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Super Excited!!

So, the thing that started this whole blog adventure was me searching the web for information on meteorology as a second career, grants, scholarships, etc. But the very first thing that started me on that path was a simple email to a local meteorologist. She lead me to Mississippi State University and their online Meteorology program.  I’ve  applied and am waiting for my official evaluation. I can’t believe it! I’m so excited to finally be working toward something that I’ve been interested in for so long! Anyway, I sent my new meteorologist friend another email inquiring about possible internships and she kind of invited me to spend an hour on the morning show!!!!!!!!! I’m beside myself. It’s the same channel I’ve been watching for at least the past 16 years, so I feel like I know them all. Then to see what goes on behind the scenes during live news broadcasts is kind of blowing my mind! I keep telling myself…ok…calm down…it’s not a big deal…oh, but who am  I kidding?! Aside from getting to check out the inner workings of a live broadcast, I get to really take a look at one career in meteorology (if only for a moment) and get an idea if that is the direction I would like to take!

I wrote that first paragraph over a week ago. I haven’t heard back from her. I’m trying my hardest to be patient. I mean she doesn’t know me, she might find it a bit creepy if I emailed her everyday like we’re best friends. I would find that creepy and I know me. And I certainly don’t want to become a pain in the backside about it. So I sit…and wait…and wait…and wait…at the same time that I sit and wait…and wait…and wait for my evaluation to get done at the college. ALL THIS WAITING IS DRIVING ME NUTS!


Happy 2012! (sort of…)

Wow, here we are already, the 10th day of 2012 and I don’t even have my Christmas list done! Ok, I guess I have a little bit of time, but if this year screams by like last year then I already feel a little behind. I spent the entire first week sick. Oh yeah, ringing in the new year on a high note! I thought for sure it was strep throat. I was wrong, but boy did it feel nasty. I find it interesting and a little bit ironic that I’m the one in the house getting the freaky fun bugs (pink eye, mystery bacteria…) when my kids have been perfectly healthy! (Knock on a frigging Redwood tree…) Anyway, after two trips to the doctor I was FINALLY prescribed an antibiotic and now, I don’t feel my throat! I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy! Little piece of advice, DO NOT try honey, raw garlic and cayenne, no matter what the “natural remedy” sites tell you. Ick and Ow. That’s pretty much all I have to say about that. 🙂

So now, onto the new year. I’m struggling a bit with topics for my blog. I have all these interests that range from crafts to weather to cooking to whatever else tickles my fancy at the moment. I feel like I should stay on track, but the weather excitement isn’t really exciting yet. Just classes (which I haven’t even registered for yet for the spring…) involving nothing weather related at the moment. Blah. Who really wants to read about that?! So here’s my challenge. Give me a topic, any topic, and I’ll see what I can come up with! I’ll cover as many as I get (because I’m pretty sure I’ll be lucky to get one!) Readyyyyyyyyyyy, GO!

Merry (Belated) Christmas!!

Well, it’s obvious that I’ve totally and completely neglected my blog this month (or more…). The holidays nearly killed me this year. Between baking and crocheting and working and finishing my class and raising kids and pink eye (YES, pink eye!!!! Unbelievable!!!)…I’m EXHAUSTED!!! But here we are, two days after Christmas and poof…it’s over. I feel a little lost now. What worries and stresses will occupy my mind and time now? I can’t believe I even asked that question. In my case, there is never a dull moment, never a time when I don’t stress about whatever. I’m sure I’ll think of something….

So this last month and a half has been super busy. We had family and friends over for Thanksgiving where I made a ridiculously tasty turkey if I do say so myself. And yes…that is BACON!!!!) I found the recipe here  (which of course I found on Pinterest). It did not disappoint!  It even made my father’s Christmas letter as a highlight of the year. Now THAT’S amazing!  Two weeks later I finished my History class (YAY!!!!) with an 88 average. So close to an A, but hey, I’ll take it. Then it was a race to the finish to get ready for Christmas.

The weekend of December 10th we hopped in the car and drove over to Palm Desert to see the in-laws and have our family Christmas early. We had a great time even with 8 kids and 6 adults hanging out for two days in a three bedroom house. Woohoo!!!! But really, it was fun and the kids had a fantastic time playing with their cousins. We really don’t see them enough…

We FINALLY got our Christmas tree on December 15th. We never really did finish putting all of the decorations on it. But it is beautiful just the same. December 18th was the day I bought my very first present for the kids. I really really wanted to start early this year, then BAM!, it’s a week before Christmas and the only thing stirring in my house was the sense that maybe we better get some presents.

