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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: December 2010

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Friday, December 31, 2010

I've read 28 of them!

I found this on a blog... I'm very sorry, but I have forgotten which one. A version of it is also going around Facebook. I thought it was kinda fun!

Let me know if you have read any of these books and why you think I might like them. I'm always open to reading more!

Sadly, simply owning them does not count. LOL! I own at least half of these books. They are on my To-Do List.

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The New Year!

I started out the year killing myself in school. Couldn't sleep a wink. It took hours to fall asleep, I could only stay asleep for a few hours at a time and had horrible nightmares almost every night. My stomach was so sick that I vomited almost every morning. My husband was sitting on my couch, sulking, shutting out the world and generally ignoring me in every way. We were owed over $4,000 by the military for paychecks that never came. We owed my parents money because they had loaned us the money to pay our bills because the military didn't pay us. Our Washer/Dryer unit was broken and we were anxiously waiting to be able to afford to replace it. And our savings account was empty, and we were basically broke and hanging on to everything we own by a thread.

We are ending the year with me graduated with honors, working full time, washer/dryer replaced with new units that are energy efficient and saving us money (that are completely paid off!). The husband is back to work. He is still working on re-engaging with me, but he is trying. And that's what matters. I can sleep most of the night through without a sleeping pill. I never have to take my stomach meds anymore. My parents are paid off and so is one of our credit cards and a loan we took out earlier in the year. We finally got paid by the military and are paying down our debt.

If that wasn't cause enough to be happy.... We managed to pay enough of our stuff off that we actually had extra money this month! And, we refinanced our house, so we don't have to pay our house payment next month and are putting all that into savings as well. And we will start the new year saving $300 a month on our house payment, with a crazy low interest rate (just in the nick of time, since the rates are going back up now). And to make the last day of the year even better, our refinance called for the old bank to cash out our escrow account and we just received a hefty check in the mail, to be deposited tomorrow! I have no idea what to do with the money. Save it? Pay off more debt? Use some of it to buy something fun? No clue!

My new years resolution is to lose weight! Who's isn't? But I'm going to finally start eating better, ignore my husband when he bugs me that I didn't finish my meal, and work out at home a few days a week. My friend runs marathons etc and she and I are talking about running together to help keep each other motivated! Which is awesome because my other goal for next year is to run in our towns annual 5k.

So, I say: So long 2010! I do not wish you back again! I'm so happy to end on a good note, but it has been a crappy couple of years for this wife! Bring on 2011!

Happy New Years to you all!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas in Pictures!

As in keeping with the hubby's wishes, there will be no pictures of him, nor our family. He's very private, but here are some good pictures of our Christmas.

Every year I try to out do myself. It's a tradition I started years ago of buying my dad an ugly ornament to go on his ugly tree. It's ugly trust me. Granted, it started out tacky. I made it worse. Fur covered animals, steak and BBQ lights, Chili peppers and salmon lights. I have brought his tree to a whole new level. This is the sparkly lobster I bought him this year... Pretty ugly right?

This is pups opening her stocking. We put her treats in the bottom and the toys on top. That is her Abominable Snowman toy.

The hubby always complains that pup's warm clothes are pink. It's because everyone always thinks she's a boy! So, I bought her this sweater for Christmas this year to bug the husband. :) (I would like to clarify that I'm not a fan of clothes on my dog, but she is only 4 lbs. She doesn't have enough body fat to stay warm in the winter. The vet told me I had to put sweaters on her. LOL)

This is the custom ornament the hubby had made for me this year! In celebration of my new career and new job! So cute!

This is the new purse he got me for Christmas! In all fairness, I sent him the email of when it went on 50% off, then took him to the outlet store on the day it was an additional 30% off. So, he had help and probably never would have gotten it for me if it was full price. :) But, I've been wanting a pink purse for ages, and this raspberry one is pretty close... And the hubby agreed that it wasn't the worse color I could have picked. HAHA! So, he finally agreed to get it for me. I'll take it any way I can get it! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

This would be the husband unit playing with the travel size Barrel of Monkeys I put in his stocking. He requested no candy or food this year, so I had to get creative. He got Mad Gabs the travel card game, Trivial Pursuits travel card game, a little light up devil, Barrel of Monkeys, the Go Fish game that had the little magnetic fish poles (you know, from when we were kids?) and some fun little puzzles and stuff. It was pretty tricky to find that stuff though.

