Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I also have to find Weez another cagemate, because the whole reason we took Bandit was because Weezy got lonely after ferret-sitting for my friend's ferret when she went to Greece over the summer. He stopped eating and seemed very depressed. So I searched the state til I found Bandit for a good price, drove 3-4 hours to pick him up, and apparently the woman was lying to me to get rid of her "problem". She now won't answer her phone or emails. I normally wouldn't be so upset, but I'm being told this problem is ADVANCED and that there is no way the previous owner didn't notice he was sick. He has NO fur on his head, neck and upper body... he wakes up at all hours of the night itching so bad that it shakes the entire cage, and he seems like he's having trouble eating. It just kills me to watch it happen, so putting him to sleep is the best option. I could get him surgery but the chances of him dying anyways are too high for me to spend that kind of money and then see him die anyways. Ughhhh.
So there's my life the past 2 days, that's all I've been thinking & worrying about. I'm off work from 5:00 today til Monday morning, so that's a plus. I go back to school next Tuesday and after that starts my plate is going to be even fuller. So I'm crossing my fingers that I find a ferret this weekend for a decent price and close enough to go pick up. I'm spending my New Year's between 2 parties (I'll be sober..) and being the DD for my grandma and her friends (funny!). They're even paying me, so that's cool.
Hope you all have a good New Year's. =]
Posted by ~Haley~ at 1:03 PM
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tom-Tom GPS (I can download voices, I'm going to get Snoop Dogg!)
- Weeds Seasons 1-5 (for the whole family)
- LOTS of clothes
- $150 in cash, $150 in Borders gift cards (yay!), $25 to our local mall
- 3 books, the ones mentioned above, and Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
- A smoking device, and something to smoke out of it.
- Nightmare before Christmas stuff (one of my favorite movies)
- Jewelry making supplies
- Smell-good stuff (perfumes, incense, candles)
- A scratch off lottery ticket which led to me winning $100, which was enough to pay my car payment that NEEDED to be paid. =]
Overall I had a pretty good holiday. One present made me cry. It just showed up for the whole family labeled with each of our names, from heaven... weird, yes?! It was a Christmas ornament for each of us, a clear ball with a feather inside, attached was a little poem about angel's feathers, from my step-dad. Wow, 2 Christmas's later and it still feels like yesterday he was gone. I miss him. =[
The rest of the weekend was spent shopping (I got 3 shirts for summertime, 3 books, and some household supplies), reading, watching movies, and being lazy. I currently have pleurisy (lung issues) which I get every year.. and am in quite a bit of pain from it. It hurts when I cough (which I am a lot), breathe, or move in certain ways. The worst part of it is that all they can do is give you pain medication and hope it clears up, since you never rest your lungs, it's kind of a hard one to heal. I refuse to go back to the doctor for it because they give me Percocet, which I can't handle, wayyyy too much drug for me, and it knocks me out. So at this point I'm kind of just taking the pain like a man.. aka whining a lot and resting. I work 9 hours today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, and then I get another long weekend.
The boy and I aren't doing anything for New Year's Eve, since he has to work at 6am on the first. I am going to be the designated driver for a few people (getting paid!) and we might go to a party or two for an appearance. Nothing fun is really going on, other than an Ekoostik Hookah show in Columbus, but that's a 3 hour drive, too much money, and I wouldn't want to drive there and back within 12 hours just to get him to work. lol.
Ahhh, I guess now I'll catch up on blog-reading and do some work.
Love, love, love. =]
Posted by ~Haley~ at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So far my Christmas loot is: $25 to Borders (yay!), $20 cash (in my gas tank!), a sparkly clutch/wallet I had technically gotten for my brother's now-ex, pajamas and lotion from Josh's mom. I am very satisfied. =]
My favorite part of Christmas is watching people open the stuff I bought for them. I am especially excited this year. My brother, sister and I got my mom a family ring & necklace set, with all of our birthstones in it, among other boring things. My mom and I got my boyfriend an awesome djembe, because the one he has is horribly out of tune & needs a new head. I also got him a lot of stuff I know he'll like and I'm just excited! I got my little sisters all a bunch of random stuff, my brother some movies. For my step-mom, my sisters and I threw in and got her an MP3 player for her new car. For my dad, a chainsaw (he is a worker, that's all he does, all he likes to do, his ONE day off a week, he finds work to do around the house or property) and a deck of cards with 48 drinking games. I also got random things for gift exchanges, a present for my cousin's son (first Christmas), and a necklace for my Nana with all the grandkid's birthstones on it. I just can't wait for tomorrow and Friday, to watch everyone open their stuff and love it. I even got the dog's both stockings from the Humane Society, and my dad's dogs 2 rawhide bones. I honestly could care less what I get, because when I need/want something, I go out and get it. Most of my lists for people were books, movies, comfy warm pajamas (never have enough!) and a Shop-Vac which I know I'm getting. =]
Posted by ~Haley~ at 10:15 AM
Friday, December 18, 2009
Posted by ~Haley~ at 12:54 PM
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday night, my friend's baby was sick, so she cancelled our plans. Totally understandable. Instead, I sat at home and started watching a TV movie: Shattered, about a family whose kid gets kidnapped, yada yada yada, come to find out it's all because the husband was having an affair and the woman's husband was behind it. Lame. I fell asleep between 8 and 9, woke up at 2am, WIDE AWAKE! My boyfriend and brother were up playing Call of Duty (surprise!) so I hung out with them for a bit (read: watched them play games and listened to fake gunfire) before heading up to my cozy bed and TV to watch One Tree Hill and pass out around 4:30am.
