Our third month in Colorado kicked off last week, and it’s becoming more normal with each passing day. My job is awesome, we’re making friends and life is good overall. I suffered severe homesickness over Halloween weekend, but eventually it passed.

For Halloween, we enjoyed Brittany and Justin’s breakfast party, grabbed some drinks and handed out candy. While we attended to the one trick-or-treater of the evening (which was disappointing but expected in Avery Park), Keegan and I made mummy dogs, queso, quac, deviled eggs and pumpkin cheesecake pie from scratch. It was quite an adventurous first Halloween, not to metion the Dia De Los Muertos Party last night.

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Hello pinata
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Homemade Tarot Cards at the Diva De Los Muertos Party

I’m joining the Disaster Response Team soon. Aside from the day to day responsibilities. I’m delivering Geriatric Care Management, PRN, becoming an OBRA Coordinator, plus I’ll soon run groups and meet with patients during their medical appointments.

OBRA Coordinators are responsible for expediting the PASRR Process, which I’m currently training for. We have 53 Coordinators in the state, with 11 and 19 from two facilities alone. So basically, 30 of the 50 OBRA Coordinators work for two agencies, and I’ll be one of the other 20 in the state of Colorado. I never dreamed I’d train for something so….specialized. And challenging. It’s hard to describe, but I consider myself lucky to learn a newly-emerging process. I’m excited to learn the ins and outs and even more excited to lead groups.

As if that’s not awesome enough, North Range pays for their employees CAC Certifications. And since I’m already enrolled in graduate courses, I won’t have to take the same ones twice for my CAC II Certification. And it’s free. My agency invests in it’s employees, and I know I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but I could see myself working here for awhile. My job is rewarding and challenging between direct services, administrative responsibilities and the juggling of a hectic schedule, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s nice to remember why I got into Social Work and Mental Health in the first place.

On an unrelated note, my obsession with audio books continues. Why didn’t I give them a try sooner? With my somewhat lengthy commute, it’s easy to “read” a book in a week or less. I breezed through Tina Fey’s Bossypants, started on Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch and plan to read Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres next. I might dive into fiction, soon, but I’m so much more of a non-fiction-reader.

My new winding-down activity has revolved around this Color Me Calm Coloring Book and attempting to balance the chakras. We’ll see how that goes. I’m just thrilled to be back on my feet and ready to start saving for a mortgage.

In honor of the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to share these festive recipes from my favorite cooking show–The Splendid Table: http://www.splendidtable.org/thanksgiving-recipes

They feature something for everyone, and I’m eager to test a few recipes this year.

And those for those dying to know what I’m listening to this week, here ya go:

Destroyer with their Canadian antics sound like a Broken Social Scene rip-off, but in the best way possible.

Our friends from Nashville are paying Denver a visit this week. Since I’m off for Veteran’s Day, we plan on making an appearance for Mouth Reader’s bound-to-be epic performance.

Keegan and I have recently (as in, yesterday) fallen victim to Aziz Ansari’s new series Mastre of None. The show is amazing so far! How we managed to watch 7 episodes in a day is beyond me, but we’re saving the last 3 for tonight. But anyways, an episode ended with New Edition’s Cool It Now, and I’ve rediscovered my love for all things Bobby Brown, The Whispers and New Edition-ish.

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My precious
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Gray’s Cafe in Ault with their gigantic cinnamon rolls
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Perfect weather
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We encountered a rattle snake 5 minutes after this pic, but we all survived…
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Fort Collins downtown lights
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Sooo pretty