Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Don't Touch the Mud Puppies

Well, today we went up to the Smokies, as planned. We were headed toward our favorite swimming hole with our picnic lunch and snacks, ready for a day of fun. Landon claimed to know where we were going, but we ended up getting lost and then heading back down to Pigeon Forge. There we got ice cream at some little shop and then did a go kart track. It was fun! After All of our so-called picnic lunch was eaten in the car, we finally figured out where we were going once again and found our little piece of heaven. (on earth)
the most amazing place ever
As we were swimming, jumping off the cliff/rock, and attempting to spear fish, Mom saw a Copperhead swimming up next to the rock she was sitting on. After we all rushed over to see it (it swam away, deep underwater though) I carefully made my way back to where I was when I saw a big brown blob in the water. At first I thought it was a snake, but then I saw it was too fat. So I went underwater and discovered that it was a mud puppy! Mud puppies- basically giant salamanders- are apparently endangered and we are by law under no circumstances allowed to touch them or any other wildlife we come across.

Well, I broke the law and touched it and it swam away. Then after I yelled over to Mom that I had found a muduppy, about 7 people crowded around and one guy said that they bite, but he would try to catch it. He picked it up and it twisted back to try to bite him and then it went soaring through the air and plopped back into the water.
Anyway, very fun day!
The Swimming Hole
Sam
Part of the waterfall
Oh! And I've been using Blogger In Draft. It is the new version of Blogger, soon to be out permanently. It is very cool, has way more stuff to work with, and is faster. Go Blogger!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

M*A*S*H

Since our neighbors are gone, we get to use their pool as we please. So does their daughter. She is over there CONSTANLY with her kids (7 &4), making it really hard to find a time to swim. And then she invites the rest of the soccer moms and we've looked over there and seen 7 or 8 cars at a time parked all down the driveway and on the grass. The funny thing is that if her dad ever found out that ALLLL of those people were coming and parking on his precious grass, he would have a heart attack!!! Anyway, we did get to swim tonight once she left after being there for 4 hours.

I have also been spending the day trying to sort out other people's complications. Here's the deal- Claire likes Bobby but Bobby just likes her as a friend. And in the midst of trying to convince Bobby otherwise, just realized that since yesterday I'm in the same position. But I'm Bobby!! Anyway, I started to see where Bobby was coming from and the whole 'we're friends, I don't want to ruin a friendship' thing actually made since. Because I feel the exact same way!!! But whatever... we'll see how things work out for the both of us.

Tomorrow I am going up to the Smokies with Mom, Sam, and Landon and we're going to our secret amazing swimming place. It's right up near Cade's Cove, but about 3 miles in the opposite direction. It is SO cool. (I'll take pictures) let's just hope we don't see another bear! 3 is enough for me!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

When Uncle Sam Comes A- Knockin'

The irony of the world never ceases to surprise amaze me. My 91 year old great grandmother was called for jury duty. In the almost century of her life, she has never been summoned. And now, Uncle Sam is sought out to make it happen. Of course, she can't do it- she's on oxygen and bedridden- but if she had her way, she would march right down to the courthouse and serve up some justice. Screw her medical restraints!! But for now, it looks like Uncle Sam will have to find someone else.

Today I went and saw The Proposal. It was hilarious! It's about this uptight workaholic woman who is about to be deported back to Canada because of an expired Visa. Not wanting to throw her career down the drain, she sets up her executive assistant into marrying her so she can stay in the country. In turn, he gets to be promoted to editor. So they strike the deal and have to fake their way through their engagement and beyond. It was great! And it felt good to laugh!

Oh, and on Friday, I tried Menchies for the first time! I really like how they set up the place. If you've never been, you walk in and there's like a bar with all of these different yogurt flavors and you grab a cup and fill it with as much as you like. Then you go over to the toppings place and put whatever you want on your treat there as well. But the only thing is that yes, you can have whatever and how much you want, but they weigh it at the end and you end up paying more. Smart, though. Very smart.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wonka Mania!!

Well, tonight was the first performance. Everyone did an amazing job!! With Logan and I being the only two people backstage, it was a challenge to get all of the scene changes completely done and the lights and everything right, but we pulled it off!!
Tomorrow, there will be another performance @ 1:00 pm (webb auditorium). You should really try to be there, because it's absolutely fantastic!!

Kate, Canon, Brandon, Erika, Sam, Paris, Alexa, Sarah, Riley, Evan, Lily, Danielle, Lawrence, and David- GREAT JOB!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!!

