Friday, June 29, 2007

Goodbye!

I'm off to that funny state shaped like a mitten!

I'll be home Sunday night!!

EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Friday Flashback

As I am headed up to Michigan to see my Grandparents I am reminded of a tradition. It's not formal or tied to any specific holiday. I just know I do it EVERY time and I think my sisters do too.

What do we do? We pull out our photo albums. My grandma has probably around 3 books dedicated to each of us. So every time we are up there we pull out our own books and slowly look through them. They are the same pictures every time and we still look at them. Grandma stopped adding to them long ago. It kind of makes me wish I had continued the tradition. I think one of my summer goals is to go through all my old pictures and organize them in some way. It's something I have attempted and failed at many many many times.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Who Knows How?

I want to change the header of my blog. I don't really want to change the way it looks... I just want to change the picture. Actually I would like for it to be a different picture on each page reload, So it would be different every time you came to visit. I would have it cycle through maybe 5 pictures or so....

...so does anyone know how to go about this?

I'll give you a gold starrrrr!

Summer Book Review #2

Title: Running With Scissors

By: Augusten Burroughs
Pages: 320

Book Discription:
"Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances."

Would I recommend this read?
Even though this book was very different then books I have read in the past I would recommend it. It was another one I could not put down. At times I was shocked and disgusted, but I sure did laugh a lot. This book has been made into a movie and as soon as I get a moment... I'm going to go rent it!

UPDATE: The Movie Blows. READ THE BOOK!

Another Online Addiction Revealed

I'm addicted to the internet. I'm not going to lie. Bloggs, Facebook, MySpace, AIM. You name it I'm there.

So I thought I'd let you in on another one. I'm a HUGE dork and I love playing scrabble. I play on Yahoo, though they call it Literati, but it is the same as scrabble. I'll be first to admit that I'm not sure that half of the words I put down are words until I hit submit. I play against my mom, who I usually call to ask if she wants to play. Over the last few years, we have discovered a lot of new words and things like AE and AA that are accepted by the board. She usually beats me, but I have the occasional win... like tonight!



If you play... lets schedule a time for me to kick your ass... if you never have played... I suggest you go try! I would not recommend playing with "just anyone" though ... Me and my mom are fairly quick... sometimes you can get stuck with a person who takes a 5 minute turn. Blahhh

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Blogging Homearama

I have been in a bit of a blogging slump lately. I have been very busy with work... but there are SO many things I would like to write about but I'm afraid that I will Jinx myself. LoL. So I think it is best just to keep my mouth shut for a while.

I did go to Homearama Last week here in Cincinnati. It's basically a bunch of HUGE million dollar houses you get to walk through and gawk at. They were amazing... but after you go in one... it seems like the rest are pretty much the same. I was surprised to see that they all had relatively all small kitchens. I think the focus this year was the Porch (the "outdoor living area") My friend I was with made a good point... HELLO! you live in CINCINNATI. You will use that area.. what? 3 months out of the year total. IF THAT. lol. But as far as them bing the same... they were all huge. They all had a really nice basement tv area with bar and they all had a huge porch. we skipped a lot of the upstairs in the houses becuase there just wasn't much excitement... and it was SO crowded!

This was my favorite house. Not becuase it pretty much had a FULL Bar downstairs... but becuase it had a court yard. The house surrounded this awesome courtyard. It was SO cool.

Summer!


I am actually getting TAN! Well, a little anyway!

Woo Whooo!


"Erika from Erika Jean is how I wish I had been at her age. She is so fun and full of life!"


Skittles was kind enough to pass the "Rockin' Girl Blogger" along to me and I am so thankful and very flattered by the comment! I think that this award should and does allow tag-backs because I pass it right back to her! I love reading her blog. I feel like she can push through any obstacle that comes her way. It is very inspiring. Plus there is something there that always makes me smile and laugh. She is the blogger that I someday hope to be!

I'm also going to pass this award onto my mother. She was the one that got me hooked on blogging.... and without her I wouldn't be here! (In the blogging sense and actuality! lol) She's one Rockin' Girl Blogger...!

So if you haven't already... post and pass your award!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Love Nature, Hate Bugs


I was laying down on the couch watching Jay Leno when I felt this tickle on my arm. I looked down and see a millipede scrambling around with all its tiny icky buggy legs.

