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(no subject) [Apr. 21st, 2008|08:21 pm]
Wow!  I almost forgot how to navigate through this thing.  It says my last post was 43 weeks ago.  Almost a year.

So what is new?  Life is good.  After a terrible, awful winter, I am glad spring is finally here.  I was so sick the entire winter.  It started in November and lasted through until the first week in April.  I was tired of the bronchitis diagnosis and finally went to the pulmonologist.  Guess I have asthma.  So now I am on the inhaler therapy.  Fun fun.  It is awesome though....I can breathe without wheezing, which is always a good thing.

What else is new?  You try summing up a year in a few lines.  Got a new car, got a raise, went to Orlando, Florida four times this winter for work which rocked.  I was there for a week in November, a week in December, a week in January and a week in February.  Life was good not being in the cold Iowa winter for four weeks total this year.  Granted, I had to actually work the time I was there but hell it was worth it.  Although Christmas time in FL is odd.  It just doesn't seem like Christmas when you hear carols with palm trees.

We are going to Ohio in a week and a half to celebrate my nephew's birthdays.  Should be fun.  Got tickets for the Indians game when we are there.  Planning a trip to Yankee Stadium before they tear it down this year.  Believe it or not, I am really looking forward to that!

Oh good news for me.  I finally broke down and hired The Maids to come and clean the house every other week.  I am very excited about it.  I cannot believe how thorough of a job they do. 

Our fridge is on the blitz.  Well actually the fan in the freezer.  We had someone come look at it on Saturday and he thought he fixed it.  He didnt, so he is coming back out on Weds.  If it is too pricey to fix, we will just break down and buy a new one, even though ours is only like 6 years old.  It came with the house from the builder.  That is about it.....

If any friends read this, hope you are all doing well.
Adios for now.
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Hope you rot in hell [Jun. 20th, 2007|10:57 am]
I am not a fan of pit bulls but this just turns my stomach.  If you cannot care for an animal/pet, then give it up to the humane society.  No need to do this.....
I hope you rot in hell.

Abused Dog's Football-Sized Tumor Removed

Vets: Abandoned Dog Recovering From 'Astounding' Abuse


POSTED: 12:42 pm CDT June 19, 2007

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- An abused pit bull found abandoned 12 days ago is recovering after suffering severe abuse and undergoing surgery to remove a football-sized tumor.


The dog, named Elmi by her veterinarians, was given only a 50 percent chance of surviving surgery. Englewood police brought Elmi to the Colorado Humane Society June 6 with severe anemia and dehydration. She had ulcers on her face from years of abuse, veterinarians said.


The 6-year-old pit bull had been dumped in the 3100 block of South Platte River Drive and apparently left to die.

"It's definitely the most horrific case of neglect I've ever seen," said veterinarian Dr. Lara Riggenbach with the Colorado Humane Society. "It was abusive. It was very, very bad. The physical condition was shocking."


Elmi has since had the large tumor on her abdomen removed. Doctors said the tumor could have been prevented if she had been spayed. The ulcers and cuts on her face are almost 90 percent healed.


"I think she's been a rock star," Riggenbach said. "She's been a great patient."


Doctors said Elmi's lips, eaten away by disease, will never grow back.


"We have many cases like this. She's the one who got on the news but it takes a lot of donations," Riggenbach said. "It's really nice that the public stepped up and sent in the money to help with Elmi's care."


Elmi's care and treatment has cost about $3,000. The Colorado Humane Society has received about half of that in donations to help pay for her care.


Riggenbach and the dog's other veterinarians affectionately named her Elmi, which is Italian for "worthy of love."


"I really want to find someone who can give her the best of the end of her life," Riggenbach said.


Elmi's tumor was cancerous, but X-rays of her lungs came back negative, so veterinarians said they are optimistic that she will recover.


Englewood police said they have received one credible tip in the case against the dog's abusive owners. However, no arrests in the case have been made.
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One Night in Paris [May. 8th, 2007|01:09 pm]
Listen Paris Hilton---you broke the law.  Now deal with it.  Just because you have money it doesn't mean that you can buy your way out of prison.  And your website petition is a farce.  Your claim is that you,

"provide hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world" and "provide beauty and excitement" to people's mundane lives"

Give me an 'f"ing break.
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Rant [Apr. 17th, 2007|07:43 am]
I just don't get it.  

