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So, I don't keep up with my journal entries......sue me [11 Mar 2002|06:39pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

It's been about a month and a half since I've written in my journal. Since then, Mike Lily and I have moved to Texas. We found an apartment that we like: Hampton Bay. It's awsome! I am looking for a job (with no real success so far-I think I am too picky). Don't get me wrong-there are a TON of jobs out here. I just haven't found one that I really want yet. That and I need to find one that is primarily only weekends....bummer. I just don't want to go back into the restarunt business. Tried that and hated it. If only I had my bachelor's already.....I would have had a job on day one. I've had a few offers on great jobs, but they are all 8-5, and with Lily I need later in the evening....
Anyway, enough of that. So far I'm lovin' every minute of being out here. Then again, I've always liked Texas. Michelle-if you are reading this, you need to come out here. If I remember right, you are studying Marketing. Well, with no exaggeration, there are four full pages of wanted ads for people with ANY type of marketing education!
Well, dinner is ready (mmmm, steak) so I'm going to go. Maybe I will try to write later!

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Just when you think nothing else could happen...... [01 Feb 2002|08:01pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Ok, so I thought everything was over when I got home from the hospital on Sunday. Boy, was I wrong. Tuesday evening I called the nurse and was told to take Lily to the ER. So back to the hospital. On the way there, the car started to mess up. About half way to the ER, the car stopped. I managed to get it to the Advanced Auto in Tightsqueeze. I talked to Jimbo to see what his opinion was. While I was waiting for him, I talked to Michelle. Jimbo finally came out and "fixed" the car. I got about five more miles (to White Oak Mt.) and it turned off again. I get it to the Kangaroo station and tried to call my mom. Ronnie was on the internet. Thank God for Vicki and Barry!!!! When I called, there was no hesitation. They came to get me and let me use Barry's blazer for the evening.
Anyway, I get to the hospital. Lily has upper respritory congestion and the vomiting is probably a virus she picked up Sunday morning, and she had gone into renal (kidney) failure due to dehydration. We got her re-hydrated, they prescribed her a suppositroy, and told me to follow-up with the pediatritian. It's a good thing I waited until the next day to get the prescription...
When we got to the office, the doctor asked me who gave her the suppository. When I told her the ER, she told me not to give the medicine to her. Apparently the ER doc had prescribed an ADULT medication. If I had given it to her, she would probably be in a coma now.
As if all that weren't enough, Lily and I both woke up with the flu on the 31st. Well, you know what they say: When it rains, it pours!! Who needs rain? We have a virtual flood over here at the Shotwell household. The only good news is that Mike is coming home a week early. He will be here on Sunday. Now, I just have to figure out how I am going to pick him up. I will probably have to take the tags off of Vicki's truck and use the Le Baron. Do nothing illegal and no accidents!

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ok, so taday didn't totally blow... [28 Jan 2002|07:52pm]
[ mood | determined ]

Today started out really slow. I cut Lily's bangs, and then decided to cut my hair too. I started out with just some bangs, then I figured I would throw some layers in as well. So, now I have bangs and layers. I'm not quite sure if I like it, but if I don't I am the only one to blame.
After the hair incident, we went to Movie Starz to get a Scooby Doo movie for Lily. I talked to Michelle for about 30 or so minutes. I really think she and I are starting to become friends. I don't care what Mike says, I know she didn't really like me when Mike and I first got together.
On the way home, we decided to stop at Cathy's house. Lily played with the boys, and I played with Rena (on the playstation that is). As always, it was Final Fantasy. She is stuck on one part of FFVIII. I couldn't get past it either, but she left me her memory card so I could work on it. :) So my night won't be so boring.
Mike, you were supposed to e-mail me last night. I guess something else came up. Hope the chat with dad went well. Hopefully you will be on the chat line tonight. Lily was asking for you today-she misses her daddy. I miss you too. Anyway, I guess that is enough for one day.

