Friday, December 21, 2012


I am "borrowing" the idea for this post from Lindsay! Just wanted to mix things up a bit! 


3 books I want to read:
1. Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
2. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
3. The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf

3 shows I must watch:
1. The Mentalist
2. Giuliana & Bill
3. Big Bang Theory

3 movies I can watch over and over:
1. Oceans 11 (w/Clooney & Pitt)
2. Moneyball
3. All the Harry Potters

3 drinks I consume throughout the day:
1. water
2. coffee
3. almond milk

3 of my least favorite chores:
1. laundry
2. dishes
3. laundry

3 things I am proud of:
1. getting my AA
2. improvement on my pictures
3. how well I do my job

3 things I am looking forward to:
1. time off for Christmas
2. Disney in April or May
3. Cruise with the family in June

3 favorites stores:
1. Target
2. Best Buy
3. Barnes and Noble

3 things that make me happy:
1. taking pictures
2. people I work with
3. hanging at home with Firefighter watching Big Bang Theory together 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My New Fave

But I can't decide if I like it better in color 

Or black and white..... 

Either way though it's a great pic!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's Official....


Wahoo!! Yippee!! GO ME!!!

I can't believe that it is all over now. Talking about it for months and the waiting and now it's over, just like that. No different than any other life events, it's all over in the blink of an eye and now we continue on with the job of living.  

I have to say though that this was something that I didn't really think was going to be that big of a deal. I mean it's an AA not a Bachelor's or a Master's and part of me felt a bit silly for making it seem like a big deal. I have forever been dwelling on the fact that it took me as long as it did when this is an achievement that can be done in 2 years by most other people. But that is my hang up. Last night when the graduates where gathering is when it sunk in a bit more, the weight of what I had accomplished  Because honestly I didn't really feel like it was that big of an accomplishment. Once I saw the other graduates, it hit home a bit more.There were people there of all ages and that was a comfort to me as well. It just reaffirmed that getting an education has no deadline. You can do it at any age.  

(one of my brothers and I)

(mom and I)

Another thing that was difficult for me was knowing that my dad wasn't there. When I got onto the stage and found my family it made me tear up a bit because I knew there was someone missing. It was hard to not burst into tears. I know he was there, but still... not the same. 
(my sister and I - btw our birthday was Thursday)

(Firefighter and I)

After the ceremony we went to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner. In the car on the way over, I confessed to Firefighter that it was weird being on the stage and to be the one graduating this time. I have been to 3 of his graduation ceremonies and this is the first one he has been to for me. It was a nice change. 

Now of course the question of the hour is, "What are you going to do now?" And my answer for that is, I do not know!! I am not going to stress right now about it, it's the holidays. I will do research and see what I find that strikes my fancy and go from there. For now though, it's time to bask in the glow of my achievement. And on Sunday.... we PARTY!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Family Fun at Disney's Boardwalk

Sunday was a great day. My brother from Pittsburgh has been at Disney World since Wednesday and Sunday we drove up to hang with him and his boy. It was such a nice time. 

We met at the Boardwalk Resort and ate at the ESPN Zone. We got there at a great time too. There was no line when we arrived, but when we left, it was building up! It's crazy that all the times I have been to Disney and to the Boardwalk that Firefighter and I have NEVER eaten there. Well, that won't happen again. Next time we go, we will definitely grab a bite there. 

So we strolled along the boardwalk for a bit, stopped in the little store there and at the Boardwalk Bakery as well, where my bro and the boy split one of the largest and heaviest eclairs I have ever seen. 

(My mom, brother and the boy)

Before departing the Boardwalk we were able to get some family shots. The black and white is my favorite. 

Here we are doing our best Rockette impression! 

Here is a pic of a portion of my family. We were missing some other very important people. 

Before heading out we ventured over to the brother's hotel to take a gander. Inside they had a Christmas carousel made out of chocolate. He was staying at the Beach Club Resort, which BTW is very pretty!!!! 

Just being on Disney property for me was like a tonic or something. I just feel so relaxed and at ease there. It truly is my happy place. 

