Friday, May 30, 2008

Hmmmm

The Girl and Little Man need to take the bus home today, instead of to their after school program, because the AFP is closed for some reason (I can't remember what now..training, maybe?). MM is off today, so the kids can just take the bus home and he'll be there waiting for them.

Anyway, I wrote both of them a note this morning, but I noticed Little Man's was on the table after he left (meaning he forgot it..*sigh*), so I figured I better call the school to let them know (I generally do this anyway, just because I don't want there to be any confusion).

But here's what I'm wondering..what does it say about my children that when I said, "Hi, this is The Girl and Little Man's mom, and they need to take a different bus today" she didn't even have to ask what class they were in or anything else? Normally I have to tell her who their teachers are, repeat their last names at least twice and tell her what bus they normally take. But today? She just said, "Ok. Let's see, Little Man is in that class and The Girl is in this class. I'll let them know, thanks."

Is this something I should be concerned about?

Hmmmm

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WHAT THE FUCK?!?!

I am so fucking sick and tired of living in a stupid, PC society where a woman can't even wear a SCARF without having a hidden agenda.

From MSN.com:

Rachael Ray ad pulled as pundit sees terror link

Malkin claimed scarf similar to those worn by murderous Islamic extremists

Dunkin' Donuts pulled a television spot featuring talk show host and Food Network personality Rachael Ray this weekend after a Fox news commentator associated it with terrorists.

In the ad, Ray is wearing a scarf that Michelle Malkin said in her nationally syndicated column resembled a kiffiyeh, Middle Eastern garb that is "popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos."

Dunkin's Senior Vice President for Communications Margie Myers issued a statement saying the scarf "was selected by a stylist for the advertising shoot. Absolutely no symbolism was intended.


A scarf? Seriously? Someone needs to get a fucking life! But then, wasn't it Fox News who also said Obama should be assassinated?

Fucktards.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Random Thoughts

1. It's never made sense to me why an employer isn't allowed to say anything bad about a former employee when called to verify previous employment. If said former employee has listed former employer as a job reference and happened to be a shitty ass worker, the employer isn't allowed to say so. Does that make one lick of sense to you? Yeah, me either.

2. I have a video poker slot machine game on my new phone -

(did I tell you I got a new phone? Dude, I think I forgot..I got a Blackberry Curve! It's fabulous. I absolutely adore it. So hey, if you try to call my cell and don't get through, you're probably calling the old number. Shoot me an email and I'll update you)

- and it talks crap to me whenever I lose. Like, "Can't you play?" "Loser!" "Better luck next time" blah blah. But uh..it's a game of chance. It makes no sense for it to talk crap to me. It's not like I can do anything about the fact that it dealt me an Ace when I needed a King, right?

3. Why is it that whenever we have a long weekend, we always run like crazy instead of relaxing? I could have chilled out at home all weekend, doing nothing, and been totally rested and rejuvenated for today. But no, instead I ran ran ran and now I'm even more tired than normal. I'm getting too old to stay up late and then get up early.

4. I think I need glasses. My eyesight has been deteriorating the last few years and just recently it's gotten to the point where I get headaches if I stare that the computer screen too long and I can't see as far as I used to. I hate that I have to go to the eye doctor, though. It trips me out to have my eyes dilated. Ugh.

5. I really want a baby piggy for a pet. I keep telling MM we should get a baby pig instead of having a baby, but he isn't going for it.

6. Speaking of MM, he's convinced we're going to have a little boy (you know, the baby we're NOT having) and he's going to name it Joseph Robert. Or William Robert. I'll give you a cookie if you can tell me why he wants to go with one of those.

That's all for now. Hope you're all having a great day.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Congratulations DQ!!

I'm so glad we have a long weekend ahead of us. I really need the extra day, especially since it looks like I'm going to be fairly busy, but more about that later. For right now, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to DQ. Tonight she's graduating from college.

This really flew up on us! I mean, I KNEW she was graduation May 23rd, but I didn't realize TODAY was May 23rd (dude, it's like my wedding all over again!). Anyway, a letter to DQ:

Dear Baby Sister,

I'm so proud of you. I know the last four years haven't been easy, but you persevered and today you're graduating. The first one in our family to do so (even if your brother isn't far behind). You constantly amaze me, and I know it won't be long before you're well established in the career of you dreams, making money hand over fist.

I love you,

Your Big Sister

Wish my sister well today, won't you? And please keep me in your thoughts as well..she's so unpredictable!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Did you know....

