Mar 30, 2009

Ash has fallen in Anchorage

So like I stated in my earlier post, Mount Redoubt has been erupting.
In fact...it's been erupting all weekend!

This past Saturday, Ash started falling in Anchorage and I got some pretty good pics considering I took them with my phone.
I was stuck at work, but I took some pics on my breaks coz I knew it was coming.


This was taken about a few hours before the ash fell. It was actually a beautiful day.
This was about a half hour. You can see the ash cloud coming in.
This is when ash started falling. It was coming down like snow.
Like an idiot, I rolled down my window. Ash was stuck to it when I rolled it back up LoL.
This was taken from the inside of my truck. It's the hood covered in ash. I don't know who drove by when I took the picture.
This is the ash cloud that covered Anchorage for 2 days.

It was an interesting experience, but I don't want to go through it again!
Ash was in my eye and in my lungs forever!
We had to wear masks while working because it was getting in the building and it stuck like sulfur for a few days.
Latest update about Mount Redoubt is that it erupted again Monday morning. So far that's 20 times since March 22nd.
Mar 27, 2009

Kicking the habit

Yes folks, I'm serious.
I'm going to quit smoking.

I've tried quitting cold turkey before, but my willpower sucks! I will be using the patch. I called the Alaska Tobacco Quit line last week and they are sending me 2 weeks of patches for free so I can see how I'll react with them. They also sent me some literature that is pretty cool. Gives me different ideas on what to do with my time.
I think the hardest thing is going to be at work during my breaks. I used to look forward to my breaks so I could smoke a cigarette or two. I'm going to have to think about what to do during those times.

So my quit date is April 2nd.
I thought it would be easier on me to quit on the start of 2 days off from work. Since I never get 2 days off in a row, I jumped at the opportunity.

I'm glad I'll be saving money. Cigarettes here in Alaska jumped to $9 a pack! Some places are almost $10.
Mar 25, 2009

The C Word

Cancer.

It's the ugliest word out there.

My uncle was diagnosed with cancer.
Hopefully it's treatable.
Won't know anything until next week when the results come back.

If you're the praying type, please keep him in your thoughts...

Girl Scout cookie season

So it's that time of the year.
You wake up and the sun is out, starting to get warmer and the snow is melting, everyone out working in their lawns so the snow doesn't flood their house when it melts....
If you live in Alaska, you might think I'm talking about break-up time, but you are completely off...

I'm talking about the dreadful................GIRL SCOUTS!

I can't go anywhere without a group of children running up to me in their uniforms with all the patches sewn on so nicely and bombarding me to buy some cookies.

I'm borderline diabetic...I don't need to eat cookies. I try to let them down nicely, but then they just get mean. I think about making a running start from my truck into the store just so they don't harrass me.

Well, Walmart is one of the hang out spots for Girl Scouts (I swear this company hates me) so every time I walk in to go to work, I'm attacked.

I was working at a cash register the other day and some of the customers were being retarded and just piling up carts at my register instead of taking them to the door since they are exiting anyway (that's a whole other blog), so I turned my light off to gather up all the carts.

There, I saw the most horrific thing!
There was a lady standing outside with her child selling those damn cookies. The little girl was going up to people coming up and asking if they would like to buy cookies, while the mother sat next to her smoking one cigarette after the other!
Meh, that doesn't sound too bad to other smokers, but while this girl is asking strangers to buy cookies, with no luck, her mother is on the phone talking like an uneducated fool and blowing smoke into the customers' face as they walk past her.

Some people just don't deserve to be parents.

P.S.: I bought a box of those damn cookies when I got off work...

Your turn to play

1. Have super powers or have Christmas never end?
2. Drink a gallon of ketchup or a gallon of mustard?
3. Have a third arm or a third leg?
4. Eat 5 moldy piece of cheese or lick a toilet?
5. Go to a wild concert or a relaxing spa?
6. Eat sushi or eat liver?
Your turn to play....

My answers...

1. Super powers. Christmas gets annoying around November 13th after hearing Christmas music starting in September.

2. Ketchup.

3. Arm. I never seem to be able to carry enough.

4. Depends on who's toilet...

5. Spa. I need some relaxation in my life. Soon!

6. Sushi. I eat sushi all the time <3

P.S: I overheard a child ask his father where babies came from the other day while at work and the father just studdered. I love this comic...

Mar 23, 2009

Mount Redoubt erupts

Mount Redoubt in Alaska has erupted 6 times in 20 hours!
This is getting freaky.

Here's the latest news from http://www.ktuu.com/
I really hope we don't get any ash fall in Anchorage.
Pretty though, right?





ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A new explosive eruption occured at 8 p.m. Monday at
Mount Redoubt. Radar indicates a cloud height of at least 60,000 feet above sea
level. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says ash emmission ended around 9
p.m.
Mount Redoubt ended weeks of seismic unrest and suspense with a series
of five powerful eruptions late Sunday night and early Monday morning,
depositing ash in the Susitna and Kuskokwim valleys.

The eruptions, which began at 10:38 p.m. Sunday, also
disrupted air traffic
into and out of
Ted Stevens
Anchorage International Airport
.

"These events were very large, explosive eruptions of Redoubt Volcano,"
geophysicist John Power with the U.S. Geological Survey and
Alaska Volcano
Observatory
said at an early morning press conference.

Reports of ash
fall
came in from Skwentna, Talkeetna, Wasilla and Trapper Creek throughout
Monday morning, ranging from one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch.
Monday
afternoon the
National Weather
Service
reported ash fall at Denali National Park headquarters along the
eastern Alaska Range, as well as farther south in Cantwell.

Views of the
volcano from Kenai
, just 50 miles away, were obscured by clouds.
The
state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an air quality advisory
for the Susitna and Kuskokwim valleys effective until 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Acting
Anchorage Mayor Matt Claman's office issued a release around 9:30 a.m. stating
ash fall in Anchorage was not expected. Schools in Anchorage and the Mat-Su
remained open Monday and were expected to remain so barring significant changes
in ash fall projections.
A flash flood warning was issued for the Drift River
near Mount Redoubt immediately after the first eruption, but it has since
expired.

A Chevron oil terminal at Drift River just 27 miles from the volcano
initiated shutdown procedures early Monday to "both protect the health and
safety of its employees and contractors and to safeguard the environment against
a possible spill from its crude storage operations at its facility," Cook Inlet
Pipe Line Co. said in a press release.
AVO reports that ash plumes were sent
as high as 60,000 feet above sea level, but the bulk of the ash volume was
between 25,000 and 30,000 feet.

After the conclusion of the most recent explosion at 5 a.m., no additional
ash emissions have been detected. If the volcano is continuing to spew ash, it
is either below approximately 13,000 feet or too fine to be detected.

In addition to the initial eruption, the Alaska Volcano Observatory
reported large explosions at 11:02 p.m., 12:14 a.m., 1:39 a.m., and the most
recent event at 4:31 a.m. Each eruption lasted anywhere from four to 30
minutes.

"There's still a great deal of unrest," Power said Monday afternoon. "We
are, based on what we know about Redoubt, expecting that we will see perhaps
additional ash-producing eruptions over the next 24 to 48 hours."

And this could just be the beginning of a prolonged period of
eruptions.
"The eruption we are most familiar with -- which occurred in 1989,
1990 -- explosive activity got going, went on for a period of about a week and
then sort of quieted down," Power said. "We had some dome growth occurring, that
then proceed to alternate between dome growth and explosive activity for about
five months."

Gov. Sarah Palin encouraged Alaskans to follow safety procedures.
Government agencies have been formulating response plans over the last several
weeks.

"We are working closely with other state and federal agencies to help
mitigate the hazards this eruption is currently posing," Power said. "We have
been personally assured by Secretary (Ken) Salazar that the safety of people in
Alaska is the highest concern of the Department of the Interior."

Local hardware stories are operating with extended hours for the time being
and are well-stocked with emergency supplies.

Field crews are scheduled to visit Redoubt, located 106 miles southwest of
Anchorage, sometime Monday to conduct observation and repairs.

"The eruption itself has damaged or destroyed some of our sensors," Power
said. "We've lost, so far, three seismometers that were operating on the
volcano. We're still in a good position, we have seven operating instruments on
the volcano.

"We are planning to have a field crew access the volcano via helicopter.
Their mission is to perhaps repair some of our instrumentation that is down --
in addition to the seismic stations, we've also lost the feed from our Web cam
that is north of the volcano."
The eruption of Redoubt concluded a six-week
period of intense, elevated unrest at the volcano, and an even longer period of
suspect behavior.

"This activity is something we've been expecting to see at Redoubt," Power
said. "We first began tracking unrest at Redoubt in July of 2008."
Seismicity
decreased over the last 10 days or so, until Redoubt began rumbling again on
Friday.
"What we've seen at Redoubt over the last two days is a very marked
buildup in earthquake activity, earthquakes centered directly beneath the summit
of the volcano," Power said.
Those earthquakes in the 60 hours preceding
Sunday night's eruption likely signaled the upward movement of magma toward the
surface.

