to go to bed early tonight and get up early tomorrow. I am looking forward to using my new Fuji underwater camera (I got it last week... its only good for snorkeling, but was a lot cheaper than most underwater cameras).

So... when I finally did get up, I went and did some shopping... bought a new swimsuit (tankini type) and a new pair of jean shorts. Then I went and mailed my friend her birthday card (Nikki's birthday is next week)... I sent her a bunch of pictures, of the pups and from my trip (she & Guy don't have internet... ack!).

I went by the Ford dealership to see the new Fiesta car, but they didn't have any in stock. One of the salesmen said he would call me when they get them in stock so I can test drive one. I think at this point I am trying to decide between the Fiesta and the Honda Fit. I don't know how much I can save up between now and Christmas, because I think I'd like it to be my Christmas present. I was reading online, that the best day to buy a new car is the day after Christmas (salesmen are trying to make their year-end and month-end sales bonuses). I *think* can have at least 13K by then... if I watch my spending (I am hoping to pay cash so I can not have worries about taking it overseas, from what I understand finance companies don't like people leaving the country with their cars). No... haven't heard any more about the two jobs I submitted applications for... one of them hasn't even closed yet. There were two more jobs advertised for Germany posted, but both are dealing with Domestic Violence... I'm trying to steer away from those positions if I can help it (I do have year's worth of experience though and have been through the required training). I think one of the jobs said that you would travel about 20% of the time... I *like* that idea. Anyway... back to the Fiesta. It is supposed to get almost 40 miles per gallon. I saw one online that was yellow... but don't think that's a standard color for the vehicle.

Oh well... time will tell.

After looking at cars, I sent and saw the movie "Charlie St. Cloud." It was okay, its not a happy, feel good movie... more of a Nicholas Sparks type movie. I enjoyed it though.

Okay... signing off in hopes I don't stay up too late tonight.

- Kris

Friday, July 30, 2010


This is where I hope to be tomorrow morning... Waimea Bay for some snorkeling! Hope the weather cooperates!

So... work today went okay... I still didn't get out of work until 6pm. I only had one appointment scheduled, but saw 3 other clients today. I also dealt with three nurse case managers regarding clients they were concerned about. My boss is getting ready to be gone for about 2 1/2 weeks so there was significant amount of time today spent discussing coverage issues (STILL wish I were going to the international conference that they are going to!). All-in-all it was a busy day. No rest for the wicked. *smiles*

Let's see... what else. No updates on my brother (no news is good news?). My middle daughter & crew should be somewhere around southern Idaho tonight (they were about to go through Ogden, UT this morning when I talked to her). A friend/former co-worker went into labor this morning AND her water broke... it's their first baby, hopefully the labor isn't TOO long... and I'm sure hoping she has had the baby by now (it's after 9:30pm!). Can't wait to hear that Jackson... newborn son... has made it safely into his loving mommy & daddy's arms!

Guess that's about it for now!

- Kris

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Saturday... in the park...(but it *wasn't* the 4th of July...

There was this "horse" of a dog at the dog park this past week! (A Great Dane).
Well... today was a little better work-wise... not SO crazy busy as yesterday. I think I saw 5 clients and ran a meeting involving two clients and had a 1 hour training session. Whew! AND, I was able to get out of work by 6pm! I updated my timesheet (that is due this weekend) and I think I had something like 20 hours of overtime (that I'll take as comp time). We are just under a lot of pressure to meet a scheduled deadline at this point... and I *am* the type that will do what it takes to get the job done. Guess that can be a good and a bad thing. *smiles*
Not much else to write about. My daughter & crew have made it up to Provo, Utah and my daughter says she absolutely loves the Lake Powell area and says its beautiful!

And Bette... glad you made it home safely and had a good time! You didn't say if you got to see Barb & Bob.
Hugs and Aloha to all!
- Kris

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Home at last

Early sunrise this morning...

So... I ended up not leaving work until 10pm tonight (AGH!). I would have been out of there sooner... but a co-worker came in to "help" with a project... and that interrupted my flow of work. Did stuff get accomplished... yes... I think I now have over 40 Risk assessments completed out of the 105 or so that need to be done. (I didn't do them all today... I *did* do about 8 today though). I saw 11 clients today (one appt was a couple, and I didn't count the 4 year old that came in with her parent). It was busy from morning til night... and I met
with one of my supervisors for about 15 minutes and another for a half an hour or so (one is getting ready to be out of the office for a couple weeks... so we have some prep work to discuss prior to her departure). We thought one of our former co-workers was going to be coming back for a week to help out, but when he found out how MUCH he would be expected to do, he freaked out. SO... doesn't look like that will happen. No worries... I'll just keep plugging along... as long as other people do what they say they are going to do... things will work out okay.
And... I did take a mental health break at the end of the day (work day... not when I ended my day)... and made a cartoon for my supervisor. It's a guy that is behind a desk (Herman?)... in front of the desk is a guy juggling balls... and the hiring person behind the desk(Herman?) says something to the effect "I guess if you can juggle, you can handle the job here"... I added where I work in place of the word "here." (Desktop publishing is great!). I left the cartoon on my boss's door, she'll find it when she comes in.. and *should* get a kick out of it (I hope!).
Other than that... my daughter Michelle, her daddy & her niece are on the way to Washington. They left this morning and were to spend tonight near Page, AZ. Oh yea... and keep some Air Force folks in your prayers, there was a transport plane or something (C-17) that went down up in the Anchorage, Alaska area and it doesn't sound like there will be survivors. It's always hard to lose people you work with, to lose family members... etc.

