There are times I wonder why I work at Arbor Village. It can be frustrating and stressful…. AS WITH ANY JOB. Days that end like today make it better for a couple of reasons:

1. the door decorating contest 2. reminisce, and 3. Tania.

1.We are doing a door decorating contest this year at my building… it may be the last one also because the Fire Marshall dinged us for: “improper fire doors ensconced in holiday paper”. Ba Hum Bug to you also Mr. Fire Marshal!! The fact that most of the staff are getting involved makes it worth it (to me at least!). It has been fun and competitive and GREAT team work and really has strengthened and unified us for the season. It is a fun healthy competition. Even the residents are making decorations for eachother’s doors so they will be decorated also. The little elves in the building are running wild and I LOVE IT! We even have staff coming in on their free time to work on doors. Bragging rights are everything at AV! I will post pictures tommorow…

2. Every Tuesday we have an organized Reminisce activity. I say organized because we always reminisce with whatever we are doing. Sometimes we all leave crying because the stories touch each of us. I don’t really know how to explain it but our “reminisce” group really is like a little family. Because we talk about our lives every week… we know more about eachother than just about everybody else.

3. TANIA! I love TANIA! She is one of my residents. I shouldn’t have favorites but she is one of my most favorites! She tells her family that sometimes she is my mother, sometimes I am hers and other times we are just sisters. I just got off the phone with her. We were talking for about 45 minutes. She just got a Kindle Fire so I am helping her download books via AMAZON. Do you know how hard it is to teach an old lady what WIFI and what tabbed browsing is? Anyways, certain titles would come up and she would have stories and reasons why I MUST READ those books. She is bound and determined to have me educated in ALL the worlds of literary works…. The good and the bad. She wants me to have all the knowledge I can receive in my little brain. I don’t really consider her an old lady. She is so smart… She knows EVERYTHING. I learn so much from her. She is one of my best friends which is odd considering our age difference.

Anyways… I left work in a good mood despite XBOX having an update that completley changed the look and took me a while to get Netflix working again…


Author: laurasznn

I am a conservative, slightly old-fashioned crazy girl. I love to read, write, sew, scrapbook, cook, bake, do crafts, enjoy nature, take my car off-roading, ride my bike, and just stay busy. I sometimes say I want a lazy day BUT I hate not having anything to do which means I frequently stretch myself too thin. I am the Life Enrichment Director at an assisted living facility. I love being around the elderly population. They are such amazing people who have so much to offer and teach. I also love the little guys too... I love being around kids, especially my nieces and nephews! In December of 2019 I was diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation that quite literally may have been a life changing diagnosis. I went from feeling like I was crazy. To maybe having answers.

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