Jun 27, 2009

Catching up...Summer Solstice, 80 degree weather, and seeing a dead body!

So I've been super busy with work and trying to get over a cold.
I completely missed out in sharing Summer Solstice. For those that don't know, in Alaska during the summer, it stays light out 22 - 24 hours a day. Summer Solstice is the longest day of
the year where it is 24 hours of light. It started out a really sunny day this year, but then it got all rainy, so the pics I got that were taken at 3:30am aren't the brightest that it usually is because of all the clouds, but it's still really bright.

This was taken outside of my brother-in-law's house at 3:36am

The rainy sky @ 3:37am
Like I said, it's usually sunnier out at night, but it was rainy...blah.

Although, we had some pretty good weather the day before.

See everyone? It does get above freezing in Alaska! 80 degrees is sooooo hot here.

I got some pretty good pictures later on that evening of the sky and the moon.

The moon with the sun behind me.

Close up on the moon
Summer's are my favorite in Alaska! I love that I can see the sun AND the moon at the same time.

On another note...
The other day, Aaron and I were shopping and we looked across the street and saw a Medical Examiner van. We were pretty intrigued, so we drove over there and that's when I saw a dead body! They were pulling a guy out of the tall grass and bushes in a black bag, but didn't have the bag zipped!! I saw the arm and side of the face. I snapped a pic of the van and people standing around. I went home and watched the news a few hours later and I saw our truck on the news and here I am with my phone...Haha. Hello Alaska.

Medical Examiner van on side of road.


~Nikke♥

Weekly Praise and Prayer [Edition 10]

Praise
My sister Jessie [Following program, and moving into Transitional Living House]
Steve [Cancer free!]

Prayers
"Bob" [Mentioned in an earlier post...still up to no good]
Carrie's mom [Just diagnosed with thyroid cancer]
My brother, Joe [DUI yesterday. I'm so angry]

And I don't normally put prayer about celebrities or anything, but I also want to put a prayer out there for Ed McMahon's family, Farrah Fawcett's family, and Michael Jackson's family in their time of loss.

~Nikke♥
Jun 20, 2009

Weekly Praise and Prayer [Edition 9]

Praise
Steve [Went for last checkup...Cancer free!]
All the wonderful fathers! Happy father's day!
Prayers
Uncle John [Been to hospital 3 times in 2 weeks. Congenitive Heart Failure, COPD, and more seizures]
Genny [Healthy pregnancy]
Jessie [Sticking with the program and getting her life together]
Mom [She gets things fixed soon]

~Nikke♥
Jun 18, 2009

Sick!

Omigosh!
I am so sick.
It feels like my head is swimming and I just constantly blow my nose.

It doesn't help that I can't take a hot bath right now.

THE EFFING GUY NEVER CAME TO INSTALL MY WATER HEATER!
I'm so pissed.
I called him today and told him he could kick rocks, but I was a little mean about it.
The gym I go to doesn't open until 5am, so I guess I'm going to try and get some sleep before I wake up so I can run over there and take a shower...

a;sodkghq;woieht;obdwg!!!!

~Nikke♥
Jun 16, 2009

Proud new owner

Yesterday I was outside playing with my little nephew in the sprinklers when I had to run downstairs and I ended up slipping in a bunch of water. I turned on the light and saw 3 inches of water coming from the utility room. I was so mad!

Went to Sears today with the MIL and we're now the proud new owners of a Kenmore Power Miser 9. 50 gallons of fabulousness with high recovery rate.
Yay! Now the guy better be here tomorrow to install it...

~Nikke♥
Jun 14, 2009

So it's been pretty hectic

So much has happened.

Started off with my Uncle John (well my he's really my husband's great uncle, but everyone calls him Uncle John) being admitted into the hospital one night because he couldn't breathe. They finally sign him out, but it doesn't look so good. He was diagnosed with congenitive heart failure. He has to be on oxygen 24 hours a day now and he gets so tired just walking 5 feet to the restroom. It's really sad to see.

My sister calls me out of the blue and tells me she's going to be homeless in the next 2 days. She tells me while I'm at work, so I'm freaking out. I end up leaving work early because of something else, and I try to find her a place to live. The story is, she's being kicked out of my other sister's house because she's tired of her. Well boo-freaking-who. My mother has been paying her rent for the past 3 months, so my sister should be able to stay there, but that's not going to change anything.
I'm lucky enough to find a program for her that she can go to that will help her out, so I went to the valley (which is about a hour away) and picked her up and packed everything in my truck.
My mother-in-law said she could stay with us for the 2 days that I had off so I got everything ready for her before I dropped her off.
The program seems really good and I just hope she stays in it. She has to finish her schooling by either getting a GED or high school diploma, do some easy chores, and find a job. They take 80% of her paycheck and keep it in a savings which she will get back once she saves enough for her own apartment. I just pray that she grows up and realizes this is the last straw for her. I really want her to get her act together.

On top of all of that, Aaron wants me to hang out with his friends from school, so he goes out to the valley to a bonfire, where I have to drive to after I get off work and hang out there for 5 hours, then drive his drunk ass home.
I'm getting fed up with all of his drinking.
It was alright for a little bit, but you can only stand drunk people for so long if you're the sober one. We finally leave and drive the hour back home at 5am, which I had to be at work later that day.

I really just want to sleep for a whole week. I think I'm getting sick on top of that. I don't know if it's the allergies, or all the bonfire smoke that was in my face all night.

*Shrugs*

Well off to take a shower then it's night night time.

Night all my lovely bloggers!

~Nikke♥
Jun 13, 2009

Weekly Praise and Prayer [Edition 8]

So it's been a pretty hectic week.

