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My bunny Black Jack was getting pretty old and I knew he didn't have much time left, but I still took it pretty hard when my mom called me last week to tell me that he had died. Although I hadn't been planning on it I ended up going home for a few hours on Easter to see my mom. It was pretty difficult for me to see Black Jack's empty cage and I told my mom I couldn't go to the back yard to see where he was buried because it was just too much for me right then. I came back to Tampa and I had 2 tests this week. Occasionally it would hit me that he was gone, but I managed to keep my mind on other things for the most part.

This weekend I went home with Andy and as I turned onto my street I started getting sad knowing that Black Jack wouldn't be there, but then as I pulled into the driveway I thought of Tabby and how whenever I pull up my mom gets her and brings her to the door telling her "Leigh's home! Leigh's home!". Well I walked in the door and gave my mom a hug and I wondered where Tabby was, but since it was past 11 I figured my mom had already put her outside for the night. A few minutes later my mom was in tears telling me how Tabby was gone too. She had gone missing Tuesday, but my mom figured she was just hiding outside somewhere because of all the rain. Thursday my mom finally found her in one of her hiding spots. It looks like she was either hit be a car or attacked by some animal.

This has been one of the worst weekends. I know we have no control over these things, but I just don't feel like it was her time to go. She still had a lot of life left in her. She was my baby! I found myself glancing over as I'd walk past a room, expecting to see her stretched out on the floor or walking up to the door and expecting her to come running up. Sometimes I hear a noise and I immediately think it's Black Jack making noise in his cage and then I realize he isn't there anymore. The house seems so quiet and sad. I know a lot of people don't understand because to them a pet is just a pet, but to me my pets are my family. It breaks my heart that Tabby had to die like that. I wish there was something I could do to bring her back.

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Current Mood:
crushed crushed
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I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to update. Most of my classes have been alright, but all of them have tests/papers due around the same time so that's been really stressful. My honors class is the only class I really dread going to because the subject matter is boring to me (Latin America/history) and most of the time when the professor talks it just puts me to sleep. He did tell a story the other day that made me and the rest of the class crack up. He was talking about the microbuses that the people in some country drive (like a public bus system, except these were not run by the govt). He said "I swear, all the guys that drove the buses on this route were total coke-heads and it was pretty dangerous just trying to get on the bus. They had music playing on the bus and there was a sign at the front that said 'Virginity causes cancer -- vaccinate!'"

I had my first physics II exam last wednesday. I ended up getting an 80% on it which I guess is pretty good since the class average was prob around 50%. I got all of the multiple choice right, but the stupid partial credit was 20% and it was the stuff I didn't have time to study. On the 2nd partial question I got 2/3 of it correct, but I wrote the answers in the wrong order because time was being called so I didn't get any points for that :( Then I had a paper due this past Tuesday for my honors class as well as a test in Public Health/Pathogenic Microbiology (the grad class that I finally got a seat in!). I should find out how I did on that today. And then wednesday (yesterday) I had an exam in biochemistry, which I got an 80% on. I wish I would have done better, but for biochem I should be happy if I manage to get a B in there. It's been so crazy with all these back-to-back tests and the paper. I am sooo glad it's over...for a few weeks at least.

To add to all the stress I got a job about 3 weeks ago. I'm working at an optometrist's office for 10+ hours a week. I do normal secretary stuff like answer the phones, submit insurance claims, set up appointments, etc. I also do the pre-testing on the patients (including using the eye-puffer! I'm just glad I'm on the other side of that thing) and I have to teach first time contact wearers how to put the contacts in. The first person I helped to get them in for her first time got them in within 5 mins or so, woohoo. One of the things that's bad about the job is that it's a 20-30 min drive just to get there so that's about an hour of driving time each day I work. Oh, and I also have to dress up and the high heels are killing me!

Valentine's day was yesterday, but Andy and I are celebrating this weekend when we go home since we both had to work yesterday. Our 2 year anniversary is coming up soon...gotta start planning what I'm gonna do for that. Hmm...

Well, I'm gonna go grab a bite to eat and then head to class. Cya!
Current Location:
library
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Christmas break is coming to an end and I'm a little happy, a little sad. I always enjoy the time off from school, but I'm starting to get a little bored now. I'm ready to go back to school so I have something to keep me occupied, but I'm dreading all the tests and the 8am classes (again! ugh!).

I didn't get a lot for Christmas, but I got things I wanted and not a bunch of stuff that's just gonna sit around collecting dust so I'm happy about that. Mainly I got money, plus a little bit of clothing, a deluxe blow dryer, and 2 fun passes to Busch Gardens (1 for me, 1 for Andy). Oh, and a cupcake stand hehe (don't ask). On Christmas day Andy and I went to his aunt and uncle's house and then we went to my grandparents house and by the end of the day I was exhausted. Then I went to my other grandma's house the following weekend. New Years Eve was a quiet night at home. My mom and I rented Failure to Launch and Andy came over later... with flowers and a card...I nominate him for bf of the year award hehe.

