Figuring It Out As I Go…











{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 🙂 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 😛

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 🙂 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!

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{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!) 😉
  • 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 😀

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

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 😀



{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 😦 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 🙂



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