Monday, May 30, 2011

Switching Gears

A little change of pace this morning.  Now that I'm not in school and unemployed at the same time, it is time to live a little. We were fortunate to have been invited to the Coca Cola 600 yesterday:  clubhouse seats with dining in the Speedway Club - now that is the way to watch a race!!  We are not big racing fans, but we do know of several of the drivers since many of the speed shops are located nearby, in "NASCAR country," LOL  - Every now and then we go to a race.  Anyway, here are some pics:

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[caption id="attachment_5363" align="aligncenter" width="414" caption="American Flag on Field - Coca Cola 600"][/caption]

I'm proud of that photo because I managed to snap it at the exact time the stealth bomber flew overhead - you can see it on the TV in the background.  The TV screen is massive, bigger than the lot our house is located on, which will give you an idea how huge it is!

The highlight of the event for MB, who is a starstruck fool ;-)  was getting to meet Lee Greenwood "God Bless the USA." He was on hand to sing his signature song before the start of the race.   We noticed him in the Speedway Club after the race, took a snapshot and then MB later got his autograph after I realized he was sitting two rows behind us.

He is quite a guy - incredibly humble and friendly....

I hope you like the photos.  Next post it's back to my regularly scheduled mid-life crisis.

Enjoy your Memorial Day - Thanks to all who serve for your sacrifices to keep our country safe.  When Kevin Harvick, the winner of last year's race spoke to the fans he ended with,  “Finally, that bastard Bin Laden is dead." :D

Friday, May 27, 2011

Just When I thought There Was No Inspiration to Be Found on Twitter

A week ago I posted a twitter update that I was going to begin posting inspirational quotes. If you regularly read my twitter feed *I do not recommend it* you know that I rarely post anything inspirational. Yet, there are many who tweet inspirational quotes all day. My post was in jest. I'm not into that sappy kind of stuff and I usually give it only a quick glance in passing. But then, yesterday, along comes this quote from someone I follow on Twitter:

"Work does not have to mean full-time, paid employment to make us whole" - Dilenschneide

F*in Genius!! And the quote could not have come at a more appropriate time when I am having my "full-time job identity crisis." I have no idea who Dilenschneide is - but dude is very wise!!

I've been writing so many comments back to your comments that I forget what I said to who when. If you've already heard me say this, my apologies. Something that has been troubling me <----- something troubling me - no way!!! is that I am looking to be "something." I have this convoluted idea in my head that if I do not have a "profession" I am useless. I know it makes no sense but I can't seem to shake it. Maybe it's my son mentioning that several of the kids at school have parents who are doctors. It is true that 3/4 of his Spanish II classmates have doctors as parents.

There are only 4 kids in his Spanish II class. He is one of them :D

Kidding aside, this is something that eats away at me and I have to let it go. Isn't it weird that we can get consumed with this kind of stuff. Worried that our kid will be the one with the mom "between jobs" or even worse: "coffee shop mom."

I feel like I need to wear a tag stating that "I am very smart it's just that I don't need a stressful job" so people will know.  Maybe I'll put it on etsy!

In all honesty, I'd probably be just as happy as a Walmart greeter as I would putting vicks vapo rub under my nose as I touch people's creepy toes. Have I mentioned I have a foot phobia?

Enjoy your memorial day weekend!! I'll be back with more angst-y posts before you can say "For the love of all things holy, I hope carma doesn't post any more angst-y posts."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm a Quitter Baby, So Why Don't You Kill Me....

Apologies to Beck for butchering his lyrics .... I just wanted to let everyone know that I have decided to drop out of summer school and possibly switch majors and re-start again in the fall. My third option is to find a get rich quick work-at home scam on the internet.

Trying to take Physiology & Anatomy I & II online - each part in 4 week sessions where you are basically expected to memorize the book = CRA-ZY!! There was no lecture time. Just the book and a schedule of tests.

It has been almost 20 years since my last degree - and ramping it up to this extent overnight was insane. My major required that I had to have the course completed before the fall semester. My eyes were glazing over and I just was not holding my interest.

I've heard that the in-class sessions with lecture are easier, but then you have to deal with the cat dissection. It is a catch 22.

I'm going to take the summer to think things over, but that doesn't help the fact that I am now without a job and without school :-O)

What have I done?????? I tossed and turned all night and my anxiety was OUT OF CONTROL. Did I make the right decision? I'm honestly not sure, but I had to act fast to be able to get 75% of my money back and avoid a potential "W" on my transcript if I had decided to withdraw later. I'm not good with quick decisions.

I spoke to one of the PTA department heads and she agreed I was making a very rational decision - and that I can always re-apply next year when I'm 92. I'm sure a lot of the students get by by looking at their books while taking the tests but I figured there was no way that would prepare me for the more challenging courses to come in the PTA program.

