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Monday, June 28th, 2010
1:33 am
12:51 am
Anyone still out there?
Hi everyone!

I've had a really great weekend and learned a lot about myself, my family and friends. Anyone still reading this that might be interested in answering a few questions which might help give me more insight into things and help me keep processing? I know I said I'd write about my aunt and I've kinda put that on hold but I do promise to do this....will be typing a few things shortly.
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
4:26 pm
I Just Don't Understand!
I am aware that people aren't perfect...I've never claimed to be either, but can someone explain to me why people everywhere 'worship' Kate Gosselin?

Does a good mother

-berate her 4 or 5 year old son for getting chewing gum on his toy bear and say that the bear is going in the trash? (Take a few minutes and some PB, Ice or Goo Gone to remove the small spot of gum. If that fails, take a scissors to the bear. A 'boo boo' and a few inches of missing fabric have to be better than losing your favorite toy.)

-drink water in front of her 7 year old and other 7 children when they're waiting to go on a TV show after the 7 year old has said she's thirsty? Either give her a drink, give them all drinks or no one gets any until you're done. Set a good example.

-sure you're tired and it's not easy 'raising' 8 kids, but that doesn't mean you should go all Linda Blair on them when you find a missing knob from their dresser. Throwing their toy grill down the steps just makes you look like a 3 year old having a temper tantrum. Bonus points for doing it while the cameras are watching

-deprive her sons of cupcakes for their 'birthday' for not eating all their dinner while your 'favorite' daughter gets hers even though she didn't finish either? Bonus points because all 5 of your daughters eat their dessert in front of your sons.

-scream and have fits/tantrums about every little thing regularly in front of your children and berate their father in front of them and to them. All that does is make your kids scared of you or have a hard time trusting you. I'm sure you don't care, but it's destroying your relationship.

-scream 'she's ruined' because one of your daughters got some ice cream on her shirt at Disney World.....let kids be kids. Put bibs or napkins on them or even better....kids are messy, they are kids. Have an extra outfit or two on them...or get the photo ops out of the way before giving them messy food. It's not exactly rocket science.

If I'd watched the episodes recently, I'm sure I could think of more examples but I don't care enough to bother. There is more than enough evidence that Kate is not the perfect woman and she's no one anyone with half a brain should be looking up to.

I'm aware that Jon isn't perfect, but at least he rarely emotionally abuses his children on camera. If this is what behavior we've seen from her, anyone wanna venture a guess as to what she's like when the cameras are gone?
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
12:54 am
Beginning to Process?
Long time no write, huh?

Well 2010 was off to a pretty good start. Bought the house, closed on 7/2 I think it was, or right around there. Love it so far but still have a lot of things to do. More about that later, but I'm going to be using this space to process and remember things for a while. Really going to try to write regularly and I hope it doesn't bore too many of you.

My mom's younger sister had been having stomach pains for a while and it got so bad about 10 days ago that she drove herself to the ER. She has either ovarian or colon cancer. They should get the report back in the next few days. No idea what's going to happen next and I'm alternatly shocked/stunned and numb. Need to get ready to sleep now but hopefully will be able to start writing memories down tomorrow. I also really need to continue making financial and weight loss progress because I want to become a foster parent seriously this year. My cousin and his wife had baby #3 in late november/early december and I got to hold her at Christmas. It totally set my baby fever off again and this time I want to do something about it before it's too late. I don't want to give birth either. (For those of you who follow me on fb,  you knew some of this, sorry!)

Current Mood: scared
Friday, May 22nd, 2009
11:06 am
New House Pros and Cons
The house is a bit higher priced than I was looking for so I'm making a list to see all the good things. Comments are welcome.

