Black Friday

This Black Friday held a lot of firsts for me. I worked, in retail, although we weren’t too busy. We were busier at our big sale two weeks ago. I went out to dinner and that was slow, even the waiter said it was a slow day. Then after dinner with Joe I picked up Lily and we went to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart was pretty dead, but it was 9pm. The weirdest thing about Wal-Mart was that the shelves were completely restocked and all the sales were already gone. It was still Friday. I didn’t need to buy anything Christmas related except tissue paper.

However, when I got home I bought Joe a video game and my mom her birthday or Christmas present. Gotta love Amazon.

I’ve never actually gone shopping on Black Friday. I wouldn’t get in line at midnight to go shopping at 4am. Everyone marks up the prices before all the sales anyway so people think they’re getting a fantastic deal when really they’re not.

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November 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Thanksgiving 5K

The 5K went well. Here are some pictures.

Mom

Mom, Molly, Aunt Katie and Danny warming up

Mom, me and Lily

This is Lily passing us on her second loop. Kyle and I walked with Grandma so we got passed a lot.

November 25, 2010. Tags: , , , . News. Leave a comment.

Thanksgiving

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, even though it is always ruined by Christmas music. Let me list the things I love about Thanksgiving.

  • pumpkin pie
  • turkey
  • roll eating contest with Uncle Steve
  • pumpkin pie
  • tryptophan/food comas
  • seeing family
  • pumpkin pie

I think that about covers it.

Gobble gobble!

 

November 25, 2010. Tags: , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Thanksgiving Shirts Pt. 2

As I’ve mentioned before, and I’m sure you’ve all read in my other post about it ;), my family is running a 5K at 9am on Thanksgiving morning. The event wasn’t giving out shirts so we decided to make some ourselves. I designed the shirt, mom picked the color and added the line with my grandma’s name. We were going to have our names on the back but that was $4 extra per person so we decided against it. Otherwise, they’re pretty fantastic.

This is the final product front and back:

November 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking, News, Projects. Leave a comment.

“Sneakers, you stink!”

Sneakers hasn’t had a hair cut or a bath in quite a while and with family coming in Wednesday he needed some grooming. Especially because most of our relatives are allergic. When I left this morning he had hair, when I came home he did not. He always looks a little silly after he loses all of his hair.

November 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Wrapping Presents

Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday, but I love wrapping presents. I like to make sure the corners are perfect and I like the challenge of wrapping odd shapes. I also really enjoy using tape. One day, I will wrap a resent entirely in duct tape, then wrap it in wrapping paper, just to piss the receiver off. It would be hilarious.

Anyway, these are the presents I have so far. My sister has two, two are for Joe’s mom, two are for Joe, one for my dad, the gold bag is for Mary (Joe’s sister), one is for Chris (Joe’s sister’s boyfriend), and one for Joe from Lily. I still have to find something for my mom. Probably one big thing and one little thing because her birthday is the day after Christmas. And I am ordering something for Joe and my dad on Friday. Then all that’s left is something else small for Mary.

You will notice that there are no bows or ribbons on any of these presents. Well, I don’t know where I’m going to store them until we put our tree up and I don’t want any of the frilly bits to get ruined so I haven’t put it on yet. I’ll post another picture when that time comes in a few more weeks.

November 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Apple Sluts

My mom tends to love everything Apple. So of course when the iPad came out she had to have one. And that’s exactly what she did.

We’ve always been an Apple family. The only thing Microsoft that we own is my xBox. I think once my mom had a palm pilot by Microsoft, but I could be wrong.

Throughout the years we have owned a few Mac desktops including an huge ugly box white one, an iMac G3, an iMac G5 before the camera. Then my mom is on her second MacBook and I’m still on my first. Then of course there’s the iPad, which, by the way, I wrote this post on. I’ve owned three iPods, an iPod mini, an iPod classic (a gift from Joe), and an iPod shuffle. Lily has an iPod nano and mom has a classic. The only thing missing is an iPhone.

November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

College and the Internet

I’ll admit, before college I hardly had any accounts on any social type of websites. I had a myspace, an email address and an AIM account. College definitely opened my eyes to the internet.

I grew up with this iMac

I got a Facebook account back in August of 2008. I had only heard of it once before my mom got an account, yes, my mom had a Facebook before me. She said that I should get one and I figured it was lame because my mom had one, then she said that it was originally developed for college students, so I figured, “I’m moving to the other side of the state and want to make friends so I should probably do this.” So I did, reluctantly. Now I check Facebook a few times a day and my 14 year old sister has more friends than me.

