Saturday, May 31, 2008

More random notes because this is all I have time for

Someday I'll write a coherent post again, I promise! But in the meantime...
  • I know, I know, they're not the same kind of mountains as the Rockies, but I absolutely fell in love with the Appalachians. They're so green and rolling, and just have these adorable towns sprinkled throughout them.
  • Someday I'll learn that scheduling a job interview for the day I arrive in a new city is not the best idea (but my interview went fine - it was just a little crazy getting there!).
  • I think I'm going to really love living here. I really feel energized when I'm in a city.
  • Pretty Mahana's baby is adorable. I'm just saying.
  • Walkie Talkies are worth their weight in gold when you're driving separate vehicles cross-country.
  • I didn't realize how much I missed living in a city with an alt-rock station.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Highlights of the Past Week

Things have been crazy busy with the move, but some of the highlights from the past week include:
  • Lots of gracious offers for help loading the U-Haul! I am extremely, extremely grateful for that.
  • A wonderful good-bye bash at my job that left me feeling very appreciated and valued. I've said it before, but I really do feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such thoughtful, grateful, and fun people.
  • A very fun dinner and game night with Elissa and her family.
  • :( My last lesson with my Miamaids.
  • Getting a good long phone conversation with my friend Miss Independent, who will probably be in the DC area sometime this summer!
Ah, and for you fans of The Office out there, I actually did receive a rock from one of my bosses as a good-bye present ... but in a good way (poor Toby)! It was an unopened geode. In this part of Indiana, people are big on keeping unopened geodes because they like the potential and mystery of not knowing exactly what it looks like on the inside, and having something to look forward to discovering. Very cool, and a great souvenir from the region!

This will be my last post until we are in DC. Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Week in Review

Wow, things have been busy, so it's time for another week-in-review:
  • Tuesday: Rob and I road tripped with our friend Leslie to Turkey Run State Park for some fun hiking. It had rained recently, so Sugar Creek's water levels were higher than usual, and we enjoyed trying to hike its canyons while staying dry (which we did with varying degrees of success, Rob being the only completely successful one). Pictures will be coming soon.
  • Wednesday: We attended our friend Cora's 60th birthday party, and found a subletter for our apartment!
  • Thursday: I attended the end-of-year orchestra concert of one of my miamaids. I loved it, and I am really, really going to miss the girls when I move.
  • Friday: One of our friends put on their annual "chocolate fest," and we enjoyed the chocolate fountain, watched "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and said even more goodbyes to people.
  • Saturday: The miamaids went to a nearby lake to pick up trash, which they loved. Who knew picking up endless beer bottles could be so much fun (and I don't mean that sarcastically)?
  • Sunday: Our ward continued its time honored tradition of stressing out people that are about to move even more by asking them to speak in church. That said, Rob and I enjoyed doing it. The highlight of my day was one of my Miamaids giving me a goodbye present and one of the sweetest cards I have ever received. I am really going to miss these girls...

Monday, May 12, 2008

The magical world of life during business hours

I've been working an 8-5, Monday-to-Friday schedule for several years now. But I've accumulated a bunch of use-it-or-lose-it personal affairs time that my supervisors are getting on my case to burn (yes, I'm a work addict), so I've started leaving work at noon most days. And oh, how I love it. Work absolutely flies by. Plus, I've been so busy with trying to coordinate everything connected with the move, I've really appreciated the extra hours to avoid a mental breakdown accomplish everything I need to.

I've learned my town is a completely different town during the day. There is no wait in the express line at Walmart. I can get 5 of the 6 washers at my complex's laundry room simultaneously (and not upset people in the process). There's less traffic. It's like a magical time when everything is just waiting to assist me. Except the gym I usually go to, which apparently closes for a few hours in the afternoon (who knew?). Anyways, I can get so much done with those extra four hours, and I feel crazy productive right now.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lots of Good News!

I've been slacking on my blog. But that is because so many wonderful and exciting things have been happening, I haven't had time to write about them. Among them:

Graduation!
Sadly, not mine. But Rob's graduation was this weekend! I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work. I should also add that I really understand now why family members get so upset when the graduate won't walk. :) Because dang it, I worked hard to help put him through, and I feel like I earned it too! Lucky for me, Rob did walk, and I loved getting to celebrate his accomplishments.

Special Visitors!
My parents came to town for Rob's graduation, and it was wonderful and incredibly relaxing to have them here. Our new family trend is to spend our vacation time sleeping in, eating fabulous food, doing a little shopping here and there, and just catching up. That's what I call a vacation!


Young Womanhood Recognition!
I was a slacker teenager in this regard, but I just redeemed myself by finishing my personal progress and earning my Young Womanhood Recognition! I got to do a lot of interesting and meaningful goals as a part of it, and I'm grateful I had the opportunity.

Finding out we're moving!
We finally worked out all the administrative red tape for Rob's internship, and we'll be moving to DC at the end of this month. Which means I'll be a stress case in the mean time trying to figure out where to live, where I'm going to work, etc, etc. But we're really excited, and really grateful for this opportunity.