Five for Friday v.4

And so it’s the weekend, and what have we done. Another week over, a new one not yet begun.

That’s how it goes, right? I have never had a job this much fun to work and this exhausting. Every day is a marathon from start to finish. I’m never not busy. Most days I barely remember to eat lunch. And I’m loving every second of it. But, now more than ever, I’m wishing that three day weekends were every weekend. Sometimes I wonder how much of our lives would be improved if we all worked four and threes instead of five and twos.

one This week has been full of learning experiences. About the only negative experience has been with the office drama-llama. On my first day, I was asking my training coworker about dress code and the drama-llama jumped down my throat about how their boss was out of town and it was okay for them to be dressed more casually. I treated it as an aberrance, but that unfortunately hasn’t been the case. The drama-llama has jumped down my throat multiple times this week and generally acted like the long-time employee who is merely suffering my presence. Only for me to learn today that they only predate me at the company by a few weeks. See also, they tried to throw me under the bus today to one of our bosses while also yelling at this boss. It didn’t go well. Here’s hoping they straighten up. The good news is that they’ve been instructed to be unfailingly polite to me and I’ve been told I do not have to put up with the behavior whatsoever.

two B had to be up at 0300 on Thursday morning, so we went to bed on Wednesday at 2000. I was exhausted and fell asleep immediately, which never happens. Unfortunately, around 2130, some idiot burned their dinner and opened their front door, setting off the building fire alarms. We all evacuated and stood in the cool night air for 20 minutes, B all groggy and holding the dogs, me with my purse, his wallet, and our important documents folder, until everything stopped so we could go back in. The bad news for me was that the power nap combined with the adrenaline meant that I didn’t fall asleep again until after 2330.

three We’ve been struggling with the reality that Sam, our German Shepherd isn’t adapting super well to this apartment. She has bad hips, and we not only live on the fourth floor, but we have a loft in our apartment which means more stairs. The loft is set up as our living room, so there are times when we make multiple trips up and down that she’ll choose to stay downstairs instead of coming back up to join us. She also sometimes falls up and/or down the stairs. It’s rough. B’s parents offered to keep her for us, which led us to a breaking point. I cried for two hours straight yesterday trying to talk about it. Ultimately, we’ve decided she’s staying with us for now. I think she’s happiest with us and she’s hanging in there. We’ve also decided to use the elevator as much as possible when taking her all the way downstairs to minimize how much she has to be on the stairs. I’m also upping her hip and joint supplement amounts to see if that helps too. Hopefully we can establish with a vet soon and get to work on making her as healthy as we can.

four We’re getting together with some old friends tomorrow for brunch. I’m super excited to see them again. We saw the husband back in December for a quick lunch and it was just like old times. Hilariously enough, the last time we lived near them, back in Germany they were expecting their first child, now they’re expecting their second. I’m really hoping that we can all reconnect and that we’ll have a set of friends here in town again. See also, I’m hoping the wife has a hairdresser she can recommend that won’t be too expensive. My root situation is getting pretty bad.

five I want all the work clothes. Blazers in neutral colors, bright blouses, neutral pencil skirts in fun prints. I want it all. I was complimented by a client today on my Aztec print pencil skirt and it reminded me how much I like having put together looks that are both fun and professional. I need to be more professional in this job than any prior, so I’m looking to trade out my cardigans for more blazers. Now to just get paid so I can finance this new wardrobe.

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Tomorrow!

The movers are coming tomorrow! Only a week after they did pick up in ND and they’re ready to deliver to us here in CA. I’m beyond stoked. These movers have been such a joy to work with – they pushed for the earlier pick up date (tomorrow is actually the original date they were scheduled to get our stuff) and they’ve moved super quickly. They called this morning and were like, “would it be okay to deliver everything tomorrow?”

Of course, that means I have to do all the organizing myself, but that’s okay. They’re not coming until a bit later in the morning (trading everything down to a smaller truck) which will give me time to break down our temporary furniture and go store it in my car. There’s a lot of stuff to get put away, but it will give me something to do while waiting.

