Tuesday, November 29, 2005

2 in less than a week....

It's been an interesting week coming back. On my drive back Saturday night, Brian was on the phone and read me an article about a student, Shawn Samples, who had died in his room. He was found by the RA's Wednesday morning as they were making sure everyone was out of the building for the Thanksgiving holiday. When I came home from school yesterday and talked to Pamela the news was similar. A student, Chase Hall, was found dead yesterday by his roommate in their room on campus. The cases are independant of one another and no foul play is expected in either one.

I feel so bad for the families. Losing a loved one is so hard. It's especially hard this time of the year. In the age that we are in with technology Facebook, of all places, provieded a little more information about one of the students. He had a beautiful girlfriend of 2 years. They were high school sweethearts. As Pamela and I looked at both profiles, we started to cry. It just made it that much more real for some reason.

If you are the praying kind, keep the families, friends and campus in your thoughts and prayers this week.

I almost forgot! GC and I talked last night. It never fails, as soon as I really start to worry and doubt he pulls through. I was kind of blunt and said, "to be completely honest, I've been feeling a bit neglected lately." He responded just as I thought he would with everything going on, etc., etc. However, one thing that I wasn't expecting as I was prepared for the worst (thanks Alex....I think) was this, "I just don't have time for a relationship right now. I know it sucks, but it's the truth. I don't want to give up on us at all." That's all I needed to hear and I was fine. Both of us realize that even with our schedules, it'll be a lot easier on us when I"m at home again. It's only 3 more weeks....at this point in time, we can handle it.

Monday, November 28, 2005

There's no place like home...

Well, we made it back safe and sound. I didn't do much of anything really. I should have done more, but didn't. You know how it is when you've traveled all day and what not; you're just tired. I fell asleep at 10, but woke up at 3 wide awake. I'm contemplating laying back down for at least a little bit. Anyway....GC is home, so I've noticed from his away message actually being on as opposed to being "mobile". I've not heard too much out of him lately so I'm thinking this isn't good. Yeah, sure, timing is bad right now, but it's not THAT bad to never be able to pick up your phone. HMMM....oh well, such is life.
Well, I'm out...if nothing else to do some lesson plans.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Are you done Christmas shopping???

Hey everyone!! Things here in FLA are great still. We had a great time on Marco Island yesterday with family. Today is one of the largest shopping days of the year! The Mary Kay company is having a friendly competition to see who can have a GRAND week. That's right, I'm working on selling $1000 between now and next Friday the 3rd. Because it's one of the largest shopping days of the year, I'm offering 20% off any purchase made on my website today! That's right, sit at home and shop in your pj's. It doesn't matter if the sale is done at 11:59 tonight, you're still eligible for that 20% off. Also, for the next 6 days, you can register once a day to win $1000 as well as a satin hands pampering set. There's no purchase necessary to win. Why fight the crowds when you can head to the website! Help me to help you!! The site is www.marykay.com/katy.clipson If you have any questions, leave a comment here, shoot me an email or call the number on the website! Finally, there are NEVER any shipping charges from my site. I can ship it to you or the recipient at no cost to you!

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Well it's been a great week down here so far. Last night Pam, mom and I went out. We ended up at the same bar, Channel Mark, as we went to the night before. 4 LIT's (for me) and a few beers (for them) later though with some people we met to another bar called The Surf Shop. There again another LIT for me and a beer for them, which of course were paid for by the guy flirting with all three of us. It's kinda nice going to a bar and not paying for your own drinks! (This guy also bought drinks for us at the Channel Mark) So after all of that they're like come back to his house. The entire time everyone is talking about how much money he has and he had to have a good deal (or at least look like it) as he paid every time with a $100 bill. Anyway, so Pam wants to check out this house. She and I ride in an open air jeep with the guy and one of his friends (who was the one driving) and mom follows in her car as does his neighbor in her car. We hung out there for a while and came home....at 412. It was a blast!

