Sunday, October 29, 2006

Best Collegiate Nomination

As some of you know, I was nominated for the Vivi Awards: BEST COLLEGE. I first got word of this nomination when people started leaving congrats comments in my journal. I figured it must have been a mistake, so I wrote another entry, and still the congrats followed. If I had never looked into my spam folder, I would have probably never known that I was nominated, and I would have accidentally deleted my nomination tag in the spam folder.
I do not know why I was nominated for BEST COLLEGE, except that maybe it was because of a previous entry where I wrote about how difficult it was for me to complete my education after the babies came. 
I am proud to say that I am the first generation in my family to graduate from college. I attended Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, Texas, also known as "The Island University."
My bachelor's degree is in Criminal Justice. I went to school full time, I worked at the university and at another job, and I had a mortgage, two little girls to support, no husband, no help from family, and no car.
This is the entrance for those who were lucky enough to have cars. Unfortunately, I sat at the bus stops waiting for the bus to take me to school and to bring me home after a long day of work and studies.
Most of my career has included jobs that required me to work 24/7. I have conducted investigations in child abuse, classified and counseled mentally ill inmates as a jail counselor, and worked as an inpatient/ outpatient case manager for the mentally ill to include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and hospital commitments.
When I moved to the Valley, I wanted to work normal hours, so I became a workforce professional, helping the people on welfare and the unemployed to find placement, and now, I am working at a school as a youth case worker with "at-risk" kids.
I miss the Superhero life I used to lead. I miss the danger and the excitement of my previous jobs, but I do not miss the long hours and the many cars that I had to purchase because of intensive travel, gathering evidence, monitoring patients, and saving lives.
Some people live their whole lives for one person. I do not know what it is like to have someone to take care of me or to have a man who loves only me.
When I look back at my trials, the bad parts were what made the final outcome so great. I thank God for the many stories that I have to tell and for the many hearts that I have touched, helping them to make adifference in their own lives.
My daughter always said that I am immortal, because with all the dangers that I have had to face, I have come close to death more times than probably nine hundred cats with nine lives each. But once you are a Superhero, I suppose you are always a Superhero. Although my life now is not as dangerous, that quest to help others and to be the difference continues in my everyday life.
People are always making excuses for not completing their education. So many people with no kids complain that they cannot go to college if they have to work. So many people complain that they cannot go to college, because they don't have a car. My college days were full of obstacles. It was hard to face my everyday responsibilities that had nothing to do with college and to take time to study and pass my exams.
Thank you for considering me for the BEST COLLEGE Vivi Award when you vote on November 2nd.
achieve at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Trick or Treat Through J-Land 

Velcome, to my humble blog, my lovelies... It is so to have you for dinner.... 



Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. I was nominated for BEST COLLEGE 2006.
I am  a graduate of the Island University: Texas A&M @ Corpus Christi, Texas. I have a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
Please vote for me in the upcoming elections on November 2. 
Blinkie J-Land tag made by Mandy of

Friday, October 27, 2006

Tagged by Liz

I've been tagged by Liz.  I've seen this going around and have read some very interesting entries. goes............

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1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your Blog along with these instructions.

5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet I know that is what you were thinking!

6. Tag 4 or 5 people

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OK, HERE'S MINE: The book is entitled "Mama Gena's Owner's and Operator's Guide to Men" by Regena Thomashauen.

                          Mama Gena's Owner's and Operator's Guide to Men

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When I was first dating Bruce, I didn't like the way he kissed me. He kissed me strongly and with a lot of tongue, the way that his last girlfriend liked it. But I had another way that I liked--very soft, gentle, with a lot of breath and lightly touching lips and cheeks, then slightly open mouth and light tougue, then slowly deeper. I remember the moment when I was exposing my desire to Bruce about the way I wanted to be kissed--I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I was sweating, felt nauseous, and could barely explain. I felt  like he would be insulted or offended, and who was I to think my way was better, and why would he want to kiss me my way? Surprisingly to me, he was cool. He asked me to show him what I meant. I told him to remain still, and I would take him on a tour of my kind of kiss. Sweaty butterflies and all, I slowly kissed him. And I still remember every detail of that kiss. I remember that with the stillness between us, I could really feel him and taste him and enjoy the sensation of his skin on mine, his breath mingling with mine.


