Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Random though #382

So, Yesterday I went to the grocery store and among other things, I bought a bag of baby carrots. Today, I open the bag and it suddenly occurs to me for the first time.....These carrots are all of perfect uniform shape and size. Its like they were all cloned. I know they don't grow like this. Do I want to know the process by which they make this happen? No, I don't, but I wonder anyway....hmmm...its probably like a bad Cheezit commercial......They probably get liquified and squeezed out of a tube by 5 year old in a sweat shop in Taiwan...maybe not....

Anyway, its been a few days, everything has been going great. I mean, what more could a guy ask for? The cockroaches here are bigger and can fly. Publix grocery stores are monopolized and outnumber people 4/1....And lizards out number Publix grocery stores 250/ carrots are in fact uniform in shape and size.....just like everywhere else....Awesome...because, its so nice to not play the guessing game when reaching for a carrot...."...Oh man, I hope it is at least a good bite size....but I don't want it to be 2 whole bites.....That would STINK!!!! I might have to sue somebody if that happened...."

Anyway, I just got home from church awhile ago and it was awesome...It was a college and career group that meets every week and it was really awesome. I met so many awesome people, its nice to have people to talk to besides phone calls from home. Im really greatful. And for the rest of the week, I am out on the street as a third rider on an ambulance...which I am really happy about....I don't know how many more lectures I could have sat through. So, I am definately looking forward to tomorrow. Love you all, Ill write again soon,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Starting Sunstar

Well, yesterday, I started my 3 week long orientation for Sunstar. YAYYYYY!!!! (not really). It its going to be a long one. For the next 21 days, I will be drowning in a sea of bland powerpoint slides and boring lectures (by no fault of anyone but the deathly uninteresting material). For example, matterial such as: Don't drive like an idiot, and don't perform open heart surgery in the back of your ambulance, and don't run over your patients with the ambulance, and don't drop patients down 4 flights of stairs....catching the theme????? Actually, the best part of it is the occasional clip popping up on the slide from one of two movies; "Mother Jugs and Speed" or "Bringing out the Dead". Basically a perfect example of what not to do.... So, its been interesting....I am suppost to start riding on the street in two weeks...I really can't wait.

On another note: There are lizzards everywhere! Its kind of cool when I walk through the grass pretty much anywhere....I see these little brown or green streaks running away from me through the blades of grass....It was really trippy at first, but now I just find it entertaining....When I asked the people that live here what kind of lizzards they are, most replied: "They're just lizzards...I don't know..." And apparently, they are the kind that shed their tails when they need to escape predators. This facinates me and probably indirectly entertains my neighbors due to the fact that Ive been trying so hard lately to spook one enough to get its tale to fall off. I think I might look like a dumb redneck when I do this...Oh well....I haven't had any luck so far....I guess Im not that intimidating....

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Move

Probably one of the only regrets so far from making this move is: due to the fact that it happened so fast, I wasn't able to tell all the people I care about. For example, I called my cousin on the way down to FL because it just then occured to me that she had know idea I was moving 1100 miles away. So for those of you who had late or no notice of me leaving, please don't be offended. It was a crazy time for me and there were several factors that made it uncertain until the last minute if it was actually going to happen.

So, I did in fact make it, if you didn't already figure from facebook status. I made it with no more than I could fit in my truck (and my jetskis) Duh.... Mom has a picture of how high things were stacked in the bed of my truck. It was scary at times on the way down, but God allowing, I did in fact make it without any issues.

So I've been moving into my appartment little by little. Ive been running around to people on craigslist for furnature here and there. I bought a really nice couch for $50 yesterday from a guy in Tampa. Its green what Patti....Friends was filmed in the 90's and that entire appartment probably still isn't out of style. (Patti told me "Cordoroy is SOOO 90's." Whatever.....). I've been really trying to make this place not look like a bachelor pad. I think I've been doing okay, I know the kitchen does but I don't care, I like the license plates.... I guess I'll find out how I did when Mom comes.....(haha).. My bedroom is still completely empty and I will be sleeping on an air mattress until I can afford to get a bed but Ive been sleeping great on it. Here's a few more pictures of the appartment....

Anyway, my appartment is in a really nice complex with really great people. Its in a really good area and its only 2 minutes from where I work and 5 minutes from the beach where I've been running a few miles every day I've been here (Awesome)...Needless to say, Im thrilled about my living arrangements.

