Friday, July 30, 2010

I Copy Jess. A lot.

Blah blah, I love Jess, blah blah. But here's something new for you... two meme's I've never done! Jess does them weekly and today's questions were fun, so I thought, why not? It's Friday, I'm bored, have things to say but am too lazy to put thought into it, so I'll just answer questions and link up. It's an easy-peazy kinda day ;)

The first set of questions are brought to you by Mama M's "5 Question Friday." If you'd like to play along, copy and paste the questions, answer them, and be sure to link up!

1. Did you have a favorite blanket or toy as a kid? If so, do you still have it?

I did! My blankies were pink with silk trim and yellow/cream with silk trim that'd I'd always nuzzle up to my cheek. Oddly (and, perhaps, embarrassingly, the blankets over my sheets have to have silk trim I can nuzzle). My favorite toys were my dolls, probably my Marianne Cabbage Patch Doll was my most favorite. Also, my mom's Barbie's that she kept from her childhood! I hope to God they're all tucked away somewhere-- I'm sure my mom has them in a box in the attic.

2. Do you dream in color?

Yes. Is that not normal? I don't think I've ever dreamed in anything but color.

3. How tall are you? Do you wish you were shorter or taller?

5'9". I love my height. Probably because all of my girlfriends are even taller than me (2 are over 6'), so I fit in just fine with them. Too bad I don't have a supermodel figure to accompany the height... ;)

4. If you could have anyone's (celeb or other) voice as the guide on your GPS, who would it be?

Matthew McConaughey. Omg, his voice in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" makes me swoon. It's so smooth and sexy and woo, is it getting hot in here?

Or Chelsea Handler because she'd be really snarky and sarcastic with her directions and I'd probably laugh too hard to get anywhere.

5. Do you return your shopping cart to the corral or leave it wherever in the parking lot?

ALWAYS! It drives me nuts when people don't! I don't want ugly dings on my car because someone couldn't properly return their cart.

Thanks Mama M!!

The next set of questions come from Lauren's "Fill In the Blank Friday." Same rules: copy, paste, answer, link up.

1. The last thing I do before I fall asleep is... Ummmm... think? I usually watch TV, turn it off, think about whatever for a few and then I'm down for the count.

2. When I can't sleep I... Do one or a few things. Either turn on the TV. Read. Say the Rosary. Pray. Count a billion times. Try to turn my brain off. Turn on my sound machine. Or just sit there and get really angry for still being awake, which is probably not the best method.

3. The first thing I do when I wake up is... Look at the clock to see if I can justify falling back asleep. Seriously, I do this every morning, regardless of how many hours I've been asleep. But once I get up, I go to the bathroom and take my morning medicine.

4. When I'm tired I get... really, really crabby. Let's hope none of you see that side of ugly.

5. My dream bedroom would be... with an amazing view of the ocean. And grey walls, white furniture and linens, yellow or coral accents. Or maybe turquoise accents.

6. If I could wake up anywhere tomorrow morning it would be... Like y'all don't know the answer to that! Duh, Hawai'i. Or maybe Bali, Tahiti, Fiji, or Bora Bora. Any of those will do. Please and thank you!

7. The longest sleep I've ever had was... When I had mono. I was sleeping 20 hours a day. I've been known to sleep 15 hours straight though (when I'm "healthy"). And I get 10-12 every night. Clearly, I love to sleep, and I always have. I was sleeping through the night at 2 weeks old. I used to ask my parents and babysitters if I could go to bed early. True story.

8. I sleep on my... Stomach. With my hands under my pillows, one leg bent (which ever one is one the same side as which cheek is on the pillow), one leg straight with the foot out from under the sheet. Wow. I'm such a freak.

9. When I sleep, I like to wear... either a nightgown or a t-shirt. No bottoms.

10. My bedtime is usually... I'm always in bed around 11, but when I go to sleep is somewhere between 11 and 1.

Thanks, Lauren!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Hugs & smooches ;) Registered & Protected

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We plan, God laughs.

You know how there's a theory that everyone has a twin in the world? Well, I've yet to find another person who looks like me, but I have found my twin of sorts.

I’m talking about my darling friend Jess.

The two of us, we were separated at birth. We have no doubt about this. Our morals, our passions, our wants in life, our humor, our everything. Seriously, we have so much in common. It's slightly freaky. And I hope nothing changes on that fateful day where the two of us are able to morph into real life friends and not just blog friends.

The other day, she tagged an award to me:

The rules for the award are simple: say where I think I will be 10 years from now.

Copying Jess, I’ll start with where I was 10 years ago.

July 2000, I was 13 and getting ready to start my 8th grade year. I was excited to finish being at the same school with the same people for the past 8 years and was ready to move on to high school. I was babysitting up a storm and enjoying summer—swimming in the backyard and catching lightning bugs at night. In my young, na├»ve mind, I would proudly claim, “I want to get married right after I graduate college and have 6 kids that I can be a stay-at-home-mom to.”