The email says to tag 4 or 5 people to do the same, but if you want to copy and paste this entry into your journal to add your own book, please do so!

Win =.)

P.S. No, I didn't look for the coolest book. This is a book that I recently bought at Barnes and Noble at a bargain price. I thought the title was funny, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. The newest book I bought was the Alchemist for my reading clubs but I left it at school.

P.S.S. Ever since I added this entry, I find myself opening every book to page 123.  =.)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

If I have a wicked stepmother, where is my prince?!

                                              if i have a wicked stepmother wheres my prince image 

Every time I see this book cover, I have to laugh. I have often wondered if my mother is my stepmother, because she always makes me feel as if she is not my real mother. I need to stop looking at this and go get the book. I wonder if it will be a good read for my Reading clubs.

I keep forgetting everything lately. Could it be dementia or early alzheimer's? Not!!! I have so much on my mind. Is it any wonder that I keep forgetting?! Not to mention that I am behind in taking my synthroid as I should. I keep forgetting to get a refill. (If I dont take my synthroid, I forget things.)

I was going to call Tony today. I told him on Sunday that I would call him the next day. According to boy time, that means Thursday. Did I mention that I can't call him, because I forgot my purse at work and his number is in my purse?! Dang! I really need to get my prescription filled already. There is no telling what I will forget next! =.)

For some unknown reason, on Sunday, I kept thinking of this guy who keeps trying to hit on me. Then, I straightened myself out and said out loud: Why do I keep thinking of him?! He clearly is not what I need! If my head wants my heart to open up, I have to meet someone other than him! I dont understand it, because you know that I am so afraid to fall in love.

An hour later, I met Tony at Barnes and Noble. I mentioned him in a previous entry, but no one said anything. I never wear T-Shirts in public, but on Sunday, I wanted to wear my new shirt, because I thought it would be fun to wear it. I was wearing a T-Shirt that said: I hear voices and they dont like you. Tony thought my shirt was funny, and we started talking. I had no idea that wearing a T-shirt would attract a man. I guess that when I dressup they think I am married.

I was surprised to see no tatoos and no piercings. He is employed as an electrician foreman. He has competed in art that has won awards. He likes classical music; can you imagine a biker who likes Bach and some other classical composers that I dont know?! He collects movies, likes gardening, enjoys reading books and psychology. I was surprised by his knowledge, as he quietly seduced my intellect. He seemed respectful, a responsible person, a gentleman. He invited me to an Iced coffee and we talked and laughed some more. I looked at him, and thought to myself: This is clearly someone that I never would have taken the time to look at. I dont know where the time went. We talked for hours, and then he gave me his digits, and walked me to my car.

Is it possible for a lady fall in love with a cleaned-up biker? I will never find out if I dont call him. Has my prince been hiding behind a Harley?! I never would have thought to look there.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Tricks Not Treats


As some of you may or may not know, this is Red Ribbon Week. This is the week our nation unites to say "NO" to drugs in honor of Kiki Camarera, former DEA agent who died while working on one of the biggest drug deals...

-a time for gratitude for all the lives that remain drug free

-a time to pledge to live a safe and drug-free life

-a time to remember those we have lost in the fight against drugs.

 Today, the school newsletter gave thanks to one teacher for making ALL of the preparations for Red Ribbon Week at our school. That teacher is the woman who doesnt want me to shine.

One of the teachers told me that the woman asked her if she wanted to help her with the event. (This was after I had offered my help and she had turned me down.) She responded by telling the woman that she should ask me to help her because she sees that I am very creative. She says that the woman did not give her a good response, that she just looked at her without saying a word.

