Wednesday, November 22, 2006


"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart" ~Rumi

I've been tired but satisfied at the end of every day for the past few weeks. Working nine hour days is a bit of a stretch for me, but I'm managing. Of course, it does mean I come home through the Valley traffic which takes me an hour (because I refuse to drive home ever again navigating the craziness that is the 405 / 118 / 210 freeway transitions; the part in the middle that necessitates a 4 lane change from right to left in bumper to bumper traffic that might or might not be traveling at 65 mph, in the dark with headlights glaring in my eyes and the mirrors, is the real deal breaker), change clothes, eat a quick dinner, and fall asleep trying to watch my fav television dramas or while reading (reading for pleasure these days- wow, I've missed that for six years!!).... And then I always need to get up later, to change clothes again and actually go to bed. I don't think I've made it past nine o'clock yet. But those flex days off and long holidays like this one, make the long work days worth it... I think.

But it feels good to be doing the work, too. There is a staggering amount of paperwork and rules which I am still learning, but I've begun to meet the various folks in my case load. And I think I might actually accomplish most of the case load visit and paperwork goals of November - though I am not necessarily expected to handle them all. I haven't quite got the 400 billable hours/ case management notes/time factored in yet.... those are a separate item. And I am behind on notes from the first week, current on this weeks notes and billable time, I think... maybe.. I hope... Work flow and time management are mine to figure out-- what works best for me and the actual way I organize the work and parts of my little Dilbert style cubicle.

So is social work my forte? Despite my counseling degree and strong feelings and affinity for the field of counseling, I think the combination with social work is more suited to me, but stay tuned.

Oh yeah, for note in the small world category--- the fellow in the cubicle caty-corner across from me has just begun the exact same masters degree program I just finished.

(edited to change the title of the post)

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