After the Boardwalk we went to Downtown Disney to buy something at World of Disney. And of course we had to hit up Ghiradelli for some dessert goodness. I had a basic hot chocolate and mom has a warm caramel sundae. It was YUMMY!!!! It was all decorated for Christmas there and that made it even harder to leave. I did manage to persuade the group to allow me to get a picture of one of the trees on display there. It was quite unique. 

Overall...  A GREAT DAY!!!! I was very sad that it had to end!!! 

Until the next time.... 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Things for Which I am Thankful


Good Friends





Cool weather

Good Music


And the future

What are you thankful for today???

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tis the Season

It's that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and the retailers are shoving Christmas down our throats. Is it just me or does this occurrence seem to be happening earlier and earlier each year?? I feel like the millisecond that Halloween is over, the retailers feel entitled to commence with the gleaming lights and colored garlands and to have Bing Crosby crooning away over their speakers. 

It seems as though when the orange and black of Halloween is put away or on clearance, we are subjected to red and green decor and "jingle bells". Now, don't get me wrong, this is my favorite time of year, but that doesn't mean I want it to be thrust upon me. I want it to go slow. I want to drink it all in. I love the change of the weather and the tradition that comes only during this time of year. I love that shopping centers are now decked out with white lights, it adds a sense of class to the area. It also sets the mood I believe. It seems to awaken the child within me, and I would hope it would do that same for all adults.

We need to stop rushing.

We need to slow down. 

We need to enjoy and embrace the holidays and the memories that will be created and can't be recreated.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there are stores open. This bothers me to no end.

We are slowly edging out the holiday. When will stop? Have people forgotten what Thanksgiving is about? It's to show thanks for all that we have and to take time and spend it with family. It's not about going to Kmart or Target to get the best deals. What's wrong with keeping that all for Black Friday? It's there for a reason. I mean what do you need SOOOO badly that you are willing to sacrifice your time sitting outside of a store for DAYS before it opens?? What are you missing out on? Consumers and the public have put too much emphasis on the material things in their lives and not the people. Material objects can be replaced, but people can't. What's an even more frustrating realization is that if we the consumer didn't demand that these retailers do this, there would be no need for them to be open on Thanksgiving. We are setting the precedent.
I do not believe that people need to be working on the holiday, unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary. And a department store being open is not necessary, a hospital however is 100%  necessary. We are taking people away from their families needlessly. Have some compassion. Would you want to work on the holiday???

So as a consumer I am REFUSING to step foot into a store on Thanksgiving. If I miss the best deal ever, well then so be it. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Just Happened....

That is a graduation cap and a tassel. 

That's right, I am graduating. 

I am getting my AA in December. And for some reason I feel the need to diminish this accomplishment. I don't see the gravity of the situation. Granted it is not a bachelor's or a masters, but it is still an accomplishment. There are plenty of people out there who have not and may never achieve this milestone. 

I think part of the reason I am so nonchalant about it is because it took me so long, I graduated from high school in 1998. I have plenty of friends that have surpassed this achievement by now and here I am only now marking this off my to do list. I know that a large part of my feels that I should have been done with this by now. I get so frustrated with myself for not being more focused earlier on. I can't change anything about that now, so I just need to accept it for what it is and realize that I am closing a chapter of sorts. It's important. 

And now part of me is like, what the hell am I supposed to do next?? I have been going to school here and there over that last 15 years and it was always kind of there and now, I don't have this to fall back on. I still want to go to school, I do enjoy learning. And now that I am doing a job that I really enjoy, I wouldn't mind taking classes in that field. 

The ceremony is right around the corner. I was given 3 tickets for guests. And my frist thought was Firefighter, mom and dad. But dad isn't here. I am sad that he isn't here to see me walk. I know he will be with me that day, but it's not the same. Ironically he was able to attend one of Firefighter's graduation ceremonies. And I am so grateful for that!! But I wish he would be here. It's just one of the handful of things that he will not be here to see. 

I am proud of myself. I know that it is an accomplishment, but still it doesn't really feel real. It will feel more real the closer it gets. The ceremony is December 14th, one day after my 33rd birthday. Talk about a good birthday gift. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Chalk Festival

What is a chalk festival you might ask? Well it is an annual festival that comes to my city that allows artists, professional and amateur a like, to partake in a week long street art event. With nothing but an inspirations picture, chalk and the road as their canvas these talented people bring pictures to life, in the most unique way. 