Fast forward to July 2010 and I’m a 23-year-old college grad living back at home with no boyfriend, no kids, and no desire to ever be a stay-at-home-mom (I have no doubt my kids would hate me if I were). The only things that haven’t changed are I still babysit and swim in the backyard. Wow. How pathetic!

Obviously my life hasn’t gone as I had planned when I was a youngin’. Shocking? Hardly. But I’m glad I’m not married or a parent. I’m still so young and so inexperienced. There’s a whole world I want to see before I venture those two roads.

I wish I could say I’ve learned not to plan out my life at all, but I’d be lying. However, my plans have become a lot more open-ended.

Ten years from now, I will be 33 (Um, gross.). Maybe I’ll be married, maybe not. It’s not a secret that I’m not totally sold on the idea of marriage. Deep down, I know it’s what I want (hello, I have my entire wedding planned), but having never been in a serious relationship, it’s an incomprehensible idea at this time. But by golly, I better have had at least a boyfriend within the next damn decade!

Maybe I’ll be a mom in 10 years, maybe not. I’ve said for years that if I am not in a serious relationship by the time I am 30, I will move forward with plans to become a single mother. Whether I use a sperm donor, go the adoption route, or become a foster parent, I don’t know. But I hope by the time I’m 33, my desire/want/longing/need to be a mother has been fulfilled.

Maybe I’ll be living in Indiana, maybe not. I know I want to move away for a few years, but I wouldn’t mind raising a family here. Life in the Midwest is something I think everyone should experience. I can’t explain it, but it’s just different. Of course, I’d prefer the weather of the south or west, but Indiana isn’t so bad.

The only certainty I can give about where I’ll be 10 years from now is that I will have RN behind my name! But again, what area? What state? What hospital? Will I still be at my first place of employment?

Oh, the questions.

No matter where I am 10 years from now, I just hope I can honestly say that I am happy. As long as I have a career I love and family and friends by my side, I don’t see how I could be anything but.

*I’m supposed to tag this to people, but I’d really like to hear where all of you think/hope/want to be 10 years from now. You don’t have to accept the award, as I know many of you don’t, but just accept the challenge—to let us get a peek into your dreams.* Registered & Protected

Don't Read this Post if you're a Man

Seriously, don't. It talks about girly things.

Have you clicked off, Jim? Joe? Uncle Mac? Nate?

Good bye!

Ok, good.

Ladies, which one of y'all will give me a kid? I only ask because I'm about to perform my own total hysterectomy.

Aunt Flo has won the battle. I'm waving the white flag as high as possible.

I became a woman when I was 12. I've wanted to become a menopausal woman everyday since then. I was put on birth control when I was 14. Now, supposedly the Pill prevents cramps, irregular periods, heavy cycles, clotting, etc.

Ah, yes. Clearly BC developers have never met my reproductive system. Neither have those liars that claim working out helps alleviate cramps. Lies, I tell ya. All lies.

The only benefit (because it sure as hell hasn't helped my PCOS or endometriosis) I've found from taking the Pill for the past 9 years is that I can skip the monthly demon. And believe me, I do. I think I went 7 months between cycles, on purpose, until Flo had other plans and has released her wrath on me for the past 3 weeks.

I'm. Over. It. So very, very over it.

So you mom's reading this-- wanna give me one of your kids? Helene, you have 4, surely you can spare one? Jenna, ditto to you. Anyone? Bueller?


Maybe if there was a Period Fairy (similar to the tooth fairy), ala the idea of Bella (who might be my favorite little girl in the world, she's freakin hysterical), Helene's daughter, I'd be less inclined to whine.

Too bad there isn't a test to determine fertility, you know, without doing THE test. Because I would have signed up for that yesterday. I think my doc is finally starting to believe me when I say something very bad will happen if I am unable to have my own child. Very bad.

*end whining* Registered & Protected

Save the Drama for your Mama

When I was younger, I'd find myself and others referring to me as, "not your typical (insert any age here)." And you know what? I wasn't. I wasn't the typical pre-teen, I wasn't the typical high-schooler, and I wasn't the typical college student. Pretty much every decision I made was reached after a lot of thought. I never wanted to disappoint my family, so I always tried to do what would be considered "acceptable."

Not to toot my own horn, but I've always been way more mature than my chronological age and don't feel the need to waste time with the nonsense. Now, that's not to say that I never got myself in a pickle, but, for the most part, everything has always been peachy in my life and with my relationships with others.

As I'm sure is the case with everyone, drama seems to always be around in some way, shape, or form. You may not be involved in said drama, but you know it's there. I am of the "drama-free" type; for the most part, it has always managed to stay out of my life. Recently, I've had a lot of people in the most random situations ask me how I managed to avoid the b.s. and drama, especially of the teen years. Actually, I've had a few people ask me how I've avoided nasty comments on the blog, too.

