Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Nice week, ending with a trip to Missouri


This week has been somewhat better. Only worked a few days because I am leaving for Missouri on Thursday. I am ready for a break from there. You know it's time to leave when EVERY one is annoying you. It'll be nice to see friends and family. It'll also be nice to drive on straight roads, oh, straight roads, and they won't have trees growing right on the edge (like right off the pavement) either. And I will KNOW where I am going at all times. A week and a half of knowing where I am going, that'll be awesome too :). I will miss a few things, like living in a Catholic household and all that goes along with that.

In other good news, heard from an old friend, was a very welcome surprise. I have also been getting tons of Christmas cards. I love that, getting real mail is so great, better than all those bills!

Well I should go, I need to get some rest, long day tomorrow.


Friday, December 10, 2004

Crazy week

Been somewhat a defeating week. Feel I have somewhat failed as a mentor/tutor/teacher. Glad it's over and just hope next week is better. Though you can't get much lower than this week.

The week actually started out wonderful but it feel apart yesterday. Not getting into details.

Well hoping next week is better. Will be a long hard week because I have to get ready for my trip home.


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Trying this

I haven't had much luck getting onto blogger to post, so I'm trying it from my computer :). 
Nothing much new going on.  Just work and getting ready for my trip home.  I'll have to fill you all in tomorrow on all the goings on, which isn't much :).
Ad Majorem Dei Gloria - "For The Greater Glory Of God"
To reject but one article of faith taught by the Church is enough to destroy faith   - St .Thomas Aquinas
Henceforth the enemy of the Church is no longer outside the Church; he is now within.  --Pope St. Pius X

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The return to 'normal' life :)

Well this will be the first whole week back in awhile. And it's a busy one.

Thanksgiving was nice, but odd because it's not my family :). Then yesterday we went to a wedding, it was Wonderful and very pretty. The reception was fun and had some nice free wine :). Spoken from the girl who got a hang over from 4 glasses of wine on Halloween. It was a good time.

I really haven't much new to share, as it's been pretty plain jane here for awhile. Though I do ask for prayers for a friend/ and his family. His father died very suddenly today. Thanks,


Sunday, November 21, 2004

Back from Vacation

It was a nice time. The place we stayed was huge and Maggie got to run around all of the upstairs. I had some car trouble while there, but it just disappeared, so that's great! It wasn't so hard leaving for home, just the usual not wanting to go back to working all the time because it gets crazy for me. It was hard leaving a place so much like the Mid West though. I loved how friendly the people were, friendly and helpful. Kind of made me miss my home region a little and also made me want to move to Cape Cod! :) So tomorrow it's back to normal, meaning work in the morning and work in the evening, same old same old. I know there are people out there reading this so post a comment or too :)


Thursday, November 18, 2004

Going to Nantucket

Well first I should start with how vacation has been so far. Not a lot to do in the winter, but it's nice being away and on Cape Cod. People are SO nice there and they drive normal, or what a person from the mid west considers normal. It was nice to not have to speed all the time to avoid tail gaters. So far we have driven the length of Cape Cod, seen a couple beaches and a few light houses. On Tuesday we went to Nauset Beach/ Light house and the waves were HUGE. It ended with Mary Grace and I taking a swim in the water, and getting hit with a huge wave. It was fun but very cold. :)

Today we (Mary Grace and I) went to Nantucket. I have wanted to go there since I first read a book about Maria Mitchell. It is a neat place I only wished I had had more time so I could see the whole Island. I had never been on a ferry so that was fun, and we got to see seals too, I had never seen them in the wild. The town is very neat, cobblestone roads, brick sidewalks, lots of little shops. I hope someday to be able to go back and see the whole Island :).

