Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- my new lap top
- education and the ability to be able to pursue it
- everything my parents have done to make the above two things possible
- my religion
- my testimony
- living close to my family
- Michael Buble', Kelly Clarkson and good music in general
- Shoes for Crews
- the temple
- my imagination
- others' imaginations
- my one and only, completely beautiful sister
- blue contacts
- roommate pink tie day
- the Practice
- hugs, hugs and more hugs
- the strength to endure ridicule and criticism
- swing dancing
- fried turkey
- Colorado and all the memories and people that are/were there
- organizational skills
- monetary stability
- musicals and those who love them as much as I do
- confidence, honesty, integrity; basically the Young Women Values
- three days of work and two days of paid vacation
- the Atonement
- cool breeze/Fall weather
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Today, when I left work, I thought "I wanna hit something, I wanna hit it hard."
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I work at Don's Seafood Hut on two nights a week as a server. I've always loved serving. I did it for two years at a different location for the same company but now I am in Gonzales. It's a great place to work and I really love doing what I do. Well, tonight, my first real table was a couple who seemed like any other table. They were inquisitive of the menu and I was happy to help them. Although, I didn't arrive at work in a good mood, they left me something that was super nice and something I've never received in the 4 years I've been serving. I've received compliments, tips of large proportions (no blank checks) and regulars who have asked for me. But never have I received this:
I was so moved. It completely turned my day around.
Of course, I love hearing compliments and I shared it with everyone. But the real reason for this post is to show everyone two things. First, a compliment is so important. We all need them and it feels so good to get them and to give them. Second, servers are highly trained individuals and should be recognized. We work out butts off, truly for our money. My full time job, there are days that I can work hardly at all, but I will still get paid. If servers don't work a lot, they don't get paid a lot.
As a plea, do not tip your server less than 15%. If you feel you need to, please inform the management as to the reason. Or, if you feel you can't afford it, do take out or fast food. Do not waste a server's time and then leave then any thing less than they deserve. And please acknowledge them if they do a good job! We all need compliments.
My iPod broke a few months ago. I was on my Colorado trip and I noticed that it wasn't holding a charge. It made me very sad. She's old and it was probably her time. Plus, it was a refirbished one and I got it for pennies. I feel I got the most out of it. So, as all of you may or may not know, I've been obsessing over a MacBook Pro. I probably caruse the Apple website more than a few times a week. Ok, so like everyday, don't hate! I was looking at some of the other iPods available. I really wanted an iPod touch. However, I couldn't see spending $200 on it when it holds the same amount of songs as a Nano. I also couldn't see spending any money on something new unless I knew that my iPod Classic was kaput. I brought it to the Apple store, turned it in for what I thought might be an in patient surgery and left my baby there. I got a phone call with in a few hours...the jury's back already? There was nothing they could do to save my innocent friend but they could offer me a replacement one for the $129. OR I could get an brand new iPod Nano for $149 and then take 10% off with the recylce program. So, that's indeed what I did. The new Nano has a lot of neat features. I can't wait for my MacBook Pro so I can fully appreciate the Apple nation. But, I am on my way, I can go the distance!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I was also told that I haven't entered a blog recently. My life has been less than thrilling. Although, my new desire is to obtain a MacBook Pro. I think I've always had expensive tastes. For instance, when shopping for school clothes earlier in my life, I'd normally come to my mom with articles of clothing to which my mom would exclaim, "did you have to pick the most expensive..." Also, I just had to have a Dyson, which I now love! And now, I need a new computer and I really only want the best. And the best is a MacBook Pro. I know it's expensive, but it's the best, and don't I deserve the best? So, hopefully, within a month or so (before school starts) I'll have one.
Speaking of school, I spoke to a counselor yesterday at BRCC. I'll be starting classes again in the fall. Not sure how I'll afford paying for a computer and classes and still finding time to acutally do the classes. But I'm doing it.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I've been steadily working away at the NMC.
