Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas, Dog-Sitting, and Finals

December was pretty stressful for me. I had a lot to look forward to and a little to not look forward to.

Robert and I were asked to dog-sit during the week of Christmas. We are always willing but we were so stressed with their pets, our dogs, and Christmas all going on at once. Juggling your time between friends and family visiting. It just overwhelmed me.

Christmas was sweet. Despite all our financial issues we were able to get the things we wanted for eachother. Our secret? Started our Christmas shopping in August. Set a certain amount of money a month from August to December. It is totally worth it.

My parents got me a way cool necklace tree that looks like a tree with no leaves. Robert got me a new camera, awesome dog training books and DVDs, and two way cool purses, one is Harajuku Lovers and the other is Loungefly. And my bro Ryan got me the whole set of Harajuku Lover's perfume. Robert got a new fogless shaving mirror from my parents, a whole new wardrobe from me, and the DVD's he has been wanting from me and Ryan.

Oscar and Link also got some cool toys and treats. Santa didn't forget about them.

Also Robert and I both had finals. We were both stressed out about passing them. I knew robert would do fine when I quizzed him. But I was so panicing when I was studying for mine. But I passed and Robert aced his 2 finals. So we both get to move on to the next quarter of school.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Busy

Holy cow we have not blogged in awhile. Sorry. I have beenworking on my new dog blog and now work a full time job at NuVet Labs processing orders for dog and cat supplements. I love it. I can bring the dogs to work with me on occasion and I like the people I work with. I am also doing a lot of school work and trying to get things done for the Holidays and pet sitting for friends. Things have been a mess but fun at the same time. Nothing else new to report. Sorry.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Give Mac a Chance

So Robert and I came across a sweet English Bulldog that needs surgery for his cateracs. Poor guy. We gave our donation and plan on giving more because his surgery is so expensive and his parents are young like us so they cant be expected to just have the money hanging out in their pockets to use. I know that if Oscar ever needs surgery we wouldn't be able to pay for it and would hope some kind caring people would help us out. If anyone is interested in learning more about Mac and his life, or even interested in donating towards his surgery this is his blog. http://theworldaccordingtomac.blogspot.com/

New Car and New Job

So I now have a car of my own. I'ts not amazing but i'ts great for the dogs, and that's what matters. Plus I got offered a job at Forever 21 as a sales associate. Haven't done retail before but it will pay the bills and I get a discount at a store I shop at pretty often and I don't have to promise to stay with them forever.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Dog Blog

Hey everyone,

I want you all to be the first to see the new blog I set up for animal advise, services, etc directed towards those who have pets. Please look it over and let me know if there is anything else you think I should add or I may have missed. All feedback helps! Thank you and feel free to share with others.

http://doggonepawsitive.blogspot.com/

Thank's again!
Bethany

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2nd Failed Exam

Since I started school this last summer I thought I was doing really well, but these last 2 exams I have had I failed. I cant fail another one. What is wrong with me? The last exam was 77 questions and the one before was 98 questions, so bloody long campared to the previous exams. This is making me feel so stupid, plus I hate reading and long exams mean long chapters. SO difficult. I cant concentrate with noise and I cant concentrate without noise. I am officially loosing my mind. I better pass.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sleep Deprived and Migraines

So for the last week or 2 I have been waking up so tired and disoriented. The sun shines through the window earlier since daylight savings ended and it wakes me up too early. So not fun. And the rest of the day I am like some slob walking around like a zombie with migraines.

Migraines are the absolute worst. I have been getting them since I was 11 or 12 and after my car accident they got even worse. I called a medical study institute about joining their migraine study and they said they couldnt help me because I get more than 8 migraines a month. What's a girl got to do to get her migraines taken care of. I've used the migraine meds and they didnt work. Now I'm on Naproxen which is an anti-inflamatory and is used more for arthiritis. It helps a little but I cant take it as often as I get the migraines. I dont want to use any pain meds I just want the migraines cured.

