Things Clients Say to Me… (part 1)

As a social worker, people say some truly unexpected and personal and surprising things to me. This post isn’t about those things, it’s about those things that get said to me time and time again that always amuse and/or annoy me.

I like it when my clients tell me:
A) that visiting their children and going to counseling twice a week “is like full time job”
B) some people have to work
… Like, I know, that’s why I’m talking to you.

Then there’s my non-client interactions which can be either way too similar to my client interactions or a laughably stark contrast. I’ll be talking to a family member or someone making a report and they’ll be trying to quote a client and they’ll be like “is it okay for me to use the words they used… can I say a swear word to you?” I’m like, yeah, people are usually swearing AT me so I can handle you quoting someone who swore 😂.

Anyway, those are just a couple things that have come up repeatedly, next time another one pops up I’ll probably do a part 2 and document some small piece of this ever-interesting job of mine.



I Should Rename This Blog

But I’ll leave it for now.

So, hey guys, I’ll say as if anyone is still reading when I disappeared for almost two years, ha! Basically everything has changed… Sam is about to turn two and he has a little brother now who will be 3 months old the same day! I’m working full time as a social worker and have been for a year and a half now. I thought I’d revive the blog to chronicle my attempts to get back in shape (running!), dress the body I have right now, and meal plan and budget for my busy family of four.

It’s late for me and tomorrow is my first day back at work after maternity leave (FMLA anyway), so I just wanted to pop in and announce my intentions for now. I’ll be back soon hopefully with my first day back outfit and my meals for the week!

I Accidentally Found My Calling

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I’m all hopped up on three days of working as an instructional assistant for a kindergarten class and it’s really strange because it was supposed to be over tomorrow and instead of feeling relief about the coming weekend after four days straight with five year olds I was sad. Sad… Like, what? Anyway, I made it known that I would love to stay on, so they extended my assignment through next week and asked me to apply for the actual job (which it seems hasn’t been posted yet, so I got a head start).

I was supposed to be in Michigan visiting C this week, but we had a pet sitter snafu and that didn’t happen, so I picked up this 4-day sub position. Seems kind of like the michigan thing not working out was the best thing that could have happened because I could have missed this opportunity entirely. I’m not an everything happens for a reason person, but in this case…

They recently bumped it down to a part time position with no benefits and its 5 hours, 5days a week. This might help me because the teacher wants me to get the job and most people want benefits and a live able wage. The job wouldn’t pay much at all, especially because it pays zero for vacations and summers, no sick days, etc. It’s not a cushy position at all, but it would work for me since it is more money than I make now, I don’t need to make much and I have benefits through C. So, yeah I’m applying and hoping I get it and it all looks good. I guess the only problem would come once we finally have a child of our own if daycare cost more than I would make. But that’s a bridge I’ll cross when I come to it. In the meantime, I’m super excited, I want this and I could pay off my student loans in half the time, so wish me luck!

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