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The saga of vacation begins

Well I'm finally at a computer since coming back, so going to post about vacation. We started out on Friday, Nov. 12th. By time I got near Boston it was apparent that my car was going to die very soon. My blinkers weren't working and the windshield wipers barely moving (and it was snowing/raining out). Luckly we got to a gas station where my car died. It happened to be a place with nice people in it. We got a lot of help, but my car died again to I began the AAA phone calls. The guy had some major pity on me, a girl stranded 100 miles from home with no money! So he cut us a great deal that allowed us to be towed all the way home for free! We ended up sitting in the tow station for a while because oddly they had another car going to the same place as us! It was so odd. We were very lucky and had many reasons to be thankful that evening. On Saturday the car was fixed (alternator went out) and I drove back out to the Cape. :)


Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Just feeling bummed. Had a good day today too, and we have vacation coming. Guess I was still holding out hope for the impossible, silly me. Hope is always what got me :). Anyway, just writing here in hopes that talking will help me sleep some.

We had a nice visit with friends today, was nice. Left me feeling somewhat unsettled though for various reasons that I don't want to think about now as I have to go to sleep sometime. I enjoyed the company though. Wish I could be surrounded by that many Trads. all the time, how wonderful and prayerful a life that would be :).

In other news, I started my Consecration to Mary yesterday. I'm looking forward to the spiritual growth that will hopefully bring.

Well I should get off this thing, have a lot to do tomorrow with packing and errands and such.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Birthday yuckies

Well the birthday blues that I thought I had lived down decided to come when I was at work. It was when I realized I hadn't heard from some of my closest friends. I guess it's the whole out of sight out of mind. I also realized I had been hoping to hear from a friend I don't talk to anymore. Just sad to see that you can so easily be forgotten. All these people who I have tried to talk with since moving and NEVER hear back from, I guess I was silly enough to actually think some might remember. So it begins, the dreaded birthday to February blues, lets just hope I don't start eating like crazy again! I suppose I'm off to bed in hopes that I won't spend tomorrow on the verge of tears. Birthdays suck why did God invent them.


Happy Birthday to me

Well It's my birthday and I am officially getting old. And have nothing to show for it. I am now 27, which is WAY to close
to 30 for my liking, especially since I haven't anything to show for all these years. Anyhow, I just work today, nothing fun. We had dinner and cake last night and the kid's got me gifts, it was nice :). I also got my trip to Nantucket :), very excited about that as I've wanted to go since I was in about 5th grade. Well I should get to work again.


Monday, November 08, 2004

Not much new

Just felt like posting, I'm sure someone is reading this :), I hope at least. Not like a web page where people can sign your guest book. Though I did do some work on my web page, just have to add some pictures to it. Think I'm going to have one page just for Connecticut. Anyhow, just bored, so thought I'd post here and see if anyone had left me a comment.


I woke up this morning missing feelign like a lady. Must have been something in a dream, or the fact that my birthday is tomorrow. Who knows. Here I only around kids and Jayne. Then at work it's yucky perverse men who I work with (except Mark). It's nice to have a door openned for you once in awhile you know. I just feel so frumpy and old, like this overly plain girl who know one sees as a lady. Sure that's the silly birthday talking though. Anyhow, I'd just like a door openned for me. I miss being treated like a lady :(.


Saturday, November 06, 2004

Executive orders

Wow, I JUST learned about these the other day from Jayne, they are fascinating! It's amazing how the use has changed over time. It's also scary, but I am thinking of them the way I think of gun, scary and dangerous, but in awe of the power. If I didn't I'd become paranoid and that's not fun!
I was reading through some and it's interesting to see the Presidents change the ones from those before them, like Reagan did one that said no federal money could go to any place that did abortions and then Clinton came out with one that took it back! I can't wait to read through more of them and see how many times this happens. Anyhow, just thought I'd share my amazement at this with you all. Look it up, it's neat. :)

Friday, November 05, 2004

First of 4 days off

Hi all, I'm sure someone is still reading this, I hope at least :). I didn't do much today, just a few errands, and I didn't get my phone calls made. Was a decent day though and intend on hanging out on the computer tonight just because I can :). Might as well enjoy the few days I have to do that right??

