Ooh!

Jun. 6th, 2014 06:56 am
snogged: ([Starship] Kick It Up A Notch)
I forgot to mention an awesome thing.

The other day, before our power outage, the director of the WDA (i.e. my supervisor's supervisor) came down to our Portage office from Madison and presented me with a letter. The letter stated that I was the recipient of a Discretionary Merit Compensation award, which is given to recognize contribution to the mission and strategic goals of the Department as well as outstanding meritorious service.

In other words, I got a 60.5 cent raise. :)

P.S. I also got word from the Department of Safety and Professional Services last night that I only need to take my State Statute examination (and get at least an 85%) before I will be officially approved for my upgrade to Licensed Professional Counselor. I'm a little nervous about taking the test since my test-taking skills are rusty, but it is open book and I can take it while I'm at work.

Hooray for happy things.

ETA: Took the test today and passed with an 88.89% (40/45 questions.)

Blergh

Jun. 4th, 2014 05:21 pm
snogged: ([FastFurious] BrianDomCars)
We lost access to our network/internet access at work today because some stupid fuck-nut from Frontier Wireless cut our cable when they were working on other shit.

It's really amazing how necessary technology has become to my line of work. We don't keep paper files (if we did, I'd go insane.) My daily work is possible because of the online case system we use as well as having access to my work email. Thankfully, my first appt of the day cancelled and my second appt was an intake so I had some paper versions of my intake form handy.

*sigh*

On the bright side, I keep a number of books in my office so it wasn't too bad focusing my attentions on a book related to focused acceptance, commitment therapy, and brief strategies for radical change. But...doing it for five out of the eight hours in my work day did not make me an especially happy camper.

Here's hoping the connection gets fixed tonight!

*crosses fingers*
snogged: ([Doctor Who] Rose)
I figured it was time for an update on all things [livejournal.com profile] snogged.

1) Currently reading: Bared To You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day. The writing is good, but the story isn't so great. I also started my book for book club last night called: The Georgetown Ladies' Social Club: Power, Passion, and Politics in the Nation's Capital by C. David Heymann. It appears to feature ladies from the Reagan-era and I'm sorely unfamiliar so I feel a bit confused and not entirely sure yet why I should care about this book.

2) Current wellness plan: Zumba and Party and Pump classes. I go three times a week and I'm loving it. :) I also love that I'm making new friends.

3) Current work status: Work is crazy as always, but I'm managing just fine.

4) Current wedding planning: It's going slowly. I think with the wedding not happening until September of 2014, I'm not really feeling the push to really knock things out yet. I'm sure it will happen in time though.

5) Current exciting news: My daddy passed his electrician's exam!!!! After months of studying hard, he got an 84% on a 50 question test. I'm so proud. :)
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I work two shifts for the Autism Project today. One from 9-12 with a lower functioning kid and a co-therapist (because I'm in training) and one from 1-4 who's higher functioning, but hasn't had to have therapy since Tuesday because he was out of town the last few days. Traditionally, this equates to a rougher session, but I'm crossing my fingers that things work out.

I'm also hoping the day goes fast. I woke up feeling like a zombie and my tummy is feeling a bit more squishy than I'd like it to be, but not squishy enough that I could justify calling in to a work environment where I'd have no PTO to lean back on.
snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
Before I answer the meme question for the day, I need to take a moment to rap about the other things in my life (though now that I think about it...I probably can't rap. I bet it would be painful. Bonus points to whoever catches the reference.)

In which I get rambly )

15. AVPM vs. AVPS )
snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
Before I answer the meme question for the day, I need to take a moment to rap about the other things in my life (though now that I think about it...I probably can't rap. I bet it would be painful. Bonus points to whoever catches the reference.)

In which I get rambly )

15. AVPM vs. AVPS )
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(Last Night)
Nick: So what are your plans for tomorrow?
Me: Gonna pick up the house a little.
Nick: Good luck! It's kinda heavy.

***

In other news, I feel its time to reveal something positive that's come out of my continuing job drama. A few weeks ago I put my tail between my legs and contacted Wendy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.

I had interviewed with them back in December and although I liked the concept of the work, they couldn't offer me supervised hours towards my license and their corporate office was 60 minutes from my house. At the time, I was also waiting to hear back from the Pauquette Center (whom, as you know, could pretty much offer me everything I wanted. Hence why I've sucked it up and kept my foot in their door these last four months, despite all the waiting, the paperwork, then budget bill, etc.)

