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This is very pertinent to my new job! One big part of it is that I evaluate patient's swallowing and feeding ability. XD I don't work in an acute unit though... thank goodness! The Sputum patate mold thing sounds a bit too gross for me, and I have to admit I do a great job handling gross stuff.

You might be a dysphagia therapist if...

Dysphagia is the medical term for "problems swallowing/feeding" btw.

And P.S. -- my "cornbread" is scrambled eggs. I view all scrambled eggs on a patient's food tray with much distrust and suspicion. Sure, it's "dental soft" but it's to gummy and chewy and crusty and soft that I basically think it's "advanced consistency." Grrrr!
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I have a new job! Today was the end of my first week there all on my own. I started last week-- last Monday-- but that was training. I just followed around the current speech-language pathologist (SLP) there and kinda learned the ropes.

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PRIDEFEST!!! I'm gonna try to make it to the local Pridefest and Pride parade in the nearest metro area near me. :)



Additional links and stuff...

Reasons why cartoons from the 90's were pretty messed up. I watched these shows and I KNEW Ren and Stimpy was pretty dang weird and disgusting at times. I also thought Rugrats was weird because they were babies off having unsupervised adventures.


This is a song by my friend and her duo group. It's called The Lion and the Lamb. Despite the biblical sounding words, it's not religious. If anything, it's a metaphor for, "Then we'll achieve peace." It's a good listen if I do say so! But she is a good friend of mine so I'm a bit biased. ;)

This post compiling the Realest things posted on Tumblr about being a woman is a pretty awesome and powerful read.

Lastly, this song is ridiculous. My family and I were eating in a pretty quiet restaurant and this song came on. We kept cracking up. When the singer started saying, "Nya nya nya nya nya," I lost it and giggled uncontrollably. My mom lasted a little longer, until the singer said, "Sucker." Then my mom busted out laughing and couldn't stop. Then, it stops....and then keeps going!!! IT JUST KEEPS GOING. Even the "nya nya's" get a reprise.

What a song. What a song.

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Sadly, I must say this is probably the last entry of these... I don't work at the primary school anymore, where I was exposed to the silly things that 5-8 year old say on a daily basis. Do enjoy the silly things the kids said during my last couple of months at the school. :)

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Me: *during imaginative play with blocks* Why is their crabby patty bigger than their house?
Child 1: Because they put ketchup on it

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Child 2: "Hair" starts with "s," right?

Me: What's something beautiful?
Child 2: You.
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Child 3: Do you have parents?
Me: Yes. Do you?
Child 3: Sure.

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Beginnings: Moving back to my hometown area. Being around my family more. Getting a job (hopefully) at a local hospital. Growing and blossoming into my career. Learning leadership skills at my potential new job. Moving on from my relationship. Training my dog. Finding a new apartment. Making new friends with the new staff at the potential new job. Enjoying the woods and trails by where my mom lives. Saving up because I have no savings because I paid off my student loans already (woot). Meeting new guys and playing the flirting game. Getting used to living alone. Reading the "Southern Reach" series by James Vandermeer. Trying to balance and maintain the amazing relationship I've built with my ex-boyfriend's family with not making things awkward.

Endings: Working at the primary school. Saying goodbye to the kids there, and the staff. Saying goodbye to the awesome friends I made at the gym. Saying goodbye to my work friends. Ending the relationship with my boyfriend of nearly 2 years (it was a mutual thing, we're ending on good terms and with good feelings yay). Living in that town of high crime and wedging chairs under the doorknobs each night. Getting coughed on by little kids who don't remember to cover their mouths.
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Hi guys

I miss the internet. I still don't have it at my house. :( I don't know what else to say, and that's sad.

Happy birthday to em_rose! She's a sweet pea.

My job is going well! It's very busy but I'm making kids better, and that feels good. The kids are so funny too. Today a kid and I laughed ourselves to tears.

I got a second tutoring job that sucks, and I won't do it again. Never again.

I'm working out now, having made the cliche new years resolution to be healthier. I want to be like I used to be.

My kitty, boyfriend, and family are all doing well.

I love you guys and miss you!
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They're trying with Common Core, but he's right -- it doesn't quite work. How can you quantify learning to the degree to Common Core requires? It's a valiant effort to try to think of and implement educational standards across the nation, but it's not working the right way.

Common Core is all about test scores. But life and learning are not all about tests. They can't be -- learning is so much more than that, and testing and assessments CANNOT measure certain aspects of learning (like in the pic below).

And what about learners who are not test-takers? I had classmates who were smart as heck but couldn't show that knowledge on a paper-pencil based test; they could show it in real-life situations, or in discussions. Doesn't that matter, too? To demonstrate knowledge in real life and not on paper -- doesn't that actually mean so, so much more than some scribbles on paper that are quantifiable by a percentage correct?

And for me, who's passion is special education. What about my kiddos with various impairments in cognition and/or language? What about motor impaired kids with cerebral palsy, who cannot fill in a bubble on a standardized test due to uncontrollable muscle tone and control issues?

