Category: School

Are You on the Purple Trees? (inside joke)

The past two days have been pretty damn cool. A little stressful at school since Mrs. C-R’s been out and we’ve had the two Networking teachers as subs and my Lord, they confuse the heck out of me.

It’s nice to know that I actually “get it”, the whole math thing. I thought I was going to completely fail (shouldn’t count my chickens, we still have a week to go! Eeek! A week!!). But yeah. Today we had a bit of algebra–hadn’t done that in YEARS. I picked up right away, though. I even went up there and worked out a few problems on the board because Mr. Rocha kept getting them wrong and was working them out the loooong way. You should have seen his face when I worked out the problem in two steps–priceless!

So yeah, math is going great. John makes class fun all the time–we’re ALWAYS laughing. He, Mayra, Lucy and I. Mr. Rocha actually told us to quiet down today–no one’s ever told us to shut up! He and Mr. Briones kept calling on us since I guess he thought we were trouble makers . I’m really gonna miss Mayra and Lucy when we finish next week. John, I can see at home, so I’m not missing him too much yet LOL.

Mayra and I (and Jennifer, Mario’s cousin, too, she already started her program) donated blood to become eligible bone marrow donors. Though I’ve heard that it hurts like hell to get bone marrow pulled out, it’s a worthy cause.

Tomorrow, John and I will donate blood. Hopefully I’ll be able to this time. I didn’t get to in February because of the Mono, or whatever it was I was sick of, so I hope I can now. There’s something else that’s causing me to have reservations about donating but I won’t mention that now. That, and I’m a big chicken when it comes to needles.

Donating blood for bone marrow.

We’ve gone to Wal-Mart 3 days out of this week and to the mall twice. John’s been turning in applications. I hope, hope, hope he gets a job. Not only does he need one, but he wants one. All we can do is pray. I’m sure he’ll get something though .

The first day we went to the mall (where we power-walked to every store we thought had Halo toys, since John wanted to get some for Jaylen’s birthday–we only found a tiny set at Hot Topic) John got me a Vanilla Caramel Avalanche from Gloria Jean’s Coffee Bean (could the name be any longer?). It was my birthday present he said, since he didn’t get me anything. We went back today and we got some more and had some pretzels from Auntie Annie’s or something like that. I’m having the time of my life right now since John’s been driving to and from school. He’s getting more practice for when he has to start going to school on his own, but he’s a pretty good driver so I’m not (too) worried. He does get a sudden pang of the crazies, like me, once in a while and drives like a maniac, but I’m sure he’ll do fine.

Yesterday was Jaylen’s birthday. My little guy turned 4 years old–seems like just yesterday that I was taking those darn Brethine pills so I wouldn’t go into premature labor, again. He’ll be starting Pre-K next Fall…I seriously can’t believe how fast time goes by.

Since we’re having his birthday party next Sunday I just made him a cake for him and the kids (and the rest of the adults) to enjoy while he opened up his gifts from Mom & John, Mary & Big Mario and Mario and I. He abandoned all his toys when he opened up a Sonic Shadow game for his Game Cube that Mom got him. I really need to start weaning him off of those games, though. He plays way more than I shoud let him. His brain’s going to fry and fall out of his ear and it’s going to be my own fault…

Jaylen turns 4.

Woo, Mario just got the tint done on the truck and he got it washed yesterday. It looks great with the new tint. I really need to take a picture of it and post it here. I regret not taking any of it without the tint. Darn.

Wow, it’s late. And that’s because I got done with the thousands of things I had to do by 10. It’s taken me this long to type this because either Mario (shaved his hair) or Jaylen (wanted to watch a movie and was screaming because he’s sleepy) need me to do something for them. Okay, g’nite people :).



As my luck would have it, I finally get a chance to sit at the computer and check my Myspace and it takes a crap while it’s loading and dies. John can be on it all day. I get on, and it breaks.

