Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Meme

Last week was really busy and stressful.  This week looks to be about the same...  Soooooooo much going on and so little time to get it all done.  Next week, I'll start my 3-day weekends again.  Yay!

Has anyone else gotten an email from Andrew at Chewy to do a review this month?  I didn't get one, so I'm just wondering if it's just me or not.
Don't furget that today is the Great Debate!  My boys are voting for Murphy and Stanley.
Took this from here.  

1.  If I were the teacher, I would...

Remember that most students actually have more than one class, and that means they have a ton of homework each week.  Because of this, I would try to go light on the homework for my students.

2.  If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare?  Would you have services to barter?  Would you successful, or would you struggle?

Once upon a time, about 87 years ago, I used to do hair for a living.  So I would attempt to barter that, because it's the only real skill I have.  It's been awhile since I've done it, so I'd need to brush up on my skills a bit.  I'd like to think I'd be successful.

3.  What is one thing you constantly think (not worry) about?  

I try to make a point to remember my father each and every day.  Some days I do better than others.  I don't have to worry about him anymore, since he's passed on.  

I also think about my chi's a lot.  Most of the time I don't have to worry about them.  Sometimes I miss them when I'm really busy and don't get to spend quality time with them like I like to do.

How about you?  Do you have any services to barter, and if so, what are they?

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
There's a state park in a nearby town that has several big sand dunes.  I don't go very often, but it's kind of a fun place.  There's an observatory there to observe the stars at night.  In the daytime, you can go swimming, and have a picnic there.  You can also climb the dunes.  That's what this picture reminds me of - the sand dunes look kinda like that up close.

Monday, September 15, 2014

That's so random...

Source for all pix:  Google Images
My new shoes.  They came with both pink and white laces.  I *love* them!!!  I've gotten lots of compliments on them!  They're very comfy too.
One day recently, I heard a commotion in the back yard.  I ran to my bedroom window to check it out and discovered a cop chasing some guy through the yard!  Kinda scaryish.
I think I may have figured out a way to have a 3-day weekend again, which would be wonderful!  Right now, I am working/attending school/doing the internship thing 5 days a week.  Going only 4 days would actually be a HUGE savings in gas!
My first exam of the semester is this week.  It's for stats class, and I can't think of any of exams that I've ever been so freaked out over.  Stats is just a jumble of numbers that don't really mean anything to me.  I have to pass this class this semester, because I've only got one more semester left, and I'm already having to take a full load then without having to repeat a class on top of it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Moanday Monday

I am sooooooooo sorry I haven't been around this past week!  I ended up dropping a class this past Friday though, so I've freed up some time for myself.  Four classes, an internship, work, homework (two classes give tons and TONS of it on a weekly basis), and two campus organization memberships was just a bit overwhelming.  It was all too much and I couldn't deal with it.  One class in particular is overwhelming - it's the third week and I'm already lost!  Thank God for my friend who is also in the class being willing to help me.  Next semester - my last - will be crazy busy because I'll have to take an extra class to make up for the one I dropped this time.  But this one will now be just a tiny bit easier...

My goal now is to try and visit blogs at least once a week.  It may not happen sometimes, but I'm going to give it my best effort.  I miss everyone so much when I'm away.  I know I'll have a little bit of free time of Wednesday afternoon, so that's when I'll try to come around and say hello to everyone.
Took this from here.

1.  Which quality best describes your life - exciting, organized, dull - and why?

Right now?  Organized and dull.  I have to be organized for college.  I would never make it through otherwise!  And it's also dull because I'm in college.  I have little to no free time.  Just about every waking moment deals with classes in one way or another.  Either I'm driving to class, actually in class, dealing with students at work who are coming there specifically for class, figuring out what I homework I need to do for class, actually doing the homework for class, or getting things ready for class the next day - making sure I have everything I need in it my backpack.  Whew!  

And in the future?  Hopefully it'll be exciting once I graduate and find a mondo-fabu job that I love.

