Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Years Resolutions

Every year I make a list of resolutions; some I actually resolve, but others keep re-occurring on each years list. Take for instance working out. I think I have had that on my list every year since my sophomore year in college...and guess what?? It's still there. So this year I have made a list that is hopefully easier to stick to.

1. I will throw out the empty soap bottles in the shower once they run out and not allow them to accumulate.

2. I will put my shoes away in their proper place instead of starting a pile by the front door.

3. I will not paint my nails and two hours later start to pick it off. It really is a waste of time.

4. I will put my bras in the drawer instead of using the doorknob as a bra hanger.

5. I will not buy another book until I have read the one I just bought. (This one might make it to next years list.)

6. I will limit myself from being excited about going to work just to hear the new gossip.

7. I will attend all of my classes this next semester, unless I have a good excuse not to!!

8. I will eat 3 square meals a day. Starbucks does not count as a food group nor a complete meal.

9. I WILL finish the Smallville seasons so I am caught up.

10. I will follow my resolutions and not think...oh I'll save that until next year.

Saturday, December 30, 2006


We are in the middle of a huge storm that has dropped over 13 inches of snow on us here in Rio Rancho. My parents have lived here for 26 years and say they have never seen anything like it. It is so peaceful looking outside, I just love it. I think it's amazing how snow can turn an area which is usually sore to the eye with all its dirt and noise into a peaceful winter wonderland.

There is a huge downfall to the snow though, being snowed in. Jeremy just got back from Illinois and we had plans to hang out today, dang it. That was changed, however, due to the large amounts of snow on the ground preventing our cars from going anywhere. Seriously, this stuff was almost up to my knees. There was no way I was getting out in it.

Thankfully, it's starting to melt a little and the roads are clearing. I'm sad to see it go, but I didn't realize how bad cabin fever could be!!


I finally got some of the pictures from Chicago together....yay for fun times!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Where to start??

The trip to Chicago was much so that I don't know where to start.

I was really apprehensive about going. 1. because I hate to fly, and 2. because I was nervous about what Jeremy's friends and family would think of me (by the way...I'm still waiting for a full report card as to how I did, but anyways...) The plane ride over was a good as any plane ride could be. I took my usual Dramamine, but it didn't kick in until we left Dallas on our way to Chicago. So Jeremy's friends, Chris and Erin, got to first meet me all groggy. Good thing we still had another day with them.

I wasn't able to see Chicago until the next morning, and let me tell you...I fell in love. I have never been in a big city, and although I felt like the country mouse in this big city, I thought it was amazing. I have never seen so many tall building, stores, and people. We spent the day at the Art Institute, which was fabulous getting to see all of the amazing paintings, including my favorite, Monet. Then we drove around Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

I really enjoyed getting to see Jeremy's old stomping ground, including where he went to college. When I close my eyes and picture college...his is exactly what I would picture. I then got to experience Chicago style pizza. It was completely different than anything I expected, but it was amazing!!! After pizza and a brief visit to the hospital (don't freak out we were just visiting a friend), we headed west toward Rock Falls where Jeremy's brother and sister-in-law live. Now, what I thought was the hard part of meeting the family began.

I was thrilled at the warm reception I got from all of Jeremy's friends and family. They made me feel like one of them. I got to meet the rambunctious Maverick...what a cutie!!! I got to see the Mississippi River for the first time while cross it to Iowa (yes....another state added to my list). We went to see a movie, see old teachers, visit old friends who made Jeremy squirm in his seat, and even visit prison. His brothers were great, his Mom was amazing, and even though I didn't understand all of what Paco said, I learned quickly to smile and nod. When it came time to leave I was saddened because I felt like I was leaving family.

The trip to Illinois was nothing like I expected, it was more!!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I know, I know

I know I promised a day by day detail of the Chicago trip, but I started my new job this week and have been doing other things to keep my mind occupied waiting for my love to come back home. Wohoo only one more day!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Yay!!! We are having soooo much fun here in Chicago and Morrison, Illinois. I can't wait to share our amazing time when we get home!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Mom Always Said I Would Lose My Head if it Wasn't Fastened On

I realize I am very forgetful. Call me a Blondie, tell me I just have a lot on my mind, whatever. The fact of the matter is lately I have been forgetting everything. It starts with my keys and my phone. It has moved on to leaving my homework for school on the printer and forgetting which floor a class is on. Yeah, it's really bad.

Yesterday, I was getting ready for the day and was doing my hair. I was looking all over my bathroom for my big hair clip to put my hair up. I looked under everything, I couldn't find it anywhere. I gave up and decided to just use a smaller clip. So I got the smaller clip and went to put my hair up, but I couldn't. You see, it was already up...with the big clip I was looking for. It had been in my hair all along, I just forgot I put it there.

You think that's bad, I think today takes the cake. I have not been working for the vet anymore, but today I went to fill in for my mom who was here at the conference for the morning. Well, while I work I take my thumb drive which has my AIM program on it so I can talk to Jeremy and do whatever I need on the internet. So, I finished my work and left to come to do some errands before I had to come back here to the conference. I was just driving down to start my way into town and realized....I FORGOT THE THUMB DRIVE IN THE COMPUTER!!! I couldn't believe that. So I went down to get it, pulled in the parking lot and the boss was there. I didn't know what I was going to do. How was I going to run in and get it and him not know what I was getting?? Jeremy and I devised a plan and it was all set. I was ready to employ it. So I went in and everyone was laughing and smiling at me asking if I forgot something. I was busted!!!

They say there is that supplement you can take for memory, what is it?? Focus-Factor?? I'm not sure it would work, but I think about now anything is worth a shot!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

An Exciting Day with CPA's

I am helping my mom with a conference for CPA's seeking continuing education today and tomorrow. I had to get up at the butt crack of 0430 this morning to get here by 6. While sitting at the sign in table and conversing with some of the attendees, here is what I have observed:

  • Like college students, they like to take as many breaks as they can to get out of listening to a lecture.

  • They are never happy….one is too hot, then they're cold, then hot

  • They are ALWAYS on their cell phone…usually having something to do with checks getting screwed up.

  • They are like anyone in school, or church for that matter…they don't like to sit up front.

