Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Week in Review

Last week was a busy but FUN week!
Here is what we were up to....
(please pardon the iPhone picture quality)

Of course we have the fall sports,
so it was football games and volleyball matches...
My sweet boy allowed his mama to get a quick pic with him following his game!

Went to Parent's Weekend last weekend at Virginia Tech!
Katherine LOVES Tech and is very happy!

While we were at Tech we got together with Nick's family and some friends
 to celebrate his birthday a little early!

The siblings.....
It was a fabulous evening!
Nick and Katherine
 The key to my husband's Volvo that has been missing since April
was mysteriously found in the "man chair" on our third floor.
Teddy's wallet was also found in the "man chair"
so I guess if anything else goes missing in this house we will check the "man chair" first.
My baby boys turned 15 over the weekend!!!!
And the boys went to their first high school dance on their birthday!
Deep Run High School Homecoming!
We rounded out the week with our annual family birthday dinner at Maggiano's....
we have so many October birthdays that we celebrate them all on one night now! 
Teddy and Caroline...
The birthday boys....

Horrible picture but here are the girls....
It was not the same without Katherine an Grace!

That was our week in review...
this one is a little slower paced with a relaxing weekend planned for the end of the week!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Rain Rain Go Away.....

I woke up this morning to a cloudy day,
which is an improvement over that last NINE rainy days we have had!
Tomorrow the sun will shine!

Here's a little rainy day fashion...
everyone around here are big fans of the Hunter rain boots,
and I am too.
But I'm LOVING the Joules rain boots this fall,
and they are having a SALE
right now....50% off select styles!

Here are a few of my favorites...

Could these Navy rain boots be any more adorable?
Love the bow in the back!

These polka dot with the pink have caught my eye...
Perfect with my pink rain coat and half off!

Loving these Kelly Green ones!
They are half off and only $30.75!!!

These are in my top three.....LOVE!

Can never have too much pink....these are also cute!

A classic.....these are not on sale but I also love!
And if you are not a pink lover like me, these would be fabulous!
I actually love the red too....not just the pink!

So go check out the super sale happening at Joules!!!

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jail Life

I suspect that most of my readers have never been in jail.
Am I right?
As I mentioned in a recent post, 
I am now working as a clinician in our maximum security county jail.
It's awesome.
My job that is....not being in jail.
I only work on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
And NO "on call" in this job....yea.
This is the jail where I work, with the Sheriff's office on the first level.

You may be wondering what a clinician in a jail does....
and if you're not, I'm going to tell you anyway.

My primary function is to complete psychosocial assessments
of newly incarcerated inmates
who have a history of mental health issues,
and those who are currently having new issues.
After I assess, I either diagnose and refer to our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
(who happens to be a darling preppy-Lilly-loving cute blonde)
to be evaluated for medication management,
or I send them on their merry way back to their cells.
(we get a very large number of "fakers"...the clinical term would be "malingering")

I also handle crises....which there are a lot of.
Jail can be a little stressful for some people, 
and many people become suicidal or are at risk of harming themselves or harming others.
I conduct risk assessments to determine if someone needs to be put on a watch,
and what level of watch they will be on.
I also determine when someone is ready to come off of a watch.

And finally, I facilitate three support groups.
They are all focused on coping skills and recovery from addiction.

My office is a cell.
Not kidding.
I work on what's called the SHU (pronounced the "shoe')
which stands for Special Housing Unit.
The SHU houses the day room for the inmates with serious mental illness,
who must be monitored regularly for their own safety and the safety of others.
I am talking about the schizophrenic and psychotic inmates.

The SHU also has the "hole" where you go if you are either VERY naughty,
or if you are very actively suicidal.
We also have the camera cells on the SHU,
for those who need supervision, but not constant one on one supervision.
And the clinicians' offices are on the SHU in what used to be cells.
Fortunately they took the toilets and beds out of them.
Thank God.
So I am locked in my office.
I can get out, but no one can get in except my supervisor
and all of our awesome Deputies
who have a master key.
I have a master key.
I can get anywhere I want in the jail.
There are some places that I do not want to go though...yikes.
This is actually inside the jail I work in.
My office/cell is on this floor.
Found this picture on the internet, and not sure how it got there since there are 
NO photographs allowed.

I will probably do several posts throughout the year on jail life...
here are a few things I have learned about myself while working in the jail.

First, I miss windows.
I didn't even think about this aspect of working at the jail,
but the only windows in the jail are on the second floor outside of the units/pods
and face inside the courtyard where the inmates have recreation.
They are seriously about a foot wide by two feet long...
so it's hard to even see the sky when you look out...
you really only see the other side of the brick jail.
I have come to work on a sunny day and left work in a thunderstorm.
Talk about taking something simple for granted...
I miss seeing the sky during the day.
I love sunshine and I also love rain....and just watching the way the sunlight changes during the day.
My husband reminded me that he would not see the sky for days, or even months at a time
when he was on his submarine.
I would not like that at all.
So I am grateful on the days I don't work, for whatever weather is currently happening,
and that I can see the sunshine.

