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Nov. 5th, 2009 @ 07:50 pm Busted.
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: rock band 2
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And the craziness continues. Monday, we had a confirmed case of head lice in the center, therefore, all the teachers went nuts bagging up every cloth/stuffed item in the center to either be washed there or sent home to their respectful families to be washed. The following day was picture day, which was held in an area completely ripped out by the construction. I spent little time in my own classroom, running around the center aiding picture taking, giving lunch breaks, and doing Health and Safety stuff, which included a fire drill at the end of nap time. Teachers hate me on fire drill days. Wednesday was relatively normal, with the exception of having a sub in my classroom for the whole afternoon. It's so hard for the infant room to run smoothly with a sub. I pretty much have to keep track of feedings and naps of eight kids, as apposed to my normal 4. At least she was good at making sure their diapers were changed on time. Well today was no exception to the weird week. Only half an hour into my shift, I was changing a poopy (read: BLOWOUT) diaper in which I needed to retrieve clean clothes for the baby which were across the room in his cubby. I knew two crawlers were sitting directly to my right, however I did not know another child had crawled up behind me. After getting the dirty baby cleaned up and diapered, I picked him up to get his clothes (we never ever leave a child unattended on the diaper table no matter how young they are) and turned to walk to his cubby, knowing I needed to side step the other two children. I did not see the other child immediately behind me, trip over her, miss stepped and fell. My left knee hit first (and hard!) with the rest of my body to follow. Knowing I was going down without being able to stablize myself or to catch myself, I brought the 4 month old into my chest, breaking our fall with my elbows/forearms, then immediately rolled to my back as to not put any weight on his teeny body. Although completely freaked out by the rush, I managed to completely protect him and he came out of the whole thing unscathed and without even a mark. The child I tripped over was not knocked down and was also unharmed. I, however, busted my left knee. I was in a great deal of pain, though able to walk, but reported my incident immediately to my Director just in case my injuries were to worsen, or even worse the baby ended up harmed in some way. In the end I have a contusion on my left knee/shin which is in a good deal of pain. I cannot squat or kneel down which is hard to go without when you work with such teenies. Shaken as I was, I am so so glad that little baby did not get hurt. I could have crushed him, not to mention if his head had hit the tile floor as hard as my knee did, he would have gotten a concussion.
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Nov. 2nd, 2009 @ 09:35 pm Love.
Current Mood: happyhappy
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I love being married. I love calling Anthony "my husband." It always brings a giggle to my lips. I love being his wife. I love knowing that he'll be my husband for the rest of my life. I love that he calls me his favorite. I love that we can laugh at each other. I love that we still love each other even when we're mad at one another. Married life is pretty great, if that's what you foresee for yourself. I don't believe in getting married because society says you should. We married each other because we wanted another way to express our love for one another. I love that when I look at my wedding band, my heart skips a beat, every time.

Oh and did I mention we're trying to get pregnant? I love that we want the same things out of life.

Being married to my best friend is pretty darn cool.

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Nov. 1st, 2009 @ 05:12 pm Currently.
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
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I couldn't even tell you the last time I posted a real entry on here. So much has happened in the last year. The biggest and most obvious would be on September 18th, 2009 I married my best friend. From about February on, my (almost) entire existence revolved around wedding planning. And let me just say, I never ever want to do that again. I'm so so glad the whole thing is over. I believe my husband feels the exact same way. The ceremony itself was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way. There is nothing I would change. The reception had a few hiccups, but nothing major. For the most part, I planned the whole thing myself, made the majority of the decorations, including the favors. Eventually I'm going to put the professional pictures on picasa because the photographers gave me full rights. Wasn't that nice of them?

Now that life has settled down a bit, you'll probably see more of me on here. I've been trying to catch up on everybody's life, which is very time consuming.

