‘Tis the Season

December 23, 2016 at 12:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Okay so I’m still dealing with some of the same things from my last post but no matter. It’s nearly Christmas and so it’s time to focus on the positive!

One of my very best friends just had her first baby and while it was a little sooner than c8127968079a6deea834b3994205b441anticipated, everyone is doing well and I’m hoping to see them over the next few days. It’s crazy – in the time I went to the gym on Sunday she had a whole freaking baby! So new life is always something to celebrate and I’m happy to do just that.

I’m also happy to be visiting all of my family and friends over Christmas – I’m leaving town in approximately two hours and ready to go now! I’ve got presents wrapped and loaded and I’ve gained about 10 pounds this week with all of the holiday food sitting around the office so I guess you could say I’m prepared!

In other news, the weather has warmed up and my honeymoon gets ever closer. Scott had a birthday this week so that was fun to celebrate and our cat is holding steady (for now…). I received some very nice and generous gifts from my bosses for Christmas and have the promise of a bonus to look forward to when I get back from Thailand. Oh, and I basically have two days left of work until January 17th. So not even Trump can get me in the dumps!

Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwanza/Happy New Year/Merry Festivus/Merry Everything!!

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Year in Review

January 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

The good:

  • New job! This time last year, I was frantically job searching and by the end of February I had landed my current position, which happens to be the best I’ve ever had. What a difference a year makes!
  • Other new job! I began working as a temporary employee of the Field Museum and taught dozens of groups of Boy Scouts all about archaeology. And I got a paycheck!
  • Scott’s back in school! His career is taking a different direction as well and he did very well in his first semester back in class. I’m extremely proud of him but also extremely glad he’s the one dealing with teachers and study sessions, not me.
  • My vacation! My solo adventure to Vancouver/San Diego was a huge highlight in the past year and one of the best trips I’ve ever taken.
  • Babies! None of them mine! Dear friends and family members produced new little people this year and it’s been very exciting to watch them grow. And then leave them behind while I go home to my kid-free apartment.
  • Haircut! I finally quit talking about it and cut off 10 inches of my hair to donate to Pantene Lengths. My scalp has been grateful ever since.
  • Loved ones! They’re all still relatively happy and healthy and I am SO SO thankful for that!

The bad:

  • While all of my loved ones are still around, some of them have spent some time in the hospital. My uncle/godfather is still in the hospital and to be quite honest, he may never come out. I did see him over Christmas though and I’m thankful for that.
  • Um…wow. That’s all I can think of. Apparently 2014 was very good to me!

Um, yes.

And now, some 2014 numbers:

  • I went on about 24 job interviews before landing my current position. I was offered two other jobs first but held out for something I felt really good about – and it worked!
  • I attended 3 weddings. All of them were in June and I was a bridesmaid in 2 of the 3.
  • I know 7 babies who were born. Zero of them came from my vagina.
  • I saw 2 movies in the theater. They were Gravity and The Budapest Hotel.
  • I read 28 books. At least 8 of them I had already read before. Also, some of them were very long.
  • I volunteered roughly 50 hours at the Food Pantry and 77 hours at the Field Museum.
  • I went to the gym 213 times. True story.

That’s a wrap! I sure had a damn good year and I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring – if it’s more of the same as last year, I think I’ll be alright!

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Home for the Holidays

December 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Maybe I’ll even have some home alone time while I’m there!

I get to go home tomorrow!  And spend five nights enjoying friends, family, fun and tons and tons of food.  Whatever you do this week, I hope you and your loved ones enjoy yourselves and have a safe and wonderful holiday and New Year!

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That’s All She Wrote

December 20, 2013 at 10:28 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Truth.

I was told this morning that today is my last day with the firm because the whole damn place is shutting down.  Obviously not a total surprise, but man it still stinks, especially since I was counting on at least another week’s worth of cash.  Chances of me getting paid for the vacation time I was planning on using are now slim and with Christmas in five days, it’s all just peachy.

The good news is that I’ve had three solid interviews in the last two weeks and I have another phone interview scheduled for right after the new year.  All four places are waiting until basically the second week of January to do call backs so it’ll be a bit before I know anything, but I’m hopeful.  My resolution is to be working someplace full-time by the end of January – now I just need to make it happen!

Scott’s 30th birthday is tomorrow and we have a fun-filled weekend ahead of us, then Monday (after filing for unemployment, apparently) I will be leaving town to spend the week at my mom’s for Christmas.  There’s a lot to look forward to so I’m trying to stay positive but any good vibes that can be sent my way would also be much appreciated!

And since I’ll be out of town/it’s the holidays/I’m dealing with all this work crap, I’ll likely be taking a hiatus from the whole blogging thing for a bit.  Here’s hoping for a super wonderful and fantastic holiday and 2014, for all of us!