 If the woman is claiming to be doing everything herself, it is because that is the way she wanted it, but she had a lot of people to help her who were not given any credit. She got out of including my program and our skit by saying that she already had too much stuff planned and for me to do it myself. To be honest, I havent seen that she has done anything spectacular so far. Our skit was not included in Red Ribbon Week, because she deliberately kept itout of the agenda. I had all sorts of ideas, which I am glad now that I didnt share with her, but I was stupid enough to give her my Fifteen Minutes idea. Stupid, stupid me! I should have told her that I didnt have it! I could have used it next year. She took the material, and "disappeared from my life" so to speak. She promised that she was going to pick two of the kids from my program to be in the Fifteen Minutes, but she didn't. Maybe I should ask her tomorrow which of the kids she picked from my program. She doesnt need to know that I know she didnt pick any one of my kids; right?! I can only imagine what she is going to say.

 At lunch, she goes out of her way not to sit at the same table where I sit. As pleasant and nice as I try to be with her and everyone at the school, she and her friend are quite snobbish. When she saw that I had mentioned what the kids were supposed to wear this week on my program calendar, she changed everything. 

I thought it was funny when she got up and put her hands on hips, complaining that she was so tired from all the preparations that she made for this event. In my mind, I kept shaking my head, thinking that she brought it on herself and shaking my head at how she chooses to not give anyone else credit for what they have done. I had such grand ideas. The school missed out on a lot because of her greed for fame.

I hate to talk bad about my "evil" coworker, but I suppose that this is probably the only time of the year that she is able to shine. Oh, well... I know I have been bad to write about her in my journal today and to add all these images to provoke her ugliness into your thoughts. It is not that she is ugly. It's her actions that are ugly.

BUT I feel so much better now! =.) Thanks for listening....

if i have a wicked stepmother wheres my prince image

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Blinkie J-Land tag made by Mandy of

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

clapperboard premiere.jpg

We filmed the anti-drug skit today. I was so nervous, because one of the kids didn't show up at school. I had to do so much running around to gather all of the kids and to get the drugs into their white shirts. Then, I called the camera men to ensure that they would be at the school by 2 p.m., but they were already on their way.

The drama teacher didn't tell me until the last minute that she wouldn't be able to direct the skit!! So... in I move into Director mode! Oh, my!  Win ~ the Director...

 Still...  it really wasn't so bad to play Director. I knew I had to do my part, and besides, I already knew how I wanted it done, and I knew the kids needed my help to do a good job.

I was going to do the skit in the cafeteria, but when I passed by the courtyard, it called me to come outside. There were benches and trees and grass. It was the perfect background for the skit.

I had to substitute one of the trees as one of the drugs, because of the girl who didn't show up, and I put the other tree as an extra friend. The kids were so nervous at first that they kept messing up.

Me, I had my personal problems trying to get the CD player to work! I had to borrow a long extension cord, because there were no outlets outside. Then the camera men had problems setting up, so the kids had to start over several times. One of the little boys felt like giving up, because they had to start over so many times. 

After the kids calmed down, they kept excellent timing, and they played their parts well Yes! Even the girl that I had to use as a substitute. The part wasn't hard for her, because she had to fill in whenever the other kids were late to practice, which was pretty often, so she already knew what to do.

Finally, the CD player was cooperative, the cameras were cooperative, and the kids did an excellent performance at the last take. The camera men were so impressed with the kids that they kept thanking me. I found that kind of odd, but I was so grateful to have them come out and do this for us. 

The camera people still need to edit the piece to fit the song. I hope to get a copy of the skit. Silly me, I get so into it that I keep forgetting to get a camera and take pictures. After the camera people edit the piece, they are going to present it on television for the all the school kids to see. 

The kids did so well. Ohhhh, it was so awesome to see them lose their inhibitions! I am so proud of them. When it was all over, some of the kids asked if they will be able to do another skit. Can you believe it?!

Some of the kids that kept walking by asked me if I was a drama teacher. LOL... I have a new role to add to my resume?!