When I started my freshman year at Grand Valley I decided to join a club in order to meet people. I found this club just for Apple products users called Apples and Oranges. I learned so many short cuts and about so many applications it was just

My MacBook today

ridiculous. I can now find anything on my laptop in three keystrokes. I also learned about Twitter. All of the officers had one and said that we should get one too. After some peer pressure I did. I didn’t like it at first, but now I love it. And when I signed up for Twitter it was back in, I think, September of 2008, so I had one before everyone and their grandmother had one. And yes, my grandmother has one along with my mom, dad and sister. However only my mom uses it and she’s pretty entertaining. Now Twitter has become a useful tool to keep in contact with my Grand Valley friends. It’s also a good source of entertainment with all of the celebrities and comedians on it now.

The internet is a great tool and now I know how to use it. Except now I can’t pull myself away from it. Like right now for example, I need to go get ready to do some volunteering at a local clinic, but instead I’m sitting here writing this. The internet is both good and bad.

November 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Keeping a Journal

Sometimes I tend to get in my own head too much. I zone out of the real world and think too much in my own. I had tried journals in the past but I always wrote them like I was writing a letter to someone. So this time I decided to try it like free writing and it really ended up helping. I had an extra notebook so I thought, “Why not?” I started a composition notebook back in April and I just finished it the other day.

I kind of took a journal writing hiatus over the summer so there were about three or four months where I only wrote a few times, but I started writing again like a mad woman. Since I never actually took my notebook to class I would write in my school notebooks and rip the pages out and glue them into my composition notebook. The notebook is pretty fat now because glued in pages take up about half of the notebook.

I just started a new one yesterday and I’m thinking about making a cover for it. Not sure what I want to make it out of yet. Maybe some wrapping paper, origami paper or some thin fabric. I’ll test some materials.

November 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Sons of Anarchy Night

Tuesday’s are Sons night at Joe’s house. Joe was the first to start watching Sons of Anarchy, but he eventually got his mom, sister, Chris and I all hooked. So now on Tuesdays we all meet over at his house to watch the newest episode. Unfortunately his mom doesn’t get out of work until 11pm so the show has just ended, but she normally catches the one that plays just after it. Sometimes Mary and Chris come over early so we can play some video games first. And we always make food. Most of the time it’s Chinese, but sometimes nachos or burgers.

Sons of Anarchy is a fun show about a gun running biker gang. It has a tendency to show things on tv that you don’t think should be on tv, murder, sex, torture, gang rape, shoot outs and more. Katey Sagal plays the mom of the club, Gemma and she’ll kick your ass. Ron Perlman plays Clay who is the leader of the club and Gemma’s husband. The main character is Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam, who is the son of Gemma and step-son of Clay.

Over-all the show has been really good. A few slow episodes here and there, but every show is bound to have those. It’s only a few episodes away from the end of season three. To anyone that likes violence, sex, guns and motorcycles I highly suggest this show.

November 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Los Cuatro Amigos

Joe and I have been together almost four and a half years now and we don’t have a song. I don’t know if it’s still a thing for a couple to have a song, but we don’t have one. However, we do have a restaurant. We went on our first date to this then new Mexican restaurant called Los Cuatro Amigos. Since then it has moved locations to a larger building and sometimes has a mariachi band play live. Every time we go we tend to get the same few things. We know what we like there.

It’s good, it’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s delicious. And the chips must be laced with crack because they are addicting. I can be full to my capacity and can continue to eat them.

November 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Joe

I talk about Joe a lot, but not many people know much, or anything, about him. Joe is my boyfriend as of June 2006. He’s incredibly tall, 6’6″, and I like it. The top of my head fits right under his chin. He’s got dimples, curly blond hair and a pair of incredibly twinkly blue eyes. I know it sounds a little weird to say they’re twinkly but they really are. His eyes show his emotion and when he’s upset there’s no twinkle.

Joe and I are two years apart in age. Actually, we’re 1 year and 361 days apart. My birthday is four days before his. We started dating way back in 2006. He had just graduated high school and I had just finished my sophomore year. At first the age difference seemed like a lot, but that went away as soon as I graduated.