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Good news ---Bad news [27 Jan 2002|03:04pm]
[ mood | drained ]

1. Good news: I'm not pregnant (you will see why this is good)
Bad news: I'm not pregnant

2. Good news: The pain is gone
Bad news: The agony lasted almost four hours

3. Good news: I don't have to have surgery
Bad news: I still spent all night in the ER

4. Good news: It wasn't apendicitis or a ruptured ovarian cyst
Bad news: It was a kidney stone

5. Good news: The kidney stone is no longer in my system
Bad news: Once you get one, you almost ALWAYS get more

So I was talking to Mike last night (had a great time by the way). However, he jinxed me. When we said good-bye, he told me to get some rest. I went to bed about 12:30. At 3:20, I woke up with an excruciating pain in my lower right quadrant (layman's terms: my right abdomen felt like it was going to explode-literally). I decided to wait to see if it went away-well, it didn't. By 3:45, I couldn't talk or breathe (kinda scary). I got my mom to take me to the hospital. She thought it was my apendix. It was a very busy night in the ER, so it took almost two hours until I could even see the doc. He told me it could be one of four things: apendicitis, a ruptured ovarian cyst, kidney stones, or a tubal ligation (or a pregnancy in the fallopian tube, which is why it's good that I'm not pregnant). So, they pumped me full of drugs and sent me to x-ray. While there, I had to use the potty and they made me pee through a strainer (just in case it was a stone). Well, low and behold, that little strainer caught a stone almost the size of a pencil eraser. For anyone who doesn't know, that is very big (the tube it passes through from your kidney is a little smaller than the cord that comes of the back of the mouse). You do the math, and that equals pain. So now I have to bring the stone to a urologist to be analyzed. That was my morning from 3:20 until almost 11:30. Sounds like fun, huh?

Anyway, I'm home, and now I am fine. To Mike: I love and miss you. Lillers says "Hello Daddy." See you soon.

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This is going to be the longest Saturday. [26 Jan 2002|08:56am]
[ mood | restless ]

So, I actually went out last night. A friend came over and fwe decided to have some fun-well, more like the decision was made for me. We started at Cluck's (against my wishes), stayed for about 30 minutes-just long enough to talk to Roger Rabbit. Timwanted to go to Greensboro to see some strippers. His fiance just threw his ring back at him-and just for the record, I told him if he wanted no reminders of the engagement then he could give the ring to me. Don't get me wrong, I love the ring I have from Mike (nothing could beat it); however, this would have made an awsome gift to one of me best friends who is into big jewelry.

Anyway, I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, strip club. Does anyone other than me see the problem with this suggestion of his? Tim and his female friend going to see women strip-I guess if I was a really good friend I would have agreed so that he could cheer up. But alas, I refused and told him he didn't need naked women-just a really good movie. So we went to the movie store and rented "Nothing to Lose," "What's the Worst that could Happen," and "The Fast and the Furious." Half way to my house, Carol called his cell and told us she was in town-how awsome! So instead of my house we went over to Carol's. It was a mini-reiunion. I almost talked them into going to see Jeremy, but they had both already started drinking. They just wanted to watch the movies and grope each other. I am happy to report that I stayed 100% sober-depressing isn't it? I just felt like a third wheel with the two of them snuggling on the couch. I was really weird to see the two of them like that-they were such good friends, and I thought they would never cross that boundary.

Anyway, I am home now-after a night of semi-fun (the movies were the high point of the night). Tim dropped me off and went back to Carol's house, so I guess I won't be hearing from either one of them for the rest of the weekend.

Now, about today-I have no idea what I am going to do. Mom and Ronnie are both home today. Which pretty much means that Andrea will be in her room all day, emerging only for meals.

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Make it stop....Please make it stop! [25 Jan 2002|10:44am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I love my daughter, but some days I just want to put duct tape over her mouth. It started as soon as she woke up this morning. Lily has the most annoying whiny voice!

Whew, now that that's over....
Mike called last night. He really just wanted to talk to Lillers, but she was busy, so he got me instead. Too bad. He was watching a movie that reminded him of her, and he decided to call.

I guess the boredom is better now. In the past two days I have done every bit of laundry in the house, washed every dirty dish, cooked three meals, weeded my mom's garden, cleaned the bathroom, re-arranged my bedroom, and finished packing the rest of the Christmas stuff. The only problem is that now I have nothing else to do for the next 14 days....

Maybe I'll go rent a movie. I only have a dollar fifty, so it will have to be an older movie. I just don't know what I am in the mood to watch. Since Mike is gone, maybe I'll get a really scary movie-He doesn't like horror flicks (and he says he loves movies). Just kidding. I grew up on Freddy, Jason, and Mr. Myers so I would say that horror is my favorite genre.

I tried to make some videos with my playstation yesterday-only one problem the hook-up I need is at Mike's house. I can go over and get it, but I am trying to give Vicki and Barry at least a few days completely to themselves before I start going back over there.

Well, I guess this entry is long enough already. Mike-I miss and love you (not that you are reading this, but anyway).

