Monday, December 29, 2008

A Day of Celebration

Today is an awesome day for several reasons of amazingness.

Reason #1: End of treatment! I rolled out of bed this morning at 6am, and we left the house at 730 to my to my mom's last cancer treatment ever. Today was the last radiation (which, of course, came after the chemo) and she is officially done with her treatment! YAY! She'll still have the reconstructive surgery in March, but that is not required and technically not part of the treatment, so it doesn't even slightly count. Her hair is growing back in very quickly along with her eyebrows and eyelashes :D I took her out to breakfast and gave her a little gift she continued to tell me I didn't need to do, and it was a great morning of celebration.

Reason #2: It's my birthday! My parents got me a GPS system that they gave me last night, and which was speaking to me in deutsch for most of the night but I have now fixed to at least just be a British accent (more fun than you'd think). I decided I'd take my gift card and treat myself to a new haircut, and did. Don't you just love the feeling of getting your hair cut? Though, I must admit I'm looking forward to washing it--the salon products they put in it do not impress me. In about an hour Big B is taking me out to dinner somewhere. I said "surprise me" and I'm not sure if that was a good idea or not haha. Later I'm going out with my sister for drinks and it's bound to be a wonderful night!

Reason #3: It's Baby B's birthday! That's right! We share a birthday and she turned 1 year old today! We had her birthday party early (you've seen the pictures) so there isn't a big gift unraveling today, but next year we'll probably do it on her birthday--this year it just doesn't make a difference! Happy birthday Bray!

:D

Hope you all have a great New Year's this week!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

I'm not sure if there is a badge for this or where I got it from, but feel free to holler at me if there is and I'll add it :D

Festival of Lights.

Me and B, festival of lights.

Baby B and her Uncle J. Pretty much the best picture ever.

Me shooting a 9mm at the range. First time ever.

Sugarplums.

Santa Reins.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Not Me Monday



Just for kicks and giggles, since I haven't posted on here in forever :D Thanks to www.mycharmingkids.net.

I might even do a wordless wednesday this week ;]

Things that did not happen this week.

I definitely did not catch a 24-hr stomach bug in the middle of the night and then go to work anyway the next day.

I also did not get so fed up trying to get Abby to eat her lunch that I told myself kids will eat when they're hungry so that we could move on.

I did not catch Abby's cold bug a day later, and am definitely not living off dayquil currently.

I did not lie to B about not wanting to go out tonight because I hate his friends. Definitely not me.

I most certainly did not make a sarcastic comment back to N when he asked me to go out (obviously not knowing about B), and I definitely did not think he was joking. It's also not awkward at all now.


That's pretty much it I suppose. For this week. Give the holidays a go-around and I'm sure there will be more than would fit in one post :D

Monday, December 8, 2008

Blogger Confessions & B's 1st Birthday

The 1 and only:

I suck at blogging.

Really, I try to...and I think I'll do it everyday, but here it is a week since the last time I posted a blog.

Next week is finals week, which in turn means this week is the week all the professors dish out last minute assignments (i.e. today we were told we have a test on 11 short stories next class period (wednesday) AND were given the information about the final paper...which is due on Friday in the same class. Awesome). I'm also horribly amused that the final paper assignment seriously says "write a well developed 200-300 word essay"...that's two paragraphs at most. That's insane. I wonder where these people came from, sometimes.

I only have two actual test finals, and they are one after another on Monday morning...which is well crappy. But, oh well. It is what it is!

Turned my final writing portfolio in today :D So glad that's over with. He's one of those professors who can't make up his mind, and doesn't inform us when he changes it so you never know what your marks are really for.

Speaking of writing, I don't know if I mentioned this, but I failed NaNo this year with 31,000 words in the month. Never fear, though, it will be finished. Hopefully by the end of January if I can manage to get any motivation back. Then I can edit until I'm blue in the face...and then edit more.

Big B is talking about getting a new car. He was going to wait a year or so, but I think he's getting tired of having an old car when all his friends have new, pretty cars. I'm all for it, but I'm not paying for it hehe. But his USAA loan became available last month and it's something crazy like 2% financing so it's a pretty decent deal.