I also gave him the Oakley sunglasses he's been eye. Gotta love the fact the NEX carries them and had them on sale the weekend after Thanksgiving! He got some of his favorite protein bars, and to top it all off: The Deluxe addition of The Pacific Mini Series.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! It was so nice to see my family and have a yummy dinner complete with leftovers! My mom loved the necklace I gave her with her birthstone and my dad is pretty excited about the horribly hideous ornament! LOL!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!!

PS. Tried to upload a video of pup trying to figure out how to get to the treats at the bottom of her stocking, but it kept failing. I try to fix the error and get it up. It's pretty, stinking cute. :)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Miracles do Come True!

I got a call from the Dr yesterday... Just in time. NO, my test results are not in, but he said that I could go to Christmas if there were no "high risk" people present.

I called my mom and told her it was up to her. If she felt I would infect people, I would stay home. Luckily, no babies and my Grandparents have been boostered against pertusses!!!!

We had to go over late in the day so that I could rest and give my meds time to kick in, but I got to see my family for Christmas!

I feel pretty crappy now and am totally worn out and coughing like crazy, but it is so worth it!

Hubby got me great gifts, mom did a good job too! A new purse, some PJ's good candy, the final installment of Family Guy's tribute to the original Star Wars trilogy (all from the hubby) and.... The special addition, box set of The Wizard of Oz!!! My all time favorite movie from my mom!!! Sadly, it only comes on Blue-Ray and we don't have that, buy my mom said it would give us a good incentive to get with the program and finally buy one. :) They have had theirs for ages now.

Hubby loved his gifts, which is good because he's very hard to shop for. But, in all fairness, he would never tell me if he didn't like what I got him. :) Pup loved her stocking. I will for sure post pictures of it, we let her pull her stuff out on her own. So cute!!! She was pretty excited about her toys. My nephew seemed to like his gift... he's 12, so it's hard to say with kids that age. My mom loved her necklace. And my dad loved his The Doors special release of the last few live concerts they played.

All in all a good Christmas! And I was just well enough to go, not well enough to really laugh without cough and sounding like I was dying, but "well enough" is all that counts!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

And now you guys can say you know of a real Christmas Miracle happening. :) Getting the Dr release at the last minute, just in time to see my family for Christmas morning... Ok, so it was really Christmas afternoon, but they waited for me to get there to open the presents. :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Again, I say BAHUMBUG!

Just got home from the Dr. Got to have chest xrays to be sure that my lovely case of bronchitis has not turned into pneumonia. Lucky for me, it has not.

That said, I also got to have a rather fun nasal swab/culture done. If you have never had one, let me enlighten you. They take a cotton swab on a 6+ inch metal stick and shove it as far up your nose as it will go before you vomit/cough/gag/sneeze all over them. Then they rub it all around in there to be sure to get a good sample. I know you are all super jealous of me right now.

The extra fun part was being told that they are doing the swab to check for Pertusses AKA Whooping Cough. Lucky for me, it's super contagious. That means that work declined to let me go in tomorrow (we only have one patient on the books because it's Christmas Eve, so really, that's not a big deal for them). And it also means that there is a 99.9% chance that I will not be going to Christmas with my family. :(

I just can't risk getting them all sick in the event that my swab comes back positive on Monday. And, given the fact that Whooping Cough can last 6-10 weeks, I'm really looking forward to the start of my new year.

There is some debate about how long you shed Pertusses. It's said that it's only contagious for the first handful of weeks, but less so (maybe even not at all) once you have been treated with antibiotics. They recommend a 5 day course minimum prior to returnig to work... Which I have already had to treat the bronchitis. But, it's also said that it can be shed 4-14 weeks... Which would mean not working for a very long time. Either way, it's pretty craptastic.