Which also reminds me... while I cannot talk about my clients (and wouldn't), could you please pray for one young couple that I am seeing that have serious extenuating circumstances that will have a life-long impact on them? Thanks.
- Kris

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

not so busy day...

Today wasn't so bad at work, another one of those days when I thought I would get off on time and ended up there an extra hour. A couple of my co-workers came to talk to me, one is a supervisor and we were talking about a case we share... the other stopped by to discuss a client and we got into a three-way conversation about how best to help this client (who has serious issues and will need on-going treatment for at least 10 years before they overcome the trauma that they have gone through). I don't work with that particular client... but I understand on some levels where they are coming from and what they are going through.

Tomorrow WILL be a LONG day. For some reason I managed to schedule 9 clients (WHAT was I thinking????). Thursday will be just about as busy, I have five clients scheduled, 2 case staffings and a teleconference where I'll have to document on at least two clients.

Remember my mantra? "This too shall pass." It will... I know it.

Tomorrow my middle daughter, her niece (my youngest granddaughter) and her dad/grandpa will be leaving Arizona to head towards Washington State. I'm sure tonight has been an emotional night as my daughter says good-bye to her closest friends/life-long friends that she has made down there in Arizona. Then they hit the road tomorrow, the start on the road to a new journey for Michelle. Please say prayers for safe travel.

I don't have an update on my brother tonight. I expected an email from my sister-in-law, but maybe it has been too hectic of a day. My brother was to see his surgeon today (in Spokane).

Okay... time to sign off. It's 9:30pm and I'm hoping to be in bed shortly after 10.

- Kris

Monday, July 26, 2010


Ya know... I think its just impossible for me to leave at 5pm. I was done at 4 with my work... and still couldn't get out of the office. Of course... it didn't help that a co-worker came in about 4:45pm to talk... I'm like an unofficial counselor for several of my co-workers... Oh well... its about caring... right? I got out of the office about 5:45.

Not much else going on... just chillin' watching TV.

I'll sign off and see you tomorrow! (Betty... hope you are okay... I haven't heard from you in awhile! Hope the trip to the North Country went well!).

- Kris

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ahhhh.... my Hawaii...

awww... my Hawaii... I'll miss you some day. Today I went down to Ala Moana, got to float for awhile on my floaty... and listen to Hawaiian music on my Ipod (no worries... I had it in a waterproof container this time!). Anyway, the song "Honolulu City Lights" came on and I got teary-eyed. I *know* I'll miss Hawaii when I leave it. I think I'm going to get the Hawaiian Islands tattoed on my upper back shoulder before I leave.
And yes... I *will* leave. I've put in applications for a job in Germany and one in Belgium. This is to help me achieve a long-time goal to get stationed in Europe for awhile (three years?). And yes... I'll miss Hawaii. Will I get to come back? I don't know. Hawaii is *such* an expensive place to live. I believe that with my job, I'll have "return" rights. That means that if I want to come back after I go over, that I *can* return to my current position, if I want to.

