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Nitty-Gritty May. 23rd, 2006 @ 08:04 am
Yesterday I had my very first teaching job interview for a charter high school in Peoria. If I were to get the position I would have to teach grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, and then for my 5th hour class I'd be the journalism/yearbook teacher. Basically I'd teach for 5 hours, get a 1 hour prep, and a 1/2 hour lunch. . . It would be A LOT of work, because I'd be the only English teacher at the school, and I'd have to come up with 5 different lesson plans every day! I will hear back from them later on this week. I also dropped my resume off at 2 of the best school districts in my area. So, we'll see what happens. All I know is that I am sooooooo sick and tired of the restaurant industry. My job is grueling, and stressful, and just overwhelmingly demanding. I am well aware that teaching is no walk in the park, but it's a totally different kind of stress, the kind of stress that I'm more than willing to accept in my life right now.

Anyway, on a brighter note, I'm going on a cruise in less than 2 weeks from now!!!!!! "K" and I leave for Los Angeles on the 5th of June, which is a Monday, and the ship takes us to Ensenada, Catalina Island, and to San Diego. It's 5 days long, and then we're going to stay over night near Redondo Beach before heading home on Saturday. I am looking forward to it so much because I really need a vacation! I just want to relax, get some sun, eat lots of good food and have a very memorable time. When we get back if I still don't have a job lined up I'm going to have to get VERY serious about finding something. I refuse to stay at Mimi's for another year. That is completely out of the question.

Oh yeah, GO SUNS!!!

Well, I've gotta go tan and work out before work, so I'll catch ya'll later! =)
Right now, I feel kinda...: optimisticoptimistic
I'm digging.: Deathcab 4 Cutie

And So It Is... Apr. 29th, 2006 @ 03:45 pm
By complete default I wound up having a Saturday off. Amazing, huh? There's lots of stuff that I wanted to do, but of course that never works out for me. I did however manage to go check out the new gym off of 83rd Ave. and it was really-really cool. It had new equipment that I had never seen at any of the other gyms. As a matter of fact, I'm already sore, and it's only been 3 hours. Tomorrow will be bad I'm assuming. But I'm really trying to get in shape before June. I'd like to look nice and toned in my bathing suit this summer. I hate feeling self-conscious all the time, ya know? But the funny thing is that I'm always worried about what I look like when I'm at the beach and there are girls who weigh over 200lbs just running around in their little suits having a good 'ol time, acting as if they haven't a care in the world. I wish I could have a mindset like that. Oh well...
Anyway, I finally got my fingerprint clearance card back! I'm officially not a sex-offender! ;-) The only problem I have now is that I need to find my AEPA test results before I can get my AZ Teacher's Certification. Where they are? I couldn't tell ya. . . God I'm a loser. It'll cost another $30 to have new results mailed to me. Greedy bastards.

Well, I'm gonna drown my sorrows in a Bloody Mary. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Take it easy. I'm out.
Right now, I feel kinda...: annoyedannoyed

Go Figure Apr. 20th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm
Just when you think you have everything all figured out, a curve ball comes at you from nowhere. I can't believe how things can change from one day to the next. . . from one minute to the next for that matter. My life is nothing more than a series of lies and complications. I don't know what to do or who to turn to and I can not figure out what my next move should be. I am generally a happy person with minimal complications in my daily life, but lately it's just one thing after the other. I am tired. I am so-so-so very tired of the drama and the bullshit that goes on with people. I am tired of everything at the moment. I just want to be happy. Is that too much to ask?

The Day After Apr. 17th, 2006 @ 10:16 am
What's up? I hope everybody had a happy Easter! Mine was alright, I suppose. I worked from 8am until 5pm and was amazed by the number of assholes who came out to celebrate this religious holiday by being complete jerks to their servers! Wow---give us a fricken break already. Isn't it bad enough that we are busting our asses so that ya'll can eat a "home-cooked meal" since nobody cooks at their actual homes on holidays anymore? Then to top it off, all of us in the service industry are unable to spend time with our friends and family, while you get to dress up, go to church and then spend the whole day frolicking and eating with your loved ones, but yet you have the audacity to complain because you had to wait a half an hour in the lobby, and your food took 25 minutes to cook! Really? Is life that bad for you sir? Do you feel better making young girls cry? Huh? Okay then, sit down, shut the hell up and enjoy your damn meal. </bitch-session>

But on a brighter note, I finally have a day off!!!! Yeah for me!!!! I
slept until 9:30am, I'm drinking some coffee, catching up on computer stuff, and plan on making the most of this glorious occasion. And by the way, last night my dad was super-duper nice to me. He was helpful and friendly. . . it was a lil weird. I'm pretty sure he felt like a jack-ass because of what happened a couple of weeks ago, and realized that I wasn't going to be the one to apologize or back down and talk to him first. I don't know. It's all really stupid anyway. Do you know what I overheard him say to my grandparents? Basically, he was talking about one of my aunts and how she married this dude who is like 20-something years older than her (not to mention overweight and unattractive) and he said, "But that's okay and I don't care because she's happy now, and all I care about is my sisters happiness."
JIGGA-WHAT? How about caring about your daughter's happiness? Or is that a completely different story? Aye-aye-aye.

