In which Rachel Quits her Job

Favorite picture of the week

So this week I lost one of my employees. This particular employee is a very difficult person to work with, so in that way it was a relief. But it also meant that I would have to work every single weekend covering shifts from 2 missing employees instead of every other weekend covering the shifts of only one. Having just finished an incredibly busy week of EMT class and MnCOSA training while working full time, I realized that there’s no way I’d pass my EMT class if I start working every weekend. It’s just too much. So I quit. I actually quit my job. Well, in truth, I moved down to part time – so I’m helping out every other weekend and on Wednesdays until my boss can find someone to replace me and/or the missing employees. It was a hard choice to make, and a hard phone call to make as I hated dumping so much stress on my poor boss. But it was what I needed to do. 

As I said above, the EMT class started this week. It was nothing new since I’d already finished about 3 weeks of the class before asking to transfer to this semester. But I’ve now been CPR certified twice in 4 months. I feel a lot more confident this time around since I won’t have another class and a full time job to distract me. 

Do you remember me telling you about how I was going to volunteer for COLUMNS, which is a program through the MN Department of Corrections to help a paroled life-termer reintegrate safely into society? Well, instead I ended up in the MnCOSA program, which works with sex offenders reintegrate safely into society. Remember, this isn’t just about the safety and happiness of the sex offender (though that’s partly what it’s about to me), but it is also about helping the sex offender not offend again – it’s for those people out there who could potentially be hurt. That’s what Restorative Justice is all about. My training, which started on Tuesday, will last 2 more weeks…so I’m going to be very busy until then with my EMT class twice a week and training twice a week and full-time job (for two more weeks). The training so far has been pretty interesting – learning about the justice system, about sexual deviancy, and talking to a rape survivor who writes and speaks nationally about his experiences and restorative justice. If you’re interested, his name is Grant Watkins, and his book is called Unpinned. I’m reading it now. 


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September 2015 Update

Favorite picture of the month
my brand new niece Leilani

This has been an incredibly busy month for me. I started my second class of the semester (now I’m taking Abnormal Psychology and an EMT certification class). These, together with my full time job in a nursing home and my volunteer work at a crisis hotline, keep me feeling pretty darned overwhelmed. 

My EMT class is a lot of information. As of yet, I’m not keeping up  with the reading in the 2000 page text at all, but I’m bumbling along in the class regardless. I am now CPR/AED certified for infants/children/adults. That’s a nice feeling. I think everyone should know how to save a life in this way. 

In Abnormal Psychology I have taken my first test and got a fantastic score. I give my blogging complete credit for that score. Writing blog posts about my psychology class is the best studying I’ve ever done in my life. If only I could do the same thing with my EMT text without boring you all silly. This month’s Abnormal Psychology posts are:

My most popular blog post this month was: The Definition of Abnormal

I am currently reading or listening to:

I’m hoping to finish this one in time for Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe
Thought this spooky book would be a good one for October

This month I finished reading or listening to: 

This was my RL book club’s choice for September
I read this with Doing Dewey‘s nonfiction book club
Read this to supplement my posts about warehousing the mentally ill in prisons
I think I’m going to a conference on addiction in a couple weeks. Thought this would be a nice supplement.

Next month’s blogging activities include:

Aarti’s A More Diverse Universe at BookLust
The Halloween Reading Challenge at Reading Every Season
R.I.P. X hosted this year by The Estella Society
Picture used by permission by creator Abigail Larson

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