Monday, September 25, 2006


I have a test tomorrow, and I probably should be studying...but the open book/open notes stipulation is making it hard to be motivated. Before I say any more, I have to do this...


Ok. Now that that's out of my system, I'll get on with the updates.

Fuji Picture
When I was in Japan, my private lesson teacher gave me a calendar that had a woodblock type print of fuji on the top, and the days of the year on the bottom. I've kept it rolled up since I got home, and finally decided to have it framed. I cannot believe how much it costs to frame things...but I guess the picture *is* really big, and they do a preservation thing to keep it looking nice for forever, so I guess it's worth it. It's straight on my wall, so I must not be very good at taking a straight picture. It's got a green suede mat under it, so you can see the papery edges. The frame is a reddish wood, and really fits with the theme of the picture. I'm really happy with it.

I've been doing as much knitting as possible lately, because it helps my introvert issues. I really don't feel recharged after the weekend unless I have time to just sit and chill. Knitting helps with the chill time. I've been working on the kimono for my cousin's baby boy, who's due in January. I really like the cute baseball buttons that I found to put on it. I think the kimono's looking a little weird (at least not like all the others I've seen) but I think I can make it work. I may put the buttons a little further over so there's more room in the neck. I also started working on the "matching" scarf for Scott's mom. I say "matching" because it's the same colors, but I'm using a different stitch and using longer sections of each color. I really didn't want to change colors every two inches because of all the ends that I'd have to weave in. The scarf should go quickly, so I should be able to get on with other projects.

Riley is just as precious as ever. As a matter of fact, I'm not totally sure where he is right now. I should probably go find him and make sure he's not causing trouble.
Ok, he's been located. He was chilling out by the door, and being a good boy. This pic is a self-portrait I took a few weeks ago. Riley looks better than I do, but I was really surprised that I was able to get one with him looking at the camera.

Ok, so here's where I need reader input. I have a decision to make about school, and I'm not totally sure where I want to go. I'll try to make it as clear as possible.
This is the option that I am currently on. This option would mean that I would graduate with a community counseling degree in May. My third year of the program would be completing the one remaining class for the school counseling program, as well as doing a school internship. If everything works out, this internship would be an Interim-A position, which means that I'm actually working and getting a paycheck even though I'm in the process of finishing up requirements for licensure. I would finish the school track in May of 2008 with my school counseling license. This would also give me the 60 hours required to get my LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in the future if I so desire.
This is the new option that was suggested today. This option would allow me to switch from my current community track to the school track, and take the school internship class (as opposed to the community one I'm in now) next semester. I would "graduate" in May with a school counseling degree, then take the final required class in the summer. I would be certified when I completed the requirements in the summer and pass the Praxis (I'd have to take the Praxis in both scenarios, it's just a matter of when I take it). On this track I could possibly get an Interim-A position (if I haven't gotten my license), or be ready to have a real school counseling position next fall. I would not have a community degree, but all that would be required to finish (should I desire to do so) would be the year-long internship (and maybe 1 class).
So, one option will have me in school until 2008. One will have me done in Mayish. One will give me two options for licensure/job opportunities. I basically have to decide if I want to spend the 3 years now and get two options, or spend two years for one option and maybe go back for the 3rd year later if I want to. The hold up is that I don't know if I want to give up the possibility of working in an agency. And, with an interim position, I'd basically have a job. The only bad thing is that I would still have to do tapes and work and give money to Vanderbilt. Thoughts? Or was that way too confusing?

This past weekend was pretty fun. Friday Scott and I went out to eat with Julie and Jana, which was fun. Saturday Scott and I spent the morning cleaning, which is never fun. My house looks lots better though, which is always nice. I got one of those Swiffer picker-upper things, and I'm actually really impressed with it. Riley brings in a lot of leaves and such on his legs, and I really don't want to vacuum everyday. This is a nice way to pick up the leaves without hauling out the vacuum. Saturday night Scott and I went to the Vandy vs. TSU game. The ended up delaying kickoff for 45 minutes due to rain. By the time the game actually started the rain had stopped, but by then Scott and I had already sat in it for about 30 min. It actually ended up not being too bad, especially because it stopped. It was a fun game, and Vandy won. I also found a fleece jacket that I want, if I can get them to order my size. Sunday Scott and I went to Julie's house for the PPV and the huge TNA announcement. We were all excited, and we'll see what happens with all that stuff.

