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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
9:21 pm
I was sitting at work today and had this wierd thought cross my mind. My computer instructor who is a man used to come in my dorm room and teach me how to use the computer. How crazy was I to let this guy not much older than me in my dorm room with no one but me in the room? I could have used the library, and instructors go into students dorm rooms all of the time, and wow that is just somehow striking me as strange now. I eventually dated that computer instructor, but long after he had left the state.
Monday, April 16th, 2007
9:55 pm
Today I was waiting for the bus just like any other day when I heard, "excuse me ma'am, your dog's butt is on my buss pass." I couldn't help but start laughing as I asked Rainy to stand up so that the lady could retrieve her pass. It turns out that the wind blew the pass from her hand and Rainy just happened to block it from flying to who knows where. My only response to say to the woman was, well it's clean. I couldn't stop laughing. I did manage to thank her for asking me to move Rainy instead of just touching my dog.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
10:06 pm
I've been tagged by puppybraille to list my obsessions.
1. George Strait!
2. Graeders double chocolate chip icecream!
3. Gold star threeways
4. Days of Our Lives
5. Peech!
I tag:
Sioban, sorry chicka can't remember your LJ
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
7:13 pm
I have the most clever guide dog in the world! Now I already knew this, but today Rainy did something just way too cool! I had takeout for the coworker that I used to share office space with so I walked in the door and said, Rainy find Cindy! Let's find Cindy! Keep in mind I wasn't quite sure where Cindy's new office was located and had some other coworkers with me to show me. Rainy took off with purpose passed the elevator that normally she would have shown me and completed her mission by taking me right to Cindy's door a few twists and turns later. Now, I wish teaching her to find other things were so easy.
Saturday, March 31st, 2007
10:08 pm
It seems strange that this year UK didn't even make it to the sweet 16. I pretend that I don't care about UK, but this year no one to make bets with about who will go all the way! The coach has found a new job, guess he knew what was coming. My new job duties are keeping me busy and I haven't had a chance to write about my visit with puppybraille. We had a great time hanging out and it is so fun to just hang out with good friends. It still amazes me that we have become such good friends after spending a small amount of time actually together, and it was so great hanging out!
Monday, February 19th, 2007
7:08 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2007

I woke up at about 8:00 this morning knowing that the day would pass by very slowly! At around 11:00 mom and I went and picked up Christine. I got a package from Mike that had a CD and he made me a wooden box with a J and an R and it is beautiful. 3:30 finally got here and Bill and Leeah were on time. So as it snowed we left not really knowing what was ahead of us. As we approached Columbus we saw several accidents but it didn't really slow us down any. We stopped at Arbies for a bite to eat then checked into our hotel. I have to say I was quite anxious to just get there and trying to contain that was difficult for me. We got there and took our seats just in time for Taylor Swift to take the stage. For a young girl with one single out she put on a great show. During Taylor's last song Leeah and I went to buy T-shirts. We returned just in time to watch Ronnie Milsap coming on stage. I didn't think that I knew very many of his songs, but as he sang I realized that I knew more than I thought I would. He does some mean piano playing and he does a lot of cool things with lights. Let's put it this way, our seats were pretty good because even though I couldn't see the colors, I could see the light show and that thrilled me, because just maybe I really haven't lost as much of my light vision as I thought. After Ronnie we rushed to the restroom line and prayed that we would make it to see George take the stage and of course we did. I have seen George perform three times and still the anticipation for me is just so much. He came out singing Honk if you Honky-tonk and Leeah and I who are both big time fans went crazy and it was just such a blast! George just stands there and sings, doesn't do anything flashy, but the crowd just loves him. I screamed and yelled and sang all night and had such a good time. I knew the words to all of his songs. He closed with This is where the Cowboy Rides Away. Walking back to the van I was still on my I saw George Straight high. It took us a while to get out of the parking garage and I was glad to crash when we got back to the hotel. The next morning we left the hotel at around 10:00 and stopped at the Waffle House for some breakfast before heading home. We got back to my house somewhere around 1:30. Each George concert has been such a blast and I know that I will be seeing him, soon.

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, February 17th, 2007
9:17 am
Today is here and I have a feeling that this day is, going, to, last, forever! Oh my goodness, I can't wait until, 7:30! Well maybe closer to 9:00 because that is probably around the time when George will come on. Gina, I'll wave to you tonight when I get to your city even though you aren't there this weekend.