Woke up early on Saturday, made a nice big breakfast for my mom, sister, boy and I. =] It was delicious. Everyone else fell asleep after that, and left me to my own bored day. I read an entire book. (Dear John, Nicholas Sparks). I had left Fight Club in my car and didn't want to go out to get it. (It was cold!) It always blows my mind how Nicholas Sparks writes theeee most amazing romance stories. They're always a bit sad, too, but they're so romantic! I cannot wait for that movie to come out next year. I was alone until around 8pm because my mom went shopping, the boy slept, and sister went to hang out with some loser. (She has horrible taste in guys!) When he finally awoke, we had plans to go over to my best friend's and indulge in some fun. Unfortunately, it didn't go as planned, and we ended up back at home around midnight. Oh well. I hit the hay as soon as we got home.
Yesterday was a little more fun. I ALMOST finished up my Christmas shopping. I have 4 small gifts left, and the gift for my dad & stepmom, which I am waiting on my sister's contributions for. We spent about 4 hours shopping, which shocked me, as he usually doesn't last that long without complaining. lol. Then he tells me he has yet to shop for ONE thing for me! How rude! lol. Then I remembered that he has done the same thing for the past 3 Christmas's and they've always turned out wonderfully. =] We came home, had dinner with my Papa, which was nice, and spent the rest of the night doing laundry and hanging out around the house.
I officially have 4 days (not counting today) to get ready for Christmas. My holiday officially starts on Saturday, which includes my papa's side's get together at noon and then the boy's mom's at 6:30. Hers is always a bit uncomfortable as we didn't get off to the right start due to age differences when we started dating. Onto Sunday, which I have my former step-family's get together. I know that sounds weird, but I was a high school baby who didn't meet my bio-father til I was almost 18. My mom's first marriage was my family from before 1 year and when they divorced, they stayed my family. Her second marriage was my stepdad, who passed away last year, and was from age 6 til now. So I am lucky to have LOTS of families. lol. Then I get a break for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday morning (Christmas Eve), I head to my step-mom's family get together for breakfast and opening gifts. Which is always fun and crazy because about 25-30 people squeeze into a tiny house and there are 10 grandkids younger than me. When presents are opened, the house turns into a flurry of wrapping paper and presents, there is NO ORDER to it, which drives me nuts, but it's fun in it's own right. Then that evening, over to my Nana's for our family thing. This is probably one of my favorites. Usually end up staying there, drinking, playing cards, talking til 10 or so. Head to bed, and wake up early to keep on going with the fun.... I head out to my dad's first to open presents with him, my step-mom, sisters and stepgrandparents. Then I pick up my sister from her dad's which is down the road, and we head home to open our presents. I think my mom said something about cooking breakfast too. Then that evening I have "friend's Christmas" at my house, with my BF and her daughter, maybe a few other people, but us for sure. Then the day AFTER Christmas, I have the last one, which is my step-dad's family. And by that time, it'll have been an entire week of Christmas gatherings, and I'll be ready for a break.
This Christmas should be better than last year, I hope. Last year was hard. For every year as long as I can remember, my stepdad was there with us on that morning, making us laugh like he always did. And then last year he was just gone. I remember the first Christmas he was with us, he got my sister and I a dog, even though it wasn't allowed at where we lived. We had him for a few weeks and then had to give him away, but I remember being sooo excited! Last year we opened presents, we hung out a little bit, and then my mom went into her room and cried. That's what makes it so hard, is knowing nothing can make my mom feel better. So that's why we're trying out the new traditions this year, because the grief counselors in our life tell us that should help. So for Thanksgiving we had a dinner alone at our house, rather than spending it with his family, and it helped. So maybe Christmas breakfast will help too. And we have my brother with us, who is a spitting image of his dad, says the same crazy stuff, has the same mannerisms and it blows my mind. He wasn't raised by his dad, but he somehow got all of the best characteristics from him. The feelings this year aren't going to change, though. I'm still going to wish he was here. I'm still going to remember his last Christmas, the one where I gave him the shirt he is now buried in. That morning we opened our presents, he loved that shirt, I have photographic evidence of that, thankfully. That picture captured his personality wonderfully, and I absolutely love it.
I've got to be done writing, more working to do for the last half hour, then home for my boy's birthday dinner. Luckily I have a wonderful sister who is making his favorite dessert in time for us to eat.
Book 3: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk; still reading, but almost done now. There are a few parts that differ from the movie, so now I'm getting more into it. It's hard to get into when you have a picture of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in your head.
Book 4: Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; Great book! My sister just read it because the main character's name is Savannah and she had a boyfriend who was in Iraq for 7 months. He, like most of her other choices was and is an ass, but she said it was so sad. I didn't get that. I liked the book, the entire thing, and I loved the ending. The movie will be out in a month or two, and I'll go see it, hopefully it stays true to the book like The Notebook did.
Posted by ~Haley~ at 12:13 PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Posted by ~Haley~ at 8:06 AM