Saturday, July 26, 2008

Long time, no post

Let's see...what has gone on since my last post? Well, I had another tooth pulled. That took place a week ago this past Wednesday. Recovery hasn't been as smooth compared to the last extraction. I think I have a dry socket, but I'm not sure. The pain feels different and it radiates up towards my ear. A double dose of Ibuprofen knocks out the pain, it's just more annoying than anything else. This coming Monday I have another appointment for a tooth extraction and a filling at the same time. Yay me! I really do like my dentist and her assistant though, they make the torture not so..torturous!

Nathaniel came home from the road on the 16th, the same day as my last extraction. We had a really great time. Our relationship is better than ever these days and it really does a heart good. We spent a lot of quality family time together. We took Geof fishing (that's where the sunburn in the pic came from) and went to a farm and picked blueberries. Geof says I'm not allowed to go fishing with them anymore since I'm bad luck for them. I caught two fish and they each caught one. They were all really small, the biggest was probably 5 inches from mouth to tail! We had fun in spite of the luck. Nathaniel and I also were able to get away for a date night and went to an Unknown Hinson show in Charlotte. Great fun was had by all to say the least. It's nice to look forward to his arrival again, instead of his leaving.

I've also been looking for a job since we moved and finally got my first call back last week! And.....I got the job! My 6 year "vacation" will officially end next Wednesday the 30th. I'm nervous because I feel so old and out of touch but I'm really looking forward to some interaction with other adult humans! I'll be working for a non-profit group that serves individuals with mental and physical disabilities by teaching them job skills. My official position is called a job coach. I don't fully understand the entire operation but I get the gist. Basically it's a small time manufacturing type place. They get orders from local companies to do small odd jobs such as checking small parts for defects and sending back the ones that are good. Our clients are paid usually by piece work my job is to make sure they stay on task and help when necessary. The organization provides jobs to people who are otherwise unemployable. It gives them the satisfaction and pride in themselves that they would not have otherwise. My job itself is a piece of cake really, I'm most nervous about the social aspect of it and learning the quirks and personalities of my clients and how to effectively communicate with them. My younger sister was in a home from the age of two with handicapped children, so I'm somewhat experienced in being around people who have mental and physical retardations. I'm most excited to be a part of an organization who's mission I can get behind and be proud of. I'm not going to be part of a money hungry corporate abomination whose mission and concern is global domination and the size of their bank accounts. The pay and benefits are more than I ever expected given the fact that I have nothing to offer on paper and it's a non-profit, the hours are perfect for me especially once Geof starts school. (8:15am-3:45pm M-F). Yeah, I couldn't have asked a Genie for a better job to fall in my lap. Of course, I haven't started working yet, but I did get to tour the place a few days ago and fell in love with everyone there. I guess the only down side is that it's only a 35 hour work week, but it does give me room, should the need ever arise, to take on a second full time job. Flexibility is always a plus. Geof will be staying with my Dad aka "Pop" while I'm at work so it works out really well for everyone!

That's the news from here. I guess with the new job I won't be posting as often......ok, you can stop laughing at me now. I wonder if there's some kind of laxative that helps with blogging irregularity?


Blogger Deneen said...

Congrats on all fronts-the job sounds like a perfect fit.

July 26, 2008 5:55 PM  
Blogger The Frog said...

That is great news all around!

I am so happy for you.

July 29, 2008 5:17 PM  

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