We had Baby B's first birthday party this weekend! She's not quite a year old yet--we have the same birthday (yes, odd, yet fascinating) and it's at the end of the month here. But we had it early. My brother dressed up like Hello Kitty (scroll down for pictures) and although she wasn't really having it at first, after about ten minutes she decided the costume was soft and wouldn't let anyone take her from the Kitty hehe. It was a good time, and fun to be all together for the first time since the baby shower.


Loving the Kitty


Getting Hello Kitty on her face. For the record, it's nearly impossible to paint an 11month olds face.


Us. B enjoying a cheeto puff. Me enjoying her facing the other direction so my sweater was safe from cheeto.


Ciao for now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Four Right Chords

What do you think of the new layout?



Yesterday was kind of one of those days where nothing you do can be right and everything suddenly backfires and it seems like the whole world is against you. Those don't happen very often, but yesterday was mine for the winter haha. The short version is as follows:

-credit card application vs. debix ID theft protection and lack of PIN
-C on Italian test. I don't get C's.
-honours acceptance (woo!) vs. my already made class schedule with 19 credit hours, and 22+ hrs of honours in addition to the 4 years of school I'm already cramming into 3.
-ticketmaster AND CAA vs. my computer for STOMP! tickets
-final portfolio for creative writing now due this coming monday instead of the monday of finals week, like a normal class.
-apparently taking Bella and Steph with me to Baby B's birthday party on Saturday (B=not yet 12 months old. Bella= almost 11 months. Joyful! Oh, and they do not get along haha)
And this is right after spending 12 hours in the car for an 8 hour trip on Sunday.

But today was much better and things were quite swell today, to be honest. I won at $15 Borders giftcard because my BR percentage was in the top 3 for November. The FRIDGE IS FIXED!!! It's cold and was just semi-restocked with $100 worth of groceries. Sold the camper today for $5,001.50...less than $100 less than the first time. Did actually get the tickets for STOMP! for Friday.

Only crappy thing is this awesome development of a sty in my eyelid. A sty, for those of you who are fortunate enough not to know what is (I hate you, by the way) is just like a blocked pore like a pimple. But, when it's on the inside of your eyelid it doesn't have anywhere to go so it swells your eye--and there is not a damn thing you can do about it but wait for it to leave haha. I had never had one until October, and now I have one again. Not fun. Plus it feels like a bruise. Eyeball+bruise=not exciting.

But, anyway, you should check out New Girl On Post. She's pretty awesome, and has an amazing contest.

Also...there's this awesomeness...

Just bold the ones you've done.


1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland (I'm saying Disneyworld counts)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance (do I get bonus points 'cause this was IN Africa?)

47. Had your portrait painted (haha...caricatures :D)

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi concentration camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day

Monday, December 1, 2008

Georgia: 67 degree Thanksgiving

More to come on Georgia later this week, it's been a crazy day (more of that, too), but for now here's a few pictures of why Georgia is awesome (you know, other than it's amazing november temperatures).

Compare:

My dog, Chase. Weight: 21lbs. now (19 when this photo was taken)


Honey's (my grandma) cat, Tiger. Weight: 28lbs. Kid you not.
(Ignore evil eyes from flash. He's only a bit evil)




The best part of Georgia/South Carolina. Best hotdogs second to only Skyline.





Maybe the best advert in the world. For Belk. Text blurry, but it says: "Junior Sweater. Regular 15.00-30.00. Sale 14.99-29.99."



Until later!
V

P.S. Need to make signature...that's the cool thing to do these days apparently :D

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Owning and Selling Turkey Cupcakes in Georgia

Firstly: I want to make my blog non-generic. Where are you all getting your backgrounds at?

The ups and downs of owning and selling:

1. Fridge. They were supposed to come on Monday between 8 and 12, which apparently meant 2:30pm, and when they did it took 15 minutes for them to say "your compresser is broken" and say they'd be back on Wednesday to fix it. They express ordered the part on Monday to get it here by today, and it never came. No one will be here on Monday, so it will be another 6 days before we have a refridgerator. All of the food is officially spoiled, it wasn't worth keeping the coolers stocked with ice to be honest. But, on the upside it will only be $250 for the part, which means no need for a new one!

