Memorial Day Privacy?

For those who don't know, one of my jobs is working as an activity aide in a nursing home. I'm also a photographer (beginner) so I often end up with the camera at work functions, where I end up getting some really nice photos of the elderly.
Just one problem. I can't show off my work or use any of the pictures for my portfolio or anything like that because of HIPAA and the resident's privacy rights.

I've been told if you take a picture of the residents without showing their face or another quality that could identify them, I should be fine. But HIPAA is extremely important and taken very seriously, so there's not a chance I'd be willing to take.
I've tried to do the research myself, but every website says something different.
So I've been talking to one of the bosses at the building and she said she would talk to the house attorney to see what they say.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the parade that I'm allowed to use.. hopefully someday I'll be able to show you all the ones I'm not allowed, depending on what the attorney says.

People in the parade were throwing candy and blowing bubbles

Top Ten Things I've Been Asking Him To Do #toptentues

Me&Scott (Photo credit: ICStarzz)
Not only do I have an internal personal list I work off of, I've made one for my hunny, and really wish he'd get on it. I know he's been really busy, but there's things around the house that really need done, that I've been bugging him to do.
This is not a nag list, I was just sitting during my lunch break thinking about some of the things I've been asking him to do and go figure, I came up with a list of ten whole things! haha

What Memorial Day means to me

Memorial Day is a day to remind people that they should be appreciative towards our fallen soldiers and to those who've put everything on the line for our freedom. It is important that we honor and celebrate them. Not just one day a year, but every day.

I'm not sure how I feel about celebrating with fireworks and candy at parades because I believe it gives a false message to our children. It's up to us to teach the younger generations what the true meanings of these days are.

Today at work, after we take the residents to the Memorial Day parade, a couple of them will want to visit the Veteran's Cemetery.

The white markers on each grave is a reminder to us that freedom isn't free. Take a moment of silence today and be thankful for the blood that was spilled on foreign grounds to protect our freedom and to protect against those who want to harm us.

I want to thank the veteran's and the families who've given a loved one to America, for our protection, our freedom. For everyone. I am forever grateful.

God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home. 

(Above pictures found on google)
(Above pictures found on Pinterest)


The Fog Rolls In #wordlesswednesday

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.

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Top Ten Things about Effective Communication

This post could also be titled: How to Say what you Mean without Resorting to Blunt Force Trauma to get your Point Across. But that was way too long. :P

Sweetest Friendships #wordlesswednesday

When I'm feeling down and can't seem to get out of it.. perhaps the company of good friends can fix it!
And it did!

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures."

"Friendship is what gets you through the bad times and helps you enjoy the good times"

"I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me. I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be; I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day, as you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way." 

"Do not save your loving speeches

For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead."

"I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow." 


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A Pick Me Up #wordlesswednesday

What an appropriate saying at this time of my life. I don't like to admit it often, but I'm 25 years old and I'm still on a journey of figuring out who I am and who I want to be. 

Leap Into Spring! Grass/Green

Welcome to the fifth week (which was the 4th) of the Leap Into Spring Photography challenge hosted by Kristi of Live and Love out Loud, Rebecca of Bumbles & Light, and Alicia of ProjectAlicia!

Leap Into Spring is a 6-week photography challenge aimed at capturing the beauty of spring.

<em>Leap Into Spring!</em> Photo Challenge 

Leap Into Spring! - Rain/Water

Welcome to the fourth week (which was the 27th) of the Leap Into Spring Photography challenge hosted by Kristi of Live and Love out Loud, Rebecca of Bumbles & Light, and Alicia of ProjectAlicia! +WordlessWednesday!

Leap Into Spring is a 6-week photography challenge aimed at capturing the beauty of spring.

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Top Ten Ways to keep Top Ten Tuesday from Driving you Insane #toptentues

There's something to be said about doing things regularly. Ask any writer and they'll tell you that the key to productivity is to write every day...even if the writing sux.  There's also something to be said about blogging and all the ins and outs of getting our stuff out there, gathering followers, getting noticed, trying to be interesting, and trying to think up TEN things every Tuesday.

Sounds easy enough, right? Come up with ten things and list them. Well, I'm here to tell you that it isn't always easy; especially if you're moving, unpacking, working two jobs, and want to have a life in there somewhere where you can do goofy things like, you know, eat and sleep.

So today I thought I'd list (or try to) ten ways to make TTT the fun it's supposed to be and not the brain twisting, omg I forgot to do that AGAIN, pain in the butt it can become...especially after you've been doing it for a while.

1. Every time something strikes you as funny, bad, rant or praise worthy, write it down. Eventually, you're going to end up with a list that might read like Dexter's To Do list but, not to worry, what you've really got is a list of possible topics to use for TTT.

2. Every day something happens that ticks your off or makes you laugh or strikes as being the most important thing in the world.  Write them down.  This too can be used as a list of possible Topics that you can use to get your TTT list started.

3. Take a look at your job. No matter how menial or important your work is there is something in there that has meaning for you. It can be good or bad, doesn't matter. For example, you might hate some procedure or activity and know a better way to do it. Write it down and, after a time you'll have a work related list. Trust me, we all both hate and love our jobs and, as a result, love hearing that we're not the only ones who love and hate our jobs. It helps us feel normal.

4. Family Stuff: Oh the endless possibilities! Families activities, drama, gossip, trouble, triumphs and all the rest can create some AWESOME TTT's. That Aunt that has the weird habit of picking her nose in public? Totally TTT worthy! And once that gets you started you'll be able to think of another nine such things about your family or friends that belong out there where the world can laugh at them, gag, or roll their eyes, or nod with that "yes, I have one of those in my family too."

5. Cooking. Who doesn't screw up a meal every now and then? Who doesn't go out to eat and have something ridiculous happen somewhere between the serving and the eating. Case in point: a hair in the mashed potatoes that obviously doesn't belong to you or anyone else at the table. OY!

6. News: The world is crazy. Sure there's lots of bad things happening but there are also loads of good and funny things going on. And, as far as I know, there are no rules in the TTT that state I can't use news items to inspire a list. Last summer Maine had eleven days of temperatures above 100 degrees. Our local newsman somehow managed to miss that and kept telling us how hard it was raining and what the rising water levels could be if the incessant rain didn't stop. I don't know what planet he had his weather satellite aimed at but it wasn't earth. 

7. Music. Some of it sux. Some of it's great. Some of it seriously needs to be made fun of for being stupid, endlessly repetitious, and pointless. What? The song writer ran out of words so we have to spend ten minutes listening to the same four words over and over again until our ears bleed? No!

8. Boy and Girl friend stuff. I'm not talking anything private or kinky but when did it go out of style to be able to make fun of relationships? Things like men not putting their clothes in the hamper that's sitting two inches away from where they drop their socks.  Or women needing an entire wing added onto the house because they're shoe hoarders.  

9. Television: WTH? Have we regressed to a place where every single show on TV has to be a reality based show that has absolutely NOTHING to do with actual reality? OMG, the TTT's I could create just on TV alone. 

10. On-line stuff: Do I even have to explain this one? I'll give you a hint, we can start with the Bots and finish with the Spam.