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09 March 2010 @ 04:52 pm
So, clearly I haven't updated this journal in a long while. I've just started a personal blog over on Wordpress that I will continue to update. I like the format better there and I can do more with a free account. Updates are going to be few and far between here (like that is a surprise) and I will be spending much of my time updating that blog. I just wanted to let everyone know so if I disappeared you'd know where to look for the body :-)

Current Location: GA
Current Mood: lethargicachy
Current Music: Country Music in the background
04 December 2009 @ 02:18 pm

I have to say I'm a bit frustrated by the internship process right now. I applied to 16 sites and have only heard back from one (a rejection). Meanwhile, several of my peers have upwards of six interviews. I know I will hear from all my sites by the 15th, but I am annoyed that I haven't heard more by now.

What urks me as well are the well meaning "don't worry, you'll get one soon" statements people keep sending my way. I appreciate that people are well meaning and all, but seriously folks, I'm ok. I expect to get a few rejections out of this process and I will get an interview eventually. Telling me to "hang in there" feels like a slap in the face, like I don't know how to handle getting bad news or waiting a long time for any news at all.

I guess that is it for now.


Current Location: On the move
22 September 2009 @ 11:58 pm
In my ever present campaign of slacking off (all the credit goes to my roommate), John and I played the new Halo game tonight. It seems to have good game play and it looks gorgeous on a 47" HDTV (roommate's) and sounds great in 5.1 surround sound (roommate's). The game play is a bit slow going, but fun nonetheless (especially once I realized I was playing Halo and not Gears of War and stopped lobbing all of my grenades when I was trying to zoom in to kill a bad guy).

The coolest part, and the reason for the post.....

Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Alan Tudyk voice 3 of the 5 main characters of the game...


Yeah. That pretty much made my day.

I'd be happier if they were filming more episodes of Firefly than doing video game voiceovers, but hey, I'll get my favs any way I can take them.
Current Location: home
Current Mood: ecstaticday officially made
Current Music: White Stripes - 7 Nation Army
09 September 2009 @ 07:17 pm
Yeah, it's been a while since I've updated. I wanna do something about that, but after all the writing I do for class, et al., I hardly wanna write more, you know?

I got to see Maggie last weekend. It was fun but alas, a short visit. I miss her already. I did get to enjoy an extra day of her company thanks to the car battery stranding her here a bit longer. A blessing in disguise for me anyway. We got to cuddle and ate sushi (not at the same time mind you) and she stole all the beer when she left. Yup. I said it.

My October 1st deadline for Dissertation Proposal was extended to November 1st. I'm very thankful for that as it takes a bit of the stress off of me. My dissertation chair and I have worked out a plan for getting everything turned in and I'm setting little goals and deadlines to meet so that things get done in a timely manner. For those of you who don't know, my dissertation topic is "A look at response patterns and norming in gay versus straight males on the Rorschach." We decided to narrow things a bit for several reasons, but suffice it to say, I can look at other populations after the dissertation is done.

That's just fun to type..."Dissertation is done..."

On the internship front, I have selected my 15 sites. I'm working on my essays and the application. My letter writers have their info and my CV is done. I'm applying to about 50/50 college counseling centers and VA sites with one CMH site thrown in because the pay was too good to pass up. I'm interested in working with trauma and multicultural populations and each of these sites offers either or both. I was excited to find a few sites that offer Rorschach or Hypnosis. One site even offers a hypnosis rotation!

Anyway, listed below are the sites I am applying to. Feel free to google any of them. I plan on updating about the process as I go along.

Name Location Salary
Georgia State Univ Atlanta, GA 23,600
Univ of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 23,000
Hamptom VA Hampton, VA 22,898
SUNY Buffalo Buffalo, NY 23,994
West Virginia Univ Morgantown, WV 25,000
Coatesville VAMC Coatesville, PA 24,021
Wright State Univ Dayton, OH 18,000
Hefner VA Salisbury, NC 22,898
Connecticut Valley/River Valley Middletown, CT 45,136
Durham VA Durham, NC 23,518
Salem VA Salem, VA 22,898
Vanderbilt VA Consortium Nashville, TN 18k-26k
Illinois State Univ Normal, IL 25,860
Univ Illinois Urb-Champ Champaign, IL 23,660
Cincinnati VA Cincinnati, OH 23,826

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: soreugh
Current Music: Someone Keeps Moving My Chair - TMBG
17 July 2009 @ 10:09 am

My sister Alicia (8th grader) just tried out for the soccer team at Bullitt East (my old high school) and made the JV team along with three of her peers. I am thrilled for her!

