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4 Feb

So I’m a little late to hop on the resolution bandwagon. I don’t like resolutions particularly, but I need to set some goals for myself. I may not get them all done by the end of 2013 but I need to put a concerted effort in.

  1. Figure out what I’m going to do with my my life (at least the next 5 years or so)
  2. Find a full-time job that has decent pay doing said thing
  3. Pay down loans or get them forgiven
  4. Do hobbies/activities that make me happy
  5. Make more friends
  6. Find “life partner”

I know, I just said “life partner.” Ewwww. But I didn’t know what else to call it. You know what I mean.

So friends, if you see any good jobs near you send ’em my way. Have talent, will travel.

this is now officially the worst week of my life

14 Feb

Shall we recap?

  1. I’ve been utterly depressed because I am single, my ex has a new girlfriend, and I’m not having any luck in my sad attempts at dating.
  2. I am incredibly lonely and not liking myself very much.
  3. I found out that the high school I wanted to do my master’s project at won’t let me do it there because they “only work with PhD candidates” and I am running out of time to do this data collection.
  4. Not having much luck with the other local school districts. I may have to think of a whole new topic and redo all of the work I have done in the last six months, and I have to get the entire thing done by May or I don’t graduate.
  5. Today my company announced that they are closing our State College office, so we’re all laid off.
  6. And it’s Valentine’s Day.

Yep. The universe is taking a giant crap all over my plans.

Life fail.



6 Sep

It was the first day of school today for one of my clients. He did not want to be there.

Last year, when he didn’t want to be at school he would say, “go home.” Makes sense, right? Well, this year it looks like he’s added yelling “backpack!!!” to the repertoire. He knows that he gets his backpack right before he leaves, so I guess this is now the chosen way of expressing that he doesn’t want to be in school. He started at about 10AM and continued throughout the day.  It’s going to be a long school year.

Maybe I should start yelling “backpack” anytime I want to go home.

Oh, he also tried to take a bite out of a plastic apple. Twice.

starting to get a little annoyed

12 Jan

Well, life has been busy folks.  I finished up my first semester of grad school with a 4.0 GPA.  I’m just about to start the next semester and work has been, well, kind of stressful.

I’ve been bitten twice in the past week.  By a human.

I feel like I’m not making much progress, which can be frustrating…as is the fairly regular mutilation.

I guess my hands don’t need to look pretty.  It’s just a lot to deal with day in and day out.  And it hurts.


But, I had a wonderful 28th birthday last weekend and got to see my bestest friend and her fiancé and it was lovely.  And, my fabulous boyfriend made me a gluten-free birthday cake and gave me roses.  So I guess life’s pretty okay for the moment.

i feel weird

14 May

I feel stressed out and lonely and weird.

I quit the job I just started two weeks ago.  I had an interview for another job and they’ve pretty much told me they’re going to hire me just as soon as they contact my references and make sure that’s all kosher.  So, I’m assuming that’s going to work out.  I really need it to work out.  Something has to work out.

This whole job situation has been stressing me out something awful.

Then there’s dating…..which is also stressing me out something awful.

And I’m sick, so that doesn’t help either.

I just wish I had somebody, you know?

it’s alive

5 May

….or I am, rather.

I fell off of the face of the blogosphere there for a bit.  I had forgotten how taxing it is to work two jobs.  I’m doing extra training for both of them to boot, so I’ve been exhausted.  And I’ve actually been socializing, which is good but also tiring.

And, I get bees on Saturday!  I promise a post with lots of pictures!

eye, meet pencil

21 Apr

The good news is that I started my second job today.  It’s with The Arc of Center County, in one of their group homes.  I’m a “Residential Program Worker.” 

However, I had forgotten how incredibly dull new employee training is.  I’ve never had to sign so much paperwork for a job before.  One of the DVDs I watched was a copy of a VHS from 1989.  It was supposed to be teaching me about developmental disabilities.  You should have heard their definition of autism.  Also, the reenactment of fire evacutation was quite amusing. 

Anyway, the fun continues tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll be starting real work next week.


5 Apr
  • My driving record should be fine, but they haven’t made me an “official” job offer yet
  • Still waiting to see how much it’s going to cost to fix my car
  • I’m picking up my bees on May 8!  Now I just need to build the hive.  I haven’t started yet.

i have anxiety

2 Apr

So I have a job offer but my driving record might disqualify me because part of the job is driving people around.   I’m not sure because I can’t remember that far back to know what I was cited for when I had an accident.  It’ll be three years in a couple of months and then it will disappear for these purposes, but I don’t know if they would hire me now.  I need to talk to the HR person, but she’s out of the office until Monday.  I’m stressed out.

Thursday I was driving home when a belt and a pulley blew off of my car.  Some guy let me park it in his driveway overnight, then I was able to drive it to a service station the next day.  It’s in the shop.  I don’t know how much it’s going to cost.  I’m stressed out.

I have my 10-year high school reunion tonight.  Enough said.  I’m stressed out.

it ain’t real forgiving, sitting here picturing someone else living

27 Mar

My interview went well yesterday.  I have a second one next week where I’ll meet the people I would be working with, if they hire me.  If I get this job it will be full-time with benefits, which is awesome…but I’ll have to quit my job working with the kids, which sucks.  There isn’t any contest though because I can’t turn down health benefits at this point, not to mention more money.