On another note... I took the pups for their weekly visit to the Dog park. They spent more time on the bench (where it was safer), than they did walking around the park... and Bruno did more snarling than he had been doing on our previous visits to the dog park. (bad boy!). There were a lot of BIG dogs there this afternoon. (The Great Danes always amaze me... they are bigger than young moose!).
And... my favorite sunset picture for tonight... taken from the dog park. *smiles*
Other than that... my brother did make it back to Spokane. I spoke to him for a little bit this afternoon... you could tell he's had a rough time. I guess his bag (kind of like a colostomy bag?) ended up with a couple leaks on their way from Billings to Spokane. Fortunately, my nephew's family was with them, and my nephew's wife is a nurse, so she was able to help. Its takes 8-9 hours to get from Billings, MT to Spokane, WA. I was able to get more details from my brother today. I guess he had taken a load of steel down to Sheridan, Wyoming, when he became ill. He wasn't sure if it was food poisoning or what, so when he got to a truck stop, he laid down in he back of his cab for about an hour and decided he should call 9-11 (Emergency) when he didn't start feeling better. They transported him to the local clinic where they realized the problem was a lot more serious and he was told that he would need an operation that they couldn't perform there. So, he was flown up to Billings. He said he had an abcess in his gut that was about the size of a nerf football (DANG!). Thankfully, it seems like he had a good surgeon there in Billings and a good nurse, and they were able to help him on his road to recovery. I think everyone in the family was nervous about being discharged to be *driven* home (rather than flown home)... but thankfully, other than a couple "hiccups" along the way, he made it okay. He'll see his regular surgeon on Tuesday and in the meantime, has home health care there to help him at the house (my sister-in-law is relieved about that!). This issue he's had this past week is related to an industrial accident he was in 10 years ago. He still has a long way to go it sounds like... the wound (now) in his stomach, will need to heal from the inside out. He's tough though... he'll pull through.
And... on another note... I talked with my daughter Michelle this afternoon. She got her stuff all packed up and loaded into a trailer with the help of friends. Her daddy arrived today, along with her 7 year old niece, Kiara and they will all be driving up to Walla Walla, Washington on Wednesday, with "Dad" towing Michelle's car behind his pick up truck, the three of them in the truck, along with three cats! (don't know whether to say "YIKES" or "MEOW!").
Okay... time to sign off... time to walk the doggies so I can get to bed and start another week.
- Kris
P.S. One thing that made me happy today - I got to add about 5 former co-workers to my friends list on Facebook! It's good to be back in touch with them! *smiles*

Saturday, July 24, 2010


View of the canal at the Waialae beach park in Kohala
My puppies were SO good at the park, beach walk, moonrise. Several people thought they were so cute, and they sat in this pose and let a BUNCH of people take pictures of them! I have such good puppies! (And it was a good socialization outing for them... and they are pooped now!).

Some of the group that I went on the moonrise walk with tonight. (You've heard of sunrise, right? Well... this was a moonrise... where you go out at dusk and watch the moon rise).

Looking to the left at Waialae Beach in Kohala, as the shadows are falling...

Looking to the right as we are walking down the beach...

Palm trees & clouds...

It's getting dark enough so that you can see the reflection of the moon on the water and the sand...

Moonrise on the beach... isn't life grand? It's the next best thing to sunrise & sunset!
So... a VERY lazy day, the only other thing I did today besides going for the moonrise walk, was I got my nails done. I woke up this morning and it was cloudy, so I decided not to go to the beach. It was nice to relax (and surf the web and play games in the internet...).
No news yet whether my brother made it safely back to Spokane (no news is good news?). Hopefully he has made it and they are all set up with home health care. (that was the plan). And, today my middle daughter got the majority of her house packed up (with the help of friends) and it's now sitting in a moving trailer in front of her house. She's already had offers to help her move INTO her new house when she gets up there to Walla Walla! I think they are leaving Monday?
Okay... signing off.
- Kris

Friday, July 23, 2010

Argh! TGIF!

Well.. darn, instead of saving the 1st post, I must have accidentally deleted the earlier post before, that I had written. So... not much news.

As far work goes... it was busier than I expected it to be. This morning was about meetings, and other than meeting with a cople clients this afternoon, it was relativly peaceful. I *did* have a client call right at quitting time, he's struggling with some issues, so hopefully I was able to walk/talk him through it.

Not much else. I only worked an hour over today! Thank goodness. I've just been watching the TV & surfing the web.

My brother Keith should be in to Spokane tomorrow sometime.

Okay signing off so I can get me & my pups to bed.

- Kris

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's one more long day...

Not sure if I posted this picture from the dog park or not... oh well... if I did... you're seeing it again... *smiles*

Today was another long day...I had something like 10 notes to enter today (3 of those were regarding a teleconference about 3 clients). Still... it was a busy day. And then... there's the unofficial counseling with co-workers. One of my co-workers were "thrown under the bus" (undermined) by another co-worker, and I have another co-worker REALLY stressing because her Christian daughter is in love with a JEWISH man. Without getting into the religiosity of it all, I tried to give her some sound advice (thing to consider without even taking religion into count). I *personally* would have no qualms, but that's not where this person is at, so was trying to "meet" her where she was, in this struggle. (I think I did a good job).

I got home before 8pm tonight. I got to have a fairly long conversation with my daughter Michelle on my way home. She's busy packing and will be loading her stuff into a self-moving trailer this weekend. Her dad & neice should be getting there within a couple days (most of the mess should be cleaned up by then). Then Michelle & her Daddy, and Kiara will be driving (with three cats) up to Walla Walla, Washington. Michelle already has a house waiting for her. Needless to say she is excited and is looking forward to having her own home.

