Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Loch Ness photos

 Bridge on the way to Loch Ness
 I've shown a picture of this building before there on the Loch Ness... but it's a better picture than I posted before...
 There are locks that link something like four "loch's" together
Here's a bridge on a river that leads to Loch Ness


So... work was busy today, but this afternoon I had a couple no-shows.  I had to change my computer password and then I couldn't get into my medical system to do my documentation.  Oh well.

Tonight I went to a "going away" party for one of our docs that is getting ready to head back to the States.  There were something like 30 people there, so it was nice.

Tonight after I got home I got to talk with my friends Walt and Bette, so that's been nice.  They are flying to Hawaii next week.

Okay... signing off!

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mid-week hump...

 This is the boat I went out looking for "Nessie" on Loch Ness up in the Scottish Highlands
 Looking for Nessie
It was cold out there on the deck on Loch Ness, no one really hung out up on the top deck for long! LOL!

Today started off with a meeting, sometimes those are a pain in the rear!  And sometimes they feel like a total waste of time.

Work itself wasn't too busy, but I didn't get much done... no excuse. I brought a couple assessments home to type up, but got busy doing other things instead, to include downloading the new Microsoft Office Professional (2013) version and trying to get my "Outlook" working.  I probably also need to delete my 2007 version off the laptop.

Tonight I tried to call my friends Bette and Walt, but didn't get through to them.  They leave next week to go to Hawaii for about 6 weeks... wish I were going with them... wonder if I would fit in their suitcases? I'd love to catch up with them and the other friends that are visiting and living in Hawaii.

Okay... keeping this short.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Is it Friday yet?

 This is a building up on Loch Ness at the entry to the lake...
I didn't take the time to watch a "weaving" demonstration, but I did buy a blanket/throw. *smiles*

Work went okay today, it wasn't TOO busy and I was able to get some notes written.  The next couple days are going to be busier.  I didn't go for a walk today at lunch like I normally do... I've been bringing my lunch this week.  I often would buy a ham and cheese "wrap" sandwich, but they raised the price by a quarter and I feel like that's too much of a price increase... so I bought the ingredients and I've been making my OWN wraps (Spinach wrap, mayo, honey ham, lettuce and provolone cheese).  So, I just stayed at the office and had lunch there.  I don't necessarily like to eat there, especially in our break room, because it gets so crowded (there are generally about 10 people eating lunch in there).  It's nice to socialize with my co-workers in our building (which, in addition to Behavioral Health, there are folks from the Early Development Program  and from the Optometry Clinic). 

Tonight I've just been playing games on my computer and I've been watching "The Biggest Loser" on TV. It's one of my favorite shows.

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, January 28, 2013

Wow... a lot of sexual assaults in the military!





This school is very near to the "Elephant House" Coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book... kind of looks like a school the kids may have attended in the book! *smiles*  I actually stumbled upon it quite by accident my last night in Edinburgh, as I was *looking* for the Elephant House coffee shop, where I wanted to stop and have a nice cup of hot chocolate!

 So... for the header...
I read a CNN article tonight that said that if you sexually assault another military member you are 86.5% likely to have it remain a secret and there's a 92% chance you will never be court martialed.  That's sad, but true.  I also heard today that a group of women sued the military for being raped while in the military, and the court said that they could not sue, because it (RAPE) was incidental to serving in the military. WHAT THE HECK?  That is a VERY sad commentary on the military, ESPECIALLY as the US starts allowing women (legalizing?  Women have already been doing it...) to start serving in combat roles in the military.  I think Panetta was quoted as saying that something like 20% of military members have been sexually assaulted.

So... there's your "interesting fact" for the day.

The other interesting fact for today... is when I checked my "weather" app for North Pole, Alaska today, it said it was -50 below zero!  BRRRR!  And I also found out that my daughter and granddaughter up there are going to have to put their dog down today... it's going to be a tough day for them (and for Scott... who has to take Puck in).

Work itself went okay today... I had a training this morning (that dealt with sexual assaults) and then this afternoon I just had 2 appointments scheduled (but, I saw 6 people in those 2 appointments, so there is a lot to document on).

Tonight has just been surfing on the web and being on Facebook... there wasn't anything on TV worth watching.  I'm hoping to get to bed soon as it is already 9:30pm.