To be honest, I've had misgivings all along as to whether the degree was a good "fit" for me, especially when I kept finding out things that freaked me out, like when my friend said she knew of someone who was a PTA who had to put vicks vapo-rub in her nostrils because the smell of some of the people's feet was gag-worthy. Guess I should have heeded the signs that kept popping up. But nooooooooooooooooooooo... I figured I had to finish what I started.

Oh well, what's done is done. And I lost 2-1/2 pounds in one day from stress. Not that I am trying to lose any weight, but that will give you some insight into the degree I stress about things!!!!

If you have any suggestions as to a degree I might be suited for - or a job you think I would be fabulous at, please let me know. (My previous degree was in Business Admin: Marketing.)

I don't like feeling like a failure :-(

Please don't feel the need to tell me otherwise in the please do comments.
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P.S. MB called at 7:40 am to say he had already chatted up the people at the local coffee shop. It is one of those college-town coffee shops with lots of traffic unlike my job at "the morgue" - he thinks I would have a blast at a "relatively" stress-free job where I can interact with people all day. I may explore it. After all, it's not like I've got anything lined up (idiot!) ....

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The DWTS Finale

After taking many breaks from my studying last night I decided to catch the end of Dancing with the Stars. What a yawn-fest. I've decided that after a while all the dances start to look alike so I just tune in for the other stuff. Even the other stuff wasn't that fascinating so I went back to studying until I heard the dulcet sounds of none other than:

*sounds of the heavens parting*

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Then I was happy :-)

Could Hines have looked any less excited when he won? I bet Tony was relieved not to have had to dance with Wendy again, but was instead stuck doing that lame interview thingy. Talk about being into yourself. UGH.

I felt sad for Maks. He has been doing this 10 times and never won??? They need to pair him with someone really popular next time so he has a shot!! The guy works miracles with his partners and never wins! It sucks to be him - other than that he is super hot with personality - so it doesn't suck.

That's about all I saw and can report back on. Glad I didn't waste a full two hours on it. Did you watch? What were your thoughts?

Today I buckle down on studying. I've got to- even though I discovered I absolutely despise anatomy & physiology and don't have a "science" bone in my body :-( More on that later...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cake Wrecks A La Carma Sez

Class officially starts TODAY!!! And it is an online class so I better not linger on the computer all day reading blogs and tweeting. Not that that is how I normally spend my days ;-)

Anyway, I won't have a lot of time to prepare posts, so I'll be digging into my drafts folder. Like this post.

Over 3 months have passed since my birthday, so it is high time I posted a photo of the special cake that MB made for me.

Let me preface it by saying that I take A LOT of heat around here when it comes to my "baking."  Family members still bring up the sugar cookies I made several years ago - that I was stabbing with a spatula in anger as the dough stuck to everything as I was trying to roll it out. They came out big disaster. And I was really trying to impress VC with my baking skills thinking we would cut out and decorate the cookies together like you see in those Hallmark movies. That did not happen. And MB still brings it up when we are socializing - HA HA HA >:-(

Therefore, I feel no remorse in posting this photo of the Grand Creation that he planned out for days in advance:

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Let's see the backside:

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BTW, it was supposed to be a belly dancing themed cake in case you couldn't figure that out. (MB did give me permission to post this - it is all in good fun - a "laughing with him" kinda thing.)

Now, I have plenty of my own cake mishaps --- which will soon be posted.

Back to Anatomy & Physiology. The fun never stops!!! Absorb brain, ABSORB!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Screw Memorizing Body Parts!!

I need to learn to swim ! $100,000 for lifeguarding? I'm headed to Baywatch country!

P.S. In all seriousness, if I don't respond to your comments as fast as I normally do which I'll admit is not really fast even under normal circumstances, it is because I will literally be memorizing body parts for the next 2 months straight. Luckily I know about 10 of the 1,000's of parts off the top of my head without even opening my book :D

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Black Cloud Follows Me Around

Yet this is what I wanted, right?? Dealing with community college bureaucracy and pulling teeth to get return phone calls. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. Nobody can tell me exactly what the Anatomy & Physiology "package" at the book store consists of or if I definitely need to purchase a Lab book. A week wasted because I can't confirm if my book contains the code I need to get online - or if I'll have to purchase the $325 book from the bookstore and return this shrinkwrapped one to Amazon. A week that I had planned on familiarizing myself with the topic has vaporized.

I'm too old for this crap. It's a lot less fun that it looks like on the show Community.

Come to realize I've spent most my life jumping into new things as a means of justifying running away from other things, instead of consciously choosing a new path

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I Do Not Cope Well With Change. Period.

