Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Adios Amigos

Hi Family and Friends!
I'm leaving at 6am for Ft. Lauderdale, where I'll be boarding the M.S. Zaandam for the next two weeks. I'll be working in the youth program but I'm not sure which age group yet. I've told my parents that I'm not sure what the email/phone situation will be, but I will try to call home on Christmas at the very least, hopefully more if I can. I'm really going to miss being home at Christmas, I've never been away for the holidays before. But hey, this is the chance of a lifetime, so I'm ready. Lucy will be arriving at my mom and dad's house tomorrow if anyone is wondering. Linny, feel free to relocate her to your place if you want, just don't let her get out! She runs fast! I'll try to post while I'm gone if I can to let you all know what life is like on the high seas. I'm so excited to see what crew quarters are like and what life is like behind the scenes on the ship. I'd like to send a thank you to Auntie Ronni and Uncle Lee, because if they hadn't brought us on vacation with them last month, I never would have had this chance...I'm so excited!!!!! Okay gotta finish packing. Merry Christmas everyone, see you soon!

Love Me

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Picture Time


Well the people have spoken and the people want more pictures. Acutally I guess "the people" is Linny...but she counts just as much if not more than any other people, right? Here you will see the deer-man being shot with an arrow in mid-leap. Doesn't it just transport you to a Mayan forest? I'll post more later...Have to keep you wanting more, ya know???

Love Me

Sunday, December 11, 2005

More New Spectacles

nu=3244>756>549>WSNRCG=323336;64;847nu0mrj"> Hi Readers!!!

I'm sorry it's been so long, but I really had a hard time getting back into the swing of things after vacation. Can I just say we had a fantastic time? As you can see in the photo, we all went to the eye doctor together before the trip and found out that we were all a little near-sighted. We didn't want to miss any of the scenery so we all got some new glasses. Don't we look stylish? Haha. We wore these all over the ship. The crew laughed their butts off at us. Among other things, we went kayaking, saw sea lions and whales, and zip-corded through the jungle from treetop to treetop. Linny and I got facials, layed by the pool, and we all experienced the highlight of our lives watching a man dressed as a mostly naked dear leap around the stage and then die a very dramatic death in Mazatlan, Mexico. It was a once in a life time experience. I was so very sad to leave the ship, but alas, I have news. I have been offered a job to come back to the ship for two weeks over Christmas break to work in the youth program. I will be a youth counselor on board and do stuff like face painting, playing board games, basketball, volleyball, movie nights, pool olympics, arts a crafts and more (I'm not sure what else but there must be more if we are supposed to keep these kids busy for the whole cruise so their parents can have fun doing grown up things...). The cruise line will fly me back to San Diego, supply me with all the delicious food I can eat, and PAY ME to cruise for two weeks and play with kids. Is this a dream?? No. It is reality. Cool, right? If everything works out and they like me and I like them, I may be able to work full time over the summer before I start grad school! Sooo...the other big news is that I am going to be moving back to Chicago in February-ish. While I love my job here...is a job really enough to keep me in Florida when all my friends and family are in Chicago? I will miss my new friends here, but I think it is time for me to spend some time back home. It may be short or long term, depending on if I get hired back on the ship and where I get accepted to grad school. But either way, I'll be home soon and unemployed at least for a little while so I'll have time to visit everyone! I'm going to be living back at my mom and dad's till I figure out what the heck is going on with work and school, so that's where you'll be able to find me (and Lucy too, of course). That's pretty much it, although I guess that is a lot. I'm going to miss everyone on Christmas, I've never missed Christmas before...but I will try to call, and we can have a belated Christmas when I come home. Love you guys...


Thursday, November 24, 2005


Hi readers!

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you all eat until your pants didn't fit? I sure did. We had all the usual stuff at our friends Tamara and Pascal's house. I made the stuffing, the green beans and the sweet potato casserole and let me tell you the sweet potatoes turned out fabuloso. I don't think I'm going to look so hot in a bathing suit tomorrow but oh well, it was all so tasty that I think it was worth it. Maybe I'll be singing a different tune when I'm sitting by the pool next to Skinny Linny...hmmm...well, too late now. If you don't know, I'm headed to San Diego tomorrow for a cruise to Mexico with Linny, Auntie Ronni and Uncle Lee. Yay! I'm also so very excited because when I get to Chicago next weekend I'm going to see RENT the movie with my girls. It's such an incredible musical and the movie looks just as good. I get teary eyed every time a preview comes on. It's just SO GOOD. Well lovelies, have a great week and I'll be posting when I get back, maybe in Spanish...haha...