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment.  I have a a splitting headache because I haven’t been sleeping, and I have a lot to accomplish this weekend:

  • Order bees
  • Start building the bee hive
  • Finish everything that’s left for my graduate school application
  • Clean multiple things
  • Get as much knitting done as I can

Here’s a pic of my progress on the Lacy Hug Me Tight.   The ribbed part is the body.  The lacy bit is one sleeve.  I’m at about half the length for the body.  I’m using Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Wheat.  It’s heavier than the pattern calls for, but it’s the best I could find at the craft shop.  And, I didn’t want to wait for mail order yarn to get here.  My gauge seems to be right though.

here we go again

24 Mar

I have another interview on Friday.  I seem like a very good choice for the job, but I’ve thought that before…

Not even going to bother writing about the details unless they offer it to me.

Also, I think it’s dumb that you need academic references when you apply for a graduate degree six years after undergrad.  I don’t know if any of my professors remember me.  In any case, I’m a very different person now than when I was in college.  I don’t really see how it’s relevant.  Especially since the forms from the department want to know about my sense of humor, or things like my “ability to calm others” and “ability to tolerate ambiguity.”   Really, Edinoro?

stitch and bitch

22 Feb

I’m getting seriously discouraged.  I’ve been applying for jobs for six months and no joy.  What is going on here?  Seriously, I’m a good employee.   Hire me, for chrissake.  And I better not have to do multiple interviews someplace again, totaling five hours, and then not get the job.  I am not a circus performer, people.   I am not jumping through your hoops.

Anyway, since I have an overabundance of free time I’ve started knitting.  At least you get a useful end product that way.  And, it’s kind of soothing even though I keep getting little pieces of fuzz everywhere, including up my nose.

I need a job.  For reals.

hire me, please

7 Feb

I have a second interview on Thursday for a lab job.  I had the first one on Wednesday and spent three hours there.  Three different people interviewed me.  I don’t really know what else they could possibly want to know.  I’m hoping that it’s sort of the we’re-offering-you-the-job type of meeting.

I really need this job.  It would solve all of my financial problems at the moment, and I would have health insurance.

Keep your fingers crossed.

things i’ve learned at work

21 Jan
  1. Prepackaged gluten-free food is usually gross.
  2. Collapsible tunnels are really fun.
  3. You can never have too many paper towels.
  4. The human body can produce 2 quarts of snot a day.
  5. I hate Mr. Bucket.

that’s pink, you idiot

16 Dec

So, my kiddo at work isn’t verbal yet so we use sign language and picture icons to teach him to communicate. In the last few weeks we’ve also started using “assistive technology,” translation: a touchscreen computer that speaks when you press the icons and can be programmed to fit the needs of the specific child.

I would like to share with you a recounting of one of our first “conversations.”

Scene: We’re sitting at the chalkboard and I’m having him tell me what color chalk he wants.

Me: Do you want a different color?

Kiddo: Yes, I want red.

Me: (seeing that there is only light pink and a reddish-pink, I hand him the reddish-pink chalk)

Kiddo: (looks at chalk) Pink. (goes back to coloring)

The kid corrected me! It’s freaking amazing. This is a kid that had no language at all two months ago. He’s a little genius, I know it. A genius with and attitude, at that. His little brain is a puzzle and it’s my job to figure it out…which is why my job rocks socks.

doody duty

4 Dec

It’s interesting working with autistic kids. Today, the boy I usually work with wasn’t there so I was sort of an all-purpose classroom aide. I kinda got to hang out with everyone a little bit. They’re hilarious and incredible. There’s just one problem…the diapers.

I’ve dealt with poop a lot in my life. I was a zookeeper, and my mom is a poultry farmer. But, kid poop is a whole different story. It was like I was on potty duty today. I’ve had so many different bodily fluids on me it’s not even funny.

But, even so, I still think my job rocks socks. And, I think I’m probably better with autistic kids than I would be with normal ones. We sort of get each other. It’s nice. And I see myself in them, which is slightly troubling yet comforting at the same time. I guess we all like to be around our own kind sometimes.


5 Oct

So, I’m a ball of nerves.

Starting the new job tomorrow. It should be very interesting considering I’ll be working with an autistic boy….and it’s his first day too. I hope he doesn’t get too terribly upset.

I have no experience with kids. I like them, but I’ve always been kind of nervous around them, because I have no experience. I’ve never been around kids much, except for when I was one.

It will be interesting.

That’s for sure.

more chicky goodness

4 Sep
These are about two weeks old, so he’s gigantic now. I’ll try to get some new ones next week because he has half down, half adult feathers and he looks goofy.


7 Aug

We’re down to only one puffin chick now. The chick I wrote about in the previous post suffered trauma from one of it’s parents and died later that day.

Then, last week we hatched out two more chicks. One was strong right off, but the other had a very difficult hatch and had to be helped out of the egg. We tried to keep this one alive with tube-feedings and meds, but he failed to gain weight and got so sick that today we had to euthanize him. But, I’ve added pics and video here of these two chicks (if you’re reading this on facebook, I’ve already uploaded these to my page). The healthy one is still doing great. Enjoy.

These are two photos of our healthy nugget (AKA The Big’un):

These two are of the cutie that we had to euthanize today:

And here’s a video of me feeding The Big’un:

we have a baby!

26 Jul

We hatched at puffin chick yesterday. We just got to see him this morning and he’s the cutest little puffball ever!

I’ll try to take some pictures tomorrow and post them.

He’s so cute!!!

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