We’ve learned how to be silly with each other. We are always playing around and messing with each other. It’s like puppy love but 4 1/2 years into it. We still cuddle on the couch but at the same time we can play Halo together for hours. We can still be romantic too. Although, he’s always been the more romantic one.

Joe has a huge family. Huge. My more direct family consists of 12 including myself. He has nine aunts and uncles on both sides of his family. Just his aunts and uncles trump what I have. However, he knows his mom’s side better than his dad’s side and therefore I do too, but still. Nine aunts and uncles. That’s 18 aunts and uncles and most of them are married and have kids. That’s a lot of cousins. I only have four cousins on my mom’s side and only two that I’ve met on my dad’s side. I love the huge family dynamic though. The family parties are always so much fun and there is always cards and gambling. The craziest part is, all of the men on his mom’s side are just as big as he is. There’s not a single guy that’s older than 18 that is under six feet tall. However, Joe is on the tall end, being the second tallest.

We can be silly, we can be serious, we can be whatever the other needs. He’s like a calming agent for me. Whenever I get upset I need 10 minutes of Joe time and I feel better. He’s also his own heater and since I don’t produce a ton of body heat on my own it’s incredibly nice. And he is always willing to warm up my cold fingers and toes. Joe is also the father of our fish babies, Mr. Bubbles and Bingo.

Over time I have accumulated a lot of pictures of the two of us in nice clothes for dances, and more recently, weddings. I’m noticing this now, but I tend to stand on his right side when we’re dressed up. Weird. Anyway, I would like to share the pictures of when we look our best.

Homecoming 2006

Homecoming 2007

Prom 2008

Wedding August 2010

Joe is my boy and I love him and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

November 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. 2 comments.

Sneakers

Sneakers is my silly dog. He is quite the character. He’s part bichon frise, part shih tzu and a tiny bit yorkshire terrier. Fortunately he got the cute end of all of them. His full name is Sneakers Chester Keener-Clark. He’s going to be nine years old on December 16th. We got him way back when I was in middle school. I was starting to walk home from school and stay home the hour or two before my mom came home from work. She wanted someone to be there so why not a companion/watch dog? Besides, I had wanted a dog for a while, especially since I knew a horse was out of the question.

Sneakers has a big crush on Joe’s dog, Princess, but is afraid of Joe’s sisters dog, Gizzard. The funniest part of it is that Gizzy is smaller than him. Of course Sneakers isn’t that big. He’s not very tall, but he’s oddly long. He has quite a long back, which has caused him some problems, but those can be solved by time and a baby aspirin hidden in a piece of cheese.

Sneakers goes by a lot of different names in this house.

  • Sneaky
  • Baby Boy
  • Mr. Twister
  • Stinky
  • Sneaky Peepers
  • Bob (but only for Lily)
  • Sneaky Boy

There are more, but I think you get the point.

Sneakers is our baby. He sleeps in bed with me every night. Sometimes he even curls up next to me. He’s also the king of lap dogs. If he can be on your or next to you he will. And even if you don’t want him there, he’s too cute to kick away. He’s got his favorite toy, which is a carrot with a squeaker in it and he loves to lick out the bathtub after I get out of the shower. He licks the water off of my ankles then stares at me until I put him in the tub, then he hops out when he’s done. He also has a tendency to burp while he’s begging for whatever is on the table. He acts like nothing happened too and it’s always funny. He’s a silly dog, but he’s our silly dog.

November 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Contact List Names

My sister and I find that having our normal names in our phones is boring. When we come up with a different name we change them. She has been Sharkbate Oh Haha, Harry Potter and most recently, Colonel Mustard. I have been Oprah, God, A Shark, Voldemort, and currently Freddie Mercury. It’s just something we like to do.

Funniest one was when we both changed our names to something shark related at the same time without telling each other. It was hilarious.

November 12, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Scaredy Cat

I’m a total wuss. I don’t like scary movies in any way shape or form, or television shows for that matter. I don’t know why I’m like this but I just am. I especially don’t like scary things with no music where stuff just pops out of nowhere. Then my fanciful mind thinks that there’s a creepy guy with a blow torch and a chain hiding behind the door in the basement. So of course I run up the stairs as fast as I possibly can when I turn the lights out in the basement.