I wish I had a good answer as to how I've kept my life so simple, but I don't. I'm not perfect. I say crazy things all the time. I offend people all the time. I speak before I think all. the. time. But I have some guesses as to why I've never been in a major fight with any of my friends. Or why I've never been the source of vicious rumors. Or why people are genuinely nice to me.

1. I have never in my life tried to "fit in" or be popular. Truly. And I never was popular (for which I thank God, daily. You would too if you knew where the "popular" people I know are these days...). I realized at a young age that the "popular" girls were the meanest, most self absorbed creatures on the face of the planet. I just did what I thought was the right thing, treated everyone with respect, and moved on with my life. Because of this, grade school was less than rainbows and lollipops, but I have no regrets. And in high school, this mindset allowed me to be a floater and be in good standing with everyone. I can honestly say I've held more than one conversation with every single person in my graduating class (196 people). If you give everyone the time of day, chances are, people will like you and be nice to you, regardless of their social standing.

2. I try really, really hard to keep myself from talking bad about others. Do I always succeed? HAHA! Yea right! Hello? Jesus, I am not. Especially in college, where I frequently spoke poorly about roommates. Since I've graduated college, I've done a pretty good job of not talking crap. But, even with all the gossiping I have engaged in, I still managed to avoid the drama. Why? Because I own my words. If I said something mean behind someone's back and they confronted me, I'd own up to it and apologize. Wash the hands and be done with it.

3. I don't hold grudges. Piss me off, I'll be upset for maybe a week. I get over things really easily. I'm also really passive (which isn't necessarily always a good thing, but it is what it is.).

4. I know how to ask for forgiveness and am not afraid to do so.

5. Last, but not least, negative comments on the ole' blog. Honestly, I don't think my blog has had enough exposure to be the victim of negativity, so that would be my best guess as to why I've avoided it. Plus, I don't think I really say anything overly controversial or upsetting. Although that doesn't really seem to matter because I know people who have received really hateful comments regardless of what they post. Or maybe I've just made it abundantly clear that negative words are lost on me and it'd be an immense waste of one's time to tell me how much I suck.

So here's my advice, in case you want it.

Don't try to be someone you aren't. We are all on the same level. I'm no better than the next person, and neither are you. Just keep it real. Be nice. Speak kindly. Know how to forgive and ask for forgiveness. And, if all else fails, remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

As far as finding your niche in the blogging world (yes, I know I've only been at it for 7 months), again, be who you are. Keep your post's honest. Let it be a reflection of who you are and who you hope to always be. Don't focus on gaining 901 followers. Yes, it's nice to be recognized, but pimping yourself out across the blogsphere is less than admirable. Followers will come in due time. Blog because you want to blog; because you need to get whatever emotions you are feeling out. Blog because you want to preserve memories to reflect on 10 years from now. Blog because it's cheaper than therapy. Blog for you and no one else. And for the love of God, do NOT leave comments on every blog known to mankind saying, "Great blog! follow me back @" Please. And, thank you.

Keep your comments positive and uplifting. Don't leave comments intentionally trying to start a fight. I've seen so many blog wars in my short time in this part of the web and it makes me laugh. I graduated jr. high, how about you? If you disagree with what someone has said, either "argue" with them in a tactful and respectful manner, or click the 'x' and move on. There is no need to start a fight with someone you (most likely) do not know. Especially on a public internet forum. Tacky, with a capital T. The Golden Rule applies here, too.

Listen, I know I can come across as a giant bitch sometimes. I know I'm not perfect, and neither is my life. I know I've made A LOT of mistakes in my life and will make a lot more in the years to come. But, at the end of the day, I like who I am. Every night, if you can look back and have little to no regrets about the decisions you made and the things you said, then, trust me, your life will be drama free, too. And a billion times happier.

Or, if all else fails, remember this: Karma IS a bitch. Registered & Protected

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

Happy Hump Day, Peeps!

Image from Google Images Registered & Protected

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Listen Here, Bed Bath & Beyond,

Compliments of being medicated, I don't get my panties in a wad quite as easily as I once did. That is, until, last night when perusing your website.

You see, I happen to love my name. I am named after both of my grandmother's (Mary & Martha Anne) and the vintage, classy, feminine sound of it fits me perfectly. I also love the spelling, because it's less common (and I hate anything popular) and I don't really like dual first names.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares these sentiments. I have found myself defending my name on many occasions. Others feel the need to say, "Oh, that's my dead grandma's name," Or, "My senile great-aunt who once was convicted of murder is named that." I mean, really? Thanks, people. Because we all want to be told we share a name with an old-fart with a criminal past. Ok, fine, no one has told me that their aunt was a convicted murderer, but it's only a matter of time. Or people have literally straight up told me my name is ugly.