During the show, there were only a few problems.And there was one that wasn't even our fault!! A lady walked in and opened up the huge utility door in the middle of the show. I was almost pulling my hair out when I heard that thing go up! It was so loud and it let in tons of light! Have they no respect for our work?? It worked out to where I closed while they were in the invention room... so it almost sounded like it should have happened.

The only other problem actually turned into a laugh! During the scene when they were in the nut room, Logan and I were tossing the squirrels- really multiple brown beanie baibes- back and forth so that they flew across the opening and made it look cool- and funny. Well, during one of the switches, our animals collided in mid air and plopped to the ground. Ha ha we got a laugh out of that!!!



Also, Michael Jackson died today. Though he was most recently known for being a creepy cross-race child predator, Michael Jackson actually was on top of the world of pop about 25 years ago. I like the songs he did with his brothers as the Jackson 5. He had a really rough childhood- his dad would beat him and his brothers until they sang and all of the kids watched as their father also beat their mother. So before he became a freaky guy, MJ made an impact in the world of music. I'm not going to say I'm glad he's dead like most people do... because it's weird that he's not around anymore. And he had a tour sold out and planned for the fall. I can't wait to see the stampede of people trying to get their money back!! Anyway, here's an excerpt from the article I saw on Yahoo!-

"As years went by, he became an increasingly freakish figure — a middle-aged man-child weirdly out of touch with grownup life. His skin became lighter, his nose narrower, and he spoke in a breathy, girlish voice. He surrounded himself with children at his Neverland ranch, often wore a germ mask while traveling and kept a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles as one of his closest companions."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Eva-lastin' Gobb-stoppas!!

Yes, that is what I am eating, as I type. I think Wonka is getting to me!! Or maybe to Sam... he bought a box off Landon, lol. See, Landon is always getting money out of Sam by convincing him he needs something he doesn't have and then selling it to him himself. And he always manages to swindle him out of cash and make money. He would make a fantastic salesman!!

And after eating 5 gobstoppers, I am starting to get a headache... heheh! Anyway, things went back to normal as the day wore on and it was easier to deal with everything. People did start getting into their characters more and improved tremendously. I stayed late with Rosina, Logan, Sam, Susie, and Evan and we worked on the set till about 4. When I say set, I mostly mean the factory chocolate room. It is the most colorful, involved, and needy. So we created a colorful rainbow of props and scenery for the scenes.

In addition to solving the acting and technical issues, the few people I know who had issues with other people have told me that they worked them out and it's okay now. And the people who had a problem with me and my ways have also gotten over them, which makes everything so much easier. So that was great!

Oh and Sam made a blog!! It's sam-blogman.blogspot.com
He absolutely loves my blog and decided to make one of his own. Haha, it's cool to know that I am someone's inspiration. And who better than my little brother??

Monday, June 22, 2009

Me = Happy Blogger

Well, in August Blogger is celebrating its 10th birthday! I have been with Blogger for 6 or 7 months now and I have absolutely loved it! It's given me an outlet for my opinions, thoughts, and experiences. It is also a great way for my friends to see what's going on in my life and stay connected. Unlike your classic Internet social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace or Twitter, Blogger lets you connect with your friends, family, and fans on a much more personal level.
On a technological level, I love all of the different tools and widgets and gadgets that you get to add on and use. Even something as common as ABC Check has actually improved my spelling and typing skills. I have found that the more posts I create, the less highlighted words pop up when I check everything at the end!
Blogger is helping me get through my parents' divorce. I can vent, be crazy, talk to people, about people, about ANYTHING I even want because I just can. Because Blogger makes it possible. A blog is basically a modern day diary, or journal. The fact that it's on the Internet and much, much more modern than your classic pen and paper attracts more people (including myself) to the idea of keeping a little personal record of their lives, day-to-day and then sharing it with others.

So Happy Birthday Blogger, thank you, and keep the up the great work!

Heart of Glass

After my two-and-a-half-day-movie-a-thon, I was so ready to get back to Webb for the last week of camp with some of the coolest people ever. My dog- Angel- woke me up at 5 am this morning, whining for security and comfort. I let her up on my bed and held her and stroked her back and calmed her down for about thirty minutes. The storm went away and I went back to sleep with my little dog curled up next to me.

Anyway, it started raining again when I woke up which screwed up the whole drop off process at Webb and cut into our time. I was so happy to see everyone again though!I couldn't wait to dive back into the play and polish it up.

And then everything fell apart.

No one at all really got into their characters. People weren't getting into their blocking either, ad seemed to forget everything they learned in the past few weeks. I think that everyone was frustrated with themselves and the others, and they are getting tired and bored of running the play over and over. I can't blame them... I guess I would get tired too.

And then came the marker!! Ha ha.

