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Friday, March 30th, 2007
10:30 am - OMG How Long?
I don't think I've updated this damn thing in years!

OK, fast forward:

-Bad divorce.  Lost my kids.  Wound up living in Georgia.
-Remarried.  Rebound.  Lasted about a year.
-Unhappy marriage = alcohol addiction.  I managed it.  I'm good now (but I still drink, just not in excess).
-Met a soldier in GA.  Fell in love.  Got engaged.
-Got pregnant.  Lost the baby at 9 weeks to ectopic pregnancy.  I had emergency surgery, lost a ton of blood, and almost died.
-Army moved us to Santa Cruz, CA.
-Patched up a decent friendship with the 1st ex-husband.  I see my kids a lot now ^.^
-I'm getting married in April, but not actually having the wedding until July 4th.


Caught up?

I love living on the beach.  I love having my kids back.  I love my Army boy more than I ever imagined I could love anyone.  I'm doing fucking outstanding ^.^

I jumped on that whole tshirt surgery bandwagon.  I learned to knit (thanks, Mom!).  I'm still sewing (I have three different machines now!).  I have so much fabric, and precut pieces from my diaper business...I'm thinking of starting that back up again, when I fianlly get settled into my new apartment.  I play a lot of video games, and I have a very small, but very awesome, group of friends.

My kids just had their bdays; Isaac is 7, and Ash is 5!  Isaac is brilliant, having just tested at 4th grade levels for math, and 2nd grade levels for reading (he's in the 1st grade now).  Ash is teh artist.  She paints, and draws constantly.  it's all she wants to do!  Isaac wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.  Ash wants to be an ice cream truck driver, "to make all the kids in the whole world happy!"  ^.^

That's about it =]

current mood: happy

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Thursday, May 20th, 2004
1:34 pm - Yeah, I'm still alive....
Hubby got a really rockin' job as a "legal hacker". His company is really neat. Basically, big corporations, like INtel, Microcrack, Citi Group, etc. pay them to hack into their systems, find the security holes, and whatnot. We moved to be closer to this new job, and so we're in southern Orange County (closer to San Diego now). Our new city is so cool; we have BUNNIES in the backyard, a huge nice park with a playground right across the street, and the school system is one of the top ten in the country (not that any of my kids are in school yet, but, for later, that will really really cool ;o). Anyway, I'm really digging it.

I have stopped sewing for money. Closed my biz down, and I've been focusing more and more on jewelry. I enjoy it more, and it's better fitted to my time. I can get a lot more jewelry done in half hour than sewing. And even though I am not into jewelry for the money, it makes me a lot more than sewing. I made $60 of of a couple pairs of earrings, where I would have had to sell at least twice as many diapers to make that (ironically, it was a cloth diapering mom that bought those earrings from me; she wasn't into my diapers, but loved my jewelry ;o)

We're potty training around here. I feel like a total loser for thinking/doing this, but I'm getting really embarrassed that my FOUR year old was still in diapers. So, I pulled out all the tricks, and he's pretty much trained now. He's had a couple accidents while we were out, and couldn't find a bathroom fast enough. But he doesn't wet the bed at night, so I think he's doing pretty well (we just started five days ago). My two year old isn't doing as well; on day 1, she did really really well, but since then, the novelty has worn off, and I've spent a lot of time cleaning piss outta the carpet :-\ But now she tells me every time she goes, and today, she's made it to the potty every time. I still have her in diapers when we go out, though.

So, that's about it. We're all doing really well. I'm spending a lot less time on the comp, and a lot more time cleaning around the new place (determined to not let it get out of hand, like our last place). We're not all unpacked yet, because we still don't have a dresser for our clothes, and we need some sort of cabinet thing for all of hubby's office crap (WHY does he need all that crap??). I am getting rid of roughly two thirds of my fabric (selling it, hopefully!). Our new place is 200sq.ft smaller than the last one, with almost no storage. We do, however, have a full size washer & dryer in our apartment =D A happier me, you couldn't find ;o)

current mood: content

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Friday, December 12th, 2003
12:30 am - bored, tired
blah

got my driver's lisence (barely). Been running myself ragged all over town. I've been to Target four times in teh past three days (Christmas, and all). But I only have one more gift to get (a bottle of wine, for Peter, Laura's DH), and then I am done done DONE with shopping!!

