Thursday, March 31, 2011

Are You Tired of My Voice Yet?

Here it is!  My 3rd and final radio interview!  Hopefully you aren't tired of hearing my voice yet and will listen to this one too!  It will be on WBZ 10.30 AM this weekend with Jordan Rich!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Wee Bit Of Me Wednesdays

{one} if you won a trip to Disneyland/world, who would you take with you?
Hmmm not sure - maybe one of my nieces if my brother and sister-in law would let me!

{two} when was the last time you listened to a CD?

The other day I listened to my recent radio interview on CD!

{three} what spice/seasoning is your favorite?
I love fresh basil.

{four} if you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?
I wish I were musical - I would play anything but most likely Top 40.

{five} if you could have personally witnessed one historical event, which one would it be?
Oh I don't know - maybe the Salem Witch trials (just for fun).

{six} if you could go back to school, what would you study?
I am so done with school - one masters degree is enough but if I would love to go to school/take classes about photography!

{seven} if you could go to one sporting event, all expenses paid, which one would you see?
World Series (only if the Red Sox were in it) and I've always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby (more for the socialization and fashion than anything else.  Ha!)

{eight} do you drive an automatic or a manual?

{nine} are you comfortable speaking in front of people?
Yes I'm very comfortable in most situations.  I've done a lot of public speaking both for professional and personal engagements.

{ten} have you ever experienced an earthquake?
Yes!  When I lived in SoCal there was one while I was sleeping.  I was dreaming that it was my dog (who lived in Mass) jumping on the bed and shaking it.  Then my roommate woke me up and made me get out of bed to stand in a doorway!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today is my birthday.  Today I am 34.  Today I celebrate another year of my blessed life.  I celebrate another year of good health with no major MS exacberations.  I celebrate having an amazing, supportive family.  I celebrate friends near and far who are always here from me.  I celebrate my donors who give their hard earned money to support my fundraising efforts for MS.  I celebrate my two beautiful nieces, Peyton and Ella who continue to bring so much joy and happiness to my life, I celebrate a wonderful job where I feel fulfilled, I celebrate a safe place to live that I call home (even if it is small), I celebrate the amazing opportunites I have experienced especially all of the vacations I have taken, I celebrate my blog and the people with and without MS who it has connected me to, I celebrate the MS community and the many friends I have made, I celebrate everything chocolate and all the pleasure it brings me, I'm celebrating so many things, today, on my 34th birthday!  Let's hope in future birthdays I can celebrate a boyfriend or maybe even a wedding!  Dream big right!  

Today in honor of my birthday I made my very first cheesecake.  A peanut butter cup cheesecake to be exact (and it is only 12,000 calories per bite)!  I brought it to work and we had it at lunch.  It was delicious! 

After work I met my Aunt Cathy and my brother, Allan at a local pub, The Green Briar, near my house for dinner.  

I gave myself a Lent excemption and had cheese fries (per Allan's suggestion).  
They were so good!
I had one (or three) of my favorites - Pear Magners to drink!

We listened to Irish music (the "practice session"). . .
and then the "real session" which was excellent.  Both were great!  We love listening to Irish sessions.  

It was a great birthday!  I came "home" (to the house where I'm house sitting) to a dog who was very happy to see me!  I think she was giving me a birthday greeting! Ha!
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes by email, mail, Facebook, Twitter, text or any other way you wished me a Happy Birthday.  I feel loved.  Looking forward to celebrating the rest of the week.

Magic 106.7 Radio Interview

Remember a few weeks back when I told you about the radio interviews I did?  Well go here to read about that and go here to listen to the radio interview that aired on three different Boston stations.

Now listen to my NEWEST interview which aired last Sunday on Magic 106.7.  I was on Gay Vernon's radio showed called "Boston Life" which she does every Sunday morning.  When I listened to the interview after getting the CD in the mail I honestly didn't remember half of it.  I was surprised by that and kept laughing at things I said and things we talked about that I had NO recollection of!  Haha!

So what do you think?  

