Work Stuff

Please Don’t Make Me Get a Flu Shot

Second day of orientation is in the bag, ya’ll!

*high five*

Today was more “serious.” They covered confidentiality issues (which includes blogging, by the way), and compliance issues.

So yeah. I’m going to have to gloss over a lot of what happens at work, but I would have done that anyway. I can, in no way, talk about patients or even relate patient stories because there’s a chance that someone, somewhere, might read this and put two-and-two together and BAM – I’ve violated the confidentiality issue.

They told us stories of some of the things that people have done over the years and no matter how innocent the intention was, the bottom line is, they compromised a patient’s right to his/her confidentiality.

I have no idea how much, if anything, I write about work from this point on. I certainly don’t want to get in trouble or, God forbid, lose my job because of this silly journal – I’m not making any promises.

I was also told today that I’m pretty much going to be required to get a flu shot.


I have never gotten a flu shot and I certainly don’t want to start now. But if I opt out of the flu shot and we have an epidemic? I could be put on suspension until the epidemic is under control.

It sounds crazy on the surface and UGH, but I do understand where my employer is coming from. And I certainly don’t want to put myself at risk. We’ll have to see what they say at my general checkup appointment.

But I’m really hoping I can opt out of it. I really don’t want a flu shot.

Orientation is over. It was a grueling two days but I learned a lot about the company and I’m really looking forward to starting at my “office” tomorrow. I’m nervous. I’ll be glad when the initial awkwardness is over.

I get to wear my teal scrubs tomorrow.

Also? I look like a football player in scrubs.


Oh. And I almost forgot: the company’s annual picnic is this weekend. ……….. And we might go!! OMG!

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And it (the Job) Begins …

It’s 5:00 a.m. and I’m up.


I couldn’t sleep. I woke up with a headache at 1:00 a.m. This is not that unusual for me for this time of year – whenever the weather starts to change, I get sinus headaches. The barometric pressure, I guess. So, I took an Aleve. Only that didn’t knock it out entirely, so I ended up taking an Excedrin Migraine at 3:00 a.m. this morning.

I don’t know if it was the combination of medicines in my system, but I felt a SURGE of energy and now, here I am – WIDE AWAKE.

I am SO going to pay for this later today.

I also just can’t shut my brain down. I had my first day of orientation at my new job yesterday and it was information overload. In addition to the whole “rah-rah go company” spiel, (which actually worked on me because I’m SUPER excited to be working for this company), there was a lot of information about benefits, duties, attitudes, etc. that I needed to absorb.

I also thought about what I was going to wear today (professional attire – I’m in scrubs tomorrow), and whether I should grow my hair out or not. It’s spikey now and I love it, but it’s a bit harsh and maybe I need something to soften my face?

I also thought about the new website I made for a middle school that is awaiting the green light from the principal to upload and tweak in time for their Open House on Thursday.

And then, of course, there was the usual worrying thinking about each individual in my family and his specific situation. Not that there’s anything to worry about, per se, it’s just a mom thing.

You know what I mean, moms, right?

Getting up this early reminds me that I may need to get up this early to write my novel when NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins in November. Because I really want to try and keep up my writing in between every thing else. I can do it, I just need the discipline (and energy) to get it done.

Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts this early Tuesday morning.

How did my first day of orientation go?

Well, thanks for asking.

There were 21 people in my “class.” Which I thought was a lot, until I found out later that these “classes” used to be 40 large. The reason? This crappy economy. (Thanks Obama – for making it worse). In fact, to get off topic for a moment, I talked to most of the people in my “class” and most of them were SO GRATEFUL to even have a job. In fact, a few of the gals I talked to actually had tears of gratitude in their eyes because it had been SO LONG since they had worked and their situations were getting dire.

I felt so bad for them. I mean seriously, it’s bad out there, people. And I live in the Midwest where it’s not as bad when compared to the rest of the country. I’ll tell you one positive thing about this crappy economy though, it makes people appreciate their jobs more. I’m sure every one of us will go to our respective offices and give 150% to KEEP our jobs because the competition is fierce out there. This company is hiring exactly HALF the number of people it used to hire.

And given how hostile the environment is for corporate America right now? It’s little wonder that they’re hiring at all. But this is a large company and they have a lot of employees and people are retiring or there’s turn-around in positions and really, that’s the only reason they’re even looking outside the company for people.

So. First and foremost? I’M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE A JOB AT ALL.

I’m dead serious about that.

