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Friday, November 15, 2019

Some Friday Randomness because...

Hey, hey, hey! It's FRI-YAY and I don't have a topic for a blog post. Instead, I have a bunch of randomness that I wanted to share. No ads, no affiliate links, heck, no advice. It's really a blog post about nothing...or a lot of little somethings.



Let's start the post with some GOOD NEWS! I mean, who doesn't like good news? If I sound a little manic during this post it's because...yesterday I passed my Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist certification exam! Guys, my practice as a PNP is really changing. I'm spending a lot of time managing mental health issues in kids--more than ever before. I'll let you speculate on why that might be happening, but I decided to pursue this certification to meet the needs of my patients.


Speaking of health, did you get your flu shot this year? We are required to get the flu shot for work. Obviously, I am pro-vaccine, but after my prolonged flare last spring following the shingles vaccine, I was a little nervous to receive it. I flu-fess that I waited until the very last day to get mine. I didn't want it to ruin my Hot Chocolate race experience. You get me, right? Fortunately, I had minimal side effects from the vaccine and once again, I am compliant. And less nervous about getting it in the future.

My employer, every day
It feels like it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it's not even Thanksgiving! People have been decorating already, which I kind of don't like. But seriously, it really looks like Christmas here in the Chicago area. Winter has come early and we've got ALL THE SNOW. It's kind of weird admitting that having the snow makes me mind the early decorating a little less. But why is it happening?

Makes sense.

In the department of really good ideas, I'm just gonna leave this here:


The New York Times published an article this week titled: "When Your Tween Wants to Conform to the VSCO Girl Trend". Seriously, was it a slow news day or what? And what is a VSCO girl? VSCO is a photo editing app and a VSCO girl is a girl who wears oversize shirts with shorts, Birkenstocks, a messy bun, scrunchies on her arm, and a shell necklace. Basically, this is every teen girl I saw over the summer. I had no idea it was a thing. Like, oh my Gawd. Does anyone remember Valley Girls?



What kind of randomness is on your mind? Any good news you want to share? Are you in Camp Flu Shot? Are people decorating for the holidays already where you live? Would you want to retire with a bunch of old running friends? Have you heard of VSCO girls? Tumblr girls? Valley Girls?

I'm linking up with Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness.






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  1. A big congrats! Awesome job, Wendy! I'm sad that you felt that that was something you needed to do to best service kids, though. It's such a tough world out there for kids now. :(

    My good news is feeling much better after an actual week of sleeping in my own bed, not going to my parents (although we will go for a visit this weekend).

    Pretty much unaware of what's happening with tween/teen girls -- maybe that's a good thing, LOL!

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    1. That's great news that you were able to stay home this week. There's nothing better than sleeping in your own bed!

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  2. Huge congrats on passing your exam! That's fantastic. Yes pro flu shot over here and I don't understand why everyone does not get one. I had heard of the Vsco girl thing but was not quite sure what it was. Thanks for clearing that up! :) Have a fantastic weekend

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    1. I don't understand the whole anti-flu shot thing either! Sometimes I feel like a used car salesman...

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  3. Getting my flu shot has been on my to do list for way too long. Grayson got his (twice actually) and Rob got his, but when I went the line was forever so I figured I would go back another time. That was over a month ago. It will happen this weekend!
    So exciting that you have more mental health training. I'm a mental health therapist (although I don't actually practice right now) and it's SO helpful when medical professionals have some background in mental health, especially for kids!

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    1. I'm happy to be more prepared to do medication management. There are so few pediatric psychiatrists, so I'm excited to be able to do that.

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  4. Congrats!!! Proud Of Ya!!
    Valley Girl Staring Nicholas Cage. Haven't Thought About That Movie In A Long Tripendicular Time.
    Happy Friday And Enjoy Your Weekend.

