Monday, November 28, 2011

Something new....

written in something blue. No, this post has nothing to do with marriage or anything of that sort. For the first time I am going to go write about something that I don't often do because  1) I find that politics and politicians are corrupt and don't seem to inspire a whole lot of confidence 2) people have varying views and opinions on the topic or subject of politics and I am not one to really get into debates about what people should think and 3) I don't often understand politics since there doesn't seem to be any true honesty and going back to my first reason, it is hard really to know what to believe and what sources are true. 

With that disclaimer being said, I thought I would share this with all of you. For one of my history classes I have to read this article or listen to the speech and write a short paper on it. It was an address given to the American people by former President Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1979. Now, I don't know a whole lot of President Carter nor do I remember what kind of a president he was, but after reading this address, I think that he hit the nail on the head (at least the first half when he talks about the lack of confidence and faith). Not just in the late 70's but I think it was more of a revelation for our time.

Again, I don't get into politics much but this speech sort of summed up my feelings and thoughts. Take a gander at it. You can find it HERE and either read the transcript or watch a video/audio of it.

*Don't expect this kind of post from me really isn't my thing* 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Set A Drift On Memory Bliss...

So when I can't sleep at night, I am either playing a game of solitaire  or watching videos on Youtube. One night I stumbled upon a treasure...which of course took me back down memory lane. 

Two of my favorite bands (out side of DM...they are in whole different category of my favorite music) have come together (not sure for how long...but long enough for me to be like *EEEKKKK!!!!* 

Check it out!

Yeah, I am in heaven.

The Birthday/Thanksgiving Time of Year...

So it was that time of the year again yesterday. The day I get to turn another year older (and wiser too?) and how lucky I was to get to celebrate my birthday on the same day as Thanksgiving. All in all it wasn't a bad day (aside from battling a dreaded head cold).

It started out by getting a week break off from school. It was a much welcomed relief too. Wednesday I took Bailey in for another blood test (and nail trim...*cue the sound for that dreaded dum dum dum soundy thing). The previous tests that were ran all ran on the serum from the blood and since they all came back negative (for an explainable reason on why her calcium levels are a dangerous high) she had to give more blood. You see the test they are running on her now is one that is rarely performed but it is the surest way they have at the moment to tell if there is cancer lurking somewhere (the other possible reason that her calcium levels are up) and to run that test they need the plasma from her blood. She wasn't a happy doggy for a while. The stress from the situation caused her to get a short, temporary cherry eye (luckily it went down and back to normal within the hour). The vet was very please with Bailey's reaction to it all. Once they got her back in the back she was well behaved (its just getting her there that is the tricky part). So with any luck, I will hear back from them in about 2 weeks. Cross your fingers it isn't cancer!!!!

So then Mark came up for a couple days to spend my birthday with me. He surprised me with Bert the farting hippo from the TV series NCIS!!! Yes it is the official plush animal, complete with farting sounds, from Abby's lab! Love that little guy and always am on the look out to see him make an appearance during an episode. He needs to come out more often, don't you agree?? However, it wasn't the only thing that he brought up with him. Bert apparently comes with a LARGE coffee mug and whoopie cushion. Yes people, I am the proud owner of my very own whoopie cushion. *Evil Grin...almost like the grin/smile that the Grinch gets on his face...the animated version not the Jim Carey one.  He also brought up the complete season one of the show too. I would have been content with just Bert but his heart was in the right place. 

So then there was Thanksgiving dinner. I cooked the majority of it. This year I broke my normal tradition and way of thinking by having a ham this year *GASP!!!* Yes, I know, I know...have had this argument before but it was really yummy. We had my mom's yummy dressing, my favorite recipe for funeral potatoes and homemade rolls. My mom makes great flip flops but I can never seem to get it just right when I make them so I opted for another recipe and they were De-lish. We also had some side dishes and salads but those are just that, side dishes. 

So because it was my birthday, we had cake. Yeah, not my best work. I did a round layer cake and in the process I broke the top layer. Thus, making about an inch of my cake to slide and fall off *sigh* but it was still good, sweet, but good. I got a lot of nice cards (even an good boob joke card) that included a nice gift card from my brother and his family and some cash from my mommy. I love gift cards. I know people think that they are the worst gift to give but sometimes they are the safest route to go and when you get someone who is a little hard to shop for or just don't know what to get them, they are LIFESAVERS!!! I have had my eye on a few things so this was a great gift for me! THANKS YOU GUYS!!!! 

So really, it was a good few days...sure hate to see it come to an end by going back to school on Monday...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Part 2: It's Been A While....

Since I have written on this blog (did you read the title and the first line here with the song in mind?). I guess one reason it takes me a while to really update my personal blog is because most of what is going in my life is the same as the previous posts and I don't want to bore anyone with repetition. 

So let us get on with it, shall we? Midterms have come and gone and finals are looming just around the corner (are we over joyed yet?) and I have mixed feelings about that. I am soo ready for this semester to be done and over but at the same time...but there are just somethings that I wish I could learn more about certain things that the timing of the semester just didn't allow. 

The weather has been completely schizophrenic or bi polar with what it wants. We have had all sorts of weather (especially high winds) that I have really missed the nice fall weather that we usually get this time of year. Snow has come and graced us with its presence but not well liked, I guess it was a good thing that she didn't stay long. 

Bailey has been back in for blood work. Her calcium level has been consistently high for the last few blood tests that she has had and the vet is concerned that she has is becoming a victim of cancer again. The vet called last week and notified me that a lot of the tests they ran to eliminate some diseases that could have been the case but there was one test they didn't run at the lab in Boise and so I am waiting for a call with an estimate for the test. The vet said that it the closest way to tell if there is cancer present or not. Bailey did have a small cancerous tumor removed the first of the year (we all remember the cone of shame) and they are thinking that it has coming back. We are going to have to weigh our options as to what to do. I keep getting reminded that Bailey is 12 years old. Sigh....I don't even want to think what it would be like with out having miss Bailey around. She is just so stinking cute and cuddly and has been there for me since I came home 4 years ago!

So Thanksgiving is next week and that means so is my birthday. This year I am lucky to have it land on Thanksgiving. So this year I am making dinner and in honor of my birthday, I am not having turkey but HAM!!! Yes, I know that is like a crime but I am just not a big fan of the bird and really want ham and my mommy said that is ok, as long as I cook it! YUMMY!!

As for my calling in the YW's program, it is going ok. We had our YWIE the first part of the month and I earned two out of the 8 ribbons for my book mark. I was pretty happy. Plus, I learned a new skill because of the personal progress program, I learned how to use a sewing machine! I am even the proud owner of one! It still scares me at times but I am told that the more I use it, the more that I will become comfortable with it and thus making me less afraid. 

Christmas is coming! Or should I say its already here? Stores are already playing Christmas music in the stores, the radio is playing it which means my mother is listening to it. I love Christmas music but I firmly believe that Christmas music (along with other things that belong to the season) should only come on or around AFTER Thanksgiving!! I mean come on, give the turkey holiday some respect! But that is all I am going to say on the matter...Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in DECEMBER!!! 

Well that is my life in a nut shell...more to come!