Both my hubby and I kind of had a hard time getting into the spirit this year. I think that Christmas had become over commercialized and it seemed the only purpose was to shop, shop, shop! If I could show you just one page from my email account that has apparently been changed to receive only spam and advertisements, you would see what I mean. I’ve been emailed ads for after Christmas sales ON Christmas Day! Can’t I have just one day, say…Christmas DAY…that I don’t have to think about spending any more money?

Oh yeah, then I found out today that some low life stole my debit card information and attempted to purchase almost $800.00 with it all over Illinois! Luckily my credit union is ON TOP of it. A friend suggested I add them to my Christmas list next year. Not a bad idea…

But now we can move on to the New Year with new opportunities, experiences, classes, projects and possibly a little P90X. The food was amazing this season…

Dracula and Anna Valerious (Van Helsing)

Our costumes!

 Oh yeah, it was a fun and crazy Halloween weekend! The kids got major sugar highs and epic crashes (thankfully…) and everyone stayed safe and had a good time!

The Halloween party that we went to on Saturday night was a blast! Our friends really know how to throw a party and the decorations were FANTASTIC. I can’t even imagine how long it took them to do all of that. It took us a total of about 3 hours to get ready (I was ready first, just so you all know…)  🙂  I think hubby’s contacts are what took the longest. That boy has a serious blink reflex…



We looked awesome, if I do say so myself.  Hubs is blond and I have lighter short hair. People didn’t even recognize us! My ribcage was sore on Sunday and I didn’t breathe most of the night, but all well worth it! I swear I wish I could wear outfits like that all of the time. Too much fun!

 So now…Halloween has passed and there are only two holidays left this year. Where does the time go?! Funny thing though, I saw this picture on a friends Facebook page and it is PERFECT for one of my posts about how all the holidays are blending together. I got a huge laugh out of this one…

Fascinating Update…

Well, it’s been a little while since I’ve checked in. I’ll try to do better! I came dangerously close to dropping my History class. If it weren’t for my hubby telling me to just suck it up and do it, I’d be happily courseless right now. But, as it turns out, he gave good advice (shhhh, do NOT tell him I said that…). The original instructor is no longer teaching the course so I tried to tell him that the course was so awful that even the professor dropped it! He was unfazed…but anyway, the new instructor is SO MUCH BETTER. Could just be because she finds my answers much more intelligent than that last chick, I don’t know. My midterm in tomorrow, which means that I am officially half way through this … ummmmm …. classthatisnothingmorethanthreecreditstotransfertoanothercollegesoIcangetaseconddegree. WOOHOO!!!!! 🙂

Ok…I got the “school” stuff out of the way. Right now there are only two things that I am truly interested in. Halloween and Pinterest. Let’s start with Halloween. I HAVE THE BEST COSTUME EVER this year. Hubs and I were invited to a Halloween party. For some this may not seem like a big deal, but we have kids and have lived in a “we don’t have time to hang out with friends” bubble. Which is really code for “we are completely anti-social home bodies…”. So this year, we decided that it was time to BREAK OUT. Oh yeah… The theme for the party is “The Movies”. After MUCH consideration, and I mean WEEKS of thinking this through, we (I) finally made a decision. I am going to be Anna Valerious from Van Helsing while my other half is going to be Dracula. He was originally going to be Van Helsing but he was worried about looking like just a cowboy (and let’s face it, he’s no Hugh Jackman, but then again, Kate Beckinsale would be pretty pissed to hear that I’m trying to look like her.)

We went a little nuts with the costumes. He got white contacts, which scared the hell out of our daughter last night when he tried them on. (Side note: Am I a bad parent for thinking that is hilarious?!) He also got a wig, a coat and, well, I guess that’s it. Damn, ok, I went a little nuts on the costume! I got the thigh high boots, leather corset, wig and sword. Did you know that you can buy real, this thing will kill you, swords on E-Bay?! Wonder if I need a permit for that? Hope not… I’ll have to share some photos after. Stay tuned…

Ok, my second obsession right now is Pinterest. If you have not heard of this website, I caution you, YOU.WILL.BECOME.ADDICTED. I can’t even really tell you how awesome it is. You need to check it out for yourself. Go to and then tell me if you don’t absolutely, completely, ridiculously lose yourself in it. Check it out and then let me know how ticked you are at me for telling you about it. 🙂

That’s it for now. I’ll try to be more diligent with my posts. Ya know, between school, kids, work, husband, house, yada yada yada…I need a vacation…*GASP* I almost forgot to tell you! I’m going home to Connecticut in a couple of weeks to visit my mom and sister for the weekend!! It was a total last-minute decision that involved an intensive flight search and a pity party fest with my hubs. Not only do I get to spend the weekend with the fam, but we’re going to spend a day in the city. You know THE CITY…NEW YORK CITY. One of my favorite places…ahhh, nothing like New York. Now I’m just trying to decide if I should dress comfortably or embrace the Sex in the City vibe and wear those new 5 inch thigh highs I got….

