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|Thursday, July 10th, 2008|
Also, I have decided that I need a pair of binoculars.
There is too much weird movement going on in the couple apartment buildings I can see outside my window and I want a better view.
One night I watched a person pace back and forth in the Lakefront or Landmark (or whatever it's called) apartments. It looked like they kept slamming themselves against the wall or a door or something. It went on for at least an hour.
I wanna see, dammit! Current Mood: curious
|Friday, May 16th, 2008|
I got A's in both my classes!!!!!!!!! Current Mood: giddy
|Monday, April 21st, 2008|
This morning I was awoken by a phone call from someone at 102.1. I'm half awake and thinking that it's gotta be something to do with the apartment or some shit.
Nope, turns out I won tickets to see Stone Temple Pilots at Marcus Amphitheater on the 4th of July!
I don't know how I keep winning shit, but I do.
And goddamn, am I psyched for that show. I bet they're good seats too. Current Mood: excited
|Friday, February 15th, 2008|
I got a 103% on my Chem exam. :) Current Mood: pleased
I feel like I'm in a quiet period. Not necessarily bad, just nothing too exciting going on right now. Overall, things are good. School is going well. I take a quiz in my Chem class every Friday. Except for the first week, I've gotten scores in the 90s. We just took our first exam last night and I think I get to find out how I did in my discussion in an hour. I feel pretty good about it. I finished the entire thing including the page of extra credit. The questions I felt unsure about, I'm hoping the extra credit will make up for. But so far most of what we've learned has been review and I've been told it gets much harder. This scares me a bit because I've only been doing minimal studying. But then again, I said going into this first semester that this is a warm-up. I'm still in the process of forming a regular schedule and bettering my study habits.
My other class (Nursing 102) is hard to gauge. I got my first quiz results back and scored a 96%. The class is on Friday mornings from 9-11. Most days I walk in a few minutes late, barely pay attention and have gotten to the point where I only take about a half page of notes, if any at all. The professor is from Africa and his accent is hard to understand sometimes. The class is mainly about the US health care system, and I feel as if I should be more interested but I'm not. If anything, this class only irritates me. My professor has talked about insurance and how the poor and unemployed get coverage but the low income working class slips through the cracks. This infuriates me to no end. At one point he asked the class who would vote for tax increases if it meant health care for all. I was the only person in a two hundred plus lecture to raise their hand. Funny, the week before when he asked who was covered by their parents' insurance, 90% of the hands went up. How many of those hands even pay taxes?
Not only am I surrounded by teenagers who can't even begin to understand the state of health care and especially how insurance works, but then I take the information and go to my job where I see the flaws in real time. Yesterday I responded to a home, lights and siren, for vomiting. We get there and are met by a woman in her early 20s. She says she went out last night, had around ten double shots of vodka and hasn't been able to keep food down all day. Are you fucking kidding me? You called 911 for a fucking hangover?!?!?!? Lucky her, I was working with the chief EMT yesterday otherwise I would have bitched her out. And of course, she had Title 19 (state insurance). She then decided not to go to the hospital because she has her kids with her and her sister hadn't shown up to take care of them yet. Fucking ridiculous.
I was going to go into politics from here, especially with the primary election in WI coming up, but I have to get to my Chem discussion. Maybe later. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, February 6th, 2008|
I just quit Papa John's.
I feel fucking great.
|Tuesday, January 29th, 2008|
|Oh, how I missed riding the bus!
This afternoon, I was trapped in my bus seat by an energetic, elderly male. He appeared to be friends with the elderly man sitting in front of us as he conversed with him the entire ride. At first they joked about how old they are and how some of their more unfortunate friends are "at Columbia", which I can only take to mean they've fallen ill and had to stay at the hospital. Then somehow, the conversation turned to what guns they have shot off in their lifetime. Creepy, yet amusing all at the same time.
|Thursday, January 24th, 2008|
|Too much talk about death lately has got me thinking...
From the Wikipedia entry for Eco-cemetery:
Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:
- 30 million board feet (70,000 m³) of hardwoods (caskets)
- 90,272 tons of steel (caskets)
- 14,000 tons of steel (vaults)
- 2,700 tons of copper and bronze (caskets)
- 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (vaults)
- 827,060 US gallons (3,130 m³) of embalming fluid, which most commonly includes formaldehyde
- (Compiled from statistics by Casket and Funeral Association of America, Cremation Association of North America, Doric Inc., The Rainforest Action Network, and Mary Woodsen, Pre-Posthumous Society)
Is this necessary? No. Why do we as a society feel the need to try and preserve or slow down decomposition of our bodies after we are gone? We're dead! We don't need them anymore. I understand honoring the dead and even wanting some kind of memorial or place for those we've left behind to be able to go to. This does not need to include putting metal, concrete and chemicals in this memorial along with our bodies. Did you know that there is not one single state in the US that requires embalming? Yes, it does make it possible to plan for a funeral. But so does ice. Obviously this is not ideal in all cases but just think about it. Why put that into the ground? It may not matter now but think about in the future.