Rob and Lucy, I'll be missing you. Be good!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2005

help! runaway air fares!

Hi Readers,

Is it wrong that I'm listening to Christmas music and it's not even Thanksgiving yet? I went to the mall yesterday and they were playing Christmas music and it was all decorated and now I'm all in the mood for Christmas! I really want to get a tree but we don't really have a lot of room in our apt. I have to figure out how to fit it. Speaking of Christmas...AIR FARES! Holy Shmoly! I haven't been able to find anything for under $450 so far. I hate to tell ya family, but I cannot spend $450 to come home for Christmas. If you see any deals online, please forward them to me. I know I need to book soon but that is just outrageous. It's finally getting cold here, it will be down in the 30's tonight. I know what you're thinking, it's snowing in Chicago and I should keep my little Florida high of 60 degrees mouth shut about weather. Well, I think I've officially lost my Chicagoan ability to deal with the cold because I am FREEZING! I don't remember the last time that I've been cold. It's been ages. What is everybody doing for Thanksgiving? I'll be packing for my CRUISE to MEXICO with my SISTER, AUNTIE RONNI AND UNCLE LEE!!! Ooohh I am so very excited! I'm sorry Rob and Lucy, I'll miss you but I'm still so so so excited!!! Okay just had to get that out. Well, I'll say adios for now. I'm gonna fold my laundry and watch more Seinfeld reruns.

I love you!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lucy got a Haircut

Lucy and I both got haircuts this week but I think you are probably more interested in hers than in mine. I just got a trim. Lucy is as precious as ever. She has been sleeping almost all day with a short burst of running around in circles uncontrollably in between. She's sleeping on the floor right now, which is weird because usually if there is a butt to snuggle against, she's on it. Maybe she is too lazy to jump up onto the couch. I'm on day one of my four day weekend. I did two loads of laundry and wrote an essay. (Thrilling, right?) Tomorrow I just might vacuum!!! Haha. Actually tomorrow night I have work at the bar. Some girl is sick so I am filling in. I hope I do a good job! Some of my friends are gonna show up to heckle me I think. I'm starting to count down the days till I go cruising with my sister, Auntie Ronnie and Uncle Lee. Mexico, here we come! It's getting dark so early these days...it's only 7:15 but I feel like it's about midnight. I'm just feeling like a bum tonight, don't really want to get off the couch, but I think Rob's buddies are coming over soon, it is the Marine Corps' 230th birthday today so they have some celebrating to do. I guess if I don't get off the couch, I'm gonna have to at least quit sprawling out and move over to one side. Is all this talk of the big red couch making you jealous? Those of you who know it, love it. Nothing compares. Alright readers, it's been nice talking to you. Stollers, I know you aren't reading this week since you're on vacation, but I hope you're having a blast! Talk to you soon!


Sunday, November 06, 2005

Grad School, Here I Come

I rocked the house on my GRE this weekend. I'm not trying to toot my own horn here, I just did WAY better than I expected. I've finished my entire application to the social work program at UCLA and I'm still working on USC, University of Chicago and Columbia. Keep all of your fingers crossed for me...These are some tough schools...I can't believe it's Sunday night already. I don't want to go back to work tomorrow...

I love you readers.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Care for a Drink?

Hi readers! Well, tonight is my first night as a cocktail waitress at a bar by our apartment. It's called O'Rileys and its basically a townie bar but it's always busy, has kareoke, a dance floor and DJ on weekends, and hopefully will supply me with some nice cool cash. I went to the mall today because I had to get a necklace fixed at the jewelry store. So I was browsing around New York & Co. while I waited for my necklace to get fixed and tried on those really cute gaucho pants that everyone is wearing. Unfortunately they kinda make me look like a dwarf or an umpaloompa. But I WANT a pair!!! Anybody know a way to make me about 4 inches taller? Please forward any ideas. I'll consider whatever you've got. Okay that's really all I've got for now. Thirty minutes till I go to the bar...wish me luck!


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Partying with my bosses and other news...

