MSW Second Year Blues

Hey, reader. (I’m kinda figuring there’s only one.)

I’m, like, super not motivated this semester. I can’t wait to get to next semester when all I have to do it applied stuff and I can show the world that I’m much better at actual interactions and super craptacular at book learnin’. I think the latter is evident.

I decided that I needed to take the entire summer off. To do what, you might ask? Jack squat. That’s what I did. I took up running. That’s pretty much the most interesting thing I did. Oh, and I went to my niece’s wedding, which was fun. And my 20 year high school reunion. I KNOW what you’re thinking, “She is way to young to have graduated 20 years ago! She must be Doogie Howser or something!” Well, that is not true. I’m not smart enough to get into med school. But I digress.

This entire blog is a major digression. My insomnia and anxiety have kicked back in, so my son’s doctor called in my meds for me. She’s awesome. Let’s talk about the classes I’m taking!

Wednesday: At-Risk Populations. This is where we talk about…populations at risk. It’ll prove to be interesting I’m sure. But, it’s only the second week of class. I’m already overwhelmed.
Advanced Group Work: Great class minus the book. Super dry. So far it’s a review of Generalist Practice 2, which is good. It’s nice to ease in to the semester without a barrage of new stuff to remember.

Thursday: Family therapy: this class is going to be a problem for me. Everybody has a dysfunctional family, right? I’m no exception. I’m sure I’ll hyper-focus on my issues and my mommy problems and all that good stuff. I think it’ll be therapeutic.
Grief, Death, and Dying: EVERBODY is all hung up on the fact that I’m taking a grief class, but I’m super excited about it. I want to work in hospice, so I need this class. Besides, we get to do art therapy. Winning.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Thursdays are red-letter days for this gal, let me tell ya. I took this because it’s an elective, admittedly. Then I found out that a couple cohorts are in there, which is awesome. The instructor is great, so I think it’ll all pan out positively.

There it is. My murderous schedule. All the reading. All the writing. All the role-play. Fun times. Pray for me.
-jill

It’s summer!

Hey there!!

So, I decided to do some blogging over the summer to keep my chops up. I’m really, REALLY crappy at routine. I mean, I can routinely eat chocolate…or drink beer…or take naps. I’m all on board for those kinds of routines. Somebody’s gotta do it,  right? But when it comes to something that involves a little more discipline or effort, I fall off the wagon fairly quickly. Yet, here I am, May 26, blogging away for fun.

My son just finished 4th grade yesterday. This is quite a feat. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was four, and my husband was certain he would not amount to much. We would love him the best we could and let him live with us forever. Dude…I’m not cool with the second part of that. So, I became the pusher that I am and here we are, staring 5th grade (and the end of elementary school) in the face.

My husband is out of town until June 6, and everything has been going smoothly until today. The kiddo has been in school, and I’ve been able to do the things I need to do: Uber for a little cash, clean, nap, etc. But that’s over until August. Suddenly EVERYTHING is irritating the crap outta me! What IS that he’s watching on his tablet? Some hopped-up, ska band version of the Tetris theme song?? And as soothing as the music is, does Minecraft REALLY need to be turned up that loud? The dogs are howling.

We did have a little fun today. He has a Flat Stanley he made that we took to the Devon Energy Center. We ate in the cafeteria there (don’t get the nachos…my belly still hurts), and then we walked over to Myriad Gardens to enjoy the sun. I just need my husband to get home so I can tap out and go to Colorado for a few days. Momma needs her me-time.

Well, that’s it! The first summer blog. I hope I can keep up with this stuff. Peace, love, and ice cream.

Jill