Monday, May 30, 2005

an ode to the migraine

Ahh, the good ol' migraine.

I had my first migraine when I was 17, when I was in the hospital after my car accident. They told me they were trauma-induced migraines. After all, I had just about died and had my body put thru a blender (figuratively of course). I remember getting a shot in my hip that hurt very badly, but put me right to sleep. I didn't get TOO many after that...well, for awhile anyway.

Fast forward, and now, the migraine comes like clockwork. Every month, it is right on time. I've tried taking a medication for it, which puts me to sleep but leaves me feeling like I've been hit by a mack truck. I've tried taking "the" pill continuously, but it didn't help. I've tried a different kind of pill, and worsened the situation. I don't really feel that would be the solution anyway, as my family history seems to have left me destined to suffer from migraines at least occasionally. ARGH!

I know it makes no sense for me to be sitting at the computer right now with a busting headache. However, I've been in bed lying perfectly still for about the past 3 hours, and that wasn't helping, so I figured I'd just get up. Rest assured--if I get sick and ralph, I'll go back to bed.

Have a lovely Memorial Day :)

Sunday, May 22, 2005


EXACTLY one month till my 22nd birthday!!

My 22nd on the 22nd! :)

Saturday, May 21, 2005


what a bum I am to have not updated since monday. apologies to anyone who may've missed me ;)

I can be such a bum on Saturdays. For once in my life, I don't have to work on Saturdays (that *is* one good think about having a "real" job), so my lack of a real schedule sometimes aids in my sitting on my rump, failing to accomplish much until the day is already over. Sometimes, it is kinda nice :) I did, however, go get my eyes checked this morning and (as suspected) my vision has worsened. I was not surprised, because lately I've had a lot of trouble focusing and just can't see as well as I did before. Staring at the computer screen so much surely can't help, but I digress :)

Listening to the sound of the washing machine, I'm debating staying home and doing things I need to do, or going out and doing something....Wandering Old Navy, Target, and other usual places that result in $$ spent. Buy some Clinique mascara. Get my haircut. Buy a white cardigan. Things to do, at some point, today, tomorrow, or next week :)

I'm off. Likely to be a bum, or maybe to go shopping. We'll see :)

Monday, May 16, 2005



Today I got an email from Shannon at Scrapbooks, etc requesting a layout for the Nov/Dec Made in Minutes column!! I was at work, and I literally squealed when I read the email! It is wedding layout, too, so even better!

It was definitely a good feeling after all thats gone on with the PKPT situation :)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Today has been a gorgeous

Today has been a gorgeous day! It has totally made up for the stormy, rainy afternoon we had yesterday. The weather channel said there would be more storms today...but when I went out and looked at the sky, I didn't buy it. Soo, I headed on down to meet my co-worker Carley at the beach. Soaked in some rays, played in the water, and was able to relax just a bit. Love living near the beach. We'll see what I'm saying when hurricane season rolls along...

Discovered a relatively new lss yesterday...about 30 minutes away, incredibly small. They didn't have much of what I was looking for, but for others it might be a haven. I think I am just too spoiled by what I had available in Kentucky. Hindsight is always 20/20.

My best friend Trista, who had her baby boy (8 weeks early) in February, called me yesterday. He is up to 9 lbs...definitely music to my ears! :) I don't know when I'll get to see him again, but she assures me that he looks just like his daddy. I don't doubt it for a second. Thank goodness for modern medicine and the power of prayer.

I am thinking of heading to B&N a little later to look for Simple Scrapbooks Inspirations. So far, I've been unable to find it. I may just opt to stay home. We'll see.

Have a great evening :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


I love this layout I created as one of my PKPT submissions.

Too bad it doesn't fit any of the current calls! Argh!

Monday, May 9, 2005

workin' it!

Woohoo! This morning I actually woke up early and went to the gym before work! I felt so much better today, too...wasn't yawning the whole day away! I am definitely going to try to make it back tomorrow. I would love it if this were a habit I could keep, because in the evenings I just want to come home and relax! Keeping a habit takes effort, and I don't always put forth enough, I know.

Only a month till CKU!! Wee!! I'm really excited! I am not real thrilled about the 9 hour drive I get to make alone, but I'll get to see some friends, take some classes, scrap, shop, and have fun! I wish my friends Andrea and Rosemary could be there, but they are going to CKU-A in August!! Shortly after birthday!! Woohoo! I don't know why I'm so pumped up...22 is not really an age to look forward to! Likely, my husband will have some huge test the next day and barely be able to spend time with me...but hopefully not.

Yesterday was really weird. I've never *not* been with my Mom on Mother's Day. I was happy that she got her book and flowers on time. Poor MIL, her gift did not arrive on time, despite the fact that I paid extra for 2-day shipping...grr. Hopefully she got it today or will in a day or so. Happy Mothers Day...5 days late. Fabulous.

