F-F Friday

18 04 2008



 My contribution to F-F Friday. These were taken about two years ago in Catalina Island, CA. It was so beautiful there even though there was not much in bloom.



What Did You Do At Work Today?

17 04 2008

 My day started by driving around in circles trying to find pahking. I was unsuccessful so I drove to the local office (not my office) and asked one of the girls there to give me a ride to the court house. She was happy to help and she told me to call her when I was done. I said I would except my cell phone was in the cah because you can’t bring your phone into the court house..

 I sat in court for two hours only to find out my clients case would be continued. Again. Ugh. I hoofed it about a mile back to the office and tried to order a sandwich from the deli. They were closed for the next 1/2 hour. I then went back to the office and had a chat with one of the outreach guys. We talked baseball. He is from Porto Rico and has a thick accent. I like talking to him. “What da fook hapen to da Red Soox last night!” He said. Funny.

 Anyway, DPH was there and it turns out, when they are there we get free lunch. Your tax dollars at work. Thanks for the BLT.

 After that, I went to see a client in her home town. She lives in a great coastal town that before this year, I had never been to. We had planned to go for a walk the week before and since the weather was nice, we were able to keep our plan. Walking is very therapeutic. I am walking with my clients as much as possible or at least outside with them. It’s a much more comfortable environment for them then in some office.


 This was one of the views we had on our walk today. As we we were walking, she was talking about some of the things the tourists do. I told her I would only take one picture so she wouldn’t feel embarrassed hanging with a tourist.

 We probably walked 3 miles today. Add in my mile from court and that equals a pretty decent workout. And I got paid for it. Another reason why I love my job.


Tips For Visiting

16 04 2008

 I thought of a couple of more things that seem to be exclusive to Massachusetts;

“In like Flynn.”

 This is in reference to former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. I think, because the way it was used, that it means it’s a sure thing. For example, “Dude, did you get the tickets to the sox game?” “We’re in like Flynn!” I said. Maybe someone who has a few more years on me can confirm if this is the correct usage.. Stop the press!I just googled the phrase and I am WRONG. Go here. Another thing my parents lied about.. So, do you non mass people say it??

 I still say this and people sometimes look at me funny. As luck would have it, a client just called me with a question about excise tax. I had no idea how to answer  her question so I referred her to someone else. For shits and giggles I asked her if she had ever heard or used the expression “In like Flynn”. She had and gave an example; “If you say to your friend that you are going for a job interview and you nervous about it and your friend says ‘Don’t worry about it, you’re in like Flynn!'” I asked her if she knew it’s origins. She had no idea and had no idea who Ray Flynn is. Funny. Stop the press again! I told her the wrong answer. Ugh.

“Good luck too you  and the Red Sox!”

 This was said with almost a religious over tone. Kind of like when some one says “God bless you!” and you didn’t sneeze. We are pretty passionate about our baseball in these parts.  It means that what you are about to do is nearly imposable. Just like the Sox winning the World Series before 2004. I don’t say this as much anymore.

 Do you non New Englanders know what a jug handle is?

 Don’t call it the Mass Pike. It’s just The Pike.

 The things you put on your ice cream are Jimmies, not sprinkles.

Do not say “Pahk the cah in Havhad yahd.” We don’t think that is funny. It’s even less funny if you ask us to say it. Also, it’s a sure way to announce you are from out of town. You will leave us with no choice but to give you the wrong directions.

 Can anyone add too my list?

 Because I know you have come to expect it, here is another picture of your beloved Mike Lowel. This may be from the day he hurt his thumb..

 Sorry it is so small…

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Ten Things Tuesday

15 04 2008

Today’s ten things are things people have said to me that made me laugh out loud. The first three are from a client. She is fargin hysterical and she makes me laugh every single time I see her. We have a standing Friday appointment. Last week she told me meeting with me is a great way to end her week. The same is true for me. It’s important to remember that I work with young people who have just gotten out of jail and have addiction issues! Here goes;

1. I asked her if she would be willing to participate in the upcoming team building event I was planning. “I was thinking we would go camping and do some rock climbing. Are you interested?” I asked. “Yes!” She said, with a ton of excitement while clapping her hands. “Can we drink?” I busted out laughing and managed to get out “Uh, no! Hello!”