I would have liked to have gone on vacation somewhere but since Andy had to start working and neither of us really has the money we didn't get to go. There's always next Christmas. Besides Andy the only friend I got to hang out with was Laura, but we had a lot of fun. I always enjoy seeing my gemini twin hehe. I feel like my other friends have gotten too busy or they just don't care to see me so I've given up trying to contact them. I guess sometimes people just drift apart and I need to accept that.

I will be heading back to Tampa sometime thursday afternoon/evening. On friday Andy and I are planning on going to Busch Gardens, woohoo! I'm so excited! Since that's really all I have to report on, I'm outta here...cya!
Current Mood:
bored bored
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This weekend Andy and I went home. Friday night I did some shopping with my mom and Saturday I did Habitat For Humanity with Andy and Ryan. (Somehow Ryan talked me into getting up early and being there by 7:30am) I actually kinda enjoyed it once I was there. We layed sod for the first hour or so and then we worked on the frame of a house, hammering and stuff. It was actually my very first time using a hammer and I must say I got into it! Perhaps a little too into it because now my whole body aches :( After we all went out to lunch I went home and took a 2.5 hr nap, I was exhaused. Later that night Andy and I watched a movie, but I don't even remember what it's called. All I know is it had Michael Douglas in it. That's pretty much all that happened this weekend.

I just found out from Nicki that tomorrow is our concert, somehow I thought it was a week from tomorrow. We're going to see the All-American Rejects with opening bands The Starting Line, The Format, and Gym Class Heroes. Woohoo! I'm so excited!
Current Mood:
cold cold
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I know everyone is dying to know what exciting things have been going on in my life since I last updated so I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Hmm, well I've forgotten most of what's happened considering my poor memory and lack of interesting events, but I do remember Andy came over Thursday night. The two of us, along with Nicki, Ryan, Megan, and Raj played taboo, which was a lot of fun.

Andy: "Male hen says?" Raj:"Cockadoodledo!"
Nicki: "Ok, she just retired...I think..." Me: "BARBRA WALTERS!!!"

The guys won the first round and then the girls won the 2nd round, woohoo! Anyway, then friday afternoon I went to Ybor and met up with a few people from the Pre-Optometry Professional Society which I'm in and we took a tour of the Lions Eye and Tissue Bank. We got to go into the lab and see corneas, scleras (white part of the eye), and even whole eyes! It was very interesting and even though it took us all about an extra 30 mins to get there because it was so hard to find I'm glad I went. Well, I've got a microbio exam monday so I better get back to studying...
Current Mood:
lazy lazy
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I had a wonderful weekend! Friday evening Andy arrived at my apartment and I took him for a surprise picnic/dinner downtown. I really didn't want to tell him where we were going or what we were doing til we got there but I had to tell him in the car because I get confused with all those one-way streets downtown. Anyway, we found a nice place to sit next to the river and enjoyed the view of the city lights reflected in the water as we ate the stuffed shells I made. We went for a walk and saw a few cool things, like this building whose wall changes colors. Afterward we went to the movies at channelside and saw Little Miss Sunshine. It was a pretty good movie. "Quirky" would be a good word to describe it. Then Saturday out of boredom we rented a movie called Shattered Glass from the library. It was not bad, but not good either. Then after Andy went home I went to the movies with Nicki, Ryan, and Megan and we saw The Black Dahlia. It was much more gruesome and disturbing than I thought it was going to be and I started to get lost about halfway through. And why did we see that movie?! I spent most of Sunday doing hw, but I did take a break to watch Desperate Housewives hehe. Good times, good times.
Current Mood:
sleepy sleepy
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So we're back in school again. Actually we have been for a few weeks, but I've been slacking on the updating. I moved into my new apartment and I like it for the most part. I really enjoy having my own room and bathroom. I have so much more space than I did in the dorm...I even have a queen sized bed and a walk-in closet. Ok, so it's not really walk-in but I can easily fit in there. It's like 2 times the size closet Nicki and I had to share last year...so that's like 4 times more space for me! We have a decent sized kitchen which is good because all of us cook. We even have a washer and dryer in our apartment in it's own seperate little room which is like one of the best conveniences ever. I think our apartment is in the best location too. Instead of facing another apartment building or the road we face a new housing subdivision and there are pretty trees outside (I love maples). Oh! and now we don't have dumbass suitmates that turn the air down to 60 degrees. I am no longer forced to wear a ski jacket, mittens, socks, and slippers in my own home.

So far the worst thing about living here has been the parties, although since no one on our floor throws parties and we're at the top we don't even hear what is going on unless we're in the living room. Last friday though people on the 2nd floor were having a party and some drunk idiot pulled the fire alarm so we all had to get out and wait for the fire dept to come and shut it off. It was kinda amusing though because it was a costume party and you could see people getting in their cars and taking off.

That same night the six of us (me, nicki, megan, and our bf's) sat around and played cranium. It was fun, but Andy and I aren't familure with most of the people and songs that they put in there so that makes it a lot more difficult for us. Andy and I watched "The Constant Gardener" which was a depressing movie. Not the best choice, but oh well. Then Sat morning Andy and I went kayaking which was fun. We only saw 1 alligator and 3 turtles though.

