Saturday, May 31, 2008

Something to Do

Ha! I feel like I have won a small victory today- Hillcrest has not yet blocked blogspot from their computers! So, there is no telling how many posts I will have today, as I sit here wasting away for 12 hours :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I've been tagged by Ashley Allen. I like reading these so I guess I'll play along.
Here's how to play: Post the rules on your blog and complete the following: 3 joys, 3 fears, 3 goals, 3 current obsessions/collections, and 3 random, surprising facts about yourself. At the end of your post tag five people and let them know they are tagged by leaving them a comment on their blog- Have fun.

3 Joys:
1. My Husband and our dog/child Hank
2. My Family
3. Making people happy

3 Fears:
1. That God is speaking to me and I'm not hearing it
2. That I won't get into medical school this year
3. That what I thought I wanted all along isn't what God has in his plan for me

3 Goals:
1. To get into medical school
2. To continue to learn as long as I'm living
3. To be a loving and supporting wife every day

3 Obsessions/Collections:
1. I'm obsessed with things being straight. I hate clutter.
2. iTunes
3. Shoes

3 Random/Surprising Fact About Me:
1. I hate being wet unless I am completely submerged. I don't even like to wash my hands because of this.
2. I have conversations with my Yorkie because I'm convinced that I know exactly what he would be saying if he could talk.
3. I have never seen the movie "Footloose"

I tag: I have no one else to tag sorry!


I get really mad when I encounter people that don't have good manners. I used to try to figure out where this short-coming began, but it's one of those "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" type questions. Let me explain-

I spent about 3 hours watching my aunt's- a public elementary school teacher- 3rd grade class one day while she went to the dentist. Those kids were monsters! Not only did they not say please for anything, most the time they didn't even ask, they just made statements about their intentions. Instead of hearing "Can I go to the bathroom? Can I go get a drink? Do you have an extra pencil I could borrow?" I heard "I want to go the bathroom. I need a drink. My pencil broke." And then they would just stare at me, waiting for a response. Then, if I did give them whatever it was they wanted, no thank you was involved. They simply turned and walked off leaving me dumbfounded. On top of all that, these kids were uttering more curse words in the course of a few hours than I think I've said in my life! And they were using in them in such context that were even making me blush! I fully realize that no 3rd grade child is going to sit at their desk quietly, waiting to speak until spoken to, but really? Kids don't even say please and thank you anymore?

So, I began to to teach them manners. I wouldn't grant any requests until the question was asked in a tone that was not hateful or annoyed, a decibal not ear-splitting, and please had to be included at least once. And if there was not a thank you given before they walked off, they were going late to lunch. Ha! I'll teach these kids whether they like it or not!

Soon after, I realized the lack of manners isn't just found in children. It's everywhere. If you want proof, just go to Wal-Mart. People do not say excuse me when squeezing down an aisle, and most don't even thank you for holding open a door. So while my tactics with children were a little more sensitive, I have taken to blatently pointing out when an adult forgets their manners. On more than one occassion, after holding open a door, I have turned and said "You're welcome for holding this door for you" when they didn't thank me. Or, when I person is knocking past me in an aisle, I've been known to say "The polite thing to say is 'excuse me." Most of the time, the result of my comments is a thouroughly embarrassed adult. And that's the thing, I don't think people are rude and doing this on purpose. I think that a lack of manners has become habit, and I am making it my personal mission to reintroduce manners to both the young and the old in Wal-Marts all over the country. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Brand New Blogger!

So, I've joined my next big internet craze. I'm not really sure I'll be very good at this- I don't return phone calls, why would I keep up with a blog? But, I figured what they heck? I'll give it a try :)