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Boring day [Jan. 10th, 2007|02:34 pm]
schnickerboodle
Full Name: Melissa Jo T*******
Birthday: September 8, 1982
What’s your sign? Virgo
What is your Chinese sign? Dog
Where do you live? Ozark, Missouri
Do you have any pets? YES! Chandler my yorkie baby
Whats your shoe size? 7ish
Hair color? Brown
Eye Color? Brown again
Height? 5’4”
What are you wearing? PJ pants, MSSU Hoodie, and a tshirt that says "Wisonsin-Save Cows Eat Cheese"
Do you have any nicknames? Snickerboodle, Mellie, Melle Belle, Mel, Missy Jo…im sure that I have more.
Favorites

Food: Chinese Food
Alcoholic Drink: Sex on the Beach
Regular Drink: Pepsi or Dr. Pepper
Book: Couplehood-Paul Reiser
Movie: It happened one night or long long trailer
TV show: Friends, Desperate Housewives, The War at Home
Song: There is no way that I could pick a song or even a couple. It just depends on my mood. Today I keep going back to good old John Mayer or Michael Buble'
Musical Group or Artist: Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble', John Mayer, ...it really just depends on the mood
Color: Green. Pink is a distant second
School Subject: social studies (afterall that was my major in college)
Holiday: Fourth of July maybe
Team Mascot: strange question...easy answer. I am full of good old wildcat pride from HS. Sure, at MSSU we were lions, but MSSU isn't home, is it? I assume that will change once I get a teaching job.
Stores: Pier 1, Maurices, Hollister, AE
Sport: to play :volleyball to watch:football
Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry's anything (right Shannon?)


Have you ever…

Been kissed? Yes
Danced with someone of the same sex? Uh yes…Amber and I danced together a lot.
Kissed someone of the same sex? I cant say that I have
Cried during a movie? Yes I cry in like every movie.
Truly hated someone? No I get mad but I get over it soon enough. I don’t really hate anyone.
Played the Sims: yes
Read a Harry Potter book? No
Prank called someone? Yes, we prank call Ricky all the time.
Been in love? Yes. I am engaged afterall
Pick one?

Green Eggs or Ham? Ham
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
Dog or Cat? Doggie!!!
DVD or VHS? Dvd
prolife or prochoice? Prolife
MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice: mc hammer
Snow Ski or Water Ski? Water ski


Who is your best friend? Matt (since we were 5!)
Did you enjoy high school? Yes. I loved it for the most part
Which Friends character are you most like? Monica because I am anal about everything and a neat freak.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I think I am grown up but I want to teach 1st or 2nd grade. haha
What would you do for a Klondike bar? Are you kidding me?
If you could cancel ANY tv show what would you cancel? Not sure
Do you remember the Get Along Gang?? Oh yeah…early 80’s…loved that show. A bunch of weird animals in a caboose...good family fun
How many licks does it take to get to the middle of a Tootsie Roll pop? 687565798754213245465454. yes I think that is it….grrrrr
What cd do you listen to that your friends would make fun of you for? Well …. Michael Jackson’s greatest hits. His songs are so catchy. People make fun of me for it but we listen to it at home when we are playing Nintendo and sometimes in the car. It makes me wanna dance haha
What time is it? 2:29
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"I'm living for the only thing I know..." [Jan. 10th, 2007|01:03 pm]
schnickerboodle
i'm running and not quite sure where to go
i don't know what i'm diving into
just hanging by a moment here with you"
~Lifehouse~Hanging by a Moment

Im off work again today. Not sure if that is good. Its cold and I don't mind being home...but I could use some dollars. Chandler and I are chilling out in the office. It is rainy and nasty out. We were supposed to get like 8 inches of snow but the temperature never dropped far enough so all we got were crazy thunderstorms last night. It is a little sad. I really wanted to see some snow before summer. Oh well. Life goes on.