Ok, so in the dressing room, there was this Expo marker that smelled amazingly like cherries. Everyone started obsessing over it and I could see that it was going to be an issue. See, eventually it was going to get lost, damaged, or something and Webb is so freakin possessive of their stuff. We have to like ask them permission to tape something to the wall or move a chair. It's crazy!! Anyway, so I knew that if something happened to that stupid marker, I would be the one getting blamed. So I took it away. Why?

1)Because I don't think it's a good idea to let them be sniffing markers....
2) The whole Webb thing
3) It was getting to be a distraction

And they totally freaked out!! They started saying how much they hate me and then they decided to (and I qoute) "plot revenge on me at lunch." Okay, let them plot revenge... lol. And most of these girls are older! Even the ones that like me and I think are cool turned against me!

So after lunch they all decided to spring out at me and attack... or so they tried. And after that, all of them got over the whole marker thing and were cool again. EXCEPT for two of them. The two that I have probably been the nicest to. I guess they don't see that I'm trying to look out for them and be a leader and a friend.

I mean, okay, I took a marker. A MARKER, that wasn't even theirs, away from them. Big deal. But that's absolutely no reason whatsoever for them to stop listening to me, tell me they hate me and I'm a mean person repeatedey, or just disrespect. I have been nothing but nice to them. I have looked out for them and been a friend and treated them well and THIS is how they treat me? They have NO idea what I have been through this weekend and everything that's gone on. And now I have to deal with this?

This is our last week together andI sure hope they get over it so we can start having fun again.I also think that they're really cool people and they should just apologize and be chill about it.

This weather is killing me!! AAAHH!! Hot, muggy, miserable, almost unbearable!! It's gone on for almost 2 weeks and I can barely stand to go outside!! And the constant thunderstorms are aweful too!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This Weekend and Beyond!

Well, we were supposed to go up to Middlesboro this weekend to see my grandma and hang out with the Bowlings at there amazing house, but at the last minute my grandmother called and said that she wasn't feeling well and she wasn't up to it. So that was a bummer.

So what to do during this incredibly hot, muggy, almost unbearable weather? Well, we went to Blockbuster on Friday night and the guy told us about the summer movie pass. You pay $15 and you get 2 movies. But, during the course of the week, you can go back in as much as you want and switch those 2 movies out for 2 more. So we have been getting our money's worth out of that! Ha ha.

This week, one of my friends has nothing to do. So, she is going to be volunteering at Webb with me for the week! (Still Drama of course) It's time for one of the most over the top people I know to be in the environment she belongs in!! She will mostly be working on the set, but will probably help out with the kids.

So now Canon and Kate (two of the coolest girls ever!) will have someone else to follow around. Even though that probably won't happen.... Actually, I've come to like their ways of being around me every second. It's fun! And of course so is everyone else!! I'm going to be really sad when it's all over! I mean, we've been together 6 hours a day for 3 weeks and it's going to be weird when a new group comes in. :'( But I'll deal. I'll just have to wait for it to come! And it would be really cool if I ended up being able to babysit some of the kids. Then the fun would never end!!

Anyway, with Susie with me for a week... it's going to be.... interesting!! Hahaha!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chocolate Icing

Every week at camp, we have icing incorporated into a snack at least once. Today we had sugar cookies and icing. (I got to take the rest of the icing home, as usual) Not a great combo though because they went crazy. Sugar rushes kept overwhelming them, one by one. It is very hard to deal with people who naturally have tons of energy (and loud voices). When you add sugar, it's nearly impossible!! At least we had pretty much finished up for the day, so that was good.

Tomorrow, we are doing a mini performance for a few of the different camps. I think we're just doing the first 3 or 4 scenes. And I get to be old Grandpa Joe because the guy who is supposed to play him isn't here, so I'm stepping in!! Yeah, that's right, I'm dressing up as an old man. Complete with the voice, the walk, and my dad's long sleeved plaid shirt. Oh and I put paint on my face and smeared it really well so it looks like I have man scruff. Ha ha!! I am a sight to see!! I'll take pictures! And I must say, being the amazing actress that I am, I'm pretty awesome!!! The lines were easy, of course! I got them after a few run throughs and didn't bother studying any more.

The play couldn't have been casted more perfectly. I absolutely love what everyone has done with their characters. The costumes are magnificent and it's going to be a lot of fun!! So if you want something to do tomorrow- or you just want to see me acting as an old guy- come to Webb at 1:00 pm. It's going to be great!

The entire performances will be on Thursday, June 25 @ 6:00 pm and Friday, June 26 @ 1:00 pm. Remember, the one tomorrow is just a sneak peek but I won't be playing the grandpa in any of the other ones. Let me know if you're coming!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Once Upon a Gas Pump...

