Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I’ve decided to take up photography. I’ve always had an interest in photography, but never had the money to get a nice camera, or the time to put into such a hobby. In an effort to get myself out of the house some (and away from issues described in previous posts), I purchased a Nikon D60 DSLR. Kind of expensive, but every picture I take is great!! A friend taught me some things about the camera and I’ve been playing since. I am learning about taking photos, but I think it would be hard to mess up with that camera! I’ve posted some of my pics, tell me what you think. This handsome man is my son, isn't he a cutie??
I am also trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up (at 43, the question is, will I ever grow up?). I really enjoy what I do, I work with kids who have problems – mental illness, family problems, poverty, etc. The problem is, while it is a very rewarding job, you don’t make enough to live on. I read an article the other day that said if someone was thinking of majoring in psychology they should have their head examined! Fine time to find that out, after the master’s degree! The conflict is that I really do enjoy being a therapist, but I’m not licensed and don’t really want to go into private practice and now that it’s just my salary, I’m always looking for more money. I’ve considered pharmaceutical sales, but it’s really difficult to get into those positions. I’ve also considered going back for a Ph.D. and doing therapy online, but I’m not sure there would be enough clients to make a living, besides the fact that to get a Ph.D. the colleges want you to attend full-time and they pay you a stipend (not enough to live on from what I can tell) or it costs a fortune to do it online. Oh, well, I’m open to suggestions!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Ok, I’m still alive and getting stronger every day. Mostly now I’m dealing with anger, but that also leads to wondering why. Strange, because I know why.
Anyway. . . I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Alone. For some, that may not be a big deal, but this was my first ever alone vacation. I really enjoyed spending time on the beach and not worrying – “he doesn’t like the beach, I know he isn’t enjoying this, cannot spend too much time on the beach because he hates it.”
I arrived at the Cabana Shores in Myrtle Beach late Wednesday night and the first room had a leak, so had to change. The clerk was nice about it, but he was also ready to close the lobby. The second room was exactly like the first, had a fridge, coffee maker & balcony. No clock, which surprised me. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a hotel room without a clock. On Friday, a repair man showed up at my room saying he was told I had a leak and he was there to fix it. I told him it was the other room, but he found a leak in this room too! Anyway, I got the code for the internet (cannot go long without internet fix!) and, of course, that didn’t work. I did remember to bring my Verizon wireless broadband thing, so, it worked. Have you noticed that Verizon seems to work everywhere? Also, I had 3G signal on the AT&T cell. That was only the 2nd time I’ve seen that.
The first morning I got up, went to the beach, the pool and the mall. I ate at the mall as I haven’t yet been brave enough to go to a restaurant on my own. The second day, I was worried about the critters and wondering what I would do today. I spent most of the day at the beach reading and taking pictures. It was fun, but I’m hoping it will get easier and more comfortable each time I go somewhere. Saturday, I left Myrtle Beach and went to see my son in Santee. After hanging out for a while, I came home. The trip was very relaxing and hopefully, I’ll be more comfortable with being on each trip. Of course, the next trip will have to wait quite a while until I save up enough money again, LOL!