Bigger tax deduction for the office space

More space (and double paned windows that I don't have to put in) hopefully means less kid noise from outside....plus more heat in winter and cool in summer

Gorgeous inside

Built in bookshelves means more room for my stuff w/o having to buy more right away

Office/Craft room whatever you want to call it with more built in cabinets means more storage space also w/o using the garage

beautiful pool and backyard means I'll hopefully spend more time there

neighborhood seems quiet

On average 6-8 miles closer to my friends/shops etc. That means more time working at home which means more $$ potential and also less driving means less $$ spent on gas. Right now I fill up on average once a month or 5 weeks. I filled up on 4/7 (but i don't think I was close to empty, I was near the gas station and it was cheap priced) and then again on about 5/19. That doesn't count the $10 I put in when I ran out of gas the week before though, but I only put 20 in on the 19th so I'll call that a fill up. That's almost 6 weeks....wow.

all the appliances are included and it's a flat top stove which I've been coveting!

house seems to be in good shape

The only cons I can think of are that the garage opens directly to the kitchen. I'll have to get in the habit of not opening the garage door to the outside until I'm sure the garage is cat free. I can do that. Also the garage is at a 90 degree angle to the house. I can probably learn to turn properly. Also there are no bathtubs, but this gives me the perfect excuse to buy the whirlpool tub I'm coveting!
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
9:23 pm
What a difference 5 years makes
I think I've mentioned that I'm planning to move in June. My parents are coming for a week (trying so hard not to stress) in Feb and partly cause I can't wait, partly cause I was trying to find things to do to keep us busy and partly cause my dad loves to look at houses too, I contacted a mortgage person to see what I'd qualify for so I could show the realtor I was serious and not just looking, even though it'll be early.

I got my last mortgage in 2004 and I can't remember the interest rate but I aproximated today. If I was trying to get a mortgage with what my credit score was then, (about 60 or so points lower I think,) I would have had to pay $500 more a month than I'm probably going to minimum and I never would have been able to afford the kind of house that I want. I'm in shock and sooo happy. I started writing this 2 hours ago and kept getting distracted, so I need to go to bed now but I'll try to write more regularly.

Also, the only reasons I'm stressing about my parents is that I can't work when they're around cause they don't know what I do and wouldn't agree with it and they're coming for an entire week. I'm used to living alone and when I go to visit them, I'm ready for downtime after 4 or 5 days. Plus, it's stressful for me to have company. I prefer to be the company even if it is family. I hope that doesn't come off as horrible but I just wanted to try to clarify.
Monday, October 20th, 2008
9:10 pm
About Me
Just in case some of you may not know. I'm Karen, I'm 31 and I live in Arizona. I've been here a bit over 2 years and I cannot wait for this June. I'm finally going to be done renting and will be able to buy a house. I need the time to make money but I cannot wait for it to actually get here. I'm tired of this place, it's a great house but it's all white and there's no pool.

My favorite thing to do is read. I will read anything. I love too many authors to list, but some of my favs are Janet Evanovich, Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Mary Jane Clark, John Grisham, Jonathan Kellerman and James Patterson, Debbie Macomber, Laurien Berenson and Joanne Fluke.

I also watch a lot of tv. I got sucked into the reality show web on TLC/Discovery health. I've loved the Duggars since the first special, 14 Kids and Pregnant again and I'm so happy that they've got a weekly special now. I don't have kids and don't know if I ever will, but I love watching Jon and Kate plus 8, Little People Big World, then Came 6 and I'm sure I'm forgetting others. Plus I like ER, Medium, Army Wives, House and too many others to list.

I'm self employed, I've been a tarot reader for about 7 years and I find it hard to believe I've done it that long. Granted, the first year I did it when I wasn't working as a nanny and for 2 years after that I had a few other jobs, but other than one 6ish month stretch at Mass Relay to get benefits, this has been my only source of employment for the last almost 4 years.

I love country music but will listen to anything that's not rap, I love show tunes especially. I have a soft spot for My Fair Lady cause when I was in theatre that was my first production. In my spare time, I also write fiction.