  • Although they are adults, they do not follow directions well. How hard is it to pass around a sign in sheet??

  • Even in a group of upstanding adults…there is still that one creepy dirty old man who asks you to sit on his lap.

  • They have the hardest time finding their name in an alphabetical list…they work with numbers after all.

  • Even in a group of accountants you have your feminists, UGH!!

So, despite being tired, it was a pretty interesting day, I wonder what tomorrow will entail??

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Just a Reminder

For my daily readers...don't forget to check out my beauty times three blog. You never know what I will find joy in each day!!!

Sitting and Waiting

Now that finals are all over the hard part begins....waiting for grades to come out. I don't know what is more torture, the finals or the waiting for grades. It's worse than watching someone take the last pastry that you had your taste buds set on at Starbucks.

So Long Yazawa

I have this history professor that I have taken for three semesters now. He is really a great lecturer and I learn so much from his class, however, he is the worst grader in the history of graders. He has this thing that if you don't say EXACTLY what he want you to say in your term papers or exams he docks you points. Seriously, I work harder in his class than I do in any other class I have ever had, and I am still lucky if I can pull a C.

That's just how it is with his class. When talking to others who have had him, they either hate or adore his class...there's no in between. I am definitely one who adores his class. I enjoy the challenge and how hard I have to work. He actually makes me learn, but seriously, can we chill out on the grading?? Just dial it down a notch!!

I just finished my final with him and oh what a relief. It has been one rocky semester with school in general and to have a Yazawa class just makes it that much harder.'s over and although I have only completed 3 of his 4 class series, I'm done. My GPA cannot take another beating. And there is no way I'm going to suffer through another one of his classes my last semester. It'll be sad that I don't get to hear all about the Revolution, but I'm okay with that!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I'm heels over head in Love

When people fall in love, they say they have fallen head over heels...but aren't we already head over heels?? So...for the record, I am heels over head in love!!

Update as of December 8, 2006

Wow...what a crazy week, month, and semester. There have been many changes and many challenges.

I started off the semester thrilled with being back to school. The summer was great, but I began to get bored. August brought an end to this boredom, but a beginning of my stress. The trip to Montana in September was amazing. It was great to see old friends and make new. Being away from school for a week, however, made me start to get sick of school. So the struggle has continued until this last week!! It has all almost come to an end, all I have are finals and it's FINALLY over.

I wasn't planning on working until I had graduated, or at least until my school schedule slowed down enough for me to take on a job. I don't know what my mind was thinking when I decided to start working for the vet. I was starting to get into the busy time of school after mid-terms and when I got the call and offer to work I jumped on it for some strange reason. Who knew what I was thinking. It was really hard trying to juggle the work, and studying for 6 classes...strike that, studying for 6 history and political science classes. For those of you who know, they require a bunch of reading. Somehow I was able to do it. However, I had to sacrifice many weekends with Jeremy to study.

I'm getting so excited for the trip to Illinois next weekend. I have been waiting to meet the family that this amazing man came from for a long time now. Plus, I'm going to Chicago, a place I have always wanted to see, but just never had the chance to. I am a little nervous though. I mean, this could be the make it or break it trip. I am told I have nothing to worry about by everyone who is close to me, I hope they're right.

My family is family. Full of laughs and tears. The family dynamics, however in regards to our furry four legged friends have changed. I went from having my baby BO to not almost overnight. I'm still trying to get past that. We have a new little puppy in the house, Chance. He is a crazy bundle of energy and full of kisses. Jimmy moved back from Kansas City in hopes to get on with his life. Hopefully he'll decide to go back to school.

Everyone in my house seems to be working folk now, and it kind of makes me smile. My brother got a job with the same company my Dad works for and I will be working for after Christmas. It's so great because it has caused him to turn into the old's great to have my brother back. My Mom is working now as well. Not that she didn't work before, she has always had her business here at home, but now she is going to be working outside the house for just a couple of hours a day. The strange thing is she is taking my job at the horse vet and I am having to train her. WEIRD!!!

I have been totally challenged at the church working with the little tykes. I have always wanted to teach, but the little people have always intimidated me. Working with them this semester has been a wonderful challenge, so much so that I often consider switching from Secondary Ed to Elementary Ed. Speaking of getting into the Ed program I picked up my application packet for Grad School. I know, I'm probably nuts graduating and then immediately entering another 2 year program, but dang it, I want to teach and will do what it takes to do it as soon as I can!!

So there's just a little glimpse into my life this past semester. Of course it was full of a whole lot more ups and downs on this roller coaster of life, but seriously, I think this blog was long enough already and you'll just have to wait until another day to hear of the REALLY good stuff!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

What A Great Start to a Week

What a fun weekend!!! Here's how it went:

Friday - It was my Aunt's Birthday so we went to eat at this Brazilian Grill Downtown. This is such a fun thing do to. The servers walk around to the tables offering different sort of meats to try. They slice it off and you have your tongs that you grab the meat with. YUMM!!! Oh, Yeah, and the really fun part came with a drum and tambourine!! Yeah...they beat a drum and shook a tambourine to sing her Happy Birthday!! When we finished we went and walked around looking at lights in the River of Lights which are up at the Botanic Gardens. It was amazing to see the different designs that had been made all out of Christmas Lights. And they weren't just stationary designs...they moved. Some of the fun ones were a tree going through the cycle of life and a groundhog running and diving into a hole.

Saturday- Jeremy indulged me and went as my date to the company Christmas party. It was an interesting night. I was excited to get to see all of the people I used to work with, and will be working with again soon. But it just goes to show...people are crazy while drinking. First, there was a couple dancing to "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and he was pouring...his beer that is on his date while dancing. Jeremy and I left early so supposedly we missed the dirty dancing scene and the "panty-less" dancing girl. Oh the joys of Christmas parties!!

Sunday - Sunday was such a great day. I was asked to come to the church to take pictures of the Children's musical which was being held during the second service. Let me tell you, those kids are just too cute, and no matter what it is, they always do something to make everyone smile and laugh. Sunday night we FINALLY went to get our Christmas tree which will hopefully get everyone into the spirit. Sunday was spent with Jeremy all day!! It's amazing how the two of us just don't get sick of each other. No matter how much time we spend together, it just never seems enough!!