So... saying G'night!

Auf Wiedersehen (Guten Nacht!)
- Kris

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pics from along the Royal Mile

 This looked like a neat restaurant on the Royal Mile... I was going to go the last night I was in Edinburgh, but by the time I got there, they were closed.  It reminded me of "Simon and Garfunkel."



Looking down the Royal Mile (in Edinburgh)...


So... It's been a very relaxing day today... and very much needed.  I didn't go anywhere today, other than to take the dogs out for a couple walks.  I had brought home some assessments to write up, so I got those done, and then this afternoon I made some Oatmeal cookies to take into work tomorrow.  I *love* the recipe I have for the Oatmeal cookies, they are very moist.  I've also had a fire going in my woodstove all day, that's been nice. 

Tonight I wrapped up a couple boxes for two of my daughters, stuff that I've picked up here and there... I hope to get them mailed on Tuesday (when the Post Office is open).  I've also got my vitamins all sorted out for the next month or so.  I'm out of my Vitamin "E" (I take a "Dry" E that I get from GNC, but I can't get it over here and I don't see it on their website... and now we aren't supposed to have any medications or vitamins shipped through the mail!).  I know someone that is visiting the States right now, she used to be a neighbor. I've just sent her a message to see if she can look for it and pick up a bottle for me... I'll keep my fingers crossed.  (I haven't seen her since they moved).

Tomorrow I get to attend a workshop all morning on Sexual Assault, and then I think I only have a couple appointments scheduled for in the afternoon.  So, it shouldn't be too busy of a day.

Okay... signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen,
- Kris

Saturday, January 26, 2013

More Photos from my trip to Edinburgh

 This is the crept at the Rosslyn chapel (the only place I could *sneak* a photo... and no, I didn't use a flash).  There are supposedly more layers underneath here... and if you recall Dan Brown's book, the "DaVinci Code", the "Holy Grail" was supposedly here and the people who own the church (I think it is the Sinclair family) are supposedly descendants of Jesus.

Here's a couple photos of the outside of the church.  They've had to do a lot of renovating work on it... and they now charge 9 pounds to go inside, but it goes towards a good cause, in the maintenance and upkeep of such a wonderful chapel steeped in so much history (and controversy).

Today has been fairly relaxing.  I managed to get some laundry done, mop the floors a little, clean out the woodstove, shovel off my back porch (so I could go get more wood out of the garage (I think I will have a fire in the woodstove tomorrow). I gathered most of my recyclable stuff (stuff separated out... paper/cardboard, plastics, and my soda pop bottles) and took those to the dump along with my "regular" trash.  I got my nails done today and then went to the Real (pronounced Ree-Al) to pick up some more soda and this week I bought DAFFODILS for my dining room table! (My favorite flowers).

Tonight I've just been "chillin".  I watched some TV (I usually don't watch much TV on weekends), but tonight "Lie to Me" was on (I haven't seen that show in ages!) and "Undercover Boss" (another show I haven't seen in a long time). 

Now it's 10:30, time for bed again. I'm looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow (I need to get some things together to mail and I need to get a couple assessments typed up, other than that, it should be relaxing).

Signing off...
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Friday, January 25, 2013

I *loved* Camera Obscura in Edinburgh!

 Orbs of lights
 I should have switched corners!
 Ruh-Roh... now I get to be a Siamese twin!
Me as a baby?  (they had a photo booth with morphing software)
I've never had my head served on a platter before! How cool is this? *smiles*

Thought I'd share some photos from Camera Obscura, it is a fun, interactive place there in Edinburgh!

So...it's already after 1am.  Time for bed.  I had the day off... I went for one of my "annual" exams today (uneventful).  BUT... where I go is a 2 hour drive north of where I live (at least I get my healthcare done there for free!).  Afterwards I did some shopping on the American base near there and had dinner with one of my Social Worker friends that live up that way.  We went to Macaroni Grill. It's always good to see Laura (she and I worked together in Hawaii).

Anyway... just getting on to say hello! Oh yea... by the way, apparently they are supposed to have a "Fasching" Parade here in my little town tomorrow (and they line up on MY street).  I have a nail appointment around 5:30pm tomorrow, I hope I get to see the Parade (I would think they would do the parade during daylight hours... but I got some letter about the parade and it makes it sound like it doesn't START until about 5:30pm).  I'll try to get some pictures if I can.  Fasching is kind of Germany's version of Mardi Gras.