How dare I take kids with little or no English and absolutely no acting experience and help them to triumpth with as little as 30 minutes of practice daily in less than two weeks!!! It was scary to try, as much as they wanted us to fail, but we did it!!!


One of the teachers mentioned that I am so energetic and good with the kids that she wants to refer all of her kids to my program, because the kids get a lot from my program. One of the other teachers mentioned that she wants to get some of her kids into my reading clubs. Of course, some of the teachers don't want me to shine, but the way I see it, it is the kids that I want to help to shine, and I want to teach them that learning can be fun.

P.S. I was wondering why everyone was congratulating me for being nominated for a Vivi award. I thought it was a mistake. Little did I know that the spam folder was holding my nomination tag in the palm of it's hand! I am fortunate that I took the time to look at my spam folder instead of deleting the entire folder, as I usually do.

A great big thanks goes out to all the people who thought me worthy of such a distinctive honor. You know what that means; right?! That means that I had better shape up, because you need a blog writer, and your sights are set on The Glass Box. Yes, I better shape up and keep your reading eyes satisfied!!!!


Win =.)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Trick or Treat thru J-Land


Blinkie J-Land tag made by Mandy of


Have you ever asked yourself: What is Halloween and why do people celebrate it?!  Many people think Halloween is the day of the devil, that it is evil, and that we have no business celebrating it, because the devil is bad and we should stay away from bad things!!

Actually, "hallow" means a saint or a holy person. In 835 AD, the Catholic Church declared November 1st as Hallow's Day or All Saints Day. Thus, the evening before was known as Hallow's Eve, or Halloween as we know it today. The day after All Saints Day was known as All Souls Day (November 2), which is now known as the Day of the Dead. Although most people only celebrate Halloween, it is actually a three day celebration and an example of superstition struggling with religion.

The Celts celebrate their new year on October 31st instead of January 1st. The reason for this is that the weather changes from fall into winter and the hours of darkness are longer. The Celts believed that on October 31st, the spirits are at their weakest and somehow find themselves coming back to earth, so to scare them away, they would build fires and dance around them, believing that fire and the noise would protect them from witches and evil spirits.

They would also disguise themselves with masks and attire to trick the witches and the evil spirits into believing that they were one of them so as to escape their evil intentions or being put under their spell.

  The Irish would make lanterns by hollowing out a pumkin, turnip or potato and put a candle in it. Here, again, is the belief of fire for protection. The legend is that the jack-o-latern was named after a man called Jack who could not enter into heaven but could not enter into hell, because he would play tricks on the devil. Thus the nursery rhyme: Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candle stick. It was believed that Jack had to go to purgatory, because he couldnt go to either heaven or hell, so he was sent to purgatory to pay for his sins before his soul could go to heaven. Some people still jump over a lit candlestick (fire) for luck.

Some people would hold a lit candle from 11:00 to midnight. They believed that if the candle burned steadily, they would be protected for the season, but if the witches blew the candle out, the omen was very bad indeed.

apple Ever since Adam and Eve, the apple has long been regarded as the fruit of love. For the unmarried, the apple became a tool of divination for a future spouse. The apple was carefully peeled (without breaking up the peel) and then, the peel was thrown over the left shoulder. The peel was believed to show the initial of the future spouse. Another variation was to look into a mirror at midnight, while eating an apple and holding a lit candle, and if fate allowed, they would see the reflection of their future spouse in the mirror. Still another variation of the apple was to sleep with an apple under your pillow so that you could see your future spouse in your dreams.

Another variation of the mirror was to carefully walk backwards on a flight of stairs while holding a lit candle and looking in a hand mirror. It was believed that the face of the future spouse would appear in the mirror. So if you are looking for love, make sure you have your mirror, your lit candles, and your apples handy and make sure you can do a balancing act with all of them!!!


As for tricks, Halloween was also known as mischief day, although in England, Mischief Day is celebrated on November 4th. It was a day when boys would mischieviously whitewash doors, take off door hinges, and play other tricks on the vendors.