But back to the present, I contacted Wendy and she told me that they had a line therapist position available at a home about 20 minutes away from me. Basically, I'll be working with a senior therapist to provide in-home therapy to an autistic child.

It's not much in terms of hours. Right now, it's 5 1/2 hours per week (two hours on Tuesdays, three-and-a-half hours on Saturdays). The pay is $10.61/hour, plus $3.00/hour for travel time. But the important thing is that it's related to my field, it will give me experience, it will keep me semi-sane while the wait continues, and it will be something I can continue to do once the wait for the Pauquette Center is over.

Not only that but I received my paperwork in the mail yesterday.

This is the real deal, lovelies. :)
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(Last Night)
Nick: So what are your plans for tomorrow?
Me: Gonna pick up the house a little.
Nick: Good luck! It's kinda heavy.

***

In other news, I feel its time to reveal something positive that's come out of my continuing job drama. A few weeks ago I put my tail between my legs and contacted Wendy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.

I had interviewed with them back in December and although I liked the concept of the work, they couldn't offer me supervised hours towards my license and their corporate office was 60 minutes from my house. At the time, I was also waiting to hear back from the Pauquette Center (whom, as you know, could pretty much offer me everything I wanted. Hence why I've sucked it up and kept my foot in their door these last four months, despite all the waiting, the paperwork, then budget bill, etc.)

But back to the present, I contacted Wendy and she told me that they had a line therapist position available at a home about 20 minutes away from me. Basically, I'll be working with a senior therapist to provide in-home therapy to an autistic child.

It's not much in terms of hours. Right now, it's 5 1/2 hours per week (two hours on Tuesdays, three-and-a-half hours on Saturdays). The pay is $10.61/hour, plus $3.00/hour for travel time. But the important thing is that it's related to my field, it will give me experience, it will keep me semi-sane while the wait continues, and it will be something I can continue to do once the wait for the Pauquette Center is over.

Not only that but I received my paperwork in the mail yesterday.

This is the real deal, lovelies. :)
snogged: ([Clone High] Raise the Roof)
I GOT THE JOB AT THE PAUQUETTE CENTER!!!


Best. Christmas. Ever!

ETA: They're aren't sure what the start date will be yet, but I don't really care right now as I'm far too excited for words!
snogged: ([Clone High] Raise the Roof)
I GOT THE JOB AT THE PAUQUETTE CENTER!!!


Best. Christmas. Ever!

ETA: They're aren't sure what the start date will be yet, but I don't really care right now as I'm far too excited for words!
snogged: ([BTVS]Nerds Are In)
I'm totally hooked on the song "Longest Road to Nowhere (the DownTempo remix)" by Morgan Page right now. It's just freaking gorgeous. Another song I'm loving right now is "Something's Gotta Give" off of Christian Kane's new album.

Anyways, yesterday I had the day off from Power Packer so I could focus my energies on my phone interview and on my Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) face-to-face interview.

Follow the yellow brick cut )
snogged: ([BTVS]Nerds Are In)
I'm totally hooked on the song "Longest Road to Nowhere (the DownTempo remix)" by Morgan Page right now. It's just freaking gorgeous. Another song I'm loving right now is "Something's Gotta Give" off of Christian Kane's new album.

Anyways, yesterday I had the day off from Power Packer so I could focus my energies on my phone interview and on my Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) face-to-face interview.

Follow the yellow brick cut )
snogged: ([Clone High] One Tasty Bitch)
I need to preface this Female Awesome day. I have NOT seen the new Harry Potter film yet and so help me, I will caps lock you butt if you spoil me on it. You can say it was awesome, you can say it sucked. That's it.

Agreed?

Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character )
The Rest )

As much as I'm not thrilled to admit it, the song "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus feels like the story of my life right now. I want to thank everyone who gave me such support after my announcement yesterday and I can assure you that this fight isn't over yet.

My new goal is to have a permanent job (preferably in my field) by December 31st, 2010.

In other news, I'm now officially an adult volunteer for Teen Court. I have my first training on Dec. 1st and my first hearing is in February. Very excited about this. :)


PS. If any of you feels inclined to exchange emails over the course of the day, I'd appreciate it as I suspect boredom might be in my future depending on how much work there is for me to do.

Email address is: penglii.girl@gmail.com.
snogged: ([Clone High] One Tasty Bitch)
I need to preface this Female Awesome day. I have NOT seen the new Harry Potter film yet and so help me, I will caps lock you butt if you spoil me on it. You can say it was awesome, you can say it sucked. That's it.