Currently, work is hell. The boss was MIA for the majority of the summer, and now she's back the majority of the time. I was kinda hoping she would find a District Manager position, so I could be promoted. I received a small promotion back in June, but it's really a joke. I'm in charge of doing disaster drills. Woo hoo. They're mostly just a pain in my back side. The preschool side of the building is currently under reconstruction, which has completely thrown the school in turmoil. Kids are shifted around constantly. I usually keep tabs on the up stairs numbers in the afternoons/evenings to shift and get teachers out on time, but that is currently impossible to do because I never know what teacher is in what classroom with what kids. Not to mention, my co-teacher is an idiot. Anyway, my one year anniversary is Tuesday. I have no idea what direction to move myself in as far as career goals go. I get paid shit for a job I love but am currently more than burnt out on.  My husband is also very burnt out at his job. It's a bad combination, except I'm one to stick it out, and he keeps threatening find a new job.

I am. however,  very excited about Christmas this year. Since last year's holiday were so aweful, I'm going all out this year! I started gift buying last weekend. Oh, it's on like donkey kong!
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Feb. 22nd, 2009 @ 12:41 pm Oh yes, another one
Tags:
A) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B) Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


1. How do you style your hair?: I was it every other day followed by a blow dry to smooth it out. On days I don't was it, I either clip back my bangs to one side or use my head band. Occasionally I wear a pony tail. I desperately need a hair cut, though. I am pretty uninspired by my hair.

2. What are you wearing now?: Jeans, a pink cutesy girly top with tiny silver polka dots and slippers

3. What's your occupation?: Lead Infant Teacher at KInderCAre

4. What should you be doing?: putting away the dishes, bathing the dog

5. Who was the last person you hugged?: Saying bye to Brad and Velika, who drove up from So Cal to visit for Tony's birthday

6. What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?: Leaking tampon during the swimming session of gym class freshman year of high school

7. Have you ever felt you were truly going insane?: Who hasn't??

8. What was the last text message you received?: From Velika

9. What websites do you always visit when you go online?: facebook, various blogs

10. What was the last thing you bought? lunch at burgerville on our way to Mt. St. Helen's yesterday

11. What are you listening to right now?: the dryer

12. What's the last song that got stuck in your head?: "Like a Virgin"

13. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?: Stopping time or reading minds. <--I like Chelsea's answers

14. What is your favorite weather, and why?: Late spring day

15. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?: i would love to play the drums

16. What is the last movie you saw 1. at the theater, 2. on TV, 3. you bought? 1. Coraline; 2. Legally Blonde? 3. Super Bad

17. If you had the chance to live one day over again, to change it, would you? The day we (I) decided to move to Portland, I would change that in a heartbeat

