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back to busy-ness. [Apr. 12th, 2011|11:48 pm]
[Current Location |United States, North Carolina, Rocky Mount]
[mood |calmcalm]

Both of my parents were in the hospital last week. Two separate hospitals, because separate is how they do things now. Mom was having some more work done after her double mastectomy, because she hasn't been healing as well or as fast as she needs to be. Ray had a blood clot in his leg that moved to his lung. He is still in the hospital.

Smokey is doing really well, all things considered. She's really holding out like a champ. If she weren't wearing a purple bandage around her chest and an inflatable tube around her neck (to prevent her from biting at her bandage), then you wouldn't even know she had a festering tumor at all. She still doesn't show signs of sickness, really. Her activity level is normal, her appetite is normal. The only thing that really sucks is that I have to clean that festering tumor and change the bandages every day. ick.

On top of that, it's the end of my first semester at ECU. I have three class days left, a couple assignments, few exams, and then that's it. I actually had a really exceptional day at school today. It just seemed like all my classes were relative to each other. It just so happened that something I learned in my Theatre class was completely relative to my Anthropology lecture today. Then in my theatre class we were talking about literature I had discussed in my Fiction Writing class. And to top it all of, my computers class lecture was all about business management, and directly related to my every day life. It was so weird how everything connected. I'm beginning to feel a sense of satisfaction with my whole semester.

So at least there is that.
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who knew 25 would be so confusing? [Nov. 17th, 2010|02:01 am]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Pandora Disney]

Hi, livejournal. It's been a long time. It's good to know you're always here for me.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about my current status in life. I'm very happy with Chris and what we have going on, but I feel like I should be doing more. And by that, I mean strictly in a professional, money-earning manner. Like I was meant for something more or bigger. I can't be a retail manager forever. I like my job and what I do (for the most part). I'm good at it anyway. But this isn't want was meant for me, and I'm certainly not living up to my potential. I've become all too aware of this fact in the last couple months.

So, after a lot of consideration, I decided to apply to ECU so I could finish my bachelor's degree. I got my associate's before I left Flordia (5 years ago). I've taken enough (too much) time off. I got entirely too comfortable with the stagnation of my professional life.

I don't like the place that I'm living in. We've grown out of it. I don't know if it is time to leave Greenville entirely, or to just upgrade to a nicer neighborhood and more square footage...? The hard truth is that neither of us are good enough with money to have anything saved up for anything big. We live too much in the "now." So anything we plan to do has to be the right thing. And I have to have the money saved up for it. So, we are looking at 6 months before anything real starts to happen in that department.

If I get accepted into ECU, I think we will stay here for another two years and I'll continue with my job as is. We'll find a nicer and better place to live (somehow). If I don't, then we will be looking into moving to Raleigh or Charlotte or some place that has something more to offer. Chris has been considering going to a technology school (Wake Tech, maybe?), or something of that sort. Whatever we do, I have to make sure it's the right move. I don't want to waste time or money on the wrong choice.

I can't be so far away from all of my family either. If I wasn't working as a Retail Manager, it might be tolerable, but the way things are now: I can't see my family for ANY holidays. It's terrible. I'm required to work the day before and the day after Thanksgiving AND Christmas... and it stinks.

Oh, and another question: if I get accepted into ECU, what am I going to major in? What do I have an aptitude for? Will it actually be useful to me?

What in the hell am I going to do with my life?
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This is old. For some reason I never posted it. It just popped up saying "restore from draft." [Nov. 16th, 2010|10:52 pm]
Yesterday was Chris's 24th birthday! We celebrated with our Greenville crowd. The Irish Car Bombs were tasty. I made a delicious strawberry cheesecake. We also had some leftover fireworks and sparklers!


There's a lot more to update about, I just don't think I have the energy for it now. Here are some of the big ones in a nutshell:

*We got married on November 8th last year. We went on an awesome cruise for our Honeymoon/Wedding celebration.

