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!



{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 6, 2008}   Long Time No Type

Hey everyone!  It’s been awhile!  Just thought I’d say hello 🙂

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 😦  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 🙂

PS
I had my ankle surgery!!



{December 13, 2007}   Meet Waylon!

We got a new doggy tonight.  His name is Waylon.  He’s a 5 year old Chocolate Lab/German Wirehaired mix.  I already love him so much!!  He’s so sweet, he’s trained, and he totally tolerates Frankie, which is huge!!  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 🙂  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 🙂
In other news, I’m going back to MN for work the first week of Jan.  Should be fun again, although we’re going strictly for grunt work this time with the new software we’re switching to.  Either way.  Business trips are fun 🙂
Everything else is going ok.  We’re all set for Christmas, just have to wrap everything the night before.  Can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when they open their stuff!  I think they’re going to be really happy 🙂
Oh, and if you haven’t read my bulletin on Myspace, I’m in need of addresses please 🙂



{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.  I love it here a lot!  I love the cold, the snow, etc.  I’d stay here in a heartbeat!!  I was hoping to get to visit with Cheeky, but that just isn’t happening.  It’s impressive how busy one remains on a business trip!  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.  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).  We all had so much fun, and it was the first concert (and 2nd) for both kids!  Yeah, I know, we’re cool moms 🙂  If you’re my friend on Flickr you can see the pics there, along with some snowy MN pics 🙂

I’ve been dreaming about my Uncle the past couple of nights.  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.  It’s been the exact same dream both times, and last night I woke myself up yelling for my Aunt 😦  I have no idea what these dreams mean or why I’m having them.  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.  I just hope I don’t have them tonight!  Or ever again for that matter!

I’m second guessing surgery, which actually happens a lot lately.  I’m worried that it’s going to make it worse, or just not help at all.  I don’t know.  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.  I need to get some work done now!



{November 7, 2007}   All Good!

So my baby girl made the honor roll!!  I’m so happy and proud of her!

In other news, I’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 Sat….YAY!!!!



{October 6, 2007}   Cuts and Cupcakes

I chopped my hair off! I think I love it 😀

 

I also decided to play Betty Fucking Crocker. There’s another whole sheet the same size as this one and brownies. OCD much?? They REALLY yummy though!

Oh, and the tint is off of my front windows.  No pictures, because I just can’t like it yet!

That’s all for now. Small update 🙂



{October 3, 2007}   Holy Shit, I Won!!!!!

My favorite morning show is having a “Pay My Bills” contest the month of October, and I WON TODAY!!!! I’m so happy ya’ll!!! I’ve never won anything EVER!! WooHoo bitches!!!! Yeah, and that bill, it’s the product of my new phone and a past due bill…it’s not always this high!

Oh, and to see the site of my favorite morning show, go here!



{October 2, 2007}   Protected: My New Hole

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{September 20, 2007}   Silent Tears

I’ve been getting a lot of these the past couple of days from the girl.  Her eyes fill with tears when I turn her expander, then they start falling.  There is no drama involved, just her silent tears.  It breaks my heart that I’m causing her physical pain, even though I know it’s for her own good.  So I hug her, I comfort her, I let her eat ANYTHING that she can because everything hurts, and I call her at school to remind her to take her Motrin to stay ahead of the pain she’s currently feeling in her mouth, head and face…We’re scheduled for 28 turns.  We’ve got 6 under our belt.  Yes, we are counting down!

In other random news, my mom has been calling me all night.  I’m not answering.  I don’t remember if I blogged about this, but before I left for MN, she started using again.  At my house.  While babysitting my daughter after her oral surgery.  I have nothing to say to her.  How DARE she put my child in harms way when I’ve entrusted her to care for her AFTER HER ORAL SURGERY!!!!!!!!  She’s my baby dammit, and this is my home, and how DARE she disrespect it!  But it makes my heart beat a little bit faster every time her number pops up on my phone.  And it makes my mind start racing every time she hangs up without leaving a voice mail.  Damn her!

Work is going really well.  I’ll be making my trip to our corporate office in MN somewhere around the first week of November.  I’m excited and scared, and so happy that my boss is trusting me being her second on this project!  I really do love my job, and have learned recently that there’s nothing outside of my job that could make me leave it!

Speaking of love, I haven’t said recently how much I love my friends.  I have a great group of friends, both on here and in real life, and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without you guys!

I have other stuff on my mind tonight, but my mind is a bit jumbled…I’ve been keeping a running outline in draft form for my passworded post, so watch for it.  Again, I’ll email everyone the password.

Have a great weekend ya’ll!



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