Brain Gender?

Your Brain is 67% Female, 33% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!


Steve Irwin Crocodile Hunter Tribute


Keith Olbermann Smacks Down Senile Donald Rumsfeld

Bravo, Keith....Bravo! I'm so glad you have the courage to say what the rest of us are thinking, and you said it so well!

This 6min 41sec video is a must watch!

Shame on you Bush Administration! YOU are the Facists! How dare you question the patriotism of great, loyal American's who demand accountability for why you send thousands of enlisted men, women of OUR military, OUR families to their death in the name of freedom, that essentially line your own pockets with gold!


Jennifer Holliday - And I'm Telling You...(Dance Mix)

Wow! I absolutely love her voice! I love "And I'm Telling You" in its original version, but this dance mix is great too! Bianca Ryan was absolutely great, but Jennifer Holiday takes the show!
Bianca Ryan's first appearance on America's Got Talent

I shared this video with my friend Patty tonight. This performance still gives me goose bumps! Enjoy!


America's Got Talent, Bianca Ryan, Finale show

I am still so in awe of this incredibly talented 11 year old! I'm really happy for her, she won the America's Got Talent competition last night, and she really earned it! It will be interesting to see how many doors open for this young lady, and may her voice not change too much during puberty :)


About the Previous Post

The post below is in 3D, so get out those funky paper red and blue glasses, and chuckle with the old laughing man!

Online Acronyms


Online Acronyms

I found a list of well known, and not so well known acronyms. I got a good chuckle out of
LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing!

AAMOF as a matter of fact
ABFL a big fat lady
ABT about
ADN any day now
AFAIC as far as I'm concerned
AFAICT as far as I can tell
AFAICS as far as I can see
AFAIK as far as I know
AFAYC as far as you're concerned
AFK away from keyboard
AISI as I see it
AIUI as I understand it
AKA also known as
AML all my love
ANFSCD and now for something completely different
ASAP as soon as possible
ASL assistant section leader
ASL age, sex, location
ASLP age, sex, location, picture
A/S/L age/sex/location
ASOP assistant system operator
ATM at this moment
AWA as well as
AWHFY are we having fun yet?
AWGTHTGTTA are we going to have to go trough this again?
AWOL absent without leave
AWOL away without leave
AYOR at your own risk
AYPI? and your point is?

B4 before
B4N bye for now
BAC back at computer
BAG busting a gut
BAK back at the keyboard
BBIAB be back in a bit
BBL be back later
BBLBNTSBO... be back later but not to soon because of...
BBR burnt beyond repair
BBS be back soon
BBS bulletin board system
BC be cool
B/C because
BCnU be seeing you
BEG big evil grin
BF boyfriend
BFF best friends forever
B/F boyfriend
BFN bye for now
BG big grin
BION believe it or not
BIOYIOB blow it out your I/O port
BITMT but in the meantime
BM bite me
BMB bite my bum
BMTIPG brilliant minds think in parallel gutters
BKA better known as
BL belly laughing
BOB back off bastard
BOL be on later
BOM bitch of mine
BOT back on topic
BRB be right back
BRBB be right back beotch
BRBS be right back soon
BRH be right here
BRS big red switch
BS big smile
BS bull shit
BSF but seriously folks
BST but seriously though
BTA but then again
BTAIM be that as it may
BTDT been there done that
BTOBD be there or be dead
BTOBS be there or be square
BTSOOM beats the shit out of me
BTW by the way
BUDWEISER because you deserve what every individual should ever receive
BWQ buzz word quotient
BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know
BYOB bring your own bottle
BYOH Bat You Onna Head

C&G chuckle and grin
CAD ctrl-alt-delete
CADET can't add, doesn't even try
CDIWY couldn't do it without you
CFV call for votes
CFS care for secret?
CFY calling for you
CID crying in disgrace
CIM CompuServe information manager
CLM career limiting move
CM@TW catch me at the web
CMIIW correct me if I'm wrong
CNP continue in next post
CO conference
CRAFT can't remember a f**king thing
CRS can’t remember s*it
CSG chuckle snicker grin
CTS changing the subject
CU see you
CU2 see you too
CUL see you later
CUL8R see you later
CWOT complete waste of time
CWYL chat with you later
CYA see ya
CYA cover your @ss
CYAL8R see ya later
CYO see you online

