Sunday, October 31, 2010

All That Stands Between Me and New York City:

Sunday:
~Finish lifespan development paper
~Study for lifespan development midterm
~C25k Week 2 day 3

Monday:
~Work 8-5
~Study for lifespan development midterm if I have energy, otherwise, pack

Tuesday:
~Wake up early and study for midterm
~Advanced Physiology 12-1:20
~Study for midterm and take it at 3
~Pack
~C25k repeat week 2

Wednesday:
~Work 8-5
~Bible Study @ 7
~Do lifespan development homework that's due Sunday
~Study for advanced physiology quiz

Thursday:
~Maybe get up early and do repeat week 2 run, but that's probably overly ambitious.
~Advanced physiology 10-120, including quiz
~Haircut @ 2
~Finish up last minute packing
~LEAVE FOR NYC AT 7:15!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So. Much. To. Do. I am ready for it to be at least 2 on Thursday! Oh, and fingers crossed I get to and fro safely... damn terrorists are at it again and of course I'm flying to the most targeted region of the country. I don't live in fear though, so I'm not too concerned.

Since I have so much going on this week in a short amount of time, I highly doubt I'll be back to blogworld before I leave, so I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll be sure to brag about the trip when I get back ;)



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Friday, October 29, 2010

Questions for a Certain Anonymous Reader.

I was checking the traffic on my blog and noticed multiple hits from someone logged in at "Police Athletic League of Jacksonville," in FL, and I have a few questions for you, kind reader.

1. Are you a man between the ages of 24 and 33?

2. Are you 6'0" or taller?

3. Are you single? (Ha, nice that this is my third concern.)

4. Are you outgoing?

5. If you said yes to all of the above, allow me to introduce me and my single self ;)

If you aren't all or any of the above, know any co-workers who fit the criteria?

Let's be honest, who can resist a man in uniform?



Oh, and a big ole "thanks" for reading my blog!



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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Master of Procrastination & Some Health FYI.

Oh, hi! This is me, procrastinating. I have a paper due Sunday by midnight (anyone want to write it for me?) and it's like history repeating itself, because I probably won't write the darn thing until Sunday. And I have a midterm to take next Tuesday, which I could start studying for, but since when do I do anything that far in advance? Motivation is totally lacking. Oh, and this is for my online lifespan development class (which I like a lot! super interesting!), not the devil that is advanced physiology.

Anyway, so this morning I was jolted out of my bed by a tornado warning. Lovely start to the day. I was not happy because I had planned to sleep another freakin' hour before getting up, so I decided a two hour nap this afternoon was appropriate. More procrastinating. I then decided to to surf the net for awhile, and said, "Hey, maybe I should pretend I still write a good blog and throw up a post," so here I am. I seriously considered doing a post that said, "Insert Creative Title" as the title and "Insert creative and hilarious post" as the post, but that doesn't allow me to waste much time. But, y'all, that's kind of how I feel. Exhausted. Lacking in creativity. Lazy. Nothing to talk about. Lazier. Rinse & repeat.

This nannying thing is kicking me in the bum; I forgot how much work a 9 month old is. Honestly, I'd much rather have stayed with the family I'd been with the past year that has three kids, but it wasn't meant to be. Not that I don't adore the new family, but I why fix something that isn't broken? I'm kind of getting burned out on the nannying gig (I have been babysitting practically non-stop for 11 years, after all), but I'm only committed to 9 months and the money is better than any other job would pay, so I just need to keep my eye on the prize of nursing school at the end of this tunnel!

I was reading Women's Health last night and thought I'd share some interesting health tid-bits with you guys. Er, gals. Whatever. All info is from their September issue, and I'm including page numbers, because, duh, I don't need to be slapped with a lawsuit.

1. "Depression may stimulate chocolate cravings" (p. 28). Perhaps that is why I used to be able to pound an entire extra large bag of dark chocolate chocolate chips in 1.4 seconds.