We walked around our loft again talking about where to put things. B has been really insistent about having the couch on the far wall along with the desk. He finally realized my point, that having the couch against the railing and the TV/desk sharing the same wall makes way more sense. Which is good, because that’s how it was going to be anyway. Logistics, y’all. No other way for it to happen.

And then it will be the mad rush of unpacking. We have a lot of stuff coming, so things definitely will have to get put away sooner rather than later. I’m super grateful they’re delivering prior to my gaining employment. I’ll have something to do during the day and we won’t be scrambling to take care of this after work hours only.

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Five on Friday v.3

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It has been an utterly gorgeous week here in SoCal. Sunny, blue skies that are uninterrupted by clouds. Weather that’s just warm enough during the day and just cool enough at night. The perfect amount of a breeze to stir the air and feel refreshing. We’ve pretty much moved to paradise.

one We’ve full on embraced the resort style living of our complex this week. Tonight is only our seventh here and we’ve already hit the hot tubs three times. In addition, we’ve made use of the propane grills to make dinner once already, with two more grilled meals planned this weekend. Finally, we reserved the 100 inch screen in the theater for a Saturday night, Valentine’s Day game fest. We’re also planning to host B’s squad for a pool party soon. Needless to say, we’re both super pleased with our decision to relocate here.

two I’ve been loving the humidity here. If the humidity sits just far enough over 50%, my hair starts to curl/wave on its own. I fully embrace this by using some cream, a spritz of hairspray and then scrunching it to air dry. If I want it more polished, I’ll throw in a few curls on top with my curling wand. Otherwise? I’m heat free. I love not blowing it out and straightening it all the time.

three My job hunt is trucking along. I’ve had a couple of interviews and have a couple more in the works. My biggest problem is that I’m not sure what I want to do. I feel like I’m standing at a crossroads and I could go down a multitude of paths. The good news is that if I go down one and don’t like it, I have no problem abandoning ship. That said, I do hope to have an income again sooner rather than later.

four I’ve been working my way through a running program again and I’m about to hit the steady runs of at least 25 minutes and I’m scared of them. All of a sudden my excitement to start my day this way has fled and I’m milking the excuses to not do it. Which is sad. I’m struggling with being slower than I was before my surgery, but logically I know I can’t get faster again unless I run consistently. Also, B is looking mighty fine thanks to his academy training and I do not want to be left behind as we are always in beach weather here.

five Speaking of B, he suggested a new plan this past week which touched me and made me smile. His idea is that we will pick a new restaurant every weekend to try out. We love eating out and exploring new restaurants is totally an us thing. But, what makes it special is that it was 100% his suggestion. I’m excited to explore the culinary offerings to be found here.

Happy Weekend my friends!

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Beach Love

B came home from work yesterday needing to drop his new uniforms by a dry cleaner to get them pressed. A quick google search showed us one not too far away, so off we headed. After we left, we were sitting at the light to turn toward home when we decided to go to the beach instead.

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The beach is only about three miles from us and I have a feeling we’ll be spending many days down there. They just reopened for the year and it was fun to be some of the first people out on the water.

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We stuck our feet into the Pacific, which was warmer than I expected. It was my first time being in the Pacific Ocean and I was a little nostalgic at it. I kept telling B that this was why we moved here. And, it’s true. I love the ocean and have always wanted to live near it. And now we do.

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Five on Friday v.2

We move into our apartment tomorrow, so today has been the unending task of getting everything packed back into our suitcases. I’m trying to have everything pretty much loaded up so that tomorrow morning it’s just throwing in the last of our stuff and hitting the road. The puppies are not at all happy by the reappearance of suitcases, much less the act of loading the car. Hopefully they’ll forgive us when we take them away from this gorgeous location.

