Back to it

March 3, 2014 · 2 comments


Where do I start?

I’m still looking for a job. Part time, preferably. For my sanity.

I re-enrolled in uni. Master of Applied Linguistics.


Which means relearning Syntax. And how to write essays.

I still live with my parents, and my sister and her kids.

Which I’m grateful for after we nearly lost her last year.

I have a boyfriend. It’s intense and emotional and wonderful.

I’m still in twice weekly therapy.

I’m learning about me.

I’m getting there.


Careful, she bites

November 14, 2012 · 3 comments



Another day, another ruckus. A kid is melting down, taking the class and teachers with him.

Strength in numbers, separating some kids, shuffling those around that can deal with it. Some one on one time with whoever is available.

I hold the girl’s hand in the playground. Not letting her go, not near the boy she will hit and kick when she sees him.

We have a soothing activity.


A hug and a chat.

Rocking the dolly to sleep.

Finding calm where we can.

She doesn’t bite me.

Not today.

It’s been a long year.


Weary, but Ok

October 15, 2012 · 0 comments

Who I'm sleeping with tonight

I woke up well enough.

With my alarm, 6am, out of bed for a walk.

The sleepiness set back in after that,

battled off with trusty caffeine.

Which sent me buzzing a mile a minute.

Churning through visuals, making up feelings boards, supports for Where is the Green Sheep?, flap visuals for Where’s Spot?

Making appointments, for myself, for work.

Planning out the next few weeks.

Thankful for my Google Calendar.

No idea where I’d be without it!

Hit level about midday. Which was a good thing.

And was productive the rest of the day too!

Again tomorrow?


Merewether Beach

I didn’t go to the beach today.

Instead, I spent the day between the dining table and the balcony. Nerding away, blowing my nose repeatedly, and continuing to curse that my brain bounces against my skull as I cough and it hurts.

And I also watched some more Puberty Blues.

Yeah, a bit of a guilty pleasure, but it’s not the worst thing on tele at the moment. I think that honour is split between Big Brother and the X Factor.

At least.

And I love iview.

Now, I have to consider serious things, like salary packaging, HECS, tax free thresholds, and billing.


Do I hafta grow up?



Card Me

August 21, 2012 · 2 comments

A speech pathologist walks into a grade five classroom.

A ten-year-old boy turns and looks at her.

Then looks at the deputy principal and asks

“Is this a new kid?”


Yay! Speech Shelf!

I found my box with my favourite speech things in it. My artic test, my key word sign resources. I set up my room today, and my files. The practice owners bought me purple stationery, because I specified on my speechie blog profile that I “loves working with school aged kids, mucking around in the kitchen, and the colour purple.” I like this place :D

I have five clients, six if you count the other newbie I’ve just booked in. I’ve filled out my first time sheet. I’m writing up my first reports.

I’m tired.

But I’m having fun :)


Back on the Horse

August 14, 2012 · 6 comments


Day one back as a speech pathologist.

Saw two clients, had a third cancel.

Bounced around doing s-clusters.

Did a CELF-4.

Like old times.

With pretty scenery on the drives…




August 13, 2012 · 0 comments

I know what to do.

A language assessment, speech sounds, some probing for stimulability, start setting goals, something that we can make some progress on over the next 3 months. In the limited time I have to work with these kids.

I talk about what I have to do tomorrow.

Smile, knowing that I’m going to have fun in the moments. That I enjoy this work.

And it helps me breathe for a little while.

Today’s going to be a long day.

Let’s get tomorrow started already!!

yay! new socks


It’s Oh so Quiet

August 8, 2012

All or nothing. In a good way :) BREATHE!

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Starting Small

August 6, 2012

(necklace from I wish I had a little shop. go. like.) I signed up for a job today. Some private clients in another speechie’s practice on the Central Coast. Starting small. And building from there. Progress! :) ( fluttrby)

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On offer

August 3, 2012

So I have a job on offer. I want it, Just need to keep the enthusiasm I’ve had And sign that piece of paper come Monday. After an interview for another position. Both would be huge steps But I felt that energy rush and enthusiasm today. (a I remembered barrier games are awesome for almost […]

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PLS5 June 25, 2012

This week I’m in Hobart for the speech pathology national conference. I’ll be tweeting away and later blogging about the talks at the speechie blog Zomg PLS5? I just got used to 4. At least this Ted is washable! Mwah!

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Making a tough call

April 25, 2012

Back in Newcastle for a while, to regroup, get things in perspective, look after myself, and play with some adorable little people. It could be worse!

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March 5, 2012

Considering a career in vending machines. Japan style. Where am I up to? I’m clearly having way too good a social life. Which is good, actually, despite the lack of sleep and probably too much alcohol in my system, because I really AM starting to make connections down here. Supportive friends, silly friends, people I […]

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After two weeks off work, what has been “achieved”?

February 21, 2012

It’s been two weeks now since I finished work, quitting because the whole prospect of making to to work each day was not going well. So, two week into ‘relaxing’ and ‘sorting out what I want’ where am I? I think I want to go back to work as a speech pathologist. But part time. […]

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That feeling

February 10, 2012

I walked up to work late this afternoon. After 5, only two people were still there. Just to pick up a few things. Payslips. Olives. As soon as I walked in the door, I could feel it in my chest. That underlying panic that had plagued me there. Wow. Sudden. Obvious to me. So after […]

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