My brother Keith is improving and it is looking like he may riding to Spokane on Saturday, Not flown back as first anticipated.

Time to say good night!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another sunrise...

I took this picture this morning as I was walking the dogs... I *do* enjoy the sunrises when I'm out with them early in the morning! *smiles*

Work was busy today, saw 7 or 8 clients, met with a couple case managers and didn't leave work until about 8:15pm. I stopped on the way home and picked up some chicken (Popeye's), now I'm home, watched a little bit of the news and need to take the dogs out for their walk, so I can go to bed.

Update on my oldest brother. He's been approved to get a medivac back to Spokane. He has 2 holes in his intestines that they haven't been able to fix. They are trying to get in touch with his surgeon in Spokane, because he's got to be accepted into a doctor's care before they can transport him. The doc was out of the office today. Apparently they have my brother somewhat taped up, but with something that is see-through with easy access to the wound that doesn't require constant dressing change. His IV's have been removed (sounds like the infiltrated) and he has a PICC line in.

My older sister's husband, Gary, is actually having surgery tomorrow for kidney stones (huge ones, my sister said the largest was 9mm!). AND... because things happen in 3's, my younger sister is having outpatient surgery on her trigger finger in the morning. Please keep them all in your prayers! Thanks!

- Kris

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This was this morning as the sun was rising and I was walking my doggies... *smiles*

Not a lot to write about today... work was busier than I thought it would be... and I didn't get out of there til 7pm.

No new updates on my brother today, if I don't hear from my sister-in-law tomorrow, I will call them to see how he is doing.

Okay... signing off...

- Kris

Monday, July 19, 2010

Congratulations Dr. Jenkins!

This is a photo of my daughter on her trip to Hawaii (and subsequently, over to Kauai). She defended her thesis well today and now there is a Dr. Jenkins in family. Whooooohooooo! Way to go Michelle!

Got an update on my brother today, his heart is doing better, but his colon sprung a leak again today... they are trying to find a solution so that they can get him transferred to a hospital in Spokane. Please continue to pray for him!

Work-wise, it was a busy day and I stayed at work until just after 7pm. I'm watching "The Bachelorette", hoping to get to bed before long.
- Kris

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Great Day!

I got to celebrate a friend's birthday by taking them on a dolphin-watching cruise. It was really neat because we got to see a baby dolphin that was only about 18" long! Soooo cute!
Here's a dolphin up close and personal! There were about 15 or so in the pod.

We managed to stay out of the rain... here's some rain showers in the Waianae Valley...

Isn't this a neat photo! It's the Makua Valley off in the distance (which is on the western side of Waianae).

Somewhere over the rainbow... at the dog park... *smiles*
So... had a great day... spent 6 hours on a boat out of Waianae, it was a good day! The only thing that would have made it better, was if I could have been in the water WITH the dolphins!
They even provided grilled hamburgers (I had mine on a taro bread bun, it was good) and Maui chips... and brownies! I met a family from Australia (One couple and their kids were from Queensland, their parents were from Brisbane). That was fun.

And... I *missed* getting to feel the earthquake that happened about the time the boat was docking. Oh well... there are worse things to miss.
This afternoon I took the dogs to the dog park... Bruno is doing better every time... although Peanut is still just as timid as ever. I ran into one of my co-workers there. (it's the only dog park I know of, on my side of the island.

Okay... gotta scoot. It's already after 9:30pm and I still need to take the dogs for their bedtime walk.

- Kris

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Not so busy day...

The above photo was taken at the dog park last week. I was hoping to take the dogs there today, but everytime I looked, there were heavy rain clouds over the mountains (not the mountains in the picture, but behind where this picture was taken from). So... maybe late tomorrow?

The only thing I did today, was I went to see "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" It was so-so. I sure enjoyed the popcorn though... lol! I also went for my last PT session. That's pau (finished) now. I did stop and buy a new set of snorkel gear, I should get to try it out tomorrow! *smiles*

