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Pinkham Notch, NH


Pinkham Notch, NH


Mt. Moosilauke, NH

Since I haven’t posted anything here since early May, I have a few updates. First and foremost, I was approved for supervision for licensure as a licensed social worker as of June 1st. I will be completing my two years of supervision on June 1, 2017, and then I’ll be able to sit for the state exam. That’s all I can really freely say about the job at this time. It’s fall here in New Hampshire, and I need to start prepping for winter.

I still think about the Appalachian Trail…a lot.

My life seems to be constantly changing and evolving. Just when I think I want one thing, something else comes along and shakes things up a bit. Maybe it’s a midlife crisis? I won’t go out and buy a convertible and try picking up any 20-year-old men!

I’m considering deleting this blog, since I don’t have much time. If I do, it will be by December 1st…unless I can come up with a reason why I should keep it going (or if any of you readers can think of a reason!).

Busy Bee

I don’t have much time these days to update this blog. I commute three hours a day to work, which initially had a very rocky start but is going all right at the present time. I’m awaiting the NH Board of Mental Health Practice’s decision on approving me for supervision for my license and a start date to start counting down my two years of supervision. I know that my job priorities are going to shift in a few years so we’ll see how that goes. As worn down as I feel right now, I’ve got to put these two years behind me. This coming week will already be my fourth week at my new job! Time seems to be going by pretty fast.

Goldie (my cat) is back to normal after her bout of separation anxiety when I left to attempt the Appalachian Trail. She’s back to fully using her new shorter litter box. In order to ease my commute, I’m going to stay close to work two nights during the week (every other night), and hopefully she will continue to be OK.

Posts here will most likely be sporadic. I’ll try to keep up, but if I can’t, I can’t. Priorities…

Looking Up

As most of you are aware, I had to cut my Appalachian Trail hike way too short due to issues with my iliotibial (IT) band in my knee. However, since I’ve returned home, things have been falling into place very nicely for me. Well, with the exception of my cat Goldie.

Goldie is my 13-year-old, spayed, indoor cat. She has always used her litter box, until I left home to hike the AT. Then, she decided to stop using her box and has not resumed using it since I’ve been home. I’ve since learned that she has crystals in her urine, so I need to put her on an expensive prescription diet to lower her urinary pH. Hopefully that in combination with a shorter, uncovered litter box will get her to start using her box again.

As soon as I got home, I knew that my first task was to “hit the ground running”, so to speak, with my job hunt. Within a few weeks, I had a job offer (which I’ve accepted, of course!) as an outpatient therapist for a community mental health center. The one drawback is that it will be a long commute, but everything else about it is perfect: medical and dental insurance, 403b (private, non-profit retirement version of the 401k), and other benefits, including the all-important two years of supervision that is required by the State of New Hampshire to become a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW or therapist). I am so happy, excited, and nervous!

The second big thing that happened was that I bought a new car. OK, a newER car. My poor 2003 Suzuki Aerio had about had it and I was tired of pumping money into it, so once I accepted the job offer, I went out and got a 2014 Subaru Forester, which will be good for my commute. I’m hoping to occasionally make a double payment on it to get it paid off faster, if possible.

My next big step is to get into my own place, but I’m not sure how soon that will happen. My first priority is to get settled into my job and see how the money situation goes. My car and student loan payments will set me back a bit, but things are looking up!

Appalachian Trail Day 5

Appalachian Trail Day 4

Appalachian Trail Day 3

Appalachian Trail Day 2

Appalachian Trail Day 1

AT Approach Trail Day 2

AT Approach Trail Day 1