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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
3:58 pm
oh work..
Dear kids,
Please refrain from coming to school if you don't feel well! I work in the nurse's office, and am therefore very likely to catch whatever you have.
Ok, thanks. bye.
p S. i'm alreadyeady sick.

In other news, I love lush. We already knew this, but the vanilla lotion smells friggin amazing! And because I got so much stuff for people for Christmas, I got 3 free gifts! That rules!

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
2:17 pm
Board of education
Dear JCBOE,
Why are some of the people who work for you so stupid? And ignorant? Also, could you please tell the people in the special education department to stop asking me so many ridiculous questions? For instance, I am capable of using a computer! And a telephone! So informing your employees that I am not an invalid would be really nice!
Thanks a bunch!
Love Sioban
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
8:36 am
it's been awhile!
which is the understatement of the year actually. A lot has been going on since last i wrote in here. The main thing would have to be that I'm writing this from my desk at work. Yes! Sioban Leahy finally has what she'd call a real person job. Lol! It took awhile, but I finally talked to the superintendent in October, and he found a spot for me. Thank God too, because damn is looking for jobs a pain in the ass. Not to mention extremely discouraging! I'd know. I'd been doing it for two months before I got this offer. And even with it, I didn't start until halfway through November. I do like it so far. I'm in an elementary school, and I'm already working on a grade wide project with 5th graders, and I already have 8 students to council! So, thus, things are going well on that front!

In other less pleasant news, Missy and Kipp have ringworm. Which is as big a pain in the ass as it seems. I think it's almost gone (knock on wood). but in addition to it being gross, it's kind of my fault because I'm a nice person. The short version is that I adopted a kitten from the shelter and she had ringworm. Neither myself nor the shelter was aware of it, and I figured it out when the dogs and I got it. Because I never saw any spots on her and neither did the vet. Anyway, the end of a long saga ended up being that i had to give her back to the shelter after a friend of mine tried getting her better. My Mom was afraid that we wouldn't be able to tell when it was gone from the kitten since she unlike the dogs had no visible signs. And we couldn't risk it with the dogs seeing as neither of them are pets. Even still, I was sad bringing her back, and the shelter didn't make me feel any better about it because they tried to blame me and make me feel guilty for bringing her back. And it totally worked, but I couldn't do anything about it. And she was so cute intop it off. Lol. Hopefully someone will adopt her soon. They said I could call back and check on her.

Other than that, everything else that's been going on is not worth mentioning, specially considering that I should be doing some sort of work. Oy.

Speaking of work, some of the people I work with are fucking annoying!

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
3:15 am
Letters to various places.
Or maybe just two...

Dear Starbucks,
While I am in sanely glad that I've discovered the free refills that cost 54 cents, and while I still stand by my prediction that God invented you, and works there, I am a little upset because I am currently still awake because I drank not one but two iced coffees. However, I very much appreciate the offer of such cheap refills. Apparently, I simply must work harder not to sicumb to the addiction of your delicious beverages. That being said, I'm probably walking back there tomorrow. At least I'll get good exercise.

Dear audible.com,
Although I love the quality and prices of your audio books, lately when I go on your website, it makes me sad. Everytime I go on, I get very excited, anticipating the release of city of souls in audio formatt, and everytime it isn't there it disappoints me. Thus, I would please please like you to update your site and have it there soon?

K thanks bye...

This is what happens when I'm sleep deprived, and hyped up on too much coffee, the energy of overexcited teenagers, and the hilarity that comes from hanging out with Lauren and Alicia watching youtube videos.

Current Mood: not specified
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
7:45 pm
Holy crap!
So all through drew, up until like this past weekend things were all good. I think the kids were trying
to lull us into a false sense of security. Because I swear, everything and more happened this weekend.

For instance, we learned that we have 9 couplest here this year. 9! That's a lot of freeking couples! 3 or 4 is the norm, but 9? And I can only think of 7 offhand. And this would be ok, except that they are all horny as hell, and doing everything with each other, and they're not sticking to the sicluded places where they won't get caught. The 3rd floor staircase for instance? And a game of spin the bottle in a classroom with the lights on? Right near the head RA'S room? Ridiculous!

