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In all the chaos of the things that has happened this year, I have forgotten the post that was most popular from last year–the DWI staging that is put on by the UPD.  Granted it is a bit strange to post it after my last announcement, but I do feel strongly about drunk driving and alcoholism.  This is a very important tool of awareness that the UPD does for the university, all the while getting to work alongside the other first responders in the community.  It is sad that this was my last year to do it–or maybe they will let me continue even though I am no longer working for the PD.

Again this year, I was the person who was “killed” in the drunk driving staged accident.  The story behind the accident this time was I was driving my boyfriend and I back to our apartment/house/box and we were hit head on by a drunk driver.  My boyfriend is injured and has to be taken in the ambulance, I am dead, and the drunk driver is just a bit banged up.  The other difference is that this time it was my “dad” that came to the scene of the accident, not my “mom”.  He did an AMAZING job, too.  Oh, and instead of just covering me with a sheet to load me into the hearse, I was put into a white body bag.  This was something I was unaware of when it happened.  And with all the fake blood on me, it actually bled thru most everything.  In case anyone is wondering which one I am–I am the one with the most “blood” wearing a grey sweatshirt and a red vest.

This year, however, it was still cold at the beginning of March, and of course it rained the night before the staging–and of course my vehicle has no windows or windshield so I was sitting in a soaked seat (freezing, too).  No one had remembered to cover the vehicles.  Now this is also a training for our PD, the city PD, the FD, and EMS, so there are elements in it for us to work on so that our operations that we have to coordinate on together go smoothly.  Usually we are allowed to use the jaws of life on the vehicle to remove the “dead” person, but this year, the vehicle was needed for other parts and we were only allowed to pop the door. 

Either way, the message was still there, and it is one that I am a firm believer in–don’t drink and drive.  Here are the pictures from this year:

So stay safe, don’t drink and drive.  Find a designated driver!

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With me resigning from the PD to focus on my schoolwork (would like to say it was my idea, but I was given a choice of which was more important to me–funny, as I go to the university I worked for), I have had something called “free time,” something I haven’t had in a long time.  But that is jumping ahead a bit…

So backing up a few months–I am divorced, and we are ok friends.  Things for me have changed, and changed quite drastically.  The “free time” I spoke of before has been quite a blessing, not only allowing for me to work on my internship (ironically at the PD I quit from) but also time for me to reflect on my life.  Signing up on eHarmony turned out to be the best decision I have made, matching me to a man I dearly love.  Yes, many have doubted that I can love so quickly and move too fast with someone I met on the internet.  Normally I would agree on that stance, but seeing as it has happened to me, I am quite a bit more open-minded on the topic.

Dan is amazing, and a perfect compliment to me.  I couldn’t have made a better choice.  My attitude has changed, and I am a much happier me.  His parents welcomed me with open arms (over the phone and on email, as they live in a different state), already considering me their daughter.  I introduced Dan to my parents, and they adore him, too–also telling both of us the amazing change in my attitude.  I moved in with him at the end of February, and my Grandpa went to a nursing home–he had another stroke and I couldn’t stay with him all the time or pick him up when he falls, which is quite often.  Shortly after, Dan gave me a beautiful promise ring, and this last Sunday had the talk with my dad.  My dad has been the biggest doubter of this entire relationship, the one that has been the loudest on us going too quickly.  So I was quite surprised when he said yes.  He is actually very happy and thrilled that I made a good decision–apparantly a lot of the “talk” was about all the terrible decisions that I have made throughout my life.  Makes me feel really good, but what can I do…those are his opinions, but I call those decisions “learning experiences”.  Anyway, not too long after I moved in, I waws backed into the corner at work to make the decision between work and school–work believed that they should be first in my life, and school being second.  At that point, I was only three months from graduation, so there was no way I was going to toss away $1800 just so I could keep a job that I was beginning to like less and less because they were changing my duties.  I am fortunate to be able to be at home and focus on my studies, and also begin thinking about what I want out of life. 

So back to the “free time” agian.  With this time, I have had two major…things…that I want to do.  First, I have eight patterns that are floating around in my head.  I am currently test knitting one of them, and I have one written out.  So hopefully I will be able to finish the test knit and write out the pattern–pretty basic, but it is coming out really cute.  🙂  During breaks and watching movies or TV,  I have been working on my patterns and test knits–Dan is going to build me a website soon, too, so I can put them on the web.  I am SO excited about this!  I have wanted to be able to write out patterns for quite some time, but have never had the chance–now I do, and I intend to take advantage of it!  And I can’t wait to share them with everyone!!