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Ouch

January 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

It’s four days into the New Year and I could already use a vacation.

I knew it was going to be tough returning to work after having ten days off but I wasn’t expecting such a clusterf*ck awaiting my arrival.  I won’t get into the nitty gritty here but suffice to say – work is thoroughly kicking my ass.  And probably will for the next couple months.  Which means a likely decrease in my postings here as I don’t have time during the day and at night I now lay on the floor in my kitchen and cry while trying to dream up plans to become sufficiently wealthy.  Any ideas?  It’s okay, I’ll let you get back to me on that.

Oh. I wish.

Is your transition back to real life after the holidays taking as much of a toll on you?  I sure hope not but if so, perhaps we should form a club to bitch and moan about it.  I think they meet at the bar, if I remember that old joke correctly.  It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

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The End of the Year as We Know It

December 31, 2011 at 9:56 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Well, I’m glad that cavity’s over.

I know I mentioned an update on my trip home but suffice it to say, it included LOTS of eating (and no gym time – hoping to rectify that today); lots of driving around, lots of bed hopping (not like that…just stayed in my sister’s old room, her new room and some friend’s in Indy’s spare room); LOTS of gifts (thus helping to confirm my suspicion that Santa is getting Alzheimer’s); lots of family time and even a little mini high school reunion thrown in.  It was really great spending so much time at home and it wasn’t easy to leave.  However, I even had a ride back because my boyfriend wasn’t so scared that he ran into the hills – and he may even visit again!

So that brings me to today, New Year’s Eve Day.  Like just about everyone else out there I figured I’d write a little year in review, only this will be more relevant to me than it will be to Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga.  To aid in this process, I’ve pulled out my list of 2011 Resolutions I mean 2011 Goals.  I don’t resolve to do things because I don’t know what’s going to happen in a year and if I resolve to say, run a marathon, and then wind up with gangrene on my foot and have to amputate it, I just won’t have much of a shot to complete that resolution.  So goals it is.  Here’s a sample of what they were:

  • Put together and lead a tour on the Maori at The Field Museum – and I did this yesterday!  Actually I finished the tour about a month ago and yesterday was the first day I gave it.  Unfortunately, no one showed up at tour time.  I was assured this is common and most of the visitors yesterday had small children and they’re never good groups for tours anyway.  So maybe next time.  Point is, I was there and ready to do it so it counts.
  • Write a short story and enter it – somewhere.  This did not happen but I DID finally decide on a good story idea.  This goal is carrying over to 2012 and if it doesn’t happen it’s not a big deal because we’re all supposed to die anyway.
  • Read Moby Dick.  If you’re a regular blog reader, you know this did happen and I hated it.  But I’m glad it’s over.  I have a couple more classic books on the list for this year and I’m hoping they’ll be less painful.
  • Pass 2/3 of the courses for my Certificate in Museum Studies.  Apparently I did my math wrong when I wrote this down (shocker) because I actually finished ALL of the coursework for this.  Go me!
  • Go to Canada Guatemala, completely alone.  This goal was amended due to flight costs but I think Guatemala was cooler than Vancouver anyway.  And doing it solo made it even better.
  • Be in a somewhat meaningful relationship – maybe.  The maybe was added halfway through the year, roughly a week before I met my current squeeze.  I didn’t think it was going to happen so was resigning myself to that when everything changed.  And you know what?  I’m sure glad it did.

Better get in the fun while we can

Overall, this year gave me what I was looking for.  My friends and family are still healthy and happy, which is the most important thing.  My dad successfully underwent chemo for his lung cancer and hopefully 2012 will continue to give him better health.  I moved into a new apartment in a MUCH better neighborhood and I love this place so much I think I’ll stay another year.  The fella I met back in June wound up moving in with me and we have a lot of fun giggling on the couch and dancing in the kitchen.  I think I’ll let him stick around here next year too.  My job gave me a new title (hello Director of Attorney Relations) and a raise (woohoo!) so that was pretty grand and I’m pretty satisfied with where this year left off.

Of course, not all of it was rosy.  All of the other bad things honestly pale in comparison when I think about Catsby.  I really will write a big post about her soon and I still miss her very much every day.  It’s amazing how much an animal can become part of your family and I still expect to see her run and jump up to be with me on the couch.  She was a damn good cat, the best I’ve ever had, and her loss hit me pretty hard this year.

I also lost a few good friends to other various states (and soon to be countries) but as long as they’re still living and breathing, I’ll deal with it.  I’m hoping to visit one good buddy of mine this weekend and the others will be receiving Paige Visits in  the New Year.