As for treats, instead of going caroling as in Christmas, the poor would go "souling." Because they had no money, they would bake small cakes called "soul cakes," because they would offer people little cakes in exchange for prayers, to get others to pray for the souls of their deceased relatives.

This is a little bit of trivia that you may or might not know. I hope it puts a little more perspective on the holiday that Halloween has nothing to do with the devil.

I had never seen how much the Day of the Dead is celebrated by the Mexican people, until I came to the Valley, but I will talk more about that later.

So for now, happy haunting and happy dreams! I hope you see the image of your lover in the mirror on Halloween.

P.S. I never expected my "I hear voices and they dont like you" shirt to attract anybody. I dont normally wear T-Shirts out in public, but I thought it would be fun to wear it today. So I am looking for a book called "The Alchemist" at Barnes and Noble to read to my Reading Clubs, and this guy makes a comment about my shirt. Today, I met Tony.



P.S. I found this in another journal. See directions below!!!

Make a journal entry titled "Trick Or Treat Through J-Land" and copy these instructions so others can play along.
Visit as many journals as you can with the "Trick or Treat Through J-Land" title and leave them your link. 
Please always leave your link anyway when you visit a journal. Hopefully all those who actively participate will get many trick or treaters and meet some new J-Land pals!

Happy Haunting! 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Trick or Treat Thru J-Land



         Ten Good Reasons to go Trick or Treating

10. You are guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack, candy never has a headache or any other excuse.

9. If you get tired, you can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.

8. The uglier you look, the easier it is to get some.

7. You don't have to compliment the person who gives you some.

6. It's OK when the person you're with fantasizes you're someone else, because you are.

5. Forty years from now you'll still enjoy candy.

4. If you don't like what you get, you can always go next door.

3. It doesn't matter if the kids hear you moaning and groaning.

2. Less guilt the morning after when you tried others.

AND THE #1 REASON IS. . . . . .

1. You can do the whole neighborhood.

Blinkie J-Land Trick or Treat tag made by Mandy of


Found this in another journal. See directions below!!!

Make a journal entry titled "Trick Or Treat Through J-Land" and copy these instructions so others can play along.

Visit as many journals as you can with the "Trick or Treat Through J-Land" title and leave them your link. 

Please always leave your link anyway when you visit a journal.

Hopefully all those who actively participate will get many trick or treaters and meet some new J-Land pals!

Happy Haunting! 

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Hugs not Drugs

The picture above is of the winner of an anti-drug poster contest in another state. There was another girl who also won first place, but I love the colors in this little boy's poster. The poster is cute, but the message is clear.

We rehearsed for the anti-drug skit from 7 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. every morning last week. The kids are loving it, and I am so proud of them for coming in before school to rehearse. They are all doing so well. If all goes well, we will be videotaping the skit by Thursday or Friday of this week.

This weekend, I went to buy the white shirts for the drugs and the bushes for the trees. We still need to make the signs for the drugs. We will have to have a dress rehearsal before we videotape to see how it looks. It might add to the impact to paint the drugs faces white.

In group, we are talking about self-esteem. The kids are scrapbooking and learning about themselves. Like the Karate Kid, they don't know where this is heading. They just think it is something to do, but the lesson comes later when we put it all together.

P.S. As for the diet, I am eating whatever I want, and I am not denying myself of any food.

Denial only makes me want it more. "Dieting" only makes me want to eat more. Eating less makes my body think I am starving myself.

Dang! So instead of "dieting" by eating less, I am trying to add more fiber, more nutrition, and more fish to my diet. And as for exercise, I am learning how to dance Salsa on Thursdays, and I am doing exercises for my waistline.