I went to Colorado for my 99 Class reunion. Suprisingly, I really enjoyed myself at the reunion. I knew I'd love seeing my old friends and hanging out in the gorgeous mountains that make up the Rocky range. But to actually go the reunion, I was a little skeptical. I really enjoyed seeing people that I haven't seen in a while. I shook hands with people who I didn't think knew me in high school, but knew my name and were actually excited to see me. We toured our high school and saw a lot of great new additions and changes to it's structure! I really wish I could have seen a few of the teachers, but it was still so much fun. I loved hanging out with some of my close friends while traveling through the great state of Colorado! It sincerely was such a great trip.
Before my trip, my new roommate Michael and I found a great place to live. I was the only one to scope it out before the actual agreement was made; I was a little concerned with all that pressure. But it turns out to be a great place indeed! My old roommate/landlord wanted me out by the end of July, but I was in CO during that time. He and my new roommate were kind enough to move all of my stuff to the new apartment for me! It was such a relief to come home and find everything already moved!
I settled in for a few days and then another great friend of mine came down for a week. I took off another week and we did things that frightened fish! We went to Avery Island; the Laura, Shadows on the Teche and San Francisco plantation homes; and then toured New Orleans. It was great to catch up with Stephanie; we haven't seen each other since before my mission, about 8 years ago...eek! We both have changed but for the better, we decided. We've matured and it was really neat to see someone who knew me when I was a "kid" and to now see me as more of an adult and notice the difference.
Right before Stephanie got here, I developed a crappy cough. I took some meds/herbals/vitamins and I still have an annoyance version of it, but nothing too serious. It's so much better, except for when I "honk" in the middle of sacrament meeting.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
So, my 10 year class reunion is coming up soon; 2.5 weeks. I definitely look different than I did when I went to school. I never really thought, though, that I'd do much about it when it came down to it. I'm sure I'm at least 40 lbs heavier than when I graduated and I know I won't lose it in time. However, I looked in the mirror a couple of days ago and seriously frowned. So, I started running. It'll at least help me feel better by the time I go. PLUS, I'll have better lung capacity for when I travel to a place 3,000 feet higher than here. I actually like running. I like the way it helps my body feel better and definitely eases tension. It also helps me to keep myself limber. I'm so afraid I won't be able to play with my kids, whenever I have them. Honestly, I need to find a dance partner to go dancing with.
Ok, enough random thoughts for tonight.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This week was somewhere in the 3-4 weeks range for this certain pair of contacts. I was at work-in front of a computer and I had this headache and I knew it was from the contacts. So I went to the bathroom to take them out. I took the left one out like normal and then reached over to take the right one out with my left hand. After doing so, I noticed that my left eye contact was gone and I must have dropped it. I looked around but couldn't find it. I threw my right contact away, shrugged my shoulders and went back to work.
The rest of the day, though, things were weird with my vision. Everything was so blurry out of my left eye. My right eye was a little blurry too but not too much out of the ordinary. The next morning, I woke up and the problem was still there. I got really worried. I went all that day and afternoon wondering what was wrong with my left eye. As I was sitting that evening, in my institute class, I was rubbing my right eye because it was sore. Wouldn't ya' know it, my contact popped out. As I played my internal tape back, my left contact must have slid into my right eye when I extracted the right one. EUREKA! I even slept with it in and didn't even notice. INSANE! I was so happy. Ok, so, I'm simple and cute, but this was amazing and I'm happy that I'm not going blind as quickly as I thought.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The Last Task
by Timothy Garner
After the end of a long day, an aged woman came to her final task. The new job she acquired left one room to be cleaned in this home of extravagant size. With her grayed hair matted and plastered to her head with sweat and grime, she wiped her brow and rolled her stained sleeves past her elbows. As her wise eyes surveyed the room, she thought this would be the quickest of all the rooms she’s cleaned thus far and her day would end shortly.
She filled her trusty metal bucket with warm water mixed with cleaning solution. She placed her moistened rag to the mirror and wiped the stained, spotted glass. As she scrubbed, the room began to appear brighter as the light from above reflected. A pair of lips creased into a smile and met the gaze of its owner. She spoke a sigh of completion. She next moved to the counter, the sink, under the soap dish, around the stainless steel faucet. As her rag became dirtier with every wipe she realized this dirt had been here for a while and it took a little more effort to release it from its resting place. She moved to the tub.
