Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vacation Recap

I can't believe that vacation has come and gone already. It went by SOOOO quickly. 


So, like we have done every year for the past 3 years we attended the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. As always it was DELICIOUS!!! 

My one complaint is that the food didn't change from last year. It was exactly the same. The only thing that was different was that they added a few booths. 

This year we brought a couple with us that had never been before so it was kind fun offering them advice and seeing their faces when they ate the delicious foods!!! It was supposed to be a large group of friends that went, but as the trip approached people started backing out. That's to be expected though, things happen in the course of a year. In a way I think it worked out for the best. It would have been too difficult to entertain all those people at the same time. 

But I digress... On to the pictures!! 

Chicken with Tzatiki in Greece

Filet with Mushrooms and Cheddar Cheese soup in Canada

Chocolate Creme Brulee in France

Coq Au Vin in France

Taco de Camarion in Mexico

We spent all day at Epcot and then went to Downtown Disney with our friends to shop a bit. It was a very nice time!! 

I have more pictures to post... I didn't want to overload this post. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

No Comprende??

Part of my job is to make sure that the patient's insurance is active and to know if their insurance requires a referral. We have a person in the office that is responsible for verifying the insurance a few days prior to the patient's appointment and requesting the referrals or authorizations as needed. I have been there since May and we have had 3 people in the Authorization/Verification position. Needless to say it causes issues and has forced my co worker and I to do extra work and learn more about the insurances then we may have had to. 

I hate to criticize people because I know that we are all doing the very best that we can, but the new girl that we have in this position seems clueless....TOTALLY CLUELESS. It is making for so much extra work. I have to email her and ask her to verify the insurance and she does but doesn't put the information in the right place. I'll ask for a verification and she'll tell me that she requested a referral. She verifies patients insurance that have been there in the last week, when it only needs to be done every 90 days. And the list goes on.... 

I hate to be negative, but honestly I have not really cared for her since she was hired. There was just something about her that didn't sit well with me. For one thing she couldn't remember the name of the person who was interviewing her when she came in... BOTH TIMES!!! And I am not saying all of these bad things because I feel that way, because I am not the only one who feels this way or is as frustrated as I am. 

I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I am reaching a boiling point. She has been at the office a little less than a month and I feel like by now there are some things she should have a better grasp on. I have spoken to my supervisor a few times about her and she has spoken to the lady's supervisor and I believe that she has been spoken to as well, but still nothing is sinking in. And I believe that the person who had the position before her, who took another position in the office, has spoken to her about some things as well. As well as my coworker and myself. How many people need to tell her the same thing???? Today I sent her an email stating that I needed her to update the insurance section in  a patient's demographics screen and her response had NOTHING to do with the question. She stated that she had NO room for the insurance telephone number. OOO EMM GEE!!!!

In her defense she probably didn't get the amount of training time that she needed, BUT in the same breath if you have done this job at a different office you should be familiar with the lingo and know the difference between a referral and verification and an authorization. OY to the VEY!!! 

Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today ....

I will be at a little place called the Magic Kingdom. Perhaps you have heard of it? Mickey Mouse is the main man along with his gal-pal Minnie and their colorful friends. We have a man named Walt to thank for their existence!! Thanks Walt!

So excited!!

Pics to come later!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hindsight is 20/15

No one likes to hear "I told you so". But what if you are the one giving yourself a hard time?!?! 

I can't seem to let go of accept the fact that I am where I am with school/a career. 

I didn't finish school in the proper time frame and now I am kicking myself in the rear-end for it. Where would I be right now if I had? Would Firefighter and I be together? Would I have had the jobs I've had and met the people that I have met if I had done things differently? Probably not to most of those. 

But if I had stayed in college, what would I have done? I think I would have wandered aimlessly though there like it was a never ending maze. Because up until this point I have never really known what I wanted to do when I "grew up". I often felt that if I had stayed in school, it could have been a waste of time. I was not on a clear path. I had no real direction. And still for the most part I don't feel that I do, but I feel like I have a small idea of a career path that I may take. 

When I was in high school I wanted to be a child psychologist. The idea of doing that now scares me... too much schooling. Last year I decided, or so I thought, that I wanted to be a teacher. I think I would have enjoyed that, teaching the little ones, but I know myself well enough to know that I am not cut out for that much school at this time in my life. My attention span is getting shorter. So there went that idea out the window again, and I think I crushed my brother-who-happens-to-be-a-teacher's spirit when I made that decision.  But I know me and me is not so good with 4 more years of school at this point in life.

Now that I am working in a doctor's office I think I may take some classes in this field. Once I am done with my AA I think I may pursue a Medical Administrative Assistant education at a vocational school. It will be a great time to do that since I am actually working in the field. 

Bottom line is that I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself to be like everyone else. I am me and not them. I am where I am for a reason. Maybe I needed to go down this path to get to where I am so that I can figure this out and find my place. Would I have preferred to be done with school at this point? Yes, but I am not and I just need to focus and push through. 

Gotta put on the big girl panties and deal!!! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

I have a bridge to sell you....

No I don't really. But would you buy one from me if I tried to sell it to you? Probably not because I am not the greatest when it comes to the power of persuasion. 

My next speech assignment is for a persuasive speech. And to say that I am stumped would be putting it mildly. 

I am blocked... 
Mentally constipated if you will...

The words are NOT coming to me. 

This is doubly hard because I am not exactly passionate about any one cause or one thing in particular. I don't really have strong feelings on things. I am a fence sitter. I am a middle of the road wanderer. I don't pick sides. I remain objective. And while that is it's own issue all together, but having to try and write a speech on a topic that you happen to agree with and don't necessarily passionately agree with is a tough spot to be in. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

What upsets, or rather annoys, me more is the fact that I have only had 2 weeks to write this speech and we haven't even been given the lecture on HOW to write or present a persuasive speech. I think that is why I am stumped. Why I am clogged. 

I have done research and have a general idea of what I want it to be structured around. However  I am running into the same information over and over and that will not make for a good speech. 

I am just stuck... I need to turn off my brain and stop trying ... and give my brain a breather. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

SCFD Open House

Yesterday was our county's open house at one of our main stations in honor of this week being Fire Prevention Week. This was the first time that I was not a spectator, but a participant of sorts. I had a blast. And I think I got some great shots of the guys doing their thing! 

(prep for propane demo)

(propane demo)

(demo of the importance of a sprinkler system)

They did a demonstration of a vehicle extrication  as well. It was a full scenario - removing the victim from the vehicle and transporting her to Bayflite waiting to take her to a trauma center. 

It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed being on the "front lines" as it were. I feel like it was an initiation of some sort. I got to enjoy breakfast with the volunteers and then spend the day watching them and documenting their activities. I got to be where civilians were not allowed to go and I got to watch my guy in action. It was a good day.

Next weekend we have a triathlon. Hope it will be better than the first one I went to!