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Lots to update... [Jul. 14th, 2009|09:17 am]
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[Current Music |Michael Buble - Fever]

Ok, so I'll try and summarize. Insurance claim went VERY well. So well that I feel like I hit the lotto. Most of the stuff that was damaged were things that either I was going to throw away or really didn't need. The only items that got damaged that I really cared about were my air hockey table and camping gear. Those probably combined probably totalled $1,000, but when I was I really going to be able to use that air hockey table? My basement probably wont ever get finished. Basically the adjuster wanted to pay and close and be done with it, like many of our adjusters in storm situations. So he paid my limit and I didn't have to pay my deductible So, all worked out well. :)

Secondly, Sugar is not doing well. It breaks my heart to watch her walk. Her back legs are starting to give out on her. It all started when I noticed her dragging her left leg a bit. We took her to the vet and said as they get older the message to lift up her leg doesn't get from the brain to the leg. So he gave her some meds hoping that would help. It hasn't. Now she's a bit unsteady and I hate the fact that I have hardwood floors. She's getting better about taking her time, but she'll just wipe out just standing there. Her face is just horrified when it happens because doesn't quite understand what's happening. I cried last night because I felt so bad for her. So, trip to the vet is a MUST and will be doing that VERY soon.

Lastly, I started dating a guy that I would have NEVER thought I'd be dating. Basically I've gone on a couple of dry runs with a couple different guys and when Chris asked me out, I figured why not since nothing else has worked out. He's one of Josh and Susan's friends that hangs out at Harrigans. He's a tattooed mess, has a tongue ring and small gages in his ears. But he was so persistent in asking me out that I finally decided why not? I knew from our brief time spent together when I first met him that he had a sense of humor. He showers me with compliments and I eat it up. Secondly, he's very genuine and seems to have good sense about him.

The first date we went out to a nice little Italian restaurant and got pizza. It was soo good! After that we went to this small bar in town that apparently mostly old people go to. The people watching was fantastic! And a little disturbing at the same time. I'm pretty sure I saw woman my grandmother's age moving their hips in ways that is unnatural for someone their age. After that we went to his place and just sat by the fire pit outside with his roommate and girlfriend. Second date we went to see The Hangover, had some ice cream, then back to his house to lounge on his deck and pet his dog Chino.

Unfortunately, he lives in Dayton so we'll probably only see each other during the weekends. So far we're very comfortable around each other. Not saying anything will really become of this, but it's been nice to be around him and talk to him. So, just taking it one step at a time and living in the moments.
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Oh the joys of owning a home...... [Jun. 26th, 2009|04:52 am]
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So last night/this morning was awful! I just experienced the worst set of storms I have ever experienced and hope to never have to do it again. It started with a little rain, lightning then proceeded to hail penny sized hail for about 10-15 minutes, followed by torrential down pour of rain and a lightning storm. I believe it started around 11:30 and didn't stop until 3:00 AM. I slept for a total of an hour and half and paced around with Sugar the remaining hours. The electric went off around midnight and hasn't come back on. The best part is that since the electric was out, so was my sump pump! So, I now have 4 inches of water in my basement and not only that but it's mixed with gasoline because of course that's where I store it for the lawnmower.

I woke up around 3:30 and got up to check things out. I smelled a very strong oder of gasoline and figured it must be from my gas can downstairs but couldn't figure out why I could smell it throughout the house. As I walked down the stairs and placed my foot onto the basement floor I proceeded to find out; the water went over my ankle. Not a good way to begin the day! I have since left my house and came to my parents because the smell was so bad and I was worried what might happen with the gasoline/water mixture. I've probably seen too many action movies, but I don't want to be there for the river of fire.

So I've already placed a claim and now I am waiting for the on-call adjuster to call me back. Not sure I'll be going into work or not, but probably need to since Maureen is off and I'm sure we'll have 50,000 people/claims just like me calling in. I'm worried about coverage though. When I bought my house and noticed there was a sump pump I told Jennifer and Chon to make sure they added it. Well there is an "overflow of sewer and drain" endorsement, and I pray to God that it includes the sump pump. Of course when I made my claim they couldn't answer that question and said I'll have to wait for the adjuster to call. Standard answer and I knew it's what I would get, but was hoping/praying she'd say yes.