2. "Harmful UVA rays can penetrate glass windows" (p. 30). Now, if you're like me, you find this to be wonderful news, because I like to catch as many rays as I can, whenever I can. Pale is just so not my color. However, it turns out there has been a rise in skin cancer on the left side of the body- aka, the side of the body exposed while driving. I guess I'll slap on some 15 spf whenever I'm spending time in my car. Even though the article clearly recommends a minimum of spf 30. Let's be honest, I probably won't put on any spf anyway.

3. "Men and women who have had more than four oral-sex partners in their lifetime are three times more likely to develop HPV-related throat cancer" (p. 36). I don't even have a comment for this. It's alarming, disgusting, sad, pathetic, etc. I won't get on my soapbox because I realize my views on sex aren't shared by everyone, but this statistic doesn't have to be this way. Just sayin'.

4. Everything about the following made me laugh. "Rubber retailer Condomania released a ranking of penis sizes from the 20 most populated cities in the country" (p. 36). It went on to say more hilarious stuff, such as how they conducted this study. Seriously, why is this necessary to know? (Indianapolis was number 13, and, apparently, in another recent study, was ranked number 1 for most sexually satisfied city in the US. Make your own judgments.)

5. "Women with low levels of Vitamin D have extra fat in their muscles" (p. 27). Ok, I don't get this whole new phenomenon of Vit. D. deficiency in this country. How hard is it to get outside for 30 minutes a day and catch some rays? You don't need to be in a bathing suit and laying out-- go for a walk, do some yard work, play with your dog or kids, read a book, etc. I just find this to be completely ridiculous.

6. Different ways in which our bodies manifest stress: 1.) Nose-- sniffing and sneezing 2.) Skin-- breaking out 3.) Hair-- patchy scalp 4.) Jaw-- feels like it's on fire. (I grind my teeth at night, which is from stress and what the article is talking about. My jaw never felt like it was one fire. Just really tight and achy.) 5.) Stomach-- ravenous for junk food 6.) Pelvic-- irregular cycle (p. 30).

7. Last, but not least, this if for my fellow C25k-ers! I've heard (read?) lots of complaints about shin splints. Miraculously, I haven't been hit with them, yet. But here's some advice to help soothe the pain and why they are happening in the first place. The medical term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome. It happens by what is often referred to as the "terrible too's:" too much, too soon, too often, too hard, too fast. And in my unprofessional opinion, I'd say improper footwear and poor form are also to blame. Treatment: "switch to non-weight-bearing exercise like swimming or biking for two weeks, and ice the area for 20 minutes after each session" (p. 56).


That's all for now. There were some other things I found interesting and/or funny, but I'll save those for a rainy day. And this post is probably going to be responsible for some very interesting hit on my blog via google searches.



Oh, what do y'all think of the new blog look? I can't decide. I guess it's good for now.

Happy almost hump day!


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A New Baby in the Family

Anyone who knows me or has read my blog for longer than 5 minutes knows these two things:

1. Family means the world to me and I love spending as much time as possible with any one and everyone I am related to.

2. I'm obsessed with babies.

And guess what? My two favorite things just got a little better today. My beautiful cousin Bridget, awesome mother to miracle twins Max and Tyler, gave birth to the much anticipated Baby Girl Jones (or Baby Robot, if you ask her brother's) this morning, 10.20.10, at 8 a.m.

So, everybody, welcome to the world Margaret "Maisie" Susan Jones!

Congrats Bridge, Andy, Max and Tyler! I'm so happy for your beautiful family and can't wait to meet your newest addition. Love you guys!




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Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia

Image taken by me in Soho, NYC 2005. Tiles painted by children in remembrance of 9/11/01.


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Monday, October 18, 2010

You Can All Sleep A Little Better Tonight

Because I got a nannying job, and I know my lack of employment was consuming every fiber of your being with worry.

One kid, 9 months old, 30 hours a week until January (MWF), 36 hours a week January until I start nursing school. Whenever that may be. I've done the math for how much I'll make between now and July and Fickle White is very, VERY happy.

Work kicked me hiney today. I have an even deeper appreciation for stay-at-home madres. Between 9 hours of playing, feeding, keeping safe, walking, laundry, vacuuming, and cleaning dishes, then grocery shopping, coming home and cooking dinner, cleaning up my house, and studying for my exam in the a.m., I be wiped.

