Thursday, July 31, 2008

Broken.

My younger brother broke three bones in his ankle earlier today. He had to have surgery to fix it. Apparently, when they put the cast on him in the hospital, they also issued him a license to be total dick to everyone.

Why do I have the feeling that for the next 6-8 weeks he's going to be milking this for all it's worth?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Look How Far We’ve Come

I hate this. This situation, this feeling, everything. It's like I am stuck in the "Ground Hog Day"-style rerun of my life. The same people doing the same shit in the same place. I don't want to be here anymore. You would think over the past three or fours years something would be better than it was…and, in this case, you'd be wrong.

I'm still the same fucked up girl as I was when my dad passed away. I'm still insecure, neurotic, obsessive, and paranoid. I still need constant reassurance and approval of others even when I say that I am totally my own person and other's opinions don't matter. Oh, and I'm a liar too.

The weird thing is that, after mom broke up with JackAss, I thought I was getting better. He was gone and, along with him, all of the insults and torture he put us through. I thought I was a strong and confident for the first time in my life. I had been through hell and came out the other side with scars that going to eventually heal. But now he's back. What the fuck am I going to do?

I asked her, after everything he has done, if she still wants him back in her life. She hesitated and then said "Yeah. On a part time basis." I told her than that is what she can expect from me. If he is here, I'm not going to be.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Photo of the Day

He's going to hate me but I absolutely had to post this picture. This is my younger brother, *Lee*, at Paradise Smoothie earlier today. I thought his expression was too funny not to share. I think I surprised him the camera phone.
Oh and I have a new favorite smoothie flavor: Banana coconut. Yum.
I got green apple. It was great but I like the banana coconut more. :)


And if you needed anymore proof that I am a complete geek, I spent a few hours today going over anatomy notes in preparation for A&P 1....and school doesn't start for another three weeks. Yeah. I should just get LOSER tattooed on my forehead now.
Oh and I'm also listening Disney music....right now it's on a song from "Beauty and the Beast".

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Mosaic Meme

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search.
2. Using only the first page of results, pick one image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.

The questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food right now?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your flickr name?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

(Try to say the title of this post in a singsong voice…it makes more sense that way)

  • Goat cheese and apricots
  • Sleeping pills
  • Red grapes
  • My water bottle (no more plastic bottles...better for the environment…plus I refuse to pay $4 for bottled water like I did when I saw "Get Smart")
  • Comments on my Blog
  • Pixdaus (really cool photography) http://www.pixdaus.com/
  • Faces in inanimate objects…like here: http://flabbergastedly.com/?p=96
  • Aged White Cheddar Kettle Corn from Popcorn Indiana….yum
  • Katy Perry's song, "I Kissed a Girl"…try your best not to read too much into that
  • Old Saturday Nigh Live episodes…and when I say old, I mean back when Will Farrell and Jimmy Fallon were on it
  • Nan Ryan romance novels
  • Photos from the turn of the century to the 1950's
  • Blogs that are updated everyday
  • Dr. Bonner's Magic Soap in Peppermint
  • Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm…not the Honey Lip Balm though because it feels kind of gross
  • Time elapsed videos on Youtube that show flowers blooming and mushrooms growing….don't ask
  • Reading the favorite things of my favorite bloggers J

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Leather Corset is on Back Order

Me: *Firefly*

Him: "I'm sorry. What was that again?"

Me: *Firefly*

Him: "Oh, okay. Ha. For a second there, I thought you said your name was "Master'"

The voice in my head: "No, honey. That would be Mistress but only on the weekends."

Yum. Smoothies.

I was going to spend this entire post bitching about life and family, more specifically, my prick brother and his leathery skinned whorebag girlfriend. I know that is what you would rather read about but no.

I said to myself, "Firefly, you need to take all of that anger and rage you feel right now and ball it up. Just squish it and put it away, far away. And in ten years, when they cut that tumor out, this whole thing will seem really petty."

So I am not going to bitch about anything but I am going to write about something I love.

Smoothies.

Yes, smoothies.

As some of you may or may not know, I used to work at Smoothie King. That place sucks. Seriously. You think Starbucks is ripping you off? You would have a fucking heart attack if you saw the profit margin on some of those shitty drinks. The Slim-N-Trim Smoothies cost about $0.30 to make. Yeah, and you are paying $5 for ice, water, and chocolate powder. Ha. Don't you feel like a total jackass? Oh and the posters of all the yummy-looking fruit you see when you walk in? Non existent. All of the fruit flavors come from packaged juices and cans and the strawberries are frozen with sugar. The only fresh fruit that is used are the bananas.

