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Thursday, October 1, 2009

5:53PM - Copying Benj


Memery - States Visited
Put an X next to the states you have visited.
The average is 8; how do you match up?

(18... Andrew promised to take me to D.C. soon. I was supposed to go with Moma nd Dad a while back when they lived like 45 mins away, but damn grad school got int he way.

Should you choose to play, here's what you do:

Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select "write a new note" in the top right corner. Paste the copy in the body of the note. Delete my Xs and add your own. Change the number at the top, and add your title. Once you've saved, don't forget to tag friends (including me) on the right. Tag the same # of people as the # of states you've been to. Just for fun, put an O beside the states where you have lived. AIRPORTS DON'T COUNT.



USA BY REGIONS:

NEW ENGLAND:
Maine - X
Vermont - X
Massachusetts - X
Rhode Island - X
Connecticut - X
New Hampshire - X

MID -ATLANTIC:
New York - O
New Jersey - X
Pennsylvania - O
Maryland - X
Delaware - X
Washington D.C. -

SOUTH:
Arkansas -
Louisiana -
Mississippi -
Alabama -
Tennessee -
Kentucky -
West Virginia - X
Virginia -
North Carolina -
South Carolina -
Georgia - X
Florida - X

MIDWEST:
Michigan -
Ohio - X
Indiana - X
Illinois -
Wisconsin -
Minnesota -
Iowa -
Missouri - X

GREAT PLAINS:
North Dakota -
South Dakota -
Nebraska -
Kansas -

MOUNTAIN:
Montana -
Wyoming -
Colorado -
Utah -
Idaho -

SOUTHWEST:
Nevada -
Arizona -
New Mexico -
Texas -
Oklahoma -

PACIFIC:
California - X
Oregon -
Washington -
Alaska -
Hawaii -

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

1:28AM - :-)

I had a great time with 3 of my best friends, but my CC was missing...

Lola, Ra, Benji and I had a great dinner together and made some of my stress melt away. Who said eating fried food past 10 was bad for your health??  Afterwards,  Lola, Ra and I went back to my place for some dessert and girl talk. I am so happy for Ra! I am so excited for her and even when life gets crazy and dramatic, I can't help but smile when I think of the great friends I have.

At the same time though, my heart hurts for my Carebear. I love her so much and I just hope she knows I am there for her through thick and thin. She has always been my rock and I hope I can now be hers. Love you CC.

Current mood: grateful

Monday, March 9, 2009

9:22AM - Writer's Block: Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind

Have you ever met a celebrity in real life? Who was it and how did your paths cross?
I met Sean Astin who played in The Goonies, Rudy, Toy Soldiers, Encino Man and was Sam in Lord of the Rings. His dad (who was the orininal father in Adam's Family) played Scrooge back in 95 or so here in Albany and friends of the family were in it so we went backstage and Sean happened to be there visiting his dad. I had the biggest crush on him. He gave me a kiss on the cheek.. to this day I haven't washed it. LOL, J/K. He is a nice guy though, down to earth.

I also met Judy Shepard who definitely is an incredible lady.

12:23AM - I love my in-laws!

I am happy that I haven't had ANY problems with them in a WHILE! Ever since the save the date fiasco that happened in January, we have gotten so good at talking and working together. I am just thankful that I am marrying into a family that I genuinely enjoy hanging around! What a relief!
Sorry, random post, but I am planning a dinner with both of our families and I am actually finding myself excited about it! His parents are similar to mine in that they like to hang out and drink wine and play games, so it's fun!
Now if I can just get the crazies outa my lfe that would be AWESOME!

Current mood: chipper

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

4:08PM - It's probably just stress but...

This past weekend on call didn't help my lack of sleep either but I am in a friggin GREAT MOOD!!! WOOOOOO!! GRRRRRR!!!!!!

People FRIGGIN IRITATE ME!!! GOD! Some people think they are so perfect.. They are the VICTIM. EVERYTHING happens TO THEM.. They dont CAUSE ANYTHING. WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH!! Fuckin GET OVER YOURSELF!!! Some people need to wake up start thinking about their own lives instead of focusing so much on other people's!

Current mood: bitchy

Saturday, February 14, 2009

2:35PM - Happy Valentines Day!