What a wonderful way to start the busy week of finals!!!

Friday, December 08, 2006

My Jealousy Test

So it has always been known that I am a bit of a jealous person, but am I any more jealous than the normal female?? I took this crazy test that doesn't seem to think I am any different that any other normal woman out there.

About Jealousy

Most everyone experiences a visit from jealousy, the nasty green-eyed monster, at some point in their lives - whether it's over a best friend's career success or a gorgeous person flirting with their loved one. We tend to think of jealousy as a single emotion, but it is actually a mixture of a whole bunch of feelings; it can manifest itself as sadness, hurt, anxiety, fear, loneliness, paranoia, self-doubt, anger, and even extreme rage. While we can't necessarily stop this unpleasant sentiment from dropping in from time to time, we can control how we choose to act when it hits. When it consumes our thoughts or triggers behavior that can harm relationships or another person, that's when jealousy is truly a monster. The first step in breaking free from jealousy's grip is recognizing the problem, which your results on the Jealousy Test will help you do. The second is taking a deeper look at the real root of the problem: for every jealous feeling there is an emotion lurking behind that is much more significant than the jealousy itself. Jealousy is just the finger pointing at the fears that we are afraid to face. More often than not, the culprit is a feeling of low self-worth and a fear that we are not good enough to hold on to the things that matter most to us.

Results of Your Jealousy Test

Your score = 41 Your score

What does your score mean?

Most people experience a certain amount of fear that their loved one could leave them for someone else. After all, these things happen, and when they do, it is usually very painful. You fit right into this usual range - certain situations may spark feelings of jealousy, but generally you are not preoccupied with the fear of losing your partner. If you were honest with yourself while taking the test, this means that you are secure, strong, independent and rational enough to recognize the possibility of losing your partner to someone else, but not be consumed by it. That does not mean that you do not care; you would certainly be as sad or crushed as anybody else. However, you know that if it ever happens, you will survive with your self-esteem and dignity intact. You realize that even though you might love your partner very much, s/he is not the only fish in the sea, and that you would eventually find happiness with someone else. Such feelings give you a sense of security and the strength to trust, and allow you to be comfortable in the relationship. That, in turn, boosts the chances of a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Perfect shoes!!!

What could be better than the perfect man?? Oh, duh!! Perfect shoes!!! Yes, the time has come again for me to find my way into the Vantage Homes Christmas party. This year, it so happens, I am an employee and am entitled to go. I have my dress...but now all I need are my shoes. Yes, I do have a good reason this time to go shoe shopping. I can't wait!! What will they be?? Glittery?? Strappy?? Tall, short, black?? I don't know. So many choices and so little time. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that I find the perfect ones!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Drug Tests and Shy Bladders

I don't know what it is about taking a drug test that makes a person nervous, but it happens every time....and it's even worse for a girl with a shy bladder!!! I am starting my new job after Christmas, and as part of the hiring process I had to go in yesterday to get a drug test. I had put this off for a couple of weeks now, not that I have anything to worry about, but it's just annoying to me, but I finally made time to go to the lab and do it.

When I got there is was really busy and there was only one chair left to sit in. So I signed in, took a seat and waited for my turn. As I was waiting I was getting really nervous because although when I left the house I needed to use the restroom, I didn't so that I could make sure I could "fill the cup." Well, while I was sitting and waiting, I noticed I had lost the urge to go. I didn't need to...not at all. I didn't know what I was going to do.

So the girl called my name and we went back to a room where I left my purse. I then had to rinse my hands with water only and take the cup into the bathroom. After the nurse put blue coloring into the toilet, I was given STRICT instructions not to flush after I was done. So not only did I have to worry of whether I could fill the cup past the sticker with my lack of urge to go, but now I was really worried I would turn and flush out of habit.

So here I was, in this dimly lit bathroom...with blue dyed toilet water ready to fill the cup. One thing you have to know about me, I have a very shy bladder. When there are people around I just can't seem to do it. I remember in school having to turn on water or the hand dryers just to go. So not only do I have this shyness, but with the nurse waiting outside the door, I'M UNDER PRESSURE. Not a good combination. On top of all you realize how hard it is for a female to pee in a cup?? Not so easy!!!

So after a good amount of time and concentration, I did manage to overcome the shyness and pressure and was able to do what I needed for the test. When I was done, and after I washed my hands, I couldn't believe how shaky and nervous the whole process had made me. Seriously, I think I was jittery for about an hour afterward. All I can say is I'm glad that's done and hopefully it's not any indication of the job I'm getting myself into.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Well my lack of class attendance has put me once again doing extra credit. The extra credit for this week was to watch a movie and write a one page summary. I got the title of the movie off the class website and was ready to rent it and watch it. I told Jeremy about what I had to do and asked if he would be interested in watching it with me. At this time, I still had no idea what the movie was, since the title didn't ring a bell. Jeremy, being the great boyfriend he is, said no problem. As long as he was hanging out with me he didn't care what we were watching, even if it was some crazy poli sci movie. He asked me what movie it was and I told him, "An Inconvenient Truth." He said...okay...what is it about? I had no idea, like I said before the title didn't ring a bell.

Well, the next day he told me he had checked out the movie to see what it was about and informed me it sounded interesting. He told me it was the global warming documentary done by Al Gore. WHAT!!!???!!! I was totally not looking forward to doing this extra credit now. I have very strong opinions which cause me to dislike this man. I head about this documentary on the news and swore I would never indulge him and watch it. This was going to be the most torturous 90 minutes in my life.

We sat down on Saturday to watch it. At first, of course, I gave my little anti-democrat remarks, but the more I got into the show, the more I was just listening and watching and thinking about what it was saying. I came out of it thinking it was a really great documentary, full of a great amount of information and really made me think about what I was doing to contribute to this problem. I still have an opinion, as I'm sure a lot of Americans do, that society isn't ready to change their lifestyles to save the environment. Call me selfish, but I don't think I am either. I feel that I am comfortable where I am in my lifestyle and I don't think I want to change that right now. But what about you?? Are you willing to change your lifestyle to solve the problem of global warming??

Sunday, December 03, 2006


Why is it that you can sit right next to someone for 3 hours, yet feel so alone??