And you, Bed Bath & Beyond, you are doing little to assist in my efforts in proving that Marianne is a beautiful name by pulling this kind of stunt:

I'm pissed, BBB! Y'all are rude. What the hell did my name ever do to you? Peggy Sue or Mabel are clearly better picks for that country crap. UGH!

No offense to anyone named Peggy Sue or Mabel, I'm sure you're lovely, but they are country names, aren't they? Marianne is not country. Registered & Protected

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Minute

Time for Ian's Monday Minute! This week, he is co-hosting with Michelle @ Mommy Loves Stilletos. If you decide to play along, be sure to check out both of their blogs.

Monday Minute

1. What's your real name?

Marianne Elizabeth Bridget I'mnottellingyoumylastname.
Bridget is my Conformation name (Catholic Sacrament), so not on my birth certificate. To be honest, I never use it. And my last name really isn't that big of a secret, if you're friends with me on facebook or have ever received an email from me, but, I'd rather keep it off the blog.

2. Have you ever fabricated a story or anything on your blog?

No. What's the point? What you see is what you get, with me.

3. When in the car do you listen to the radio/CDs/iPod/etc?

All of the above. Usually radio or iPod, though.

4. Describe the 'sexiest' item of clothing that you own

Ha! Beats me! I'm sure I have my fair share of items deemed "sexy," but it's nothing special. I should take a picture of my closet-- y'all would be flabbergasted over how many clothes I own. The amount of shoes would probably give you a heart attack.

Would you be willing to breastfeed your friend's three year old child?

Um, no. My child will not be breastfed at 3, so you better believe I will not be breastfeeding any other child that is 3-- or any other age, for that matter. What an odd question...

Thanks, Ian & Michelle!

Also, I've known for a while that quite a few of my family members read my blog. Hi, family!!! However, I did not know that my 87-year-old Great Uncle Mac read it, so a special HI to you, Uncle Mac!!! Love all of you :) Registered & Protected

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Getting to Know [ME]

I decided to link up with Keely @ MannLand5 today and do her "Getting to know you" meme. If you want to play along, answer the questions and link up on her blog! Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

Getting to know YOU

1. If you had to choose a country to live in besides USA (or the country you live in), which would it be?

Some easy-going island or Australia. Which, honestly, given the current state of this country, is sounding more and more appealing.

2. Which would be worse, wearing flip flops in the snow or wearing gloves in the summer?

Gloves in the summer. I HATE sweating and do enough of it as it is, I do not need thick cotton suffocating my limbs adding to it!

3. Fried or Bake and why?

Baked. I can eat french fries, but that's the extent of it. If I eat anything else fried, the tum tum gets back at me with a vengeance.

4. If you were an entertainment reporter, which celeb would you love to interview and why?

Carrie Underwood, to see if she's as down to earth as she comes across or is really a giant diva with good acting skills. Also, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts because I love them. Plus, I'd like to interview someone really funny to get my abs workout in for the day :)

5. What was your favorite book as a preteen/teenager?

"To Kill a Mockingbird," "Gossip Girl," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," Are you there God? It's me, Margaret" I'm a reading fiend, I could go on.

6. List your top 3 guilty pleasure television shows.

1. The Real Housewives of [Pick your location, but Atlanta] 2. Bethenny Getting Married?
3. Dog the Bounty Hunter

7. What bumper sticker slogan best describes you/your attitude/your life?

I'm not a bumper sticker aficionado, so I had google help me out. I found one that reads, "Take it easy, life is short," and that resonated with me. I found a funny one that made me laugh, "My kid is an honor role student. My president is an idiot."

8. If you were to join a circus - what performer would you be?

Uh, good question! The elephant rider because I l.o.v.e. elephants!

Thanks Keely! Registered & Protected

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pilates Schmilates

It's no secret that I loathe working out. Nothing about it invigorates me. Everything about it makes me hate my body. So twisted and ass-backwards, right?

However, tonight, at a mat pilates class, in the midst of wanting to amputate every limb of my body, I had to fight back the incredible urge to bust out laughing. "Why?" you may ask. Well here's my current facebook status:

Dear Girl Behind Me in Pilates Class,
Just a thought, but you may want to consider taking a gas-x or two before class next time.
Best regards,

Yes folks, I had a compulsive flatulator (just made up a word) behind me. It was so bad that at one point when we were on our backs and legs in table top position, every contraction of our abdomen that we made, a little fart would sneak out behind me.

At least it made me hate the hour session a little less.

And in completely unrelated news, Mel Gibson claims to be a Catholic. His anti-Semitic rant a few years back made me question this. His recent morphing into a women beating, racist bigot makes me realize he is no more Catholic than those perverted priests that are (all too often) in the news. He's a disgrace to Catholicism, to America, and to man-kind. Registered & Protected

Random Ramblings. Oh yea, I'm BAAAACK.

I really should have called this "Random Complaints," because that's mostly what I'll be doing, but it just doesn't have quite the same ring to it. Awesome welcome back post, huh? I'm sure it'll make you realize how much you (did not) missed me!