Signing off...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Elephant Room in Edinburgh




These are the photos from "The Elephant Room"  which is where JK Rowling first started writing "Harry Potter." Apparently she couldn't afford heat where she lived, so she would come to this coffee shop to write.  I went there because I thought my daughters would appreciate the thought... they all loved Harry Potter.

Work today went okay, I had a "new" intake this morning and a couple appointments this afternoon (I think I had 4 appointments today).  I got all my documentation from this week written up, but didn't get the ones done from today (I have 3 days to get them done).

I found out today that one of our Psychiatrists is supposed to be leaving in October.  That's sad.  They've been over here for a long time and have been raising their kids in the German schools.  It will be quite the adjustment for the family to move back to the States.

Other than that... I'm off work tomorrow. I've got to go up to the main Hospital/Clinic tomorrow to get a mammogram done. It's in the middle of the day, so I'm just going to take the day off.  I'm hoping to go to one of the American movie theaters up there after my appointment.  My neighbor kids are going to come over in the afternoon and take the dogs out so I don't have to rush back home.

Not much else to write about.  It's a little chilly out, in the low 20's.  Of course, cold is relative.  I read yesterday, or the day before that the record cold temperatures for the US, was up in "Embarrass, MN" which is just north of my friends Walt & Bette in Duluth.  I'm thinking about you two up there and betting that you were wishing you were already down in Hawaii for your vacations! *smiles*

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WoW! I'm finally figuring out Windows 8 after a month!

 Monument in front of the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh
 the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

This is the bath house talked about in the above photo.

Hello... how's your Wednesday going? Mine's going okay... it feels like a long day and one of those days that I want to go to bed earlier than the night before.  I'm not sure what I was doing up so "late"(if you can call 10pm late)... last night.  I know I spent some time taking off the Norton Antivirus from my computer (because they wanted me to give them $50 to keep it for another year) and then I uploaded the free antivirus program that I have/had access too.  I double-checked tonight when I logged on to ensure it was in place and working... it seems to be.

Work went okay today... we had our typical Weds morning meeting, although my supervisor was absent and I didn't find out until after the fact that she was out sick today (something she *rarely* does).  I hope she's okay.  My appointments kept me busy today. I had one cancellation this afternoon (they were sick), but had someone else come in as a walk-in, so that worked out. I didn't get any notes written today, because what free time I had was spent on the computer and on the phone trying to straighten up an issue related to medical and computer access.  It was a pain in the rear.

Haven't been doing much since I got home... took the dogs out for a walk, read through my facebook, and watched a little CSI on TV.  It's about 8:15pm now and looking like I may get to bed head to bed by 9pm.

I'm going to sign off for today.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's always hard to go back to work after a weekend of traveling!

 The view from my hotel room window
 Tourist listening to one of the bagpipe players that were out playing on the "Royal Mile"
 A view of the royal mile.
I don't remember the significance of this building on the Royal Mile, but it had one...

Work went okay today, I only had a couple appointments and a meeting.  So... not too bad. I got my last assessment from last week written.

By the way... did I mention that when I went to pick up the dogs from the dog sitters, Bruno was so happy to see me and was licking my face and accidentally bit my lower lips (and my lips, while they are doing better are still swollen).

After work I had to go get gas and I had to put washer fluid in my car for my wipers.  THAT was an education.  It was the first time I had to open the hood of my (new) car, so I had to get the booklet out and read how to open the hood and put the washer fluid in. But... I *did* figure it out.

Tonight I called my oldest daughter, today she turned 34 years old! (Happy Birthday Kati!!!).  I wanted to wish her a happy birthday and it was nice to chat with her for a little bit.  

I also watched "The Biggest Loser" which is a show I've always found inspiring.

Okay... signing off for another day.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, January 21, 2013

Had a great time in Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Castle

It wouldn't be "Britain" if there weren't red telephone booths!" LOL!
 
So... for some reason I couldn't post from my iPad while I was gone. I was bummed. But, many of those who read this, also read my Facebook, which I *was* able to post to.
 
