The Little Things

November 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

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Truth.

Change is hard. Growing up is harder. My life has changed a lot this year and promises to change even more in 2017 so I’m having a hard time just keeping up. Some of these changes are good and some I didn’t exactly see coming but I’m doing my best to stay positive through everything. And in order to do that, I’m going to focus on the good things I’ve got going for me. This is a little late for Thanksgiving but it’s never too late to give thanks!

  • I have a great family and I love them all (even the ones who drive me crazy. And vote for Trump…). My family isn’t perfect but we care about each other and do what it takes to ensure we’re all relatively taken care of.
  • I have a great husband and he does things like buy me flowers and chocolates and wine on days that I snap at him on the phone (this may or may not have happened just today). He’s my best friend, he has my back and I love him.
  • I have great friends as well and they supported me through quite a bit this year. Some of them also danced on a stripper pole at my bachelorette party so clearly they are all awesome people.
  • I have a very good job that I seem to do very well. Or so I’m told. I like the people I work with and the work I do and I am thankful for the opportunities, perks and benefits that I receive through my employment. Hell, just a few years ago I was laid off right around now so I’m thankful to be employed at all! But I’m even more thankful to be where I am.
  • I live in a great city full of interesting, new and exciting things to do. And I even go out and do some of them! Chicago allows me to flourish in my geeky ways and places like The Field Museum only contribute to that. I’m grateful to live in a place that allows me to do so many different things and love so many different kinds of people.
  • I’m healthy and most of my loved ones are fairly healthy as well. Yes, I lost my grandfather this year but it was one of those deaths that was bittersweet…I miss him every day but know he’s better off and I’m thankful for the all the time we shared. Most everyone else I truly care about are in decent health as well and I can only hope that continues to hold true.

I have many other things I can be thankful for but having my loved ones in my life, a decent job and a roof over my head are all that really matters so I’m going to end there. And no matter what the upcoming year brings, I have a few things that will always make me smile!

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Today was a Good Day

January 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

It’s easy to focus on the negative and that’s why I’m going to take some time to focus on the positive.  After all, today was a good day.  Why is that?  Let me tell you.

Word.

  • I locked in a gym membership at a new gym closer to my apartment that will wind up saving me $17/month compared to my current membership.
  • I had two interviews with two different recruiting agencies.  I took 7 different computer proficiency tests and learned that I type roughly 91 words per minute.
  • Speaking of job interviews, I had one meeting yesterday with a recruiter and have another one tomorrow.  I also have two interviews for jobs NOT related to recruiters on Monday.  Both would be solid positions.
  • Due to the super long and never-ending conversation I had with my insurance company earlier this week (see last post), I was at 90% usage of my cell phone minutes for the month.  Given that I have two weeks left in the cycle and need to be available for potential job calls, I went into Verizon today to see what I could do.  I spoke to customer service and because I’m a longstanding client with a good history, they awarded me with 175 bonus minutes – for free!
  • I dropped my cell phone in the slushy parking lot at Trader Joe’s earlier this week and accidentally left it there while I did my shopping.  Yes, I’m a dumbass and this was the second water related incident I’ve had since I purchased it.  LUCKILY it seems to be working fine (knock on wood) but while I was in Verizon today I decided it was in my best interest to purchase a waterproof case.  Well, since I was getting a discount on my monthly bill from my last employer, I got a 25% discount on the case and saved almost $25.  Now my own dumbassary is completely protected!
  • I had a free coupon for guacamole and chips at Qdoba and decided to redeem it between job interviews.  Since I was really hungry I thought I’d splurge and get a burrito too.  Well apparently my Qdoba card (which I never use and forgot I had) also had a free meal on it so I got the burrito free too!
  • Qdoba happened to be in the same building as my second interview and I was able to avoid going outside in a torrential downpour of snow.
  • After the interviews, I was able to walk around downtown and enjoy the temperatures that were in the 30’s.  It’s the warmest it’s been in forever and felt damn near tropical.
  • For dinner, I met up with an old college friend of mine at a super cheap yet delicious BYOB Thai place and got to catch up.  I haven’t seen her in probably 6 years but it was just like old times and as she just moved to Chicago, we anticipate many more hanging outs in our future.
  • After dinner, I caught the bus right away!  And I didn’t have to wait outside for 30 minutes!
  • This weekend, I get to help two close friends celebrate their birthdays.  Then I have my own birthday to look forward to early next week.  After a great day like today, I feel much more prepared to handle 30!

Yup, today was a good day.

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10 Years is a Long Time

May 9, 2013 at 11:41 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I’m sure you’ve heard about the three women and young girl who were freed in Cleveland, OH, after being held captive by a deranged man for over ten years (and if you haven’t, you can read about it via CNN here).  Stuff like this really blows my mind.  Remember the completely warped man in Austria who held his daughter captive in an underground complex for 24 years?  Can you even imagine?  I know I can’t.

Seriously, stories like this put every single bad day I’ve ever had into perspective.   Oh, my train was late and my student loan bill is due?  Boo freaking hoo.  I can’t help but think of all the things I’ve done in ten years and it makes my heart break that these women were being abused and repressed in a tiny house for that entire time.  I started and graduated from college, traveled to 9 countries, enjoyed quite a few relationships and friendships, held nearly a dozen jobs in three different cities and learned countless things about myself and our world.  In short, I’ve gotten to live while some worthless excuse for a human being took that right away from these women.  And what’s really scary is that they were right under the noses of so many people!  Makes you wonder what exactly is going on behind the closed doors of every house you pass each night, doesn’t it?

I hope that the victims here are eventually able to live a somewhat normal, healthy life.  They certainly deserve it.  And I’ll try not to let the little things bother me so much because I have so much to be thankful for – if you’re reading this, you probably do too.

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