I watched an Unsolved Mysteries episode last week about a woman who got a migraine so bad she hemoraged and forgot 13 years of her life. Call me paranoid but I don't want to loose my memory more than I already have. Not to mention that chocolate and gluten set my migraines off as well. Who in their right mind doesn't need chocolate?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I am a "Mormon" and a victim of a hate crime


So this prop 8 has gotten out of control. I have not spoken about it because before I was on the fence. Protesting is a right people have, I wasn't letting it bother me, but anthrax being sent to religious temples is taking your voice too far. That is considered a hate crime. I am not ok with hate crimes towards anyone, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. I have always stood up for those being discriminated against. Well not my buttons have been pushed and I am officially offended. Those people out there who are taking "No on 8" too far I have news for them. Those people are giving the ones I love a bad rap and the Mormons who did vote yes on 8 only consist of 2% of the vote. I am seriously outraged. Those of you who know me know that I dont get angered easily and know that I understand both sides of Prop 8. Well now I am angered, I do not enjoy being threatened. What if I was at the temple today? What if someone you or I know and love were at the temple today and were infected? What if this were to happen to anyone who voted yes? Physical threats are not acceptable. I do not wish vengence by my own hand but I do wish vengence by the hand of the law. I do not know how else to describe my anger and hurt through words.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween!!!!!
































I love Halloween! Especially the dressing up part. It's the one day out of the year you can be a kid again and dress up as whom ever you want. I wish we could still trick or treat, but people would take one look at us and turn us down for sure. We need to borrow someones kid so we have an excuse to get candy.

Anyways, it was really fun. We first stopped by some guy from the singles ward house to watch a movie he had made, but we were too late, then we went to a haunted house set up on the East end of Simi. I didn't go in, my stomache and anxiety has gotten worse as I have gotten older, plus there were people dressed up as clowns and that brings back my night terrors from when I was younger. Then we went to a little party, they had a "dance off" and a cute dog. Basically the dog was all I cared about. Socializing still makes me a bit dizzy.

I was Red Ridding Hood, Robert was the Wolf Man, Melissa was a witch, Emily was a German beer maid(without the beer) Angie was a Glenda the good witch of the West, Whitney was a Hershey Kiss, and Brenna was a hotdog. Quanah was Jack Skelington and Dad and Shelly were the Tin man and the Wicked witch of the East. Also Dad and I totally decked out the house. We were the most decked out house on the block! Go us!

Trunk or Treat




Well we finally decided how to decorate our trunk for the ward trunk or treat. Dia de los Muertos!!!! In English, Day of the Dead. It's an old Aztec celebration to honor the lives of loved ones who had passed on. So we found this huge skull with cool decor all over it at Target and we used it to hold our candy, I made tissue paper flowers and papel picado(template cut out banner) and we had our calaca(skeleton) Eduardo sitting on top of the trunk. It was fun. We ran out of candy fast so I started to give away the flowers.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Future Desires

So I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, mainly because I don't have much else to do. I started thinking about what I would like to obtain in the future as a family and my own personal desires. This is for those who want to get to know me better and where Robert and I are at in our life, this will also help me try to obtain what I want in life for us.

As a family:

1. Have our own home again, we desire our independence back, and our furniture back. I cant say it enough how frustrating this is and how impatient I'm getting. I feel that I am not in control, and that is difficult for my personality.

2. Start a family whether it's in Heavenly Father's plan for us to conceive our own children or adopting children that Heavenly Father has prepared for us. We wont know until we are prepared to know his will. I don't want children right away, but there is some weird hormonal things going on inside of me telling me the clock is ticking but my logical side keeps fighting it.

3. Be able to communicate with my siblings on an adult level. I am much younger than them so they don't really like it when their little sister tells them what to do. I can't help it, they treat me like a child, so what do I do? I belittle them.

School and Life

1. I want Robert to be done with school already. I can't wait. Once he is done I want to go back full time. I have such a desire to learn more, I have grown more and have discovered my interests. I want to learn more about animals, the judicial system, politics, religion and culture. Knowledge is power my friends.

2. I want to enjoy a career where I am happy, and animals make me the happiest. They don't care what I look like or my hobbies. They especially don't judge me. So I want to give back to them. I want to create an animal rescue and sanctuary. I don't need to make tons of money, I just want to be happy in my choices. I like to help improve and make things better for others.

3. I want the best in Robert's career. I admire him for choosing something he enjoys over choosing something that will make us rich. Money does not equal happiness. I have trust that once he graduates and starts his career in Post film production, he will be happy because it's his hobby and he knows he is good at it.

Things

1. We so badly want a Honda Element, they are so ugly but very much dog friendly and we are dog people through and through. I wish this was something we could have now. Taking the dogs out and about, and toting other's dogs as well will help build my business and desire to work with dogs.