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Main Entry: pro·cras·ti·nate>
Pronunciation: pr&-'kras-t&-"nAt,prO-t
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -nat·ed; -nat·ing
Etymology: Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
transitive verb : to put off intentionally and habitually
ve verb : to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Yup...this is my word of the day, OKAY it's my word of the weekend. I have this presentation to do on Tuesday, which I need to finish...and I have a paper due on the book "Becoming America" Wednesday that I have only gotten to page 16 out of 247. So, YES, I am being a procrastinator and doing anything I can to avoide working on them, including putting definitions on my blog.

40 Things that Only Happen in the Movies

1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.

2. When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it's aired.

4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it's the door to a burning building with a child inside.

6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.

8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.

9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.

10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.

11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).

12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).

13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.

14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard . . .

15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).

16. Cars never need fuel (unless they're involved in a pursuit).

17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.

18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.

20. All single women have a cat.

21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.

22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.

23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick's Day parade - at any time of the year.

24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.

25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don't mind at all what the girl does for a living.

27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.

28. It is not necessary to say "Hello" or "Goodbye" when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying "Hello? Hello?" repeatedly.

29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (it's called Stallone's Law).

30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.

31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.

32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.

33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.

34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.

37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.

38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.

39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren't liked and would never get invited to parties).

40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).


Why is it that food tastes so much better the second time around?? Yesterday it was leftover night at the Porter house. We have so much leftover food from Thursday it's going to take weeks to eat it, but I'm not complaining because food is so much better the second time around!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'm Thankful For...

So it's that time of year to remember the things I am thankful for. Of course there is the usual family, friends, love and freedom, but I thought I would also share some things that don't usually get remembered.

1. The T9 function for text messaging. It sure made texting under the table in class so much easier.

2. Thumb drives. Without which I would not be able to have my "secret" IM talks.

3. Google. Now that man was a genius.

4. Drive thru starbucks. Not only do I get my coffee...I don't even have to get out of my car.

5. Bluetooth. Not only can I talk on the phone without holding it to my ear, this allows my handset to be free so I can talk and text. What an amazing thing!!

6. TIVO. Oh this is my friend.

7. TV shows on DVD. I can watch a whole season of West Wing in a weekend.

8. The Rolls at Texas Road House...and lets not forget that cinnamon butter too. YUMMMM!!

9. Colored pens. I get tired of writing in black and blue, I love the purple and pink I have added to my life.

10. The little light you can put on your key chain so you can see the lock when locking or unlocking doors.

11. Self sticking envelopes. Sure saves having to taste that icky glue.

12. Individually packaged meals. Without which I would not have breakfast or lunch.

13. Strawberry flavored Chap stick.

14. Automatic shut-off lights for the headlights on my car.

15. Self Check line at the grocery store. I was never a fan, now I'm a believer.

16. My ionic blow dryer which has cut my hair drying time in half.

17. Rechargeable batteries for my camera. I go through them like crazy.

18. Haha....the words "Just in Case!!" =)

19. Daily contacts.

20. Two words...Grey's Anatomy. They give me the drama in life I need.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I Have Seen it All

When pigs fly?? NO, I would say when you see a horse in a drive thru. Yeah that's right...a horse in a drive thru. Today I was sitting in the drive thru line at Dion's, which is a local pizza place, about to pick up some salad and pizza for lunch when a horse came strolling up and got in line behind the car which was behind me. Everyone was staring. First of all it's crazy to see a horse in the city, let alone waiting in a drive thru line to pick up food. I was talking with the kid at the window and he didn't know how he was going to keep a straight face when the man on the horse got to the window to pick up food. I wish I would have had my phone with me so I could have taken a picture, but seriously I think I have seen it all now that I have seen a horse in the drive thru. I guess that's one way to save on gas...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Me, I want a Hula-Hoop

Well, I'm finally getting into the spirit of this lovely time of year called Christmas, not to be confused with Xmas!! The Christmas music is now playing 24 hours a day on Magic 99.5 our local easy listening station and I am thrilled. I head a couple of songs on my way into work today that really took me back to my youth.

The first was The Chipmunks singing "Christmas Don't Be Late." This was one of my favorite songs as a kiddo, I think it had to do with how much I really enjoyed watching the Chipmunks. I remember sitting in our living room and getting into the collection of records (yes, records and not CD's or tapes) my parents used to have in our book case. I would search through them until I found that familiar blue cover. I would put the record on and play that same song over and over while singing to my little hearts content.

The second song, which came on after The Chipmunks, took me back to my year on the gymnastics team. Being on the team, we would have to practice 6 days a week, and that meant Saturdays were spent at the gym. I remember one Saturday in particular when we were practicing tumbling a song came on, it was Elvis's "Blue Christmas." I remember my coach, who was a huge Elvis fan, turning it up and singing, while us girls were busting our butts on the mat. Good times!!!

So, I suppose I'm finally in the spirit. I know it's still a little before Turkey day, but it's still Turkey week so that counts...right??

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Embrace your Happy Feet

Last night, Jeremy and I went to see the movie Happy Feet. It was a story about a young Penguin, named Mumble, who, when hatched was different than the other Penguins. Even before he was completely hatched, Mumble had this amazing love for tapping his feet. He didn't really waddle like the rest of the penguins, he tap danced his way here and there. The young Penguins went to school not to learn to read and write like we do, what purpose would they have for that? Rather, they went to school to develop their "heart-song" which is used to find a mate. Mumble, however, could not sing (boy can I relate!!) and this was unheard of in the bird community. Every bird sings, and since Mumble didn't he was always considered an outcast and who the elders thought of as one who would lead a rebellion. The other problem with Mumble's inability to sing was the question of how he would find his mate. In the penguin community, it is your "heart-song" that allows you to find a mate, and since Mumble couldn't carry a note to save his life, there was always the question as to how he would do this.

Mumble never allowed his inability to sing to damper his life. He would still sing his little heart out even though he was always off tune. And although he was often told how weird and different he was, he never let that stop him from tapping his happy feet. His Dad even said "It just ain't Penguin" for him to dance around the way he does. Through all the ridicule, Mumble never allowed this to get him down. He just used the gift he had to get him through life. It was his dancing feet that helped save the penguin community by finding the "alien" who was taking their fish, and even used his happy feet to tap the "heart-song" that found him the love of his life, Gloria.