....that they're still calling me?

WTF, dude, W.T.F?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Woman Responsible for Teenager's Suicide Indicted in LA

I'm sure you're all familiar with the story of 13-year-old Megan Meier who committed suicide in 2006 after a boy she was friends with on Myspace started sending her mean messages. But in case you aren't, it turned out that little boy wasn't really a boy at all, but Lori Drew, a 48 year old woman who's teenage daughter was at one time friends with Megan. Lori, her daughter and a former employee created the fake Myspace account to see if Megan was saying bad things about Lori's daughter online.

The controversy stems from the fact that 1) Lori Drew knew about this fake Myspace account and allegedly sent messages to Megan from it and 2) the laws haven't caught up with technology yet. What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that Lori Drew was at least in part responsible for Megan taking her own life, in what we call "Cyber bullying". Unfortunately, there are no laws in place to deal with situations like this.

"Josh Evans" and Megan began their friendship on Myspace and at first everything was fine. They joked and got to "know" each other, but then the tone of the messages changed. Evidently it started when another little girl (who lived across the street from the Drew's) was given the password to the fake Myspace account and sent a message to Megan to the effect of, "I don't want to be your friend anymore. You're not nice to your friends."

(I'd like to take a second to note that Megan's mom monitored her time on Myspace, was present every time Megan logged in and made sure Megan wasn't ever alone on the computer...because my first thought was WTF is a 13 yr old doing on Myspace??)

Over the next several weeks, the messages deteriorated until a final one was sent, which said something to the effect of "the world would be a better place without you". Directly after receiving that message, Megan and her mother Tina argued over Megan's refusal to sign off Myspace when she was told to and her use of vulgar language. Megan raced up to her room. Her mother found her approx. 20 minutes later hanging by her neck in the closet. She was pronounced dead the following day.

Local authorities and the FBI investigated the situation for nearly a year before announcing they couldn't find grounds to charge Drew or her employee. There just aren't any laws in place to deal with this kind of Cyber Bullying.

The thing is, even if Lori didn't send any messages herself (which her former employee claimed she did in an interview last month with ABC's Good Morning America), she knew about the account and did nothing to stop it. And since Megan's death, she's shown no remorse over what happened. As a matter of fact, just after the funeral she said, "I don't feel as bad now, because it turns out Megan had tried to commit suicide before." What does that have to do with anything, I wonder?

Eventually, when it became apparent no charges would be filed locally, a new tactic was approached. The US attorney's office in LA started an investigation of their own..only this time Myspace was the victim..of fraud. Did Lori Drew defraud Myspace when she created the fake account? According to a federal grand jury..she sure did. Yesterday Lori Drew was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

You know what? I'm glad. I think finally, finally some justice is being served. Because what Lori Drew did (or knew was being done) is despicable. Not only that she let it happen, but that she was so
blasé about it after the fact. "Eh, not my problem. *I* didn't do this. Do you SEE how these people are treating me now?" She became the victim, crying about how she was receiving threatening phone calls and death threats and her business was suffering and etc. But not once did she say, "I'm so sorry for what happened. I feel terrible for the part I played in Megan's death." No, instead it was, "Well, I didn't have anything to do with this."

Do I think Lori Drew should rot in hell? I don't know, that isn't my call to make. But I would imagine that prison is going to be pretty close, don't you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

They're Stalking Me!

Remember how I mentioned that I'm thinking about going back to school? Well, I can't really afford to quit my job and do school full time, so one of the options I'm considering is taking online courses through an accredited school. Because I have no idea what I want to do, I've been searching through various websites trying to figure out what programs these schools offer and of those, which ones sound like something I might be interested in.

One of the places I looked at was Ashford University. I checked out their website and eventually requested additional information from them, because I wasn't sure if they were accredited, what courses were transferable, and what full programs they offered for associate and bachelor programs. I think my problem is that when I requested more information I didn't qualify what I meant by that. Let me do so now...

I figured they'd send me a booklet outlining the history of their school, the programs they offer, the financial information, the conditions for enrollment, etc. Makes sense, doesn't it? Not to them, apparently.

Every day since the day I requested information from them they've called me. Not once, not twice, but upwards of FIVE times a day. Yes, FIVE. And I think I must have been high, because for some reason I put both my phone and cell numbers on the form. I NEVER do that. Srsly. High, I'm telling you. But that means they call me upwards of FIVE times a day ON EACH PHONE. Yes, people, that is TEN TIMES A DAY they call me.