Chandler and I have a rough day planned. Sit upstairs online (he sleeps while I am online), go downstairs and make some lunch and watch tv (chandler watches me eat in hopes that I will drop something and then he will go to sleep), Take a nap, eat and watch more tv, come back and play online. The entire time...Chandler will probably sleep. He is good like that. Actually he has been sick for the past 24 hours so I want him to sleep it off. I won't go in to the disgusting details but it is very obvious that the little guy does not feel good. I told him last night that if he didn't die I would never put him in his cage again. So far he is alive and kickin lol. I was really worried yesterday...I kept thinking about when one of my Favs lost her yorkie...some of the same symptoms. However, I figured out that those lips he was chewing on....that is what did it so I had to toss them. **Side note** Shannon take those lips away from Zoe until I talk to you and explain this in more details!!**

I am starting to realize that I am a grown up now. It is a little depressing. I mean in the back of my mind I have known that for a long time, but it is just starting to kick in that all my friends head back to school soon...and I am not going. I have to look for a job and be responsible. I am not on Christmas vacation...Im done. haha. it's strange. Now, technically, since i will be teaching, I will have a Christmas vacation for the rest of my life. But it isn't the same I guess. Graduating is finally just kicking in for me though. I thought I would share with you!
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I'm starting with the man in the mirror... [Jan. 10th, 2007|01:01 pm]
schnickerboodle
"...I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change."
~Michael Jackson~Man in the Mirror




A little late is better than ever. These are some goals that I am making for 2006!

1. Pay off ALL debts that occured from student teaching/and college.
2. Get a teaching job
3. Get Chandler back on his monthly vet visits
4. Take better care of my car
5. Keep in touch with family and friends better.Send more cards, emails, pictures, etc.
6. Take more time to enjoy the area we love in. Instead of working at Pier 1 all summer..take a few days off to go to the lake or go to Branson or do something. We haven't taken time to enjoy the great things about the Ozarks since we were in highschool. People save all year to vacation here. We LIVE here and still don't get to enjoy it.
7. Start planning lessons (assuming I receive a teaching contract) and organizing classroom materials
8. Build up our savings account again.
9. Sell the house in Joplin
10. Cut up credit cards. Yes even Pier 1 !! ...and pay the stupid things off
11. Go to KC and visit my cousins that I have not seen in years. Finally meet Joleta's soon to be 3 kids!
12. Start planning a trip to Colorado to visit family (and get in some quality ski time!)
13. Make some new friends....not just the same people I have known my whole life (which is all I am basically friends with right now).
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stolen from joleta [Jan. 9th, 2007|06:41 pm]
schnickerboodle
YOU
1. Name:
2. Date of birth:
3. Where you live:
4. What makes you happy:
5. Currently listening/the last thing you listened to:
6. Do you read my journal?:
7. If yes, what makes it especially good or bad?:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Are you in love/do you have a crush at the moment?:
10. Favourite place to spend time:
11. Favourite lyric:
12. The best time of the year:

RECOMMEND
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A band, a song, or album:

PLUS
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Look at my friends-list and tell what you like about one of our mutual friends:
4. Put this in your journal so that I can tell you what I like about.
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"It looks like Sally and Rob..." [Jan. 2nd, 2007|10:31 am]
schnickerboodle
"...finally tied the knot. Well, its about time." -Craig Morgan-"That's What I love about Sunday"

Well, Well, Well, how the heck is everyone doing. I have been student teaching and working and it has been entirely too busy. blah. Ricky moved to Ozark last week. Its not fun staying here all alone. It's actually scary to be honest. But Chandler and I will live I am sure. I graduate in exactly 2 months! How freakin awesome is that?!?! So send me some presents!!! lol

Today we are having an open house. Hopefully that will help the house to move. If not, then Tuesday, we are having a broker's open. Hopefully, someone will come and want to buy a house. The economy is kinda to blame. I should have listed it this summer when houses were selling in like a week. I just didnt want to be homeless for 6 months. I didnt know then that Ricky was going to Ozark. I also had no idea it would be so soon. They are opening his new store the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday ! That will be crazy.

And in other news. I finally have a wedding date!!! I know you are all so proud. October 28, 2006. Rickys birthday is October 28 and we started dating on October 30th so it seemed like a good time. Yea! haha. We arent sure of many of the details yet. Shannon and I are trying to come up with a good outline this week so we can start gathering stuff. It is going to be very informal. The only people who will have to dress up will be the bridal party. Everyone else can show up in jeans. We are doing a fall theme, hense the date. We are planning on outside as well. Shannon and I have come up with a few ideas but I need to talk to my grandparents first and see if they would be willing to host the occasion. If not, then we have to find another place we can use. We will see I guess. Well I just wanted to let you know. We have the bridal party put together BUT I wont post it here. We havent decided for sure if we are going to have 3 or 4 bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Ok, so I am going to go. I have to get ready to go to work. Later!
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School days, School days [Sep. 14th, 2005|10:21 pm]
schnickerboodle
Hello to everyone!! haha. Today has been a great day. I skipped school. Still sick *cough* or atleast that is what I said. I emailed my teachers. Instead I went to Springfield...more on that later. But both of my teachers emailed me back to let me know my student teaching placement-as they were posted today. So Dr Coltharp...my most favorite teacher...emailed me to let me know I was place in Carl Junction Primary School (my first freakin choice!! woot) and that I would be in 3rd grade. I taught second before and loved it so third grade should be a blast. Then he told me about my teacher-who is supposed to be really a fun lady. Then last but not least, he told me that his youngest son, Benjamin, would be in my class! How exciting. I am not excited about my supervisor but I just have to deal with her a few times so I will live. Anyway, that was great news. I love Carl Junction school so I am exstatic. Then....there is my big secret. I am going to break it to you although we are waiting for it to be approved through one more person before it is official. But it looks like it will be.