My (not so) personal experience of September 11, 2001

I remember the phone ringing. That’s what woke me up on a normal Tuesday morning in September.  I answered the phone to the sound of my ex-husbands voice, which just kind of irritated me. Then he said, “Are you watching the news? A plane just hit the World Trade Center.” Here in Arizona, the first plane hit at 6:46 am local time. I rolled over and turned on the news. As I sat and watched I don’t remember thinking much of anything except how amazing it was that a building could withstand a hit like that and stay standing. Then, as I watched, the second plane hit. Just to demonstrate how complacent I was (and the country, I think) I thought to myself, “what the hell are the guys in the traffic control tower doing?!” Not once, not even for  a split second, did the thought ‘terrorist attack’ trickle into my mind.

I didn’t cry. I just sat there, shocked. I got up and started getting ready for work, keeping the news on. Then more reports started coming in, The Pentagon, the field in Pennsylvania, every plane in the United States ordered out of the sky. It was crazy. When has that EVER happened?! How do you land every single plane streaking across the sky?

The drive to work was odd. All of the cars on the freeway were going 55 mph. I remember this vividly. Phoenix highways aren’t exactly the friendliest places to drive during rush hour. But that morning it was like everyone was in a trance. No one was cutting anyone off, it had never been easier to merge, and I could look over and just know that the driver in the car ahead of me, behind me, or beside me was hanging on every single word of whatever news report on whatever station they were listening to, because every single station was reporting it.

The rest of the day was just a blur of news reports, updates, speculations, disbelief.

I spoke with my family in Connecticut. My brother-in-law is a firefighter and so it was especially hard for them. They lost a friend in New York that day. A firefighter for the FDNY Rescue 3 Special Collapse Unit. He was never found. They had friends that worked at ground zero in the days following to help with the rescue and recovery. I can’t even imagine the horrors they would have seen.

I say “not so” personal experience because I did not personally know any one of the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. I was only slightly inconvenienced as I was supposed to take a plane that Friday, the 14th to visit a friend in Ohio. There were thousand and thousands of people stranded in airports far away from their original destinations that needed to get home. Friday was the first day that they would get that opportunity. Who cared that I had a weekend of fun planned. It was less than important. And to be honest, the idea of getting on an airplane scared the hell out of me.

I know people who have personal connections to that day, but my grief is not personal, it’s a grief that every American felt that day, and all the days since. I grieve for the thousands of faceless names, the families that experienced tremendous loss, as well as the loss of our sense of security. The days and weeks that followed were filled with a show of unity and patriotism. Every where you looked people were flying the American Flag proudly. We were banding together to show that we were not broken, we would get through this and if anything, it made us stronger.

Now, here we are, ten years later. There are memorials planned all over the country, but I think the most anticipated memorial will be happening right at the sight of ground zero. The memory pools mark the site of each tower, with the names of all of the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons that perished that day, not only at The World Trade Center, but The Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania.

This was my generation’s John F. Kennedy assassination. You can ask anyone where they were and what they were doing when they heard that news and they can tell you.  You can ask anyone where they were and what they were doing on 9/11. That’s all you need to say and they can tell you.

Ummm, this is it?!

Where did all the history go?

Did I inadvertently sign up for History lite? Or perhaps somebody got a little edit happy and pulled out all the good parts of history to leave this shell behind? I mean, come on. The book is only an inch thick! What happened to the 3+ inch volumes that we had to lug around in our backpacks when we were in high school? Did they finally figure out that all that weight is not good for growing boys and girls? Ah, so this would explain my measly 5’6” frame… 

For those of you wondering what the hell I’m complaining about, this is not me complaining. This is me breathing a deep, huuuuuuuge sigh of relief. If History books had looked like this in high school maybe I would have cared a little more, possibly paid closer attention (ok, probably not, I was a teenage girl after all!). Nothing like going into a class and realizing you have to get through an entire encyclopedia volume in 9 months. A little daunting…But this! This is merely a novel, a scant 500 pages of glorious history telling! (I’m really trying to ramp this up in my head…) 

So, let’s get this party started! First assignment, read the first 50 pages. Sounds easy enough…

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