I actually did one more interview this week with an AM station.  Jordan Rich interviewed me so I'll be sure to share it once he sends it to me.  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Me On The Map

I thought this was a really fun idea b/c I'm always wondering where other bloggers live.  So I'm participating in Me On The Map over at Michelle's blog a little bit of this & that.

I live in Brighton which is part of the city of Boston.  Brighton is nice b/c it has all the advantages of being in the city while still having the feeling of a town!

The area of Brighton was established in the late 17th century and was first known as "Little Cambridge". The residents acquired legal separation from Cambridge in 1807 and officially named the town Brighton. The town was then officially annexed to the City of Boston in 1874 and it remains a part of Boston today.

Here are some of my favorite spots in Boston. . .

I love that we have seasons (I just wish the winters were MUCH shorter and the other three seasons longer).  I love going to Cape Cod in the summer, apple picking in the fall, taking walks around the city in the spring. . . can't think of much I like doing outside in the winter. . .

I love living in Boston.  I'm sure at some point I'll move to the suburbs but for now I enjoy being central to so many things.  I'll close to great restaurants, bars, shopping, museums, hospitals, etc.  Speaking of hospitals I live literally 2 minutes from the hospital where I go for all MS related appointments.  I feel so fortunate to have such an amazing MS Center so close to where I live!

So have you been to Boston?  What do you like about it?



Why do the weekends always go by so quickly?  This is kind of my birthday weekend (since my birthday is tomorrow) but due to a number of factors I'm celebrating with my friends next Saturday night and with my family on Sunday.  So this whole week will be my birthday week of fun!  Ha!

Yesterday I started out my day with a relaxing massage.  I love massages and wish I could afford them all the time - but I can't so I always enjoy them when I can get them.  I actually had a gift certificate from Christmas which was even better.  After my massage I decided to treat myself to a manicure.  I got a dark purple thinking it will be my last dark manicure for a while b/c next will likely be a more springy color!

Last night I celebrated my good friend Emily's 30th birthday at her surprise party.  While she did know that some birthday suprises woudl be happening I think she was pretty shocked when she arrived to the bar for her party.  It was a lot of fun and it was great to see Emily so happy.  She definately deserved a great celebration in her honor.

Today I had a relaxing morning catching up on reading blogs and reading Something Blue (just I'm obessed - it is SO good)!  I think Lucy liked having me around.  Have I mentioned that this dog is SO spoiled?  Or maybe I am just a sucker?  She consistently goes into the kitchen and sits by the counter where the treats are and looks at me until I give her one!  AND. . . when she is in her dog bed she shivers until I cover her up with a blanket.  Too funny!  Oh and since I've discovered I'm newly "allergic" to dogs I have to pet her then go and wash my hands.  Not sure what is going on but when I pet dogs I quickly have a reaction (itchy eyes, sneezing, hives).  It is very strange.  I love dogs too much to ever stay away so I'll deal with the symptoms!

My friend Cara is unable to join me next Saturday night for my birthday get together so she took me out to lunch today.  It has been WAY too long since we had hung out so it was nice to catch up.  She is a fellow social worker so we always have plenty of work and non-work stuff to chat about.  Thanks Cara for treating me to a birthday lunch!!

After lunch I took a nap ( I LOVE naps) and then set out to make myself a very special birthday treat to bring to work tomorrow.  I made a peanut butter cup cheesecake and it looks delicious.  Hope it taste good too but I won't find out until tomorrow.  I will post the recipe later this week.

I hate Sunday nights b/c I know I know the weekend is about over and I need to start another work week tomorrow.  This week is a busy week filled with birthday get togethers so it should be a lot of fun!  Oh and I enjoy getting mail very much! :)

How was your weekend?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I Love Weekends!

I've planned to have a relaxing weekend.  I'm house/dog sitting so here I am just hanging out with Lucy (the dog), catching up on blogs, reading Something Blue and then going to get a massage (with my Christmas gift certificate).  I may even treat myself to a pre-birthday manicure today!  I love weekends!!!!

I'm participating in a couple of blog hops too!  Click on the buttons below if you want to play along.  Weekend recap post tomorrow night (oh and I'm making a peanut butter cup cheesecake tomorrow so pics of that).