Hi readers! Well, I am finally 100% recovered from my night out on Friday. This also means that the washboard abs that I had after throwing up all day are back to being regular plain old non-defined abs. Boo...Today was a VERY busy day. First I had work, which is always busy even if nothing crazy happens because, well, I work with 55 teenage girls. There's no way it could be anything other than busy. They were pretty good today, I have to say. Then we had a LOOOONG staff meeting and then I had to go to the dentist. I have a dentist who apparently doesn't believe in silver fillings. He says silver fillings break down your teeth from the inside and make you way more likely to need a root canal. So he drilled out my old fillings and replaced them with white ones. He is such a good dentist. He put numbing gel on my gums BEFORE he shot me with novacaine. It was totally painless! The drilling really didn't hurt a bit but the SOUND of the drilling nearly made me cry. I just can't stand it. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me. So then he patched me up with white stuff and off I went to the MASSAGE THERAPIST that my dentist has on staff full time to give you a 15 minute free massage after you have your dental work done. Yes and all of this was done at no cost to me. Yay for a great dental plan. Ahhhhh... Sooo, then I had to go back to work for family night. The first Tuesday of every night we invite all our girls and their parents to school for pizza and snacks so the parents can talk to the teachers about monthly progress. The past few months I have had ZERO girls at family night, so I was pretty excited to have 2 girls there tonight! Woo Hoo! Finally family night was over and we all went out for dinner because it's my friend Krissy's birthday. F U N . And that is all I have to say about today. Busy, right? So now I'm gonna hit the sack and get some sleep. Hope you enjoy the fab picture of me and my girls out on the town last weekend.



Sunday, October 30, 2005

Happy Halloween

Hi my gorgeous readers! Well, we have moved into our new apartment and finally have our internet turned on. I LOVE living in Pensacola, it's so nice to be in civilization. I have a 5 minute drive to work now. Yippee!!! Let's see...a lot has happened since last time I posted. We went to Athens, GA a few weeks ago to see some friends...that was super fun. We shopped, had pizza, went to some bars, a good time had by all. Last weekend we moved to our new apartment and spent most of the weekend unpacking. Our new place is a lot smaller then our old one but we did manage to get all our furniture in here. It's a little cramped but not too bad. Lucy likes it. She is sleeping on her daddy's chest right now. Friday was our school halloween party and I was a zombie prom queen (see pic). I won the costume contest! I won a day off of work! WooHoo! Then after work my bosses and co-workers and I all went out drinking. This was a bad idea. My supervisor kept buying me cosmopolitans and before I knew it, it was 2am. I was so sick yesterday. We were supposed to go to a Halloween party last night but I was still sick. All in all, 36 hours of hangover. Amy will not be drinking for quite some time. I guess this isn't much of an update, but it's been business as usual here. Tomorrow I'm taking the girls to volunteer at a huge charity garage sale all day, so that will be pretty fun, Tuesday I have to go to court for one of my girls' placement hearing to see if she gets put in a mental health group home...and I think the rest of the week should be pretty normal. I'm taking the GRE on Saturday, wish me luck on that. I'm going to spend most of today studying and taking practice tests. Ew. What's goin on in Chicagoland? I miss you guys!


Friday, October 14, 2005

I need your HELP!

Hi guys,

Okay, we are having a Halloween Party here at school and we have a staff costume contest. I don't know what to be!!! I really want to win this contest. Please comment with ideas. It could be for just me, or a theme for up to three people. Please help!!!


Monday, October 10, 2005

Teen Angst

Hi my fabulous readers!

So today my mom packed up my books for me (since we are moving to Pensacola in two weeks) and she left a few of my little notebook-y things out. I was looking though them and I found one that had a poem in it that I wrote in high school. Oh my god I must have really thought I was a Bronte sister or something. It screams...I am a miserable teenager and I want you to be miserable with me! I am suffering! What exactly was I suffering from? A bad hair day? Forgot to study for a test? Not sure. I can't really think of anything that would make me sad enough to write this poem. Do you want to read it? I thought about whether or not to post it, because while it is entertaining for ME to read something I wrote seven or eight years ago, I'm not so sure it will be entertaining for me when OTHER people read it and comment on it and tell me GOD AMY WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? YOU ARE SO OVER-DRAMATIC! Well please consider that I did write it as an emotional wreck of a teenager and I am sharing it with you for entertainment value only and please don't make fun. Thank you.