Agreed?

Day Nineteen: Favorite non-human female character )
The Rest )

As much as I'm not thrilled to admit it, the song "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus feels like the story of my life right now. I want to thank everyone who gave me such support after my announcement yesterday and I can assure you that this fight isn't over yet.

My new goal is to have a permanent job (preferably in my field) by December 31st, 2010.

In other news, I'm now officially an adult volunteer for Teen Court. I have my first training on Dec. 1st and my first hearing is in February. Very excited about this. :)


PS. If any of you feels inclined to exchange emails over the course of the day, I'd appreciate it as I suspect boredom might be in my future depending on how much work there is for me to do.

Email address is: penglii.girl@gmail.com.
snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
> Day 12 - Favourite one-off character.

Last night, I was positive my choice for today would be Penelope, played by the always fabulous Amy Acker. She was a great addition to the Rain Dance episode at the end of Season 1 and I loved her curt attitude towards Barney (not that I blame her. He did sleep with her mom.)

When I woke up this morning though, I realized that there was another character (also from Season 1) who captured my heart even more than dear Penelope. So that my friends is why I choose:

Mary the Paralegal


I wish with all my heart that she hadn't been an elaborate piece in Barney's plot to convince Ted to sleep with a hooker because she was sweet, funny, charming, and insulted Sandy Rivers with Star Wars humor.

The Rest )

With that out of the way, I'm not entirely sure what to talk about this morning. I watched the latest episode of HIMYM last night ("Subway Wars") and I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the Top Gear episode when the boys went on a crazy mad-dash race through London. HIMYM also seemed to impact my dreams last night as I had some pretty crazy/hot ones about Barney and Lily. I wish I could remember enough of what happened to construct a fic out of it, but alas, my subconscious won't cooperate.

Nick's car has been out of commission the last few days so he's had the joy of getting up at 6 am with me instead of 7 so he can get a ride into work. I don't mind doing it though. It's nice to see him for a little while before I have to drive 24 miles out to Power Packer.

Speaking of Power Packer, I probably should get back to work.

Later, gators.
snogged: ([HIMYM] Green Barney)
> Day 12 - Favourite one-off character.

Last night, I was positive my choice for today would be Penelope, played by the always fabulous Amy Acker. She was a great addition to the Rain Dance episode at the end of Season 1 and I loved her curt attitude towards Barney (not that I blame her. He did sleep with her mom.)

When I woke up this morning though, I realized that there was another character (also from Season 1) who captured my heart even more than dear Penelope. So that my friends is why I choose:

Mary the Paralegal


I wish with all my heart that she hadn't been an elaborate piece in Barney's plot to convince Ted to sleep with a hooker because she was sweet, funny, charming, and insulted Sandy Rivers with Star Wars humor.

The Rest )

With that out of the way, I'm not entirely sure what to talk about this morning. I watched the latest episode of HIMYM last night ("Subway Wars") and I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the Top Gear episode when the boys went on a crazy mad-dash race through London. HIMYM also seemed to impact my dreams last night as I had some pretty crazy/hot ones about Barney and Lily. I wish I could remember enough of what happened to construct a fic out of it, but alas, my subconscious won't cooperate.

Nick's car has been out of commission the last few days so he's had the joy of getting up at 6 am with me instead of 7 so he can get a ride into work. I don't mind doing it though. It's nice to see him for a little while before I have to drive 24 miles out to Power Packer.

Speaking of Power Packer, I probably should get back to work.

Later, gators.
snogged: ([HP] Slytherin Denial)
It's come down to the last day I post this meme. I have to say it was fun and I'll probably find a new one to do sometime in the future.

Day 30 - Whatever tickles your fancy

This is a poem I wrote during my time at Plano Hogwarts in an attempt to stir up some house spirit among my fellow Slytherins.

Silver and green, Silver and green.
To others, just colors
But to us, they do mean:

That we greet our friends with a Serpentine grin
And we have the snake showing us how to how win.
And I promise my friends, what you’ll all find within
Is the strength of the house that we call Slytherin.


****

In other news, I started temping for Power Packer again. I still laugh at the name and I laugh (to myself) every time I come across something that just sounds wrong/silly. One example (from doing part inventory this inventory) came from a reason why a product was bad. The reason was: Bad Ball Seat.