The second thing that I came up with just thinking about life is that I now know what I want to do as far as a career is concerned.  I thought for sure before I wanted to be in emergency management/police administration, but now that I have had time away and have been working on my internship project, I realized that the one thing I miss the most from working at the police department–doing the lectures in the freshman classes on safety and sexual assault on campus.  I was able to teach, warn and help students, and it was the most satisfying aspect of my job that I had.  After mulling it over, I realized I could still do that, but in a different capacity.  I know now that after I graduate, I am going to become an independent consultant.  I already have the ball rolling, as my internship project will definitely be a major portion of it.  I have tons more ideas of how to make it work and what I will do, and my future father in law and Dan both are behind me 100%, my FIL actually helping guide me in the right direction (he was an independent consultant at one time).  I can’t wait to get started on all of this!!  Things are really looking great. 🙂

Last, I wanted to say that I have started a new blog.  It is just basically somewhere I write about everyday stuff.  It would be great for everyone to check it out as well, and I do hope that it takes off.  🙂  This one I am going to go back to gearing it towards knitting, as I had originally intended.  Surprisingly, Dan has also picked up loom knitting, and we are both working on the charity project I had set at the beginning of the year–to make 100 baby hats–and we have decided to donate them to the children’s hospital in town.  A very close friend of mine works there as a nutritionist, and she has given me the contact there (and is also helping with my recent diagnosis of being diabetic–which she was shocked about since I am only 105lbs and 5’3, not exactly fitting the typical profile).  It is wonderful to have someone that is interested in doing the same things that you do, ya know?

Good night for now–going to get some rest for tomorrow!!

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Well, last Friday was the big day.  Everyone got to the house right before 7am.  Mom brought donuts and I made coffee.  I was surprised that we had two people that were not expected to help show up, but it was a huge help to have them.  I was so thankful and grateful to have everyone there–a total of 9 of us–to get me packed and moved out.  I wasn’t able to pack anything before hand, so it was just starting from scratch.  We managed to do it in about four and a half hours, which was really surprising to me.  We had to get a larger storage unit, but it worked out.  The downside–where I am now, there is not a lot of space for me yet.  There will be in February when I will begin living alone here (about mid month unless they complete the room faster), but for now, I am pretty cramped.  Which means I had to leave a lot in storage–including the majority of my yarn and looms.  I did keep some out to help with the stress and to finish some of the projects I need to get done.  It is still a huge adjustment, and the dogs are finally beginning to feel a bit more at home.  I know that it is going to take me longer, but thankfully I am on vacation til the first week of January.  I really don’t think I could have done this while I was in school and at work.  It has been an emotional rollercoaster, one that I really want to end.   He hasn’t made it easy by any means, and I guess it is partly my fault since I keep answering his texts.  Eventually–soon–I am going to have to draw the line and tell him to stop. or just stop answering. 

The hardest part has been the boys.  I have had my troubles with my oldest stepson, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love him.  I miss him dearly.  My youngest–well, he doesn’t know yet.  The ex has just told him that I am away for work.  My oldest thinks it is his fault, and I told the ex it is HIS job to reassure him and not let him think that way.  He said he did…and then promptly sent them to their grandmother’s house (his ex’s mother) since I wasn’t going to be there to babysit for the week (he isn’t off til Thursday afternoon).  So far, so good–he hasn’t had them call me.  That I don’t think I could handle.

More things have happened since I left, particuarly on Wednesday.  It isn’t going to be nice anymore–I thought that this could be civil.  Due to the events, I am not going to write too much about them, but it boils down to him about to get into a lot of trouble if he doesn’t stop bothering me and saying things he won’t be able to back up.

However, there have been some wonderful people in the last almost week that have helped immensely with my transition, along with the dogs.  They are happy in the new yard–Izzy discovered her first squirrel, and just wants to play, but the squirrel just threw sticks and stuff at her.  I have never seen my 60lb dog stand on her back legs and walk, but she was so funny when she did it.  🙂  I have found that she is scared of elderly people and doesn’t like one of my uncles.  Trooper is doing better, and actually warming up to people faster than Izzy is–Izzy is usually the really friendly one and has no problem with anyone.  I guess it is just the change.  Hopefully soon things will be back to somewhat normal, and life can go on .

