Holy cow my blog is feeling unloved...I used to be so good about updating it, but wow how life is busy and I seem to need every minute of my day. So here I sit at 4:52 a.m. on a Saturday none-the-less trying to catch it up. I'm both tired and anxious having just woken up from having bad dreams. Ack. I hate when that happens.
The last few months have been busy ones. I started real estate classes. That's a story in itself. Suffice to say I'm enjoying it. I took a break for the last little bit just to regain some sanity though. Working full time and pushing myself through, on my own, is a tough balancing act, especially when so much is changing in my day job.
I spent fall taking some senior pics of Bailee and Eyan and Jake. Family pix of my lovely hair dresser and her fun family, and casual pix of Kenzie, because she asked me to. That is probably the coolest thing. To have your daughter ask to be photographed. I didn't have enough self-esteem at her age to want to be in front of a camera. I love that about her. Now, it ws 17 degrees out when she asked, but how do you say no to that. So I didn't. And we froze. But had a great time doing it.
yep - that's her, blowing snow out of her bare hands. Brrrr chilly. But I love the shot. And then there's this one...
She's grown up so much this year. First year of high school. Friends, boys, studies (usually in that order). She's such a nice person. So drama-free. I'm partial, I know, but I'm smitten.
Then there's Jake...
17, driving, working. First real girlfriend followed by first real break up. It's crazy to see him so close to entering the real world. I love that he's still tender, still hugs me, still tells me he loves me. I don't know how we did it, but he's 17 and still likes us. He still spends time with us. He still talks to us. I feel blessed. At his age I was counting down the days to move-out. And I liked my parents.
Work right now is interesting. Things changed on a dime. Back in May I was overwhelmed and stressed at work, unhappy that I was asked to support the new SVP that was hired. I didn't particularly like her, or her way of working. I unloaded on my boss and had pretty much decided I would leave the legal department and move over to operations. That took several months to even set it in motion and well, things calmed down. The SVP got her own EA, the second half of the year arrived (much less stressful) and well, what do I always say. I can try to leave it, but I always go back to legal.
We actually interviewed some people for my paralegal position. They were all idiots. OMG. Awkward doesn't begin to define it. I must interview really REALLY well. That's all I kept thinking. So, we couldn't find a fit. And Crystal dropped me with, you could always take the position back...right, the one I never fully left. Well, I had some parameters I wanted met, and a salary bump I would require. And we talked. A lot. And we mutually agreed to how things would be moving forward.
The worst part of the decision was telling my other boss, Mike. He's such a great person to work with and for. I genuinely like him. I'm sad even writing this. But I know he couldn't keep up with my ADD. Not enough for me to do day-to-day. And so, the move becomes effective Dec. 1st.
Crystal and the team is so excited they've tasked me with work already, which is a little tough to juggle being that I'm still in my other position(s). Which has made studying real estate a little tricky. Something had to give. But I'm moving forward. Plowing through. And I know it's a short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain.
Christmas is right around the corner. Frank and I have discovered that as we get older, our tastes are more sophisticated (meaning: expensive). We are finishing the remodel on our house and that includes some new furniture pieces. I bought a new console for our family room/TV. From Restoration Hardware. Which I would have never dreamed of shopping at, but we couldn't find a console that fit the stereo or HTPC components anywhere else. And let me be clear...it's GORGEOUS.
It's difficult to see, but the hardware. Just so yummy! I can't wait until it arrives (Dec. 14th). That's my Christmas (and probably birthday gift). Then there's Frank's birthday/Christmas. Last night we bought a new 65" TV. It's a beaut. Gorgeous picture, and big enough that I might not even need my glasses! :) Along with that will come a new receiver, speaker, and sub woofer. I'm not sure who's having a better holiday! HA! He's super excited and I am excited for him.
Let's see. Other than that - not too much to report. Archie is doing well. Still a little puppy left in him, but he's calmer. Cathy is coming for Christmas as is Frank's brother, Chris. I'm excited to see them both.
Melanie and family will join us for Thanksgiving this year. They should close on their old, and new, house the day before. Fingers crossed. It's been a trial. You just can't pick who's going to buy your house, right? I'm looking forward to it. And now Jeff will have a nice big screen to watch the game on!
Shew - caught up and it only took 30 minutes! Back to bed for me.