That is all.


Toodles,


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Stealing



Sunday Stealing: Another 50 Questions Meme, Part Two Indeed!

For my answers to part one, click here.

26. Do you like someone?

I like a lot of people. I love even more. If you're asking if I have a crush on someone, the answer is no. Do I have a "What if?" the answer is yes.

27. The last song you listened to?

The Hokie Pokie. Haha. I kid. Best I Ever Had- Drake and American Honey- Lady Antebellum were the last songs I chose to play.

28. What time of day were you born?

11:03 p.m.

29. What’s your favorite number?

4, 16, 20.

30. Where did you live in 1987?

Before May 20th @ 11:03 pm, my mother's uterus. After May 20th @ 11:03 pm, a suburb of Indianapolis.

31. Are you jealous of anyone?

Of everyone who has found the love of his/her life, of people who have no regrets, but I'm not jealous of any one particular person.

32. Is anyone jealous of you?

I'm pretty awesome. I'd be jealous of me.

33. Where were you when 9/11 happened?

I was a freshman in high school and didn't even know what the World Trade Center was. I remember walking to class and people saying, "A bomb went off in NYC at the World Trade Center," and no really understanding what it meant. I found out when I got to my class and the TV was on. I don't think I'll ever forget every detail of that moment on.

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?

I get pissed and shake the machine as hard as I can.

35. Do you consider yourself kind?

Yes. But who wants to think of themselves as a bitch? Not me.

36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be?

Top of my foot, along the sandal line. I've obviously thought about this...

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?

Spanish would be the most practical, but how sweet would it be to be fluent in Swahili or Arabic? Sometimes I wish I was fluent in Vietnamese so I could understand the people who do my nails.

38. Would you move for the person you loved?

Absolutely. Without a doubt.

39. Are you touchy feely?

Hmmm. Not really.

40. What’s your life motto?

Live and Let Live.
Seriously, why can't people do this? How much happier of a world would we live in if people just shut up and let other's do as they saw fit (obviously assuming what they saw fit isn't murdering, etc.)? Like these psycho groups protesting military funerals. GO. AWAY. Just because YOU don't agree with it doesn't make it wrong.

41. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

Underwear, a shirt, contacts/glasses. Oh wait. Um... no, those are probably still correct. I don't like being attached to unnecessary (purse, cell phone, etc.) things at all times, otherwise. I only have them when I need them.

42. What’s your favourite town/city?

In no particular order: NYC, Siesta Key, Laguna Beach, Palm Desert, Hawaii, Chicago.

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?

Dinner with a friend.

44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

On paper AND mailed it? Oh Lord, probably when I was in 6th grade and to my grandma. But we wrote letters in high school for retreat (Catholic school), so I hand wrote a ton of letters my senior year to my friends. They just weren't mailed.

45. Can you change the oil on a car?

No. Wanna teach me? And while you're at it, teach me how to drive a stick.

46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

Never been in love. The first guy I really, really liked, I haven't heard about in a long time. The second guy I was interested in is, well, let's just say good thing nothing ever happened with him.

47. How far back do you know about your ancestry?

Not as far as I'd like, but I know my cousin was Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. He was a Revolutionary War leader and has a park named after him near Charleston, SC. Apparently he may have been a bit of an asshole, but it's still cool. I know, in detail, about my great-grandparents, who were all born in the mid-late 1800s.

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy?

Let it be known that I LOVE dressing up! If it was socially acceptable, I'd be decked out every day. The last time I dressed up though was on September 18 for a friend's wedding. I wore a black pencil skirt and a burgundy top with a necklace and flower on it. Go to anntaylorloft.com and you can find both pieces.

49. Does anything hurt on your body right now?

Is a duck's ass water tight? Of course. I have fibromyalgia, something always hurts. Just mild aches today.

50. Have you been burned by love?

I've been burned by a lot of people, but I've never been in love. Sad, huh?



