Yeah, I know. I promise to try harder with post titles in the future.* This entry is a "what's up with me" installment for those who are interested.
On Friday, I took a day trip to Columbus to meet my newest and littlest friend, Alasdair. Little dude had a rough first few weeks in the world, and I was thrilled to get the chance to introduce myself and see that he's healthy and as happy as a newborn can be. Alasdair belongs to Sonya, a dear friend I wrote about in September. I've loved Sonya for more than half of my life. Thinking about her son as an extension of that love is strange and incredible. To borrow a perfect phrase from one I admire: Alasdair is pure floating light.
Obviously, little dude's entrance was not only rough on him. His parents really went through it those first few weeks. I was so glad to catch up with both Sonya and her husband (hi Sean!), and I appreciated their frank comments on how challenging parenting has been. I've definitely come around about babies. Someday, if it's right, I'd like to have a child. I think I would enjoy parenting, and that I would try really hard.
Here is little Alasdair. What a stud, right?
I spent all of yesterday and today in a licensure prep course at school. The course was taught by a super accomplished clinician, researcher, and social work administrator. I feel that it was ultimately helpful and a good use of my weekend. What a relief! Also, I appreciated the instructor's enthusiastic storytelling, Long Island accent, and her spontaneous song break-- a decent rendition of Silent Night during a discussion about delirium vs. dementia.
Throughout the day, the instructor asked us to approach her and ask for a handmade bear charm (apparently bears are healers). When it was my turn to receive a charm, she told me that I can see into the hearts of others and that it may sometimes scare them. Another student behind me, who can also see into hearts, summed it up best when she said: "I could use a totem." Something you may not know about me: I'm all about a totem. You have a good luck charm? I'll take one. I mean, why not?
Here's my bear. The bead above it is called a shaman bead, (I think) because shamans are teachers.
I'm planning to take the clinical exam in the next couple of months. I'll let you know what happens.
On a break from the seminar at some point this weekend, I learned that my friend Sarah used to work as a dental hygienist (you know, filling cavities and making false teeth) when she lived in Colorado. Now, Sarah's a badass with a business degree and (almost) an MSW, but she had no education or experience related to dental hygiene (besides brushing) before taking that job. WHAT'S UP, COLORADO!?! I just felt like you guys should know that this is happening.
The final update is about our mighty (and mighty old) cat, Mo. We recently learned Mo has kidney disease, so we've changed his diet to help manage his (pretty gross) symptoms. Mo has been on my mind a lot lately. I want to be a person who can make a tough call when needed, if and when his quality of life is in question. I think I am that person, but it's a bummer to think about being without him, especially because I think our other cat will miss him terribly and struggle to adjust. How can you explain to an animal that their friend is gone? That one's kind of a bummer-- sorry guys.
Overall, I'm just chugging along. I'm taking a trip in March that I'm pretty excited about (there will most certainly be pictures), and weekly operations are focused on wrapping up this graduate school chapter of my life and making a plan for what's next. I know that I'm getting older because, more and more, I think to myself, "Where has the time gone?"
Until we meet again.