When I got up this morning I had an email saying that I had an order from my website!!! YAY!!! It was my first order on my Mary Kay website! I have been so pumped about it!!! PLUS it's from a woman in Maine that I don't even know. A friend of mine knows her and passed on an email I had sent out and I got an order!! WOO HOO

We're headed to Marco Island today for Turkey Day with the family. It's going to be a great time! Nothing like your Turkey Dinner sitting next to the pool or hot tub in a million+ dollar house. Yes, I have some rich family. In fact, just recently in the Cincinnati Enquirer my "uncle" (really a cousin by marriage) was named #27 on the list of Cincinnati's most profitable business men. I think that was the name...it was something along those lines at least and I know the number is correct.

Anyway, I'd better jet so that I can go get my suit and everything pack as well as some product for people to try out while we're there! Have a great holiday!!!! Be safe.

Monday, November 21, 2005

I know I know....it's been a few days.

I'm sorry for not posting in a couple days. I know it's been since like Thursday or something. Friday night was O'Charley's with Pamela. We have a waiter there that we like to go see so every couple weeks or so on a Friday we go and ask to be seated in his section where ever it may be. This time we go in and do the same and one of the hostesses looks at us and goes, "Are one of you his girlfriend?" We reply, "No...it's a long story." So eventually we get seated and tell B (to protect the innocent) the story. He goes, "You should have said yeah we both are." hehehe. Anyway, we always have a blast eating there with him and we always get something for free. This week it happened to be dessert. He looks at us after dinner and asks if we want any ice cream on me. Pamela and I just look at each other and laugh and then say yes. Side note... O'Charley's has the best ice cream! So anyway, we eat our ice cream and leave him a note, as usual. Pamela had already written on a napkin lyrics from Dirks Bently's latest "Come a little closer" so I added...Thanks for the ice cream "on you" YAY for fun times!!

Saturday was a big day for me. At 630 I got up to finish packing my suitcase and then had my last two Praxis tests. They really weren't all that difficult! YAY for that! After testing was over, mom came to campus and we packed the car and headed to Florida!!! Yup...We made it from Richmond to Ft. Myers in 14 hours!!! This included getting to Knoxville right as the losing UT game got out, construction that was stop and go in all of N. Georgia (which to my Ft. Oglethorpe viewer, we stopped there for some gas and snacks) and we also hit Atlanta just as the GA Tech game was getting ready to start. All in all we made some kick ass time! And no we didn't hit 3 digits...hell we didn't even hit 85.

So yesterday was just coming in and relaxing. We didn't do too much. Today we're not totally sure of the plan. I'm going to get my hair done at some point in time, finally. We also are prolly going to meet some family for lunch or dinner. Other than that, it's just running around doing what we want. Tomorrow I'm doing a Mary Kay party for 8 women!!! It's going to be great. Hopefully I'll make some $$$$ Granted they are all older women just wanting to have a fun time, but hopefully I can get some at least Christmas presents or gift certificates sold to them!! YAY!

Well I think we have some company over so I'm out. I'm sure I'll update in a day or so though!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

I got it!!!!!!!