So, as of now, I will be spending Christmas with my husband and my dog. I guess it could be worse... But that means no delicious Christmas brunch, no left overs for lunch, and no potluck/white elephant gift exchange for dinner. :( And no parents, no grandparents, no aunts, no uncles and no cousins to laugh the day away with. :( I'm super sad.

Bah Humbug!

So, I went into to work today... I got there at 8 and lasted until 9:30 before I had to call a co-worker to come cover the rest of my shift. I left just before 1pm.

It's the first time in three days I have been without Codeine cough syrup and it didn't go well. I'm heading back to the doctor in a bit to see what is going on. WHY AM I NOT IMPROVING!!!!????

What is really sucky, is that if I can't get well enough, I will miss Christmas with my family. :( In the 27ish years I've been alive, I have miss Christmas morning less than 5 times.

All I want for Christmas is to be well enough to go to Christmas.

Do you think it would be horrible to just go all drugged up? I mean, really, would my family mind if I was incoherent and loopy and stumbling around?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Man, having bronchitis, being unsure of my new job, holiday stress and all of that has made me grumpy. And I've noticed that I'm complaining about it all... ALOT!

So, to combat my sickly grumpiness, I'm going to list some things I'm thankful for.

1. I'm thankful that my parents gave me their crappy old, plastic Christmas tree. I love putting it together, branch by branch (even though my hands get cut on the plastic). It feels like I'm a kid again every time I look at it. Plus, it saves us money not having to buy our own. :)

2. I'm thankful for my husbands health insurance. Most of my sicky medications have not cost me anything out of pocket. And we have free health insurance through his work and I get to be on it for free as well. Can't beat that!

3. I'm thankful for Netflix! Being home sick for the last few days have been sucky, but I have Netflix instant watch through my Tivo to get me through the day.

4. I'm thankful for the invention of Tivo. I managed to watch everything yesterday, but I'm happy that I have Tivo to record my shows when I can't watch them so that I have them when I am stuck home sick.

5. I'm thankful for a husband who brings me cookies. He may not be helping me clean, or picking up after himself... And I may have had to ask multiple times.... But he brought me home a bag of my favorite cookies the other day. So, maybe he's not so bad. LOL! :)

6. I'm thankful that we are paying down our debt. We should be credit card debt free by August/September. My student loads should be paid off a year after that. Completely debt free (aside from our house) in less than two years is pretty awesome.

7. I'm thankful for my awesome friends. Many of them have been sending me well wishes on Facebook all week. It's nice to know that they are thinking of me.

8. I'm thankful that I got my Christmas shopping done early. All we had to do was get a few last minute gifts last week and stocking stuffers. Well, I was done with the stocking stuffers ages ago, but the hubby had to get his last week. But it means that I did not have to brave any horrible crowds this year.

9. I'm thankful for where I live. I managed to get all of my Christmas shopping done without have to go to the mall once! Thanks to the Navy Exchange, our little downtown area and the fact that some of our favorite places have their warehouses down the highway made for easy shopping this year. YEAH!

10. I'm thankful that my bronchitis seems to be clearing up. I'm not 100%, but I've managed to go most of the day without coughing until it hurt. Hopefully I will be well enough to go back to work on Thursday and be at my parents house for Christmas morning.

So, there is it. A list of things to be thankful for. I know it may not be a great list. It may not be exciting, but when I'm feeling grumpy it always helps to think of the little things in my life that are good so that I can remember that things are not so bad. And could be a lot worse. I have definitely had rougher months.... and worse years. Last year was pretty bad. So, I will say that sick or not, stuck at home or not, lazy hubby or not, job satisfaction issues or not, things are not so bad. And could be a lot worse.


As you know, I'm sick. I've been sick since Dec 11th. Since I've been sick, I've managed to work a full week, clean up the house after our Christmas party, do laundry and pick up the house.

