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Long time no update. ♥

I'm finally starting to get into the "meat" of my classes and internship and I'm basically exhausted what feels like all the time now. Working out? Yeah, no. I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks and I don't plan on it for a while. I am eating better at least - or trying to. Not always succeeding.

Monday mornings (at 8 AM ugh) I have Assessment class, which is basically about using different types of assessments with clients (like the Myers-Briggs, depression inventories, suicide ideation inventories, etc). The readings are boring as fuck because there's so much stats in them, but at least the professor tries to make it lively at 8 AM. She's great, and she used to be a school counselor so she relates things to US. Now the folks in the other tracks know how we feel in every other class.

After that is either group or individual supervision, depending on the week. That's going ok because I like my supervisor. This week I have to do a case presentation but it won't be that bad.

Monday afternoons I took a client in the clinic. For internship this semester, we need 120 direct hours, which means me working directly with students. The problem is that school counselors don't really DO that as much as they do everything else, which is paperwork, meetings, etc. Yet we're still expected to get all of those hours. I've been there a month and I have... like 13 direct hours so far. Yeah. That's why I took a client in the clinic at UNCG because that will give me 5 extra direct hours. Which is like nothing but at least I won't be fudging it like I may have to do at the end of the semester. Basically I'm going to rewrite my log and make sure that my hours add up to 120. My internship supervisor has already said that she has no problem with me doing that... and UNCG will never know. So yeah. I'll get my hours. Realizing that now, I never should have taken this client in the clinic because what's fudging 5 more hours? Now I have to prep for this girl, be there, do case notes on her, blah blah. And not only do I not want to be there, SHE freaking doesn't either!! She's like "oh yeah I'm just here for the extra credit." I'm like, well we need something to work on otherwise we're going to sit and stare at each other for five sessions. So she's like "I guess stress management." Ughhh. I can work on MY stress management by not having to deal with YOU every week. I'm really trying not to go into Monday's session irritated because if I do it will color the entire session and it will be bad all around. So I need to get a grip and just put a smile on for the hour - as much as I HATE doing that.

Tuesdays I go to my internship, which I really like. In general my supervisor is really nice. The rest of the department isn't bad either, though there's some kind of drama going on between them all.. idek, I try to stay out of it. The principal is... intimidating. He micromanages. I've been trying to get this Google docs form I created in order to send out an interest survey about which small groups we should offer at the school and the amount of red tape I'm hitting is so frustrating. I shouldn't be shocked, I know how schools are, but we just need to get this shit out already so we can make our group. Otherwise, working with the kids has been great so far. I have several that I see on a regular basis and have been working with a lot of them on college applications. I'm learning a lot about it myself. It's really solidified for me that this is what I want to do.

Wednesday I get to sleep in (aka until like 8) and then I have Substance Abuse class in the afternoon. That's... ok. I like the professor. All my classes are 3 hours long and usually after about 2 I'm mentally checked out. The practicum for this class includes giving something up. I picked naps. I've relapsed... a bunch of times already lol. It's really hard, especially on the weekends. I just lay down and them BOOM nap. We also need to go to 4 AA/Al-Anon etc meetings. I missed the first one because my friend and I were supposed to go last weekend but I woke up with this migraine and a huge headaches, then didn't have any other time to go. Other girls in the class suggested that we go to an open speaker meeting because that tends to have much more people and they don't expect you to participate. Dominiquie and I may try that next Sunday.

Thursday mornings I have Career Counseling class, which in theory should be helpful, and usually is, but the class is sooooooo boring. Maybe it's the professor (who seems very nice) or just that it's late in the week, idk. But ugh after about an hour in there I'm done. So many people are using G-chat and stuff during it (and chatting with people across the room, yes). I'm going to continue to sit towards the back so I can text Hope maybe... though she's at work during that time. After that I go eat lunch somewhere, then go to internship.

Friday I'm at internship all day again. And that's my week. It's busy and tiring. I'm even tired right now.. like I could probably go to bed right now but I really don't want to because my parents were here all day today and I just want to relax and play on the internet.

I only managed to watch 3 shows this week and haven't caught up on anything else yet. Really I only made an effort to watch two, then had to watch the third because my DVR literally could not tape everything I wanted to watch on Thursday lol.

I'll put these behind a cut just in case people are still concerned about spoilers.

You know, I love this show and I was really looking forward to this premiere... and it was great, but Kate is nearing Reid status for me lol. Seeing her in pain hurts me. I prefer the lighthearted episodes of this show, truly. Seeing Kate falter with her gun and be unsure of herself tore me apart. I just wanted to grab her through the screen. I totally knew that she had heard Castle tell her he loved her but wasn't going to cop to it. She's scared, I get it. Plus the show is not going to put them together any time soon, so I wasn't surprised. Hope was mega pissed at her though. And Alexis is going to be ballsy this season, I can tell. Also the new captain? I don't absolutely hate her as much as I expected to, but I don't like her either. She could go away. I certainly wouldn't mind. I'm glad we're back to the lighthearted eps next week though.

