Saturday, November 13, 2010
I am especially enjoying my garden and home:
Peace, and I am still on the net, but really, most of my stuff is on Facebook.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
When we got engaged in 2008, Chris and I had a much larger wedding we started planning that included all our nearest and dearest. We made a decision to buy the house instead, and have not regretted it. This has put the larger, more inclusive plans on the shelf for around 2-3 years.
We now, as many of you know, need to change our legal status for multiple reasons. After discussions, we decided to not just do a JP wedding, and are having a simple ceremony on April 11th. It is going to be very small and no frills. This puts us in the unenviable position of letting our dear friends and Ohana know that by the very nature of our plans, we can't invite all those we would love to have join us on this special day. Those we are inviting have been notified, and we can promise pictures for the rest.
We are keeping this very simple, and do not have plans to register anywhere. We are open to planning a house party with friends in the future to celebrate, but have not made any decisions about that at the moment. We thank you for respecting the choices we have made, and appreciate questions, encouragement, and love from everyone.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
My job is in danger. Chris' job is in danger. My children's welfare is in danger. The people are starting to rise up, but no one in a position of power is listening.
So what can a person do? I am trying to organize the power of a unified voice, but my time is limited. The children's advocacy network I am organizing is growing faster than I can keep up with it. Individual voices make a difference. Call, write, visit your legislators. Find out who represents you and what they stand for. If you don't like it, work to get someone in office who does represent you. Talk to people. The average person is too busy to pay attention until it impacts them directly. Guess what? This years budget will impact you directly, no matter who you are.
Political processes are not some far off thing. They are directly affected by us and are accessible to us. I will break down some of the ways to have a voice in upcoming posts.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
So, I got to attend my first event as a High School mom. Konal signed up on a dodgeball team for a fundraising tournament. He will freely admit he can't throw, but is great at blocking and dodging. So it was, as he was last one left in both of the rounds. Unfortunately, his team still lost.
Meanwhile, car related incidents keep racking up. Yesterday it was a flat tire and today I locked my keys in my car. This wouldn't have been a huge issue, because it was at the QT within walking distance of the house, and we were running early. Unfortunately, there were three major issues. The first is that I only have 1 set of keys after a dastardly thief stole Chris' bag when he had car trouble last fall. Thanks to modern electronics, a replacement set puts us out over $100.
The second issue is that I locked my phone in the car as well. We had other cellphones available, but roadside assistance is tied to my phone.
The third is that Chris had just had his windshield replaced and wasn't supposed to drive yet.
Family to the rescue! Mom wasn't picking up her phone, but Cousin Katie came to the rescue and took the boys to the tournament. Chris came to the QT and I called the Tow truck from his phone, which also has roadside assistance. I had to call Verizon first, because when they switched Alltel to Verizon, they changed numbers for roadside assistance and it wasn't in our Alltel phones.
The good news? For the first time ever, the guy was earlier than projected by dispatch, unlocked, and I was able to get to the tournament in time to see my boy lose with panache and dignity. All is well that ends well, but I am so not leaving the house tomorrow! ;)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My dear friends, peers and colleagues, As you are probably aware of, the state of Arizona is undergoing a challenge in regards to budget and income.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Konal is still living at his dad's house. He has asked to change that many times, but decided not to at the last minute. The drama gets interesting, but he is doing well, and I am very proud of him.
|From Human Rights March|
Friday, September 18, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
This struck a chord with me.
I remember when I went to school, when people asked me what I was getting my degree in, I would get these sighs and "I'm sorry" or "you are a better person than I" when I said Social Work.
I also deal with the lack of respect for the degree, which is considered a professional degree and a type of licensure in and of itself.
No one seems to know what a Social Worker is, or what we do. I think it is hard because there is a lot of variety in the preofession. I know that people assume that Social Workers take kids away, and the archetype of the bad or burned out Social Worker is ever present and reinforced in the media.
According to the National Association of Social Workers, the definition of a Social Worker is:
Social Work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to this goal. Social Work practice consists of the professional application of Social Work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve processes. The practice of Social Work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social, economic, and cultural institutions; and of the interactions of all these factors.
Wikipedia has more on standards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_work
You have questions, I want to hear them. Doing my part to promote my profession and have people congratulate me instead of pity me.
And yes, I had a bad day too....