Sunday, September 28, 2008

Idle Afternoons

I wouldn't say I'm COMPLETELY idle today. I cleaned house and sat down to eat something with the computer on. This is what happens when my girly side kicks in and I'm on eBay:

Kathy Van Zeeland's Montana Scoop Shopper

Yes, I have impulse buys I shouldn't...occasionally. Oh well...but isn't it cute?!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Vegas Baby!

Ok - I really am going. I feel guilty, but I think maybe that's because it been a REALLY LONG time since I've done something for myself. Even my trip to Europe is with 18 students and scheduled around educational experiences. Cool? Yes! Stressful? Most-Likely!

This trip is for pure fun and excitement!

Plans so far: Arriving in Vegas on Thursday, Dec 11th at 8am. Since I live fairly close to Vegas I'll probably be the first one in town since it only takes about 45 minutes for me to fly there.

The Hotel: Mandalay Bay

The Venue: The Thomas and Mack Center - There are still plenty of seats left. Not sure which night/s we will be attending, but sure to be a great time!

I feel like I've gone out a limb here. I'm such a planner and whereas I do enjoy spur of the moment things, it's usually like a short road trip or something where I don't get too far from home. This is like HUGE for me. I'm sort of nervous!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

That's IT! I'm CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY!!! With or Without you!

Lousy B-day's all in a row...and what am I going to do about it? Celebrate! Finally!

LAS VEGAS: I've never been and am going to attempt to go in December to the National Finals Rodeo for the last weekend (Dec. 11 - 14th). A good guy friend of mine is going and I would love to see any (OR ALL) of you! The NFR isn't a must for anybody. I just want to go see it and there's plenty more to do other than that I'm sure!

Ladies - my friend is single and you would like...really...

Like I said, it's still tentative. But I need some fun and this sounds like fun!

If you're in, let me know and let's make this a 'for sure thang'!!!

Andrea - I think you need to get a babysitter and bring Mr. Cowboy!

Monday, September 15, 2008


So I was feeding the dogs and sat down to keep the peace when...yup...I looked up and there was a spider in the window above the washing machine. A big black one...which turned out to be a Black Widow. I wasn't sure at first since there was a red stripe down her back, but there was definitely an hourglass on her belly. I looked it up. A juvenile often has coloring on the back until it molts. Thank God it's probably not old enough to have laid eggs anywhere!

I totally have the creeps now. This is coming after killing a small scorpion in the house last week. Those at least are not poisonous...but still!

Now I'm going to have the creepy-crawlies and not be able to sleep tonight. I'd rather a snake slithered through the crack under the door. That I can handle.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Day...

The Whole Internet Truth

Need I say more?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wrigley's High Flyin' Fashion Statement

I plan on taking Wrigley with me when I travel within the US. So I had to make sure he'd be stylin'. This is what he's recieved as 'puppy luggage':

Monday, September 08, 2008

Boycott FedEx

Why? Because they suck. I may live in the boondocks, but it's very easy to find addresses due to the fact EVERY street runs either N and S or E and W and is labeled with Numbers N and S or E and W. It's also easy to tell which direction you are headed due to the fact it is WIDE open and there are major landmarks you can see from 40 miles away...called mountains.

To start, Fedex will not deliver in my town. They drop everything off a the post office and expect them to tell the people who are expecting things to pick it up. Why? Because they are to lazy to drive down the street, can't count, etc...whatever.

So my newest adventure? I ordered my phone a week ago. It was supposed to be delivered Wednesday. I decided to have it delivered to the school due to the problems we have in town with Fedex. By Friday I still hadn't recieved it so I called. They said the address didn't exist and I need to come to the facility to pick it up. I told them that wasn't possible as it was 3 hours away and the package was supposed to be here 2 days ago. They were going to deliver it. We confirmed the address...they said it would be on the way. 2 hours later I get a phone call from them saying I need to call them because there is a problem with address. I call them back and ask if they knew I had just gotten off the phone with them 2 hours ago. No response. I ask if they log their customer coorespondance and complaints. She has no record. I let her know the situation, she says I should contact verizon. I call Verizon. They are all over it and tell me they have fixed the problem after a considerable hold and, I'll have my phone first thing Monday morning. I call Fedex this morning. There is no phone. It has not shipped. Guess what? My address doesn't exist. I get mad, ask why their driver can't notice a GIGANTIC SCHOOL BUILDING IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUNCH OF HAY FIELDS THAT THEY REGULARLY DELIVER TOO! They are quiet. I am put on hold. I am told I never said it was a school. WHAT THE $$#%@^*%??? I tell her we've already gone through this and I am cut off. I call back. I give them my number to call when the driver next gets lost. I hang up and call Verizon. Verizon is sorry. They put me on hold. They tell me I will have it by tomorrow afternoon.

When it doesn't show tomorrow I call Verizon and tell them they are losing me as a customer if they can't get their delivery service together. I know that technically it isn't their fault, but they did choose Fedex as their delivery service. I just want my phone.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Living in the SLV

There's a lot I like about living in the San Luis Valley, and a lot I don't like, namely how lonely it is, but I'm a busy girl and enjoy the things I do like teaching (most of the time!), working cattle, baling hay and straw, and training horses...and the little things too like collecting my eggs and being able to sell them to people for "egg money" (i.e. vacation savings), walking my dogs, seeing beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the most recent, watching the crop dusters!

I don't know what it is about crop dusters, but I love to watch them 'dust' the fields...especially in such a beautiful setting surrounded by the mountains. As I was driving into school this morning they were dusting one of the fields I drive by so I pulled over to take a pic!

Also, some people have been asking...the ticker on top for London and Paris? I'm taking about 18 students to London and Paris over Thanksgiving. If you'd like to see details about it (or any of the other classes I teach or sponsor) just click on the link to the right under "More Than I Can Chew?"

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What Gives?

Alright...random rant that's been a long time coming...

I have a career, am a hardworker, am interesting, honest, and sincere. I am not a bum, or lazy...can cook, clean and take responsibility for myself (and occasionally my 80 or so students on any given day). I'm old enough to be stable and know what I want and I also am cultured. Oh yeah - I don't think I look half bad either on a good day.

According to the world I must be the worst candidate for a wife and mother there possibly is.

Why? Every lazy, ambitionless, good-for-nothing drug user I know has children. Every jobless, welfare bum driving a brand new vehicle in their mortgage free house I know is married. Every skanky little mini-skirt I know is taken in to be "taken care" of by some well-off business man who feels bad for her (was Pretty Woman THAT much of an influence on this generation?!).


I need to take up my hems, buy some stilettos, lose my job and spend a few hundred bucks on cheap makeup I guess. Maybe fighting over a corner would work also...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Casio Boulder

It's official. Today was the day and I just went for it. It's the Boulder. I just couldn't justify the others knowing I'll probably kill it within weeks and be looking for a replacement. I'll just play it safe for now!