Yup, baby on the way! Craziness. I think the nervousness and worry is finally all but gone and now im just excited. Im already looking at baby stuff and I’m only 1 month in. So far no morning sickenss just tired. Im doing everything right though I think. Eating better, lots of water, vitamins, a massive cut in my caffeine consumption, no alcohol! that was a tough one, I was too young to drink when I had Elena but since i turned 21 I have developed a fondness for alcohol and now its been cut out. Saaaaad panda. Right at the beginning of summer!!! Shiner Ruby Red Poooor Quuuue!?!?! Ah well, its for a good reason :) Raf is beyond excited and so incredibly sweet. He checks on me a lot. Makes sure im taking care of myself. He always talks to the baby which is funny to me but very cute. Elena cant wait to be a big sister. She worked very hard on her room getting it ready since she will be sharing it for a few months after the baby is born. We got some new living room furniture and our carpet is getting cleaned next week and will get cleaned again a few weeks before the baby comes so yeah we are definately excited to meet this little person.
Elena is graduating kinder this week and I cant beleive my munchkin is already heading into first grade. She went shopping with her grandma and got a new dress. Raf and I are going shopping for a gift for her this afternoon. I am so proud of her, she worked so hard his year and learned so much. A huge thing on my list is to keep working with her this summer, keep her skills up so she is ready for first grade. We are gonna have some fun too. I plan on getting us zoo passes, its one of our fav things to do.
Ok so enough family talk…in other news!! Diablo III is loads of fun. I love it. I was bummed though at what a tough launch they have had. Lots of maintenence issues, the AH seems to be a consant source of problems and the much anticipated real money AH seems to be a complete fail…as in never gonna happen. Its a shame because I love Blizzard but they seem to have not been as ready for this as they thought. The AH thing though hasnt really bugged me because I wasnt that intersted in it to begin with. In WoW I never paid much attention to AH unless I was running low on mats. In SWTOR I never sell stuff except for a few times I was low on credits but that hardly ever happens. However in Diablo the AH was apparently supposed to be a big deal. Or at least thats what I have gathered from the friends I have played with.
This summer it looks like Joe and I are going to get in to Tera which I am SUPER excited about!! I really enjoyed Tera. It was a bit grindy but the combat was super fun and the armor!! I loooooooooove the armor! I cant wait for us to start playing that again. Im always glad for my partner in crime. I can play games solo if I want and it can be fun but I always enjoy playing with Joe. We have a good pace and its just awesome.
I have also gotten into minecraft. It kinda took over my life for a couple days but I was having fun in my own little world. I made a nice house, a farm, a ranch. Ive got a nice little house set up by the mountains for when I am mining. Its a fun game :) Joe and I are also playing on a special map made by a guy whose name I cant remember >.< but is fun. You go searching the world for different colored blocks of wool that are always in these booby trapped structures filled with monsters. Lots of fun :)
All in all I cant wait for the summer to start! More time to do the things I enjoy and time to get back into the things I have been missing out on :)
5 more days of work to go!!
So all in all I had a pretty good weekend. It was busy and went by so fast but it was still pretty fun.
Saturday I was up early getting my daughter ready to spend the day with a friend while my mom and I got ready for a huge catering event we had scheduled for that night. We were going to run an espresso bar at a very large expensive wedding for I guess what you would consider I pretty important local family.
I had a hair appointment. My mom told me just to get a trim and a little shaping done but I decided if I am getting a haircut screw it im going all out. That’s usually my attitude. My hair grows so fast I always figure anything shocking I do if it turns out bad wont last long anyway. So I went for a short cut that ends right at my chin with….bangs!! I havent had bangs since I was a little girl but I thought what the hell why not. I can always clip them to the side if I hate them. Turns out I like them! It does something interesting to the shape of my face. Its cute. Raf looooved it. Says its his favorite look yet. His opinion was that it reminded him of a 1950’s pinup girl. Elena’s opnion (my daughter) was that I looked like Snow White. Which actually gave me a cool idea for my makeup that night. I went with a heavy dark eyeliner for my eyes and went with the smokey cateye look and then did a bright red for my lips. Personally I always go for softer pinks but I figured I could pull it off. I’ve seen girls with my similar light complexion and super dark hair and it always looks pretty cool. Turns out it was a hit. Even my mom loved it and she is hard to please. Only problem…without the makeup it makes me look even younger >.< Im a passible 15 maybe.