Well, It's me!!! I'm the Fall 05 morning Commencement Speaker. Last month, I got a letter from the VP of student affairs office asking me to apply. So thinking, what the hell, I did. Well, last week they called me wanting me to interview. Monday evening, I did. Tuesday night after Senate, I asked Amy Jo what she had thought about it all. She and I walked into the interview at the same time and actually she was supposed to be after me, but due to the fact that we had a joint SGA meeting Monday, I told her to go in first. Apparently she talked me up in her interview too! Thanks AJ!!! Well, when I asked her about it Tuesday she was like, did you get it?!?! I said, I don't know. I've not gotten any calls about it or anything. She said, "Oh, he emailed me today and told me I didn't." I thought, well ok. I hadn't checked my EKU email so I ran back here and checked it. There was nothing. I double checked my caller ID in my room...and still nothing. So then I just continued on with my night and didn't think much of it. Well, yesterday was a wierd day. My teacher had an ARC and so she went to that while a sub came in (for liability) and I taught. Next thing I know, the phone rings...I don't think anything of it as the sub was there and answering it. Next thing I know, he's like, Ms. C_____ you have a phone call. "Who the hell is calling me at school?!" and "Oh no! What's wrong?" is what ran through my mind in the 3 seconds it took me to get to the phone. The secretary, Vicki, was on the phone and says, Dr. Conneely is on the phone for you and I'm going to put you through. I go ok. Well he hops on the phone and goes, "Katy, it's Jim Conneely. How are you today?" "Fine ", I reply. "Well, the committee has made its decision and really liked what you had to say in your message and has chosen you to be the commencement speaker!" I was so thrilled! He went on with a couple other housekeeping things and then we hung up. I screamed when I got off the phone. So the kids go, Miss. C______ why did you just scream bloody murder?! I explained to them what was going on. Questions started a flyin'! "Are you going to be on tv?" "Yes, there's going to be a huge press release done on me." "Can we come with you?" "I don't care if you come to hear me. I can't bring you, you're parents will have to bring you to it." Then one of my boys starts chanting my last name. The next thing I know, ALL of my kids are chanting. I got them calmed down and we started back to work. YAY!!!!!!!

Other than that....the day was fine. It was hump day, so Pamela and I had some girl time together. We ate at Wendy's (with Ben) and talked wedding talk...for the "whenever it happens" as girls do. (all for her and none for me as she's WAY closer to that time than I am) But I REALLY need to get going for school!! I just wanted to share my excitement!! Have a great day!!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

They woke me up....

Last night we had some not so good weather. It was windy and rainy and just yuck. Well, I was laying in bed and I heard the weather siren go off. I didn't think anything of it really. Maybe it's because at home they send it off if someone sneezes too hard and it's got a spray. So I just roll over. I"m almost asleep when all this commotion is going on outside my door and I hear hall staff knocking on doors. They knock on mine. I was just gonna stay in bed, but I thought, no they'll get me for something so I get up, throw some clothes decent enough to open the door on and go see what they want. Now the girl that's an RA here on my floor couldn't look you in the eye if her life depended on it....really bothers me. It'd be one thing if she wasn't an American and didn't do it, but well, she is. So while looking over to the side she goes I need you to go downstairs. At this point in time I'm pissed. So, I come back in, put different clothes on and get ready to go downstairs. Well, there's Jen at the desk. Jen knows me. She's one of our "stand-in" RHC's. I look at her and go, what if I go back upstairs? Some people were already asleep and get up at 530 in the morning. She knows my crazy schedule and knows that I teach all day long. Well, she just looks at me and goes, you can do what you want, we have to tell you during a city warning. NOW here's my beef with that statement. I have lived here for 4.5 years. Not a SINGLE time have they done this before. I know that the policy didn't just change overnight. THEN...if we really don't have to go downstairs, the RA's need to be saying, you may want to go downstairs for the tornado warning...not "I need you to go downstairs" UGH Then of course I was woken up again when all the "girls" came back upstairs and their commotion screaming up and down the halls. I never thought I'd be ready to move out of here as much as I am!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Now that it's out of my system....