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

I should have named my blog, "Diary of a Boring & Fickle White Woman"

I've read a few blog posts lately that have literally made me laugh out loud. I instantly thought, "Wah! I wanna be funny again!" I miss having funny stories to share with you from match.com. Or driving. Or babysitting. Or just my typical crazy antics.

But the truth is, my life has been incredibly boring lately. Don't get me wrong, I still say crazy one-liners all the time (like the text I sent to my mom, "I'm pretty sure someone is man-handling my uterus,") sorry to my male readers if I just made you want to stab out your eyes and run around singing, "LALALALALALA" until the image gets out of your head. but they just aren't worthy of an entire post.

So let's catch you up to speed on the boringness, shall we?

I'm hardly babysitting at all. Maybe once every other week. BUT! I have a trial with a family next week and if it works out for both of us, I'll be working MWF 8-4 until July.

I still have as active of a social life as someone in solitary confinement.

I've lost 16 pounds since my heaviest (which was in June or July. I can't remember), but I've been hanging at this number for a couple months. Lame. I'm hoping C25K kicks it into gear again. Speaking of which, I couldn't run today because we had thunderstorms and rain for the first time since July. Literally. We've been in a major drought. Tomorrow I shall do it, though.

And, I haven't dropped advanced physiology. I've already paid for the class and it's way past time to drop it and get any money back, so I decided to stick it out and try my hardest.

You may be asking, "But Marianne, I thought you had to get a C+ on your first time taking it."

To that I say, "Stalk, much?"

But, yes, you would be correct. Sort of. Turns out, the school where I'm taking the class doesn't do +'s and -'s, but the school I'm applying to requires a C+ minimum. With no p's and m's, that means I have to get a B the first time taking it if I stay where I currently am taking it. If I don't, I'm not allowed to apply to the program for FIVE YEARS.

KALFJALSKFJ! RIDICULOUS! Insert panic/stress. But I'm still sticking it out and taking my chances.

"But, why?"

Well, simple. There is no guarantee that dropping it and taking it elsewhere will make the class any less difficult. Sure, my professor is a psych ward escapee, but the material is hard, regardless. She certainly makes it far more difficult than it needs to be, but that's neither here, nor there. I could drop the class, take it somewhere else next semester, and have a crap professor who doesn't know what he/she's talking about, is super sweet though, and still gives ridiculously hard exams. Or maybe the problem is me and I'm just a giant idiot who cannot understand advanced physiology, which is entirely possible. (note: not fishing for complements, so don't feel the need to tell me I'm brilliant.)


Well, that and the fact that I decided I won't be applying to the program I had planned on.

I bet y'all think I'm hugely bipolar, don't you? It's OK, I'm starting to wonder, too. Because, honestly, I do sound looney. I've changed my mind SO. MANY. TIMES. But, I have good reasons. Er, ok, I have reasons, but, they may not be good. Depends who you ask.

1. If I get a B in this class, I'll be writing to the Pope and requesting it be recognized as a miracle.

2. The program cost $48,000. I already have loans from degree 1 and due to federal regulations, second-degree students cannot qualify for financial aid. I could get loans, but wouldn't qualify for much (which is nutty considering I make, like, a nickel a month). I, theoretically, could get scholarships through outside organizations, but I have yet to find one where I qualify (again, because I'm second-degree). Since I'm not a magician, pulling money out of thin air was not going to happen.

3. I was being required to take another chemistry class because the one I took "wasn't enough." This is the only school I've looked at that's had a problem with it. They also required a full semester of other classes to take, some of which HAD to be taken through them. I was looking at over $8,000 in credits alone for next semester. And that is not part of the 48k for the program.

4. The icing on the cake? They were going to make me retake intro to theology. The school is Catholic, so it's a requirement for anyone who gets a degree from them to have some theology credits. Fine. No biggie. I went to a Catholic university, I took 15 credits of religious studies, I went to Catholic schools for 17 years, I'm not worried about this.

False assumptions. They accepted my upper-level religion credits for their upper-level theology requirements, but would not take my intro to religion for their intro to theology. I politely fought this and was eventually told to take it up with the head of the theology department. I'm not going to go into all the details, but let's just say the meeting consisted of him accusing me of lying, me crying (not because of anything he said), him telling me I've never taken the class, me saying, "You can tell me left, right, and center that I've never taken this, but I have. Catholicism is Catholicism, I don't care how you teach it," and then me gathering my stuff and saying, "I can see this isn't going to go anywhere and is unproductive, thank you for your time," as I walked out the door.

