Monday, January 29, 2007

Making a dent . . .

in the tree limbs that have fallen in my yard. At least I have a few piles and a pile of firewood. I don't have a fireplace but I have firewood! My dad said that he is interested in the wood though. My parents were shocked at the mess at my house and told me that the pictures I took didn't do the mess justice! They told me that I was living in a destruction zone! I am glad that my Dad is able to help me with this mess. I still need to get a tree guy out here to take care of the tree that fell in the backyard and someone that is able to trim the limbs that are broken off but still attached. I need to get out and take more pictures in the morning - or whenever I get up!

I finally got my card reader that is built into my laptop working. All I had to do was restart my computer! Phew! I am including pictures of my scrappin' cat! :-)

I wasn't very productive with my homework. After my parents left, I was tired as I never did get back to bed after waking up at 5am. I fell asleep and woke up after 8pm! It is cold in my house and I don't have the motivation to get my homework done. :-) I really need to get done with my college algebra so I can ask questions in class if I don't understand something. I have a lot of reading to do in my other class. I might just get all curled up and read some of my theories and research stuff so I can do the discussion board.

I am trying to catch up with Days of Our Lives. I did end up missing one week and have on my DVR from soapnet all of last weeks episodes. There are some spots that I am unsure what has happened but I am sure I will figure it out!

I hope by the end of the week, my yard is starting to look somewhat normal!

Sunday, January 28, 2007


I got home from work this morning and was putting groceries away. I decided that I would open the blind to the back door to let some light in and two men were in my backyard just looking at my big tree that feel over! When they saw me, they went to the front yard and I found out they were with the cable company! I was so happy! It didn't take them long at all to get my cable working. I finally have TV to watch!

Today my parents are coming over and we are going to try to tackle the mess of tree limbs in my yard. It is a mess! The houses around me have already taken care of this but then there is me that doesn't have as much extra time and can't get the yard work done as quickly! Then after we can get this somewhat cleaned, I can call the tree guy to come take care of the rest. I am sure there is a waiting list!

Last night was Scrapjammies first online crop! It was much fun chatting on a conference chat and scrapping! I was having adhesive issues and started using glue. The glue was making my paper wrinkle which I don't like. I need to get some more adhesive! Felix had to be in the middle of the action as he loves to be! I took pictures of my scrappin' cat! I couldn't get my card reader that is built into my laptop to transfer pictures last night. I hope that something hasn't gotten broken!

I should get back to bed. I had went to bed with my laptop last night to watch a movie in my warm, cozy bed but fell asleep! I need to save my energy for tree cleanup! Then later doing homework!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Blogger Beta

I finally made the switch to blogger beta. I still haven't had time to see what it is all about. I just hope I don't regret it!

It has been two weeks since the ice storm hit and my yard is still a mess. I haven't been able to get things cleaned up. My neighbors seem to be able to get things cleaned up so fast and me I work full-time and currently going to school full-time and have to wait till I have a day off from school and work. I hope to be able to get things at least started soon.

I am still without any cable TV and can't get the local channels either. I have missed Days of Our Lives for two weeks now! I have also missed Grey's Anatomy but have learned that I can watch episodes on I will not miss any of those episodes! I called the cable company today as I received a bill and I don't have service. I was told that my account will be credited for the time I have been without cable. I talked to someone that was very pleasant and she even found out for me when they may be in my neighborhood. I called a few days ago and the lady started yelling at me . . . . I was told that I was to get a phone call within 72 hours and I have never received a phone call. I am glad that I got a pleasant person today and got more answers than I had asked for! I am just glad that I don't have cable internet or I would be in bad shape with my online classes!

I started school back up yesterday and it was a long day! I had ended up waking up at 3am and had to be at school from noon till 8pm. I was falling asleep by the end of the day! At least one of these classes is online I only have to met once a month! I have Theories and Research and College Algebra. So far so good! I just have a lot of reading to do and math to do!