Other than that, I got some bad news today. My oldest brother, (my favorite brother) is in the hospital. Apparently he was running a load down to a place in Wyoming and his colon ruptured! (About 10 years ago, he was working in a Steel Manufacturing warehouse & had a big steel beam fall across his gut area. Initially they thought he was okay (for a day or so?) until they found out he had ripped up the inside of his guts. He's had several surgeries... and now has a nasty looking tummy and an extra belly button!). Anyway, my sister-in-law said that the rupture stems from that initial injury. Having your guts rupture inside your stomach is NOT a good thing! He was airlifted to a hospital in Billings, Montana (he lives in Spokane). He has been in the hospital since it happened on Wednesday (and I *just* found out!). I called and spoke to my sister-in-law this afternoon (as soon as I found out). He's on the cardiac unit, because with all that was going on with his body, they couldn't get his heart rate down. It sounded like he's still "opened up" and they are fighting the infection. Whatever he has done next week, will most likely be different than what he has done in a couple months when they try to do a more permanent fix. It sounds like he may need a colostomy bag next week. My sister-in-law was uncertain if they were going to air-evac him, or send him to Spokane (where there are bigger & better treatment facilities). They will know more the beginning of next week. I'd appreciate it if you would keep him in your prayers. This is my favorite brother (although I love all my brothers, especially my older two). He's the one I stay with when I go to Spokane. We used to jokingly refer to ourselves as twins, even though he is 10 years older than me. We have a lot of scars in the same place... i.e. we both almost got our right index finger cut off by the same knife when older siblings tried to take it away from us (10 years apart). Consequently, we are both left-handed (the only ones in my family of origin that are left-handed). He played the drums in school, I played the drums (in grade school), he went into the Marines... (and served in Vietnam), I went into the military (we were the only two in my family to go into the military). Anyway... he's pretty special to me. (can you tell?). I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.

Okay... signing off...

- Kris

Friday, July 16, 2010

so tired... bedtime... *smiles*

The hard part about working a long day, is that the evening time is shorter. I left work about 7:30pm and then went grocery shopping. I think it was almost 9 before I got home (also had to stop for gas). Today was busy with a bunch of nonsense. This meeting, that meeting, this training... (no *that* training for me). Helping co-workers, coming up with a list of clients so that another co-worker (who is working in a restricted position... is limited in what they can do), can help ME with all the risk assessments that I have to get done in the next 3 weeks. Ahh... if it isn't one thing, its another.

And today was my son-in-law's birthday and my nephew's birthday. I managed to get birthday present(s) sent off to my son-in-law (anything Green Bay Packers, will do for him!) and I got a birthday card sent off to my nephew. I'm doing good there (so far). Tomorrow another friend that lives here in Hawaii has a birthday... so thinking of something to do for that (I already know, but don't want to give it away here... just in case they read it).
Not much else going on. Just looking for job opportunities in Germany. *smiles*
Okay... I'm going to sign off. It's almost mid-night. I've already taken the dogs for their walk.
- Kris

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Too busy Too Day

On days like today... I wish I were floating out here... *smiles*

So... today was *extremely* busy! I saw 8 clients (including running a case staffing meeting), and I participated in a teleconference to discuss 5 more clients that I need to document on. AND, I had PT today after work, so I didn't get ANY of my notes written today. In between appointments and any free time, then I'm either talking with my supervisor (or helping her with a computer problem), or talking to one of my nurse case managers. Whew! BUT, at least I got home at a decent time. Tomorrow I don't have any appointments scheduled, but all morning is taken up in a meeting and training. We have a project going on at work where we have to do updated risk assessments on ALL of our clients and of course... they want it done RIGHT now. The only UP side for me, is that it means I should have contact with ALL of my clients in the next two weeks. Don't know where I'll get the time... but I'll deal with that as it comes. (Do I hear "comp" time multiple times over the next two weeks????)

Okay... signing off. I don't want to be up as late tonight.

- Kris

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another busy day...


Here it is, 11:30pm and I am still awake... I didn't get home until 9pm again tonight and I had a lot of work today... so busy day. Tomorrow shouldn't be quite as bad...and either way... I've got to be off work by 4:30pm, so I can make it to my Physical Therapy appointment after work.
I'm going to keep this short.

- Kris

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Short post...

Another shot from Bellows with Rabbit Island in the far distance.

So... had a busy day at work, but I did get to go have breakfast with some of my co-workers and then had lunch with some others.

In between time, I saw 7 clients and attended 1 meeting. There just weren't enough hours in the day (maybe that's the reason I didn't get off work until 8:30pm!).

Okay... signing off... it's already time to take the dogs out for their walk.

- Kris

Monday, July 12, 2010

Yea... another day over!

So... I survived another one of these "dog days of summer." (well... only "dog" days at work *smiles*). Today wasn't too bad, but I didn't get out of there until 6 pm. I had a client call to cancel because they had to take their spouse to ER, and then I had a new client come in today. It's always something. Then there was some "drama" between some co-workers... oh well... "this too shall pass" right? *smiles* I guess they don't have enough to do if they can get involved in petty drama and work towards staff splitting and such.

Not much else to write about today... I did have contact with someone who was living here and put in for an assignment to Germany. She said she applied for the position in October, she was called for an interview in January and then didn't get over there to the position until June! (wow!). So, three months from the time the job is posted until she got a call for interview. Then six months after that before she actually made it over there! For me, does that mean a possible October 1st interview? And a possible April relocation? (that wouldn't be too bad, then I could take my youngest daughter & granddaughter on their cruise, and go onto Germany from there. Time will tell.

Okay... signing off...