2. Camper. The old camper was sold for $600 over book price at $5100 on Ebay last week. The guy that bought it sent us his deposit already, which is why we now own the new camper. Well, he called on Monday and backed out of the deal because he got laid off. There is a lot of legal issues with this, and technically he signed a commitment and HAS to pay the money...but times are hard and if he doesn't have it we aren't going to make him pay it. Thought he was going to cry on the phone. So we contacted the second highest bidder, which was $5000. He bought another camper last week. He said he wouldn't actually mind having both, but he could only come up with about $3000 right now. So, we have no idea what's going to happen and we currently own two campers.

On to more exciting things...

We are headed to Georgia in about 5 hours (yes, 3AM!) so I probably won't be sleeping until then. Thankfully, I'm not driving. I'm not packed yet, as it stands, so I can truly use a bit of extra time anyway! It's supposed to be 64 degrees there tomorrow, and I can't even express how happy that makes me. It's FREEZING here--hence why our food has stayed good for as long as it has hah. We'll be back Sunday night some time.

The real thanksgiving treat is the Turkey cupcakes my best friend Jay and I just made. They are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Though, it's painfully obvious that neither of us has a future career in decorative baking. Also, please ignore the fact that my camera takes horrible pictures.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Shopping Mania

I spent less than 2 hours Christmas shopping today. Everyone on my list is now done, with the exception of my dad (only because that has to be ordered from the net). All the kids are done (5), all the siblings are done (10 including in-laws), all the Grandmothers (4) are done, and 3 out of 4 parents are done. I got the Baby B the cutest little set of books, I'll try to take a picture of them and show you all--they are darling. I'm so incredibly happy right now! I love to get my Xmas shopping done before Thanksgiving due to the craziness that is Black Friday and onward.



I even stopped at hallmark and got a few cards! Only 4, but I have the generic ones for most people already. I did find the absolutely most perfect card in the world for B, though. It's just a shoebox card so it's all white and has a very little picture on the front and no bells and whistles or anything, but it goes like this: Front: "i don't have any christmas wishes left" inside: "you already came true." The end. Perfect and amazing.

We've decided we're doing Christmas breakfast at my Gram's this year with my family, and have yet to discuss the holiday with his family and what's going on there. Other than that, no plans have been made for the holidays!

May go see STOMP! first week in Decemeber! Has anyone seen the show? I've heard it's amazing, and I'd love to know what you think! It was the Trans Siberian Orchestra last year, so looking for something different!

Working on some things for Creative Writing tonight, and going out with the girls afterwards somewhere so it will be quite a late night. I'll be sad when this class is over, it's a very fun class. Plus the 4 of us don't have one single thing in common other than we're crazy, so chances of us seeing each other beyond this semester are slim! But it's fun while it lasts!

Talk soon!
Via

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Camping Vampireck Refridgerator

My refridgerator is actually broken, now. The repair man is coming Monday to look at it, but the woman on the phone said that the main problem with the Amana is the compresser and that it's somewhere between $500 and $700 to fix. Well, the thing only cost $800 to begin with because it was a floor model, so it's not even worth it if that's the case. Which, since it's not cold anymore, I'd venture to say it is. So last night was spent (mainly) shopping around for a new fridge, but really didn't find anything superbly perfect. Did find one, but it's another Amana and ... well, that's not going to happen. But our food, the important stuff that we kept, is now in coolers in the garage.

And I (please help me) went to see Twilight last night. I haven't the slightest idea why, as I have not and do not plan to read the books nor am I much into fantasy. It was okay, I suppose. There's some seriously painful character development on anyone other than Edward, but at least Edward was good. Bella's character is basically like 'Oo I've known you for two seconds and now I've found out that your a vampire and you say you'd really like to kill me, but hey...that's perfectly cool. Let's be in love.' There were some good parts and some really bad parts, but in the end it's still a movie about vampires. All I know is, if it were me, I'd set a ground rule from day one: no neck hickies.

Onto the exciting news! Bought a new camper today! It's a 2008 Rockwood 8315BSS, and it's awesome. It only sleeps four, though, and that's a bit low. But it's an absolutely gorgeous camper and it was $12,000 UNDER book price on it. Some pictures:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Adventures in the Freezer

First, this is the first time I've gotten up before 630am since last September (of 07), and it's to study Italian (which, by the way, will eat your soul). I wish if I was getting up this early (5) it would at least be for something more productive, like running haha.

