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Ok, maybe slight exaggeration, but I absolutely hate that feeling. I refuse to get sick again, so this better just be because of cat hair.

Work's been pretty spiffy recently. No huge accidents or anything (knock on wood), no one behaving horribly, and no one has hit on me recently. Real Madrid has not lost or conceded a goal in 2014, and Varane might make his comeback in the weekend match.

Oh, and last Tuesday when I was at the house, a client from another day program introduced himself to me, and then promptly said that I might as well call him a penguin. He was a really fun dude in general, just really nice, even if he did talk about penguins the entire time I was helping him with his lunch.

Holy shit

Jan. 25th, 2014 02:12 pm
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There was a shooting in the Mall of Columbia with three dead and four in the hospital. My dad and I were trying to get there today for lunch, but ended up going to a place in Catonsville. I just hope that no one I know was there. My thoughts are with the family of the victims and others there.
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Apparently MD was not prepared for the snow today. Work was closed, but whenever that happens, the rehab counselors get assigned to go to different group houses to work during the day. Getting there was fine because it hadn't started snowing yet, but at the end of my shift, I took two of the clients out to the CVS to get cigarettes and coffee and such. Off and on the entire way there and back, there was this horrible grinding and a light kept blinking on my dash. I seemed to lose all traction at those points. When going around a corner at something like 5mph, I fishtailed and thought I would either hit the car waiting for the light or end up in someone's front yard. As it is, one of the cars in that line honked at me, like I couldn't figure out for myself that this wasn't what the car was supposed to be doing.

I told my dad what happened, and he first thought we needed to get it to the shop, but after he read the manual and tried it himself, he thinks that it was the anti-lock brake system and the traction control coming on and making it sound like the engine was dying. Apparently a normal sound. I'm still kind of queasy and shaky from the drive, despite the fact that it was close to six hours ago. I just remember it and all the anxiety comes rushing back. Ugh.

On the plus side, Real Madrid has not conceded a goal this year and we keep winning! And Chelsea won, but Torres got hurt and now I'm sad again.
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IIIIIIII do not want to go to work tomorrow. I need a mental health day before February, I think, but I don't want to use up my paid leave, since we have to use that on holidays like New Year's Day as well (which is ridiculously stupid, but at least we get a good amount of hours added to our leave every pay period). But I think if I have to wait until the trip to San Francisco, which won't actually be too relaxing, I might just snap.
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Slightly amusing that after I post on LJ about how well work has been going, I then experience one of the craziest days. On Monday, four of us (one was out on holiday) were cleaning up various bodily expulsions from around 9 AM to 1 PM. I have a deal with another coworker (H) that I don't clean up poop and she doesn't clean up vomit, so I was off the hook for the morning anyway, but then the guy of the group (J1) stepped up and took care of downstairs. It was three people shitting themselves in a 20 minute period, with one of them also peeing on themselves and the second also vomiting. An hour before, one of those people had also had an accident on the first floor that H cleaned up. I was on call at 1 when the second person who had had an accident and thrown up on herself in the basement then threw up again on the first floor. To her credit, she tried to clean it up herself, but only succeeded in widening the area I had to clean. After dealing with the scheduling mishaps that came from at least one person having to clean most of the day, I was ready to jump in the shower and not come out.

So naturally we (the three ladies: H, S, and me) went out drinking to try and forget everything, and the person next to us at the bar said (very loudly) that she had been raped by the ocean.

I don't know what my life is anymore, but I'm pretty sure someone must be filming everything somewhere.
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In the last several weeks, I've found an Ozil jersey from last season, a Raul jersey from 2007-2008, and a really nifty RM shirt. Good haul, Em, good haul.

Also, HI! I know I've been absent. I've had things in my head that I've wanted to post and talk about, but never ended up doing it. As with most absences, I was still around to read fairly often, but was incredibly lazy with posting. Work has been draining but rewarding, and now that Problem Client is gone, it's been more rewarding than not. At the same time, if I don't take a day soon, I'm going to get burnt out real fast. To be honest, the company is one where, if I didn't like what I was doing, I wouldn't recommend the job. The bureaucracy, red tape, and general ridiculousness drives me up the wall. But right now, I've been here six months and don't want to leave, so that's something.
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I forgot that I hadn't posted it here, but I have a job! And it's even in my field! I now work for Mosaic Community Services, a non-profit specializing in mental health and addiction. I'm a psychiatric rehabilitation counselor (not a therapist, so I don't have to be licensed), running groups and managing a case load of 18 people. My big job is running the groups, but I also work with my 18 clients to come up with goals and help them try to reach them. I've been working for 3 weeks (tomorrow is my fourth Monday there) and I'm already a little worn down. I understand even more now why there's so much burnout and such a high turn over rate in this field.

Currently watching the USA v. El Salvador right now. If I could, I would be downtown watching it live (because it's at our football field, dammit!), but I already got to go to the USA v. Germany friendly in DC at the beginning of June.

