Friday, June 25, 2010

4...although it should be more

Hello readers (ahem...Deb and Carrie :D )

I apologize for my incredibly delayed blog. I actually haven't utilized my last two Fridays like I typically do. Not too much action has been happening here in the plains. I've mainly been up to work and spending some time with friends. Much needed! The last two Fridays I've actually spent getting to know Nic (blind date guy). He seems pretty fun! Just as sarcastic as I am, which is somewhat important so that I don't hurt feelings (as I've been told I often do). Oh yes, and he is hot. Very. Haha. Sadly enough....that's as exciting as this town has been. Hopefully next Friday I will have more to post *FROM CALIFORNIA!!!* I'm so excited to see my sister and Sunny :)

Until next Friday (really)

Friday, June 4, 2010


Oh my...when I though that Friday couldn't get here any sooner, it jumped up an bit me on the butt! This week just flew by! Since last Friday, I have received my camera back, and I am SO excited to share a few spaces of my TX home with you all!

This is one of my favorite parts of my tiny living room. I have pictures of all my family and closest friends in frames, flip albums, and photo stands on and above this shelf. The one in the center is a frame I set with a picture of my grandma, my mom, and myself all at the age of 17.

If you follow my facebook, you've seen this, but I'm so happy to have finished it. This is my necklace holder that hangs above my dresser (but well within reach) in my bedrooom. I found the frame at a thrift store for $3 and I found the screen material. I love it! It adds a little color to my room, and also keeps my jewelery from getting tangled in my jewlery box!

This is my little scrapbooking area! It is essentially my dining room turned craft space! I'm still working on my table, but I'll post pictures when I finish that. The large frame on the wall holds my ribbon in a manner that I can pull, clip, and re-pin. I ironed it all before rolling in onto the wire. It was a really easy project. I used craft wire and anchored it to the inside of the picture frame (which was given to me), and then just rolled my ribbon onto the wire. I added a few extras, like my mini chandelier and handmade glass pocket my sister made, just to give an extra spark.

I don't know if the pictures do it much justice....but it is really cute!

Now onto my week! Haha.

Well, last Friday, when I arrived home, I was really freaked out. CN was having an argument with someone as I was approaching my steps....there were several doors slamming and yelling that made me not want to go up...but I did. There was no one on the balcony, so I quickly jetted in unharmed. I did discover today, that he lurks all over the complex. He was standing in the mail room today...not talking to the mail lady and she was filling the boxes...just standing in there....

The scare was soon subsided with the news that I would be attending the Deftones concert with my bff on Saturday! It was phenomenal! We waited in the eternal line. Arrived at the ticket counter (after asking if they took credit cards/debit cards and being told yes) and could purchase the tickets!!!! Why, you ask? Because they didn't take credit/debit at the ticket box. WTH!!! So, we tried to bribe our way in, which didn't work. Then we met a group...who we apparently trusted enough for my friend to give her debit card and PIN number to...who went to the bar area, convinced the bartender to give her cash for transaction, and brought it back to us. When then fanagled our way into the line and purchased the tickets. It was rough, but we made it. The show was wonderful...although Chino looked like he just finished playing golf and was texting between songs the entire unprofessional! No major injuries were received...just a few bruises from angry moshers.

The week flew by at work. My class is great! I gave them a pop quiz, and I didn't even get ONE complaint! I couldn't believe it. When I went into class on Thursday though, only one person finished their test I had to punish them. I decided to add 20 questions to their test, and not tell them what material they were over other than the chapters in this unit. They weren't happy...but neither was I. I didn't like that they just expected me to give them answers or class time to complete their reviews when they had them for 4 weeks. It ended up slightly punishing me, because I had to entirely retype the exam and add the questions. Hopefully they learn though.

Today was fabulous! I went to the Kimbrell's family farm to volunteer. Their official name is Cimarron Organics. I got a tour, learned a little bit of farming knowledge, and then planted baby watermelon and pulled weeds in the previously planted watermelon rows. I had a ton of fun! Reconnected with nature a little. Met a new friend. I had so much fun! My pay was as many organic, green house grown tomatoes (which are delicious!) and what was left of the fresh, organic asparagus! I didn't take near enough tomatoes though! I do plan on returning each Friday to help out! If you'd like to read about the farm, the website it

I'm also looking forward to the next few days/weeks. Time will fly (I hope) until my trip to California in July to visit my baby niece, Sunny Marie, and my sister and her boyfriend. My co-worker is also setting me up on a blind date with a friend of hers. I'm a little anxious about that, because I've never been set up before...but hopefully all goes well. We have similar lifestyles and are both (apparently) positive, happy people! I'll keep you posted of how that goes. So far, the dates I've been on since my return here haven't been fabulous....