Life has been totally crazy lately. Once I get them, I'll have to post some of the pics from Sat. night. I unfortunatly had to work, so I didn't get to go out, but Liz was in town so she, Pamela and Amber went to Budda's for some drinking fun. I was just getting off work when they came home trashed. Those of course make for some fun, hilarious times and pictures. Sunday I drove home and worked for Josette. It was great! We did about $1300 during her open house!!! WAY to go Josette!!! Needless to say I was worn out when I came home. After all of that, I watched Desperate Housewives and fell asleep.
Yesterday was a good day at school. I ended up not doing much more than being a copy bitch. But with as tired as I was, it was fine with me. The methods student that happens to be in our class is interesting. I used to feel sorry for her since she's got 4 kids and drives from Danville. Well, not so much anymore. It's one thing to be late once maybe twice by a few minutes. It's a completly different thing to be late almost every time by at least half an hour AFTER the fact that the teacher has spoken to you about it!!! Now, personally, if I'd been late like that, I'd be making for damn sure that my tail was on time. Oh, did I mention that 2 of her kids are in high school?!?! Yeah, they don't need help getting dressed anymore.
Anyway, after school, I went to an interview and felt pretty good after it. Then I went to a joint SGA meeting. Nothing really was accomplished in my humble opinion. So I stopped by a friend's to see how his papers are coming for a class. Then b.c I'm such a sweet person and it was raining AND I had my car over there, I drove him to his night class. I came home and it wasn't much longer before I was passed out. I was gone before 9. Slept HARD. For the second night in a row, I had a wierd dream about GC and I. hmmm.....wonder what it means.
Speaking of GC, the university isn't changing its bullshit decision. So, right now he's out looking for a full time job that will pay overtime as well. Not to mention, for the second weekend in a row, his car got broken into. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Well, I need to finish getting ready for school today. There will be a sub for the afternoon today which means I have to teach this afternoon. Oh well! As long as the kids are being good I might do something special for them.

You are NOT the face of SGA

I get really tired of seeing one person time after time after time in every damn article or picture of an SGA event that typically he had NOTHING to do with yet feels the need to be in the limelight like he planned and put on the whole thing on his own. This has actually bothered me for some time. It was able to be curbed somewhat last year, but not so much this year.
Doing and saying socially inappropriate things is NOT funny or cool. I've felt this way for a long time now. I was made even more aware of it when your face was on the news this morning. Also, don't spend your time telling a group of people one thing and then turn around and say something completly opposite to administration. Another thing to not worry about...ME! Why put so much energy into getting rid of someone when they are graduating in a month?? Hello, I'm getting rid of myself without your help!! Should you run for a higher office next year, I really fear not only for the students who will still be here, but the administration and the future of the SGA. AHHH!!! You just make me want to scream!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Half way through a LONG weekend.

Well, I'm so wiped out that I fell asleep at work this morning! I NEVER do that. I was supposed to go to the game today, but as soon as I got home from work, I was totally passed out. I didn't get up until about 330ish. When the game starts at 130 that doesn't do too well for getting to see any of it. Oh well, we won anyway.
Pamela called me about 5 to see what was going on since I didn't show up to the game. She and Liz want me to go downtown with them tonight, but I have to go back to work from 8-12. UGH!
Last night was ok. Went to Brian's to help him write a couple papers. Got them almost done. That's actually where I am now....helping him write these papers. Oh well, at least I'm getting paid to tutor him! Actually, as a result I'm going to be tutoring a couple others as well. Yes, I can fit it into my schedule....somehow.
Tomorrow I'l be driving home for the day to help my sales director with her Open House again. Up and back in the same day. At least I'll be doing something I love and it'll be fun.
I don't know what's going on with GC and I. I'm definatly feeling neglected by him. Granted, he's going through some tough shit right now, but still. I'm trying to take it easy and just keep in my head that it'll all be better once I graduate and head back home for good. It's just hard sometimes to keep that in mind when you're upset or what not. Oh well, such is life.
Mom was texting me from Rick's last night. I was really missing being home with everyone there. It's truly a family. Any of them would do just about anything for someone else in the group. That's how a group of friends needs to be.
Well, I'm gonna get back to helping Brian on the papers since I have to go to work at 8. Talk to you later.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Quoteable Quotes

The following are things that were said at the Ethics Conference on Friday last week. They can be used in response to a multitude of things.

"You don't just turn your back on a relationship you've had for years." - Tim Brown, former CEO oand President of Thomas Industries, inc.

"Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity and Trust. You either bring these things or you don't. If you don't, we don't want you." - Dean Luchsinger, Corporate Manager of Audit, Compliance and Ethics for Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure, Inc.

"Ethical decisions aren't based on what's right and wrong; they are between right and more right." - Dean Luchsinger, Corporate Manager of Audit, Compliance and Ethics for Bechtel Systems and Infrastructure, Inc.