2. Vacations! We both need a vacation together that doesn't involve visiting family. We just need to get away and experience England, Mexico, Africa, Japan or back East for some history lessons.

3. Laws. I want to write up a federal child/firearm protection law and submit it to congress. I also want to help get more animal protection laws passed in California if I could. Anyone that can torture an animal can torture a child, in my opinion that leads up to serial killings.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Disneyland Halloween Time!

This last Saturday Robert and I went to Disneyland to enjoy the Halloween decorations and activities. It was nice just to go for the day and actually do things other than ride the attractions. Looking in the stores and noticing the decor. It was a good relaxing day for the both of us. I hope we can go again before it all disappears.

This goat in Big Thunder Ranch was real clingy and so cute. He loved his head being scratched.


The Haunted Mansion is decorated with Nightmare Before Christmas decorations. So fun!

Me and Robert with the Dia de los Muertos calacas decoration in Frontierland


Goofy dressed up as a skeleton and Minnie dressed up as a witch

Big Mickey Jack-O-Lantern at the beginning of Main Street USA

The entrance into Disneyland all decorated for Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Therapy

After my nieces death I haven't been myself. I don't sleep well, I have withdrawn from social gatherings, I distance myself from others, I dont feel anything when someone hugs or touches me. I especially don't talk about my feelings to anyone for fear of breaking down to tears. I can't talk about her death without crying. I suppose I am grieving in my own way, the only way I know how, by putting up walls to avoid pain.

My heart is still broken. I officially know what that feels like. It is the worst pain I have ever felt. I would rather feel a thousand kidney stones than feel a broken heart. I am comforted by the gospel knowing I will see her again, but I am still human and I still feel humanly feelings like sorrow. Why doesn't anyone understand that I need to grieve in my own way? I cant just brush this under the rug. I was really close to my niece, it's like loosing a little sister.

I am so consumed by my pain that I have a hard time focusing on life and I am having some short term memory loss. I cant remeber what I did half an hour ago.

Last night I sought some therapy from our local stake councelor, Bud. He listened, I cried. I listened, he shared some thoughts. He told me I need to work on bringing my walls down and let myself feel joy as well as sorrow. I need to decrease my distance from those around me. And I need to trust that my husband will listen if I just open up and share how I feel. This will be difficult for me since I dont know how to be open about something that hurts me. My tear ducts are a walking time-bomb. I dont want people to see me cry. I fear if I cry, then I am weak, people will see my vulnerability and take advantage of that and then I will hurt again. I am paranoid with obsessive compulsive disorder and heightened anxiety due to circumstance.

I am an Aunt who lost a Niece to suicide. It hurts not just to say it, but to type it as well.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Trunk or Treat

Help!!!! I really need some "Trunk or Treat" ideas. I have no idea how to decorate our trunk. Is it supposed to be decorated to fit our costumes? If so, Robert is the Wolfman and I am Red Riding Hood. So please someone help me and give me some ideas. I am in desperate need!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wag n' Walk Outcome
















Robert, Quanah(my nephew), Oscar, Link, and I woke up at 7AM for our eventful day. We all got to the Rancho Simi Park for the 3rd annual Wag n' Walk at 8AM. I signed Link and myself in for our 3 mile walk then went and got the continental breakfast for the rest of our party. Brenna came around 8:30 AM and kept us company and took pictures of cute dogs. There was SO many dogs there with their owners all ready to walk for a special cause. I know it doesn't beat cancer walks, but it was important to the dog lovers in our community.

At 9AM everybody took off on to the 3 mile walk. We were up at the front area for awhile but then Robert had to take Oscar home because he was getting overwhelmed. So we waited some time for Robert to get back and meet up with us. Our friend Omar showed up too with his Min Pin, Suki. Once we were all together we began our Walk again. I was so proud of Link. He would get tired at times, and then get a little burst of energy and want to get ahead of other dogs. He did so well. We didn't finish last, but it wasn't a race, Link just likes to think of things as a race so he gets antsy. But he did so well, he is a great walking partner.

After we had finished the walk, we watched a search and rescue demonstration, then stayed around to see if we won any raffles. It was a fun day that started really early for Link.