I look at Mumble and think how I just need to use the gifts God has given me. In a society where conformity is how we get through life, we want to look a certain way, or act a certain way, we need to look to our gifts and talents and embrace them. What are your "Happy Feet" and will you embrace them?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Text Messaging

I have a crazy obsession with text messaging. Yes, I admitted it. I can tell you it's not the over 3,000 messages a month I used to send, but it's still quite a bit. It's just such an easy way of communicating. Granted you don't get to hear a person's voice, but when you're busy doing something it's easier to just send a few quick texts back and forth rather than take time to talk on the phone. Especially when conversations usually last a lot longer than intended for some reason. Don't ask me why this is, but it's true. So all I can say is the man who invented text messaging…he's a genius.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Around the Office

So I'm sitting at work trying to think of something to write about since I have been so lax lately, and I'm drawing a blank. So I have decided to describe some things to you I see while sitting at my desk.

1. On top of the filing shelves there is a skull of a horse. Granted it is a horse vet I am working for, but honestly the thing freaks me out. His (or maybe it was a her, I'm not quite sure) teeth are as long as my pinkie. I could fit my hand in its nose opening. It's just a little creepy. I love horses, but not when their skulls are staring at me. And why does he have to face me and stare at me?? Why can't he face the wall or the door or something? It was funny during Halloween one of the clients said we should put lights in his holes for his eye way, that would really creep me out.

2. The EXIT sign in its big glowing red letters right above the huge glass door. Honestly, I can understand the signs in the back where it's dark and the doors aren't a huge thing of glass, but if anyone mistakes this glass door for anything other than an exit...they are lacking a few marbles.

3. Outside this huge glass front door I have an amazing view of the mountains. They are big and beautiful. I usually work until 5 or 6 depending on the day and they are just magnificent when the sun starts to set.

4. The time clock has proven to be an interesting feature to the office. It is placed right by the big glass front door, so that when people come in they can punch in and when they leave just punch out. Inevitably, someone always forgets to do one or the other, or sometimes both. Me, unfortunately, being one of them.

Okay...that's all for now. I must get back to work, but I'll be sure to describe more for you at a later date.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


As most people know I am not a very patient person, or at least I didn't used to be very patient. I think patience is one of the biggest things I have learned from Jeremy. So now that I know I have become a more patient person, why do I still have trouble waiting?? Whether it be waiting at the Doctor's office, waiting for an e mail from a professor, or waiting for my water to heat for tea, I still have trouble waiting. Why is it that waiting for something we really want, or need is so difficult??

The Five E's of an Affair

"This is how you get an affair going. This is to warn you, not to train you alright! You start with the Elimination of tenderness and respect. You go from elimination to an Encounter - you meet someone. You go from an encounter to Enjoyment because that person gives you the hormone that your mate gave you and cut you off from. You go from enjoyment to Expedition and that's where you expedite the relationship and make sure you end up in that person's presence and you enjoy it from a distance - you have Fantasy Island. And then there comes a time that you build a bridge to Fantasy Island and that's the E of Expression." This is the weekly Audio Devotional from Tommy Nelson who does a study on the Song of Solomon.

It must be in the air, but the talk of infidelity and affairs keeps popping up this week, and quite frankly I'm getting disgusted. I was watching the Today show this past week and they were talking about affairs. A website "" was the center of the segment. Yes, can you believe there is a website that matches those people who wish to have affairs with their husbands or wives? They profiled this one guy who met a woman on the site and then agreed to meet with her. Of course the woman he was to meet was a decoy so that he could get caught on TV to discuss what he was doing. It was just sickening that he was there for "a little fun on the side".

Later in the week the Today show had a woman on who had written a book about women who date and seek out married men. This really set me off. I couldn't believe to the extent these women chase married men. They seek out married men like it's a game that they were able to take these men's attention from their wives.

I'm not quite sure what the point of this series was. Maybe it was for these women to get their stories out so they could wake up and realize what they're doing. Maybe it was for us women to realize what does go on sometimes. Either way, I have become disappointed in women, that some would hurt another woman like that, often times intentionally.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's a scary thought!!!

Well, the elections are over and it turns out the democrats have taken control of Congress. What a sad day in America...flags should be flying at half staff. But while watching the press conference today I was reminded of one thing...the third in line to the presidency if something were to happen to Bush and Cheney is Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House. Yeah, that is a scary thought...and a scary lady!!! I didn't think there could be anything worse than Hillary becoming president, but boy was I wrong!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Earlier and Earlier

I am a huge fan of Christmas, especially Christmas music. We have this easy listening station here in town that plays Christmas music 24/7 starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, it's great!!! But how early is too early for Christmas to start coming? Stores start setting up Christmas stuff shortly after the 4th of July. I remember going to Hobby Lobby while Jeremy was in Poland in July and seeing Christmas decorations. I think it's just crazy for stores to start so early. We end up missing out on so many other holidays along the way because we are concentrating on getting to Christmas. I get annoyed by the early decorating. Yesterday while I was watching the Broncos win, there were so many Christmas commercials. I went to Hobby Lobby Saturday and not only did they have the decorations up, but they were playing Christmas music on the intercom. People!!! It's one thing to decorate, it's another to already be playing the Christmas music. I think everyone just needs to hold off and take one holiday at a time. Let's get through Thanksgiving first...and then we can think about Christmas!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006


I know Jeremy is the one with the Observation blog, which honestly I think is great!! But because of this, I am more aware of observations I make during the day. Let me share with you some that I can remember that happened today!!

1. I really enjoy my Beauty Times 3 blog, however, I have sometime when I just really want to have a blog about the 3 things that really bug me or annoy me in the day. I am reminded, however, that Beauty Times 3 allows me to find what joy may be in these annoyances.

2. People who write blogs and post them publicly should be aware that there may be some that disagree with you and even attack you for your thoughts. You just have to be prepared to take this, sometimes even with a grain of salt, and not attack back. When you post something publicly you can't be upset when there are people who oppose you.

3. Women have this incredible sixth sense to communicate with one another without communicating. Take for instance this morning, there was an interesting woman who walked into Starbucks while my mom and I were there. Without saying a word, we just looked at each other and immediately knew what the other was thinking.

