Thursday, March 06, 2014

Hola!

I didn't look to see what I typed about the last time I actually blogged nor did I look at the date, LOL! Now that I have already started this entry I don't feel like going back to see! Lazy? Yep! Care? Nope! LOL!


What's been up?


Me: I'm good. Still working at the skilled nursing facility. Been there since June 24th. So far, so good. My coworkers are laid back and easy to get along with. I also picked up a few "as needed" weekend PT jobs and 1 companion job. The companion job is basically sitting and talking to an 102 year old woman for 2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday. Easiest money I've ever made. Right now the facility she is in is under quarantine due to a virus. So this weekend I have to call her every half hour of my regular shift. So, for example...on Saturday I work from 6:30 to 8:30, so I will call her at 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 just to say goodnight. Could it get any easier? LOL!


My lease for my current place is up at the end of April. I can't believe that I moved in on May 1, 2004! Where has the time gone? Unfortunately, the apartment I rent is income based and even with my mother coming to live with me, I still make too much to stay where I am. I don't like the process of moving, but I am excited about the house that my family and I will most likely move into. I thought about buying a home, but my debt to income ratio is toooo high thanks to my education loans that I have to wait a bit before I look into home ownership. That is fine with me. I am in no rush to buy a house.


Speaking of my place...how about someone stole the rent payments out of my landlord's dropbox? Guess who's rent payment was in the box at the time? *sigh* Fortunately, the company I pay has insurance and everything was pretty much taking care of after I submitted all my documentation proving I was one of the tenants harmed.


Mom: She is good. Nothing to much to say about her really.


Pooka: She is good as well. Still doing the same ole thing. Her grades this year are up and down. We are working on it. She is really focused on her art as of late and she is really producing some great work (if I do say so myself) so much that if I finally man up and get a tattoo, I would let her design it! Her latest phase is dragons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Well gotta go take Pooka to her 8pm demo team practice.....*sigh* I want to go home! LOL

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Playing Catch Up

It has been forever! After I write this I will try to catch up with whomever is still blogging :)

What's been going on in my little slice of the universe?

Mom:
Mom is still living with me. She is good. Took her to see Frankie Beverly this past weekend. We both had a good time.

Pooka:
Pooka is doing well as well. She has earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves it. She has brought up her grades TREMENDOUSLY this year. I swear, at the end of last year I was honestly praying that she would make it to the 7th grade. The transition to middle school hit her hard, but it looks like she is bouncing back with a vengeance! I am so proud of my kid...when I don't want to choke her! LOL She is in that odd pre teen stage where she wants to be a little girl and also wants to be a teenager. It really all depends on the crowd she is aroud, LOL! These years are tough and I hope she finds herself and where she is comfortable soon. While I am thinking about it...why don't preteens use deodorant without prompting???? I feel like if I don't tell her to apply some before she heads out to the bus stop...IT WON'T HAPPEN! smh

Pooka's Dad and Step Mom:
They still live nearby and they do what they can. I finally decided to friend his main chick (they have an open relationship so I must define which lady I am referring to) on FB and every now and again it annoys me when she posts on my wall or makes comments to things I have said. I am still learning to "share" Pooka. She honestly loves  Pooka dearly and if it wasn't for her helping Pooka's dad, he wouldn't be able to do the little financial things that he does manage to do for her sometimes. This is not a bash by any means. I just get protective over my child. Again, I am still learning to share even after all of these years.

Love Life:
I am still friends with my ex. We do things sometimes. LOL!

Work Life:
I love and am in love with my career! Not so in love with the employer. They have some things in active practice that goes against my ethical beliefs. I am keeping my eyes open and throwing my application and resume different places. Until someone else picks me up I will be the best PT I can be and do my best to cover my behind as best as possible.

Personal Life:
Since my employment is more lucrative I have been able to go to and purchase tickets to most of the shows I would like to attend. Like I mentioned earlier I took my mom to see Frankie Beverly. On Oct 19th I am taking my mom to a homecoming concert featuring a lot of old school rap/hip hop artists and BBD. I am excited about that! I got some other shows down the pike as well but I think that is all for October! :)

I have also been kinda down lately. Not for any particular reason. I kept telling people that the only way that I know that I am down is that my house consistently is a mess, I am always tired, I don't sleep well, and I am gaining weight. My already heavy set behind is GAINING weight. I swear to God if I gain anymore I will start looking into the surgery....AND I HATE SURGERIES! I have started back walking and this weekend I hope to start swimming again. On Friday I am going to start taking a wellness class at Pooka's TKD school. I have to do better. I must do better.

This December one of the girls that started PT school with me but had to take some time off due to having a child is graduating. Me and my friends are going to support her on her big day. It has been a year since we have all been together (can't believe it's almost been a year since I got my hood) and as much as they love me regardless of what I look like...I can't let them see me like this. I look in the mirror and post live, unfiltered photos of myself on social media just as a way to force myself to look at me and find something positive. Okay enough of that....

This coming March my maternal grandmother wants all of her kids and grandkids to go to the Bahamas. In 2007 we all went to Jamaica and had the time of our lives! So she wants to relive that vacation for her 70th birthday in April. I am already saving my money! This is yet another reason I need to shed these pounds!

