Hello blogger! Again, it's been a while. A lot has happened since I last blogged and I wish it was all good.
I got fired from my job almost 2 weeks ago. One of my best friends and co-worker ratted me out over something really stupid and I got fired for it. It's amazing who you think your friends are and how quick they are to get rid of you if they see you as a threat. I'm not exactly sure what the motive was or why she would flip on me so fast - considering we had our nails done together 5 days before this happened and had lunch together 2 days prior - but whatever the reason was, I had no problem cutting her off and everyone else that associates with her at work. Some people might think that is harsh to cut off everyone but I didn't want to take any chances. I deleted all of them from facebook and all of their phone numbers. I have no reason to communicate with her or any of them from my old job. It's really just a high school for adults. Some people think I was harsh for cutting off everyone but if you knew them like I do, you would understand why it needed to be done.
The good news out of all this? I got to take 2 weeks to relieve my stress from that job and unwind. My husband just got hired for a new job - again I know - but this one actually is much less stressful for him and pays more. It offers him great benefits, overtime, and he doesn't have to be on call anymore! No more calls at 3AM or during dinner. Luckily for me, too, I got offered a job I applied and interviewed for last Thursday. They called me on Monday to offer me the job and I'm very excited!
I hope everyone has a great day today! I will update again on the house and show off some awesome pictures of it this weekend! :)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hello blogger! Again, it's been a while. A lot has happened since I last blogged and I wish it was all good.
Posted by Carmen at 9:51 AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I've been noticing that everyone has been a really big health kick lately. Whether it's dieting, working out, or both. I have to say, I'm proud of everyone who is doing that. As one of the biggest countries in the world, we need to trim ourselves down. Not just to feel better about our appearance but to guarantee a long and healthy life for everyone.
I'm not one to diet or exercise. I eat all kinds of unhealthy things and I rarely ever go to the gym. I was very buff and good looking in high school when I was on the badminton team and I worked out twice a day totaling up to about 4 hours of exercise a day for 5 days in a row. That's a lot of exercise! Unfortunately since high school, I haven't picked up badminton like I had wanted to. I was a member of a badminton club for a while until one of the members told me I wasn't good enough to play with them. That irritated me so I never returned. I've been thinking about going back and having some people join me. I'm pretty positive even though I only weigh 122 pounds that I'm way out of shape. I get out of breath easily and tire very quickly. I need to start playing again and working out.
Mike and I have been dieting in a way. We always used to buy fast food or buy things from the grocery store that was unhealthy and we would eat it daily. I have contributed to my husband gaining a lot of weight since his EAS date. Granted, he didn't do much to stop himself either. We have been doing healthy meals everyday and Mike has been going back to the gym more often than before. So we are taking a step in the right direction and if we are TTC - yes, it's true! - then we need to make sure we are both healthy so we can have a healthy baby :)
Also, does anyone know of anyone who can re-design my blog? I have used utterly chaotic for the current one I have now but I am on a tight budget so any suggestions would be great :)
Posted by Carmen at 8:18 AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Anyway, I have been getting quite a few anon comments lately. Most of which are spam. I logged into my blog after months and there were tons of spam comments there for me to read for 0.5 seconds and then delete. I'm not sure if it is because I was gone for so long or if they just picked my blog to fill up with random comments about how to make my legs smoother or how to "satisfy my man". I'm going to have to go back and re-check my settings to see if there is anything that I forgot to do or if anything has changed since I last did a real update of my blog - obviously not since a few days ago but you know what I mean!
I knew when I read through my last blog post that I was forgetting to mention something that has changed since the last time I updated 6+ months ago. I blabbed about the house and the husband but I never mentioned that we got a puppy! Her name is Athena, she is a pitbull/hound mix and we adopted her from the humane society here in Wisconsin. She was 3 months old when we adopted her and she is originally from Mississippi. I am SO glad that we rescued her because she was going to get euthanized if she didn't make it out of that shelter in Mississippi. It's so sad that people have such awful stereotypes about pitbulls. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.
She is a good girl for the most part. Right now she is on this "I like to eat your socks, especially the ones with buttons" kick so you can't leave anything on the floor around her unless you want her to eat it. When we are in public, she acts completely out of line where at home, she is super obedient. She has had training and everything for 3 months so I just feel stupid sometimes with the way she acts. Like the training did nothing.