DBA doing business as
DCed disconnected
DFLA disenhanced four-letter acronym
DH darling husband
DIIK darn if i know
DGA digital guardian angel
DGARA don't give a rats ass
DIKU do I know you?
DITYID did I tell you I'm distressed
DIY do it yourself
DL download
DL dead link
DLTBBB don't let the bad bugs bite
DMMGH don't make me get hostile
DQMOT don't quote me on this
DND do not disturb
DTC damn this computer
DTRT do the right thing
DUCT did you see that?
DWAI don't worry about it
DWIM do what I mean
DWIMC do what I mean, correctly
DWISNWID do what I say, not what I do
DYJHIW don't you just hate it when...
DYK do you know

EAK eating at keyboard
EIE enough is enough
EG evil grin
EMFBI excuse me for butting in
EMFJI excuse me for jumping in
EMSG email message
EOD end of discussion
EOF end of file
EOL end of lecture
EOM end of message
EOT end of thread
ETLA extended three letter acronym
EYC excitable, yet calm

F female
F/F face to face
F2F face to face
FAQ frequently asked questions
FAWC for anyone who cares
FBOW for better or worse
FBTW fine, be that way
FCFS first come, first served
FCOL for crying out loud
FFS for f*cks sake
FIFO first in, first out
FISH first in, still here
FLA four-letter acronym
FOAD f*ck off and die
FOAF friend of a friend
FOB f**k off bitch
FOC free of charge
FOCL falling of chair laughing
FOFL falling on the floor laughing
FOS freedom of speech
FOTCL falling off the chair laughing
FTF face to face
FTTT from time to time
FU f*cked up
FUBAR f*cked up beyond all recognition
FUD fear, uncertainty and doubt
FURTB full up ready to burst (about hard disk drives)
FW freeware
FWIW for what it's worth
FYA for your amusement
FYE for your entertainment
FYEO for your eyes only
FYI for your information

G grin
G2B going to bed
G&BIT grin & bear it
G2G got to go
G2GGS2D got to go get something to drink
GA go ahead
GA good afternoon
GAFIA get away from it all
GAL get a life
GAS greetings and salutations
GBH great big hug
GBH&K great big huh and kisses
GBR garbled beyond recovery
GBY god bless you
GD&H grinning, ducking and hiding
GD&R grinning, ducking and running
GD&RAFAP grinning, ducking and running as fast as possible
GD&REF&F grinning, ducking and running even further and faster
GD&RF grinning, ducking and running fast
GD&RVF grinning, ducking and running very
GD&W grin, duck and wave
GDW grin, duck and wave
GE good evening
GF girlfriend
GFETE grinning from ear to ear
GFN gone for now
GFU good for you
GG good game
GGU2 good game you two
GIGO garbage in garbage out
GJ good job
GL good luck
GL&GH good luck and good hunting
GM good morning / good move / good match
GMAB give me a break
GMAO giggling my @ss off
GMBO giggling my butt off
GMTA great minds think alike
GN good night
GOK god only knows
GOWI get on with it
GPF general protection fault
GR8 great
GR&D grinning, running and ducking
GtG got to go
GTSY glad to see you

H hug
H/O hold on
H&K hug and kiss
HAK hug and kiss
HAGD have a good day
HAGN have a good night
HAGS have a good summer
HAG1 have a good one
HAHA having a heart attack
HAND have a nice day
HB hug back
HB hurry back
HDYWTDT how do you work this dratted thing
HF have fun
HH holding hands
HHIS hanging head in shame
HHJK ha ha, just kidding
HHOJ ha ha, only joking
HHOK ha ha, only kidding
HHOS ha ha, only seriously
HIH hope it helps
HILIACACLO help I lapsed into a coma and can’t log off
HIWTH hate it when that happens
HLM he loves me
HMS home made smiley
HMS hanging my self
HMT here’s my try
HMWK homework
HOAS hold on a second
HSIK how should i know
HTH hope this helps
HTHBE hope this has been enlightening
HYLMS hate you like my sister