How can Common Core measure the learning of my area of students?

It can't.

Yet on my paperwork I have to match my functional, real-world language goals and objectives with dumb Common Core correlates. My goals look like: "Student will demonstrate knowledge of age-appropriate spatial, temporal, qualitative, and quantitative concepts;" and then that's tied with something like IL-CC.4A - Listening. Another one is "Student will increase intelligibility by reducing deletion of final consonants in words" is tied to IL-CC.4B - Speaking. It feels really stupid to fill in that part of the paperwork. What I do with my students is so much more than 4A-Listening or 4B-Speaking. Bleh.

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After way too much caffeine, here I am up till 1 am (so out of character for me) answering questions for a steinsgirl-started question meme. Here we go!

1. If your first love came back to offer you everything you've ever dreamed of, what would you do?
----I'm in my "first love" right now, really. I'm still young and figuring things out. We've been together a little over a year. We're doing fine.

2. Have you ever called 911? If so, why? (or 999 or whatever the emergency number is where you live)
----Once. I was very very young. My mom had taught me that day what I should do in an emergency. When my dad got home from work, I was really excited to show him what I learned. So I grabbed the phone, and guess what I did? Dialed 911. But it was a rotary phone, and I was slow at it... my mom ran and stopped me, and they had quite the laugh over it. :)

3. What is the #1 thing you miss about being a kid?
----No stress about bills and money. :) Parents always took care of it without me ever knowing. God, that was bliss. Now.... pfft! It's quite a source of stress.
Oddly, I don't miss the "childhood freedom from responsibility." Having no responsibilities comes at a price; kids really don't have much control or say over their lives at all, even what they eat. You just eat what your parent makes for dinner that night because you don't have self-care skills developed to that level yet. Everything is dictated by adults, which can really suck. I like being an adult and doing whatever the heck I want sometimes with no parent there to tell me what to do.
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I'm currently reading Brain on Fire: My month of madness by Susannah Cahalan. It tells of the endless search for a diagnosis of a rare disease of which Susannah suffers. It took one neurologist to try something unthought of and then follow the clues to the true etiology of her disease. Once the cause was found, effective treatment and recovery could begin. It's an amazing story in itself.

Reading it and reflecting on the success of the neurologist to finally figure it out, I thought about my own connection to neurology. It's kind of lengthy, but I've been thinking on it a lot lately and wanted to share it. It's impacted my life a lot in the past couple of years.

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Over the course of my day, I tend to get a lot of hilarious kid quotes. Never mind the speech sound errors -- which sometimes makes things hilarious enough as it is -- but they say the most nonsensical and weird things ever. Kids say weird things. And I didn't even write them all down.

Child 1:


I can use the gila monster's butt.

Child 1: It's growing…
Me: What?
Child 1:……Me.

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If you're down, or even if you're happy and want to be happier, give this song a listen.

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So I got a chance to go on a mini-vacation to Tennessee! My boyfriend's family was going to celebrate the 60th birthday of bf's Grandma V. I really love Gma V -- or as bf and I like to call her, Gma Victory. :3

I took off work for two days, so we were there for two work days plus the weekend. It was a long drive of around 9 hours to get there. The car ride was really pretty though, with lots of autumn colors.



There's more, and lot of pics under the cut.

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Hi everyone!

The last few months have really flown by for me! I wonder if they have for you too. Life update beneath the cut. <3 I love and miss you guys.

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This song lightened up my mood and gave me chills. :)

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I GOT A KITTY!!



She's 7 months old now, and we've had her for nearly a month. Her name is Kimchi! I call her "Kimberly" a lot, though.

She's precious and perfect! She's affectionate, well-behaved, adorable, and small.... and she isn't stinky! :D She only scratched the leather sofa three times. When we clip her nails, she just lies there and doesn't freak out! She loves nuzzles and playing. Her purring is so loud and relaxing! We're in love with her.

She loves yarn, so getting her toys is cheap (we just cut more yarn from the yarn balls, from when I used to knit). She does eat feathers, though; we keep the ostrich feather duster well out of her reach. She loves to sit in the windows and watch the squirrels (p.s. one of the squirrel's names is Hilda; I named him or her and he or he has a little orange gatorade bottle plastic collar around his or her neck, and he or she is very tame and adorable).

Kimchi takes any hairpieces I leave lying around -- be they clips, ties, or whatever -- and carries them to the sofa to chew on them. It's the place she's chosen to chew on stuff. She's like a dog in that respect. Also, when you play with the yarn with her, she will bite it and tug. She doesn't want grimy stealing human hands messing with her yarn. She takes it and chews on it on the floor.



