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Friday, April 24, 2009

Yes, I am Still Out Here....I Cannot Believe its Been Six Months Since I Have Posted!

Hey There Everyone!

Let me just say, I feel sooooooo disconnected from this blog! I logged on and was reading some blogs of people that I met when I was actively blogging and realized how disconnected I feel from blog land! I am more determined than ever to reformat this blog and start posting again! It was my goal last year but now that summer is coming, its time! I miss hearing from everyone and hope you guys are doing well.

For anyone still reading, I am still a non-smoker! I did have one slip up recently when I found one of those thinner flavored cigar type things that I had hidden in a drawer. I managed to convince myself that I wasn't really smoking and lit it up! Boy, it was disgusting! I was really scared that smoking the cigar was going to trigger a big smoking episode but it didn't. I took like five puffs, and was like, "Gross!" I called a few people to discuss the incident but have not picked up anything since. I still think about smoking a Marlboro from time to time but I know how hard it is to stay stopped so I just leave it at just a thought.

The school year is just about over and I am really exausted and burned out! I survived the year at a big school. Speaking of school, there were thousands of teachers out here in California "Pink-Slipped" and people are really afraid of losing their jobs. It is a scary economy and time. Our union members are voting for a one day solidatary work stoppage strike next week. The strike would be held on May 15th. I really feel like I need to stand with the people who are in serious danger of losing thier positions. I did not get a pink slip and feel grateful but know that if GM is talking about closing its plant for a few months, ANYTHING is possible!

I am still trying to get into work out mode and am thinking about registering for the Avon Breast Cancer walk. It is a two day walk and it would force me to train! One day you walk either 26 miles or 13.5 miles. They next day you walk another 13.5 miles. I know a few people who have done it and it seems like a great idea. I would train all during the summer and the actual walk would be in the middle of September. I would need to raise at least $1,800 dollars but think I am up to the challenge. We will see!

Lastly, this summer I did not apply for any academic fellowships and just plan on chilling! I am going to the Oregon Coast and Portland for two weeks and am not sure what else I have planned. I hope all is well with everyone!