IAAA I am an accountant
IAAL I am a lawyer
IAC in any case
IC I see
IAE in any event
IAG it's all good
IAG I am gay
IAIM in an Irish minute
IANAA I am not an accountant
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IBN I'm bucked naked
ICOCBW I could of course be wrong
IDC I don't care
IDGI I don't get it
IDGARA I don't give a rat's @ss
IDGW in a good way
IDI I doubt it
IDK I don't know
IDTT I'll drink to that
IFVB I feel very bad
IGP I gotta pee
IGTP I get the point
IHTFP I hate this f'**king place
IHTFP I have truly found paradise
IHU I hate you
IHY I hate you
II I’m impressed
IIT I’m impressed too
IIR if I recall
IIRC if I recall correctly
IJWTK I just want to know
IJWTS I just want to say
IK I know
IKWUM I know what you mean
ILBCNU I"ll be seeing you
ILU I love you
ILY I love you
ILYFAE I love you forever and ever
IMAO in my arrogant opinion
IMFAO in my f***ing arrogant opinion
IMBO in my bloody opinion
IMCO in my considered opinion
IME in my experience
IMHO in my humble opinion
IMNSHO in my, not so humble opinion
IMO in my opinion
IMOBO in my own biased opinion
IMPOV in my point of view
IMP I might be pregnant
INAL I'm not a lawyer
INPO in no particular order
IOIT I'm on Irish Time
IOW in other words
IRL in real life
IRMFI I reply merely for information
IRSTBO it really sucks the big one
IS I'm sorry
ISTM it seems to me
ISTR I seem to recall
ISWYM I see what you mean
ITFA in the final analysis
ITRO in the reality of
ITRW in the real world
ITSFWI if the shoe fits, wear it
IVL in virtual live
IWALY I will always love you
IWBNI it would be nice if
IYKWIM if you know what I mean
IYSWIM if you see what I mean

JAM just a minute
JAS just a second
JASE just another system error
JAWS just another windows shell
JIC just in case
JJWY just joking with you
JK just kidding
J/K just kidding
JMHO just my humble opinion
JMO just my opinion
JP just playing
J/P just playing
JTLYK just to let you know
JW just wondering

K kiss
KHYF know how you feel
KB kiss back
KISS keep it simple sister
KIS(S) keep it simple (stupid)
KISS keeping it sweetly simple
KIT keep in touch
KMA kiss my ass
KMB kiss my butt
KOTC kiss on the cheek
KOTL kiss on the lips
KUTGW keep up the good work
KWIM know what I mean?

L laugh
L8R later
L8R G8R later gator
LAB life's a bitch
LBR little boys room
LD long distance
LGR little girls room
LHM Lord help me
LHU Lord help us
LL&P live long & prosper
LNK love and kisses
LMA leave me alone
LMABO laughing my @ss back on
LMAO laughing my @ss off
MBO laughing my butt off
LMHO laughing my head off
LMFAO laughing my fat @ss off
LMK let me know
LOL laughing out loud
LOL lots of love
LOL lots of luck
LOLA laughing out loud again
LOML light of my life (or love of my life)
LOMLILY light of my life, I love you
LOOL laughing out outrageously loud
LSHIPMP laughing so hard I peed my pants
LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing
LSHMBH laughing so hard my belly hurts
LTNS long time no see
LTR long term relationship
LTS laughing to self
LULAS love you like a sister
LUWAMH love you with all my heart
LY love ya
LYK let you know
LYL love ya lots
LYLAB love ya like a brother
LYLAS love ya like a sister

M male
MB maybe
MYOB mind your own business
M8 mate

N in
N2M not too much
N/C not cool
NE1 anyone
NETUA nobody ever tells us anything
NFI no f***ing idea
NL not likely
NM never mind / nothing much
N/M never mind / nothing much
NMH not much here
NMJC nothing much, just chillin'
NOM no offense meant
NOTTOMH not of the top of my mind
NOYB none of your business
NOYFB none of your f***ing business
NP no problem
NTA non-technical acronym
N/S no s*it
NVM nevermind