Thank you so much to everyone that sponsored me and Link. We were $50 bones away from our goal, but that doesn't matter. I got closer to it than I thought I would so thank you to those who helped us and helped the animals that need the medical attention and happy loving homes that they deserve.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sponsor me & Link in the Wag N' Walk 2008, to benefit homeless and abused animals



Dear Friends and Family,

On September 27th, I will be participating in the Wag N' Walk, a first of its kind event ever to come to Simi Valley! Similar in nature to other charity walks, but with a fun canine twist - the Wag N' Walk invites animal lovers and their beloved canine companions on a walk to help raise much needed funds to benefit Animal Rescue Volunteers (ARV) and their vital life-saving animal rescue programs. This is an organization that I support, and I would like to ask you to support my efforts by making a donation to ARV. My fundraising goal is $300 - I hope you will help me reach my goal. You can easily sponsor me by making a secure credit card donation at www.arvsimi.org or sending a check to ARV's address listed below. Please be sure to indicate you are making a donation in my name. Your donation is tax deductible and you will be sent a tax deductible donation thank you letter.

Anyone who has felt the tenderness of a gentle paw on their knee or the tickle of whiskers on their cheek knows why pets are special creatures. They are comfort, companionship, and camaraderie. Our pets live in the moment, and they put us in the moment, taking us away from our hectic lives, easing stress, and showering us with love and joy. This is why ARV works to save the lives of these wonderful creatures.

What Animal Rescue Volunteers Does and Has Accomplished

Animal Rescue Volunteers is a non-profit organization that has played a vital role in our community by assisting Animal Control Agencies to save thousands of unwanted pets before they were destroyed. They have been instrumental in the adoption and referral adoptions of over 4,900 animals from 1994 thru today. This organization helps to feed, house, provide medical attention and care for dogs, cat and horses that they have rescued from the animal shelter, a fire, earthquake or flood and then place them in forever loving homes.

ARV is an all volunteer organization, relying only on foster homes and private donations to continue their work. They do not maintain a costly facility or paid staff so all monies raised from the Wag N' Walk directly benefit homeless animals in our community!

Thank you so much for helping me make a difference in the lives of so many homeless pets in Simi Valley and the surrounding communities! I appreciate your sponsorship and also invite you to join me on September 27th to Wag N' Walk!

For more information, please call me or log onto


For the animals,

ARV1464 Madera Rd. #N350

Simi Valley CA 93065

Friday, September 19, 2008

Laid Off

I was laid off yesterday. I have no job. They terminated me because of all the days I missed due to River's death and memorial service. It really hurts us to not have a second income at the moment, but I also get this time to myself to grieve poperly. I will be putting in more volunteer hours at the animal rescue and continue to search for a job. I am also having business cards made so people can use me as a pet sitter or have dog training consultations. Since I am not certified yet, I can only consult. I'll be able to focus more on school and finish faster as well.

Not only was I depressed in the first place, this just made it worse. But I need to try to find a positive out of this. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

River's Memorial

Robert and I went to Seattle last Friday, and we recently came back the following Monday. On Friday we flew to Portland, picked up my Grandma then rented a car and drove to Seattle. Later that night my brothers Ryan and Dave flew in and stayed at the same hotel as we did. The next day (Saturday) was River's memorial. Her friends were arriving, some people from the LDS Sultan Ward were helping my mother and I set up River's artwork, pictures, the guestbook, and a few of River's personal items. Many people sent flowers and cards. Her memorial was held at the Sultan Ward meetinghouse. The bishop was conducting it. Many family members were there, but not all of her family which was sad to me. Ryan gave the Opening prayer. Richard(River's father and my other brother) spoke about River's personality, and shared some of his personal feelings. Then I spoke on what River valued in life, which was love and family. I also shared some of my personal thoughts and memories of River. A nice man from the ward sang a beautiful song, Richard's home teacher shared some words, and then the bishop closed the service with some doctrine, which was meaningful. Then we sang Nearer my God to Thee, this made me breakdown. I cried so hard, more than I have in awhile. I was hurting, I was sad, I missed my bubbly outgoing River. I realized that the next time I was going to Seattle to visit with family, she would not be there. That hurt. She was always there, and always spending time with me. That wasn't going to happen anymore. A part of my happiness was taken away. Dad gave the closing prayer that brought a lot of people to tears. Robert had to hold me. I don't know what I would have done if he weren't there. After the service, many of River's friends greeted me and hugged me. They were so young, I felt their pain. I wanted to give them peace, and yet they wanted to give me peace as well.