Here it is.

alone once again as usual,
i CHOOSE my solitude.
or does it choose me?
i can't be sure.
i'm the weird girl and
no one knows it but me.
how bizarre.
no one acts like me
and no one gets how i am,
what i do.
i'm a piece of the same puzzle
but i've been warped
by a spilled drink and
the heat of the sun glaring
through the kitchen window.
i don't quite fit.
the picture on the surface is right
but i'm the wrong shape-
maybe i'm not supposed to be stuck in their puzzle.

I found two other poems too. Maybe I will post them. We'll see.

Love Me.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Have you missed me?

Hi everyone,

Okay so I've been bad at posting lately, I know. I've been pretty busy with work and now my mom is here visiting! She was supposed to leave tomorrow but she's having so much fun she's gonna stay till Thursday! We've been all over the gulf coast this weekend. Friday we went to Destin to do a little outlet shopping, we saw the movie Two for the Money (it was really good!) and went to La Hacienda for a Mexican dinner. Yesterday was pretty chill, we just layed by the pool most of the day, then went grocery shopping and then mom and I cooked a delicious mushroom casserole FROM SCRATCH! For those of you who know my mom, you must be thinking...Sue cooked? something from scratch? Haha. Well I assure you she is a great cook. It turned out great. Tonight we are going to make mixed berry cobbler. It's like Betty Crocker lives here! Woo Hoo! Today was BEACH DAY. It was gorgeous. Sunny, a little breezy, hot, and the water was clear blue. Perfect beach day. Finally the grand finale of the weekend so far, we played neighborhood softball this afternoon. Mom hit the ball a bunch of times, got on base and SCORED! Yay for mom! She was a little worried about her skills but don't you worry, she did great. I had a couple good hits and caught one fly ball. I'm a little winded. Well folks, thats all for now, I promise more pics soon!

Love you!


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ronnie's Got Some New Specs

Hey dad, nice new glasses! Everyone check out Ronnie's new specs. He looks pretty tough in this shot huh? Not someone you'd want to mess with in a dark alley...They are bifocals, but you can't even tell! They are blended. Tres chic.

I think I'm gonna go get a new pair pretty soon, something trendy...I better ask my dad for some advice on style.

Tomorrow I'm taking 9 girls to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, then Monday I am running a Mary Kay "pamper party" for the girls and then Tuesday I am taking 5 of them to the art museum to see an exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance. Do I have a cool job or what??? Only one week till my mom comes to visit. That will be so much fun. Anyone else want to come see us? You're always welcome!


Monday, September 26, 2005

Wedding of the Century

Well, well, well. It looks like I missed quite a party this weekend! Living in Florida has it's downfalls...like missing out on F U N weddings. Doesn't Linny look cute? Along with her are my friend Melissa (center) and Linny's friend Yvonne (left). Lin, this is yet another attempt to bribe people to look at my site by featuring pics of you. Will it work? I think we still only have about 4 readers. I told dad that he'd better get on the bandwagon here and start posting. He is Mr. Internet-mania...

Today was a lovely day at work, the girls were pretty well behaved, and I taught a class on nutrition. I am not really the best person to teach nutrition as my diet is far from healthy. Today I had brownies for breakfast, chinese food for lunch and a DQ blizzard for dinner. Hmm...Yeah I should definitely NOT be teaching nutrition classes. Then we all piled into a school van to get fingerprinted because there is the new law called the Jessica Lundsford Act (remember that little girl who was kidnapped in March?) and the law says everyone working in a school has to be fingerprinted by the Department of Education. I've already been fingerprinted by the Sheriff's Office but I guess that isn't good enough. So anyway we squished in this van like it was a clown car and drove downtown and when we got there...their computers were down and we couldn't get fingerprinted. So that was a really productive afternoon. We ended up going back to work with no ink on our fingers. Maybe tomorrow we will get luckier.

I'm about halfway through the process of applying to UCLA for graduate school. Did I mention that I want to go to UCLA for grad school? I found a program there called Masters of Social Welfare. I'd be concentration on Organizations, Community and Policy. My eventual goal would be to run my own non-profit organization. It looks like a great program...now I just have to ace my GRE's and write a very impressive personal and professional statement. Yikes! You might be thinking, why UCLA? Since when are you going to California? Well, nothing is for sure yet, of course, but there is a good chance Rob will get stationed in Southern California in the spring so UCLA would be a great location for me to be in school. Plus I LOVE THE PROGRAM and I have wanted to go to UCLA since I was 15. I've been rejected from there once, I'm not sure I can take it again. My application needs to ROCK.