Well, I seriously have to get on the ball and start looking for a teaching job for next year. I don't have my technical "teacher's certification" yet, but I have met all the requirements that I need, and have my degree, so it's just a matter of time I suppose. One of my friends told me to go ahead and apply for positions anyway and to simply explain the situation during my interview if it comes up, because I can still get hired if they really like me and need to fill the position. So, we'll see.

Alright then, I'm out like trout. Have a marvelous Monday.
Right now, I feel kinda...: contentcontent
I'm digging.: LIVE

"A Day Without a Day Off" Apr. 10th, 2006 @ 06:40 am
So, today is the big Mexican strike across the country. It's really crazy here in AZ with us being so close to the border and all. I'm supposed to have the day off since I just worked 50 hours, but I'm going in at 8am to help out. I'm going to be a host/busser/manager/etc...etc...etc... We have some employees coming in, but not enough to cut it without people like myself and a few others who've volunteered to come in on their days off too. It should be an interesting experience. Anyway, I'm tired but up for the challenge. A lot of other Mimi's and various restaurants are just closing for the day because they couldn't scrounge up enough people to open their doors, but Kimberly has a lot of loyal employees and a lot of proud people (including herself) who refuse to give in to the madness of the day.
So, we'll see what happens. Overall I'm just glad that I'm going to be nowhere near downtown Phoenix because I fear that all hell will break loose today. Let's just say that the illegal's out there protesting better have their best running shoes on, if you catch my drift. ;-)
Adios Amigos.
Right now, I feel kinda...: anxiousanxious
I'm digging.: Last Man Standing

AHHHHHH!!!! Apr. 6th, 2006 @ 09:03 am
I am soooooooooo flipping tired!!! I worked from 8 o'clock yesterday morning until 10:15 at night. (with only a 15 minute break throughout the day) My feet, my neck, back and shoulders are killing me, and the best part is that I have to go in again in 45 minutes and do it all over. For the love of God, I'm too old for this shit! ;-) Anyway, I just wanted to complain. I'm done now. Have a good day.
Right now, I feel kinda...: exhaustedexhausted

"Tell Me Lies---Tell Me Lies---Tell Me Sweet Little Lies" Apr. 4th, 2006 @ 04:04 pm
First off, let me start by saying that I had a wonderful graduation party last night. My parents threw it at their house and we rented tables and chairs, had tons of decorations, tons of food, drinks, people, etc.. I got some cool presents and lots of $$$ which was very nice =) There were a few people who I thought would be there that didn't show up, but that's life, and I'm not too disappointed.

Now I'd like to say that I had a terrible, horrible, miserable experience today when I went back to my parents house to take back the rental stuff. Apparently my aunt said something last night after I left that got the wheels turning in my parents heads about my sexuality, and about who my "new g/f" is. My dad was a complete asshole about the whole situation and when I tried to defend myself by saying "You have enough losers and trash on your side of the family to worry about, so don't waste your time worrying about me!" He replied with, "yea, well at least they're not GAY!" WTF??? Gimme a fricken break here. I just graduated from college, I am a partial owner of my own house, I have my own truck, I am well respected by everyone in the family, and looked up to by all of my cousins, and yet I'm a "HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT" because my parents think I'm in love with another woman. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. How about just being happy that I'm not a crack-head, or a prostitute, or a mother of three on wellfare, or a high school drop out, etc... etc.. etc... Things could be a lot worse, yet in their minds the ultimate, most horrific thing is the world is to be gay. That is a no-no. It's okay if my friends or co-workers, cousin and uncle are gay, but I'm not aloud to be who I am. I have to keep lying, and lying and lying over and over again to make them happy. It's ridiculous, especially since I'm 28 years old. I swear that I would run away and move to another state if I could. But I love the rest of my friends and family too much to do that to them. If I never have another conversation w/ my father again that would be okay with me though. I know it's harsh, but that's how I feel. I wish I could've recorded the conversation to play back for all of you so that you could hear how vicious, mean and degrading he was being, but unfortunately you'll just have to take my word for it.

