xtremeroswellia: (Guineazilla!!)
So today I was telling my co-workers that the lady at the local family owned pet shop offered to let me have as many of their gerbils as I wanted for a penny a piece.

My co-worker Patty got this horrified look on her face and stared at me. "Aren't those the ones you're not supposed to feed after dark?"

I stared at her for a minute because seriously? I thought she was joking. She totally wasn't. So I looked at my other co-worker, who looked as dumbfounded as I felt and then I looked back at Patty, trying unsuccessfully NOT to laugh and told her, "No...you're thinking of gremlins."

"Oh. They're not the same thing?"

Me: "Patty? Gremlins aren't real. They were from a movie."

At which point other co-worker and I started cracking up, and Patty joined us.
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
I woke up at 3:30 this morning and had to go to the bathroom. So I open the door and step inside, only to discover there is about an inch and a half of standing water. Pretty much got hit with a surge of adrenaline, flipped on the light...and discover that one of our water pipes has cracked and is spraying water everywhere.

*headdesk*

I moved furniture and boxed things up for four hours before coming into work. I am so tired I feel like I'm going to drop.

And there is a screaming child down the hall, and that is not helping my nerves any.

Oh yeah. And since we had to tear down my computer to move my desk, I won't be online at home for awhile. Who knows how long.
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
Because I don't support the aerial hunting of wolves, but I'm pro-choice.

*Snort*

Okay. Let me explain this.

I WORK in the social service field. Every day I see women with kids they can't take care of, kids who are neglected and abused horribly, kids who are homeless and living on the streets. Their parents make terrible choices and who gets screwed? The children.

Do you know how many kids are in the system? Probably not. Most people don't see it. They A) don't care because they don't see it B) they see it, but don't want to be bothered, or C) they care, but don't have time to do anything about it.

So instead they bitch and moan and cry about all the unborn six week old fetuses and how they all have a right to live. I wish the world was that black and white. I really, really do.

The fact is, a lot of people only care that these kids are born and then after that, well, that's not really their problem. After all THEY didn't choose to get knocked up while poor, and be on drugs or be beaten by their husband or raped by their father or neighbor.

Then the same people who cry about the unborn babies want to cut all the funding to programs that HELP children after they're you know, BORN. Like WIC and food stamps and public aid. Because the people who are on these programs are all lazy and don't want to work right? Except, guess who really suffers?

That's right. Again. The children.

Oh well. As long as they're born in the first place, that's ALL that matters!

Now, this isn't intended for everyone. I know there are a lot of pro-life people who actually DO things to help kids that aren't theirs. But a lot of people just want to bitch and complain and have their way and take the high moral ground without DOING anything to actually HELP the situation.

But that's okay. I'll still be here doing MY life's work, making a difference and TRYING to help make the world a better place for the kids who are already here. I'll be here to put out the fires and roll back the floods and clean up the messes irresponsible people make that no one else wants to help out with as they sit and moan about how truly awful THEIR lives are.
xtremeroswellia: (I See Shitheads)
Oh, if only I had the power to decide who lived and died.

\O/

Jul. 18th, 2008 10:02 pm
xtremeroswellia: (Jericho: Like Heroes Only Better)
I am officially ON VACATION PEOPLE.

Vacation.

I have not had an actual week's vacation from Dove since...well, ever!

But don't worry. I have plenty to keep me busy. I'm starting on Chris...uh, holiday presents. *hides from [livejournal.com profile] katelennon.* And I have reading to do, and Lea's going to come over and bring the kidlets to swim, and then Thursday I'm going to visit [livejournal.com profile] tim_80 which I'm really excited about, and THEN, Friday, I will be in the theaters seeing I Want to Believe.

Yeah.

Jul. 10th, 2008 09:35 pm
xtremeroswellia: (DV: He Married Her)
The cuts announced by Blagojevich include elimination or reductions totaling $100 million for education-related items, $210 million for social services and $600 million for health care. Among items on the chopping block are services to AIDS patients, sexual assault victims and homeless youth, as well as cuts to public transportation, community colleges, public parks and environmental programs.

Governor Blagojevich has cut 1.5 billion dollars to the state budget--affecting social service programs, healthcare, and homeless kids. Of course, I'm sure none of these cuts will impact Chicago at all. /bitter

I don't know yet how this will affect Dove or Growing Strong. And the Illinois House has a chance to somehow overturn or protest the cuts next week. I don't know how it all works. When it comes down to it, I'm politically stupid, really.

