Category: License

Father’s Day ’05 & Impatience

I’m so bad at updating sometimes. I get so lazy and have no desire to be online. Which can be good, I guess, but then I get pissed at myself because I have so much to write about and I just *have* to write about everything don’tcha know? Anyway…

Mario worked Thursday and got Friday off instead. We spent a day in town. I felt awful that I had no $$ to get Mario a gift for Father’s Day . We went to JCPenny to get his dad some gifts from us and Mom and he got himself some shorts and a shirt, which he said was the Father’s Day gift from me, but it’s NOT. That’s one of the reasons I’m in a hurry to go to school and get a job–so I can buy him stuff myself. That’s what I loved about working…it was so nice having money and buying him stuff whenever I wanted. It was nice surprising him and not having to ask for money when a holiday or special occassion comes around and I want to get him a gift .

I got a cute, teal blouse when we were there. I wore it the next day when Mary, Noelia and I went to Noelia’s friend, Vinny’s, baby shower. She’s having a boy and just looks so cute all pregnant . It seemed like almost every woman there was pregnant or had a newborn in her arms. My biological clock sensed that and automatically screamed, “You must have a baby soooon!” Even Mary told me, “Andale, Yajaira!” (C’mon, Yajaira!) and then later Vinny’s aunt said it, too. But I need to keep pressing “snooze” on that darn clock and make myself wait till I get my license, go to school, get a job and then get our house. Once we get our house, then and only then will we try.

I felt a little uncomfortable in my clothes since I hadn’t worn a skirt in forever. I was also afraid the tire around my waist was going to pop out when I sat down . It boosted my confidence when a girl Mary was talking to said, “She doesn’t look like she has kids!?”, when Mary brought up that I was her daughter-in-law and that she had two grandsons. I needed to hear that LOL. That’s another thing, before I even think of having another kid I need to get in shape. The last thing I need is to get pregnant and gain even MORE weight and have a harder time losing it. Ugh, I don’t even want to think about that LOL.

Father’s Day was alright. The kids made a little trinket-box-type thing and a key rack for Mario and Big Mario. It was Mary’s idea . The kids painted them and they looked really cute. I cleaned up that morning and then later we went to Yadira’s where we were going to have lunch. Mary made everything, as usual. I felt horrible later that afternoon because she felt bad. She’d done so much for everyone, cooked all the food on her own, and a few people were a bit unappreciative .

That morning we thought Daniel (the turtle) had become a father LOL. I thought, ‘How appropriate; on Father’s Day!’. We found these little white balls that were in clusters in the water and we automatically thought they were eggs. I got some info online and could find NO pictures of Red-eared slider eggs so I followed the incubation instructions and incubated them. Later, I did find some info and pictures on the eggs and realized they were too small to be eggs. I think I may have been incubating semen .

Since we have the 20 gallon tank now and are still turtle-sitting Sammy and Brandon’s turtles, Jackie and Daniel couldn’t bask properly. The big turtles kept knocking them off or, more annoyingly, shifting all the stacked up lava rocks and spreading them across the tank. Mario got some plexi glass and glued it to the tank to make a sort of ‘dam’. We filled up the seperated part with rocks (I even found some really pretty ones at Family Dollar!) and then put lava rocks on top for them to bask. I went to Big Mario’s stash of bricks and rocks and found even more lava rocks–heavier and hello, they were FREE! We spent $10 for a bag of lava rocks at Pet Smart, and they’re really light so the turtles can easily push them. After boiling all the rocks and stones, I stacked them up like stairs so the turtles could get to the dam easily.

Basking turtles

It took them a while to get used to it, especially Jackie. She kept biting at the rocks LOL.

Went to visit Mom last night with John and the boys. Didn’t go as expected. There was arguing–as usual. Will probably vent about it privately later on. Gah.

I should get back to cleaning. I’m getting junk together to have yet another garage sale. I REALLY need to go through my drawers and closets and I’m dreading that . I also need to get more info online about the schools I’m thinking of going to. I think I already know where I want to go. John may go to the same one and we can go together. We’re either going July 25 or September 6. I really hope everything goes as planned. I’m becoming impatient–it feels as though I’ve put life on hold. Truth of the matter is, I couldn’t fathom anyone else raising my kids, which is WHY I actually HAVE put life on hold. But it’s time to get it back on track again. I KNOW I can do this.