Her eyes are pretty and green! I love her mottled orange and dark brown coloring! And I ADORE her little half orange, half brown cheeks! ♥
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Question 07: Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality
I'm year of the Horse. I looked it up on a website and I fit the following characteristics:
Making unremitting efforts toward self-improvement
Energetic
Bright and cheerful
Warm-hearted
Intelligent
Able
Ingenious communicating techniques
Stubborn
Refuse to be reconciled to failure
Like the limelight
Impatient/bad temper
Cannot bear too much constraint
Strong endurance
Frugal with money

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Question 07: Your zodiac sign and if you think it fits your personality
I'm year of the Horse. I looked it up on a website and I fit the following characteristics:
Making unremitting efforts toward self-improvement
Energetic
Bright and cheerful
Warm-hearted
Intelligent
Able
Ingenious communicating techniques
Stubborn
Refuse to be reconciled to failure
Like the limelight
Impatient/bad temper
Cannot bear too much constraint
Strong endurance
Frugal with money

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After coming home from eating out at a mexican restaurant, I was really inspired to sing a song about it. That ditty evolved into the chorus of this song. "Velma gay....muy chevere." Muy chevere means "very cool" in in Spanish.

It's a long and weird story but now we've made this reggae song about Velma from Scooby-doo realizing she's gay. I made the lyrics, and my boyfriend made the rest of the song. It's given us a lot of laughs, and I hope you like it too.

Here's the link to listen

And embedded below is the soundcloud widget where you can listen too



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I have a question for you guys. You can be my jury and help me decide something.

Here's the situation:

It's late at night. My boyfriend and I are winding down our night and are gonna sit down with a movie and go to bed. He gets a midnight snack. I go down the hall to brush my teeth.

He calls out, "Hey, come here! Look!"

I go to the kitchen and look. He's got a small plastic bottle of lime juice, and he's tossing it at the inside of the fridge door trying to make it land in a shelf. Harmless activity, but I'm not really interested in watching and I want to brush my teeth.

I tell him I don't feel like watching, and I turn around to leave the kitchen. He lightly throws the bottle of lime juice at me and it hits me in the back. Being hit with the bottle didn't hurt, but I still didn't appreciate it.

I turn around, laugh a little, then kick the lime juice bottle down the hall stairs. My reasoning being, 'Hey, if he's gonna throw stuff at me, he can go down the stairs to go get it.'

I tell him to go get it, and he refuses to. I brush my teeth. After, I ask if he got it. He didn't get it. Being the bigger person, I did. I put it in the fridge.

I ask why didn't he get it.

He says it's because what I did was mean, and what he did was funny. He said I kicked it with mean intentions, and he threw it at me with funny intentions. Since I'm the mean one, I should go get it.

But I tell him that I didn't find the throwing terribly funny. Kicking it down the stairs for him to get, however, would be funny to me. And why not pay an act of annoying humor with an equal act of annoying humor?

He says I'm still being mean. I counter that I was an unwilling participant of his humor, and he gets to choose whether or not to partake in my humor (he'd have to make the choice to descend the stairs and pick the bottle up). The least he could do is go get the bottle since the humor was weighted in his favor because of his free choice.

He says he didn't do it to be mean, but that my intentions were mean. Mine were not. I did it to be annoying and funny, which are the same reasons for why he threw the bottle. Our perspectives for humor might be different, but the intentions are the same to me -- being annoying and funny.

Then he says I started it all in the first place by not watching him throw it at the fridge door. I ask why I didn't have the right to my own choice of doing as I please. I also ask why I can't have the right to walk around the house unharmed; I flat out don't like stuff thrown at me randomly -- who does?

He says then that I can throw stuff at him randomly when his back is turned. Then he gets the bottle and asks me to throw it as his back to see how painful it is to be hit with it. I don't want to. The pain isn't the point to me, it's that he threw it at me in the first place...and that me kicking it down the stairs is so much worse to him.

What do you guys think? I know -- it's a trivial disagreement. But don't think we're mad at each other, we know it's trivial and neither of us really care what happens at this point. I'm just curious to see what you guys comment. Who's in the right here? I say I'm right because I'm me, but I'm subjective. You guys are more objective. What say ye? If someone were to win this disagreement, would it be me? Or him?
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Hello everyone!

After a month and a half of nonstop applying to jobs (I applied more than 30 different places), after turning two down and corresponding with lots of job recruiters and basically feeling like I'd die if I didn't get a job, I finally finally got one.

I interviewed earlier this week with the HR guy. I anticipated his office being really cold (schools are always cold and I get cold easily) but his office was rather hot and I was sweating up a monsoon. I was so nervous and my jaw was trembling. I gave a great interview though, and I had really good feelings about it.

Two days later, the HR guy called me and said that the school district wants to offer me the position! And he went on and on listing all the benefits and salary and holidays and days off and I said yes, yes yes yes to all of the above.

My job is going to start in August, and it's at an elementary school a couple of hours away from where I live! I will administer speech and language therapy services to around 25 children (this is a low number), get real paid, and enjoy the benefits of working in a school! Let's see, there's holidays off, summers off, playing with kids all day, making differences in their lives...

Yay!

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