Praise
Jessie [For finally growing up and listening to some advice]
I finally got 40+ hours a week, so we're getting more stable.
Amanda [Pregnant]
Prayer
Carrie's mom [Diagnosed with thyroid cancer]
Jessie [To stick with the program]
The woman behind "April Rose" [Hope she gets the help she needs]
Genny [Healthy pregnancy]
Uncle John [He was taken to the hospital. Update later]
S [Hope he sees the right and wrong in his life]
~Nikke♥
Jun 12, 2009

My thoughs about April Rose

I feel sad for the woman behind the blog. I've read a few articles about her and think it's sad that she had to resort to that to cope with the loss of her baby before.

She deceived so many other women that have known what it's like to lose a child. She exploited the feelings of those women. Sadly, like any woman that knows the feeling of losing a child, fell captive to her blog. I was a religious reader offering support and a shoulder to lean on.

Many women said they kind of suspected something was up after awhile, but I was completely oblivious. I opened my heart and felt a little of her pain. I can't believe someone would take it that far and instead of giving all the women she deceived and explanation, she just went and deleted her blog, Facebook, and all the other sites she had going on. Coward.

I really hope she gets the help she so desperately needs.
I will continue to pray for her. I hope she didn't gain anything monetary. If so, I hope there is some kind of consequence. I know a lot of people sold Tshirts for the cause. I wonder where that money went to...


~Nikke♥
Jun 10, 2009

Something that's been weighing me down

There's this friend of mine that I consider family. For the sake of this blog, I will call him "Bob". We've known each other a really long time.
We've had some up and downs in our friendship. I didn't know this when I first met and started hanging out with him, but "Bob" is addicted to drugs. His drug of choice is cocaine. "Bob" currently owes me over 2 grand from various loans and some theft of my money.
Once I met my (now) husband, "Bob" stopped hanging out with me and pretty much ignored me unless he needed something.
We would hang out every once in awhile, but once we went somewhere, he would disappear on us, always on his phone trying to score something.
Well things have escalated lately...

"Bob" hasn't had a job in 6 years that I've known him, except helping a few days during the winter shoveling some snow. I pretty much have forgotten about ever seeing my money again because I'll never be paid back. I'm ok with that. I've even forgiven him for stealing from me, but the most recent stunt he has pulled is over the line.

"Bob" likes to take his mother's vehicle and go joy riding and wasting all the gas. He would scam people out of money at the clubs and other various spots...looking for people who wanted to score some drugs. He would tell the people that he knew where to get some, the people would give him the money, he would leave and get the drugs...only he used it all without ever coming back.
Well after owing the whole entire drug community in our town, he has to come up with some new things to do.
This is why my heart is heavy. I'm so utterly pissed off that he would do this to his family, and mine since he hit someone close to my family.

My sister's boyfriend's grandmother lives 3 houses down from "Bob" and my husband's grandmother. They all have grown up together and are pretty close friends. Well "Bob" went over to my sister's boyfriend's grandmother's house and told her this story...

"Bob" told this woman that his family and his grandmother were stuck in a town that's about 40 miles away and ran out of gas, so he asked to borrow some money. Well this woman is on a fixed income and explained to him that she didn't have any money. He assured her that she would be paid back by his grandmother when they got back into town. Well a couple of days passed and this woman goes over to "Bob's" grandmother's house and asks for the money back. His grandmother didn't know what she was talking about until she explained to his grandmother.

That's when we got the phone calls. "Bob's" grandmother was so upset that she's calling me, my husband, and my mother-in-law telling us what is going on. She confronted "Bob" as well as his mother, but his mother is such an enabler. She has paid so many people for the "drug deals gone bad" that I've lost count.

Just a few days ago, he hit again!

"Bob" went to his nephew's pre-school (he goes to a private, CHRISTIAN pre-school) and told the EXACT same story. One of the teachers gave him some money. When "Bob's" nephew's mother went to pick him up from school, the teacher said something to her about how it sucks to run out of gas. The mother looked at her weird and asked her what she was talking about and the phone calls came again.

We have tried talking to "Bob" about rehab, but he is in denial. Has been for many years. He always does something stupid, but then he promises his mother that he'll change. It stops for a few months, then he's back to it.

It just hurts that he's doing this to family. His whole family has pretty much abandoned him because of his actions, but now he's going after my family members and my family's family members that think he's honest and innocent. I just don't know what to do...


~Nikke♥
Jun 9, 2009

I'm alive!

I'm still here, but I've been busy dealing with a family crisis. I have finally fixed things and am de-stressed.
I will be updating about some things soon...

Thanks for all the emails asking if I was alright from my last post...I'm still trying to figure that one out and that's going to be another post for some advice ;]

Hope every one is doing great and having fun in Blogger World!

~Nikke♥
Jun 4, 2009

No idea what to do

I have such a heavy heart right now. I was going to write this really long post and get everything off my chest, but I'm just incredibly tired and can't think of the right way to explain it.

I think I'm going to go to bed and sleep on it, then maybe write it tomorrow.

I really need to do some reflecting and pray about this situation.

~Nikke♥

Mosquitos!

I heard that mosquitos were Alaska's state bird and I didn't believe them.
Until now...


Today Aaron and I went over to my brother-in-law's house to have a farewell with a friend and we went outside to take pictures. I got eaten alive out there!! Now mind you, I woke up with a damn sunburn from working outside yesterday along with about 9 bites already. Now I have a bunch more!! I'm going to start walking around with a skeeter net everywhere I go.

Here's a pic of my ginormous bite that I got tonight.


~Nikke♥

Creative funk

It's been over a week and I still can't come up with a design that I'm happy with!
Gah!

~Nikke♥
 

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