Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Braces Vlog 06/10/09

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Changes and Decisions

The next year is sure to be one of a lot of changes and decisions. I am the most indecisive person I know. When I'm at Starbucks ordering, you would think that I was making a life or death decision. Caramal Macchiato...no wait...Vanilla Latte...or maybe just tea? Blue wire...red wire, which is it? Really, it's just a drink. I irritate myself with this kind of stuff.

So you can imagine the big decision on moving from Southern Louisiana to Vancouver, WA area. I've made my pros and cons list and the pros pretty much outweigh the cons but there is still the uncertainty. It's like moving to a different country. It would be different if we were moving due to a job relocation but we're not. This is purely moving because we love it there and don't want to raise our family here. I have family there and was raised there. I took my husband, who has lived in Louisiana his entire life, there for vacation a couple of years ago and he absolutely loves it. I think the scariest thing is moving during the recession. Will we be able to find jobs before we move? If not, how long until we find jobs when we move there?

It's a lot to think about. In the midst of the stress of all that, my husband will probably be leaving within the next few weeks for six months to go away to work. We won't be able to see him hardly since he will be 11 hours away. He will make a lot of money and it will definitely help us. We will use the money for a downpayment on our house that we will purchase, possibly pay off my car and maybe moving expenses if we do move. After all of those expenses we will have about three months of our usual salaries left, so that if we do move and can't find jobs we will be okay for three months.

I don't enjoy change. We moved so much when I was younger and I think that is the reason I like stability and the same old routine. I'm an extreme planner. Planning makes me feel comfortable and less stressed. It's hard to plan though when there is so much uncertainty.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bad Idea For A Fundraiser

I have had something on my mind that has been bothering me since this last Saturday.

Let me first state that I am a sucker and give to every fundraiser that I am approached by, even if I hardly have a dollar to my name. I also give money to the veterans on the side of the road and any other human being. If you're the person that is at the gas station and trying to collect money to buy gas because your car broke down about 2 miles down the road while you were on your way across the country to help needy orphans and you don't have any money because your wallet was stolen, then hold out your hand because I'm gonna help those orphans! I'm not stupid, you just never know in certain situations for sure and I don't want to neglect possibly helping someone. My husband makes fun of me for this but I don't care.

Back to the original story though...I'm on the way to my son's tee ball game and come to the red light by my house and there are kids standing in the middle of the street there. They have buckets and cans in their hands collecting money for a school fundraiser. My problem with this is that mainly it is dangerous! This is a narrow highway where people fly by and sometimes run the redlights. After turning onto the highway there are more kids standing in the center between the two lanes of the highway. Not just kids but there is a toddler that can be no older than 4 years old standing there!!! My husband and I about had a heart attack. He was so hard to see because there were older kids standing in front of him. I think it is so irresponsible of the school for allowing this kind of fundraiser. I didn't stop because I'm not going to contribute to the dangerousness. Also, the next thing is that you don't just stand on the streets asking for money for your school. Do a local car wash or something. To me it is young kids being lazy. Even at car washes I know from experience that a number of people will just drive by and give you money and not have their car washed, me being one of them. Oh the aggravation of living in this town. After I drove by the first set of kids and stopped at the red light. They start screaming something at me and gave me nasty looks. How glad am I that I didn't give them any money now? Extremely. I can call the local police station and it goes straight to the Sheriff's office. Anytime I've called them for anything they are not helpful in the least bit. We have a total of one police officer on duty at a time in our town. Ahhh...The joys of small town life. This is why we're planning our big move. We're not country folk, we're city people. I'll explain more about the move at another time.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

First Blog!

So this is my first blog! I decided to start a blog because I have always loved to write and I constantly have things on my mind. Am I the best writer? No. Do I have the most intelligent thoughts? Probably not. But it doesn't matter because I enjoy writing and if you're reading this then for some reason you enjoy reading what I write...which is awesome!

I started doing video blogs (vlogs) on youtube and realized that I enjoy doing this type of thing. I'm really shy and quiet when I first meet people but I when I get to know you I become an extrovert. People often have mistaken my shyness for snobiness. When I first moved to Louisiana about ten years ago, a lot of girls in high school thought I was a snob because I was quiet and also because I came from up north. I was a "yankee".

A little bit about me now. I am 26 years old, am married to my husband of 5 years and have a 5 year old son. I was born in Louisiana but after that my family and I moved all over the United States because my dad was a professional wrestler. The longest I ever lived in one place was when we lived in Vancouver, Washington for about 8 years.

I never planned on living in Louisiana for this long. My plans were to graduate college in Louisiana and then move. I wanted to live in New York for a year and then Seattle for a year. After that I wanted to focus on my career which would be marketing, international business or something along those lines. God had other plans though. I got pregnant with my son after I finished my sophmore year in college. I decided not to go back to college and finish my degree because I was "doomed" to live in Louisiana (meaning I had my son and was getting married to a native of this land). With a college degree where I live in, it wouldn't have done much good. Currently I make more money than a lot of my friends with their bachelor degrees. I worked my way up in the three companies that I have worked for and that is how I did it. Also, I really had no idea what I wanted to do. I don't love my job. There are times when I can't stand it. I do what I do because I have been doing it for a while and it's comfortable.

So that is a little bit about me. I don't want to write too much on my first blog, so I will stop for now.