"It's easy to do things right, but it's harder to do the right thing." - Joanne Glasser, President Eastern Kentucky University.

"The currency of democracy is public education." - Mike Caudill, Superintendant of Madison County Schools

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, used by Mike Caudill in luncheon talk.

Now one of my personal favorites would be a letter that I got yesterday from one of my students.

"About Mrs. C______: Mrs. C______s really nice. And shes from ohio. And I like her. A lot. She is the best. Will I think shes good but most of al the best. Shes the best student techer."

Ok kids, it's gonna be a long one. After school today I'm headed to Prestonsburg to do some recruiting. Catch ya on the flip side!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Ever have those times when people randomly come into or back into your life? That's totally how it's been lately. There are a handful of people that I haven't talked to in years or thought that I'd never talk to again that have just popped in. I'm not sure what to make of it or what the reasoning is at this point. I guess I'll figure it out as time goes on.

What's with people checking a blog 17 times a day?? Ok, maybe not 17, but I did have a record breaker the other day.....are yall ready for this?? 6 times! That's right ladies and gentleman. The same person checked my blog 6 times in one day. Now, I do good if I update once a day. If I'm REALLY bored, I might do a second one even though I should be writing lesson plans or what not, but I can promise you, I will NEVER update 6 times in one day.

I'm feeling "old". This discussion was had last night with one of my best friends, my big "brother". He told me that if I were to come visit him I'd look at him and tell him that he's old. Well, not so much. I feel the same way. I was telling him how one day last week my kids were talking about having of gone to bed at like 930 or 10. That very same night, I was asleep by 8. It's crazy! I have so much more to get done in the day, but I can't even stay up as late as a second grader!!!

Oh well. Speaking of second graders, I need to go print off all my lessons and worksheets before I head to school. Have a good one.

Monday, November 07, 2005

What a GREAT weekend!!

Oh my gosh!! This weekend was so much fun!!! It was just great to be home. Mom was totally surprised by me showing up. I went in and stood at one end of our table for a few seconds. She didn't notice me so I ran up and hugged her from behind and yelled, "Happy Birthday Mom!!" She just looked at me and said, "What the hell are you doing here?!?!" I reply, "well, it's Friday night so I'm at Rick's and it happens to be your birthday so I came home." I had a great time, one of the best time's I've had at Rick's in a VERY long time. Also Friday, one of my favorite bands ever, Dix Z Highway, was playing! I was out on the dance floor FOREVER!! I even ended up winning one of their CD's for shakin' what my momma gave me!

Saturday was great too. I went to the store and hung out for a while. It was great to see everyone! Got a HUGE sale while I was there when someone mentioned Christmas shopping. I was like, well I have all of our holiday things out in my car if you want to see them. They were like yeah! YAY for me!! $250 in about 20 minutes. I'll take that ANY day. Saturday night was Chippendales. I called GC to let him know what we were up to. His response, "nice honey, have fun!" Thanks sweetie!!WOW! Yeah it was fun, but not totally the thing you think it is. We got to Jillian's at about 730. The doors opened at 9 and we ended up getting a VIP seat at a table. The show didn't actually start until 11. They danced, but there was a lot of time spent where they had women come up on stage for a lap dance. That's all fine and dandy if you want to pay $20 for a 5 second lap dance. Yeah, not so much for me. However...I did like watching them dance!!! Here's a pic of my favorite, Lane.

Look at that YUMMY chest!!!!

Sunday was good too! I worked for Josette at her open house. Things went really well. In fact, I'm gonna drive home on Sunday again this weekend to help her out! Good for her and good for me!!! Drove back and relaxed. Woo hoo!!

Today I was in a pretty good mood at school. I needed to go to school today to get some rest from my crazy weekend. School was good today though. I was happy to be back with the kiddos! They were happy to have me back too. This evening Pamela and I went to Lexington and decided to have Outback for dinner! Yummy!! It was great and tasted so good.

I think that's about all for now. If more pops into my head...I'll write it down, maybe.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Friday is here!