The event was interesting. Some celebrities I was excited to see, a few politicians I wanted to punch in the face. Way too many drunk girls falling all over themselves. The bride was pretty embarrassed and got upset at some point in the night and asked for them to be sent home. The bartender I was working with was having a lot of fun making fun of them. They got so drunk they would ask him to take a shot with them he would poor himself water then poor them their drink and they would laugh hysterically that he was getting trashed with them. One passed out on the outdoor lounge chairs it was pretty rediculous. Another did puke but thankfully not in view of the other guests. Apparently she was being cared for in the bathroom while the planner was doing her best to get a taxi to ship her home quickly before anyone could see her. This is what I was told by my fellow workers lol. There actually werent a whole lot of single young guys, I suppose its not the event u want to come to without a guest which may explain why the wooo girls wanted to drown their sorrows in alcohol. This group of girls was about ten traveling from bar station to bar station of which there were four. Somewhere around 11 pm they all mysteriously dissapeared with the wedding planner and her assistants. That planner was amazing! She is like magic. Even if she was a total snob. There were a lot of other girls there in the same age group but they had their boyfriends and fiance’s or husbands and they seemed a lot more put together. I had this one girl maybe about 28 kept drinking latte’s she was really nice and had this amazing blue dress on. Her husband was related to the groom. Her dress was definately my favorite of the night, very shimmery with silver trim.
The head planner who was partners with the wedding planner who hired us was this guy from Dallas. He thought I was “charming” so he asked my mom if she would make some cappuchinos and americano’s for me to take out with a tray and offer to some of the gentlemen not dancing who were smoking cigars in the resting areas along with a bar tender who brought scotch. I thought this was an AWFUL idea..I can barely walk without tripping over my own feet and he wanted me to take a tray full of hot beverages out into an area where I had to navigate around a lot of dancing or somewhat inebriated guests???? My mom though was anxious to please so she told me to do it and just be careful…she raised me for 17 years you would think she would know better. In any case I gritted my teeth and followed the other servers trying to step where they stepped. I got stopped several times for one thing or another. One bridesmaid begged me to find the name of the band for her. Another guy asked me to bring him a scotch and shot of whatever I wanted as well with a wink *gag*. He was ok looking but something about him creeped me out. I finally made it to the area the planner wanted me and I almost fainted. I dont want to give names here because i never know who will read this, im sure some confidentialty is expected of me but I will say I ran into a famous coach who I just love and seeing him in person made me grin like an idiot. He took one of the drinks I had and asked me to keep them coming, he was really sweet and seeing him was about one of the coolest things that has happened to me yet. He called me ”dear” *squeal*. Really exciting for me. This guy is amazing and definately a hero so getting to see him in person was just so freaking cool. I made about four trips out and got pretty good with the tray. I also found my drunk bridesmaid and gave her the name she wanted and was rewarded with a hug 0.o Say what u want about local rich ppl but they are def nicer then the out of towners. Some ppl from New York and Dallas made u want to slap them.
We were scheduled to end the night around midnight but we didnt leave until 2 am and I dont know what I would have done without my husband. He helped us set up and tear down and we had so much heavy equipment. He carried everything for us. Didnt want me to lift anything super heavy. He stayed up just to make sure he could arrive and tear everything down. He was having a lot of fun joking with the valet guys. Everyone we worked with were cool people. I had fun with both bartenders I was with that night I hope I run into them again. In any case we exchanged info so hopefully we get a chance to work together again. The servers also snuck us some cake and appetizers. The food wasnt bad all in all. I had a few drinks with the bartenders too but I spread them out between the hours so I didnt even get a buzz just enough to get rid of the nervousness. So that was my Saturday, by the time I got home it was 2:45 and I was totally wiped.