Tomorrow will be just doing a few things like dying my hair, cleaning out my car and I have to go to work for a bit and work on the computer.

Nothing much else going on. Just trying to decide if I should go back to school or not, so what do you think?? Is it worth it??

Don't really have anything for the day in Julie's life, I usually spend this time of year waiting for my birthday and as of late dreading it as it's a yearly reminder of how little I have done in my life.

More at a later time :)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Thursday Nov. 4

I can't believe it's already November! Means my birthday is right around the corner. This year has just been so so FAST. And talk about beginning a year and ending it totally differently. Last year I had my own apartment, and TONS of friend around all the time. A good friend of mine was using my car, and I was in Geology classes. I now live in a room and have friends, but only talk to them online every now and then I see one in person. I also have a job, which I NEVER thought would happen at the beginning of the year. Anyhow, just been a crazy one for sure.

On to the update. Halloween was good, got some candy and apparently drank too much (how could four glasses of wine be too much???), and spent All Saints day sick. So that's the biggest news I have. Nothing much new at all going on. We are getting prepared for our vacation next week or rather at the end of next week. I am again trying to decide what to do with school, as in should I go and spend all that money for it. Haven't yet decided will have to I'm sure by the end of next week.

Oh, they got another dog! A cute little boy puppy. He's a cutie but not potty trained at all! So now each kid has a dog :).

Sorry to be short on the update, hopefully I'll get a tad more in here tomorrow as I have four days off! I'll be bored by Sunday afternoon so I'm sure my Web Site will also have some updates, so check there as well :).

Julie - off to work

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Broken toes????

How silly is this. I was going into the basement to get a new box of tissues for my room (we all have allergies right now), and there's this cement thing that sticks up. Well I up and whacked my toes (three of them!) on it. Man oh Man did that hurt. I don't think they are broke, but it sure sounded like some cracking when they hit. Took a gouge out of my pinkie toe as well. I mean, I'm a klutz, but have never stubbed my toes that bad. Okay, okay, yes I know you are in trouble when the most exciting thing that happens in a few days is hurting your self, but that's all I really have. Oh, I could tell you about the time I feel off a ladder trying to kill a bug??????? That hurt, I landed on a small side table. That was fun, I highly recommend it to all :)

Okay, in other news, I washed my car today, these people here are MEAN in parking lots you wouldn't believe how many dents and paint scraps I have gotten since moving here. I guess their 50 grand vehicle doesn't get dents when it hits another car??? So I have a clean car, which is nice.

Tonight we are going on a hay ride to watch the eclipse, and also have a bonfire. It should be fun, looking forward to it :) Okay, well I guess that is all for now. Have a great day!

day in Julie history - nothing has every happened on this day in my life. Maybe I should do something cool to do! :)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Oct. 22nd (I think??? It's a Sunday)

Things are going about the same as always. Nothing much at all new. Right now I'm trying to find questions for this thing we are doing tomorrow evening with the homeschool group and I can't think of any, how bad is that! I'm harping on the kids to come up with them and I can't even do it! Tomorrow will be a little long day just because of all the stuff we have put off until the last minute. But I get to cook! And I'm making a butter cake, I can not wait to see what it tastes like :). I'm sure Joe will help but he's been pouting because he doesn't want to talk in front of people (do any of us???? no, not at all :) ). But no Big Y tomorrow, so that's nice, very nice. Well this is pretty boring so I'll go I think.

Day in Julie's history. I found out that I was moving to Missouri around this time, I was heart broken and hated the Air Force for making me move to a place called Knob Noster in the middle of my freshmen year. That was in 1992, wow, I still can't believe I lived in Missouri for 11 years. Man, that's a thought to make me miss home :(. I had a dream about my old apartment the other night, the one all my stuff is still in. I wonder if it's all in one piece still? I'm sure. Okay this is getting depressing, so let me try to think of something good about this date??????

