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Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We assembled ourselves in the studio at 845am...a tad bit later, in walks the instructor about 10 minutes late ranting from the time she crossed the threshold about how she wears too many hats and is also a trainer (yadda, yadda, yadda). My bf and I looked at each other like - wow - this isn't how we expected to be talked to in yoga, but whatever...maybe the instructor got off on a bad foot...we all have bad days, right? :)
Needless to say her energy did not change. The negativity went on through out the remainder of the class. We could barely even hear any sort of relaxing music, she'd raise her voice a lot, got irritated when she asked questions and the class didn't respond, and was very bossy about our poses. Saying things in a no-it-all tone, like "if I say for you to check your feet, that is because one or more of you are doing the pose incorrectly" OR "don't be sassy with your pose, this isn't about looking cute." WHAT!?!?
I wasn't relaxed at all. If anything I was afraid and up tight. At one point in time while doing a pose on the mat, my bf and I looked at each other and she said to me "she is not very nice" and I said "what is this, boot camp?" We both left the class feeling like we got a decent work-out, but we were bitter about the instructors missing softness for lack of a better word. Never having been to yoga, we thought that maybe we were misinformed and set our expectations incorrectly...regardless, due to the less than *fun* experience, I was reluctant to go again...
Fast forward to this morning...we decided to try yoga one more time with another instructor...545am...sitting in the studio on our mats and in walks the teacher...there is an immediate noticeable difference...she is soft spoken, there is sweet relaxing music playing, she has an encouraging tone and just a positive & enjoyable energy. The next 75 minutes proved to be both relaxing and yet so challenging. I have to say that I am very pleased with the 180 that yoga has taken for me in the last week. After Saturday I thought I'd never go back, but after today, I'm really looking forward to going again.
Moral of the story is - don't give up! One bad experience does not necessarily mean it is time to throw in the towel...now if today would have been terrible as well, I'm not sure that I would have returned -EVER - but I certainly am pleased that we decided to give it another go!
PS - the strength that you feel after yoga is amazing...it is like it comes from deep within the threads of your muscles! Very cool! The only drawback is that I am so hungry all the time. It is 11am and I have had an english muffin, and egg sandwich, and a pack of cheese/peanut-butter crackers AND I'm wondering what is for lunch :)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
As I stood in line, I looked around and started to get emotional...tears formed in my eyes as I thought about how epic this election is. There were several African-Americans in line directly in front of me, and no matter who they were voting for, I just really imagined how proud they must be...how awesome this experience must be for them - regardless. This also made me feel very proud of my country and for the names on the ballot in general.
As it became my turn to check in, I told the volunteers my last name and presented my drivers license. I watched them scan the list for my last name and I only saw my parents and brother...in my head I thought...here we go! I was told that I wasn't on the list...
I am thinking that I just moved three weeks ago. I have not changed anything with the DMV. There is no way that I am not registered in Clarke! The volunteers then start to ask me a barrage of questions - 1) are you registered to vote? YES 2) did you just move to CC? NO, I have lived here for three years 3) have you voted in CC before? YES, multiple times.
One of the volunteers, who I know was only trying to help (and I thank her for being a volunteer) asked me multiple times if I had voted before. Please note that patience is NOT one of my virtues; however, I held my own for a few minutes until the third or fourth time she asked me. Here it is at 6am, I'm still in my PJ's, the dog is in the car, I HAVE NOT brushed my teeth (didn't expect to have a ton of people up in my face), no coffee, and I am trying to figure out IF I am going to be able to vote before I leave town this afternoon...anyway, upon being asked yet again if I had voted before, I looked her square in the eye and boldly said "I am 29 years old, this is the third presidential election that I have voted in!!!" (blowing my bad morning breath all in her face...I'm sure she regretted asking me for several reasons!!!).
The next thing I know, I am pulled out of line so we can call "Barbara" at the courthouse. She runs my social and informs me that I am set up to vote, but under my married name (my name that I changed back in March of 2008; I changed it at DMV and I changed it at the Clarke County courthouse!!!). Apparently these changes can take some time to make it through the system...whatever...it is what it is.
I explained to the powers that be that I was listed under my old last name "F". I had to tell about four different volunteers my story. Each one said "oh, your married name hasn't taken effect" OR "oh, I see, you are still listed under you maiden name." Neither of which was the case. Having lost all patience by now (these poor people), the same lady that I had snapped at to tell her that I was 29 years old blah, blah, blah...asked me if I had sorted everything out. I told her yes, that it was b/c I was listed under the incorrect last name - she said, "oh, your maiden name" AND she directly caught my fire..."NO, I am listed under my married name and that is no longer correct, I should be under my maiden name!!!"