The things he said to me, the way he treated me from the first day I contacted him (our meeting was not our first communication), he responses to my questions, his accusations, etc. all made me realize this school wasn't the right fit for me. And please don't make any assumptions regarding my decision and the meeting, since I didn't tell the whole story. I'll openly admit I wasn't as respectful as I could have been, but when you are being verbally attacked, you do what you gotta do.

So what am I going to do?

Well, I'm not going to go to nursing school anymore.














GOTCHA!

Totally kidding. HAHA! Evil, aren't I? You were probably like, "This chick is a nut case," and then immediately wanted to delete me from your blog roll.

Nursing is the only job I see myself doing. Every time I go to the NICU, I know I'm meant to be a nurse. I just need to cross all these hurdles that I've come across in my efforts to add RN to my name. I'm applying to two other accelerated bachelor's programs in Indiana, one of which I think I have a really good shot of getting into. The other, meh, not so much, but I'm going to apply anyway. Both would have me starting in July or August.

And if I don't get into either?

You will find me in a straight-jacket, receiving electro-shock therapy, with a tequila/morphine IV pumping through my veins.



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Monday, October 11, 2010

C25K and wtf is wrong with my nose

I re-started the C25K program today. I had finished the first week and done every interval as I was supposed to (although I was going to repeat the week just because), but came down with a nasty cold the night of my third run and had to take a week off. I started it up again tonight and did well. I didn't even need my rescue inhaler when I got home! Whoop! Improvement already :)

However, I'm about ready to rip my nose off my face (you guys know I'm really dramatic, right?). Every time I run, either inside or on a treadmill, about half way through, my nose begins to burn. I'll come home and take a zyrtec and smear vick's in the nasal membranes (lovely image, I'm sure), but it never takes long for the sneezing to come on full force and the sinuses to drip, drip, drip. Apparently it's called exercise induced rhinitis; something about putting the cardiovascular system into overdrive can release too much histamine, creating an allergic reaction of sorts (holy crap! I sound like I know what I'm talking about!). I call it "allergic to running." It's not going to stop me from doing it, but I really need to find a solution. This is exactly what happened last time when it turned into a full-blown cold. All you smart people out there, if you have suggestions, throw them my way.

Super lame post today. What else is new? I'd bore you with the newest drama of trying to get into nursing school, but I'm off to shove my head back into my advanced physiology notes-- exam numero dos is tomorrow. Gross. Hope you all had a great day!


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Stealing



1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
I've only looked in the mirror once today and thought, "Wow. I look AWESOME!" And I said that in a totally sarcastic tone.

2. How much cash do you have on you?
$0.00. I have over 200 in checks and I need to deposit and cash them soon.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
Snore. Poor. Snooki'sawhore.

4. Favorite planet?
Hmm. Jupiter? I seem to reference that a lot for some reason. Uranus will never not be funny.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Some number from a Charlotte, NC area code. Stalkers. They love me.

6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
Right now I have Bob Marley's "One Love" as my ring tone, but I like my Christmas tones, too! I have "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Mele Kalikimaka." And no, I do not pay for ring tones, I have a blackberry and can sync my iTunes up to it and make a tone from that.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
Ha. I'm still in my pj's! I didn't wake up until after 11. But I'm wearing a UD t-shirt.

8. Do you label yourself?
Sort of. I mean, I guess we kind of all do when we use words to describe ourselves. Like, "I'm tall." or "I'm honest."

9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing?
My feet are nakie.

10. Bright or Dark Room?
If I'm sleeping, dark as can be. Otherwise, I like a bright room, but only if it's natural light.

11. Did you do anything to celebrate John Lennon's 70th yesterday?
Did I even know it was John Lennon's 70th yesterday?

12. What does your watch look like?
I have one with a rectangular face and a black leather band, but I'm on the hunt for a new one.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Watching the end of "The Backup Plan." Cute movie!