Anyway, I found a place in Baton Rouge that I am absolutely in love with. Paradise Smoothie is located at Sherwood Forest and Florida Boulevard. They have the best smoothie in Baton Rouge and, while I may not be totally qualified to say this but I will anyway, possible the whole world. If they found a Smoothie Place on Mars, Paradise Smoothie would probably be better than that one too.

The first thing you notice when you walk in Paradise Smoothie is how hip it looks, and yes I realize how uncool it is to say the word "hip" but it is the only way to describe it. They have computers and a flat screen TV to keep you entertained while you are waiting for your drink. The employees are so nice and willing to offer suggestions because the options and combinations of drinks available are kind of intimidating.

I'll make a few suggestions:

  • Pina Colada smoothie with pineapple jelly. The jellies are small cubes that have a constancy that falls somewhere between jello and gummy bears. It's my favorite.
  • Strawberry Pineapple with Tapioca Peals. Yum.
  • Strawberry Banana with rainbow jelly. I'm not sure why it is called "rainbow jelly" when they are red, orange, yellow, and white but they are good no matter what color they are.

I don't know why the bubble smoothies are so appealing. Maybe it is the comically large straws that you drink them with or the idea of chewing and drinking at the same time. Whatever it is, consider your life incomplete if you have never had one.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Exiting the Tornado

Have you ever seen cartoons where the character is sucked into a tornado and when they are spit back out by it, they are like, "Ohmygod…what the fuck just happened?"

That is kind of how I feel right now. Five days a week for six weeks, I have been going up at 5:30am to arrive at work for 6:45am. After a very full day of helping with homework, tutoring both math and English, stopping arguments, overseeing football games, giving out band-aids and Neosporin, and generally playing the role of momma hen; I would get home at 4:30 and still have work to do, whether it was working on projects for the kids or grading papers. The pay was not good, either. After taxes, I was taking home about $6.25 a hour.

I did this for six weeks. I was underpaid, underappreciated, and overworked. Some days I came home crying and most mornings, I didn't even want to get out of bed. How did I do it? Why did I do it? And more importantly, why do I plan on doing it again next summer?

It is something I can not explain. Yes, it was hard and there were days when I wanted to quit. But to see the look in one of the girls' eyes when I was able to explain to her a math problem that had nearly driven her to tears in a way she understood, that makes it worth it. The look of pride on one of the boys' faces when I told his mother what an intelligent, driven young man he is and how I think he will go far, that makes it worth it. To see how upset some of the girls got when I told them I wasn't going to be able to go to Atlanta with them because they were hoping I would be rooming with them, that makes it worth it.

I told them not to worry, that I would be with them next summer. I hope we are going to Austin. I've never been.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Seriously…what the fuck?

Okay, these fucking kids seem to be forgetting their place. One of the other tutor/mentors or tutor/counselors or prison wardens or whatever the fuck they are calling us almost slapped one of the students for stepping to her and getting in her face. But she kept her cool and brought the issue to the director. Consider the girl wasn't going to Atlanta anyway and there are only 2 more days left for the summer program (!!!), I'm not sure what they are going to do about it.

Oh and one of the other students got into a shoving match with the math teacher about showing his work when writing algebra problems on the board. Yeah. A totally justified reason assault a teacher, have security called on you, and get kicked out of the program.

Well, it is past midnight and I still have to shower and manage a few hours of sleep before 5am.

Goodnight.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Testing…1…2…3

Okay. I'm on Microsoft Word 2007 right now. Hopefully this shit works. If not, than I just have to go back to the old fashion way…actually getting on the internet and writing.

EDIT

OMG. I totally can't believe that just worked. I am so excited.

Thank you, Jordan!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Damn Blogger

I swear, this is the first time in a week that I have been able to get Blogger to load.
I've tried and tried and tried to get this relationship to work but if Blogger isn't careful and continues to neglect me and my blogging needs, I'll have to go crawling back to Vox....or worse, Wordpress.
What to say, what to say.
Oh, if someone doesn't stop using my razor, he's are going to find himself without eyebrows in the morning.