So I guess now it's a hurry up and wait game now, great...Well I think I might try and get a nap in before I have to start dealing with all this, so wish me luck!
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Grr... [May. 20th, 2009|03:45 pm]
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Today just sucks. Everyone seems to be grumpy at work, myself included. Just want to get out of here. I'm supposed to meet Ali for a workout right after work, so hopefully that'll put me into a better mood. Although, she called me earlier and said that she was fired. She was really tore up about it and just plain shocked. So I tried to console her, but unfortunately that's not one of my strengths. I did the best I could, but I mean really, what are you suppose to say? So we're going to workout and then maybe we'll go out for some chips/salsa and beer. That's normally our game plan for things/days like this.
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Date [May. 13th, 2009|08:31 am]
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LOL, so I went on a date last night with someone I hadn't met before, only seen a picture of....Note to self - never date anyone that doesn't have legs in their picture! I don't even think he was 5'! OMG, the look on my face had to be of utter shock maybe even terror when he hopped off his stool to come greet me. All I could think was, omg, omg, omg, he's so short! After I excused myself to order my coffee I collected myself enough to join him at the table. Great guy, good conversation, just too short. Hate to be that kind of person, but I can't do it. He'd be nice to hang out with, but nothing else going to happen there. So sad...

Tonight is date #2 and he does have legs!
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Troutman Adventure [May. 11th, 2009|09:54 am]
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Should have posted this earlier, but just hadn't had the chance. Was in WV from April 29th-May 3rd for a fishing/camping/biking/and beer drinking extravaganza. I had an awesome time! I was the only girl out of about 17 guys. YIKES! Michael told them he was bringing his "buddy Jesse", lol so they all thought I was a guy. The look on their faces was priceless, especially his son's and ex-wife's. I met Michael and his friend Steve his Michael's house around 7:00 and we then drove to his farmhouse, which is about an hour and half away. Once there we partied a little bit and called it a night around midnight. Got up around 5:20 AM to do some turkey hunting. We didn't see any but heard one. After we played around awhile in the woods, we headed to camp.

Once we got all settled in on Thursday night, of course I had show them that I could hang with the guys. They were passing around the captain and doin shots shots out of the bottle so I followed suit. Not like I haven't done this before. I held my own as expected. The morning afterwards I got a lot of captain poses and was asked several times if I wanted a little captain in me. So we had good times with that.

Friday morning after we ate breakfast we got ourselves ready for our biking/fishing trip. My bike of course had to be the camo taped bike with antlers on the front. LOL, that was pretty awesome to ride. Apparently, it had been a girl bike and after the divorce the guy had to "man" it up. We had to bike where we fished because that section of the river was for "foot" tracks only. So we biked about 4.5 miles. Not too bad, but when you're also wading up and down in the river, that 4.5 miles seems like 8. I caught 3 trout that day.

Later that night, same story. Basically just eat dinner and drink. Dinner was awesome though. Camping with guys is great because there is no shortage of meat! (pun intended)

Saturday Michael and I fished along the river where we didn't have to bike. I ended up catching 3 and he caught 0. The guys had a good time with that. You know, me being a girl and all and out-fishing him. Apparently though it was a slow year for them. They normally catch upwards of 300 all together and this time we probably caught around 100.

Even though it rained most of the time, it was a great trip/experience. I'll probably be doing this again with them next year. They also go in February when it normally snows, it's called the Toughman Adventure. Not sure I'm ready for that yet...
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Missy [Apr. 20th, 2009|07:46 pm]
I've been meaning to update about Missy's possible brain tumor. As it turns out, it was just a shadow! After having the MRI done it was determined that's all it was. My aunt didn't feel totally confident with this so she got a second opinion and they're conclusion was the same. So, shew! But they are still trying to figure out where all her headaches are coming from. But for now, looks like she's going to be all right. :)
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I survived! [Apr. 20th, 2009|03:04 pm]
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Well I survived my first backpacking expedition. Not only that, but going with a bunch of strangers wasn't all bad and actually I think it helped. It made it so I HAD to talk to people and get to know them. The guide, Dave, was very helpful and informative. He and the other experienced backpacker made the "newbies" feel very comfortable. They didn't seem bothered by or annoyed with our lack of experience. In fact, they welcomed it. They were more than willing to help get us started in hopes that we'll go on future hikes with them.

I found the presentation before the hike very helpful. You can tell Dave really enjoys what he does and would like to get as many people involved as he can. The class was almost 2 hours and could have been much longer. He had a powerpoint presentation and different gear with him to help demonstrate. I would have actually liked the class to have been longer, but we had to cut it short due to lack of daylight.

