Monday, January 26, 2015

Is it Friday yet?

Adjusting to school seems to be so much harder this semester.  I think it's because it's so busy.  No matter how much sleep I get, it never seems to be enough.  I have three essays due by Friday this week, so I'm not sure when I'll get around to visiting everyone.  I try to make a point to blog hop once a week, but it doesn't always happen.
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Took this from here.

1.  If you spoke English with an accent other than the one you currently have, how would you choose to sound?

I used to work with someone from New Zealand.  She had the coolest accent, and sometimes I'd ask her questions that I already knew the answers to just so I could hear her talk.

2.  Be honest:  How do you feel about people who smoke?

I don't usually mind the people themselves, but I hate their habit.  While I'm not asthmatic or anything, I find it difficult to breathe in the smoke when I'm around it.  I also don't like the smell it leaves on you afterwards.

When I worked at my last job, I resented the smokers because they got to take smoke breaks.  The rest of us were expected to work without one.  That was very unfair.

3.  Whose death touched your own sense of mortality the most?

There was a big group of us who used to go to the movies once or twice a month, or go out to the bars or whatever.  Within that group was a woman I didn't really get to know that well until a few months before her death.  She was a recent widow and her children were grown.  I felt like sometimes she glommed onto me more than I liked, but because I wasn't working much and had a lot of time on my hands, we started to hang out more.

She'd been going to the doctor for awhile, but they couldn't seem to find anything wrong.  She went to one after another, it seemed.  Finally one doctor looked down her throat and saw a very large mass tumor there.  He told her she probably only had six weeks to live.  She was immediately admitted to a hospital in another town that could properly care for her and she never came home.  I would try to visit her once a week or so, but missed the last week.  From the very first visit, she was no longer the same person I knew.  She couldn't talk, or walk, or eat, or really do much of anything.  Because she was on so much medication, I don't think she even really knew that I was there.  But I knew...

Surprisingly, I didn't cry when she died.  I don't know why.  It made me think about how we'd gone shopping just weeks before she went to the hospital.  She'd bought shorts, groceries, and a variety of other things.  I thought about how she'd never wear those shorts, or use those groceries.  She had no idea when she bought those things that she'd never have an opportunity to use them.  It made me think about life and how you just never know when your time is up.

I had an answering back then with messages recorded on a tape.  One day shortly after her death, I came home and found the machine blinking back at me.  I listened to the message and it was an old one from my friend.  The message was something to the effect of, "Hi, it's Mary.  I'm home now, give me a call when you get the chance."  I think this was the very last message she had left me, and I am certain that I'd deleted it.  There was no reason to save it!  I tried to delete it repeatedly, but it never would let me.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
I have no idea what those big bugs are, but I don't like them!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. is my hero today because I get to sleep in!!!  And because I don't have work/classes/internship today.  Last week was absolutely exhausting, especially since I was still trying to figure out my class schedule.  I have it figured out now; now all I need to do is get the necessary signatures and turn in the proper paperwork.

This semester looks to be my busiest one yet.  When I was scheduling classes last semester, I tried to give myself an hour between them so that I wouldn't feel rushed.  Unfortunately, I have a zillion things to take care of in between classes so I have not been able to enjoy that free time.  This week doesn't look any better either, sadly.

And the homework -- every semester, I sit down and write down all of my major assignments on the calendar so that I don't miss anything.  This semester, I have at least two essays due for different classes almost every week in addition to other various assignments.  I feel like I'm never gonna see the light of day until graduation!  I'm worn out just thinking about it all.

So please forgive me if I'm not able to get around to visiting everyone as often as I might like.
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Took this from here.

1. What's the worst advice you ever took?

Back in my younger years, I seem to recall being very drunk at a bar one night.  I knew that I was drunk, yet continued to drink.  The people I was hanging out with bought several rounds and kept telling me to drink up.  I remember going to the bathroom at one point during the evening to pee.  For some reason beyond my sober comprehension, I decided to lay down on the floor next to the toilet for a little while.  I don't know how long I was in there, but someone eventually came in and found me.  She asked me if I was alright and I said yes.  She left, then came back a minute or so later with one of the people I was at the bar with.  My friend said that it was time for me to go home.