Well, I'm on my first week post-work and I am a total stress case. My face which had been looking nice and smooth the past few months has errupted, my gums have been bleeding sporadically, I've had a cold that seems to be settling into another nasty sinus infection and I'm sleeping like crap. Other than that, I seem to be handling the change well :D

Some people are incredibly suited for change and breeze from one thing to the other seamlessly. I can only dream of being that person.

Unfortunately I'll have to settle for Nervous Nellie with bad skin and gums.

I can't seem to get in touch with my professor and I really need to confirm asap if I need to purchase a $120 lab book to go with my $169 text book but she is incommunicado. The clock is ticking and I'd like to order it on Amazon to save a couple bucks.

Got my student ID and it was taken from far away and looks great!!! And we all know that a good looking ID card is a priority. Also got my parking permit so I'll be able to squeeze my Element into the spots meant for a Smart Car. And my citizenship has been verified.

So the technicalities are moving right along. It's the rote memorization of body parts that has me freaking out. I'm guessing that my future pal "Five" probably has read the book from front to back already - but I have yet to open mine in case it is the wrong book and needs to be returned to Amazon.

Oh, and MB has convinced himself I'm going to meet a college student and run off into the sunset.

Such is life. I'll be in a self-imposed media blackout in a few weeks if I can't get a grip on my school work. Other than that I hope to make it around to visit all of you soon.

If you have any tips to get myself on a more even keel, I'm up for suggestions.

P.S. Can you believe the news about that sneaky bastard Arnold Schwarzenegger and the mom who gave botox to her 8 year old? So many things that need to be discussed!! Also, my giveaway is still on! Since I can't win a custom bobblehead, you should enter to win one that looks just like you or someone you love.

Friday, May 13, 2011

In Other News....

What kind of idiot quits their job at a time like this???

*sheepishly raises hand*

It is the beginning of a new carma era. Bittersweet because I love the arts, but it needed to be done.

My $169 Physiology and Anatomy book arrived, and I am already formulating a backup plan. Criminal Justice Technology perhaps....

Have a lucky Friday the 13th my friends!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bristol Needs to Fess Up

**I already regret this post -- as my intention was not to add to all the negative hoopla surrounding her surgery; I'm just a big believer in being honest and calling it what it is**

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If you are a long-time reader of my blog (long meaning 2+ years) you know that one of my preoccupations is celebrity plastic surgery.  It all began with Kelly Pickler.  You can read about it in one of my most viewed posts here.

I really didn't want to comment on Bristol but her latest press release is just begging for some attention.  I gasped when I first saw the pictures.  I don't care what your politics are, you gotta admit she looks like a completely different person!!!


It makes me sad. I thought she was adorable with her old face. Cute and perky. Now, ho-hum with a Leno chin. I want to cry on her behalf. But I hear she is trilled with the new look so who am I to say...

And in reading some of the comments about her transformation, I nodded in agreement when someone said that they wondered if her son Tripp even recognized her anymore. There has got to be some truth to that. I could see him walking right past her. Again I say that soon no children will be looking like their parents, especially in Hollyweird. Genetic similarities have been completely erased. Soon there will be nothing but duck-lipped plastic parents who have no resemblance to their offspring. Until their offspring turn 20 and assume the "look."

Bristol finally spoke out to admit the obvious, but is saying it is due to medical necessity and was only comprised of corrective jaw surgery. Then how do you explain her higher browline, slimmer nose and narrowed face???

Maybe I need to get some corrective jaw surgery on my nose. If you see me with a new sleek nose in the future - don't ask: medical necessity.

--------------> enter to win your own custom bobblehead - while you still have the same face!!!  It will be a memento for your kids!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Voice

Anyone still watching?

I like to watch the show to remind myself that I have zero musical talent.  VC reiterated this again last night when I was driving him home and we were jammin' to some tune and I had my  hand up to catch the drum beat and missed the beat.  He laughed as he said it reminded him of one of his childhood memories of me missing the beat in a big way when we were driving and listening to Melissa Etheridge's breast cancer anthem. Gosh! I just blanked out on the name, googled it and came up with an article about how her then partner Tammy Lynn Michael's helped her through the tough times.  My, how times have changed...

Anyway,  I missed The Voice last week and was lured into watching this week by the rumor of a family of one of the contestants allegedly "assaulting" Christina Aguilera.  Did anyone else hear about that?

Well, if you watched the show, nothing of that sort happened.

I was happy to see Frenchie Davis advance but the whole fight in the boxing ring is a little hokey.  MEH.  The poor girl singing against her could have used some wardrobe help. I wonder if the singers are responsible for dressing themselves?   Loved it when Christina poked fun at herself by telling the contestants to focus more on their singing than on the lyrics, pointing out that she never worries about the lyrics :D

The hot cowboy advanced but I felt awful when the guy he was singing against lost. He was incredibly talented but I guess since Blake's country he had to go with the country guy, especially the one all the chicks like.

