Thursday, June 29, 2006


Allergies… Mine usually keep on going through the spring into the summer and even the autumn. It’s the grasses and mold and all that that really gets me. So it’s almost July and well, I’ve run out of my Zyrtec. So I called my doctor and asked for a new prescription, for my mail order service. It’s cheaper and I get more at a time with refills so I don’t have to keep asking every 3 months. Anyways, I picked up the prescription and promptly mailed it off to the pharmacy. And they promptly send me my 90 supply of Zyrtec. JUST in time, I had taken my last pill.

One problem. They sent me chewables. And not just any chewables, GRAPE chewables. YELCH!!!! I can’t stand ANYTHING that’s grape flavored. So I called the pharmacy and asked them where the mistake had been made, why would they send an adult grape flavored chewables??? Well, the doctor for some strange reason wrote chewables on my prescription. Not sure why. But he did. Can it be changed? Only with a new prescription. Can I return the chewables? NOPE!

So now I’m stuck with 90 days worth of grape chewables that I can’t return and my doctor is on vacation until the middle of next week so I can’t get a new prescription until then. PLUS it takes 2 weeks or so for me to actually get my pills from the mail order service. So, grape chewables it is. It’s that or have my throat itch so much I want to pull it out through my ears.

Grape chewables. BLECH!!!!!!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Polar bear back scratching!!!!

This is One of Rob's Favorites! POLAR BEARS!!!

Driving with Two Steering Wheels... Well.... Sort Of....

I cracked up when I saw this.
I needed a good laugh at the time. Hope y'all enjoy as well.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I Am Getting Married In.....

Exactly FOUR months!!!

Thats only 123 days....

OY! YAY, but OY!!!
And my dress came in this week! YAY!!!

Friday, June 16, 2006


Code Blue. Not fun words to hear. It usually means someone is in critical condition/danger. Usually you hear a CODE BLUE and a location over the loudpeakers.

Yesterday however....
"ATTENTION PLEASE, CODE BLUE.....pause...... pause..... pause.... I don't know where!"

We're all waiting expectantly, and then we hear that.... it wasn't really funny, dangerous actually. But at the time, the way the woman said "I don't know where...." after the fact , it was highly amusing...

One of the doctors came bounding out of a patients room, looking worried and confused, looking up and down the hall, "Where do I go??"

Later he told us the patient he was with asked what a code blue was. He said "Well, I've got to go, that means someone's dying!" And as he was leaving the patient said, "GOOD LUCK!"

Luckily we found out where and then the patient wasn't in such mortal danger and the code was cancelled. But it was perty funny at the time. I guess you had to be there.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Once Again....

I registered for a continuing education course, and I filled out the form with my name spelt correctly, C-A-R-I-E, with ONLY ONE "R" and I get my confirmation letter saying that I am registered for the course and my name is spelt C-A-R-R-I-E, with TWO "R's" WRONG!!!!!!!!

Why is it that people don't pay attention? I must have written my name 5 times between filling out all the registration information and writing a check etc. PLUS my check has my name printed on it. And they STILL spelt it wrong.

Once again, people don't pay attention, or don't care, or I get "I'm sorry, we thought you spelt your name wrong so we fixed it for you." Thanks. I'm 28 years old. I'm not an idiot and I know how to spell my name.

I mean truly, how hard is it to take the extra 2 seconds to check how someone spells their name? If it was a weird name opeople would double or triple check. But if it's a fairly common one they don't. And that in my opinion is rude and careless and stinky. It makes such a idfference to those whose lives are affected by weirdly spelt names. Ok, maybe I'm making a bigger deal than needs to be made. But I'm just sick and tired of my name being spelt wrong, especially by someone who has it written out for them a whole bunch of times. It becomes frustrating and sometimes well, ya just need to vent.



Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I Hit The Ball!!!!

Monday was my FIRST EVER softball game.

