March 31, 2009

Learning alot…AND getting on a soap box!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:06 pm by emilygrrrice

So I have been learning a ton in my class that I am taking for work. About kids and abuse and stuff like that. I wanted to put some information and advice out there…REPORT CHILD ABUSE!

Many people (because of their professions) are mandated child abuse reporters. Nurses, teachers, clergy, daycare workers, etc. But even if you are not a mandated child abuse reporter, if you see child abuse or know that it is going on, report it. It really isn’t so hard…all you have to do is call a number and give some information. It’s not hard and the number for Florida is 1-800-96-ABUSE.

Also, for those of you who have children, whether or not they go to daycare, pay attention to my soapbox ramble. There is a case that has been in the paper in Polk County recently about a boy who died. They boy went to daycare. The daycare had 17 photos and 9 incident reports involving this child being bruised, injured, and filthy, and never once called it in. They were investigated after the child was killed. They received a fine and probation. People can still send their children there. They are still state licensed. And this boy is dead. Research the places where you send your kids, please?

I can tell you a bunch more about child abuse (and car seat safety!) and even where youc an research daycare, if you need, just ask, but not right now. I am hungry and must eat pizza now.

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March 28, 2009

Another rather quick update…

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:40 am by emilygrrrice

I am not sure when it became much easier for me to write in bullet point but oh well. My novel will certainly suffer for this fact…

-I have been in training class the past week. Only 8 more weeks to go until my state exam!

-In class, I have been getting good grades. Like, 98%. However the grades count for nothing. We could get a 0% on our assignments and quizzes and still pass the test. However, I secretly take great joy in the fact that I am getting better grades than most people in the class.

-I had car seat training and learned that 92% (an actual statistic) of people in Polk County are either using the wrong type of car seat, putting it in the wrong place in their car, facing it the wrong direction, or installing and using it incorrectly. 92%!!!! This scares me.

-I also learned that a kid should be in a booster seat until he is 4’9 and weighs 80-100 pounds. My husband teaches some 8th grades who do not fit this description.

-LOST is blowing my mind lately. It’s almost like I can’ wait until the series is over so I can free up some mind space.

-I get to go shopping with some great friends today, and then my fantastic Kyle and I are taking a out BFF out to dinner to celebrate. Celebrate what you ask? Mostly ourselves. And Jesus.

-It is warm outside. The weather is semi balmy and nice. I have decided that the time has come again to go fishing, which is absolutely one of my favorite things to do. Anyone wanna take me?

-I bought Twilight, the two disc special addition. I love it and I am not sort of ashamed.

-Finally, at work last week (before the training business), I accidentally touched a mother’s stripper pole…in her living room. I pretty much bathed in hand sanitizer. For real.

That’s it. Hope you guys are great!

March 20, 2009

Life

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:47 pm by emilygrrrice

So. How are y’all?
Things have been crazy with your third favorite Emily. Sorry I have been neglecting the blog. I started a new job a month and a half ago, and learning the ropes has been consuming my life lately (if any of you watch the news, you probably could figure out why). Between that, my beloved husband, and a fantastic game called Peggle, I have not really done much else.
I have been neglecting people. I have like 30 emails I have yet to respond to. I am neglecting old friend. I forgot to walk my poor dog yesterday.
BUT! It is about to get better. On Monday, I start training. Which means I get to actually go to a classroom and lean stuff. It will be like college all over again…except I get paid! And I will be MUCH less stressed out!
So I am sorry if I have ignored you. Call me sometime soon. Or email! We can go out to lunch! Have coffee! Get our nails done! It will be fun!
Anyway. Hope you guys have a great day!

March 12, 2009

Advice?

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:52 pm by emilygrrrice

So I have been taking a break from blogging. I just didn’t tell y’all. I started a new job and I have been adjusting, so I decided to take awhile to clear my head and get used to my job. I am ending that today.