On Sunday I got up late. Raf picked up Elena for me. I was sad because he was going to have to work and I was hoping to spend time with him and Elena on Mothers Day. Still Elena was excited about giving me her gifts and that put a huge smile on my face. At school they decorated mirrors to give to their mom’s with their handprints on them. She also went shopping with her grandma and picked out some earrings for me. They are so pretty. After the gifts though she was ready to break out her toys and Disney Channel :P I got a really nice surprise later though when Raf came home really early with Chocolate covered strawberries (my fav) and then he cooked me crab legs and shrimp! It was soooo good!!! I thought he was going to be gone the whole day so I almost lost it when he came home early. We had a great afternoon. We watched Iron Man, took a nap, I played some mine craft while he read a book. We watched a couple of cooking shows. I played some more minecraft and then we went to bed. It was just a really chill day which are always my favorites.
After a surpise like that its hard to be too upset with him about the fact he complicated my Diablo night plans a bit lol. I tried to act super mad about it but it didnt work :P I wasnt even really mad at him (even though I told him about this weeks ago!!!) but more mad about the situation. It would figure the one day I need him to take Elena to school he has to open. Stupid Home Depot.
So tonight Joe and I have plans…Diablo 3 starts a 2am!! Joe has been waiting for this game for years. This however will be my first time playing. I got to enjoy beta a bit and I loved it!! Im so excited!! We will be pulling an epic all nighter with some friends so I cant wait!! I will have to write all about it on Theradras.
Pretty good weekend and hopefully an awesome week to come. 16 days of school left!!
So technically tomorrow is Nurse Appreciation Day but at my campus today they are ordering me Olive Garden. Pretty cool. I feel loved.
I am enjoying this new Big Bang Theory enspired schedule thing Joe and I are trying out. In Big Bang Theory because of Sheldon’s obvious OCD they have something scheduled for everyday of the week that must be strictly followed or poor Sheldon’s world comes to a crashing halt. Now I dont know if we will schedule something for everyday of the week and I know we wont go so far as to shedule specific meals or anything like that but so far we have what sound like a nice routine :D Time to fill in with our favorite things to do. Its seems like a good plan for us in theory. We will have to see how it actually works out. I am a fan of schedules so I already enjoy it. It just feels like if we dont plan stuff out it never gets done which bums me out sometimes.
I was on WoW last week on Thursday. My husband was working late and Joe was with other people. I had gotten some really bad news that day and I was feeling pretty down. It was nice to talk to my friends. They were pretty happy to see me log on. They spammed guild chat for like ten minutes just asking me what was going on in life I actually felt kind of bad because I interrupted their raid just by logging on and their pugs were getting impatient. It was nice though, spent some time fishing and talking. It was pretty funny because I havent been on in so long I have forgotten some stuff and of course all my addons were dead. That is one thing I have to be happy about with trying out other MMO’s. I have become far less dependent on addons. I never use them in SWTOR, Tera, Aion. You just kind learn how to adapt. So I wonder if maybe if I ever went back to WoW if except for maybe the essentials like DBM or recount if I could learn to be happy without my special UI. Don’t know. I would have to give it a shot.
Lets see….I did some more work on my HTML book. I havent been so diligent lately. I never seem to have time for everything. I can’t wait for the summer. Two months off to catch up on everything! I can finish my book maybe start another. I can finish my illustrator lessons, maybe do some more photshop ones. Do more with my pen pad. It will be very good for me.
May 15th is Diablo day!! Joe came up with an interesting idea for our little event. We are pulling an all nighter since it releases at 2am. We have some friends we are meeting up with in game. We will have a set up much like we did for BlizzCon. We will be playing at his house. Its going to be so hard going back to work on Wednesday and Thursday after that! I know I am not going to want to :P
So I have been talking to Teri alot. She appreciates my preference for being a sound board :P She knows me very well, She knows in social settings I am quiet and much more of an observer until I get to know people. Drives Joe nuts and I dont think he gets it but oh well. She is glad to have a friend who listens to her closely which is why I think she keeps me around despite our many differences, miss social butterfly that she is. She has been on quite a kick lately to move me to Austin. She thinks I would be very happy moving to an apartment close to hers. Me in Austin, meh…I dunno about that lol.