If that weren't enough, they're all hyped up as hell, they keep getting early kurfew for little things, and they can't keep the bathroom cleaned. Ok, that's one, but still. Additionally, they can't go to the basement anymore because people got caught making out on the washing machine. And one of the RA'S got fired. We had two hospital visits in as many days, and the scramble to do research papers was so last minute that some of them didn't get it done. One of the beds broke, and the amount of nights I stayed awake past two are more frequent than those that weren't that late.

That being said, without going into much detail at all, it is turning out to be an interesting month. Definitely the most interesting I've had at drew. That's not to say it hasn't been fun. Quite the contrary. I still don't wanna go home Friday. But on top of being fun there hasn't been a dull moment. And all of the above excludes the normal who likes who drama and which girls are crying today. All in all though, good times, with much craziness thrown in for good measure.

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
4:41 pm
My kids.
Are great! They seem like such good kids. They're really good with and to each other. For the most part I mean. Of course, I've caught some of them making fun of one another, but on the whole, they are more helpful than not. AND that's nice to see.

Another thing that's sweet about my kids is how chill some of them are. Although I've had to deal with the normal teenage drama, like who fought with who, who likes who, whose dating who, we haven't had to deal with anything too drastic. Besides the girl who wasn't eating, and even that was stopped really quickly.

Our trips haven't even been as bad as I originally thought. I figured the water park would be a disaster, considering that it's full of hills and because we had so many albinos. But the kids actually seemed to have a lot of fun. And only one kid got bad sun burn. I think it helped that we had a room where the kids could go if they got too much sun. Also, they had dry attractions so that those who didn't want to go in the water could still have a good time. Also, the food ruled, and there was tons of it.

The other trip we've gone on was the aviation museum. I thought it was going to be awful and boring, but it was actually fairly interesting. Because it was all about aviation in NJ and the kids could go into an old plain, and they could touch old parts of helicopters and stuff. So it was pretty cool. At least there's no aquarium this year.

In conclusion, drew is great. The kids are a lot of fun. And the money is sweet. Which is secondary, but when compared to last summer, I can't help getting excited about it.

Current Mood: content
Monday, July 20th, 2009
2:36 am
Five years Yesterday!
The subject line pretty much says it all. On July 19th, 2004, at approximately 2 PM, I got my Missy! I remember before getting her that I was worried, because I had just retired Missy, but all of that changed the moment I was handed the leash. That in itself is interesting, because Missy wasn't particularly impressed by me for the first few days, nor was she happy about the new arrangements. In fact, all she seemed to want was her trainer. But I wasn't upset about that, quite the contrary actually. I was happy to see that she'd created such a bond to her trainer, because to my way of thinking, she'd soon feel the same way about me.

And clearly, seeing as I'm writing this five years later, I was correct about that bond. And what a bond it is. Sure, we have our shitty days, but for the most part, things have been more than wonderful. And damn have we been through a lot. Starting with TCNJ. She went through three years there with me, and because I changed my major at the beginning of sophomore year, she went through my comm studies courses with me. Then, she not only walked in graduation, but got a deploma as well. Which was the most kick ass part of graduation by the way. This was in May of 2007.

The following September, and for the past two years, she has taken numerous light rail and path train rides into NYC, so that I could complete my graduate degree at NYU. And working in NYC, is no small thing, believe me, but she always handled it like a pro, even after the accident, which just happens to be another amazing thing that we dealt with as a team. The incident where I got hit by a car? Or more accurately, the time when I'd have gotten seriously injured if it weren't for Missy, but instead a car just ran over my foot. Yeah. Good times.

In addition to Missy's amazing city work, she worked in a high school (a big one) this past year, and in a small facility for severely mentally ill adults last year. She can work anywhere, the shore, the city, college campuses, and her adaptibility to new environments is friggin amazing. She works rain or shine (though she prefers not to work in the rain if she can help it) and on most days, she does it with a wagging tail. She was with me for my first flight, my first long train ride by myself, and she's seen California, Florida, Minnisota and Missouri with me. She's been with me through my first "relationship", through two very difficult deaths, and through the making of some of my closest friends. As corny as it might sound, she's with me for, virtually everything. And it's cool that she's been with me for a lot of such important milestones. I only hope that she's there for many more.

Here's to many more years.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, July 13th, 2009
6:23 pm
Drew so far
At first when I decided to work drew, I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. I was honestly a fan of having sort of a chill summer where I just hung out. But I figured I'd do it for the money. And now, I'm so glad I did. I'm having such a good time! The kids so far are so awesome, just full of energy, and they seem excited. And really, I mstn't forget that this, drew, was what made me decide to be a social worker. And I know why. This atmosphere is just such a nice one. Although it's unique, it's still nice to see a group come together like these kids. That's not to say I won't have my complaints, now and again. But it's great. And way better than "jail" aka visions was last year. In conclusion, I'm so happy I'm back there.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
9:59 pm
yay!
I love my new toy! THE post worked! Woot! Really, I shouldn't be this excited. But writing braille online! And being able to go online with such a small piece of technology is sweetffAlso, having an LJ client right in the menus rules! Not to mention.. So many cool things. Lol. Besides my sweet new braille plus, convention was good times. Lots of puppies plus any blindo toy one could think of equals awesomeness. Add in ice cream and good company and really what could be bad about that? Oh right nothing. Mostly though, just happy about my new toy. And the sweet
upgrade due to come out for mac in the fall. I can't wait for even more accessable features! Ok.. Off to listen to some internet radio. Or maybe I'll browse the web since I can with braille. Disclaimer: I know I'm a dork. I just don't care lol.Ps, off to drew tomorrow. And while I'm tired because Shelley, Danielle and I didn't sleep last night on account of our new toys, I'm still excited.

Current Mood: tired
1:32 pm
convention
So I went to the ACB convention this past week. Got a sweet new toy. From which I am posting.

Let's see if this actually works before I tell anything more shall we?

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
11:58 pm
(no subject)
To whom it may concern,
Please please hurry up and release City of Souls on audio? Us blindos want/need to listen to audio books, and we like them to come out the same day as the print books because we get just as excited about release dates, and then it's lame when everybody's like "Look at me I got my print version" and I check audible, and what happens? No friggin audio book! Also, this is the second time this has happened in as many months, and I am not a fan.
therefore, I would greatly appreciate if you would rectify this problem as soon as possible.
K thanks bye.
Sioban

Current Mood: not specified
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
11:59 pm
The weekend.
Was awesome! Despite the massive amounts of rain we had to endure. Spent the majority of the weekend, until last night at least, at the shore with some of my favorite girls, aka Jackie and Deena. Jackie and I got down there Thursday night, and just chilled. To sum up Friday we went food shopping, to see her Grandmother, had mudslides and toasted almonds out on the porch, went to JR's, and then came back to drink more of the previously mentioned cocktails.

Saturday, Deena came, and it was raining like crazy. So we decided to do nothing much. Meaning, we hung out in chill clothes and did things like drinking wine, watching TV, eating Italian food which we ordered, playing braille monopoly (which I won at lol) and of course, drinking more wine. Also, finding funny crap on youtube. Very uneventful day for some, but we had fun.

Sunday the weather kept messing with us. We thought it'd be cool to go out, and then no, it lied. So again we hung out, drank more wine and watched the real house wives of NJ. Which by the way is a freeking ridiculous show, but funny because of it's ridiculousness. I learned something new Yesterday though. There is a bangin Chinese take out place in Ortley, which delivers, and most importantly has sushi. Delicious sushi which I had last night. Mmmmm Philadelphia rolls, and California rolls, and tuna rolls. Thinking about it just makes me want more!

Today was yet again crappy. Until the afternoon, at which point I left with Aunt Geri and Uncle Brian to go to Trenton so we could see the Celtic women. A group I like plus a free ticket equals a great night. And the concert was really good. Those women are such good musicians, and they have great voices.

So all in all, clearly a good weekend. Even though if we get anymore rain we will have freeking floods.

Current Mood: hungry
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
1:25 pm
Things I am excited about!
#1: I've found another sci fi, or rather dark fantasy writer whom I like aside from Kim Harrison. It's Vicki Pettersson, and her newest book comes out July 1st. I can't wait!

#2: Kim Harrison's first book in her new series came out on May 26th, but it finally became available on audible.com Yesterday. Yay! Although, I have to finish this paper before I can start reading it.

#3: Speaking of papers, this one I'm writing? Is the second to last one I'll have to write in my grad school career! Wooot!

#4: The fact that I am going to the shore this weekend, to have the traditional "girls" weekend that Jackie and I missed last year. We're going down Thursday night. Deena is meeting us on Saturday! It's gonna be awesome! Not only have Jackie and I not spent a good amount of time together in awhile, but the three of us haven't hung out in I don't even know how long!

#5: I'm going to see a celtic women concert on Monday in Trenton. They are this group of amazing, very mellow Irish singers. Their music is soothing, and they have beautiful voices. That being said, it should make for a good night before I have to go to class on Tuesday.

And now, as much as I really don't want to, I should get back to writing this paper, so that something so annoying and a pain in the ass stops taking away from my good mood. Wow, did that sentence even make sense? :-)

Current Mood: not specified
Monday, June 8th, 2009
8:14 pm
A year older.
Which to be fair, is not really very old. Even though I am now technically in my mid 20's. Lol. I'm writing, because while taking a walk to the store at the shore, I started thinking of things from when I was little.

Missy and I went to get ice cream, in the store that we've been going to since we were really young. I thought about going there when I was little, my sister always ordering the same thing, and when a small cup used to seem large. Then I was thinking about money, and winning the essay contest I won in 5th grade. I won $200, and damn that was so much money then lol. Now if I really wanted to (which I don't) I could drop that much money like that. I suppose it was just a simpler time. And while most of the time I am perfectly happy and content with my more complicated adult life (even though I have yet to find a job) sometimes it'd be nice to go back to those simpler times. I think that's why I like the shore so much. Everything about it is simpler, more relaxing, and more peaceful. Though I know I could never live there perminantly, it's nice to get away and go there when I can.

Current Mood: not specified
Monday, June 1st, 2009
6:41 pm
(no subject)
So it has been a crazy couple of weeks. But this weekend, I went down to Collingswood. The "GWT" guys finished their movie, and they were showing it on Friday. Not only was it great to see everybody, but the movie was good as well. I liked the way they structured it, and their was a lot of talking. Plus, the boys did a lot of really cool things, and they introduced a lot of volunteer agencies I'd never heard of. I think they had a lot of fun putting it together.

Also, I got to see everybody. I didn't think I'd get to see Seeley and Katy, cause for some reason I thought they were going to DC this weekend, but they came back from the Philly's game, and we went to the diner. Also, I hung out with Wiseley, Tim Urian, and James and Cat at Tim's house. I slept at James's house.

And just as an aside, Tim is really cool. I'd never really chatted with him before.

The only things that sucked about the weekend were, I didn't get to see Danielle, and we were thinking about hanging out, and I didn't get to see Bear. All in all, it was a good weekend, which was topped off by the fact that I got to go to wawa. I love wawa!

Current Mood: not specified
Monday, May 18th, 2009
9:38 pm
I am soooo hungry!!!
Because I am on the south beach diet with my Mom. I went on it Yesterday, because I have been eating like a crazy person for the last couple of months. Because, you know, when I'm stressed out I eat, which is clearly a wonderful idea lol. Anyway, I wanna lose some of the weight I've gained, and I want to get control over my ridiculous eating habbits as of late. But southbeach is really hard core. For the first two weeks, I can't have carbs, or anything with sugar in it. So of course I just want everything I can't have. And, I've felt constantly hungry. But I woke up today with a lot of energy. Bets anyone on whether I can go the whole two weeks without cheating? I'm hoping I can, even though all's I want right now is a freeking brownie for some reason. After I'm done with this, I might go eat some nuts. Yum. :-)

In other news, I registered for the seeing eye reunion today in August. It is their 80th aniversary party, and Karen, Shelley, Chris and I are going. By perhaps the luckiest streak ever, I called the best western, and managed to procure the last two available rooms for the weekend. Which is pretty freeking sweet!

I start my last ever class for grad school tomorrow! I am done by July 2nd, and on July 10th, I am going to work at drew, because they are willing to pay me, almost as much as I made all last summer for a month. Add in that I'll be looking for a real job and I've got a packed summer. Here's hoping I find something full time by the end of the summer.

Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
6:50 pm
Crappiest week ever!
It started last weekend. Saturday was actually a pretty good day. Mom, Dad, and I went to Rutgers with Missy and Kip for this agricultural field day. The puppy raisers were really involved with it. I saw my friend Shelley, puppy raiser Shelley, not blindo, and her new dog is adorable. I hadn't seen her in like 2 years, so it was good we got to hang out. It was also cool cause there were a lot of cool seeing eye instructors, Denise, Rivi, and Chris Mattoon. Kip got a big ribbon, because he's awesome, and it was a beautiful day. I had the sun burn to prove it. My parents left early, and I stuck around, because Wiseley was up near rutgers, and came down to hang out. It was good times. We just walked around, and chatted, went to the folk festival, and ate greasey barbecue type food. I got home around probably 6ish, and Rob and JP came over and hung out for awhile. Brought me sushi.

Sunday I was intending to do work all day, because last week was the end of classes. But that didn't happen. We learned early on in the day that our next door neighbor passed away. Very suddenly. At age 29. And this is the reason for the sucky week. She's got two little boys, 4 and 8, and she, her brother, and all of us grew up together. They lived next door all our lives. And, we're pretty sure that it was diet pills that killed her. Imagine that? Fucking diet pills. That she'd only been taking for like 7 or 8 months? And the FDA announced the other day that they were recalling that specific drug? If only it had been a few weeks previous, it may have helped.

I'ts crazy... And hard to wrap my head around. It makes no sense as my Mom says, and there was certainly no reason for it. She is not happier up "there" where ever there is, and there is no way in hell that God needed her more than her children, husband and brother. It sucks. That's all I can say, and it's going to be hard for everyone. I keep thinking about those boys. I can't even fathom what it'd be like to grow up without a mother. And some of the shit that you hear the kids say? It's... In sanity. And, I think the little guy is moving in. He's over our house a lot a lot. We think he doesn't wanna be at home... Sometimes, I can't deal with it. It's the worst death ever. Because it was so unexpected, she was so young, and her fucking kids. And, they really were like family. Growing uptogether, it'd be bound to be like that.

Current Mood: not specified
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
6:32 pm
One of my favorite things...
Today is such a beautiful day. I actually had nothing to do, and so I went for a walk with my Missy. It was awesome. I had nowhere to go, so really we just walked to walk, and it was just nice and relaxing. The nice weather, combined with the fact that I had nothing to do, was just great. And I realized that it's one of my favorite things. Just going out for no reason at all, and going for a leisurely walk. With Missy. Working my dog is one of the most enjoyable things for me. And to think, a month ago, I thought I was going to have to retire her?

Current Mood: not specified
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
4:18 pm
Feeling slightly nestalgic
If that's even the right word for how I'm feeling. There's so much going on right now, what with me graduating and such. And, trying to get a job in this wonderful economy that is going down the crapper. And while I'm as ready as I'll ever be for all of this, I'm finding myself thinking back these past few days. Particularly while I was writing papers, I just wanted to be back at TCNJ where I could go take a walk whenever I wanted, or go to hang out with people to get my mind off of things, or else I could go and get whatever I wanted to eat. And then thinking about school made me think about... A lot of people from school. Both those with whom I am still in contact with, and those who I haven't spoken to or thought about in months. I miss the people I haven't seen, and I'm wondering how those who I don't speak to are doing. This then made me wonder the same thing about my high school friends. Because there are a lot of those who I don't speak with any longer. I feel like I need to see everyone I still talk to soon, cause I miss you all. As for those people I don't talk to, I'll stop wondering soon enough I suppose. As for going back to TCNJ, although sometimes it seems like it would be easier, I wouldn't want to do it without all of my friends back, so it wouldn't work out. Being grown up is... Weird to say the least.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
9:52 pm
(no subject)
Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!

I'm tired! I hate writing papers!
True, I'm almost done with it (I'll be done tomorrow) but I still have just about a whole other one to write! I cannot concentrate! I hate ends of semesters! But the end of this one? Is particularly hard... Maybe because I haven't been getting good sleep? Surprise surprise!

Damn it all to hell!!!!!

In other news, once I'm done with all this crap (as in on Friday) Karen, and Chris are coming for the weekend... And maybe Danielle? We have all sorts of good stuff planned.

Also, we're getting our seeing eye puppy on Tuesday. And on Saturday, somebody's coming to "check out our living situation" and they are bringing their four month old 45 pound sheperd who by the way is gonna be huge.

I can't wait, for good weekends. And puppies! And next weekend, Maryland, with Thom, and Deena!

However, right now, I have to fucking try and write this paper!

Crap on toast!

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