OBTW oh, by the way
OIC oh, I see
OF on fire
OFIS on floor with stitches
OK abbreviation of oll korrect (all correct)
OL old lady (wife, girlfriend)
OM old man (husband, boyfriend)
OMG oh my god / gosh / goodness
OOC out of character
OT Off topic / other topic
OTOH on the other hand
OTTOMH off the top of my head

PAW parents are watching
PDS please don't shoot
PEBCAK problem exists between chair and keyboard
PLZ please
PM private message
PMJI pardon my jumping in (Another way for PMFJI)
PMFJI pardon me for jumping in
PMP peed my pants
POAHF put on a happy face
POOF I have left the chat
POTB pats on the back
POS parents over shoulder
PPL people
PS post script
PSA public show of affection

Q4U question for you
QSL reply
QSO conversation
QT cutie

RCed reconnected
RE hi again (same as re's)
ROFL rolling on floor laughing
ROFLAPMP rolling on floor laughing and peed my pants
ROFLMAO rolling on floor laughing my @ss off
ROFLOLAY rolling on floor laughing out loud at you
ROFLOLTSDMC rolling on floor laughing out loud tears streaming down my cheeks
ROFLOLWTIME rolling on floor laughing out loud with tears in my eyes
ROFLOLUTS rolling on floor laughing out loud unable to speak
ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing
RVD really very dumb
RUTTM are you talking to me
RTF read the FAQ
RTFM read the f***ing manual
RTSM read the stupid manual

S2R send to receive
SAMAGAL stop annoying me and get a life
SCNR sorry, could not resist
SETE smiling ear to ear
SH so hot
SH same here
SHICPMP so happy I could pee my pants
SHID slaps head in disgust
SHMILY see how much I love you
SNAFU situation normal, all F***ed up
SO significant other
SOHF sense of humor failure
SOMY sick of me yet?
SPAM stupid persons' advertisement
SRY sorry
SSDD same shit different day
STBY sucks to be you
STFU shut the f*ck up
STW search the web
SWAK sealed with a kiss
SWALK sweet, with all love, kisses
SWL screaming with laughter
SIM shit, it's Monday
SITWB sorry, in the wrong box
SYS see you soon
SYSOP system operator

TA thanks again
TCO taken care of
TGIF thank god its Friday
THTH to hot to handle
THX thanks
TIA thanks in advance
TIIC the idiots in charge
TJM that's just me
TLA three-letter acronym
TMA take my advice
TMI to much information
TMS to much showing
TNSTAAFL there's no such thing as a free lunch
TNX thanks
TOH to other half
TOY thinking of you
TPTB the powers that be
TSDMC tears streaming down my cheeks
TT2T to tired to talk
TTFN ta ta for now
TTT thought that, too
TTUL talk to you later
TTYIAM talk to you in a minute
TTYL talk to you later
TTYLMF talk to you later my friend
TU thank you
TWMA till we meet again
TX thanx
TY thank you
TYVM thank you very much

U2 you too
UAPITA you're a pain in the ass
UR your
UW you're welcom
URAQT! you are a cutie!

VBG very big grin
VBS very big smile

W8 wait
W8AM wait a minute
WAY who are you
WB welcome back
WBS write back soon
WDHLM why doesn't he love me
WE whatever
W/E whatever
WFM works for me
WNDITWB we never did it this way before
WP wrong person
WRT with respect to
WTF what/who the F***?
WTG way to go
WTGP want to go private?
WTH what/who the heck?
WTMI way to much information
WU what's up?
WUD what's up dog?
WUF where are you from?
WUWT whats up with that
WYMM will you marry me?
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get

XTLA extended three letter acronym

Y why?
Y2K you're too kind
YATB you are the best
YBS you'll be sorry
YG young gentleman
YHBBYBD you'd have better bet your bottom dollar
YL young lady
YL you 'll live
YM you mean
YM young man
YMMD you've made my day
YMMV your mileage may vary
YVM you're very welcom
YW you're welcome
YWIA you're welcome in advance
YWTHM you want to hug me
YWTLM you want to love me
YWTKM you want to kiss me
YOYO you're on your own
YY4U two wise for you

? huh?
?4U question for you
>U screw you!
/myB kick my boobs
2U2 to you too
2MFM to much for me
4AYN for all you know
4COL for crying out loud
4SALE for sale
4U for you
=w= whatever
*G* giggle or grin
*H* hug
*K* kiss
*S* smile
*T* tickle
*W* wink

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Rubber Sidewalks... Who'da thunk it ?!?

