Winding down

It has been quite a year.  I am actually looking forward to it ending.  Starting fresh.  I hate to be a downer, but it’s true.  There has been plenty of good things, but it didn’t seem to trump the bad this year.

Everyone just needs a fresh palette.  No more sickness or surgeries.  No more grief.  It’s done.  We are expecting some more nieces or nephews next year, and there are already two weddings planned.  It’s going to be a good year.  I am counting on it.

I am taking the rest of this year off.  I just wanted to tell you that.  I am sure you will all miss me horribly.  Actually, I am taking the first part of January off as well.  So, I will be back sometime in January.

I wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday.  See you in the new year!

I am a chatterbox, I really am

So, we had our holiday party at work this afternoon.  Now, I work with a bunch of men. There are two other women in the office, and I talk to them all the time, but I’ve never really gotten to know the men.  Until today.  And I’ve worked there five years.

I am not a real talkative person, and it takes a while for people to get to know me.  Well, put me with some glasses of wine starting at 2 in the afternoon, with no husband to save me from actually talking to anyone else, and you’ve got yourself a chatterbox. Who would’ve thought.  I know the wine was the primary instigator in this case, but IT WASN’T SO BAD.  Talking to people, I mean.  The wine was excellent.

I survived.  And I had a good time.  With some wine.  I ate lots of food, and I think some of my coworkers think I may have been abducted and replaced on this planet.  But, many of them asked me where this girl has been all these years. 

I blame it on horses.  Okay, animals in general.  Because I love animals.  Therefore, I enjoy talking about them.  Well, word got out around the office that I had a horse, and everyone started asking me about it.  So, I started talking, and kept on talking, and then talked some more.  Eventually, it wasn’t just about horses anymore, it was about many different things.  I talked about pheasant hunting!  I think everyone in the office now knows about my plans to go into Nursing, and truthfully, I wasn’t sure everyone was supposed to know about it.

I’ve never really associated friends with coworkers.  I think that is most of the reason I don’t talk to anyone that often.  Another being, that they are a bunch of older men.  They are all really nice, but they always talk about sports, and I don’t.  Well, unless we’re talking the Kentucky Derby here.  They have kids, I don’t.  I am the youngest girl in the office, therefore, I AM a young girl, not a grown up like them.  Oh, and there is the thing where my stomach gets all crampy and I get all sweaty, and turn red when I talk to groups of people.  Yes, that still happens to me.  I’ve just got an aversion to being the center of attention.  If it’s one person, I am okay.  But, when there is more than one, I clam up.   Since I am making stupid excuses for myself, I might as well add that since I’ve gone on so long being the quiet girl that works up front, maybe I should just keep that persona going.

That’s no longer possible.  Today, I turned the tables.  Hopefully I can keep those tables turned.  I think some of that wine is still making me babble, does any of this post make sense?  Maybe things will get easier from now on.  One thing is for sure, I am definitely a better writer than a socialist.  Thanks for listening to me, if you’re still here, that is.

Isn’t there something I should be doing?

I think not!!  I think I may have mentioned before, I am out of school!  This weekend was 100 percent proof of that fact.  So, I am taking this time to update all of my loyal readers(however many there are of you).  Aren’t you excited? 

Actually, there isn’t much else I can do today.  We received quite a bit of snow last night, so I am sticking around the house today.  Being caught up on most of the housework, which I accomplished yesterday, there isn’t much for me to do around here.  I went outside this morning to play with the dogs, cooked some excellent taco soup, and since then, just been reading.  I wasn’t even able to make it out to the farm this morning, which I felt really bad about, because Sunday mornings is when I do the chores.  So, I plan on going out sometime this week.

Remember that fashion frenzy I was going through before, well I’ve decided to give those leggings a try.  I know you are all dying to know if I will be wearing my sweet converse with it.  No, I caved and bought a pair of ballet flats to go with it.  And just in case you were unsure of just how un-fashionable I really am, I had to look up WHAT a ballet flat was. I am sorry to all you fashionista’s out there, I am a huge disappointment, I know.

Friday night, the party was a lot of fun.  I love my family, we always have so much fun together.  Oh, and I love shrimp.  Which was highly involved in those festivities.  I think I may have od’d on the little buggers.  Is that possible?  Because if it were, that’d be me!  Did I mention that I love shrimp?

My younger dog, Keiko, had never seen this much snow before.  Last winter we didn’t get very much.  So, this morning when we were out shoveling the driveway and walks, the dogs were having the time of their life.  I think they came inside for about an hour and took a nap, since then, they’ve been out there playing.

Upon coming in the house, before I had a chance to dry them off, they were ready for a nap…

They’re spoiled, I know.  They were still covered in snow at this point, but I couldn’t bring myself to make them move, they were so tired!!  Once rested, they were back at it again.

Got ‘er done

Well, the semester is officially over. What a relief. I hadn’t realized just how much pressure it was putting on me until I walked out of there last night.  I just felt…..better, there is no other way to describe it.  Being the class that was required for me to apply to the Nursing progam, I know that was part of it too.  Now, I just have to sit back and wait, and take the other couple of classes that are required before the program, that is.