I cannot elaborate on this at all…but after today, I am struggling to understand why God lets terrible things happen…especially to children. I don’t know why, and that kills me. Anyone else deal with this? Any advice?

February 18, 2009

Money

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:53 pm by emilygrrrice

So all six of your guys probably know that I recently changed jobs! YAY!

Here is the part that sucks. Know how when you change jobs, you pay schedule gets interrupted? Yeah. That SUCKS! I got my last half paycheck a week and a half ago. It was little. And now, I won’t get another one until February 27 from my new job. This is where things get semi-funny. My husband is a teacher. Teachers get paid once a month on the last working day of the month, which this month is February 27. Fantastic. Finally, the fantastic people at Auburndale Tax Professionals did our taxes for us, and they are awesome and did great and let us know that our refund would be hitting the bank…February 27.  I feel like that is going to be a great day. However, until then, I am poor and will be eating hotdogs. A lot of hotdogs. And Ramen!

Also, I know a lot of you have kids…so if any of you need a babysitter Friday night (or Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Mon…you get th picture) myself and/or my fantastic husband are available for cheap. I am very completely serious about this…because as much as I love Ramen…wow. I can’t eat it until next Friday. Hit me up: emilyegrice@gmail.com

February 14, 2009

Quick roundup of a ridiculous week..

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:14 am by emilygrrrice

First of all….Happy Valentine’s Day! I am getting ready to go to the store to get some food to make an awesome dinner for myself and my fantastic husband. Cheap and romantic!

I have had…a very long week. I started a new job on Monday, and I have spent the whole week learning the ropes and running around like nuts. It is so fantastic and I really love it! I am excited about the things I can do here.

It is NBA All-Star weekend!!! Which is probably only exciting for me. I love basketball. AND it is being held in Phoenix this year! I am most excited for the Slam Dunk contest! Anybody remember the Superman from last year? Anybody? No? YouTube it.

On a more sour basketball note…my team wants to trade Amare. Which is ridiculous. That’s all I have to say about that. It it actually happens…it would probably be best to keep small children far away from my profane tirade that will likely occur in my house.

My dog is adorable.

I miss my friends from my old job. I miss having lunch with my friend Lynz.

I am getting my taxes done today!! I tried to do them online, and I got kind of nervous, because the refund they told me I was getting seemed WAY WAY WAY too large. So I am handing it over to the professionals.

I am done for now. Hope you are are great and having an awesome Valentine’s Day!

February 2, 2009

I just wanted to let you all know…

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:16 pm by emilygrrrice

I just got some very important emails. I’ve got my test grades. I’ve got a C in my class. I’ve got a job. I’ve got an amazing God.

January 27, 2009

Results

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:11 am by emilygrrrice

So I know you all have been waiting with baited breath to hear about my tests. I finished the last one at about 8:30 this morning. After a week or so or cramming non-stop math into my head. I am finally finished. I feel like I did okay. I am certain I did better that 16 and 18 percent. I am guessing that I got C’s on both tests. Which should be enough to pull my grade up to a D at least.

Ready for Satan’s next road block? I went for a grad check immediately after taking the last exam. They told me that as of December, you need a C to pass this class, rather than a D. D is what I was aiming for (which is sad, I know), and I am not sure if I will earn a C or not. I am praying that my professor is lenient enough to allow me a C, even though I initially failed. I am hoping I can convince the college to allow me to do SOMETHING in case I don’t get a C. I am just hoping a praying.

Why am I hoping and praying so hard? Because this past week I was offered a job. An amazing job, exactly what I want to do, if I could get past this class. Please keep t his situation is your prayers guys. And thanks for all of your support these past couple of weeks.

January 16, 2009

Something to share…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:16 pm by emilygrrrice

So I wanted to share with you some of the things that have been happening to me in the past 24 hours. Some of this is stuff I never thought I would be sharing via internet with thousands six people. It’s sort of long, but try to stick with me. It’s good.