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, January 20th, 2007
8:54 pm
I got to see Emma today! She is getting so big. It was so cute. Mindy came in the door and I walked over to give her a hug and Emma reached out for me. Mindy said that Emma really doesn't do that. I talk to Emma almost every day on the phone so I wonder if she remembers my voice. Oh it was so cute, Mindy put her down on my bed and wrapped her up in the afghan that mom made for me and she just lay there so cute! I think Rainy is jealous of babies getting my attention. It is cool because Mindy sends me pictures over skype and labels them so I know what they are. She also makes videos so that I can hear her talking. It is hard being 200 miles away, but I guess I've resigned myself to being Auntie Ha Ha after all.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, January 12th, 2007
3:37 pm
Today I bought my tickets for The Man!

SATURDAY FEB 17 2007 7:30PM

I have to tell the story behind the tickets though. I had this weird feeling that purchasing the tickets would mean graphical verification on the site so I racked my brain as to who I could ask that I could trust my credit card number with. I finally decided on Mindy even though she has dial up that is slower than Christmas. So we were on the phone and ready at 10:00 this morning. I was right, it did require graphical verification. So we asked for best available and it said they were unavailable. Then we asked for floor, but the thing only gives you one minute to get everything typed in, so we lost our floor seats. Then we did best available again and the stupid thing wouldn't accept my credit card, so we're thinking that I read it wrong or Mindy typed it wrong or something. We couldn't get the stupid thing to change, so we finally used Mindy's credit card. I didn't get the floor like I wanted but after Mindy looked at the floor seat that we had and the seats we got she said we could probably see him better. I am excited to have my tickets. When I am having a bad day I just think about seeing George and it makes it all better! So when you think George Strait, hope you think of me!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Monday, January 1st, 2007
8:46 pm
This year is going to be all about me! I need to work on me so that I can the best person that I can be to myself and others. I have already taken some great steps, I have a job, and I have grown in my relationship with the lord, praying about everything not just big decisions or when someone is sick. I pray for this and am going to work at heeling all of my insecurities in myself. I have always struggled with my weight. I have never felt like the beautiful woman that God has created me to be. I do not accept compliments well, because I just don't feel beautiful. So what can I do about it? Forcing myself to diet and exercise just doesn't get it done, I stop doing it after a day. Work is starting a yoga class and I am signed up! My office is on the fourth floor, and I want to try to take the steps up to my office each morning. I tried doing it once a day but I wouldn't get around to it, and it wouldn't get done, but if I do it in the mornings then I will be more likely to do it. I also want to drink more water throughout the day. I also want to work on my insecurities and trust in myself and my friends. Sometimes I will feel insecure when I need to ask for a ride to church or if someone wants to go hang out. This will require lots of prayer but I need to work on me so that God will grant me the desires of my heart.
Monday, December 25th, 2006
8:39 pm
Merry Christmas, everyone! This has been such a relaxing Christmas this year! Last weekend Jennifer and Brad had Christmas and had a huge dinner. We played dirty Santa and it was fun because I have never played that game before. I came out of the game with a snow man candle, and was glad for it because some of the gag gifts, well were just not me. Last night we went to Aunt Cathy's house and got stuffed. This morning was nice. I guess since everyone else is telling gifts, I will too! Mom and dad gave me a cross necklace, I was pretty sure I would get because that is pretty much the only thing that I asked for. It is small and gold and diamond cut, and perfect for me. I got the new George Strait Christmas CD, some work clothes and mom made me a basket, and some hoop earrings. Jason floored me by giving me a necklace earring set with hearts that is absolutely beautiful. He has a friend that works for a store that sells Montana Silversmith so I'm sure she helped him out. Later this afternoon we went to grandma's house. Nothing is better than Grandma's white fudge with cherries. She gave me a Fenton Art glass basket with pink running through it. I picked it out at an antique show. Aunt Kim gave me some clothes and smelly good stuff! This has been a wonderful peaceful Christmas. These last few years the holidays have been difficult for me, granted I probably brought some of it on myself for dwelling on things but I am happy and calm.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
4:06 pm
February 17, 2007, Columbus Ohio, whatever arina! I will be watching, the man! I wasn't sure if I was going to get to go, but I called my cousin's best friend's fiancé and she wants to go! Columbus is about 2 hours, and that is too far for a lot of people for a concert, but she's almost as obsessed as I am, though I admit I don't know if anyone can be as much as I am. So hopefully she doesn't back out on me, but I don't think she will and I am going to see the man!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, December 1st, 2006
7:48 pm
I wanted to let everyone know that I did it. I chopped 12 inches off of my hair and donated it to locks of love. My hair was pretty far down the middle of my back, and 12 inches made it a couple of inches above my shoulders, but at the moment I really like it. When she cut it off in a ponytail and pulled it away this huge weight was just lifted from my head. She handed me the hair, and wow it was long and thick and so heavy! Now my neck is cold because the temperature dropped from 60 degrees to 30 degrees within the course of the day. At least for the moment I am not going to have to rip my hair from my purse, backpack, and badge at work. Though I think I am going to start the process again and two years from now cut it. I just hope that my hair that is truly just hair to me will make someone smile and more confident because of it.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
5:34 pm
Today I got to work and overheard a conversation about Mark interviewing Richard Paul Evans the author of The Christmas Box, one of my favorite books. So naturally I got all star crazy and begged Mark to let me meet him. I got to meet him and got his autograph. He seems to be a really nice guy, you never know how they are really going to be. Mark interviews authors for Radio Reading Services, and I think they get a lot of popular authors. He said that Nora Roberts comes every year, she is one of my favorites, so I hope that I can meet her, too.