2.  What book quote, film quote, or song lyric has been sticking with you this weekend?  Why?  

None, because I haven't really watched a movie or TV, or listened to much music.  I was too busy doing homework all weekend.

3.  Paper, plastic, or your own?

I'm all about the environment, but I usually take plastic.  I can't think of any stores in town here that offer paper bags anymore.  If they did, that's what I'd ask for.  As for my own, I have a couple of bags that I could use, but don't because I know I'd forget them in the car all the time.  Yes, I realize that's a poor excuse.  

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
This reminds me of a dream I had over the weekend.  Or rather, a nightmare that I had!  I am scared to death of snakes, but for some reason I had picked a small green one up.  It wrapped itself around my hand and squoze tight.  My hand and arm began to go numb, and these bluish/greenish rod type things came out of my fingers.  Eventually someone was able to unwrap the snake and the rod things went away immediately.  I woke up right after, and my arm and hand were numb.  It was weird!  

Monday, September 1, 2014

How Random!

So this happened...

I will have to sometimes dress up fancy for my internship.  I only have 2 dressy outfits, so I asked a friend who seems to have an overabundance of clothes if she had any to spare.  She said that since my birthday was coming up (next month), she'd buy me a couple of outfits.  We headed for the 75% off section, found two skirts, a top, and two nail polishes for a whopping $19 and some change!  Plus she gave me 4 blouses out of her own clothes.  The blouses she gave me aren't fancy by any means, but they'll be good to wear to school.
NOT one of my new outfits!  
My mom had such an awful weekend!  First, her parakeet passed away.  Sunshine was such a pretty bird, and could be a lot of fun.  I'm going to miss her.

Then my mom went out to the pond in her back yard and noticed a kitten had drowned in it.  
Some other bad stuff happened too, but those were the worst two things.
Have you ever tried Nutri-Vet dog treats?  I was not asked to do this post and have not been compensated for it in any way, but I've noticed a huge difference in my dogs after they tried them.
Chico has luxating patellas and I had been noticing how stiff his joints seemed whenever he would sit on my lap.  I got him on the Nutri-Vet Hip and Joint treats and he has been doing so much better!  He doesn't feel stiff at all now!
Shiver has always been an anxious doggy, so he takes the Nutri-Vet Pet Ease for dogs and I've noticed it really seems to help him too!  He's still anxious, but he doesn't seem to get upset quite as easily.  

I took the bags of treats to the vet when they went in for their annual shots and the vet gave them the all clear.  They get one per day after they go outside to do their business in the morning, and that's all it takes.  I don't remember how much they are individually, but they come to about $15.00 together.  They only carry one size at the store where I buy them - Hip and Joint is 5.3 oz., and Pet-Ease is 6 oz.

Friday, August 29, 2014

FFHT - Fractured Fryday Hairy Tails

We're joining Murphy and Stanley's HHFT today.
Last summer, our mama won some cool drool coupons for Frosty Paws.  We thought our local Walmart still sold them, but after several trips there and nothing to show for it, mama finally asked the store manager about them.  He said that they were having difficulties getting them from the vendor and he wasn't sure when they'd be available again.  What to do, what to do?

Mama made some for us using Sarge's recipe!  She filled up two ice trays with the mixture and had just enough left over to try a taste for herself.  After mixing all the ingredients, she stuck them in the freezer for about 87 hours until they were finally ready to eat.
Mama gave us four cubes each.  I can't believe I ate... the whole thing!  They were small, so mama didn't think too much about giving us so many, but I, Chico, threw up several times that evening and into the next morning.  Several days later, mama gave us each one cube, but Chico wouldn't have anything to do with it.  He remembered that it made him sick, so he stayed away from them.  Shiver still ate them though.  Mama hasn't made any since then.
Don't furget to vote for Murphy and Stanley for Mayors of Blogville.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Merry Monday

Today is the first day of the semester.  It's going to be even busier than usual now that I have an internship.  They wanted me to work at least 20 hours a week, but that isn't feasible with my schedule.  I managed to whittle them down to 15 hours, plus I'll have 13 hours of work, 4 classes, homework, studying, and being part of two different campus organizations.  Most nights I'll be home by 6:00 PM which hasn't always been the case in past semesters, but I still feel like I won't really have a life.