- Kris

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Beautiful Ala Moana

So... I *did* make it to the beach today and it was beautiful. For some reason I couldn't get to sleep last night... I ended up staying awake until something like 5 am. The dogs let me sleep til about 9, then I took them out and then laid back down until about lunchtime. After lunch I went on into Ala Moana for some quality beach time. (Almost dozed a couple times), and I got to talk with my friend Bette! *smiles*

As typical for Sunday, after I came home from the beach, I took the dogs over to the Dog Park. Peanut is still just as timid as ever, but Bruno is doing a LOT better. He even forgot himself once or twice and chased a couple dogs (they were chasing each other, playing). After I got home, I gave them a bath! Stinky dogs. But... they are so soft now and they smell good too!

Well, its after 9pm, I need to take the dogs out of r a walk before I head to bed.

- Kris

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Favorite picture for today...

Isn't this a nice photo? I took it today at Bellows beach.

Not a whole lot to write about today. I had my physical therapy this morning and then headed over to Bellows right after lunch, for the baby shower of a friend. It was nice (although I didn't note where they were going to be over there, so I looked around the most popular area for about a half hour... then decided to drive around looking and thankfully they had some signs posted and I was able to find everyone. Tammy had a wonderful shower and it was a beautiful day. I was worried that it was going to rain, it was pretty overcast this morning, but it cleared up over there (as you can tell by the photo). I didn't leave over there until almost 7pm!

Tonight I've just been watching re-run movies on TV... I'm about ready to go take the pups out for their evening walk.

So... Aloha for today!
- Kris

Friday, July 9, 2010


Statue of Mother Marianne Cope, she helped with the lepers back in the day... The statue is at Kewalo Basin.
So... today was a totally frustrating day for me. I *know* that part of the problem is MY expectation level. This morning I *finally* got some help with a way to help me do my online documentation - more thoroughly, and easier. I've been wanting this help since last - oh, October or November. So... I was *ecstatic* this morning when I got some help in this area. Then... I was talking with my supervisor (so happy!)... and she got upset, saying we all need to be standardized... and that I cannot be making any changes... nevermind that NO two people (at least in our section) have the same input form on the computer. I know that we are supposed to get a standardized format... but they have been telling us that for 6 months at least! YES, I will switch to the standardized form when it "rolls out" but in the meantime, as long as I get the required information, I don't understand why it matters what format I used to get it in there! GRRRR... Anyway... it is this type of thing that is crazy making for me at work. Anyway... the help took up most of my morning... and I *am* thankful for their help and irregardless... I will still probably use the new format, because I feel it captures more of the information that I need to be reporting on. (such as a mental status exam). So... there was that issue.

Then we had a staff meeting and we had to go over our upcoming schedules. At one point the one former co-worker who left, had offered to come over and cover for me so I could attend our national conference (I was told I could attend back in December, we all made our reservations...etc... etc). I mentioned that to my supervisor back in May, and she said, no, because they couldn't have that former co-worker and the one other current one (who is limited in what they can do, due to a medical condition) be the only ones there. Well... what do you know... it's okay for ME and that one (semi-competent) worker to be the only ones there. My supervisor and one other co-worker are going. This is the same co-worker that *had* to take leave back when I was scheduled for the training in June, that I had been looking forward to since last Fall. AND... when I found out I couldn't go to the June taining, I had asked my boss if I could go to the training that was to be held within two weeks of that time, and she wouldn't let me go. I've had ONE training since I've been there (and I *am* thankful for that training). I mean, seriously... I took over a 15K paycut (but I *do* get more leave time), to take this position, despite empty promises at the front end, because of the expectations that I would have a training plan and be able to take advantage of the training opportunities (afterall, the other co-workers in the clinic had already been through the training).
So... I guess culminating with the workload, having as many clients as I do... and when I make a comment about it... she counters with how many THEY had last year (well, more of theirs were medical, not mental!)... or if I say how many HIGH risk clients I have, I hear how many the other co-worker has (well, that's fine & dandy, she doesn't have as many as I do, and at the rate this summer is going, she's out of the office on vacation (well-deserved, well-earned) about every third week. So, it feels like the boss is minimizing my work-load. So... there's the stress of the workload, there's what I perceive as empty promises. We *will* be getting a person in to help us while my boss & the other co-worker is gone... but to me, that just means someone else that is going to need some training, some time, at a time when my caseload is WAY overbearing. I'm not sure which clients I can transfer over to her (she's there to help out), but that takes time. Time that I feel I don't have.