This was my first year going to the festival. It's always sad to me when I miss things like this in our artsy town. I really do take it for granted  So to make up for lost time, I went 2 times this weekend! That's right... TWICE!!! 

When you see what follows its hard to believe that the above pictures are where it starts and are all that is used for these works of art. 

(This is a 3D piece)

(This is my fave) 

I hope you enjoyed. These are just a few of the pictures I took between yesterday and today. I am hoping to get back tomorrow to see the finished products. 

What fun things did you do this weekend??

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vacation Recap

I can't believe that vacation has come and gone already. It went by SOOOO quickly. 


So, like we have done every year for the past 3 years we attended the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. As always it was DELICIOUS!!! 

My one complaint is that the food didn't change from last year. It was exactly the same. The only thing that was different was that they added a few booths. 

This year we brought a couple with us that had never been before so it was kind fun offering them advice and seeing their faces when they ate the delicious foods!!! It was supposed to be a large group of friends that went, but as the trip approached people started backing out. That's to be expected though, things happen in the course of a year. In a way I think it worked out for the best. It would have been too difficult to entertain all those people at the same time. 

But I digress... On to the pictures!! 

Chicken with Tzatiki in Greece

Filet with Mushrooms and Cheddar Cheese soup in Canada

Chocolate Creme Brulee in France

Coq Au Vin in France

Taco de Camarion in Mexico

We spent all day at Epcot and then went to Downtown Disney with our friends to shop a bit. It was a very nice time!! 

I have more pictures to post... I didn't want to overload this post. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

No Comprende??

Part of my job is to make sure that the patient's insurance is active and to know if their insurance requires a referral. We have a person in the office that is responsible for verifying the insurance a few days prior to the patient's appointment and requesting the referrals or authorizations as needed. I have been there since May and we have had 3 people in the Authorization/Verification position. Needless to say it causes issues and has forced my co worker and I to do extra work and learn more about the insurances then we may have had to. 

I hate to criticize people because I know that we are all doing the very best that we can, but the new girl that we have in this position seems clueless....TOTALLY CLUELESS. It is making for so much extra work. I have to email her and ask her to verify the insurance and she does but doesn't put the information in the right place. I'll ask for a verification and she'll tell me that she requested a referral. She verifies patients insurance that have been there in the last week, when it only needs to be done every 90 days. And the list goes on.... 

I hate to be negative, but honestly I have not really cared for her since she was hired. There was just something about her that didn't sit well with me. For one thing she couldn't remember the name of the person who was interviewing her when she came in... BOTH TIMES!!! And I am not saying all of these bad things because I feel that way, because I am not the only one who feels this way or is as frustrated as I am. 

I am trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I am reaching a boiling point. She has been at the office a little less than a month and I feel like by now there are some things she should have a better grasp on. I have spoken to my supervisor a few times about her and she has spoken to the lady's supervisor and I believe that she has been spoken to as well, but still nothing is sinking in. And I believe that the person who had the position before her, who took another position in the office, has spoken to her about some things as well. As well as my coworker and myself. How many people need to tell her the same thing???? Today I sent her an email stating that I needed her to update the insurance section in  a patient's demographics screen and her response had NOTHING to do with the question. She stated that she had NO room for the insurance telephone number. OOO EMM GEE!!!!

In her defense she probably didn't get the amount of training time that she needed, BUT in the same breath if you have done this job at a different office you should be familiar with the lingo and know the difference between a referral and verification and an authorization. OY to the VEY!!! 

Can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today ....

I will be at a little place called the Magic Kingdom. Perhaps you have heard of it? Mickey Mouse is the main man along with his gal-pal Minnie and their colorful friends. We have a man named Walt to thank for their existence!! Thanks Walt!

So excited!!

Pics to come later!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hindsight is 20/15

No one likes to hear "I told you so". But what if you are the one giving yourself a hard time?!?! 

I can't seem to let go of accept the fact that I am where I am with school/a career. 

I didn't finish school in the proper time frame and now I am kicking myself in the rear-end for it. Where would I be right now if I had? Would Firefighter and I be together? Would I have had the jobs I've had and met the people that I have met if I had done things differently? Probably not to most of those. 

