Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pediatric Dentistry: Chidren Grinding Their Teeth

5 yr old grinds her teeth, now 2 front are near the gums and yellowish in color. Dentist said no worries, but how will they fall out?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I'm Blogging Again!

Hey guys! I have missed you all, but guess what!  I am blogging again.  Come follow me: http://thepopularlife.wordpress.com/
Can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

How I Landed the Job!!

Everybody wanted to become a nurse during the recession, and guess what? Now everybody is. With the continuing delusion that a nursing shortage is alive, many of us are competing for jobs that just aren't there. After graduating Dec 2010(RN degree with prior LPN experience), I waited until one week prior my due date (Jun 28, yes I was pregnant) to start applying. Well I applied just in time because a month and half later I landed not one but TWO interviews. Unlike many of my other classmates, I was doing pretty good. I was confident because I'd never been to an interview and NOT gotten the job, and I promised myself this time would not be any different.



Before I move ahead lets take a step back for a second. You can't land an interview if your application doesn't stand out. If you're in a competitive field like nursing, this is a must. First off, and this may cause a stir, I have an ethnic first name so therefore I choose not to use it. I do not want any odds against me. Oddly enough, I have a unique middle name, that's actually my maiden name. I use that to my advantage. My maiden name happens to be Blizzard. So when people see my application, and/or resume' it may read S. Blizzard Robinson or S. B. Robinson. Why does this work for me? Well, first off they do not know if I am male/female or black/white. They may even be intrigued or humored by the name Blizzard and their curiosity leads them to read more. Whatever the case may be, since I've removed my first name, I have received countless calls. I make sure my cover letter pops and always appears specific to the place I am applying.


Once I land an interview, I make sure I am dressed to impress. A really nice suit can get you that promotion before you even get hired, trust me - I've experienced it. But a suit alone won't land you the job. I personally, suffer from social anxiety, many people who know me wouldn't believe it, but it's true. Palms are sweating, hands are shaking, brain is semi-ADHD at this point, but I work past that. Some of the best advice I've ever received is that a smile will open many doors for you. So I make sure I have a friendly smile, because in a career where customer service is important, I need to appear approachable. A firm handshake, I slyly wipe my hands (on my slacks prior, LoL) and shake hands. I wait until I am asked to sit before I do. I make sure I use my southern manners by saying ma'am/sir when appropriate. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I say something memorable. I found that I wasn't really that qualified for this particular job (but I learn fast), so I know I needed to standout.


When the interview is over, I'm probably NOT the top candidate but dang it, I am like the tortoise - I will win the race. What do I do? I send a thank you email - subject (whatever the catchy memorable phrase I used in the interview), it needs to be personal, not some copied and pasted thank you note. Although it's a personal one, it still needs to be professional. Make sure you highlight your skills in this letter. I also send a thank you card, via snail mail. The thank you card is empty on the inside so you can write what you want, and express how interested you are in the position. How do I know this works? Well, when HR offered me the job, she made it obvious I wasn't the most qualified (not in a rude way). Later I received an email from the director using my "catchphrase" and stating she couldn't wait for me to start. I think my goofiness and sense of humor has paid off.


So how did I land the job where the competition is out of this world? It wasn't my experience, because although I was a LPN prior it was not in this field (and many LPNs I graduated with started the application process right away and still continued to be unemployed). I was human, not a stiff robot. I made the interviewing committee feel they could relate to me. They need to know you are a good fit for their company. They also need to feel they can work around you. So pick up the interviewers aura, and go from there. Make sure before you leave your house, you look your best, you smell your best, so you can feel your best. GOOD LUCK!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Adventures of Afro Man and Disco Girl (Exerpt)