Now I know nothing could be there without my dog noticing because he barks at everything and anything. And he lays on the top step whenever I’m in the basement. But still, I’m not a fan of being in the dark. Especially when my mom is on call. For some reason I just feel safer with her home. She’s also an incredibly light sleeper so she hears everything. Having Joe near by helps too, because he’d come over if I was scared. In fact, he has before and he laid with me until I fell asleep and locked up when he left.

November 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

BotV

This week is Battle of the Valleys as both Saginaw Valley and Grand Valley. I’m torn, because I attended Grand Valley for my first two years of college but I am now in my first semester at Saginaw Valley. I know I’m supposed to root for my school, but they are both my school. However, I already have an idea who will win the football game and I don’t think they will be in red.

However, the football game isn’t the only competition. There is also the money raising competition and for the past few days there have been SVSU students in bright yellow vests at the busiest intersection in town walking between cars when they are stopped in order to get donations. It seems to be working. More than half the cars throw in their change. I keep the little change I have though. So I’m not exactly supporting my school. Oh well, we’ll see what happens. The winner is announced Saturday.

This will be the first year that I won’t be going to the game. I attended it both my freshman and sophomore years, but since the SVSU football stadium doesn’t have flood lights the game has to start early in the day, noon, and I will be working until 5pm. So this game will be missed. It would be too cold for it anyway.

November 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking. 2 comments.

Breakfast

There are some people out there that don’t eat breakfast and I just don’t get it. Breakfast food is some of the most delicious food. And it’s the meal that you can eat any time of the day. Who eats a sandwich for breakfast? But pancakes can also be dinner.

For the most part I just eat cereal for breakfast. I love Cheerios, but only the plain kind. Kix and Special K are pretty good too. And who doesn’t like Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Sometimes we have dried cherries and those join the plain cereal in my bowl.

Sometimes when I stay at Joe’s house and we don’t have anything to do in the morning he makes bacon and eggs. He is the best egg maker that I know. They’re always delicious. It hasn’t happened in a while, but sometimes at my house my mom will make pancakes for breakfast. And she makes them from scratch, not a mix. We did have pancakes and bacon for dinner not too long ago. However it really doesn’t happen much anymore because Lily only ever eats a few, I don’t eat them leftover and mom can’t eat them at all because of her gluten allergy. That makes me sad too because breakfast is my favorite.

November 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Twitter

I opened my twitter account back in my first semester of college, September of 2008. At first I didn’t like it, then I became completely consumed with it and now it’s just kind of fun sometimes. Now that it’s gotten bigger there are more entertaining people to follow, my favorites being Steve Martin and Darth Vader.

However, since then, Twitter has gotten bigger to all people. My mom, dad and sister all have accounts too. And my parents kind of use it to spy on me. I don’t want to make my account private either. But hey, they also can see things on facebook. So that’s a lost cause.

Other than that it has been a fun and addicting socializing tool.

November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Something You Might Not Know About Me

I’ve lived in Michigan since July of 1996. Most people in Saginaw generally just assume you are from Saginaw or at least Michigan. What most people don’t know is that I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah before Michigan and was born in Missoula, Montana. I’m originally a Rocky Mountains girl.

I don’t really remember much about living in either place, but I do remember mountains in Utah. However, my dad did live out in Missoula for a few years while I was in middle school and I visited him two summers in a row. One time for a month. That was also the summer when all of the forest fires were going on so it was interesting. It was absolutely beautiful out there though. We went on a 12 mile bike trail that ended in Idaho and had a mile long cave to bike through, spent a few nights in Yellowstone, went to a bison range and went white water rafting. It was a good time and I’d like to go back again. It’s too flat in Michigan.

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Gobbler Gallop

This year my sister decided the family should have Thanksgiving in Saginaw. She also heard about a 5K called the Gobbler Gallop taking place at 9am Thanksgiving morning. She and about half of the rest of the family, which consists of 12 people including myself, are also runners. My mom, grandma, Uncle Paul and myself are not. Although the two youngest cousins aren’t technically runners they’re young enough that they might as well be.

Normally 5Ks give out shirts when you register for them but this one isn’t because it’s only $5. My mom thought, “Hey, what if we design a shirt and have it made for all of us?” Lily and I both thought it was a good idea so we started a design. We immediately decided it had to be a long sleeve. We’re going to have our names and “Winner, winner Turkey dinner,” on the back and a lovely turkey in sneakers on the front. We’re still deciding on the shirt color, but this is what the front will look like.

November 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . News. Leave a comment.