*I really, really need to get better eating habits. I'm working on another post about this, so I won't elaborate, but I'm very much a self-sabotager when it comes to what I put in my body. Ugh.

*I traded in my old car for a new on last November. Now, overall I LOVE this car (a gently used 2008 Ford Escape). However, the upholstery is driving me nuts! It's some super weird fabric that stains wicked easily and is impossible to clean. It came stained because the morons at the dealership did the worst detail job in history (if you live in Indy, never buy from Andy Mohr. They are complete jerks and idiots. Horrible combo. I did get in a fight with them and win though, so yay for that!). Anyway, I paid Stanley Steamer 75 damn dollars a couple months ago to clean the upholstery and rugs, and finally it looked they way it should.

That is, until last week when a jug of water spilled all over the passenger seat, leaving a disgusting stain. I wasn't too concerned though because SS tricked us into buying their Spot Remover and said it will work on my car (every other upholstery cleaner has made it worse).


Initially, it, too, made the stains worse. After days of spraying and scrubbing, I finally got most of the evidence removed. I was babysitting all day and left my windows cracked and sunroof all the way open. The heat index was above 100 today and sunny as can be. I didn't think I'd have anything to worry about. Such a fool, I am.

A stupid storm rolled in quicker than I could sprint outside with the baby and close the windows. It POURED. All over my freshly cleaned car. So, not only are the stains back, but they are worse than ever. And, yet again, the spot remover has made them worse.

*I really hate when people can't do what they say they're going to do. In my micro class, this girl and I agreed to split up the study guide for the upcoming exam. We then agreed to send it to each other no later than Thursday (today) @ noon. Yesterday, in class, however, she said she'd send it to me last night because she had a lot of other things to do. No problem.

It's 530 Thursday and I have yet to receive it. This is the second time she's pulled this. Nice girl, but I'm not pleased.

*Regardless of my efforts to prevent it, Aunt Flo is trying to make her presence known. I swear to God, if my shit doesn't produce mini-me's, someone will die. After they rip the system out, of course. And yes, my doctor has been told this numerous times. She's prepared.

*I think I need a drink.

PS, I'm trying to get back into the groove of blogging. I still don't have a lot to say, but my lack of blogging has made me realize how cathartic it is for me. I'm also trying to get back into reading and commenting :) Registered & Protected

Monday, July 12, 2010


I have no excuse for my lack of blogging lately, I've just been enjoying the summer and really haven't had much to write about!

Between the long 4th of July holiday weekend filled with cookouts and such, family being in town, enjoying the lack of work I've had to do for Microbiology, and spending time with friends and family, I've just been ignoring my computer! And it feels SOOOOOO good! So, sorry for taking 5+ days to respond to comments (some of which I still haven't gotten to... they're coming), and sorry for not reading and commenting on your blogs. I'd say I'll do better, but with the beautiful weather in full swing, the trend as of late will probably remain.

Honestly, I don't have much to say, other than "Hi!" It's same ole', same ole' around here. However, I do have some thanking to do...

JoJo @ Newlywed Adventures passed on the Outstanding Blogger Award to me! I feel so honored, especially since we haven't been reading each other's blogs for long! Thanks, JoJo!

This morning I received a message in my inbox from a secret reader, Jacki @ Learn as you Go! Not only did she de-lurk, but she also told me she had given me an award! Receiving an award from a new reader feels like Christmas. Thanks Jacki! By the way, she's only been blogging for a week, so hop on over and show her some lovin'!

There are questions with this award...

1.What would your perfect day consist of?
Oh, sheesh, I don't know. To be honest, I have pretty perfect days a lot of days-- at least that's been the case lately. With babysitting being really slow this summer and class only two nights a week, I have a lot of free time. Much of which is spent lounging by the pool, which is pretty perfect to me :)

Sorry to be so bragadoshis.

2. Walking in the woods in wellies or barefoot on the beach?
Barefoot on the beach... DUH! There's mosquitoes and gross critters in the woods. And sand feels so good between my toes! But I do love wearing wellies on rainy days!

3. Have you ever hugged or sang to a tree?
Haha, not to my knowledge. Although I do hear singing to plants can help them grow. I also hear that God isn't real and the Holocaust never happened, so I take the singing rumor with a grain of salt ;)

4. Do you believe in Fairies?
I think the existence of UFO's and aliens is more realistic.

5. What hobbies are you working on?
Becoming a nurse!

Thanks for the awards, ladies! As always, I'm bestowing them upon all of you, my dear readers. If you want to claim them, have at it :)

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying summer as much as I am!

Hugs and Kisses, Registered & Protected

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Because Sticking with a Decision for Longer than A Week is Too Easy.

Given my inability to commit to anything for longer than .2 seconds, what I am about to say should come as no surprise.