2012 has a lot of potential, especially since it’s (another) last year on Earth.  I hope your 2011 had enough in it to keep you happy and that the upcoming year provides you with even more.  I’ll be spending the evening with my boyfriend and some close friends, enjoying a homemade dinner and a little wine while gladly avoiding the craziness of $175 bar tickets and drunks in the street.  Whatever you’re doing tonight, please do it safely – no one wants to start a new year off in jail or worse (the morgue) so be responsible while you’re having some fun.  Enjoy yourself, be thankful for what you’ve got and forget about the rest – at least for tonight.

See you in 2012 – Happy New Year!

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New Year News

January 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I must admit, it’s a little weird to think that the year 2000 was now over a decade ago.  I’m still waiting on my hoverboard and self-flying car and since there’s now exactly one year until the Mayan calendar says we’ll all be returning to dust, those fancy science types better get on things.

Ripley is my new favorite superhero

My new year started has been pretty decent so far (all three days of it).  It’s included some quality time with my old college roommate, awesome greasy hangover food, plenty of snoozin’ and my first ever viewing of Alien (not bad – bring on the rest!).  Seeing as how I start class again this week and have stuff going on at the Field every weekend this month, a bit of relaxation is exactly what the doctor ordered.  And while I won’t tell you how late I lounged in bed yesterday morning (because I think it might be a sin) I will say that I feel sufficiently rested to face the rest of the year.  Or at least the upcoming week.

Speaking of weeks, I have a bit of an announcement to make.  While I’ve managed to do fairly well with my whole five-day-a-week posting here on le blog, I think I might have to cut back.  I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.  It’s just that I don’t have the time that I used to and especially with my new plans for the new year…wait, why do I feel like I’m breaking up with someone here?  It’s my blog and I can post as much or as little as I want.  I’m going to shoot for three times a week but if that doesn’t happen and you don’t like it, well start a petition or something.

See you in a day or two!

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Year in Review

December 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Another year is drawing to an end and it’s time to reflect on the months gone by.  I’ve heard many people hating on 2010, saying what a crap crap crappy year it was all around.  Not for this girl!  This year has actually been one of my best yet and I can only hope that 2011 brings more of the same.

Happy New Year from Chicago!

Since I can, here’s a rundown of why this year rocked:

  • I met some amazing people and am lucky enough that most of them are still a part of my life.  I’m not currently dating anyone (and this is by my own choice) but I had a lot of fun with those I saw during the last 12 months.
  • I took a great trip to Mexico with my mom and sister to celebrate Mom having 20 cancer-free years.  I got to zip-line through a jungle and rappel down a waterfall, not to mention drink on a beach.
  • My writing, which last year consisted of one article in one magazine a month, has turned into multiple pieces that are in syndication.  I’m no Carrie Bradshaw or Dan Savage but I’m earning some cash on the side by doing something I love.
  • I took a risk with quitting my old job and it paid off – I’m now working in the Loop and I don’t have to deal with the pointless stress that place put me through ever again.
  • My family is still healthy and safe.  That alone could’ve made my year.
  • I’m involved with two different volunteer positions at my all-time favorite Chicago institution, the Field Museum.  After trying to get my foot in the door there for over 3 years, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to hang out and learn there on a regular basis.
  • I took an interesting course that helped me to decide to go back to school.  I start next week!
  • And best for last…if you read last year’s review you know that I had a very close friend who was battling a drug addiction.  I’m more than happy to report that she’s been clean and sober for almost 10 months!  Seriously, this is huge and one of the absolute best things that’s ever happened, let alone in 2010.  I had a little reunion with her over Christmas and my heart damn near burst because I’m so proud of her and happy with how she’s doing.

Seriously, there’s just about nothing this year brought that didn’t make me happy.  Sure, my cat getting diagnosed with diabetes wasn’t the greatest but we’re managing, and if that’s the worst thing I’ve gone through then I know how lucky I am.  If this year didn’t treat you well, I’m sorry and I hope that the next one does you better (I don’t know why but I always seem to favor even years vs. odd – hopefully this doesn’t mean 2011 will bring a change in my luck).  As for me, I have big plans for the New Year.  While I resolved a long time ago to quit making resolutions, I do have a few ideas for things I’d like to work on.  Some of them are personal goals which I would go into but hey, they’re personal.  I will say that I’m excited to go back to school and I plan on going to Canada at some point (I’ve been doing well with getting out of the country once a year and I’m planning something extra big for 2012, so Vancouver seems a good bet for 2011).  I’ll also be finding a new apartment/neighborhood come Spring, so that’s something to look forward to.  If I can just maintain everything else and keep my family and friends healthy and safe then I’ll be happy with whatever the New Year may throw my way.  Bring it on!

I do sincerely hope that everyone has a great night and even better New Year.  Be safe and remember that only losers drink and drive!

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