What are you doing this weekend?


Friday, March 25, 2011

Fundraising Fridays

At last year's walk I got to wear this very special bib with the number 24 on it.  I bet you are wondering what the 24 stands for aren't you?  Well you are very lucky that I'm going to tell you right now!  The National MS Society decided to make a VIP Program called "The Top 25 Club" and recognize the Top 25 Fundraisers from the year before.  So last year I wore 24 because I was the 24th  biggest fundraiser for the Boston MS Walk in 2009.  Pretty amazing if you ask me!  Well I was looking around the walk website today and discovered the number that I get to wear at this year's walk. . .

I can't believe it!  So excited and proud to wear 11 at this year's walk.  I can't believe I was the 11th top fundraiser at the 2010 walk.  I wonder what number I will get to wear next year?  Maybe I'll get into the top 10!!  Go here to see the other people who are in the Top 25.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  You know I can't say this enough!  Thanks to all of YOU, my generous donors and supporters I'm the 11th top fundraiser for 2010 for all of the Boston Walkers.  So cool.  It would be possible without all of you so thank you again for supporting me.  I really appreciate it.

So the Boston MS Walk is ONLY 16 days away so The Bean Team really needs to work hard to raise more money if we are going to reach our goal of raising $30,000 in 3 Years.  So far we have raised just over $25,000 in the 3 years so we have a way to go but I REALLY think we can do it.  So please help if you can.  Your donation will not go unnoticed or unappreciated (and you will get a very special thank you note in the mail from me after the walk - who doesn't love getting mail?)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Gain Weight On Vacation. . .

I may or may not have consumed all of the above food and beverages on my 5 day vacation along with a Blooming Onion, Fried Zucchini, Pina Colada, Beer, Champagne, Sangria, pizza, another frozen yogurt (oh and don't let those strawberries on top fool you I'm sure it was not all that healthy), stray pieces of candy on my grandmother's coffee table. . . and maybe maybe a couple of other things that were semi-healthy.  I do not recommend this "diet" if you are trying to not gain weight while on vacation.  Time for healthy eating (right after my birthday)!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Florida Vacation Recap

So when I arrived at my destination, Lauderdale by the Sea, on Thursday this was the weather forecast for the five days I would be there. . . not too bad huh!?  Considering the weather I've had to deal with this winter in Boston I would say that I deserved perfect weather while on vacation!

I already told you about what we did to celebrate St. Pat's Day on Thursday.  On Friday I laid by the pool, went to Target to buy these great shoes and then went to Happy Hour with my mom at one of my favorite places in Fort Lauderdale, The Blue Martini.  The great thing about Florida (unlike Mass) is that they do happy hour and the drinks are half price!  We each had a delicious martini and large apps for about $20 bucks!

Saturday, Sunday and Monday I laid at this pool (this is where my grandmother lives and where I stayed in my own unit)!  I pretty much had the entire pool/patio to myself which was great.  I literally laid in a beach chair all day and read, Something Borrowed or napped.  Sounds good to me!  By the way I LOVED Something Borrowed and so happy I finally read it.  I can't wait to buy Something Blue this weekend!

This was my view while I laid in my chair each day.  I love palm trees and very much enjoyed looking at these all day!!

On Saturday night I did take a walk over to the beach to see the Super Moon.  I know you can't tell from this picture taken on my point and shoot camera but it was so beautiful over the ocean!  

All and all it was a great mini-vacation.  It was nice to get some sun, relax and catch up with my grandmother.  So fortunate that I get to visit my grandmother someplace so beautiful!!

I LOVE Target

Yes I went all the way to Florida and went shopping at Target.  I had a good reason though.  I had seen these shoes and thought I would have a better chance at finding them in Florida then Massachusetts.  I was right!  Aren't they SO cute?  And while I was there I figured I might as well check out the rest of the shoes right?

 I love these silver sandals and just couldn't resist buying them too!  I think they will be so cute this summer w/ sundresses and skirts!

I was totally justified in buying these b/c I can wear them to work!  You can't really tell from the phone pic but they are teal green and super cute.  I love them! 

