Me first, mom/wife second, and the rest follows

Well, I'm a happily married woman with two beautiful and terrific children who drive me crazy on some days and amaze me on the others. I am a student about to begin my nursing program this summer. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. I am the oldest and like to think the wisest of the bunch, but they'd argue against that, surprising right? I enjoy reading almost anything that hasn't been assigned. I seem to put a mental block on all my school readings. Sad to admit, but so true!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Please visit my new site!!!

Hello! I finally set up my site on MSN spaces. Well, at least its up and running. Why did I do this you ask? Because I got some feedback from friends who are MSN users and thought it would be easier to post their comments there instead of here. Yeah, I know it doesn't make much sense, but when you love your friends you'll do anything!

Here is the blogg address (is that even correct lingo??)
http://spaces.msn.com/DandDsmommie/

Please visit me there, I really would appreciate it!!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

"ewwe, this is gross mommy"

So I'm sitting here in the living room watching "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" with my family. It's Sunday night and I'm trying to get some studying done. My husband has already watched this movie with my daughter earlier so I'm thinking this movie is ok. All of a sudden towards the end of the movie my daughter says, "mommy, watch this part it's so gross, eweeee!" So of course I look and two girls are kissing each other like two dogs licking each other. Then two other girls start to kiss and one guy states that she is a lesbian and she says, "no, I'm bisexual" and kisses him. I find it funny and then I realize that my daughter is confused. Crap, why is she watching this movie??? I ask her father and he says it's PG-13.......I bit my tongue and was about to explain when she says, "that must have been her sister and they were being silly, huh?" I agreed and dropped it as I glared at her father.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Parenting 101

I realize that most careers require some type of education. Heck, I question all the time why I need some of the classes that are a requirement for nursing. I won't ever use them! So then I wondered why aren't expectant parents REQUIRED to take parenting classes? I see parenting as the most responsible job ever! I know, some parents don't need these because they are wonderful and caring and being a positive influence comes naturally to them. I know ALOT of awesome parents. My intentions in this post are not to offend anyone! Let me explain my reasoning to post this.

Yesterday while I was driving I came to a complete stop during a steady flow in traffic, just as I was about to honk and yell at the two cars in front of me I noticed a older man yelling and waving his arms wildly at a bus. He was trying to catch it before it left his stop. Oh, ok I thought, but to my amazement I noticed a little boy who had to be as old as my son running about 20 feet behind his dad (now I am assuming this guy is his dad). The kicker is the little guy was running, alone, without the guidance of this guy right smack in the middle of the street near a VERY busy intersection and any vehicle WOULD have hit him if they turned onto that street. As we all watched in shock, the older guy stopped once the bus did and screamed at the little one to hurry up in a mean voice. The poor little guy was carefully holding something (probably hoping he didn't drop it and really cause the big guy to flip out) and was now trotting safely on the sidewalk. Not running, not walking....trotting with his little legs. His eyes watching the older guy. The people in front started to yell at this guy to help his kid out and all I could do was tell the little guy in my mommy voice "run, run, go get the bus, hurry hurry!" He smiled and picked up his pace, all while this jerk stood there yellling. The big guy didn't budge, he stood there tall and mightly giving the little guy the "eye." I mean he didn't run up to the little guy to pick him up or offer assistance to get into the bus which by-the-way stopped and waited!

Now I know this was a snapshot and doesn't give me the right to judge him. I don't know him nor know the circumstances during this shocking experience. So now I have the little cutie in my prayers and cross my fingers hoping that the rest of his snapshots are wondeful, happy, and healthy I felt helpless. Really, what else could I have done other than make the situation uglier. The guy was big and didn't seem to hold the daddy-of-the-year award.

I don't know how I will handle similar situations during my nursing career as I know there will some. Thanks for reading. I feel somewhat better, but now I will close so I can go give my son a big hug and tell him how special he is.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Happy Birthday Deven!

Yes, happy Birthday to my mischevous son Deven! He turned 4 on Sunday and we survived his birthday party! No biting this year or melt-downs nor did he try to pull anyone's pants down (a whole 'nother story!!!!). Although it was just my dad, brother, sisters and nephew who joined us (my vital and much appreciated support system), we had a fun time.

Today is my youngest sister's birthday so "Happy Birthday Ana!!!" No party for poor Ana banana, I guess she FINALLY got tired of planning her own parties, something she did frequently as an ignored child (she really wasn't ignored, she wouldn't have that, she's just a bit of a diva!!)

Lastly, although I had one midterm left to study for, I managed to watch the Oscars. One question: What the hell was up with the green man, Ben Stiller? Did that make anyone laugh? Ok ok, I'll admit, I did (just a little all while asking, what the hell???) And I must give Jennifer Garner a hand for her "graceful" entrance. She looked amazing. Her dress was stunning (my hubby liked her "girls") and her smile was radiant! Not to mention she is soo funny! What a gal! What a pro, wonder what Jennfier Lopez thought??? Or should I even ask! ;-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Brain Farts

