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Sep. 20th, 2009


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Who sleeps in bed next to you?
The cat and sometimes the dog. Dave is still sleeping upstairs. He says I snore and I say he takes up too much room.

Have you ever lied to a teacher to get out of a deadline?
Yes. I'm sure I did. I went to college in my late 40's so I had to be creative alot.

What kind of magazines do you read?
Nails Magazine and Nail Pro Magazine. I'm very boring.

Latest movie you saw in theaters?
Julie and Julia

What's really creepy?
A guy who comes into the salon and is angry that I'm working there because he can't flirt with Heidi so easily anymore. He's greasy and creepy.

Who is your celebrity crush?
Pierce Brosnan-hands down.

What are you listening to right now?
Dave coughing, the TV and the dog's eating.

What are you most excited for?
Going to Ireland in 2010!

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
Drudge Report, Michelle Malkin, American Thinker, Beauty Tech, LJ, Nail Talk, Hotmail, Twitter, Facebook

What was the last thing you bought?
2 caramel apples-freshly made. Yum!

What's the cutest thing you've seen today?
Another cat thing. I got this funny little toy. It's a plexiglass stick (like what you'd use to open and close your windoe blinds with) with some reinforced yarn on the end. I swish it around and my cat jumps in the air to try and catch it! He'll jump 4 feet! It's AMAZING! I really need to get some video.

Does the weather affect your mood?
I like it when it's overcast. It feels all snuggly and comfy. The sun is fine but I'd rather have itovercast.

What is your zodiac sign?

Do you want to learn another language?
I used to be fairly fluent in Spanish but I haven't used it in so long I've forgotten most of it..

5 things you can't live without:
My kids, my husband, doing nails and nail stuff, a new sudoku book each month, my mini-van, did I say nails and nail stuff?

Do you have any siblings?
A brother and a sister. My brother is 13 years younger than I am. He was concieved late in my parent's marriage to give my mom somethng to do. He and I are pretty close right now. My sister is 4 years older. She and I are NOT close. As far as I'm concerned she is a sister in biological name only.

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
Get of your high horse and get into reality

Do you have to pee?

Dec. 25th, 2008


Okay, I'm just a sad individual....

Sad but pretty happy!

My husband got me a set of Angel Feet foot files for Christmas. http://www.angelfeetfile.com/aboutus.html

I've been wanting these for quite awhile but with the start up costs of the new salon, I didn't feel they were in the budget. They're pretty expensive but they're the top of the line implements for pedicures!

They are so awesome!

Dec. 1st, 2008


WW changes....

Anyone know what the changes are to the Weight Watcher program?

Oct. 5th, 2008


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Bess, you rock!

Sep. 26th, 2008


Meme-from Bess and Rebecca


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Sep. 5th, 2008


I took the leap!

On October 1st, I will be in my own place and will not have to answer to anyone but me! My stylist friend and I put down a deposit on a new salon!

It's in a wonderful building and the landlord is fantastic! The price is right ($420 a month for me, the same for her) and includes all utilities. EVERYTHING! I already pay $300 a month and have to pay $2 for each pedicure I do. That can add up to as much as $40 a month alone. The owner informed me a week or so ago that the rent was going up to $400-$50 a month in October. If I'm going to pay that much, I'd rather be on my own and not have to deal with the crap that is happening every day.

There are some small upgrades that need to be done (floor covering, some sinks and a few other things) but they are all within our budget!

I'm so happy! I just quit hospice (which effectively means I have no 2nd job for a back up) so I HAVE to make this work!

And all of this has come none too soon. I just had a run in with the salon owner of the place I'm in now. That's the first time I've said anything but the problems have been mounting over the last few months.

Now, I can run things as i want to without interference.

WOOHOO! This is what I've been waiting for!

One Word Meme

Can you describe me in one word? Try to do so in a comment, and then post this in your own LJ for some descriptors of your own.

Aug. 28th, 2008


Some things....

1. I had an unfortunate accident last night. While some friends and I were at a local restaurant for dinner, one of the waiters dropped a plate onto the floor. Fragments of the plate flew up into the air like bullets! One of the fragments went behind my left glasses lens, rattled around in my eye a bit, chipped the lens, then exited out to fall on the floor. It was amazing and happened so fast! I knew it hurt my eye because there was some feeling of irritation. When I woke this morning, my eye was all mattery and sore. I went to see the opthamologist (the perks of living in a small town-the eye doc squeezed me between patients) and sure enough, I have a long scratch across my cornea and onto the white of my eye. I have antibiotic cream and have to let my eye rest. He gave me his home number to call him by 8am if it isn't  significantly better by then. He's going away for the weekend so he wants to make sure I'm ok before he goes. It still is sore and feels ike I have sand in my eye.

2. I'm looking to go out on my own with my nail business. The salon I'm in is beautiful and spacious and business is pretty good. However, the owners are being unprofessional and can't seem to manage the business. As to the unprofessional part: The owners are a mom and daughter. The mom has been laid off from her factory job for a while so she's been receptionist for us. Mom isn't a small woman. She's quite plus size (like me-so I have no prejudice). She's been wearing jeans that are so tight you can read the date on the dime in her pocket and tank tops that show every bulge and revel her ample belly and back. My clients have made comments.