Tonight Mom, Sam, and I were watching random shows. We saw Deadliest Catch- a show that I absolutely CANNOT STAND. It is so boring to me!! Ugh!

And then we remembered that '18 Kids and Counting' was on. If you haven't heard of this show, it's about a family who had 18 kids WITHOUT fertility treatment or anything. Some info- the oldest is around 20 (he and his new wife have a baby on the way) and the youngest is probably 6 or 7 months now. All of their kids' names start with a J, she home schooled all of them, and they all play an instrument. Anyway, the show follows them in their daily life and it's just so refreshing to see a grounded Christian family that is able to function perfectly even with that many kids. None of the kids fight and they all take care of each other. Yes, very refreshing!!

So during the commercials, Mom was like "If they ever did a show about me, what do you guys think it would be called? Would people watch it??"

So I said some sarcastic comment about stupidity and then of course we threw in the gas pump incident.

See, my mom broke her leg 2 years ago. It was reaally hard for her to get over and it just seemed like it took forever and a day for her to heal. How did Mom break her leg? Well, she was filling up her car at a certain gas station. She stuck the thing in the car after swiping her card and turned to put the card away while she waited. The gas pump hose twisted around her leg, suddenly throwing her off balance. She then landed on the concrete platform that was under/around the pump itself. Unfortunately, her ankle connected and she broke her leg/ankle in 3 places and completely tore the ligaments and muscles. It was a pretty painful experience.

Anyway, a chain of events happened because of this (sorry, not going into detail, would take too long) and now she has a completely different job and is absolutely loving it. And she's even closer to Christ than ever before. And to think, it all started with a gas pump..

Ha ha, so anyway, Sam and I decided that if Mom ever gets her TV show, it will be called "Once Upon a Gas Pump". Pretty great huh? Yeah you know you would totally watch it!! (Um yeah duh, I'd be on it!!)

Oh and today we were swimming (yes, at the neighbor's house!) when I opened up the skimmer to put in the chlorine tablet. And.. there was a dead RAT/MOLE/MOUSE floating!! I was like "GOOD GOD!! AAHHH!!!" and very quickly extracted myself from the pool because, quite frankly, it kind of creeped me out to know that I had basically been swimming with a dead rat or whatever it was. And it had jumped to its death and drowned last night. Um.. eww!! And I don't get grossed out easily!!
Ha ha, so I quickly put the lid back on the skimmer, pulled out my phone, called Sam over, and started recording! Hahahahaha!!! He pulled the lid off and was like "AAAAHHH!!!!" as he staggered backwards! After he got over the initial shock, he was like "Is that a real mouse??" Hahaha!!!! And I got it ALL on video! (Ohh yeahh!! It's already on Facebook!!!) Though his reaction was hilarious, I sure wished someone got my reaction on camera!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Twitterer

Yes, it's official. I created an account on Twitter. So yes, that makes me a Twitterer.... even though I LOVE Facebook and feel like a traitor for doing it. And after checking it out, Twitter sucks compared to Facebook anyway, so I probably won't ever get on it. So I now have the authority to say I'm on two of the biggest social networking sites! But whatever.

Anyway, so today we didn't do much. Just blocked a few more scenes. Sam is doing a great job and so is everyone else! I am very impressed that they are getting everything so quickly.

This weekend I am probably going up to Middlesboro to see my grandma and hang out with the Bowlings at their house- not the lake house, the normal one. So that will be fun, plus I'll have more stuff to talk about! Finally! I know you guys have to be getting tired of hearing all about nothing. But that's what I do and you are my faithful readers so you kinda have to read all of the rambling about nothing!!

I also was asked to mention Kate and Canon (my two devious pals- from drama camp-with many different cases of OCD, me being one of them). They are semi-stalking me which is really weird in my opinion. I'm not that interesting yet they have gone as far as cyber-stalking me. I think Kate has it worse... since she is the one who watched all of my videos and looked through all of my pictures on Facebook. They are weird but that's ok... they're amazing and cool anyway! :) Or at least that's what they think... :P

Friday, June 12, 2009

10 Clowns Don't Make A Circus


I saw this book at some random store and took a picture of it. It's just one of those weird offbeat things that are so true. If you don't even get what I'm saying, that's ok. The book's title just left a mark!
Whenever I go to Borders or other gigantic mega bookstores, my brother(s) and I go over to the 'encouraging' and so called 'inspirational' section. There are some pretty weird titles that just make you laugh. It's surprising that stuff like that even gets published.
The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory project is coming along quite nicely. We blocked (as in showed people where to stand and when to move, etc) the first 4 or 5 scenes and a few of the kids are out of their scripts. I was skeptical about dragging out 3 weeks to do an actual entire play but it is going to be great once we're finished. I can see some real talent this week. And... well others need some 1 on 1 time with me to show them how to get into their character. Don't get me wrong- everyone is really great! I just need to polish up a few things. And we also need to plan out the set and then get started.
Also, if your name is Kate or you are one of her partners in crime, I do not like Logan and would appreciate it if you stopped insisting that he's in love with me. And remember, no one likes stalkers!!! :P