one We got to view our apartment on Wednesday. We took a measuring tape to it, though we didn’t have time to take photos due to the carpet being really damp. We’re both really excited to be in this space, though I may be slightly more committed to downsizing things we don’t need than he is. But, he’s also better at visualizing things in spaces so, he’s probably right about what can fit where over me. Right now I’m just trying not to stress about where we’re going to put everything. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

two Speaking of, I received a call yesterday morning from the moving company in charge of our move. They explained that since we had indicated wanting our stuff next week (well duh) that they would at least pick up our stuff from ND next week. But, first we had to make some phone calls and send some emails. I had it all done within twenty minutes. There’s no time to play around when you’re waiting to get your belongings. Today though, the military emailed us back and told us it wouldn’t work for a stupid reason. So we returned that email explaining that we’d already discussed that reason and it was a non-issue. And we emailed the moving company who called the military and were like, we’re making this work so why are you trying to throw up a roadblock. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they can still move forward with pick up next week as planned.

three I had a job interview yesterday, which is what facilitated my going down so we could see the apartment. It was a complete disaster. The interviewer told everyone to come at the same time and then wasn’t on time themselves. I was the first of what appeared to be about twenty people to all come in a one hour slot. I spent approximately five minutes in the room, though I wouldn’t call it an interview so much as a cattle call.

fourĀ  I have an appointment next week to change over my driver’s license. This will be the first time in my life that I won’t have a TX driver’s license and I’m actually struggling a bit with the identity crisis there. None of our other moves have required me to change thanks to the military spouse residency relief act. Now though, that’s gone and I have to legally become a resident of our new home. While I’m excited about this, I’m also a bit apprehensive.

five We are all ready to file our taxes, except that our bank filed for an extension on getting us our investment documents, so we have to wait a few more weeks. The frustrating part is that we’re getting a decent sized return and we could use that now. However, we think we’re safe to not have to pull any more from savings to cover the moving costs and the gap between paychecks for B. Now if I could just find a dream job, with a short commute to our apartment, that pays well and wants me to start 1 March, life would be perfect.

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The Void

Don’t mind me, I’m just over here casting out resumes into the void. Every time I hit submit or apply or send and watch my resume and cover letter disappear from my screen, I can’t help but wonder how many it will take to get any kind of a response. It feels like paying your dues in a way, before you can even get a job you have to jump through so many hoops, apply to so many jobs, and wait so many months.

This is compounded for me by having a choppy resume. Made more difficult by my switching career fields. We won’t even get into knowing if this is what I want to do. I want to work – why is that so hard?

It doesn’t help that I feel like I’ve spent most of the last few years moving and thus applying for jobs. Spring 2014 in North Dakota. Spring and Fall 2012 in Turkey, Fall 2010 in Germany, Summer 2010 in North Dakota, Spring and Summer 2009 in Texas…it would be really nice to work in the same job or place for more than a few months. It would be nice for my resume too. It doesn’t matter that I initially moved for love and then got dragged around by the military, my work history is really choppy for someone as far removed from college as I am. Don’t get me wrong, I address the military aspect in my cover letter, but that doesn’t make it all rainbows and butterflies.

They say it’s not so much about what you know as who you know, which in California means I’m SOL. Have to just get by on what I know and what I’ve done and hope that eventually a job offer will come back from the void. Until then, I’ll keep flinging my hopes and dreams up and away, into the void on the back of my resume.

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Right is…

…waking up next to you. Your warm body curled against my back with your arm pinning me against you. Your breath soft on my neck as you do your best to not be awake yet.

…running errands with you. The hectic mix of exasperation and single minded focus garners typically hilarious results. We get what we want. We make a good team.

…chilling in a hot tub with you. Hot water. Cold drinks. Two puppies whining for us to throw the ball. Our laughter over all.

…helping you with your homework. My jokes for you to drop and give me twenty. Your Mom saying I should ask for something better. You making me a drink in repentance for getting an answer wrong.

…doing our own things, together. You on your video games, saving the intergalactic universe. Me knitting, blogging, tweeting. Together, but on our own. A perfect place to be.

…being with you. My world isn’t right when your aren’t here. You make it right, just by being. If that isn’t love, I’m not sure what is.

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