Obviously this livejournal is not a legal document but I'd like to make it known that if and when I die, I want a natural burial. No elaborate casket. Definitely no embalming fluid. And instead of a concrete headstone, plant a tree or a flower bush (preferably lilacs, please!). Go ahead...poke fun. I already admit I'm kind of a hippie. And as for what music will be played, I haven't quite figured that out yet. Oddly enough, the first song that comes to mind is "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, which is weird because I really don't like Queen. But damn, that'd be funny. I'd like to see you bitches try to cry at my funeral with Freddy Mercury wailing in your ear. Current Mood: pensive
|Sunday, January 20th, 2008|
|Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008|
Ever wonder what's all done in an autopsy? Here's a video that shows you! Just be warned, it's not for the "faint of heart", pussies.http://www.filecabi.net/video/autopsy.html
I can't wait until I start taking anatomy classes. I probably won't get to dissect dead bodies but I love learning about that shit anyway. Maybe one day... Current Mood: excited
If the rest of 2008 is anything like the first 24 hours, I am going to have an amazing year. Current Mood: refreshed
|Friday, December 21st, 2007|
|One last thing...
My mom left me a voicemail tonight telling me to "not get robbed".
Gee, thanks mom. Can you say jinx? Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, December 20th, 2007|
Fuck errands. I'm being a lazy piece of shit today and I love it.
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2007|
I suppose I should explain my little tantrum on Saturday. Well, after closing the store Friday night, I got about three hours of sleep and then got my ass up to go work at MC. As the day progressed, so did the sore throat and other cold symptoms I woke up with. My partner and I had to drive all the way out to Kewaskum in the snow to pick up a patient and bring them back to Tosa. After my shift, which ended a half hour later than it should have, I spent 25 minutes trying to get my car out of its parking spot on the street by myself. This was the first time I had driven my car in the snow. It came as a total surprise to me that it handled so poorly. WTF, it was made by germans! I know they have snow over there.
I finally got home and after changing uniforms I headed back to PJs to work another closing shift. I get there and the whole board is filled with deliveries that have been sitting for over an hour and a half. I grab four deliveries, punch out and get back into my car. Two blocks from the store, I make a turn and get stuck again. Thankfully, some guys came out of the rescue mission and helped push my car out. But even with six guys, it took us a good 20 minutes to get me unstuck. I drove the car back to store and explained to my manager that there was no way in hell I could deliver.
I went back into the store feeling defeated and exhausted. Whatever cold I had caught was kicking in full force at this time. After an hour or two I went home. Ended up sleeping for 15 hours and calling in to my shift on Sunday. When I wasn't sleeping, I finally decided that I'm pushing myself too hard and this has to stop or I'm gonna end up in the hospital.
So I've decided to cut my hours at PJs down to 30/week. Unfortunately, I decided this after this week's schedule came out and I'm stuck with 47 hours. Add on the 24 from MC and well, it's going to be another long week. Somehow I have to find the time to get snow tires for my car, go to the eye doctor for an exam to get new contacts and take Spencer to the vet. I'll figure it out. I always seem to. I just wish I had more time.
|Saturday, December 1st, 2007|
No, seriously. If Today had an asshole, I would bend it over, strap it on and give it what it has coming: a big, bloody ass-raping. And then I would shove its face in the snow/freezing rain until its teeth broke.
If anybody doesn't tip tonight, I'm bitching them out.
And I need snow tires.
The End. Current Mood: grumpy
|Wednesday, November 28th, 2007|
|I guess this is just one of those days where I post a lot...
I got a shit-ton done today thankfully. This includes hanging out with Stuart at Riverhorse...until a live band pushed us out. I wouldn't have minded it as much but I haven't spoke with Stu much in the last month and I didn't know there would be live music tonight.
They just made me want to go home and play. Unfortunately, I tried to restring my bass before I left for Riverhorse only to find out that the strings I had bought seem to be too long. I could take the new ones off and replace them with the old but right now it seems like too much work. So that's pretty annoying because I have no idea when the fuck I'm going to be able to get to a guitar shop to figure out what kind of strings I want. Even when I do have time, I'm not sure of where to go. Right now, my best option is seeming to be Guitar Center out in Brookfield but it's so far away and walking into that place is so overwhelming. Plus, I never quite feel like I'm getting the best advise there. Anybody have any thoughts?