My two cats, Abby and Atilla, are my kids right now. Abby is 9.5 and Atilla is about 3. They're spoiled rotten but also great company. I'm trying to lose weight (yes again) and started walking today. I'm trying to walk for 15-20 minutes at least every day this week. We'll see if I actually do it.

Feel free to ask me anything I might have left out!
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
4:08 pm
I'm still around
Behind as usual, but I've been busy working, cleaning and trying to write. I'm excited cause I get to move in less than a year. Gotta sit down later today and get another picture of my finances and what I need to do to get where I need to be. I'm very excited and I'm sure I'll get moreso by next June.

I don't have time to remember which button does the LJ member tag, but I saw in Mrissa's (I butchered that I think) a meme and one of the questions interested me. After living in 4 states, I feel like I have finally found home in Az. I love the fact that it doesn't get that cold and it doesn't snow. I also get so much peace when I look out at the mountains.
4:07 pm
Holiday Fundraiser

I'm part of Code Blue, (www.code-blue-family.com) which is an online group of people who got together around 3 years ago to help terminally and chronically ill kids. We currently have 8 in the group. We send monthly packages, birthday and Christmas gifts and gifts to certain kids if they're having a rough time. Since our members are all over, we are always looking for fundraising methods that work.

We're starting one through Current, (www.currentfun.com) and we need all the help we can get. If you could take a moment and look to see if anything interests you, we would really appreciate it. Also, sending this to any family/friends or posting it anywhere that might get us more help would be wonderful too. To shop, just go to www.currentfun.com and click on Start shopping now. Then when you check out, please inter Arkansas and Code Blue Family. You can leave the participant number blank.

We are taking orders through the end of October. Thanks so much! For those of you who may not be familiar with Current, they have checks and magazine subscriptions, but also have gifts, holiday decorations and wrapping paper, among a lot of other things.

We also get cash for recycling certain ink jet cartridges and other printer supplies. Please go to www.code-blue-family.com and click on the 'help' hyperlink for more information. Thanks SO much. If you have any further questions, comment here or email codebluekaren@cox.net.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
12:15 am
When I stop lurking, I really stop, huh?

I should be sleeping now. I have a dentist appointment at 930 for a root canal and I have to say I'm not exactly looking forward to it. I deal with fillings mostly ok though I hate parts of it, and the extractions I've had haven't been terrible, but I'm sure this is just the fear of the unknown. I just need to keep telling myself I've got my music and I'll be nummed up. I've also tried to convince myself that the stabbing pain that woke me at 530 am last Monday and that kept me awake last Thanksgiving night can't be as bad as what I'm facing tomorrow. Hopefully the biggest hurt will be to my bank account. That's my own fault for not having insurance but what can I do? (Other than a mental note to call the area chambers of commerce again to see if their health insurance includes dental.) 

Off to brush my teeth again and try to sleep. Yes I'm aware that's kinda like closing the barn door after the horse is down the road, but I'm hoping this prevents future pain.

Current Mood: scared
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
1:51 pm
One Year From Today
Roughly that is, I will finally get out of this house. My lease is up at the end of next June. I want to be out of here around a week early so that I can have time to clean and such, so I'm hoping to close on the new house around June 22nd, 2009. I had hoped for 6/20 but that is a Saturday. 

Before I go any further with my planning, I have to have a minor freakout. I just semi outed myself to my cousin. I hope she doesn't take it badly or tell my aunt before I have a chance to. I wanted to message her asking her not to but I wanted to wait and see if she picked up and what her response was. With all my stressing, she'll friend me and won't say a word. Oh well. We'll see. I get to have a root canal tomorrow. I was going to say my first and hopefully last but I don't want to tempt anything else. I'm just hoping this is the end of the major tooth stuff for a while. It's expensive!

So, if the market keeps falling the way it is, the houses I want will probably be anywhere from 140K-160K. I'm in shock about that because when I bought my house in MA, I believe I paid 114-119 or something like that and it was at least 20 years older. My dream house here in AZ is 1 story, 2 car garage (almost all the houses I've seen that have garages have either 2-3 car instead of 1, so that shouldn't be an issue, 3-4 bedrooms, pool and in a quiet neighborhood. I really want a hot tub and or a whirlpool tub in the bathroom but I can live without them. I also want the master bedroom seperate from the others like I'e got now. 