2. She was having some trouble finding a therapist she felt comfortable with. She has been through several in the last couple of years. I referred her to a new place to try. While sitting in the kitchen with her and her mom, I asked her how she liked the new therapist. She said that so far, she seemed ok. At that, her mom said “Tell Auntie what you wore to Therapy yesterday.” “Oh,” she said with a laugh. “A tee shirt that says ‘Compulsive Fuck Up.'” I burst out laughing. Mom was mortified. I tried to explain that it really wasn’t funny, but in a way it was. Totally unprofessional, but damn, that shit is funny!

3. Last week we somehow got in the conversation of fashion. I was telling her that I choose clothes that are comfortable. My wardrobe consists of soft, loose pants and shirts. “I’m calling What Not To Wear on you!” She said.

4. When Bean was maybe four, we we talking about how everyone seems to think that she looked just like me when I was her age. I said ” You know what that means don’t you?” “What?” she said. “It means you are going to look just like this (I was pointing at myself) when you grow up. What do you think about that?” Her reply; “Not. Good.”

5. Auntie teacher and I were driving down the road talking about our grocery list. She said “Let’s get the ground coffee this week.” “Why? The whole bean tastes much better!” I said “There is more coffee in the pre-grounded bag.” She said. In a very calm voice I said “They measure it by weight.” “No!” she said, “They can fit more ground beans in the bag!” “Auntie Teacher, it’s a pound of coffee whether it is ground or whole bean.” “No!!” She said. “There is MORE coffee in the ground bag!” She wasn’t giving up on this one and I couldn’t believe I was having this conversation with someone who is so smart. “Auntie Teacher! A pound is a pound! A pound of coffee and a pound of shit weigh the same!!” At that, she got it.

6. I put my kayak in the basement a couple of months ago. The next day the room mate comes up to me and says “I got home last night and Ma told me she was worried about your kayak in the basement. She told me that if the basement floods again, she wouldn’t be able to pay for any damages to it. I said “Ma! it’s a boat! It will float!'” You have to understand that Ma is very smart. She just had a momentary brain cramp.

7. When I worked in residential with the teenagers, we had a room that was called the de-escalation room. It was a very small room that was usually completely empty. We put kids in there who were on the verge of having a major melt down. Sometimes they would go on their own, sometimes we had to escort them. This one kid started escalating because I had asked her to redo her chore. She was pissed, and started winding up. I asked her to go to the room. She did and me and another staff were standing outside the door waiting for her to calm down. She was yelling and screaming. After a bit she said she wanted to call her mom. “Not while you are acting like this!” I said in a not nice tone. I had a really good relationship with this kid and I knew that if she didn’t get all her feelings out at once, she would have a tough day. Sometimes you gotta provoke them. You always have to follow up with them. It’s not about being an ass, it’s about helping them move through their shit. Anyway, this REALLY set the kid off. “You’re a CUNT! CUNT, CUNT,CUNT!” She began yelling. No big deal. I have been called worse. Then she started spelling, “You’re a CUNT! C-U-N-T!” Me and the other staff started laughing hysterically. This wound the kid up even more! She spent the next five minuets screaming. When she finally calmed down a bit, we asked her if she was ready to talk. She was still pretty hot but said she was. I invited her into the dining room but reminded her that if she escalated and became physically violent, then we would have no choice but to put hands on. She was cool with that and began talking about her feelings. She was yelling but it was no big deal. She was talking about how she was upset with her mom, blah, blah, blah, and then ” when you laughed at me, that really hurt my feelings!” “Oh honey!” I said. “We were not laughing at you! I have been called a lot of things over the years so it was no big deal that you were calling me a cunt. However, no one has ever spelled it out! That was very creative!” I said with a laugh. The other staff started laughing too and then the kid was laughing. She had a great day after that.