Over the years, going through the different majors, and realizing it wasn’t for me was the easy part. If I’d known it was going to be like this once I chose something, I would have just kept on changing. Just kidding, I know this is it. In a sense, I am glad I didn’t figure it out until I was a little older. I’ve got an entirely different respect for school and grades than I did when I was younger. Being the anal retentive middle child that I am, I tend to obsess over my grades a bit. I see nothing wrong with this, especially if I choose to become one of these someday. Being older has allowed me to know myself better, because if you know me, you’d know that I was basically a completely different person many years ago.  I just needed to grow up, and I’ve definitely accomplished that!  But, it has also put off starting a family. That was always something I’d wanted to do before I turned 30, hopefully that will still happen. Since I chose nursing, I’ve always planned on continuing on with a masters.

I always had big dreams for the times before I started my family. Of course then, I wasn’t married and I didn’t worry about what I’d be doing for the rest of my life. I was going to move down to Florida, and become a Marine Biologist, I don’t know what happened with that. Oh yeah, I met my husband. So, I stayed, and from then on, everything changed. I did get to travel to California a few years later, where I became engaged. That’s a cute story, maybe I’ll tell it another time. Then I got a husband, a mortgage, two dogs, a horse, and suddenly, what I was going to do for the rest of my life really mattered. So, here I am. I think everything worked out just perfectly.  

Now that I am free from the wrath of anatomy and physiology, what am I going to do with all my newfound freedom?  Tonight, we are having a family holiday gathering at my parents house, this weekend I am catching up on housework, and then going to the farm.  Next week, I am preparing for vacation.  Sounds like a blast, I know!! 

Happy Friday!

Fashion is overrated

I like winter, most of the time. I don’t really mind the cold, and I think winter scenes are just breathtaking. I am talking snowy winter here people, not the kind where all you get is rain and ice. Like we have now. Granted, we haven’t been hit as bad as some people, but I still don’t like it.

I am usually too lazy to go start my car before I am ready to go. So most mornings, I just scrape it. The other morning, I couldn’t even do THAT! I was forced to start it and go sit in the house for 10 minutes while it warmed up. The same morning I slipped about 5 times just walking to my car (which, is a mere 10 feet). The driveway and streets were PURE ICE. The same morning my dogs refused to go outside because they couldn’t walk on the driveway. Of course, I made them go anyway. They aren’t THAT spoiled.

The weather has just been so crappy around here. Rain, sleet, and ice. Snow? ZILCH! It’s a real bummer. I haven’t been able to ride Echo in the past couple of weeks, and if I don’t get a chance this weekend, it won’t be until mid-january again. The dogs haven’t been on any walks in a while, it’s just putting a damper on things, and I want it to stop! 

Moving on, since we weren’t able to ride, our trip to the farm was shortened, so my sister and I took a trip to Von Maur.  Yes, I actually went to a shopping mall, and it wasn’t so bad!  I am going to take this time to elaborate on my obsession with this particular store.  Now, it isn’t much different than every other large department store out there.  But their sales are tremendous!  I haven’t paid full price for many things I have bought there.  We just go a couple of times a month, check out the sale racks, and usually find something worth buying.  I pretty much get all my clothing and shoes there.   Truthfully, I haven’t paid more than $30 for a pair of jeans since I’ve been shopping there.  We are talking Lucky, Silver and Hydraulic jeans too.  Jeans that would normally cost in the range of $60 to $100.  Good example, my sister bought a pair of Silver jeans this weekend marked down to $25, and she got to the register and they rang up for $15.  Seriously, does it get any better than that?

So, the reason we went this weekend was to look for shoes for me for my brothers wedding in January, and though we didn’t accomplish that, I did find two adorable pairs of converse that I just had to have.  I’ve never owned a pair of converse, while my sister owns nothing but.  So, we walked out of there with two pairs of matching converse.  Aren’t we cute?  One of the reasons I’ve never had any is because I always thought they made my feet look huge.  But, those days are past, and I’ve just accepted that I have large feet to support my tall frame.  Anyway, they are just so flat, I am having trouble getting used to them. 

I also got some leggings and a short black cardigan to go with a new dress a friend of mine from NYC got me.  And the leggings?  Circa 1980’s with Jane Fonda.  It’s  really hard to wear them, and I am not totally sure I can do it!  I’ve got to figure out something, considering this “dress” is more of a long top on me.  One disadvantage of being tall, I guess.  Anyway, it’s either those or some black tights, not sure how it’ll look with black pants.  Guess, I’ll have to try, huh?  I tend to lack knowledge in the fashion area, hence the leggings, which was a suggestion by the NYC fashion expert that got me the dress!  If anyone has some to share, I sure could use it!  Haven’t even really thought about the shoes, I am sure I have some though.  Hell, I’ll just wear my new converse with it,  you can do that right?  It’s a really good Christmas dress, so I’d like to wear it then.  I’ll just have to cope with my phobia of fashion and give the leggings a chance.  We’ll see….