In the next year, in order to make the above happen, I have to 

have aprox another 10-12K minimum saved.  

pay off all but 3 of the ccs and have those down to 30% or less of the balance. (Piece of cake, should have that done by Dec)

raise my credit score as high as possible. My highest is 614 and I'd really like to get it up another 30 points. I want my low to be at least 600 and that may take some doing.

cut out any expenses I can. I plan to get rid of netflix in the next month or so which will help slightly. Once I get the ccs paid off, that'll free up more also and the ER bill will be paid soon.

I also need to go through my DVDS and organize them again. Books as well. The ones I don't think I'll read again would make great paperback swap or library donations.

Once and for all, I need to figure out what to do with the soda cans I've been saving since I moved in. Getting full in the garage. 

go through and put my pictures in albums. I can organize them and caption them later, I just need to get them in some sort of working order

I think these are the big projects. It's going to be a good year. I also need to start getting in better shape and lose weight. More as I think about it...just got a call.
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
12:54 am
Winter In Az
More soon I promise but I just had to say I'm LOVING winter here. It's currently 1 am, 36 degrees and I have YET to turn the heat on. I'm going to be loving my electric bills for another few months I think (and hope!) Here's hoping for (finally!) financial stability in 2007!
Monday, November 27th, 2006
2:02 pm
Ebay Time
Hello and happy holidays everyone! My period key and l are broken so this will be short. More in the next few days when I replace the keyboard. As most of you should know, I am part of www.code-blue-family.com which is a group of family and friends who do things to make terminally and chronically ill kids lives a little happier. I have taken over our ebay sales and am doing whatever I can to drum up traffic. The link is below, feel free to use it please!


I plan to put several items up each week, probably on Mondays and am contacting whoever I can to ask for more things to raffle off. We have books, many autographed, by Laurien Berensen, Fred Anderson, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Joanne Fluke, Pamela Ribon and others in addition to a Verizon Cell phone practically never used, digital thermometer and more to come. These things are not up now, they will be coming, so if you're interested, let me know so I can put them up first. Please also tell family and friends and post in your own journals if you will. If anyone has ideas on people to contact, I'm open to that as well.

We appreciate it!
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
10:18 pm
National November Writers Month

I'm going to post at least some parts here, feedback please?


Thursday, October 19th, 2006
2:54 pm

The group I'm in, www.code-blue-family.com is having our annual raffle. http://code-blue-family.com/raffle.html is the link to see prizes and buy a ticket or you can leave a comment and or email me. Please feel free to tell anyone you know about it , we're trying to raise as much $$ as we can. I'm working on contacting as many people as I can to donate things for future raffles also. If you are or know any crafters, authors, musicians, anyone really that wants to donate anything please contact me! Thanks and feel free to ask any questions also, I'm more than happy to talk about this group. Update on me coming later or tomorrow, catching up on stuff around here today.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
7:35 pm
Official NaNoWriMo 2006 Participant
I'm doing it! (thanks Rachel!) 
My user name is KareninAZ and now I just have to figure out which of the two floating around should be written.

Sunday, September 24th, 2006
11:26 am
Sunday Off to a GREAT Start
Any of you looking for a new author, I highly reccomend Laurien Berenson. ( www.laurienberenson.com ). We're getting ready to have our annual Fall Raffle for the kids ( www.code-blue-family.com ) and I emailed a variety of authors, actresses, musicians etc last night. She responded today, less than 12 hours later, but is also sending books out. I'm beyond excited and am trying to talk her up even more than I did. I really like the books anyway, but to be so willing to donate makes me like her even more. 