I loaned my car to my closest friend, those are GREAT memories, wonderful. And what's even more wonderful is actually being able to enjoy those memories even though I unfortunately am no longer friends with him.

Thought of the day - you can't live in your college life forever, you have to grow up sometime and face 'real' life. It's not all that bad. :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Update on life in Connecticut

It has been a great week even though I've been very busy and had my work schedule changed three times (how crazy is that!, every one is sick or just doesn't want to work). But it has been nice. The kids and I have our times. I have realized that I nag them too much and I need to be more encouraging rather than pushing them down (realized this today at about 10:30 right before finding the baby fish in my tank :) ). Tomorrow we are having our first States quiz, they are learning the states and capitals as well as where they are :). They have been studying hard I hear this week :).

I really am learning a lot here, and getting more confidence it seems and also finding some negative things about myself that I need to change, which is always good.

Well after 10 years I am going trick or treating again! I can't wait! Mary Grace and I are going to dress up as girls at a slumber party, we are going costume shopping tomorrow, it'll be SO fun. I will post pictures of it on my web site, and then figure out a way to put them here.

I was asked about the weather and leaves here. They are beautiful. I'll get some pictures tomorrow and again try to figure out how to put them here, if anything they will be on my web site, and I'm going to put a new link on there called Connecticut for pictures of just here :) It's not that much different here than Missouri for fall, a little cooler, and the color is greater but I think it's due to having more trees here than in Missouri. There are at least 5 times as many trees! Makes for some wonderful color.

Well I have gone on a lot today, hope someone is reading this :)


My weekend

The pilgrimage was WONDERFUL! What a spiritually moving time. God is great, and He really does give the power to get through what ever He hands you. I'm very glad I was able to go. I also enjoyed the time spent with my friend, I enjoy talking to her. Mass the next day was great, and the talk afterward was very informative. Overall a great weekend. Though my cat did find a way to hurt herself! She jumped on a shelf and it feel. Still don't know what exactly happened but her tail didn't start to work until today. And the bad cat mom that I am I didn't notice it until yesterday!

I also had a great revelation about fall leaves. God gives us wonderful color and beauty in the spring right after having months of blah. Fall is kind of like God's give to prepare us for the blah of winter. It's so pretty!

More to come about this week and also I was asked about the weather here :).

I highly recommend everyone going to visit the Shrine of the North American Martyr's in New York state.


Friday, October 15, 2004

The day redeemed it's self

Well it turned out better than it began, though I still work to much for my desire. By the time I got to work tonight my boss had already changed the schedule because of people being sick, needing time off. So my days are just spread out more, which is good when every day you get home from work and feel like you fell down a fight of stairs.

The other good news was meeting a pretty neat person at work today. When I got in 4 people had already called in sick (there were only 7 people on total for the whole day today). So we called in one of the porters who used to work in the deli until he lost his hearing rather suddenly about a year ago. He was amazing! He's in his 50's and handled his loss very well. He was just thankful for Big Y because they got him the implant thing that allows him to hear at least some. He really wants to be working back in the deli so this was kind of a trial of sorts as well. So on a day when I was fed up with work, I got to meet a pretty neat and encouraging person. No day can be a loss when you get to see that. To bad everyone else, well, the one other person I worked with, was a downer, what's up with this people! Such a happy kill! Anyhow, thought I'd post an update so you didn't all think I was crazy to be mad about a silly thing.

This week will be wonderful though, and at a time when I really need it. A whole day for God on Saturday and the great company of a friend as well. Can not wait. I will be sure to post about it when I get back.


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Oct. 14th

Hi all who may be reading this. Has been a busy week getting ready for my little trip this weekend as well as working too much. Schooling has been going well. Monday we had a day off to go visit a friend, was nice to have the day off :), also nice ot visit.