The night before her memorial I had a dream. I don't usually dream because I take meds for insomnia. But I had a dream that I was speaking to another niece of mine about River, and how much we missed her and sharing our memories of her. Just as my other niece left the room River came to me and hugged me so tight it felt real. She told me she loved me and then left. This was the comfort I had been praying for. Heavenly Father answered me in a way that I would understand. I still hurt and I still cry, but I know that River loves me, and I need that assurance.

I hope no one has to go through this type of ordeal. Just imagine that it was your child who took their own life because they were not happy with you as a parent. That would break anybodies heart. It broke mine, to see my brother and sister-in-law go through this. They hurt.

Remember, the choices you make affect the life you give to your children. I feel like all my nieces and nephews on my side are suffering because of their parents wrong choices. As a parent you have a responsibility to raise your child correctly. Heavenly Father has entrusted you with his children, and it is your duty to bring them up the way Heavenly Father has commanded of us.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

My Darling River


This morning my neice River, passed away at 8:02 AM. I am heartbroken. The entire family is heartbroken. I know she did not want to suffer anymore. I know she wanted to get out. Her decision was the only way she knew to escape her home life. In my heart I know she is happy now. She deserves to be happy. I hope to have her temple work done as soon as allowed. I miss and love River with all my heart, and I hope she knows that I wanted to help her.


She was tired of hurting...

Monday, September 1, 2008

River's update

Ok so I just got back from Seattle. River is being kept at Harborview hospital. I went to see her in her room. Her head was shaved and her body just layed there as just a body, nothing else. Her head was swollen with stitches all around from the wounds and the surgeries. I tried talking to her but is was just too hard. I was in disbelief of that body actually being her's. They have tubes in her head to drain the blood. I couldn't handle it. I couldn't handle looking at her. Is that horrible of me? I don't want to remember her that way. There isn't very much left of her brain, just the brain stems. That's basically what keeps her organs functioning.

Yesterday we decided as a family to take her off life support. As we watched the doctors remove her breathing tubes we waited in agony expecting her to pass. But she kept breathing on her own. We don't know how much longer she will be able to do it by herself, but I think we would all like to see her pass soon in hopes to trying to heal.

My heart just hurts. I am emotionally, physically, and mentally drained and exhausted. I just want to fall asleep and when I decide to wake up the past week would hopefully just be a nightmare and not reality.

Sometimes I break down and sometimes I go numb because I dont want to feel it anymore. I dont want the rest of my family to feel the pain anymore.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Inbetween Life and Death

This week a niece of mine tried to take her own life. Thankfully without success. She has been in the hospital in critical condition. The doctors are still not sure if she will pull threw, and if she does there is the high possibility of brain damage.

This has been very hard on our family, and I am not handling it very well. She is only 15. Suffering from depression and negative attention if any attention at all from her parents. We all are going through the feelings of what could we have done to prevent this. Well what it comes down to is maybe we couldn't have.

I don't know what the outcome will be. I pray to Heavenly Father that his will be done. I want what's best for my niece. I pray our family will be strong and get through this together. If she doesn't make it at all, I am thank that Heavenly Father is giving us the time that we have right now to be able to come to terms with her situation rather than taking her right away leaving the rest of us hysterical.

I didn't sleep at all last night. I didn't go to work today. I stayed in my room and in my pajamas until 2. I have been lifeless and depressed. I love my neice as if she were my own sibling. We were close until her parents took away her only way to connect with the rest of the family.

Please keep my family in your prayers. And to the parent's out there, please pay attention when your child is crying out for your love, attention, and hope, so they don't result to this.

I'll will keep everyone posted.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Roommate Reunion

Another Saturday came and I was excited to take Robert down to where I used to live one of the best years of my life. Earlier that week I got a text from Pam, one of my previous roomates from the OC. She informed me that Bayba (Emily, another one of the roomies) was in town from Utah with her husband and their daughter. They wanted to get together and have a roommate reunion. I was so stoked on the joy that this text from Pam brought to me. I told Robert our Satuday eveing plans to go to Buena Park to hang with my roomies, and that before we were to meet them I was going to take him on a fun filled excursion to Seal Beach, and Long Beach. We first ate at the amazing Taco Surf, then walked to the Seal Beach pier, walked up and down Main Street, saw some senior citizens playing in a brass band, Then proceeded up to Long Beach to take up some time before the reunion. We decided to check out the Queen Mary, but only walked on the outside of it cause you have to pay to go in and we didn't have a ton of time or money to take the tours. After getting lost on the 710 we made it to Buena Park. I was so happy to see my girls. We caught up on life and our joys and struggles of it. These girls were my foundation for becoming active again, and finding my voice and confidence. Everyday I am thankful for the positive influences they had brought into my life. I love my roomies with all my heart. Being with them that night didn't even feel like we had been separated from eachother all that long. We kinda picked up where we left off. Thats the true meaning of awesome friends.