Happy V-Day to all! For those of you with someone, I hope this day is wonderful for you and yours and that this isn't the ONLY day you express how much you mean to one another.
For those of you without a partner at the moment, or just who do not celebrate, I wish you a pleasant day and encourage you to go outside because it's SUNNY OUT!!!
For those of you lonely right now, I know how it is... this is my first ever Valentines day with someone... it's kind of weird. Until this year I dressed in black on this day. A word from someone who has been there 26 years in a row.... Just cherish the friends and family you have and spend the day loving the most important person in your life... YOU! I reccommend getting B.O.B. out, lighting some candles, getting some wine, getting a box of chocolates JUST FOR YOU - DONT SHARE, and enjoying the night.

Love ya all!

Current mood: grateful

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

4:42PM - ABCs stolen from Dante


A - Apples or oranges: Oranges.. I love the juice when i bite into them, yet dont care for a glass of orange juice. weird

B - Bed size: Full
C - Chore you hate: LAUNDRY! UGGHH
D - Day of the week you hate the most: Mondays or Wednesdays

E - Essential start your day item: shower
F - Favorite actor(s): Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks
G - Gold or Silver: silver
H – Hair color - dark blonde
I - Instruments you play(ed): baritone
J - Job title: Residence Director/Programming Director 
K - Kid(s): what about them? i would like to have 2 or 3 someday 
L - Living arrangements: still in a residence hall and hope to God it changes within the next year and a half

M - Major in college: zoology/psychology
N - Nicknames: Dee, Didi, Lene, Dar, Pooh

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: no
P - Pet Peeve: lying, judging, thinking your better then everyone else
Q - Quotes you like: Never doubt that a small committed group of people can change the world; indeed its the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead... who I learned from one of my RA's whose dad worked for her a few years back that she is an old very rude and cranky woman. LOL!

R - Right or left handed: righty
S – Siblings: none :(
T - Time you wake up: between 8 and 9 
U- Underwear: panties... haha that is for you Benji.  I like printed ones with cute things on them
V - Vegetable you dislike: wax beans
W - Ways you run late: traffic mainly or if I just lose track of time
X - X-rays you've had: chest, teeth, legs, back knee 
Y - Yummy food you make: I make a mean vegan chili and a yummy manicotti
Z - Zodiac: cancer

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

12:31PM - A little late but....

YAY FOR OBAMA! I went to a few inauguration celebrations yesterday on campus. It was just amazing. Here is for a hopeful and great new year!

In other news, this week has been as crazy hectic as expected and I can't wait for the weekend. It will be my first amount of time off in over a week. However, this weekend is looking as crazy as the week, but at least it won't be work and will be fun. I am WICKED excited about seeing Avenue Q with Ben (his b-day present) on Saturday. Before that, I have an appointment with a florist and on Sunday I have a wedding show and a family event.  Speaking of which, I do a bagillion things with the in-laws to be but hardly ever see my own family. I am going to schedule something because this is getting a little ridiculous and unfair.

Anyhoo, hope everyone is hunky dorie. :-)

Current mood: energetic

Monday, January 19, 2009

1:03PM - End of some craziness

This weekend was MAD BUSY! Students are back and it's time for a new semester. FYI to all, I am pretty much MIA the month of February. I had to take a full week off of the pet store because of so much going on that month, so I am not looking forward to missing out on some funds. It seems like EVERYTHING is happening in Feb. except we do get a week long break which I am excited about, so I guess I wont be MIA the whole month, but then in March it calms down. Spring semesters are always busier because you have RA class, RA selection, RA training (for newly hired RAs) Graduate Assistant and RD selection, Major spring programs that involved the entire campus and so forth. It's a little overwhelming right now just because I am also trying to fit in as many pet store hours as possible and also am in my 2nd big wedding planning wave with meetings with florists and tuxedo people. So, we will see how it goes. I am still trying to continue to go to the gym and have been semi-successful thus far. Havent been able to go 3 times a week, but have twice a week so I will keep chugging along. Still managing my portions. I just need to get to the 3rd week in Feb and I will be muuuuch better!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

10:47AM - Happy Christmas Everyone!

Enjoy the day!  Love you all!

Monday, December 22, 2008

1:33PM - Fuckity Fuck Fuck Fuck!!

I hate living in Albany...
SO, I knew there was a snow emergency last night in effect so I attempted parking in my lot around 7:30pm or so. Didn't work. Lot wasnt plowed and I nearly got stuck going in, so I decided to park on the road. Well.. I wasn't too sure which side was even and which was odd, I know... I should know this, but there is nothing but schools on O'Leary so it's hard to tell cause technically my campus address is on Western, so how the f do i know which is even and which is odd? So anyhoo, I initially thought I should park where all the other cars were, but then thought that because it wasnt 8:00 yet, maybe they are on the wrong side right now, but when I looked to park on the other side, it wasn't plowed either so I thought that must be the side they are going to plow now, so I parked where everyone else was. I thought maybe it wouldn't matter either way cause O'Leary is a one way anyways.