From Adam's group, Casey Weston advanced. Her Stevie Nicks rendition was fabulous, but it creeped me out a little when her dad was oogling her pushed up boobs when she came out, "Wow, that's my little girl!"  At 18 she could have toned it down a bit says this old fuddy duddy ;-)  Her speaking voice is even more baby-like than LaToya Jackson.  I think she should stick to singing.

The poor dude she beat out referred to himself as "Mr. Almost."  Boy, how I could relate.  I'm Ms. "Missed it by a long shot."  His voice was a little hard to make sense of - was it that high on purpose?

The last girl to get in - from Cee-Lo's team - wow!  She is a little dynamo - with a total Melissa Etheridge vibe.  Her dancing was a little unusual - stomping all over the place, but then who am I to judge. My dancing abilitly ranks right up there with my musical ability.

Will you keep watching or are you tired of The Voice already?  I have a feeling Adam will keep me coming back for a few more weeks ;-)

**Still time to enter to win your own custom bobblehead!**

Monday, May 9, 2011

Student Led Conferences?

I'd love to meet the educator who came up with this idea - and I have a suspicion that it may have been a teacher.

VC's school held Student Led Conferences last Thursday - all in one day from 10-1. I thought, how could they possibly fit 90 students into that small window of time?  (come to find out it is because the teacher does not have any input - students and parents are the only ones involved).  It was also an awfully inconvenient time.  I had to work.  VC was excited about that since he was dreading the conference and figured it would be a good "out" for him. No dice. The teacher rescheduled for the next day at a time when I could make it. DOH!

Two other students were there with a parent.  We were in the regular classroom, one student was next door and one was out in the hall.

VC is good about informing me about his school work.  The conference was not necessary, but you know you have to go along with these kind of things for appearance sake.  We sat there and played all official and then when the teacher left the room - he was organizing - we would discuss things like the honey badger and what we should have for dinner, to stretch the conference out to 25 minutes.

At the end the teacher asked if we had any questions.  I asked two that even he agreed he did not answer well, and then we were on our way.

At no point did the teacher say anything about VC's performance as a student.

Call me old-fashioned but I think the old timey conferences with parent and teacher worked pretty darn well.  VC and I could have had the student led conference at home with me in my grunge wear.

Does your school hold Student Led Conferences?  Valuable Learning Tool, Waste of Time or Teaching Genius?  Let me rephrase that, OF COURSE IT IS TEACHING GENIUS, because the teacher gets time to organize the room!!!

BTW, I am holding an awesome giveaway for a custom bobblehead - ($90 value) - with very low entries, why not mosey on over and enter. The only requirement is that you be a follower.  You've seen the Dwight Schrute bobblehead - how about your own personal bobblehead?  Impress your friends and co-workers, or poke fun of at your spouse.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Will You Look?

If you knew the Osama death picture was hideous - what am I saying - of course it's hideous -- and could turn your stomach, would you still take a look?  I've been getting more and more squeamish.  VC reminded me of this while we were watching the honey badger ripping apart the poor snake.  He chided that I will soon be looking a dissected cats so I'd better get used to it.  UGH.  *already rethinking major*

I discovered this morning that Honey Badger has his own twitter account after I typed the following tweet "I'm bloated - Honey Badger don't care."  and received a reply back, "@CarmaSez:  Don't care. #HBDC"  which means the honey badger also has his own hashtag <--- loves it!!!

If you don't mind "salty" language and have never seen the video, although with 6 million views there are not many who haven't seen it, here it is.  Please do not judge me for posting this :D  Honey Badger Don't Care.



When we were on the cruise I asked VC if he put on his sunscreen and he replied, "Honey Badger Don't Care."  I've created a monster :D  (not that I let him watch this sort of video)

But, back to Osama, were you not surprised to hear that he was living in a freakin' city all these years - with computer access!!! I always thought the consensus was that he was roaming around in the mountains without his kidney medication.  WTH.  And the Pakastanis didn't know???? pffffffffft.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Public Service

In case you were one of the people watching Celebrity Apprentice when the Special Report cut in, I have just spent the last 20 minutes watching 12 minutes of commercials and 8 minutes of show footage so that I could find out who was eliminated.  And the person eliminated was:  [scroll down]

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Wow!  She looks so different/older now than in these photos - and she is only 27 years old.  Time to ease back on the fillers and injections.

Not that that has anything to do with the point of this post.

The timing of the announcement was oddly coincidental considering the Obama/Trump battle.  What do you think? NeNe needs to SIMMER DOWN!!  She is so out of her league it is pathetic.  I didn't think much of Star's tactics at the beginning but now I'm fully in her court. She is intelligent and efficient and is playing to win.  If that means having a strategy that ticks people off, oh well....that's what you do when you want to win, duh winning!!!
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