8. Overheard at a Dunkin Donuts filled with very elderly people; “How’s your brother? Is he dead yet?”

9. Again, at the residential. I was giving a kid her meds. I she was standing on the opposite side of the Dutch door and started mouthing off to me. She took her meds, at which point I said “Thank you. Now go sit in time out.” As she walked away she said ” I hate stupid dykes!” She was trying to piss me off. I replied, while leaning over the door, “ME, TOO!” She laughed and later apologized too me.

10. I have a friend I call Joey because she is just like Joey from the show Friends. “When was the baby consumed?” she asked of a friend who was pregnant. “You mean CONCEIVED!” I said. She said shit like that all the time.


14 04 2008

 I would like you to take note of a couple of things from the above picture. 1. It is 8:28 am. 2. See the outside temp? Still pretty cold, huh? 3. See my heat display? My feet get cold so I always have it set to “feet”. Also, there was a decent frost on the windshield this morning. The fan speed was set at two for more than 1/2 of my 1/2 hour ride in to the office.

 It warmed up rather nicely today. There was a wind so it was a bit chilly but not too bad. Again, this morning there was a chill. Definitely NOT warm enough for this!

 This dude didn’t even have his windows up! Usually, convertible owners keep the windows up with the heat set too it’s a fucking sauna in here high. Really dude? At 8:30 in the morning with a temp of 43?

 He looks like a tough guy, huh? What you can’t see in the picture is that his ears are bright red! I bet he had a conversation with his wife before he left the house today;

“Honey, I’m rolling the convertible out today! It’s going to be a nice day!”

 “ I don’t think it’s going to be that nice, dear.” 

“Don’t be silly! We are New Englanders! Anything above 25 is a nice day!”

You are not planning on putting the top down on your ride in? Are you!”

“Sure I am!”

“You will freeze you ass off! It’s too cold!”

“I’ll be fine!”

 With that, he had NO CHOICE WHATSOEVER but to put the top down as well as the windows to preserve his manhood.

BTW, I was stopped at a red light when I took the above pictures.

Other Boo-Boo’s

13 04 2008

 I was supposed to go to the room mates dance competition tonight. She did this AWESOME piece, she calls it the “Box Piece” that I saw once already. I loved it, and was looking forward to seeing again. In fact, it about moved me to tears when I saw it. I had to wait a couple of days before I could even talk to her about it without crying. Truly amazing.

 Unfortunatly, she sent me a text saying her dancers ankle was “trash” and she was pulling the piece. I was bummed.

 I had some free time so I thought I would find you Mike fans a picture. He strained a ligament in the game the other night so he is on the 15 day disabled list. So sad! Below is a picture of Mike and his bad thumb. He is still smiling though so that’s cool. Feel better pal! And you too young dancer lady!!

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Sowing the Seeds With Love

13 04 2008

  I love caprece. It’s best with cherry tomatoes which are my favorite. Over the winter I told the room mate I was going too grow tomatoes and basil. I asked her if we could get a cow so all of my caprece would be super fresh and raised by me. She said we could. I think she was joking though.

I planted some cherry tomatoes and basil yesterday. I put them in the mini greenhouse thing you can buy. They are in the window above the sink. They get a lot of sun there. I got the package of seeds for both so I can do the whole thing myself.

 I want to know a couple of things. First, why are there so many seeds in a package? If I planted that many seeds I would have enough basil and tomatoes for the whole town! Second, how many should you plant? I know from experience that one cherry tomato plant will yield about 50 million tomatoes. A few summers back I planted two. I was so sick of cherry tomatoes by the end of the season. Anyway, I planted four of each. I figured at least one would make it. If they all make it, does anyone want a cherry tomato and or a basil plant?

 Like a dork, I checked in on them today to see if anybody popped up yet. I know this is not possible. It’s really got me itching to garden though. I want to start flowers. Auntie Teacher tells me every year I should wait until mothers day. She’s right. The chance of frost is still very likely around here.