Although limited in my supplies, I did manage to rescue a few of my looming projects from before it was all stored.  I finished a scarf yesterday, and will be working on another today–late Christmas presents.  After I get batteries (and yes, I am thinking about braving the grocery store on Christmas Eve) I will take pictures so I can post.  It is an extremely basic scarf, same and the one I am knitting now, so nothing too major.  The “major” project is working on a bandage, but I keep getting frustrated with the small stitches.  I keep telling myself I need to do it, as it is for charity.  New charity for the new year.

Happy holidays everyone, and hope that you have a wonderful and merry time with your loved ones.  🙂

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Well, I think I am going to start with the “Friday Fill-in” first…

1. Oh, I am so _tired_ !

2. _Pain_ changes, big and little.

3. During _work today_, I _am hoping that I hear the final word on my job at lunch with Chief…_.

4. _”Stepmoms aren’t real parents”_; are you kidding me??? (I have been hearing that A LOT lately)

5. Right now I’d like to be _in bed, happily asleep_.

6. _My Blackberry (I know, I know)_ is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _relaxing on the couch and catching up on my shows_, tomorrow my plans include _having company for dinner_ and Sunday, I want to _study so I am ready for classes next week_!

It’s been a busy week.  It was the first week of classes, we had the new president sworn into office, Trooper got fixed, and I started the first of my two classes that I am taking this semester.  Only four (pretty sure of that) more until I graduate after these two!  I decided to retake a psychology course called Sensation and Perception that I failed (to ever show up for) many years ago, and a sociology course in Criminology.  Since classes started on Tuesday, I only attended one class–Criminology–this week, as my other class is on Monday nights.  I will say that the class is very interesting.  The professor started the class with going around the room to make introductions–we all had to state our name, where we were from, what our race is, and a crime that we have committed.  Considering what I do, I wasn’t too happy with the last part of the introduction speech.  I did choose to keep my profession quiet, and only admitted to a “crime” that I know is on record–when I ran over someone (and no, didn’t kill him; I just bumped him and he scratched his leg.  They said they wouldn’t sue, declined medical assistance, but then decided to sue three weeks later from Mexico claiming a lot of BS…needless to say, I was pissed…but that’s another story).  All in all, I think I am going to enjoy the class, but hope that he at least gives us a break in the middle (it is a 3 hour night course); he didn’t this last time, and by the time we got out of class I was in an immense amout of pain and decided to recover the next day instead of going to work.  Afterall, for now I am still a student worker. 

Trooper got fixed on Tuesday.  I was so sure that that was the best plan since he has been marking things in the house, is quite aggressive, and keeps tearing up things (usually things that are mine).  When he brought him home I felt terrible…Trooper was doped up and looked so sad.  His ears were down and tail was down, whimpering, and I held him the entire evening, giving him his pain meds at 8pm.  The next day he was still unhappy and hurting, and I knew that I wouldn’t be getting home until late and felt bad about leaving him.  Turns out he was much better but knew that I would baby him if he acted hurt.  He’s absolutely fine now, bouncing around, playing, and back to normal.  Just really hoping that he will calm down on the “marking territory” and chewing up my things!

I made the decision to knit at least 50 hats for donation to an area hospital for NICU.  Tonigjht I will finish at least 5, maybe six.  There was a great sale at Michaels on the softest yarn, and I had to get some.  Turned out just perfect for these little hats!!  I have been itching to knit more, and have some wonderful yarns I want to play with.  I am looking to knit a shawl later, maybe some yoga leggings (even tho I don’t do yoga)…just something different.  You can only knit so many scarves and hats, you know?  🙂  But still, I want to do something more complicated, so this fits in that category.

Tomorrow we are having friends over for BBQ.  I am looking quite forward to it, especially since we haven’t seen these friends since September or October.  It is going to be a great menu with great people.  I need this relaxing…next week is going to be nuts!!  I’m going to try to alleviate some of the stress by making a schedule…lists always seem to help….  🙂

Anyway, hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.  To my dear friend, hang in there.  It will get easier.  I’ll always be here for you!!  Just remember, you are stronger than you think you are.  Nothing will be dealt to you that you can’t handle, even if you need some help along the way.

