Figuring It Out As I Go…











{March 12, 2009}   Gotta Love The Gorge!

What a difference a day makes!!

I took these pictures one day apart from each other, March 10 and March 11, 2009. Gotta love the weather here in the Gorge! And here I thought they were kidding when they told me, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!”



{February 24, 2009}   Slaves and CNA’s

I’m watching a show right now on HBO about slaves. Now, I learned about slaves in school. I think we all did. But learning about them as a teenager and then as an adult is two entirely different things! This show has broken my heart. I don’t understand how ANY person, of any color, can possibly think it’s ok to OWN another person! And no, I don’t think it’s a difference in times. I just can’t fathom that anyone ever thought it was ok to own people, beat them, hardly feed them, and have them sleep in dirt. And please don’t even get me started on the children born into slavery. Their pictures are truly heartbreaking…I’d like to say we are a racism free society these days, but I know we’re not. In some ways, we’re just as ignorant as we were 100 years ago. In fact, I think we’re worse now, because we have access to so much information and knowledge, yet we still choose to be ignorant. It’s horrible.

Alright, enough of that, because it hurts me.

Next week is my last week of clinicals. I’ll take my state CNA test either the first or second week of April. Holy crap! And then I start my LPN classes in July. It’s unreal to me that I’m finally following my dreams, and sometimes I just wait for the bottom to fall out. But I’m trying to stay positive, and focus on my future.
Oh, and I found out that I can be a traveling nurse as an LPN. The company I was looking at has 13 week assignments. So I may do that for a year before I do my RN. We’ll see. I guess at this point I can pretty much do what I want ๐Ÿ™‚ It really is nice having a spouse as supportive as mine!
Oh, and since we’re talking about school, I’m finishing up my first block of Psychology classes through University of Phoenix this week too. Yay! And yeah, I know, I’m a nerd ๐Ÿ˜›

I spent the day/evening with my mother in law on Saturday. She’s been wanting to see picures of the kids when they were babies and growing up, so we dug out my box ‘o pictures, and went through every single picture. It was actually a lot of fun, and I haven’t gone through those pics in ages! I love that she shares my passion for pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ And she’s the first person to ever say “Let’s spend hours going through pictures, it’ll be fun!” I love her!!

I guess that’s all that’s going on in the world of Arlene right now. Taking some things day by day, just trying to enjoy life!



{February 8, 2009}   What OR Has Taught Me…

I’ve learned a few things since moving to Oregon…

  • It IS possible for me to drive the speed limit…sometimes even UNDER it!
  • I really like snow, even driving in it!
  • I like to volunteer to do random things I wouldn’t normally get to do
  • I don’t have to have fake nails and eyelashes or visit the tanning beds daily
  • I think I used to be a snob (shut it if you already knew this!) ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • I don’t have to buy a new car every year. In fact, I can even pay my yearly registration…more than once! (I do get a new car when this one is paid for though…23 months!)
  • I can sit still, literally and emotionally
  • I’m really a simple tastes kind of girl (this one will be hard for some to believe!)
  • Family is awesome…brothers, sisters, parents, nieces, nephews…I love being a part of a family that is close and loves each other! Probably one of the BIGGEST changes for me ๐Ÿ˜€

And of course, some things never change…I still love tats and piercings, and driving, music and photos are still my escape ๐Ÿ™‚

The move to Oregon hasn’t been all bad. Some parts are still hard as hell, but believe it or not, I think it has really benefited everyone involved, for a multitude of reasons that I’m not really ready to go into. I’ll get there though. We all know I love my brain dumps ๐Ÿ˜€



{February 7, 2009}   Hey Stranger!

I’ve decided to start blogging again…and I’ll be honest, it feels good!

I just went and read some of my old posts, and wow how life has changed!

I went for a short drive today, and I noticed that all of the snow is now gone ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Does that mean winter is over? I think that makes me sad, although I am really looking forward to switching back to my purty wheels and getting a tan!! Seriously, I’m really pale!

My thoughts are slightly scattered right now, so I’ll work on organizing them and blog again later ๐Ÿ™‚



{February 9, 2008}   Dear Uncle Bill

I hope you know that I haven’t abandoned you. I realize that you’re probably keeping an eye on things, so you probably know all about my surgery, but I feel bad that I haven’t been out to see you. If I thought I could make it out there with my walker, or even wheelchair, I would have been out there already, but I really don’t think I’d make it through the rough terrain out there. I mean, I realize that it’s not the amazon or anything, but we’re talking about the girl that got herself into this mess in the first place, the same girl that fell on her crutches a few days after surgery. I feel like we shouldn’t push my limits!
I’ve found that when I don’t come see you, I miss you even more…I guess I really do need our weekly talks! More than anything though, it breaks my heart when I think about you out there all alone. Yes, I know, technically you’re surrounded by people, and knowing you, you’ve already made more friends than I can count, but it’s not the same, and in my mind, you’re alone without your family.
I guess what started this whole mess was I heard your song. You know, that one I told you about by the Dixie Chicks. Of course, I started crying, but I listened to the whole song this time, something I haven’t been able to do since you died.
I hope you know how much I love you and miss you…sometimes it seems like yesterday still that I got the call, and sometimes it seems like it was a lifetime ago. Those are the times I find myself grasping at my memories, afraid I’ll forget something about you, the way you smelled, your voice, your laugh; those are things I never want to forget about you, things I want to always hold on to!
Supposedly I’ll have this cast off in 3 weeks, then I’ll come see you. 6 weeks is the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing you! I’ll try not to let it happen again!