I don't know what that would be imply, and it's not quite as classic as Orifice Fitting. But it's a start.

*g*

****

In more serious news, my interview for Voc. Rehab is on Friday! I remember thinking how painful a wait it would be when I first found out about it, but it's just around the corner.

Future profession here I come!
snogged: ([HP] Slytherin Denial)
It's come down to the last day I post this meme. I have to say it was fun and I'll probably find a new one to do sometime in the future.

Day 30 - Whatever tickles your fancy

This is a poem I wrote during my time at Plano Hogwarts in an attempt to stir up some house spirit among my fellow Slytherins.

Silver and green, Silver and green.
To others, just colors
But to us, they do mean:

That we greet our friends with a Serpentine grin
And we have the snake showing us how to how win.
And I promise my friends, what you’ll all find within
Is the strength of the house that we call Slytherin.


****

In other news, I started temping for Power Packer again. I still laugh at the name and I laugh (to myself) every time I come across something that just sounds wrong/silly. One example (from doing part inventory this inventory) came from a reason why a product was bad. The reason was: Bad Ball Seat.

I don't know what that would be imply, and it's not quite as classic as Orifice Fitting. But it's a start.

*g*

****

In more serious news, my interview for Voc. Rehab is on Friday! I remember thinking how painful a wait it would be when I first found out about it, but it's just around the corner.

Future profession here I come!
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I just heard word that the Department of Vocational Rehab opened up a position and they asked me come in for an interview!

I can't even begin to describe how much this fills me with glee because not only is it a job in the field I got my Master's in, it's a state job with loads of nifty benefits. It's also the job I've been vying for ever since I found out it existed. If I get it, I'll be working with people who have disabilities and helping them find jobs and stuff. :)

I am a little frustrated that the interview process itself won't be starting until Sept. 10th, but I'm not going to let that get me down.

I'm still going to do the interview with Aprilaire tomorrow though. Might as well have a back-up plan, I say!

Moving on...to the Harry Potter Meme

02. Your favorite book

While they all have unique things about them that I absolutely adore, I think Order of the Phoenix is my favorite. I loved the introduction to Luna Lovegood, the creation of Dumbledore's Army, the battle at the Ministry of Magic, and the length of the thing (it's still the longest in the series)!

03. What house would you be in?

I think I'm nerdy and intelligent enough to be in Ravenclaw, but my affiliation has always been to the house of Slytherin. I've always seen more to that house than what we're given in the books (i.e. that they're all self-serving and evil.) I see a competitive spirit, passion for coming out on top, a fierce attitude, an ambitious drive, a love for snakes, and an awesome head of house. I know that, although I'm not a braggart, I do secretly get great pleasure out of getting the highest grade on a test or being the top student in a class. Yes, I'm not going to ignore the fact that there is a selfish aspect to the Slytherin house, but I won't hesitate to say that I've been there and done that.

The Rest )
snogged: (Default)
I just heard word that the Department of Vocational Rehab opened up a position and they asked me come in for an interview!

I can't even begin to describe how much this fills me with glee because not only is it a job in the field I got my Master's in, it's a state job with loads of nifty benefits. It's also the job I've been vying for ever since I found out it existed. If I get it, I'll be working with people who have disabilities and helping them find jobs and stuff. :)

I am a little frustrated that the interview process itself won't be starting until Sept. 10th, but I'm not going to let that get me down.

I'm still going to do the interview with Aprilaire tomorrow though. Might as well have a back-up plan, I say!

Moving on...to the Harry Potter Meme

02. Your favorite book

While they all have unique things about them that I absolutely adore, I think Order of the Phoenix is my favorite. I loved the introduction to Luna Lovegood, the creation of Dumbledore's Army, the battle at the Ministry of Magic, and the length of the thing (it's still the longest in the series)!

03. What house would you be in?

I think I'm nerdy and intelligent enough to be in Ravenclaw, but my affiliation has always been to the house of Slytherin. I've always seen more to that house than what we're given in the books (i.e. that they're all self-serving and evil.) I see a competitive spirit, passion for coming out on top, a fierce attitude, an ambitious drive, a love for snakes, and an awesome head of house. I know that, although I'm not a braggart, I do secretly get great pleasure out of getting the highest grade on a test or being the top student in a class. Yes, I'm not going to ignore the fact that there is a selfish aspect to the Slytherin house, but I won't hesitate to say that I've been there and done that.

The Rest )

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