All this hub-bub about Don Imus and the Rutger's Women's Basketball Team.  Ok first let me preface by saying that I played basketball in college.  Sure, if someone called me nasty names, and meant it, I would be upset.  Don Imus had always been controversial.  What is the surprise?  My question is this, why is he persecuted for his comments when someone like Howard Stern says that kind of crap on a daily basis?  Don Imus is entertainment.  When you are listening to something for entertainment value, why get all upset over controversial comments?  I mean if an African American can call another African American the 'N' word, and it is ok and funny and socially accepted, why is something like this such a surprise?  

Trust me, I am not a Don Imus fan.  I am certainly not a Howard Stern fan.  But jeez, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.  Sometimes we just need to take things at face value.    

I am not condoning the behavior.  I just dont get why he was fired when people like Howard Stern can talk like that on a daily basis and get away with it.  

On a side note:

I bowled on Saturday night with a bunch of friends.  I scored 165 :) 
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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2007|08:10 am]
If anyone still reads this journal, please say a prayer for my sister and her two boys.  She could use all the prayers she can get.

I would appreciate it.
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Busy, busy Karri [Mar. 14th, 2007|10:44 am]
Life has been flying by at the speed of light lately.  Seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want to do.  I guess that is a good thing.  

I have been in heaven the last few days.  The temperature here has been awesome!  Since last week, it has been about 60 degrees on average.  Yesterday my car read 80 on the way home from work.  People were out in shorts and driving in their convertibles.  It was nice to see the neighborhood come alive.  I had the bedroom windows open until midnight.  It was just awesome!

Yesterday was all around a great day.  I found out my car will be here on Thursday!  Granted I cannot pick it up until Friday though, but that is ok.  

I found out I got a promotion yesterday too!  I got a 12.6% raise and now am a Process Excellence Consultant I.  *bows*  It has what I have wanted to be for the past year or so.  I am thankful I put my mind to it and accomplished it in less than one year of being on the team.  Now I have my sights set on being a Consultant II.  

Today is our bonus payout day.  My bonus before taxes was $6,447.  How is that? :)  Sometimes I just love my company!!!!

Overall it has been a great week.  I hope the rest of it goes as well as the first few days!
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I told you so [Feb. 22nd, 2007|12:52 pm]
Like who didnt see this Brittney Spears debacle from miles away?  Or better yet, years ago?  I just shake my head.  I feel bad for her two sons.

I almost got hit this morning on my way to work.  And the lady sat in her car laughing and refusing to look at me.  It is THAT time of the year again.  State tournaments.  That means red-neck rural Iowans converge onto the downtown Des Moines streets and suburbs.  Those that drive the wrong way down one way streets, those who gawk at the 'big buildings', those who have no manners or common sense.  One of THOSE from Dubuque county almost smashed into me today.  State wrestling started yesterday.  Next week will be girls basketball then the following week will be boys basketball.  Hence for 3 weeks every early spring, I hibernate at home.  I arrive early to work and leave early to avoid the idiots.  I stay at home and don't do anything social in West Des Moines either, as they all head to the 'big mall' to shop and for entertainment.  

In other news - I find it funny how life is such a roller coaster.  Up and down, up and down...
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I hate when people die [Feb. 19th, 2007|08:22 am]

Getting news of a death first thing Monday morning is not fun.
The entire department is solemn and sad.

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I feel like a pin cushion [Feb. 15th, 2007|08:35 am]
Ok so my work is offering this free health program where employees can get an initial health screening (includes measurements, BMI, blood pressure, blood panel) and they send you the results along with your risk potential for health issues.  Your mission as an employee (if you chose to accept it) is to improve your health risks.  You have 8 months to increase your score by 5 points.  If you do, the company will give you $360 to use towards purchasing vacation days.  Not too bad huh?  So I decided to go today and get my screening.  First off, I had to fast for 8 hours.  Not too big of a problem last night.  I was asleep by 10 and was up at 5:30.  Didnt eat anything and my appointment was at 7:30.  I was instructed to drink two 8 oz glasses of water in the morning, which I did with ease.  