I'll be around as often as I can, posting and visiting everyone, but I don't know how often that will be.  This is the start of my last year of school and every year just seems to be more and more crazy busy.  I just keep telling myself to hang on for one more year and then it'll be easier.
Took this from here.

1.  Have you ever broken something on purpose?

Yes!  When I was in 5th or 6th grade, I got a new pair of glasses.  I didn't necessarily think they were the greatest ever, but I didn't really think they were all that bad either.  One day at school, a kid made fun of them and told me they were the ugliest pair of glasses he'd ever seen.  After that, I hated them!

One day I was riding my bike and decided to take my glasses off, throw them on the ground, and run over them with the bike.  I lied to my mom and said that some girl that who lived around the corner from me and who was often mean to me was the one who broke them.  I'm pretty sure that my mom knew I was lying.  She told me that I needed to go to the girl's house, tell her parents what happened, and ask them to pay for a new pair of glasses.  She wouldn't come with me, and I cried before finally telling her the truth.

2.  What are you afraid of?  Why?

I'm scared of a lot of things - the dark, deep bodies of water, spiders, snakes...

The biggest thing I'm afraid of is what will happen after graduation.  I hope that I'll be able to find a really great job, but there's no guarantee, even with a college education.  Several of the friends I've gone to school with and who have graduated already are now working jobs that have nothing to do with their degrees, and I hope that's not the case with me.  

3.  What's one of the most difficult decisions you've ever had to make?

I finally found a job that I absolutely LOVED!  It paid well, had great hours, most of my coworkers were really friendly, and it was challenging enough to keep my interest.  About 6 months after I was hired, my manager quit and the manager from a different department took over.  Before the new manager started, we all gossiped about how we hoped and prayed he wouldn't be our new manager.  He was rather unpleasant and intimidating.

Unfortunately, that manager did take over our department and brought part of his old department with him.  Right from the start, he let us know who was in charge.  I felt like he was searching for any reason to get rid of me.  I saw a ton of people who had been with the company a lot longer than me either be fired or move to a different department or quit the company altogether just to get away from him.  One day in a one-on-one meeting, he was going on and on about how he was unhappy with my work.  I made the mistake of telling him that I just didn't care anymore.  I'd just had it!  I told him that no matter how hard I tried, it didn't seem to make a difference because it was never good enough.  This was my downfall.  From that point forward, he rode me even harder, and even the slightest mistake was made to seem huge.

I tried looking for other jobs, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere.  My work began to suffer because I couldn't sleep at night.  I was constantly wracked with anxiety.  My boss called me for yet another meeting to yell at me, and I decided that was it!  I packed up my stuff, walked out, and never came back.  I knew that I could either walk away or be fired, and felt it was better to go out on my own terms.  

I asked my manager in that last meeting why they didn't just fire me.  I was told that they don't like to fire people.  Such a lie, because they'd fired a TON of people before me!!!  

It wasn't difficult to make the decision, but the aftereffects were very difficult.  Employers questioned me repeatedly about why I would leave a job before finding another.  It took me 8 long months to find another job, which ended up being even worse.

4.  Show and Tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
That's one very old truck!  It kind of reminds me of my father, who used to tell me that Ford vehicles were no good.  I don't really know what he ever had against Ford, but he really didn't like them.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oz's Bad Poetry Contest

We're pawticipating in Oz The Terrier's 2nd Annual Bad Poetry Day Contest today.  
There was once a big chihuahua named Shiver
Whenever he got excited or nervous, he would quiver
When it comes to his toys, he is NOT a giver

There was once an itty bitty chihuahua named Chico
Who was suave and rico
His personality is super neato

They both lived together with sprinkles
Who thought she had lots of wrinkles
And who liked to go out at night to watch the stars twinkle

Ugh, what an awful poem!  But it's supposed to be, so I don't have to feel bad that I didn't come up with something a little better.  
So...  I got offered two internships!!!  So exciting!  I wish I could have taken them both, but my school schedule really wouldn't permit it.  I think they would both be excellent experience, but I chose the one that I think will most likely help give me the background I'll need once I finally graduate from college.  Very exciting, yet oh so scary!