I've changed my mind again about the future. Why? Because I'm fickle. Says so in the title of this here blog. And if you've ever wondered "how" I'm fickle, the fact that I've changed my mind about my career path(s) and how I will go about getting there 101 times should be explanatory enough. Need a refresher? Let's map it out, shall we?

Aug '05-May'06: Begin college as an education major with a concentration as Intervention Specialist (fancy name for special ed).

July'06-January'09: Have my sites set on being a journalist, which I ultimately earn my BA in, in May'09.

January '09: Decide I'd rather do something in the medical field. Toy with the idea of being a diagnostic medical sonographer (my mother is one), but wanted an accredited program that doesn't require you to go through x-ray school first. Find a few, but they are incredibly hard to get into and are located in TN and CA, for the most part. I realize I'd probably rather be a nurse anyway. Begin looking into nursing programs in Indiana.

March- June '09: Begin communicating with Marian College (now University) in regards to their newly started Accelerated Bachelor's Program. Have a bazillion credit hours to take to qualify, become overwhelmed, get my first bill for the school, and damn near become one of the youngest females to die of a heart attack and stroke. Begin contemplating doing a different nursing program.

June '09: Go on our annual family vacay to Siesta Key. Talk with two of my aunts, who are nurses. Am convinced that I need not have my bachelor's, especially since I already have one. Start looking for associate's degree programs (read: dirt cheap and fast. Like I prefer my men. Oh wait...).

July '09: Attend a nursing school info session at Ivy Tech, register for classes, move forward with the hopes of beginning nursing school through Ivy Tech Community College (ASN program) in August 2010.

Aug'09-March '10: Take prereq classes at Ivy Tech. Take the (incredibly pointless) TEAS test. Realize I loathe Ivy Tech, but at least the program is cheap and I'd be finished quickly. Decide to stick it out, because in the end, I'd be an RN, and that's all that matters.

April '10: Apply to nursing school at Ivy Tech. Also begin considering getting my bachelor's degree... again. Initially, it was a back up plan, to cover my hiney, in case I didn't get into Ivy Tech. After about, oh, a day, it became my preference (to have my bachelor's)-- for many reasons, including the fact that I HATE Ivy Tech and the people that work there.

May '10: Am denied entrance to Ivy Tech. BS. I've argued with them about it since then-- not because I want to do their program, but because I want to tell them, "Screw you." And because the only reason I didn't get in was because of grade scale discrepancies between two campuses of the same bloody school. UGH! *OK, Marianne, calm down, deep breaths...* Anyway, between the end of April and my rejection, I had already decided that I wanted to do an accelerated bachelor's program anyway, so hmph. Apply for admission to IUPUI so I can friggin meet with an advisor regarding their program.

June '10: Meet with the same girl I met with last year at Marian University. I still hate the cost of the program, but realize I'm just going to have to suck it up and figure it out. IUPUI's program isn't exactly cheap, either (although significantly less expensive than Marian). She informs me that it is "feasible" (oh yea? How about you take the courses for me then, hmm?) to begin their program in January '11. I immediately begin figuring out my crazy schedule for the fall, which would require 21 credit hours at 4-5 different campuses.

Early July '10: Still waiting to hear from IUPUI regarding admission (because taking over two months to decide whether or not to admit a college grad with over a 3.5 gpa who was accepted to the university less than a year ago is reasonable...), so I don't have much information there. But I will be applying to their program. However, they have less requirements for prereq's than Marian does, which stinks, because I may take more classes than I'll end up needing. Fortunately, I never think education is a waste. Money, yes. Education, no.

So here we are today.

As of last week, I was going to be driving all over God's green acres to get from class to class. I was going to be taking 21 credit hours of intense courses. Long gone are the glory days of Intro to Theater and Wine Tasting. We're talking Advanced Physiology, Chemistry (again. because the first one 'wasn't enough'), Business Stats, a few psych classes... on, and on, and on.

Then, this past Friday came along and the shit hit the fan and I was on the verge of a serious mental breakdown. The morning started off on a sour note, as I showed up at a completely wrong location for a meeting regarding some courses for the fall. Fortunately, where I went was able to help (in more ways than they realize). They told me that one of the classes I need (in order to start in January) was full, with 8 people on the waiting list. I'd need to find a way to take it somewhere else, at some other time.

Womp, womp.

I came home and spent way too long on my computer trying to find a solution. And then I started crying (and I'm not really much of a crier, unless I'm about to totally lose my cool) and questioning why the heck I was putting myself through the chaos. I pretty much realized, if I was this stressed about the upcoming semester before it has even begun, I would undoubtedly be a certifiably insane, grade-A bitch with an unhealthy love for the bottle. Images of rehab and/or the psych ward were running rampant through my mind.

Needless to say, I had to change my plan of action, yet again. So this fall will now consist of the following:

Online: Lifespan Development (3cr) from Aug 23-Dec 19.

On campus: Advanced Human Physiology (4cr) T 12-1:20, Th 10-1:20, from Aug 23-Dec 19.