Classes seem to be alright. I have the same professor for my honors class and my microbiology class and I had him over the summer for genetics. I think he's a good teacher, he tries different things to get students involved in the class. I'm a little worried about micro though because I think it's going to be more difficult than genetics because there is more memorization like what organism causes anthrax and what causes syphillus. In my micro lab everyone works alone, which is kinda nice. (I've gotten good at lighting the bunsen burner and I'm not scared of it! Wooo)

Hmm, well I guess that's about all the news I have for now. Peace!
Current Mood:
groggy groggy
Current Music:
Forget My Name - New Found Glory
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Last night Andy came over and we watched Firewall, which was a pretty good movie. Then today after church Andy and I went out sailing with my dad. We were both expecting it to be a rather relaxing experience, but little did we know that we were going to be in a race lol. My dad quickly told Andy how to use the ropes to guide the sails and then we started racing. I pretty much sat there the whole time which was fine by me. I feel bad for Andy though because he got some bad blisters on his hand...don't think he was anticipating being put to do so much work. Guess I'll have to put on my little nurse outfit and nurse him back to health ;) hehe j/k

I only have 2 days left of work - this tuesday and thursday and then I am outta there! Woooo! There are a number of people I am going to miss, both people that work there and a few of the residents, but I def will not miss all the work. Most days after I get home from work I have to take a nap because I am just so exhausted that I cannot function. Next summer I am going to try to get a job working in an optometrist's office so that I can see if that is what I really want to do (before I go spending 4 years and $100,000+ to get through opt. school) Eek! It's scary to think about where I might be in 2 years... Will I be starting another 4 years of school? Married with kids? (DEF no kids in 2 years...how about 10-20 haha) Where will I be living?! One thing is for sure, I'm gonna be broke! lol Well hopefully it won't seem quite as scary as time goes on. I remember being totally scared about starting college, mostly the financial aspect of it all, and everything has turned out good thus far.

I'm moving into my new apartment on the 23rd and I'm super excited! I always get excited at the thouoght of decorating and this time I have a spacious room all my own to decorate. (Not that I disliked sharing a room with Nicki because I loved it, but it will be nice to be in something bigger and she'll just be in the next room) Queen sized bed, private bathroom...ahhh :) Well I'm sure there's more I could find to talk about but I'm really tired and I'm sure people reading this are bored by now anyhow so toodles!
Current Mood:
exhausted exhausted
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I should prob either be studying or sleeping, but I figure I haven't updated in a while so what the heck. To be honest this summer has been kinda crappy with both work and school. It's a lot at once and I feel like I'm always exhausted when I get home from work and that makes it even more difficult to study. For the most part I must admit I enjoy my genetics class, I find it very interesting. Cell biology is a totally different story lol. The level of detail he goes into about cells...wow, it's pretty boring. I feel like I shouldn't be saying that with bio as my major, but that's just how I feel. Of course, his teaching style doesn't exactly help the situation. I'm gonna have to work my butt off studying for that final just to get a B in the class...an A is impossible at this point :( *fingers crossed for a B*

I've met quite a few interesting people at work. A lot of these people are just not all there in the head, some of it is pretty sad to see, but it also creates some funny conversations and such. For example, Friday as I was getting ready to leave I took the trash out of my cart and started to restock the supplies in my cart when this old guy in his wheelchair came up and started to untie the garbage bag I had put on the floor. I told him not to, but he continued, telling me that some lady was in there and that I was suffocating her. When he opened the bag he also told me it looked like I had his stuff in there, like I was trying to steal his personal belongings or something. And then he wanted me to open up the doors of the cart because there was a lady trapped in there as well and she needed to get out. All I have to say is I hope I never get to be like that. I've had at least 4 or 5 people as me if I have kids and if I'm married. The first time a patient asked me and I thought she was crazy for asking, but 2 of the people who've asked since then were nurses lol. I dunno if I look older than I am or if they're used to people marrying and having kids young or what. Another lady there (a resident) told me I was too pretty to be working there and that I should be a secretary or a model! LOL I guess that is one perk of working around old people...I'm always being told how young and pretty I am hehe.

In other news...I saw Cars tonight with my dad. I thought it was a very funny movie. I think my fav character was the tow truck haha. When I got to my dad's house my sister gave me a bracelt, a necklace, and earrings she made for me, she's so sweet! Hmmm...last weekend Andy had a surprise for me...he took me ice skating! That was fun...although he did push me into the wall once...not nice! hehe A few days before that Caley and I went shopping. We went in Victoria's Secret cuz of the sale and ended up making fun of all the crazy uhhh things they have there. Not sure you can even call some of that underwear. They had a tank top there that was seriously only the size of my arm! I'd need an XXL just to get it over my head hehe. We both bought a really cute bag though! Well that's really all the excitement I have for now. I'm sure the whole 2 or 3 people that look at this will be sitting on the edge of their seats til my next update when I write about how I watched a blade of grass grow haha.
Current Mood:
tired tired
Current Music:
steady, as she goes - the raconteurs
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