Thursday, January 29, 2009

DERBY pain.

o god o god o god o god o god.....

they just announced that we are scrimmaging on Sunday.

see... several things...

i like falling drills and blocking drills and.. not really the part with the skating around the track.

i had a terrible practice yesterday. my ankles had been better- with only my arches hurting. last night i was back to the good ol' complete ankle and top of foot cramp. i cannot tell you how much this hurts. it makes my legs shake and my balance is gone. for get any speed [and i have none to begin with] forget trying to do the drill properly.
at the very end of practice last night- after i had been lagging behind everyone the whole time, we had a 1 min. sprint skate.

i had the best fucking 4 or 5 laps of my life. my legs didn't hurt, my feet didn't hurt, my lungs didn't hurt. i picked up speed, did some cross overs, didn't freak on the corners.

W. T. F.

i was excited. and fucking pissed.

i try to start practice with a positive head. i says "i'm going to go out there, and those crossovers are so yesterday. no big deal. do em like you grew up on skates."
and then... well.... yeah, sometimes i get my foot all the way around. but not usually. and it takes all my focus.

so when we scrimmage, we are supposed to be looking around, talking, blocking, making holes, doing whips- etc.
i'm trying to just skate with the group and stay low. that's it.

i keep telling my self to just not worry about it. to just enjoy it. laugh at my self. know i'll get better as i go.
i try. but its hard to do when you are the worst in the group. and i mean by far. i'm that kid that makes everyone else feel good about their skills, because at least they are better than me.

Here is my standing ovation to anyone who can do crossovers and not take them selves, or 3 other people out while doing them.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

thigns..and things...

wow.... those arn't the right colors at all. i don't know what happened, but you can still read the info.
except for the times.... starts at 8 at Atomic Cowboy, we move on at 8:45, 9:30, 10 and 10:30.


i read a blog called Daily Danny. written [it appears] by Danny Seo- a super duper green guru, that totally kicks Martha's ass and makes her not only look snobby- but stuffy as well. [ok, we already know she was those things, but he just rubs it in.

today's blog was a fun little craft project to try with old plastic bags.

Check out todays blog to see how to make this fun "Peony"


guys really? i'm down to Tim, AP and my self reading my blog.... so sad.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

google, you can aford better graphics!

when did google change their little logo on the corner of page tabs?? i hate it. noticed it yesterday, or the day before.

Monday, January 26, 2009


you can vote for more than one... i need to narrow it down.

dark pink are ones i really like, light pink are my next tier.

the green/yellow/red is related to how close they are on the availability list.

the thing aobut a derby name is, its not just on a shirt, or announced at bouts- its what you go by at practice and so forth.

so Madam Mame-ya goes by madam.
catholic cruel girl goes by Crulie

and so forth... but Li'l Bitch? i'm not entirely sure what to call her at practice.

derby names

vesper- good
agony christy- good
Iona Vespa- good to go
Hazle Nutt- good to go
Red hornet- Good to go
Kelly Green- good
beatrix plotter- maybe
princess vespa- ok
Paige Turner- maybe
Pearl Button- ok
Panic Button- ok
Polly Gone- ok
Pierce Hart- ok
annata verde? [vintage green]
Dinah Soares- ok
Wendy Storm- ok
Ginger Rael- maybe
Marsha Mellow- ok
Rae Gunn- no- but does not have date added??
Erin Go Braghless- prolly not
Helen Back- no
Dr. Payne- no
Estelle Hertz (it still hurts)- no
Polly Ester- no
Ophelia Payne- out
sting-Rae- no -long list of fun names --- check avalibility of derby names

Sunday, January 25, 2009


we watched Goodfellas last night. I cant believe i haven't seen this movie before- but i think its because i was thinking it was The Crew.

the reason, we determined was because the fronts of the movie box say "like Goodfellas meets Grumpy Old Men" [the below picture does not, i couldent get a copy on here that did]

good movie. I love mob movies. though a number of them seem to have escaped me. see i don't really make an effort to see many mob movies- we just watched The Godfather earlier this yr.

if you like mob movies, watch it. i think it may have launched a number of peoples carrears.

also The Crew is funny.

Friday, January 23, 2009

cat update.

Phenn is almost as big as Kabuki- and will be 6mo. in feb.
this photos was taken, just as she stopped cleaning his face. it was adorable.

Phenn LOVES to be out and running around the house. he and Kabuki play, and he is determined to be friends with Falkor. mostly he goes up to Falkor, Falkor hisses, Phenn just sites there and looks around, Falkor is confused and tolerates him as long as Phenn doesnt touch him.
Phenn tried to play with F the other day. kind of running and leaping at him, and then running away again. i dont think F liked it very much.
Ozzy hasnt learnd to just whap P when he tries to share food with him. instead hes just pissy and baks off. P is also trying to be friends with O. but it means sitting 3 feet away with a pair of boots between them.

the letter for today is "P" and the number 4.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

target <3

i am happy to announce the "faeries & gnomes" is it's own section link at Target> Home Decore

compost pile

one of the first things we did in our yard when we moved in, was start a compost pile. we created a bowl shape from old sod we took out- to help incubate and speed up the decomposing process.
right now the compost pile is about the most colorful thing in our yard. i hope that this spring when we are ready to start planting, we will have some nutrient rich material to add to the mix.

the city of Denver is doing a composting program trail- where they give you the large bins [like recycling] and you fill them with branches and debris... probably also kitchen scraps if you don't have a pile of your own- but i would just use it for things too large for my pile. [we are not part of the pilot program- a limited number of homes were accepted.] every spring you can purchase compost and mulch from the city of Denver.

Our goal this year is [to finish the patio- oops.] to get a big vegetable garden composted, planted and mulched. we cleared a large area last fall and will just need to straiten up some borders, etc.

we also need to decide weather we want to rip out the whole back yard level it and re-sod it with nice grass- or if we want to try to fill in the lumps and get the grass to fill in and level out. I think the problem is that this is the original lawn from 1941.

the other big project is the front yard. our front yard is a weird hot weather grass, that is uber thick [but not soft] and doesn't not like to be green. ever. i guess the people before us covered the whole thing in miracle grow every year, to get it to green up. this lawn REALLY need to ripped out and re-did.

i started a very small tulip bed last fall. just for something that is pretty out there. but we really need to take out the whole front slope- as it doesn't grow anything but weeds.- wish i could remember what color tulips i bought.

speaking of projects- the sprinklers need to be seriously worked on. need to budget for that. need to have actually payed sprinkler guys come out and mess with it.

when we moved in last spring, my mom gifted us with a full out landscape plan for the property. it will probably take us several years to get things done, but we can work on small sections at a time- every little bit helps.

my other fascination with our house is the built in planter by one of the windows [inside]. we thought we were going to have an herb garden- but have not been too successful with that. i have a few potted plants added in as well, and its looking nice and cherry- though i still don't have any geraniums.
i have also always wanted a fancy terrarium. like the one pictured above. of course i want a vintage one- and of course my spending limit is $20 or less. [the one above is from Smith & Hawkin. on sale for $47] so if anyone comes across one send me a pic. please!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


so much for Metro being good about their students having lives and shit.

basically my gripe is that i have 48 hrs to get a whole bunch of art supplies. i was hoping to have until this weekend. but NO. sheesh. 48 hrs. i have been home 1.5 hrs. i am going to bed. i will be up maybe an hr. before work tomorrow- then i will have half hr. between home and skating. then i will be home around 8pm. then i go to bed by 10, so i can be at work by 7 the next morning.

see where i have all that free time to shop around various art suply stores to get supplies exactly as listed.


this is a magic date. maybe not for everyone, but for a lot of people. i have the text of the speech here. you can find the video almost anywhere online at this time.

i bought the above T-shirt in August. my mom didn't get it. i continue to think its truth.

I cant wait to see what this man can do.

here is Obama's inaugural speech:

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again, these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions -- who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them -- that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works -- whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day -- because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control -- and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort -- even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment -- a moment that will define a generation -- it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence -- the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed -- why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

tim's new laptop

yes. that's actual size. so i s the mouse that's next to it.

1 gig. solid state HD., 3lbs etc. etc.

its good for internet and typing. which is exactly what he wanted.


you may have noticed lately that i am including pictures, even if they are specific. this is kind of a quiet new years goal for me. i like blogs with pictures. i try to add more pictures. i try for a lot of these to be ones i have taken- but that doesn't always happen. [like yesterday.]

Monday, January 19, 2009

whew. glad thats over.

so it was a very long weekend... in fact i wouldn't call it a weekend, because it never ended- it just continued on forever..and ever...

Mart is over. I dont have to go to Stock Show again.

and i am being launched full speed into spring.

skating tonight- and school starts tomorrow.

our new schedule is this: we'll be home by 8. on fridays we'll be home by 5 or earlier. weekends are open, except 12-2 on sunday for me. first saturdays of the month are Bouts... i assume mostly in the evening.

we will be busy.

but i'm excited. i'm excited for spring, and excited about getting our yard into shape- in colorado its an issue to not start too early, so new things dont freeze. we have long warm falls and cold wet springs.i REALLY need to get my house cleaned up. the last of the xmas stuff away, some things filed [our cabnet is a mess.. mostly my fault, tim is good at neat filing. it would be nice to have a big old filing cablent and i can have my messy drawer, and tim can keep the rest neat and claen.], things picked up, sorted, thrown away- xmas thank yous still need to go out, craft projects, etc.

i am dieing to get out of town. just for the weekend, just a small trip. we are planning to go to Kansas in May. and as excited as i am about that, i would like to go somewhere else before that. and preferably sooner than later.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

boots pt.2

so.. i looked at boots today...

i found a pair i LOVE. of course these are $360 wholesale. so its a good deal, but not really in our budgeting right now.

Of course i cant find a photo of them online- but these are the mules in the same pattern. now envision tall- with saddle stitching on the top- and prettier.

anyone know how i can come up with an extra $400 before monday?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Western Weekend

This weekend i will be working both the Denver Western Mart and the National Western Stock Show.

My very Favoritest thing is looking at all the boots.

2 of my favorite [and very expensive] brands are Old Gringo

and Rocket Buster.

if you have $1000 or more you too can own boots from one of these companies.

how ever places like Sheplers have fun boots for a more reasonable price. [below are all under $300- and i have never payed more than $120]

Monday, January 12, 2009

golden globes

i love awards season.

all those lovely dresses on the red carpet!

above is the link to Yahoos "worst dressed"

this is the same general list i saw earlyer on another site- though it had them as the general who wore what photos.

read the captions. they dont like anything. and for crappy resons. most of the dresses are intresting, differnt, origional. gasp.

some are not. they didnt like the color, etc. then, on Salma Hayak they say her dress is too boaring. so what DID they like?

Below was apparenly a "bad"

there doesnt seem to be rime or reason for the Likes and Dislikes.

This is a praticularly bad "favorite"

Friday, January 09, 2009


i tried on [and sad to admit it, bought] a pair of gold lamae leggings at target today. i am happy to report that i am now well on my way to haveing a very good C-3PO outfit.

were going to an 80s themed party this weekend. i hate the 80s, and would like to ignore its existence- but this is for Roller Prom.

i now have several outfit options, but need to stop by a thrift store and see what i can find tim. he is actually being very complient. maybe because he knows that i have to wear a corset for the day during Ren Fest. so he ows me.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

1977 pennys- pt. 2


Also, judging by the sheer amount of matching his/hers outfits, I'm guessing that in 1977 it was considered pretty stylish for couples to dress alike. These couples look happy, don't they?

And nothing showcases your everlasting love more than the commitment of matching bathing suits. That, and a blonde girl with a look on her face that says "I love the way your junk fights against that fabric."

Then, after the lovin', you can relax in your one-piece matching terry cloth jumpsuits:

I could go on, but I'm tired, and my eyes hurt from this trip back in time. I think it's the colors. That said, I will leave you with these tasteful little numbers:

Man, that's sexy.

1977 pennys- pt. 1

and just when i thought i didn't have anything to post to day, some one at work sent this on to me. I am required to share.

Last weekend I put an exhaust fan in the ceiling for my wife's grandfather. While my wife's brother and I were fitting the fan in between the joists, we found something under the insulation. What we found was this: A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking.I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:
Also, I am totally getting this for my bathroom
There's plenty more home furnishings where those came from, however I'm not going to bore you with that. Instead, I'm going to bore you with something else. The clothes.

The clothes are fantastic. Here's how to get your ass kicked in elementary school:

Just look at that belt. It's like a boob-job for your pants. He probably needed help just to lift it into place. The belt loops have to be three inches long. And way to pull them up to your armpits, grandpa.

Here's how to get your ass kicked in high school:

This kid looks like he's pretending to be David Soul, who is pretending to be a cop who is pretending to be a pimp that everyone knows is really an undercover cop. Who is pretending to be 15.

Here's how to get your ass kicked on the golf course:

This "all purpose jumpsuit" is, according to the description, equally appropriate for playing golf or simply relaxing around the house. Personally, I can't see wearing this unless you happen to be relaxing around your cell in D-block. Even then, the only reason you should put this thing on is because the warden made you, and as a one-piece, it's slightly more effective as a deterrent against ass-rapery.

Here's how to get your ass kicked pretty much anywhere:
If you look at that picture quickly, it looks like Mr. Bob "No-pants" Saget has his hand in the other guy's pocket. In this case, he doesn't, although you can tell just by looking at them that it's happened - or if it hasn't happened it will. Oh yes. It will. As soon as he puts down his matching coffee cup.

Here's how to get your ass kicked at the beach:
He looks like he's reaching for a gun, but you know it's probably just a bottle of suntan lotion in a holster.

How to get your ass kicked in a meeting:

If you wear this suit and don't sell used cars for a living, I believe you can be fined and face serious repercussions, up to and including termination. Or imprisonment, in which case you'd be forced to wear that orange jumpsuit.

How to get your ass kicked on every day up to and including St. Patrick's Day

Dear god in heaven, I don't believe that color exists in nature. There is NO excuse for wearing either of these ensembles unless you're working as a body guard for the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

In this next one, Your Search For VALUE Ends at Penneys.

As does your search for chest hair.

And this -- Seriously. No words.
Oh wait, it turns out that there are words after all. Those words are What. The. F*ck. I'm guessing the snap front gives you quick access to the chest hair. The little tie must be the pull tab.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


it is WINDY again today.

the tiny Chinese woman was walking in the area where i always see her walking.

red shoes, red coat, red hat [all match perfectly], black pants, black gloves. I thought she was going to blow over and tumble down the hill.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

blog talking

do you ever read peoples blogs instead of talking to them?

i have found my self doing this recently. mostly with people who have LJ's going, and they update often. what they tell you might not actually be what you would ever talk to them about, but none the less, it offers enough of a glimpse into their life that you feel as thought you have been talking to them all along.

what i did at work today.

yes. seriously.
were not making that hat anymore though.

Monday, January 05, 2009

choices for changes

so my x-mas tree is still up.... my thank you notes are not written... i still need new pages for my day planner [i have a fancy one, where i can only get pages at a few select stores.]

holiday vacation time is over, and I'm back at work.

i am trying very hard to A. be thankful i have a job that pays OK. i am doing what i want to do, but I'm board, and i don't like the people i work with.
and B. think of it as" just a job." to try to be more focused and productive at work, and to just let it all go. i have new things going on in my life and i am very excited about them.

i am in Roller Girl Training. the more i lean about the group and time i spend with them, the more i like them. i hope to make new friends out side of work and high school. maybe make some job contacts. etc.
the league requires everyone to be on 2 committees- this is how the league runs. it basically ends up being volunteer time, which is great.
plus, i am now on a practicing team. often i like practice more than actual game time. so i am getting some serious forced exercised, that doesn't care that I'm tired, we have 1/2 hr more to go.

i am going back to school. this semester i am in 1 class, due to scheduling conflicts. when i went to school the first time, i want to get in and out in 4 years, and get a job. i did that. but i couldn't take many of the classes i wanted to. so now i am enrolled in the Metro State Art department with a concentration in drawing. ultimately, i would like to be a children's book illustrator/ ow a children's clothing line.
i would still like to peruse an MBA program, i need to set a date to start studying by, and a date to be prepared for the GMAT. i did a lot of research last fall on MBA programs and the requirements, etc. right now i have 4 evenings a week booked- but Tim's schedule is changing too... maybe i can plan to study for an hr. before he gets home a couple days a week.

i am changing my diet. some out of choice some because i have too. my stomach has decided that it prefers that i eat very little gluten and lactose. i am trying to push those 2 things almost completely out of my diet, as well as other processed grains and empty calories, like rice.

i am doing some volunteer art layout for this is a web site that helps cancer patients stay connected with friends and family's- working kind of like a blog, but also has resources and message walls, etc. Tim's brother's wife dealt with cancer last yr. she came out clean and strong. now they are volunteering to help this site grow and create awareness. They are the guest speakers at the Benefit party in a couple months. i am doing the invitations/RSVP cards, and possibly the program for this event.
i have not done nearly enough volunteering in my life. we get busy, we forget. but i like doing it, its amazing what it does for your self esteem.

that reminds me, its time to donate blood.

what else this yr? i don't know. hopefully some travel outside of Kansas [though i hope to see lots of great road side attractions while were there]. hopefully a book or story publish for Tim- he has been working very hard this yr to grow as a writer. i cant wait to get started on our yard! we got a lot of grass killed and rototilled last fall. i planted some bulbs- NO idea what color the tulips will be. i want to get everything planted on time this yr, so its not all trying to ripen at the end of October. it will be a long, cold wet spring here. it doesn't really warm up until may for us- but we have long warm falls.