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Friendship

If you know what I'm even talking about, one of my former really, really great friends recently tried to make nice with me. And you know what I did that is totally out of character of me?? I said no. Well, not to her, but to myself. That friendship was once so awesome. But even the strongest things have the potential to break. Our super strong, unbreakable friendship suddenly plummeted to the opposite. I started seeing things I had thought that she wasn't... Suddenly, I lost just a little tiny bit of the sense of trust I associate with people- my friends especially. It made me think that even the best, seemingly untouchable things are, in fact, touchable. And breakable. And I know that she will probably never read this. Because I don't think she ever really took the time to learn or ask about the things that are important to me.

If you know (and most of you do) who I am talking about, please don't try to play the middle man. Or tell her about anything. I don't hold any grudges and I don't want her to have anymore against me...

I'm not going to sit here and gossip and ramble... but I just though it was worth getting off my chest. Just be really careful when assessing your friends. I learned that more than ever. 8th grade taught me a lot about people and friendships. I just hope high school isn't so intense.

I had a conversation with one of my real friends about her... here's a little sample of my side of the convo-

that's the point!

i dont need a list of rules and regulations to be her friend

thats not what friends do

they dont lash out at eachother or belittle them or abandon them or purposefully really annoy them or avoid them or anything

they dont hold grudges

and they be a true friend

im not the one with the problem

so im moving on.


So take that and use it. Don't make the same mistake I did. All it brings is hurt. But, like I said, I just have to keep my head up and move on. No use trying to fix things beyond broken! Ha ha this seems so depressing!! But I'm not depressed or anything so don't worry bout me!! :P =)

Finally!

Today I FINALLY got my high school schedule for this year. Everyone around me (as in mostly on Facebook) kept getting their schedules and I was starting to think something was wrong!
But, low and behold, the school system pulled through for me for once! So here's my schedule:

Hon Algebra 1
Business Principles
Visual Communications
Hon Biology 1

Theatre Arts 1
Hon English 1
World Geo
Band (concert)

As long as I get past Algebra (this time!) the first semester should be fun! But the second semester doesn't look so great... anyway, I'm just happy to finally know my classes!

I am taking the 3 basic honors classes- algebra, biology, and English. I am SO glad that I won't be in Geometry. The people who think they're smart enough to take it are going to get snapped into reality. I know they love the look on the face of someone who asks them what classes they're taking, but trying to look smart to impress people is so annoying. Advanced math in middle school was easy- now they have actual teachers who teach GEOMETRY. Ha ha... they're going to drop like flies. Take that you super ego maniacs!!

Anyway-
So today I was back at Webb. I know, I know- you're sick of hearing all about Webb, but that's what I do during the summer! Well... it's my day job anyway. And I'm actually getting tired of writing about it so... I'll take a break for today. Except for one thing!
So today when it was time for pick up, another HUGE storm blew through. Since we obviously couldn't go over to the usual pick up spot, we referred to our Special Big Handbook of Emergency Procedures. Under the threatening weather section, it directly instructed us to "remain calm and not alert the campers" and to "silently step away from the group and wait for further instructions from the camp via phone or radio" and to "not let anyone leave the building."

First of all... if there's a huge thunderstorm going on, how is there anyway to 'not alert the campers'?
"Oh yeah kids, sorry!! That huge thunder-like sound was just God's stomach grumbling. No need to worry. Oh and that flashing life threatening looking lighting is really just.. umm you're having hallucinations!!"

Seriously... anyway, thankfully nobody 'went into panic' or died so I guess that handbook really helped us out! Phew! I could have NEVER gotten through that storm without it! (?)

Ha ha, anyway, I just though that was weird. So I don't really have much else going on so bye!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Back On My Feet

Well it's about time!! Laying in bed for four days straight is enough to drive me crazy!

Today I went back to my 'day job' at Webb. Money? I wish! You aren't eligible to be paid until you're 17 years old. You get like $250 a week so that's pretty good I guess. Speaking of money- I'm broke. I haven't had $$$ since right after the DC trip! It really sucks because I don't get an allowance or anything. The only job I get is if the neighbors ship out and go on vacation. Thank goodness they do that a lot!! They are my source of income.