So now I'm FREAKING out with the creepy crawlies becuase I just killed that millipede that I flicked off my arm. They are seriously EVERYWHERE outside... and at night (nocturnal I guess). Does anybody know why??? I don't remember them last year? maybe they came in the mulch they put down this year? How do I stop those little pests! EW EW EW EW. They need to STOP comming in my room!!!! EWwwwWWwWWww.

Bon Jovi

Just wanted to let you all know that the new Bon Jovi CD is out and if you don't go and buy it you are a terrible terrible person.

Summer Movie Review #1

Movie Title: Reno 911!: Miami

Description: "A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. Based on the Comedy Central series."

Would I Recommend? Yes.... if you are not offended easily. I was almost in tears laughing at one point.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Burned

Yesterday I went and purchased a monthly tanning pass. Yes I know tanning beds are bad, cancer yadda yadda yadda... I even think they are bad. However I haven't had much time at ALL to get out and lay the sun (which is basically the same thing right?) So tanning is what my game plan is for a little bit. I'm not trying to get black or anything I just want to glow!

This is not me... and its not THIS bad.

Anyway I though you would all find it humorous that I have beet red back and a perfect outline of the bra I wore in the bed. :-/

So far the lots of lotion, ibuprofen and cold showers have been my cure. Although I really want to try some of these home remedies. Not becuase I think they will work... but becuase it will give me something to do ;-)

Remedies
*Just add milk.
*
Be soothed by vegetables.
*
Soak yourself in diluted vinegar.
*Heal with oatmeal.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Summer Book Review # 1

Title:Whistling In the Dark
By: Lesley Kagen
Pages: 320

Book Description:
"It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors...

Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the Loose. And so is a murderer and molester.

Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things. Who the killer is. And that she's next on his list. Now she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors. "

Would I Recommend this Read: Yes.

Antoher Good Find

The summer bored-ness has hit early for me this year. I have been doing absolutely nothing. It's a combination of no classes and two on-call weekends in a row (I have to stay on the property Friday 5pm to Sunday 4pm). So while i have been doing nothing... there has sadly been nothing to exciting to blog about...

I have been waisting my time Stumbling though. This morning I found a funny letter about a man who entertains himself while his wife shops at Kmart.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Oh geez

I don't know why Paris in Prison interests me so much. I just think it is hysterical. And so is this video a friend passed on. haha.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I Want One

The Menstrual Militia is now recruiting! Arm yourself with a Tampon Shooter and report for target practice and tactical tampon maneuvers. Safe for indoor or outdoor use, this air-powered gun fires tampons "bullets" up to 20 feet. Our Tampon Bandolier insures that you've always got a supply of ammo at the ready, plus you'll never have to hunt around for a spare tampon in case you really need one.

More fun ones at TamponCrafts.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Going Ons

I have three vacations planned this summer. So many! Michigan to the the grandparents, Chicago to Hang out, and Tucson to see mom and meet up for a mini family reunion. I think this will be the most I've traveled all summer!

Anyway I'm excited... because I haven't been out of classes for more than a week and I've been BORED out of my freaking mind! Today I cleaned my room and I even read a book over the weekend. A whole freaking book in 3 days. Insane... Anyway vacation will give me something to DO!

Wow. That is enough random rambling.

I am way to awake for 12:40am, when I have to be at work at 8!

Found On Stumble

OH-IO



1. You don't think of Florida first when someone mentions Miami.

2. You snicker when someone's from Tiffin, because you think of the State Hospital.

3. You think Pro football teams are supposed to wear orange!

4. You've heard of 3.2% beer.

5. Schools close for the state basketball tournament. Deer season, too.

6. You're proud of your state fair, but would rather go to Cedar Point.

7. You know all the 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, Almost Winter, and Construction.

8. You live less than 30 miles from some college or university.
Tru That. Across the street.

9. You know what a buckeye really is, and have a recipe for candy ones.
And now I really want one. If you never had one I'm going to make them and send them to you. Put your address in the comments.

10. "Toward the lake" means "north" and "toward the river" means "south."

11. You've heard of the Great Nickel Beer Night Riot.

12. You know if other Ohioians are from southern or northern Ohio as soon as they open their mouths.
This is 100% accurate.