18. Say something to the person who tagged you: She didn't tag anyone, but I guess that I would like to meet her in person?
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Feb. 22nd, 2009 @ 12:15 pm And more.
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♥ What are your names?
Katie and Anthony (Tony)
♥ How long have you been together?
*Almost* 2 1/2 years, our anniversary is October 15th
♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating?
A little over a month
♥ Who asked who out?
He asked me to stay the night, we went on a few dates before that
♥Who said I love you first?
I'm pretty sure he did. Those first 2 months are all a blur...
♥ How old were each of you when you met?
He was 26 and I was 22/23, My 23rd birthday was 2 weeks before we were an exclusive couple
♥ Do you have any children?
Not yet, but soon, hopefully!!
♥ Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Making it through the 3 months he was unemployed
♥ Did you go to the same high school?
Not even close, we lived in different states!
♥ Are you from the same hometown?
He is from San Diego, I'm from Kansas City.
♥ Who is the smartest?
He is definitely more street smart, but I'm more book smart
♥ Who is the most sensitive?
definitely me
♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Taco Bell, haha. When we have a few extra dollars, Souplantation aka Sweet Tomatoes
♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
We drove from San Diego to KC for Christmas 2007
♥ Who has the craziest exes?
His multiple crazy exes equals to my one
♥ Who has the worst temper?
I do
♥ Who does the cooking?
It's all me baby
♥ Who is the most social?
Tony, by far. He can make friends in almost in situation. I am slow to warm up to new people and am on the quiet side. I don't get along with/like most girls.
♥ Who is the neat freak?
I'm way more organized than he is, but we both let things go. I'm always the one to clean things up first, though
♥ Who is the most stubborn?
We are both pretty stubborn, he is set in his ways, but I can usually offer solutions that we can compromise on
♥ Who wakes up earlier?
Tony! The man falls asleep when the sun goes down and is awake when the sun comes up. I, however, have to hit snooze for at least 20 minutes. On the weekends, I am the queen of sleeping in. I usually wake up when he comes home from a morning session of frisbee golf.
♥Who has the bigger family?
He has a huge extended family!  His grandmother had 6 or 7 children, and they all have children of they're own. Now those grandchildren are having their own children. There are so many cousins! My mom only has one brother and he had 3 kids. I don't know my father's side, so my extended family is less than 10 for the most part.
♥Do you get flowers often?
Naw, he's not the flower giving type, though I did receive a dozen roses for the first time ever on V-day
♥ Who do you spend the holidays with?
So far we've been alternating families. Xmas 2007 we spent in KC with my family, Xmas 2008 we spent here in Portland with his brother/sister-in-law
♥ Who is more jealous?
We have a pretty solid relationship, jealousy isn't really an issue for us
♥ How long did it take to get serious?
We got our first apartment together after a month and a half, so pretty darn quickly!
♥Who does the laundry?
That's all me
♥ Who’s better with the computer?
Me again, Tony is, uh, shall we say, computer illiterate? I'm still trying to teach him how to email and to attach documents ;) He's more of a tools and building/fixing kind of guy
♥ Who drives when you are together?
If we take his truck, he does becuase I refuse to drive a stick, if we take my car, I drive half the time
♥ Who picks where you go to dinner?
It usually takes us half an hour to decide, but we always talk it out together
♥ Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
Tony, I have been known to hold a grudge
♥ Who named your pet?
I had the cats before we were together, and the dog came with a name
♥ Who wears the pants in the relationship?
I think we take turns ;)
♥ Who has more tattoos?
I only have one, he has 5 or 6
♥ Who eats more sweets?
We both looove chocolate, and he adores my baking, but I try not to have too much around
♥ Who cries more?
all me
♥ Are you still together?
Engaged for almost 1 1/2 years and going strong! We are trying really hard to pull off our wedding this fall! YAY!
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Feb. 22nd, 2009 @ 12:08 pm You didn't want a real entry, did you?
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
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YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I WANNA KNOW YOU...I want to know 33 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, never liked each other, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine...You're on my list, so I wanna know you better! :)

1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you ?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of lj?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you:
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the macerana?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or Draft?
25. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What 's your favorite bar to hang at?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Jan. 3rd, 2009 @ 10:43 pm I'm back!
Current Location: home
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: kate nash radio on pandora
We've had the internets back for a few weeks now. My step-father was kind enough to mail us one of his beta Sprint mobile internet USB devices. However, I have to over night it if he is requested to return it to stock.  Hopefully by then we'll be able to afford our own. I'm really hoping that there will be some hot cable offers just before analogue switches to digital. T wants to get a converter box but I'm convinced there will be some great deals just prior to the switch.

In other news, T just completed his first week of training at Fred Meyer.  Not exactly the most glamorous of jobs, but he'll be pumping gas at Freddies down the street. He's currently training at another building because his store's construction got put on hold during our huge snow storm. For those who were unaware, it is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon. Yes, sometimes I feel trapped in the twilight zone, here.  He wants to pursue obtaining his Oregon plumbing code certification, and eventually his Inspector's license.  But for the time being he has a small income coming in, creating a HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF.  If it weren't for our amazing new friends, Justin and Dominique, and both of our families, we wouldn't have made it through the last month or so. And by that I mean, we would have our electricity, water and phones turned off.