They are about to fly to Bermuda to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary! They'll be gone for about a week which equals about a hundred bucks in my pocket! I take care of their golden retriever- Shep-, water the plants, and put routine chlorine tablets in their pool to keep it clean. In addition to the money, we get to use their pool whenever we want when they're gone. This really comes in handy.
After they come back, they will be leaving again to go to the family cabin in Colorado for bout a month. This time they're taking the dog, so I wont have as huge as a commitment. All I have to do is water the plants and bring in the mail (unless they get it stopped) and we get FREE pool access, 24 hours a day, AND I get MORE $$$!!

Which is SOOO much better than being broke!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pain 4 Pain

Ugh. I've been sick since Thursday. Sore throat, headache, earache, sinus congestion, and on top of all that cramps before the weekend because Mother Nature decided to deliver her little monthly present.
So I trudged through Drama Camp on Thursday and Friday in the midst of my gray cloud of sickness and still managed to keep the kids in line and stuff. Friday, we had the performances. Everything ran smoothly backstage and onstage because... well just look at their stage manager. I'm fabulous and such an efficient multi tasker, etc!! And of course all of the kids knew their lines and blocking and they just did such a great job!
Then on Saturday- an absolutely beautiful day complete with blue skies and a soft breeze- I literally was in bed all day long. I just didn't have the energy or willpower to get up (except for the bathroom every once in a while). So as my family sat out on our wonderful front porch and did yard work and stuff, I sat up here in my bed just looking out the window. I know why the caged bird sings now...

Anyway so at 1:15 am today, I woke up with horrible ear pain. As my mom gave me some pain relievier and stuff, I ended up later falling asleep at 3:30 am.
So then we went to church around 10 and then went to a doctor's office that's open 7 days a week. There, they took all of the basic stuff- weight, blood pressure, temperature. And THEN the nurse comes in and lets me know that she's just going to prick my finger. JUST.
If you know me, you know that I have a forever phobia of needles of all kinds. Every time I go to our actual doctor, I worm my way out of getting a shot. NEVER ask to prick my finger. I will sucker punch you and escape to high ground faster than you can say 'STOP!!'.
Until today.
The nurse waddles in and tells me a bunch of stuff and then she's like...

"So, I'm just going to prick your finger and get a blood sample."

Oh no you're not.

"NO! I don't want you pricking my finger!!"

"I wouldn't want anyone to prick my finger either. Come 'ere."

So I gave her my hand and as she started cleaning it off with the alcohol wipe I instantly pulled my hand away.

Yeah, like that would do anything... So I reluctantly gave it back to her and proceeded to watch her about to stab me- which of course made me start to have a nervous breakdown.

Then Mom was like-

"Geez, look away!"

So I did and as they were trying to convince me that the needle was much smaller than it used to be and it wasn't going to hurt at all, the nurse stabbed me.

"OW!!

So the nurse basically was squeezing- no... MILKING my finger for blood and dripping it into the vile. Which hurt! And then when she was done, she wrapped a band-aid around my finger (cutting off the cirulation) saying-

"See, that wasn't so bad was it?"

"YES."

She left the room. And then I started BAWLING. Yes, being at the doctor screws up my emotional control.

"I HATE BEING SICK! MY FINGER HURTS! WHY DID YOU LET HER DO THAT TO MEEEE????"

So 15 minute later my shoulder shaking tear fest slowed down to sniffles. And then I started getting mad...

Why did they even need to prick my finger?? Why are they taking so long?? I hate this place! Ugh I hate being sick! I wanna go home! Why are they taking so long???

"Mom why are they wasting our time? Why are doctors always late?? They are so annoying. Stupid, i-"

And just my luck...the door opened.

EVER HEARD OF KNOCKING??

So she comes in, does some stuff and tells me all of my symptoms before I even told her. Okay, okay. She gets some respect here.

"Headache?"

"Yes."

"Sore throat?"

"Yes."

"Cough?"

"Yes."

"Fever?"

"Yes..."

"Sinus congestion?"

Okay already!!

"Yes..."

"Well, it sure is a good thing you came in. You have a bacterial infection in both ears. In the left, your eardrum almost ruptured, which means you almost had to go into surgery to save your hearing. It is a really good thing you came in today. A few days more and that could have happened and it would have been much more painful."

Phew!!

"Ok, so I'm going to perscribe you (some kind of medicine) and give you a shot and..."

WHAT?!?!?!?!? A SHOT?!?!?!? I'm OUTTA HERE!!!

But instead I said....

"NOO!!!! I DON'T WANT A SHOT!!!!!"

