Thursday, September 23, 2010
One of my final projects is to interview an attorney, then write up a summary on that interview along with my thoughts on it, etc. I had one attorney agree weeks ago to the interview. But after he agreed, I never could get through to him to set up an appointment to do the interview. So I had to call around to several other attorney offices to find one that would agree. Out of the 20 or so that I called and/or left messages for, only 1 called me back. Now I need to actually write up the summary.
Like I said before, my next "term" starts October 13. My next two classes will be College Composition I and Introduction to Legal Technology. I am so not looking forward to the Comp class considering I hate to write essays. The Legal Tech class may be okay though.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I have just a few weeks left in this term for my classes. I survived midterm week with a B on both my midterms. Even with the B on my midterms, I am still carrying an A average in both classes. Of course, that is always subject to change in the next few weeks with finals, but all I can do is my best.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The kids start school next week. R & C start Tuesday...R in 4th grade and C in Kindergarten. B starts Wednesday in Pre-K. I can't believe my baby is starting school already! B will only be in school for 2 hours and 15 minutes a day, but I am looking forward to that time alone so I can use it for my own studying
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This "term" I am taking Eight Effective Skills of the Legal Studies Student and The Paralegal Professional. So far I like both classes. They are taking some getting used to though. The online classroom is so different from a traditional classroom, just as one would expect them to be. Even if I was taking traditional classes though, it would still take some getting used to considering the only time I have been in a classroom in the last 12 years is for parent/teacher conferences for my children.
The first week of class hasn't offically ended yet, but I have gotten all of my assignments finished. This first week saw the first essay of this back to school experience. I was stressing over the essay big time. The essay was only 300-400 words, which is really short. And the topic was my ideal career. Should have been easy, right. But I stressed over it so bad. I don't have a lot of confidence in my writing skills. I think they suck big time. But with the help of a friend physically asking me questions to get me brainstorming, I was able to write the essay. Even though I thought it sucked majorly, I submitted it to my instructor. My instructor apparently didn't think it was as horrible as I thought it was because out of 85 possible points, I got 73 (no, that is not percentage, that is points)! Like I said, I think my essay skills suck horribly, so I was thrilled with that grade.
Since I am done with the assignments for the first week, I have reviewed the material again, and have now started some of the reading assignments for the second week for both courses.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I, on the other hand, am a different story. I have been talking for a few years about going back to school, but I have finally buckled down and took that plunge. My classes start in 7 days! I will be going for my Associates in Paralegal Studies (but do plan on getting a bachelors sometime after that), through Kaplan University. I will be taking 2 classes online every 10 weeks, with 8 days off in between.
I know it will be a challenge, but I am up for it. I plan on doing my work and studying while B is in school for his 2 hours and 15 minutes a day, then do some more after all 3 kids are in bed for the night. And since the kids are now spending weekends with their dad, that gives me all weekend to myself to study. So I should be able to get in quite a bit of study time...at least once the kids start school next month. Until they go back to school the plan is to get up a little earlier in the mornings to get some studying done before they wake up, then do some after they go to bed, and on weekends. Since C & B love to sleep in, it should be no problem having some study time in the mornings.
So I will be blogging about the joys, challanges, etc that come from being a F/T mom and student
Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
But my kids are now getting to know their cousins. With summer vacation going on, my nephews were getting bored at home. So I have went and picked them up a few times so far. They come out here and go swimming with my kids, and they all jump on the trampoline together. On Monday, they all even went blackberry picking together in the back field.
I am so glad that the kids are getting a chance to get to know each other. And I am glad they are getting along together. It is so nice to see them all doing something together.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Other than the Young Marine activities, R is home most of the time. He is either with me, my husband, or one of my parents. Last night he did spend the night with a friend, then called today to ask if he could spend the night again. The friend's mother told me it was okay with her, so I said it was okay with me. I have met this friend's parents (both mother & father). I know where they live, I know where they work. My family knows this family...heck, our families have known each other for YEARS! So it's not like I'm leaving my child for a couple days with people I don't know.
But I had someone tell me today I am a bad parent for sending R "away" all of the time! That I should be with him ALL of the time. That I apparently don't want to spend any time with him. WTH! He goes somewhere without me once, maybe twice, a week! And he is 10 years old for crying out loud. He needs some independence. He needs to go out and do things without me, with kids his age. And it's not like I am dropping him off somewhere alone, like the mall or park or whatever. When he is at the Young Marines (an organization designed for kids to keep them off the streets and off drugs), there are adults present. He is at a friend's house right now, with adults present. He doesn't want, or need, me up his butt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He can't learn to be independent if he doesn't get some independence. And I spend plenty of time with him the other 5-6 days a week that he is home...we go fishing together, play games together, play in the pool together, read together, etc.