13. You root for a college team though you've never taken a class there.

14. You can spell words like Cuyahoga, Olentangy, Bellefontaine,and Tuscarawas *(Wapakoneta?) and you know which letter is doubled in "Cincinnati."
I can only spell my city. Cincinnati!

15. You always visit more than two amusement parks in one summer.

16. You know that Serpent Mounds were not made by snakes.

17. You know what game they're playing when the Mud Hens take on the Clippers.

18. "Vacation" means spending a day at Cedar Point or King's Island.
When I was a kid I used to go to Kings Island daily in the summer.

19. You measure distance in minutes.
So very true. Seems like now we should be measuring int by road construction and traffic.

20. .Down south to you means Kentucky.

21. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.

22. Your school classes were canceled because of heat.

23. You've ridden the school bus for an hour each way.

24. You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
Oh yes.

25. You know what's knee-high by the Fourth of July.

26. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: "Where's my coat at?"
I think I actually do this.

27. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.

28. You think of the major four food groups as beef, pork, beer, and Jell-O salad with marshmallows.

29. You carry jumper cables in your car.

30. You know what pop is.

31. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
One year I was the Little Mermaid and my mom had to sew my bikini top on to a turtleneck!


32. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

33. You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and a flannel nightie.

34. The local paper covers national and international headlines on one page but requires 6 pages for sports.

35. You think that deer season is a national holiday.

36. You know which leaves make good toilet paper.

37. You thought that the Michael Stanley Band was the most popular band in the country.

Monday, June 11, 2007

12212012

12/21/2012. I will turn 27... and on this date, as I learned from the History Channel - Is the end of the Mayan calender. They Mayan predict "Dooms Day" on this date. I however predict one hell of a party ;-)

This was going to be a long post... about the Maya and whatnot, because I actually know a bit about them becuase I HAD to take history....But then I remembered Its summer and I really don't give a crap. So go here if you want to read.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

SMILE!

Smiling is contagious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at
me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner,
and someone saw my grin -
When he smiled I
realized, I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth,
A single smile, just like mine,
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected -
Let's start an epidemic quick
and get the world infected ! ! !

Need Something?


So my sister is super talented and made this picture for me. I gave her a couple of pics and said "make something." Did you know that she went to school for this stuff? She did! And she works all day long developing websites.

If you ever want a new banner, or something graphic/web related you should give her a holler over HERE. 20$ per item.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Friday Flashback!

I forgot to do one on Friday. I must have been to busy doing nothing.

So I'll keep it short and sweet.


Dirty Art



This is SO cool. I wish I was this artistic... I would drive my car through the mud everyday.

Go visit this guys gallery. It is amazing.

Post Secrets

No I have not sent in my own secret, but I like reading other peoples. This blog is a blog where people send their secrets in and they are published for the whole world to see. There is something amazing about these secrets they are all so captivating. Some are disturbing, some are funny, some are inspiring, some are sad, and some I just can not believe. Some secrets have been published in book form, and as they keep pouring in, some are chosen to be published online in the form of a blog. The site is updated every Sunday, and everysunday I am so excited to go read them. Please visit this blog this week!

My Place of Peace


It's where I have a moment to think.
It's where I sort things out.
It's where I make important decisions.
It's where I over-analyze.
It's where I make calls to the ones I miss.
It's where I turn up the music and tune out the world.
It's where I discover new music.
It's where I scream my lungs out.
It's where I drive in silence.
It's where I enjoy the breeze.
It's where I enjoy the sunshine.
It's where I sightsee.
It's where I pull up my hair and put on my shades.
It's where I daydream.
It's where I blast the AC.
It's where I roll the windows down.
It's where I yell at stupid people
(its where thats okay becuase they can't hear me).
It's where I people watch.
It's where I get lost... ...It's where I find my way.


I love driving.

Courtness

Lawyer: "Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?"
Witness
: "Yes."
Lawyer
: "Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?"
Witness
: "Yes, sir."
Lawyer
: "What did she say?"
Witness
: "'What disco am I at?'"

Lawyer
: "This myasthenia gravis -- does it affect your memory at all?"
Witness: "Yes"
Lawyer
: "And in what ways does it affect your memory?"
Witness
: "I forget."
Lawyer
: "You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten?"

Lawyer: "How old is your son, the one living with you?"
Witness
: "Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which."
Lawyer
: "How long has he lived with you?"
Witness
: "Forty-five years."