[edit] 3:08pm. I can’t find my diploma ANYWHERE!!! I was about to cry and hyperventilate earlier. I don’t know what happened to it. I had it on the very top shelf with my Salutatorian plaque and all the school info and my scholarship (gotta call and check if that’s still good) and it’s not there . I was frantically looking for it and John says, “Aww, bless your little determined heart.” Grr. . I need to call the school like, 5 minutes ago, and ask if I can get a new one. I can’t believe it’s lost!! [/edit]

[edit again] 3:48pm. Just called my old school. I can either get a copy for free or a new one for $8 and I’m probably going to just get the new one. I hope they have a new style for it, too. The old one looked FAKE…it had a pinkish little owl printed on it (which was our mascot–don’t laugh!). I remember I took it with me for a job I was after a few years ago and the lady looked at me like, “You’re kidding, right?” when I presented the diploma LOL. The lady said she’d look me up and see if she can find my file. That scares me a little…”if” she can find it?? Anyway, hopefully all will be well. I also called to the College itself and got the info for admissions and financial aide. I feel so nervous. I have so much to do in the next few weeks: get my license, replace my diploma, set up an appointment with the school for both John and I to check if we qualify for financial aide, not go insane!! I’ve been out of school for way too long; this seems so overwhelming!! [/edit]


Weekend Adventures, Driving & Swimming Lessons

Watching a high speed chase/kidnapping going on in California on CNN right now. I’m so glad it ended peacefully. The guy had two women and a toddler and infant in the car. I wonder what happened? What caused him to snap and do that. WTH? They’re walking him to a patrol car and as he was passing one of the suspects he either tried to kiss her or snapped at her.

It’s been a while since I updated. Mmmm…Got a 20 gallon tank for our turtles on Sunday. Went to Petland, bought one for almost $40. Went to Petsmart to get the rats’ food and found a 20 gallon for $32–I TOLD him (Mario) they were more expensive at Petland–everything there is! So we bought the $32 one and returned the one from Petland. When we returned it, we also got a leash and harness for Cookie . He’s getting huge for his cage, so it’s nice to take him out and get some exercise.

We had to rearrange the entertainment center to put the tank up there–there was nowhere else!

We decided to eat at Fuddruckers that day. I’d only eaten there once before and it was years ago and Mario wanted to try it out. My burger came out to $8.16, and it was a 1/2 lb. of meat! I couldn’t finish the darn thing. I ate about a quarter of it. I should have gotten a kid’s burger! The thing I liked the best was the seasoned fries I ate with nacho cheese . I also ran into a friend from my Mission years–Marissa. She’s kind of cooky and boy crazy LOL.

We met with everyone at the movies and while they watched The Longest Yard, we (Mario, Jaylen and I–Eenan was with Elda, of course) watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It was SUCH a good movie! I had my doubts, but I really liked it. I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite movies.

All I remember from Monday is taking Eenan and Jaylen to their swimming classes. I ended up having to take Jaylen out . This time, there’s a bunch of kids and not enough coaches (there are enough coaches, but I take it some of them are lazy and spend their time hiding in the office–I’ve seen them ). They expect the toddlers to learn how to swim when there’s 3-5 of them with one coach. The coach that had Jaylen and two other little boys could not control them. The parents of the two boys ended up getting into bathing suits and “helping” the coach–hello? I’m not going to be all ridiculous and get in a bathing suit. Isn’t that what they’re being paid for? To teach? If they can’t handle it, shouldn’t they get more coaches out there?

Eenan’s also in a “class” now–Angela’s with him and so are two other boys. Eenan already went through the 1st session and now he’s going through it all over again. So basically I’m paying for the same damn classes again.

That day, they learned NOTHING. I got so fed up watching the coach struggle with all the toddlers (shit, I’m not going to risk Jaylen drowning) I went and got my money back. I tell the old-hag of a supposed “lifeguard” that I want to remove him from the class because he really isn’t going to learn anything like that and she smirks and says, “Well, these aren’t private classes. One coach can have up to 5 kids.” I think that’s totally ridiculous.