Any ideas on why I think I'd make a good social worker???


Friday, September 23, 2005


Hi guys,

So it's Friday and wow am I happy about that. This week has been...challenging...to say the least. The girls have been insane! I've had fights, runaways, murder threats, and 3 girls that want a new counselor because I apparantly suck. (those three girls actually changed their minds and decided to love me again after all...) Good thing I love these girls I guess. I went to the mall after work with my friend Amanda and saw two students there. They are everywhere. I can't get away. Haha. This week hasn't been too eventful. We went to the movies to see Lord of War with Nicholas Cage. It was way better then I expected, it's about drug running in Africa. I guess I am in an African movie kick lately. These kinds of movies really make ya think. Life in Africa is like a different world. Last night we went out for Mexican food which was delicious and watched the season premiere of CSI. I LOVE CSI. We watch the Vegas one which is the best. I am so addicted and have a big crush on Nick Stokes. It's on Thursday nights if you want to watch the new ones but re-runs are on Spike TV all the time. It's so so so so good.

How are you guys spending your Friday night? I'm going to spend my Friday night studying for the GRE. Graduate Record Examination. The bane of my existence. But...I want to go to grad school so I have to take the test. I can't believe how much math my brain has forgotten. I was once a calculus student. Now I can barely find the area of a circle. I have some serious learning to do between now and Novemeber 5th.

So have I told you we are moving into Pensacola next month? YES! We're moving out of Milton, away from the goat farm, away from the bible beaters, away from the barber shops that still cut a mean mullet...and to the land of civilization, a mere 5 minutes from my work, the mall, bars and restaurants and only 15 minutes from the beach! Hooray! I am so excited. We are moving from a 2 bedroom to a 1 bedroom so it will be a little smaller but worth it to be in the land of the living. This does mean though, that if you come to visit you will have to sleep on the couch, no more spare bed...

Okeedokee folks, I'm gonna take Lucy out for a walk and crack the books. I am such a nerd, I know. I've decided not to fight it. I'll just be proud of my nerdiness. Hope you're having more fun tonight than I am!



Friday, September 16, 2005

Here by Popular Demand...

Good morning lovely bloggers! Someone told me that people reading this blog do not just want to see pictures of me. They apparently want to see pictures of Linny as well. I thought about it and I guess it is probably true. I will from now on be posting pictures of Linny as an added bonus and additional reason to read my blog. We still don't have a lot of commenters on here and I thought maybe this will be a way to popularize the site. Who in their right mind wouldn't want to see pictures of of my sister? In this particular shot aboard the Zuiderdam, Linny is posing with a strange looking boy. Many of the crew and guests on the ship speculated that they were a married couple. My inside information tells me that this is not the case. Either way Linny, I wouldn't let Wesley see this. Hahaha. It doesn't take much to amuse me these days. Well readers, I am going to try to find myself some strep throat drugs. I love you, and I miss you, especially my sister.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Who's Got Gas???

Not THAT kind of gas. Don't be gross...
Fuel. For my car. My car that takes me 25 miles each morning to work and 25 miles home again. The gas crisis has pretty much passed here. There aren't 2 hour lines anymore and many stations do have at least regular unleaded in stock. That's all I ever use anyway. I had to wait for 45 minutes the other day which wasn't so much fun but at least I got filled up. I'm getting low again though and when I drove to work today it was looking like places were starting to run out. I feel pretty sure I'll find a place but it is really weird to have to worry about it. I've never been in a situation where gas wasn't plentiful. I think that says a lot about how we live in America. In 23 years this is the first time I've ever been worried about going without something that I need. It makes me feel grateful for what I have evern while I feel cranky for having to wait in gas lines for 45 minutes. We are a lot luckier than we realize.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Rob and Lucy Continue to be in Love...

Yes, I have resigned myself to the fact that Rob will never love me as much as he loves Lucy. He says she is the love of his life. She gets many hugs and kisses from him every day. I do not. What a lucky girl she is...