I finished up my Diabetes Across the Lifespan class and I got an "A". Yeah! It ended up being a stressful class because of the ice storm. The school website was down for a few days and this class relied on the internet and blackboard. Our teacher gave us 48 hours after the website came up to get all of our work done that was past due. That was a little difficult for me as I worked part of those 48 hours. I finally got it done and then work hard, waking up early and not getting enough sleep for work and got alot of the work that was due by 10pm on Sunday. I even brought my laptop to work and worked on things during my break. It was rough getting all of this stuff done and working. I was got upset Monday morning when the teacher emailed us and told us that she was giving us a 24 hours extension! I worked so hard and lost sleep only to learn that we had an extension! I was glad that I had the work done though. I did have to work on the Discussion board that day to get all my points. It was a stresful few days!

I am going to finish watching Grey's Anatomy online! What a great feature! :-)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ice storm

I have had quite the experience since my last post! While I was at work last Friday, my power went out. I was afraid that the huge sweet gum tree in my front yard was going to be on my house when I got home. My Dad told me a few months ago that the notches are hollow and that it might not hold up in a storm. That tree is still up and it didn't look very bad when I got home the next morning. I went into the kitchen and opened up the mini blinds and got quite the shock! One of my other huge trees had split down the middle and fell sideways (thank goodness!) and barely missed my neighbors house! This tree is half in my yard and half in my neighbors!

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It was 55 degrees in my home Satuday morning and I called my parents and they still had power. They told me that I could come over and stay with them. I told my Mom that I was bringing my cats and that didn't go over well. :-( I decided just to go to bed and get some sleep. I woke up that afternoon with this loud noise outside and I thought it was a big truck. It turned out that is was a generator outside my window that my neighbor had. It was now 52 degrees in my house and any body part that wasn't under the covers was frozen! I also have a waterbed which it was loosing heat and wasn't as warm as cozy as it normally is. I called my Mom back and decided to stay with them and I did leave the cats at my house. I just made sure they had plenty food and water and a clean litter box.

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I got to my parents house and my youngest niece (she is 9) thought this was great that everyone was spending the night! It was nice to be with family and I got to spend fun time with my nieces. Jasmine and I shared a bed and she is a wild sleeper! I would get hit with an elbow or her hand and didn't sleep very well. When she got up, I got some sleep except she kept coming in and telling me to get up as she was bored.

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I finally did get up and went to my house just to see how things were and to check on the cats. I got to the intersection and saw that several limbs from the tree in the front yard had fallen and they are the size of small trees! But at this time, nothing had hit the house. Pandora and Felix was excited to see me but Chloe was mad and wouldn't let me near her. It was 46 degrees in my house that morning. My neighbor came over to tell me some things regarding my huge tree. He started parking in the yard as he was afraid of a limb falling on his van. I don't blame his for doing that either! He talked to a guy from CU that was doing something with my tree and was told that they were going to get try to get the power on in our neighborhood in the next hour. I finished taking care of the cats and getting a few more things and went back to my parents.

My sister, nieces and I all decided to go see a movie. We went and saw "The Night of the Museum". It was a good movie! Before leaving for the movie I had called my house and the answering machine picked up so my power was back on! WOOHOO!!!!! I didn't return home till about 7pm that night. I knew it was going to take awhile to get my house warmed back up.

When I returned that evening, my phone wasn't working (which means no internet!!) and my cable tv wasn't working. I was bored! Since my bed by this time was freezing cold, I slept on my futon in the living room and watched Season 1 of Will & Grace! I am finally sleeping in my waterbed again! Of course, more tree limbs had fallen and this time hit my house. I still have one tree limb that is standing up resting on my house. My gutters are damaged but that is all the damage I have seen. I am glad that I decided to park my car in the garage as another tree limb fell after I got home in my driveway where my care would have been! My neighbor is smart to not park in the driveway!

The next day I needed to move this tree limb that was the size of a small tree. Phew!!! That wasn't easy and it was frozen to the ground! I poured hot water on it and attempted to move it. I didn't get it over very far at all. One of my neighbors saw me and came over and moved it for me! I hadn't meet these neighbors before as they just moved into the neighborhood a couple of months ago. It was nice to meet my new neighbors even though it was under frigid conditions! :-) My front yard is so full of tree limbs you can't walk through it.

