Thursday, June 25, 2009

My favorite Vacation

So they say it is summertime around here, and I must agree. With temperatures hovering around 100 and sunny hazy skies every day, I would say that the dog daze of summer has come early. So in celebration of summertime, I wanted to share with you all a few pictures of one of my favorite vacations.

We went to Discovery Cove in Orlando Florida the summer of 07. It was a good vacation, but a sad vacation all wrapped up into one. We had booked it with plans of my mother-in-law going with us. She would have loved swimming in the water with all of the fish, and watching the boys interact with the dolphin. Unfortunately she was lying in the hospital in a coma instead. We almost cancelled the whole trip, but our family told us we needed the time away. Our two week trip was shortened to one, and off we went to attempt relaxation under the extremely stressful circumstances.

Nathan riding Capricorn

I do believe that the 30 minutes I spent with the dolphins were the most relaxing 30 minutes I have ever had. I love dolphins. They are my favorite marine mammal.

Nathan hugging Capricorn

Forrest riding Capricorn

Forrest Kissing Capricorn

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Promise to tell the truth?

I got a "talking to" at work on Friday. It really pissed me off, and the more I think about it, the madder I become. I got my ass chewed just for being honest. I was told that by telling the truth, I didn't use very good judgment. What is wrong with this picture?

Are they telling me that honesty is not the greatest virtue here at this facility? Obviously yes!

What has happened to the belief that honesty is always best? Perhaps if I explained the situation you would understand.

I do a test here at work that requires me to extract DNA from Staphylococcus aureus that has grown up from a culture plate. I then replicate this DNA and run tests on it to get it's exact DNA fingerprint. I then compair that DNA fingerprint to other Staphylococcus aureus fingerprints from other patients. It is a long laborious process, and I am the only person at this facility that knows how to do it. In February, I am "supposedly" getting a promotion to Supervisor of my department, although, I have to apply and be chosen for the position just like everyone else. But when I was hired on here, I was basically promised the job. After all, they called me for this job, not the other way around. So I have been told that I need to train someone else to do this particular test so that I am not the only person that knows how come February. I choose someone that I get along with, that is a hard worker, and is eager to learn. She is a new tech, fresh out of school, and I like her work ethics. Her only problem is that she doesn't kiss ass, therefore, the powers that be does not like her. I have been working with her for almost a month now, and they tell me last week that I cannot train her anymore. They do not want her performing the test. I didn't understand why. They gave me some BS about not wanting her to spread herself too thin while she was learning. I then ran down the list of all of the other employees and none of them were good candidates. I was frustrated. I already had this girl able to do half of this test on her own and now I would have to start all over with someone new. I was asked into the Chief's office and she explained to me that whomever learns this test must be able and willing to communicate with her. She told me that this girl did not do that. The two of them do not get along and she really didn't want her doing the test. So I had to go back and tell this girl that she would not be able to train on this test anymore. She asked me why, and I told her the truth. I was then told to poll the other employees to see who else was interested in learning. They were confused and asked why I was not training the other girl anymore. I told them that we needed someone that was able and willing to communicate with the Service Chief. Therefore I told them the truth. Later, I was called into the Supervisor's Office. She was not happy with the second (and only person to volunteer to learn) I picked. She told me that she sent out an email to everyone telling them what skills the test required and for anyone interested to contact the Service Chief my next Friday. She then proceeded to tell me that I did not use very good judgment by telling people the truth about all of this. Needless to say, I was very upset. I apparently don't have any right to pick and choose the people to train for this test; a test that I wrote the procedure to, and no one else in this whole state knows how to perform. Plus, I was wrong for telling the truth.

I'm shocked at the lack of moral values displayed here. I too refuse to kiss ass just to get ahead in place. What ever happened to the idea that honesty, hard work and determination is what it takes to get ahead. Instead it's who you know and who you are willing to blow. And that is just disgusting.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I had so much fun this evening. I put a Sea Mud face and body mask on my face this evening and walked into the living room where the boys were watching T.V. I asked them if they needed anything and they both looked up at me. The looks on their cute little faces were priceless. In unison that asked me what was wrong with me. I told them I was fine. Forrest had a very puzzled look on his face and he says, "But your face is green." "It is?" He shakes his head and goes huh. I make my eyes get really big and I look very closely at him, then I say in a very excited voice, "Oh My God, your face is turning green too! It must be from the chlorine in the pool!" He immediately jumps out of his chair and runs into the bathroom to check out his face. By this time Nathan has caught on and he is laughing. I turned to look at Na and I asked him what he was laughing at. Through his fits of laughter he proceeds to tell me that I played a joke on Forrest. I told him in the same excited voice that his face was starting to turn green too. He started to get up, but by that time Forrest had made his way back from the bathroom exclaiming, "NO IT"S NOT!!!! MY FACE IS NOT GREEN!" I explain to the boys that it is just a mud mask, and that I will wash it off in a little bit. They of course want me to wash it off now, because they don't like it. They told me it looked weird. Well, it may look weird, but it feels Divine. I love how it makes my skin feel when I take it off. Plus it is so soothing and cool when I put it on. And of course, it's from ARBONNE.

So do you think I look weird

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



How do you feel today?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Kids are annoying (except for my own)

I have decided that I dislike my kids friends. They are spoiled, annoying, and sometimes I hear them making fun of my children. The boys had a friend spend the night last night. He REALLLLLLY gets on my nerves. This morning I asked them what they wanted for breakfast and they all wanted pancakes. So what normally goes on pancakes? Well at my house, butter, and syrup and from time to time fruit. So I make them all pancakes and I deliver the plates. And in the most annoying whining voice I hear, "But I don't like butter." "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKING KIDDING ME!" I think my exclamation must have startled him because he took his fork and skimmed off the butter that had not already melted into the pancake and ate it anyway. Good choice for the kid. While they were eating breakfast I told them our plan for the day. OK, after breakfast we are going to go to the park and play and then we are going to the store to pick up a birthday present for your friend, and then we are going to the birthday party. I was interrupted in mid sentence by that annoying little voice again. "But I just want to play the Hot Wheels game on the PS2." I could feel the veins in my forehead popping out. I told the kid that the PS2 game was hooked up in our bed room and that my husband was sleeping right now. "Can't you hook it up in the living room?" "I could, but wouldn't you rather go play in the park and get some exercise?" "I hate exercise." GREAT! Not only am I stuck with an annoying opinionated child that interrupts me but he's lazy too! What is happening to the youth of today? My kids love to run and jump and play, and look for bugs, lizards, snakes and frogs. This kid only wants to stay inside where it is cool, play video games, and he doesn't like to get dirty. A boy that doesn't like to get dirty? Have you ever heard of such a kid?

I'm not sure why he annoys me so. Do you think going to bed at 3am had anything to do with it?

Monday, June 8, 2009


Where am I?
Where have I gone?
I've have slipped beyond myself, I can no longer find me.

This chaos that has become my life has swallowed me whole.
I am only a shell.
A fleshy zombie, no longer myself.

When will the hurt end?
When will the unpleasant surprises end?
When is enough, enough?

Where am I?
I do not know.
But Hell can not be very far away.