Listening to my friends who told me to continue drinking was really bad advice!

2.  Pick a divisive issue currently in the news.  Explain to the best of your ability both sides of the issue as if you believe each side.  

A big issue in the news here is gay marriage.  Our state governor is against it, and is taking it all the way to the Supreme Court.

For - We should not discriminate by not allowing gays to marry.  It has no bearing on anyone else other than those entering into marriage.

Against - God meant for marriage to be between Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.  Marriage between two men or two women is going against nature.

3.   When you were a child, who were your favorite relatives?

Because my father was in the military, we didn't live near any of my parents' relatives.  We would go to visit them maybe once every 5 years or so, or maybe they'd come visit us.  I never really got to know any of them.  My favorite one was always my aunt on my mom's side.  She was always so nice!  Even today, she's still my favorite.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  

I couldn't tell what this picture was of at first, but discovered that it's Niagara Falls when I went to save it.  About a year or two before my dad died, he and my mom went there.  They took a bunch of pictures, and it was really beautiful.  My dad bought me a souvenir there, but I don't remember what it was.  I do remember him telling me that he forgot his jacket that day, so he bought one at a shop there.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hard to believe...

...today is the last first day of school as an undergrad.  It seems like I blinked and it's already over!  Well, almost.
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Took this from here.
 
1.  What is something you do well?
 
I don't know.  Whatever it is, I haven't figured it out yet. 
 
2.  Name all of the vehicles you have owned in your adult life.
 
That's pretty easy, since I've only ever owned 3 vehicles.
 
The first one was a piece of s*^# Chevy Citation.  It was old when I got it, and not in the best condition.  My father bought it for me without me having any say in the matter, then told me that I would need to pay him back for it. 
 
The next car was a Pontiac Sunbird, which I really loved!  I only got rid of it because it was old and I wasn't sure how much longer it would hold out.
 
Then I bought a brand new Chevy Cavalier.  It's old now, but it's all I have.
 
3.  If you could be a fly on the wall anywhere and at any time in history, when and where would you choose?
 
There are so many options that it's hard to choose!  It might be interesting to watch Leonardo da Vinci in action, or to watch Beethoven compose, or maybe even to watch President Kennedy speak.  What would you choose?
 
4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
It reminds me that I'm one of the few who does not have a cell phone.  People look at me like I have 3 heads when I tell them that.    

Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Only The 5th, And It's Already Been An Expensive Year!!!

Apparently this is the year that I'm supposed to be made of money.  Only someone neglected to mention this little fact to me, as I have none.  What little I did have is now loooooooooooong gone. 
 
So far this year, I paid to have someone come out to fix my heat.  You know your house is cold when you wake up to see your windows covered in ice -- on the inside!  The guy spent less than an hour fixing it, and charged me $80.  It's a small price to pay for warmth though.  My chi's and I were so cold!
 
I have a locksmith coming this morning to fix 3 doorknobs.  They all use the same key, and they've all been giving me problems for awhile now.  I can open the doors from the inside quite easily.  Opening from the outside is an entirely different matter!  I'm afraid if I don't get them fixed soon that I'll end up locked out one day. 
 
Tuesday, I'll be going to the dentist.  I bit down on something and lost a tooth!  I knew the tooth was bad, but not that bad!  Because it's right in the front, I need to get it fixed.  I graduate in May, and can't doing interviews while I'm toothless!  Thank God my mom said she'd pay for it.  I've not been to the dentist in a very long time, and am anticipating that this will be a very expensive visit.  The first appointment is just a consultation.
 
Because it's the first of the year, I also need to buy new city dog licenses.  Plus the boys need their nails clipped, which is worth every penny to pay someone else to take care of them.  I need to buy them dog food too. 
 