Winter

I’m a cold person. My hands and feet are almost always cold. My mom and grandma both have Raynaud’s Phenomenon so I just assume that’s what is causing my phalanges to always be cold. I think that’s how it started in my mom.

Lily doing a penguin slide (on a sled)

But Winter really isn’t my season. I hate being cold. Hate it. It actually makes me angry. I especially hate when the wind blows and gets to my nose because then I feel like I need chapstick on my nose, but that would just be weird.

On the other side, Winter can be a lot of fun. Sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snowman making, snowball fights. Notice that shoveling the driveway is not on that list. It can also be a very pretty season. And as long as the Christmas decorations aren’t too much, it’s a very well decorated season too. Where I work, we’ve been setting up fake Christmas trees since the beginning of September, but now it looks like a Christmas wonderland. We’re even going to have a Santa come in next weekend for our Christmas Open House.

Basically, Winter is cold and I don’t like it unless I’m nice and toasty inside.

November 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

French Braids to Waves

I tested with my hair so much in high school that I now know, and have for a few years now, what is easiest and what works best. I’m lazy and don’t like to be too high maintenance with my hair, except on special occasions in which case I’m very high maintenance about it. When I finally figured out how to french braid my hair I was so excited. Then I decided to try to make it wavy by braiding it when it was wet and letting it dry while up. At first I used mousse, gel and hair spray. Now I’ve gotten good enough to know how long it will need to dry based on how soon after my shower I put it up. I also know which products work best for my hair and it’s definitely not mousse. Small amounts of gel have proved to work the best.

This wavy hair style has become my everyday hairstyle. It’s so easy. I generally shower at night because I don’t like having wet hair throughout the day. So when I get out of the shower I towel my hair off a bit, put some gel in and braid it up. The next morning I’ll take the braids out. I like to wait until the last possible minute to take them out too so they’re more likely to hold the wave. Then there’s also spray gel or scrunching sprays to help it not look so poofy on the bottom, because my hair tends to be poofy, frizzy and unmanageable without doing something to it. The secret to my wavy look is not brushing my hair. When I get out of the shower I finger comb my hair. Brushing just makes it too big and well, poofy.

November 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking, Projects. Leave a comment.

Drive-Bys

It may seem totally lame, but Joe and I like to see each other everyday even if it’s just for a few minutes. So we have this move we call a drive-by kiss where one of us stops by the others house for upwards of 10 minutes to get a kiss and a little bit of chatting in. It’s silly, but it really is nice. And sometimes that five minutes can really brighten up a bad day.

Today I didn’t have a bad day, but Joe’s was a little stressful. He had a final exam in his automatic transmission class. And he’ll be busy tonight helping his Uncle with some car thing I don’t understand, a brake booster. So tonight is a perfect night for a drive-by kiss. It’ll be just a few minutes to say hello. Besides, he gives great bear hugs. They are really nice and bear-like when the hugger is almost twice your size.

November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Late College Nights

I know the college experience is all about those late nights partying or those late nights studying. Well I haven’t been getting much sleep lately so this late night of studying is kicking my ass and I’m still not done. I finished two projects for my sociology class. One is a presentation that I’ll prepare for in the first part of class and the other was an online activity.

I'm not exactly organized when I study

 

The political science exam is what is scaring the crap out of me. It’s over a bunch of boring dead guys from the enlightenment and all of their very confusing and boring readings that I either didn’t read, or was confused as hell when reading them. 40 points of the exam are in 10 fill in the blank questions while the other 60 come from a 5 page essay we are to write in class then. However, she gave us the three topic options, and she is allowing us to write up an outline of what we’d like to say in relation to a certain theorist. And we can have his reading. So perhaps I’ll pick a theorists that I have actually read about and focus on him. I just wish we were talking about political systems instead. It would be so much easier than political ideals from the 1700s.

November 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

NaBloPoMo

I’ve always wanted to do one of these crazy challenges that go on in November. Since I’m a girl and enjoy my smooth legs No Shave November was out. NaNoWriMo was about writing novels. I’m not much of a story writer. I’m not really much of a writer at all. Then I heard about NaBloPoMo which is for bloggers. It stands for National Blog Posting Month. I figure, I don’t post too often so why not give it a shot. And I’m also going to try to make every post about something, whether it’s a story, a project, something silly. They won’t be me just complaining. And they’ll at least be a paragraph or two long, I’m not writing a book here.

November 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.