Yeah, wrong side. Got up this morning to go mail my xmas cards and no car to be seen. SOOOOOO, basically what I was supposed to do last night was to either park and get stuck in my lot, or park and get stuck on the opposite side of the street. Thank you fuckin Albany and SUNY Albany for doing a fanfuckintastic job plowing the roads when you knew the storm was coming days ago!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, xmas cards will be late, and Darlene is 131 dollars poorer.... yeah. DEFINITELY DID NOT have that money to spare.

Fucknuts.

Peace.

Current mood: bitchy

Thursday, December 18, 2008

1:10AM - grr

Why no problem.. I happen to enjoy 3 hour long fire alarms....

F*cking residents wait untl the last possible night they are here to set off all the fire extinguishers on the first floor. The cloud was so thick you couldnt see 2 feet in front of you and lasted a couple minutes before the alarm went off. We were coughing because that crap isnt pleasant to inhale... great. So, we were outside (well I was only wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, jeans and slippers because I was nto in my apartment when it went off, so after an hour i was a popsicle and went o Tiyawni's apartment) for 3 f-ing hours.

The good thing is Jermaine found out who did it, and needless to say, this semester will be his last for a while.

Current mood: cold

Thursday, December 11, 2008

11:19PM - YAY for Quarter-Life-Crisis!!


So, for the past 3 years (yes even during Grad. school) I have had doubts about my career choice. I guess in undergrad college I had so much fun involved with peer education and being an RA, I thought student affairs was a natural choice for a grad school. I loved student involvement then and my mentors and some of my close friends were encouraging me to apply for student affairs, so I did. Well, during my second year of grad school I began to have doubts. It wasn't that I didn’t like the program, it was actually extremely interesting and fun, but being an Residence Director started to lose is luster. I thought maybe it was just the school, so I put it out of my head.
Then I took a job at SUNY Plattsburgh and EVERYTHING went wrong. It wasn't the best environment for me and I ended up making myself sick because of the endless hours and stress. Now, compared to other RD positions, Plattsburgh was more demanding, but I think I would have handled it better if I had a PASSION for student affairs. I mean, I have always thought it was fun and genuinely do like helping students and being a mentor to them, but I have definitely lost interest in supervising staff as well as putting in all the long hours. I just want to have a normal schedule, but in student affairs, that rarely exists no matter what office you are in. So, Plattsburgh definitely put an awful taste in my mouth for the profession so I took a year off and started working for Target (AWFUL JOB!!!) That was worse then Plattsburgh - so I went back to student affairs and now am at SUNY Albany.
This is the best RD position I have ever had. There is incredible balance of work and outside life (for res. life that is) and the staff and students are amazing. I couldn't ask for more, and yet, I am not happy. So it took me A WHILE to figure out why, and I had a breakthrough a couple weeks ago. I knew I definitely have lost my passion for student affairs, or maybe it was never there, I don’t know. I still LIKE it, and enjoy it, but I don’t have a DRIVE to continue in it. So, when I had to get a 2nd job to pay for the wedding I really wanted to choose something that I would really have fun doing, so I got hired at a pet store. I HAVE HAD SO MUCH FUN (other then the whole customer thing, lol) but working with animals has been a blast and it made me remember back to being a little kid and wanting to be a vet or some sort of animal caretaker and how that dream followed me into Oswego, which the only reason why I picked that school was because they had a zoology program. During my second semester of peer education I was still a zoology major and having some trouble with chemistry, and being so into student involvement at the time, I thought I should switch majors and plan on that. Well, I have determined that that wasn't the smartest decision. I mean, no regrets, I wouldn’t be where I am today (which is a good place) had I not done that, BUT I really still do have a passion for animals and have never been happier (career wise) when I recently made the decision to follow my heart and go back to school! After talking to Ben (who is good at organizing my thoughts, LOL) and with Andrew about whether we could afford it and fit this into our lives (which he supported) and researching some schools, I have picked a school (which will be all online so I can do it at my pace) and a program (I am going to go for an associates degree in vet tech! - I really don’t have the time or the money to go for full on vet, and not sure if I want to do that because my ultimate wish is to open up a kennel at my house (once we have money to buy a house and afford to do that that is :-)). So my head has never been so clear and I am really excited and happy. The only question lingering now is when do I start. I want to start sooner then later because I really don’t want to be in student affairs for too much longer (like no more then 2 years from now) BUT, I cant start immediately unless I can get fin. aid and add to my student loans. If I cant do that, we will be waiting until after the wedding for me to start, which isn’t terrible.