All (well almost all) the roomies together with their families


The Queen Mary in Long Beach. Yeah, It's haunted

Robert and Me at Seal Beach Pier
We had lunch at Taco Surf in Seal Beach. One of my fave places to eat

Monday, August 18, 2008

Our Saturday at Ventura








Robert and I went up to Ventura last Saturday so he could do a project for his photography class. We first went downtown on Main and California St. We went to City Hall of Ventura and Robert took some pics. In front of City Hall there is a statue of Father Juniper. He is important to Ventura(Buenaventura as we used to be called, in regards of "good fortune of land") Because he found 8 local California Missions. Southern California is loaded with Missions and I hope to take Robert to see every single one.

After pictures at City Hall, we walked down Main St and went into many antique stores, Robert took some great pictures of interesting antiques. Then I took him to Ventura Theatre, which is on Chestnut and Main. It's a really old building that used to hold plays, then movies, now it holds concerts(band shows). Across the street we saw a man walking his cute Bassett Hound so Rob asked if he could take their picture for school. The owner was way cool about it and him and his dog sat for Robert. The pic turned out great.

After Robert got enough pictures we headed down to Ventura Beach on C street. We walked along the boardwalk and then up to the pier. And that's where we ended our adventure in Ventura. Hopefully next Saturday I can take Robert to see other sites he hasn't been to.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ode to Ro-ber-to

Lately I have noticed I am the only one in our little family that is blogging. I asked Robert why he hasn't made a post about anything. He said something along the lines of his life isn't exciting at the moment. Well, I disagree with him so I'll blog about Robert.

  • Robert made a few new friends(they were my friends first, but I decided to share because he needs them more than I do)
  • He went and saw the Beach Boys with them, and has made future plans to see more concerts with them.
  • Robert has done a lot of work with my dad so we are able to pay our bills.
  • He survived a conversation with a crips gang member.
  • He started school and has done really well so far in his studies. Robert has more talent than he thinks he does.
  • Robert has been supportive in my schooling and my volunteer work, he has also volunteered at the animal rescue a few times with me.
  • He has been subbing in Elders Quorm and most likely will get the calling.
  • He has been to DisneyLand more times this summer than he ever has in his life.
  • Robert also continues to take really good care of me no matter the situation we are in.
  • He became a recent Dodgers fan despite the gang colors
  • He has also accomplished the greatest test of all - my girlfreinds accept and love him.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dodgers Game











So I love the Dodgers. I'm a support your local team type person, or the team from your original home base.

Well, anyways, Robert and I went to the Dogers vs Diamondbacks game. Dad and Shelly went with us and David and his family were suppossed to go but skipped out and gave their tickets to some people that happen to be our 60th cousins and Diamondback fans. Oh man I was pissed. Not only did the Dodgers loose that night, but I had to listen to some annoying 11 year sitting behind me cheering for the Diamondbacks. First of all, I don't care if your my first cousin or my 60th cousin - I'm still going to find you annoying if you do this to me. If he wasn't a kid I would have stood up, turned around and told him to shut up and go sit in the DiamondBack seats, since there was plenty of open ones. But he was a kid and I had to take it. I don't want a kid like him. Children like him are meant to be seen not heard. I'll listen to pleasant respectful children. And not to mention I hate the DiamondBacks with a passion. They are the only team I truly hate. So hence the reason I was ticked off by this.

So that's our story and my brother, David is going to get an earful from me.

Pet Sitting - My New Side Job?







So the day after I found Duncan, his owner called me and asked if I would like to pet sit for them while they would be gone for 2 days. I tought why not, I like dogs and we need the extra dough. I told I would be happy to. Robert and I met with them that evening. They gave me the run down about Duncan's vet visit and his 4 wrapped paws and I met their other dog, Jessie.