The hike to the campsite was about 1/4 to 1/2 mile, nothing too terrible. I had a shadow for most of the hike and most of the evening. A guy brought his roommate's 4 year old daughter and she immediately took to me and asked if she could hold my hand. How are you going to say no to that? Haha, so that interesting.

The next day we got up and had breakfast, oatmeal for me. Then we got everything packed up and started moving around 9:45. There was 5 of us out of 10 that did the 4.5 mile hike out of there. My pack weighed about 34 lbs and was a little uncomfortable. The hike was a little muddy and I was wishing I had worn my hunting boots. Like an idiot, I wore tennis shoes but only because I had asked Dave beforehand if those would be sufficient. Should have just figured on wearing boots though.

After all was said and done, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Everyone was very nice and easy to get along with. I'm also looking forward to my next hike, which could be somewhere in Red River Gorge here in the next month. There is a meetup tomorrow night on how to pack your pack, but of course I can't make it. Really wish I could though because I could really benefit from that. Oh well, guess I'll just have to make due. :)

So now I get to go shopping for hiking boots, clothes, and whatever else I can get my hands on. :)
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Camping [Apr. 15th, 2009|08:33 pm]
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Well I've started to get all my gear together for Friday's backpacking/camping expedition. I'm a little nervous about it but more so excited. I figure the best way to go about this is to just jump right in! I was on the fence about staying the night on Friday, but I think I'm just going to do it. It's supposed to be a beautiful day/night so why not? My parents are a little leary about me camping alone with a bunch of strangers, but what the hell. You only live once right? And as my buddy Michael Johnson would say, "It's all about the adventure". :)
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The magic words.... [Apr. 15th, 2009|08:08 pm]
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So I've been seeing this guy Jeff for a while now and so far I haven't really decided if I'm that interested, but it fills the void. Last night we went to see "I Love You Man". I'd give it a 2.5 or 3 out of 5 stars. It was almost an uncomfortable comedy because Paul Rudd's character is such a lame guy. He tries so hard to be cool and just can't really quite pull it off. Afterwards we went outside and talked for a bit. Seems like the weather never wants to cooperate for us. It's either snowing, raining or just down right cold. Last night it was chilly and misting, but it wasn't terrible. It at least let us stand out there for a good while.

So we talked about our houses and different projects we have going on and things we are planning for the weekend and so on. I'm so weird I know, but when he told me that he was thinking of buying a fishing license, it was like someone slapped me awake. He said that he's only been once and that was last year but he wanted to go again this year. So of course I got excited, hopefully not too outwardly, but inside I was doing the hokey pokey, lol. Anyway, I suggested that we go some time. So now all the sudden he mentioned fishing and I'm all about it? It's still undecided if he'll really enjoy it though, so I wont let myself get too ahead of myself, but that was probably one of the reasons I wasn't that interested. I don't want to get a year into a relationship again to find out they're really not into it or the outdoors. I have realized how important it is to me to have this in my life and relationship.

After dating Scott for almost a year and finding out that he didn't really enjoy being outdoors the way I did, it was devastating. I remember telling him when we first started dating that he had to be okay with me fishing, hunting, camping, etc and he said yeah and that he liked to hike. Unfortunately, I took that as a blanket statement assuming he also liked to camp and fish. Come to find out, not so much.

So I don't think I've let myself get too close to Jeff emotionally for fear of that happening again. I also told myself that whoever I date next HAS to enjoy or at least dabble in them. I believe my life without those few things would be depressing. I never knew how much I valued them until I seen my life without. Now of course I could still do those things even if the person I was with didn't, but I want to be able to share them with him and later possibly my children.

In summary, things are looking better and better for Jeff and I. Still not anywhere near ready for a commitment or relationship though. Still enjoy my freedom, but it's nice to know there could be a possibility for something more...
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Getting a roomate [Apr. 14th, 2009|12:19 pm]
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Well Lindsay just told me today that she'll be ready to move in a couple weeks. I'm very excited about it! I'll be able to save money and start paying more on credit cards! And then hopefully when I refinance soon I'll be in an even better situation! It is almost bitter sweet though because I do enjoy my time and space alone at my house. I can run around naked, use the bathroom with the door open, and bring whoever I want over. I guess I could still do that, but I don't think Lindsay would be too keen on that. Oh well, at this point I'll override comfort for a little extra cash.
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