It's getting rough around here with DH being out of work. it's been a month now, and I've been working my tailfeathers off selling things to make money. I've made a lot in the past two weeks. About $500, I think? Well, maybe doesn't seem like much, considering that's only a third of my rent, but it's PLENTY when we're living on hot dogs and peanut butter;o)

I'm gearing up to re-open my diaper business, and I'm starting to sell a lot of jewelry. Optimally, I will be able to make ENOUGH money with either, without getting burnt out on either. (did that make sense??).

one more, for good measure:

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current mood: blah

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
11:53 pm
I spilled Coke on my keyboard, so the keys all stick funny now. I really do know how to type, and spell, really.....

current mood: embarrassed

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11:45 pm - Oh, man, is my life boring
I love to drive, I want to drive everywhere! You know what sucks, though? I still have to get one last freakin' ride to the DMV to get my license. Grr

Haven't seen Marlena lately. I'm a little concerned; it's not like her to miss church. But, I don't really have any way to contact her, so I'll just wait and pray, I guess.

The pastor's wife (Shannon) asked met oday to make some clothes for their daughter, Kaylee. It's pretty neat, I like making kid clothes (Kaylee just turned 2). Kaylee was wearing a Painting Red Rhinos dress today (it was hand-me-down, SHannon had no clue how expensive PRR really is;o). I saw her from across the street through the window, and I yelled out "I have that fabric!!" Heh. BUt, I was alittle disappointed when I realized that, out of all the PRR I have, that was one of the fabrics I was out of! (the print was Ribbons, if anyone has stuck around through this boring ass dribble long enough to care!)

Alrighty, I am bracingm yself for a looong night. Ash didn't nap today, fell asleep on the way home (about 9-ish), and then WOKE UP at 11pm, bright & chipper. She usually naps for two hours, then is awake for six hours, so I'm lookin' at a bedtime of 4am now. Grr (again!)

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2003
12:57 am - Update (it's about time!)
*Started smoking again. I hate it. It's been over two years. I don't smoke cigarettes, either. I have to smoke the $5/pk Djarums (cloves)....

*Got my learners permit so I am finally learning to drive. I'm pretty good at it now, but there's a couple things I need practice with (over steering, parallel parking, getting up to speed faster when merging into traffic...)

*Hubby put in two weeks notice at his job today. They've been screwing with him for three years, and he is actually getting physically ill now whenever someone says "We have a meeting..." So, come mid-Nov, no income. We have enough in savings and stock to survive until February, or so. Slim Christmas, but it's better than him ending up in a hospital.

*Befriended a schizophrenic. Her name is Marlena, and she's seriously troubled (you thought I was kidding with the schizo remark!), but she has decided that I, and recently Laura, are the only people in the wold that she can trust,a nd that can help her. She lives in a type of halfway house for mentally ill (I think...don't quite understand what it is), and is very very poor, so we feed her, and talk to her like a real person (which is increasingly difficult, as she tries to show us "the chimeras on the windows"...). I like it, though. I like that I am able to help her, though I haven't done much, yet.

That's about it. I've been sewing a ton lately, reopening my diaper biz in January. I made 12 diapers today, and got them up on auction, so that we can afford to get some groceries. We have the final payment on my Accord due on Nov. 15th ($1600), and rent on the 1st ($1450). Not to mention I haven't paid the phone or electricity ($430, combined). That's a lot of frickin' diapers, man.......;o)

current mood: determined

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Friday, September 12th, 2003
4:58 am
Does anyone actually KNOW why a person has to pee every ten minutes when drunk??? I keep a bottle of cheap wine in the fridge for nights when I am near-meltdown with my kids. Ash just fell asleep about 15mins ago. It's almost 5am, and I am still up with my son, who has decided that he doesn't need sleep anymore.

I blame Tigger. There was a whole Book of Pooh episode dedicated to Tigger, and his realization that things might be happening while he is asleep. Damn that Tigger. Damnit damnit damnit!

