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Why yes, I am still here...

So, I really am still here. I just haven’t had an original post in…well, I would have to look it up. I have tried to keep up with all of you and comment and say hi, whether we are old or new friends.

As both a way of introduction to my new friends, and an update for old, here is my life right now, which has been kicking me in the pants lately:


For those who don’t know, I am a director of a residential program for people with developmental disabilities. It is not an understatement to say I have been insanely busy since the beginning of March. I had to attend a week long class that now allows me to teach and certify my staff in something they are required to have (crisis intervention). But of course, there was still a ton of stuff I had to do in the evening for my regular work load after class was over. We are also currently attempting to move 70% of our residents in to new locations within the next month while at the same time add the same amount of new residents. So my work load has more than doubled. I have been searching for homes, getting permits, furniture, meeting with the new residents, their families, their case workers etc and, trying to hire and train the new staff. Basically think of all the things you have to do when you move, and multiple it by the number of people I am moving and/or moving-in, and then multiple it by the fact that I am hiring and training staff, too.

Oh, and of course, don’t forget that we have to keep the normal day to day stuff going in the mean time, too. That means making sure there are groceries in the homes we do have, dealing with staff who can’t seem to stay certified in state required courses, putting on my plumber's hat and using an auger to unclog toilets (yes that is a skill I have).

As part of this, we have to deal with the state government, as we do all of the time, as well as local governments. It seems like every time we turn around they are changing the rules or, at least their story. “Now you have to do it this way” or “We didn’t get that”. It is two steps forward, three steps back, hurry up and wait, unless of course they need something and then of course they need it now. I have been in this field for over twenty years so I am used to dealing with government bureaucracy, but this has been a very frustrating process, more so than usual.

I just want things to slow down.

The good news is, apparently I have been at my company long enough that my vacation time had increased last year and I didn’t realize it. I thought I only got two weeks of vacation but apparently it went up to three years on my anniversary date last year. We are allowed to bank up to twice the amount of vacation time we earn each year, so where I thought I had three weeks in the banks, I really had four. The problem is, I am getting three more weeks next Tuesday on my employment anniversary, which would take me above the maximum we are allowed to save. However, my company also allows us to sell some time back to them. So I am selling them two weeks back to them in exchange for two weeks extra pay and between that and my tax return I might just actually go somewhere for vacation this year, and maybe Chi Con as well.

Of course it will all have to wait until all of the residents move. And my assistant manager gets back from her honeymoon…




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Apr. 12th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
As part of this, we have to deal with the state government, as we do all of the time, as well as local governments. It seems like every time we turn around they are changing the rules or, at least their story

Ahhh man, I so know where you're coming from. I worked at a residential children's home once and we spent 90% of our time jumping through the state and local counties' hoops. It would have been funny if it weren't so screwed up. Not to mention the energy this sucked from actually serving the clients :(

*hugs* I feel your pain and I hope it gets better soon.
Apr. 12th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
The two hardest part of my job are jumping through the government hoops, and dealing with the employees.

For every two or three amazing employee who give their best to the clients, it only takes one or two government worker over-focused on regulations (the letter of the law not the spirit) or one employee whose bad attitude or poor performance brings down morale to suck your time and energy away from the clients.
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was in IT and never worked directly with clients, but by the virtue of trying to help them setup electronic Medicaid billing, I saw enuf government beuracracy(sp?)to last a lifetime. Sadly it was a very disenchanting experience for me. I went in thinking I was making a difference by using my IT skills to help a nonprofit. But it was all so frustrating and depressing. An experience not helped by the fact that I was asked to type up the psych notes since I could type fast. Personally not tough enough for the horror stories I had to transcribe. Not sure how you continue to do it. Seriously, God bless you. It takes a special type of person to hang in that business for the long haul. I made it 5 yrs and it sucked out my soul. Please take care of yourself.
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC)
Please take care of yourself.

Thanks. I will do my best.
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Apr. 12th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
*waves back*

the dip shits that run my company are bigots who don't think people with mental health issues can work full time jobs

It amazes me that there are so many people out there that still have issues with people with disabilities. Part of what we have been dealing with is issues with the new neighbors in one of the neighborhoods that we are moving into. They don't want PWD living in their neighborhood and some of the things I have heard....well, it has been tough.

Hope you are continuing to heal!
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Wishing you lots of extra energy and smooth regulations. I've been missing your posts.

Apr. 12th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. I would like to do more than collapse in front of the TV when I get home myself.
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
I am tangentally in a similar field, and know exactly what you mean about one poor employee sucking the energy from all the ones that go above and beyond!
Apr. 12th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Exactly! And I would much rather spend my time and energy on the clients and the good employees!
Apr. 12th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I tip my hat to u.....hang in and enjoy the rest WHEN it happens..xoxooxoxoxo
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Right now I am just enjoying dreaming of all the places I could be going....
Apr. 12th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)

Wow, things really sound insanely busy for you. Hope it all calms down soon! I'm busy too - moved back in with my parents, changing my address and etc., having to look up a mediator for what will likely be divorce... I know how it is when you just want things to slow down!

Nice about the increase in vacation. I'd love to go to another con but as things stand I really can't afford it. I hope you get to go!
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
I hope things go well for you, too. I have never been married, but my sister has been divorced so I know it isn't easy.

I have never been to a con, so I am hoping to make to at least one!
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's going to be tough, but with the support of my friends and family I know I'll get through it.

They're a lot of fun! They can be a little crazy, there's so much to do, but it's great meeting the guests and hanging out with fellow fans. :)
Apr. 12th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I love that icon!
Apr. 12th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I got it from firefly_827347
Apr. 14th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Your job sounds like it takes up a lot of your time.
I think it's nice that you're helping people. I don't think that I would be able to do that kind of job. My aunt does a similar job to you though.
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