Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Craft DAY!!!

Some friends from school came over yesterday and we had fun doing some of these craft's!!

Chauvinist MEN!!!

male chauvinist

a male who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit.

I am sorry...but I had an experience this afternoon that reminded me how much these people(chauvinists) bother me!!!

My friend had a flat tire so I went to help her out.(None of our men were around) The only reason you need a man around when you have a flat tire is for the muscle and so they can be the ones to get all grimy and dirty:) Other than that they are useless if you are the kind of girl who
#1-knows how to change a flat tire
#2-doesn't mind changing a tire.

Instructions on how to change a tire:
1. Make sure you have a jack(what lifts the car for you!), a crowbar(what loosens the bolts/nuts), and most importantly a spare or donut tire:)
2. Take your crowbar and start loosening the bolts (This is the hard part for us girls)
- It is important to do this before you lift up the car with the Jack because you don't want the car to fall off the Jack as you wildly jerk the car around trying to get the bolts off that the mechanic put on with an electric thing:)
3. Once they are loosened proceed to lift the car with the jack
4. Remove the obnoxious flat tire.
5. Put the spare on by putting the same bolts back on!!

Ta Da you are officially an expert! - No Need for the brains of a man, just their muscle:0)

If I had been a man none of the following would have happened....

- During our changing the tire today we had 2 people try and tell us to skip step #2!! I really just wanted to yell at them, "Thanks, but No Thanks, for your stupid advice. Thank You I am doing it the correct way. Yes, I have probably changed more tires than you! (In high school I had a streak of flat tires, 7 just to be exact. Someone either really didn't like me or there were really big nails on our dirt road!)."
- I have to admit that we did accept the help of a man. Those stinking bolts were almost welded on!! I was resorting to jumping on one side of the crowbar and pulling up on the other end...at the same time trying not to strip the bolts. I had successfully loosened two of them and he very easily loosened the other two for us. It was when he opened his mouth that he started to show that all he was worth was his muscle. "You should have put your Jack on first."

I am of course (yes one of my faults) not able to let it pass. "No Actually," I say, "You don't put the Jack on first because YOU DON'T WANT THE CAR TO FALL OFF THE JACK. Thank you so much for your help:~)"

His input was, "The parking break helps the car not fall off the Jack."

OR you could just not put the Jack on and save yourself the trouble of having any possible problems at all of the car falling off the Jack!!!

I really believe the reason that most girls won't even try to learn how to change a tire is because they believe there will always be Chauvinist Men around!! Maybe, today with all our cell phones there is usually one close enough to come help you out! Someday though you are going to end up in a situation where no one can come to your aid and you're going to have wished that you had learned!!

Now about those Men who think they know something and don't! Just because you are a man does not mean that you know how to fix a car, change a tire, or KNOW ANYTHING at all about a car. It takes some actually training and knowledge. You don't just magically know what your doing because you have..a..muscle.

Any of you girls ever tried taking your car to the mechanic or gone to get new tires? Well, I have and I am personally sick of the stupid men at these places. They just suppose you don't know what you are talking about and almost dismiss you!! It drives me bonkers!! I'll admit I don't know a ton about cars. I do know enough though that if you spend two seconds talking to me, I'll comprehend the problem!! YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO JUST DISMISS ME AND MY QUESTIONS!!

-I always send my husband to do all car things. Not because I can't do it, but because he gets treated like a human being and can actually get something accomplished. Huff!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sewing Lessons

Dallas wanted a bag for the air mattress...
I suggested he sew one out of some old jeans...
He thought I should do it...hmmm time for a quick sewing lesson!!

Sewing Lesson
Day 1: He decided to help me with a pincushion I wanted to make. I just needed to figure out what shape to cut out the pieces. I left him to it! An hour later I go see what's taking him so long... he was still at it but he had his computer out, paper, pencils, and a CALCULATOR!! He was figuring it out engineer like:) (At least he's putting that education to use:)) Two hours later he has a pattern and starts cutting out pieces and handing them to me to sew together. He keeps cutting...after 6 or 7 pieces I say that's enough! "It's going to look like a football no matter what you do to it."
Back to the drawing table he went. After another hour (total of four) he has another pattern ready and while I'm in the shower tries to thread the sewing machine and start sewing it himself.
After rescuing him...and a quick lesson on how to thread the machine... he starts sewing it together...very...very...very...slowly:) Hey at least he's trying:)
The final product wasn't too bad! (yes I added the bow for a finishing touch)

DAY 2: He started on the bag for the air mattress today...
It was quite the process.
He was going pretty well...with the occasional freezing of the sewing machine with me coming to fix it...
until he stopped paying attention and his seem turned out being a quarter of an inch at the top and an inch at the bottom.
The perfectionist that he is decided to take it out and fix it.
~30 min later I hear in a frustrated voice, "Oh NO!!! I sewed it backwards!! I sewed it once and it was right! I took it out and sewed it again and it's backwards! I even zigzagged the edge!...Look ziggyzagy!"
It was soo funny I couldn't stop laughing.
Poor guy...