"I don't want them either, but you have to have it."

What is up with these people trying to make me feel better by telling me they don't want one either??

And then, she left.

And I start my pathetic emotional breakdown. Again, but 5 times worse. I'm not going to go into detail. Let's just say, I had a flashback....

When I was 6 years old (still living in Kentucky), Mom took us to the family doctor to get our flu shots. Of course, they didn't say that. They always used the big word term- vaccination. So we didn't know what they were talking about. Well I caught on pretty quickly. And then the evil nurse entered holding the dreaded silver platter upon which 3 shots sat. As in the dramatic movies, the needles glinted and gleamed in the flourescent light. And as four nurses held me down, I screamed bloody murder as the wicked witch stabbed me with the flu shot. After they all left, the doctor told me that I could go pick something out of the treasure bin. Being the drama queen that I was, I- and I kid you not- dragged myself down the hallway on my stomach by my two hands, letting my feet drag behind me. This is more formally known as the seal crawl. So I was wailing "I HATE YOU!!!!" at the doctor and my mom. And they were laughing at me.... the doctor couldn't believe it.

Anyway, this time I stayed relatively still as the nurse gave me the shot- this time in my hip.

And of course I was in pain. Well, either it was pain or it was imagined pain created in my overly dramatic nightmare.

So anyway, that was my fiasco of the day. Oh, and I learned how to swallow a pill today. I also didn't know how to swallow a pill (I know, how inexperienced am I?) but hey, life skill- learned. Now I just have to work on that belonephobia. If you care to read this short excerpt from an article, go ahead. Apparently, it can be treated by hypnotherapy. Oh boy.


"Just about anyone can be affected by needle phobia

Its correct clinical name is trypanophobia - an irrational and often intense fear of hypodermic needles or injections - though it is regularly labelled belonephobia, this term is incorrect since it denotes a fear of pins and needles, without reference to the medical aspects.

Regardless of the label, for those suffering from needle phobia the very thought or sight of a syringe or hypodermic needle can provoke overwhelming feelings of anxiety and even panic.

At least 10% of all adults are believed to suffer from this truly inconvenient and potentially dangerous condition."

http://www.articlesbase.com/fitness-articles/hypnotherapy-for-fear-of-needles-and-needle-phobia-727823.html

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Blog

I would have to make the rough estimate that about 85% of people who blog don't even know where the name came from. I have always known that is had something to do with 'log' obviously.
How did I come upon this topic? I was reading someone else's blog and she won an award in a magazine so I clicked the link to that page and there was a litle Scholastic window on the page that told me to 'double click on any word and the definition would appear'. So I tried it out on a few words and then I decided to do 'blog'. Here's the definition-

BLOG: shortened from "Web log," an online journal that may be personal or topical, in which the author makes regular entries that appear in reverse chronological order and can be read by the general public.
So basically some people who either had a speech impairment or were just laaaazzzy or had to sneeze one day slurred web log so that it cut off the 'we' part. So it went from 'web log' to 'weblog' to 'blog'.

Now wasn't that interesting?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Murder of a Friend

Read:


UPDATE 6/2/09 5:13 p.m.: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The embattled owner of a Knox County pet grooming business committed suicide after killing his wife Tuesday afternoon, according to Knox County Sheriff's spokeswoman Martha Dooley.

Dooley says Jonathan Webb stabbed his wife, Sara Webb, at his home on Royal Harbor Drive before committing suicide with a gunshot to the head. His wife later died at Parkwest Medical Center.

Webb was indicted last week on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the death of an animal under his care at the pet spa.

The arrest on the indictment came on May 27th, at the same time Webb was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Deputies say in that incident, Webb allegedly crashed into some mailboxes, then fled the scene. Deputies say they found him drunk and laying beside his vehicle in a ditch south of the intersection of Westland Drive and Northshore.

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UPDATE 6/2/09 4:10 p.m.: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Law officers discovered a body Tuesday afternoon at the Happy Tails Day Spa amid a manhunt for the business owner who's wanted for allegedly stabbing his wife, leaving her with life-threatening injuries, police say.

It's not clear whether the body is that of Happy Tails owner Jonathan Webb, 35, but law officer say they do not believe the death is the result of a homicide.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Knox County Sheriff's deputies are searching for the owner of the Happy Tails Day Spa in connection with a domestic assault on Royal Harbor Drive in West Knox County.

Law enforcement sources tell Volunteer TV News, deputies are searching for Jonathan Erik Webb, 35, after he reported cut is wife with a knife at a residence on Royal Harbor Drive near Fort Loudoun Lake. Sheriff's Department sources say his wife's injury is potentially life threatening.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a cutting wound to the neck. Her condition is unknown.