4. Jeremy has a love for movies and stories, however he doesn't like to read fiction books. To me they seemed the same until he gave me his reasoning for this. makes total sense!! He is great with his methods to his madness!!

There were more today....but now I'm forgetting...I'll get back to you with the rest when I remember. Until then....

Friday, November 03, 2006

Things at Work that Make me Sad

I have a great job, really I do. It's taking some getting used to, you know, to get back in the swing of things, but all in all I think it's really great. These last couple of days, though, it has made me sad. Like any other medical profession you have your good days and your bad. These past two days, however, I have had to process invoices for two authorizations for euthanasia. I understand it's the circle of's just sad to get an invoice thinking to process it for a routine visit and it turns out it's not.

I'm looking forward to Tuesday, and let me tell you why...

1. It's election day!!! That means no more political ads and no more signs lining the highway. I was watching the Today show this morning and during one commercial break all I saw were political commercials. It was so annoying!!

2. Phantom of the Opera!!! The Phantom of the Opera is going to be at our local theatre and we're going to see it. I'm so excited. I saw it when they were here last time a couple of years ago and it was AMAZING. I can't wait to see it again!!

3. CARS!!!! Yup, Cars is coming out on DVD Tuesday. I can't wait. I think it's one of my favorite recent movies. I mean, after all, I saw it 3 times in the theatre. Plus, it always reminds me of Jeremy and the time leading up to our relationship.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Leaf-less Tress in the Winter

I was telling Jeremy the other day how I looked forward to winter time and trees without leaves. He looked at me like I was crazy, but really I do have a method behind my madness! I really enjoy it during the wintertime when I can look across a field and see what's beyond it without the leaves of a tree blocking my view. I also really enjoy looking up and being able to see the dark beautiful sky, which during the summer months is blocked because of the leaves of the tree.

I was driving into school yesterday, however, and got to thinking about what the dying of trees in the winter means to me. It gives me hope and joy. Now before you go thinking I'm some whack job who enjoys things dying...hear me out. To me, the dying of trees in the winter and them blooming and coming to life again in the spring reminds me of my life with Jesus. It reminds me that even when I pass from this life, I can look forward to my new life which will bloom again like the trees in the spring eternally in the presence of God and Jesus.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Why I love Halloween

Okay, so here are my top ten reasons why I enjoy Halloween:

1. It's the first holiday of my favorite season.
2. Candy!! I always loved the mini candy bars I would get when I went Trick-Or-Treating.
3. It's so much fun to dress up. Usually you get to go as something which is the opposite of who you are, which is fun.
4. The little ones who go trick-or-treating just find such great joy in it, it's great to see the smiles on their faces.
5. The smell of that plastic which masks are made of always brings back memories.
6. Ghosts are so long as they look like Casper.
7. It's always fun to bust out those orange pumpkins used to collect candy. I always hated it though when they got so heavy the handle broke half way through the night.
8. It's funny to see the kiddos on nights when it's cold. You get to put on your cool costume, but then your mom makes you put you jacket on over it. It just always ruined it all!
9. Halloween means Thanksgiving is on its way!! I can't wait for Turkey Day!!!
10. The arrival of Turkey Day means the arrival of my favorite time of year....Christmas Carol season!!! I love the soft listening channel because they play Christmas songs ALL DAY LONG after Thanksgiving. It's so great!!!

Buff Tough Chick

Can I tell you how good it feels to get back to the gym?? It's wonderful!!! I have only been for one day now, so I guess I can't really say I'm a full fledged gym goer again, but last night felt great. It's a different sort of work out I'm doing this time. I used to work out with the guys so I would only do about 10 minutes of cardio and then really focus on lifting weights. This time, Jeremy and I are going, but we're each doing our own thing. So I got to do 30 minutes of cardio and then just a little bit of lifting. I'm hoping this will be better for me to slim down!! Not to mention I'm going with the one I love, and that is always just great!! I'll keep ya posted on it!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

I have the greatest Boyfriend in the World

Okay, so guess what?? I have the most amazing boyfriend in the world. read it!!! He just always knows how to make me smile. Take for instance tonight. I am stressing out about getting my homework all done for this next week. He has had a busy day at the church all day. What he wants is probably some "us" time, but instead he allows me to get my homework done. We are still present with one another, but doing our own thing. What got me though was I walked in, right away he knew something was on my mind. And when I said "I'm okay" he knew it was a lie. He knew there was something else going on in my random head. He just knows me and it's so great that he does!!

An Update on My Crazy Busy Life

Just so you can understand how busy I have been the past few days, I started this blog 3 days ago...and I am finally getting around to finishing it. School is still going crazy, last week I had 2 exams. One I feel good about, the other I don't. But if I were to put money on it, I would think I did better on the one I don't feel good about. That's just how it goes...I think I do good on and exam and I get a 70, but when I think I do horrible I'll get a 93. It's just how it goes...don't ask me why.

This weekend was crazy busy getting Jeremy all moved into the house. I always thought that house was great, but there is something with furniture in it that just gives it life!! I did learn this weekend how hard and annoying it is to shop for a mattress. The sales people have all kinds of gimmicks and games to get you to buy their's just annoying!! Give me Sam's Club where I can do it myself without having anyone bug me!!

Work is slowing down a little which I guess you could say is good. I'm about to start my third week and already have all the work caught up the lady I replaced was working on. Some peoples kids...I just don't know what some people do at work so they don't get their work done. If I have a task to complete I'm going to do ifs, ands, or butts (oops I mean buts) about it, it's just going to get done!!

This past week I had my 24th birthday. I'm so glad I'm not 23 was just an awkward age for me for some reason. I can say though, this was one of the best birthdays I have had. The people that shared it with me, from those at work, church, Jeremy and my family, all mean the world to me, so it was great to have them be a part of my day!!

This next week...UGH!! I have two papers due. One is only 5 pages which I think will be easy to crank out. But the other is 7 pages. That's just one of those in between number of pages I seem to have trouble getting to. Not to mention it's over two books that are so boring I refused to read them. So, now, the paper is due in 3 days and I have over 600 pages to read. All I can say is I can't wait for this semester to be over!!!