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
I haven't texted in a few days (the horror!) and the last one was probably something to my mom that none of you would care about.

15. Where is your nearest 7-11?
Um, I don't know. I'm not even sure we have those in Indiana.

16. What’s a word that you say a lot?
Seriously, oh my gosh, I mean, oh for God's sake.

17. Who told you he/she loved you last?
My parents. Awwwww.

18. Last furry thing you touched?
My puppies Macklin and Murphy! My wittle babies. Mack's a cocker spaniel/bichon and Muffin's a bichon/poodle. Mack is actually clawing me to death right now to pick him up because he's scared of the vacuum.
Murphy as puppy

Magoo as a pup.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?
Illegal? None. Ever. Prescription? Too numerous to count. I take, like, 8 or so a day.

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed?
I have a digital camera.

21. Favorite age you have been so far?
18 was fun-- freshman in college, new surroundings, new freedom.

22. Your worst enemy?
I'm drama free on the social front, so I don't have one.

23. What is your current desktop picture (extra points if you post it.)?
A picture I took in the spring of Forsythia.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?
My dad asked me to open the pool and I asked why since it's closed. Great story, huh?

Haha. I just was reading this as a blog post and realized how "DUH!" that sounded. When I said "It's closed," I meant that it's closed for the winter. We've shut the pool down until next May.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be?
A million bucks because I could pay off my student loans from UD and wouldn't have to worry about how I'm going to pay for nursing school. I'd invest the rest.

If you're new to my blog, welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Hope y'all have a great Sunday, I'm off to study for advanced physiology. YUCK!


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Friday, October 8, 2010

Tag! I'm it!

Jess, aka my twin, tagged me in this fun little question game!

1) What is your favorite holiday (whether Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) food?

Honestly, food (except chocolate) doesn't excite me. I'm embarrassed to admit I've had a post in the works for over 2 months about my relationship with food and just can't find the right words to get it together. I appreciate a good holiday meal, but I don' t have a favorite food associated with that meal.

2) If you could go on any vacation, without thought to time or money, but it could only be ONE place, where would you go?

Either Fiji, Tahiti, or Bora Bora. Somewhere in the South Pacific.

3) Show me your dream wedding dress.

Definitely NOT strapless. I loathe. No offense, it's just what everyone has and I also hate the idea of having to adjust my top all day. No thanks. And, also, ivory or champagne, not white white. Something really romantic, classic; I want to like it on my wedding and 50 years later. None of this mesh bodice nonsense. And I adore a dress with pockets.

I really like both of these,Today, at least. I like that the second one is a modern twist on a classic style.

found here.

&

found here.

4) What TV show do I just have to check out?

Hawaii 5-0! Oh my gosh, SO good! Like, surprisingly good. But I also like that I can watch it and recognize the areas they are, so that might have something to do with my liking of the show. Also, I LOVE The Amazing Race.

5) This time of year is full of new movies... what are you looking forward to?

Well, it comes out tomorrow, but I can't justify 10 dollars for a movie ticket, so I'll wait till it's on demand, but the new movie with Katherine Heigl, "Life as we know it." It looks really funny!

6) Think of all single males you know that are between the ages of 27 and 35. Now, are any of them potentials for your good friend Jess?

Girl, if I did, I'd send them your way, or already have dibs on them. Unfortunately, that's a big, fat negative, Sparky. Do YOU know any for ME?

7) What's your favorite Disney character?

Belle and Jasmine. I used to think I looked like them. Because I'm Arabian and all.

8) What is your best piece of advice?

"Live and Let Live" is how I try to live my life. And remember that we all have a pre-planned journey for life. We may not understand why certain things do or do not happen, but someday it will all make perfect sense.

I'm supposed to tag 8 people and make a list of my own 8 questions, but you know what? NO ONE EVER DOES THEM! And it makes me really sad. Last time, one person (Jess, of course), answered my fun, "Would you rather...?" questions. ONE. So, if someone wants to play along, you can find my "Would you rather...?" questions here and use those. Hopefully someone surprises me and plays along!