School starts next week, so I also need to buy school supplies and textbooks.  One class requires two textbooks, both of which are almost $200 each at the bookstore.  Fortunately, I can buy them online cheaper.  One class won't actually require any textbooks at all!  The professor provides all the reading material online for us, but the reading is extensive.  The first week, he wants us to read no less than 10 articles.  He also wants us to print them all out and bring them to class too.  So not gonna happen!!! 
 
Once I graduate in May, I have 6 months to find a job and start paying those hefty student loans back.  Which means my first payment will be in December.  Nice!  Nothing like having something cut into my Christmas funds once again!
 
Sometimes being an adult really sucks! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Moody Monday

So school is out for the semester.  I was sick on the last day of finals and didn't even realize it until I got home from work.  When I couldn't get warm, it finally occurred to me that I probably had a fever, which I did.  Felt sick for two days, had a very stuffy nose for the next two, and felt a lot better but also a lot more tired on the fifth day.  And by day six, I was back to feeling like my old self again.

I'm off for the next two weeks.  As much as I want it to drag on indefinitely, I know that it can't...  So I'm trying to make the most of the time I do have and spend it doing as little as possible.  I really do need to get some things done around the house though, before school starts back up and I won't have the time or motivation.  I'm trying to convince myself that I need to steam clean the carpet today.  I have a long list of other stuff to do too. 

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas!  We lost our power late Christmas Eve, and into Christmas morning.  The chi's and I spent the night at my mom's because it also snowed Christmas Eve day and I didn't know what the roads would be like in the morning.  Shiver and Chico were mostly well behaved, and I appreciated getting to spend the day with them.  Santa was generous, and we all had a really good day. 

I'm too lazy to find the post so I can link back to it, but I recently mentioned a really bad internship interview I had.  It was very intense, and lasted over an hour.  None of my answers seemed to please the interviewer, and at one point my mind went completely blank.  Well, a senator I had worked with indirectly in my last internship apparently called in a big favor and got me the internship!!!  I don't know if he had to bribe her or what, but I was shocked when she offered me the position.  I didn't tell her I knew that the senator had called her on my behalf.  I've been told this lady can be difficult to work with, and that nothing pleases her.  However, this will be excellent experience so I just have to deal with it. 

I made the Dean's List again this past semester, and have been invited to join an honor society that's just for my particular major.  The society doesn't really do very much, but I'll get a free lunch, and will get special recognition at graduation.  Plus it'll look good on my resume.   

This coming semester will be my last one.  I'm kind of freaking out about it, because now I'll have to face the real world and start paying back all of those loans.  Ugh!  Everyone says I'll be able to get a better job now, but that's not necessarily true!  I know lots of people who graduated before me who are doing something totally different from what they majored in.  One girl who majored in business now works in a call center.  A friend who majored in anthropology now sells insurance.  A guy I used to work with now works at the movie theater making minimum wage after graduation.  I don't want that for myself!  I really want to work in the field of my major! 

I also have to keep reminding myself to enjoy every moment.  I love school, and have learned so much from it.  I've done things I never would have done otherwise, and learned so much about myself in the process.  As much as I stress out over every.little.thing!!!, I also really love it.  And once it's done, I know that I'll miss it. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogville Gift Exchange

I knew I couldn't afford to do the Blogville Christmas card exchange AND gift exchange, so we decided to exchange gifts this year.  We were partnered up with Shane and Hoke, whom we had never "met" before.  If you've never met them either, you should totally stop over there and hello.  After you've finished visiting here, of course!  Click here to see what Shiver and Chico got them. 

I always get just as excited whether a package is for me or the boys.  Somehow, they always seem to know when a package is for them.  I brought it home from the post office and let it sit on the kitchen table for several days before opening the presents.  Finally, curiosity got the better of me and I just couldn't wait any longer.
Look at all them toys and treats!!! 
I knew these would be their favorites, and I was right!  See that white thing hanging off to the sides?  Those are extra squeakers!  How cool is that?  I couldn't get them unwrapped fast enough for Shiver and Chico.
 Shiver
 Chico
 
Here they are playing with a few of their toys. 
 
Thanks so much for all of our goodies, Shane and Hoke!  You sure know how to shop for a dog, and we loved each and every toy and treat. 
 

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