There was actually one other gal at orientation that will go to the same facility as me so we naturally sort of “stuck” together. She’ll be working on a different floor so it’s highly unlikely I will even see her at work, but still, it was nice to have an anchor, so to speak, in the midst of the chaos.

The day both dragged and sped by at the same time. We had speaker after speaker from different areas (human resources, benefits, 401K, fitness, motivational, etc). come by to talk to us and give us the low-down on the company and what they expected from us. The CEO even came by to talk to us and we were allowed to ask him questions about the company.

I thought that was pretty impressive. In fact, this company has new employee orientation every Monday and Tuesday and every Monday, the CEO of the company comes to talk to the new hires. I’m betting a lot of CEO’s don’t do that. I appreciated his time and his efforts. It only served to reinforce my positive attitude about the company, overall.

I ate lunch with my table mates in the cafeteria. We were given a pretty hefty employee discount, which I really appreciated and because I was too intimidated to really look at the selections (because it was crawling with employees, many of them nurses and doctors) I ended up with a mini-Dominos pizza for lunch.

I’m going to stick to something lighter today – probably just soup and sandwich.

Speaking of nurses, there were a few new nurses in my “class.” One was going to surgery and one was going to our brand new ER. I know this sounds cheesy and cliche, but I have the UTMOST respect for nurses. They are like soldiers on the front lines and they have to put up with so much while retaining razor sharp focus in taking care of the both the patient and the doctor.

If I had the stomach for it, I might even consider going to nursing school.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I mentioned there are a ton of opportunities to advance in the company, and there are. Today, we sign on to their Intranet and I’m sure I’ll find out more details about the various departments through that. I’m REALLY looking forward to browsing around and seeing the whole company in the virtual sense.

Everyone was super nice (which is usually the case during orientation – we’re all enthuiastic about starting a new chapter in our lives) but I got the sense that they truly enjoyed working there. It was more than the “I’m supposed to act excited for the benefit of the new hires” sort of attitude and that really encouraged me, quite frankly. You can tell when people are faking it and I didn’t get a sense that they were faking it.

At any rate, I go back today for my second day of orientation and then tomorrow, I dress in my teal scrubs and I actually go to my facility to begin work. I’m nervous, but it’s an excited nervous and I just hope I can do a good job and that the ladies that I will be working with will like me.

I felt so … detached from my family today. This is the first time in eight years I’ve really been away from them all. This is the first time in eight years that I haven’t been in the middle of everything that is going on. Kevin had to be both mom and dad yesterday and he’ll have to do it again today. He’ll drop Jazz off at school, but he’ll be out of the office later this afternoon, so Dude will have to pick Jazz up from school.

I sort of feel like I’m watching my family live their lives from the sidelines. It’s … weird.

But like I mentioned before, I think it’ll be good for everyone, actually. I think everyone has relied on me for so long that it will be good for them to fend for themselves. (Not that they didn’t before, but mom was always the back-up plan in the past).

Wow. Time flies. I need to get ready to go – I don’t want to be late for my second day.

Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!

Scrubs are freshly laundered and ready to wear. *gulp*
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What Kind of Impression Do You Give People?

You Make a Good First Impression

You probably are making a much better impression than you realize.

Social situations can be a bit awkward for you at times, and you tend to over think what you say and do.

If you make a social faux pas, you remember it a lot longer than anyone else does.

Just relax and do your best. There are little things you can do to improve your social image.

Express more of an interest in the people around you, and be a good listener.

The secret of fascinating people is that they find everyone else fascinating!

I HOPE I make a much better impression than I think I do. Because I THINK I’m a dork in public.

Actually. When I make a social faux pas (notice I said “when”), I usually try to pass it off as a joke. It sort of goes back to that dork thing.

And I think I’m a great listener. Though I do have a bad habit of cutting people off when they talk. Especially when I see they’re struggling to try and find the right word or phrase – I have a tendency to just jump in and complete their thought for them.

Yes. It’s as annoying as it sounds.

Welp. Guess where I am, right this very moment. I’m attending the first day of my two-day orientation at my new job.

I wonder how it’s going ………… ??

UPDATE: And the first day of orientation is OVER. I’m telling you guys, I’m going to LOVE working for this place! I’d go into more details, but I’m completely wiped out. I’ll write more in a few days – I have so much to do AND a new school website to get online! Busy, busy!

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Teaching: What Does the Bible Say about Drugs and Drinking Alcohol?

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

FAQ: What does the Bible say about using drugs and alcohol, other than for diseases and cooking?

