Saturday, April 16, 2016


Tonight, I am so grateful for my sweetheart.  I love the way he is always so tender with me, especially when I fall ill. 
I don't know what happened this afternoon, but man, I had the worse stomach cramps. It wasn't like the usual stomach ache, there was such a bad throbbing pain. I started to go over my day and think of what I could have eaten.   Ugh, it was definitely an evening I'd rather forget.  It was rough. No one likes to see their lunch in reverse. I hate throwing up, which always makes me HOPE I don't get morning sickness.
I'm just so grateful for the tender way he takes care of me. He's just so attentive. Although I was asleep on and off for the past 5 hours, he would check on me and see if I needed anything. 
I'm grateful for the wonderful man that he is. For the past month, as we've been praying together before bed each night, I've felt a much closer bond with him. I've truly loved it. I love the way we pray for each other and express our gratitude for our blessings, most especially for the blessing of each other. He is my heart and my better 2/3rds.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time has just been blowing on by! I can't believe I've been in my current job position for about 2.5 weeks! I friggin love it! I love the chill vibe of the department. I love that I can breathe and feel like an adult. I'm no longer treated as if I'm a teenager at my first job. I love that people are serious about getting their work done, not out of fear and resentment but because they understand that it's their responsibility. I LOVE that I can listen to music all day long, with my headphones in. Seriously, I friggin LOVE it!!! As much as I miss my friends from upstairs, I would not go back to my last position if I was even offered a raise. Nope, no thank you, zilch, zero, nada! I don't have to deal with angry debtors calling or just angry people in general. Plus, I don't feel like I drag myself out of work at the end of the day. I still feel human. I don't come home anymore venting about someone I didn't like or how someone's incompetence just killed my vibe. I enjoy my colleagues and my immediate supervisor. Everyone's upbeat and genuinely really happy to be there! I am happy!! I feel like this weight has been taken of my shoulders and I actually enjoy going to work now! Plus, with my schedule starting 30 minutes later, I miss a huge chunk of traffic! It's assume!! I'm so happy and I couldn't be any more grateful for this position!
Life is good!
(I'm pretty sure this is what I look like walking into & out of work)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

How I Felt About The First Day.

I just might like working here, that is for sure!
Please excuse my full happy face, my boss took our department to Starbucks for breakfast.

And in case you were wondering what the second day looked like...
Corned beef & cabbage on rate from DZ Akins! Celebrated St. Patrick's Day & a paralegal's birthday. I'm totally ok with that!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Tomorrow's going to be a big day!
I start my new position!
So many people I've worked with have asked me if I'm excited.
Honestly, I'm not one of those people that LOVE change. 
I'm a creature of comfort. 
I get a lil hesitant to jump into new adventures without some sort of safety net of familiarity.  I'm glad I've got Chuy down there since he transferred to that department a year ago.  At least I'll feel like I have a friend, who actually knows how to pronounce my name.
Yep, I'll have a whole day of correcting people on how to say my name. fun.

I don't know...I'm nervous.  I'm going to miss my team and all things familiar.

Here's to moving up in the world!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Daylight Savings Monday: Training & Discussions.