Looking forward to a little bit of normal

This week marks the last week of class for this semester.  I’ve got one lecture and one exam to get through, and I am free.  I am very much looking forward to getting ONE WHOLE MONTH off, before returning to the second half of this class and starting off exactly where we left off, which won’t be easy.  Next semester won’t be like any other courses I’ve ever took.  There will be no easing into a new subject, there will only be diving into subjects even more complex than what I’ve had to deal with this semester.

Though it may seem so, I am not complaining.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this semester.  I often get teased by my classmates, because I enjoy the class so much.  Who in their right mind would actually ENJOY looking at and dissecting a cadaver, sheep brains and some eyeballs.  Yeah, that would be me. Don’t worry, I won’t go into any more detail than that (for those of you who can’t stomach that sort of thing).  Which, brings me to another point.  Most of the people in my class are going into Nursing, and most of them couldn’t handle the dissections.  I just really don’t understand WHY they would choose a medical profession.  But, that’s their decision.

Anyway, I’ve got one free week before we leave for our vacation, and I’ve got some big plans.  Plans which include all the housework I can fit into my free evenings, taking my dogs for some well deserved walks, cooking some meals, and basking in my temporary laziness by catching up on some movies I’ve been meaning to watch for some time now.  Doesn’t that sound like a blast?!  Okay, not really, but I am sure looking forward to it.

I suppose I just want to feel normal, even if it’s just for a week.  I don’t want to always have somewhere to be, and studying in between everything I do.  I don’t want to have to run errands on my lunch break, simply because I don’t have any other time to get it done.  And I most definititely don’t want to eat sandwiches for dinner anymore, just because it’s easy to pack and can be eaten while driving between work and school. 

Then, I am going to rejuvenate myself by spending two weeks in sunny Florida.  I really am excited to go, despite my reservations from before. It will be a good rest, and if you ask me, definitely well deserved. 

Hobbies

What would we do without them?  They keep us entertained, they inspire us to try new things, and they lead us to bigger and better things throughout our lives. 

I’ve never had many hobbies.  I’ve tried my hands at different things, but nothing really ever stuck.  When I was in high school, it was automotive stuff for me, and I don’t think you can consider that a hobby.  The only thing I can say I know I have always enjoyed is reading.  I won’t ever stop reading.  So, fast forward to today…what are my hobbies?  Well, I suppse school can be considered one, because outside of that, I haven’t got much time for anything else.  But as you’ve heard me say before, and I am sure you will hear all about it again.   Horses are my newfound love.  I never would have thought that would be it, but it is.  I also LOVE gardening, decorating, obviously blogging, cooking and doing things outside with my dogs.  You’ll hear about all those someday.

Anyway, in the past, I’ve tried crocheting (and yes, I AM aware that I am only 25 years old!)  But, it was a little boring for me.  There is still an unfinished afghan in my front closet that I’ve made vows to finish each year for the past three years.  No such luck.  It does have it’s good points though.  When I need new dishcloths, I can just whip one up, or if I want a new scarf, there’s that too.  Also, in the past I tried the whole saltwater fish tank thing, and I managed to kill almost each and every fish I put in that tank.  All but one, which I gave away when I decided it wasn’t for me. 

So, years later, when I met my husband and he wanted to try his hand at a saltwater tank, I gave him all my old equipment. THIS is where he ended up, and he is still going strong.

Albeit, there has been many transitions through the years.  One which involved a ginormous 320 gallon tank and a basement full of water from that monster of a tank.  But, we won’t get into that one now.  Another which involved me being stung on the finger by a baby lionfish, and having no running water at the time.  What are you supposed to do when that happens, suck on it?  I think not, considering it’s POISONOUS.  We won’t get into that one right now, either! 

My husband has been blessed with the quality of finishing anything he puts his mind to.  Why can’t I do that?  So, on top of the beautiful reef tank he keeps up on a daily basis, he also builds beautiful furniture.  We’ve already seen a picture of his entertainment center, but here are a few other pictures of his accomplishments. 

A coffee table for our living room…

A trunk that is supposed to be for our living room, but since the monstrocity of that entertainment center took over, we seem to have run out of room..

So, it currently resides in our bedroom.  Some coasters…

A potting bench that is currently living in our basement (so, please excuse the messy picture, there are bookshelves behind it that I had to cover up), because we found out the hard way it could not be left in the rain.  So until we have a house with some sort of portico to shelter it, we can’t really use it…

And, his stand and canopy for his fish tank.  This one was also made to match the living room, but again, we seem to have a shortage of space in our house the size of a postage stamp.  So, it is keeping the potting bench company in the basement.

There are a couple of things outside, but I wasn’t about to drag my butt outside in 20 degree weather to get a couple of crappy pictures, but I’ll get to them. 

So, there you have it folks.  If you ever need anything, just let us know!  He does wonderful work. 

That’s a glimpse into our world, and how we keep ourselves busy.

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