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
7:23 pm
Today is just one of those days when I have to keep praying and reminding myself not to look back into the past, because even now 4 years later it still makes me sad. I guess each year it hurts a little bit less, and even smile and say that I'm glad for it, but it still makes me sad. It would be a lot easier if my mind couldn't remember each and every aspect of it. Oh well, it happened and there is nothing I can do to change it.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
7:51 pm
On November 7, a Tuesday morning our little Kelly passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 12. It has been a quiet house and we are all dealing with her loss in different ways.

My job continues to go well. I am enjoying it and I finally got my first pay check this past Wednesday. I was getting paid when I worked at NASA, but man it is just way too cool finally getting a check that is going to come at the first and middle of each month. If you would like to read all about my agency go to:

I have continued to attend the bible study for the 20 and 30 age group at my church. I am really enjoying it and it is so helpful to share fellowship with others. Even if I don't see them at other times we have grown close to each other in a way that I can't quite explain. To read Todd's devotions our leader of the group and church youth minister check out:
Several of his blog entry ideas have come from discussions at our meetings and I think it is awesome!
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
8:33 pm
So it's only my third week of work and I am already sick. Luckily I was able to make it through the week, though for most of it with no voice. Mom got me a Dr. appointment at 4:45 yesterday afternoon because I couldn't talk. Thank goodness it was my favorite doctor. She took one listen of my chest and said it's bronchitis early pneumonia. Great, glad I went to the doctor or I would have gotten really, really, sick eventually. I'm on a really strong antibiotic that I guess will either cure it or kill it. I am really enjoying my job. I've finished my first week at my very own desk, and I finally have a phone and extension! So hopefully this crud will go away and I can go on with my happy little job!
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
6:36 pm
I started my job on Monday. So far I am still in training with the previous volunteer coordinator, but I am learning a lot. I am really going to enjoy it, though it is going to take a lot of work to organize the files in a way that I can understand. I have met some of my volunteers and they are very nice. Monday was lots of fun! It rained all, day, long! I came into downtown and as I was getting off the bus to transfer the metro driver saw the tank bus pull away, so I missed it by like seconds and had to wait 45 minutes in the rain to catch the next one. Downtown is under a lot of construction and has changed since I have been there. It is confusing, but I will figure it out eventually! I am really going to love this job.
Sunday, October 15th, 2006
7:17 pm
Tomorrow I begin my new job as Volunteer Coordinator. I am excited and a bit nervous. Today I went to a Volunteer Appreciation luncheon, and while it felt overwhelming because the room was huge and the acoustics were awful and I really didn't know that many people I also had a wonderful feeling in my heart that I am finally where I need to be for the moment. Maybe it's not full time and I can't get my own place right away, and I have to continue paying for my own health insurance but it's just right. The Executive Director has known me for quite a while, he came up and gave me a hug and told my mother who was standing next to me, "This girl's going places!" That felt so great to hear that finally after the long road of searching and disappointment that someone believes in me. I must say all of the volunteering has paid off even though it took a while. God is so good, even though I am still working on that being patient and waiting for his plan thing.

Current Mood: excited and nervous
Saturday, October 14th, 2006
11:43 am

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