fromear2ear

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And the award goes to…

on May 6, 2014

ME, for Laziest Blogger Ever!

I have had a lot of stuff to talk about, but less time than ever with which to do so. During my time away, we’ve had some big changes! You all know I changed jobs, but I never said specifically what I was doing. I debated on whether or not to post about it and ultimately decided not to until after the position was over, for a variety of reasons. The position I accepted was with a teenage girl with mild developmental delays who was in need of supervision and tutoring. One thing that made it tricky was the confidentiality issue- she is in the foster care system, so it is a very tangled web to navigate. Additionally, she’s a teenager and her peer group has a strong online presence. Even more, she is now legally an adult and we have been working with her on self-advocacy. While I will always be there for her, she is her own voice. One of the cool things about being so close in age is that she was able to respect me as an authority figure while accepting me as a guiding peer. Having a friend who’s made it through high school and the next few years after that can be a pretty sweet deal- I can give her a heads up on some of the things to avoid, you know, like meth and wearing leggings as pants.

I really enjoyed the position and got a lot out of it. It sucked when the end of April rolled around, because she had aged out of one of the programs that provided the funding for her to have a tutor. Obviously I’m still plugged into her life, just not professionally. It was hectic trying to find a new job and I was losing my mind towards the end of the search, but then the perfect opportunity presented itself in the form of a last-minute interview at Starbucks. I actually had two interviews in one day and am so glad I said yes to the second one, because the first one was one of those where you’re not really sure what happened but are pretty sure it wasn’t the job they had advertised… Anyways, I met my boss-to-be and we talked until after midnight. A few days later, the job was mine!

I’m currently working with an adorable four year-old boy with Asperger’s, who is insanely cute and absolutely hilarious. The way his mind works is amazing, and I cannot wait to see what life has in store for him! He’s already teaching me so much- think about how much he’ll teach the world!!!

In addition to the change of employment, I have had the awesome opportunity to move into my first apartment! I love it so much and really look forward to the new levels of independence I am achieving.
My last final of the semester was today. I am so relieved to be done with the semester and have summer to focus on my new kiddo, who I have appropriately deemed “Superkid.” I’m nowhere near done with school, but I officially have all of my math credits taken care of! You know, unless I bombed my final… *nervous laughter*

My goal is to post some updates on things I’ve done like celebrating 3-21 and Autism Awareness month, but no promises! I wish I was kidding. Sigh.

On an unrelated note, Happy Cinco de Mayo! May your evening be filled with fajitas and fun!
Now I want fajitas…

From Ear 2 Ear,

Amber

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