Anyway, Bri is going to take me out for a saki-bomber now. I must go, and be back in time to watch American Idol. ;-) Adios Amigos.
Right now, I feel kinda...: crushedcrushed

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" Apr. 2nd, 2006 @ 09:58 pm
'Sup? Today was an interesting day. I woke up and had to manage at 8am (which I wasn't thrilled about) but my day at work wasn't too terribly bad, and I actually got off at 2pm instead of 6pm so that I could attend the ever-so-popular "Cardinale Family Pic-Nic". :|
Anyway, there was quite the hodgepodge of people there: big people, little people, white people, black people, brown people and everything in between. It's crazy how over the past 15 years our family has become a typical melting pot of all different races and backgrounds. It was cool to see some of my cousins and family members that I hadn't seen in a few years, but it was really hot outside today and I was tired to begin with, plus I had other plans on my mind the whole time. Basically my friend Erin from work invited me to a bar called Salty Senoritas in Scottsdale around 5 o'clock. I asked my friends Bri and Larissa to join me in the festivities earlier this morning and they accepted my invitation. By the time 5 rolled around though I was second-guessing my decision to drive all the way out to Scottsdale so the girls and I decided to just stay on our side of town and go to good 'ol Applebee's. We got there around a quarter to 6, and started drinking. We had to wait until after 7 for another friend to join us and then we ordered, had some laughs and more drinks and hung out a little bit longer. All in all it was a cool night. But then everything went downhill. I called my house because I was supposed to go stop by to say goodbye to my Uncle Tony, my aunt and cousins because they're going back to Colorado in the morning, and I came to find that half of them were in bed already!!! So, I had to promise to come by at 10 o'clock in the morning before they leave for the airport. :/ Then, I got back to my g/f's house and ran over a beautiful Christmas snow-globe that for some reason was left right in the path of where I park my truck, so it popped like a balloon, and glass, glitter and what-not went everywhere (probably in my tire too) so I had to sweep all that shit up before I could even get inside. And to top it off I got into a terrible fight with my very best friend and now I'm sad. Soooo.... that's about it. Tomorrow is my graduation party. I have lots of shit to do and I'll be running errands all day which pretty much sucks. Then the people who I really want to be there probably won't be there. That's life. The End.
Right now, I feel kinda...: aggravatedaggravated

Another Day---Another $ Mar. 30th, 2006 @ 09:46 am
I know... I know...
I never update anymore. But I really and truly do not have time. I have been working 50+ hours a week (which I hate by the way) and when I do have free time I've been using it to sleep!
Anyway, last week I officially graduated from Ottawa University. I'll post my cap & gown pics as soon as I get 'em. The only thing that sucked was that I felt like complete shit from last Thursday until last Saturday. I think I had the stomach flu thingy that was going around AZ. It was NO BUENO. We went out to dinner afterwords and I couldn't even enjoy myself and have a drink. How lame is that? Oh well. =/

In other news, I have to work in an hour (another double shift) so I must go get ready. I hope everyone is doing well, and I will do my best to log-in more and check things out around LJ land.
Right now, I feel kinda...: awakeawake
I'm digging.: The Price is Right

Yeah 4 Me!!! Feb. 28th, 2006 @ 06:08 pm
Guess who passed their A.E.P.A.'s? Me-Me-Yeahhhh Me!!! =) I can now officially start applying for teaching positions! Wish me luck. ;-)

Anyway, I bought tickets to go see Bon Jovi next week. Not only did I get them because I wanted to go see them play, but mainly because my friend Marty's band won a contest to open for them!!! How cool is that? They beat out tons of other bands for the opportunity to be the opening act. It should be sweet.

Bri also bought some tickets for us to go see The Black Eyed Peas and the Pussycat Dolls! That'll be very fun too! =) I love concerts. They make me happy.

Well, work has been a bitch lately. Lots and lots of hours. I suppose I should just hang in there because I'll only hafta deal with the restaurant business for a few more months. Thank the Good Lord.
Oh, and speaking of which, Happy Fat Tuesday! Tomorrow is Lent. I think I'm gonna give up red meat again. It's hard for me to do, but that's the whole point anyway.
I can't believe Easter is right around the corner already. That means that it's been almost a year since Brandon was murdered. Man, that's some crazy shit. =/
Alright then, I've got some stuff I need to go take care of.
Take it easy. Adios.
Right now, I feel kinda...: calmcalm
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