On another campus: Abnormal Psychology (3cr) M 5:45-9:45, from Nov 1-Dec 12.

Total credit hours: 10

Much more realistic. Much more manageable. Much healthier for my sanity. Much to the delight of those around me who would have been subjected to my wrath of psychotic bitchiness this fall, had things been kept the same.

You're welcome, family & friends. See, I'll be a great nurse, I'm always thinking of what's best for others. ;)

Obviously this means I will not be starting nursing school in January. I'll be starting in May 2011 (either at Marian-- where I've pretty much all but been formally been admitted to the program since it's so new and enrollment isn't anywhere near capacity--or IUPUI). Two full friggin years after I graduated from college. It's not the most ideal situation, but it is what it is. It's the degree I want, the program I want, and maintains the sanity I want. Marian's program is 16 months, IUPUI's is 18ish. Either way, I'll be finished before the end of 2012, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

I believe my mother's words late Friday night were, "Marianne, you look like the world was lifted off of your chest." Um. It was.

If you followed all of that, I applaud you. If I haven't proven my fickle-ness, I can't help you out. If you want to join me for a Hawaiian vacation celebrating my RN status in mid-late 2012, start saving now, because y'all are invited!

Toodles! Registered & Protected

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday Minute & Bon Voyage

First up is Ian's Monday Minute. This week he is cohosting with Brittney @ Mommywood, so be sure to check out both of their blogs!

If you want to join in on the fun, click the button below, answer the questions, and link up!

Monday Minute

1. Who of all your blog friends would you like to meet and/or who have you met?

The better question is, who don't I want to meet? But lets see, there are serious plans in the work to meet Rosh (possibly in August!), and Jess, once I can get my life together and head down to the Sunshine State, where I also hope to meet Jenna, my favorite quad momma! From Indy, I could make a pit stop in Missouri to say "Hi" to Katherine and then I could do a tour of MN and meet Laura, Anne, & Pennie. After that, I'll head over to Wyoming and visit my fave Momma Fargo and then blow a kiss to Lindsey and gang as I go through Oregon. Afterwards, I'd take a little journey down to California to see my sista from another mista, Helene, as well as Katie, Merri Ann, and Guc. From there, I'd take a journey to the Big Island (oh darn!) and see JB! I'll shoot on over to TX and say hello to Janet and everyone else in TX that I'm forgetting. Make a pit-stop in Arkansas to see Melissa, then shimmy on over to Mississippi to see my other sista from another mista, Casey! Up the south-east coast, I'll check in on Missy Prissy in GA & Pamalamadingdong and her cute babies in NC, then Ian in DC. Stop off in NJ to see Courtney, then NYC to say hello to Denise and my new love, JoJo. Last, but not least, I'll finish it off with a stop in PA to visit one of my favorite people in the (blog) world, Krista (who has the sweetest baby girl in the world!). Somewhere along the way, I'll have also met it's just me :) ! Sounds like fun (I hope I covered everyone!)!!!

All that tagging, however, was not fun.

2. What kind of vehicle(s) do you drive?

2008 gently used Ford Escape, as of last November. I'm in love with this car and so happy it's what I (aka, my parents for the most part) bought. With the asinine amount of driving I do, it's been lovely.

3. What kind of cell phone do you have?

A piece of crap BlackBerry Curve that I cannot wait to get rid of in September! Seriously, it sucks. In less than two years, they've had to replace it three times because of malfunction. And it still is jank. I might get an iPhone, or I might keep it simple and just get a basic phone that can call and text and nothing else.

4. What's the most annoying thing you wish bloggers would stop doing?
This is not directed towards anyone specifically, but here it goes:
~Please stop leaving bitchy comments on other peoples posts. If you disagree with them, click the x and move on, or argue with them tactfully. Negative energy is so pointless and berating someone will only bring you bad karma.
~Also, I can't stand excessive amounts of cussing. Trust me, I do my fair share, but if "fuck" is used every other word, it's unnecessary.
~Finally, don't leave impersonal comments that say, "Cute blog! Follow me back @!" Chances are, I won't even click on your blog link. Ever. It comes across as if you only blog to gain followers, which is lame. Then again, I never have and never will understand the need to be "popular," so what do I know?

and finally...

5. What's the one thing that you still have on your bucket list to do before the year is out?

Do you see anything crossed out on the Bucket List on the sidebar? Me either. I guess I've got a lot of stuff to do in the next 5 months, huh?

Thanks Ian & Brittney!

Next order of business:

Today, my cousin, Eric, is headed down to Ft. Benning in Georgia for 14 weeks of boot camp (or whatever it's called) for the Army. He graduated from Purdue University in May and is now following his dream of being in the Army. Eric is the only family member (or really, person I actually know) to be in the military (aside from grandfathers and great uncles back in the day) and I couldn't be more proud of him-- for following a dream & for fighting for our rights. He's a great person and I know he will make a wonderful soldier. If y'all could send well wishes/prayers his way during this (4 year long) journey, my entire family would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

If you're feeling lucky...