Here's the finished project...looks pretty good!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I found this little comic strip and couldn't resist sharing it. I feel like this ALL the time during school!!


So I found this AmaZInG blog called "hypocrisy in action!"

My hubby, who has amazing writing ability decided to write some of his thoughts on a blog(after some nudging from yours truly)

He really has an awesome ability to write...and he has some interesting things to say about things going on.

Check it out!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008


This was recently transformed....


I decided to try making this dress! I found this very cute material…and had to try.
It’s not finished…I’m of course having lots of problems because

A- I hate following patterns…I tend to do what I want…It doesn’t always work out.
B- I obviously can’t measure and made it too big!!
C- It’s too big in the shoulders…ugh the worst place to try and make it smaller…
D- I forgot to buy a zipper so I can’t finish it anyway till Monday morning when I go back to the store.

We’ll have to see how much patience I have…hopefully I can finish it!

I also decided to make pillows for my big Study Chair and hopefully a cute apron (I lost mine in the move and I NEED an apron) ~-WISH ME LUCK~

Monday, November 10, 2008

I need Thanksgiving Break Ideas

I need book ideas!!! I want to read a really good book over break. I've already read the Vampire books! (And Yes I lIke them Even if they are Kinda Silly:)

Any ideas???

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Sleep is a very precious commodity in my life right now. Anybody who has ever lived with me knows that I do not fall asleep easily. It sometimes will take me hours and hours of staring at the ceiling as my mind wonders through the events of the day or things that are going to happen the next day. I usually stay up until the wee hours of the morning waiting for myself to get tired!!

Digression: This isn't a recent problem, I've had it my entire life. I remember having to go to bed..like all children..before I was tired. I would lie awake for hours..listening to my parents talking in the room next to me or just coming up with games to keep myself entertained. I would pretend I was an orphan(or homeless) and that all I had to keep warm was a pillow case. I would try to crawl into my pillowcase to stay warm.
Some of my favorite childhood memories includes a time I was laying awake..probably telling myself a story... when suddenly I hear my Mom scream in terror from the next room. I then hear my dad call out to her, "What's wrong," only to hear my mom squeal back, "A mouse just ran over my toe!" I just sat giggling in my bed..cus I was supposed to be asleep! (At least that's how I remember it!)

Recently, thanks to Christy, I have discovered a new way to help me fall asleep. I concentrate on breathing in and out... AND NOT thinking of anything else. Surprisingly although it sounds cheesy this almost always works and I fall asleep in a few minutes.

Well, no longer... I have been learning about sleep cycles in one of my classes and breathing and respiratory stuff in another class. Now when I try to just think of breathing in and out... my mind wants to describe exactly the pressure required for the oxygen to exchange with carbon dioxide in the alveoli, and that my brainstem can cause involuntary control but I can override that with my cerebral cortex..blah...blah..blah

I am very sad to lose my sleeping aide :(
(Ugh PA school!!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

It is in times of Trial that we learn the most about ourselves.

I am currently in one of those "Times of Trial." A Trial I am putting myself through. We all do it to ourselves at some point. I am learning very quickly that I don't handle "BAD Stress" very well. Bad stress, the kind where your life might fall apart if everything doesn't go as planned. Not...Oh dang I didn't pass that test...but Oh My Gosh if I don't pass this class, I'll get kicked out of PA school.

Good stress is I need to pass this test so I need to have a little anxiety so I'll have the motivation to do what I need to do.

Bad stress is not good for me. I do the opposite of study, I get discouraged and my brain shuts down. Literally I can go through all my notes and not remember anything!! Nothing goes into my head until I calm down and "de-stress"

Ariann asked me how I have time for crafts and such. These are my de-stressors. I also like to plan study time and then purposefully not study and watch a movie instead. You would think that this would cause more of that bad stress... but surprisingly it doesn't. I get to laugh at my books and say AH...I don't need you:)

I love to plan something I should do and then NOT do it and do something fun instead:)

How silly are we???

We went camping with some PA friends a couple weeks ago....and well, we were the biggest dorks ever...:)

We found these rocks already like this!!! (okay they were different letters)
Anyway we couldn't resist:)