The day they left I came over after work to be with the dogs. I walked in the door to only find Jessie in the back yard. Where the crap was Duncan. No this can't be happening to me! I run out front and there he is in the front yard shaking to death and peeing himself. He runs under the R.V. and stays there shaking and messing himself. I have no idea whats wrong, I try to call him out but he wont budge. I called Robert and made him come help me. I was able to grab his tail and Robert grabbed his collar, and we had to just pull. We got him in the house, cleaned him up and gave him his meds.

That night I slept with both dogs, and woke up the next morning with flea bites everywhere. I went to work and when I came home I brought them to my house and I gave them a flea bath. Robert had flea bites only on his legs. Lucky...my whole back was covered in red bites. After the bath I took them back to their home and I washed everything. I was there until 9pm washing the blankets, towels, and dog beds.
Despite the fleas and Duncan messing himself I had a good time with them.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My New Friend Duncan...Another Lost Dog


Robert and I were about to walk out the door when we heard Oscar and Link barking like crazy. We both looked straight ahead to see bloody paw prints along the sidewalk. We run towards the sidewalk and look up the street. A big white dog was running up our street. We whistled and tried calling him. All he did was run faster. So what do I do? Instincts tell me to run after him. Of course I had been battling some illness this week and happened to give it to Robert. But obviously I didn't let that stop me. I chased him into a col-de-sac and Robert pulled up with the car. I jumped in, and the dog now took off down the street. Robert got out of the car to chase him and I drove this time. I followed him in the car down Sinaloa, which is the main street off of our street. He decided to run down the middle of the street. All these cars started honking, I yelled at them that honking doesn't do anything, get out and help me losers. No one did. I am disappointed in the human race and it's stupidity. Well the dog started to slow down, he was getting tired and probably in pain. So I pulled over and ditched the car. I continued to run after him. When I saw two girls walking I yelled "Stop That Dog!" so they ran into the street and cornered him and gave him to me. If it weren't for those girls I may have chased the dog all the way down to Royal, which is a busier street. I thanked them and grabbed his collar to check out his tag. Duncan. He looked to be a Border Collie/Pit Bull mix. He was sweet, tired and bleeding. He couldn't walk anymore. He was hurting. I couldn't lift him. He was big. I dragged him until Robert ran up to where I left the car and got in and pulled it up to us. We got Duncan in the car and brought him back to our house. We gave him water and I called his owner. "Hi, is this Duncan's owner" "Yes" "I found your dog" "Where did you find him" "On my street, we chased him until we caught him, all four paws are bleeding" "Where do you live?" "Up First Street, before you hit Long Canyon" "Wow, how did Duncan make it all the way up there? We live at the bottom of First and Arcane. Give me your address, we will be there in ten minutes" I gave him our address, and we waited while giving Duncan a ton of water. He was thirsty and hurting. Robert had to carry him, he refused to walk. If you could have seen his paws, you would have wondered why the dog kept running in the first place. The pads of his paws were peeling off, and very bloody. His owner, Dave, came right away and was very thankful. He got my info and will call me for dog training services. Works out for and him. His dog needs training and I need the practice. Above is the pic of the bloody paw prints Duncan left on our sidewalk.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Months Worth of Updates


So, I know it's been a month since I last posted a blog. I'm horrible. Life has been busy. So let's start from the beginning. Robert got a job at Mobile Sence Tech in Westlake, he started school, I have been spending a lot of time at the rescue I volunteer at, I start school in 2 weeks (I'm really excited for this). All of our married friends are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I'm excited for them, being able to move forward with their lives and wanting to become parents, but none of them are going to convince me that it's a good idea for us to have kids. No way. I'll wait until Melissa D. and Emily V. get married and have kids. Right now we are in the clear. What I don't understand is why do people disappear off the face of the Earth once they find out they are prego? Maybe some of you who just had kids can answer this for me.

Anyways back to our life. We have been going to DisneyLand a ton, and my nephew, Blayke came to visit for 2 weeks and we had tons of fun with him. We took him to the DL. Blayke is one of my fave nephews so of course when he comes to visit, naturally we are going to spoil him. The thing is, Blayke is 16. I am much closer to my older nieces and nephews than I am with my younger ones. I grew up with them, they are alomost like siblings. And once they reach a certain age they are a lot of fun to be around. I'm not ready to be an adult figure to most kids, I'm still immature myself. Robert and I still like to have fun and be nerdy and all over the place. You don't want to trust your young children with us, the truth is we don't know what to do with them. The fatherly and motherly instincts skipped us, we just aren't that way. But having Blayke around was fun, he is a great kid and I am proud of the choices he has made in life. When I download pics, I'll post another blog.

