Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Will Not Get Better

It's almost funny... Yesterday I posted about not letting a bad day ruin every day, and today I had a rather rotten one. I wake up to find out that the check that I deposited from my insurance company didn't clear (wonderful start to the day), I spent the next hour trying to figure out what happened and ended up having to get my insurance company to stop payment on the first check and reprint another. After depositing the check and being told that the money won't be available in my account until Friday (and maybe not then either.) Amazingly after saying that clearly Chase (the bank) and I are not getting along well today, the bank manager was miraculously able to get the money in my account tomorrow. Funny how that happens...

Then I attempted to locate and purchase some tires for my car, but the ones I wanted they don't have and apparently can not locate. I'm certainly no tire expert but when there are two sets of tires one is more expensive but reviews say that they aren't as good and don't last as long, then I definitely want the better and cheaper tires that I can get under warranty. Plus we're talking about a price difference of about $400.

When I finally got to work the day didn't get any better, and in fact it only got worse....

What a day! Here's hoping that ny twelve hour shift tomorrow will be better! Maybe I'll start it off with a little jog?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012



There are always going to be days when you wish you never got out of bed or feel like they coudn't have possibly been any worse. But you can't dwell on the bad days and you never know what joy and opportunity tomorrow will bring. Each bad day only gets you closer to a good one and starting it off with a smile and positive attitude is the best way to make it a good one!

Monday, March 26, 2012


I'm sorry for being so quiet last week, but it's hard to think about posting and deciding what to post when you work for 12 consecutive days! On Friday night after dinner I curled up next to my husband on the couch and fell fight to sleep in the middle of watching Justified.

I think I finally caught us on some sleep, even if we didn't really sleep in much this weekend. (More to come on our weekend, promise!)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Projuect 52! TWELVE

Life is about Knowing When to Relax!

When it comes to relaxing Ivan is a master. Well... He likes to relax whenever he isn't being destructive or attacking Sophie. But after the week I had I could use a little time to relax with my kitties! And who doesn't want their arm used as a pillow by this precious face? 

I got the idea for my Project 52 from Styleberry!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Baby Shower!!!!

Is there anything better than a baby shower? I don't think so!

I love having an excuse to peruse the baby isles and search for tiny little outfits or precious baby toys and necessities! Nothing beats it! Except present wrapping, of course, and squeezing far too much into a tiny shirt box!

Thankfully the present and I made it to the party even if we were a little late after the accident. However, somewhere along the way I lost the card. Oh well... Who needs a card any way!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Unexpected

After seeing my car I knew the damage wasn't good, however, I assumed that by the middle or end of next week I would get my Five Hundred back. And while my husband was hoping that it would be totaled, I really wasn't. Yes, getting a newer and better car is exciting, but I really liked my car. My first big purchase and I did it all on my own! I didn't need any help with a down payment or someone else to cosign a loan. It was all mine! But now it's gone and on the horizon is a newer, nicer, better, and fancier car. Honestly, I am still excited about a new car. Maybe this one will shift properly and not have the mechanical problems of the Ford. Oooh maybe this one will be a manual so the only shifty issues will be all my fault!

My plan for Monday? Hunt down my car while it is still mine and get all of my stuff out of it. I have a coat, and my favorite pair of boots in the trunk along with a bunch of trivial things (like CDs) that I need back!

I know two posts in one day! How exciting!

Project 52! ELEVEN

Life is Crazy!

Until you crash... I took both cats to the vet today and they are purrfectly healthy! This week I've been working a ton! Add in a rambunctious kitten, who is so excited to be cone free; a rank rental car, that I was able to finally get the smell out with a deodorizing spray; and trying to get everything straight so that my car can be fixed. I have a feeling by the time next weekend gets here I might begin to regret all of this overtime I've been working. On the other hand it may make leaving the workforce that much easier in June... :)

Doesn't he look so stinkin' cuddly and cute! He always gets the cuddliest when I'm about to go to bed or leave the house. He makes it so hard to leave him!

Have a great weekend!

I got the idea for my Project 52 from StyleBerry!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do I Get Points For Conisitency?

I have successfully survived through five deployments, and while I may not have thought of this as a real deployment apparently I have been proven wrong. Each deployment has been marked by a minor or not so minor catastrophe. I think the first was the only one where I came out unscathed, but maybe I just don't remember (most likely the later). During the second Tye's brand new TV died. In the subsequent deployments my civic died, my new-to-me Five Hundred wouldn't start and had to go into the shop, the dishwasher died and I spent the bulk of the deployment staring at a dishwasher in a box while washing dishes by hand (not fun). I should also mention that as long as Tye has had his fish they always want to die on my watch and on rare occasion (my husband would disagree with the rare part) it is my fault..