If anyone has suggestions of people I can try to contact feel free to let me know. We're looking for craft donations or anything really, not just the things I mentioned, it's just that that's not my area of expertise/interest, so I leave it to others in the group. Ok, I'm off to go be productive now. More later! It's a beautiful day out and I want to enjoy it.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006
4:11 pm
Fall Into Reading Challenge

Appologies in advance, I have no idea how to get the neat image tag to work here. I saw this at http://www.mia3mom.livejournal.com and I couldn't resist. The purpose is to establish goals for fall reading and to have fun! It goes from 9/23/06 to 12/21/06. As you will see I'm very into fiction. I went to the library today and had to make some additions lol (and again)....went to library to return and got more and more and more hehehe....this is going to be a recuring thing I know, but I have time, I'll be alright.

Here's the main page with all the participants too!

I'm currently reading

1. Swapping Lives by Jane Green Finished and I really liked it. Numbering finished so I keep track of how many I read. I'd say about 4 stars 

It is a little ambitious but I think I can do it. That's about 2 books a week. I may add more in but I figured I'd start with this. I have a huge shelf of to be reads and this will help make a nice dent in it. Good idea!!! I need to be more accountable to what I'm doing and I think this is a good way to start.
Friday, September 22nd, 2006
11:07 pm
I Did It!!!!!!!!!
Tonight was the first night of a new book club I'm in. We read The Book of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring. I reccomend it. Very good, sad at the end though, so be warned. Anyway, at the end of the night we went around and said what all we did for a living etc. I started to be....not shy or appologetic, I cannot think of the word, but nervous about what I do. I decided tonight that I was going to stop. I managed to and everyone was at least outwardly accepting. It was a nice feeling.

Then, one of the people was a social worker and I talked to her one on one afterward and came out to her. She was accepting so it was very nice. She helped me realize that it's ok not to be out in emails and it's ok to wait until I make one on one friendships. As she said, if someone doesn't accept me I don't want them for a friend anyway.

I also emailed the funeral home where Christi is having her services. Someone made memory books and I got one for the group. It was a good day and hopefully it'll be a productive weekend.
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
12:29 pm
Rest of my Trip
So yeah, I've been here for a long time and I realized I'd never finished my travel update. I LOVED Gatlinburg. I want to go back for sure and will someday. The next morning, I ended up getting up and getting ready and I was going to go down to breakfast, but when I got downstairs I found out the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort doesn't serve a free breakfast. I wasn't in the mood to pay a ton or wait, so I grabbed something out of the vending machine. I don't remember what it was, other than a Rice Krispy Bar, and headed to town. I went to the Hard Rock Cafe and walked around a little, got a few shirts, magnets and shot glasses and Subway for lunch. I headed back cause I had to eat and get packed.

From there, we went to Nashville (we being Abby, Atilla and myself.) Actually, I think we may have stopped between Memphis and Nashville to have lunch with Josie, Heather and Holly, my friends from Code Blue. That was fun. I got to Nashville in the RAIN of course, and I think I had Pizza Hut for dinner. The next day I went to Dallas, stopping in AR on the way to see April and Pat, two more members of the group. Quiet, uneventful evening in Dallas, don't even really remember what I did now lol, but the next day I headed back on the road to Midland. It was nice to be able to spend 2 nights somewhere. It was also neat to see my cousins. It had been way too long. We went to Outback for dessert, just Tyler and I. Allie works there. Tracy's boyfriend came to the house for dinner, spagetti. We talked and the next day Tyler and I took the boys they watch during the summer to their house to swim. Then we reorganized my car, went out to eat and just relaxed and stuff. The next morning, we got Fazolis and I got on the road. I stopped in Los Cruces, NM at a Ramada. The next day we got on the road about noon and ended up in Mesa about 4 I believe. I know it was around then cause I had to get to the storage place by 5.

It was good to be here, but now, 3 months later, I'd do it again. Not that I plan to move anytime soon, but it wasn't as bad as I thought, probably cause I only went a little bit each day.
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