*hugs*

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FINALLY.  Today I found out.  It’s only been since October that I have been trying to get a permanent position at the PD.  After much waiting (three long months), I got the word today…I GOT THE JOB!!  Of course, it won’t be in effect until Feb. 1st, but that’s ok.  I am just so relieved to finally have an answer, and a good one at that!!  So now I am over parking and emergency management, was added to three committees, and became a member of TACUPA.  Very exciting!!!

Wow…it’s been a long time since I wrote on here.  It was a resolution to write more often, but it seems that every time I sat down to start writing something came up that required my immediate attention.  The boys were here for Christmas, and that went wonderfully.  My oldest requested to make a gingerbread house, and hubby and I agreed that it would be a great idea.  Things have been rough for them lately, so we wanted to do all that we could to make this a Christmas they really enjoyed.  Making the gingerbread house was loads of fun–however, the instructions said that the icing only needed 15 minutes to set up, and that was WAY off.  We had to support the roof with tupperware overnight to make sure it stayed together.  Here’s what it looked like:
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My oldest told me that Santa would for sure eat the chimney, and sure enough, he did!  That made both kiddos so happy!

After the boys went back home, I had another week of vacation.  I was SO thrilled at having peace and quiet and time to just relax.  Monday I had planned to start the day with a hot bath and a book, using one of the new bath bombs that I had ordered.  I drew the bath, found a good book to read, turned off the cell phone, slid into the tub…and after a minute figured out that I was allergic to the bath bomb.  Promptly broke out in hives!!!  Two showers and half of a bottle of liquid Benadryl later, I was not as relaxed as I had planned to be.  I spent the remainder of the day on the couch trying not to itch and recover, knitting with the dogs curled up beside me.  Surely the rest of my vacation would go well, right??  Wrong!!  I came down with a cold the next morning and was bed ridden until Saturday.  Missed New Years (fell asleep at 9pm), didn’t go anywhere or see anyone.  Then when I felt better, I did something that I have needed to do for years….I went through my closet!  I donated five trashbags full of clothing and one of shoes to Goodwill, then threw out five more bags of trash.  I was quite proud.  🙂

I was thrilled to get back to work, believe it or not.  I missed being at my office, doing what I love doing, and seeing the people that I work with.  I know I am strange…not too many people can say they WANT to be at work.  I had presents to deliver, one of them being for Robert.  I made him a fleece blanket like I did for the boys (which they absolutely loved, much to my happiness!!), and I was very happy with the way it turned out.
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I also completed my commissioned baby set for another co-worker:
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I did decide that this year I am going to make resolutions.  I did make them late since I was so, so sick on New Years, but I am pretty intent on actually sticking to these this year.  So here’s the list, although partial; I am planning on adding more as I see fit.

Jeni’s Resolutions for 2009

1.  Graduate from college (projected to happen in December if I stick to the current plan)
2.  Obtain a full-time position at the UPD (DONE!!)
3.  Keep up with my blog, and post more often
4.  Take on more complicated patterns
5.  Finish writing my patterns so that they can be sold
6.  Knit more for my chairity, Hope Pregnancy Center
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8.  Finish at least 5 more FEMA courses or courses related to Emergency Management
9.  Improve upon my CafeMom group to make it more active and fun
10.  Become a member of professional Emergency Management organizations, such as IAEM

Those are the first 10.  I know that I will think of more, and add them as the year progresses.  I will also keep it updated when I complete a goal I have set for myself.

Well, I believe I have rambled enough for now.  For those of you loom knitters who are looking for something fun and interesting to do, also with a chance of winning some awesome patterns, head over to Karen’s blog where she is celebrating her blog’s two year anniversary with an awesome party!!  Have fun, and good luck!!  Maybe I will do something like that for my two year mark…it’s a wonderful idea!!

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Ok, it’s Friday.  So this first…

And…here we go!

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1. My blueprint for success includes _finishing school and working in EM_.
2. _Hershey’s Cookies and Cream_ was the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I’ve ever used is _none–I don’t use them_.
4. _Crying_ can be good therapy.
5. I’d like to tell you about _yesterday…which I will in a minute…_.
6. _Organization_ is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _seeing my kids_, tomorrow my plans include _playing, homework, and checking on Robert,_ and Sunday, I want to _hopefully get to relax and knit_!

Yesterday was a serious wake up call.  I thought it was going to be a normal day at work, go to class, get home and change, then off to my knitting circle.  None of that happened.

My best friend/boss had a heart attack in front of me.  He said his back hurt–totally normal, and didn’t think anything of it.  Then it got worse, and he laid his head down.  Then pushed out his chair and laid down on the floor.  I was terrified–for him to want EMS it had to be really bad.  Less than two minutes and the ambulance and fire truck were there, and he was being hooked up to machines and oxygen…it scared the hell out of me.  Then the ambulance, the emergency room, and surgery…sitting with his wife and oldest daughter and another officer…then we got to see him when he was transferred to ICU.  Everyone had it together.  Everyone but me.  I kept crying.  Getting a grip, then crying some more.  I couldn’t get the picture out of my head of him lying on the ground.  Them carrying him to the stretcher.  His pain.  The thought that I might have lost him if I had not been there.

He’s ok now.  Awake, alert, joking, wanting a smoke…same as before.  But this made me realize a few things.  I don’t have many friends.  I have coworkers, people I know…but no one really to turn to when I need them.  He’s always been there for me, and he would have been the one I turned to.  But I couldn’t because he wasn’t there.  Everyone is busy, has other things going on…don’t want to have to deal with tears or hearing about how scared someone else is.  I have my family, and I am grateful for them.  My parents were there for me.  Friends?  Not so much.  I didn’t know how much I rely on him for a shoulder, for getting thru day to day stuff that comes up.  People at work really don’t know me, and I am not comfortable leaning on them.  There are not many others that I talk to.  I did finally get in touch with someone who I had considered a friend before but had disappeared.  Now…friends again, and for that I am thankful.  I also learned who I can’t count on.  That was an eye opener as well.  But I know now, and am better for it.

I have been frantically working on Christmas presents–most are going to be knitted since money is tight, and lord knows I have plenty of yarn.  Who am I kidding??  I never have enough yarn!!  Still, there is plenty for Christmas, and I have many ideas.  Getting them done in time is going to be a challenge, especially with school and work.  But I am going to try.  Pictures to come, of course.

And on that note, I am going to work on my paper for school that is due tomorrow…and worksheets…and the many other things that are piling up.  🙂  Wish me luck.

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I found a cute blog that I want to start using here.  It’s called Friday Fill-Ins.  However…last night was a bit busy with the trick or treat-ers, so I will do the first one now!  Then on to new news!!
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1. My favorite food seasoning is _salt.  Simple and basic_.
2. _”Time to go to knitting circle!!”_ is music to my ears.
3. Lucky is _being blessed with what you need_.
4. _My job, which I love, and knitting, which I also love,_ is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people _depend on me_.
6. _Halloween candy_ was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _the cookout with my neighbors_, tomorrow my plans include _writing my articulation statement and knitting Christmas gifts_ and I want to _make a dent in writing my portfolio_!

Onto other things…

My friend Alexis was so wonderful as to introduce me to a great group of women–a knitting circle that happens to be close to my home!  So now, every Thursday, I am forunate enough to sit around with women (and one man, actually) who all enjoy doing the same thing I do.  There are a few loom knitters, but most are traditional knitters and crocheters.  It’s really nice to get away from home and homework and work and just be. 

I am also still happily working for the university, although only down to “student worker” since I am currently attending classes again.  It’s actually a good thing that I had reduced hours since school is taking up a lot of time.  But I did start applying for new jobs that are also at the university, just not doing what I am doing now.  My first interview is tomorrow with safe schools, and I really doubt that I will get it.  Mainly because I know that they already have someone in a temp position there, and most likely they will get the job.  It’s no big deal really…the money is good, but there is a lot of travel.  So I can go either way.  I also applied in several departments for the administrative assistant II positions, and do have a great chance.  I just really want something more…not being full time is really beginning to hurt, especially knowing that Christmas is right around the corner and we have the boys.  Plus benefits…since I quit the other job, I have been without benefits.  Student workers don’t qualify.  I have hope tho!

I did design a new pattern.  For once, I have decided to sell it.  I also have many other ideas for patterns, and now just have to figure out how to knit them and get it on paper.  Here’s a picture of my design:

Just excited!!! 
Anyway, that’s the latest, and hopefully I will begin to keep up with posting here again.  Many thanks to Bethany for helping with my edits!! *hugs*

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