Channel 2 News and KTUU.com continue to monitor events at the volcano. We
will break into programming on TV and send e-mail and text message bulletins as
warranted. Be sure to watch the Channel 2 News Late Edition for reports from
throughout Southcentral Alaska.


Mar 22, 2009

My trip to the hospital

Bleh, so I went to the hospital on Saturday coz I was really dizzy at work and my stomach was KILLING ME!



Got to the hospital and they put an IV in my arm right away.


It took the nurse 2 tries. When she couldn't get it, she brought in some guy and he stuck me 2 more times. They finally got it in! Looks narly huh?

So after all the tests came back negative for whatever they were looking for, they had me go in for an abdominal CT. The docs thought it was either my gallbladder or my appendix...low and behold...it's my gallbladder. I have gallstones!!

I go in on Wednesday for an ultrasound to see how big the stones are and if my gallbladder is in bad shape. Depending on the size of the stones and the condition of my gallbladder, I may need surgery.

So please send positive thoughts my way!
I can't afford to miss anymore work LoL.

I got some pretty good pain pills though so I'm not in too much pain...I just pass out and die until morning LMAO.
Mar 12, 2009

Help make Earth Hour even bigger!!!









This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.

Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

So please pass this on to everyone you know and make this year's Earth Hour even bigger!!!


Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

Mar 10, 2009

Where do these people get off?!

I went on a break today and I walked outside to go to the smoke shack. Standing right next to the front door underneath our "No Smoking" sign, is a lady with a baby in a cart. This baby can't be more than 6 months and he had no jacket or shoes on.

It's freaking 25 degrees outside lady!

She's out there smoking and talking on a cell phone 2 feet from her under dressed child.
I stood there and watched her for a minute curious to what she was doing.
Then she starts doing the unthinkable!!!

This lady takes a drag of her cigarette and while talking on the phone to whoever, she blows the smoke in her baby's face and laughs to her friend about the reaction the baby makes. Is this lady for real????!

Shit like this pisses me off and if I wasn't in my work clothes and on the clock, I probably would have kicked her ass right there. It's one thing to subject ourselves to the cigarette, but when you knowingly know the risks of smoking and decide to blow the harmful chemicals in your child's face when they don't have any protection, well that's downright dispicable. I think stupid people should be prosecuted for this...like maybe child endangerment. But then again, our prisons are full to the max in this country and we'd have a lot of stupid people behind bars.

I like how they did things back in the 50's...
A guy could see another adult harming a kid and kick the shit out them for doing so and the cops applauded and thanked them...

The lovely world of retail

Has America really gotten too lazy to read policies or receipts nowadays?
Isn't it common sense that when you make a purchase, you keep the receipt so when you go to return the item you don't like, you have proof that you bought it for however much you say it was before it went on sale?
Don't people know that it's not the employees fault about the "stupid policies" that stores use to govern and protect themselves so they don't lose money with all the retards trying to steal things so they can make some quick money to get their next fix?

I had 3 very ugly customers today in each of these scenarios.

This is why I've tried to stay away from retail...

Oh the joy...

The first guy wanted to return an Ipod today.
He bought it 2 months ago.
He said that it wasn't staying charged or something.
He looked at his receipt and then gave it to me and said he wanted his money back.
Underneath the Ipod on the receipt, it shows in capital letters that Ipod's have only a 15 day return period....15 days!
Not 2 months.
He wanted to argue with me saying he knew that our store had a 90 day return policy (See folks...he was educated on our return policy, but he failed to read his receipt)
After a few cuss words thrown at me, he walks away...and not a happy camper and not $148.99 richer since he couldn't get his refund.
Sorry guy!

Second guy didn't have a receipt for an $80.00 blow-up mattress.
Nor did he have the box.
He brought it in with a big black trashbag and a cart...
Expected a refund.
Once again, it's posted on the wall...
America just needs to open up their eyes and read.

Third guy comes in and wants to return 4 video games.
He has a receipt!
He's within the 90 days!
But they were opened....boo.
Federal Law prohibits any returns on opened electronical stuff like DVDs, CD, games, etc...
It's posted everywhere in the store and it's even posted on most merchandise.
He said he didn't like the video games.
Well buddy...you shouldn't have bought them without trying the demo online first!!!
Duh!
Well I tried explaining the situation to him saying it's the federal law...not my law.
He wanted nothing of it, so he stormed out.
He reeked of drugs and booze...it was gross.