This time I really didn't consider this to be a deployment. I mean, he's a measly three hours away. But then the Deployment Chaos Gods showed me that I was wrong.

I was on my way to pick up my sister and a friend of ours to head to anther friend's baby shower, when I was distracted for just a moment and I suddenly realized that I was coming up on this red car far too quickly. I swerved on slick pavement to avoid the car. Discovering that I swerved too hard, I corrected and lost control. Then I basically turned around as I passed in front of the red car and slid off the road. I continued to slide until I reached some brush and a chain link fence on the side of the interstate. I can't say that I actually didn't consciously do anything but the initial swerve, but I guess instincts kicked in and the definitely kept me from driving across the median and into oncoming traffic. It's also odd how my vision tunneled until I suddenly realized that shoot I just messed up my car as I was sliding in the grass. I think I actually thought, "Damn it! I just got into an accident!" Fortunately, no other cars were involved.

I came out of this completely safe (I am a consistent seat belt wearer. I don't even care if I'm just driving through the hospital parking lot to move my car closer before it gets dark, my seat belt is on.) although a bit shaken. I had my sister and our friend pick me up and we still made it too the shower, but we were late.

As my mom would say... There's never a dull moment...

Monday, March 12, 2012

A daunting task

I think that the entire idea of moving raises my stress level a little. I am super excited about being there and the fun I know that we will have when we're there. However, the actual task of moving and packing makes me anxious.
Now a little background... I have moved exactly three times in my life. The first was when I was seven (the summer before second grade) and it was a great experience we moved about 15-20 miles away. It was no big deal, I didn't change schools since my mom was already teaching in the new school district and we were still really close to out family. Then I moved, about five hours away to help my sister with little miss Bug, when I was 21 and everything that I owned and needed fit in the back of my Honda Civic. My last move was from my sister's house to my husband's and again everything fit into my car (no longer the Civic) and that took about a 15 minute drive.
I look around at all the stuff we have to pack and it is so overwhelming! Part of me wonders if we need all of this stuff, but I know that for the most part we do, although my husband is a minor hoarder and doesn't know how to toss out anything. Then there's me, and I am all about trashing stuff. And my candle and home fragrance oils do not count.

So I guess it's less about moving and more about packing. Once we're there I'll be fine we just need to get there. Oh and there may be a new house possibility, but I don't know if it's really the best fit for us financially.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

We seem to be going back and forth and up and down with the whole finding a house thing. One week we find a great one and the next week it's gone. Then we find an even better one and we decide that it's a little risky financially so it's tossed back out again. And we can't seem to decide on an area for certain. All I can think is how I wish it was June already and all of this mess was decided, but it's not and we have to hunt down a great house from 9 hours away...

On a happier note I think that I've finally figured out a solution for the school debacle. I plan to apply for the BSN program as well as two ADN programs and whoever accepts me first wins me! In the mean time I will study; take care of puppy, Sophie, and Ivan; take some classes that I can get out of the way and hope that the BSN program accepts me, because in the end it is what I really want and the fastest way to get to my Masters.

Sometimes I need to step back and remind myself that panicking solves nothing and that if you look at a problem from another angle you may realize that it isn't a problem at all but instead an opportunity. Had I not missed the deadline to get into an ADN program in the Fall of 2012 then I never would have bothered to apply to the BSN program and who knows maybe that's going to work out and I'll be able to get it all done just a little faster. And to think that my husband got all irritated about the situation. Won't he feel differently when/if I get into the BSN program! ;)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project 52! TEN

Life is Amusing!

Please disregard the dirty floor... These cats are quite messy...

After Ivan's surgery last week he has been wearing the ever stylish Elizabethan collar. It was quite amusing when we picked him up from the vet last Friday.

The vet tech places Ivan's crate on the counter and he went wild! He truly was bouncing off the walls and trying to play with Tye through the openings in the crate.

Vet Tech: He needs to stay calm for the next few days [Looks at the crate, where Ivan is going crazy, and then at me and Tye] and you have to prevent him from licking his stitches.
Me: Okay.. [Tye and I look at the crate and back at the tech.]
Tech: You might want to keep him in the crate as much as possible.
Me: How long?
Tech: Ten days...

I do not know how she kept a straight face throughout the conversation. She had to know that this was a pretty impossible mission. In the end we bought the Elizabethan collar and had to put it on him within five minutes of getting him home. Keeping him calm and in the crate are pretty much not an option...

I'm sure that he will be thrilled once he gets the collar off and can scratch his ears and groom himself again. Only a few more days liyyle guy and the collar comes off! Who knows what Monday will bring...