My good friend Jess is hosting a giveaway for her 300th post! Click here if you want to enter. But, I'll warn you now, if one of you wins and I don't... it's on!!!

And last, but not least!
Last week I gained 10 new followers! Every time I see a new follower, I'm blown away. It's just crazy to me that people like what I have to say! I just want to thank all my readers for enjoying my little blog and for always leaving sweet and supportive messages! Y'all are the best!!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful holiday weekend!! Registered & Protected

Friday, July 2, 2010

Another Email from Online Dating

Yet another email from one of the "prospects" (I'm beginning to use that term very loosely) on match. While it is more than flattering that some of the men on there find me attractive and interesting and I certainly appreciate it, I also appreciate the laughs some of the emails give me.

*my mind blowing commentary is in the aqua color*

Enclosed----corny pick up lines (Oh joy, just my cup of tea.)
If I could rearrange the alphabet I'd put u and I together (And thanks for the warning.). Are you tired because you've been running through my mind all day (That's impossible. Everyone knows I can't run for more than 5 minutes.) and my personal favorite, I lost my number can I have yours (1-317-yaright) lol what's the weirdest line someone has used on you ("You have amazing bone structure." True story. In fact, it happened just a couple weeks ago.)? anyway enough of the corniness lol, in your profile you mentioned you want to travel and live somewhere different. If you had to pick your top three places to live where would they be and why? (Wow, a question I can work with! Maybe I misjudged you.) I also agree that online dating is weird but maybe it's weird because of all the weirdos on here because there are many (Really? Well color me surprised! I hadn't noticed.). I don't think I am but who knows lol? (Uh, I'll be nice and say the jury is still out on this one...) ttyl (sorry to much txting lol) (This just in! The jury has reached its verdict! You're one of the weirdos. Your punishment? You are no longer allowed to type 'lol' or any other 'text speak' so long as you live.) Matt (at least I like your name!)

Plus he is 5'6. I'm 5'9. Not happenin'. It's great that there are people out there comfortable with dating someone shorter (or taller, for that matter), I, however, am not.

Go on. You can say I'm too picky. I won't be offended. However, if I'm 33, still single, and still singing the same tune, one of y'all better slap some sense into me. I had a realization about my pickiness the other day-- remind me to share it with you all soon. Seriously, remind me, I will forget.

If you're new to my site, which two good handfuls of you are (thank you!!), compliments to Gucci Mama (and, thank you!), click on any of the labels for this post and you'll find more posts about my online dating adventures and the like. Personally, I think they're hilarious (this wasn't one of the better ones...) :) Registered & Protected

Thursday, July 1, 2010

It's Amazing What a Little Editing Can Do... & I'm over at Gucci Mama today-- For Real!

It's 12:30 and I just woke up. After 13 hours of sleep. And I could have gone longer, had I not woken up and saw 12:30 on the clock and sprung out of bed like a jumping ant and screamed "SHIT" as loudly as possible. There's a slight chance I took too much medicine before bed, so if any of this sounds loopy, it probably is.

The interview I did with Gucci Mama is up today. Sneak on over there and have a looksy! I swear, it's really there. I'm not lying this time!

If you're stopping by from Guc, WELCOME! Thanks for popping in :) I hope you enjoying reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!

Lately I've been really pissed with my camera. It's two years old, but barely been used. However, it has been acting up big time and it's really ticking me off! Whenever I change the setting to, say, black and white or sepia, or anything other than automatic, the pictures come out blurry.

As a result, I've been looking at new cameras. I'm sure all I need to do is take mine in and have them look at it (one of the settings is probably throwing everything off), but I'm still curious as to what's out there. I've been asking bloggers whose photos I love what kind of camera and editing programs they use. While I couldn't tell you off the top of my head what the cameras are, I can tell you the editing program: Picnik.

Last night, I checked out the program (which is online and free). It seems like a solid program and allows for great editing. But it made me realize what a moron I am...

I have a MacBook. If you don't know anything about Mac computers, they have every program you could imagine. Like Garage Band, for music editing, some movie program to help you create and edit your own videos, and even their own photo booth program! All standard. So, naturally, they have a photo editing program, called iPhoto. I use iPhoto to store all my photos and have since I bought my computer, but I tend to forget that I can edit with iPhoto. And had I not looked at Picnik, I probably would have continued being annoyed with the ugliness of all my pictures. I wish I had thought to edit sooner! So to the ladies who pointed me to Picnik, thank you for opening my eyes to realize an awesome photo editor was right in front of my face!

Here's an example:





A LOT better, right? Now you can actually see the true colors of the beads! I just can't believe I was so stupid to not be doing this all along. Sigh. Sometimes common sense isn't my strong suit...

Images are my own Registered & Protected
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