Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving
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Hope you had a great turkey day! I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I hope you do too!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One week in the books

I survived my first week of work at my new job! Yay! This week has been a little crazy since I'm still getting used to my new schedule and my life here, but it was good. I am seriously going to LOVE my new job. The more I learn about what I'm going to be doing, the more excited I get about doing it. I could talk your ear off about my job and what it entails, so if you want more info feel free to ask. I'll be happy to tell you! lol. I also learned this week that I'm going to Denver, CO for two days in Dec for training. Should be fun and I should learn a lot! Also, if you would like to have a team in Walk MS this spring (April 19), let me know and I'll hook you up. Its fun and for a great cause! (Get used to these types of announcements!)

Mom and I finished our puzzle this week! We were pretty proud of ourselves because it was a hard puzzle! I do have to admit that Mom did more work on it than me, but it was a joint effort. We have another puzzle to start after Thanksgiving that will hopefully be a little easier! Speaking of Turkey Day, lunch will be happening at our house this year, which means that Mom and I have already started shopping and planning for Thursday. Yay for good food! It also means that we're doing last min. house stuff too, like my brother is painting half the dining room and Bill is hanging up art Mom bought for the living room. I just need to finish putting all my stuff away in my room! Us kids are also going over to my dad's house in the evening, so it'll be a busy day.

Tomorrow evening is the Thanksgiving banquet at church, and Mom, Bill and I will be attending along with other random members of the family. I'm considering church shopping for a more contemporary service, btw. If you know of something good, let me know. I can do Baptist or non-denominational. Anyway. Sally also has to go to the vet tomorrow. Busy busy.

I'm excited for the 4-day weekend next week - it'll be good to finally get everything settled and to hang out. Friday I may do some shopping for Mom, but for the most part I'm done with my Christmas shopping and will be sitting this Black Friday out. This actually makes me quite sad, but I'm afraid I'll come home with an armload of stuff for myself, which I don't need to be doing right now. Oh well, next year! The Tigers also play kU next weekend - they better kick butt!!

I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - and I hope you appreciate the good things in your life too!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Its the start of something new

A novel thing happened today. I got up and was actually HAPPY to go to work this morning! I started my new job today at the National MS Society, and I really think I'm going to love my job once I learn all this logistical and practical stuff, like who does what and how we do things. And where everyone sits and their names! The next big event coming up is the Walk MS, and I found out I'll be working at one of the biggest sites, and doing lots of the recruiting/fundraising for it (along with my boss of course). It'll be a challenge, but I'm really excited about it and can't wait to get started. There's also the Bike MS and the Challenge Walk, but they're not until later in the year. Major planning for Bike MS '09 tomorrow though, so I guess I'll be learning all about it! So its talking to people, making presentations, meeting and communicating with volunteers and event planning. You know I'm going to be all about this!

Can you tell I've had a good day?

I also got a chance to get to know some of my co-workers at lunch, and they seem like awesome girls. I think I'll make friends. :) Really, pretty much everyone seemed nice and friendly. Also, I sit by the printer for our department, so I should meet everyone pretty quickly. Except I don't like that I have people coming up behind me all the time! Oh well. We apparently have a staff retreat on Thursday, so I'll be meeting people then, too. I need to decorate my cubicle, too. One of the things I know for sure is going in there is a little sign thing that Abi gave me that says "I can do anything if I have the right shoes." It just seems appropriate for my office! Pics will make their way in there too I'm sure, and I think a little mirror that I can keep in the drawer would be nice, too. And I'm taking some colored pens because I'm a dork like that.

Ok, I'm sure you're all getting bored hearing about my job, but at least it's good stuff and not me complaining! When I got home, Mom and I worked on our puzzle for awhile. We're getting pretty far - you can actually see the picture coming together now. Bill joined us for dinner, and now I'm just hanging out. Upcoming events for the week include Pint Night with the county group, maybe Biggie's with the city group, and Wed is also my sister's birthday. Thursday night I'm staying at her house because she's on call, which is actually really nice for me because she lives so close to work. It'll be a nice short commute home that day and there on Friday! I also want to get my nails done at some point this week. Friday night is Sam's birthday celebration (her actual b-day is on the 29th, but she'll be in KC for the MU-kU game), which should be a good time. This week is going to fly by!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

It hasn't sunk in yet

So while I've got everything moved, and have started unpacking those things that actually get unpacked, I don't actually feel as though I live here yet. At this point, it kind of feels like I'm here on an extended vacation. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I haven't started work yet, and have been home with the cats for the past few days. Also, we started a new puzzle, which is something we typically do arround Christmas because its good family time, and because I am home by myself at least part of the week and usually get bored. (We have 2 to do this year, so we started early.)

