Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Second month of unemployment down & no I still don't miss the old job... I miss working though. I watch the G-cub full-time but starting tomorrow it will be a bit less and spread over more days because my daughter GOT A JOB! YEAH!!
I became a grandmother again(3 weeks early) on October 21st! My oldest (mystery daughter) had a 6lb 4oz baby boy via emergency c-section. He was breach & they had planned the cc-section for November 2nd but Gar-bear(my nickname for him) had other ideas! I am not complaining.
I will be heading to Billings in the next month for a visit. I am debating if I should go alone, take my mother or take the hubby. The solo trip is sounding the best as I can't really see spending 3 days with my mom non-stop & the hubby can't ever get time off. OK,OK, I really just want to be away for a bit! lol
My Billings trip will include a side trip to Miles City to do some waymarking & hopefully some geocaching.
My next trip will be a 4 day trip to Butte-Anaconda-Dillon area for geocaching, waymarking & maybe enrolling in a few classes.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I have been without a real job for a month. I still don't miss it.
I have been spending most of my time with my grandcub and doing a bit of geocaching.
This weekend (October 3 & 4) I will do a bit more fun stuff. On Saturday I will be driving to Superior Montana to meet my cousin & bring her daughter back. (I know, I know, I said I would do thins anymore but...) I plan to photograph the Mineral County Courthouse, Superior Post Office, school, cemetery and do a bit of geocaching (there are over 50 within 10 miles)!
Then on Sunday my family is celebrating my Aunt Catherine's 80th birthday! She is a wonderful person & it is going to be a great time!
I will post all the photos and update after the weekend.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Actually I lack the motivation to even get out of bed some days.
My head is spinning. really.
The dizziness issue is getting worse. To add to the fun my extremedies go numb randomly. This makes work, life very hard to do.
On Tuesday my ED told me I was fired. Luckily, the Treasurer overruled him on that. I returned to work on Wednesday and decided that I really can't work for this man under these conditions any longer. This next Thursday will be my last day. I figured I would finish the pay period and be done.
I have no ill feelings toward most of the board or the ideals behind the Law Clinic but as long as they have the current ED they will have little success. You can't succeed under inept leadership.
On to my next phase in life.
I hope to be substituting shortly and I have found some temp and part-time work. I think the less intense work schedule will help me to deal with my illness.
I will not get any unemployment benefits but the hubby and I have planned for this for a bit so I'm covered for the next month or so.
Onward & upward!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
What is going on in my life? LOTS!
August 1, 2009
I awoke very early and scurried through the house frantically packing then ushering people into vehicles.
Today's the day!
We hit the road about an hour and 1/2 later than planned but the hubby tried to make up for it with speed. No MHP and no tickets so that was good.
Arriving in Billings, we headed toward ZooMontana. I was very, very, very nervous.
My thoughts raced.
We walked in the gates and I hear "Are you (insert childhood nickname)?"
Stunned I replied "yes"
Next thing I know I am getting hugged by someone and ushered quickly into the giftshop.
It's really her!
Two days of blur followed.
She is no longer a mystery.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
They were very different events with equally great people.
The tweetup was a very relaxed, informal eat & chat session. It was perfect for the crowd that showed and really made everyone want to do it again. I'm excited to see what comes next for the GF tweeters!
The blog fest was a more structured event in that Gregg had a discussion session first then BBQ after. I was only able to stay for the first discussion session since I had the grandcub and Karma had a vet appointment. It was a great discussion. Wulfgar was a great speaker and initiated some very thoughtful conversations. I meet several bloggers I had hoped to and just enjoyed the atmosphere.
Between the two meets I think I started to focus more on the "why" than the "what" I post. I don't post to really have discussions but I think the several different incarnations of my blogs have been a vent for my random thoughts. One of my first blogs was started after I was hospitalized for a suicide attempt. It helped me with the thoughts I had and trying to get them out so I could "deal" with everything.
Today I focus more on the happy parts of my life which is why this has a photo component to it.
I still try to help people to understand that not everyone who is diagnosed Bi-polar is unable to function in society in a "normal" way. I know that I will have to take my medication everyday for the rest of my life and I am fine with that. I also know what my ability to function is closely tied to my ability to force myself to leave the house everyday and go to my job.
When I awaken in the morning I take a minute to focus my thoughts on the positive parts of my life- my family, my health and my friends.
This post did not go as I had planned but I think it still conveys the thoughts I had to get out.
Next month is a fun geocaching event and *hopefully* the flickr meetup!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
On Saturday evening many of the local tweeters meet in real life at the Downtown Doghouse. We were treated to awesome food, beverages and conversation!
A BIG shout out to Dave the owner of the Doghouse! Thank you for opening your business to us and the community. You are an asset to Great Falls!
It was so nice to meet the faces behind the tweets! I can now put voices with those words.
I was impressed that we had more attendees than the Michael Jackson Memorial in Missoula and the St. Louis Tweetup combined!
I'm looking forward to the next Twitter event!
In the mean time - we have the Blogger event coming up on July 18th!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
WHEN: July 11, 2009 6PM
WHERE: Downtown Dog House
#4 5th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59401
WHEN: July 18, 2009
WHERE: See website for details & instructions to attend.
Camera club/flickr meet up
When: Looks like early August so we don't overwhelm the GF cyber-community
Where: Taking suggestions
Friday, June 26, 2009
Pick a day:
July 11 5-7PM
July 17 6-8PM
July 21 6-8PM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Been busy at work- cases are closing and new applications are pouring in.
Karma is fitting into the family well.
The Grandcub is growing like a weed...