But this isn't about jobs being cut, though that will certainly happen. People in social services aren't in it for the money (trust me on that--I don't even make 25,000 a year--the first three years I worked in social services-part time mind you--I didn't even make HALF that). It's about helping people and changing lives. At least that's what it SHOULD be about.

Trust me when I say we'd also love to put ourselves out of business--that we have managed to eradicate domestic violence and sexual assault. But we haven't. In the years since I've been at Dove, the number of victims we've served has only increased, not decreased. Regardless what you hear on the news, percentages are NOT going down. Not by a long shot.

But we may very well be put out of business because of a political cluster-fuck. Congrats, politicians. Bang up job you've done here.

Just remember that when your kid commits suicide because she was raped and beaten by her boyfriend and had no one to turn to for help--you did this. I hope you're proud.
xtremeroswellia: (Chloe: Humiliated)
I am currently feeling tense and anxious about this whole Illinois budget disaster and how it will possibly screw over my agency avoiding thinking about anything that I don't really have control over. I am sensing my Chlark muse stirring to awakening (because I have spent the last three days watching a bunch of Smallville episodes). I don't even know if I could still *write* Chlark. I've been writing Chlean/Chlam so long now.

Anyone want to toss out some little Chlark or Kaloe ficlet ideas to see if my muse will bite? I'd really like to finish Servatis a Maleficum.

Help.
xtremeroswellia: (DV: He Married Her)
Our state governor, Rod Blagojevich, is playing a really dangerous game with the state politics right now. And people are saying he can't make those cuts, but I'm here to say YES. Yes, he absolutely can and there is no doubt in my mind he'll do it. Why? Well, he did just that last year with the Cease Fire program.

I'm not going to pretend I understand the politics behind it all, but it seems to be to be over petty bullshit because he's power-hungry. And this isn't a good thing for anyone. If these cuts happen, our domestic violence program will lose $300,000 of its funding. One of our sister agencies Growing Strong will lose 90% of their funding, as will ALL sexual assault crisis centers in the state.

You know that that means? Growing Strong will shut down. Most of the sexual assault centers, if not ALL of them, will shut down. Because collectively for the 33 centers in Illinois, there will be a grand spanking total of $600,000 left in the budget. Which, if you do the math, equals less than $20,000 per program. That is not even enough to keep ONE person on staff.

I don't know how much it will effect our DV program if it happens. I'm picturing several staff members being cut and we're already strained and under-staffed now, frankly. I am trying my best NOT to panic, but inside my stomach is doing flips and going "Holy shit this is bad."

I forsee little sleep being had the next few days.
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
This is to [livejournal.com profile] amizada for the large box of books she shipped to our DV shelter! What a great selection! The books included the Lord of the Rings triology, a couple by Dean Koontz, Tammy Hoag, Nora Roberts and Stephen King.

You are made of awesome girl!! ♥♥ Thanks so much!! :D
xtremeroswellia: (Um)
My dream started off with Bosco (my deceased guinea pig). I had somehow found a way to bring him back to life. But it only lasted for like an hour. But I'd captured it on video tape and had taken it in to show my coworkers Nabila and Vivian.

As I was contemplating how to bring him back permanently, I sat down to watch a new episode of Third Watch (which was cancelled ages ago, so weird...) and it was a normal start to an episode and all of a sudden Kim turned around and there was this huge wave of water crashing into the city and the Statue of Liberty was floating down the street.

At which point there was an interruption from the news saying that New York had been wiped out entirely by a flood and that the flood was spreading from there all across the country.

So everyone was packing their stuff and hopping into cars and driving as far West as they could. I was trying to figure out how to get all the stuff I would need into a small car with my parents. I packed up all kinds of stuff for my piggies, every CD I owned, and a few clothes. *scratches head* I drove to Lea's house as she was packing her stuff and hugged her and told her goodbye and I loved her and I hoped she'd make it to safety because she was heading somewhere different from me. I knew I was never going to see her again.

So then somehow I was to safety and was watching the news coverage and such of everyone else trying to make it to safety and it flashed on a couple people who'd gone to Alaska and they were walking across all the ice and snow and the ice got very thin and they were afraid they were going to fall through so they laid down on their stomachs and the girl was peering down through the ice and a huge polar bear swam right toward her and crashed through the ice. O.o And then it said, "To find out what happened, go see the movie."

WTF?