But if I had stayed in college, what would I have done? I think I would have wandered aimlessly though there like it was a never ending maze. Because up until this point I have never really known what I wanted to do when I "grew up". I often felt that if I had stayed in school, it could have been a waste of time. I was not on a clear path. I had no real direction. And still for the most part I don't feel that I do, but I feel like I have a small idea of a career path that I may take. 

When I was in high school I wanted to be a child psychologist. The idea of doing that now scares me... too much schooling. Last year I decided, or so I thought, that I wanted to be a teacher. I think I would have enjoyed that, teaching the little ones, but I know myself well enough to know that I am not cut out for that much school at this time in my life. My attention span is getting shorter. So there went that idea out the window again, and I think I crushed my brother-who-happens-to-be-a-teacher's spirit when I made that decision.  But I know me and me is not so good with 4 more years of school at this point in life.

Now that I am working in a doctor's office I think I may take some classes in this field. Once I am done with my AA I think I may pursue a Medical Administrative Assistant education at a vocational school. It will be a great time to do that since I am actually working in the field. 

Bottom line is that I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself to be like everyone else. I am me and not them. I am where I am for a reason. Maybe I needed to go down this path to get to where I am so that I can figure this out and find my place. Would I have preferred to be done with school at this point? Yes, but I am not and I just need to focus and push through. 

Gotta put on the big girl panties and deal!!! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

I have a bridge to sell you....

No I don't really. But would you buy one from me if I tried to sell it to you? Probably not because I am not the greatest when it comes to the power of persuasion. 

My next speech assignment is for a persuasive speech. And to say that I am stumped would be putting it mildly. 

I am blocked... 
Mentally constipated if you will...

The words are NOT coming to me. 

This is doubly hard because I am not exactly passionate about any one cause or one thing in particular. I don't really have strong feelings on things. I am a fence sitter. I am a middle of the road wanderer. I don't pick sides. I remain objective. And while that is it's own issue all together, but having to try and write a speech on a topic that you happen to agree with and don't necessarily passionately agree with is a tough spot to be in. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

What upsets, or rather annoys, me more is the fact that I have only had 2 weeks to write this speech and we haven't even been given the lecture on HOW to write or present a persuasive speech. I think that is why I am stumped. Why I am clogged. 

I have done research and have a general idea of what I want it to be structured around. However  I am running into the same information over and over and that will not make for a good speech. 

I am just stuck... I need to turn off my brain and stop trying ... and give my brain a breather. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

SCFD Open House

Yesterday was our county's open house at one of our main stations in honor of this week being Fire Prevention Week. This was the first time that I was not a spectator, but a participant of sorts. I had a blast. And I think I got some great shots of the guys doing their thing! 

(prep for propane demo)

(propane demo)

(demo of the importance of a sprinkler system)

They did a demonstration of a vehicle extrication  as well. It was a full scenario - removing the victim from the vehicle and transporting her to Bayflite waiting to take her to a trauma center. 

It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed being on the "front lines" as it were. I feel like it was an initiation of some sort. I got to enjoy breakfast with the volunteers and then spend the day watching them and documenting their activities. I got to be where civilians were not allowed to go and I got to watch my guy in action. It was a good day.

Next weekend we have a triathlon. Hope it will be better than the first one I went to! 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Getting Healthy by Osmosis?? Hey it could happen right?!

It's a theory I have. I think if you THINK thin, you will BE thin.

HAHA! I know that is a crapshoot, but that doesn't stop me from doing it. 

I often think that I would really enjoy running or bike riding once I get there, but it's the getting me there that is the problem. I get excited and actually feel better just thinking about it because I know that the results would be positive. I have these ideas of grandeur of being physically fit and healthy, but sadly that's as far as I get sometimes. I am not sure what the hurdle is that I can't seem to get over. 

I find all of the inspirational things on Pinterest inspirational, I really do, but sadly they have not diverged me from my "if I think it, it will come" mentality that I seem to have toward being healthy.

So basically I need to suck it up and get off my ass. What am I afraid of happening? I need to stop over analyzing things and stop worrying about the pain or discomfort and JUST DO IT!!!