One more thing, I saw the Avengers this weekend…TWICE!! It was so awesome!! Best movie ever!! So hilarious and lots of great action. The actors had such great chemistry it was wonderful. Some of Joss Whedon’s best work I think.
So all in all thats been a recap of all my highlights lately. Fun stuff :D
So I just finished reading the Hunger Games Triliogy. I have to say I really admire this author. I rarely find myself stunned after reading something. I love to read, one of my all time favorite things to do. I can get enthusiastic about a game. Play for hours on end if I want to but I never really lose myself in a game like I can a good book.
I was a little hesitant to pick up this triliogy after hearing the media put it on the same level as Twilight with all little tweens in love with the sparkly vampire and buffed up werewolf. I even got caught in the Twilight hype early on. I read the books, I thought they were interesting. Pretty well written. I watched the first two movies in theatres before I finally remembered vampires arent supposed to sparkle. That and I found Bella to be annoying in the book and even more annoying on camera.
So after hearing that Hunger Games was spreading like wildfire with the same audience I wasn’t very much interested in picking up another young adult series. A teen battling her own little love triangle while her world falls apart around her kind of had me rolling my eyes. However after listening to my favorite radio morning show and hearing the host go nuts defending the series and saying the only thing it has in common with Twilight is the fact its now on screen I decided why not give the movie a try. It goes against my policy of reading books first but I wasn’t ready to give this story a full chance yet.
I went with Joe and decided to keep an open mind. The movie was pretty good. I had familiarized myself with the plot before hand so I was familiar with the story incase it was one of those “u need to read the book” kinda things. I found it easy to follow though. I really enjoyed the main character. I felt like she was no extreme survival expert or a fierce warrior but she was definately not weak. She had an attitude and a need to protect what was most important to her, which wasnt some boy but her family.
I decided to give the books a try and I finished the third and final one today. I really love Katniss. She is a fighter. Yes she is involved in her own love triangle but its different. Its a battle between her fellow soldier who has always had her back or the man who would do anything and suffer anytype of pain or torture to protect her and in fact does. To the point where bringing him back to reality seems impossible. She is a rebel leading a rebellion, she fights to protect both men she cares about and her family she was willing to give up her life for. Depsite every possible horror thrown her way she just keeps going. Even when it seems they have taken absolutely everything from her. Thats definately a character I can get on board with and love.
The first book really introduces you to their world, the second really gives you a glimpse of the true evil that is running their government and finally the third just completely breaks you apart. Its filled with gruesome deaths, torture, helplessness, depression, and complete despair. I wasnt even sure in the end how it could possibly end well. What was left for the main character? Her world was literally torn apart in every possible way with no one to trust. However it does get a somewhat happy ending. A glimmer of hope that despite everything she has been through, even though nothing is the same she can still find happiness and contentment. Any lesser person would have killed themselves off a long time ago…someone like Bella for example.
I really admire stories that can really bring you into the emotional rollercoaster of the character. I loved her for being a fighter, cunning, and even manipulative but not without a heart. She was whatever she had to be get what she wanted. Even if it didnt turn out how she planned. The center of her life, her reason to keep going is not because she is consumed by some love for a guy its because she is a survivor. A lot of times her debate isnt even on which boy to love, sometimes she isnt even sure she wants either of them. She just wants to return back to her life, maybe it wasn’t filled with happiness and riches but she was content in protecting her family.
So in the end major props to Hunger Games Triliogy. I love it and will probably have it on my list of books I read over and over again. I am nervous though to see how the next couple of books translate into film. The second will probably be ok, there will be some parts they can ommit without damaging the heart of the story but the third…there is too much they can’t leave out but how can they possibly put it on screen? Im not sure. I guess we just have to wait and see :)
Well, I don’t want the whole word,
The sun, the moon, and all their light
I just want to be the only girl
You love all your life
"All your Life" By the Band Perry
So its a pretty chill week at work this week. STAAR Testing this week. All the kiddos are stuck in classrooms all day taking the state-mandated test. Poor things :(
I hate state testing. I feel really bad for these kids, trying to test all these kids on the same level saying they should have all learned the same exact skills across the board seems like the dumbest idea I have ever heard of. They spend all year cramming their brains for this one test and if they didnt master certain skills in the previous grade levels then they are already far behind because the state test assumes they have and the beginning of the year starts off with all new skills they must master before the test or they will probably fail. If you don’t pass then you don’t move on. Eh, I’m just ranting.