Mom and I are still figuring out how to live together, and I'm sure it will take a few weeks before we get it figured out. I tried to do some organizing here, but so far she is not conforming despite her frustration when she can't find things she needs. We'll see how this goes. I'm hopeful.

Sammy and Sally have adjusted pretty well to being here, and are learning about life with other people. They aren't really used to having kids arround a lot, so when my nephew Devin was here the other night and throwing a temper tantrum, they were totally perplexed and a little scared. It was kind of funny. They are also scared of the candy dish that had the motion-activated hand that comes down. VERY funny.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well, its official

I am now an official resident of St. Louis! I turned in my keys to my (old) apartment in Hollister on Tuesday, and all of my stuff is now here, as well as me! Today is actually my "official" last day of work, but since my boss came and picked up my van and all the other PM stuff on Monday, today and yesterday have just kind of been free days. Unfortunately, my free days have/will be used packing, cleaning and unpacking! My goal is to have my bedroom liveable by Friday, and to be able to actually find things in there. It's a tall order right now, but it'll get done eventually.

Sat. my family came and loaded up the Uhaul in Hollister to move the majority of my stuff here. It was a long day with all the driving, but it felt good to have that done. Sunday we unloaded everything, with big stuff going mostly to my dad's, and some to my grandma's as well. Boxes of stuff that I use on a regular basis are here at Mom's house. A big THANK YOU also goes out to Kyle, Dan, Mark and Storm for helping to unload on Sun. They made the process so much easier and faster, and me and my family were very grateful for their help! After getting everything unloaded on Sunday, I had to drive back to Hollister for my last few days of work, which turned out to be only one. I got to drive my new car back though, which made the trip a little more fun.

Monday I turned everything in, and that evening Paige made Kim and I dinner. It was this yummy tortillini dish, that I should ask for the recipie. After the delicious dinner, we played Sequence, and Pagie won 3 and I won 1. (Kim couldn't believe she didn't even win 1.) Kim and I then decided to go get Andy's (ice cream for those of you who don't frequent Springfield - Paige didn't feel good so she opted to just go to bed). Yum. We then hung out for a little longer, and too soon it was time to say goodbye for now. It was a good night, I'll really miss hanging out with those girls on a regular basis!!

Tue. morning I packed everything up and cleaned my apartment. I then went to turn in my keys and say bye to Carrie before heading out. After grabbing some lunch, I was on the road for STL. I arrived here about 5, and unloaded my car. I'm getting really tired of unloading my car! I hung out with Mom & Bill for a little while, and my cats came and layed with me while we watched some TV. They must have missed me because they both were laying in my lap, and have pretty much been following me arround ever since. Tue. night I got to join the guys/girls at Growlers for drinks. It was fun to actually be able to partake in the event I've been hearing about for like 2 years now! We had a little bit of an issue with paying the bill (they're under new ownership/management), but overall had fun. We might actually try Hessler's Pub next week for Pint Night. We'll see - the boys aren't big on change! lol. I'm really excited to be able to see more of everyone here.

Which brings us to today, which I will be spending the rest of it organizing and putting stuff away, and maybe buying a new doorknob for my room. I'm tired just thinking about all the work I have to do! Better get on with it... Biggie's tonight with some of the Mizzou gang. Half my week is going to be spent at bars! lol.

Monday I start my new job! Horray for change!! I think this verse pretty much sums up my week:

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who fall and has no one to help him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 .


Monday, November 10, 2008

hang on

I have lots to write about, so stay tuned till I actually have time to tell you about it. Its been a crazy couple of days! But I would just like to take a second to say how thankful I am and blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. Seriously, they're amazing.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Time out from packing

Generally speaking, I see change as a good thing. Sometimes scary, but generally good and often a bit exciting. In addition to the many many changes that are currently going on in my life, our country voted Tue. for change in the form of a new president.

Don't worry, I'm not going to go on about my political views, the monumentalness of this election, etc because everyone else has already done so. But I do have one thing to add. Obama has the opportunity to really take our nation in a different direction - and opportunity that no president since Roosevelt has had. It'll be interesting to watch and see what he does with it, and where his change takes us. I'm hoping for the best. For those of you who are a little unsure about this change, I completely understand. See, while I am seriously excited to have a new job and to be moving back to STL, I'm a little scared, too. I'm facing a lot of unknowns, and a completely new industry to work in. I'll be re-learning about interacting with people on a regular basis - and living with my mom. All of these things are a little scary, but really nothing gets accomplished by maintaining the status quo, especially when things aren't looking to promising where you are. So sometimes change, even change that can be scary because you aren't sure about things, can lead you to new experiences that you just might find to be better than where you started. So keep that in mind when you think about our new president. Ok, enough about political stuff.

