Stepping into the world of Social Work

Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do!

I haven’t introduced them formally, but Hubby and I are the “parents” of four furry critters – two dogs and two cats. All but one are shelter rescues from local city shelters.

Lucy is our  smallest, a small grey and white kitty girl around 3 years old. We adopted her from the East Valley animal shelter 2 years ago. She is a loving girl, but not a lap cat, and has plenty of catitude to spare. She gets along well with the dogs but not our other cat, interestingly.  She and our other cat are allowed to go outdoors, not because we want it that way, but because our dogs use a doggy door and the cats always figure it out.

She does have a tendency to disappear for a while if she’s mad at something or has a squabble with Leo (our other cat) but she does typically come back when it’s time to eat.  She usually insists on some attention in the morning while I’m on the computer, and in the evening she’ll ask for her “kitty drugs.”

Sunday morning, I noticed she hadn’t come in for her usual breakfast and loving, but I figured she would be in later. I started to get worried Sunday night and Monday. Tuesday I walked around the neighborhood but didn’t see Lucy.  In hindsight, I did notice the house we found her on,  but there were people in the front yard that probably made Lucy hide.

This evening, DH suggested we take a walk around the block to see if we find her. I called while we walked about a block, to the area that approximately shares back fences with our house (an easy visit for a kitty). Gary points to the roof of a two story house – there, indeed, is our little girl.

Lucy was clearly glad to see us, meowing so loudly even I could hear her. We tried for a few minutes to coax her down on her own power, but realized she might be feeling a little weak if she hadn’t eaten since Saturday. A kind neighbor had a ladder, but she wouldn’t come to the neighbor or even to Gary. I finally climbed up, and with the help of kitty treats, grabbed her and c a r e f u l l y climbed down the ladder. I held on to her for dear life as we walked home, where Miss Catitude proceeded to eat an entire bowl of cat food and yell at me periodically.

So how do you ground a 3 year old with claws? And why is Leo (the other cat) looking annoyed and a little guilty?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Finally a car!

1998-2000 Toyota Corolla photographed in Colle...

Image via Wikipedia

Three weeks ago, I was in a major car accident and my car was totaled. Since then, I’ve had to share my husband’s car to work and run errands. We did our best to look for cars while I wasn’t working, but it wasn’t until Friday we finally found the right one.

I’ll admit, it isn’t new, since it wasn’t replacing a new car, but it passed inspection at a reputable independent mechanic, so it should be fine.

We chose a Toyota Corolla, the first of the brand I’ve owned.I’ve had a Chevy Malibu, 2 Mazda 626s, a Mitsubishi Mirage, and a Nissan Altima, but had not had the opportunity to have a Toyota. It’s silver, one of the colors I had actually wanted, and has some but not all of the electronic bells and whistles. No remote door unlocking with this one, unfortunately,  which is probably the biggest disappointment since I had them on my past two cars.

But, all in all, it’s a nice car. I spent some time getting all of my things into it in the way I like (job coaches live out of the cars). I wasn’t able to get my GPS disk to stick on the dashboard, but I’ll work on that.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Registering for classes!

Cover of "Social Work Macro Practice (4th...

Cover via Amazon

Well, I’ve come to the next step towards becoming a full fledged graduate student – I’ve registered for classes!

It took me a while to find the correct password (and I actually learned how to make Google Chrome show me passwords it has saved!) but I did it.

Admittedly, it was made a little easier by the fact that my particular courses are pretty set in stone – there really is only one section of each class I could register in. So I’ll have classes Monday and Wednesday nights, as I was expecting.