She drew back the curtain and realized her quick thought job would be much longer. She knelt down; scrubbed, polished and made things shine like before; clean. Her task was almost complete. She swept the floor and then removed the rug from its place. As she did, she realized that the floor use to be pristine white but now was an off color. Her shoulders dropped. She was tired. Sweat poured into her eyes but she pressed on. As she ran down the bristles of her brush upon the tiled floor, she knew it would never be as white as it originally was. She was so worried that it wouldn’t be clean. Her long job was not yet complete and how could she call her work complete. On a stroke forward, her brush slipped through the suds on the floor and her body collapsed on the wet soapy floor. She began to pick herself up when she heard footsteps in the hall. The owner of the house was returned.
Before she could think, he entered the bathroom. He bent down and grabbed her elbow and helped the woman to her sore feet. By now, she was crying. He wiped the tears from her worn eyes and asked, “Why are you crying?” She looked at him and did not know where to start. But without thought, she said, “ This floor will not be any cleaner than it is now and I’m very worried that you would not have me in your house any longer. I have done all I can.” His smile made her heart stop and then he replied, “Please, leave this floor for me. I will replace every tile. The floor will be white again and made new.” Her worn eyes sparkled as he guided her out of her last task.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This past weekend, I went to my parent's house for Easter. We enjoyed ourselves. My main reason for going out there was the shoot guns. I own two rifles, a .22 and a .270. I've shot the both a few times, but not in the past 10 years or so. I really wanted to feel comfortable with them since they are mine. I'm not an NRA member, but I definitely feel it's my responsibility if I ever have to provide for my future family, how to shoot. So, we drove out to a gorgeous park by the Atchfalya River where a shooting range is. We shot my .22 and my dad's 9mm. It was enjoyable. I felt a little scared at first, but more confident as I learned how they worked. After we returned home, my dad showed me how to clean them. Not only did it make me feel better about myself, but it also was a nice bonding moment with my dad!
Now, back to my car. I changed my oil Saturday. This is the second time I've done it by myself-remember, not a mechanic!! But I did so and asked my dad to change my fuel filter and show me how. He did so. On my way back home today, I glanced down at my gas gauge and noticed it was decreasing quite rapidly. In a matter of 3 miles, I lost about a 1/4 tank of gas. I pulled into a gas station, put my car in park got out to notice that gas was spilling out of my the location where my fuel filter is. I immedeately turned off my car and said a prayer. I've learned praying is a lot more effective than cussing, try it! I put my car in neutral and rolled it forward so I didn't have to lay in gasoline. I looked under where the filter was and notice that a clip was not tight around the filter. I tried to fix it myself, but later down the road, realized it wasn't completely fixed. I called my dad to help out. He walked me through the steps. Even though I was smart the first time, frustration took over the second and I laid in a small pool of gas. After several minutes of playing with it, I heard the magical "click". It was in place. As I drove the rest of the way home, my eyes were glued to the gas gauge. I thanked my father in heaven that something more serious didn't happen and I was able to replace it.
Prayer works, my friends. And thanksgiving must follow!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Since the Deathly Hallows is fresh on my mind, I will discuss it. If you have yet to read them and wish to still be surprised, stop reading now! STop it! STOP!!!
Ok. The book was packed till the very end. There were some slow spots during the forest camping scenes, but all together the book moved quickly. Hermione cried a lot. Harry was completely arrogant and much too iconic-like. I loved the fact at the end where he called him Riddle. However, Riddle's death left something more. I completely see the reason why he died the way he did. I see the simplistic symbolism that he died by his own hand and by the same spell that wounded him in the beginning. Also, that Harry didn't need to kill him. But it left me wanting more.
The epilogue was enjoyable and made me smile. I loved the fact that Harry named his children after his parents and Albus Severus. And please know, I NEVER gave up on Severus. He was my sad little boy who never got picked throughout the whole series. I rooted for him.
The series is recommended! If you haven't read them back to back, I suggest it!
Well done J.K. I would love to meet you one day!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
As far as Harry Potter goes, he's just seen his Aunt and Uncle for the last time and realized that Dudley actually thanks him for saving his life. GO FIGURE. If you're a HP fan, you'll know which book I'm on.
So, I watch Oliver tonight for the first time. I really enjoyed it. It's got a great story even though Nancy is an absolute twit and, well, you'll have to watch it.