Last week, I couldn't do all of that all the time. So, I did laundry, but didn't fold it and put it away. I couldn't do the dishes everyday. I couldn't clean all the time. You would think that my husband would come home and help. But he hasn't. Not once.

So, the laundry stayed in the basket unfolded, the dishes stayed in the sink, clutter stayed on the counters.

Yesterday, I slept all day. When my husband came home, I asked him to do the dishes before he came up to bed. This morning, I decided to do as much as possible around the house before I started coughing so much that I had to lay back down and take my meds. I discovered that my husbands version of doing the dishes was to not rinse any of them and just shove them any which way in the dishwasher. So, I got to take all the dishes out, rinse and scrub them, then put them back so that they all fit and will get clean.

I'm so frustrated. It's bad enough that he never helps anyway. I work full time, he works full time. But for some reason, him working full time means that he doesn't have to help around the house. I rarely ask him to help me because I know he won't anyway. But when I'm sick, shouldn't that be an exception? Shouldn't he recognize that I can't do anything and that he should come home and help?

He comes home and digs through the laundry basket looking for clean clothes, he'll even ask me if something is clean, but he won't think to put the laundry away so that he can find his clothes. He will use the clean dishes. He'll even take clean dishes out of the clean dishwasher, but he won't unload that dishwasher. Let alone reload it without me asking... And, obviously when I do ask, he does the bare minimum to make it look like he helped. I'm not sure how clogging the dishwasher drain with food, or getting food stuck in it and letting it rot so that all my dishes stink is helpful. And the single most frustrating thing about all of this is that we've been over it a million times.

Every time I'm sick, we go over how I need him to come home and help me. We've been over the fact that we have an old crappy dishwasher that requires the dishes to be rinsed and scrubbed a million times now. We've been over how to load the dishes so that everything fits, and most importantly everything gets clean, a million times. We've been over helping with laundry, picking up after yourself etc etc.

So, today, when I woke up still sick and decided to try to get some stuff done, it was frustrating to find dishes just randomly crammed into the dishwasher with cheese and other food dried on them. It was frustrating to see that he left two cups that require hand washing in the sink, still dirty. It was frustrating that I had to re-do the dishes, and that I just don't have the energy to do those dishes by hand.

I just can't do much. I have bronchitis. Just moving makes me cough. I would just like some help. Most of the time I am perfectly happy to do all the housework. I've tried asking for help, but, in 5 years of being together, have learned that I probably won't get it anyway. Most of the time, it's not that big of a deal. But how many times can you tell a person that when you are sick, you need help? How many times can you ask that person to come home and pick up after themselves?

I guess it's my fault. Since I don't make him help the rest of the time, I guess it's my fault that he doesn't help when I really need it... Like when I'm sick. I'm just so frustrated. The house was a pit until I cleaned this weekend. Which sucked because I'm sick and wanted to just be laying on the couch. And now, I really don't want to be cleaning and doing dishes and I'm probably going to have to... or just live in the filth and accept that we will have no clean clothes or dishes until I am well. :(

Monday, December 20, 2010

Don't blog on controlled substances!

LOL! Seriously folks...

I was getting better, even though I worked all week. Thursday I ran out of my codeine cough syrup, but didn't bother to get it refilled because my cough was improving. Wend, I was prescribed a cough pill. I know, weird right? It's a pill that supposedly suppresses the cough reflex. Sadly, they did nothing for me. But I was getting better anyway, so what's the big deal?

Saturday I worked. The other tech called in sick, so it was just me. We were really busy. It was just busy enough that I could have used another hand, but not so busy that I needed help all the time. So, a receptionist filled in when needed. I was feeling ok, so the hubby and I treated our selves to a date night. Really it was just dinner, and we had a gift card, but it was nice none the less. A free meal is still a date night. :)

Sunday, I woke up feeling pretty crappy again. I did the best I could all day. The hubby took my to Bed Bath and Beyond to buy this painting I saw there that I liked with my 20% off coupon. :) I really like it and think it's looks lovely above the fire place. Sadly, I began steadily getting worse as the day went on and by bed time I was coughing up a lung again. I warned my co-workers that I might have to call in sick... I woke up all night coughing and knew I had to go back to the Dr this AM.