I have the weirdest dreams ever.
xtremeroswellia: (Bonnie: This Pain)
One of the people who spoke at the child abuse conference today was a man named John Fischer. He is a convicted pedophile, and has been on parole for the last 18 years. In the course of his life, he admitted to abusing 52 boys between the ages of 3 and 16.

One of his victims later committed suicide, another was killed in a car accident while driving drunk and high with friends.

John Fischer is supposedly "reformed."

Argh.

Mar. 31st, 2008 10:57 am
xtremeroswellia: (Jake: NUTS)
I do not want to come to work tomorrow.

Why, you ask?

Because tomorrow is April Fool's day and the people around here are known for playing mischevious and some downright MEAN jokes. I have managed to avoid working on April 1 since I started here in 2004, but we have a damn staff meeting tomorrow so I CAN'T miss.

But I will say this:

If anyone on this staff plays some kind of joke on me involving any kind of gross little insect?

They will be very sorry.

Because I am the ONLY person who works here who ISN'T scared of rats, mice and snakes. And frankly, I know where I could get some live ones.
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
I've changed my default icon for the month, and I urge you to snag one of the icons from this post I made last year: http://xtremeroswellia.livejournal.com/398905.html to show your support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. It really is a world-wide epidemic and it DOES affect everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or income level.

And this is the website for the organization which I work:

http://www.doveinc.org

HOLY CRAP!!

Jul. 6th, 2007 04:44 pm
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
The moving date for MY office and the file room got moved to TOMORROW instead of Tuesday! I'm not ready! I haven't packed! I haven't labeled! Pray for my sanity!!

Stuffez...

Jul. 5th, 2007 11:31 am
xtremeroswellia: (Bosco Bear: cuddle with me)
Just a quick update--between deadline, the office moving across town next week and Bosco being sick, I haven't been around much. I don't know when I'll be around again on a semi-regular basis. Things here are mad crazy and I'm not getting a whole lot of sleep.

Bosco IS doing better, but we're having to handfeed him *everything* because the stupid vet trimmed his teeth too short. On top of that, his bottom left tooth is fractured and infected so the SECOND, better vet prescribed him an antibiotic and pain killer. We're having to mush pellets with water and syringe it into his mouth to make sure he gets enough fiber and vitamin C. We tear up shreds of veggies and such for him, and have been hand feeding him hay. Each feeding takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Hence my not being on at home like, hardly at all.

But if you've commented/emailed me and I haven't gotten back with you, I'm *really* sorry. I'll get with you as soon as possible, cross my heart.

If you've written a fic I should read, leave me a comment here with the link and I'll get to that when I get some time, as well. I'm not keeping up with my flist very well this week. :/ Sorry guys!!

Help!

Jun. 19th, 2007 02:58 pm
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
Has anyone here ever moved before? We're changing office buildings at work in less than a month and I've never really moved before. Can anyone give me some hints/help on what I should keep in mind? I would like to be supremely organized otherwise this whole thing will be a disaster.

Anything you can offer as far as suggestions, do's and don'ts, etc, would be appreciated!!

Request

Jun. 11th, 2007 06:03 pm
xtremeroswellia: (iPig!)
If anyone is planning to get rid of anything animal-related (realistic looking stuffed bears, wolves, etc), postcards of animals, posters of animals, knick-knacks, etc...anything at all...and would be willing to send it my way? I'd be eternally grateful. :D I'm planning to decorate my new office (which we're moving into on July 10th, woo!!) with a wildlife theme.

At this point, I'm especially looking for marine animals, wolves, bears, rainforest animals such as frogs, morpho butterflies, etc...and of course...guinea pigs. But I'd love anything! Again, only if it's something you don't want and don't mind shipping!

If you're interested, leave me a comment and I'll send you my addy!

*sighs*

Mar. 1st, 2007 01:44 pm
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
And March has come in like a lion. We had a tornado warning here at work and had to head to the hallway. First time that's happened since I've worked here. It was kind of exciting. My mom called, however, and told me the power at home is off. Again.

Joy.

Pray that it's back on soon because I don't like power outages. :P Thanks.
xtremeroswellia: (Default)
In addition to waking up feeling crappy this morning, I had one of *those* feelings that something wasn't right...

And I picked up the paper, which I hardly ever do, and sure enough...my volunteer at work...her husband died yesterday. He's been sick for quite awhile, cancer of the liver. And my boss's husband has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the liver and colon.

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