Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thank you Easter Bunny!!!

Today the Easter Bunny came to my house!!!

Hank wasn't forgotten either:

That Easter Bunny had to be really tricky and really fast because I only slept 2 1/2 hours last night.  He must have been scoping out my house all night waiting for me to fall asleep so he could work his bunny magic.  Thank you Easter Bunny!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


So, now that I have regular channels on my TV and a DVR, it's a whole new world for me.  I get to watch all kinds of stuff now.  I share my sattelite access with my landlord.  They get to be the boss of what channel package they want to have.  Previously they chose the family package.  Translation:  500 channels of Disney and Nickeloden and not much else except for local channels.  So for the past 22 months, I've spent a lot of time watching the Food Network and National Geographic channels.  They happen to come with the family package.  There were also several days when the sattelite didn't work at all and so I had nothing.  While it may not seem like crappy and/or no TV isn't the end of the world, it really kind of is.  I live alone and if it's super-quiet I feel lonely and I get depressed.  Then I start to get anxious and basically go bonkers.  I've tried the radio but it isn't the same.  TV makes me feel like someone is home besides me.  Radio doesn't because nobody goes around singing all the time unless they happen to be in a musical.  I would really like it if we were in a musical all the time.

That was a very long explaination to get to the point of my blog.  The point is that there are a lot of shows I didn't even know existed before.  One of those said shows is called "Hoarders."  It's about people who, well, hoard.  Only not just a little bit.  Sometimes after it is all cleaned out the floors have rotted out, leaving a hole, and a condemed house.  I am absolutely fascinated by this whole thing.  Even though it makes me anxious to see it, I can't look away.  It's like trying not to look at a train wreck as you drive by.  Impossible.  So to add to my current psycho depression and anxiety, I've got hoarding to worry about.  How whacked out is it to be anxious about getting an anxiety disorder? 

Yesterday I was looking in my closet and decided that it was getting way too squishy.  I hardly ever wear a bunch of those clothes.  Plus, I bet I have 20 pairs of shoes I need to be done with.  Why am I keeping them around?  Then I thought about "Hoarders."  I bet they only started with something like clothes they couldn't say good bye to.  Then it moved on to this:
After that thought it only took me about two seconds to decide to start tossing stuff.  I plan on going home after school and start chucking stuff in other rooms.  I figure that for my sanity it is better to take the risk that I'll toss something I may need later, than to develop hoarding disease.  Which, by the way, is a real illness.  They make therapists come on the show and everything so that the hoarding people don't freak out.  Plus, also, even when I have thrown things away that I wanted later, while a minor inconvenience, I'm pretty sure I survived without it.

Here's all the stuff I decided that I could live without:
Only maybe not the slippers or Hank.  He just likes that chair.  This is only the D.I. crap.  There was much more that I just chucked.  While it doesn't look too much like that other scary photo, I feel better just knowing that I've not started down that slippery hoarding disease slope.

I went through every cubbard, drawer, closet, and storage box in my house.  One of the hugie boxes I has was full of photos from the past 20 years.  You know, the box that you always say that you will go through all the photos and only keep the ones you really want?  I actually went through that box.  What I discovered is that the amount of photos I actually need and want is this:

The amount of photos that I don't need is this:

The end.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Holiday Curmudgeon

Not to be too much of a party pooper, but April Fool's day is one of my 3 least favorite holidays. Mostly because I'm a teacher. The holidays I hate most (in no particular order) are: April Fool's day because how many times can you hear kids say stupid stuff and then yell, "April Fool's!" (in the middle of class, mind you) and not want to kill them? The answer is not very many. St. Patrick's day because they all run around looking for people to pinch and insist on pinching even the ones that are wearing green. (Also in the middle of class.)  Finally, Halloween. Only when the day after Halloween is a school day, however. The kids stay up way too late and come to school sleep-deprived and hopped up on sugar.