The trip to Edinburgh was short, but fun. I crammed as much into the couple days there as I could.  I arrived about 11am on Saturday, wishing I would have gotten their the day before.  I was in love with Scotland before I even left the airport!  I took the "airlink" bus into town, it was quick and easy, and it only costs  6 pounds for a round-trip ticket.  My hotel was "up the hill." I didn't know that Edinburgh, like Rome, has 7 hills.  Anyway, I stayed at the Radisson Blu, it was a little expensive, but SO worth being on the "Royal Mile."  When I got there they had given me an upgraded room (a business suite)... how sweet was that?  I dumped my stuff and oriented myself and then headed out the door. I was headed up towards Edinburgh Castle for some photos, when I got to Camera Obscura, one of the places I really wanted to get to.  I had a BLAST there! I highly recommend it for a fun adventure if you have time.  They are all about optical illusions and such.  After being there (I took the top photo from atop the Camera Obscura building), I went on up to the Castle.  I didn't go in, because I still wanted to get out to the Rosslyn Chapel. I missed the bus I wanted to take out there... (I was on the wrong side of the street, I needed the bus going in the opposite direction).  I made it out there about a 1/2 hour before they were to close.  It would have been nice to have at least an hour out there... to really appreciate all the history of the chapel, but as a photo destination... that wasn't so great.  They don't allow you to take photos inside, and the outside had scaffolding on it, so it was hard to get a good photo outside.
 
I caught the bus back into town and was going to go to my room and drop stuff off and then go back out for a bite to eat... but I was exhausted.  I ended up just taking a relaxing bath and going to bed (I had to get up at 3am that morning to catch my flight).  
 
Sunday I did the Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands tour.  It was okay, but a LONG day (with no sighting of Nessie).  The tour lasted 12 hours and while our tour guide was nice, I think he talked for 10 out of the 12 hours. However... having said that, if you want to learn about the history, he's probably your perfect tour guide for that.  Last night after I got back, I once again dumped my stuff in my room and then headed back out, because I had not been "down" the Royal Mile from my hotel.  I first went to find the "Elephant House" where JK Rowlings wrote Harry Potter, and after wandering way too far and too long, I finally asked someone for directions and got back to the correct place, only to find they had closed already, so I just took some pictures of the outside (and through the window).  I basically went in my daughters' honor, because I knew they would appreciate the thought (they all loved the Harry Potter series).  After that I came back and walked DOWN the Royal Mile.  Everything was closed by then (it was about 9:30pm)... and it was cold.  I did get down to the Holyrood Palace, and got a couple photos (none that I'm really pleased with).  Then I went in search of something to eat (not easy that time of night on a Sunday).   I found a pub that had some food... so I had a bowl of homemade tomato soup that had white beans and green beans and some bread.  The soup was good.  I had to chuckle though... the pub was a "gay" pub.  I thought some of my friends would appreciate that.
 
Today I was up by 7am to get ready.  I had to leave by about 8:30am to catch my flight.  There were a lot of flight delays due to weather.  I thought I was going to have to spend another day in Edinburgh, but I was able to get out okay.  They were predicting some significant snow for this afternoon there, so I was worried if I didn't get out when I was supposed to, that I really *would* be delayed then.  Coming into Amsterdam we had to circle over the North Sea before we could land and then we sat on the taxiway for awhile (30 mins or so) before we could get to our gate.  The biggest hold-up seemed to be up there Amsterdam.
 
I got down to Stuttgart about a 1/2 hour late.  It's snowing here in the Stuttgart area.  I need to see what the forecast is for the night.
 
Okay... I'm going to sign off... it's 9:30pm and I still need to unpack and get to bed.
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Friday, January 18, 2013

Heading to Edinburgh in the morning!

I'm not going to post a picture tonight (and won't be able to until at least Monday night, because I'm only taking my Ipad with me).