Target is the best!  I got all three pairs for around $55 which is such a great deal.  Good thing I had room in my suitcase to bring them all home!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Take Your Blogger To Work Day

Ok I'm already breaking the first rule b/c I am late BUT I have a good excuse.  I was on vacation in Florida and didn't have access to a computer.  Thought it would be fun to link up today with Hiya Luv.  I'm going to cheat a little since I wrote a post a while back about my job.  Feel free to ask questions about what I do! Since I'm nosy I would love to know what YOU do as well so feel free to link up and write about it on your blog!

Oringinally Posted July 24, 2010 (just 2 months after I started this job)

I don't know if there is any such thing as a typical day as I never really know what to expect each day when I enter the hospital.  But many of you have asked me what I do and how I like my new job so I'll try to answer those questions here.

I'm a clinical social worker for all the medical units in the hospital.  I cover the ICU, 3 medical floors, the surgical unit and the ER if needed.  There is a separate social worker for maternal services and 3 for Psych.  Then ME for the rest - haha!! (There is another part time social worker who helps me out 3 afternoons a week but her main responsibilities are at another one of our hospitals.)

This is my office.  This is where I start my day each morning.  When I get to work I do the normal stuff - check voice mail and email.  They I sign into Meditech and check my "status board" which is where the patients I'm following are listed.  I read notes from the night shift and see how everyone is doing.  Then I print out the hospital census which tells me all the patients for each of the floors I cover.  I go through and circle the people I am following.  I then check the printer to see if I have any new referrals.

Then I either head upstairs or kill some time in my office.  I often take a stroll to the cafe to see what they have for breakfast and when they have bacon I might just have to get a few slices (shhhh don't tell anyone - I always eat healthy!)

Then I head up to the floors to check to go to rounds.  I usually go to rounds on 4 everyday.  On Tues and Thur I then go to rounds in the ICU after I go to 4.  On the other days I go to rounds on 5 after 4.  So the morning is usually pretty busy.  During rounds I get updates on all the patients and get referrals for who needs a social worker that day.  I then plan out who needs to be seen first.

I get referrals for all kinds of things - most often it is for brief counseling and support which is my favorite kind of referral.  I also get referrals for a bunch of other random things - alcoholics, drug abusers, homelessness, mental health problems, family issues, etc.

So let me give you a few examples of patients I've seen this week.
  • A 58 year old man admitted for pancreatitis who has been an alcoholic for 10 to 15 years.  He has hidden his drinking from everyone including his wife so needless to say she was in shock.  I met with them to help them process everything that was happening.  I provided them resources for AA, outpatient rehab, counseling, etc.  I also met w/ the patient alone to do some counseling.  He was ashamed and ready to get help - no denial - such a nice man who I really hope can get sober.
  • A 70 year old woman admitted to the ICU for respiratory issues among other things.  Her 55 year old son died 2 weeks ago from an overdose, her daughter has social phobia, her other son is bipolar and in a psych hospital and her other daughter has an rare auto-immune disease that makes it impossible for her to work.  So I was working with the daughter to provide support and counseling to her.  She was dealing w/ A LOT!!!  She doesn't have a car and couldn't come into the hospital during the day so I did the counseling over the phone.  The patient has had other complications during the stay including paranoia, confusing, r/o strok and question dementia.  It is all very sad.
  • A 70 year old man admitted for complications with COPD and recent lung cancer diagnosis.  This patient is also suffering from many other medical problems and schizophrenia as well as other mental health problems.  He lives independently and does pretty well for himself considering all he is dealing with.  He has no family but is connected to a local mental health organization where he has a WONDERFUL case manager.  This patient is the sweetest man and is just now processing that he is going to die.  Hospice is now involved and he will be discharged to a hospice house where he will live out his days.  I met with him daily this week to provide support and worked closely with his case manager.
Those are just some examples.  I can often be following up to 10 patients at a time and they can all be for different reasons.  The good thing about this is that my days are always different.  I really enjoy that part of it.  I also like the short term work more than I thought I would.  I loved the long term work I did in adoption and I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to short term work (especially with mostly elderly patients) but I am really enjoying it.  I also like the old people way more than I thought I would!  Haha!

