Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sophie graduated from puppy training this past Sunday! She could hardly sit still for a picture of her with her cap, but managed to get one. She starts intermediate training at the end of Jan. I think she's been doing pretty good with everything she has learned. Now if I could only get her fully potty trained! Any suggestions for an indoor pup?!
My Christmas break started last Friday...thank God! I don't think I could go much longer without a break! So far I haven't really had any time to rest with Gary and I having to here, there, and everywhere with errands. I'm hoping after Christmas things will slow down so I can at least rest a full day or two!
We're so ready for Christmas. I actually put up lights along the railing at my apt. I think it looks pretty. Naturally no one else really did anything. While the lights are pretty, I'm dreading taking them down! Tomorrow is going to be a bit difficult since we have to do Christmas at my place (where we are now), then go to my sister's house for presents and dinner, and then to Gary's brother's house for presents and more dinner, and we have to work on mom's laptop at Gary's place. Whew! I'll probably need a couple naps tomorrow!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Today was the icing on the cake kind of day. I was at work pretty much by myself today; my co-worker was out until a couple hours before the end of the work day. I had 2 classes of at least 28 students in the front of the library because the computer lab we reserve for teachers was still closed because of a leaky ceiling tile. I could have let the students use the lab, but I didn't want them to be in the way of maintenance nor have tile debris get all over the computers where the leak was. So, some students went into the 2nd lab without my knowledge. There was so much chaos it was hard to keep up with everything. I had to get students out of the 1st lab because, duh, the computers covered with bags wasn't a good enough clue to them that they couldn't use the lab. Common sense escapes some students. Students cannot be unsupervised anywhere in the school because it's a liability. I'm not about to have some angry momma call me about something that happened to their precious because I wasn't aware they were in an area they weren't supposed to be in.
Well, I had to get on to a couple students because they were on Myspace/Facebook. These and Youtube are no-no sites at our school. Because I'm doing my job, a female student decides to make sure I heard her say "close the door, the snitch is out there". By out there, she meant the 1st lab where I was hooking up the computers for the students and I was the only one in the lab. While I've been called worse, it was "me" that was getting called names. I'm really taking the snide comment to heart because it wasn't "me" she's complaining about, it's me doing my job. I'm a dammed good librarian. I take time for all my students. Lately, I have been loosing my cool more easily, but I'm so out of patience it's getting difficult to stay relaxed. I now understand how some teachers let cuss words slip! I'm not sure what to do. Should I just let it go or get those students together in a group and explain why Ms. Willey is a "snitch". What should I do?
Oh yeah, this little female needs to learn what a snitch is because I'm not telling anyone what they are doing, I'm simply trying to keep them off inappropriate websites. If I was a snitch, I would've wrote up the young man 4th pd for say cussing.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
She's been doing a little better with her potty training. She pees more frequently on the pee pad, but still needs work on where she poos. She is also an excape artist in training because she has gotten out of her safe area twice. But, the few days she did stay in it, I think, helped remind her where she is to potty.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I've also been getting stuff for my puppy. I found out last week I will be getting the girl puppy; her name is Sophie. I'm so excited and can't wait! I've been toying with the idea to getting another apartment, something larger, but I've decided to wait a bit longer to build back up my savings. I'm not stressing that; things will be as they should! :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
1.) must be a long term tenant
2.) must have and maintain a clean apt.; no write ups
3.) must pay rent on time; no write ups
4.) either allowed x amount of pets or x lb pet
I had previously approached the apt. manager about having a pet and she wished they would change their minds because she wanted a little dog that was already house trained. (see previous blog post). While the decision still hasn't been made, I've started looking (again) for a pet. For a while, I couldn't decided between a cat or a dog.
A cat would be great because they're independent, but I also don't have a lot of room for a litter box, scratch pat/post, etc. Plus, I'm away from home for work and a cat couldn't care less. A dog will require more attention so I'll have to be more active, which is great. I'll have to come home at lunch to take it out to potty. I'm not too thrilled with that, but I think it'll go ok. I'd have to modify my schedule more for a dog.
In the end, I decided on a dog. While it may get on the sofa, it wouldn't be on the counter or computer desk...or climbing the curtains...like a cat would. I'll have to modify my schedule a little but I have everything worked out where my dog will be happy and well tended. Because I want a toy dog, [according to petsmart] it'll be okay to leave it in a crate while I'm at work.