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He's gone and I am bored [23 Jan 2002|02:43am]
[ mood | blah ]

Well, Mike is gone. I don't mean forever, just to Texas. You see, my dad offered him this really great job and he took it. The only drawback is that it is in Texas, not Virginia. Originally, we were going to both drive out together. Then between me and my dad we talked Mike into going by himself for two weeks (stupid, stupid, stupid). Anyway, now I am totally bored, not to mention sad (yes, I miss him). Before he left, I was always over at his house, which his mom didn't like too much. Now I am stuck at my house-all day with Ronnie, and all night with Mom. The only plus right now is that I get ALL day with Lily. I guess I'll get a lot of Final Fantasy VIII done before February 8.....

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Happy post-Turkey day from Texas [23 Nov 2001|09:45am]
[ mood | energetic ]

I figure you can already guess that I am in Texas for the holiday. Lily and I flew out on the 21st and we are flying back on the 25th. I really should be working on my research paper right now, but I needed a break. My dad and step-mom are having a blast with Lily. They don't get to see her that often, so they make the best of the time that they get. The last time they saw her was in April when we came out with Mike for her birthday.

There's not too much going on right now, so I'll try to write a little later.

Mike, if you get a chance to read this, I love you, I miss you, and I will see you on Sunday.

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I hate being a procrastinator! [13 Nov 2001|07:09am]
[ mood | irritated ]

Wow! It's only a few days later and there's another entry-I'm doing better.
Anyway, there's not much new. We still haven't had our "talk." He says I said everything that needed to be said the other night on the phone. Does he not realize that this type of conversation needs to be face to face? Forget what I said on the phone. People say all kinds of things on the phone because they don't have to look you in the eyes to lie!
Lily is doing good; she's asleep right now. Thank God! I need some quiet time to work on my school. I really need to get my a** in gear. I still have three courses to finish before January ninth. Maybe I'll take the stuff with me to Dad's. I know it's supposed to be a "vacation" but I really need to get some of this work done. I'm not saying it's anyone's fault but my own. I just really hate the course I'm working on right now. The more I hate it, the more I procrastinate.

Oh well, I've got to sit down and figure out how to pay my bills-no job and no unemployment check makes Andrea something something...

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[15 Oct 2001|07:44pm]
[ mood | indifferent ]

I haven't written in my journal for a while (no duh!)....

I've been rather busy. Between Mike, Lily, and school, I've been occupied. It's been a good few days. Mike and I are doing great (at least from my point of view) and Lily's lead is (hopefully) still going down. I have to bring Lily to the doctor tomorrow to have more blood drawn. So, we will find out on Thursday about her lead.

Anyway...I really need to finish reading my book for school so I can do my report on it. It's just such a boring book. Note: If you go to college, remember that you first two years are boring class with boring assignments!

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What the hell???? [03 Oct 2001|08:39am]
[ mood | cynical ]

Well, I just woke up and it's time to get Lily ready for music class, but I wanted to write something real quick. Maybe I just blow things out of proportion. Maybe I DO worry too much-like some people say. Then again, maybe I don't. I don't think I expect perfection-at least I try not to. Why is it that I don't feel completely comfortable with things the way they are? Can anyone answer that?

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Too many questions with no answers.... [02 Oct 2001|04:18pm]
[ mood | confused ]

Do you ever get the nagging feeling that someone is not being completely honest with you? Are people (you know who) so ashamed that they can't tell anyone the whole truth? Why is it that just when you think you have things figured out, something comes up that you don't know how to respond to? How do you forget the past and look to the future (the past is who we are)? What in the hell am I supposed to do now?

The best place to begin is Lily. [02 Oct 2001|09:11am]
[ mood | grateful ]

I guess the perfect person to start my journal with is Lily (sorry Mike). She is consistent, unfailing, and always in love with me. OK so I didn't phrase that quite right. Anyway, she can brighten my day with just a look and even though she doesn't understand she holds my hand when I'm sad. It's hard to believe that just over two years ago I didn't even have her around (how did I survive?). Now I can't imagine life without her. She is my rock. I try to base every decision I make on what is best for her. Admittedly, I don't always make the best decisions, but no one is perfect (especially me). She helps me realize that sometimes it's the small things that matter most-you know... playing in the sandbox an extra hour even though it's nap time, swinging just a little higher in the swing, and going down the sliding board just "one more time." What could be better than that? I say nothing...

I guess I'll finally find out if "Memento" is a good movie. Maybe, because I have a test to take today. We'll see.

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First entries suck, so bear with me... [01 Oct 2001|10:01am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

It's been so long since I've kept a journal that I don't even know where to start. I just wanted to write a quick note to get started. I'm really tired (I had a VERY long night). I'm gonna go to bed and write later when I'm more awake

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