I got the idea for Project 52 from StyleBerry!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Here's what I'm supposed to be doing all day (at least that's how I feel)
-clean house
-work out
-take care of cats
-wear Ivan out
-make sure Sophie doesn't feel neglected
-feed fish
-make sure the fish aren't dying
-clean the tanks
-prep for the NCLEX/Nursing school
-take car of the things I've let slip (my license place expired in June, and my inspection sticker expired last month)
-play the game that I paid for
-somehow be social
-somehow find time to visit with my sister and her kids, because my time is running out with them.
-cook (always way too much... How do you cook for 1?)
-try to fix the issues that Sophie has with Ivan. And no, none of this seems to be helping at all.
-look for a house (Just when it looks like we found one, we loose it or something about it ends up just not being quite right.)
-pack (yeah right)

I spend at least 50% of my time at home yelling at Ivan to get off some piece of furniture he has no business on or trying to get him to stay out of the litter box when Sophie is using it

Oh, and the other day I think Sophie must have decided to roll around in the litter box after one of them had a horrible #2 because she wreaked of feces.

I'm worn out and I don't sleep well when he's not home. I can't seem to get anything right (at least at home, at work I've got all my shiz in order, I think). Most days I feel like if I just worked out I'd feel better, but I'm not totally sure that's true.

I feel like I almost had a panic attack when I found out that I wouldn't be able to get into my first choice college in the fall....

And to top it all off I swear my house smells like a pet shop almost all the time and I hate it. I almost wonder if I really want the dog, but I do. Take away the damn fish and the crazy cats and give me a sane and happy puppy and I'd be a little happier.

Hello breaking point...

Seriously, I do love my Sophie, but in reality I have not seen My Sophie for almost 3 months. Right now she is just a stressed out ball of crazy, and all of the crazy in this house is making me certifiably insane...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Project 52! NINE

Life is Getting Back to Normal

Even if it was only one day while Ivan was getting neutered, I enjoyed seeing my Sophie again. She hasn't been in her cat tower since Tye brought Ivan home and Ivan took over.

I got the idea for project 52 from StyleBerry.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Big Fail...

While I was thinking that I had all of my ducks in a row when it came to school, it turns out that this is not the case... The College that I was originally looking at for my Associated in Nursing requires that you turn in your packet in December in order to be accepted for the next fall semester. The University requires you turn in your packet at the same time and have all prerequisites complete by then as well, also for the following fall semester. For the University that means that you have to sit our a semester between prerequisites and clinicals. To me that just seems crazy! After a little more searching I found another college and it accepts twice a year so even if I cannot make the fall cut I should have no problem making the spring.

Maybe this is some weird Florida thing? Or maybe I'm just used to the weird way things work in Louisiana. Either way I'm hoping that a phone call to the most logical school choice will help clear things up. Plus I need to make a phone call to see if the School in Louisiana is ever going to get my financial aid from last semester figured out.

I feel like I could pull my hair out! While I was cramming and stressing all semester about making A's and working and trying to find balance (which didn't happen) I should have been planning a packet for the schools down there? I hadn't even decided if I was going to do straight BSN or RN to BSN until a few months ago. Where does all the time go in the day? I feel like I have to give something up now and I'm not even in school at the moment...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

What a weekend!

It was filled with highs and lows, but as a whole it was great!

This weekend we lost the house that we were looking for and then it was back so we contacted the realtor. Unfortunately when the realtor contacted us he informed us that it's under contract. And so it is gone again and we are back to square one. The realtor says that the prospective buyer is flaky, but I have no hope that they will opt out of the house. And I don't understand why the realtor was trying to get us to hold out hope...

But it wasn't all bad I had a great time spending time with my husband and his family. We looked at bikes on Saturday, since it looks like we will probably be upgrading mine fairly soon (YAY, carbon fiber frame! And a bike that shifts properly!) and I found one that I liked and the seat on it is pretty amazing.

We had a nice ride on Sunday where I fell with my bike. Not to self: trying to clip into my pedals on an incline after a complete stop is not the best idea. And I seem to fall over with my bike every time I ride. Maybe that's a trend I should stop.

Tomorrow is "N" Day! Hopefully the day that Ivan starts to mellow out a bit... *fingers crossed*

Yay for Birthdays!!!

Yesterday is my husband's birthday! Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband! I hope your day was wonderful! So glad I was able to visit you this weekend and can't wait to see you soon!

No birthday is complete without a present! I love wrapping presents! To me pretty packaging is almost better than the actual gift!

Not so wonderful news.. The house we were looking at (via the internet) in now under contract so it looks like the search is on again. Ya know... Finding the perfect house is not easy.