I just found out my crazy boss has put me on for FIVE days straight which is WAY too much so I'll have to be giving my 2 weeks notice soon. I can't keep working as much as she has me, way, way too much, and all in a row which is a killer. So hopefully I'll find something else nearby that pays as well and is less work.

I would write more but frankly I'm pissed off at my boss and would only have not nice things to say. Have a good day.


Saturday, October 09, 2004

Been a few days Oct. 9 Saturday

Well it has been an interesting week! Work is crazy as usual. The kids have been good and we made some progress this week. The coming week is only to be better, and will end with a pilgrimage, which I'm very excited about :). What better way to end a week.

I went driving today, and kind of forgot I had to go to work until I looked at the clock and I had to be leaving home for work in an hour! It was beautiful today. I am slowly beginning to like New England. I love trees and there is NO shortage of them here. I still miss home a lot, things like knowing people everywhere you go, straight roads, knowing hwere I'm going, not having to always make u-turns when I go somewhere because I have no clue where I'm at. I also miss the kindness of the people in the Mid West. I miss actually stopping at a stop sign. I miss not having to drive through yellow lights, not being flipped off all the time. I miss driving on a highway! Anyhow, the list goes on. New England has it's good points. It's kind of cool to be constantly lost! To never know which direction home is. I like being the ONLY Missouri license plate in the state! But mostly I'm thankful I am here because of the faith I have gained while being here. It's amazing how much you can learn and grow when you are someplace where the only thing you have is your faith. With out it I would be a mess right now. I'd be lonely, depressed and miserable. Because of faith I can be content with what I have here. I have all I really need, food, housing and clothes. Okay, it's late and I'm babbling.

To sum it up, it's been a good week, and my door is fixed so I now can close my door, which is a very odd thought after not having it for months!

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

St. Mary's Oratory

I just got done watching this on EWTN, while talking to a lady I know who goes there. I have seen pictures and this was amazing. It is a very beautiful church. Very glad I stayed up to watch this program and also get to talk to my friend.

Oct. 6, Wednesday

Today was a great day. We had a good time with school and then the kids made costumes out of construction paper and crowns for the dogs and my cat. Got a few good pictures out of it :). Tomorrow we'll start our study of the United States. Should be fun.

Have realized how glad I am to be here, have grown so much in faith as well as as a person.

Day in Julie's life - I loan my car to a good friend who ends up using it for about two months!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

October 3rd, Sunday

Today was a nice restful day. Sleep a lot, took a four hour nap. Sure I'll pay for that when I try to go to sleep! :) Tomorrow I'll be talking to my boss and looking around for other job possiblities. It's also a new school week full of possiblities. I am learning so much about myself through this, which is great.


Saturday, October 02, 2004

Saturday, Oct. 2

Well this week ended much better than it seemed. I was able to get to First Friday mass and it was my first non TLM in months so it was a bit off for me, but none the less I enjoyed my time with God, and also got to spend a little time with the Blessed Sacrament.
My boss decided that it would be fun to see if Julie can read her mind! I'll change the schedule and see if she knows to come in! So I'm at China-mart buying some things for me and Jayne and my phone rings, for the first time in probably a month, NO kidding!, and it's Jayne saying Tony called and said I was suppose to be at work at 4. It was already after four. I was NOT happy to say the least. I'll be going in and talking to her on Monday to make sure this doesn't happen again.
So let's see, not much new going on at all! Had a weird dream last night about a coworker killing someone and then me trying to hide from him cause I was afraid he'd kill me! Talk about silly, though strangely it was nightmarish. Anyhow, this is just rambling today for the sake of writing something. I hope you are have a very Holy Sunday.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

September 30, Thursday

What a week this has been! Horrible kids this week. Actually had to have a family meeting and set the rules straight! Got some threats from Dad aka King of the house. We also reminded them that this is NOT a democracy!