"Ahhh!!!!! We're being attacked by 1985!" the blond woman screamed as she saw the flamboyantly dressed man rush into the bank.
"That's right! This is a hold up!" shp shp the sound the activator made as he sprayed his dripping wet curls. He ran and jumped on top of the bank counter (split!) his tight red leather pants ripped and the crowd was surprised at the revelation of a pink thong. "I'm Jheri Curl and I'm robbing this joint." He sprayed the teller in the eyes with his activator, "Now fill this bag with the dough lady and make it quick, I got a hair appointment."
Meanwhile in a studio apartment uptown dancing to the sounds of Gloria Gaynor was the infamous, Afro Man and Disco Girl. "This is a radio interruption. On the corner of 18th street and Penn is a bank robbery in progress. The police are outside of the premises trying the negotiate with the man describe as a tall thin black man, wearing a tight red leather suit and dripping hair...."
"Jheri Curl!" Afro Man and Disco Girl said in unison. "Lets head down there quick!" Disco girl swung her long blond hair, and ran to the 1976 rusty orange Ford Pinto and Afro Man followed closely behind.
Upon arriving at the scene, Afro Man and Disco Girl notified the police that they were very familiar with the suspect and had everything under control. Despite the police protests, Disco Girl threw her shiny silver disco ball and the bank door swung open. "I'm Disco Girl!" She jumped in in, her rainbow color mini dress with bright colored sequins glimmered blinding many of the customers.
"And I'm Afro Man!" Afro man jumped next to Disco girl in his tight stonewashed jeans and tie die shirt, "Where's the culprit?"
They was directed to an older gray haired gentleman in a suit holding Jheri Curl. "Release!" screamed Afro Man as he threw his black power afro pick, the sharp metal comb stung the gray-haired gentleman in the neck, causing him to release Jheri Curl and grab his neck in agonizing pain. Jheri Curl ran out of the bank with his large bag of money.
"You idiots!" someone screamed
"We had him, and you let him get away!" screamed an angry bystander
"Well I'm Disco Girl!" she swung her blond hair and stood tall with her arms folded, "and I'm Afro Man" he put his back to Disco Girl. "And you're welcome for our service!"

Hi everyone, thanks for reading an exerpt from my story "The Adventures of Afro Man and Disco Girl." This is a tale about two 1970s "superheros" trying to defeat a 1980's villian in the modern day. I really would like for this to be a comic, but I'm not an artist. If you are willing to collaborate with me please contact me at Twitter.com/deycallme_blizz (and follow). Hope you enjoyed this.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sexology 101


Sex Tip 101: Drink warm tea before going down on your significant other.

Thats what I told my friend that asked me for sex advice. Apparently this crap I was thinking off the top of my head worked, because she called me asking me for more advice.

Sex Tip 102: Despite the position, arch your back

I'm sure I didn't make this stuff up myself, I know I've read it somewhere in the past. I can't possibly be an expert. I'm not even having sex!

Sex Tip 103: Masturbate during sex

I mean this is just common sense right. If your man isn't pleasing you, please yourself. It cuts down the cheating rates, I guess.

Sex Tip 104: While giving head (I'm sure that's the proper medical terminology) look him dead in the eyes.

I am assuming this makes you look more confident, like you actually know what you're doing. It could also make it look like you've done this way too many times before.

Sex Tips 105: Tell him he's the best you've ever had while you're having sex

You know men need an ego boost. Maybe he'll work extra hard to please you.

At this point, she is really into it. "Oh my God, tell me more. I want to try this stuff tonight." I am out of ideas because I've been celibate since Aug. I mean I haven't tried half this stuff myself, but she's always telling me how great my advice is and I didn't want to ruin my reputation (rethinking last statement).

Sex Tip 109: While on top do 8 strokes to tip only, very fast. Then 4 long slow strokes to entire shaft.

Yes at this point I am getting specific, and well - horny. I cut the conversation to a quick halt. She will be getting some tonight, but not me. My husband's in Iraq, and the toy I have is going to take away my husband's flame when he returns, and we don't want that.

"Ok, just one more before you go." she says. Is she getting off on this? This is the most action I've had in months.

Sex Tip 110: Pop in a porno, and play it during sex. The sexual moans and groans of other people is intoxicating.

"DialTone" and then the sounds that produce intoxication begin to play.



A Poor Man's Career (Do You Concur?)


I'm writing this in the middle of my studying, which is not going very well. I cannot get into it, because it does not interest me. When I decided to go back to college, I chose a science major because I knew I would have a better chance at a career that included getting paid. Needless to say - I'M BORED!

Artsy people like myself know that "art" is an investment career. Some of us don't have anything to invest. Whether your art is painting, photography, acting, music, or writing... well lets face it - Those are "Poor Man Careers" it takes money to make money in those fields, and well if you have obligations (and no money), POW! And good luck!

Ok, ok there are a lucky few of us that make it. Some of us make it big too. I don't know any of those people personally, but I do own a television.