The two classes I will be taking are:

Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SOWK 503 Human Behavior and the Social 
Environment I (3) The ecological systems 
paradigm is the lens through which theories 
of personality, family, group, organization, 
community and culture and the interaction 
among these systems are explored.
    ISBN: 9780205408160
    New: $117.50
    Used: $88.15
    ISBN: 9780495603740
    New: $134.50
    Used: $100.90
    ISBN: 9780765704320
    New: $59.95
    Used: $45.00

Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations

SOWK 534 Policy and Practice in Social 
Service Organizations (3) Study of social 
work organizations with emphasis on their 
policy contexts, organizational theory, and the 
development of delivery systems.
    ISBN: 9780205625741
    New: $96.00
    Used: $72.00
    ISBN: 9780205838783
    New: $114.94
    Used: $86.25
The next steps will be to PAY for all of this (including signing notes for my student loans) and buy the books.
August 15th, I have Graduate Student Orientation, where I learn more about the ins and outs of being a grad student in general, and the 16th, 18th and 20th, I have “Community Immersion.” I’m not sure what to expect of that, but it sounds interesting. I was pleased to learn that I don’t have to take that whole week off work – only Monday, Tuesday, and part of Thursday, so I should be able to work an abbreviated week, checking in with all of my clients at least an hour that week.
The bigger deal this past couple of weeks has been getting me a new car…. more on that in a future post.
Enhanced by Zemanta

An open letter to the realtors that leave flags on our lawn

Public Domain, American Flag, Old Glory, Red W...

Image by Beverly & Pack via Flickr

To the realtors that leave flags on our lawn every Independence Day:

Thank you very much for your kind gift of an American flag stuck into our lawn this weekend (just like every year at this time). But with all due respect – CUT IT OUT!

I love my country as much as any American, but consider your “gifts” to be in extremely bad taste. Here’s why;

1. First and foremost, I do not consider it acceptable in the least to use the American flag for advertising purposes. Since your name and phone number are attached to the flag, along with the fact you are a realtor, so there is no escaping that this is advertising.

According to the US flag code:

Any person who, within the District of Columbia, in any manner,
    for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed any
    word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement
    of any nature upon any flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the
    United States of America; or shall expose or cause to be exposed to
    public view any such flag, standard, colors, or ensign upon which
    shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which
    shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed any word, figure,
    mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any
    nature; or who, within the District of Columbia, shall manufacture,
    sell, expose for sale, or to public view, or give away or have in
    possession for sale, or to be given away or for use for any
    purpose, any article or substance being an article of merchandise,
    or a receptacle for merchandise or article or thing for carrying or
    transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed,
    painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of any such
    flag, standard, colors, or ensign, to advertise, call attention to,
    decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so
    placed shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be
    punished by a fine not exceeding $100 or by imprisonment for not
    more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court. The
    words "flag, standard, colors, or ensign", as used herein, shall
    include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or
    representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made
    of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size
    evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors,
    or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a
    representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the
    stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any
    part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the
    same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the
    flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

2. Placing a flag on my lawn exposes it to conditions inappropriate to proper display of a flag. Not only could it be wet by my sprinklers or fall on the ground and get dirty or stepped on, but it could also become a “pee target” for dogs. Two weeks from now, I am certain to see many of your flags in other lawns, faded, dirty and ugly. Very much the wrong message about our flag.

3. If I choose to leave it in my lawn for the holiday, proper treatment of the flag afterwards becomes a problem. I cannot just throw it in the trash, which is what I would do with any other realtors gifts which were no longer useful (such as calendars or pens) since it is a FLAG. But I also don’t have the resources to properly dispose of it either. Perhaps I’ll call the Boy Scouts or a veterans group to see if they would like to take all 20 of the past flags we still have in the garage from previous years and do the right thing by them.

4. I may not philosophically agree with flag-waving. I love my country, but I have also spent time abroad in Germany, a country which suffered through a recent period of totalitarian nationalism. During my time there, I realized that flag waving is not necessarily benign.

In my opinion, the appropriate action might be for realtors who wish to continue offering flags would be to REMOVE their name from the flag, first. Then they should ring doorbells and OFFER the flag, perhaps along with their business card. That way they are not technically advertising with the flag and are only giving it to those who really want one and wish to care for it properly.

And don’t even get me talking about those supposed patriots (businesses or individuals) who fly/display flags in violation of the flag code – tattered, unlit at night, etc. and think that still makes them patriots….

Enhanced by Zemanta