Two weeks before Christmas began the snow storm of the century, shattering every single record Portland has ever held.  Unfortunately, this city is in no way prepared for such things and the whole thing shut down.  They didn't use salt to pre-treat the roads, just sand here and there after the fact.  Their plows were old and useless; the drivers inexperienced.  Major freeways were shut down, most business closed.  You were not allowed to use your cars without snow chains.  You're only options to get around were the bus or max lines.  More than half the bus routes were shut down and the max switches kept freezing over.  And you know what? The only damn thing still open was Kindercare!  Despite taking two hours to get to there, I still showed up to work every freaking day! My side of town got around 2.5-3 feet of snow accumulation.  You can see a few photos of it here: The media dubbed 'Arctic Blast 2008. After 2 weeks of being snowed in, it was all washed away in a couple days by rain.  And now the whole area is flooding by, (gasp!) our record breaking rain fall. Hello global warming!

Christmas just wasn't the same this year.  Without traveling back east to be with my family nor being able to give gifts, the day left me yearning for more.  I managed to pull enough money together to make a batch of cinnamon rolls to give to those friends and family who helped us through the last few months. I tried my best to recreate my families traditions, but the most I got from is was me preparing and serving Christmas brunch for T's brother's household.  Who were 2 hours late.  As far as gifts go, my mom got me a TomTom navigation system along with a few other smaller things. I can't wait to use if our summer road trips. Dave got us some gadgets for our Wii, and Emilie got me a bottle Giorgio Armani's 'Blue' Eau de toilette. I smell so yummy now! I can see myself going through the stuff fairly quickly.

Last weekend our friend Rich from San Diego drove up to visit us and go snow boarding on Mt. Hood with T and Dave.  It was great to see him again.  He also visited us back in September.  His brother, Brad and his family are planning to drive up to visit for T's birthday in February.  And Fernando is planning to fly up at the end of next summer. 

Our New Year's was ok, nothing spectacular. We tried to make it down town, ended up waiting for a bus (all mass transit was free that night) for 1/2 an hour in the cold, wind, and  rain, finally got on it 10 minutes to midnight, found out as soon as we'd get down there, we'd have to turn around and come back. Hopped off at the next stop, walked back to the apartment.  Clinked glasses at midnight, walked (still in the yucky weather) almost a mile down the road to hit up a local brewery, only to discover they were already closed.  On the way back, in desperation  decided to stop by our local 'Chinese restaurant and lounge' to have 2 rounds of drinks, where my vodka tonic was 4/5 vodka, 1/5 tonic and the DJ was the 50's something Chinese owner who gave Rich a hard time for requesting 'Baby Got Back' and passed out around 4 am.  My only resolution this year is to complete my 101 in 1001. My dead line is approaching mighty fast. It would probably be a good idea to figure out exactly what that date is.

I've spent the majority of the day watching movies and now I'm wasting time waiting for T to get home from work. I think tomorrow I'm going to take down the Christmas tree and decorations and hopefully be a little more productive than today.  After the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks, it's nice to slow down and spend some time in the peace and quiet, with out the TV on (with the exception of movies) or entertaining guests. It will be hard to adjust back to a full time work schedule next week, but the change is welcomed. My sleeping and eating habits are all over the place from the lack of schedule.




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Nov. 24th, 2008 @ 10:50 pm Hanging on by a thread
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
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I decided I should probably post while I still have the internet. The very nice customer service lady I spoke to connected our internet for the night, until midnight. I have a little over an hour left.

So pretty much life sucks right now. Tony has been jobless with no prospects for almost 2 months now. I started my new job at Kinder Care 3 weeks ago.  I leave the house by 7:30 to catch my MAX train in order to be at work by 9 am, all so I don't have to pay $11/day in parking downtown.  I was finally assigned my own classroom (young infants, go figure) last week and have been working hard on getting things organized, doing December curriculum and thinking up various holiday-ish art projects.  I like my boss and most of my coworkers. I'm beginning to get a real feel for everyone's personality.  I was really sick the second week of work.  I contracted a nasty resperatory virus and could barely function but because it was only 2nd week, I just couldn't call out.  Two weeks later I feel 95% healthy again. I got my first pay check friday and was sorely disappointed to find my boss had mistakenly remembered our verbal salary agreement 25 cents less than I recalled.  She said it will take weeks to correct the problem and evenutally I'll receive back pay for the missing amounts. I know 25 cents doesn't sound like much, but when you're living off one meager salary, every penny counts.  Our cable/internet/phone were disconnected last week which certainly puts a huge dent in Tony's job searching.  I'm worried about making next month's rent, let alone buying Christmas gifts. His brother and his wife (dave and em) have vocalized they're getting us several expensive gifts, and as much as I appreciate their giving, it really stresses me out, because all I have to give is a jar of blackberry jam I made in september.  The whole thing is so freaking depressing it just makes me want to cry.  Yet some how I manage to show up to work with a smile on my face everyday.  