OH OH one good favorite song "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder just came on!! It's going to be a GREAT DAY!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Then What's the Point of Cake?

Okay so I was talking with my friend Adam today about...well that's not important, but I had to tell him he couldn't have his cake and eat it too. His response to me was "what's the point of having cake then if you can't eat it??" I was totally not expecting this and it really got me thinking about it. I have been told all my life I can't have the cake and eat it too. So like Adam said, what's the point? Why would I have this piece of cake sitting in front of me if I can't eat it??

So this got me thinking back to a conversation Jeremy and I had the other night after we watched an episode of One Tree Hill. One of the characters in the show, Lucas, has a heart condition which has prevented him from pursuing his dream of playing basketball. There is an opportunity, however, that arises for him to get 15 minutes of playing time in a game as long as he is on his medication. Anything more than 15 minutes would put too much strain on his heart and there could be severe consequences. He decides he doesn't want to do that. He says he would rather not do it at all, than do it half way.

I just wonder how many times we think like Adam was thinking. If I can't have my cake and eat it too, what's the point of cake. I think it's like the scenario with Lucas on One Tree Hill. He is given his cake, but because he can only play for 15 minutes he's not being allowed to eat it too. I got to thinking, then, and feeling really bad for those people who think they don't want the cake at all if they can't eat it. I mean what if you end up missing out on something just because you can't do it all the way. Where do you draw the line?? I feel Lucas's pain. If he can't play the whole game, why play at all? But, at the same time, wouldn't you rather have 15 minutes of joy than a lifetime without??

Things We Can Learn From a Dog

  1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  2. Allow the experience of fresh air and wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  4. When it's in your best interest, always practice obedience.
  5. Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
  6. Take naps and always stretch before rising.
  7. Run, romp and play daily.
  8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  9. Be loyal.
  10. Never pretend to be something you're not.
  11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  13. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  16. Oh hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  17. When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  18. No matter how often you are criticized, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.

The Big But of Katie Land

I seriously enjoy being a woman and if I had the chance there is no way I would come back as a man. However, (this is the big but of Katie Land), the wiring of the female mind drives me crazy. Women, we know we are more emotional, or at least some of us have finally come to this conclusion. I don't know about you, but sometimes this really just drives me nuts. I mean for no reason we can just start crying, and even have trouble stopping. Usually there is an underlying reason, but there doesn't always have to be. We also tend to get hurt easier. We think we're strong, but emotionally we usually aren't. We just have the amazing ability to hide our hurt that's all. Woman also put more stock into something that is done or said. WE MAKE PRESUMPTIONS. And that really can lead to emotional pain. We presume we are doing well in a job only to find out we're not. We presume a situation at home or school is working out the way we want, only to find out it's not. We presume something could be headed somewhere faster than it really is and often times it's not and we have to put on the breaks. We don't just make these presumptions, we build and build on them until they can almost become too hard to handle. There are times when we can have it all, yet still feel lonely. Being a woman is great!! I wouldn't trade it for the world, BUT the crazy emotions we women have...well, I could deal without those!!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Giving People a Chance

I have to admit, and I'm not at all proud of it, that I have a bad habit of giving up on people easily. Once I have given up on them, it's hard for me to respect them again. Let me give you a couple of examples.

I am a huge Denver Bronco fan. I always have and probably always will be. My parents moved to New Mexico before I was born and brought with them the love for the Broncs. So, I guess you could say that was just another thing they instilled in me. The golden age of the Broncos was amazing. When Elway, Eddy Mac, Romo and TD were all there it was great! I mean, hello, they won not one but two Superbowl's back to back during that time.

However, things change, time marches on and Plummer comes in at QB. He actually didn't immediately replace Elway, Griese came first, but we won't even get started on that dude. So, anyways, Plummer has been in Denver since 2003. I gave him a chance the first year and I would even say for the most part the second year, but it just seemed like he kept letting me down. Especially last year at the AFC Championship game when he didn't even show up to play. Now I know the rest of the Broncs didn't show up that day either, but we're not talking about everyone else right now...we're talking about Jakey.

This season he has been playing okay, not terrific by any means, but okay. He has the team 1st in the AFC west and tied for 2nd in the AFC. But for some reason this just isn't good enough for me. I gave up on him last season and since I did this it's hard for me to get that back.

The same thing goes for my nutty math professor I have talked about before. He started out okay, but then he went and got goofy. He started doing a sort of song and dance routine to keep the attention of the class. He tells crazy dating stories, he hopscotches in the room. Today, he was moonwalking and talking about the divorce with his wife. It just really makes me roll my eyes. I have been told, once a woman hears something she doesn't like in a conversation, she stops listening. Well that's what has happened here with my math class. He started acting like a dorfus and I stopped listening.

I'm not sure why I do this or even when it started. I feel the little let downs I have felt, from friends, teachers, guys I have been in relationships with and from my favorite sports team, have accumulated like a snowball rolling down a hill. So now I have this huge snowball that has built up and I don't know how to get over it. I want to be better about giving people a chance, but that just means trusting and we all know how I feel about trust. So I'm hoping as God continues to work in my heart on my trust issues, my habit of giving up on people will begin to be solved too.

Friday, October 20, 2006

I'm moving to Antarctica

I guess this is why I keep myself busy and don't watch the news very often, but I did the other day, and I think I turned red with anger. The news broadcasters were talking about the upcoming 2008 presidential election, especially the democratic nominee. It was noted that as more and more democrats were dropping out of the race, Hillary Clinton has been slipping in. For many months she was very vocal; however, lately, she has been laying back a little more and quietly slipping in. Because she is not as vocal lately, she is appearing to some as more likeable. Not to mention, Hillary has a large political base. She always has, which is why she got the Senate seat in the first place.

So here is my problem with this scenario. First, there is nothing worse for this country right now than to have a democrat in office. Progress is slowly being made with foreign disputes. The economy is bouncing back, look at the recent record 12,000 close of the Dow. If a democrat makes it into office, he will drastically flip any progress that is being made. Second, this country is not ready for a woman president (let alone Hillary Clinton). Women are making great strides in this society. CEO's, multi-million dollar entrepreneurs, and even secretary of state, however, we are not ready for a woman to run our country. Women have a different mind set than men. Sure they might be able to handle domestic issues, but when it comes to foreign policy, few can handle it. (I say few bec

ause Condi appears to be doing a good job) The United States just isn't ready to enter into the

international community with a woman leading the way. We would be seen as a joke.

