Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Random Ramblings

Well, the holes from which my wisdom teeth were pulled have finally healed most of the way up. I'm still having some pain, and I'm out of meds, but I guess I'll survive. I've been so busy I haven't had time to think about the pain.

Lots of things happening right now. Unfortunately, I haven't been too crafty. I've got some projects in progress, but nothing finished to show yet. Well, actually, I do have a photo of a card I gave to one of my friend's kids. She was nice enough to drive me to and from the dentist's office (and Dairy Queen afterwards) when I had my last wisdom tooth pulled. Then, I made another card on Monday while I was sitting around catching up on my TV watching.

I'm getting so stressed out and am procrastinating like crazy over my Chemistry 101 class. I have a paper due on June 4th. I know I've got plenty of time, but I haven't written a paper in years. Especially when I have to defend my position on something. Luckily my husband will be nice enough to proof everything for me to make sure it makes sense. And one of my friends is taking classes towards her Masters right now, and she'll be at my house alot this summer, and she was an english major, so I'll get her to proof my papers too. Yeah, she'll be even better than Jason.

I feel like I've got a list of things to do and have no motivation to do anything. Tomorrow I am starting an exercise program. Since I'm now a student at MSU, I can take classes at the Wellness Center at the college. Tomorrow I'll take a cycling class after work, and then after that I'm working with a personal trainer for a health assessment and then she'll work out a plan for me. I'm excited. I haven't had a personal trainer before. I guess since I am saving so much money by not paying for the gym, maybe I can afford to use the trainer once a week or something. Problem is, I'm now needing to start watching what I eat again, and I'm horrible at planning meals. I went grocery shopping tonight and ended up with $90 of junk. Actually, not a lot of junk, but nothing that went together. So, I'm gonna have to set down and plan a menu and follow it. If I'm gonna exercise and spend time and money for a trainer, I need to stop putting junk in my body.

I've got a ton of stuff I'm gonna do. In the next 9 months, we've gotta change a lot of things in our lives in preparation for the possible steps in the future. We're almost 100% sure we want to start a family. So, we're needing to get our lives organized, house organized, health in good/great shape and start preparing. You hear that if you wait for the perfect time to start a family you never will. Well, we now have a goal of when we want to start trying and a list of things we want to complete before that happens. I need to make it into a checklist type form. Just for me. Heck, nobody ever reads my ramblings, so it is just for me! haha! I'll post a craft item here in the next day or so. Thanks for reading! ~Kim

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Starting School and Teeth Removals!

Yep. I'm finally going back to school. In my lifetime, I'm gone to school to do many things. The first after high school experience was going to a tech school to be a medical secretary. I dropped out quickly as I decided I didn't want to set at a desk all day. 2nd try: went to school to become an EMT. 3rd try: two semesters at MSU, majored in partying in the dorm with my new friends and not going to class. (Actually, my major was OSHA, but as a freshmen, the only class I took toward my major was Freshmen orientation.) 4th try: Respiratory therapy. Worked really hard at it to get C's, but stuck with it until I started clinicals. Once I had to go into the hospital and do that job, I quickly quit as I discovered that was NOT a job I wanted. 5th try: Nail technician. I finished school, and I enjoyed doing it alright, but it was hard to build up a clientele and still work to pay bills. 6th try: back to MSU, without a major. Only went to school for one semester, worked 60+ hours a week just to pay rent, so my grades suffered. MSU decided I wouldn't be coming back for the spring semester. 7th: moved back home with parents, and started tech school for graphic communications. FINALLY, found something I liked and was good at. I didn't get a degree, but got enough training to where I was able to get a job. Most of my training and knowledge is from on the job. 8th: I went to broadcasting school. Not sure why, guess I thought I could make some money doing what i do best...TALK. Well, unless you are in sales, there is no money in Radio. So, that was just a waste of $10,000.

So now, I'm just going to school to get my degree. Not sure what in, but I do want a degree. I still work in printing, but now I'm in customer service and LOVE it. I'm not going back to school to get a degree so I can find a new job. I'm taking advantage of the benefits offered to my husband as being an employee of the college. He's too busy with work, so I'm taking advantage of it. I'm taking a chemistry class online this summer, and then next fall, I'm taking an english class online and then a theatre class on campus. I'm excited to go back to school!

Now, onto the teeth removal!! YUCK! A few weeks ago, I had one of my wisdom teeth pulled. I have been having problems with food getting stuck back there around the tooth and the dentist said they should be gone. So, initially, I was gonna go to an oral surgeon so I could be knocked out. Well, he wanted to charge a ton of money. My dentist would only charge $100 per tooth. For $200 vs. $1,000, I decided to suck it up and get it done at the dentist. He gave me some Xanax beforehand, numbed me up real good, and then went to work. Actually, on the first one, he filled a cavity and pulled the wisdom tooth at the same time since they were on the same side. It wasn't bad, just like normal dental stuff, never fun, but tolerable. Well, afterwards, I was having some MAJOR pain. I ended up with a dry socket. Not fun. I had to go in every day for him to pack it with this nasty clove-tasting guaze. It helped it heal, so whatever. Well, I decided after all of that, the other tooth was staying. I didn't want to go through that again. Fast forward a couple of weeks. I start having some tooth pain on my left side. I thought it was from one of my old silver crowns from when i was younger. Nope. I had a huge cavity in my wisdom tooth and that's where all the pain was coming from. So...out it comes! Thursday afternoon I had it pulled. I'm not feeling too great, but whaddya gonna do? I'm just hoping I don't get another dry socket.