I also recently rewatched the entirety of Kamen Rider Double/W, and finally finished Kamen Rider OOO. I'd put it off for so long, and I was appropriately heart broken by the ending. Also, I've become a huge fan of Miura Ryosuke because of this. I've seen a bit of Fourze, but I'm not as interested in it or Wizard as I was with the other two. I'll give them a chance, though.
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I'm having a really rough time getting off one of my anti-depressants. I was slowly weaned off over six weeks, but when I stopped, I suddenly was so dizzy, constantly, every day, to the point where I can feel it in my teeth and that doesn't even make sense. It comes in waves, pretty much in time with my pulse, so I guess it's like that because there are capillaries that go to the teeth? I've also been unable to eat anything without feeling like I want to throw up, or having this incredible twisting pain in my gut. That has thankfully receded, mostly, but I would still like to be able to stand up without almost blacking out. It's been two weeks since I stopped, this should be over by now!

The only silver lining is that my mood is mostly stable (I am on another medication, so it should be picking up the slack fine), though I have noticed I'll cry more easily.


Apr. 22nd, 2013 05:04 pm
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First sunburn of the year. We went to visit my brother down in Annapolis for one of his college events (the annual croquet match between St. John's and the Naval Academy), and I didn't wear sunscreen because I didn't think it would be so bright. And now I am paying for it /o\.
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Honestly almost threw up during the Champions League match today!!!

I will say upfront that I was surprised Nani got a red card, but I don't think it's entirely unjustified. That was dangerous play, no argument. When the same thing happened in the World Cup final, I thought that should have been a red (despite the fact that I wanted Spain to lose for beating Germany). I don't believe Nani meant to hit Arbeloa (like De Jong did, I feel), but the ref isn't inside his head, and a studs up karate kick to the chest should have serious consequences. I was surprised, though, especially since De Jong got away with a yellow in South Africa.

But whatever! I'll be over here in my corner yelling that we totally could have come back and won even without the card. We were looking livelier, and I think the goal definitely woke us up. A substantial amount of the game was played in United's half. And I think it says something that even their goal was scored by us. They had a multitude of chances, even with 10 men, and the finishing was lacking. Plus, Diego Lopez was a godsend. I love Adan, and he's pulled through for us before, but I don't really think he could have made all of those saves.
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The motto of our house: "Don't yell at me, I'm yelling at you now!"

Discovered this morning when my cat and I were having a small disagreement.
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I think I'm mostly pissed because all of my bookmarks are gone? And I'm extremely OCD (like, diagnosed and everything), and to have lost everything I organized and know that there are sites and stories I really liked out there that I'll never remember by myself is actually really upsetting to me. I know it's such a small thing, and incredibly petty, I suppose, but I can't stop being upset about it.

Doesn't help that I'm getting more crap about not having a job. I've started looking harder than before, but so few people are hiring. I think my last job at the restaurant scarred me, so I'm not looking to be a waitress again, but I'm almost starting to think that we might be at the point of last resorts.

Oh well. I'm going to NYC this weekend with two of my friends to spend President's Day holiday with our other friend from middle school. It makes me old to think I've known them for 12 years. I'm just looking to get out of the house, and break myself out of the bad mood funk, so I'm excited :)
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So, Google Chrome managed to get deleted off my hard drive. I'm back to using Firefox, which I had been for a little bit because my computer is apparently too old to get updates from Google? It's only 5 years old, so it's really annoying, but it meant that I couldn't use flashplayer at all in Chrome. I tried to update it, it wouldn't take, and now I don't have it at all.

Ugh. I hate technology.
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So, we've figured out that one of my conditions comes with an allergy to sulfates? Especially those in shampoos, apparently, because I have these bad breakouts along my hairline. Wonderful, yet another thing to look out for.

I've gotten a third of the way through The Hobbit, so I've gotten up to Beorn. This is not my first time reading it, but I'm having trouble finishing this time. I don't know why. I'm enjoying it while reading, but I don't have the push to pick it up and continue the next day. I hope it's just because I don't want to get to the end, not because I'm going into a slump or anything...
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I will kiss Varane on the lips, no lie. My stream died, only for me to get a new one JUST AFTER FCB SCORED. I was so pissed.
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Varane is proving his worth, that's all I can say. He and Carvalho work well together. Even if this isn't our usual starting defense, they're no slouches against Barca.
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Ok, well at least Madrid is starting out strong. It's just 90 minutes, Emily, we can do it.
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I’m shaking, I’m so nervous! God, why another clasico? ”Never loses it’s luster,” REALLY. I got over these a long time ago, just saying.

These commentators just can't get enough of this, and I just want it to be over.
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My father is starting the new year off by trying to learn the fiddle. We'll see how this goes.

I hope everyone had a good first week! We spent most of our time with family, and the rest just lazing about, which is good now because my brother got me sick. Oy. I've seen The Hobbit 3 times, and am planning on seeing it again :). My obsession with LotR never really died, just hibernated, and now it is rising as a Balrog awoken in the shadows. Good luck to the people who have to deal with me.

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