We *are* supposed to be getting two new co-workers in September. You know what... I'll believe that when I see it. When they are there... taking cases off of my hands and those of my other co-worker (the one that is on leave every third week this summer)... THEN I will believe it. In the meantime, I think its time for me to start looking elsewhere (grass is greener concept, right?). I feel like we have been promised a lot of things (i.e that we were all going to be bumped up in our pay...THAT's not going to happen for a long time now apparently)... we've been told since I got on, that more positions were going to be approved and hired for (that's only taken a year, IF it has happened)... that there would be training opportunities.
And I'm not a confrontive person (you know me...)... and right now, my boss has enough on her hands to listen to ME whine... it just isn't productive and isn't being a team player... and it won't do any good (I don't believe)... other than stress her out more than she already is. She's got her own issues to deal with (i.e. deaths of a few clients while she's been the supervisor, death of a peer, pressure from above, pressure from staff, medical issues of her own...etc, etc).
So... as frustrated as I am right now... I need to "let it go" and know that "things will work out the way they are supposed to"... and "trust the process" and "one day at a time" and to work on MY attitude and just continue to try and do the best job that *I* can do.

But for today... I posted on my facebook... that it is a good thing that I am not a drinker, I'd sure like to go out and get totally plastered! (Drunk).
I need to work on my own resilliency... keep making the most of my weekends... and leaving work at work. (I *am* going to try and beef up my comp time over the next couple months (partially because I'm so busy, it's easy to do)... so when it comes time I *can* take some time off... I won't have to use my leave time).

So... on a different note... I have my physical therapy in the morning, and then I have a baby shower in the afternoon (at least it is at the beach!). I am hoping against all hope that Sunday is a beautiful sunny day and that I can head to the beach and just bask in the sun, listening to my music and soak up the rays for a couple hours. That'll help my mental health.

Time to sign off...
- Kris
P.S. sorry for the long GRUMBLING post, but thanks for listening to me vent.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tomorrow is TGIF!

Thought I'd post a picture of my youngest granddaughter and her little brother Koen (he's been adopted by another family, who are wonderful. They bring Koen up to see Kori & Kiara every few months). Koen's growing like a weed, and I have to agree with his aunty... he's got adorable eyebrows! *smiles*

Work was ever bit as busy as I thought it was going to be. I didn't get to finish my documentation. But it was non-stop today... and there were no "no-shows" or cancellations. Fortunately we keep our Friday's pretty clear so I can work on my documentation tomorrow and get caught up again.

Okay, I'm going to keep this short tonight. I did have my physical therapy after work (otherwise I would have been at work til 8pm or so!). Tonight I've been surfing the web, browsing job ops overseas.

- Kris

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another busy day...

At the beach this weekend.

So... I had two no-shows (well, one showed up late, I gave him a 10 minute leeway, and he hadn't showed up, so I just went to lunch with some co-workers). It was still a busy day, as I used my free time to talk with my co-workers (nurse case managers) to discuss a couple cases.

I didn't leave work until 7pm. My boss came into my office after work, she had found out that a former peer/co-worker that died a couple months ago, the death had been determined to be a suicide. Their office closed down after they were notified and they are taking tomorrow off to process and deal with the news/death. My heart goes out to those at the clinic (it's one where I used to work).

Not much else to write about tonight. I have a BUSY day tomorrow (and I thought today was busy!). Tomorrow I have 6 appointments scheduled, three case staffings, and then a teleconference where I'll have to document on four of my clients. So... read: 12 notes in addition to an overly full day! YIKES! My guess is that I'll wait to do the documentation til Friday, because right after work I have my Physical Therapy appointment.

Okay... signing off.

- Kris

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Somewhere... over the rainbow...

There was a beautiful rainbow on my way to work. I wish I could have pulled over and taken one of the full/double rainbow over the farmlands of Kunia.

Work today was okay... I had four clients scheduled for this morning, but one didn't show (they are in the process of moving though, so I can understand). For some reason, I didn't have any clients scheduled for this afternoon, although I did have a meeting. I spent way too much time trying to fill out my timesheet for this past pay period (we have to do a manual time sheet and a complicated on-line time-sheet and both have various codes that have to be entered. Oh well, that's done.

Tonight I've just been watching "America's Got Talent" after dinner. Oh, and I got good news on my oldest granddaughter, she only has to wear a splint type thing for 2 weeks and if it heals properly, then she won't need surgery (and doesn't have to wear a cast). She's still upset about missing 2 weeks of sports over the short summer they have up in Alaska.

Time to sign off. I have a busy day scheduled tomorrow with 8 clients scheduled. Hopefully there won't be any crises!

- Kris

Monday, July 5, 2010

Awww... the long weekend comes to an end...

Some people out paddling at Ala Moana
Another beautiful day to spend some quality time at the watach and in the water!