Sooo yeah, testing all week and the hallways feel like a ghost town. You could hear a pencil drop four rooms down its so quiet. They could cut a knife through the amount of tension too. The teachers are wired and at the end of their rope having prepared for this all year, the principal never stops moving and the vice prinicipal is trying to be everywhere the principal can’t be. The councilors are standing by ready to help that kid or even teacher who finally snaps (if you think its doesnt happen trust me..its does). As for me…well I just sit here in the clinic writing what will probably be a rediculously long post because I have nothing better to do. Yesterday was fun though! In an effort to get the kids excited about their upcoming test we had a parade! Lol, all the little ones like the kinders sat in the hallway waving signs saying “Beat the STAAR!!” and “You are brighter than any STAAR” while the upper classmen came marching down the halls to the tune of Star Wars playing over the intercom. It was pretty cute.
I am so looking forward to another three day weekend this week. Three days off to chill. Its going to be awesome. I can’t beleive we only have about five weeks of school left. Im just constantly counting down days at this point. Which is 29 if you were wondering :P I think Feb through April are the hardest months to get through. Or they feel the longest. By that point you are feelin kinda burnt out. Then aside from Spring Break the vacations are few in between. All the kids have started going crazy and your ready to pull out your hair. Then by the end of April its like everyone gets a last minute stretch burst of energy. Just enough to let them see the end of the tunnel and push through.
This past weekend was pretty fun. Joe and I played Tera all day Sat. I had a lot of fun. Its a pretty neat game. I definately got into it. Looking forward to leveling up those toons some more too but I think this week we plan to spend some time in SWTOR which is just fine with me. I was missing it last week and when Joe mentioned he wanted to play too I was like “Yaaay!! Bounty Hunter time!!” Or something..Jedi, Bounty Hunter, hell I’d be glad with any class I just want to play again :P
Saturday we got some interesting news. The guildmaster from our WoW guild is leaving the raids for awhile. RL issues and such. Its understandable. That’s why Joe and I left. I was really sad about it. I knew Joe had been feeling the itch to get out for a bit but I had just made officer and I really loved the people we raided with. I didnt want to let them down. I had to agree with Joe though, we had so many other things we wanted to do. We had landed the project for my moms site and things were starting to get busier it was hard to dedicate 12 hours out of our week just for raiding. Not to mention 12 hours of the only free time either of us really gets during our week. Now we have time to complete all our projects, we have time to try other games or to just relax on a saturday evening and watch a movie or spend time with family. So I can understand Eno deciding to go for a bit. Its hard to keep up. Joe and I are thinking of putting our WoW accounts aside for a bit. Maybe till MoP comes out. We both want the collectors edition of Diablo anyway, so we don’t really need them for that. We will have to see what happens. I imagine its a tougher choice for Joe than me. I only started playing a short while after Cata hit and I played with Joe. I got my main to 85 by leveling with him. However he has been playing WoW since the very beginning. the good thing is, even if we put away our accounts for a bit. Its not as though we can’t ever come back to them. Which is great, even if its goodbye for a bit its probably not goodbye forever. I still plan on keeping up with our guild friends. See how they are doing. I’m not sure what happens to the guild but if they stay together we will be there taking care of their site :)
So the MyBeauty project is coming along pretty well. The layout looks super cute. I just got some images yesterday. They need some work but I think I have some good ideas. Joe says he has some too so between the two of us it should turn out well. Maybe I will work on it some this afternoon. We shall see, I am not sure what plans are in store for today :P
Well that’s all for now :D
Ichigo Kurosaki again. This time I wanted to just draw his face. I found a great picture of him looking pretty much how I feel right now so I went at it. I find it a great way to filter through things. I am pretty proud of this one I think it turned out very well. One thing I find that keeps me coming to back to Ichigo are his eyes, everytime I see this character his expression is pretty intense. Makes him hard but fun to draw. As for the flame border…I dunno I just felt like it. Wanna fight about it!?! :P