So let me say now…if Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2008, I WILL be moving to Antarctica.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Living Life with Excitement

I went to Sam's Club today and bought one of my all time favorite movies as a little girl growing up, The Little Mermaid. I was so excited to get it home and unwrap it. I felt like I was 7 years old again going to see it in the theatre for the first time. Yes, it came out in 1989…can you believe that??

The one main theme that struck me in the movie, and really made me think about my life and how I live it was Ariel's desire to live as a human, and experience what you and I do on a daily basis and probably take for granted. Ariel sings a song about being a part of the human world. She talks about having "gadgets and gizmos a plenty" but those things don't matter to her, all she wants to do is live and experience things as a human does, as you and I do. What is so funny about the "gadgets and gizmos" she has, is that they are actually things that are found in the human world. So she has all these "things" a human has, but that doesn't matter. She just wants to dance, walk, and lay in the sand. She wants to experience life as you and I are able to do.

Sebastian, the lobster who is a sort of spy for her father, sings about being under the sea and enjoying what she has there. He sings that everything is better, and everyone gets along under the sea. The humans, he sings, just have a lot of sand while they, under the sea have this hot crustacean band…now who wouldn't want to stay where that is? Ariel's just not having it though. She has her dreams, she wants to experience life. She even goes as far as selling her voice, the one thing she has that is really special to her, just so she can walk with the humans.

I sometimes wonder if I live my life with that much excitement and desire. I don't really think I do all the time. I think in some areas of my life, such as school, I just go through the motions with little excitement and no desire apart from graduating and getting my piece of paper. I think sometimes I miss out on the beauty in certain things just because I lack the excitement Ariel has. So it is my goal to live life, every aspect of it, like Ariel did when she was given the chance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Some Peoples Kids

Okay, so seriously, I had the most annoying morning and it is only 9 am. First of all I overslept. I missed my alarm and had to bust my cute little butt to get to school on time. I bypassed my morning stop at Starbucks (can you feel the tears building up?) and headed straight to UNM. I was good until I hit traffic about 2 minutes into my drive. It was a really slow and long drive to school today because of traffic. So that is annoyance number one.

I got on the shuttle to go to class. Just so you know, the shuttle is just a bus that takes students from the parking lot to campus. Here's how the filling up of the bus with students usually goes: First everyone takes an empty seat, once those empty seats are full, people begin to double up and two people have to sit together. The funny thing about it though is that for some reason, females always sit with other females and males sit with other males. Don't ask me why this is, it just is and I have no explanation for it. So I took my seat, the bus filled up and a guy came and sat next to me. Now I'm not sure if you can say he was "all guy" if you catch my drift, but...a guy sat next to me. No big deal…it's not like I was saving the seat for some female, I just found he was going against the flow from the beginning and I should have known something was going to follow. So he sits down and I scoot against the window. He had plenty of room, there was no need for his leg to be touching mine, but it was. For some reason he thought it would be appropriate to invade my bubble. Now just understand, I'm not the kind of person to be concerned about my bubble, usually people are respectful and I'm cool with that. Not this guy…HE WAS IN MY BUBBLE. In response to his leg touching, I just moved my legs over a little and in a sense kicked him out of my bubble. The bus now started on it's way to campus and as it usually happens when a bus or car or any moving vehicle turns, body's fall one way or the other. This is just a fact and it happens and usually people are aware of their body parts touching another person and they correct it. So we went around the corner in the bus and my seat mate's leg is touching mine again. HELLO…HE'S IN MY BUBBLE AGAIN. So I wait for him to move his leg off mine, but he never does. Once again I scoot closer to the window. This happens once more before we get to campus. By this time I'm just annoyed and I can't wait to get to class. Thus concludes annoyance number two.

So I get to class right when it's supposed to start, however, the professor (You know the hop scotching math teacher I've talked about before…this is him) decided to start a little early. He had already collected the homework and handed out the new homework for the week. So he walks up to me in a nice loud voice and reminds me (even though I was already aware of this) that I owed him homework. So I said "Yes, Sir" and turned it in. While he was walking back to the front of the room he was reading ALOUD…to the whole class mind you…my answers to the problems. If that wasn't enough he makes a comment about my answers. This wasn't a "wow great answer comment"…all he said was "interesting." Interesting?? Interesting?? What the heck is that supposed to mean, interesting?? And you had to say that to the whole class?? UGH!!! That's annoyance number three.

So while he was lecturing I look to my right and notice the girl sitting a few seats over is sharpening her pencil. She pulled out a pencil sharpener from her bag, sharpened her pencil, threw the shavings on the floor and put her sharpened back in her bag. PEOPLE!!! She dumped the shaving on the floor like it was no big deal. Who does that?? Annoyance number four.

It was nearing the end of class and I was just completely annoyed with my day and what I had seen and experience so far and I was just ready to get to my next class. However, my math prof. had to tell us another exciting dating story…something involving the number pie, whatever I was annoyed!! So that was annoyance number five and it was only 8:50.

Seriously, I'm not sure if I'm in Math 129 anymore or if the name of the class took on Dating 101. All I know is Mr. Bubble invader really set off a chain reaction of annoying events. Thanks Mr. Bubble invader!!!

The Skunk

Every night when I drive home from Jeremy's house, I encounter a stench at the same point in my drive. It never fails…I leave around midnight and head out on the main street, Paseo del Norte, which leads from Albuquerque to Rio Rancho. About halfway home, as I'm crossing the river, I encounter the smell of a skunk. It's like clockwork. The first couple of times I thought it was one that had been hit on the busy street, but seriously, it's been going on for the more than 4 months we've been hanging out. I just don't get it though. Does this skunk encounter something frightful there at the same time every night? Is that some sort of mating call? Let me tell you, I wouldn't come running if my boyfriend was always smelling like that. As annoying as the smell can be, though, I was missing it last night. When I was driving home I didn't encounter the stench of my friendly skunk. I hope he's okay...