The dog I decided on, with help from Dogster.com, is a Mi Ki. This is a rare breed, fairly new (1980), and is a mix of Papillon, Maltese, and Japanese Chin. When you look at the dog, you can clearly see all the breed qualities. This dog is great for city and apartment living, they're quiet, animal friendly, lapdogs, and very expensive. At first, I didn't think they would cost as much as they do, but locally, the cheapest I could find is $1500 for a male puppy. The females go for more because they are breeders and it's important to keep the pure quality of the breed. I don't intend to breed my dog but am thinking about showing it.
Again, I'm keeping in mind we most likely won't be able to have pets so I haven't gotten my hopes too far up LoL. I have contacted a couple breeders to get some info and I did let them know the situation with our apt. complex so there's no misunderstandings. I'm still torn about the price tag, but with the dog living up to 16 years and has great health, I will get my moneys worth in both that and the joy it'll bring to my life. Mom doesn't agree...as usual...her main concern being when I travel, but I have a small pool of friends and acquaintances I can pull from to dog sit for me if need be.
I was/am also considering a Maltese or Papillon but they have a few health problems; a Coton de Tulear looks promising too but maybe a bit too energetic for an apt. A small poodle would work too...but I'm not really a poodle person LoL All these breeds can go for $400 to $1000 depending on the lineage of the dog and how purebred it is. This is all very tiring and confusing! I'm hoping I'll have my mind made up soon.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
This is my main character, Sephie Moon, in Shing Jea Monastery in Cantha during the Dragon Festival.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I've finally made a decision on a book that I'd like to read. I've decided I'm going to simplify my stories into a collection of short stories. Anne McCaffery's A Girl who heard Dragons is a great collection of sci-fi and fantasy and that's sort of what I'm aiming for. I've started a few stories many years ago and I think I'm not ready/experienced enough to write a full novel. I think this will be a good stepping stone. I've been thinking on how much I have or have not accomplished in my life thus far and I'm behind schedule! LoL I'm going to make this project my focus for the rest of this year.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
First, the worrisome part :) For a while, I wasn't worried about not having job security, but an acquaintance of mine pointed out that there's a possibility a few of our schools are going to be merged and there will be a few librarians in need of a library. Granted I have an English and Social Studies endorsement, but I'm not really qualified to teach since I've never taught (outside the library). So that got me thinking...we haven't gotten our contracts in and who's to say I won't be put in a classroom because of all the librarians in our district, I'm the 2nd to last in experience (5 1/2 years).
And that leads us to the good part. Because I was worried about my future, I started looking online a job postings and happened to call one in particular and Lady Luck smiled at me! An opening for a high school librarian will become open at the end of the school year. Yay! This is a great district and a level 5 school. I mailed my employment application today and hopefully it won't take long for an interview.
I'm not overly happy at my current job, but am content to stay on as a librarian. I love the people I work with and my students, but being close to my bf...and sister...would me a lot to me. Granted, I'll be further away from mom, but I think things will work out okay. If you pray, pray for me! If not, wish me luck! :)
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
I finished a couple books this past weekend so I have taken some time for myself. I guess today really ends "me" time. The rest of the week will include either my bf or my mom...or both :) I'm not complaining though! I'd rather be busy with family and busy and stressed at work!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
First, I've been early to work everyday this year except for maybe 3 times. Seriously, I really have been. My question is this: If I'm early everyday, then why am I always last to eat. I'm tired of feeling like I don't have any support until almost 8am (we have to be at work by 7:15am).
Then, my neighbor decided to steal the air valve cap off my tire because his was missing. Yeah, that one's a long story so I'll leave it for now.
And now, my boy friends best friend can't even take 5 minutes out of precious day to fillout the paperwork my boy friend needs to finish up some stuff for his disability. He suffers from extreme depression and panic/anixety disorder to which none of his medications are working. I mean, how hard is it to fill out a friggin form basically saying yeah, he needs help! OMG!
If my conference date and Spring Break doesn't hurry up and get here, I'm most likely going to a.) hurt something or b.) say something I'll probably (not really) regret later. Even though my vacation time is already tied up with a few trips, it's still better than dealing with problems and work.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Oh, the book is called The Earl's Untouched Bride by Annie Burrows. It was pretty good; I'm glad I read it. Throughout the story I kept thinkings the characters really need to get over themselves, but it wasn't bad. The story focused on the two main characters developing their feelings for each other, but I think if the author added a little more danger in the mix, they story would have been a little more intersting. But all in all, it was a good story, fairly original, and well developed characters.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I've been wanting to buy an e-book reader for some time now, but can't make up my mind between Amazon's Kindle or Sony's e-reader. I'd rather get consumer input before I buy so if you have one or know someone who does, can you offer any input? Thanks!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009