Onto the freezer. Not that our state isn't frozen right now, but this is about an actual freezer. Right before I went to work yesterday I went to get some ice for my drink and realized the ice was melting. Strange. Well, turns out the thing isn't actually running. It is only maybe three or four years old at the most, so it isn't what you'd call out-of-date or rundown, it just doesn't want to work. A bit of fiddling with it did absolutely no good, and long story short all of the frozen food is now packed in a spare freezer up the road at my Gram's house. I'm not really sure if the fridge part of it is working or not, but I would venture to say no so we'll be staying away from the cold foods for awhile just incase.

On a different note, B applied for his summer training. He really wants to get into the Jump School in Colorado, which is 12 days of jumping out of planes...basically. I hope he gets it, because he's ridiculously excited, and I guess I might be able to do without him for 12 days. I think we're going ice skating on Saturday (what happens when he leaves the plans up to me) as long as the rink is openskate!

On a writing note: I haven't actually touched JAP in over a week now, and it's sitting somewhere around the 22,000 word mark for the month. I'm hoping to tackle it big time over Turkey Weekend! The Cover, if you are interested:



Tootles for now,
Via

P.S. Followers make me giddy! ;]

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Adoption and the Military

So, I looked into it today and it really is rather unfair that military families have to jump through so many hoops just to get an agency to consider them for adoption. That's crazy. Yes, the military does require moving around--both in country and overseas--but there are so many children who need homes that it just doesn't make sense to deny them the ability to help out. Besides, base schools are amazing, there's excellent medical care, great adoption benefits, a built in support system AND it's so racially diverse it may as well be a picture of the world choir. How is that not good for a child? I'm going to fight this eventually, I think. I know. This is something I've always wanted, and I don't feel like it's my fight entirely--everyone needs a voice ;] /rant

Anyway. I think we are taking off for Georgia on Thanksgiving morning...around 3am. I promise to sleep the entire way--that will put us there around 1pm, though, so maybe not the whole way. Talked to my father about it today and regretted that decision almost immediately, having decided I should have just not shown up at his lunch instead--save the argument. I'm excited about going, though! Haven't been in 4 years, and it's warm there! It will be good to see Honey, and it may be the last time.

Speaking of weather, it's FREEZING! In the 20's! This is Ohio, we aren't supposed to get snow until January and then through April, but it snowed this week. It was especially bad in my hometown, which I was only in for a few minutes, with the wind and the amount of snow coming down you couldn't see 50ft in front of you. But once I got on the highway and drove a few miles there was nothing--I mean, the roads weren't even wet kind of nothing.

A reminder of the 15" March snow last year (from the "Spring" file):



Chase standing in the snow. Had to shovel around the fence so he could go to the bathroom!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New, First, Prime and the like.

Well, I finally made the jump and decided to start my own little blog. I have followed a few blogs on here for quite awhile, but never set up my own account!

Anyway, since this is my first post I guess I should get all the "info" out of the way! I suppose it's safe to say you are going to be reading blogs mainly about the following info haha. I'm nearly 21 and I'm a Junior in college studying Secondary English Education. I'm a writer and am currently working on a novel for "NaNoWriMo," which requires writing 50,000 words in the month of November. I have had a few poems and short stories published, but this is my first attempt at a novel. I am the youngest of six and the only one not married--one of two without children. I have two nephews and three nieces, all of which are superbly amazing and I love them with all my life! I spent my summer living mostly in Kenya, Africa and a bit in England (both York and London). My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer the week before I was due to leave the country, and has just finished her chemotherapy. She's my rock, and while I was gone we spoke everyday and since I've been back I've been with her for every doctor appointment and treatment she's had. I also work at a bookstore and I love it like crazy.

The main reason I wanted to make this blog, though, was because of one thing: my boyfriend. He is in the Air Force ROTC and will be stationed next year. Most of the blogs I've been following are those of military wives to try and get a feel for what the life is really like. Err...to see if I would be able to handle living my life knowing we would be uprooting our family every four or so years for 20 years all over the world (he specifically mentioned Italy). I still haven't quite figured it out yet, but I love to hear the different perspectives.

Anywho, it's really great to have finally started one of these to keep up with all you guys!

Talk soon,
Via