Tennessee

I’ve changed the look of my site and taken all my photos that I had made into the images on the site. I also deleted a whole bunch of pages that aren’t relevant any longer.

I’m now in Tennessee. I’m going to get my camera out and go take a pile of pictures, so that I can edit the site to show how pretty it is around here. There are some amazing things about this place as far as the countryside and even this little town.

Email Posting

OK, so I’m going to test out posting via email this time because it seems like a simple way of doing it. Windows Live Writer that I used to use doesn’t work any longer.

I also don’t know if this will post images or not, so here is an image of Drake eating chicken if it works. That would be cool.

Christmas Post Review

Christmas was good to me this year even though Kyra was with her father and hasn’t experiences all of it’s rewards. I’m one of the fortunate ones though.

Drake got lots of tractor related things, his not so silent obsession really hit home with his grandparents. Kyra’s basic theme in gifts was security this year. Yeah, she’s an 8 year old who needs the ability to keep her things away from her brother, but still accessible to her. Prior to Christmas her nicest things are hidden in the top of her closet (she can’t reach the top of her closet either), so for Christmas she got luggage locks and foot lockers and locking things.

The kids got a few clothing items, but honestly. There is an amazing thrift store system here where we live, so I haven’t bought them clothing in a real store since I can remember. I haven’t even shopped in a real clothing store since living here. Stephen bought me my last real clothing purchase for my birthday last year. We all seem to have our dressers stocked though, we’re ready to go.

It’s the other stuff that occupied our Christmas though. Now, our little house is just a tiny bit smaller.

Stephen was actually surprised when I got him the home brewing kit. He had been looking to get one a few months ago, so I wasn’t sure what he would think when he actually had what he wanted. He had marked it as something he couldn’t afford. He works much too hard for that though. He’s always the one to sacrifice financially for our family. He does it willingly, but it still shouldn’t be him going totally without his wants. I hope he enjoys the process of making beer as it seems like an interesting hobby, more of a science.

I’m convinced we are firmly within the low end of middle class America though. It’s got grip on us like you wouldn’t believe which is making moving ahead really hard. I was watching videos about the economics of America the last few days. I don’t really know why as I honestly should avoid that type of information. It could make your head explode and understandably so.

Anyways, that is what is happening here over the holidays. I hope you had a great Christmas as well.

New A/C and Dog Recovering from Surgery

Well, it’s been quite a week. We started out Labor Day visiting family, we met them about half way in Virginia. That was so fun. We had a blast.
 
Then we got home and our house was over 99 degrees, so it would not register on my thermostat. It had been blowing hot air though, so things were really hot. We found out that we had lost all our Freon in our heat pump and basically we needed a new one. Well, today is Thursday and the new A/C was just installed. I think I love it already.
 
Our dog also was scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. We’ll we were hoping that the surgery wouldn’t be his liver. It wasn’t…woo hoo. He had a 5 lb tumor on his spleen, so that is all removed. It is the best possible outcome and he’s here recovering now.
 
So our lives are back to boring and good.

Disney On Ice

I’m super excited here. I bought tickets for just Kyra and myself to attend Disney on Ice in Chattanooga in October. Yep, we are going to leave the boys home and go. I’m so excited.

The Space and Rocket Center

Well, me and the kids went down to the Space and Rocket Center this week. We have an annual pass because we went after school let out and the annual pass was cheaper than going for one day. It is strange that a lot of places are that way. The Aquarium that I really want to get to is that way too, so after I get there one time. I can go all I want for a full year.

Drake went on the potty for the first time and today is Kyra’s first day of school. Life is crazy busy as you would expect. Stephen is attempting to make a record as well. He has gotten out of work really close to on time both day so far, I know that this record probably won’t happen. It sure would be nice to see him on time all week.

I also bought tickets for the Disney On Ice for just me and Kyra in October. Oh my gosh…that will be so fun and just us two going. I am so excited. Life is good. 

Tractor Pull Fiasco

Well, this last week has sort of been a bore probably for anyone who wanted to watch my life. We are broke with our bills paid, so things are good. We don\’t really have a budget for entertaining though at the moment, so our fun times include walking around our small town.\r\n

Well there was a truck pull in our town this week. We went Friday night. I never stepped on to the property the pull was being held on because Stephen\’s work owns the property that we sat on to watch. That being said about ½ way through the show, Stephen\’s boss had us bought arm bands to be on the show property. This wasn\’t really necessary because we didn\’t step on the property at all and had permission to be where we were.\r\n

Now, let me tell you about Saturday night. The truck pull was going on for a second night, so we were going to go watch it. Ha right.. small town we live in. There was a cop posted at Stephen\’s work gate and he was a real jerk. He stopped me from going onto the property. I\’m pretty sure that what he did was illegal because it\’s private property that we had permission to be on and the property isn\’t associated at all with the truck pull. Anyways, we left… the boss was coming this night as well to pay for tickets for us, but the cop lost out on a lot of money for the tractor pull.\r\n

That was the most exciting thing about my weekend though.\r\n

These kids are pretty fun. Drake is going into quite the man. He now says \”I just want to hug you!\” whenever he\’s being bad. It makes you laugh, but he still gets in trouble.\r\n

Kyra is going to be riding in the truck with her father again next week for the whole week. I get so worried with her gone, but I know her dad does his best to make sure she is safe. He sure does love her. I am glad in a way she gets to go, but in another way I wish he would just take a week off to spend with her at home without all the driving. Oh well…this is the reality.