It was difficult, as I've never played before, but the team members and the coaches were really great and really encouraging and told me I did well, even though I thought I was horrible. But then again, I can't really compare myself to everyone else, they've all been playing for years and years and years. I must have looked terrified the whole time because people kept telling me to calm down and relax and I was doing fine for someone who's never played before. I definately felt all scared and tense and nervous for a good while into the game. I guess it showed more than I thought. I think though, if I just felt more confident in my skills, if I had more time to practice with someone who knows what they're doing and who can give me pointers, I'd feel a lot better. At least then I'd be DOING something to improve more than throwing balls at the fence.

I played catcher, so my legs are SO SORE!!! All that squatting down and standing up and squatting down and standing up.... It was tough. But my role was relatively easy, all I had to do was catch the ball and throw it back to the pitcher. Everyone said that catcher is actually one of the harder positions, but I don't see how unless you count all the squatting and standing. But then again it's also slow pitch, and an easygoing game/league, and they were probably taking it easy on me because it was completely obvious that I had absolutely no clue as to what I was doing.

I got to bat about 4 times during the game, and I struck out the first three. Go figure. I have no clue what to swing at or what not to swing at, and I have no technique so I just swung at everything and hoped. Finally at one point I actually made contact, it was a foul but I made contact with the ball. And then I actually hit a fair ball!!!! WHOOO HOOO!!! You should have seen the look of shock on my face. I couldn't believe it. I was so shocked that I actually hit the ball and it was a fair ball that I almost forgot to run. There was too much going on through my head.... Hmmmm, not agai........ WOW I HIT IT!! I ACTUALLY HIT IT!!! Now what?? oh yeah, RUN!!! But I hit it directly to the firstbase-woman. I'll be out anyway, maybe I shouldn't run. I can't believe I actually HIT THE BALL!!! COOL! Oh, wait they're telling me to run! Ok so I'll run. And halfway there I was out because duh, don't hit the ball directly to first base!!! Oh well. BUT I HIT THE BALL!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!

And that was that. It was somewhat fun and somewhat frustrating and somewhat tiring. We won, I think. Not, I'm actually pretty sure we won. Because it was the last inning and we didn't bat the last inning, the game ended after the other team got out. And we started off fielding, so we should have finished off batting, right? So I guess that means we won. Why bother to hit more if you've already won, right??? But don't ask me the score, I have no clue. My mind was too absorbed in how the heck to I throw and catch this ball and how do I hit it again? Which bat should I use? Oh, is it my turn already? Ok, we're fielding again now... I was like a completely lost puppy being shuttled along with the flow of things not quite realizing what's actually going on.

Softball is a lot less complicated when you're just watching it and not figuring out how to play it by being thrown into a game. The score gets lost in the shuffle. It's the least of ones worries. Hitting and catching the ball comes first. I'm still completely shocked at myself that I'm actually doing this. That I had the guts to try something I've never done before, with a whole lot of people who are great at it, and in front of a crowd too!!! Who are you and what have you done with Carie??? What happened to the kind of shy, don't like new and unfamiliar social situations, not in front of a crowd, don't embarrass me please, nervous inside person??? But it's good in a way. This is a good thing. I think I need the challenge of all that scary stuff. Hopefully it'll be good for me and I'll learn to be less scared and I'll learn a new sport and hopefully have fun in the process.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Last night Rob and I went to the movies, and I got the bejeeeezes scared out of me. But in a good way.

We saw An Inconvenient Truth. A VERY important movie about global warming and its effects on our earth, and our lives. All the things we are doing to this planet, all the ignorance and deceptions and lies government and businesses are telling us, and how our lives, yes OUR LIVES will be affected.

It's pretty scary to think that the coastlines of the continents could dramatically change within the next 50 years. YES. THAT SOON! I'd move away from the shore if I were you and buy property more inland, it may soon be prime waterfront property if we keep going the way we're going. The polar ice caps are melting. MELTING, and MELTING FAST! NOT GOOD. The planet is getting warmer and warmer and warmer and unless we do something, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE.