Lawyer
: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
Witness
: "No."
Lawyer
: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
Witness
: "No."
Lawyer
: "Did you check for breathing?"
Witness
: "No."
Lawyer
: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?"
Witness
: "No."
Lawyer
: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?"
Witness
: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar."
Lawyer
: "But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?"
Witness
: "Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere."

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Visit it.

This is a really neat sight about "green-ness" It talkes about the latest green technology, and is very interesting! Go see.

I Don't Blame Them

I don't blame the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department or staff of the Century Regional Detention Center. I wouldn't want to deal with her eaither. However it is totally unfair. I know I wouldn't get released from jail TO MY HOME for medical reasons. As a typical person in prison... you would have to ride it out or go to the hospital. As one of my co workers said.... "If I was released from prison to her home... It would be like a vacation for me..." (becuase her house is probably so nice).

UPDATE: hahaha she is back in jail!

Summer Time!

Summer Time - Kenny Chesney

Summertime is finally here
That old ball park man is back in gear
Out on 49, man I can see the lights
School's out the nights roll in
Man, just like a long lost friend
You ain't seen in a while
You can't help but smile.

And it's two bare feet on the dashboard
Young love in an old Ford
Cheap sherris, and a tattoo, and Yoohoo bottle on the floorboard
Perfect song on the radio
Sing along because it's one we know
It's a smile
It's a kiss
It's a simple wine
It's summertime
Sweet summertime.

Temperature says '93
Down at the deposit can gurantee
But that swimming hole
It's nice and cold
Bikin bottoms underneath
But the boys heart still skip a beat
When them girls shimmy off
Those old cut-offs.

And it's two bare feet on the dashboard
Young love in an old Ford
Cheap sherris, and a tattoo, and Yoohoo bottle on the floorboard
Perfect song on the radio
Sing along because it's one we know
It's a smile
It's a kiss
It's a simple wine
It's summertime
Sweet summertime.

The more things change
The more they stay the same
Don't matter how old you are
When you know what I'm talking 'bout
Yeah baby, when you got.

Two bare feet on the dashboard
Young love in an old Ford
Cheap sherris, and a tattoo, and Yoohoo bottle rolling on the floorboard
Perfect song on the radio
Sing along because it's one we know
It's a smile
It's a kiss
It's a simple wine
It's summertime
Sweet summertime...

EXAMS ARE OVER!! :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Remember Kids...


... Only you can prevent wildfires. (didn't it use to be "forest" fires?)

Anywhoo, there was a almost fire right outside my building over the weekend. Someone threw a lit cigarette in the mulch and the mulch was smoldering. It was about a 2ft by one foot area. I was wearing flip flops, so instead of pouncing on it I took about 20 great big cup fulls of water and poured it on top.

I stunk like a camp fire afterwards.... but much better than my place on fire!!

Hospital Chart Bloopers

Actual writings on hospital charts:

  • She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

  • Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

  • On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.

  • The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

  • The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

  • Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.

  • Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

  • The patient refused autopsy.

  • The patient has no previous history of suicides.

  • Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

  • Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

  • Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

  • She is numb from her toes down.

  • While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

  • The skin was moist and dry.

  • Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

  • Patient was alert and unresponsive.

  • Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

  • She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

  • I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

  • Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

  • Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

  • The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

  • The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

  • Skin: somewhat pale but present.

  • The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

  • Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

  • Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

  • Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

Text found HERE

Saturday, June 2, 2007

I Quit!

Matt,

Due to other schedules beyond my control; I am putting in my two weeks notice. I have really enjoyed my time working here at M*********. It has been another awesome park experience that I am sad to be leaving. With my Community Assistant position requiring some weekend shifts (and honestly more than I expected), and a summer vacation to see family there are a total of 6 weekends this summer that I cannot be here for. I do not think that it is fair to my fellow employees to constantly have to cover for me. I think the situation would be better if you had someone that could dedicate the time. I have agreed to work some shifts for some co-workers over the summer, and if no one can be found to fill those slots I am more than willing to be there for those shifts.

I will continue to volunteer my time to the parks, so if you are ever in need of some help please do not hesitate to call.

Erika


UPDATE: After talking with the boss man... I'm "semi quiting." I will work the shifts I promised people over the summer... stay on payroll... maybe do some work in the fall when I have time... It's fine with me (I still get all the free stuff that comes with the job!)