It has been so long since I've scrapped. I am getting some new papers this week (I ordered last week, woo!) so hopefully then, I can get scrappy. I really need some fun pics.

Whine whine, I know.

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Today, TJ and I spent

Today, TJ and I spent our day in Hilton Head. It was somewhat cool on the beach, but regardless, we had a pretty nice day. We ate a great lunch, shopped at the outlets, and mostly enjoyed a full day with one another (a really rare occurrence, given his crazy Nuclear Power School schedule). However, something kinda disturbing happened...and it really made me think about incompetent parents. Now, I am not a parent myself, and I probably shouldn't judge to begin with...but onto the story.

TJ points out a little boy, probably around 3 years old, walking down the beach BY HIMSELF. As the little boy gets closer to us, we can hear him shouting, "Mommy!" and I see his lip quivering...he is obviously scared. I look around; lots of people are looking at him but no one (uh, like his MOM) is running towards him. So finally I get up and approach him and he kind of speeds up, moving towards the ocean. I was like, No no, its okay, I'm not going to hurt you, are you lost? He never answers and looks even more scared. I put my hand on his arm to get him to stop, squatted down to his level, and said "It's okay." I felt SO bad for him! Look to my right, there is his mom, waving her arm crazily, shouting his name while she talks on her cell phone. This very small child was easily more than 100 yards away from her to begin with, ALONE, at the ocean...a very dangerous place! Oh MY gosh, I wanted to smack the heck out of her. Now, what do I know, I have no children of my own, but geez! Anything could have happened to him! He easily could have been kidnapped, drowned, anything.

The moral of this (otherwise pointless) story: Be a nice person, and watch your kids. Have a great day :)

Friday, May 6, 2005

For the past few days,

For the past few days, I have had Martina McBride's song "I have been blessed" stuck in my head. So, this morning, I decided to do a blog entry and layout about it. Right now, we're gettin ready to go out for dinner with some friends, so I can't start the layout, but I *can* do the blog entry!!

"I have been blessed....with so much more than I deserve," Words that I'm sure are true for any person. We are all blessed in many ways. I just want to get some of my blessings down.

--a great husband who loves me dearly


--an awesome hobby, thru which I've made:

--awesome friendships

--a job where I can be happy (finally)


--opportunity, in so many ways

--financial stability

Uh oh, hafta go for now. I will write more later...cause there is much more :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

After I made that last

After I made that last post, I visited Rosemary's blog, where I linked to a cool test.

American Cities That Best Fit Me:

75% Honolulu

70% Seattle

65% Portland

60% Austin

60% Denver

Which American Cities Best Fit You?

whole lotta dreamin'

Lately, I've had wanderlust....

Notice below...Exhibit A:

gorgeous house

"This gorgeous 2500 sq ft home, located in Jacksonville, Florida, has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and can be yours today for only $259,000!!"

So, I have kind of left my desire of moving to Hawaii...basically, I do not want to be alone all the time while my DH is off on some "fast-attack mission." Essentially, living in Kings Bay or Bangor would be about the same as far as the amount of time he was gone, but from those ports his deployments would most likely be shorter. I get lonely. We're gonna shoot for KB or Bangor. If we get KB, we're living in Jax. (Like my abbreviations?)

In other news...lets see...we might go down to Hilton Head for the weekend, so yay! Cross your fingers for good weather! I am!! It would be soo nice and, of course, nice for photo-ops :) I wonder if there are any scrapbook stores between here and there? I'll definitely have to check that out....yeah, definitely :) Which is better...the beach or a potential scrapbook store? I'll be thinking about that one.

Not only is tomorrow Cinco de is PAYDAY!! YESSSS!

Sunday, May 1, 2005

pish posh

Today is going to be one of those days filled with chores...yuck! Dishes, laundry, and generally just making the house look like civilized people live here. It is tough to maintain a household when both DH and DW work full-time (and DH works hours that are full-time for 2 people, haha). I am, however, a poor manager of time when I'm at home.

My 22nd birthday happens to be coming up in about 6½ "golden" birthday, in fact! Woohoo! I have no plans as of now, it is a Wednesday and I have to work, and few friends here to celebrate with. Hopefully my Mom, Dad, and brother can make it down to visit me...I'd like that.

We're gonna be cruising it up come September...woohoo! I can't wait :) Blue waters, on-board massages, beaches, snorkeling...ahh...I can't wait! See, that sounds to me like a perfect reason to get a new camera, like a digital Rebel :) (like I'd know how to use it but I could learn!) I wonder if I could ask for gift certificates for my birthday from my family, and then lump them together towards a camera? It is a thought.

I have a tough decision weighing on me right now...kind of a double-edged sword. I worry that either way I go, I'll regret it. I'm not always great with decision-making. Argh!