Packing is going ok. I've gone through all my clothes, and packed up a good portion of my dishes and my office stuff. (Clothes will be the last thing to actually be packed because they can go in laundry baskets if there aren't enough boxes - but they're ready to go.) We're getting down to packing the crap that I don't necessairly want to get rid of, but don't know exactly what to do with it either - which makes it a large pain in the ass to deal with. Also, I need to start doing some major cleaning. *blah* I also need to figure out what is going to stay after this weekend when most of my stuff is gone. Air mattress and sleeping bag and pillow of course, computer, and paper plates, and some cleaning stuff are currently on the list. I'm also going to have to figure out what to do with the shower curtain - leave it here or pack it up and shower without it next week. Pain in the ass. Oh well. I think I'm going to end up with at least 1 box of just crap that I don't know what else to do with. I hate that, but oh well. At least I won't have to immediately unpack it and have to find a place for it. Its times like these that I wish I had a "Monica" to just come finish the job for me.

I got to talk to my cousin Jackie last night for awhile. It was good to catch up on their lives out in NC... I think she should start a blog :). I kind of wish I was going out there again for Thanksgiving, but really this year its just not possible with all the other changes happening in my life. Too bad, cause that was SO much fun last year. Maybe they'll come out here in the spring... (wink wink)

Also, I need a new sub-heading for my blog. In about another week it will no longer apply, so any suggestions for a new one?

Back to packing.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So much to do, so little time

Man, this past week was busy. I went to St. Louis this weekend for my grandpa's memorial (among other things) and since I was going anyway, I took a car load of stuff. Dang I have a lot of stuff - I packed up the whole van and it doesn't seem like I even made a dent. My cats moved to STL this weekend, so they were also part of the packing up. It'll be good to not have them underfoot when we move everything else, but I miss them!

So here's how my extended weekend went. Thur I packed up the car and headed to STL, and after unpacking the car, went over to the AT&T store and got a new Blackberry. How I've been living with my old phone is a mystery to me, because I love this thing. We are now attached at the hip, and I'm slowly learning how to use all its fun features. Good stuff. Friday morning was the memorial, and that went about as well as things like that go. It was good to see all my family in one place though! Friday afternoon I started car shopping. Extensively. I went to 5 dealerships and looked at cars to get an idea of what I liked, and was able to narrow it down to a couple that I wanted to test drive on Sat.

But first I had to celebrate Halloween. I stopped by my dad's house to pick up some stuff for my costume (doctor) and was greeted by Laney (his dog) the Dragon. Oh my. She was cute, but since this is not something my dad would do, I knew my estranged step-mother must be involved, and she was. She had been there earlier in the day to dress up the dog. Funny. I then picked up dinner for me, Mom and Bill and then went home to get ready. I first went over to Aimee and Andy's new house to check it out and hang out with them for awhile, then headed over to Kyle & Holly's house for their Halloween party. Good times were had by all. Here's a shot of Holly and Mark modeling their costumes.

I'm looking forward to being able to see everyone on a more regular basis once I get moved back, and getting to know some folks better. And not having to make the drive anymore! Anyway, Sat. I got my nails done, and then Mom and I test drove some of the cars I liked. I pretty much had it narrowed down to the Ford Fusion and the Chevy Cobalt, and decided to take the rest of the weekend to think about it. Sat. night I stayed home because it had been a long couple of days and I was tired! I did some stuff around the house, and just kind of hung out. Relaxing.

Sunday I went to church with Mom, and they were having a Fall Revival, which translated to a really long church service. After church we met up with the rest of the family at my grandma's house for lunch with leftovers from the memorial lunch and to figure out what was going on my grandpa's headstone at Jefferson Barracks. We headed home arround 3, and I just hung out until arround 7 when I went out to the Niethe's house to hang out with Dan for awhile. It was good to see him (and the rest of the family) and catch up on what's going on since I haven't seen him in forever! He was telling me that everyone goes to Biggie's on Wed. nights, and I should too. So coupled with a night at Growler's with the Lindbergh boys, I'm going to be spending lots of time at the bar. I know, you're all shocked. :)

Monday I bought my car! Dark blue Ford Fusion. I got a really good deal on it too - $17,409 (it was listed at over $22,000). Yay! So that gets picked up this weekend. I got a moon roof too. :) After my car purchase Mom and I went shopping at Target for our Operation Christmas Child gifts for church (you fill a shoe box with toys for poor kids) and filled our boxes. It was fun. Soon it was time to come back to Branson, and here I sit.

Next weekend my parents are coming to get my stuff, and then Wed. Nov. 12 is my last day at Philip Morris! I start at the MS Society on Nov. 17, so it'll be a crazy couple of days, but oh well. My mom started her Christmas shopping already. She's beating me, which is rare. I'm going to have to step it up! lol.