Ahhh! Real Monsters!!!

Ok… not really. Do you remember that cartoon? I do! I wasn’t allowed to watch it, but I snuck and watched it anyways….and it wasn’t even that good! Why monsters? Because my husband and I have been monsters today… cruel, mean, short-tempered, and perhaps a little condescending. We’re stressed. We’re tired. Justin more so than me… isn’t that always the case?

Had to refile our taxes today because the turbo tax mom used apparently didn’t send our federal return through… yay. So we went to HR Block where we discovered that our taxes weren’t right in the first place…. we’re getting more back but now we have to amend our state taxes. Yay? Ugh.

I’m also praying for guidance, thinking about taking classes this summer and still praying that someone I love will accept the path I feel is right when it comes to the rest of my education. Coughumjusitncough!

Yea. Stressed.

Oh. And I had a job interview today, would have been perfect…. except for the tiny part where it’s only 9 weeks long. Yay me! No thanks!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Things Are Possibly Looking Up!

I might have found a really great part time job!! A girl I graduated with (and worked with for a LONG time at Montreat) posted a facebook status about a part time receptionist position opening up at a local nursing home. I go for the “official” interview tomorrow at 2pm, and I am the only applicant thus far and they want to fill the position ASAP! So praying that I get it! I would be working 4 hours on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday… then 8 hrs on Mondays, which first perfectly around my already complicated schedule! This also means that we might be able to afford a nicer place to live until we move to Cullowhee. Yay! So I’m excited that I actually found something that fits my life right now… that’s very rare!

I don’t feel much like blogging today, plus I’m ready for lunch…. so….

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

School…. School…. it’s a love/hate relationship I think.

I love school. I also hate school. Yea… so basically I decided today to look back at the plans I made for my next 2 semesters (can you believe I only have TWO months left in this semester?). As I was browsing my options I thought to myself, “Self… I wonder what WCU expects from a transfer…”. Why oh why? I had forgotten that my previous plans followed Montreat & UNCA’s standards which are pretty similar. WCU… not so much. I mean the basics are pretty much the same, but then Western prefers for their Education students to have a secondary focus (pretty much a minor). Cool? MMMMMM. Not so much. My two options (options that I would maybe kind of sort enjoy) are English or Psychology (and I’m choosing Psych… because I already took 2 of those major courses). 18 credit hours each. Ummmm. How the heck am I supposed to fit in 18 extra credit hours in? Only a select few of these classes I can take at AB Tech… but then once I start my Elementary Education major at WCU I will be taking 17 hrs my first semester (all of which are required), 17 the 2nd semester (plus a blocked out section of the day for school classroom observation hours), 15 the 3rd semester (which consists of one of my SAC classes…. but do I really want to add an ADDITIONAL psych class to that semester?), and then my final semester is all student teaching… I don’t even know if you’re allowed to take extra classes that semester. Yikes. So I may be taking a class or two this summer, but first I have to figure out what 2 classes I can choose from for the elective portion of my secondary choice…. um but there is nothing on WCU’s website that says what exactly those are… so yea. Janelle prepare yourself… there will be lots of figuring out to do on our open house adventure!

Did I mention that today I took ONE exam 3 times and couldn’t submit it? They still can’t figure out what’s going on at AB Tech’s end… so now I have to take it using word document instead of blackboard. UGH!

New Experiences & Life Changing Plans

It’s been far to long since I last posted… oops! First and foremost I just wanted to say how great and amazing our God is! The older I get, I think the more I realize how truly awesome He is and how much I truly need Him in my life!

Now. Get ready for this. I have discovered a life changing product for us women. Oh yes. It’s pretty fan-freaking-tastic. Have you heard of the Diva Cup? It’s AWESOME!!! Personally, I have an irregular cycle with HEAVY blood flow the majority of my menstrual bleeding. It’s a pain, I go through literally…. almost 2 big boxes of super-super plus absorbency tampons and a pack of pads to wear at night in case of leakage. A friend of mine recommended that I try the Diva Cup. I was a little leery (?) at first because of the volume of blood I release… but I decided to go for it. I found it at an organic grocery store in town for $35 (including tax). I started wearing it the 2nd day of my period (mainly because I started before I could purchase one) and wore it until I had absolutely no blood flow this morning. NO leakages ALL week. Not during the night, not during the day… NOTHING. I wore it doing my workout, I wore it working (aka taking care of 5 kids) and I did it cleaning, sitting, etc etc etc. On my heaviest flow days I emptied it once in the middle of the day and prior to going to bed. So basically I took it out 3 times a day, morning, nooon & night. However once my flow started dwindling, I only had to empty it once I woke up and prior to goign to bed. This is a LIFE CHANGER. I highly recommend it!

What else is new in my life? I’ve yet again changed my school plans…. I know I know… Ms. Indecisive here. I have good reasoning though! I had planned on transferring to UNCA after getting my AA degree from the community college I’m attending. However… after hearing from a college rep specifically from the Education department, I’m not a big fan of their program. They don’t have a MAJOR in Education, instead you major in a specialty, so for Elementary Education I could really do anything I want… Psychology, Women’s Studies, etc. And then you do your Education core classes and get certification…. ehhhh I don’t like that. So. Now my heart is set on Western Carolina. Their Education majors are GEMS in their eyes. They focus on teaching and showing Education students how to reach their students, etc. I WANT to go there. Problem. It’s almost 2 hours away, WAY to far to commute. Next problem? Figuring out how to assure Justin that this is a good move for our family. As of today, he’s leaning towards moving as long as we start saving NOW and go periodically to see what the job market is like. That’s his biggest worry, and understandably so considering what we went through in TN.

So far, we’ve looked at houses, apartments, etc and have found some really affordable, NICE places to live. Some are literally walking distance to campus, others are a short 5-10 minute drive. I would take either! Our plan is to start saving every extra penny starting today… we’re gonna set out some money each month to go have a date night because we NEED that… but other than that, everything is going to the bank. By May 2011 we are hoping to have atleast enough to get moved, and pay for several months rent. Our next step is to get enough $$ from school to pay a years rent a head of time, this way we won’t have that expense while I’m in school and that gives Justin one less thing to worry about. Most of the places we’ve looked at are for students specifically (and I hoping that they’re not just for single students) and the rent covers most if not all utilities… which means we can still be saving for our future, permanent home once I start teaching. This is exciting and terrifying! But mostly exciting 🙂

That’s really about it right now… I just wanted to share some new things in my life!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this day, in 2006, Justin and I went on our first official date to a little Mexican restaraunt in town… rented movies and was the day I fell in love with this shy, handsome man 🙂

In 2007, he took me to Gatlinburg, TN and proposed to me on this very day…

In 2008, we celebrated our first Valentine’s day as husband and wife…

In 2009, we celebrated at the same Mexican restaraunt for old time’s sake…

In 2010, we are celebrating our 5th Valentine’s Day together… and we decided to just stay home and start a new tradition. We pulled out every romantic/romantic comedy movie we have and we’re going to have a mushy movie fest and make a nice dinner and stay in 🙂

Happy Valentine’s! Remember that this isn’t just for people who have significant others… this day is a reminder for you to show affection for EVERYONE you love EVERDAY of the year. <3