Scanning the news today, I came across this article. The company that manufactures the product, RubberSidewalks they actually use recycled tires, (the US produces 290 million used tires a year! thats 72.5 million sets of tires each and every year!) make sure to visit their website, as they also sell residential patio pavers and bricks as well.

Creator of the Philly Cheese Steak Dies

Creator of the Philly Cheesesteak Dies
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July 21,2006 PHILADELPHIA --
Harry Olivieri, who with his brother Pat was credited with inventing the Philly cheesesteak in 1933, had died. He was 90.
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The Philly Cheese Steak is one of my most favorite comfort foods... In fact, Dave made them for dinner tonight. Vidalia Onions are in season, so Dave sauteed one to add to the sandwiches. He seasoned the meat with onion powder, pepper, salt, garlic powder, soy sauce, and a little Tuong Ot Sriaracha hot sauce. The sandwiches were topped off with melted provolone cheese, and dressed with light mayo and sliced vine ripened tomatoes. Yum! So thank you Mr Olivieri for coming up with one of my all time, favorite sandwiches, the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Posted by Picasa


See previous post about testing the depth of the water ;D

Yes... as a matter of fact, I am in a silly mood today! Make sure to visit the website engrish.com for a few more laughs, especially the t-shirt section. Posted by Picasa

A little light humor to make you chuckle :D

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.

It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.That way, when you criticize them you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaking tire.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.

Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.



Progressive Care Unit (PCU) and Pepsi Americas' Sail 2006

Yesterday, I spent four hours during my clinical rotation in the PCU. The PCU is one of my first loves, I hope to have my ear to the ground, learning new and inovative procedures for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. I'm sincerely hoping that when I graduate in August, I'll be hired on in either the PCU, or the ER. Yesterday, I was fortunate to work with an incredible CNA, and great nurses! The floor was short handed, with only two CNA's and one of them working as a sitter with a disoriented patient, so I got the opprotunity to actually work on the floor giving basic patient care, answering call lights, giving bed baths, assessing wounds and interacting with the friendly, and knowlegeable nursing staff at Carteret General Hospitaland was actually called to D/C a Foley Catheter. Not that the procedure is difficult, but I was trully grateful for the practice and experience. I know that the patient was thrilled to get rid of the catherter, it was the final step before he was discharged, and on his way home! I still love being a part of the medical profession! I don't see that changing anytime in the near future.

On to local happenings and events, Pepsi Americas' Sail 2006 is underway, and I'm excited to visit Beaufort, NC to see all the tall ships in person. I hope to snap a few pictures, and spend a few hours with Dave relaxing! :) Posted by Picasa


Passed My Final Exam---- 96%

I took my final exam for the CNA II class on Tuesday, June13th and passed it with a 96! Now all that is left is six weeks of clinical time, to utilize all of the skills I've been taught.
Hopefully it is off to nursing school in the fall of this year!
Today, after a few of my other class mates took their finals, I worked with my instructor, Mrs. Bell applying sterile dressings, trach care, ostomy care, and inserting and d/c ing a urinary catheter. I'm so happy that I pushed myself to get certified, I just don't know why I've waited so long to do it. Oh well, I have roughly 30 years to give the health care industry, I guess it' s
better late than never!
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Yay! I Passed My Second Test For The CNA 2 Class. ---> 98%! Score!!!!!

Today, Mrs. Bell, my class instructor, gave us the review for the second test. She gave us the option of having the weekend to study, and testing on Monday, or to take the test immediately following the review. I chose to take the test. The material was still fresh in my mind, so why give myself four days to forget it?! I'm so happy, the first class test I only scored a 86%. I still have a 92% average. The certification is only pass or fail (score for each test can not be below a 75%) but my goal is always to maintain an A average. Now I can enjoy my long weekend, without stressing myself out. I've still got one more test, the "State Final Exam". We're scheduled to take that Thursday, June 15th. I'm hoping to score 100%!

