Thursday, August 07, 2014
So I made this resolution to make it to the gym as many times as possible between now and Tuesday.
Yeah, right. Woke up this morning with a bad upper back ache. It's in the spot where I have arthritis on a rib, or I may have overdone it yesterday at the gym, or I slept wrong. However I did it, I'm disappointed and it hurts like heck.
When i get home from dropping daughter at the train station, out comes the foam roller to see what I can do about easing the kink.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Darn cold here today! -0.4C, which is 31F. Brr! My toes still haven't warmed up and I've been awake for hours!
However, that is not the rant. ;)
My daughter has Aspergers' Syndrome, and is working with a disability service. Her caseworker arranged a month of work experience for her with a banner and sign making company, as she is an artist and wants to work in that field. It's been a fiasco from the first.
Three weeks ago, the caseworker took her to the company for what was meant to be a simple interview. She didn't come home when I expected, then I got a call from caseworker saying he'd left her there so she could start her month of work that day, as the owner was impressed with her abilities. Fine and good - except noone seemed to be able to tell me when I should go pick her up. Finally she calls and says 1:30pm is good. I went then to pick her up, spoke with the owner, and he wanted her to go have lunch and then come back and finish the afternoon. She was on overload and wanted to come home and work on the sample project he'd given her. All seemed well.
Next day, caseworker calls and needs me to bring her in to sign some papers. We go, I mention to him that the last day she's scheduled for work exp, we won't be here and so we need to put it off til we're home. He jumped down my throat about the whole thing...."doing her/you a huge favor" blah blah blah...."just wasting everyone's time if she doesn't go that last day" blah blah blah..."she LEFT EARLY yesterday and lost time" blah blah blah....
I kept my temper and when he was finished, I told him my husband doesn't like to ask his wife's side of the family for favors and we would have needed to arrange with Kate's grandparents to take her out to the place. I also told him there was no specific time for Kate to leave that first day, and it was left up to her. He backed down then and said he could drive Kate out there and pick her up. Well and good.
The second time I took her out to the company, noone showed up til 9:20, and she didn't even have the keys. Finally at 9:30, the kid with the keys shows up. I was thinking to myself "this is NOT a professional business".
Funny thing is, I complained to the owner of my gym when I finally got there that morning, and she just laughed - she'd tried to order some banners from them and they were very casual about confirming her order so she ended up doing business elsewhere.
So today we hop in the car and go out there again. We arrive at 9 a.m. Young man arrives at 9:15 and opens the gates, but not the business. Kate goes inside at 9:20, he tells her she can stay if she wants, she feels uncomfortable and comes back to the car. I figure the owner will show at any moment. I finally had a hissy fit and went in at 9:40 to see what was up. Young man calls the owner who gets squiffy with me for hunting him down. He was "just next door" getting some printing done. He let me know with attitude and tone of voice that he thought I was silly for not just leaving her. I didn't jolly him up or apolgise.
I mean, really. Firstly, it's not her normal work environment. She doesn't know these people very well at all. Secondly, she's a young woman with a disability that hinders her with social interaction. Just throw her in the water like that? I don't think so.
Some people, hmm? Thanks for reading. I think I feel better. Maybe. ;)
Monday, July 14, 2014
I'd like to know just why it is when we make certain goals for ourselves, we immediately derail. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity to understand that its MYSELF that derails, and not someone sneaking up and doing the deed?
Long story short, I had to rededicate yet again today. I've had two weeks of too much wheat, which of course means too much stuff like cake. Not feeling great. Finally back on a regular schedule at the gym, so that's one thing I'm doing right lately.
There's a new trainer at the gym today. Apart from the fact that she's probably 25 years' younger than me and does fitness competitions so you can tell from just that alone how darn good she looks - we apparently run quite similiar when it comes to fuel. We were swapping stories about too much carb consumption and what it does, which is puffiness and general malaise, and it ruins our workout intensity as well. I don't know what it is, but just knowing that she struggles with the same issues in such fine shape as she's in...is very heartening. All three trainers have given me good advice but I lean more towards this new woman's instruction when it comes to nutrition. Gonna give it a go. Oh, I know I'll never be a 25 year old fitness competition competitor...but good advice is good advice.
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