Wow, I am actually ashamed of having too much to drink! I remember a time when I had the phrase "Drink MORE!" spelled out in bottle caps stuck to my ceiling. Shit, how things can change in 4 years....Really feels like a couple lifetimes ago.

I'm sure this must've been the most boring post in my already-really-fuckin'-boring LJ!

ROFL;o)

Oh! Cool thing happened today:o) I was up at Rally's (that's a SoCal burger joint) today, and a guy pulled up next to me in his car, wanting to know where I got my shirt. He So wanted one like it, and he just "HAD TO KNOW" where I got it. I got it at HotTopic, 4 years ago, up north in Sacramento. He was bummed, but it felt good to get my very *first* compliment on it.

It simply says: "Spear Britney"

Ah, renewed a bit of faith in the human race.....

current mood: drunk

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Monday, September 1st, 2003
11:25 pm - SHUT UP!
I'm so damn tired of my kids, I'm gonna shoot my freakin brains out! GRR! For a week, they have been less than one step behind me TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY. I'm actually injured (can't turn at my waist) from my back being contorted trying to sleep AROUND them. They have been whining, and screaming, and doing the best damn job they can to ensure then end up on the doorstep of the local orphanage!

*big sigh*

I love my kids, really, I do. The last time I was even 10 minutes without my kids was December 17th, last year. So, I must love them; I'm with them so damn much.

current mood: pissed off

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2003
11:37 pm - To lazy to LJcut tonight
I'm happy with I's school now;o) I must've just been irritated that day, or something.

I'm going on vacation next week. We're driving up to Oregon to visit my family, and go to the Scandinavian Festival. I haven't been to Oregon in about three years (that was the last time I saw my dad), & I haven't been to the festival for about 10 years. It'll be great to go back:o) Not looking forward to the two day drive, though:-/

Now I just have a ton of work to get done before then. I swear, I just want to send everyone their money back, and FORGET ABOUT IT. Where's my effin' summer vacation??? I closed up shop so I could be free this summer, and all I have had is work work WORK. *grr*

I'm depressed lately. Yesterday it was starting to get really bad. I was about ready to crawl into bed and not get up. I went to Laura's today, and she was really irritable, and angry (at others, not me), which is SO not like her. She's one of those *cool as a cucumber* people that drive you nuts with how laid back about things they are;o) So, it helped me get the focus off my own depression, and I tried to help her out some. Don't know if I was very effective. I suck at cheering friends up. How lame is that? One of the most important things that friends do, and I just suck at it. God save you if you are my friend, and you start CRYING. My m.o.: sit there, looking uncomfortable. Weird, because I am a fairly emotional person, and I DO care a lot about people. I wish I was better at helping, though.

Ran across a quote today that I really like...two, actually. There were no authors associated with 'em, though, so if you know who these are by, let me know, so I can give proper credit;o)

"If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them."

"There are so many stars in the sky, but only some are radiant enough to capture your attention. Among those you choose to ignore is the one star that is willing to continue shining for you, even if your glance is somewhere else."

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003
4:21 pm - First Day of School
Isaac had his first day of preschool today. He loved it, of course, but I am still not very impressed.
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current mood: disappointed

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4:03 pm - Very interesting.....
The inspectors never came to my apartment! How weird is that? After I worked so hard. Silver lining is that my place looks great; it even SMELLS ok, LOL;o) Now I am just working on laundry; I did 10 loads on Sunday, and three loads today. I have about 30-35 more loads before it's all done, but, honestly, I know it's never going to get done. It's impossible; by the time I can get 10 loads of laundry washed, we will have dirtied at least 3 loads (clothes, towels, diapers, bedding...). I'll be happy if I can just get the laundry in the visible parts of the house done (the living room, bathroom, hallways).

current mood: curious

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Monday, July 21st, 2003
11:49 am
Our apts are having code inspection today. I'm nervous! My house is a wreck, and I know I am breaking some fire codes, and maybe some basic habitability codes:o( I don't have any bugs, rodents, and no rotting moldy food, but I have PILES of laundry aginst every wall in my apt, my vacuum cleaner broke last week, so there's Cheerios all over the floor, and then there's the general mess just fromt he kids toys, trash, etc...None of those things by themselves would be anything to worry about, but put them all together, and you get one scary looking dwelling:o(