Mrs. Marion Bell, if you ever read this, thank you so much for the knowledge and patient care skills you have so generously given me and my classmates. I feel that I will be a much better nurse because of it. You are definitely a great role model, and the nursing profession has been influenced, in a positive way by the example you set. I also thank you for your confidence in me and encouragement to continue my education. I'm going to make it, and you have a lot to do with my modified timeline. :) Posted by Picasa


Currently Researching: The Effects of Medicinal Marijuana....

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Update: My Voter Registration Concers Have Been Adressed! Thank You Ms. Lindy R. Lewis, Director (Cartertet County Board Of Elections)

I was shocked when I checked my email, and had a response to an email to the BOE in only two hours! Ms. Lindy R. Lewis, The Director of the County Board of Elections responded personally, and my name should be straightened out shortly. I will post the events as they happen!!! Kudos to democracy!

Which Political Party Are They Affiliated With (North Carolina) !?!

If you live in North Carolina, or were wondering about political affiliation of your: self, friend, boss, neighbor, teacher, student, religious leader etc. you can find out here. Make sure and change the boxes to the right of the first/last name to either search for exact or partial name. for instance, if you're not sure if the person might be registered as Jim or James Doe, search for J Doe and change the first name box to >begins with. Make sure to narrow your search by county if you know which to choose.

This site has been a great tool for me also to verify that my own info is displayed correctly, which it is not, and I'm not too happy about that right now. I did my legal name change in December of 2005, renewed my driver's license, and was asked by the DMV officer if I wanted to keep my political affiliation the same, I responded yes, so that should have been it, right? Wrong! I went to vote in the primaries
5/02/2006 and of course they had to find me by my maiden name! While I was there, I filled out a new voter registation card with my married, and legal name. Here it is a month later and they STILL have my registration as Tiffiney Paar! I wrote them at their website email address today, to try one more time before getting angry, and I hope to have this matter resolved shortly.


What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

I just took this survey, I think it's fairly accurate, give it a shot, and see what you think :)

Your Linguistic Profile::
60% General American English
15% Dixie
15% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern


Beutiful Day On The Beach In Emerald Isle, NC

Wow! I just spent an incredible two hours at the beach. Beutiful azure water, not too rough, and not too cold! Dave and I turned the A/C on for the first time this season, and wouldn't you know, it didn't work! Since it was a bit hot and muggy (83 degrees F and 60+ % Humidity)I decided to finish up my homework at the beach. Normally, I don't swim in the ocean until late June, early July, I was surprised to find the water temperatue so increadibly warm, I had to swim! I'm looking forward to a long summer, swimming and playing at the beach full time! :)


Ten Most Common Concerns About Cannabis

I've been doing a little research for a friend who may or may not be pregnant, and is a recreational marijuana smoker, and I came acrossMedical Cannibis. The article that really interested me was this study done by Melanie C. Dreher, PhD. According to Dr. Dreher, research showed that children born to mothers who smoked, classified as light users 1 to 10 spliffs a week experienced no differences at all.

"No Differences at All."

When they controlled for the household ratings, Dreher recounted April 8 at the Patients Out of Time Conference in Santa Barbara, her team "found absolutely no differences" between the children whose mothers were non-users and the children from the three groups of users. "No differences at all."


Okay, the one thing I would like to clarified is, as an American citizen, born in 1970,I know for a fact that you have to be very careful in choosing a supplier of marijuana. There are individuals out there that use insecticides, and other additives to the herb to intensify the effects of the high, but may also prove to be toxic! All I'm saying is , be aware that there may be other chemicals present in that bag you picked up so cheap! You will find more often than not, if it seems like the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. The demand for marijuana is at least as high as the supply rate, so, I would be mighty suspicious of that "great deal".

Okay, as always, I welcome comments in agreement, or debate....


What ever happend to our constitutional right to free speech!!!

This afternoon as I was reading all of my front page news articles, I came upon this story. You know, this is going to be a sticky situation since the school has left such a vague description. I'm sure it will be abused even further, because they are the ones to decide what "inapropriate" is.

