Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It's hot, hot, hot!

It's getting quite warm here in Troy, NY. My watch tan is back in full blast and my sweat glands are on overdrive. This week I'm working with the summer camp at the Y, which pretty much stinks. It's not as bad as School 14 where I was at last week, but I have to wake up to get to work at 8am! Boo. I only go from 8-2, but man those six hours seem so long when you're watching after 20 kindergardeners. After I get off at two, I stick around until four to do office work. When I come back from CA I'll going from 8-4, but it will be with middle schoolers. They may have big attitudes, but at least they don't tell on each other. So this week I've been very tired and my workouts have been suffering. At least with the heat and non-stop moving, I don't think that I'll gain too much weight. We'll have to see. I'm going to be out of shape all over again. Bummer.

Over the weekend Donovan and his boyfriend Tom came up to visit. They came up for Thomas' nephew's high school graduation and spent a night with us. It was a lot of fun with drink and plenty of Wii. Gay boys and Wii are an AWESOME combo. Hahaha.

Also over this time between now and my last post I got that award from the Black and Latino Achievers Program. It was a stuffy dinner that Edward and I did not enjoy that much. We left early because it really wasn't out thing. Here are a couple of pictures from that night.

And of course, I have to post some pictures of my little Emmy.

Our little elephant. Now we know what she's going to be for Halloween next year.
Mmmm... Milk.
I'm a spoiled little doggy. I have two chickens!

P. S. 24 days before the last Harry Potter book comes out!

Monday, June 18, 2007


It hit me today that I graduated on this date last year. What have I been doing this whole year? I am so glad that I'm going back to school in the fall. I'm not ready to be a grown up. I was looking at my Europe scrapbook because a friend asked where I've been in Germany and I saw the pictures and date of my graduation. I couldn't believe that it's been a whole year. What do I have to show for my life as a college graduate?
  1. I've traveled a good part of Europe and seen lots of awesome museums and sites.
  2. Moved across the country and lived in the snow. That was an eye opening experience on it's own. Digging my car out of the snow with a broken shovel was not something you'd have to do in California. FYI If you have a plastic snow shovel, don't leave it outside. The cold makes it weak and it'll crack. We only had the shovel for a few days before it broke. Boy that sucked.
  3. Volunteered for the YMCA's Black and Latino Achievers Program, which earned me an Adult Achiever's award that will look good in my future office, but is currently sitting neglected on my kitchen table and a job at said Y. So now I work with kids...yet again. Today I declared that I don't want kids again.
  4. Tried starting my own business, which didn't last very long. I'd probably try to keep Creative Memories going, but if I'm going back to school I don't want to have to deal with it.
  5. Made a few friends, but mostly I miss home and everyone there. I guess that's not really and accomplishment, but it's what I have to show for moving so far way.
  6. $1000's spent on plane tickets home.

Boy... is that all I have to show for four years of gruesome studying? Okay, okay so it wasn't gruesome, but it sounds nice to say it anyways.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Austin's laziness

Me: You should go to sleep
Austin: I'm too lazy
Me: Hahaha that's the best thing I've heard in a while.

Wow, it's been a while

So it's been a while since I last posted. This is what has been going on:

  1. We went to NYC to visit some of Ed's relatives. While we were there a biker ran into the back of my car and popped a whole in my rear light and dented my trunk. That must have really hurt. We also went around the city to see the sites. Of course I wanted to go see a musical, but they were a little too expensive for us on that particular weekend. Next time maybe. We sat at Battery Park for a while to look at the Upper New York Bay and Statue of Liberty. It was quite romantic and movie-like.
  2. I've been working at the Y quite a bit lately. I've also been working out a lot since I have three weddings this summer/fall. So far I've lost four pounds, which is on top of gaining muscle weight. I am very happy about that. I go in every day before I work. Since it's in the same building, I have no excuse to not go.
  3. I've also been working with some high school guys who are pretty cool. We actually hang out outside of work. They're both going to RPI next year.
  4. I found out that I was accepted to The College of Saint Rose, which is a pretty good school around here. I'm still waiting to hear from RPI. I really want to go to RPI since it's a bigger name, right across the street and offers a PhD. But at least I know that I'm going some where. Saint Rose is only about 20 minutes away and I'd be doing Creative Writing. At RPI I'd be doing research on ways to make reading more fun for children. Either way, I think that I'd be getting a good education.
  5. Last weekend I went back to LA for Juni's bridal shower. It was very nice and quaint. The lady who threw it was from Louisiana so there were doilies and fine silver. I had never been to one like that, but it was a lot of fun. As always, I at a TON of food and I got to hang out with all of the other bridesmaids. It's a good thing that I've been working out because they're all like twigs! It was a long trip, but I think it was worth it. It was nice seeing her again. We talked like we haven't even been apart. My mom says that a sign of real friends. It makes me sad that Juni's moving to Japan only 12 days after her wedding. I'm happy for her, but sad for myself.

  6. This past weekend the Y had a Member Appreciation day. We made bird feeders out of old water bottles. It was fun, but my partner who is one of the high school guys, had to go do face painting right when it got really busy. When I had finally gotten someone to get him to come back the crowd had gone away and I looked like I was crazy. One of the moms laughed because I had told her that everyone would disappear right when he got back. I was right.
  7. I have good news. I've quit my internship today. I only had five weeks left, but my writing was going down the drain and fast. I don't have any desire to do any type of writing at all. My Uncle Doug asked me to write him a personal statement for my cousin Erika's prospective school and I still haven't done it because of lack of motivation. It sucked. So now I feel free as a bird. Woo Hoo!
  8. Emmy also had her first swim lessons. She didn't enjoy them much. We pretty much had to throw her in the pond. At least she was cool in the spring heat.

  9. I've also watch the entire season of Brothers and Sisters on abc.go.com within the last couple of weeks. It's quite a good show.
Well I think that's all folks! If I think of anything else I'll try to post it. I know I haven't been to good about this lately, but I've been pretty busy and that internship made me not want to do any sort of writing. I'll try to keep up. I've also started looking at my Myspace again (though I don't know how long that'll last) and I've started a Facebook (same applies for this one too). TTFN!