Alarmist am I? Go see the movie. Yes it's SCARY! But it's also mind boggling enough to make me seriously reconsider many things in my life. What our society needs is a good kick in the behind to do more. I knew a lot of this information already. But it was still shocking to see it all laid out for me. It's EXTREMELY IMPROTANT that you see this movie. And it's even more EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW to see this movie. And tell them to tell EVERYONE THEY KNOW. And then WE ALL HAVE TO DO SOMETHING! Because there was one important point I took home with me. If we all do 3 or 4 or more little things, they can add up to BIG things, and then we can significantly reduce the dangerous effects of global warming. If we DON'T do anything? Well, like I said, move away from the coast and buy inland mountainous property.

And then say goodbye to pine forests and polar bears. Say hello to more and more destructive hurricanes, tornados and tsunamis. More often and A LOT stronger. Say goodbye to millions of people. Say goodbye to life as we once knew it. Say goodbye to a planet able to sustain our children and grandchildren’s lives.

So DO SOMETHING! See this movie. An Inconvenient Truth. Find it at the nearest theater and RUN! (Don't drive) to see it. And then buy a hybrid car and carpool all of your friends and relatives to see it.

And then change your light bulbs. Use energy efficient or fluorescent bulbs. Just changing ONE will keep 150 pounds of CO2 a year out of the atmosphere.

Drive less! Because each mile you DON’T drive saves a pound of CO2 from our atmosphere. Take mass transit, carpool, use your bicycle, or (GASP!) walk!

Check your tires. Keeping them inflated properly improves your gas mileage by 3%. Every gallon of gasoline not needed/used, besides saving you 3 dollars or more, it also keeps 20 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

Use less hot water. Install a low flow showerhead to save 250 pounds of CO2 per year, and wash your clothing in cold or even warm water to save 500 pounds a year.

Recycle. You can save 2400 pounds of CO2 a year by recycling just HALF of your trash.

Avoid products with a lot of packaging. Cutting down your garbage by 10% will keep out 1200 pounds of CO2.
Adjust your thermostat. Just 2 degrees cooler in winter and 2 degrees warmer in summer can save 2000 pounds of carbon dioxide from warming up the earth. And programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning. They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.

Turn off your computer, DVD player, stereo, and television when you’re not using them. That will save thousands of pounds of CO2.

Ask your electric company about using green power, and buy appliances with the Energy Star

Insulate and weatherize your home. Properly insulating your walls and ceilings can save 25% of your home heating bill and 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Caulking and weather-stripping can save another 1,700 pounds per year.

Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb ONE TON of CO2 over its lifetime. And the shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10% to 15% And they’re so pretty too.

Forests play a critial role in global warming: they store carbon. When forests are burned or cut down, their stored carbon is released into the atmosphere -- deforestation now accounts for about 20% of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Conservation International has more information on forests and global warming.

Eat less meat!!!!!!
Methane is the second most significant greenhouse gas and cows are one of the greatest methane emitters. Their grassy diet and multiple stomachs cause them to produce methane, which they exhale with every breath. ( I couldn’t resist putting that one in)

Write to your Congresspersons! Tell them about the EXTREME IMPORTANCE of the issue and what they can do to help. We must have a stronger commitment from our government in order to implement solutions and such a commitment won’t come without a dramatic increase in citizen lobbying for new laws. Get the facts about U.S. politicians and candidates and make sure your voice is heard by voting! Vote only for those who promise to help the environment. And if you can’t find anyone who will do that, run for Congress yourself!

The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to bring all Americans concerned about global warming together in one place. Add your voice to the hundreds of thousands of other Americans urging action on this issue.

All of these facts and suggestions were taken from the official website of this movie. Visit the site and learn more about what you can do. And GO SEE THE MOVIE!!!!!! Because I for one would like to live out my lifetime on a healthier planet. And I surely want my children and grandchildren to HAVE a planet to live ON.

Don’t you?????