The Fall semester and first half of my internship are speeding right along, which is pretty awesome. I’m over half-way done with classes, and a quarter of the way through my internship as of tomorrow! I still have weekend stuff going on…helping out an elderly friend, sometimes farm stuff, etc.
My car is not in the best of shape. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, but my car is ten years old. It’s been a great car, I’ve really got no complaints, but it’s showing it’s age. We’ve been through a lot together…long commutes, hitting a deer and a fox, two exhaust changes, an oil pan change, and most recently, running over a skateboard that was left in the middle of the highway. As is typical here in New England, road salt from ten winters has finally caught up to the undercarriage, and it’s pretty much rotting out under there. My car is belligerent to start after I fuel up, and the fuel filter is inside the gas tank, so it’s non-serviceable. Hitting the skateboard screwed up one of my solenoids. I’m getting that replaced soon and my check engine light turned off so my car will pass inspection next month.
I’m doing fine health-wise. The endometriosis has it’s usual flares, as does the migraines, but I cope as I must. My cat Goldie is well, she had to have her torso shaved recently due to what I think may be seasonal matting, so my poor baby girl currently looks like a redheaded Eskimo wearing leg warmers. Since she’s a ginger, she’s pretty much always cold, but she’s a strictly indoor cat so she’ll be fine. I catch her sitting by the heater all the time.
My Red Sox are in the World Series (going for the “Cup”, as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino so embarrassingly put it). My Patriots’ defense, however, needs to wake up. And…I may have just found a way to be able to do a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2015 after all! I’m still looking at the logistics on that one. The big holdup is being able to discuss loan payment amounts with my lenders. There will be updates on that, of course!
Hopefully without jinxing myself, I think I’m now starting to find my groove in this whole student/intern thing. I can almost navigate my way to and from campus and my Aunt’s house without the use of my GPS…almost. I know where the important places are: bathrooms, vending machines, the cafeteria (at school); the bathroom and Keurig (at my internship). Everyone has been nice. It’s all good.
That’s really the only news I have for now. I still help my elderly friend and still do some farm stuff in addition to the school stuff. The farm stuff will slow down now that the growing season is pretty much over. Fall is in the air!
The “Big Bang” is on! I’ve been an on-campus student since August 28th and an intern since September 9th. My life is a flurry of activity, and I’m in the mad dash for that light at the end of the tunnel.
This semester, I’m taking Social Work with Groups, a Seminar that accompanies my internship, and Substance Abuse. Social Work with Groups, I could do without. It’s not that I don’t like working with others…if I didn’t I’d obviously be very much in the wrong profession! I guess it just reminds me of hokey group work stuff that I had to endure as an undergrad, when I’d rather be studying things that not only interest me but will enhance my professional development. The Seminar is fine, it’s a good outlet for discussing our internships, and I like my new Field Advisor (although I miss my old one!). Substance Abuse is really interesting. Not only have I developed an interest in drug and alcohol counseling as part of my repertoire as a rural social worker, but the professor is very laid back and easy to interact with.
I travel from New Hampshire to Maine, go to class, crash at my nearby Aunt’s house (thank you, Aunt Paula!), go to class the next day, and then go home. I’m enjoying spending time with my Aunt and hope to get a little time in Portland, which can be a fun city.
My internship is with the State of New Hampshire’s Division for Children, Youth, and Families, which is the child protection services unit of the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s outside of my comfort zone, for sure. It’s also one of the most difficult areas of social work because it’s one of the most vulnerable populations of people. So far, everyone has been nice, particularly a worker that I have started doing assessments with. I’m 16 hours into my 560 hours…but who’s counting?
So, that’s my current situation in a nutshell. Full-time student, full-time intern, commuting, helping my elderly friend and sometimes farming on weekends, writing papers, doing housework, snuggle time with Goldie, trying to squeeze in a walk, aspiring for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2015, etc.!
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Go. Live. May the world be your oyster!
My Trek mountain bike was left on the Maine island of Vinalhaven where I spent August 21-25 by accident, so I drove six hours (round trip), ferried nearly 3 hours (round trip), and walked for about 2.5-3 miles (round trip) to get my bike and bring it home. Everything went according to plan. Here are some extra pictures from the journey: