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Holy Toledo! Oct. 28th, 2006 @ 02:52 pm
Yes, it's been awhile. That's for sure. Unfortunately teaching and coaching freshman volleyball has kept me really-really busy!!! Thankfully, the coaching part of my job is over for a few months until softball season starts up in February (I think). Anyway, I must say that so far I really like my job. It has been pretty stressful, and there are many times I thought I wouldn't make it through the day, but here I am, still going strong after 9 weeks! ;-) The grading of 154 essays is the hardest part of everything, but I hear it gets easier as time goes along, when I'm not so involved in every detail of each student's paper. But who knows?

Okay, so the real reason why I felt compelled to update today was because I just witnessed a crazy accident on the freeway when I was on my way home from the gym, and I wound up about 20 feet from being part of the accident! Basically, I was driving along in the right lane, going about 65 m.p.h., and a silver sports car came flying up and passed me, and then passed the car ahead of me, and was weaving in and out of traffic at around 90 m.p.h., when suddenly I saw brake lights ahead of me and a green car spinning out of control, and then flying off to the right side of the road up the hill of the freeway! The car ahead of me had to slam on his brakes and swerve off to the left and I had to slam on my brakes and swerve to the right to avoid hitting him. I swear to God, my heart was beating a million miles a minute, and I got shaky and sweaty, and just completely freaked out! I drove up about 100 feet and then pulled over to call 911. I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw that at least 2 other cars had pulled over to help the guy in the green car. I reported the accident, but then continuted to drive home in a daze. I would've helped, but with my track record concerning blood I didn't think I'd do anyone any good. So, that's my story. . .

I'm going to shower now, grade tons of papers, and then maybe go to Ikea, or to my classroom. We'll see. I feel safer just staying home. =/ Later on tonight though I'm looking forward to seeing a movie. It's been a month since I've even done that, and, well, that's just flat-out pathetic.
Oh, I did go to Vegas twice since I last posted, and that was a lot of fun! And I also went to San Diego with Kimberly, and that was so awesome. I even taught her how to boogie-board!

Alllllrightythen, I'm off like a prom dress.
Right now, I feel kinda...: scaredscared
I'm digging.: Rascall Flats

"Today is the day, you're off to great places, you're off and away!" Aug. 14th, 2006 @ 06:15 am
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh today is the 1st day of school!!! Holy Smokes!!! I'm nervous, but mostly excited. There are 22 of us 1st year teachers roaming around campus, so I'm in good company at least! I had some serious nightmares last night, and didn't sleep very well at all, but I guess that's to be expected. Anyway, I'm just happy that I found a job in a good school district, and that my classroom looks awesome, plus I've already made a couple of great friends! On the other hand, it will be a tiring, frustrating, year full of ups and downs I'm sure, but this is what I went to school for over the past 10 years, and I'm prepared to do my best and teach these kids as much as possible!
With that being said, I've seriously got to go get ready, put on my "grown-up clothes" and head off to work. Wish me luck! ;-)
Right now, I feel kinda...: anxiousanxious

Aug. 14th, 2006 @ 06:13 am
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh today is the 1st day of school!!! Holy Smokes!!! I'm nervous, but mostly excited. There are 22 of us 1st year teachers roaming around campus, so I'm in good company at least! I had some serious nightmares last night, and didn't sleep very well at all, but I guess that's to be expected. Anyway, I'm just happy that I found a job in a good school district, and that my classroom looks awesome, plus I've already made a couple of great friends! On the other hand, it will be a tiring, frustrating, year full of ups and downs I'm sure, but this is what I went to school for over the past 10 years, and I'm prepared to do my best and teach these kids as much as possible!
With that being said, I've seriously got to go get ready, put on my "grown-up clothes" and head off to work. Wish me luck! ;-)

So, That's That. Jul. 23rd, 2006 @ 09:36 pm
I went to the parentals earlier this evening for the "family talk" my mom's been asking me about for quite some time now. It actually went really well, and things are much better now that they're all out in the open. It is going to take my parents awhile to get used to it, but eventually they'll come around. They reaffirmed the fact that they love me, and that regardless of what I "choose" they will still be there for me because I'm their daughter and they love me very much. . . etc...etc... It was a very interesting conversation. I don't wanna get into the details, but at least we're all talking now.
Anyway, tomorrow is my first day on the job, so I better try to get some sleep. G'night all.
Current Location: K.P.'s Casa
Right now, I feel kinda...: calmcalm
I'm digging.: CSI

**-->><<--** Jul. 21st, 2006 @ 11:27 am
Well, well, well... it's Friday already. Wow. 2 more days off before I begin 3 weeks of training and then school starts!

Anyway, I spoke with my mom a couple of times over the phone since my last post. She's doing a lot better and says that my dad is dealing with it too (slowly, but surely) but that I have to come over for a "family talk" sometime soon. Jeez. I'm taking my brother with me just in case it gets too weird or heated. We'll see what happens. I personally would rather not see them for awhile because I feel awkward right now about the whole situation, but cha gotta do what cha gotta do. . . Plus, I'll be seeing all of them on Monday night for my Grandpa's B-day party anyway.

Well, tomorrow is my reunion. What shall I wear...what shall I wear? I vow to look incredibly beautiful and sexy, because I'm just that shallow. ;-) Actually, I want to look my best because I haven't seen some of these people for 10 years and I'd like to make a good impression. I'm kind of nervous. . . I know that's stupid, but I'm sure I'm not the only one. It's just strange to hang out with people who you spent your teenage years with, the so-called "best years of your life", but that you haven't kept in touch with for a whole decade. Know what I mean?

So, I wanna go see "You, Me, and Dupree", and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend", but K.P. wants me to see, "The Lady in the Water" too. (although scary movies are not very high on my list of things to do) So, I think we'll catch a movie tonight and then go play darts or pool, and have a cocktail. I've also got errands to run today, and I have to go to the gym again. 6 days in a row! That could very well be a record for me! ;=) I'm trying to lose the rest of the weight I gained on vacation. I'm almost there, but I won't be happy until it's completely gone. With that being said, I think I'll go grab something healthy to eat and carry on about my business.

Catch ya'll later.
Right now, I feel kinda...: goodgood

It's Been Awhile Jul. 18th, 2006 @ 09:13 am
I really should update more, but life has been a little crazy for me lately.

First of all, I quit working at Mimi's two weeks ago. I am now a free woman until training starts this Monday at school. It's really nice to not have the stress of the restaurant environment weighing upon my shoulders every day.

Secondly, I went to San Francisco last week with K.P. and it was absolutely AMAZING I knew it would be beautiful, but words don't even begin to describe just how picturesque it truly was. We had such a good time. We rode bikes, we rented Seg-way's (like Dr. Evil has on Austin Powers) they were sooooooooo fun! We took an hour cruise around the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. We ate great seafood and had margaritas by the sea. =) It was definitely one of the nicest vacations I've ever had. If you have never been to San Francisco I highly recommend it!

Last but not least, I just wanted to inform everyone that my parents still aren't talking to me. . . It's been close to two weeks now. I'm a little upset about the whole situation, especially since I feel like they're being selfish and teetering over to the dramatic side; but whatever. The rest of my family supports me completely, and so do all of my friends. The problem is that everyone keeps telling me, "they'll come around... just give them time." Well, exactly how much time is it supposed to take to accept your own child, and how long should I wait before I decide that I don't want to talk to them anymore? I'm just wondering. . .

One last thing, my 10 year reunion is this Saturday. Jeez Louise. That's crazy. I'm getting old. But it'll be fun to see how everyone else looks, so I'll probably go check it out.

Adios boys and girls.
Right now, I feel kinda...: blahblah
I'm digging.: Staind

Break Away Jul. 6th, 2006 @ 03:39 pm
Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window.
Dreaming of what could be And if I'd end up happy
I would pray
Trying hard to reach out, but when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me.
Wanted to belong here. But something felt so wrong here
So I'd pray, I could break away. . .

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly.
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky.
Make a wish, take a chance, make a change, and break away.
Out of the darkness and into the sun.
But I won't forget all the ones that I love
I'll take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and break away. . .

Wanna feel the warm breeze sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean.
Get onboard a fast train travel on a jet plane
Far away And break away

Buildings with a hundred floors,
Swinging 'round revolving doors
Maybe I don't know where they'll take me
But I gotta keep movin on, movin on,
Fly away, Break away. . .

I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly.
Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye.
Take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and break away.
Out of the darkness & into the sun,
But I won't forget the place I come from,
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, Make a change,
and break away.
Right now, I feel kinda...: sadsad
I'm digging.: Break Away- Kelly Clarkson

End of an Era Jul. 5th, 2006 @ 08:35 pm
Today was my last day at Mimi's Cafe. Moreover, today was my last day working in the food service industry period. . . I have longed for this day for years, upon years, upon years. I have wanted out of the business since I was 16 years old, and that, my friends, was 12 years ago! I prayed for the day when I could say "screw you" to the guests and get everything off my chest which had been irking me for years, but today came and went, and I refrained from saying or doing anything inappropriate. I took the high road, and I suppose it felt good. My co-workers and managers gave me flowers, a cake a card and lots of well wishes. It was a nice goodbye. I am actually sad that I'm no longer going to be a part of something that's been in my life for so many years. But where one door closes, another one opens, and I know that this is something that has to end in order for the rest of my life to begin.
Anyway, tomorrow marks a HUGE day in my life. I'm going to finally be honest with my parents and my family about some personal stuff. Most of you know what I'm talking about. I wrote a letter, because that was the only way I could express myself without being interrupted, and without crying or rambling on. I'm scared, but like I said before, I need to move on with my life and I can't do that when I'm holding onto so many secrets and lies.
Well, next week at this time I'll be in San Francisco with K.P. I can't wait, it's going to be awesome!!! Then I'll have a little over a week left to relax, shop, go to the gym, and prepare for my new teaching career. I'm pretty excited! =)
Anyway, I've gotta go now. I'm hungry. (shocking, I know)
Later.
Right now, I feel kinda...: anxiousanxious
I'm digging.: Fever Pitch

"Baby Let's Cruise Away From Here" Jun. 5th, 2006 @ 08:27 am
Oh happy day, oh happy day! I FINALLY get to go on my vacation today! I am going on a cruise which is something that I've wanted to do since I was a little girl, and I am totally excited! We fly into L.A. at noon and then should get to the pier between 2-3pm, and the ship leaves port at 5pm tonight, and doesn't come back until Friday morning. We will be going to Catalina Island for a day, Ensenada, and San Diego too. I can't wait to just relax and get some sun. I was up late packing last night, but I think I'm prepared, and my little check list is all marked off, so that's a good sign. ;-)

Anyway, I'll be taking lots of pictures and I'll post 'em as soon as I get back. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Buh-bye!
Right now, I feel kinda...: anxiousanxious

The 'Ol Razzle-Dazzle Jun. 1st, 2006 @ 03:57 pm
Yeah for me! I GOT A TEACHING JOB TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm the newest employee of Moon Valley High School in Glendale, AZ!
I'll be teaching Junior and Senior English, and also probably coaching some sports. So, Go Rockets!!!
I am one happy camper. =)
I had a pre-screening interview on Tuesday, and then a 2nd interview today, which was with the principal, the assistant principal, and 3 other teachers/administrators. It was nerve-wracking as hell, and they were supposed to call me and let me know their answer tomorrow, but approximately 15 minutes after I left the interview my phone rang, and the principal said that she and the others were so impressed with me that they couldn't wait until tomorrow to call, and that they wanted to give me the good news right away!!! I was completely stoked. And that's a fact Jack.
Anyway, one of the best things is that I will no longer have to put up with stupid, rude, impatient guests at my current job. As a matter of fact, I think my last day of full time employment with Mimi's will be Wednesday, July 19th. Ahhhhh that feels good to say.
Training starts on July 24th, and goes for 2 weeks, and then school begins on August 14th. Wow. I can't believe I actually did it! I am sooo happy. I'll have insurance now, and that is very important. Plus, I get all sorts of other benefits. I have only told 2 people so far, Bri and K.P. I will go tell my parents tonight, and tell everyone at work tomorrow. I honestly didn't expect it to be this easy, or to find something so soon, but I am relieved and excited that I did.

Oh, by the way, GO SUNS!

Well, I'm gonna go celebrate. =) Buh-bye!
Right now, I feel kinda...: ecstaticecstatic
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