I did, and she gave me more cough syrup and put me on bed rest until Thursday, but I am to check in before I go back to work if I'm still coughing a lot. I feel crappy not being at work. I hate to leave people hanging. I hate calling in sick. I hate feeling like I'm leaving them short staffed.

So, bronchitis back in full swing just in time for Christmas... I really hope I'm feeling better by Saturday so I can see my family!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Favorite Quotes

I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from various people.

Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the rest that knows not breaking:
Dream of battled fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking. - Sir Walter Scott

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. — General George S. Patton

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie

Stress is beleiving that your present circumstances will be your future existence. - Unknown

ralph w. sockman- Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.

I have found the paradox. That if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.- mother theresa.

Sometimes, I think it'd be fun to send animal crackers to PETA.- J Chris Newberg AKA Chris Army.

I'm a firm believer that everything is a word that can usually describe most things. - J Chris Newberg

"And in the end, the love that you take is equal to the love that you make." - The Beatles

If there be war, let it be in my day, so that my children may live in peace. - Thomas Paine.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men, as a whole, experience it. - Helen Keller

Men are more ready to repay injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure. - Tacitus

The world owes you nothing...its was here first. --Mr. Twain

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.- Galileo

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. - Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounces the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.- Thomas Paine

When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable.” – Madeleine L'Engle

Friday, December 17, 2010

Financial Freedom!

I love payday don't you? :)

My husband and I decided that when I graduated we would continue to live on just his income to use my income to pay off all of our debt as fast as possible. Now, that is not always realistic. Life happens, Christmas happens, but we've been doing pretty good in the four months that I have been earning a full time paycheck.

I am happy to report that two months ago we paid off the remains of the crappiest credit card we had. It was a Bank of America card. They wrote me a lovely letter shortly after my husband deployed to let me know that they were going to hike my rate up to something astronomical. I could opt out of this by calling them. The catch you ask? I could never ever use my card again. Simply using my card meant that I was agreeing to the rate hike. Pretty crappy. My husband had the same card and a few years ago they hiked his rate up from 7% to 19% without even telling us. We balance transfered that one to a better rate with our current credit union.

So, with that momentum behind us, we focused on a loan. We took out this loan earlier this year to help pay for all of my school stuff. Licensing exams and review classes and review books for my licensing exams all really add up fast. It was a much needed loan so that I could pay for all of those things. Well, as of today, that is officially paid off too! A three year loan paid off in 9.5 months! We are on a roll!

I will say, we credit our success to Dave Ramsey. His system works. Granted, we have been paying extra on everything too, but we have been using his system for months now (even before I graduated) and have been having great success with it! I highly recommend you look him up if you have debt. We have never attended his classes, and don't own a single book. I simply go on his website and read all that I can. I also have his app for my phone (which was also free).

A good friend of ours told us about him when he and his wife took his class at their church. My co-worker told me today that they are also on his plan and having great success. Her and her husband took his class and they are going to lend me all the books and stuff. Right now, his website is having a sale on all his material. I'm seriously thinking of buying up some of it while it's cheap!

MAN! I'm so stoked! All we have left is two half full credit cards and my student loans. That means in less than a year we will be free of debt from credit cards and in another year after that, debt free completely! I can't wait!

Financial freedom here we come!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Why my bank rocks!

I was going through my mail today to prep all the bills I have to pay tomorrow. My husbands credit card statement was there, per usual, right on time. I opened it up to see that it says the Minimum Payment for this month is ZERO! I called the bank to make sure. I definitely don't want to pay nothing this month only to find out it was a typo and get charged for it later. I also went to our online banking and there it was- ZERO min payment.

The customer service gal on the phone said, "WOW! You're right. Let me do some digging, but it's possible it's a holiday gift" She dug, came back and told me that it was my banks holiday gift to the hubby and I! We get to skip our payment this month if we want to!