Webb gave police the Royal Harbor Drive address after his arrest on unrelated charges last week.

Knox County Sheriff's deputies found a black Jeep Webb was thought to be driving in the Grande Shores subdivision, and they now believe Webb may be traveling in a Yellow Cab.

Deputies have also been sent to the Happy Tails Pet Spa on Ebenezer Drive in West Knox County.

Webb was indicted last week on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the death of an animal under his care at the pet spa.

The arrest on the indictment came on May 27th, at the same time Webb was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Deputies say in that incident, Webb allegedly crashed into some mailboxes, then fled the scene. Deputies say they found him drunk and laying beside his vehicle in a ditch south of the intersection of Westland Drive and Northshore.

Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for continued coverage of this developing news story.


If you didn't feel like reading that all, let me summarize it:
A man (Jonathan Webb) stabbed his wife (Sara Webb) to death in their driveway and his body was later found at Happy Tails Pet Spa, their business. He committed suicide. They had 3 small children- 2 girls and a little boy.
We hear about stuff like this happening all the time and we feel bad for the victim and then we change the channel or flip the page.
But what if you actually knew the person it was relating to?
When I lived over in West Knoxville (off of Westland Drive) we used to take the dogs to Happy Tails when we went on vacation. Sara took good care of the animals there and we always knew that they were in good hands when we were at the beach or wherever.
Sara was an extremely caring, kind, sweet woman. She just had this beautiful radiance about her that lit up a room.
When we last took the dogs to Happy Tails a few years ago, she was pregnant. Her little girls would always be there with her, re-arranging the shampoos or dusting the mantle. They were such a happy little family!
I never really saw the dad. He was usually in the back. If you read above, he was charged with previous animal cruelty acts when a dog "fell" off the table and broke its back or something. Then just last week, a dog DIED in his care. He also had a DUI in the past few weeks and was ALSO charged for fleeing the scene when he took out some mailboxes and then sped off.
I was so shocked and my eyes filled with tears when I heard that he slit her throat and then later shot himself in the head. (She died later from her stab wounds at the hospital.) I was sitting up in my room, about to do a post, when my mom came up the stairs and told me what she had just seen on TV. My face drained and I was just dumbfounded. How in the world and WHY would this happen?
I think that she was getting ready to get a divorce after all of those charges had been pressed on him. That of course, and I'm sure there were other things that went on. I feel so so bad for her little kids. Three children, probably all under the age of 6 or 7 now have NO parents. And they have to live with the fact that their father stole their mother's life and then was such a coward that he took his. They'll always have to wonder what it would have been like if their mother was there on their wedding day, or during the birth of their kids.
This was a tragic event and I hope that the kids will survive. Their pain must be too great for words... I hope that none of you ever have to go through losing a friend or family member... even though chances are that you will. My mom told me that when she was in high school, through the four years, 6 people that were all well loved and great friends died in car accidents and from other causes. I wish I could think that it's not going to happen to our class, but of course, it will.

Well that was some deep stuff! Sorry if you're all depressed now... but you'll get over it. Please pray for the family of Sara Webb!! She was such an amazing person. Hey.. even pray for the dad's side- they must be going through a really hard time too.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Snake!

So my mom and I were sitting at the kitchen table when Landon comes busting in through the back door. Out of the ordinary? No. Not until I spied with my little eye a SNAKE HEAD on the end of a stick he was holding. He proceeded to tell us all about it his encounter with the snake... He was in the back yard by the fire pit, about to start a fire. He leaned down over it and he saw the snake, coiled up and boiling mad, about to strike. Luckily, Landon had an axe with him. He hacked the head off of the snake... and then stuck it on the end of the stick and delivered it to my mom and me. I went back by the fire pit with Landon and saw the snake- still moving like it wasn't finished fighting. Of course, that was due to reflexes... 'cause the head was off. Well, if you know my brother, he's really into 'survival'. Bear Grylls (Man Vs. Wild) and Les Stroud (Survivorman) are the two guys he gets all of his info from. He knows everything inside and out mentioned on their shows. It's really unique and cool!! Anyway, here's the weird part... heheh... We cut the snake open, removed the guts, discovered that it had last eaten a baby bird, took out the meat, and basically skinned it. And I was all for that... until they (the two guys) took the meat out and said they were going to EAT IT!!! And then I went inside. Because I wasn't going to eat snake meat... much less RAT snake meat, much MUCH less snake meat cooked over a fire by my brothers. So they're back there STILL. Hope they have fun tonight, because I sure ain't wiping their mouths when the meat catched up with their stomach and they spend some quality time in the... well you know what will happen!! Ha ha!