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1. Teaching: Last Words of Jesus Christ on Cross

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

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2. God Bless This Boy

One of the first comments I saw on this YouTube page was:

“God bless this boy.”

To which an uninformed individual responded:

“What god? the one that killed the kid’s dad by doing nothing?”

Dude. Let me help you out … there is some confusion here. There is only one god of this world that would do something this horrific …

Don’t Blame God: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.


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3. Faith-Based: Can a Christian be Possessed by a Demon?

quotation-marksA Discussions about devils and evil spirits generally draw a variety of responses from people. In Western societies, many people’s knowledge of evil spirits is limited to what they have seen in horror movies or what they have heard about in stories involving ghosts and haunted houses. Some people are fascinated with angelic beings, but fearful with the idea that demons are fallen angels who terrorize and do evil. Some Christians even dismiss the idea that demons exist by explaining away the Gospel records of evil spirits, saying the records are by people who did not understand sickness such as epilepsy or mental illness like schizophrenia, and called them “demons.” Nevertheless, we believe that the Bible is God’s Word and as such that it provides instruction in all matters that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), which would certainly include the existence and methods of demonic spirits.

Many Christians tend to become uncomfortable with discussions involving demonic powers, especially those involving questions concerning “possession.” Often, the sparse information people have about evil spirits produces just speculation and falsehood. This is not a surprise given that most of what people learn about dark angels comes through folklore, hearsay, movies, and the media. When it comes to the topic of “possession,” movies such as “The Exorcist,” “The Three Faces of Eve,” and others, have left many with deep false impressions about the demonic, what it is, how it happens, and how to guard against it.

Relying on the world as our source for spiritual truth is very problematic, especially when we recognize that this very world is under the control of “the evil one” (1 John 5:19). Looking to the world for accurate information on the demonic is somewhat like asking the fox the best way to protect the hen house. Our primary source for learning about the spiritual realm must come from the Bible. God’s Word is truth, and it will make us wise in the ways of the spiritual world. Not only can we learn much about the kingdom of the enemy through the numerous biblical accounts, we must also recognize that the hidden nature of the spiritual realm also requires that wisdom be gleaned from experience.

Proverbs 4:5-7
(5) Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.
(6) Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.
(7) Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Demons go to great lengths to deceive, as well as to operate in a covert and hidden manner. Because of this we must always be careful when it comes to people’s experiences with demonic powers. Despite their clandestine nature, people’s collective experiences with these spirit beings over the centuries has provided a very comprehensive picture of their powers and how they operate.

What is Demonic Possession?
Nowadays, most theologians recognize that the word translated “possessed” in the Bible is not accurate. The term “possessed” was first used in the King James Version of the Bible and is also found in other translations, including the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and the New International Version (NIV). The actual Greek word that is translated “possessed” is daimonizomai, and means “demonized.” For most Christians the word “possessed” implies that an evil spirit is in a person and controlling them, whereas to be “demonized” provides a much broader picture of the demon’s activities. A demonized person can be someone who is under the control of a spirit or has a spirit in them, but it can also be someone who is merely oppressed or afflicted by demons. Consider the different sense conveyed by these two different translations of the same verse.

Matthew 9:32 NIV
While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.

Matthew 9:32 ESV
As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him.

To be possessed suggests that a person is held fast in the death grip of a demon. However, if you are under the direct attack of evil spirits, if you are afflicted or oppressed by evil spirits then you are, biblically speaking, demonized. Christianity’s failure to grasp this simple truth has greatly hindered its ability to wage war against the wiles of the Devil. quotation-marksB

Read the rest of the article here.

I dig knowledge. In all realms – religion included. I’m not satisfied with someone simply telling me what to believe, what to do, how to live my life, I prefer to go back to the original source, absorb information from all sources and come to a logical, common sense conclusion myself. I have a brain, I’m not afraid to use it.

So articles like these? Are right up my alley.

Perhaps they will bless you, too.


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4. Rubber Bands are Funny

Baby laughs to brighten your day.

You’re welcome.


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5. Next Monday

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6. I Miss This …

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The boys act like they don’t like it, or get embarrassed, whenever we reminiscence about their childhood days, but they stick around to hear the stories. :-)

It snowed ya’ll! We had about 1/2 inch of ice first, then 3.6 inches of snow on top of that. And it’s cold, like FOUR degrees cold. This is pretty unusual for March – not so much the snow, though the snow we get is usually the big, fluffy, wet kind, but it’s terribly cold for this time of year. I heard on the radio this morning that we’re now the 10th area for the most snow this winter.