I see that it's needful for me to obtain another place of residence. If you can tell me where that quote is from, I'll love you forever. My roommate is getting married and I am no longer welcome in his home. Well, that sounds dramatic, doesn't it?! So, I'm looking on Craig's list for a new room to call my own for my life has been altered and once it can change again. (if you can name that quote, I'll give you a huge hug-no cheating!!) I have found a few places, here's a laugh for ya. Bytheway, these are only a few places I've considered.
For one place, the owner of the home asked me e-mail him a picture of myself. Yeah, I know.
Another place, one of the roommates was discussing his hip surgery and how he's on disability. The other one said he was just laid off-but oh, it get's better. The first roommate had his shirt off and I noticed his huge scar. I mentioned it and he preceded to pull his pants down to show me three more scars on his butt. Yeah, I know!
Needless to say, I'm still looking. I mean, who pulls their pants down on the first visit?
It was so nice to meet you...SO nice!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
- Improper grammar use; mainly in writing
- When people interrupt me
- When people interrupt me to say something irrelevant
- Sore throats
- The phrase, "appreciatcha"
- Lying; just tell me you're not going to do something as opposed to telling me you are and then not do it
- Serious conversations through text messages
- Olivia the cat
- Improper testimonies; i.e. "fiber of my being", "I love my roommates/girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse", stories and/or reading the scriptures-it's not a talk
- Friends who aren't real friends
- body hair-too much or the lack thereof
- "BookS of Mormon" or even worse, "Book of Mormons", let's try Copies of the Book of Mormon-yay!!
- Yay, Yeah, Ya, Ye, Yea-use them properly!
- Being called Timmy with childish overtones.
- People automatically thinking just b/c I'm the guy, everything will be alright.
- Making excuses for something instead of doing something about it.
- People taking money or not giving money that is rightfully yours
- When people don't acknowledge politeness; if someone holds the door open, say thank you. If someone says thank you, say you're welcome. If you are going straight and someone has to step out of your way or stop so as to not collide with you, say excuse me.
- ValentiMes Day
- Getting a new phone
- Getting contacts
- The first time someone told me I had a beautiful smile
- any hug
- Kissing my mom after her surgery
- Moving in with my sister
- The first time someone asked me to play piano in church
- Singing "Earth Angel" to the Homecoming queen instead of someone else singing to her
- Following the spirit in making the right decision
- having a full-time job after not having one
- Quitting my job at Ochsner
- My Dyson
- Having special friend(s) who thought to get me a Dyson
- Using my Dyson-it still makes me smile
- Hugging my parents when I got home from my mission
- Lunch dates; specifically with Heather
- When a girl plans a date for us
- When someone asks me to give them a blessing
- Knowing someone's full name for a blessing w/o them telling me
- My Bass Pro pillow
- The Color Purple
- Live Musicals
- Frozen Custard and the friends I eat it with
- When old friends find you and you can still talk like there was no yesterday!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
So, some events that have occurred in the last few days. Saturday, Ouizer, Dolly and Clairee went to Hattiesburg to discover a new kind of fun. Well, it would have been nice if it actually was a new kind of fun, but it was just another YSA dance. Ouizer heard about the dance and so we decided to go. The trip was made of a little Kelly, some Pink and a few lougies (sp?). It also consisted of an extended bathroom break, a plunger, a clown and some more potty breaks. Hattiesburg is about 2.5 hours away and the dance wasn't all that. We stayed for about and hour and danced a few songs. Ouizer and I showed off and Clairee and I got a little freaky with some ghetto moves. Ok, I got freaky and Clairee resisted-all in good fun, though!! As we decided to leave, we were met by a few people who were so apologetic about the dance. We told them it really wasn't that bad, but we had to get headed back. In all honesty, it wasn't that bad. It was a small gathering of about 20 kids who were a good 5-10 years younger than we were. So, we peace'd out and went to Checkers and then to Krispy Kreme then spent the rest of the trip trying not to fall asleep!