The daughter has also reprimanded the stylists in front of clients . THAT is just awful. One day, a pedi client  told me that many of her friends have been commenting on how nice the salon is but "that woman" who owns it isn't nice and they don't like to come there. I think that says exactly what I need to do.

Theother thing that was happening is when the phone rings, the daughter and the stylists all say loudly "NOT IT!" (meaning they don't want to answer the phone). Well, that happened when one of the nail techs had a client and the other gals didn't have any customers and were just sitting around. The nail tech had to stop what she was doing with the client to answer the phone. When I heard that, I was livid. The other nail tech (she is a space renter, too) and I had a talk immediately with the daughter and the "NOT IT!" thing isn't happening anymore. That's just plain stupid and unprofessional.

The mom and daughter want to raise the rent for us space renters from $300 a month to $400. That's an unheard of raise in rent. But since they have been having money problems, they think the $200 they will get from us will help them. As bad as they have managed the money, it's not likely. I think I can do better somewhere else.

I just see that I probably need to make my own atmosphere. I don't have alot of repeat clients yet, but I think if I give people an alternative to that kinds of thing, I'll do just fine. I'm getting better every day I work so I'm not as concerend with my skills as i was.

3. Related t #2, I gave my 2 weeks notice at Hospice this week. It's a wonderful place t work, the job is very nice but it's not the work for me. I need to be out with the people more and I'm just not doing that. I have found it more and more difficult to force myself to go to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I try to find ways to allow myself to call in to work on those days. I never do but it's not fair to them or to myself to not want to give 100% at my work.

I will still teach CPR for anothe hospital department which will allow me to keep my 401K intact, keep my discounted cell phones through the hospital and to get my discount for hospital services. CPR teaching is only 6-8 times a year so it works out perfect!

4. My sister is still acting like a runaway locomotive about my brother and the will. She doesn't seem to want to give up till he is either in jail or has to sell his house and disrupt his family. The rest of the beneficiaries are wanting to settle out of court but she won't have any of that. There is a mediation on September 5th. If she wont' accept his offer, she has asked for a jury trial. I'm just blown away that my sister would do this. We've all asked her to knock it off but she refuses to respond.

5. Kids are all doing ok. Bryan is in Oklahoma teaching and getting his Masters, Jeremy continues to WOW the Target world, Corey is working and plans to go back to school in January and Kelly starts her 3rd year of college on Monday! They are all ALMOST on their own! WOOOHOO! (The worry never stops...)

6. Weight managment isn't going well. I hope when I get out on own and since I'm not working at multiple places I can make a more focused effort at getting healthier.

Jul. 4th, 2008


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My sister sent me a copy of the deposition with my brother. I'm just so furious about it....

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not excusing what my brother did. It was a crappy thing to do. Well, more than crappy. It was an awful thing to do to his family. I have my own theory of what happened and why and in the long run if my brother had just asked for help, alot of this could have been stopped. He has a great relationship with his in-laws and he would just have to mention to them that he was concerned about his wife and they would have done whatever they could do to help. But he didn't. That was a stupid and whie he was trying to protect his wife it ended up getting way out of control for him.

However, you just had to read the deposition to understand what I mean. It just makes me so upset that he had to go through all this when it could have been taken care of by a simple phone call or an email to me back in the spring or summer of 2007. I could have at least been contacted by October or November and it would have been stopped by then and we could have salvaged alot of the money and ALL of the public humiliation of my brother. Of course, he did a bad thing. but my sister sat in the lawyer's ofice and watched the whole trainwreck. Keeping in mind all the events that led up to the deposition, it just seemed that she was enjoying all of it. Taking him to court with the civil suit and the deposition wasn't going to change anything that he did nor was it going to "punish" him any more than he's punishing himself for what happened. She just liked beingin control and making someone else suffer because she was wronged.

Which leads me back to why I'm so furious about the whole thing. Reading the deposition and how he had to explain so many things about his wife and her illness just made me sick to my heart and my stomach. It was obvious that he was trying to protect her as much as he could. This should have been handled in the family to as mush of an extent as possible. My sister kept trying to tell me that she did that but in the end, she didn't exhaust all the possibilties, which means she should have contacted me about her suspicions as soon as she had them.

All I know is that, my father would have never allowed this to have gone on any further than when he had suspicions. He would have contacted all involved and would never had let the situation go as far as it did.

All this reminds me of the reasons I stopped communicating with my sister in the first place. She's a controlling person. She wants to control everything so much that if she can't control it, she will go to anything lengths to gain control. She knew if she called me, I'd put a stop to what was happening and she couldn't be in control anymore. 

Every time I let my mother or my sister back into my life, I end up regretting it. It's been 30+ years of living without them but at least I didn't have to deal with their crap.

Dave thinks i should just sit back and see how it unfolds. Mysister is now "interim trustee" but he thinks she has no intention of giving up the control so I can be a co-trustee. And to be prefectly honest, I'm ready to wash my hands of the whole thing. No amount of money is worth this.

Jun. 29th, 2008


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I have to journal about what has been going on over the last few days. It's amazing and you all may not believe it.

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