I love you Uncle Bill.



{February 6, 2008}   Long Time No Type

Hey everyone!ย  It’s been awhile!ย  Just thought I’d say hello ๐Ÿ™‚

I miss blogging on here, but it’s just easier not to still.

As for Mr. Waylon, he attacked Frankie (it was TOTALLY Frankie’s fault!!) but we had to get rid of him ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I still miss him terribly, and I think if anyone should have gone, it should have been Frankie, but what’s done is done…

I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to talk to ya’ll soon ๐Ÿ™‚

PS
I had my ankle surgery!!



{December 13, 2007}   Meet Waylon!

We got a new doggy tonight.ย  His name is Waylon.ย  He’s a 5 year old Chocolate Lab/German Wirehaired mix.ย  I already love him so much!!ย  He’s so sweet, he’s trained, and he totally tolerates Frankie, which is huge!!ย  He’s greeted all of us with a wagging tail, including the kids (HUGE!!) and when someone knocked on the door, he had a nice deep bark that makes me feel very safe ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Waylon’s owner just died, so he was in need of a good home…we’re all super happy to have him here!!

Sorry about the crappy camera phone pics I have of him…I’ll take better ones this weekend, and maybe even a video of him and Frankie playing ๐Ÿ™‚
In other news, I’m going back to MN for work the first week of Jan.ย  Should be fun again, although we’re going strictly for grunt work this time with the new software we’re switching to.ย  Either way.ย  Business trips are fun ๐Ÿ™‚
Everything else is going ok.ย  We’re all set for Christmas, just have to wrap everything the night before.ย  Can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when they open their stuff!ย  I think they’re going to be really happy ๐Ÿ™‚
Oh, and if you haven’t read my bulletin on Myspace, I’m in need of addresses please ๐Ÿ™‚



{December 6, 2007}   What’s New?

I know I don’t post on here often, but look, it does happen sometimes!

I’ve been in MN this week, doing some work and training in our corporate office.ย  I love it here a lot!ย  I love the cold, the snow, etc.ย  I’d stay here in a heartbeat!!ย  I was hoping to get to visit with Cheeky, but that just isn’t happening.ย  It’s impressive how busy one remains on a business trip!ย  Well, maybe next time!

On Friday and Saturday before we left for our business trip, my boss and I took her son and my daughter to both nights of Jingle Ball.ย  We saw Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Sean Kingston, Natasha Bedingfield, One Republic, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T’s, and CuteIs What We Aim For (not in that order).ย  We all had so much fun, and it was the first concert (and 2nd) for both kids!ย  Yeah, I know, we’re cool moms ๐Ÿ™‚ย  If you’re my friend on Flickr you can see the pics there, along with some snowy MN pics ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been dreaming about my Uncle the past couple of nights.ย  The dreams are always scary…someone trying to hurt me, but then I see my Uncle and I feel calm, but then something happens, I don’t know what, and I’m terrified and yelling for my Aunt.ย  It’s been the exact same dream both times, and last night I woke myself up yelling for my Aunt ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I have no idea what these dreams mean or why I’m having them.ย  I mean, my first thought would be that I just miss him because this is my first set of holidays without him, but the scary parts make me wonder…who knows.ย  I just hope I don’t have them tonight!ย  Or ever again for that matter!

I’m second guessing surgery, which actually happens a lot lately.ย  I’m worried that it’s going to make it worse, or just not help at all.ย  I don’t know.ย  Part of me thinks it’s the best thing I can do for myself, and part of me thinks that it may just be something I have to learn to live with, and going under the knife won’t do anything for it…I’m open to opinions.

Alright, I think that’s it.ย  I need to get some work done now!



{November 22, 2007}   Happy Thanksgiving Uncle Bill

I written to you in a while, but I come talk to you at least once a week…you have no idea how much I miss you, and Thanksgiving doesn’t even feel like Thanksgiving without you…I wanted to crawl back in bed this morning when I woke up and realized it was our first Thanksgiving without you.ย  I know you weren’t yourself last year, but you were still here…I love you so much, more than you probably ever knew, and I’ve been crying so much lately that you’d probably smack me if you were here!ย  You never were one for sappiness…you probably shook your head at me when I took you your pumpkin!ย  Well, FYI, you’re getting a Christmas tree too!

I love you and I miss you, and the holidays just aren’t the same without you!



{November 7, 2007}   All Good!

So my baby girl made the honor roll!!ย  Iโ€™m so happy and proud of her!

In other news, Iโ€™m going to MN for work the first week of Dec, so let me know if anyone wants to get together!!

The big move is Satโ€ฆ.YAY!!!!



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