Well, I think I'm done rambling. I've got some projects I'll post soon (hopefully). We'll see. Thanks for reading! Toodles! ~Kim

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mother's Day Card

Here's a craft post!! I made this card for my mother for mother's day. It was almost everything I imagined. I saw on someone's blog something similar that I wanted to try and recreate. I don't remember who's it was now, but I was determined to NOT refer to it as I was making the card because I wanted to make a card that was an original. I'm not great at taking photos of my cards yet, but here it is.

Mother's Day Card

The green cardstock is 120# Classic Laid Duplex Cover Brittany Green & Avon Brilliant White. It was something we got by mistake at work and cut it before we realized it was wrong (both sides were supposed to be white, and he started cutting on the white side!) Good for me cause I have a small stash of this paper now! The paper on top is something from the Dollar Tree, Mrs. Grossman's I think. It is pierced and then faux stitched with a Creative Memories fine tipped pen. I scalloped the edges with my cheapo corner rounder from Wal-mart. Finally broke down and bought one even though I have 4 Creative Memories corner rounders from when I was a consultant, but you can't remove the backs to do this, so, whaddya gonna do? I then used my brand new crop-o-dile and put two eyelets in each spot (tried to make it look like a rivet by punching one eyelet, then putting another eyelet in the back side...did NOT like the results...will not try again until someone has a surefire way of doing it!) and then tied the ribbon (came from Wal-mart in a clearance bag with other ribbon scraps. It took me a while to tie the bow, so when I gave it to Mom, I told her to not open it, just squeeze it and read it from the side. She must not have heard me, because five minutes later, she said, "You're gonna have to tie this back for me, cause I'm not gonna be able to do it." WHAT!!!! She said, "If I didn't open it, how could I read it?" I told her I just put happy mother's day in it!! Nothing big!! Anyway, the Morning Glory flower and Mother Teresa stamp was a last minute addition. I took a picture of it before I put the Stampin' Up! clear gloss stuff on it to make it shiny. Is there a secret to using that stuff? I could see the brush marks and was not happy with the look of it at all. I've used it again for another card with the same results, but I'm not too worried about redoing it at this point.

So, there is my latest crafty thing. I'll post something that I'm making for my massage therapist once I have it finished. She's moving to Nashville and leaving me and I'm very, VERY sad. She's great at what she does, and we've became friends over the past two years. So, I'm really gonna miss her. Toodles! ~Kim

Monday, May 19, 2008


I have had a fabulous, wonderful weekend. I've had weekends like this before that ended up dreadful... I had my 14 year old nephew and 11 year old niece from Friday evening until Sunday night. They usually provide enough birth control for me for MONTHS! This time...well, this time we had so much fun. Don't get me wrong, the boy still had his teenager apathetic attitude, but he's so cute and witty, I overlooked the "I don't care what we do" things. And the girl, she was still super hyper (and I'm sure all of the Snickers and Fruit Roll-ups I didn't monitor her eating didn't help!) but it didn't bother me up until the very end. I just can't believe how much of a joy it was to spend the weekend with them and have so much fun. We went bike riding (Samantha & I) and Jacob skate-boarded with us and we just had the best time, and the whole time I was thinking (and even getting a little weepy) that this is what my life is missing. I hate it that I've started thinking like that. I don't want to give in to the whole having kids thing because it's expected of me. I loved the fact that I thought my life was complete with just Jason, Lucy (the dog) and me. But now I'm starting to feel like something is missing. Maybe it'll pass. Maybe I'm just pre-menstral. Who knows! I know I'm confused as all get out! I guess it doesn't help that I have little Peyton (see post below) that I get to hold and snuggle and kiss all the time and that I don't want him to have to go home. (That really is a big change!) Whenever I am around him, whether it be at our house or theirs, I want to take complete care of him. Feed him, change him (yes, I've even done a poopy diaper...not the last one though because I smelt it as he dealt it and I said NO WAY!), rock him to sleep. EVERYTHING! Maybe that means I'm ready for motherhood...who knows. Jason is still on the fence, but he said yesterday that he knows he'd be a good dad. I think he'd be a great dad. I do question my ability to be a mother. I know I can take care of his/her physical needs (feeding, clothing, bathing, that type of thing) but I'm not sure if I can handle his/her emotional needs. I wonder if I'd be a complete f-up when it comes to parenting. I guess I'll never know until I do it! Can't do it until after February of 2009. We're going to the Keys in Florida with Jason's parents and I don't want to do that in my last trimester, or even being pregnant at all. That's a long trip in a car ride for me, not being preggo. Can't imagine with a bun in the oven!! I'll keep everyone (my two of which is me!) updated! ~Kim

ETA: I had to change some punctuation, but then I also realized that I referred to our possible future child as a HIM. We want to have a boy so much, so we're probably gonna have a girl!! Last night I went to Lowes looking for a bookshelf. I started looking at wallpaper borders and started envisioning decorating a child's room! Then, when I couldn't find a bookshelf, it started the weepiness again. Man, I suck!