Friday, August 21, 2009


I'm pretty exhausted from a FULL week, but I don't want to go to bed because that will mean another day in the books. Anonymous stated that she had trouble sleeping after 4 a.m. and I, too, wake about 4:30 and while I don't dread what I have to do, there is some definite anxiety there. So, sometimes it's hard to fall asleep again, but I do get some rest. I had just been thinking today how grateful I am for the good sleep I get, and I have been falling asleep very easily.

My task for this weekend is to complete a 3-4 page essay on how I am committed to working with vulnerable, underrepresented populations and how I will expand on that commitment in my internship. Honestly, I don't know what they are looking for. I don't have the absolute neediest population in the entire state, but I certainly feel I have a demonstrated commitment to social work. They haven't given me any of their other scholarships, so I don't anticipate I will get this either, but I am compelled to keep trying since there is a lot to gain. Maybe they will think, "This poor woman puts in for everything, I think that shows commitment, let's give her this one."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Update on Me

I am four days into my internship and feeling a little ray of hope that I will be able to handle my new position. I know I am old for an intern, and that feels weird, but I'm starting to think the pieces will come together and school social work will be a good fit for me. So far, I have met a lot of people, assisted in counseling a student through a crisis, helped out with pre-school screening, and pulled IEP files for an audit.

I am presently trying to keep myself awake to pick up Boy15 around 10 p.m. You will remember I am used to having a nap and that isn't working for me now that I am employed again. So, I am sleeping well, until around 4 a.m. when I have to potty and start thinking about having to get up at 6 or 6:15. I'm pretty well exhausted by the end of the day.

I am memorizing my lines the play I am in, and getting more comfortable rehearsing it. I am a negativist in this, too, and figure the worst that can happen is that I will be the worst actor ever seen in community theater (or the bottom four).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am armed with new cell phone. I picked a free one, although I had an urge for Blackberry, just so I could call it my Crackberry. I wouldn't even know how turn the thing on. This new phone doesn't even have a camera. Can you believe it? How vintage is that? It took me 20 minutes to find the hole to charge it, turned out I was trying to plug the computer cord into the cellphone.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Morning Blog

A cup of coffee and a song in my heart, "Working can wait, this is paradise. Having no work to do..." I missed my 5:40 a.m. aerobics class. I heard the neighbors in the driveway getting ready to drive back to Chicago at 5:47 a.m. Bummer. I made it three times a week for six weeks this summer and only overslept once. Next, someone called my phone a few minutes later and hung up quickly, but not before it engaged that annoying "Missed call" beep every minute or so. Did I mention the volume on my phone is stuck on 7? One of my chores today is to see about a new phone, though I really don't like change.

Here I sit patiently waiting for the next aerobics class of interest, "Balance, Strength, Stretch" at 10. That doesn't sound very aerobic, but hopefully it will get me moving in the right direction.

It appears Boy21 has decided not to bother to go to work today either. Oh dear, he doesn't do anything the way I would like.

These are some of the kids getting a free jet ski ride in Lake Erie. Something we happened across by accident that was fun and a new experience for them. Boy15 and Neice12 got thrown off this one on a sharp curve. They had a blast.

Man, I love Niagara Falls. We stopped here briefly after visiting our old 'hood in Lockport, NY. It was a nice trip down memory lane. Unfortuneately, the city of Niagara Falls, USA, just can't seem to get it together. It looks pretty bad in the downtown area, a lot of closed up businesses and failed ventures, though we did notice a new office building that was really nice looking.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Assorted Pics

Did I mention Mom and Dad stayed at "Norman's Motel" in Old Orchard Beach? Despite the images of "Psycho," Mom felt she could take this Norman quite easily should he come at her with a knife. "More Santa Claus than Norman Bates," she stated. Chris had described making the reservation and that his voice was really quite Norman Bates-like. He imitated him so hilariously that I made him call up the motel and I was going to 'bait' him into saying something about how his mother was doing, but I couldn't stop laughing as soon as he handed it to me, and had to hang up the phone.

By the way, isn't it creepy how it has a real key and one of those plastic keytags??

Three boys, two pretty freckled. The cousins got along really well. On Friday night after camping, all the kids started a game of Stone (where you see who can go the longest without making a sound). Boy15 and 16 were into it 3.5 hours when Boy16 (who is ALWAYS champion of Stone) broke. The other kids were playing that Stealth thing on the IPod. It's the sound only kids can hear, not adults. For real. We set up experiments to test it and it's true! Anyway, for some reason Boy16 couldn't hear it, and he casually said, "It's too far away." He didn't even realized he spoke. I noticed it first, and Boy15 was ecstatic!

Betsy and Nephews11 and 10.

Ping Pong Tourney

My kids fell in love with Ping Pong while in New Hampshire. So, the last night Boy15 organized a double elimination ping pong tournament. Never mind that he didn't give me a second game after I lost my first. And, third place went to Chris (aka Mr. Competitive). Chris later beat me in a friendly game (with his left hand).

Nephew11, budding mr. competitive, received second place. Quite a victory to beat his stepdad Chris. But you also have to take into account he was sick with a very bad cough prompting numerous time outs. Not to mention TO's for sweaty hands. It was really sweet because his first game was against Grandma Vick and he was so kind not to beat her as badly as he could have.

And the winner was, drum roll, Boy15. He is smokin' hot. Maybe not in China, but pretty good considering he doesn't play on a regular basis, at all. Now, guess who wants us to buy a ping pong table for our play room?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Formerly the Nashua Pride

You know we love baseball, Little League, Major League, even Minor League. Well, the Nashua Pride (New Hampshire)field is a stone's throw from my brother's house, and so we decided to take in a game last Saturday night. Well, Chris informed us that the Pride was bought by some "famous" guy who engineered the Boston Red Sox World Series win in 2004 (?). He had the brilliant marketing idea to rename the team "The American Defenders of New Hampshire" and dress them in, get this, camoflauge uniforms. Ironically, as my dad pointed out, most of them are not even American. It has not gone over well, needless to say, and attendance is terrible. Pictured above is the goofy mascot of the Defenders. It was commented that they remind one of Fidel Castro's army.

We did have some motivation to attend a game. The lady who lives next door to Chris boards players during the season and they have been swimming over at Chris' house. We met Angel Molina who said he was on the Florida Marlins two season, his cute four year old son, and attorney wife who were visiting. Very nice guy. Another player came over to swim but didn't say much and I'm not sure he spoke English. Angel is pictured above in the one deck circle. He got to base on a hard hit grounder, and stole third on the next batter's grounder who nobody bothered to field. He then scored (I am pointing to him on third below) and the Defenders won 3-2.

The next door neighbor we were hoping to meet was Juan Padilla a former NY Yankee pitcher. He closed the game successfully.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Which beach is this?

A. Old Orchard, Betsy and Mom

B. That's not a beach, silly, that's Niagara Falls

C. Hamburg Beach, Lake Erie

D. Hamburg Beach, Hamburg, NY, Lake Erie, Beach Blast