Today I had to go to the Family Expo at the Pensacola Fairgrounds. This was a particularly southern event. They had a stage and people were (willlingly and without alcohol) doing the Macarena, Electric Slide and other dances that will not be done at our wedding. I watched and laughed. I did not join in. My job was to sit at the PACE Center for Girls booth and give out pens and tell people what it is that we do. After I was done being PR manager for the day I went to the blood drive bus and gave blood. I was waiting to donate and watching them try to stick the lady before me and let's just say it was less than reassuring. They were jamming that needle around in her arm, she was crying, it was a mess. I was a little nervous but luckily I have big veins. She only had to jam the needle around a little bit till I started to bleed. She said I'm a quick bleed and it only took about 6 minutes to fill my bag. What can I say, I'm a bleeding overachiever.

Nothing too exciting has happened here this week. It's still hot, I'm still working a lot, and Rob is still waiting to find out where and when he is going next. I saw the movie The Constant Gardener yesterday and it was really good. It's about a British diplomat living in Africa. His wife gets killed in this big conspiracy. I highly recommend it.

I hope you are all having a good weekend. Post comments and let me know. I love you guys!


Monday, September 05, 2005

My kind of town..Chicago is...

Well, well. I had a really fun weekend in Chicago. It was so great to spend time with my girls and my family. I miss you guys a lot when I'm gone.

I spent Friday night with my sister, we had dinner at Beat Kitchen. That place was really good. I recommend it! We went there to eat and ended up sitting there yapping for about three hours! I love my sister. Linny said there were a lot of "thespians" there. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Not sure.

Saturday morning mom, Linny, Dana and I went to the Art Institute for the Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre exhibit. It was great! The only problem is that it made me want to go buy a plane ticket and go to Paris right this minute. (Unless Ed McMahon is about to come to my door with one of those huge cardboard checks, I don't really see that trip happening right now.) It was pretty cool to see all those paintings and pictures of places that I've actually been! Then Dana and I checked into our hotel, had a little nap and met the girls for our sixth annual girls' birthday dinner at Wildfire.
The food was really good and I had a delicious wild raspberry martini. But who is that weirdo in the back of our picture?? He is definitely not a GVC girl. It's like that Sesame Street song...one of these things is not like the other...One of these things just doesn't belong...Yeah buddy get your goofy self out of our picture! After dinner we set out for Rockit, Shenanigans and Mothers. A few drinks, a little dancing and some bad kareoke and before we knew it, it was 3:30am. We had so much fun! Girls' birthday dinner will be a tradition for the rest of our lives! Hooray!

Sunday was filled up with a BBQ at mom and dad's house. Ronnie took our orders and manned the grill like a pro. (Great baked beans dad. Delicious.) I'm still pretty dissapointed that Wesley didn't do a Ronnie impression though. I also feel a little bad that Jason had to blow out matches instead of candles. The effect isn't really the same. Better luck next year bro. Sunday night I made my first visit to Skores. Believe it or not, I had never been to a Norridge bar. It was a little weird to see so many Ridgewood people in one place but nice to talk to everyone I saw there.

I dragged myself off the couch at 5:45am and went to the airport. Thanks for the ride dad! Two plane rides later here I am back on the big red couch. Most of you know the big red couch. It is possibly the best couch ever made. Lucy and Rob were really happy to see me. The weekend went by so very fast and I feel like I barely even left Pensacola. But for those of you that I didn't get to see, don't worry, dry your eyes, I will be home for a week and a half at Christmas so there will be plenty of Amy to go around. Haha. Going home reminded me of how much I love Chicago and how much I love my friends and family. Life in Pensacola is good, I've made friends and I love my job, but...and this is corny beyond belief, I know...there really is no place like home.

Famous Amos

Friday, September 02, 2005

Welcome to class...My name is Ms. Amy

Good morning lovely blog readers! (All three of you.) Today our English teacher and substitute teacher are out sick. Guess who gets to teach today??? You guessed it. Me. Now let me tell you, I LOVE my girls here. I especially love them one at a time. But put 12 of them in one small classroom (now remember these girls are here becuase they have been expelled from public school) and you have quite a group. Luckily I had the brilliant idea of letting them all play Scrabble and bribed them by offering a prize to the winner. This should hopefully keep the girls from revolting and taping me to my chair or similar. One of the girls is singing about lighting up and passing a blunt, another just told her friend to "Go F%$& a Duck" and the rest keep asking to go to the bathroom. I love my job.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I'm dreaming of a white...wedding dress...