In English translations, there is no verse of Scripture that clearly and specifically addresses the use of recreational or hallucinogenic drugs, but we will see that the Greek word pharmakeia does refer to this. There are, however, quite a few verses that speak to the wrong use of alcoholic beverages, which produces a similarly altered mental state. Let us look at a few of them to give us a framework to examine this topic.

Ephesians 5:18 (NKJ)
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation [the Greek word for “dissipation” means “an abandoned, dissolute life; profligacy; prodigality”].

Proverbs 23:21a (NKJ)
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty.

1 Corinthians 5:11
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Despite what some Christians teach, there is no prohibition in God’s Word against drinking alcoholic beverages. It is not a sin to drink beer, or even whiskey. There is, however, a clear prohibition against getting drunk. A Christian might then conclude that drinking no alcohol at all would surely eliminate the possibility of abusing it, and choose never to partake. Each of us must choose for ourselves how we relate to “booze,” but we have no biblical basis to think less of our brethren in Christ who enjoy a drink once in a while, but do not get drunk.

Why does God tell us not to get drunk? Because life is a spiritual battle, and we must be self-controlled and alert (1 Thess. 5:6). First, we need to be alert in order to serve God. God wants us constantly tuned into Him, and people have needs at very unexpected times. The servant of God is always “on call,” and must be ready and willing to serve. Second, our enemy, the Devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan’s evil spirits usually infiltrate people through their minds, and Scripture is replete with instructions about properly managing our minds by controlling our thoughts and making them godly thoughts. For example:

1 Peter 1:13 (NKJ)
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober [self-controlled], and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
(6) So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled [KJV=sober].
(7) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
(8) But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled [KJV=sober], putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) says that as one thinks, so he is. That is because thoughts are the seeds of our words and deeds. The way we “renew our minds,” and “be sober” is by choosing to think what the Word of God tells us to think. 2 Corinthians 10:5 calls this “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” That is how we steel our minds against our enemy, Satan, who is constantly bombarding us with stimuli designed to hijack our thoughts in an ungodly direction, cause us to act in an ungodly fashion, and eventually open our minds to evil spirit influence.

In Scripture, God uses the word “heart” to refer to the inner core of one’s being, the depths of the mind where either true faith or unbelief resides. He admonishes believers to guard our hearts so that we allow no evil influences to come in, because if they do get in, they may have devastating consequences.

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

When one is drunk, he is, in reality, out of his mind. He cannot guard his heart, and it is difficult or impossible for him to serve God or God’s people in an effective way. A person who is drunk is not effective in praying for, or ministering to, others. Furthermore, a drunk opens himself up to the possibility of evil spirits entering his mind and causing confusion or harm to himself or others.

The Bible puts using drugs in the same category as getting drunk (Gal. 5:19-21): both are forbidden by God because of what they do to the individual personally, and how they make him unfit to minister to others. However, before we go into the specific verses that mention drugs, we need to understand something about God’s Word. The Bible is written in such a way that people who are seeking God’s will are able to find it. It is impossible for God to write a book that covers every sin—we can sin in ways today that no one in the biblical world would have even conceived of, such as child pornography on the Internet. The Word of God is “instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16 KJV), general instruction that can be applied by wise people. LSD, crystal meth, crack, crank, etc., did not exist in biblical times, so God did not mention them in the Bible. What God does say, in many different ways, is that the Christian is a minister of God to His people, and should be alert and prepared to serve at all times, even if that is just being alone praying for people. Being drunk or high on drugs renders one incapable of being effective for God.

Drugs used to alter one’s mental state and thus “escape reality” do the same thing that excess alcohol does, that is, they render a person “out of control” of his mind. As with alcohol, the individual who is “high” on drugs is in no position to fulfill the command to “be alert and self-controlled.” Many drugs are hallucinogenic, and a hallucination is “a false notion, belief, or impression; illusion; or delusion.” In the Bible, the Greek word for “truth” means “reality.” Satan’s goal is to get people to act upon a false reality.

Scripture does indirectly address the illicit use of drugs, and connects it to drunkenness, as per the following verses, where the Greek word for “witchcraft” is pharmakeia, which includes “the use or the administering of drugs,” “poisoning [by drugs]” (Thayer’s Lexicon), and the variant, pharmakon, in Revelation 9:21 focuses upon “the use of certain potions or drugs” and the casting of spells (Louw Nida Greek Lexicon).This same root word is also translated as “sorcerer” and “sorceries” (see Rev. 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, 22:15). The translation “witchcraft” is used in most English versions because pharmakeia also referred to the witchcraft or sorcery in which drugs were used for potions, spells, etc. Understanding that pharmakeia is related to the use of drugs, notice how it appears, along with drunkenness, in the list of the “works of the flesh” in Galatians.