Looking back towards Honolulu

It was a BUSY day at the beach as you can see in this photo!
So, the day started off slow... I did laundry and dishes and had a tummy ache (my normal one, I think, not like when I had the pancreatitis). Then this afternoon I went on into Ala Moana beach. I enjoyed my time there... I took my new Nano with me and enjoyed listening to it (in a waterproof container made for my Ipod), so no... didn't lose it today. I also took my camera... a little more risky, I put it in a waterproof bag, but took it out to take the pictures above. Thankfully I didn't lose it either. I think I either need ONE MORE camera, a friend got a Canon that is waterproof, maybe I'll go that route (rather than getting a container that costs almost as much). She (Goldie) has enjoyed her camera and has been using it quite a bit. AND, I love my Canon cameras!
On another note... PLEASE keep my oldest granddaughter in your thoughts. She was playing soccer this afternoon and broke her pinky finger (at the middle joint) while "saving" a ball (she is/was goalie on her soccer team). She finished out the first half and part of the 2nd before she couldn't play any more. She has a high pain tolerance and was almost in tears, so when my daughter asked if she wanted to go to ER, she said yes. I guess it is broke bad enough that my daughter needs to get a consult for an Orthopedic surgeon and Tay may need to wear a cast for 6-8 weeks. She told me she has a splint on it right now. She'll miss the rest of the soccer games (although she'll go watch and support the team). Hopefully she will be back in action in time for the hockey season (she's a goalie in Hockey as well, and has been playing hockey for about 9 years, she started when she was 4). Shoot...I just realized that it might also interfere her ability to swim... she loves swimming a couple times a week. She'll definitely miss that!

Okay... time to sign off and take the dogs for their bedtime walk.
- Kris

Happy 4th of July!


Hope you all had a great 4th of July! I stayed up way too late last night (okay, til 4am) because I wanted to watch the christening ceremony of the Holland American new ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam. I am contemplating taking a cruise on it in November. It would be neat to take a cruise on a brand new ship (granted, by then it will be about 6 months old... but that's still a baby! *smiles*).

So... I slept in, played on the computer, then took my dogs to the dog park again this afternoon. Bruno is doing MUCH better. He's not to the point where he'll necessarily PLAY with the other dogs, but he's becoming more and more tolerant. He still runs to mama for protection (so does Peanut). Peanut, other than being intimidated by the other dogs, does pretty well. Today she had a 3 month old puppy twice her size run her over... but otherwise she does fine (she's not one to play, she'd rather just mosey around and leave the playing to the puppies).

Tonight I grilled a chicken breast and had some potato salad (no, not home-made), and then went on up to Schofield Barracks to watch the fireworks there. They put on a nice show and the Army band played live music during the fireworks. I could have stayed home and watched the Ala Moana & Pearl Harbor fireworks from my bedroom windows, but there's something about being right there and having the burst over your heads (or almost over your heads).

It's about 12:30am now, I need to head to bed soon. I have tomorrow off and I'm thinking about heading to the North Shore for some snorkeling. UNFORTUNATELY, I haven't replaced my underwater housing for my camera (GRRRR)... I need to dig out one of my waterproof containers for my I Nano so I don't lose THAT again! Ah... that life would be easy. (Okay... I admit... I have it a LOT easier than some).

Aloha and hui hou!

- Kris

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Kewalo Basin Sunset & Sinbad

I love this picture of sunset tonight. The mountain where the sun is setting, is where my apartment is located.

These photos were all taken tonight... sunset at Kewalo Basin. This is where I took the Catamaran, Kahala Kai out to watch the fireworks with about 40 other people. I'd show you photos of the fireworks... but well, let's just say that taking night pictures on a moving boat, just doesn't work out. *smiles*

I went over to Denny's for lunch this afternoon, and I noticed people kept approaching this guy and getting a picture with them... then I realized it was "Sinbad." He was fairly famous back in the 80's and 90's, he was on several shows, in movies and does stand-up comedy. So, while another girl/woman was asking to have her picture taken with him, I decided to go over and ask to have my picture taken with him as well. He was very gracious, and I appreciated that about him. (Hard to believe he's only a year older than me, I would have put him at 10 years younger!). So... here's my picture with the "rich and famous." *smiles*
Other than that, didn't do a whole lot today. I did get the carpet & pad pulled up from half the bedroom today, probably won't start getting tiled until at least next week, but I will at least feel like I got some of what needed to be accomplished done this weekend.
I went into town later this afternoon and saw the movie "Grown Ups" with Adam Sandler, it was good, not too off-colored or anything. It's always healthy to laugh, right? *smiles*
Then I wandered around the Ward center for awhile, before heading over to Kewalo Basin where I took a bunch of sunset photos. *I* think they came out nice!
I got home about 10:30pm after enjoying the fireworks and have been surfing the web and playing with the dogs. It's already almost 1:30am, so I'd best think about signing off and head to bed.
Happy Birthday America, (Hau'oli La Hanau America!) it's officially the 4th of July!
- Kris