SHOOOW! The team is back. <3 And I thought this was a pretty good episode overall. REID WAS A TOTAL BADASS, THUS I WAS HAPPY. His line (which is begging to be made into a "Keep Calm" icon - coming soon) and his shooting Declan's mom in the end - EPIC. Although there's much ado about him supposedly giving Prentiss (and JJ) the cold shoulder in the next ep, though I didn't see it in this ep at all. Definitely saw it from Morgan though. The ep seemed so Morgan/Prentiss shippy to me and I was like, dnw. Reid/Prentiss, ok? There was a scene where they were looking at Doyle through the glass and Reid's phone goes off... I want to know what they said to each other BEFORE that (fanfic? lol). Supposedly Reid's dealing with issues with his mom next week. My hope is that this is the crux of the headache plot and they'll finally put it to bed. Also give the boy a girlfriend. Just do it, CM. But make her super cute.

Speaking of, I have so little of a life that I'm thinking of making a journal for a CM OC that's been floating around in my brain. I created her as a love interest for Reid (duh).. just hope she's not too much of a Mary Sue or anything. Plus what the heck would I even do with this girl?

Community was.. weird. Dark. And not that funny, tbh. Jeff went insane. The Abed side plot with "Doctor Who" was kind of amusing, especially with him watching like 20 seconds of it and then declaring that it was the best show ever, lololol. But yeah, do better, Community.

I still have on the DVR New Girl, X-Factor, Big Bang Theory and Prime Suspect (figured I'd give it a shot). Will I watch all of this by tomorrow? Probably not. So yeah, I'll be behind as usual. X-Factor may end up getting cut (by me) because I'm actually not too pumped about it.. it looks like America's Got Talent. o.O And I still have to finish Firefly and two seasons of Castle.. then I have Rizzoli & Isles and Parks and Rec on my list next. I'm wondering if I should just cancel Netflix, because I've had "Morning Glory" for like 2 weeks at least now and still haven't watched it, but there's so many movies coming out soon that I want to watch.

Still trying to figure out what's going on for Halloween this year, but I really want to be Kaylee Frye. I've already started collecting costume items, despite not having a party to go to yet. If I was talented at sewing I could do her "Shindig" dress, but as I'm not, I'm just doing her outfit from the first ep. I found a shirt that's not exact of course, but is Kaylee-ish at WalMart (the pink one). Coveralls are proving more difficult. WalMart only had separate pieces and I'm kind of hesitant to buy one online. I'm not sure whether I'm a small or medium. I'd think small, but I have boobs and these things are made for men, who do not have boobs lol. There's an Army/Navy store near campus so I'm going to check them out on Monday. Other than that, I need her parasol, which I think i'm going to try to paint myself (scary) and the Chinese jacket... which may be difficult. There are very few on ebay and they're a bit pricy. I really don't want to spend more than $20 on the jacket. I also need to get her bear patch, but there are a few sources for that, so I'm good for now. Lol I totally don't have time to be putting a costume together, yet I'm doing it anyway. XD

Hope you all are well! ♥

Date: 2011-09-25 02:28 am (UTC)
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You know that scene is on You Tube right?? :). Keep Calm.. and it's Doctor FTW !!

Date: 2011-09-25 02:30 am (UTC)
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IDK, I kind of liked Community. It looks like it's going to an interesting place this season. I absolutely loved the British comedy/2001/Doctor Who parodies. We'll see how the next few episodes pan out.

Date: 2011-09-25 01:18 pm (UTC)
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The "Doctor Who" bit was the best part of it, I thought. The rest was just kind of dark for me - group members kind of backstabbing each other over important shit. But that definitely could have been an isolated incident. Not giving up on this show yet because last season was EPIC. So many hilarious episodes. I need to get this show on DVD.
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Date: 2011-09-25 01:21 pm (UTC)
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It's tiring. And some people do all that PLUS a 20 hour a week GA. They're insane.

I was Meredith Grey one year!! Easy costume, just got blue scrubs and I photoshopped a piece of paper to go over my school ID. And I got some like, fake stethoscope and a face mask.

Date: 2011-09-25 04:17 am (UTC)
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Castle and Kate is going to be a big explosion once she finds out about that phone call.

Date: 2011-09-25 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah. And the fact that Castle is working the case without telling her. It's setting up for future drama.


Date: 2011-09-25 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2011-09-25 09:43 am (UTC)
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Your week sounds exhausting, but intriguing!

Date: 2011-09-25 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Ugh yes. And some people also do a 20 hour a week GA position, aka a job. They're nuts. They really get no sleep haha.. I could not do that.

Date: 2011-09-25 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I blame internship for my general exhaustion. If it was just 9 credits of class, that's be fine, but it's the 25 hours a week that's getting to me.

How many hours do you have to have by the end of the semester?

I found our career theory/counseling class to be a good class.

Is it December yet?

Date: 2011-09-25 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah I have 3 classes and then 20 hours a week.. glad it's not 25.

I have to have 300 total hours by the end semester, 120 of which need to be "direct" hours.