So I guess things are normal... whatever that means
Monday, April 6, 2009
I got out of the tub and laid down on the bed. I didn't go to the doctor. (I know, I know)
I have felt faint ever since so I went to the doctor today. I prefer to see my PCM at the base clinic but he was not available so I went to the GF Clinic. NEVER AGAIN. The PA I saw was an ASS, rude & basically dismissed me with "It's a virus, you should drink lots of water." Wow. I hope they aren't billing TriCare for much.
So here I sit at work feeling very weak and hungry. I ate lunch but it wasn't very good. Nothing tastes good when I am sick. I hate the idea of eating even.
On the plus side I lost 5 pounds according to the clinic scale!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Originally uploaded by ZhenPanda
OK- I found out this week that I have better credit then my hubby! So I got to pick the new car! My van has been on her last legs for a while. We plan to put the last bit needed into her & give the van to Step so Grandcub has a safer ride to Dr. appointments.
I feel in love with this when I drove it! Feels like a Jeep with more leg room!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
(I forgot to copy the URLs for here...oops)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Most of you know that I work with pregnant and parenting teens from the lowest economic levels who have been traditionally unsuccessful at school. Last year they lobbied successfully to get a prom at our school. Through much hard work they raised enough to have it at a local hall with security at the doors and good music etc. This year they are doing it again and this program came up which can be a great help to us to make the night even more special for them.
We also get help from the local group Operation Glass Slipper which connects donated gowns, shoes and accessories with girls who cant afford to buy them. (most of the gowns are new and donated by the stores and others)
Here is how you can help:
Give 30 seconds of your time to vote every day until March 13th.
Go to: http://www.stumpsprom.com for the Prom Across America contest (link is located on the left column of the main page)
Find MN- Broadway Technical High School Minneapolis
Click and Vote!
** only (1) vote per IP address and computer network is allowed each day.
We appreciate all your votes and support to Broadway High School!!
(Broadway High School's Student Council has committed to donate 30% of prom funds raised to a local charity: Catholic Charities)
Thanks so much on behalf of my girls: (all 187 of them as of today)
I know it's not local but I hear the stories everyday about these girls. Help them out!
Friday, February 27, 2009
- The hubby had his disk replacement surgery on the 26th. He is doing great. He was up & walking within 4 hours of coming out of the OR! He is off the IV, IV meds, cath & oxygen! I'm guessing he will be home by Monday & have the next 20 days off. *fingers crossed*
- Baby Adrean is doing well. The hospital & Social Security misspelled his name so he will be refered to as Adrian in the future. (easier than fighting with the agencies)
- We got a DOG! I wanted the Saint Bernard at the pound but the hubby talked me into the sweet little Beagle/Australian Shepard mix. She is the cutest thing.
- Did I mention I am a facebook.com addict?totally addicted!
Friday, February 20, 2009
I know the father because he dated my daughter. The biological mother of the injured baby also came to my clinic for help. I met the baby and she was a sweetie. These two young adults both loved the baby.
I am just sickened by Alicia's actions.
I actually went to visit my daughter to check on my grandson after work yesterday.
I'm physically & emotionally exhausted after dealing with this.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
- My job - I am concerned as to whether or not I will or want to continue on with this job. I will stick it out to the bitter end.
- Surgery & baby - The hubby's surgery finally got a date, February 26. Which is good since it is after the baby's due date of February 11. He will be hospitalized for 5 days and then convalescent leave for up to 90 days after.
- The ex will be here February 4 to "help" with the baby. No stress there *insert sarcasm*
- Family pet - we are considering getting a dog... seriously. After many months of looking at different breeds the Newfoundland is my personal choice. But you can't find a breeder, rescue or one in a pound within 500 miles of GF. *ugh*
Any suggestions for doggie names?? :-D
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
With the closing of many local businesses and the one chain here in Great Falls, I have to say the recession is hitting us.
The loss of small business is our own fault though, we bought into the greed. Do you shop at Wal*Mart?Target? Eat at Burger King? McDonald's? Yah- that helped. I know that I contributed too. I also know I never ate at the Big Sky Bagel Bakery and very rarely at either Burger Master, Zandy's or Park-n-Ponder. When my son worked at Zandy's- we ate there but not before nor since. That was my choice. My family loves to eat Best Wok, Maple Gardens, and Howard's Pizza. We also eat BK, Subway and Noodles Express. There are many local choices mixed with those chains.
When Barnes & Noble first arrived in GF there was an awesome local bookstore I loved. I spent a ton there. Not six months after B&N opened they closed- cheap books beat them. Box stores have a solid business model that draws in customers and pushes mom & pop stores out. But the consumer drives businesses. Business is in business to make money. Greed leads companies (& people) to make & sell more products because that is what produces more profit. If you want to see greed in action just turn on the TV! Every commercial sells you a product. When the Red Lobster commercial comes on I think about how great it would be to have one here BUT I also know that it would not be a place I could afford to eat at every day. The once a year trip to Billings makes it "special" to eat at RL.
You want local businesses to stick around? Spend your money at the local stores! The whole "sustainable" movement is not just about the environmental impact of big business! Buying local products keeps your neighbor as your neighbor- builds your community and
Where are you going to get your food if you can't buy it at Wal*Mart? Where are you going to buy your clothes if the chain stores are closed? Will you be eating out if Burger King is gone?
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
1. 1 - Silverbow County,
2. 8 - Fergus County,
3. 12 - Hill County,
4. 14 - Custer County, (rare)
5. 15 - Lake County, (somewhat rare)
6. 26 - Pondera County,
7. 46 - Granite County,
8. 48 - Liberty County,
9. 7 - Flathead County, (somewhat rare)
10. 5 - Lewis and Clark County,
11. 31 - Teton County,
12. 27- Richland County, (rare)
13. 3 - Yellowstone County