Monday, June 23, 2008

My new friend Ford

On my way home from work today I saw a dog running along side the fastlane of the freeway. I immediatly pulled over and stopped the car. By instinct I got out and called the dog towards me, he came willingly and jumped in the backseat. I drove to the nearest exit to examine him. No broken bones, no scars, blood. He had tags and looked like he was well taken care of. I called the number provided and left a message. His name is Ford, he is an older Pitbull Terrier. Very sweet and thankful for being found. I took him home with me and waited for his owner to call me back. Long story short, I got a call from his owner saying he was on business in New Mexico and would have his girlfriend give me a call. Both were very thankful that I took him in, since most of the people on the freeway passed him up. I could not continue to drive knowing that dog could get hit and die. I am thankful I found him. I feel like Heavenly Father trusts me to do the right thing and thats why I experience the things I do. I was not afraid of Ford, I felt he was waiting for the right person to rescue him off that noisey freeway. He had escaped from the place he was staying at. He is a good dog and am thankful I got to know him. I am thankful he has loving and concerned owners and would do anything to get him back. Random acts of kindness are rewarding in itself.

Happy Birthday

This last week Robert and I celebrated our 25th birthdays. It was a lot of fun going to Disneyland since we have premium annual passes, we can go whenever we want(thanks to Dad and Shelly). We spent the day at the beach on my birthday and both got burned on our shoulders. We also had a get together with our amazing friends at CPK. It was awesome since I got to see a few people I love that I haven't seen in a long time.

We got some pretty sweet gifts as well.

Thank you to everyone!

XOXOXO

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

DisneyLand
















We went to DisneyLand yesterday. I brought my back brace and we rented a wheel chair. If you don't know already, I compacted my vertebrae back in 04 so it's hard for me to stand and walk for long periods of time. The good news out of this is less wait time for the rides. Anyways we had a splendid time enjoying the happiest place on earth. We rode most of the rides twice since we didnt have to waste anytime in lines. Robert ate a huge turkey leg, we tried pulling the sword from the stone, ran away from a boulder, kissed a toad, and also had some fun at California Adventure riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror (my fave ride).

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Changed my mind

Well if you all haven't heard, I had decided to decline the job offer with Banfield Pet Hospital and went forward to take the offer with Ventura County Credit Union. They pay more and it's part time. I went with VCCU for the following reasons: more focus on school, and my experience is already in this area. I have more reasons but I don't think others would fully understand what I'm talking about. So yes I am back into banking even though I tried to get out. But anyways i have a job and thats what matters for the moment.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I am officially employed

So after a month of being unemployed and continually applying with many different companies I have finally been hired on. Banfield Pet Hospital in Petsmart has decided to take a chance on me. I will be the Front desk cordinator. Even though it does not pay as much as we need at this point it's still some money coming in. Also I have to take into consideration that I have made a career change so starting at the bottom is almost necessary. I am now able to apply for a school loan and start my studies. I am also so excited that I will be helping other peoples pet's and that I get a discount for my own pet's with the hospital and Petsmart. Benefits for Robert and me are also a plus since I really don't feel like going to Planned Parent Hood to get cheap birth control....

Monday, May 5, 2008

2 Year Anniversary Cinco de Mayo





























For our 2nd anniversary we decided to go to the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo and watch a presentation of the various creatures they preserve there. We also got to walk around and look at them in their cages as well. My favorite were the primates. It was fun and well enjoyed.
We then went to Olvera Street, one of the original streets in downtown Los Angeles preserved as it was when California was still part of Mexico, to celebrate with the Mexicans. Robert bought a sweet wrestling mask and a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) t-shirt, I bought an awesome mexican dress, but I bought it small so I could wear it as a shirt-dress. So it's basically a child's size dress. I also bought a Jesus bracelet. We took some fun pictures on a fake donkey and ate delicious food. We had a great time and found things we plan to buy next time when we have more money and a place to live to keep it in.

All in all we definitely enjoyed our 2nd anniversary much more since it didn't snow like we had on our 1st anniversary.