Until next Friday,
Kristi Jean

Friday, May 28, 2010


I realized half way through this week that I actually forgot to post last week! I was very disappointed in myself, but hope to correct that problem (with this post!)

Last week was VERY eventful for me work wise. I actually spent all four days working double shifts at work (about 14 hours). I was subbing for our pharmacy technician instructor who was out due to surgery. During her absence, our facility also had a site visit from the Director of Allied Health for our school. Who is that you ask? Well that is my boss's boss's boss. He spent a week reviewing exactly what it is that "We" as a campus do. How we teach. How we follow procedures. Etc. Etc. A plus to this, was that I had an abundant amount of time to spend with him. During his visit, he observed my lecture, and the next day had a conversation with our director where he said he was very impressed with my teaching skills, and wanted future instructors to observe me teach! I couldn't believe it! Also, I drafted a letter to the Dr's in our area to introduce our program, let them know what our students are equipped with when they leave our program (certifications, hands-on skills, etc.), as well as up-coming events. This made its way up the chain and also resulted in props my way. I'm very excited to see what the future holds for me with my career at the school!

Because of the hectic work schedule, I spent the down time catching up on house tasks, and sleep. I've discovered...I do not like waking up before noon. I know, I know...I am spoiled...but I love my schedule!

I'm not sure if I have discussed my "creepy" neighbor, but he is....well, creepy. I would describe him as a lurker. He and I share a balcony. He feeds the neighborhood stray cats, and acts and the newly delivered kittens care-giver. This bothers me because he is not making an attempt to spay or neuter these animals, just feeding them. Also, I have to pay pet rent, and he does not. And his "pets" spray all over my balcony! Anyway, he lurks around the balcony and creepily talks to me. I know I am mean...but EVERYONE who has encountered this guy agrees with me. I once asked my apt manager if they have ever had any complaints in regards to him and the exact response I received was "Oh no, he is harmless. He got into an accident years ago that put him into a coma for 5 years. But don't let him fool you...he is REALLY smart!" I really didn't like that response. Smart guy with minor brain damage. Yay. He routinely asks me to borrow my car. He calls my dog an alligator. And today, while walking my dog, he asked what style my pants were...flare, boot cut, or straight. I mean, he yelled this down to me while WATCHING me walk my dog. I responded I didn't know, and he asked where I purchased my jean. And if pants are more expensive in Phoenix. Yeah......

Now that you know who he is, he will further be referenced as CN. :)

My precious baby niece was born on the 18th! I'm so happy to announce she is happy, healthy, and the best baby ever! My sister is doing fantastic as well! Sunny doesn't really cry much, sleeps easily, and is already smiling. I think she looks like me, but we will see as she gets a little older. I will be going to CA to visit her and my sister in July! I already love her so much!! I cannot even imagine the love you have for your own kids, because I love my nieces and nephew so much already!

Today, my class and I took a field trip to a dental laboratory in order to put the lecture into the real world. It was so awesome! And another bond made with the community! I see incredible changes to the future of our dental assisting program.

I'm also in the process of training with a friend. Building muscle and still preparing for a half marathon with my sister next year. My hip has started giving me problems again, so I am in the process of locating a local chiropractor in order to adjust me...stupid chairside assisting messing with my alignment!

Well I'm still blank on photos because I left my camera in a friends car almost a month ago and still have not gotten that back! I'm working on it though!!!

I'm out for this week....what does the weekend hold? Well, swimming with sister & the kids, The Deftones LIVE!!!, and friend fun!

Until next Friday,

Friday, May 14, 2010


Welcome to my *NEW* blog home! I've recently moved to Amarillo, TX! Although I end that sentence with an exclamation sometimes isn't all that exciting of a place. I do have lots of family, friends, and planning though. I'm a vegan living in a not so vegan friendly city. I love green...and the translation of my city is yellow. I have a Dachshund and a Cat that are fantastic. I teach dental assisting and I LOVE it!!! I'm a crafter and earth lover - I am striving to expand my skills in both of these things. I moved away from my love (aka, the city of PHOENIX) and started a new branch in my life tree. Here's hoping everything works out for the best!

I'll be updating my blog each Friday. As part of my new goals, I am living minimally...which includes no internet at home. I'm trying as much as possible to reduce the amount of energy I use and the amount of waste I produce...I figured that is one way. I'm really excited to share the experiences I have had so far with my move and look forward to what my years back in Amarillo will hold. Next week, I'll be updating with a whole post and pictures! I hope everyone has a fantastic week...

Until next Friday,
Kristi Jean.