"All students who participate in extra curricular activities, about 80 percent of the district's 3,200 students, will now be required to sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of illegal or inappropriate behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action."

Come on parents, wake up, and take charge! Get involved in your childrens lives, and take interest in their school policy... You owe it to our founding fathers, and all of those that have shed blood, sweat and tears to secure our civil liberties! I am alarmed that more people aren't taking notice to the way our country seems to be moving more and more towards a dictatorship. Apparently, the education institutions have already been brainwashed, or infiltrated.
It really sickens me, I encourage each and every one of you who have school age children, to get a copy of the student handbook, and make sure you know what the student codes of conduct contain. It's your right and duty to have a say in the matter.....


I passed my finals!!! Yay!

I went to class today and took my state board test for the CNA 1 test, and aced it with a 91%. Not only that, we had to demonstrate 5 patient skills.

I got these five:

1. Giving a partial bed bath.
2. Putting on/ Taking off TED hose.
3. Moving a patient up in bed.
4. Applying a nonsterile dressing.
5. Emptying a urinary drainage bag.

Okay, so it's not rocket science, but the one skill with the least amount of steps was #4 (nonsterile dressing) with 19 steps from start to finish. I was really nervous, because to miss a step, would have meant that I would have had to try again without studying my notes, and I can't tell you how many brain farts I had, where I just blanked out. I actually had to close my eyes and mentally walk myself through each step a few times. I was really worried about taking the skills test section, and it didn't help that I picked up a few extra 12 hour shifts last week, which really cut into study time. I actually had nightmares last night... I kept dreaming that I totally blanked out and forgot everything, and was unable to graduate with my class ( scheduled for 04-13-06).... Needless to say, I passed! I think I may turn in early tonight, and get a good night sleep! :)


Pamlico Joe featured at the Emerlad Isle, NC St. Patrick's Day Festival

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Left to right Pamlico Kid, Pamlico Joe Cleanwater Flow

I meant to blog about this March 18th, but time slipped away from me....
My favorite part of the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Day Festival is always the local artists, especially my all time local favorite Pamlico Joe. Please visit Pamlio Joe's website HERE. They are avaliable for school assemblies, teaching children about keeping the environment clean and reusable though an interactive assembly involving song and musical performance. I sincerely hope you are able to catch them in a live performance at some point, but their folky, environmental music is available for purchase HERE. If you happen to be close to any of THESE LOCATIONS this summer, please stop by and listen for yourself :)


Ode to the Power of Cow Dung

I was reading Happy News this morning, and came across this article. Wow! Read the complete article, they even extract vanillan from this wondrous poo to add fragrance to our shampoo and such! I read snippets of the article to My Love Dave, and I was all like "eewwww! I don't know that I want to smear vanilla scented shampoo through my hair, knowing that it came from cow dung!". Dave pointed out that I probably already do.... Sad but true...... who knows where those pleasing aromatic scents that we love so much REALLY come from...... In any case, it's nice to know that there is yet another source for auto fuel.
I almost wish I lived in a more rural area, and could ride a horse! More fun, less maintenance. How much healthier we would all be with the increased exercise and fresh air! The pollution levels would plummet, asthmatic children could play outside without going into smog induced respiratory arrest! Think about the reprieve from noise pollution!
Sure we would have to get up earlier to get to work, but without that extra $20,000 expense every few years for a new automobile, plus the thousands of dollars for insurance and maintenance! Geez people could spend more quality time with their familes, they would need to make less money to keep up with the Jones's!
How exciting, I think I almost have myself convinced!
Oh well, what a nice dream. Have a beautiful weekend all!


