Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
At the children's museum. We're big on turtles right now.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
He got to sit in a firetruck and meet a real fireman
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The first few days were excruciatingly slow and boring. Typical orientation type stuff. The highlight was setting up my direct deposit. You know, because I'm getting PAID. However, I think I screwed up the tax forms and may only be getting enough for lunch. We'll see. My new colleagues warmed up a little and I think that they are genuinely nice people. It's just a little weird that they've all known each other for four or five years and I'm totally new. If I think about that for too long I have a rant for the intern selection folks, so I try not to think about it too long. I think that the four of us will get along fine, but I don't think it's going to be the same as if we'd all come from other places.
Wednesday we got to go into an actual prison for another orientation. It was essentially the same thing that I had to do a few weeks ago, but with a really dynamic presenter and geared towards the interns. I was very grateful that I had worked in prison before, but I am realizing more every day that this place is not much like the last prisons I've worked at, and mine is even less so. I'm slowly learning that this is going to be a whole new gig and I will be well served to stop thinking "Oh yeah. I've done this before."
The first three days were full of "This is C and she came clear from..." followed by "Why'd you come here?" Nothing makes you feel more welcome than having to defend why you would move and having people make fun of how you say your home state. No matter where you go, it's not "Ory-gawn" It's just not. Those comments were followed by laughter and "oh, you're in for it" when they found out which institution I was assigned to. Lots of self-deprecation and good humor got me through.
Thursday and Friday were spent at my prison. This is when things started to look up. I also learned that my prison is kind of the red-headed step-child of the DOC and so that may have contributed to some of the weird vibes I was picking up on. My supervisor (for now) is super nice and the other intern is awesome. I wasn't sure what to think about that situation but I think now that it's a benefit. She's one of last year's interns that had to stay a little longer to finish. Right now she's pretty much running the place. We had lunch and talked a bit and I think she's going to be a huge resource and advocate. She's also just really fun to talk to.
Thursday and Friday I followed people around, went to meetings, and sat in on a couple of sessions. Once it started going I found that "job-shadowing" wasn't as mind-numbingly boring as I had expected. I loved going to the meetings and am starting to think that I may want to work towards being a warden someday. I'm meeting a lot of people and starting to figure out how this place works. It's so odd because it's such a unique place. There's a culture that's different from any other prisons that I've worked at and I'm going to need some time to get my bearings and figure out how it works. The sessions got me excited about starting clinical work again. I needed that after such a long hiatus. There's also a guy who's an expert on the MMPI and a woman who is well-known for her work with sex-offenders. I'll have an opportunity to work with both of them sometime this year.
I left work Friday really excited to start working. I have a badge (ID card that gets me in), half of an office, and now, keys! This means that I can go to the bathroom whenever I want. The power! The freedom! It's not a place that I can jump right in, but I think that it's going to be an extremely valuable year and I'll have lots of good stories to tell.
So that's it. I don't hate it. There's a lot of great opportunities and I think I might fit in okay. The other interns and the intern director are really nice. My supervisor and my co-intern are great and smart and really dynamic. There are a ton of experts at my prison that I can talk to and shadow and learn from. The biggest struggle is going to be revising my expectations, but I think that's going okay so far.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
It's a few days late, but I wanted to show off pictures of his first day of school. He's doing great and I think they like him too. His teacher spent ten minutes today telling me how great he is and how well he's adjusting. It's so hard to be humble when you have the smartest, cutest kid in the world. But honestly, it was really nice to hear. His old school was so amazing and he had such cute friends that I was worried about how it would go here. He really does love it though. Every morning when I say "Goodbye" he says "I stay here!" and when I pick him up he needs assured that he'll "be back 'morrow." I'm a little worried about tomorrow, when I won't be able to assure him that we'll be back "'morrow" The weekend better ROCK! or he'll never forgive me.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Even riding in a tow truck didn't impress us anymore.When we found out we had to stay we were sad.
But then we remembered that it's all a big adventure.
So we decided to make the most of it. We saw the sights...
Took a couple of tours...
Played around some...
And even took a couple of good naps.
But then Butte got old and we were ready to leave.
Luckily, with a few well placed tears our car was finished before we had to spend another week in this lovely town and we were on our way!
We did the fastest trip through Yellowstone ever,
We didn't even stop long enough to get a decent family picture at Old Faithful
Drove almost straight through to South Dakota (narrowly averting death twice!)
And stopped to check in with the kangaroos at Roo Ranch.
Welcome to the Raspberry House!