Work went okay today, although it was frustrating.  I had gotten a call last night about someone in distress... I gave them the usual speil... if they are a danger to self or others, take them to the local Emergency room (the "on call" phone is strictly for Domestic Violence... NOT to be dealing with Behavioral Health issues).  They asked if our clinic would be open today, technically it isn't open today, BUT, over half the staff were going to be there (at least in OUR portion of the clinic).  They asked about Behavioral Health, I reiterated the "speil" and told them we would technically be closed... BUT... I also knew we had a Psychiatrist that was getting paid to be there today (at least for 1/2 the day)... so I said they could try to bring them over about 8am in the morning to see if they could be seen.  SHEESH!  So... they came and said they had an "8am" appointment (that's not what I said)... and the Psychiatrist had a hissy fit.  I felt bad, because NO one wanted to talk with them or at least give them some "Behavioral Health" guidance.  And THEN, I got scolded for making the suggestion that they could come to the clinic to see if they could be seen.  What the HECK?  In the end... they WEREN'T seen... not sure if they went up to the main hospital (2 hours away) or down to a local one.  But... in MY opinion... the Psychiatrist could have sat them down for 5 minutes, gotten the "assessment" information and then gave them recommendations of what to do based on that 5 minutes (instead... I see she was on Facebook this morning).  ARGH!  Talk about frustrating!

And I know I like to help people (THAT's why I'm in the field I am in).  *Some* of us (at least 4 of us Social Workers) had appointments scheduled for today.  I got asked (because my office was the first open door) to help someone that needed to cancel an appointment for first thing Tuesday morning.  I could have said "It's NOT my job... tell him he'll just have to deal with getting a no-show... or he can call in".  Did I do that? NO!  I found out who his appointment was with (it was his first time for an appointment), let THAT person know and I went in and cancelled the appointment.  That's just what you do folks.  Guess I'm a rare breed... because apparently a *couple* people in our office cannot find it within their nature to help people out, when they need to be helped.

Then... we got the chance to go home an hour early (I still left 15 minutes late!  at 4:45 when I am due to get off at my normal time of 4:30pm).  BECAUSE... I wanted to get my notes done (that are supposed to be done within 72 hours).  I did leave one undone... but it was someone I saw yesterday.  My one co-worker, who at lunch (it was a late lunch, because she was meeting with a client, so another Social Worker stayed so that she would not be meeting in the office with a client while no one was around... as a safety precaution), anyway, she said "seeing my client today has been the ONLY thing I've gotten done today."  And we were given the hour early release about an hour later and I *KNOW* she didn't get anything else done today.  She is SOOOOO far behind in her work, that even if they took away all her Facebook access and gave her bare minimum access to get her work done and locked her in her office for a month, she STILL wouldn't get caught up! (And I think she got a "bonus" for all the "cases" she and the other person has had this year... never mind that she didn't do her job!).  I'm ranting here, can you tell?  I don't know if I mentioned... but they keep saying they want to hire another person to help out in that section (it would be a promotion for me) and they know I'd like that promotion.  I said something the other day, that if it ever came open and I got the job, I would NOT want to take over any clients who's charts were not complete.  Of course... Ms Lazy Butts, said "You wouldn't have a choice."  Whatever.

Okay... so a more intimate look into my work environment.  Thanks for letting me rant.  Now on to other things.

After I came home and took the dogs out, I dropped them off at the dog sitters. I had to run over to the store to take care of a couple errands and then came home. I'm packed and basically ready to go, I don't *think* I've forgotten anything.  I have caught up on  my facebook page and now I'm getting this done. BUT... it's already after 10pm and I've got to be up at 3am.  Guess I'd better head to bed.  And it sounds like it is raining or has been snowing, so it sounds like I get to wear my boots to Scotland. Ugh!  I'll post pictures of Scotland when I return.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sheesh!

This was just an interesting building that I saw in Belgrade that I liked, it had interesting architecture.
 
So... work went okay today, although I got there a little late (but it was because I was waiting on my neighbor who had asked me for a ride today).  Work wasn't TOO busy today, which was nice, so I was able to get *some* notes done. I'm hoping that I get the rest finished tomorrow since I only have 1 appointment scheduled (the clinic is technically closed tomorrow as most people will be getting a 4 day weekend).
 
Tonight it is currently 25* degrees out, it's supposed to get down to 20* tonight, tomorrow has a high of 25* and a low of 17*.  BRRRRRR!  Saturday morning I'll have to be up at 0300, to make it to the train station by 4am... to catch the train to the airport.  Speaking of which... I think today was the snowiest weather my car has been driven in and I didn't slip at all.  I *love* my car and I feel safe in it.
 
