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Not a lot to say here at the moment:
 
I've been working at the hospital since 05/05/05.
 
Alex started 1st grade this year.  I think school is still just a game for him at this point, but he is grasping reading and math fairly well.
 
Mercedes is in 5th grade, and doing fantastic.  She's maintained As and Bs all through school.  I'm very proud of her!
 
Over the last year, Corey had one auto accident (which left our van totalled), and fell at work, resulting in a shoulder surgery.  He's mostly recovered, thank goodness!
 
We bought our very first brand new car, a 2006 Ford Five Hundred.

About my personal history: I grew up in a small northwestern Arizona town and currently live there with my wonderful husband of 7 years. I graduated from Westmont High School in 1994. I've lived in Needles, CA, Hinkley, CA, Clovis, NM, Burbank, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Los Gatos, CA, and Campbell, CA (courtesy of being the child of divorced parents, really got to see a lot of the southwestern states that way!:-))

HaMusing
There are many things I would like to see happen in my lifetime. I know some of them may seem a little outlandish or insane or boring or even lame, but these are the things that fill my head when I have idle time (or I'm washing the dishes) to let them fester there. This will change from time to time as, of course, my experiences and feelings and attitudes change.
I wish it was always Summertime. I would love to spend years on end basking in the warm glow of the sun.
I wish we could move to Oregon. Everything up there is so beautiful, and it seems as though it's like that year-round, with different cloaks for every season.
I wish I had a horse. I love horses. They're beautiful, intelligent, and not only can they run fast, but they can do it carrying a person!
I think the problem with humanity's desire to get back to nature is that we're too human.
Is there something wrong in my head, or is it all a psychosomatic reaction to the level of mental illness I encounter everyday? I am something of a Patriot. I love this country, in spite of her short-comings. Where else can you have so much freedom with so little consequence?

Goals
 
I have a few things that I would like to accomplish.  Personal improvements, progress I'd like to make with my household, children and marriage.  Some are just things that I'd really like to just DO.
I would like to learn more tolerance.  I've noticed that I'm prone to making snap judgments about people based on one mistake.  I realized that if everyone else did the same thing, I wouldn't have many friends.  So that's something I'd really like to change about myself.
I would also like to learn to love myself a little better and to not sweat the small stuff.  I know it's cliche, but it's something that I tend to do a lot.  Most people don't die over a lost set of keys or an ATM card.  I need to remember that.
I'd like to get back on top of my housework.  I want to get at least one load of laundry done each day, regardless of whether or not it's Corey's day off.  Or even whether or not there's a full load to BE washed.  I know it's not that hard.
I want to have Alex potty trained by the end of the year.  This is going to take a lot of patience and diligence, but the savings in diapers (not to mention my sanity) will be tremendous.  I'd actually prefer to have it done by June, but that's a stretch, and I'll settle for the New Year.
I want to try to get my kids and husband out to the park or the mountains at least once a week.  We need family time, and we're having a hard time figuring out how to do that.  I think outdoor excursions are a good start.
The marriage is going good.  Right now I have no complaints, except that I'm a little demanding and naggy, but I guess that falls under the self-improvement category!
 
Things I've Accomplished
Just looking at the goals I set for myself in the section above, I have to say that I'm pretty happy.  I've had some successes, and that's always a spirit-lifter.
I haven't gotten much more tolerant, but I have gotten better at giving people a second chance.  I've also gotten better at seeing when things are not moving the way I think they should, and either letting them go or making change happen.
I started taking a menopause medication, and that's helped a lot with my self-esteem, and with being so hard on everyone around me.  I'm a much more pleasant person to be around now.
Alex is potty trained, and it's before New Year's Day!  I decided to really start pushing it when my last package of Pull-Ups ran low.  He's been in underwear ever since the last one was gone, and he's doing great.  He still has the occasional poo-accident, but he usually goes at least 4 days without!
We haven't been going to the mountains every week, but we do go a lot.  We've had some really exciting time up there, enjoying the scenery, accomplishing goals (we hiked to the top of the highest peak already!).
And everything is going just great!

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Definitely one of my favourite pass-times - following this man around...gotta love that hubby-man!

Favorites

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MoviesLabrynth: David Bowie and Jim Henson, what a combination! It was a fun movie, the music was great, and with such memorable lines as "You don't need TWO ears!", I'd have to call it one of the best movies of the 20th century.
Little Shop of Horrors: Steve Martin and Rick Moranis, and whoever was the puppeteer and voice behind AudreyII, what genius! What comedy! What a Mean Green Mutha From Outer Space!!!
Watership Down: The Richard Adams rabbit-tale classic come to life. This movie is truly soul-food for the heart, mind and eyes.

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Music
From the 70s: Carole King, Stevie Nicks:
Tapestry has been the best lullaby for my kids, and it's such a beautiful ballad. Carole King has a strong yet meek voice that I just can't get enough of. Stevie Nicks is just a goddess, and her sexy voice has pulled me out of some of my crummiest moods.
From the 80s: Def Leppard, Guns 'n' Roses: Def Leppard and GnR were basically my introduction to heavy metal, and will always hold a special place in my heart.
From the 90s: Collective Soul, 4 non-blondes: I listen to Collective Soul when I'm feeling really down about the way of the world, and 4 non-blondes when I'm feeling just a little TOO positive
From the Present:  Godsmack, Days of the New, Linkin Park, Pink, Alanis Morrisette: There is so much more variety in what I listen to now, compared to when I was, say, 18. I find more to appreciate, and to dislike, in what I hear.

I must be getting old, because it seems that as of late I don't really listen to anything new :-)
I kinda miss the good old days, when I just HAD TO HAVE every new album (did I just say ALBUM?!?) that was on the Top Ten list....

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