After all the financial hardships we've had in the last year or so, this is a very nice way to end the year. :) We have two credit cards paid to zero and we are going to cancel them next year. We have the loan we took out to pay for my school stuff almost paid off (as in, on more payment and we're done) and now this! It's kinda nice to be rewarded like this. Good Karma I guess, for putting up with all the times we didn't get paid (and our washer and dryer breaking first thing when we did finally get paid). We have been working so hard to pay off all of our debt, we have cut it in half in just the last 4-5 months and now this! YEA!

I don't know if we will really skip the payment in full, but it's will be nice to be able to just put a little on it this month so that we maybe do something fun like a date night. We haven't done that in ages!

Bunny Neuter

Though I am still very sick, I'm sucking it up and working. My co-worker was really nice and traded me shifts today, so I got to work a half day.

I'm glad I went in though... Today, I got to assist on a bunny neuter. It's a lot like neutering a cat to tell you the truth. But he had one deformed testicle, so that was weird. He also took a while to wake up (I'm told that's a bunny thing). So, I got to walk around the clinic carrying the bunny for about 20 minutes while I tried to get him to wake up. Not a bad way to spend part of your day. :) He is super cute! I love rabbits, but would never own one. Too mess and they chew on everything! But it's fun to play with other peoples bunnies!

We also did a dental on a dog who had a metal canine. That was unexpected. LOL!

Other than that, I'm still coughing up a lung and spending most of my days lying on the couch. I had to go back into the doc yesterday because I'm coughing so much, but unable to take the codeine at work. She gave me Tessa Perles. They supposedly suppress the cough reflex. I don't think they work. I'm still coughing up a storm. Though I have had other people say that they worked great for them... So maybe it's just me.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What a Crappy Way to Start the Week

Today was my first day of work this week...

I coughed up a storm, felt a million times worse by the time I got home and am now coughing so hard that my whole body hurts.

What makes it worse is that I got scratched by a cat- unprovoked, and bit in the face by a dog. She was a grumpy old gal, so I guess I should have taken better precautions. And I was assisting on the placement of a feeding tube on a cat that wouldn't stay under anesthesia and she ended up being awake just enough to bite the doctor. (I feel extra horrible about that because it feels like it was 100% my fault, even though the doc was really nice about it)

I would love nothing more than to call in sick until I feel better, but I can't.

Of the four techs, I have bronchitis, one is on vacation, one might have bronchitis (she at least has a cough/cold) and the last... Well, her husbands best friend was found by his parents this weekend having hung himself in their storage shed. He was found just in time, but is currently in a coma. Her husband had to fly home yesterday, but she had to stay here and work. So, I can't be the weak link who calls in sick to work. :(

It's a terrible way to start the week. I'm very happy that tomorrow is another half day, but Thurs and Friday are not. I just hope I can survive this week. Unfortunately, I have a history of working with bronchitis (usually against my doctors wishes) and ending up in the ER. In all fairness, I end up in the ER even if I don't work, and even if I'm am taking all my bronchitis meds, but it's a trend none the less. It will be very bad if that happens.

Last night, my codeine cough syrup wore off around 3AM. I couldn't take more because it takes 4-6 hours to get out your system and I had to be at work at 7. Driving there would have been a DUI. :( Which means I got no sleep... And did I mention that I'm allergic to codeine? It makes me itchy. And man, am I itchy! Tonight, I'm going to try to take some Benedryl with it and see if that helps. My doc suggested it to help since codeine really works the best for my bronchitis.
UGH! I just don't think this week is going to be any good!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My new nemesis

Well, last week at work was better. I'm starting to really like it at my job and I've really bonded with a few co-workers.

Our annual Christmas party was Saturday. It was a blast! The best one since the first one! I bough an awesome gift for the gift exchange. Driveway markers that are shaped like pink pigs, with angle wings, carrying presents that light up. I was planning on stealing them back, but then my friend from work brought the exact same thing! I will try to post pictures of them, they are too funny! We were joking that we were soul mates because we are probably the only two people in the world who think that that is an awesome gift. Two of our really good friends were coming in from out of town for it, but they got snowed in! It was such a bummer, but we had a really good time with everyone who came.