*We lost Smokey. Then we found her 2 whole months later. Still alive! It's a real survivor story. She lived under a shed for sixty days! She lost about half her total body weight, and isn't in the best condition (she's also 14 years old), but she's home and comfortable. And I'm very thankful for any time I get with her. Especially because I thought she was dead for weeks.

*My brother graduated high school. I'm old!

*But too old enough to be at Harry Potter World on its opening day (dork, yes). I literally waited in a 6 hour line to get in. Don't regret it at all.
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Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening day 6.18.10 [Jul. 13th, 2010|06:13 pm]

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I've got my wedding dress [Oct. 7th, 2009|07:43 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]

and it's beautiful! I wish you could all see it.

We've booked our ceremony site
We have our cruise tickets
We have our passports
We have gotten our marriage license notarized

There's not much left to do (yet I still feel bogged down)! I think I'll be slightly(!) stressed until the moment we and all of our company are on the boat and ready for action.

I think I'm going to cry during the vows. I always cry at weddings- even when I don't know the bride/groom that well! I'm definitely going to cry at mine! and... I have to speak! I can't be all choked up. ugh, i will definitely take a xanax before walking down that aisle, it might help hold back the tears...thestress...

I still have to get Chris's ring, my shoes, accessories (necklace, earrings, hair thingies), a dress to wear to my bachelorette party (which, btw, is going to be off the chain!), and maybe a new bathing suit.

I'm registering for presents at Target tomorrow. eeeee

It's finally happening. Can you even believe it?
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Happy Birthday, Chris. [Jul. 17th, 2009|12:09 am]
[mood |confusedskeptical]

We've been without internet for a little while, and I'm playing catch-up tonight. Ed & Tina came up for Chris's birthday, we got drunk, played games, SAW HARRY POTTER, and did some sitting around. Chris is working this 5pm-2am shift for a while and he was at work when it turned 12am on his bday, so that sucked. BUT, I have an awesome present on the way, but it's coming from fucking CHINA! and it's taking forever. and it's a seeecret. Who would have thought that if I ordered it on the 3rd, it would take this long? ohh well. At least I made him a superb cheesecake, and we had great sex!

Oh yeah! Cassie and her boyfriend Corey came down to spend the 4th with us. That was fun times, except that I had to work. They also brought Chris a car! so that's pretty sweet. Oh, and by the way I lost all the beer pong bragging rights I earned from my birthday when John and I lost to two 17 year olds. damn

So yeah, Harry Potter! It was awesome! Best movie yet! in my opinion. We were all pretty drunk by the time we got there though. I'm going to need to see it again, I think. Tyrese threw up in East Coast Wings (haha).

The next day, Tina made me sit through the whole first season of Buffy. and now I'm going to watch it all! The first season was pretty stink balls, but the second season is starting out really good, and everyone says it gets awesome, so I'm gonna do it! right now.


p.s. I picked out a wedding dress
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Girl Stuff, happy times [Jun. 23rd, 2009|09:51 pm]
[Current Location |spare oom]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |QOTSA- song for the deaf]

Chris is at work most nights now, so when I'm off or open I spend a lot of time by myself. And though I miss chris's company, I like this, because it gives me a chance to spend time at the house doing whatever I want & relaxing. And what I want is usually just to watch some girly movie (today was Revolutionary Road with commentary) or do laundry while I watch the entire LOTR series (fun!), or read my books (Name of the Wind), or browse the computer, or do girl things like painting my nails and pampering myself:

One of my favorite things to do is the green clay face mask! I love the way it feels while its drying and the way my face feels when I take it off! And I mainly love looking and feeling girly and silly!

but lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about our cruise wedding. This is going to be so much fun, it'll be dangerous. I'm so excited about it, I'm practically jumping out of my skin! I've never been on a cruise before, and I've been waiting so long to get married, it's just all coming together and I get giddy every time I think or talk about it! I can't wait to see our Suite with a balcony! It'll be like royal treatment!

This is the link one more time (mainly for you, Will, since I don't have your email address). Check it out! watch the Emerald Princess ship video. can't wait!