My first day as a student at Carteret General Hospital

Yesterday was the first official day as a CNA 1 student at the hospital. Keiko and I were paired up to shadow the CNA on duty on the 2nd floor. Keiko and I were happy to get a little experience taking vital signs, making beds (changing linens, and interacting with the patients seemed to make them and us feel better. The pace was a little slower than I expected. The staff were friendly and helpful, but I still noticed a few things that weren't done according to procedure. I don't really want to go into it here, because I don't know who might read this post. I will say that the individuals in question have probably transported a few unfriendly germs home to their families by letting basic infection control fall by the wayside. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience, and I think I will probably seek employment at this hospital once I am certified.
The only down side I see is the 12 hour shifts. They are great for the alternating long weekends, but are going to be very difficult when I start my CNA 2 class. The shifts run from 7 to 7 (am/pm) 2 days on, 3 off, 3 on, 2 off. When classes begin for CNA 2, they are 8 hour classes, one day a week for appx. 4 months. I just can't see how I'll manage to work a 12 hour shift, and then sit in a class for 8 hours, knowing that I have 4 hours to sleep before repeating my 12 hour shift the following day. Fortunately, The hospital is directly across the street from the college building that I will attend classes in. Who knows, I may be able to get PRN work for a few months, and work 8 hour shifts until I achieve my CNA 2. I'm just so anxious to get started! I can't even apply for the job until I take my final exam in April!


Still Enjoying CNA Class

Okay, so much has happened since January when my classes began. I've learned theory of being a Nurse Assistant, as well as the skills of the trade. Some skills are less pleasant than others, but all are necessary for patients to get well. Tomorrow I start my clinical aspect of the certification. Three weeks at Carteret General Hospital, then, three weeks at Britthaven Nursing Home in Newport, NC.

I took a few group pictures of my classmates, and one with me, and my friend Keiko. I will post them shortly!

Well, I'm going to try and blog every day for the next few weeks, to record what is happening throughout the clinical learning experience.


Where does the time go?

I can't believe how quickly time has sped by since Christmas. Seems like 2 weeks ago! I'm still enjoying going back to school, and I'm learning a lot. I'll be finished with the CNA 1 class April 12th, and will have a graduating ceremony on the 13th. I think it will be only a matter of one to two weeks between classes, and then I'll start working on the CNA 2 certification. I haven't had a class that I didn't learn something, and that really makes me happy. I have a wonderful instructor, and am fortunate to be in a class with women who are very outgoing/outspoken, and they ask some really great questions, so we get more info than just the textbook offers. Of course, my very favorite class mate sits directly to my left. She is Japanese and has been in the US for 10 years. She has had to learn to speak English as an adult. She studies very hard using an English to Japanese translator for a lot of words, but on tests and exams always scores at least 4 points higher than me on tests! I'm not complaining, my average test score is 95.5 so that's great, but I wish I had the drive to get stellar grades like my Asian friends.

My best friend since the fourth grade, Ly always got better grades too! She studied harder I guess, and she is super smart too! Ly is now a Nurse, and has been one of the driving forces for me to apply myself, and decide to It seems that I'm finally trying to get the very best grades possible. It finally matters to me that I need a great test scores, for a great recommendation to get into Nursing school.

Where does the time go... Time for sleep!


Smart Car from the UK on it's way on American roads!

Flashback...... September 2002

Dave and I went on vacation while working for Delta Airlines in September 2002. It was really great! We chose to travel around the anniversary of 9-11 because bookings were low, understandably, and we were pretty much garanteed a seat (as an airline employee, you fly for free, but on standby status!). We spent all of our time in London. It was my first trip to the UK, and I absolutely fell in love with the city.

For example...
People seemed to spend a lot more time outside.
Dave and I took a stroll through Hyde park, and you could rent lawn chairs by the hour! I also like the fact that for the most part, businesses seemed to follow a standard work day schedule so that the working class are able to spend the evenings with their families! I like the attitude that work is work, but family time is reality! That is what I strive for. To leave work behind at the end of the day, and enjoy living at home with my family!
There are a few more compact cars there too! considering the price of gasoline is even more outrageously priced than in the US!
Current National average for a gallon of gas in the US is : $2.32
In London, the average price for gas (petrol) is appx. 90 pence per litre(appx.$6.02 USD per gallon!)
The car that really left an impression on me, was the Smart Car. It's a compact 2 seater that is perfect in urban settings. I can't imagine how easy parallel parking is in this cute little car. As of now, there is only one US Distributer, Zap!. There's a great news article found here. I really can't wait to get my hands on one, I think I'll wait until the asking price comes down a little though...

Note: I started working on this post Jan. 2nd, but did not complete it until 2030 (8:30pm) Jan. 16. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things!