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My poor shnitzle has had a rough couple of weeks... Incident number one.... a little over a week ago my car got backed into. The lady's insurance is going to cover everything, thank goodness. So the headlight/part of the hood/part of the fender/part of the plastic molding around the fog lights is smashed... but will be fixed soon. Aaaaand it wasn't my fault. I wasn't even in my car.

Incident number two.... December 16 will forever be rememberd as the day I went into the ditch for the first time. Needless to say, one of the scariest moments of my life. One second I was going around a curve and the next I was in the ditch. I knocked over a baby tree.... Chris now calls me a heartless tree killer :) When I was sliding I was picturing myself ramming right into the fence....and I was shocked when I stopped a couple feet away. My dad doesn't work far from where I was stuck so he came and drove me out. Luckily my boss understood that I was slightly shook up and let me take the day off.

A little while later my dad noticed tracks right over mine... somebody slid into the same spot I did. I don't feel so stupid now! I guess it could happen to anybody. Oh well... it's a story for the grandkids ;)

Sidenote....actually an extra special sidenote.... my friend Al and her hubby Josh welcomed little Wyatt Jon into the world :) I can't wait to meet him!!! It seems like there are babies everywhere!!


Less than a week...

...and I get to see my norcal people :) I finally get to see my family....my entire family!! Seven days of being back in my hometown, with people that I hardly ever see...I can't wait! And to top it off, I get to see Chris too :) I finally got a camera, so now I have more than my cell phone to take pictures. I got a Sony Cybershot and it's amazing!

So only a few more days and I can get away from this blizzard business.


The highest of hopes is what I have

I've been browsing some blogs through JJ Heller's blog http://thelovelylittlethings.blogspot.com .... She has a bunch of links to all these awesomely creative blogs that share cute sewing projects. I have never really sewn a thing in my life... but I like projects and decorating so this might turn into something grand :) Maybe some inexpensive gifts will come from this adventure.... we'll see! Check out JJ Heller's blog... she's an awesome Christian singer/songwriter and apparently a very creative seamstress. Some possible projects :

... an apron
... a quilt (using fabrics like
... a throw pillow

I have high hopes. Hopefully I don't crash and burn :)


Yo necessito camera nuevo!

I am looking for a new camera and I need your help! So tell me...what is the best camera out there? Or maybe you could just tell me what brands are good/bad. Thanks!!


oh mondays

Going back to work after vacation is always hard.... today was especially hard. I actually got to see Chris for a couple days this weekend. I picked him up in Omaha on Friday and brought him back on Sunday. It flew by, but it was awesome to actually get to hang out with him... instead of just talking on the phone. Luckily the weather was nice, so the long drive wasn't a big deal. So, needless to say... I really didn't want Monday to come. I miss the days when the two of us could just walk a few minutes to see eachother :( It was fun though to take my car on a long trip, Shnitzle is a loyal companion ;) Her name is Shnitzel because she's a Volkswagen ... and Volkswagens are German (duh).
My grandma is in her own room at the hospital now.... instead of being in the ICU. She seems to be doing good. The doctors are somewhat concerned that she might have more strokes if she doesn't take it easy. That's all for now...


another update

My Grandma is having another procedure done right now to drain more fluid. All prayers are appreciated :\



My Grandma is doing well after the procedure that was done last night. Thanks for praying :) She is going to be in the hospital for the next day or two I am guessing... but right now, things are looking up.


I'm a little concerned at the moment. My Grandma in CA is in the hospital getting fluid/blood drained from her head... as I am writing this. I'm not sure exactly what happened to lead to this... but I'm just on edge right now. It breaks my heart to think of what my Grandma is going through...and my Grandpa too. My grandpa just had heart surgery about 2 months ago. That was stressful for him and us for a few reasons, beside the obvious reason. And now, when life may have started to get back to normal for my Grandparents (as much as it could have), my Grandma has this new health problem.