I've noticed since I have started studying science, I've become more serious, I say "I concur" and I invent really big words to make myself sound more intelligent. I am so out of my element. Adding to me feeling out of place is the fact that I am one of the few Americans in my classes. Everyone around me is speaking in their dialect and I am sitting there playing drums with my pencil. People are turned off by sense of humor, and everyone is so damn serious! Do you concur?

My health is also starting to fade, headaches everyday because I'm trying to study stuff I just do not understand. Science is going to kill me. Science is a villian, and art is the superhero! Save me ART!

Confession time, in high school I kissed up to my Biology teacher, played on the fact that she dated my uncle. I went from a "F" in her class to a "B" never studied. I was even excused from dissecting the frog, I got to dissect one on the computer instead. Chemisty with Ms. Sheffield, I cheated. I sat in the back and cheated off of a young girl named Melanie. I slept through the lectures, or daydreamed. Often drawing pictures on my desk. So what the hell am I doing majoring in science? uh.... I can't even answer that.

All jokes aside, I'm hoping my studies in science will help me reach my goal of becoming a successful writer, and in the end science will be defeated by art. I will use my scientific knowledge to write a great novel. Look forward to it. Otherwise look forward to my lifelong career in a white labcoat turning into a lifetime in a white straightjacket. Do you concur?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Marriage is NOT a Sin



I decided to write this post based on a controversial topic that we were having at work the other day. A co-worker (we will call her Elizabeth) said, "You know that gay marriage might be legal in DC now?" I replied, "Oh, really?" I guess she could hear in my tone that I did not really care. So she asked my other co-worker (We will call her Sunny). "So do you care if gay people get married." Sunny said, "No, why should I?" Elizabeth replied, "Because it would ruin the sanctity of marriage." I wanted to reply but both Sunny and I was laughing so hard we could not say anything.
Ruin the sanctity of marriage, hmmm.. Lets take a close look at this one. The sanctity of marriage has already been ruined by many heterosexual people, through lying, deceit, adultery and divorce.

She went on to say that the bible says, "A man should not lay with another man." I said, "So you don't agree with homosexuality?" Honestly, I would have been pleased with that, I mean she did just quote the bible. But instead she said, "No. Gay people can't help being gay. I just don't think we should let them get married."

"What? Did you not just say a man should not lay with another man? And that God did not make Adam and Steve?" I think that is what took the cake for me. Personally, I believe everyone interprets the bible differently. I also know that the bible has been used in many cases to justify people's belief, it has been used to justify slavery (which she did not agree with). It was also used to argue that interracial couples should not marry. Well..... If you are going to used the bible to argue that gay people should not get married, at least say that it is because you think that people should not be gay. I mean not one place in the bible does it say marriage is a sin.

Her friend came along, and he even went so far as to say, "We cannot give these people too many rights?" That was appalling. Control human rights? He said, "Next thing you know people will be marrying animals." That is ridiculous, animals can't even talk. Besides, that is not the issue at hand. We are talking about two human beings who love each other. Who are being violated, because they are being stripped away of a human right. 20 years together and nothing to show for it? I could not imagine that. I love my husband, and would have been devastated if the law had prevented us from marrying.

Elizabeth then mentioned, gay people raising children. FACT 1: Gay people are already raising children. Heterosexual children. If you really want to get technical. Gay people are the product of straight people. Many heterosexuals are raising homosexuals and vice versa.

Elizabeth then said, "If gay people get married, the world will end." The world has been corrupt for a long time. If that is what ends the world, so be it. Let God judge, let people's fate be in the hands of God and not other human beings.

But what really made Elizabeth angry was the fact that Sunny and I was really against child rape, she compared that to homosexual marriage. Are you serious? No one is getting hurt when 2 people love each other and get married. We are talking about 2 consenting adults in that situation. A child does not consent to rape. It is 2 different things. She said, "no it isn't they are both sins. Sins are equal in the eyes of God."

A rapist is a sinner. A liar is a sinner. A cheater is a sinner. A thief is a sinner. We are all sinners, but guess what? Those of us who are straight sinners are allowed to marry. Remember marriage is not a sin. Let God do his job, he knows what he is doing. Love all people, be them gay or straight, that is our job. Hope you enjoyed this, have a blessed day.
 
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