After all of the delay, the only thing that kept me from going over the edge, was that the kind people helping me exercise my right to vote, allowed me to butt to the very front of the A-L line. The next thing I know, someone who is present to protect voters shoves a form in my face for me to fill out stating the issues I had run in to. G-R-E-A-T! His goal, a very noble one, is to work to ensure that these sorts of things do not happen to voters. I filled it out and thanked him, but I was really just ready to get the whole thing over with.
It was a frustrating morning at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Department to say the very least...as I left, I just reminded myself of a phrase I reference often, which is nothing worth having necessarily comes easy...
DISCLAIMER: I am very thankful for the right to vote and for all of those who have worked so hard and sacrificed to pave this road for me :)
Monday, November 3, 2008
I traveled to Arkansas to visit my dear aunt and attend a University of Arkansas vs. Ole Miss football game (a 5 day trip).
Tonight I'll go home after work, pack for my trip, throw a few things in a small bag & then drive out to my parents to stay so I can ensure that I vote tomorrow morning...I'm still registered to vote in Clarke County...one thing I have not had time to take care of. Surprise mom and dad - I'm on the way!!! LOL!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I had spoken to my BFF earlier that day and she made a comment about not tipping the movers...interesting I thought...wow...I had never even thought about tipping them...I am already paying so much...taking her advice I arrived at the condo to let them in without any cash for a tip.
I started to feel pretty guilty as I sat on the couch and watched the "Two Guys" carry everything in and set it up. I began to feel as though this job was worthy of a tip...as the last piece of furniture was carried in, I was informed that they would tally up my final total, have me sign a bunch of forms, and we'd be done...
I walked outside & met them at their truck to sign off on the paper work...one form asking me if I would refer future customer to them - I checked YES.
After all the signing, the One Guy did the calculations for my total and the second guy starting making small talk. Um, I was told that I looked better with my sunglasses on. To that I replied with a sarcastic thank you and told him it wasn't a compliment. Then he asked me if I was going to live there alone, and said if you are - wouldn't you be afraid, asked if I had a husband or a boyfriend, what kind of car do I drive (where are you parked)...all of which made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I started to do my best to ignore him - HOPING - that I could soon pay and leave.
Then the second guy says "so, I asked your mom about the tip and she said you would be taking care of that." I mean, I'm sorry, but since when does someone ask you for a tip???
I informed him that I had never used movers and that the thought of providing a tip had not crossed my mind. I then told him that I did not have any cash on me, but that I would contact his company and ensure that the two of them were taken care of for a tip. I know that these people don't know me from Adam (and there was a slight language barrier), but I meant what I said AND he basically refused to believe me. He kept saying that if I didn't tip them then - they wouldn't get it, which I find HARD to believe. I began to wonder if they were expecting me to go to an ATM or something.
After being asked a couple more times about a tip and after assuring them (at this point to my dislike) that they would receive a tip. I said thank you and walked around to the other side of the building to my car. I put in my cell phone ear piece and the next thing I know, the second GUY is at my car and knocking on the window. Miraculously, he has found a spot on the credit card form that allows me to enter a tip. Now, what do you know about that?
I am irate, pissed, irritated, and more importantly - I'm scared. TWO MORE TIMES (with my car window cracked) I told him that I would call Two Guys & a Truck and make sure that a tip got to him - by now, I was saying this in order to get him to leave me alone. At this time, I no longer want to tip them. Here I have these two men who know my name, where I live, they know what I drive, they make assumptions about who I am living with, and they have a carbon copy of my credit card - I'm a little fearful & I would only tip them after this whole charade to ensure my safety.
At this point today, I am still somewhat torn about what to do. I did speak with the company today, but that was because they made an unauthorized charge to my debit card, which was about $70 in excess of what I approved and signed off on. I only had time to take care of that minor issue at lunch, but I will be calling back to deal with the badgering for a tip & informing them that I will never refer them to anyone - EVER!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Anyway, somehow my move came up - I believe dad may have asked when we were doing everything...Aliyah was sitting beside me on the couch and looked up to me with fear in her eyes - she had lots of questions...
P: You're moving?
P: but why?
A: because someone else is going to live in Aunt Amy's house
A: Remember the Chuckie Cheese we went to?
A: Well, I am moving really close to that & close to where I work
P: So you are moving FAR away?
A: Well it's about an hour
P: Why does everybody have to move?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
This just so happens to be the busiest time of year for the company that I work for (coincides with the end of the government's fiscal year). I have been working crazy hours and alternating shifts with the other people on my team to ensure that we have coverage in the office every day from 8am - 8pm for the last two weeks. This makes for a long day in and of itself, but when you add and hour drive on both sides of that timeline - it really sucks & there is absolutely no time left to do anything productive outside of work.