So if I am a bad parent because I let my son go somewhere without me once or twice a week, then I proudly wear that title.
Monday, May 10, 2010
So why wouldn't I get my child involved in something like this. Yes, I can teach and do all this stuff with him at home, but he is getting older. He wants to go out and do things with kids around his own age without his mom (thought that wouldn't come around to at least the teenage years, lol).
As a side note, R DOES want to be in the military when he grows up. It has nothing to do with the Young Marines. It is something he decided when he was 4 years old, and he hasn't changed his mind since. He has a love for this country, and yes, I do encourage it. And yes, I am proud that he wants to join the military when he is old enough, and will be even prouder when he does.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I know this will be hard for me. On the list of things to avoid for my blood type are red meats, pork, and most dairy (I can still eat poultry though). Since these are some of my favorite things, I know this will be hard. But if it helps with my health, then it will be worth it. Even if I don't lose any weight, eating better will still be beneficial to my health. Since I am going to have to give up some of the things I love to eat, I am going to start this in baby-steps. Since I already have poultry once or twice a week, I am going to start cutting red meat/pork out once a week until it is completely out. I am also going to start to phase dairy out (and slowly go from regular milk to soy milk). I will try to keep an update on my progress and how I am feeling as I start this process
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
To learn more about the Young Marines and see if it is something your child might like to be involved in, you can go to http://www.youngmarines.com/.
Monday, April 19, 2010
So just forward to Friday. Skye was a little lonely, so I did go buy her a new friend to keep her company. I got a male that is blue and almost looks like her. B is the only one of the kids that knew I was getting it, and that's only because he went with me while the other two were at school. Neither C nor R noticed the new bird in the cage at all. R did finally noticed, but only after my dad walked in the door and went over to say hi to Skye and says "Good, you got her a new friend so she won't be lonely." Then R jumps up and runs over there. C never noticed on her own. Finally at bedtime I told her to go look in the bird cage. She was excited for all of 5 minutes, then got mad because I didn't get a green bird. Anyway, the new bird's name is Cobalt.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
He does have to know the Young Marine Creed by Saturday, so we have been going over it several times a day. I'm afraid he won't have it memorized though. It takes a while for him to memorize things like that...just like his daddy. But all I can do is my best to help him remember it
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Who knows what the rest of the week will hold. But I am sure by the time school starts back, I will be ready for a padded room. And even saying that, I wouldn't trade my kids for anything in the world.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
But I was cleaning the bookshelves of a relative recently. There were something like 100 cookbooks on one of them! There were fat ones and skinny ones. Big ones and little ones. Ones bought at stores and ones made for fundraisers (schools, churches, etc). There were ones dedicated to main dishes, side dishes, desserts, etc. Just about any kind of cookbook you can imagine was there. But how many cookbooks does a person really need? How many cookbooks does a person that does not even cook need?! What about if that person only cooks rarely and then from a box?
Seriously people, a person does not need that many cookbooks. If you have a ton of cookbooks that never get opened at all, then those cookbooks are doing NOTHING for you except creating clutter!
Same with any kind of books. If you have books that you have read, that you have no intention of ever reading again, why let them cause clutter. Pass them onto someone else to read by giving them to a friend, the library, the hospital, nursing homes (yes, the elderly do still like to read). I love books and yes I have a lot (plus I go to the library about once a week). But the books that are mine, once I read them leave the house. I take mine to my sister, who passes them on when she is done with them.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Now that the weather is getting nicer, and we can get more fresh air, hopefully we all won't catch as many germs
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Monday, March 8, 2010
I guess I need to stop calling him my baby now. He gets mad at me when I do, and tells me, "I not a baby, I a big boy."
Friday, March 5, 2010
1 lb ground beef
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce
1 box cornbread Stove Top Stuffing mix
1 egg, beaten
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the ground beef, stuffing mix, egg, and 3/4 of the pizza sauce. Shape and put into loaf pan. Spread remaining pizza sauce on the top. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes.