Tonight we're going to see Transformers 2. It better be worth it. Last time I saw a long ass movie at the midnight showing (Watchmen) I was uncomfortable and disapointed. This one looks sweet, though.

I have a lot of things I'm looking forward to right now.
-Nearest being July 13th, Chris's birthday (I'm thinking up some good surprises for him).
-Next, July 15th, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally
-Then, July 17th, Chris and I get completely caught up with all things financial! We can finally SAVE! Thanks to Chris's new & awesome job.
-Then, August 4th, I take vacation, Mine and Chris's anniversary (the one we celebrate being the day we first met in person- Aug. 4th 2002)
-Then, September 29th, supposedly the release of Dance with Dragons, but I'll believe that when I see it. He's still not done writing it. he just posted on his lj about it today actually! how he's finally finished a couple chapters, hah!
-November, ahhhh, November! Cruise, Wedding, Friends, Family, Fun! and New Moon!!!

Things are good. Things look UP. Things are happy :o)
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boy you think you're clever don'tcha girl you think you're so smart [Jun. 15th, 2009|05:32 pm]
[mood |thankfulthankful]
[music |Eminem - Relapse]

Chris started a new career last Monday. I say career instead of job, because that's what it is- a much more serious job that is 40/wk, at least $2 more an hour (just to START) than he was making, and involves 5 weeks of training! He's working for this place called Converges. If you haven't heard of them, they're like a telecom company that does the over the phone customer service for big companies like Hyundai, Sprint, etc. He's working for the Charter internet group doing like Internet tech support and sales (I'm pretty sure I have all this right). He's also working with two of our neighbors which helps with the boring classes and the carpooling, since we still only have one car. But OMG, what a relief that he's found something that he's going to enjoy and be really good at and make the money he deserves!

On the flip side of good news, my gym is closing :o( I'm verrry upset about this! I just started there in March and I'm just now starting to get into my routine and all that jazz. It's all very disappointing, because now I'm going to have to try to find a new gym or something, and it's not going to be the same as my ladies-only, hot pink and purple, 80's workout to the extreme crazy time kinda gym. Maybe Chris and I will join a gym together now. I think he's interested in doing that. We might have to see what his schedule is going to look like after these first 5 weeks.

Chris's birthday is coming up very soon. I hope that we get a chance to do something cool. He wants to go camping somewhere, idk what this is going to mean with his new job, but I think it means that he's only going to be able to be gone over the weekend. I'm still going to take the full 4 or 5 days off that I originally requested. I need a break from work, it has really been stressing me out lately. I'm also taking vacation time the first week of August (our annviversary). So that will be nice. I hope we can do something cool then too.

I just got back from Florida. My sister, Jenn, and I took her kids down there to stay with my mom for a few weeks. That was a long ass drive. It was worse for Jenn, because she had to drive the WHOLE way because I don't know how to drive a stick. She also doesn't have cruise control. We also had three irritable kids crammed in the back seat. It was also like 14 hours straight. It was also verrrry hot down there. Don't ever let me forget that I don't ever want to live there again.

I talked to my old buddy, Steve, from Ekotren. I couldn't get ahold of him while I was in FL, but he said that they're going to be playing in Jacksonville again around the end of July. I'm going to have to get the specific date soon and call Sean and Andie up and make plans and all that, so I don't miss them this time. I'm sure it will be some kind of weird blast from the past watching Ekotren play again. At least this time it won't be at Battle of the Bands at Cape Coral High School (haha). Nah, they're pretty big time now. Steve says they've been in every state in the continental U.S. and they've toured with all kinds of big names. I'm kinda proud!

Speaking of music, have you guys HEARD the new Eminem cd? bombtron.com

here's a goofy series of pictures of me trying to get Ares to pose at the camera with me. I was trying to use the 10 second timer thing, since it was just me and her home and no one was there to help me out! But she kept on kissing me when I got to her!
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For Harry Potter freaks [May. 20th, 2009|07:17 pm]
This Belgian site has a new featurette for HBP and it's really awesome. So click that link there and then watch the one that says "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince featurette"

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