So, please, if you read this...ALWAYS KEEP YOUR RECEIPT AND EDUCATE YOURSELF ON YOUR FAVORITE STORE'S RETURN POLICY!
Don't try to come in and try to return something from Christmas in March saying it never worked....chances are, it does work and you just wanna get some cash back.
Quit being cheap...this is not the library folks....
Mar 5, 2009

Finding the way....again

So as I've mentioned before in my blog, I've been saved and was baptized almost a year ago. It'll be a year on March 16th.
I was really excited and enthusiastic about going to church and just having fellowship with the other members of the church. I even became a member of the church that I went to. I became pregnant...out of wedlock before I was baptized, and when I went to one of the pastors at my church, he made me feel very uncomfortable. Like I did it on purpose. Since then, I have not gone to the church in about 6 months.
I've recently joined FaithFreaks which is a Christian version of Myspace. I began talking to some amazing people that have helped me through some of my problems and situations and I'm very thankful for that. I've been doing a lot of thinking while talking to these friends of mine on the site and I've come to realize that I've strayed a bit from God.
Talking to my friends has helped me reign back in and helped me focus more and what I need to do in my life so God is there. A few of my real-life friends were really shocked when they found out I went to a revival and God spoke to me. They were even more shocked when I was baptized and I began living a Christian life and attending church, but my life has been so much more blissful since I've made this positive change. I've met an awesome friend and later became married to him, I've started hanging out with people that don't put me down, but rather lift me up and praise me for my accomplishments, and I've met some awesome people online that share the same beliefs and told me not to be ashamed of what I am and how I love God.
As I stated before, when I became pregnant and talked to one of my pastors that made me feel uncomfortable and stopped going, I miscarried. When my pastor found out, he opened his arms up to me again and wanted me to come back to the church. I was hurt even more by this act. How can he make me feel so horrible about a mistake I made before I was saved, then open up his arms like nothing happened when the mistake went away? I guess that's when I started straying from God.
Now after talking to my amazing friends, I've found my way again. I know God forgives and I'm just happy to have found him again.

Getting discouraged

I'm really starting to get discouraged about getting pregnant.
I think my body is still messed up from the miscarriage and surgery.
Aaron and I have been trying to get pregnant since December and after 2 months, still no success. I know it's only 2 months, and many women have problems and can't seem to get pregnant until 18 months after they try, but it was so easy to get pregnant last time! We weren't even trying!!
I guess it doesn't help that Aaron hounds me all the time to take a pregnancy test when I know it's going to show up negative. I think my body is under too much stress to conceive.
The doctor wants me to take Metformin for awhile because of my PCOS. She said it will help me ovulate since I have a problem with that. She also said if I don't get pregnant within the next 6 months, she'd like me to take a fertility drug called Clomid. I did some research on this little pill because I don't want to have 8 kids all at once! Luckily, this pill doesn't cause that kind of pregnancy. Thank goodness!
I just hope everything chills out around here and I'm able to relax some. Oh! And I hope I get pregnant soon.

25 Random Facts about Me <3

1. Jesus has transformed my life, and continues to do so.

2. As of this month, I'm swearing off soda.

3. I have ADD...I think it's getting worse.

4. I'm very indecisive....ask anyone that knows me well LoL

5. I'm completely in love with 80's and 90's music. All this new crap is getting on my nerves.

6. I'm currently trying a new program out at church. It's called Read the Bible in 90 Days. To be honest, it might take me longer coz for some reason, I have to re-read certain books to understand it even a little.

7. I can't use a public restroom.

8. I miss being in tornadoes.

9. I've been much happier since I was saved and baptized last year. Things have been looking up in my life.

10. I have 2 pet goldfish. Rocko and Tiger.

11. I cannot get a tan. No matter how much I try, I just get burnt then I go straight back to my normal color....see-thru.

12. I like cartoons.

13. I don't know how to wear makeup. I've tried to wear it, but it's all so foreign to me.

14. I can't stand it when I miss a call but have no voicemail to show for it. Leave a message people!!

15. I'm very sarcastic. Sometimes I think I'm a little too sarcastic and that's why a lot of people don't like me.

16. I love the way Aaron smells.

17. I plan on going back to school soon and finish what I started.

18. I want my own home with a big, beautiful yard so I can garden.

19. I have a pet name for Aaron. It's Snickerdoodle.

20. I like to do home repairs and upgrades. That's another reason I can't wait to get my own home.

21. I love to blog and write in a journal, but sometimes it's so hard for me to put my thoughts down into words. I need to learn to video blog...

22. I love the Blackberry flip phone commercial where the guy butt dials his girlfriend, then the butt hangs up on her.
I laugh every friggin time!

23. I'm a tomboy that wishes I were more girly.

24. I enjoy going to church.

25. Pink and Black are my two favorite colors together, but I dislike them by themselves. Blue is my favorite stand alone color.
 

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