Mixing pleasure with work ūüėŹ

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I’m¬†supposed to be learning about the different structures of the skeletal system. ¬†While taking pictures of each piece of bone to study later at home I took the most epic photo of this Mandible. ¬†I’ve always loved photography and now I want to go around taking beautiful pictures of every piece of bone in class! ¬†Well I’ve got to go back to work, tally ho!

Charlie, Eli, and This crazy thing I call life

img_3295My youngest daughter has an imaginary daughter. ¬†Her name is Charlie and she is running my life right now. ¬†Charlie is worse than that elf on the shelf. ¬†She interferes with our schedule and complicates things. ¬†We went out for hot chocolate the other day and my daughter insisted we get a table that seated 5 because Charlie needed a seat too. ¬†I went along with it because I figured no harm no foul. ¬†However she then excepted me to buy Charlie a hot chocolate too… which I thought was overboard so I turned that down. ¬†This morning I was 20 minutes late because Charlie wouldn’t get up and and kept getting into things while we were getting ready. ¬†I’ve had it with this imaginary grandchild of mine, she has to go.

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Eli is a guy I dated a few months ago. ¬†I liked him better than most the people I’ve dated in the past few years and after a few months of dating we went out one night to a movie, afterward we had dinner and then sat in his truck. ¬†He told me he didn’t see things going anywhere between us but he liked dating me…. I know what you’re thinking, “what the heck does that mean” yeah I thought it too. ¬†I thought about it all night, chatted with a few friends and family about it and came to the conclusion that what that mixed message meant was that he wasn’t into me but he’d like to keep dating me until something better comes along. ¬†So I did what any wimp would do, I texted him to tell him I didn’t want to keep dating… yeah I did that shameful thing. ¬†Oh well. ¬†After that I was sad, typically. ¬†But I know it was the right thing to do, I didn’t dwell on it and I moved on. ¬†The following weekend I hung out with a mutual friend of ours, Jacob who also happens to be his roommate. ¬†I tried to avoid any conversation about Eli with him but Jacob somehow flat out said that Eli was going on a date with someone that day. ¬†One week after our non breakup breakup. ¬†We didn’t really breakup since we never actually became that boyfriend girlfriend label. But still we dated for a few months and after ending it a week later he is out dating someone else. ¬†I gave myself a pat on the back because obviously I did the right thing. ¬†For anyone reading this, if a guy is worth your time then this would not be the scenario. ¬†I’ve been dating too long to miss these signs. ¬†Anyways here we are almost 2 months later and he texts me out of the blue to ask how I’m doing. ¬†I was polite and went along with the conversation to keep the peace when I hang out with Jacob. ¬†I’m stressed out wondering if there is going to be ¬†face to face conversation with Eli soon where I may have to explain why I ended things via text. ¬†I love hanging out with Jacob because he is funny, nice and super helpful. ¬†He is one of my few guy friends that I have that are genuinely my friends and nothing more. ¬†But he is also Eli’s roommate. ¬†We are hanging out this weekend and I’m stressed about possibly running into him. ¬†As my dad anyways quoted, “This too shall pass”

Photo shoot in the snow

img_3258For the past several years I’ve been thinking about how to build my children’s college fund while staying financial stable at the same time. ¬†About a year ago I saw opportunities in Atlanta, 3 hours from where I live, for acting and modeling. ¬†My oldest daughter started working as a background artist shortly after. ¬†Then was offered a job doing a photo shoot for the same show as one of the main characters younger version. ¬†It brought it a good chunk of cash to start her savings account and since then I’ve been looking for work for my other daughters.

Our snowy weekend inspired a photographer that was offering model experience to do a snow shoot. ¬†It was a chance to start investing in my middle daughters future so¬†I dressed her in warm clothes then carried a big thick blanket to the shoot. ¬†It only took about 5 minutes for the entire shoot and she did great! ¬†She now has an audition we are going to on Tuesday night! I’m excited to see what the future holds for her and hopefully her college fund will grow!

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Secret Hideout

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My Secret Hideout

Growing up on 100 acres of land I had this special spot. My siblings and I discovered what would become our playground, safe haven, and above all our secret hideout. While playing outside one afternoon, we invaded the woods that edged the top of a hill. The area overlooked about 20 acres, including our home and the road we lived off. There was a tree that had been struck by lightening, giving it this bent shape which was perfect for sitting. My brothers sat atop this tree as the lookouts and spy’s while I decided to clean our new “home” by gathering fallen leaves and branches. As I swept the leaves together with my hands I noticed something sparkle. I moved more leaves to get a closer look, it was GOLD!!! Or so I thought at the time, turns out I found glittery gravel that people used back in the day for driveways. I alerted the lookouts and we quickly became treasure hunters for the day, whipping off our socks to shove the best looking rocks into them and smuggle them home for safe keeping in our underwear drawer. This place quickly became our new favorite place that we titled The Golden Rocks. It’s been 20 years and I still find myself wanting to runaway to hide, be alone, and think at my secret hideout. I’m a 28 year old single mother of 3, working full time while going to school full time… who wouldn’t want to run away? Writing down my trials, feelings, and experiences seems to be the best escape I’ve discovered so far, I figured the best way to get feedback and give out advice would be to create a blog. So here I have it my online Golden Rocks ūüėĄ.