Second, I am not judgmental.
Or at least as judgmental as I thought I was going to be.
Actually, I would never consider myself a judgmental person,
however I was not sure how I would react working with
murderers and child molesters, rapists, and other violent felons.
I surprised myself.
Of course I don't condone in any way the actions of the inmates.
But I am able to view each inmate that I see as a human being,
and I can feel empathy or sorrow for these individuals
and think about who they are in their soul.

Lastly, I am shocked by the amount of drug addiction.
I went into this job knowing I would see a lot of addiction and substance abuse.
No idea it was as wide spread as it is.
And it's NOT just the "sketchy" people who are the addicts.
They are housewives who are addicted to Percoset,
and switched to heroin when the prescriptions ran out.
They are successful businessmen who drink excessively
and then drive and kill someone on the way home from a golf outing.
Addiction knows no social class and it does not discriminate.
I pray for these inmates to find peace in their hearts,
and for them to be released from the emotional pain
that is most often fueling their addictions.
This photo is inside our jail and shows the only windows in the jail.
This picture is from a FASCINATING article that was written about addiction.
Please visit here to view the article and read about seven women in my jail,
and their addiction to heroin.

There you have it.....a few things you may not have known about jail life.
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them in my next "jail life" post.
I was very curious to know what it's "really" like.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What's For Dinner?

I am always looking for new crock pot recipes.
In the Fall, I make two to three crock pot dinners a week due to the boys' sports schedules.
We normally sit down together for dinner as a family every night, but in the fall that's difficult.
Teddy's football games are Wednesday nights,
and Jack's volleyball matches are Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Add in Laura's ballet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights
 and it's almost impossible to sit down to dinner together on those evenings.
With my crock pot dinners,
the kids are able to eat dinner at whatever time suits their schedule.

Italian Beef Sandwiches are a current favorite...
This recipe is so easy it's almost like not cooking.
3 pound chuck roase
1 package of Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix
1 14.5 ounce can of beef broth
Provolone Cheese Slices
6 Hoagie Rolls

Place roast in crock pot and sprinkle salad dressing mix on top.
Add beef broth and cook on low for nine hours.
Remove roast and shred with a fork, reserving liquid in a separate bowl.
Place beef back in crock pot and add about 1/2 cup of reserved liquid and cook 30 minutes on low.
Place beef on open face hoagie rolls and place cheese on top.
Broil in oven for five minutes, or until the cheese is melted on the top.
The kids love these, and I rarely have leftovers.

I had to borrow this picture from Pintrest...
I was working late the night I made this and when I got home, the the crock pot was empty.....
 I was planning on taking a picture of a sandwich!
This is generally what they look like whey they are done under the broiler.

Do you have any crock pot favorites?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Football

I'll admit that generally I am not a huge sports fan.
Unless I have a personal connection to a team, I really don't follow sports.
I do happen to have a connection to Navy football.
We have USNA season football tickets and we have a tailgate spot on Admiral's Row.
Here's a peek at what our football weekends look like....
Just in case we can't remember where our spot is....
Caroline with her pre-game cocktail...
We had two extra tickets and took Jack's RVC travel volleyball coach and one of his teammates.
 Mother-daughter time...
The dudes...
 One of the BEST parts of attending a USNA football game is the march on....
I've probably seen it 100 times now, but I love it every time I see it!
 The Mids...
 Can't have a football game without the goats...

 Our seats are on the "away side"....there is a method to our madness...
we are on the "sunny" side of the stadium, which is where you want to be for the COLD games.
After the midshipmen are all on the field, 
they turn to greet the "away" fans.
And they tip their hats.....love that part!
 LOVE the bagpipes....must be my Scottish heritage.

 They play the song "Danger Zone" from the movie Top Gun as the players run on to the field.
 Lots of energy in the stadium and lots of pride.....
 Love our seats.....great view.
And it was a win against ECU 45-21!
Great game with the family!!!!

Speaking of football....I have to brag just a little.
Teddy is on the Deep Run Junior Varsity football team
and he is the starting Junior Varsity quarterback (as a freshman) for the Wildcats!
Proud mama!
That would be Teddy with the ball...
 Number seven.....
Could not be more proud of him!
He started football in 7th grade and warmed the bench for the season....
He played in 8th grade and was a defensive end and the punter.
He wanted to be a QB, and worked his tail off all winter, spring, and summer, 
and it paid off....big time.

So those are my football teams.....Go Navy.....Go Wildcats!
I will include Virginia Tech since Katherine is there...so Go Hokies!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Steals and Deals at Neiman Marcus

I've been a fan of bamboo flatware for quite some time.
I think it's classy and makes a casual table more festive!
I follow Miss Andrea Lee's darling blog,
Tickled Pink
and happened upon this post which shows a gorgeous table setting
using her bamboo flatware.
and this one
Table setting envy....
I clicked on the link she posted for the flatware just to see...and sha-bam!
On sale for $35.00
I ordered two sets.
I love Neiman Marcus.
And soon my table settings will be looking as fabulous as Miss Andrea Lee's!
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