I didnt get excited when the weatherman said we would be getting a cold front. As expected, we didnt get a cold front at all. And then, he said we were under a flood watch. It is hard to have a flood watch when there is no rain. What gives with the weathermen these days?!!#@

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

My Cherubs

Cherubs Architecture: Knauffman

I dont want to jinx myself, but I have been doing good at eating heathy, not eating quite as much and exercising almost everyday. Sometimes I have a cookie or two and I eat it like a kid would, taking it apart, licking the insides and then eat the cookie part last. It is a ritual that allows you to really enjoy the cookie and it takes longer to eat, too! Now that's the real power of a cookie!

I have been invited to a masquerade Halloween party. I told my friend that I would make the cake. I committed myself and I have no idea how I am going to decorate it. LOL... Hope it comes out o.k.

The kids did great at Skit practice this morning. Only one of them has acting experience, but I cannot believe how good the kids are doing. Most of the kids I have in my program do not speak English. The one kid who has had some acting experience and the drama teacher do not speak Spanish, so I have had to translate, but I am excited that the kids are showing up so early and that they have really gotten into it. The woman in charge of the Red Ribbon week doesnt want us to do the skit live. She wants us to video tape it. I am upset about that, but I am focusing on getting the kids prepared and video tape them. If they change their mind and ask us to do it live (which I doubt), I want us to be prepared. I think the woman doesnt want my kids to shine. I gave her the skit for what she is doing. I should have told her that I didnt have it anymore. LOL... She is getting credit for something that I gave her. The least she can do is let us do the skit, but it doesnt look like it is going to happen. I hate for my kids to get a bad rap. They are working so hard for this.

One of the girls showed up late, crying because she couldnt get her hair to look right. To me, it looked the same. Her mother said it takes her a really long time to do her hair. This afternoon, she cried because one of the boys told her that her brother has big ears. She took it very hard and wouldnt stop crying. I had the boy apologize to her andshe stopped crying after that.

Some of the kids are so adorable that you just want to hug them and take them home. And then there are the ones that turn your hair white. LOL

Seems that during the past six years, no person from my program has taken the kids from my school on a field trip. That's sad. The principal said that the only way she will allow it is if our program pays for it. I dont think it will be a problem if we do ROPES on a Saturday at a local park, but I would like to take the kids to the fire department. What's going to cost us is the bus. It would be nice if the school could cooperate with us and give us the bus for free, but they want their money, so I am still working on that.

Yesterday, I booked a woman to come to teach the kids table etiquette in November (before Thanksgiving): which fork to use, etc. I think it will be fun. I'm thinking about getting the boys to dress in a white shirt and jeans and using mardi gras beads for necklaces and making netting "stoles" for the girls. I think they will love it.

When I came home, there was a note at the end of the stairs that they are going to do pest control again. I hate it when they come in to do pest control. Everything has to be spotless. I am still struggling with my housekeeping! Yesterday I was surprised because I filled the sink with water and put a little bleach in it and let it stand for about 30 minutes. Wow! It had stains on it before. Now it looks brand new. Then I took some windex and shined it right up. Wow!

Yesterday I did a little housework, but today, I feel very sleepy. I will probably to go to sleep early tonight. I think waking up so early to do the skit practice is taking a toll on my bod. Fortunately, it's only for two weeks.

Win =.)

Monday, October 9, 2006

The 5 Stages

Five Stages of a Female's Life


1. To Grow Up

2. To Fill Out

3. To Slim Down

4. To Hold It In


5. To Heck with it...


I think I am at Stage 4.

Win =.)

Sunday, October 8, 2006

The Truth About Men

I have always wanted a man who knows how to fix things.


And, oh, it would be so grand if he is the kind of man who can get me back into my dancing shoes! 


But if he is also employed and doesnt mind remembering to buy me something on my birthday or for an anniversary or even just because...


And, oh, if he could also be so easy to talk to... 

A man who can arise my deepest passion and make me feel alive.


Oh, my! How many women fantasize about finding that perfect man! I know all too well that in all of my 53 years, I have not found him... But coming back to earth, I realize that finding that kind of man is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Instead of looking for one man to be all that I want, I would have spared myself of so many headaches by looking for five men instead of one! Maybe Pretty Woman had it right: No kissing. It's too personal.