Here's prayin' I don't lose my kids today......

current mood: worried

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Friday, July 18th, 2003
10:01 pm
The long-awaited (HA) pics of my new haircut :o) Taken FIRST THING IN THE MORNING (so be kind, please;o) LOL


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current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
2:41 pm - I know, I know...
No picture, yet. I have over 150yds of fleece in my living room that I have GOT to get cut and shipped. I'm narrowly skirting a panic attack, because I know it's not all sold, and I DON'T know where I am going to put the leftovers :-/ It will either be in the middle of my living room floor, or in the middle of Isaac's bedroom.

current mood: intimidated

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Sunday, July 13th, 2003
9:54 pm
Update...update....update.....

I cut my hair today. Well, *I* didn't cut it, a fine stylist named Tina cut it:o) I'm 50/50 on it: it looks FABULOUS, but it's not what I asked for. Oh well.

Laura's on vacation for ANOTHER week. I miss her; I can't believe how boring it is without her around to talk to nine times a day! I've even resorted to calling her hubby (still at home), just to *talk*. Yeah, HE thought I was on crack, too;o)

My friend, Rachael, invited me to her wedding! We are new friends (only known one another for about 4 months), and her location didn't allow for very many people, so I missed out on the guest list thing. But, she said she found out that some out-of-town guests aren't making it,and she and John would love it if we came:o) I'm excited; she and John are one of those couples that you can just tell are MADE for each other. It'll be great to see them tie the knot. Two more deserving people I have never met. Off to Crate & Barrel to peruse the registry;o)

I think that's about it right now. I'll post pics of my rad hair later tonight:o)

current mood: bored

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Friday, July 4th, 2003
1:08 am - OMG...Can't....breathe......
There is no emoticon for how hard I am laughing RIGHT NOW.

(1) Go to www.google.com.
(2) Type "weapons of mass destruction" in the search box.
(3) Click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

current mood: giggly

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003
3:17 pm - I'm still alive
We are having health code inspections in our apartments this month, so I have to be meticulously clean (which is NOT easy for me, even without two kids). I've got a thousand orders (ok, only 6, but most are for 6 or more diapers!), and I am helping Laura with hers, because she has over 100 diapers to get done by Monday, when she will be leaving for vacation for 2 weeks.

I've been going to a lot of social gatherings; twice a week I play cards with Pete & Laura, Fridays I meet for lunch with the new female pastor from the Vineyard, Tuesdays I have a class, Sundays=church, etc etc.....I don't know how I do it! ;o)

But, I found a preschool that will accept Isaac (we had problems, because he is over 3yrs, but not potty trained). AND, it's only about $300/mo, vs. the $680 that most preschools run here. UNfortunately, ISaac's immunization record was lost when our luggage was randomly inspected at the airport last year. I am hoping my ped has the info, but since Isaac has switched peds four times in his life, it may be a long shot. And the ped is on vacation; I am praying he comes back soon, because I had to put a $50 non-refundable deposit down at the school to hold Isaac's spot:-/

That's about it. I did take a break today to take the kids outside for a while. Poor things have just been dragged around to all these boring grown-up places;o) Isaac went out and rode his bike for a while (he's getting so good at it!), and then we went swimming. The heater in our pool is broken (again), so we only stayed down for about half hour, before we shivered our ways back inside;o)

And I have this wretched hairy-man-image burned into my mind now (THANKS!) ;o)

HI-HO-HI-HO.......

current mood: rushed

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2003
1:48 am - So.....sick.....
My hubby and kids have been sick with a bad stomach flu since Saturday; I have been bed-ridden with the [normal] flu all day, and I still barely feel alive. This sucks. But the rest of my family is all better now, stomach flu all gone. It's just me, all alone in my misery. Grr.

current mood: sick

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Monday, June 2nd, 2003
11:36 am - Zombified
I feel way too fucking old to be 22.
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current mood: numb

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1:22 am - Everyone else is doing it....
Now THIS is one cute kid (two, I guess)

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current mood: giddy

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