Monday, June 18, 2001

What Do You Expect From Eating Rotting Weeds

Wow, it was so nice today. Since I've decided to go ahead and take two weeks off from school, I don't have to drive to town at all!!! My poor car will be so happy. It's also going to get a bath this week. I haven't had time to take care of it, lately, and it shows.

Dad and I are going to Blackhawk/Central City tomorrow. He and I haven't had the opportunity to do much together, lately. It will be nice to spend the day with him. I lose track of weeks at a time with school and full-time work. I feel bad for him. He's never been one to have many friends, and after Mom died and my sister moved to California, he really didn't have anybody except me. Going to Blackhawk has been good for him. He's met so many people and he always seems to have a good time. He always seems to come back with a little more money than he left with. I, on the other hand, always manage to come back poorer. That's why I never take more than $20 and I always stick to the nickel machines.

Turns out that the smell on the dog yesterday was from rotting weeds he was eating in the bottom of the wheelbarrow. GROSS! Now the dog is sick to his stomach -- serves him right. Marcus caught him trying to do it again this morning. I can't wait until the trash men come to empty the dumpster so I can get rid of those weeds. That is one of the bad things about living in a mobile home park. Everyone in town seems to thinks the dumpster is "theirs". Never mind the fact that there are 20 units in here that need to use the dumpster and it only gets emptied twice a week. On top of that, a couple is moving out of their house this month, and that always generates a lot of extra trash. I swear, people can be so thoughtless.

I know I was going to do a lot of schoolwork while I stayed home, but it's not going to happen today. I've been cleaning my kitchen all morning (how does it get so dirty when I am hardly ever here?), trying to get my financial records caught up, and my animal's cages need some much deserved attention. I should also try to find some stuff to sell on eBay. Studying Visual Basic or Access is not really high on my priority list today. I'm rather enjoying just sitting on my butt, for once. Too bad this is the only day this week that I can do that. Tomorrow it is back to work. I thought about taking some time off from there, too, but I just can't afford to do so at this time. :-(

Marcus' mom wants us to move to Tennessee. Hah! It's around 90 degrees here today with no humidity and I still can't get by without the swamp cooler running full blast. I am such a wuss.

Sunday, June 17, 2001

Need More IHOPs

Why can't they put more IHOPs in this town? Marcus and I got off work at 10 am this morning, I hadn't eaten a thing since last night and all I wanted was an IHOP omelette. I love those things, but not enough to wait over a half hour to get a table. So, I came home and had a can of plain tuna fish. Yuck. No food in the house and not in the mood to go grocery shopping. I'll have to go do that soon, though *sigh*.

Why must dogs roll in stinky stuff? Skippy came in this morning and I swear I almost passed out from the smell. We had to lock him in the bathroom while we went to work so he wouldn't get the stink on our bed. The smell had worn off by the time we got home, but he's still getting a bath later. I have no idea what caused the smell, as I can't find what he was rolling on. Oh, well.

Saturday, June 16, 2001

Tired of Living in the Sticks

I took my Dad to Rosie's Diner for an early Father's Day dinner. It's supposed to be a replica of the diner that was in the Bounty commercials. I had a rib eye sandwich. YUM!

I'm tired of living in Byers. It's too far away from anything cool (50 miles to Denver). I'm tired of working where I work, too. I need to move back to the Denver metro area. It's definitely going to happen as soon as school is done. Marcus and I are both feeling the strain of 4 1/2 years of this commuting crap. We spent $450 between the two of us on gasoline last month. I could've applied for a contract position moving computers on Fridays and Saturdays for six weeks to get some computer-related experience, but Noooooooo, I can't make it work with my current work schedule and the drive time.

A few of my friends are actually graduating from CollegeAmerica today. Congratulations to TIM L., REVERIE K. & GENE F.!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2001

Favorite TV

I'm watching one of my favorite television shows right now. "Gardening by the Yard" on HGTV. The host, Paul James, is a hoot.

My ultimate favorite television show right now is "The ScreenSavers" on TechTv. I love the hosts, Leo LaPorte and Patrick Norton. Marcus, my boyfriend, used to watch this network all of the time and I just didn't get it. Now that I've got just enough computer knowledge to be dangerous (LOL), I really love watching it, too.

Other favorites are: South Park, CSI, and Survivor.

School Is A Joke

I cannot wait until I get finished with school. I have enough credits to get my associates degree, but since I am on financial aid, I have to stay until September 20th to get enough hours (or something like that). It's silly either way. CollegeAmerica Denver is the biggest joke of a school. It's purpose is not to educate, but to financially rape anybody they can convince to come through the door. I want to stand by the elevator and tell everyone who is considering that school to run away as fast as they can. I enrolled in that school for the main purpose of learning networking. Unfortunately, that seems to be the school's weakest area. It's a good thing I'm self-motivated and will probably learn it all eventually, but what a waste of money. A networking instructor even had the gall to tell our class last module that if we really wanted to learn this, we'd have to go out and buy some books (we don't even get to keep books at this stupid institution) and learn it on our own. So, why are we paying thousands of dollars, not to mention his salary, if we have to learn it on our own? I almost quit in December. I'm wishing I had now. If I was not so close to being finished now, I would definitely leave. Well, I'm going to take the next two weeks off. I'll keep studying, just not go to the building. I think I need this to be able to make it until September.

Thursday, June 14, 2001


I'm a student at CollegeAmerica Denver. We took our WindowsNT final exams today. Why do people bother spending thousands of dollars if they have no interest in "really" learning how to do the things that they are there to learn? All of these people are so worried about the grade they "got" (earned is more like it) and not worried about the fact that they obviously did not know the material. One girl even bragged after class that she cheated on the installation exam. What is the point? I just don't get it.

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