The past three weeks or so have been really hectic. I worked ten days in a row so I could have four days off while my fiance’s brother and sister-in-law were in town. It was fun having them around and great to catch up, but I was more tired after my four days off than my ten days on. The week after my days off, I worked two days on day shift and three days on night shift.

I spent my weekend getting back on day shift schedule, going to the dentist, and kind of avoiding my cousin who is still staying with us because I really needed some me time. I’m back on days now but am taking the morning off to go back to the dentist and have some fillings replaced. I’m still revelling in the fact that I have insurance and paid sick leave, even if it is only 3 months out of the year. My season with Oregon State Parks is over on September 2nd and I have an interview with a regional park system on the 3rd. I’ll miss my current park and my coworkers, but I’m glad to at least have a chance at more park work.

Misty morning in the park. I’ll miss this place come September 2nd, but I have the privilege of coming back next June and I have an interview for another seasonal position at a different park on September 3rd. Good things all around.

Misty morning in the park. I’ll miss this place come September 2nd, but I have the privilege of coming back next June and I have an interview for another seasonal position at a different park on September 3rd. Good things all around.

unfckingmylife:

wheretheeastwindblows:

I went to the doctor today for the first time since grad school because I finally have a job with benefits. It was awesome. It was the first time I ever went to the doctor without paying a copay, and it was great to just have a check up, ask about a few minor issues, and not worry about it being a waste of money. Thanks, Obama!

That’s awesome. Now you sorta know what it feels like to be Canadian.

Definitely! It’s such a great feeling…I’m sure the excitement will wear off in a few years, but right now it’s a completely novel experience.

I went to the doctor today for the first time since grad school because I finally have a job with benefits. It was awesome. It was the first time I ever went to the doctor without paying a copay, and it was great to just have a check up, ask about a few minor issues, and not worry about it being a waste of money. Thanks, Obama!

Work week is over, fucking finally. Hiking tomorrow with my cousin and a friend from high school. Sadly the fiance won’t be able to join, because it’s going to be a great day.

I love my job but today was shitty. We had an accident and ended up air lifting a kid to the hospital. I haven’t gotten any recent updates, but I believe he will be alright.

This is the second time I’ve been on scene for an accident serious enough to warrant life flight, and both times I’ve felt as though I was completely useless and/or actively screwing up. I know most of that stems from inexperiece and not knowing what to do, but I still hate not being more useful on scene. This time was better than the first, in that I did not have a panic attack when told to call 911. However, I felt unsure of how to handle traffic/bystanders. I obviously didn’t want to give them the full scope of the accident, but I felt awful when the helicopter showed up after I had told a few people that it was a minor accident (in an effort to get them to move and to stop prying). Someone sitting in traffic called me out on it and I can’t help but feel like I was in the wrong. Ultimately it didn’t affect the outcome of the accident and I know better for next time, but I still feel as though I should have done better. I’m seriously looking in to first responder/emt classes now, because I know this won’t be the last time I find myself in this situation.

Things are really good right now. My job is challenging but overall rewarding, my cousin is staying with us while he looks for a job and an apartment and I’m really getting to know him for the first time, which is awesome. We scored a great couch from craigslist and I’m relaxing on it now after a crazy week at work. I’m looking forward to my two days off and catching up with a friend tomorrow. I have pictures from my park that I’ll try to post as well, and a longer update on the way.

I’m watching Orange Is The New Black and I’m so glad someone finally punched Larry in the face. I’ve been wanting to do that since the first episode.

aljazeeraamerica:

Partners in Progress: initiative creates one-stop shops for needy families 

LOS ANGELES — At the Youth Policy Institute here in an East Hollywood strip mall, low-income moms study for the GED while their kids are in day care in another room. One Hispanic immigrant mother takes her school-age children for after-school tutoring and computer classes.
In another corner of the center, a poster trumpets the progress of the Our Families Save program, which teaches the poor the importance of good credit. It encourages them to open a savings account by matching funds if they maintain it for a year. About 1,300 families are participating so far.

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aljazeeraamerica:

Partners in Progress: initiative creates one-stop shops for needy families 

LOS ANGELES — At the Youth Policy Institute here in an East Hollywood strip mall, low-income moms study for the GED while their kids are in day care in another room. One Hispanic immigrant mother takes her school-age children for after-school tutoring and computer classes.

In another corner of the center, a poster trumpets the progress of the Our Families Save program, which teaches the poor the importance of good credit. It encourages them to open a savings account by matching funds if they maintain it for a year. About 1,300 families are participating so far.

Read more

illusionaryish:

Imagine if the whole, beautifully paved world looked like this.
These are solar panels that, if placed in the place of roadways and other paving sites (parking lots, parks, etc) can produce more renewable energy than the entire country produces. 
It’s currently in the prototype stage with amazing results. Plus, they can be used in all weather situations that will also make icy roads a thing of the past. Heating elements will melt any ice and snow that sits on top. Another thing, they come with LEDs inside so that you’ll have a better view of the road as you drive. All powered by solar energy. 
I Fucking Love Science posted an article about it and it’s also raising money on indiegogo, which is disgustingly far from the goal. They have some pretty sweet gifts, including bumper stickers, a necklace containing pieces of the prototypes, and an entire working prototype of the plates.
BONUS: The prototypes were made of 10% recycled plastic AND can still handle the heaviest trucks. Imagine what the final product could do.
I urge everyone to at least reblog and spread the message so that hopefully this reaches the goal at May 31st. Projects like this hit me right in the heart because of my passion for renewable energy, which is what I hope to deal with once I’m done with my Engineering degree. I would gladly work on this project if I could, but for now I’m going to settle with donating as much as I can and spreading the word as far as possible.
So, signal boost! <3

illusionaryish:

Imagine if the whole, beautifully paved world looked like this.

These are solar panels that, if placed in the place of roadways and other paving sites (parking lots, parks, etc) can produce more renewable energy than the entire country produces. 

It’s currently in the prototype stage with amazing results. Plus, they can be used in all weather situations that will also make icy roads a thing of the past. Heating elements will melt any ice and snow that sits on top. Another thing, they come with LEDs inside so that you’ll have a better view of the road as you drive. All powered by solar energy. 

I Fucking Love Science posted an article about it and it’s also raising money on indiegogo, which is disgustingly far from the goal. They have some pretty sweet gifts, including bumper stickers, a necklace containing pieces of the prototypes, and an entire working prototype of the plates.

BONUS: The prototypes were made of 10% recycled plastic AND can still handle the heaviest trucks. Imagine what the final product could do.

I urge everyone to at least reblog and spread the message so that hopefully this reaches the goal at May 31st. Projects like this hit me right in the heart because of my passion for renewable energy, which is what I hope to deal with once I’m done with my Engineering degree. I would gladly work on this project if I could, but for now I’m going to settle with donating as much as I can and spreading the word as far as possible.

So, signal boost! <3

(via utterlyfubar)