Ok...so we have been talking about moving...denver, daytona, kc...whatever. We just wanted to get the hell out of Joplin. Well, as you know, KC has been our current #1 for now. Well, On Monday, Ricky was offered a job in Ozark, Mo. He was basically given the chance to pick any job he wants to transfer there. They pay all the moving costs associated with that. So we are moving to Ozark, Mo. That is basically right in between Springfield (the 3rd largest city in Mo) and Branson (outlet shopping and family fun town mixed with country music haha). Ozark is a really nice town. It has the highest paying schools in the state and they are fantastic. Ozark is kinda small...but it is 8 miles from Springfield which is a pretty big city. So we are excited. We were excited to move to KC, but this has a lot of opportunity for him, and nice schools for me. We really cant complain too much. It sucks that our houses is sitting here, begging to sell, but noone has been too interested. It has only been on the marked 6 days though. Actually, our real estate agent is trying to get her daughter financed to buy it so who knows. Maybe that will turn out nicely. It really is a cute house and priced as a steal so someone will hit on it eventually. It is just that it is in Joplin, real estate here is crap. This town is disgusting.

Today we went, and looked at some townhouses that we are going to rent. We love them. And we will have 2 bed, 2.5 baths and a 2 car garage so that will work. They are bigger than our current house. Ricky has to be there October 17 so we will be apart for a while. Lowes will pay for him to live in a hotel for like a month so hopefully our house will sell. If so, I can stay with someone in Joplin and he can settle in to our new place. Just thought I would share my good news with you. Later!

Oh here is the link for those townhomes if you want to check them out. You can only see the outside but they are really cute ;) http://www.forrent.com/search/detail.asp?site=1000000987
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"I call just because I need to feel you on the line.." [Sep. 6th, 2005|06:22 pm]
schnickerboodle
Today....was blah. It shouldnt be. I mean, I accomplished a lot and things are actually going pretty well. Infact, I was having such a great morning, that I decided to pass off some cheer to a few good friends. SO, I called Matt. He was supposed to be in class, and as I had planned, his Napoleon Dynamite voicemail message picked up. I left him a pretty simple "I know you are in class but I just wanted to say hi and I hope you have a great day! Give me a call later cause I miss you hun!" and that was it. So while I am in class he calls back and leaves me a voicemail, which i checked during class (we were all goofing around so what the heck) and I could tell by his voice, Matt wasnt having such a great day. I call him back and we talk for a few minutes, then he starts to spill his guts. It turns out that he has been at a funeral this morning. As soon as he said that, my heart sank. Now I will backtrack for your reading convenience:Matt is an EMT in Springfield. Something terrible is always happening there lately...and to be honest, he is always entirely too close to the situation for my liking. Well 3 weeks ago, Matt went to a funeral for a highway patrolman that he knew who was killed. Then today, he went to a funeral for a paramedic who was killed while working a traffic accident on Friday night. Someone ran him over. The accident he was responding to was a stupid, no injury accident. But because someone else was not paying attention, this paramedic was killed. I got to thinking....more backtracking...two years ago (approx) Matt was in an accident where he was hurt really bad. he was responding to a call. He was driving his ambulance and someone didnt yield to him and ran the ambulance off the road. Matt had some pretty severe injuries but he made it out virtually okay. People just do not pay enough attention to emergency vehicles. Well anyway, back to today...Matt starts talking about how when he was at the funeral, he looked in the casket and thought "that is going to be me someday." How is my heart not supposed to break when he says that. I kept saying "dont say that Matt. Stop talking that way." but he proceeded to tell me that in each of his shifts, he does the same type of stop that this paramedic did...oh about 3 times a night. And he knows that one day, he is going to end up in the same situation and get killed. I didnt really know what to say. I mean, he is obviously upset from the funeral of a peer earlier in the morning, but man, it just really made me think...he is right. It very easily could be him one day. I cannot physically handle thinking about that though. I just ignore it and try to remember that he is trained in what he does, and he is doing all that he can to protect himself, and the people he is helping. ....still, it upsets me. Ugh. I dont know.

I realize that he was upset, and I tried to cheer him up, but I was pretty bummed as well, so I didnt succeed. We ended on a "lets do lunch, miss you, talk to you later" kinda deal. A little awkward because I really felt bad that there wasnt more I could do. I just should be able to do more. With as long as I have known him, I should be able to cheer him right up. But he had to go to class, and today it just wasnt going to happen based on the circumstances.

I was a little less than thrilled about the whole conversation. Mostly because I know that if something ever was to happen to him, it would kill me. You might as well take me with him because I would just be unable to deal with the whole situation. I know I probably care about him a million times more than he could ever care about me, so sue me. I can't begin to explain why that is. Sometimes, I wish I could just make sense out of the whole deal. I suppose that is just the way that it's supposed to be. Anyway, this is grim enough for the day so I am going to end it here. I will probably post something a little more upbeat later on?? I mean, I really had a great day for the most part, it just sorta lost all it's cheer in that one little call.
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"I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come [Aug. 18th, 2005|11:23 pm]
schnickerboodle
[mood |anxiousanxious]

...I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come
They've got crazy little women there
And I'm gonna get me just one"
-Kansas City



Hi! I hope everyone is doing swell. I know I read that some of you are not having a very good day...cheer up guys! So I have been doing some thinking. For a few reasons, but nonetheless, I have been thinking about what I want to do when I graduate. As many of you know, Ricky and I have been torn between two places: Denver Colorado and Daytona Beach Florida. I know-they have nothing in common. lol. But we were considering them for different reasons. First off, both have great job opportunity for Ricky. Since he makes the most money-that is pretty important. Then we were looking into all different other reasons. For example, my dad's whole family lives in Denver. In Florida, I have an uncle and Ricky has some family. Just little odds and ends like that. Basically, we were planning on applying for jobs in both places (him) and then just going wherever he got hired because we couldnt decide. We just kept going back and forth. Ricky mentioned that his boss told him that he would be able to hook Ricky up with a job in Arizona or Kansas City, but we just shrugged that off.

Well, I have been doing some soul searching. I have been talking with one of my cousins and I think I have officially changed my mind about everything we were planning on. Surprise surprise. I change my mind all the time. But I was totally set on getting the heck out of MIssouri. I have lived here my entire life. I was born in Kansas but I have been in Missouri ever since. But, while talking to her, she sort of reminded me off all the things I am missing out on since I have moved away from Kansas City. (For those who dont know, I lived there from the time I was a baby until I was about 13). The history, the lifestyle, the most awesome barbeque in the world, and having most of my family within close proximity....all these things I had forgotten that I actually missed. She sent me pictures of downtown, the jazz district, different theatres, shopping centers, the plaza, etc. It has been years since I have seen most of these things (I havent really been back since I moved away aside from going to the airport or Worlds of Fun a few times). It just kind of all came back to me. I moved away 10 years ago. I REFUSED to leave. I told my mom I would live with someone else, or I would run away. I did not want to move away. I loved it there. So she bribed me. Story of my life. Promises of ponies in the country swept me off to no man's land. And I never did see that effing horse! Gah!

So basically, I am exstatic at the thought of being able to move back "home". Atleast, the only home I ever really knew. I mean, I lived there half my life and then moved to sw MO. I like it here, but it never was the same to me. Ricky and I are working out the details to take like a 3 days trip up there. I am finalizing an itinerary with Jenny for what we want to do while we are there. She has promised to be our "tour guide", afterall, I never had a drivers license when I lived there so I dont really remember where anything is haha. Also, a lot has changed in 13 years. We are just trying to put together a great few days because Ricky has never been there. I just want him to see how great it really can be there. All he knows is he hates driving on 435 around KC to the airport and he doesn't really like the Chiefs. He has never even been inside the city or surrounding areas so I look forward to changing his outlook on things.

I havent really told anyone about this. Not my family (with the exception of Jenny because she is helping me out a bit) or any of my friends/coworkers. Really, it doesnt concern them. I know most of my family will be split. A few who live in the KC area will be excited. My mom, my grandma, and a few others will be very upset. So why cause drama when nothing is set in stone yet. I love the idea of being back up there. Hell, I have a cousin who is working on her third kid. Growing up, her, me, and Jenny were inseperable. Now she has two kids and one on the way-and I have never seen any of them. Not once. It would be nice to meet them before they can drive a car! I also like the idea that I can get a teaching job right away, I dont have to worry about getting certified in another state or any of that jazz. I just apply and go from there. The fact that I graduated from a prestigious teaching program in MO still counts for something. So who knows. I just am really excited at this opportunity. AND I have to do part of my student teaching in KC so that totally gives me a chance to network. While I am there, I will just casually mention that I am hoping to get a job there and mingle with some important people. I am charming and a great butt kisser. That should help me out some.


I dont know, to most of you, you dont really care. But I really think this will be a great thing! So we are crossing our fingers at this point in time. Nothing is set in stone. What if there are no job openings for him (doubtful but still a chance) or we cant sell our house. Hopefully, things will run smoothly though!

Im too lazy to put a cut in here so sorry this took up your whole screen haha. Later!
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2005|11:12 am]
schnickerboodle
[mood |boredbored]

Hey everyone, I will write a real update later. Copy and paste this link to take my quiz at quizyourfriends.com Find out how well you really know me, or learn a few things you didn't know!

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"What do you say in a moment like this? [Jul. 30th, 2005|11:21 pm]
schnickerboodle
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

...when you can't find the words, oh to tell it like it is?" -What do you say-Reba McEntire

I am typing this as I sit here, trying to write the perfect words into a card for someone that I have not seen in 4 years. I have come to the conclusion that the perfect words do not exist and this was a stupid idea. However, I really felt like I should do this. What am I talking about? Let me backtrack...

For those who are new, I moved away from my hometown 4 years ago to go to college. Back home, I left a lot of good friends I had known most of my life.Each person was special to me for a different reason. At home there was a boy named Shane that I have known for years. When I was 16, he used to drive down to my house and leave flowers in my car. Then he would call me a few hours later and ask me some question that would make me go out to my car so I could see his surprises. At the time, i thought it was annoying. Now, as I look back on it, how nice would it be to get flowers for no reason now? lol I probably wasnt very nice to him then but as we got older Shane and I became good friends. Shane never went anywhere alone. He always had his little brother with him. It wasn't like his little brother just always tagged along, they were just the best of friends. Last week I opened up the newspaper to see something that caught my eye. "Barry County teen killed in car wreck" I know something was wrong. Anytime a Barry County person dies in a car accident, they are always from Cassville/Shell Knob because we have the most terrible roads. They are very curvy and there are a lot of blind spots. Anyway, I read on to find that Shane's little brother was the boy who was killed. 18 years old. How sad. I called my mom who filled in the rest. He had been fighting with his mother all day (she is friends with my mom) and had left the house mad. He drove about 3 miles towards Shell Knob (probably concentrating on other things) lost control, and ran off the road. He rolled his truck and was basically killed instantly. He was NOT wearing a seatbelt. The first person I thought of was Shane. They were inseperable. So I had my mom call their uncle to get Shane's address. I got him a nice card today, and I am sitting here, trying to find something to say that will make him feel somewhat at ease. But I know that there is nothing I can say to make him feel better. Noone can make him feel better. My sister and I are not super close. But if we were in the same situation, I would be devistated. I cannot imagine. I do have some expertise in dealing with situations like this. I mean, just a year ago, one of my best childhood friends was killed in a car accident. But still not the same. So I sit here, speechless. I can offer him a friend to listen to him and a shoulder to cry on. But really, that is all. And I guess in reality, that is priceless. I just wish I could do more. I am the kind of person who thinks of EVERYONE else in situations like this. I want to do what I can to make other's feel good, even if that means dealing with my own feelings at a later time. I have known this little boy for 10 years, yet I am more concerned with how his family is dealing than how I feel about the entire situation. That is me in a nutshell though. Too nice. It could be worse. I could just not care at all. Still, that doesnt' help me fill this card with hope and inspiration. so I will write something cheesy, and try to write what I want to say-but it wont come out right. Hopefully, he will understand that I am here for him, and sorry, and that will be enough. Hopefully. I have to admit. It would be a lot easier to concentrate if my little doggie wasnt running circles around the kitchen table barking at me because he wants attention. Cant he see I dont want to play fetch lol.
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