God has been so good to me over the past week. I was so thankful just to get here safely. My truck was so weighed down from all my stuff and pulling a trailer, I wasn't so sure it was going to make it at times, especially in the hilly areas of Tennessee. But God allowing, I made it. Ive also met so many friendly people. I always heard that people were friendly around here and they really are. People will just strike up conversations with you in the grocery store. Its kind of nice when you don't know anybody. I went to a church right down the street from me this morning and loved it. The people there were really great and I got hooked up with a weekly college age group meeting there. Im kind of excited about that. Even people like my landlord, the painters, and the maintainance guys from the appartment complex were all really cool. I've been thanking God so much lately for even the smallest things working out so well. I was really nervous about this move but its been really great so far and I love it here.

On the other hand, I miss all you guys at home. As much as I love it here, it has made me realize how much I left behind. Its a shocker being so far away because Ive realized how my family and friends play such a huge role in my life. I also really miss Maxine. There is a dog park right next to my building, which is torturous sometimes.

Well, I will try to keep this updated so I can keep up with everyone at home. I really want to thank everyone who helped me with the move....

My Mom and Aunt Judy for cleaning out their kitchen drawers....I am definately well equiped for just about anything cooking wise...And the table works perfectly...I love it...

My Dad for taking me out shopping for all the things I probably would have forgot....

And my sisters for just being supportive of everything...I know its hard for April because I left right before she came home. It would have been fun to live with you again....Maybe some day....

Well, I will update again soon, hopefully.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My latest Missouri trip!

Well, It has been awhile since my last post, but I was just waiting for something exciting enough to write about. This last weekend, I drove down to Missouri to see Stacey. It was a long ride but always well worth the trip. I have been needing to get away from my busy life here and have some fun.

I was happy to finally meet Stacey and Dustin's new puppy, "Deisel".

And yes, she is wearing a sweater! (Mom bought it and made me bring it). I thought that was a "lonely old lady thing" to do to your ugly toy poodle, but hey, thats just me talking.

But she is really cute, as you can see. She is really spunky and playful. I brought Maxine along for the trip and by the end of the first day, Diesel was chasing her around the living room.

But for most of the weekend, Stacey, Dustin, and I went backpacking along the Buffalo River in Arkansas with three of their friends. No toilets, no showers,no city lights, nothing that weighs more than ten pounds and doesn't fit in a backpack. It was a blast! This place was out in the middle of nowhere. We had to drive almost 20 minutes on this mud road through the woods just to get there. By the time we got to the trailhead, it was almost ten at night. I must say, hiking in the dark is a very cool experience. The moonlight was so bright out there we barely needed a flashlight....Luckily it was a clear night.

The scenery was amazing. The trails we were on passed a ton of lookout points and clifftops. I really didn't think Arkansas had that kind of landscape.

All three days put together, we covered about 14 miles. Maxine did so well. We got her her own backpack so she caried all her food and a few other things. She was a trooper. I didnt think she was tired until the ride home on sunday when she slept the whole 8 hour ride home and most of monday.

All in all, it was a great trip. I haven't been on a trip like that in so long. It feels good to be self sufficient. I like not having to rely on so much modern technology and comforts. It was also a blast to spend some time with Stacey and Dustin. I wish it was easier to come down there more often.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Catching everyone up!

So....Its been awhile. I'm just starting to get my head together after finishing school and I thought I should update this. April won't get off my back until I do. So there are several a few exciting things happening these days with me. Most people know that I in the testing process for Milwaukee Fire which is very exciting for me. Its one department that I have been wanting to test for since I gratuated high school so I am hoping for the best. I took the written a few weeks ago and still haven't heard anything back, but none of the people I took it with have either. Im just waiting to hear about that.

I Finally graduated paramedic school last week! Im really excited. My State Exam is the 22nd of this month. If I pass that, Ill be a licensed paramedic....

I also got my first fire with the fire department. I wish I had pictures. It was a car that caught on fire while in a garage and burned the garage down. It was awesome just to be on a fire even though it wasn't that glorious. I just ended up pulling hose but it made my week anyway.

I hope everyone remembered september 11th today, I've been thinking about that alot this week....

Well, Ill try to be more consistent with my updates here, Im sure all three of you will appreciate that.

Catching everyone up!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A few things that made me laugh this week...

"...I was feeling a bit depressed the other day, so I called Lifeline

I was put through to a call center outsourced in Saudi Arabia

I explained that I was feeling suicidal

They were very excited at this news............

and wanted to know if I could drive a truck..."