    Cheers

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  5. Congrats on passing your certification exam! I am sure you are the perfect person for this kind of work in young patients.
    I am pro-vaccine but I am too lazy to get flu shots. I haven't been down with flu for many years so I am hoping it continues that way.
    Totally random question to add to today's fun randomness: what would you do if you were retired? Expand on your existing hobbies (crossfit, running, blogging, reading et al)or keep them as it is and take up a new hobby?

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    1. Since I am approaching retirement, your question really isn't random! I think about this a lot. I know I'd stick to fitness and hopefully blogging. I'd love to write more. I'd probably never totally retire...maybe teach? Or work very part time?

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  6. Nice going with your new certification!! The medical world needs more people who see and care about these issues, like you.

    I've been seeing VSCO girl for months now but honestly I thought it was some British thing and never bothered to check. The oversized t-shirts and shorts thing sounds like 95% of the college girls here in town...I see them out and about and think "you have the best body RIGHT NOW, stop wearing these oversized shirts" - and yes, #old.

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    1. It's so funny because I've been seeing these girls come into my clinic wearing giant sweatshirts and I was thinking that I could start wearing mine again. Of course, I'm old...

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  7. Congrats on your new certification!

    I saw the giant Santa at the Ala Moana mall as we were leaving Oahu yesterday. Talk about out of place! The poor guy swelters. Thanksgiving has always been a big deal with our families, so I don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.

    California girl here, so like, yeah, like, I know about Valley Girls. Gag me with a spoon! But thanks for the memory!

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    1. Yeah, not so much Valley Girl speak here. But we did dress like them in the 80s!

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  8. Celebrating with you--fantastic news! Way to go!

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  9. Well done on your new certification - what a great role model, too. I'm not entitled to a free flu jab and as I work from home I can just stay away from people if I get flu, but I DO do that very carefully, as I know most of getting the flu jab is to not give it to other people. In Friday randomness I had a bit too much work to do today but did still at least get 5,600 steps in. And will find my missing 8,000 for the week this weekend, oh, yes, I WILL. Honest.

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  10. Congrats on your certification exam!!

    One of my neighbors broke out all of their Christmas decorations and it's taking all of myself control to not give them the stink eye every time I pass their house. It's just too damn early!

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    1. There's a house on the bike path and they are fully decorated, complete with tacky front yard blowups. Come on, man! Every time I run past it, I get mad...

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  11. Congrats on your certification! I almost did a randomness-type of post, but was able (at almost the midnight hour) to find a way to pull all of my "random" thoughts into a unified piece. I doubt I'll be so lucky next time LOL

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  12. Congrats on passing the examine! That is awesome! Will this certification change your job description or just allow you to offer more services to your patients? I hate to admit this, but I have worked at a school for about 13 year and I have always been too afraid to get a flu shot. Fortunately I've never gotten it. I've been wanting to put our Christmas decorations up outside while it is still warm out ( not turn them on though), but my husband didn't think that was a good idea. So I'm sure we will be out there hanging light when it is 27 degrees because that sounds like a better idea doesn't it?...men...lol

    I am starting to like these random posts better than running posts these days. Thanks for link up. -M

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    1. No, my job stays the same! I'll be able to feel more confident caring for my patients as more of them present with mental health concerns.

      I like the random posts too! LOL!

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  13. Congrats on the certification! We see kids (and by kids I mean young adults) all day long for psych services at the college I work at. And with all the school shootings I'm sure there is a big need for mental health screenings for these kids whether they are potential shooters or have been affected by school violence. So sad.

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    1. I have a feeling the certification is going to be very beneficial for my patients and for me.

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  14. Congratulations! Mental health is so damn important
    Team flu shot. Had to find where to get it outside the office this year as the in office day was two-three days before NYC and no, wasn't risking it. Glad you were OK flare wise.
    The holiday music is ridiculous. I feel like I was in three or four stores with it playing on a loop. Thanksgiving is also too early, but this is obnoxious

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    1. When I was a kid, I couldn't wait for Christmas but now it's out of control!

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