Friday, May 23, 2008

Are you kidding me?

Would a Landlord want to risk bringing prospective tenants by a home where the other tenants are not even out yet? Annoyed doesn't even begin to describe what I am feeling. I have been going through clothes and what not all day, plus boxes of crap is everywhere. So Steven comes home and says our soon to be old landlord wants to bring a guy by tomorrow to see the place. Is he crazy? Steven even told him the place is a hurricane. He was like, "that's ok, he just wants to see the rooms." Are you kidding, you can't even get in some of the rooms!!! I told him to tell him, NO! So we shall see what happens. This is absurd. He obviously is just not wanting to miss a months payment, but come on there are repairs to made and all kinds of things need to be done like after every tenant leaves. So he tops my annoying list for the day.

On a side note, I have all kinds of clothes to give away. First place I will be taking them is to practice on Sunday. If anybody else is interested in anything let me know. Not sure if the rollergirls will like my eclectic girlie style, which changes by the season. And there are a few seasons in there trust me.

Monday, May 19, 2008

On the move

I feel like a nomad! Last Thursday I took a small drive to the Old Spanish Treasure Cave near Sulphur Springs with Gage and his class. I had no idea we had a cave of that size fairly close. Only about an hour from Fayetteville. Very neat experience.

Friday, I took the kiddos all the way to Oklahoma to stay with their grandma's and grandpa's while Steven and I went camping at Tyler's Bend on the Buffalo with several people from our church. I love and miss camping so much. I haven't been since I was pregnant with Gage, over 7 years ago. Of course we had to take the laptop so I could get some studying in for my MFT exam. But the night was perfect, with no atrocious weather. I slept better in that small 2 man tent than I have in ages, how sad is that. I decided right then we are going to start camping out more, even if it is in our own backyard. Saturday we kayaked on the Buffalo. I didn't even know they made 2 man kayaks! But it was far better than a canoe, barely had to row at all. Highly recommend them. I was dedicated in making sure that I applied my spf 50 all over my body every 20 minutes, so much so, that on the way home it started going through my eyelids burning my eyes. I had a couple of small lines near my bathing suit top where occasionally I didn't get enough. Overall, I am unharmed by the sun. Of course now my skin wants to break out and is forcing me to do daily facials until that clears up. Worth it though to avoid wrinkles. After an awesome time on the river, Steven and I headed back the 2 hour drive to Fayetteville, only to have to continue to drive towards Oklahoma to pick up the kiddos. Luckily this time my mom met us halfway. By the time we got home I had spent a total of 13 hours on the road since Thursday. It was a nice little road trip weekend though.

Today I had to drive to Ft. Smith and sit for 4 grueling hours for my MFT exam. What a PITA that was. The computer froze up on me at question 177 of 200. I tried not to flip out and let the lady do her thing, but my mind kept thinking that what if she can't get it back and I have to start over! I envisioned myself going spastic and beating the computer with the chair. Luckily just about that time the lady got it situated and put me at another computer with only 5 minutes subtracted from my time. Oh well, I needed the break. As far as passing, don't ask, they are mean and make you wait weeks to find out, and with my confidence shot and of course the low passing stats for people who take it, I do not assume that I passed. Luckily I got the NCE done with and that license is what I need in Arkansas anyways.

You would think that would be enough stress for one week. Wednesday, we start the initial move into our new home. Not looking forward to it, as I abhor moving. The actual packing annoys me. But when it is over and done with I am extremely happy.

On other good news, I received my matter pusher wheels today and already have them on my skates. Looking forward to testing them out tomorrow at practice. On a humorous ending note, I was going ahead and using the same bearings that I had on my other wheels after giving them a good clean, thinking my new bearings wouldn't be here for a week or more. After putting them back on, Steven checks the mail and my brand new bones swiss were waiting and I was too tired to put them on. Next time.... whenever that will be.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Graduation Day!!!

This day has been more than 3 years in the making. When I was in my undergrad in Oklahoma I had secretly hoped to find a gradate school that had a Marriage and Family Therapy program. When we moved to Arkansas for Steven to attend the University of Arkansas, I did so with no intention of actually thinking I would be so lucky as to find one for myself. A year up here while working at a Residential Treatment Center for adolescent sex offenders, I talked with a coworker who told me she was soon to apply to a program at John Brown University which has a dual program of Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling. I jumped on it and soon took my MAT test to get accepted. Now 3 years later, that coworker is still my coworker at the Hospital I work at as well as one of my favored fellow Rollergirls, in fact the captain of the Killbillies. I seem to follow her everywhere she goes unintentionally.

I know graduation from any degree is special but this one is particularly special to me as I am the first in my family to complete a graduate degree. Except maybe a great great aunt or something or second cousin twice removed. You catch my drift. As far as further education, I would go for a PhD if someone were to pay for it. Otherwise, I have enough student loan debt to last the rest of my life.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Update!

This is my 200th blog post! A nice excuse really to update I suppose. This week has definitely been one of the more exciting weeks of this year. Monday I was offered a position at Vista Health (where I did part of my internship) working with acute children and adolescents. Offering pay was more than expected, which is always a plus. I was just relieved that I didn't have to send out resumes and interview like a mad woman on top of everything else I have going on. The rest of the week consisted of looking for a house. I swear that was more of a rollercoaster ride than I wanted. We would see 2 houses in one day, offer to take one and then find out later the owners decided to put it back on the market instead of leasing. I was one house away from throwing the towell in. Luckily, we went and looked at one last one in Springdale, right off the Elm Springs exit. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2000 sq. ft, with large sunroom. We went and looked at it yesterday and was told today we got it. FINALLY! Also a plus is landscaping which was amazing, especially in the back yard was included in the price, so no more mowing lawns while we are here. We start moving in 2 weeks. The actual moving part I am not looking forward to. I hate moving. And to end my awesome week, tomorrow is my graduation. I am so ready.

Well, as exciting as this week is going, I am going to keep this special post fairly brief and end it with a couple of pics of our new house. I was too sidetracked when looking the first time and forgot to take more pics, but promise to take more next time. As well, I added a couple of pics of my new hair cut.

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