If you want, you can add optional things like chopped onion, chopped peppers, grated carrots, etc.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The other night, I was looking through some old pictures when I came across this one. I just love this picture...back before Ray and Chey were fighting all of the time. This was taken at the end of March of 2007, so Chey was 2-1/2 years old and Ray was almost 7. It was only 3 short years ago, but it seems like longer.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
As I said, I was miserable. The only good parts of my whole pregnancy with Brian that I can remember is my ultrasounds and getting to hear his heartbeats at my doctor's appointments. But if I had to go back and go through that horrible pregnancy again, even knowing that it was going to be horrible, I would do it all over again. Because just 2 weeks later, my baby boy came into this world. And now he is getting ready to turn 4! He is growing up so fast. And even though there are times he makes me want to pull my hair out, I wouldn't change a thing.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
While here, her 9 year old tried to tell me Brian wasn't allowed in Ray's room, that my dog was too big to me inside, that Brian wasn't allowed to be near the baby, that Brian was annoying, that Ray needed to be allowed to play outside since he was feeling better, etc. When Brian decided to play on the computer, the 7 year old ran and jumped into the computer chair trying to keep Brian from playing.
The whole time the mother just sat there, not saying a word to her kids. I said stuff of course, and so did my mother. I would never let me kids get by with talking to an adult the way this 9 year old was talking to me, or let my kids act this way. Not only would I correct them, they would be disciplined
Chey and Brian got better, but I didn't. The month of Jan brought Pneumonia for me. Then a couple weeks ago Chey was diagnosed with Pneumonia. Then this past Saturday night, Ray started to complain that his throat hurt. Sunday he was running a fever that didn't want to go down too much, didn't want to eat because his throat hurt him too much, and he started vomiting. Since it was a Sunday on a holiday weekend, I took him to the ER. The poor boy has strep throat. Monday night Chey started running a fever again, but thankfully it was gone by morning and didn't come back.
And for me, it has just been one cold after another this winter. We have never been sick this much before. I wish I knew why this winter is different.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
On the way home, my dad told me he sees why I am always so stressed out when I get home from taking all 3 kids some place together.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
But apparently that all changed during Christmas break. Since starting back at the beginning of the month, every school day starts the same..."I don't want to go to school today, I want to stay home." This is every single day from the time she wakes up until she gets to school! She's even told me, "If you were a good mommy, you would let me stay home." So apparently I am a bad mommy because I make her go to school, lol.
Monday, January 25, 2010
This lady finally called me back the morning of the 21st, after I had left I don't know how many messages for her since October! Whatever happened to people returning calls in a timely manner? Anyway, she was claiming the only results she had were from the last county we lived in. That she didn't have any results from getting B tested in this county. Whatever. The hospital lab has it in their records that they were all faxed to her. Heck they had even faxed December's results to her AGAIN the day before she called me, yet she claimed she didn't have those either. I told her exactly what his levels were (and called the hospital to have them faxed to her yet again).
During the call, she also informed me I needed to make an appointment for the guy from the Lead Abatement Program to come back out to retest the house, and that I needed to take B back in now for another lead level check. I told her that unlike her, I kept up with what I was supposed to do, and that the house had already been retested. I also told her it was not time for B to get another level check seeing that he is supposed to get it checked at this point every 8 weeks and not every 4 weeks, and it had only been 4 weeks since his last check.
She calls me back about half an hour later to tell me, "His levels were what you said they were. The guy retested the house, just like you said he did, on the date you said he did. And you were right, he is supposed to get checked every 8 weeks just like you said." I felt so much like being childish and telling her, "I told you so." But some of the things I did tell her not appropriate to post here. This is one of my children we are talking about here. I don't know what kinds of other parents she deals with, but I for one keep up with any medical tests and/or care my children need...especially something as serious as lead poisoning!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
And the length of things. Just as adults can be classified as petite, regular, and tall, kids can too. With R I need tall, and with the other two I need petities.
Maybe I just need to finally break down and learn to use this sewing machine sitting in the next room . That way I can make their clothes myself to fit.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I took B in August to have his blood drawn for his lead level check. I waited for the results to come to me in the mail. Finally I called the lead coordinator. She claims the lab never sent her the results. So I call the lab. They have it in their computer that they DID fax her the results already, but they fax them to her again while I am on the phone with them (the lab). This was morning time. I get a call from the lead coordinator the next afternoon. She didn't even tell me the levels (which I knew from calling the lab), she just told me, "B's lead levels are high, and he has lead poisoning." Yeah, lady, I think we've already been through this...I ALREADY KNOW THAT! She still never told me his levels, and never sent me a copy of the report she got (like she is supposed to do).
He was due for another lead check in October. Again, after I took him in, I waited for her to give me the results. Again, I didn't get anything. I tried calling her, leaving messages on her voicemail. Never got a call back from her. I call the hospital lab again to get the results (it is really against their policy to give out results over the phone, but they are great and give them to me anyway). They have it in their computer that they have faxed the results to her not once, but TWICE. And they fax them to her a 3rd time.