Not one to let any time go to waste...maybe I'll go play a round of golf instead? That Wii comes in handy every now and then. Current Mood: buzzed
|Other random shit before I get back to "work"...
1. How many fucking trees die in vain for UWM mailings each year? I've gotten 5 letters from UWM in two days. I know they
think it's necessary but I don't. Maybe that's why I love computers so much: I'm a hippie at heart and am really thinking of the trees. Pfffffttt! Yep, that's it.
2. Just when I had given up on Nintendo, they come out with the Wii Zapper. With the Wii Zapper, you get a copy of Link's Crossbow training:
Damn you Nintendo for making Zelda so fucking cool again. Now you just need to put out a Katamari game and a boxing game with more realistic controls. No, wait. No you don't. I don't have time to play them! Don't suck me in, you bastards!
3. Papa John's ranch sauce is the shit. And free pizza=ghetto booty. Looks like I might just have to join that LGBT soccer league Jackie told me about just to force myself to exercise.
I went to UWM today to try and sort out everything I need to do. I'm pretty sure my head is going to explode. I have an appointment with a College of Nursing adviser in a week and a half. This is good but the downside is that the application to the school of nursing has to be in on December 1st. I'm pretty sure when I talk to the adviser they're going to tell me I have some random general credit course(s) to fill though so it's probably not a big deal.
It was so weird being back on campus again. Not that I haven't been on the campus since I quit school five years ago. But today I was there with the knowledge that I will be attending class there again. It caused me to briefly reflect on my life in the time between. So many things have changed and yet there are a few constants that have stuck it out.
I have been taking on so much and so much has been happening that sometimes when I take a second just to sit, it feels as if my body is buzzing. I'm exhausted and driven and focused and content...something I could never say five years ago. Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, November 27th, 2007|
I've been so busy lately I haven't been able to update. The two jobs have me working anywhere from 48-70 hours a week. I just got my schedule for Dec for MC (ambulance co.) and I get to work a couple overnights. I'm kinda looking forward to that. I've done nothing but day shifts doing private transports so far. I'll be good to get to do some "emergency" calls again. I've been missing the crazy "M.O.s"...
...but not that much as I seem to work with enough crazy people at PJs (pizza place). Between the customers who are either awesome, drunk, high, nuts, cheap or just plain stupid and my coworkers and all of their "unique" personalities, some days I don't believe that this is, in fact, my full time job. Some days are just awesome: I make a ton of money, everything runs smoothly, my coworkers are awesome. Other days I try not to pull people out of the store or their houses into the road so I can run them over with my car. I spent a couple days last week fending off a male supervisor who, in his words, "wants to share everything with me". I'm sure that includes several sexually transmitted diseases, debt, drama, etc. I'm sorry, Mr. Assistant Manager of a crappy store in a pizza chain who gets high all the time and talks on his phone while everyone else works, no I don't want to share anything with you. This especially includes bodily fluids. Did you not hear me say "no" politely the first fuckin' time?!?!? I spent a shift or two listening to nothing but Bikini Kill just to keep myself going.
And as if I'm not busy enough, I got accepted for the Spring semester at UWM! I'm super happy that I got in but this leaves a lot of shit that I need to get done. Honestly, I only want to take one class, possibly two, next semester. As it is, I can barely find time to keep my apartment clean, see friends I want to hang out with, play guitar as much as I'd like to and find time to relax.
Busy, busy, busy...but that's the best thing for me right now. Keep my mind off of other things... Current Mood: tired
|Thursday, November 15th, 2007|
|Because of today I:
Never want to be called "sweetheart" again.
Will save wearing pigtails for when I'm up for dealing with the repercussions.
Am questioning my interest in the medical field.
Need to stop eating so much pizza.
Understand and sympathize with my brother just a little bit more.
Found that where one door opens, another may close. (Yes, I meant to say that backwards.)
Am hoping I get to sleep in someday soon.
Miss djing at Riverhorse.
Realize that I shouldn't stick my nose into other people's business.
Really wish I could find the time to work out.
Miss tuna salad sandwiches from West Allis Memorial (because egg salad isn't the same).
Am more confident than I was yesterday.
Know what to expect tomorrow.
Am feeling a little more invisible.
Am feeling a little less lonely. Current Mood: exhausted