Say it with me now...WTF!?!

But wait, not only do they call me, but they email me, too. After about fifty phone calls, I finally emailed the back and basically said what I said above. I'm not looking for specific information, I'm not giving you my social security number or my financial information or anything else. I simply wanted more information about your school.

To which they replied with a two page email telling me all the reasons I should send them my social security number and blah blah blah. Dude...no.

Go ahead and say it with me.....WTF?!?

So I respond, telling them thanks, but no thanks. I'll consider other options.

You'd think that'd be all, right? No, not so much, really.

I got home from work last week one day (I think it was Wednesday) and hit play on the answering machine. It was Ashford University guy. I rolled my eyes and went to get a drink out off the fridge, then walked into my bedroom to change my clothes and use the restroom. That done, I switched loads of laundry and poked my head into the kids' room to see how dirty they were. Then I ran out to the garage to grab my bag out of the car (I'd forgotten it) and when I walked back into the kitchen..the freaking message was still going.

No shit, it was still playing.

W.T.F.

It had to have been a good 5 to 10 mintues I was bumming around the house. And the message was STILL FREAKING GOING?!?!

*headesk*

They're totally stalking me!

You know you want to...go ahead. No no, it's ok, I know...

What
The
Fuck.

Color Me Confused...

Several months after MM and I started dating, we went out to dinner together and I think I might have eaten some bad fish. I say this because I woke up at 4 a.m. at his house, rushed to the bathroom, and proceeded to throw up for ten minutes straight. I'm assuming it was the fish, as I hadn't drank much that night and can't really think of any other explanation. But it could have been anything.

Anyway, the reason I bring it up now is because I apparently woke MM up on my way to the bathroom that night, because he followed me in and held my hair back while I was throwing up. Then he gave me a cool wash cloth and helped me back to bed after I'd brushed my teeth. Sweet, right?

Flash forward to Sunday.

I got the migraine from hell while I was out with my family for Mother's Day. Usually I can feel them coming on and take preventative measures, but every once in awhile one will come out of nowhere and hit me really hard. We were at a restaurant a few blocks from my house, but I'd left my car at my mom's place about 15 miles away, when that happened Sunday. There was no way I could drive, so I had them bring me home.

My grandma called MM and told him I was ill and they were bringing me home and asked him if he'd like to ride with them back to my mom's to get my car. He told her he would.

So we pull up in the driveway and I walk up to the house and knock on the front door. While I'm standing there in the heat my headache intensified by about 500% and I started getting really nauseous from the pain. By the time MM opened the door, I was afraid I was going to puke on the sidewalk.

Instead I shoved my purse at him and rushed for the bathroom. He followed behind me and stood just outside the door while I rested my head on the toilet and asked if I'd be alright while he went to get the car. I mumbled yes and he left.

But here's what I don't understand. He later told me he heard me start throwing up and basically ran out of the house. So what? Now that we're married he doesn't have to be solicitous if I'm not feeling well? When we were just "dating" he'd get up and hold my hair, but now that we're "married" he runs out of the house?

That just doesn't seem right to me.

Freakin MM

Monday, May 12, 2008

What's Your Major?

I'm considering a career change and am thinking I may need to go (back) to school. My problem? I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.

When I was in high school my plan was to become a psychologist, but then I got pregnant with The Girl, got married and you know how that goes. About 7 years ago I fell into my current field and figured this would be it for me for the rest of my life. But things have been moving and changing in my industry a lot lately, and to be completely honest, I'm totally burned out.

I'm ready for something new. Unfortunately, I have no idea what. I've considered nursing, graphic design, teaching, public relations, mass communications, computer science...well, I've considered a lot of things. The problem? I've never done any of them before, so I have no idea if I'd actually enjoy them or want to dedicate the next 20+ years of my life to them.

Here are my two major issues:

1) I'd like to work closer to home. Right now my commute is about an hour one way (approx 45 miles) and I hate being that far from my children. Plus, the gas is killing me. The problem? The town I live in is tiny, so there aren't many jobs available here. Almost everyone commutes. I've even considered applying w/ the local grocery stores, but that brings me to my next issue...

2) If I'm going to give up my current salary, I want to give it up for something I WANT to do, not something I HAVE to do. I don't want to take a job just to take a job. Especially if I'm going to be making less than a quarter of what I make now.