By the time December rolled around, and it was time for yet another lead check for B, I STILL had not heard a word from the lead coordinator on his results from October! She is the one that is supposed to get the results to me. That is supposed to be her responsibility and hers alone. B went the Monday before Christmas to get his lead check. I had the results just before the New Year because I again called the lab and they gave me the results.
It is now almost the end of January. It has been over a month since B's last lead check. If I hadn't called the hospital lab, I still would not have the results of that lead check! I still haven't heard a word from the lead coordinator. When I called the lab last month, they again had it in their computer they had faxed the results to her. Wednesday (Jan. 20) afternoon, I decided to try to call her. Of course she was out of the office. So I asked to speak to her supervisor. I let her supervisor know that since moving to this county, I have had to call every single time to get his results because she isn't giving them to me. I let the supervisor know that I have left several messages for the lead coordinator, and have not gotten a call back since September!
My youngest son, B, who is 3, was diagnosed with lead poisoning last year. The normal levels in children should be less than 10, and at the time, his levels were 27! We had someone come out and test the home we were living in at the time to discover the source. It was the mini blinds the landlords had in there when we moved in. Out of the 12 sets of mini blinds in the house, only 1 did not test high for lead! We got those taken out, and his levels started dropping slowly.
Every time B had to get a blood draw to test his levels, his results were sent to the "lead coordinator" in the county and it was her job to send the results to me. This lady was great about getting the results to me. As soon as she got them, she would call me to let me know. She would then send a copy of the results to me, and let me know if he needed to be retested. It was her responsibility to get the results to me, and she made sure she did it.
A few months later, we moved to another county. I called the lead coordinator in this county, just to make sure the case had been transferred over here. To start with, I called her office about twice a week for almost 3 weeks. Each time she was either not in the office, or was on the phone so I was given her voicemail. I never got a call back from her. So finally one day while out and about, I popped into her office. I finally got to talk to her. I tell her my son has lead poisoning, that we had just moved from another county, and I just wanted to make sure that his case had been transferred to this county. She looked up his case to make sure she had it. Then she told me, "Your son has lead poisoning." Um, yeah, didn't I just say he had lead poisoning!
My next post will go into detail of my dealings with this woman since then. Or should I say lack of dealings.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Yes, I do have pneumonia, but I am still taking care of my kids, cooking them meals, making sure they are clean with clean clothes, cleaning up after them. So what if the clean clothes aren't making it out of the laundry baskets at this specific time. The clothes are clean and folded! So what if I am sweeping the floors every 2-3 days instead of every day, at least there is no garbage or toys piled all over them. And I don't think it's hurting anything that my floors have only been mopped once in the last week and a half. I just don't have the energy to mop them right now.
I am doing what needs to be done. I am making sure the kids are bathed. That the kids have clean clothes to wear, and good meals to eat. The dishwasher gets ran every single day. Garbage gets thrown away, and every single day the garbage is taken out of the house. Toys are put up at night when it's bedtime for the kids. Sure, there are things that need to be done, but wiping the fridge out (at least there aren't any science experiments growing in there), and dusting each room in the house from top to bottom can wait until I feel better.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Then yesterday B was running around in circles, and gave me a game, telling me to push the "banana" buttons (the yellow ones). He said it would turn him off. So I pushed them. He told me I did a good job turning him off and also told me, "You so brave, Mommy."
This kid just cracks me up
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I am an independent representative for a couple great companies (which you can read about here). I do pass out samples for customers to try before they buy. I had a lady recently ask for some samples of mineral makeup, and she let me know what types of colors she liked. I picked around 4 samples to give to her. A few days later, she said how much she loved one of the colors, and wanted 4-5 more samples of just that color. Um, no.
I did my part. The lady asked me for samples, I gave them to her along with information on how to order. Since she liked the product and the color, it is now up to her to order the product if she wants more. The samples I give out, I do have to pay for. If I passed out 4-5 samples of one color to one person, I would have to do it for everyone. That would be money out of my pocket.
I don't mind giving samples to try a certain color, product, or scent. But if you like the product, color, or scent, then that is up to you to order it. It is not up to me to provide you with unlimited samples. Would you ask for unlimited samples from drug-store makeup companies, Bath & Body Works, etc. No, you would not. So don't try to get unlimited samples from Direct Sales representatives.
Monday, January 4, 2010
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