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Notice of Sabbatical

Due to conflicting issues in my personal life I have decided to take a break and concentrate on things that need my attention. I'm more than slightly disappointed regarding the way things are being handled in a number of situations. I'm worried about things that I cannot control, and I feel that my attention should be held elsewhere for a while. Many things collided at once and I think that it's time to focus on straightening them out. Therefore, I am putting myself on forced sabbatical until things are resolved. Thank you.



Um, not much to report.  My FINAL semester as an undergrad at GVSU has begun.  Still trying to adjust to my new schedule, but the first week or two of a semester are so intense, so I'm sure I'll even out eventually.    Keith turned 28 yesterday and reminded me that I'm due to come yet even closer to the dreaded 30 in about six months.  On January 20, I have will be testing for GRPD Emergency Dispatch position.  And, I have yet to work up the courage to apply to the FBI. 

For all my stalkers out there:

3-4:15 Crime Control and Justice Policy

8:30-9:45 Race and Ethnicity

3-4:15 Crime Control and Justice Policy

8:30-9:45 Race and Ethnicity
6-8:50 Issues in Criminal Justice(My Capstone)

The birdules are fantastic.  Both are fully flighted now and Lavender is still a terrible flyer, but Peppermint's antics are enjoyable.  Especially when he leaves a dust print on a window or something.  The doggies are good too.  Junior has a coat now that he wears to go outside, which Bishop will attempt to take it off him.  Bishop is doing really good with rules and training.  He walks really good on a leash, but Keith has had some problems with him.  Basically, Bishop growls sometimes at Keith and then runs to hide behind me if he doesn't want to do something.  Apparently, when Keith was showering Junior with affection and ignoring Bishop, Bishop got the idea that he didn't have to obey Keith.  Oh well, that's something that the two of them have to work out. 

My graduation date is April 25, 2009.  The countdown has begun. 

Writer's Block: Top Dog

What kind of dog (counting mixes and mutts) gets your vote as the champion of dogs?
American Saffordshire Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier.  Their reputation is misleading, for they truly are amazing dogs.  They are incredibly loyal and loving.  And, more importantly, they are very, very gentle around children.  The true nanny dog.  For example, see icon.   I mean really, he let us put heart worm reminder stickers all over him.    My dog is truly pleasantly confused. 

Writer's Block: Traditional Pursuits

There are a lot of things we see most often in December, like caroling, potato latkes, mistletoe, mulled wine, eggnog, and returning gifts. What's your favorite holiday tradition?
I will be completely honest and say that one of my favorite holiday traditions is eggnog.  Seriously, I wait all year for eggnog. 

But, eggnog takes a backseat to Christmas tea with my mom.  My mom and I started doing this a few years ago, after I  moved across the state from her to attend college.  Most of the time, I am not able to be home with her on Christmas so I try to make it if not a little bit before Christmas day, at least the day after Christmas.  My mom makes this special Christmas blend of hot tea and she and I have tea while listening to traditional Christmas music and talking or watching the snow fall.   We use this time to just have time together around the holiday when everyone's super busy.   She usually will save a special gift for me, just to give it to me when we have tea.   Last year she gave me one of my great aunt's crochet hooks.  My great aunt passed away on Christmas eve about four years ago and was incredible with a crochet hook.   Everytime I use her hook, I think about her. 

It's Memetastic!



Like the great warrior poet Ice Cube once said:  If the day does not require an AK, then it is good. 

~From Generation Kill


Meme Stolen From the Em.

WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
Louise Alfred
NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad)
Milan Harlan...Wow...that's kinda creepy. 
STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name)
Gomarc...Um, I give up. 
DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal)
Green Parrot
SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live)
Lynn Wyoming...Ugh. 
SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite alcoholic drink, optionally add "THE" to the beginning)
The Black Stella
FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
Coffee Pumpkin
ROCK STAR NAME: (current pet's name, current street name)
Bishop Lamar
PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Prince Kimball

Wow, this was odd. 

Writer's Block: Forbidden Reading

From Judy Blume to V.C. Andrews, there's always a book circulating among teens that their parents don't want them to read. What favorite book did you have to hide from your parents?
My parents actually supplied me books that were not-very-appropriate.  When I was twelve, my mom got me the book "The Amityville Horror", followed by "Rosemary's Baby" and "Go ask Alice".   By the time I was in fifth grade, I was reading at a tenth grade level and my mom figured that no matter what she did, I'd read them anyway.  However, there was the "Sleeping Beauty"  erotica trilogy that I never let on that I'd read to my mom.   That is, until a friend of mine dropped off a copy that I'd loaned her and I found my mom reading it later that day.  What killed me, was when she asked for the next book in the series. 

Mark Your Calendars!!!

October 25, 2008

Pit Bull Awareness Day!!!!!!!!!!!

This breed has been so misunderstood over the years.  I feel as a responsible pit bull owner that in order to change the public's perception, we must educate the public regarding the endearing qualities of the breed that have been exploited for various other reasons. 

Myth:  Pit bulls can turn on their owners. 

Fact:  Any dog that has been abused or neglected can turn on their owners and become vicious.  Pit bulls are extremely loyal and devoted to their "people".  They are incredibly loving and are called the "nanny dogs" for their gentleness and passive demeanor around children. 

Myth:  Pit bulls are bred to fight so that instinct is ingrained into them. 

Fact:  Pit bulls were originally bred to fight, but they were also bred as working farm beasts and family pets.  The so called "fighting instinct" is their natural tenacity that is exploited to turn them into fighting machines.   Pit bulls will not necessarily start a fight, but their natural tenacity will allow them to finish the fight. 

Myth:  Pit bulls are aggressive and vicious by nature. 

Fact:  Pit bulls and pit bull type dogs can be aggressive due to poor handling, abuse, and poor training.  All of the bully breeds including the Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, and bull dogs can exhibit aggressive behavior.   Although, if properly socialized with people and other dogs, aggressive behavior most likely will not be a problem.  Pit bulls scored higher on the American Temperment Test than Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds.  83.9% was the Pit Bull's average score. 

So, on October 25 please be nice to a pit bull.  They truly are a misunderstood dog.  As a responsible owner, I feel that owning a dog that is an embassador for the breed is very essential to reshaping the public's ideals surrounding them.   Bishop will be availa-bull for pettings and such on that day. If you've never met a pittie then feel free to contact me to see a great dog in action.   I'm not sure yet, but I've heard rumblings that there will be a bully march on GR that day.  If so, Bishop and I are going to be out promoting the breed. 

Idiocy at it's finest

So I just finished the most idiotic assignment I've ever had to do EVER.  IN MY ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL CAREER.  



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