Anyway, she is a good dog. Trust me. She has her moments of misbehavior like any dog - or child for that matter - but she is very loving and affectionate. She listens and is a great comfort when I feel lonely - like tonight since Mike is working late - so I guess I will leave you with that. I'll go be a nerd and play some computer games. If you want to see pictures of her, please go visit and follow me on instagram and you will see TONS of pictures of her from the time we first got her until now. Enjoy and I hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
Posted by Carmen at 8:26 PM
Friday, March 1, 2013
I have finally returned after not posting a damn thing for over half a year. I'll tell you, nothing has been more hectic than my life since I last posted something. It's also been almost 2 years post-EAS. Man, how time flies! I noticed quite a few people don't blog as often anymore so I don't feel AS bad. However, I still feel pretty bad.
The transition from USMC to civilian is no easy task. It's amazing at how many people claim to help veterans find jobs and whatnot but no one will hire them. Mike has gone through only 2 jobs - thankfully - since he got out and the first one was pure misery for him. He hated it, the hours were terrible and the pay was... well... terrible. The job he has now is much better but still not as great as he would want. Considering he has 5 years of experience in the electronics field via the Marine Corps you would think people would jump at the chance to hire him. For us, it didn't work that way. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful he has this job and that we are now able to live comfortably unlike before when he first got out. It does get better. It just takes time and the right job to get you there.
I'm trying to think back about what I was talking about before I went on my hiatus. I know I was blogging about our house and how frustrating it was to get it. Dealing with Navy Federal had to have been one of the most annoying and patient trying thing I have ever done. The underwriters there took an eternity to get it together and then we had to continue sending paperwork to them despite being told we had everything already multiple times. Anywho, that is all in the past now and we now are the proud owners of our house. It has a lot of things I was looking for. We have a nice yard - with a pool, cool extra! - and we ripped up the carpet and put in hardwood floors. We don't have a completely fenced in yard but this summer we will! We have a full finished basement with a bar in it and a decently sized kitchen. I have to say, we really lucked out with our house. We searched many houses in the area and this was the only one we looked at in person and fell in love with it. We have been living here since last September and I'm very happy being here.
Hubby's plan is still to join the Marine Officer Reserves next year (2014) and work full time. He will be graduating with a degree in criminal justice in December this year but I'm not really sure if he is going to continue in the electronics field or if he is going to pursue that instead. It's still somewhat in the air but thanks to his experience in military police - back when he was an active duty marine - so he has gotten a taste of both worlds. I'm going to go back to school and get a teaching certification for Spanish and bilingual teaching. I'm really excited about that. I get paid well and I get tons of vacation time. Holla! I could always use a vacation.
Thanks to everyone who still stayed subscribed to me despite my absence. I plan on getting back into the groove of blogging since things have calmed down and keep you all updated on our fantastic house remodeling projects and future meraz kiddos - coming soon y'all! ugh, that North Carolina stuff has never left me - so please continue reading and I will comment as often as possible!
Posted by Carmen at 7:19 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I'm going to try to make this short and sweet instead of angry and long-lasting.
We currently have 2 car loans and hopefully a mortgage through Navy Federal. They have done us really well with the auto loans by giving us the approval right away, low interest rates, the whole thing. They've been great with the auto loans. They didn't take long to go through.
Now, we are applying and awaiting pre-approval for a loan for a mortgage on a house that we are hopefully going to be purchasing in the next month. We called them last weekend (on the15th) and they said it was going to take about 3 days to get the loan approved. Cool! I was stoked since we had an appointment to go view the house on that following Saturday the 21st. I figured that since we would have the pre-approval by then, we could put an offer on the house that same day we saw it. That was the intention anyway. 3 days come and they go and by the time Friday comes along, we still haven't heard anything from them yet. I wasn't getting frustrated yet, but just a little anxious. We call them and they say by Monday at the latest we will have the letter. Okay, I can handle that. That's only 2 days after we see the house. So, we made an appointment with our real-estate agent for Monday evening to sign the papers for the offer since we would have the papers by then.
Well, Monday has come and gone and we still have nothing. We've literally called Navy Fed all day yesterday and today harassing our loan officer about getting us these pre-approval letters. I mean, this is kind of ridiculous. He told us worst case scenario he would give us the papers by Tuesday morning. Uh, that's come and gone too. It's now Tuesday evening and we still have nothing. So, a whole lot of nothing has been going on with our offer towards the house. When my husband called him tonight around 5, he "swore up and down that we would have the papers by tonight" but I'm not holding my breath anymore with this guy. He's told us so many lies and I realize that things come up but holy crap, don't keep getting our hopes up with these things. I'm just paranoid that this house will get sold before we can even make an offer.
Say some prayers, send good thoughts/vibes or whatever you believe works to us for some reassurance and patience because we are desperate!
Posted by Carmen at 8:31 PM