I have 4 mins left on the computer at the library so I will say....I don't have a laptop but I am working on that...I do have a smartphone that is decent. I pretty much had no choice but to upgrade from my slide phone with keyboard (long story) and in August I got cable! :)

I am moving on up! LOL

TTYL

Sunday, July 07, 2013

This is the title until I think of one :)

It's after 3am and I am at the group home working 3rd shift. The house is clean and the residents are safe and sleeping soundly. I am up to speed on everyone's business on FB and chit chatted with my night owl friends.

So I guess I can update my blog :)

Technically I resigned from the state job and group home weeks ago. But I got a call this morning asking if I could come in so here I am *shrug*

I am 2 weeks into the PT position and I like it so far! There are some business things that I don't particularly like, but those things are pretty standard no matter the skilled nursing facility you work. The biggest thing I don't like is that I get paid every 2 weeks and with this company I have to work 2 weeks in the hole. Which equates to money being realllllllly tight for me right now. But it's temporary so I will roll with it!

Part of me wants to start the process of obtaining a specialty certification in my field. I want the geriatrics and neurology certifications which would take me about 3 or 4 years to complete since each specialty requires a boat load of clinic hours and so far I only have 2 weeks worth! LOL! I am still researching all that needs to be done.

Home life is alright. My mom is still doing her thing. Pooka's father lives local now (don't know if I blogged that already) so for the summer Pooka spends most of her time with him and stays with me here and there. This works perfect for me right now since I am still getting readjusted to working full time on my feet all day.

July 4th was okay. I was the only guest that showed up to a cookout hosted by Pooka's father and his 3 girlfriends (long story short, open relationship). It was kinda awkward. The last time the 6 of us (me, Pooka, her father, 3 ladies) were in the same room together was around this time last year when Pooka was in the hospital for her surgery. Everything went fairly decent until his ladies tried to correct me on what Pooka could and could not have at her birthday party. I knew then it was time to start getting myself together to leave.

My birthday is this month! I have not decided on what I want to do yet! I am going to work on the actual day, but as far as the weekend before and after...who knows!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Short and sweet

Got a nice gig that is even better than the position that I gave back months ago. Funny how things work out in the end. I knew the right position was coming soon. I felt it! I start on the 24! To say that I am scared would be an understatement!

I have not started my C25K yet.

If you saw that blank post I had up earlier it was because I tried to blog from my phone. Me, no likey!

Ciao!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Run Forrest Run!

 
 
I've finished school. I'm still interviewing since I still have not found the right position for me. It's soo weird to turn down job offers! I have learned that recruiters/head hunters are interesting people, LOL! With all that said, I know I will find an acceptable position soon!
 
So what to do now? Which goal do I place at the front of the line? Playing the piano? Taking a cooking class? Learning ASL?
 
Last night I watched Extreme Weight Loss and just like when I used to watch The Biggest Loser. I get super inspired! :)
 
At the state job a coworker had the gastric bypass surgery, loss tons of weight, and now she runs like crazy! She just completed her first triple crown. She is very proud of her accomplishments and talks about it often.
 
I congratulated her, but secretly was hating on her too. I can admit it. I know many people (including some of you bloggers) that run and I didn't have any jealousy towards any of you. I think it's because most of the folks that I know of that run or started to run were already "normal" or petite when they started. My coworker was not, neither was the lady on tv last night. I think that is the difference. I think that's where my "shade" came into play.
 
I am not going under the knife. No thank you. So instead I, Ladynay, have decided to try the couch to 5k program!
 
It's insane! I know it is! However, my big butt is tired of shimmying into clothes and not being comfortable in airplane seats (not to mention having to ask for an extender *sigh*). I am sick of going up 2 flights of stairs and feeling like my lungs are going to collapse! Plus, my family is planning to go back to Jamaica next year for my grandma's 70th birthday and I WILL BE sexy thick. Not super sized sexy! Believe that! :)
 
Leggo!
 


Monday, May 06, 2013

The results are in......

*Cut and pasted from the PT Board website*

Score Received from Prometric - Passed05/06/2013

Thanks to God and everyone that has supported me.

Amen.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

...and now we wait

I retook my boards this morning. Honestly I feel more confident in this test than the last one, but the way the test is set up and scored I really couldn't honest say if I passed it or not. I will know a week from today either way. Now all I can do is wait.

Since the last time I blogged a lot has happened. The job I landed changed up my job description and wanted me to come in as a outpatient therapist. I don't want to do outpatient work and I didn't want to move Pooka from her school and live in another county to do something that I knew I would not enjoy or be happy with. So I retracted my acceptance of the position.

I started working part time at the state job again.

One of my residents passed away at the group home job.

My mother lives with me now.

I gained A LOT of stress weight.

I started working out with a slim blonde friend that is addicted to P90X.

Pooka's father and his lady moved to NC. Not to far from me either! So far he has had her every weekend since moving down here. I can get used to that, LOL!

Ummmmmm what else? Nothing I can think of at the moment.

How are you?