FUN!

(Not. I hate snow/ice).

Anyhoo. School has been cancelled so Bran won’t have to drive to class in this. However – we’re all still going to work so … YAY.

*sigh*

Have a good Monday.


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7. Book Review: The Sholes Key

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My Grade: C

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Plot / Premise

All across London, single mothers are vanishing. Margaret Hill, mother of two, walked out of her house two months before, never seen again. A month later, Carrie-Anne Morgans takes her two-year-old son for a walk in the park and disappears leaving him alone in his stroller. Lorna McCauley leaves her London flat in the early hours of the morning to buy medicine for her sick child and disappears.

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Theophilus Blackwell is assigned the case of Lorna McCauley, which, on the outside seems to be a simple case of mid-life crisis and child abandonment. Elsewhere in London, MI5 analyst, Sophia Evans, is working undercover to catch an animal rights group responsible for targeted bombings.

As her case (and her personal life) fall to pieces, she receives a strange envelope in the mail. It contains a picture of Lorna McCauley s lifeless face along with a daunting code. Now the police and MI5 are forced to work together to stop the murders, and Sophia must find her way into the terrifying mind of a serial killer

My Thoughts

I would have given this book four stars save for one thing: the whole sub-story with Marc. What was the purpose of that? I thought it detracted from the whole story. If the author wanted to give Theo and Sophia an opportunity to meet, there would have been easier, less awkward ways of doing that. I would have preferred to see the entire Marc/bombing story deleted and a blooming interest between Theo and Sophia develop throughout the story. There would have been plenty of emotional conflict given Theo’s wife’s situation. I felt like the whole Marc story was thrown in there as an afterthought and it just didn’t add anything to the story, in my opinion. In fact, it was distracting and a bit annoying, if you want the truth.

Other than than, the story was interesting and moved along nicely.


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8. Teaching: 3 Days & 3 Nights: Bible study on when Jesus actually died and arose

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

Let’s get started:

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9. Tweet of the Moment …


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10. Greed Will Trap You


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11. My Last Day at My Desk

I’m hoping this will be my last day.

Not with this company, (though there are days … moments … seconds that that doesn’t cross my mind), but at my desk.

Since I sit at the first desk that patients come to as they’re exiting the clinic area, I naturally help the most patients. On a four doctor day, it’s not unusual for me to help 30 patients ON TOP of the 15 voicemails I receive and the 15 flags I receive from the doctors’ nurses that I’m responsible for taking care of as well.

I’m currently responsible for 3 doctors- it’s overwhelming. I can’t maintain this pace indefinitely and I’ve expressed my … frustrations to my management.

It wasn’t until recently that I felt like a light bulb went off in their heads and they finally understood what I’ve been telling them for the past month.

So. We had yet another meeting yesterday (*sigh*) and today should, SHOULD, be the last day I’m at this desk. And we have three doctors today. So I will still end the day more behind than when I started it.

But. I will be sitting in the peach pit tomorrow (i.e. Triage area) answering calls and training the other MA’s to do the job that me and the other schedulers have been doing, and they will train me, and the other schedulers, MA duties.

Then next week, I will either be with a doctor or in the peach pit.

I will be kissing my desk, and my old job, goodbye.

At least, that’s the plan.

Let’s hope we all stick to the plan.


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12. Faith-Based: Satan is a Parasite and a Counterfeiter

quotation-marksA Thus he and his purposes are actually defined by a proper understanding of God and His purposes. Satan’s character and his purposes are diametrically opposed to God’s. The Devil especially tries to undermine man’s perception of God’s goodness by afflicting the righteous while prospering the ungodly. His deception is geared to obscure both God’s good works and his own nefarious schemes, and to confuse people as to the difference between good and evil (Isa. 5:20).

Remember that it works to the Devil’s advantage if he can confuse people about God’s goodness. Let’s take Mr. Noah Nuttin, who wrongly thinks that God is in control of both good and evil. Mr. Nuttin knows two people who sin in the same way (lying, stealing, adultery, etc.,— the type of sin does not matter). One of them suffers evil in his life and the other one suffers nothing, or worse, appears to profit from the sin. Is Mr. Nuttin confused about God? Absolutely. Does Mr. Nuttin think that God is a fair and righteous judge? No. Does Mr. Nuttin have an understanding upon which his faith (trust) in God can grow? No. Score another run for the Devil. Mr. Nuttin would not have been confused about the situation had he been properly taught what the Word of God says about the real cause of evil, sin and suffering.

