Saturday, June 19, 2010

My luverly weekend...

I have to tell you, I've never been so happy to see the backsides of my kids, as I was Friday evening.
Not that I'm ever particularly thrilled to see their backsides in the first place... but you know what I mean.
But it had been a long fortnight, with a lot of overnight care and hard-to-handle kids.
Not bad kids... Just ones with issues.

Anyway, once they were all gone, I managed to fit in a shower and a change of clothes before heading off to the Aspergers seminar Friday night... And I have to tell ya, the evening was a rousing success! (which means that I managed to more than stay awake through it.)

In fact, I think I can honestly say that it was one of the absolute best work-related seminars I've ever attended - bar none!
The speaker was great... he shared lots of personal - and funny- anecdotes and he kept us all riveted for 3 and a half hours.

Now I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but after decades of working with children on the Autism/Aspergers spectrum, I know a lot.
And I'm good at what I do.

I've learned a lot of my lessons the hard way, and by being completely hands-on... so I have pretty good insight into what makes most of my young charges tick, and I've learned - and implemented- the techniques needed to deal with them.

Most seminars I attend, along with the speakers who speak at us, are less than inspiring... and I can sit through hours of droning, repetitious, boring ear-bashing talk, thinking "well duh".
While I'm awake, that is.
They fulfill my annual course requirements... but that's about all.

But honest to God, this was the first speaker I have ever encountered who actually knew, from a hands-on perspective - what he was talking about. It wasn't just 'book-learnin' and repeating what he's read" with him... it was more a "down and dirty from working in the actual trenches" kind of thing.
Because not only is he a psychologist who deals with these kids on a daily basis, his son is on the spectrum as well... so his love and understanding of the subject came shining through.

And I got to bask in the glow.

By the time we got home, (I had taken 2 friends with me) my brain was firing on all cylinders, and I was walking on air.
I was feeling inspired and rejuvenated.
Which is a complete bitch when it's almost midnight, and all I just really wanted to do was go to bed.
And sleep.

Thank the Lord for Sleepy Time Tea, is all I can say.
It worked a treat.
I even managed to sleep until 7am yesterday morning... which if you know me at all, is like 3 hours longer than normal - no matter what time I go to bed.

And yesterday?

Yesterday involved a whole lot of this...

Then some of this

Along with some of this as well

And then this... Martin Clunes "Islands of Britain". Which has some amazing scenery... as well as a good healthy dose of eye candy.

He makes me want to move to Eigg.

And then immediately afterwards, "Doc Martin"... starring Martin Clunes again.

He still makes me want to move somewhere. Wherever he is
Even though he looks constipated.

And then right back to this:

I ask you...Does it get any better than that?

Today we're off to Costco with Miz K... and then I'm right back to a whole lot of nothing-ness.
Life's good.


Becky said...

Is that your dog? Glad you enjoyed your seminar. Enjoy what's left of the weekend!

joolzmac said...

Hi Taters

So glad the seminar was worth attending. Hey, I love Sleepy Time Tea too! Knocks me right out.
We just caught the tail end of Islands of Britain last night and can't wait to see next week and watch it from now on. Was last nights the first episode? We also had pizza (homemade) for dinner - Kirby and I knocked them up. Delish! Enjoy the rest of the weekend,


Fruitcake Sandy said...

Love 'looking over your shoulder' ... happy that you are enjoying some time off, you deserve it. My hat (and heart) off to you for your work with these special children ... Bless you!

farmlady said...

A good seminar is worth it's weight in gold. I remember the good ones when I was working and the inspiration that came from them. Then I remember the bad ones that made you want to head for the closest bar and drink yourself to death.
Glad you had a good time.

Katidids said...

Great seminar! My oldeset works in a boys home where most of the bosys have Aspergers. She loves the work but it is draining. Glad to hear you had some down time & costco!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I think you and I could have great Friday's together!, beer, and the way I loved the Islands of Britain as took me to some of Northern Ireland where I had been last spring. Enjoy the rest of your nothingness but watch that tongue doesn't fall out!

Nancy M. said...

After the last one you went to, I am SO glad this one was awesome! It's a great feeling to come away all excited! It's great you got some naps in too!

Tatersmama said...

Becky... No, it's just what I looked like while sleeping the day away! lol!
Joolz, I don't know where they're up to with the series. This is only the 2nd one I've seen, but at least it's coming back next week. I checked Amazon for the boxed set, but you can't get it for region 2. :(
Fruitcake Sandy, it's been good. It's been VERY good! I could get used to this! :)
farmlady, I KNEW that you would know what I was talking about!
Katidids, I didn't know that! God Bless your daughter - because it isn't easy!
Kerry, You bring the beer and we'll be all set! I adore BBC programes, and I wish I could get these 2 on DVD! Btw... I think my tongue has a cramp in it, from hangin' out! ;)
Nancy, It's been lovely - just lovely! I'm back at it this afternoon, (have a schoolie coming in for some long-term care) and tho the down time has been great, I can't wait to see the little guy.

Libby's Library said...

Becky wore me out, so I need to be catching up on my "zssssss" too!
Glad you enjoyed the seminar, and that you had a relaxing weekend.
Did you get any Crisco at Costco?

Roslyn said...

Those kids have huge challenges-I worked with a lot of tragic cases asa Psych. nurse-it just isn't fair, but thank God for people like you with the patience & knowledge to help them, Kate.
Where did you put your quilt?

Marjie said...

Awww, are you getting into the Crisco again? Hope it was a great weekend, as it started out to be!

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

You work so jolly hard.
Glad you enjoyed your weekend off :)

Robynn's Ravings said...

Glad to hear all this after the last two posts. You deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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