I’m so tired of this math class. It’s not even “hard” math–it’s basic math. Like right now, we’re adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and that alone is killing me. I’ve been out of high school for 7 years so I’ve basically forgotten everything. I’ve never felt so stupid in a class in my life. I’m just praying my grades don’t plunge my GPA :(. I’ve kept it at 4.0 this whole damn time–all I need is MATH to fuck it up.

I really hate math.

It’s not so much that I don’t know how solve the problems, because once I learn how to do it I can do it. But doing the hundreds of problems that we have to do makes me want to hyperventilate. Just seeing the numbers makes me get heart palpitations–seriously. I hate feeling like I’m in a rush, and this class makes me feel that way. Grr!

Two good things that happened today:

1st good thing: I paid off the final $123 of my tuition balance. Yeah, baby! I’m free from school fees for 6 months. I really hope I have a job in 6 months. Wondering about not finding a good job or getting one that pays too little worries me. Mayra, Lucy and I were talking about that today–when we’ll start working. Mayra’s going to take May off and then look for work. I think I’m going to do the same. Hopefully Mario can take his paid vacation time and we can at least enjoy our time together with the boys even though we don’t go anywhere. I just don’t want to get comfortable being at home again and then get lazy. But nah, I don’t see that happening. The reason I jumped into going to school was because I was tired of just being at home!

2nd good thing: Mayra brought cake! We were going to celebrate my birthday, but she had an errand to run so she just gave me the whole cake. Yum!

Okay, going to try this Myspace thing again.


My 24th & Easter ’06 – Photos

I had the best birthday, ever. My 21st birthday comes close, where Mom went all out since I hadn’t had a proper birthday party since I was 2. She got me a Hello Kitty centerpiece, a Hello Kitty piñata, candy bags for the kids, a Hello Kitty cake and Mary made a great dinner. While other 21 year olds get plastered, I had a piñata .

I hadn’t really been “into” my birthday this year. I started going through the whole “I’m getting OLD” thing and then Mario had to switch his Friday off (my birthday) for Tuesday so that we could go finish up the paperwork for the Equinox in Harlingen.

(We got home extra early on Tuesday after school due to our Final, which I got a 104 on . Mario and I went straight over there after we ate lunch. We got there, got in the Equinox with Mike and went to the bank. Our paperwork wasn’t ready. Either one of the guys at the dealership hadn’t confirmed the paperwork or the guy who was in charge of it at the bank hadn’t worked on it at all. It was supposed to be ready since Monday morning. Anyway, took them about 4 hours to get everything ready. Mario and I were becoming delirious with boredom in the waiting room, so it was a relief when Mike came over and asked if we were ready to go to the bank. (Uh, yeah!) It took a total of 5 minutes to go through everything and sign everything. Our payments will be a little more than they’d told us on Saturday. They’d estimated $380 but we’ll be paying $428, which is still really good. So, yay, the truck is officially ours!)

I bought two pairs of capris at Melrose afterschool on Thursday (which John hated every minute of) and I thought shopping would make me feel a little better but it didn’t. In fact, it made me feel just a tad bit worse since I couldn’t find one blouse to match my pants. Either they didn’t have my size in the shirt I liked or the sizes they did have didn’t fit around my boobs. Grr.

I kept praying Mario would pull some strings and get out early but he called about an hour before everyone arrived for my get-together and said he didn’t think he’d be able to leave early because they had a lot of work to do. That bummed me out, and he could tell so he started talking about when I’d want to buy the Doony & Bourke bag I wanted. I told him I changed my mind and we said our good-byes and hung up. He calls about half an hour later, when I was at Mary’s with her, Mom, Noelia, and Andy. He said he called to ask me something but he forgot what and asked if everyone was there yet. I told him no, and we hung up. And then he comes through the door with these in his arms:

The most gorgeous roses he’s ever gotten me, two cards (one made me cry), Fun With Dick and Jane, and Crash. I thought it was so adorable that he actually stood there and picked out the perfect cards . (Don’t mind the mess next to the stuff. They’re candy bags for Jaylen’s birthday party.)