One of Satan’s goals in his seemingly random affliction of people (and his corresponding distortion of God’s written Word) is to make it seem as if God is judging and punishing people now. He wants not only to blind people to God’s abundant goodness, grace and mercy, but also to convince them that God is unfairly, unpredictably and almost gleefully vindictive. From our perspective of contemporary Christian theology, he has pretty well succeeded. quotation-marksB

An excerpt from the book Don’t Blame God! A Biblical Answer to the Problem of Evil, Sin, and Suffering.

I dig knowledge. In all realms – religion included. I’m not satisfied with someone simply telling me what to believe, what to do, how to live my life, I prefer to go back to the original source, absorb information from all sources and come to a logical, common sense conclusion myself. I have a brain, I’m not afraid to use it.

So articles like these? Are right up my alley.

Perhaps they will bless you, too.

Read many, many more articles like this on the Truth or Tradition website.


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13. Remember the Constitution? Yeah, About That …


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14. Don’t Touch Me

A Facebook friend posted a link to this story:

I’ve been a massage therapist for many years now. I know what people look like.

People have been undressing for me for a long time. I know what you look like: a glance at you, and I can picture pretty well what you’d look like on my table.

Let’s start here with what nobody looks like: nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody. Lean people have a kind of rawboned, unfinished look about them that is very appealing. But they don’t have plump round breasts and plump round asses. You have plump round breasts and a plump round ass, you have a plump round belly and plump round thighs as well. That’s how it works. (And that’s very appealing too.)

Woman have cellulite. All of them.

It’s dimply and cute. It’s not a defect. It’s not a health problem. It’s the natural consequence of not consisting of photoshopped pixels, and not having emerged from an airbrush.

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massage Though I can appreciate the message behind this post: no one is perfect – we all have imperfections. Embrace your bodies, flaws and all, blahblahblah …

I can’t get past the whole “massage” thing. I can’t get past the whole “touching” me thing.

I’ve never done a massage. I have NO DESIRE to have a massage, now, or ever. The thought of some stranger, no matter how well trained and impersonal, touching me – even the most innocent of touches, makes me want to hurl.

It literally makes me shudder to think about it. I’m literally writing this while shuddering with disgust. I can’t do it, I just can’t do it. I know me. I would never be able to relax, or even come close to enjoying a massage. And I know I would be counting down the minutes until the torture was over. And then I would be annoyed because I just spent money on something I did not enjoy and can’t wait to be over. And then I would leave even more tense than when I went in.

I can’t even stand going to the dentist, or the doctor, or the hair dresser ..

Want to keep that hand? Do. Not. Touch. Me.

I don’t like to be touched. I don’t even like Kevin to touch me very much, WHICH IS AN ISSUE WHEN YOU’RE MARRIED.

But after nearly 24 years of marriage, I’ve learned to deal with my issues when it comes to Kevin. And I’m telling you right now, Kevin is the ONLY person I would ever allow to touch me.

I’m not even a hugger. I don’t like to hug. I don’t like to be in other people’s personal spaces and I get DEFENSIVE when someone is in my personal space.

I’m sure there is a psychological reason for my distaste. I’m sure it likely stems from my childhood, in fact, I’m pretty sure where it stems from, but that’s not something I wish to share with the Internet. Ever.

So yes. I agree our bodies are imperfect and we shouldn’t spend an insane amount of time obsessing on those imperfections, but I’m more grossed out by the thought this guy voluntarily touches all of those imperfect bodies on a nightly basis. (Nothing against this particular guy – I’m sure he’s very nice and very good at what he does, it’s me. And my issue).

Just .. yuk.

I realize I’m in the minority on this and yes, I’m weird. This is not surprising.


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15. Helpful Hacks #3


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16. Teaching: Should Women Be Silent in the Church?

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

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For many centuries women have not been allowed to lead or to teach in churches based in part upon what God supposedly stated in 1 Corinthians 14:34 and 35.

1 Corinthians 14:34 and 35 (NASB)
(34) Let the women keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but let them subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
(35) And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church.