This week has gone by amazingly fast. It makes me VERY happy that it has. I'm gonna need the mom time tonight! I'm excited that she has NO clue! One of our friend's called me last night while I was working and asked if I wanted to go see the Chipendales Dancers Saturday. Looks like we'll be headed to see them! That will be tons 'o fun. Well, I'll be headed provided GC isn't going to make time for me in his busy schedule.

So, it's a good thing I woke up this morning. I laid down to watch a movie last night, not planning on falling asleep. Well, I woke up an hour or so before I had to get up this morning....I went to go turn my alarm off and I hadn't set it! OOPS!!!

The ethics conference started off on a great note yesterday! I'm so excited about that! Today should be even better. It happens to be my favorite day as the CEO's will be there!!!!

Well, I'm gonna go piddle around for a bit before I have to get ready. Peace.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

A few days off...

I think I'm really in need of what is about to happen. I'm off from teaching today, tomorrow and next Tuesday. Today and tomorrow is the "Face to Face with Ethics Conference" here at EKU. It's going to be similar to the conference I was at last year at West Point, just on a much smaller scale. I'm not going as a participant, but a facilitator. There will not be another college student in my position. I feel honored to be chosen to fulfill this capacity. I am the student that continues to sit on the committee though. My only problem with going is that my eyes are swollen from tears last night.

I just don't know what to do about my situation. I feel like I'm being blown off by GC. Yes, we are both stressed with various things in life and school, but that didn't seem to matter a month and a half ago. I know it's going to work it's way out in whatever way it's supposed to. I also know that things will be easier on us in a few months when I'm moved back at home. As Pamela reminded me, "Relationships aren't meant to be long distance." She and I both know this first hand.

This weekend I'm going home to surprise mom. Her birthday is on Saturday and I'm going to show up at Rich's Friday night to surprise her. GC is welcome to come...if he gets ahold of me so I can tell him. I'm just excited to get go to on a Friday night...it's litterally been months since I've been there with everyone. I think it'll be something I need! Saturday I'm getting a cut and color. Another thing I'm excited about as I get to spend time with Linda, my best friend from high school. I've not seen her in almost a year!

Well, I really do need to get going and get dressed and ready for the conference. Oh yeah, the pic is of Pamela and I at Hooter's Monday after Trick-or-Treating.

Have a good day! Hopefully I will too!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I'm quitting life

Tonight....not so good. End of story.

<---- This is what Pamela has to say about the reason I feel the way I do. (Yes, that's her and yes she took that picture of herself with my camera)

It simply amazes me...

I was just checking to see who has looked at my blog recently due to my wonderful counter. I'm amazed at the fact that there are people out there who check my blog 3 and 4 times a day. I didn't realize it was THAT interesting. I don't know how to feel about it really. Part of me wants to be flattered, but then another part of me wants to be like, "Do you not have anything else to do in your life???" Oh well.

Is a title really needed?

Well, nothing too exciting has gone on the past day and a half or so. Monday night, I went with Jennifer, Andy, and Pamela to take Logan trick-or-treating. How many adults does it take to get 1 7 year old through Halloween?? Apparently 4. After trick-or-treating we went ot Hooter's for dinner. Poor Logan was so wiped out that he fell asleep at the table. We all got some great pics of it though! (maybe one day I'll get pictures on this) Other than that, not too much excitement. Yesterday wasn't exactly the greatest of days...wasn't the worst, but not the greatest. I had a dream that I was at school and someone called (don't know who) and told me something (don't know what) that sent me sobbing. I didn't get that call or anything, but I did get some info yesterday afternoon that made me want to do that. GC is fine, but is going through some rough times right now. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers please. That's really all I'm at liberty to say.

So I went to bed at like 9 with a headache and now here I sit needing to get ready for the day with no lesson plans typed. Oh well....not like I'm gonna teach hardly at all today anyway...The practicum student is in our class today too. I'm just rambling so I'm gonna go get ready for the day. "Seacrest, Out"