So I think that's about all that I have for now. I really want to update more often, but it's so hard with classes and being busy. I'm really enjoying my internship and everything I'm doing, but a little slower schedule would be nice. But then, that'll come next semester. =)

Monday, September 18, 2006


So I just got a phone call from one of those pre-paid calling card number things. At 3:30am. I heard it ringing, and would've answered it (just in case) if I'd gotten there in time. Luckily I didn't make it, because what I was reading online is that it's people harrassing you or trying to get info or something. I'm slightly freaked out about it, because it's the middle of the night. I'm also ridiculously irritated, because I'm now wide awake (although groggy). I wasn't sleeping so well anyway, and I really didn't need this. Oh well. Hopefully it won't happen again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Step 1. Pass Screening

So, Riley officially is scheduled for his Delta Dog screening. His appointment is November 19 at 10:30. Knowing me, I will be crazy nervous, and probably won't sleep the night before. Basically, the Delta Society is a society of people/animals who are helping promote Animal Assisted Therapy.

Delta Society® Mission

* Improving human health through service and therapy animals.

Delta Society Goals

* Expand awareness of the positive effect animals can have on human health and development.
* Remove barriers that prevent involvement of animals in everyday life.
* Expand the therapeutic and service role of animals in human health, service, and education.

I found the Nashville group/ associated with the Delta Society. I filled out the form, and bam...Riley has a screening. If he passes, then in January we'll begin the 10 week long program to prepare the two of us for the test required for our certification. I'm really excited about this possibility, and hope that all goes well. Scott and I have really started working on "come when called," because that's an area where Riley's kinda lacking. He thinks he can come when he wants to, not when we want him to. He's done well so far, and I'm sure we'll have it down by November.

I've been knitting a lot on weekends, and already finished Scott's mom's Christmas present. I shipped off a present package yesterday, and I'll hopefully post a pic of that after the recipients indicate that they've received it.

Right now Scott's playing the Lego Star Wars game. It's awesome. It has a two player mode, too, which I like. Not many games now days have a good two player mode. I think I'm going to go knit and watch Scott play. I have pics I need to upload, but the camera's in the car. Maybe later this week I'll get around to it. Oh, and I've officially lost 10 pounds! Yay me!

Monday, September 04, 2006

I will be laboring on labor day

So today is labor day. Woohoo. I still have to go to class, so I'm not as thrilled about the day as others may be.
I just got back from walking Riley, and figured I should update. We actually didn't get too much walking done, because we were stopped by 3 people to chat. Now, I enjoyed it (as did Riley), it just took longer than normal to go less distance than normal. While we were out it got hot, so we decided to come in and finish the walk later tonight.
So this weekend was a shopping extravaganza. Because of the sales, I was able to get a whole bunch of clothes that were discounted. I got lots of stuff for internship, and some everyday stuff as well. I actually found dress pants that fit really well. I was shocked. I bought a brown pair and a black pair, and would've gotten a gray pair if they'd had my size. I'm really glad I was able to get new stuff, because I only had a few days worth of nice clothes. I also got new shoes, which I'm really excited about. I have such a hard time finding shoes to fit, but this weekend I got 3 new pair! They were all flip-flop type, but a little nicer so I can wear them to internship.
I have pics that I need to post, but I haven't gotten around to adding them to the computer. I knitted a lot this weekend, and got started on Scott's mom's hat. I ended up having to start over after knitting about an inch and a half. Oh well. When I started over I did a different ribbing, which I like better anyway. Pictures will come on that later.
Now, I think it's time to eat, shower, and make sure I didn't have anything due for class today. Then maybe I'll knit some more and try not to stress about how busy my weeks are.


In Memory of Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter"
Feb. 22, 1962-Sept. 4, 2006