Galatians 5:19-21
(19) The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
(20) idolatry and witchcraft [pharmakeia]; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
(21) and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Recreational and hallucinogenic drugs were not invented in Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. They have been weapons in Satan’s arsenal for thousands of years, and they have contributed significantly to the destruction of millions of people’s lives, as both Scripture and history confirm.

There are other biblical truths that make it clear that the use of recreational and hallucinogenic drugs is harmful. We are to take care of our bodies so as to be able to serve God for many years, and drugs are physically debilitating. Also, we are to steward the financial resources that God gives us, and using our money to buy such drugs is hardly good stewardship. Beyond that, many drug users turn to crime to support their habit, and those crimes range from stealing from other addicts to murdering innocent people to get their “fix.” Thus, beyond the sin of the drunkenness or drug use itself are the sins of lying, stealing, and murder to which such a lifestyle leads. In short, using drugs robs us of “the life that is truly life.”

Many users say they are looking for peace, joy, and the “high” that such drugs give them. How sad. Anything someone categorizes as something good that a drug does for him is something only God, our heavenly Father, can give us through Jesus Christ. God designed us to enjoy life and be engaged in it, and the so-called benefits of drugs and alcohol are a counterfeit at best. Recreational drug use and getting drunk is selfish and dangerous, and addiction is not an escape from pain; it is pain in the worst way, as countless thousands of ex-addicts sadly testify. In contrast, an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus brings us all those things, and more. Thus we need not despair and grope for artificial means of altering our mental state. We will be so full of joy and peace that anything that alters it would be “a downer.”

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page, their YouTube Channel, or follow them on Twitter.

Thanks for reading.

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Get Your Friday Freak On

This song plays about a zillion times on the radio every day.

Jazz also told me that they play this song in between classes, too. (Apparently, the school plays songs while the kids are walking to their next classes – which COOL BEANS).

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It’s “Move Like Jagger” by Maroon 5.

Because I dig a little background information on things like this:

The song’s lyrics refer to a male protagonist’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. For Levine and his bandmates, the song and video are all about exposing a new generation to the rock legend.

You can watch the video here.

It’s catchy. It makes you tap your foot and think about spontenously break dancing in the middle of the street. (Okay, it just makes ME feel that way). But it’s cool and hip and I dig it.

Music is such a big part of our household. I’d like to share my latest music cravings with you every Friday – let’s start this weekend off with a little song and dance, shall we?

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Cutest Headband Ever

Isn’t this gorgeous?

My aunt made this. She also makes quilts, padded books and pillows. Check out her Etsy shop, if you get the chance. You won’t be sorry.

I hope you’re supporting handmade/homemade artists and crafters because more often than not, the products they make are WAY cuter than what you can buy in the store and you’re helping to support some pretty awesome people.

Like my aunt. 🙂

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Audio Teaching: What is the Church?

by Dan Gallagher and John Schoenheit
Every Sunday around the world, and most especially in the western world, millions of Christians “go to church.” Dan Gallagher and John Schoenheit team up in this conversational presentation to explode the traditional definition of a “church” by showing that a church is anywhere two or three people gather in the name of Christ. The way Christianity has developed in America and many other nations, with “mega-churches” of ten thousand or more Christians, the home church, or simple church, might seem like a second-class citizen, and perhaps not even a “real church.”

A worldwide move of God concerning the way the saints gather, which many refer to as the Simple Church movement, has exploded on the global scene. As traditional churches decline in attendance, the Simple Church movement is experiencing a growth rate in excess of 1000 percent. While recognizing the value and role the traditional Legacy Churches play, Dan and John also explore in detail the problems created when there is too much reliance on large congregational gatherings.

The Simple Church movement is resulting in mass evangelism and a tremendous increase in discipleship. John and Dan discuss the reasons for this and the many benefits associated with small group meetings, while at the same time recognizing the difficulties common to most Simple Churches. The evidence is quite clear that when it comes to making strong and effective disciples for Christ, the home churches, or simple churches, are way ahead of the bigger churches.

This teaching is a must for anyone who desires to oversee or participate in a Simple Church, House Church, cell-group, or fellowship.

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