So I walk into the appointment and warn the lady that my veins suck.  Normally they have to take blood out of my hand.  Well, today was no different.  She tried in my arm first and after moving the needle around for 5 minutes inside my arm hoping to catch a vein, she gave up.  She then moved to the back of my arm/elbow.  She got a vein there but it just dribbled into the vial.  Oh well.  At least that one didnt hurt.  But now my left arm feels like a pin cushion.

I walk out and am offered string cheese or an apple.  I reach for the cheese.  I have never been so happy to have cheese before in my life :)  Normally I am not a breakfast eater.  But the one day I am forced to not eat, my stomach is growling up a storm.  Go figure!  But the string cheese was yummy and I am back at my desk ready to start my day.

Let's hope this health screening is the motivation I need to kick me in the butt and start becoming more healthy!
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The realization... [Feb. 8th, 2007|10:32 am]
Today has been a slow day at work.  Not a bad thing at all after the hectic week I put in last week.  But being slow just gives me an opportunity to think.  And that isn't always a good thing.

I have come to the realization that some people that are in my life just don't serve a purpose.  Harsh huh?  But the truth hurts.  These individuals, whether it be at work or at home, really don't positively impact my life at all.  As a matter of fact, they are quite the opposite.  I have come to realize that some people just thrive on drama.  That their life isn't complete unless they are in the middle of some crisis or have some secret 'hush hush' thing going on in their lives.  These same individuals are often backstabbers.  Yet they see themselves in the most positive light.  

To quote the myspace.com profile of an acquaintance, 'I am just the average girl.  I hate fake people, liars and backstabbers.'  Now isn't that ironic?  Seems like you are describing yourself.  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  You won't have a second opportunity.  I can easily walk through the motions of getting along.  Sometimes you dont have a choice (be it work or whatever and you are forced to interact with said person).  Just know that I dont trust you as far as I can throw you.  And with my bad back right now, that isn't far at all.  

The odd thing about it is that this doesn't seem like a one time instance.  The pattern seems to repeat itself.  I have 'friends' who walk through the motion of being my friend.  They allow me to get only so close then the walls go up.  That is fine with me.  Life has been a lot more simple since the friendship (or lack there of) has dissolved.  I just don't appreciate the fact that you act like you care when you dont.  *shrugs*  

I have come to realize that there are wonderful people out there.  I have made some new friends lately that are truly my own.  I am thankful for that.  I am constantly telling Stephanie how glad I am that we met and became friends.  She truly cares and she shows it every single day.  

The second realization that I came to today is that even though I love my job (more than any other job I have had in my life), I think I have a deep down need to flip a house.  Do I want to do that as a career?  Probably not.  As a hobby---I'd love to try it.  I love interior design.   I love fixing things up.  The thing holding me back is that I am scared of screwing up something.  I think it would be so satisfying to fix up a house.  I am always watching HGTV and all those design shows (Design to Sell, Design on a Dime, Flip This House, etc).  Today I stumbled across the website of a man here in Des Moines who lost his wife in a plane crash at the end of last year.  She left him with a baby daughter less than a year old.  They had purchased a house in the Drake neighborhood (a histocial home) and their dream was to fix it up.  He has a blog where he is capturing the process.  He decided to move ahead with the home even though she was gone.  They had over 60 volunteers helping him the last few weeks.  I saw the pictures of the demolition and the light bulb came on.  I would love to do that if i had the know-how.  I might just start learning little things about home improvement and trying them out (I have two chandeliers I need to hang up---that would be a good start!)  If I had the extra money and the time, I would love to flip a house.  Just to say I did it.  Am I crazy?  Anyone else have that urge?

Now onto my current job.  I had a kick butt review.  The best I have ever had.  We won't know until March what our pay increases will be but I am guessing it would be around 5%.  That makes for a happy Karri.  Then gainsharing is going to be paid out in March.  Last I looked, I think it was around $6,500.  Now that is before taxes but still.  I am stoked about that.  The good thing about my new job is the more you make, the higher your gainsharing is.  It is based off a percentage of your salary.  I have a developmental planning meeting with my boss on Feb 20th.  I think we are going to discuss moving me from a coordinator to a consultant.  With that comes a hefty salary increase.  Right now the lowest it would be is $5,000.  That would be the minimum.  I am hoping it would be somewhere around $8,000.  That still wouldnt have me at midpoint for my position.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I was told during my review that it will happen quickly and soon----I just need to know how soon is soon :)  Like March or July or the fall of this year?  
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