Last week I didn't make it home a single night before 9pm (this week has been about the same); if it wasn't work, it was football practice, or dinner plans - by the time Saturday rolled around I was exhausted, but I had to get up at the crack of dawn to get fitted for a bridesmaid's dress & run around getting ready for the engagement party that night (which was awesome BTW). Sunday I did find some time to rest...I believe I was in my PJ's at noon.
Monday morning started the work madness again, which goes through 09/30 *YAY*
I'm sure you can imagine how wonderful the timing is considering that I have to pack up a 12 room house in the next week...
The stress of getting everything lined up for the move, the stress of working extra hours, complete lack of sleep, no time to work-out and get endorphins pumping, PMS, and now coming down with a cold due to the seasons changing has me in one heck of a $hitty mood today.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Things are continuing to move forward - yay! I went to look at two places over the weekend and believe I have chosen the one that I saw on Sunday...now comes the fun part - figuring out what to keep, what to give away, and what to sell!
Here are two items...maybe you all know someone?? Spread the word please :)
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I probably forgot to mention to you all that a few months ago we also decided to try to rent the house out. Well, on Sunday on my way back from the 100th birthday party I got a call from our realtor that we have people who want to rent with the option to buy at the end of the lease period...I was so excited that I started crying...as you can imagine, I'm ready to move out and move on :)
Things have continued to progress this week and I am hopeful that the lease will be signed, etc by this weekend. If all goes well, I will be moved out by 10/15/08...one day after my 29th birthday AND I can't think of a BETTER way to start that year off!!!
This news brings about A LOT of things to do in the next month, but I am stoked, so I could care less and I WELCOME the stress and CHANGE - it's about time!!! :)
I have found a couple of places that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that are near my office so that I can easily take care of Bailee and pop in at lunch time to let him out, etc - not to mention cut my commute down tremendously (from two hours of driving a day to 20 minutes) and save on GAS.
Continue to stay tuned for the evolvement of this story...
I'll probably be selling a ton of things and may create a blog site just for that with pictures, etc. I may also have a moving sale at the house...
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, NOTES, WELL WISHES, ETC!!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
You know, sometimes you want to say HI, share some news, share something funny, or let someone know that you are thinking of them WITHOUT a full blown conversation.
I genuinely get excited when I look at my cell phone and the screen says "1 new message" with the text envelope displayed...I totally get all giddy, flip open the phone, greatly anticipating WHO the message is from and WHAT it says.
To me it is almost like getting s surprise present or something...call me boring, call me crazy, I don't really care...it is what it is.
There are certainly particular individuals that I tend to geek out over getting their texts...not that everyone isn't important, but I think you get the idea...
Anyway, last night - I happened to get a message from one of those individuals; HOWEVER, I WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT. Or at least I hope I wasn't...
At first I saw the persons name and I was like - cool they wrote me. Then I read the message and I was like - WTF!?!? It was some horrible complaining description of a bad call during a football game (which is also why I know this note was not for me)...it really was awful, vulgar, and condescending towards women (I know it may seem like I am overreacting, but if you read the message OR received something of this nature, I think you'd feel the same). It did provide some insight into how SOME men talk about things when females are not listening. W-O-W.
For many reasons, the note threw me for a little loop. But more importantly, I felt like someone had stolen my texting experience from me. Like my fun had been violated. I was completely irritated. I know accidents happen in our world of technology, but come on...
Monday, September 15, 2008
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The show called HeeHaw???
This is very random, but the other day at work I had a flash back of the show...the part where the cast and guests would tell jokes - they would pop up from behind a hay bail or in a corn field...saying something funny...and then lower back down...
I was at a co-workers cubicle who has a half-wall on one side and I did that exact thing...I said something out of the ordinary and then without even thinking, I lowered myself down to where they couldn't see me...
She started laughing hysterically...as did I, but then she said "WHO DOES THAT??" in tone that insinutated a little shock, and immediately I equated my actions to HEE-HAW...
She had never heard of the show, but I loved it...maybe it was just a part of my country up-bringing...
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I make statues out of little magnetic pieces!!!
There it is people...in all of it's glory...all of these years of wondering...put to rest!
Then I get really excited and I run to get my camera & take pictures (this is at Blute's desk for anyone that may be wondering! She refused to take the pic with my creation and made me.).
PS - 3rd post today...sorry, just had to share!
41. What is your favorite candy? Raisinettes (sp?)