The first day of school is next Monday, August 25th.  Where did the summer go?  I'm so ready to go back to school in some ways, and not at all in others.  I'll miss the chi's soooooo much, and I know they'll miss me just as much!  Luckily, I'll only have one really long day every other week this semester.  Most days I'll get home by 6 PM or before.  That has not always been the case in past semesters.  

It's going to be one crazy busy semester with classes, work, an internship, and homework.  I don't know how often I'll be able to post or come visit everyone, but I'll be around as often as I can.  I've got a few posts pre-scheduled, so I'll be around a little bit at least.

I can't believe that school hasn't even officially started yet, and I have homework in 3 of my classes already.  And of course it's all due before Monday!  It's been a crazy week and today will be a crazy busy day.  At least I'll still have the weekend to enjoy my last bit of freedom!

Monday, August 18, 2014 and Stuff and Things had a really good selection of items for review this month.  Shiver and Chico had a hard time deciding on which one to try, and finally settled on the Good Buddy Pumpkin & Apple Flavor Dog Cookies.  We're always surprised at just how quickly their goodies arrive once we put the order in.
We received a 16 oz. bag, which is currently on sale for only $3.79, a $1.00 (21%) savings.  Even at full price, that's very reasonable.  Here's a little information about them taken directly from the website:

Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Pumpkin & Apple Flavor Cookies Dog Treats, 16-oz bag

Good dogs deserve good treats! Good Buddy Dog Cookies include natural ingredients that are not only healthy, but delicious too. The cookies are oven-baked to a golden, crunchy texture and have an aroma dogs love.
Key Benefits
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Made with real pumpkin and apple
  • Oven-baked
  • Made in the USA!

I love that the ingredients are all natural too!
Whole Wheat Flour, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Organic Apples, Rolled Oats, Canola Oil naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), Whey Powder, Cinnamon, Rosemary Extract

When I first opened the bag, the yummy aroma wafted up into my nose and I was tempted to try one of these cookies myself ~ that's how good they smell!  I didn't actually eat one, but I always take a deep sniff whenever I open the bag.  The quarter is to show the scale of the cookies.
Shiver always hides his treats, then tries to go steal Chico's.  This time he was unsuccessful in swiping Chico's, so he went to his hiding place to grab his cookie.  Once he finished it, he went back looking for more - not just once, but several times!  Just goes to show how much he enjoyed it!  Here's Chico eating his underneath the kitchen table.  I tried to get Shiver with his cookie, but he ran off too quickly.  I can never seem to get pix of them both, it's always one or the other...
I really want to order this bed for the boys from  It's a Coolaroo Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed.  They offer several different colors and sizes. 
We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog treats in return for our honest opinions.
I was offered an internship last week!  Yay!  I have an interview for a different internship this morning, which I set up prior to being offered the other one.  I also had a job interview last Monday, which went really well.  The lady was really nice.  It seems like it would be a lot less stressful than my current job, but I'd have to dress up.  They offer more hours, but less pay.  I haven't been offered that job yet, but I'd have to really think about it if I was.  I was also called last week to set up another job interview for next week.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Random Ramblings

School starts in exactly two weeks.  In some ways, I'm ready for it.  And in others, I'm soooo not!
I have a job interview tomorrow!  I'm feeling pretty good about it, since they lady who set the appointment with me said that she was "struck by your excellent prior experience."
A friend messaged me on facebook and asked me to meet up with her after the interview so that she can give me some free skincare samples.  Can't get much better than free!
As hot as it's been and as much as I've been covered in sweat this summer, I'm shocked that my suddenly over-excessively oily face hasn't broken out more!  I've always had combination skin, but this summer my hair and face have been extremely oily.
I'm slowly but surely getting my heavy spring cleaning housework done before school starts.


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