P.S. For those of you that don't know what a curmudgeon is:
cur·mudg·eon (kr-mjn) n. An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Beer, Cigarrete's and Teenage Nudity

It's Girl Scout cookie time. One of the only bright spots of March in my opinion. I just grabbed a couple of Tag-a-Longs to eat with the Diet Coke I'm forced to have before I go to bed to get rid of my headache. The fact that I have to have a Diet Coke to get rid of my caffeine-deprived body, and the fact that I think I need a couple of cookies to go along with it is a whole other story.

Back to Girl Scouts. As I grabbed my cookies it brought be back to my own Girl Scout days. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. That place is practically the opposite of Utah in every way. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it's sure different. I remember when I was about 12 our Girl Scout leader decided to take us on a field trip to Winston Salem. I don't remember exactly how far away that was but maybe two, two and a half hours. It is only now after 16 years of living in the Utah culture that I see how whack that trip really was for a bunch of Girl Scouts.

The first stop on our field trip was Stroh's Beer brewery which was apparently, "the king of beers" before Budweiser was even around. Free beer flowed from the taps for all those that visited the brewery. I learned all about the beer making business. Something that comes in handy for any 12 year old girl. The beer was help yourself as you were leaving the brewery. I remember the leaders keeping a close eye on us to make sure that we only helped ourselves to the Coke products that were also on tap. I think I'll blame my Diet Coke dependency on that day. It sure beats me being responsible for it.

Next stop was the RJ Reynolds tobacco company. Since most of you didn't take NC history in school, I'll tell you that tobacco has been the number one cash crop of NC since NC began. That is a long time since the first colony in the New World was in NC. That's actually probably a well known fact from U.S. History too.  I'm guessing that most of you have seen the Camel cigarette icon:
I'm a little proud to say that at the RJ Reynold's headquarters they have a huge statue of that very same camel made from actual tobacco and I had the honor to see it and its tobacco-y goodness. Forrest Gump and his adventures can't top seeing that. So, after learning all about how to make beer, I then learned all about how to make cigarettes, chew, snuff, etc. What better place to learn it than from the largest tobacco company in the world. Incase you were wondering, they didn't have free cigarettes there for us to take on the way out. Only too bad for me and my dreams to become addicted to nicotine.

While those are both very interesting choices of places to take a bunch of 12 year olds, the best is yet to come. We were staying at our leader's sister's house I think. We just pitched a tent in the yard and slept outside. We didn't go to sleep, however, before watching a movie. I think what they picked was the obvious choice--The Blue Lagoon. There's nothing like teenage sex and nudity to top off a day of beer and cigarettes. I hope you can appreciate how I am less redneck than I have any right to be.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tender Mercies of the Largest Kind

Yes, I have risen from the dead. I dare say it's a bigger miracle than Lazarus. Maybe that's a little blasphemous, so maybe let it be written that it's just a miracle.

Before I launch into my actual post, on an unrelated side note, maybe Hillyerie shouldn't make fun of me for doing this blog at 6:00 a.m. AT SCHOOL no less, because after all, only crazy people do that.

As another side note, Lynne, I happen to be writing something. Happy, Dear? I don't want to hear another word about it.

I digress. I experienced one of the greatest tender mercies of my life yesterday, and I think it's something I want to share. It's about to get real right here, so hold on to your seats. Actually, this may not be news to most of you that read my blog, as mostly the people I love best are the ones to read it and have knowledge of it on some level.

I've gone to therapy for lo, many years. The reason is because 1. I'm prolly a little bit crazy. (Though I dare say no crazier than pretty much anybody I know.) Mostly it's number 2. I suffer from severe depression. Severe enough that I've been hospitalized for it a few times and have had electroshock therapy. ( I told you that it was about to get real.) Fortunately, for the past couple of years I've been blessed with a period of happiness with no more than some blue days that we all experience from time to time. However, for the past several months, slowly but surely I've been slipping back into that not-so-happy place. Without going into too much detail (because I think that might be a little too real) the reason for my depression is because as a child I experience many years of abuse from more than one person. That tends to jack a child up and literally rewires their brain and the chemicals in it. As a result, anyone with intense trauma of really most any kind suffers from depression and many other issues that come with it on some level. I did my best to pretend that I wasn't slipping and berating myself for not being able to just deal with it and push through until it passed. I consider myself a pretty smart and definitely functioning member of society, so why can't I figure this one out? Only too bad for me, the brain doesn't really care what you want sometimes. It only cares about what needs to happen for it to heal and feel better.