The next day, Tuesday, the old-hag lifeguard tells all the parents that these aren’t private classes and that some parents are getting frustrated because their kids aren’t learning fast enough. I glare at Yazmin, who was sitting next to me and loudly say, “Oh, I guess she’s talking about me?”, and sarcastically smile at the old-hag (yes, that’s now her name). She kept going on and on about how the kids may not learn anything what-so-ever, but that’s due to the child themselves. Bullshit. It’s safe to say Eenan won’t be going back to Sessions 3 and 4.

Yesterday, as karma would have it, the pool messed up . Supposedly the kids are going to get to make up for the lost time next week, but I highly doubt it.

We had a busy day yesterday. Ate breakfast, we all got ready (John, the boys and me), went to the bank to cash Mom’s check, then I drove…ALL THE WAY TO MISSION! I had to pay for Mom’s storage unit and really had no choice since it was late. I did alright. I wasn’t even as nervous as I thought I’d be. Next, I shall drive to McAllen .

Took the kids to the library, where they made a little frame out of popsicle sticks and puff paint for Father’s Day . They had fun, but started acting up after being there for almost an hour so we left, went to Dollar General for a phone line, bread, chocolate milk and curtain rods. Then we went driving with John for a while. He drove to Dollar General to pick up some stuff for himself and we came home. He did well. It was SUPER hot outside though, so we cut it short. I started feeling really ill–naseous (couldn’t even watch Food Network without feeling like I was about to hurl!), my stomach was churning and I was getting a migraine. I unwillingly got Eenan ready for his swimming classes and they ended up being canceled so he, Jaylen and Angela played here while I layed on the couch and played Hangaroo with John. I made the kids PB&J sandwiches and laid down again. I felt better after 2 hours so I made dinner. When Mario got home we went to the 3 convenience stores around here to get brownies and vanilla ice cream for I’m Sorry Cake, but 1 was closed and the other two had no pints of ice cream .

Now, I’m here, stalling. I need to clean out the 10 gallon tank and put the turtles in there for today. Mario got some plexi-glass and is going to make a dam-type thing for the turtles. They have a lot of water in the new tank and Sammy and Brandon’s turtles keep knocking down their basking rocks, so they can’t bask properly . I also gotta put clean clothes away and basically clean. I haven’t done anything in 2 days, heh . I should get started or else I never will.

You Know I’m Bored…

…when there’s two entries in one day . Mary took me (and all the boys) to JCPenny to pay our credit card bill. I still am too chicken to drive around McAllen. One of these days I’m just going to grab the car and go. That’s the only way I got myself to start driving around here. And speaking of, I feel so much more comfortable driving around this city than I did before–even when cops are around! It would have sucked if I’d been driving the Sentra though (been driving either Noelia’s Geo or John’s Civic). Mario got stopped on the way to work and got off with a warning for our stickers being expired. Eek.

We got some chicken tenders and Icees for the kids from Burger King, came home and then I left to the Family Dollar to exchange the plastic storage box I got and buy some sodas for another get-together tonight (Elda’s making Pozolé, oh yeah!). Went to Dollar General to buy the storage drawer I needed for my scrapbooking stuff (it was $5, not $3!) and found some cute scrapbooking stickers. I love buying scrapbooking stuff from there. I’ve gotten lots of letter stickers; solid primary, pastel and even printed papers, embellishments and mounting stickers. There’s some wedding and birthday embellishments I NEED to go back for . They’re $2, and almost as cute and detailed as the Jolee’s ones. I think that’s what I’ll do right now. Take my box over to Mary’s, where everyone’s congregating, and scrapbook!

[edit]I recieved the Music Baton from: Kitty!

Total volume of music on my computer: Not much, as soon as I download, I burn onto CD 😛
The last CD I bought: I honestly haven’t bought a CD in YEARS!
Song playing: I Love You Always, Forever – Donna Lewis
Five songs I listen to alot or that mean alot to me:
1. Still the One – Shania Twain
2. Freshman – The Verve Pipe
3. I’ll Be – Edwin McCain
4. Heaven – Nu Flavor
5. Valentine – Martina McBride

Don’t know who’s done the Music Baton already, so feel free to do it if you haven’t! [/edit]