Tomorrow after work I'm going to drop the dogs off at the dog sitters, then come home and head to bed (I hope!).  With that 3am wake-up on Saturday... I sure HOPE I don't stay up too late!
 
Okay... signing off for tonight, the doggies don't know it... but I'm going to go give them a bath before bed!
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Time flew by today...

 
This is Terazije Square, the most famous square in Belgrade. It started to take shape as an urban feature in the first half of the XIX century. In the 1840s, Prince Miloš Obrenović ordered Serbian craftsmen, especially blacksmiths and coppersmiths, to move out of the old moated town where they had been mixed with the Turkish inhabitants, and build their houses and shops on the place of the present square. Ilija Čarapić (son of Vasa Čarapić), who for a certain period was the president of the Belgrade Municipality, had a special task to assigning lots of land at Terazije to these craftsmen; whoever accepted to fence the lot, would have it for free.  With regard to the origin of the name Terazije, the historian and writer Milan Đ. Milićević noted that "In order to supply Belgrade with water, the Turks built towers at intervals along the water supply system which brought water in from the springs at Mokri Lug. The water was piped up into the towers for the purpose of increasing the pressure, in order to carry it further." One such tower was erected on the location of the present fountain at Terazije and the square was named after it the Turks called their water towers terazije (scales for water).

Here is a link for the article that I got the information from above... and it has a cool picture of what it looked like "back in the day."
 
Other than that... today went by fairly fast.  I am on call this week.  I went to bed last night about 11pm (finally) and then got awaken shortly after midnight about a domestic violence call.  Thankfully it wasn't something I needed to respond to, I just had to take the information.  After that, it was hard to fall back to sleep.  My alarm went off, as it does every day at 5:45am, I crawled out bed shortly after 6am, came upstairs to make my protein drink and found it had snowed about an inch and a half overnight.  SO... I went back down and took my shower, and then came back up and went outside and swept the snow (it was a dry powdery snow and no one had walked on it yet), so I swept the snow off my WHOLE side of the block, from one corner to the other.  The last time it snowed (this past weekend), my neighbors had gotten up and shoveled MY sidewalk before I got up, so I felt it was the least I could do today.  The house I'm renting is a duplex (although honestly, other than seeing them occasionally dealing with their plants out back, I RARELY see them).  The couple on the other half of my duplex are older (retired, I believe)... so if I get the chance, I'll generally clean their sidewalk when I do mine.
 
Anyway... I still managed to get out the door headed to work about 6:55am (I kind of lagged a little bit to see if my neighbor Tamie was going to come over and ride into work with me... but I couldn't wait any longer, so headed to work).  Well... traffic was moving at a snail's pace this morning, so I got to work about 10 minutes late (no big deal... I'm not USUALLY late).  We had our staff meeting the first hour of the day (no clients), so that wasn't a problem (and there was *nothing* discussed in the meeting that concerned me or the clients I see).  Today I had a couple that are dealing with some grief/loss issues that I am saddened by and struggle for the right words to help them by.  I had one of my clients in today that will be moving back to the US next month, and I'll only be seeing him one more time (he's come *so* far!), I also had a young teenager that is already struggling with anxiety, so today we talked about and practiced some relaxation techniques.  I had one other couple that I like as individuals, but together they are like oil and water... they don't mix.
 
I did manage to get out of work before 5 today, but didn't get a single note written.  I brought work home with me... but so far I've not had much luck getting it done tonight (no motivation to get it done).  There hasn't even been anything on TV worthy of watching tonight... so that's not an excuse.  It's probably just that I'm tired and plan to head to bed soon.
 
Okay... signing off...
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My deed for the medical community

A "male" statue in Belgrade...
 
So... today I had one appointment at work, and then I headed up 130 miles to the main clinic/hospital to get my "Well woman's" check-up.  It seemed to do okay.  I was asked if I would be willing to let a Student nurse participate and I said okay... so she ended doing the whole thing.  I guess she is training to be a sexual assault nurse. (we need more of those trained!).  I also went and saw a friend from Hawaii that works at the main hospital. I got to see their Behavioral Health clinic and meet a couple of their providers.
 