I now need to get rid of all this debris in my yard. My Dad said he would help me and what he can't do I have someone that my grandma has used before that I am going to call. I am going to post some pics of the aftermaths of the ice storm! I hope everyone is safe and warm!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Work and icy weather

It is raining here and it is 30 degrees!!!! We are supposed to have freezing rain all weekend and of course I work tonight. It always seems that when the weather gets bad, I have to work. I would really like it if I could just be at home and not slide all over town getting to work and then returning home! At least I only have to work tonight and then I am off this weekend and have all kinds of reading and homework to do! I still need a snow shovel and found out that Wal-mart won't be getting any. They are putting spring stuff out! I am so ready for warmer weather! That should be in 2-3 months, hopefully!

I had better get ready for work!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Relaxing and studying

Not to much going on today, just sitting in the Mudhouse studying. The main book for my class is online and then my teacher post other links related to the class. I am looking at the computer screen too much! I do have a book to read for this class, "The Discovery of Insulin." I am curious what the history is but how does it get to be 250 pages??? I will have to read it to find that out! :-)

The light burnt out on my front porch a week or so ago and I thought I would finally get it changed today BUT I can't get the globe-like thing off! The last time I changed it which was in March, I had the same problem. This time one of the screws is too tight. Of course, the screw doesn't have any indentions in it to use a screwdriver so I thought maybe my rubber jar opener would help. It didn't. So, I guess my front porch will be in the dark until I can figure a way to get it loose. I finally got under my house today to change the furnace filter. I really hate the fact that it is under my house! I always have to get rid of spider webs. That gives me the heebie cheebies!

Tonight is the art walk which I might walk around downtown for a bit before leaving. I have a good parking spot and really only want to go to a few places. I saw that Saw III is finally showing at the cheaper movie theater. I might have to catch it later tonight or next week. I don't want to wait too long as it may leave! I thought Saw II was awesome on how it ended and didn't really thing they could have another. But I thought wrong!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Back to school

I started my winter term course today, "Diabetes Across the Lifespan." I find this class interesting and I know I picked up some new knowledge tonight! :-) I just love the teacher too! She has a fun personality and makes class interesting. I have a project due on Tuesday and all this reading to do. Yuck!

I am at the Mudhouse tonight just to chill and go over some of readings for class. Tonight for some reason, they somehow lost my drink order which happens every so often here. I went and told them and they told me that this always happens to you and you are one of our regular customers! I had to laugh and they even gave me a card for a free drink! :-) I love the Mudhouse!

My parents came over last weekend and helped me finish up some projects that we had started but I needed to buy some parts. I finally have my remote control system working in my ceiling fan in my bedroom again! Yeah! I just love it! I can now read in full light again all warm and cozy in my bed then turn the light off without getting out of my warm bed! I had been without light in my bedroom for almost 2 months so it is exciting to have light!

Anyway, I am thinking about heading home and doing some unfun stuff but I will finish it with the Sims2 so that will be a nice reward! :-)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!!!!

I had a fun New Years Eve and I forgot my camera!!!! I went to my sisters house and spent it with my sister and nieces. I brought the new games I had gotten for my nieces for Christmas and we played them. We played Wacky Word by Cranium and I also brought a puzzle type game about getting the hiker across the river. The hiker game seems to easy soo we decided that we must be missing a rule that would make it harder. Of course we didn't read the instructions!

We had decided to go to the clubhouse at the apartment. We were figuring out how to play Wacky Word and my sister needed to let her boyfriend in so she left for a little bit. Shortly after she left, security came into the clubhouse and told us we had to leave as it was after 10pm and the clubhouse closed at 10 pm. She wasn't a happy security officer either! So we gathered our stuff and meet my sister on the way back to her apartment. My sister thought it closed at 11pm - but I had the hours of the clubhouse stated to me so I now know!

We went back upstairs and played the game and then we weren't paying to much attention to the time. At 2359, Jasmine got all excited and had silly string ready to go! We got silly stringed and then we were cleaning it up. Jasmine was pouty in the kitchen and said, "I stayed up for this?" It made me laugh! She wasn't happy that we were having to clean the silly string up! But we hung out till about 0130 then I left and they went to bed.