I have been working for the past year or so to complete my Sociology degree. I already have a basic degree, based solely on credit hours, but not a degree in anything. My reason for having a degree in nothing is math. I am not exactly a math person. I failed a Statistics class. My last semester of college, I got sick and had to have surgery and I was out of classes for like, 3 weeks. I couldn’t catch up in math, so I failed. (I hate failure.)

For the past year, between working full time and all sorts of other fun stuff, I have been taking this math class again online. I was doing well enough, and finished up my last test in December. I was excited to have a degree in something, instead of nothing.

Since I was finished with the class, I started applying places. Going on job interviews for social work positions. I was excited. I had an interview yesterday morning that went amazingly well. They started calling my references and checking me out, so I am getting a little bit of confidence that they are going to offer me this job.

I had a great day and I was very excited. I went home from work last night and grabbed the mail. The bottom fell out. I had a letter from the college I am taking this class at. I failed. I failed my class. I got a 59%. I needed a 60% to get my degree and get this job. I couldn’t believe that I missed my dream career by 1%.

I started sobbing hysterically, because I am a girl and that’s what we do. I just freaked out. I called my husband and had him come home from a school event that he was at. He came home immediately, because he is an amazing man. He calmed me down and helped me email the professor to see if there was anything at all I could do.

I went to the bathroom to wash my face and blow my nose and whatnot. And in there, I looked at myself in the mirror. And I don’t know where it came from, but I remembered something I read in my Bible the day before. It went, “God is there, ready to help; I am fearless no matter what.” I kept saying it. A lot. And I prayed. And I told myself that God is there and in control and He is always going to do what is best for me.

The second I walked out of the bathroom (seriously the exact second), my phone rang. It was my professor. He told me that he was going to talk to the college and see if I could retake the final two tests that I scored badly on. He offered to help me and send me a study guide so I could pass this time. He called again this morning and they are going to let me take my tests again next week. He will grade them immediately, so I will be able to take this job if it is offered.

I feel like I already passed a test. I had faith in God, even when I didn’t have faith in myself. And look at what He did for me.

So I have these tests coming up. I could use prayers and a Statistics tutor and a few more hours in the day. But either way, I am pretty sure I am going to be ok.

This is a pretty exciting day for me…I am going to mark it down in my book of things to thank Him for when I get up there.

That’s about it.

OH! I finished my model car engine! I will post a picture soon.

ALSO! I am writing a book. I finished two chapters this week. I am fairly certain it will end up on Oprah’s book club.

Have a fantastic weekend.

January 11, 2009

Hobby

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:17 pm by emilygrrrice

You are being warned. This is about to get very nerdy.

So I decided that I needed a hobby. Well, it was decided for me that I needed a hobby. My husband plays video games. A lot. And he gets annoyed with my bored sighs constantly. So he decided that I should have a hobby. I agree, because I hate being bored. So I looked at my options. I can already knit, and it’s not fun. I could do puzzles, but I am not 74 years old. I can’t really draw or paint or sculpt. I could (and do…often) read, but I go through books so quickly that they don’t last long enough. So what is left to do? Well, I like to build stuff. I like cars. Do any of you see where this is going?

car

Yes. Model cars! This is so awesome! For me anyway. This way, I can build super awesome cars, ones that I can’t actually afford to buy. And paint them whatever color I want. And it takes forever, so I will not finish it quickly. And when I am done, I will have a tiny, awesome car. And one day, when  I have an office, I can put them on display, like my friend Timm. I decided to start out with a 1970 Boss Mustang. Which is a fantastic car. Almost as cool as the 1969 Mustang Mach-1…but hey, they didn’t have one of those.

I will show you a picture when it is done. It will be awhile. I am still figuring out how to  do this whole thing. Any of you like to build these tiny cars? No? No tips for me at all? Well, what is your hobby then?

P.S. I am so excited about this. If you make fun of me, I may glare at you.

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