I did get a little bit of shopping done while I was up there (they have a larger American store up there).  The area I was in today was where I was stationed over 30 years ago.  There was snow on the ground and light snow falling.  It reminded me SO much of my days back when I was in the Air Force there... I could easily picture myself back out working on the flight line and pulling ejection seats out in the cold weather.  I saw a guy selling military patches, he had some of the F-4.  I had to chuckle when he asked if my husband had been a pilot or worked on them.  I said *I* worked on them!  He was surprised!
 
I did take my time getting home after I got done with my appointment.  My neighbors were kind enough to come take the dogs out after school, so I didn't have to rush home so fast.
 
Okay... time for bed... I'm signing off...
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Monday, January 14, 2013

Busy, busy, busy...

These photos were taken in Belgrade, I believe these buildings were some of the ones bombed by NATO in 1999.  It made me feel sad to see the damage.
 
Work today went okay, I had a couple new appointments which always take longer and involve more paperwork.  And then when I did have some free time, I feel like I spent it chasing my tail (and taking care of petty requests that needed to be done).  Probably the most frustrating moment of the day was when I asked my supervisor to make sure my other co-worker has access to a particular computer system (she *should* have access), because the last time my boss was off, we got a request and I ended up emailing a co-worker in another country for help.  Yes, it *wasn't* an emergency, but I'm also not the type that doesn't try to help out when needed.  I could have just said "not my job, mon..." but that's not me.  (Which is basically the answer my other co-worker gave today when asked about a similar situation).  ARGH!  And really, this particular situation doesn't affect me... and I should not worry about things like that (I certainly don't get paid to!)... but maybe that's the "wanna-be" supervisor in me?  Who knows.  I do get frustrated when people don't do their job and don't even seem to TRY to do their job (because they are too overwhelmed with being behind so they don't know where to start, so they don't try!). Oh well... nuff of that.
 
Tomorrow I'm going in for an appointment first thing in the morning and then afterwards I'm taking the rest of the day off to go fo my "well woman" check up.  So... other than having to get up early and go into work (when if I were selfish, I would have just "said no" and not scheduled ANY appointments for tomorrow).
 
Okay... signing off...
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Sunday, January 13, 2013

No pj only days...

 
These are the tulips I picked up yesterday.  For about the last year, when I am on call, that's when I usually run around and do errands... drop off my recyclables, pick up more soda, and buy fresh flowers.  I think these are beautiful!
 
Not much else went on today... I stayed up way too late last night (this morning), so after taking the dogs out briefly at about 7am, we went back to bed until about 10... but then I laid in bed and read until about 11am.  Then I got up and took the dogs out for their walk (still no sheep! LOL!).  Then i came back and put together a 15 bean soup that has been simmering all day (I did have a bowl of it tonight).  Other than that, I've vacuumed both floors, I've been doing some laundry and I'm about ready to go downstairs and mop. (fun!).  I still need to write up a couple assessments tonight (maybe while I'm watching the Seahawks game! *smiles*).
 
Okay... keeping this short.  Oh yea, about the header.  One thing about having the dogs, is that I *never* get to just stay home in my pj's and relax all day.  Oh well, small price to pay for their company, I suppose.
 
Auf Wiedersehen!
 - Kris

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sheep... Here today. Gone tonight.

 This sheep was actually very interested in Bruno... maybe he/she wondered if it was a long lost kid!





 The doggies at the edge of the fence... my house is in the center of the picture (behind the bare tall tree).
Hello!

So... this morning after sleeping in... I got up to go take some pictures of the sheep.  And I'm glad I did!  Because, late this afternoon I went into work for several hours (got all but 2 notes done, which I've brought home and can work on here at home)... and when I got home tonight (I also ran some errands to a couple stores), and I went to take the dogs back out for another walk... the sheep were GONE!  The fence was down and all that remained was "fertilizer."  So random, so weird!

They also came around picking up Christmas trees today (I'm not sure if they charged to pick them up or not). 

Not much else to write about today... obviously from the pictures, you can tell we had some snow today... boo hiss... but at least there wasn't MORE snow.

Tonight I went out to the garage and got some more firewood (wish I would have done it last night when there wasn't any snow on the ground, but I was grateful I had gone out a week or two ago and swept up all the big leaves off the steps. The steps were completely covered and it would have been very slippery to have snow on top of the leaves).

Okay... signing off.

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris