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To Blog or Not to Blog, That is the Question?

I am certain there comes a day in every blogger's life where they contemplate whether blogging is something they really want to continue to do. I have had such thoughts running through my mind of late. Coincidentally, last semester I had an anthropology professor make a comment that continues to resonate with me. He said that blogging is "extraordinarily arrogant and self serving because frankly no one really cares what you are doing or thinking." That made me think, is it narcissistic? Is it arrogant? Does anyone really care what I have to say?

I originally started this blog and the website that preceded it because I thought it was important to my grandmother. Maybe I am wrong, but I hope that she enjoys catching up with me and seeing pictures of my various adventures. I suppose the day she tells me this blog sucks is the day that I stop blogging. : )

As I thought more about it, however, I realized that whether or not people are reading my ramblings and whether or…

School Starts on Monday

School starts on Monday and boy did the summer go by fast. I think summer school really made the summer feel shorter since it fell right in the middle. Unlike other summer breaks, however, I felt I really savored every moment. I kept a to-do list over the break and made sure that I didn't waste it away watching TV or playing video games (although I did plenty of that too). Overall, I am sad to see the summer end and am terrified of the coming school year. Is it over yet?

This semesters classes:

Ecology 302
Organic Chemistry Lecture 241 (again)
The Nature of Language (Anthropology 276)
Cultural Anthropology 200

Dinner at Pinnacle Peak

My sister and Tim surprised us on Monday night and invited us out to dinner at Pinnacle Peak and ice cream at Dairy Queen. The pictures below were unplanned as I had accidentally left the camera in my purse from our Kingman trip. I am so happy that I did, because it was so much fun running around Trail Dust Town doing silly things just to make the other three laugh! As you can see my sister and I are the goofiest, the boys mostly stood by and cracked jokes, avoiding the camera.

Hualapai Picnic

Hubby and I went to Kingman this past weekend to visit family and friends. On Saturday, Bruce and Christine took us to the Hualapai mountains for a picnic. This was my first visit to the Kingman mountains and Lily & Trudy's first time in the wilderness. The Hualapai mountains aren't much different from Mount Lemmon, but the temperature was comfortable, the food was good and the company was hilarious!

Birthday Pictures

Lily's 5th birthday has come and gone and I finally have gotten around to posting her birthday photos. This year we gave her peanut butter Frosty Paws, the Purina ice cream for dogs. This was the first time Trudy had ever had it and they both loved it! Auntie also spoiled her with treats in the shape of bacon and eggs. What a spoiled puppy!

Stop Your Sniveling

One of the best things about being an adult is the ability to have a rational and intelligent conversation with ones parent and actually feeling like they respect your opinion, even if they don't agree.

I had an opportunity to talk to my dad on the phone the other day and as is usual with our conversations, it veered in a political direction. We were talking about the economy, the cash-for-clunkers program, unemployment, and healthcare. During the course of the discussion dad inquired about college and I told him about the problems I am having finding funding to go to school. With the U of A increase in tuition, the hike in program fees, the hike in parking permits, and the ungodly amount they want for books, I wasn't (and am still not) certain how to pay for all of it. I started to whine and complain about how everybody else is getting a hand out but our president and congress can't figure out a way to increase available money for education. (I would like to add here…

Happy Birthday Lily

Five years ago on August 8th, little Lily was born. To commemorate this day I found as many of her baby pictures as I could. We lost a lot of the them in one of two great hard drive crashes.

For those who do not know the story of how Lily came to live with us, I shall tell you now.

When hubby and I were still dating we would spend the weekends going to pet stores and playing with the puppies. Specifically, we liked going to the pet stores that actually let us hold them. One Saturday we went to "The Puppy Place" and saw Lily and her siblings. Hubby was already a lover of miniature schnauzers but I had my reservations since I had always been raised with large dogs. We held her, loved her, played with her, and even named her before we left the store, but decided we couldn't have her...she was just too expensive.
So, we went home and I thought about her, and thought about her, and couldn't get her off my mind. I even went back to the pet store a couple days later to …

Kingman Murder

Kingman still believes it is a small town, desperately trying to retain that close knit, everybody-knows-everybody mentality, all the while the population has exploded and crime is on the rise. Murder, in particular, is so rare there that it cripples the community when it does occur. Sadly, two people hubby knew from high school died on Monday. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Mack family who lost their daughter.

KINGMAN - The woman killed by her husband in a murder-suicide Sunday was shot just after handing her baby to a police officer.

Holly Jean Anderson, 26, had been talking through a crack in the door to officers responding to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 3100 block of Tanner Street around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. Anderson and her 20-month-old baby girl, Bailey, had been staying with a friend at the residence.

Anderson made eye movements while talking to the officers that suggested she was trying to tell them that her husband, Brad, was in the room with her, said Sgt. …

This is For My Dad

What can I say, I am my father's daughter. When I heard that Tiger Woods farted at the 2009 Buick Open, I had to find the video.

I recommend turning up the volume rather loud so you can hear his caddy laughing! Oh, how I laughed!!

New Glasses

It has been a number of years since I have gotten new glasses, I didn't much see the point. My prescription hasn't changed enough to warrant new glasses and they can be so expensive with all the hidden fees and extra add-ons. Alas, however, I sat on my most current and favorite pair of eyewear and was forced to purchase new ones. Instead of going to my most favorite cheap out-of-pocket-store, hubby convinced me to allow the insurance company to pay for something for a change. So, we went to the "fancy store", I picked out a pair of highly over-priced but name brand eyeglasses, almost all of which insurance covered and they were ready in an hour.

The "Kristina" made by Candies

Free Hand Outs

I have to admit that I am not one of those people who easily buys into people standing on the corner with signs begging for money or their stories of woe about running on hard times. This persepctive changes, of course, if children and/or animals are involved as they are innocent but for the most part my belief is that beggers are able-bodied individuals who choose not to work because begging is easier. I recognize our country is in a bit of a crisis right now, so some leway should be given, but it seems there are some very dishonest people in Tucson who will gladly take advantage of kind-hearted, hardworking people.

I will give four examples:

1. A woman on the corner of Tanque Verde and Grant was claiming she was destitute and hungry while carrying a purse worth more than my Coach bag. I wonder how she got that? Perhaps because she is not destitute nor poor?

2. Wednesday of this past week my sister and I got out of the car at Bookmans when we were immediately accosted by a woman, …