This brings me to the tender mercy part. Probably 5 or 6 years ago I wasn't so functioning. I found myself in the hospital for I believe the 2nd time in as many years. The tricky thing about being in the hospital for depression is that even if you stabilize and begin to feel better, they won't let you out unless you have a therapist lined up to go see when you get out. I didn't have one, and I was more than ready to get out of that place. They gave me a list of possible places to go and a telephone and told me to go to work. I didn't know where to begin. However, my KT friend was friends with a therapist that she loved very much. Since I didn't have any better ideas, I called his office. The receptionist told me that he wasn't accepting new clients, however, they had a wonderful lady named, Erin that was new to their facility and could see me. I told her I'd take what I could get and we set up an appointment. I guess that was really the 1st tender mercy that led to the one I experienced yesterday. Heavenly Father sent me straight to Erin because she was the one who could take me on the painful journey I needed to take in order to heal and move on in my life. She was an angel in my life. I spent the next year and a half doing the most painful, gut-wrenching, but healing work of my life. On the first day that I walked into her office she knew exactly what I needed and didn't waste any time. She also didn't put up with any of my crap because I'd become pretty proficient at avoiding and telling people what I thought they wanted to hear. I loved and trusted her so much and felt so safe and so grateful for her, I would have gone to the ends of the Earth and back if she asked me to. (She never did ask me to go to the ends of the Earth, but she did ask me to go to places that I'd chosen the Earth over any day.) I truly believe that Erin saved me. I don't think I could have stayed here much longer with that kind of pain and hopelessness. Then one day I showed up to her office and she told me that she'd be leaving. My world flipped upside down and inside out. I was devastated. She said she would be gone in a couple of weeks. She needed to take a break from being a therapist for her own reasons. She told me that she didn't know how long that would be. Maybe a year or two. She just didn’t know. I felt the ultimate abandonment and cried pretty much for about 3 weeks after that. Honest and truly there are very few days still that I don't think of her and feel grateful for her. I'd give most anything to see her again and just hug her neck.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I finally realized that it was time for me to go back to therapy and do more work. I'm in a different, much better place now than I was when I met Erin, but the funny thing about trauma is that it keeps cycling back over and over. Each time is less painful and more hopeful because you know that you are getting closer to the time that you will have made your peace with it enough that it doesn't affect your life. I went back to the Family Support and Treatment Center where I'd seen Erin about 4 years ago. They got me in to see Nevin, which was great, but probably not the person I needed. After a couple of months of seeing him I realized that I should probably break up with him and try another therapist that I was more comfortable. Only another tender mercy because he told me that he was leaving and I'd need to get a new therapist. I was a little butt-hurt because I'm not a fan of being abandoned and he was the second one. He even had Erin's old office. I got over that pretty quickly, though. He referred me to a girl named Jessica. She is fantastic. Only you're not going to believe this because on my first meeting with her she told me that she was only going to be there until sometime in April and then she was leaving to go back to Canada. Are you freaking kidding me?! Now I had a huge decision to make. Did I go ahead and see her for the time she was here and have the faith that I could find someone else when she was gone? The catch with this one is that I only have 20 visits a year with my insurance and I'd used most of them on Nevin. I only have about 8 left so when she's gone I'm all tapped out. So that required more faith that the funds would come. Choice number two was to not see her for this time and save my visits for the new person. The flaw with this choice is that I'm pretty sure I'm not okay enough to go that long without someone. Seems like there was a third choice, but it wasn't a very good one and I've forgotten it now. I decided to take the leap of faith and continue to see Jessica although I was scared to death to really get to know and trust her and to pray the funds would show up. So, here's the really good part: Yesterday I showed up to see Jessica and she was fairly shaking with excitement. She said she'd been counting down the minutes until she saw me. I thought that was a little intense, but whatever. She said that she had news for me. (I think you probably know where this is going.) Apparently, Family Support and Treatment Center was rehiring ERIN to replace Jessica and Nevin! Shut Up! Are you even kidding me? I'm pretty sure I squealed in delight and so did Jessica. Heavenly Father loves me so much that he sent the one person back into my life when I needed her most. Can I tell you how glad I am that I took the leap of faith route and decided to stick with Jessica and pray it would all work out? I am absolutely beside myself with joy and feel the most hope I've felt in months. I'm also deeply humbled and grateful for the blessing and tender mercy Heavenly Father saw fit to give to me.  I think he must love me best.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Certain Death Averted