I just want something to start looking up. Maybe I shouldn't say that since his surgery went well and he's doing well.... I just want some comfort for them. Maybe they are comforted enough... they are the strongest Christians that I know. I just can't bare the thought of life without them.

My family is blessed beyond measure.... but sometimes it seems like the problems are never ending.

I don't like sounding like a pessimist...it just kind of comes out of me sometimes.

I'm crushed right now.



I needed something to do with my spare time... so I went to the library and rented Veronica Mars Season 1. The show always looked stupid and really just not worth my time. Plus, no one ever made a big deal of it... so I kind of forgot it ever existed. Well...I've been bored. So, like I said... I needed something to do.

I am kind of in a reading slump. I've tried to get into reading books again... but after chasing kids 8 hours a day... my eyes are tired and I don't really feel like reading. I have one good friend out here... but she's got her own life and she lives a good 30 minutes away. And now with the wintery stuff around the corner... I'm going to have to find something to keep myself occupied.

So... I've started to watch this show. I am addicted! I get bored easily with tv and movies... so I am impressed with whoever put this Nancy Drew-ish show together.

And I just read a review on www.imdb.com and it seems that no one liked the show lol. That's awesome. Well whether or not I'm the lone fan of this show or not... it's entertaining. Believable characters or not... I've been sucked in.

I can't be the only one that hates all those nasty crime/investigation over done cop shows. I'm really all about watching those light hearted tv shows... such as The Office. That show is awesome. There are few other things in life that make me laugh like that show. Do yourself a favor...watch The Office. Maybe Veronica Mars too.... or maybe just call me lame :)


Pay day is always a good day

It's true, pay day is always a good day. Today was a good day. I caught the cold thats been floating around work... but its hard to avoid when kids and babies are hacking all over me. But besides this lurking cold... I'm really doing good.
My job is awesome. Seriously awesome. I love the kids I work with! They crack me up every single day! Today some kids were sharing their political views... and they are obviously midget versions of their parents... but its hiliarious to hear a 2 year old say "Barack Obama is stupid!" And I think it's awesome that a 6 year old wants McCain to win the election because McCain likes guns :) Maybe I'm biased...but these kids are smart. Anyway...enough politics.
The sunset was beautiful tonight. I LOVE sunsets. I know.... who doesn't love sunsets. But I really love them. Sunsets just blow me away. I still feel that Ripon, CA has some of the best sunsets I have ever seen. But the midwest has had some really awesome sunsets as well... just not as often.
To top it all off... I won a $50 gas card from Pizza Ranch! Woooo!! How awesome is that in itself?! And then to think that gas, as of today, only cost $2.05! That is amaaazing! I'm stoked! God knows, I needed this.
I am even more excited because my mom is coming back from CA next week :) I haven't seen her in over a month. Chris is also coming out around Thanksgiving :) I cannot wait!! It has been wayyy too long since I have seen that boy :(
I am currently looking into taking a crash course in "Driving in snowy/icy weather". I am NERVOUS.


'Tis the season to be scared

Man, life is getting scary!! I no longer fill my planner with paper/assignment due dates... I now fill it with payment due dates...yuck! I know most people get a feel for this wayyy earlier in life... I guess you can call me a late bloomer.

I really don't have anything worthwhile saying at the moment.

Right now the overall theme of my life is .... change. Not like the Obama slogan "change" but....just change. And I like where I am right now....so please God, no more changes! At least not right now...

...the cool thing is, I've learned a LOT about myself in the last couple months.


Not quite what I pictured...

Here I am in South Dakota....when I thought I'd be well on my way to California. Here I am getting ready for a real winter... when I thought I'd be heading to the beach in a week. Here I am starting to live in the real world.... and wishing that it hadn't come so fast.

Life is good. But it is most definitely not what I pictured it being like just days and months ago.

I am learning more now than ever that I do not have the say-so for where my life goes.

"Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." --Thomas Carlyle