You know, I've learned a lot of useful stuff, it's just the CLASS for some reason, either the way she formats it or the fact that it's on Thursday, idk. I'm just zoning out in there.

Seriously I need it to be December now. Actually I need it to be May lol.

Date: 2011-09-25 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ours is 120 of the 300 too.

I'm doing 25, because of how my schedule works out for the week. I'll cut it down to 19.5 towards the end (eliminating probably Thursdays) once I know I'll make the hours. Monday I do 7.5, Tuesday is 6.5, and Wednesday and Thursday are 5.5 each. I'd love to do 3 days of 7-7.5 hours each, but my schedule doesn't work that way.

Are you graduating in May?

The only class that's killing me is Job Placement, and the fact that papers for Internship which are to be "as long as I need them to be" (for what I have to say), I write too much. I always do.

Date: 2011-09-25 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do approximately 8.25 on Mondays and Fridays and 3.5 on Thursdays. My hours are usually 8:15 to 4:30, but I stay later if I something's going on or I have a student I'm seeing, etc. I won't have any problem getting to 300, it's the 120 direct I'm worried about.

Yes! Thank the Lord!

We don't have to do a class like that, probably because we're not a rehab program.

Date: 2011-09-25 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm worried about the 120 myself, but case conferences and being in the evaluation counts to our 120, which makes me happy.

Congrats on Graudating :) It's Dec. 2012 for me.

Date: 2011-09-25 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"This is calm, and it's Doctor." I love that line.

I love watching Reid tear apart folks in positions of authority. His bitchface is without comparison.

Date: 2011-09-25 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Best. Ever.

Oh yeah, he'll drop some knowledge when he has to. His rant on the doctor in "Uncanny Valley" is another one of his best scenes ever.

Date: 2011-09-25 03:02 pm (UTC)
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That scene is amazing. Just, hnnngh.

"Implying? I'm not implying anything. I'm making an inference, an educated guess, from which I draw my hypothesis. In this case, my hypothesis is that, after you raped your daughter, you gave her toys, specifically a line of dolls, because that's what serial molestors do, they give gifts. And then you repeated the cycle with your other patients, and when they left your care, you kept their toys as trophies."

"You have nothing to back up your theories, Doctor."

"Ah, this is why I love my job, Doctor, because my lab? It's a jury of your peers. And my tests will be Jenny Larson, Abigail Moore, and Linda Krauss. The DA's going to put them on the stand, and I'm going to personally bring these dolls up and we're gonna watch how they react."

...It's terrible that I can pull this entire scene out of my head. I really and truly have no life.

Date: 2011-09-25 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love when he takes Strauss down a peg too.. ".. The problem is, I have an eidetic memory, and that's not what happened..."

Date: 2011-09-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
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"Do you believe it was Agent Kasmayer's fault that Agent Hotchner's family was compromised?"


"You answered that very quickly."

"When you're being tortured, there's no end in sight except giving them what they want."

"But Kasmayer didn't do that."

"He withstood everything Foyet had."

All delivered with nary a blink.

And, yeah, I pulled this one off the top of my skull, too.

Date: 2011-09-25 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gotta love that man.. and those HANDS!!.. but that's another topic ;).

Date: 2011-09-25 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm about to start my field work in my social work program and I'm nervous about it. At least I now know someone who's going through it and I feel a little more secure about it.

Community was strangely dark this week, with Abed's side plot of finding a replacement show to Cougar Town being the highlight (I especially appreciate the Doctor Who reference lol). But New Girl and TBBT are off to good starts this year. As for X Factor, I'm the same with that show as Idol, in which I don't really care until it gets down to about semifinals and then I pay attention. (I'm surprised I even watched season 8's auditions, but it introduced me to the homosexual love of my life, lol).

Date: 2011-09-25 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow already? Although I guess that makes sense, I had a practicum in an elementary school in my first semester. Do you want to be a school social worker or do you not know yet?

Yeah I wasn't huge on Community either. That's an idea re: X-Factor... because I totally don't have time right now and I don't really care about bad auditions. I didn't watch the auditions last year for Idol and it was much better that way. They tend to be such a waste of time.

Date: 2011-09-25 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I hope to go into non-profit for education, but I maybe want to do some social work in schools as well. I'll have to see about that.

Yeah, I don't care about good/bad auditions - it all doesn't matter when it comes to the performance rounds as far as I'm concerned.

Date: 2011-09-26 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Will the clinic person/experience be helpful in other ways? Like in job placement or something? I'm just wondering if you can get something additional out of it, as you've signed on. You are so busy, just reading about it makes me tired! ;) At least it sounds like you've worked in a pace you think you can handle?

And, I am so on board with Reid badassery - I AM ALSO happy! I can't wait for this season to keep going! :D

Date: 2011-09-27 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good Luck at everything!

Date: 2011-09-27 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I actually watched the Castle premier and last nights episode and I really liked them both.

CM was OMG I loved it and that scene was badass. I also like his new haircut and his little sweater vest was awesome! I really love this show :)

and yay for Kaylee Frye for Halloween! That sounds cool


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