*does happy dance

Current Location: On the move
Current Mood: Thrilled
Current Music: A Goldfinger song whose name escapes me
13 July 2009 @ 05:50 pm
Cats. Some people who have cats that greet them at the door. They meow and purr and are happy to see you.

My cats sit atop the stairs and fuss at me about taking so long to feed them since breakfast (how dare I?) and greet me with not one, not two, but three pukey spots on the floor.

Daddy, we miss you! Bleh!

I think I'm going to start taking stock in rug cleaner and paper towels.
Current Location: headed out
Current Mood: sickBleh!
Current Music: Mandatory Metallica
11 July 2009 @ 12:21 am
It is the summer. I have little time for myself. Two summer classes. Dissertation. Internship preparations. Summer group therapy job. New GA. Sending Maggie to UNCG. Finding a new apartment. Dealing with the Tracker.


In other news. I went to Incredible Dave's with Carl and Courtney last night. They're in town briefly and it was a nice respite from stress. We all retreated to Charles's house to tell stories over ice cream. Lots of laughs were had.

I'm narrowing down my search for a 2 bedroom apt after the one John (my new roommate while Maggie is away) and I were hoping for was stolen by someone who happened to be able to put down the deposit. Bastard. I found a great deal in New Albany that is within walking distance from the VA, but I'll have to figure out transportation as well. If only life were easier.

I've spoken with Maggie a few times since she has been to S. Korea. The competition is going well and she seems to be enjoying herself. I miss her dearly and was kind of jealous of Carl and Courtney yesterday. Maggie informed me a few hours ago that the choir, and indeed their whole hotel, is being quarantined for Swine Flu. She's not too excited but not too worried either. They did a booze run before hand so they'll have something to do.

That's it for now. I'll try to do more regular updates. I'm an enormous slacker sometimes.
Current Location: going to bed
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Smooth Criminal (can't get it out of my head)
29 May 2009 @ 09:28 am
The day has come. It has finally happened. I passed all of my exams...my Comprehensive Exams...my Written Qualifying Exam...my Oral Qualifying Exam...

As of about 12:30pm yesterday I became a Doctoral Candidate.

I have some class work left to do (which is a given), my final practicum (at the VA), my Dissertation (which will be proposed by October), and Internship left to do.

As far as Spalding is concerned, however, I am PsyD material.

Current Mood: ecstaticPretty Damn Happy
Current Music: Lilly Allen
29 April 2009 @ 05:18 pm
We received our Practicum 4 match letters today. I was matched with the New Albany, IN Veteran's Administration Hospital Substance Abuse Program. My first choice! I spent a lot of time advocating for this position and I'm excited that everything went well. I'll be having an interview with my site supervisor in the next couple of weeks to finalize some things.

Still waiting to hear back about Quals. I've only heard definitive information about one of my peers and others have said they have feedback sessions set up (we will all eventually have feedback sessions). I'm eager to know my results so I can plan my next few weeks. It isn't unheard of for people to have to rewrite a section to pass and if that is the case with me, I'd like to know soon. I have two ~12 page assessments to write up and a summer course to knock out in May. I'd like to make it happen sooner rather than later.

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on Quals.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Fountain outside my window
13 April 2009 @ 11:28 pm
I'm frustrated and stressed and ready for this semester to be over already.

I have several projects due, including a 35+ page case conceptualization for my Qualifying Exams, which is due Thursday. I'll be taking my oral exams sometime in May. Still, my life has been very busy and stressful and driven by getting this paper done. I've neglected a lot of things including doing chores around the house, occasionally skipping out on my GA or work, and ultimately taking advantage of Maggie's kindness and understanding for about as long as she can stand.

I'm not thrilled with the person I've been over the past couple of months. As I'm getting closer to the end of this damn paper I'm seeing it take its toll on my life and the lives of those around me. I've been using the paper as an excuse to avoid responsibilities and get out of things. I'd like to say I've done this unintentionally, but that isn't 100% true.

And so I seek to finish this paper and move on. I've definitely learned something about myself and how I manage stress and responsibilities. I rely on my resources a whole lot to help me through tough times and sometimes I forget that I'm not the only one who is going through tough times. To put it plainly: be careful how much you lean on those who love you because if you lean hard enough, you just may push them over.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: White Noise