That was the best surprise I could have gotten–Mario being there of course, not just the presents LOL. I was so thrilled he’d get to be there with all of us. Everyone was here (except for my dad-in-law) and we had the best shrimp cocktail. I had two bowls . Mom had already told me about the ice cream cake from Dairy Queen she’d bought me, but I thought it was incredibly cute how Mary and Mario were trying to surprise me. Mom’s so not good at keeping secrets! She tells me what she buys me for holidays and birthdays all the time!

After eating the delicious cake I opened my gifts. Everyone got me such nice things:

Andy gave me that adorable compact mirror he made himself at work. I thought that was the sweetest thing :). How’d he know I needed a new mirror?

A Hello Kitty plush and a beautiful silver bracelet from the boys . Elda told me later that Eenan had called her and asked if she had money he could have to buy me a present–aww!!

A jewelry box (always wanted one like that!) and two of those straight, jeweled clips I love from Elda, Jose, and their boys. She also got me the crown and beads I wore all night–those are her trademark. She gives them to all the girls on their birthday.

An address book, a beautiful gold ring with a pink heart-shaped CZ that matches the necklace and earrings I already have, and crimpers for scrapbooking from Mary, Noelia and Big Mario. I really have to get my zillions of pictures printed out so I can use all the fabulous scrapbooking stuff I have!

A set of black cherry bath stuff from Cat, Annie, and the kids. They smell great and the basket was the cutest thing!

It was such a great night. We all talked and laughed as we usually do when we have get-togethers like that. We spent a lot of the night reminiscing about our pasts, like memories of choking for example. When everyone left, Mario and I watched Crash. That movie was just awesome.

Since I spent most of the day cleaning Friday (yes, on my birthday, but I hadn’t thoroughly cleaned the house so it had to be done), I only did minimal cleaning on Saturday morning and then John, Mom, the boys and I headed to town. We ate at McDonald’s, then I deposited at the bank, put gas in the truck and we left to town. Mario gave me $100 to spend (I couldn’t stand the thought of getting only one item–the Dooney bag–when I could get so much more for a hundred less). I’d seen some cute tops and purse at Ross so I wanted to check the store out. I don’t care what anyone says–that store rocks. The amount of people there was ridiculous (Mexico is having it’s “spring break”, great!) and there’s crap strewn everywhere but I found a whole bunch of stuff I like. And to my surprise, most of it fit!! I got 8 blouses, a pair of sleep shorts and a Full/Queen sized quilt for $99. I’d originally gotten another shirt and some shorts but took those two back and got the quilt. It’s just too pretty.

I had a great birthday :).

Took Eenan to the doctor on Wednesday and his chin’s fine. Jaylen also asked me to take him in since his leg has this dry patch of hairless skin that hasn’t gone away. He very seriously said, “I think I’m turning into a lizard…”

We’d gone to Jorge and Maggie’s on Thursday night (after eating at that taqueria we go to, mmm!) and we had the displeasure of meeting their psycho neighbor. That dude freaked me out. He kept saying, “I’m the coolest motherfucker you’ll ever meet“, while also talking about how he’ll kill somebody. And it all started because Mario and Hiram walked through the center of his and Jorge’s yard.

As for Easter, we had a great time. We had such good food, the kids had a blast opening their baskets and breaking the piñata and then we had dessert. We didn’t do one of the things that makes Easter, Easter: cracking the eggs! It was too hot, but we plan to do that this Saturday.

K. I’ve spent a whole hour updating, thanks to Mario’s interruptions. I’ve had to lunge at him and kick his ass a few times. He thinks it’s hilarious to spin my chair, kick my chair, and fart in my face while I’m on the computer. He’s worse than the kids!

P.S. Thank you for the birthday wishes! On here and on Myspace .