For Christmas this year that Hillyerie girl got me a teeny tiny flat iron.  It's name is the Baby Bliss Pro.  I needed a teeny tiny flat iron because I have pretty short hair and the flat iron I have is bigger than my hair is long so I keep burning my fingers.  That Hillyerie has a nick for gift giving because she pays very close attention all the time to people's ramblings and then gets them the very thing they said in passing they'd like to have.  I'm pretty sure that's what happened with me and the flat iron.  I took a photo of it to show you just how baby it is in comparison to my regular one:

Something you may or may not know about me is that I'm a "read the instructions" kind of girl.  If I don't read them thoroughly, I at least peruse them to make sure I don't miss anything important.  So, last night I was washing my face, brushing my teeth, and such in preperation for bed.  My Baby Bliss Pro instrucion manual was on the counter and I thought that maybe I'd give it a look see to make sure I knew everything I needed to know about it.  I started with the "IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS" because they are important after all.  Boy am I glad I did because apparently I've been taking my life in my own hands by not following these instructions.  I've taken the liberty of highlighting a few of the ones that I was the most worried about:

#2.  Do not use while bathing or in shower--Now how am I supposed to multi-task to get to school on time if I can't use it while I'm showering, I ask you?
#3.  This appliance should not be used by, on, or near children or individuals with certain disabilities--I think I need a clarification on that one.  What exact disabilities are they worried about?  Siezures, baldness, maybe persons that have had their brain shocked?  If I don't know how do I know if I can really use it?
#7.  Never use while sleeping--This one is my favorite.  I don't think I need to make a snarky comment as it is plenty dumb all by itself.
#9.  Do not use outdoors or operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered--This one causes many problems.  First of all, I just had electrical outlets installed in my tent for camping trips where I may need to flat iron.  Since I can't use it outside, that was a total waste.  Secondly, I'm worried about all of the hairstylist in the world that have to take their clients outside to flat iron their hair because they cannot have it anywhere that has aerosol spray.  Only guess what...they can't use it outside either, so they are just plain screwed.  And finally, if it cannot be used where oxygen is being used, then all of the poor, catatonic people in the hospitals cannot have cute, flat ironed hair. 
#11.  This appliance is hot when in use.  Do not let eyes or bare skin touch heated surfaces--Only too bad for me because now I can't use it to curl my eyelashes!  What the heck am I supposed to do now since my other heated eyelash curler is about to bite the dust?

As you can see, I just averted certain death by reading these "Important Saftey Instructions."  I hope this public service announcement goes on to save many lives.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Parson Brown

I was listening to the radio as I was getting ready for school this morning and they played this jazzy version of "Winter Wonderland." Only maybe I shouldn't admit this because I don't come off looking so smart. Who am I kidding?  I'm no intellectual giant anyway. Anyway, they sang the part that says:
In the meadow we can build a snow man. 
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown.
He'll say, "Are you married?"
We'll say, "No man, but you can do the job while your in town."
For all of my 34 years I could never figure out what color parson brown was and what that has to do with getting married.  Only just this morning did I realized that Parson Brown was not a color but maybe a preacher.  In which case him being all nosey about marriage makes all kinds of sense!