But what do I want to do? Ideally I'd like to work from home, but I know the chances of me finding steady work from home is slim to none. Unless I do something with computer science or graphic design, but..well, even then it's not guaranteed.

So..thoughts? Advice? Maybe you can tell me what you do, what you majored in in college, and that will help me decide.

What's in a Name?

Stole this from Rosie who got it from Megan Hart. I wonder if I should be flattered or offended?

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!!!

To all you moms in the world, whether it be to a child, husband, sibling, pet or whatever. I hope you have a wonderful day.

I'm going to my SIL's house for breakfast this morning, then out with my mom, sister, aunt and grandma for dinner this evening (we almost always do a "girls only" thing on Mother's Day, because we know we won't get to just relax if we don't). Funny how it's MY day and MM is the one who's still sleeping, isn't it? Ha! Boys.

The Girl made me coffee this morning. All by herself. And you know what? It was good! That's a huge thing, because I like my coffee super strong. And there weren't even any grounds floating around in it. I see a coffee slave many more morning of coffee waiting for me in my future. :P



Have a wonderful day, all of you!

Big Hugs,

Holland

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I Knew It Was A Replacement.....

Last night MM had to work late, so by the time he got home the kids and I were almost finished with dinner (if he's super late, I don't hold it for him). He came in and said hello, then took his gun and badge off of his belt and set them on the table while he went into the kitchen to get a drink. I just looked at them, then at him, but didn't say anything.

Little Man said, "Is that loaded?" and when MM replied that it was The Girl said, "Cool!" and MM said, "Yeah, maybe I shouldn't leave that there on the table." Ya think. Jeez.

He picks it up off the table and goes to open the side pocket of his cargo shorts to put the gun in there and says, "Oh, I need to take my almonds out first," and he proceeds to pull a little sandwhich baggy full of almonds out of his pocket. So then I say, "So, wait. In essence you're replacing your nuts with your gun." and he said, "No!" and glared at me, while the kids busted up laughing. I said, "I knew your gun was what you replaced your nuts with! I knew it!"

He said I was a jerkyface and sat down to eat dinner.

But he left his nuts on the counter and his gun in his pocket, so I don't think I was that far off the mark, do you?

Change is Good, Right?

Change isn't easy for me, but for quite some time now I've been dissatisfied with things in my life. Things that used to be fun and enjoyable are now a chore...one I hate doing. Getting up in the morning is harder, because the things I used to look forward to have faded away.

So today I decided it's time for a change. This is something MM has been pushing me to do for months. Pushing me because I don't want to do it. I don't want to leave my comfort zone. It's nice in here. It's controlled and familiar and even if I dread it every day, even hate it now and then, it's the same. And the same is good.

But I can't live like this anymore. My health is suffering, I'm pretty sure I've scared off my friends and family, MM and the kids suffer the brunt of my temper, which means we don't like each other very much right now.

How ironic that now that all the stress from the wedding is gone, and I'm starting a new life with an amazing man, I'm unhappier than I've ever been. It's funny how one thing in your life can bleed over into every other aspect and taint it all, isn't it?

It's time. It's time for me to embrace change and remove this added stress from my life. I don't want to be this person anymore, so I need to be proactive about becoming the person I used to be.

Wish me luck, won't you? I think I'm going to need it...

I Give Up

I just can't take it anymore. I completely and totally give up. You win. I lose. Yay you. Go celebrate.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

For ames...

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Amy's Song

I saw this at Dear Author today and just had to share.  What a unique and thoughtful wedding toast. 

How adorable!

http://amcvideo.com/weddings_blog/?p=30

Go check it out. 

Friday, May 02, 2008

No, I did NOT Write this...

...I don't care what Sybil tells you, it's all lies. I did NOT write this letter:

I am 28 years old and got married four months ago. Both my husband (29 years old) and I were not virgins before marriage and had both been with two other people before we started dating each other. We made the mutual decision to abstain from intercourse until marriage for religious reasons and to be "right with God" this go around. We dated for two years by the date of our wedding. During that time we would engage in foreplay, oral sex and we enjoyed that. I always wanted to fool around more than him and I made that known while we were dating, but he would always say that it was too difficult to get that worked up and have to stop. I had to agree, so I learned to become patient.

A word of advice, however, to any couples out there abstaining before the big day:

Even if you don't do it, talk about it.  Although it's not THE ONLY THING in a relationship, it is a BIG thing. 

M'Kay?

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