So YAY for clarity at last!

Current mood: accomplished

Sunday, November 23, 2008

7:09PM - Awesome weekend, awesome day!

This weekend I was on call and like usual was not looking forward to being stuck in a building for 72 hours straight. However, I haven't gotten a lot of calls and was able to decorate my whole apartment with XMAS stuff and hang out with my fiance! I knew I wouldn't have time to do anything next weekend so I wanted to do this all before December craziness!

ALSO, today was wicked fun! Lola and Ra came over for bruch and stayed for the day and Ben, Nate, Mel and Glo came over for food as well and hung out for the afternoon. It's nice to have great friends. I have come to the realization who my friends are and that at this age, it's no longer a popularity contest. It's about the friends you have and the ones you trust rather how many friends you have. It was nice visiting and overall an awesome weekend on call. YAY!

Current mood: bouncy

Friday, November 21, 2008

10:55AM - To go or not to go, that is the question...

Ok, so ever since Wednesday morning I have had this feeling like something is stuck in my eye. Wednesday morning it was bad cause it kept tearing up no matter what I did. By the afternoon, I held a cold cloth over it for 20 minutes or so and it felt better, and was okay for at least me to walk around and not tear up every second. So, yesterday it was okay after getting some sleep but got more teary as the day went on (it seems to be fine until I get tired, when I am tired it is really sensitive).  Today seems to be the same. I can definitely feel like something isnt right in there, but its better then it was yesterday. So, here is the question... I have a physical exam this Monday with my doctor... you have to ofcourse pay the copay and all that. Knowing that its getting better, should I just wait until Monday, or because it's an eye issue, should I go today to get it checked out? I really can't afford to pay 2 copays and get annoyed when I think that all they are gonna do is look at my eye and either say "its a scratch, just wait for it to heal" or give me some ointment (that I will more then likely have to go get at a pharmacy and pay for) and send me on my way. There is 30 bucks spent on nothing... also I am on call, so I will have to find someone to hold the phone for me while I go. ANNOYING!

Normally (especially given my awful $$ situation) I would wait, but yesterday I went to the pharmacy to see if there was anything I could get for my eye and they were all like "OMG! DONT MESS WITH YOUR EYE! YOU WANT TO GO BLIND???". So now I am all paranoid.

It doesnt help that my body is fighting something off. What I really need is sleep. I have hardly gotten any this week, and last night when I finally deliberatly went to bed early, a friggin fire alarm goes off keeping me awake for 2 hours. I can't win this week. This week  has been one of the worst in a while, so here is to hoping it gets better. Perhaps I will have a good weekend on call and a weekend stuck in my apartment will do me some good.

Current mood: cranky

2:48AM - djsdjkfnhsd afnsdjansdjkfnsdjan

I heart fire alarms that go off in the next building which ofcourse sets our building off at 2am.. especially when I am exhausted and sick, and especially also when the maintenance people are idiots and it takws them FIFTY.. LIKE 50... minutes to turn off the alarm meanwhile residents are turing into popsicles outside. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Friday, November 14, 2008

1:02PM - new dilemma

new drama im sure along with it... as if weddings werent stressful enough!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

10:27PM - I (or ANDREW) F-ed up!

So, I thought Dec. 13th would work for the holiday party, but it will not as Andrew neglected to tell me that his work's holiday party is that night rather then one of the Sundays in Dec. like he originally said it was. SOOOO, is everyone ok with the night of the EDITTTTTT  Fri the 12th??

Sorry all


D

2:29PM - WOOHOO!

I am a new employee for the Pet Company at Crossgates Mall! YAAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!

Current mood: excited

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

12:53AM - oye vei

Awesome first fatty friends meeting!

On a side note, a small rant if you will.  Ever feel like no matter what you do you are always letting someone down or forgetting to do something or neglecting a responsibily, forgetting to pay a bill, pissing someone off, getting a god-damn cold, making a mistake, realizing there are 40 million other things on that to-do list of yours that you forgot about or kept putting off... just when you are trying to get by day to day?  I know everyone has felt that way at one point or another. Just an overwhelmed moment I am having.  Life is exhausting sometimes!

However, I have discovered weight watchers ice cream bars which are probably the next best thing to orgasms in my opinion. Between my binges on "healthy food" I am going to go to the gym more and try to get more rest, and I am hoping that I can get refocused and get some stuff done soon before it piles up more.

Off to bed! Nighty night world!

**Dee

Current mood: tired

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