Today flew by so quickly.  
At the end of today, I started to clear out more of my cube to take down to my new cube.  I'll take my last box on my way out tomorrow night.  I'll probably set up my desk so it's ready come Wednesday when I start in my new position.  
As I was cleaning stuff up, I started to clear my computer of files and folders I no longer needed.  As I did so, I came across templates and email examples my trainee will probably need in time.  I have no idea how many emails I sent to her labeled, "SAVE FOR LATER: (name of template/example)".  I was just thinking of how I just wanted to be set up for future training with the tools she would need.  I know I wouldn't be there to train her later, but I wanted her to be prepared.  I didn't want her to be blindsided later.  I wished I could be there for all of her training with future projects, projects that I am familiar with.  I suddenly had this maternal type of feeling that I didn't want her to fail and my time of training was soon coming to an end, tomorrow.
It made me wonder if that's how parents feel as their children grow up and soon leave the nest.  Do they wonder, "Have I done my best?", "Will they remember everything I taught them?", "Will they do what is most important?",  "I hope they know they can always ask for help." It almost made me sad to think I won't be there to help my trainee with all of her future questions.  I now have to trust my team mates to take care of her.  Dude, sometimes, I don't know how parents do it.  I mean, it makes me think back to when my nephew, Simi left for his mission. I know she'll be fine and in due time will learn everything she needs to, to fulfill the position.  She'll be in good hands. 
I will surely miss my team.  We've been together for the past year and I'll miss QuiQua, my one colleague that I've worked next to for the last two years.  We've been together since week one.  It'll be so different in my new department.  New faces & new names to remember.  I don't want to get too sentimental, it'll make tomorrow hard.
Last night, we had the missionaries over for dinner.  It was so nice.  They're our first real guests at our place (dinner wise).  It was nice feeling their spirit.  We went over the first discussion.  I'm not gonna lie, I got emotional while they were sharing the Joseph Smith experience of the first vision.  It just brought back so many times I was able to share that experience with those we taught out in the mission field.  It made me think of my sweet companion, Sister Cobb.  I loved my mission and all that I was able to experience. I love and miss a lot of my companions, I'd say, all but one really.  I think I do a pretty good job at keeping in touch with them.  I love them.  
I'm grateful for the challenge of reading the Book of Mormon again, with Levi.  When I don't read the Book of Mormon as often as I should, I forgot all the great stories and experiences that took place.  The elders asked me last night what I liked about the Book of Mormon, and I told them that I liked all the experiences that happened therein.  I said I liked Alma the Younger who wasn't perfect and even tried to lead people astray, but he repented and came back to be a powerful missionary.  I like that the Book of Mormon tells of Alma the Younger's conversion.  I love all the stories of Captain Moroni.  He's the best.  I can't wait to dive back into the Book of Mormon and read all these great stories and most especially when Jesus came to the Americas and blessed all the children.  The best part of the Book of Mormon, is knowing that it is all true.  I'm ready to reaffirm my testimony of it's truthfulness.  

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Life, in rewind. {this past week}

I finished our nephews & nieces frame. I love it! I love seeing these kids that we love so much!

I went to Hobby Lobby today, as my "do something fun on your half day (of work)" I love the light blue frame for our wedding party photo. It'll be a nice pop of color amongst the dark frames on the wall. I'm still debating if I like the "Family Rules". I feel like there are so many rules! We'll see where we're at with that, in a week.

I'm so glad Levi said to go with the light blue. It's perfect and brings out the touches of light blue in the photo. I love this photo with all our loved ones.

I brought Jonah to work with me on Friday. He was a hit! I seriously love this bag! $2 at a thrift store = AWESOMENESS!!

I seriously love having a Food Saver!! I also love being able to seal all my Mason jars oh so easily!!

This was the BEST fortune I've EVER received!! I seriously want to frame it!

I made this meme from a funny quote I found. So funny & so true!

Levi had a special photo project in which he asked me to model for him. At the end, I thought I'd snap a few photos of myself as I waited in the car for him. I wanted to surprise him when he later went thru all the pics to make selections. This was his favorite:

This was the sweet little experience I had this week:

We were at Mission Trails working on Levi's photo project. I very much enjoy Big Rock Park! 

But I enjoy this man, a million times more.

My new kitchen! I love the new shelves & kitchen table and chairs!! Our kitchen is so much more organized and bigger now. I love all the space!

This is Levi fixing my mistake. I can't stand assembling things. Reading instructions to build things make me a lil anxious & frustrated. Him, not so much.

Adios old round table & chairs.

I feel like this has been such a fast week. So much has changed in our little flat. Work has seriously flown by and soon enough I'll be starting my new position. I'm nervous, exited, anxious & sad all wrapped! Well tonight we "spring forward " for the time change and it's 1:51am and in 9 minutes it'll be 3:00am. I'm wide awake and church starts at 9:00am. Yikes!! Good night!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

8 Days.

It's 10:21pm.... Not really in the mood for a structured blog, so we'll go with random points.

-I have only worked 8 full days, this month. EIGHT!! That's insane. Due to my aunt's passing, I had 3 days off bereavement, a holiday & 4 days of due to sickness.

-So I've been off for the last 4 business days/6 days total due to Pneumonia. FRIGGIN PNEUMONIA!! I never want this damn thing again! It totally wiped me out! My lungs/ribs have never hurt so bad because of such awful coughing fits. It's been bad. 

-I go back to work tomorrow. I've never had this much time off of work before. I wish I could say I did something productive, but I think working on my health was productive enough.

-I'm still coughing quite a bit, but at least my voice is not as hoarse as Friday morning.

-I have more on my mind, but I think I'm getting sleepy.

-Last night's dinner: Homemade soup & garlic cheese rolls.... All because nothing was on tv, but Food Network was popping!
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