Yesterday morning (also Saturday) I woke up to play disc golf with a friend of mine. After realizing it was raining, I went back to sleep until I had to get up for school. I love my math teacher. He explains things where it is very easy to understand. Plus, he gets so excited about math. After class, I jumped online and my friend asked if I wanted to play disc golf then. So we went. We met up with another buddy and played nine holes. It was the first time I ever played but I really enjoyed it. In case you're unfamiliar with such a sport, it's the basic principle of golf, but with frisbees instead of balls, no clubs and a cage of sorts instead of a whole. You still have the same basic rules as golf and it's a lot of fun!!! My arm's a little sore, but I'm good for it.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Shehad, my roommate owns 2 cats. The first one, Olivia, he obtained from a friend. She's grey with black stripes and adorably cute. However, she's fiesty. When he first got her-a worthy note, the vet told us she was a he and Shehad named her/him Oliver-she was very sweet and loving. She is still sweet and loving but has an attitude. I really think she's a human trapped in a cat's body. She knows she's not allowed in my room. However, when I leave my door open, she comes on in like she's never been beat, kicked, or sprayed out of my room before. But the minute I say, "Olivia" she squeaks which is cat for "What? I'm not doing anything."
All in all, though, I've realized that cats aren't that bad. I will never personally buy one. But they aren't as horrifically annoying as I thought. Although, early in the morning, before I've had my cereal, when she comes up to me and wraps her body around my legs annoyance plays a huge part in my tone with her.
Contacts. I finally have contacts. Oddly enough, for years, I've always wanted contacts and braces (for teeth). I think my reasoning is I saw a ton of kids while I was attending elemtary school have either glasses or braces. Then junior high, people seemed to have contacts a lot. I was kind of deprived as a kid. Not deliberately, but I definitely was not given all the luxuries of life, but I was well taken care of. Anyway, it was something I wanted. I got braces when I was 16 and I just got contacts yesterday. They are pretty amazing, when they are not bugging the heck out of me. I'm kinda sick right now, so my body is really dry which makes my eyes dry. So on top of all that, the annoyance of having some foreign object in my eye, having to put a foreign object in my eye and having to adjust to a new perscription definitely makes it hard. However, it's so much nicer to look at street signs with sunglasses on. Now, I don't have to wear glasses all the time when I don't want to. It's definitely a luxury I've wanted for a while.
In addition to the perscription I need for contacts, I also want colored/tinted lenses. I've wanted those for a while too. I've heard some scary stories of them, but I want EVERYONE's opinion. I want to know what people have heard of using them. Especially, if you've used them yourself, what are they like. Give me some feedback, for once!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I guess the main subject is the end of Glenda and my relationship. As of Friday, 16th of January, we are no longer together. Due to my OCD, this just so happened to be our 1 year anniversary of our first date. If I have such liberty to discuss, I'd like to say that it's completely for the best and we both understand it as such. We both still care for one another and probably always will but our lives must detach from this relationship and press on from here. There are many things I've learned from the relationship about myself, life and relationships in general. It was truly a blessing; a defined chapter in my book.
Another instance is my mom had surgery Monday. She had a necessary, non-emergent surgery which will free her to move better. She will now be able to exercise better and have less back problems. She should be going home tomorrow. On a side note, my parent's dog has been staying with me. She's very timid and skiddish. My roommate decided to pull her out of her cage to play with her. To his surprise, she unloaded her bladder all over my blanket as he held her. I'm sure she was scared and also probably had been holding it all day. Poor thing. Luckily, she's only a Chihuahua and her bladder is not that big!
Lastly, I started school again today. I'm taking 3 classes, all during the evenings. My days: Monday-Thursday will consist of leaving the house at around 0815 and not returning until 2130ish, between work and school. Luckily I have Friday evenings and Saturday to do homework. I'm sure I'll be able to do it. I'll just have to tell myself, "Let's get down to business, to defeat the Huns..."
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I'm currently working for The NeuroMedical Center as one of the two patient representatives. I assist patients in getting medical records, paying bills, obtaining insurance info/authorizations, and much much more. I'm also a liaison between the MD's and the pts. It's a very intense job, but a laid back working enviornment. Most of the physicians are laid back and kind. Our staff is supportive and fun to be around. Plus, we're in a great area that's peaceful to walk around during lunch. If I choose so, I can drive home-I'm so close, like 7 minutes. It's a great blessing.