Okay so I've spent the last hour and a half looking at wedding dresses online. (No we have not set a date and I have no idea when we will set a date. Please feel free to call Rob and ask him. Haha.) This is the winner so far. Isn't it gorgeous??? I'd have to do some serious arm workouts to get 'em toned but wow I love this dress. What do you think?

P.S. Dresses are insanely expensive. Feel free to send donations. Haha.

Might as well face it...I'm addicted to Blog

I love to blog. I don't really have anything to say, but I'm on day 3 of being home from work and I'm tired of watching TV. I can't keep watching the pictures of the Katrina devastation without crying, then I put on "A baby story" (on TLC) and then the baby was born and that made me cry too! So instead I'll write a little more and show you a picture of Rob and I on my birthday at Bonefish (I had a great birthday! We went out for dinner and out to the beach and Rob sent me gorgeous flowers and got me the new Harry Potter AND our friends Tamara and Pascal had a party and got me a cake and really cool martini glass presents!). Isn't he a babe? (Back on track...talking about Rob here, not Harry Potter.) Oh, I asked him if he wanted to say anything to all of our blog readers (which, as I type this, is only me so far...) and he wanted me to tell you: Good, better, best, never let it rest till your good is your better and your better is your best. At the moment he is up at the base. His job right now is Flight Duty Officer for the Instructor Trainer Unit. He is in charge of getting all the instructor students logged in and out, assigning them planes, making the schedule and pretty much making things run. It's pretty cool and a lot of responsibility from what I can tell. He is still waiting to see where he is going next, but he won't be leaving for another few months. Well, I guess I'd better make the most of my last day off and either clean the apartment or go to the pool and get some sun. Thanks for reading.


Can't Sleep

I am not so smart. I slept till noon today and now it is almost 1:00am and I'm not even the least bit tired. I guess I'll go lay down and close my eyes and pretend to be tired and see if that works. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thanks. Ames.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

How is Lucy doing?...and other news

Hi guys,

If you didn't know, Lucy recently had surgery. (She lost her womanhood.) She has recovered just fine but she wasn't too happy for a while. She had to wear a cone around her head for a while so she wouldn't lick too much. She HATED it! She wouldn't walk forward with it on, only backwards. So...for about a week she moonwalked all over the apartment. She was pretty happy to be done with it. She's sleeping on the couch with me right now. For those of you that know Lucy, you know she used to be a terror. Since moving to P'cola she has been so good! I guess it's because Rob trained her. She listens to him all the time, he takes her out off the leash and she does whatever he tells her to. She still totally ignores me. Oh well.

In other news, we made it through Hurricane Katrina with no major problems. We lost power for a few hours and lost cable for about a day. Lots of wind and rain, 3 days off work, that's about it. I feel awful for the poor people of New Orleans. That city won't be the same for a long time. Thanks to everybody that called and worried about us. It's nice to be thought of.

Work is going well, I'm a counselor at the PACE Center for Girls. It's a private school for at-risk girls age 12-18. (
www.pacecenter.org if anybody wants to know more about it) I love my job. The girls are crazy, fun, dramatic and exhausting but I'm never bored and I love it when something I say actually sinks in. Most of the girls have had pretty rough lives so far (poverty, addict parents, abuse, etc.) and this stuff has gotten in the way of their education. At PACE we help them deal with all their outside issues so that they can be successful in life. It's an uphill battle sometimes but it's really rewarding. Plus I work with a lot of really awesome people. I added a pic of my office for ya too. (Yes, I have my own office!)

Well I think that's all for now. Thanks for reading and if you want, post comments and let me know what's up with you. Love you!


Saturday, August 27, 2005

Welcome to Ame on the Move!

Hi everyone! Well, I've decided that since I am one: bad at emailing everyone that cares about me and two: going over my minutes on my cell phone every month and therefore becoming very poor while Verizon is becoming very rich...having my own website would be a cool way to keep in touch with you guys and letting you in on life in sunny Florida. I hope you think this is a good idea too, since the whole point of this is for people to read it, and if everyone thinks it's dumb and no one reads it...well...then I guess I'll keep posting anyway in hopes that you'll come around. There is a way for you to post comments to me and I really hope you do. Bear with me on this because it is my first attempt at doing something technological. I'll try to post at least once a week so keep checking in on me! (Above pic is me in NYC over Memorial Day weekend. Note the hair...getting longer by the day!)