Happy Friday!


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

This is My Confession

Hi, my name is Marianne, and I have a shoe addiction.

I went to Target last week to replace my black flats and my leopard print flats. You know, with the money I don't have. I've literally worn holes into both and figured it was only a matter of time before people started giving me the stink eye for my disheveled footwear.

My intention was to leave with two pairs of shoes, at most. I left with five (in my defense, two were only 5 bucks each).

I got home and scrambled to figure out where in sam hell I was going to put five more pairs of shoes. I live in a decent sized house and have a decent sized room with a decent sized closet. Storage shouldn't be an issue, right? Well, in theory. Except when this is your shoe collection:

Those shoes under hold 12 pairs each (ps, they look like they have solid supports in them on the infomercial and online. lies. they're actually pretty flimsy, but work for now.). The one on the bottom has at least 24 pairs crammed into it.

And then we have the other 12 on the back of my door:

And the two shelves with shoes crammed in them.

And the boots shoved behind my lower rack of hanging clothes. And in the corner of the closet.

And the tennies and winter boots and sandals either in the back-hall closet or storage tub in the garage.

I need a storage unit like this:

Hello, beautiful. I love you.

So, yes, I have a serious problem. But isn't that first step to the road to recovery? Admitting you have a problem?

Maybe someday I'll admit to my other addiction: clothes. Honestly, you could probably go shopping in my closet. Disgusting.

(C25k update: I'm going to have to restart. Came down with a nasty cold Thursday after my run and was in bed all weekend. As soon as I can breathe again, I'll start it back up. And probably do it on a treadmill this time so I don't get sick again.)



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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Back On the Market

Remember back in the winter when I was babysitting 60 hours a week? I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss those days! Not only for the busy-ness, but also for the lovely income! One family had to drop me for financial reasons, another one just doesn't have the need for me as much, I had to drop one family because it wouldn't work with my school schedule this fall, and my other family-- honestly, I don't know what happened, but they found someone to replace me as their primary sitter and only use me occasionally. I think they were worried about my schedule and didn't believe me when I said I could handle it, because we're still on great terms. But it still hurts.

So here I am, with time on my hands, bills pouring in, and no income. At all.

I have no clue where I'm going to nursing school. It may be in Indiana, it may be in friggin' Jupiter. Who the hell knows. And I cannot talk about the drama surrounding that situation right now because I might throw up and chuck my computer at a wall if I do.

What am I rambling about?

I'm back on the market as a sitter. I will work as often as I can, as you want, and as my schedule allows (which is quite a bit). If you live in California, Texas, China, or Italy, I will move. As long as I can live with you and get paid. I can clean, I can cook, I wipe butts, I have fun! I just don't attend to the needs of the husband, if you know what I mean.

Someone, anyone, please employ me. I love kids, I'm great with them, they love me, and I have a ton of references. You pretty much know everything and more about my life-- which I suppose could make you say, "Uh, hell no, you will not be taking care of my angels," but I can guarantee you this-- I'll never talk about you on my blog. Never, ever, ever.

But seriously, if you or anyone you know needs a sitter 20 hours a week or more, consider me or pass my name on. I'm begging you. Even if you do live out of state. I'm always up for an adventure!




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Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

"The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being."
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Current thoughts:

  • Say eff it to school
  • Sell some belongings
  • Buy a one-way ticket to Hawai'i
  • Get a job to make enough to survive
  • Live in paradise for a couple years
  • Figure out what I want to do with my life
  • Maybe then return to the pursuit towards nursing school
This drama-queen post is brought to you by my severe emotional instability that has become progressively worse in recent months and someone who shall remain nameless telling me maybe I'm not cut out for nursing school if I'm struggling so much in advanced physiology-- a prerequisite. Maybe all the hurdles and crap I've encountered so far over the past year and a half of trying to get into nursing school is a sign. I know I won't settle for online nursing programs, either. Maybe I'm not supposed to be a nurse. I used to have clear visions of what my future held-- or what I hoped it held-- lately though, it's completely empty.

This is a glimpse into why I've been feeling like I'm stuck in a rut.

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