There is good evidence that these two verses were not part of Paul’s original writing, but were added to the text by scribes or copyists. It is never desirable to change Christian practice by omitting a verse of the Bible. Nevertheless, it is honest to recognize that occasionally the biblical text was changed, and in this case there are a number of pieces of evidence that certainly seem to warrant removing these verses that say women should be silent in the church. Before we examine those, however, it must be admitted that if these verses are an addition to the Greek text, it would have been an early addition, because the verses appear in the Greek manuscripts of 1 Corinthians.

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17. Helpful Hacks #2


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18. I Pity His Wife

I’m waiting for Brandon to get home from work so we can all drive up to the technical college and find the building he has classes in tomorrow. We did the same thing with Blake so I sort of feel compelled to do the same thing with Brandon. (I’ve always tried my best to treat both boys equally).

He’s nervous.

I remember my first day of college – actually, I don’t remember the day, per se, but I certainly remember the butterflies. I was also self conscious because I was one of the oldest on campus since I waited so late to even GO to college.

But I was ready and I took it seriously and I earned Cum Laude, thank you very much. :-)

The day couldn’t be more gorgeous. It’s sunny and nearly 65 degrees. We’re being rewarded for surviving a really rough winter week last week – the polar vortex swept through here and this time last week we were bracing for a high of three – 3!

Gotta love that climate change. *smirk*

Kevin is at work. As usual. The man works nearly 24/7. He says this is his busy season, but honestly, every season is his busy season.

We’re asking Blake to go with us so he can give Brandon tips on where to park – I’m sure parking is going to be crazy the first week or so. But Blake hasn’t even taken a shower yet (he takes showers at 6:30 P.M. on the weekends – WTF??) so I’m not looking for him to go with us.

Brandon just text me – “Not getting home until probably 4:30, please have something ready for me to eat this afternoon.”

*pause*

LOLOL – um, no. I’m not your slave. Sheesh. I have to give it to blondie, he’s got nerve.

I’ll be sure and tell him that when he gets home – the little creep.

Anyhoo – Brandon has classes Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00 – 11:00. He’s also taking an online class. He’s about to get a very real taste of adulthood in the next few days. It should be interesting to see how he handles the extra demand on his time.

He’ll have to seriously whittle his gaming down. ‘Bout damn time. Now if we can just talk Blake into taking some accounting classes so he can help Kevin a bit more with his clients and work toward a FUTURE.

*sigh*

Have something ready for him when he gets home … AARGH … I pity Brandon’s wife. lol


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19. Our Latest Project

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20. Helpful Hacks #1

It’s a neat idea, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t try it. Knowing me, that water would go everywhere BUT the bucket.


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21. Parenting Sense of Humor

We must have it, or go crazy.

Kudos to this family!


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22. Squirrel!

It’s a running joke in our family that Kevin is always looking out of catastrophes – “Karen, watch out for that truck,” that I saw ten seconds before him. “If you X, then Y might happen.”

I’m aware of the dangers of “Y”.

So now, whenever he starts talking like that (and he’s just being cautious, but sometimes OVERLY so), I yell out, “SQUIRREL!”

I couldn’t help thinking of Kevin when I saw this video. LOL

Have a great Thursday, friends.


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23. Quotes Are Inspiring, And a Little Annoying

365-prompt Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I like quotes. I’m inspired by quotes. And I like to post quotes on Facebook because it tends to annoy people and I can be all soapbox-ish without it really sounding like ME. I didn’t exactly SAY it, now did I?

But my absolute favorite quotes are about responsibility.

(UGH! I said the “R” word!)

Like this one, for example:

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Because yes, we’re ALL responsible for our own lives. That includes the good AND the bad choices. Find yourself in a bad situation? How did you get there? How do you get out? By taking responsibility for your part in the fiasco and then changing it.

Want it? Take the first step to GETTING it. Waiting around for someone to hand it to you is the lazy way out.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.


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24. Teaching: Manner and Customs of the Bible – Part Five

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

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25. The Beginning of the End of My Current Job

A girl I work has to wear a mask to work everyday – at least, until the CDC (Center for Disease Control) deems “flu season” over.

She’s allergic to the flu shot, which means she’s exempt from having to have it. I’d say lucky girl, but I wouldn’t want to have to wear a mask every day. That would royally suck rocks.

And it does for her. She hates it. In fact, she’s cashing in some of her vacation time so she can give herself a break from the dreaded mask until the “flu season” is over.

