special

I haven’t written here for a little while, so it’s time for a ‘lil update.

I got the job at PUSD. I’m working in the Special Education Department. I’ve been working since the beginning of March. I am in charge of the Special Ed. file room, and I also do event planning for trainings. I am very busy. Doing the event planning isn’t my favorite, but once I get used to the type of events they do and what is needed, I think I will like it more. Working the file room isn’t too bad either, it is just a mess right now! I like the quiet and solitude of filing though. The people who I work with are, for the most part, friendly. A few coworkers and I have gone out to lunch a couple times now, and it’s nice to hang out with them outside of work and get to know them more as friends.

I’ve been taking an online class — Language, Speech, and Hearing Development. This is the first of the prerequisites I need to take before applying to grad school for Communication Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology). I will be done with the class a week from today. It looks like I’m going to get an “A.”  Getting an “A” feels very encouraging, and it has boosted my confidence that, “yes, I can do this!” I was worried that this field may be a little too on the “scientific” side for me, but I feel empowered that I can handle it now. This class has sparked my interest to learn more. I just wish I could take more classes, so I could finish the prerequisites sooner, but right now I want and need to work, too. I may be able to take two classes and still work next semester, because I think the professor for my next classes is easier…but we will see.

Taking a class helps keep my sanity at work, though. When I have an un-fun day, I have light at the end of the tunnel that someday I will be in a more exciting, meaningful, and professional job.

In this position, I have been much more exposed to the world of Special Needs. The children who receive our services truly are special.  As I learn more about them through the brief interactions I do have, I feel like I am literally stepping into a different world. It has been fascinating for me, and I am amazed at how unique and beautiful God has created each person to be. Our God is so big. He chooses to show his love through a prism of different lights. And anyone who can participate in that truly is a special person.

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yummy food

I’ve been really enjoying some new vegetarian recipes lately that have just rocked my socks off. So I’ve compiled some for you, along with some quotes and facts that support my lifestyle. :)

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” ~ Albert Einstein

Couscous Salad with Black Beans, Mushrooms, Avocado and Corn recipe {here}

Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million 

Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million 

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Red Quinoa  and Black Bean Vegetable Salad recipe {here}

Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000 

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Curried Lentil Soup recipe {here}

Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million

Hummus-Vegetable Sandwich

40 vegetarian sandwiches {here}

Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.slaughterhouse worker

Vegetarian Burrito {here}

Average U.S. man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent 

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Sweet Potato Veggie Burger {here}