I'm beat tired, just want to lay in bed and watch tv for a day. My body could use it. Feel like I feel down a flight of stairs. Next week is no refuge as I work even more days at the deli and again three in a row. I really need to find a new job, or move to a different department in Big Y.

Looking forward to tomorrow though, everyone will be gone and I get to go to Mass.

Day in Julie's life - I get all the paper work done for my car in 1998. I love this car, still have it :).

Hope for tomorrow. that the kids will be nice to each other and not fight, just for a day

Sunday, September 26, 2004

September 25, Sunday

Been a few days, but nothing much going on. I took a three hour nap today and wrote up the next report for the kids. It'll be their happiest moment to get it! :)
Work is work! Guys are so gross is all I have to say!
I'll be sure to fill you all in tomorrow as it's economics and art day tomorrow. Then a car show. I LOVE those things. All those awesome cars to look at!
Okay, the highlight of my weekend! I found a place to buy Dr. Pepper. You have NO idea how hard it is to find here!

Date in Julie's History. I went to the Mall with my friend 5 years ago. I'm sure we skidded class to do so. As was our habit!

Thought for the day - Dr. Pepper is the best!

Friday, September 24, 2004

Another day is here :)

Well I guess I should clarify something. :) This is suppose to be alittle funny :), it's using humor to deal with things. So please don't think I'm here just complaining about brats! I enjoy what I am doing and really hope to be able to help the kids. They are teenagers so there's a lot of trial invovled.

I think I'll be adding Jayne this also so she can put her comments about the day as well :) I'm also going to add a 'this day in Julie's history' So sometimes it'll be real and others, well lets just say I don't and haven't lead a very interesting life, so some of it will be made up all in good fun! So enjoy, and I hope to hear from you all sometimes!

We had fun today, dispite not getting to blow things up, we got groceries though! And LOTS of them. I get to cook Salmon tomorrow evening. (Thanks Laura for introducing me to Salmon, what a great food I missed out on all of my life!).
Tomorrow I'm giving the kids their grades and they have to give this first report, this isn't going over well, but since it seems a good form of torture, I have decided that they will be getting another one on Monday! I'm such a nice teacher! :)
I worked this evening and it seems the boss is taking care of her grandchild who at the ripe old age of 8 months has a cracked skull. There is speculation as to How and child that same breaks his skull, so prayers that it's not what everyone is thinking.
Nothing else exciting is going on here, but tomorrow is a new day, and maybe we'll be blowing up some really cool things tomorrow!

Today in Julie history - Sept. 23 I went to my first boy girl party, at the age of 14, and in my first year of high school. I didn't know, nor did my parents that it was a boy girl party. The boys didn't spend the night, but I did sit on someone's thumb, not on purpose. It was fun, and really set the course for my freshmen year.

Thought for the day - fish love to eat shrimp pellets!

Good night all

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Day One

Well this is day one of my blog. I have decided to write about being a nanny, the trials of trying to get teenagers to learn! Man, God sure is good giving kids to a person as BABIES. I'm coming in when they are teens, and it's not the prettiest thing to see! :)

Man! Kids sure are crabby! All you want to do is teach them and make them want to learn and do well. And all you get is crabby meanness! What's up with that! I guess trying to make them be decent kind humans with a love of the Faith is just something that makes them pissy!

On a positive note, we got to blow things up today! We got some dry ice and blew up water bottles, SO fun. You never grow out of wanting to blow things up. It was cool too! Those water bottles sure make a loud noise when they explode! I think the adults enjoyed it more than the kids! I just might have to pick some of that up tomorrow so we can REALLY scare the neighbors!

Thought of the day - it's easy to piss a kid off, just make them do what they are suppose to do!
Hope for tomorrow - no crabby kids, and more blowing things up!

Please share your crabby kid stories and also an fun story about blowing things up :)

first post

Well I don't really know what to say here, this is my first post in a blog! I'm Julie in Connecticut.