Months ago I volunteered to host Thanksgiving, something I've always wanted to do.  Some how I managed to purchase enough food for 2 weeks plus all the ingredients I need for T-day dinner for under $100. (Thank you Winco. I love you. I don't know how I ever survived without you.) Even though we really don't have any money, I didn't want to back out of dong T-day dinner. It just really means a lot to me. I love cooking. I love baking. I love  hosting. And I love eating. I guess for me completing the whole shabang is comparable to adding a trophy to your showcase.

I've spent the last 2 and half hours sending T's resume to job postings on craigslist, catching up on my favorite blogs, facebooking, and myspacing.  I don't want to stay up until midnight, otherwise I won't survive tomorrow.

Despite the stress and depression, I am very thankful for many things: At least one of us has a job, we have our health, our friends and family, we have a roof over our head (though at this point we really can't afford a 2 bedroom), we live in a beautiful state, Portland has one of the best mass transit systems I've ever seen, my cats love me unconditionally, my man loves me unconditionally, but most of all we have each other. Oh and netflix is a godsend!

So thats the full gament of my life right now. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and happy holidays! Heres to hoping 2009 is a much more fruitful and happy year!

I have no idea the next time I'll have a good enough connection to post here.

Amore.
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Sep. 25th, 2008 @ 04:38 pm Some day I'll write a real post again!
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Arctic Monkeys: Fluorecsent Adolescent
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What's your favorite sports drink? the blue gatorade
Do you wear sunglasses while driving? whenever it's sunny
What ink cartridge does your printer take? lexmark
Last magazine you read? Real Simple
Do you download music legally or illegally? Pandora Radio rox my sox!
Favorite kind of potato chips? Kettle Chips Salt and Vinegar (ty Ashley!)
At around 3:00 PM yesterday you were doing what: surfing the net while the baby slept
How many burned CDs do you have? too many to count
Cereal you couldn't live without? I quite eating cereal
What's the one thing you couldn't afford to leave behind on a vacation? A camera
Can you watch golf on TV for more than 15 minutes? not even for 5!
Ever gone bungee jumping? not yet!
How about jumping on a trampoline? it's been years...
What does a CPA do? really really really boring shit that I'd never have the patience to do<---right on the nail, Ashley!
Do you still live with your parents? not for 6 years! Living w/ my soon to be husband!
Temperature outside? 64, perfect for long walks!
Ever read a motivational book? not that I can recall
What kind of toothpaste do you use? aquafresh
Best pizza place in town? Papa Murphy's here, Tasty Pizza in SD, and Pyramid Pizza in KC/Lawrence
How many friends on your MySpace list? I think 80?
How many of those do you know personally? all but the bands. I mean I know the bands, but I haven't met most of them
Ever stomped on an ant and felt like godzilla? Uh...no
Best computer game is? Minesweeper
If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? fly to Disney land, have sex, eat dinner at the melting pot, call everyone to tell them I love them
Would you like to ride around in a tank just for the hell of it? not really
Last movie you saw? rented Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Was it any good or was it terrible? freakin funny
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi!!
How bad are your allergies? minimal
Remember MC Hammer? yep, and I had a poster of him w/ a stack of books i got from the book fair that said something along the lines of "take a break to read" or "hammer time is reading time"
Are you superior to Chuck Norris? who the fuck cares?
How many pairs of socks do you own? not enough, i burn through socks pretty quickly, which is weird because I despise them!
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Sep. 6th, 2008 @ 02:01 pm (no subject)
101 in 1001Collapse )</div>
20/101 complete=19.8%
4/101 in progress=3.9%
I have a ways to go!!

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