I put “flu season” in quotation marks because I distrust the CDC perhaps even more so than I distrust our government and ya’ll KNOW how much I LOATHE our government, especially right now. I think this whole “flu season” fiasco is just a scam to wring more money out of people by making them get injected with God knows what sort of drugs to line the drug companies pockets with cash.

And to top off my angry sundae, it’s perfectly legal, in the state of Missouri, to MAKE employees get the flu shot whether they want it or not. All under the guise of protecting patients and other employees.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not against protecting patients, especially the patients that have weak immune systems anyway, of course not, I’m not a monster, however, I’m not completely convinced, actually, I’m not convinced AT ALL, that the flu shot, in any way, deters the flu. Do you know how many strains of flu there are?

Exactly.

The odds of actually getting a vaccine for the type of strain that happens to cross your immune system in the year you happen to have God knows what injected into you is slim at best.

And if you’re honest with me, and yourself, you know I’m right. How many times have you heard people, express in genuine disbelief mind you, how surprised and shocked they are they actually came down with the flu after receiving a flu shot.

But I don’t understand,” they whine while coughing up a lung and sneezing the tops of their heads off, “I GOT the flu shot. Why am I sick?

Indeed. That’s the BILLION dollar question, isn’t it.

This flu shot thing is a deal breaker for me. The first year they made it mandatory that we either get the flu shot or lose our job, I sat down with Kevin and we seriously discussed my next step. I wanted to quit. I almost quit. I still want to quit. But (and there’s always a but, isn’t there), since Kevin is self-employed, that leaves it up to me to provide my family with health insurance.

And quite honestly, we can’t afford to be without it now – not just because we’re gambling on the fact that none of us either get sick or have an accident, but because we’re now required to pay a penalty if we don’t have it.

Anyway. I’ve bitched and moaned about this topic for years now – it’s old news – you know how I feel about it. Blah-blah-blah.

I’m bringing this up now because we’re now in “flu season” and I mentioned to Kevin the other day that if the CDC felt like the bottom line was too low and needed to up their profits, they may decide to declare a “pandemic” (remember H1N1?) and if that happens, I’ll once again be REQUIRED to get another bogus injection full of poisons.

Is this job really worth that? What if the long-term repercussions is Alzheimer’s? Or Dementia? Or something else just as bad?

No job is worth my health.

It’s time to get serious about a new job again. I can’t make the change over night – it will take time to ease my way out. I hate to brag (*ahem*) but my co-workers rely on me. I even have my manager coming up to me asking for advice on things now.

Whoa. Super flattering but also super stressful. I’ve become the poster child for scheduling, I guess.

I’m not taking this lightly – I’m very grateful for my job and I truly love the people I work with, but I can’t stick around and continue to participate in something I feel very strongly against.

So. What to do? I can’t quit without another job lined up for my family’s sake. And I would never walk out on the other girls – I couldn’t forgive myself. So it’s time to suck it up and start building my portfolio again. And I have my eye on one particular company that I think I would be a shoe-in for, AND, I’m my college degree is my ticket in the door. But they won’t take a serious look at me until I can show them what I can do. I have a few ideas on how I can do that – it’s just finding the time to do it. I’ll need to take screen shots from the programs I use at work. And I think I can do that as long as I use the dummy account they’ve created for training purposes. Obviously, I have to be very careful not to violate anyone’s privacy.

That would be bad. Very bad – especially with all the strict HIPPA laws in place. (Which is actually a good thing – people need their privacy protected – too bad the government doesn’t agree with that, but whatev).

Wow. I hadn’t planned on writing this much. I just wanted to mention that I feel sorry for my co-worker for having to wear a surgical mask all day. I don’t know how she doesn’t run screaming from the clinic tearing her hair out. But this issue is never far from my mind and I guess I needed to purge my frustrations. I sort of feel trapped and I resent the fact that the company has taken one of my choices away from me – but I need to stop complaining about it and take steps to do something about it.

It’s time to be pro-active.

(I need to bookmark this post and refer back to it from time-to-time to keep myself motivated to move forward with this get-a-new-job thing. It’s just soooo much easier to stay put and keep doing what I’m doing. Change is hard, doing nothing is easy).

By the by, we drove by the hospital yesterday and noticed that the construction guys are finally building up the foundation. We saw several concrete pillars, I think we’re finally making progress on the tower. (The’re building a tower onto the main hospital and my doctors will be moving their practice to that tower – I’d like to stick around at least that long and make the move because HOW COOL IS THAT?!? A brand-spanking new office. Sweet!)


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