Sadly, that night I began to cough. I had a cough before, but it was very minor. Then it went away all last week. Suddenly, around the gift exchange time, I started coughing again. By yesterday, I was very ill and coughing up a lung. I just knew that I had bronchitis. I used to get it all the time because of my asthma. Like 3-4 times a year and I would always end up in the hospital with it. But, I haven't had it since the first year we moved up here.

I went into the doctor today to confirm what I already knew and to get the drugs I need to clear it up. So far, the drugs aren't working. I have to take codeine, which makes me itchy. Usually. I'm not itchy at all and I'm still coughing like crazy any time I move. But I know the codeine is in my system because I'm too tired to do anything. I needed to do laundry and all kinds of errands today... Usually I just power through, but I'm coughing too much to be moving around. I did manage to wash all of our clothes, but not put them away. Hopefully, my husband will do that for me. And unload the dishwasher and pick up the kitchen, and maybe make me some soup. HAHA!

We have a girl on vacation this week at work, so I can't call in sick. I"m not contagious, I just feel like poo and am coughing up a lung. It was really poor timing to get bronchitis in general. It's the only week I work 5 days. I work three "half" days, meaning 7-2, and then two full days (the full ten hours) starting tomorrow. :( And I can't take the meds because it's a DUI to take the codeine and drive and I can't do my job hopped up on a controlled substance. :(

So, I would like to say: Damn you bronchitis! You are on my list! I will best you some day! You have made yourself a new enemy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tis the season

Well, Christmas shopping is done and stocking stuffers are purchased. Tree is up and stockings hung... Sadly, I opened my box of decorations to discover that a bunch are missing. I have no idea where they would be. So, my house is a bit bare. We decided not to replace our tree this year. Maybe next year. The tree is like 30 years old. My parents bought it when they were first married and gave it to me. I love it, but it's a piece of crap. It's actual green and brown plastic. LOL! but it's got sentimental value to me.

The house is clean, the gifts are wrapped. Now, I'm just prepping for our Christmas party on Saturday. I gotta get the spare bedroom cleaned up for our out of town guests.

Not much holiday stuff to left to do.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Rough week

This was a rough week... Things at work seem to get better, then get suddenly worse again. I'm so frustrated. My boss (the head vet) told me today that he wants me to be getting better experience. He's not mad at me, he just asked me to be more pushy about getting to do stuff... That's fine... But I was prepping a patient for a surgery that I have never prepped for before and asked someone for help. I got very little guidance when she did, sorta explain to me what I should be doing. She watched me do it, then waited until after I was done to tell me that I should have done something different. Seriously. I'm so frustrated with stuff like that. Why not tell me all of the steps before I start to begin with?

To make matters worse, we have a kitty that has been hospitalized with us for a few days. She is not doing well. The owners let her go for a month without eating, while she lost almost 5 pounds, before bringing her in. We did what we could and she seemed to be improving a bit, then started going down hill today. I had to work late tonight so we could prep her and wait for the owners to come get her and take her to the emergency hospital. Sucky way to start my weekend. Hopefully she makes it through the weekend.

If that wasn't crappy enough, I thought things were getting better with the hubby. We had a long talk and were working on things. Yesterday, while I was at work, someone on the radio was talking about Christmas wishes and the person nominated for a Christmas wish was recently home from Iraq. It got me thinking about how hard it was to live away from my husband for a year and all of that jazz that comes with deployments. It made me think that, if we can survive that, we can survive anything with a little perseverance. After my husband got home from work, we were both sitting on the couch. I looked at him, deep in the eyes and said, "I really, really love you." He laughed, like I was making a joke. I looked at him again, and repeated, "No, I really, really love you." And he gave me a stupid look and just sat there, making a joke of it. I was so frustrated. What good does it do to talk to someone if they won't listen or take you seriously? What's the point?

But I have a four day weekend and I'm hoping that things will calm a bit and maybe some good time with my husband will be good for me and things will start looking up next week.