Life Update

I consider and reconsider what I should do with this blog site over the years. I\’ve just been letting it sit, I know dumb right. Well, I\’m going to start back up blogging again right here, so there will be a huge gap in time on my site. My life is a whirl wind of activity though. I now live in a the beautiful state of Tennessee although I\’ve had a less then welcoming experience for the most part. I find the south to be very racist and discrimination is rampant. I used to always think that making a big deal of discrimination was crazy because I had never really experienced it. I have now. I understand, it is a big deal.\r\n

My Kyra is now almost 8 years old. She turns 8 this week actually. She is on the swim team excelling at that. I\’m so proud of her and everything she has gone through. Having been in the middle of my divorce and the legal stuff that is divorce has to be the hardest thing we can put our kids through, but she is through and doing well. She loves her school down here and they are very good at teaching in a way she can understand. The school is very structured with a time and place for everything. She enjoys it. Swimming is her outlet though, she has practice 2 or 3 days a week, which is very good for her. She is learning how to do the breaststroke right now.\r\n

My Drake is now two years old. He is obsessed with tractors and learning how to talk. He will make you laugh when he says \”Oh Man\” when he is aggravated. As I type this, he is playing with a tent stick pretending it is some sort of weapon, like a bazooka or something over the shoulder. He keeps screaming \”Boom Boom\” and jumping up and down. It\’s a really beautiful day here today, so I\’m outside typing.\r\n

As for me, I am sort of between jobs. I get unemployment benefits which require I look for a job, but I won\’t be able to find a job that paid what I made before or even what I make with my unemployment checks. So, I\’m kind of resolved to letting them play out. I still have my insurance license, but I am confident that with the reaction of people down here towards me. I would be a poor insurance sales person. I have all the qualities that people seem not to like for this area… I\’m female. I have a child with a man I am not married. I do not attend church. I am divorced. I\’m from the north (a Yankee). Heck, our dog isn\’t even liked here. The UPS man threw my package down and ran because I brought him outside on a leash.\r\n

Somehow, I\’ve also come to expect service from places like banks and businesses in general. I\’ve given up on those sort of things here though after trying three banks. I\’ve changed to an online only bank as my primary account. I get better service over the phone from a random person.\r\n

There are some great things here though. I love walking here, it is so rural that walking 3 miles a day I hardly get into any traffic. Clothing is much cheaper here. There is an old joy that I still love…that is taking my kids out to lunch and watching them behave wonderfully. I\’m very fortunate. I have the best kids ever. The sky is very pretty here. The clouds seem more vibrant. I also have a wonderful home.\r\n

Stephen proposed to me 3 days before my birthday while I was cleaning up vomit. Probably not the most elegant timing ever, but yet really sweet. It was a rough week and he undid all that. I don\’t know when we will actually get married. We want a nice wedding without using any money we don\’t have, so no credit cards. Believe it or not, I\’ve never worn a gown in my life. I didn\’t go to prom and I\’ve had no occasion to wear a formal gown, so I want the nice gown.\r\n

Anyways, Stephen is doing well. I can\’t believe we have been together close to 6 years now. He got a good job here as the Quality Control Manager of a mill, so we are doing well for the most part. It is still sort of strange to me that I make less money than he does. I know that is a reversal of roles but that is the way it was for many years with him going to school full-time.\r\n

Anyways, that is our update and I\’m going to try to get back into blogging once a week.

It’s 2012, Look Back on My Website

Yeah, it’s 2012.  I haven’t posted to my website in about 3 years.  It has been a hell of a 3 years full of ups and downs.  I look at my website though that I have put so much time into and wonder if I should start updating it again because it’s great to look back on my life.  I have a great life.  There are over 1500 posts about me here.  You see that random post picker, on the side.  That is a fun thing for me because I can sometimes remember the exact day I wrote about, and when I wrote about it.

Here is an update on my life now.  I’m still dating Stephen.  It’s been almost 5 years since the day I met him.  We now also have a son Drake.  He’s 15 months.

Stephen just finished school in May so now has a bachelors degree… which hopefully means a good job soon too.

My Kyra is now already 7 years old.  She’s about to enter the 2nd grade.

My life is good.  I was an insurance agent for 5 years, I am keeping my license to be able to do insurance again in the future.  I however got a job working at home selling products online.  Ironically, that is what I did when I used to keep this website updated.  Now however, is different because I actually have an employer.  I did it for myself before.  I’m older smarter and wiser then when I did it before.

Well, let me get back to reading old posts…  I also turned comments back on and updated the look of the site today.  We’ll see what happens with updates, maybe I’ll start doing a weekly one or something.  It probably won’t be daily like it used to be, but we will see.