I do miss adoption and all of my adoptive families a lot.  But I don't miss the stress associated with that job (or the crazy hours).  I never thought I would say this but working in a hospital is WAY less stressful.

I really like the people I work with.  Since I don't work closely with any other social workers I mostly am in contact with nurses, case managers and nutrition during the day.  People are really nice and I already feel like I fit in and have made friends which is great.  Community hospitals are big enough to see a variety of cases but small enough to know a lot of people and feel part of a team.  I eat lunch everyday with a great group of people and the cafeteria food is pretty good (and cheap)!

So hopefully that gives you a better idea of what I do all day.  If you have other questions feel free to leave a comment and ask.  I love comments! :)

St. Patrick's Day {in Florida} Recap

On St. Pat's Day morning I flew down to Fort Lauderdale for a mini vacation.  My parent's had been there for about a month and my dad left that morning to go home for a hockey weekend with my brothers.  I figured I should be in Florida for a girls weekend with my mom and grandmother!  Every year there is a block party in Lauderdale by the Sea just a few blocks from where my grandmother lives.  She was ready to head there as soon as I arrived so I had to quickly get ready in my GREEN!!!

The street is shut down and there is a big stage set up, outdoor bars, tables and chairs.  Of course there were bagpipers and an awesome Irish band that played all afternoon and into the evening.  We sat inside the restaurant but next to a big sliding glass door which was open so we had a great view of the stage and could hear all the music.
My grandmother, "Ma" started out the day w/ a martini of course.  At least the olive was green! 

My mom and I at dinner.  Everyone else had corn beef and cabbage.  I had a quesadilla.  Haha.  This Irish girl doesn't eat corn beef!!!

I figured if my 84 year old grandmother could drink a Guinness than I could too!  I really don't like Guinness but figured what the heck. . .

Some of you may have seen this picture when I posted it on Facebook and wrote "drinking a Guinness with my grandmother. . . words I never thought I would say!"

 To be honest I may not have drank all of it but I did drink most of it.  I switched to a Blue Moon since they didn't have any Irish beer!
This is what the outside of the restaurant looked like once it got dark.  The street was packed with people drinking and dancing.  It was a lot of fun.

Boston (of course) is a very fun place to celebrate St. Pat's Day but I have to admit that the older folks in Florida know how to throw a good Irish party too!

More about my Florida vacation to come. . .

P.S.  My brother, Scott's birthday was on the 17th so just wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fundraising Fridays {From Florida}

Well it is Friday again. . . here is an update. . .

Personally, I have raised $5,082 so far!  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G right!?  I have already surpassed how much I raised last year.  I'm so thankful to all of my generous donors.  I just can't say enough about how much it means to me when people make a donation to me.  I'm still fundraising!  So if you would like to make a donation you can go to my personal page.  Every little bit helps!

The Bean Team has raised $7,036 so far!  Very impressive but we have a ways to go to reach our goal.  I'm not worried as a lot of my team members are procrastinators and do their fundraising last minute!  We are also still welcoming new team members so if you would like to walk with us you can register here.

I know that people have many options of who or what to make donations too. . .  but wouldn't you like to donate to an organization that is making a difference in the lives of people living with MS everyday?  I am very active with The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society and I know first hand about the wonderful work they do for people living with MS and their family members.  I know that your donation helps in SO many ways.  I know your donation is put to good use.  And I HOPE that your donation will help lead to a CURE in my lifetime.

Thank you!

23 more days!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone has a fun St. Patrick's Day!  I'm celebrating in Fort Lauderdale with my mother and grandmother (not your typical girls night out but sure to be a good time)!  I'll be coming home from FL on Tues AM and heading straight into work.  I'm looking forward to a few days relaxing by the pool and getting plenty of Vitamin D!
 Happy Birthday to my brother Scott.  I don't think he ever reads my blog but I'll wish him a happy birthday here anyways!  Haha!

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Peyton and Ella.  I bought them these adorable matching dresses and did a photo shoot.  I was so surprised at how well they cooperated!  Ella was only a month old and Peyton was around 15 months.