Have you ever had a "brain fart"? It's used when someone can't remember something (aka "senior moment" as my dad puts it) or when you've said or done something really dumb.
Today I put this term to good use. I had my whole day planned. I made arrangements with my dad-in-law to care for my son and pick up my daughter from school so I could study for my midterms. Did I study? NO! It seemed like everything I did took soooo much time to accomplish. Let me explain. My daughter woke up complaining that her legs were hurting (ongoing problem for her thin, active little body) so I massaged her legs and gave her some motrin. I kept her home until her meds kicked in. That took an hour and a half! Then on our way to her school my car started to "hiccup". That's when I noticed the gas light glowing steadily. How did I miss it??? So we turned around for the second time (the first I had to make sure my garage door was closed). As I prayed that we make it to the station, I pondered and hesitated for about 5 minutes on which station has the less expensive price per gallon (car hiccups again). I put in $4.00 because the station is charging $2.27 per gallon for the lowest grade and I know I can find a cheaper place. Done. So, off we go until my daughter states that she forgot her lunch. I turn the car around and realize that her lunch is right next to me! Brain fart! Next we got caught up in a welcoming crowd at one of the local churches. Hum, I wonder what is going on. We finally made it to the school. I signed in my daughter and took her to class. Empty. Dark. We spent 5 minutes looking for her lost classmates who we found on the grass outside for PE. Now that I'm hot and sweaty, my son runs off to play. I have 45 minutes to get myself together to meet my friend to study so I grab the little booger and drive off. Whew. Doesn't end there. I get home, grab my books, make a quick lunch for my son and run off. ( Yes, I remembered to bring my son). No brain fart! Remember the large crowd of people? I avoided the area and drove south instead of east. Now I'm thinking! Bad move, cops are all over and they have the roads closed except for the direction I'm going, but everyone is driving to a crawl. I called my friend to tell her I'm delayed. She already has left the library. Darn! So I tell her about the crowd and she explains that our troops are home after their tour in Iraq. Whoa, almost hit the car in front who has stopped. Quickly, I end my call and stop and watch the oncoming police cars with their flashing lights and sirens blaring. Next comes the troops, what a sight! I'm honking and my son is waving and they all wave back! Three huge trucks with about 20 men and women! What a wonderful welcoming! But the brain farts continue....

I got my son safely to his grandad and I head to to the university. Grumble....oh yeah, I remembered that I'm hungry and haven't had breakfast or lunch. I again (for the hundredth time) turn around and go home and eat MY lunch. I turn on Oprah and eat my lunch. Brain fart...little voice tells me I should be reading, not watching Oprah! So, I proudly turn off my tv and finish my lunch. Now, I have to decide what to do next, fill my tank with gas, go to the university, go donate my plasma (I actually considered this), shop, make my grocery list, do some laundry, sweep the floor. Arrghhhh! Major brain fart after brain fart. Focus I tell myself...focus on midterms. The rest of the day continued this way.
After an hour of looking for the cheapest gas station (again) and my car hiccupping (again) I head to the university, spend 30 minutes looking for a parking space, find one, realize I don't have change for the meter, leave to find a place that will give me change for a dollar, and finally, after making my way through the university's constuction maze, I made it to the university!!!!!
I told myself over and over that I wanted a "do-over" until I realized that I don't want to do this day over, I'm too pooped!
Hope you had a better "Fat Tuesday" than I did. I didn't even have the beer I promised myself! Oh well.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Music Appreciation 139

So...I enrolled in this class to fulfill the university's fine art requirement. I thought, easy class, easy A, no effort on my part. WRONG! I'm half way through the semester and so far I am doing well. Well for not having any musical/instrumental background other than the catchy phrase songs that I find myself cleaning to like, "My humps" or "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me" or even "Baby hit me one more time"....good God, did I just admit to that?!? Anyway, my point is this, I never ever thought I'd find myself looking forward to attending this class. My instructor is pretty awesome and I enjoy his lectures, but I don't understand some of the conversations he and some of my musically talented classmates are discussing. You know how the teacher speaks in the Charlie Brown cartoons?? Blaah blaah blaah blob blob. That's what I hear during their conversations.

One of the course requirements is to attend two concerts, one being a mandatory classical concert and the other is my choice and write a two page concert report with my reaction to the experience. I attended two free classical concerts this weekend. Both were wonderful and I truly enjoyed myself. I had a bit of trouble identifying some of the instruments so I asked the gentleman next to me at the first concert if he could point them out. First he looked at me like I was an idiot, asked me if I was kidding, then frowned at me. I explained that this was my first symphony orchestra concert. He smiled and helped me out then proceeded to ask me if I knew what a piano and a guitar was. Oh well! Want to know what instruments I couldn't identify? Don't laugh. I confused the clarinet with the flute, the viola with the violin, and called the bassoon a buffoon. I'll get better at this I promise! Anyway, I loved the music and had a great time, but I won't give up my catchy songs!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Wow, am I really a blogger?

I am sitting here in front of my computer quite confused and wondering how on earth I got here in. It all started with the site, "Confessions of a Student Nurse." I became addicted to the site as she is so funny and honest with her feelings plus her site is truely educational for me as I head to nursing school this summer. I then linked over to the site of, "An X-Ray Tech Student in Phoenix," where I had to sign-up to get my comment published, and poof! Here I am, still confused. I have no idea what I am doing or if I am doing this right. I guess I will learn with time!

I should be studying right now for my mid-terms, but......here I am in "blog land." I hope that this site will be useful to "vent" my frustrations, keep in touch with fellow bloggers, and receive friendly advice as well as keep in touch with family and friends.

Well, time to hit the books! I wish you all a happy weekend! Adios!