Tuesday, August 08, 2006

SUCKS!

I got an email a few days ago from Jay and FB saying Jake was out in LA and wanted to meet up in WeHo at They Abbey. I cleared with Jason, so all I needed was someone to watch over Lily for a few hours while I met up with the boys for ONE drink.

I had everything prepared.. Lily was fed, bathed, and was already asleep. I cleaned the house and even folded a load of laundry. All I needed was my sister to come home. So I waited.. and waited.. and waited. Normally, she comes home around 7:45 or 8ish, but of course, the day I wanted to go out, she didn't come home.

So it's currently 9:10 or so and I'm blogging about how bummed I am because I couldn't go.

Boo.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Work

So I was initally told I would be a Project Coordinator for Countrywide in their training department. Yeah.. my recruiter dropped the ball on that one. So instead of training, I am now working in the Human Resources Department for their Wholesale Division.

I am so bored. Seriously.. SO bored. It's a lot of busy work that can be time consuming and draining, but I am sooo not challenged. I had no idea this is what it would be like working in an office environment m-f 8-5. Don't get me wrong though, I LOVE my schedule. After a few years, getting up at 3:30 am only to return home after 10pm or so got really annoying, but work at the Bean was at least somewhat mind-stimulating. There's something to be said when you're placed in a position where decisions are made because you said so. It's nice. The environment is the way it is because YOU made it that way. If things are messed up, you fix it, because it's your responsibility. If things are good, you AND your team made it that way. I miss the training. I miss facilitating classes. I miss going through walkthroughs with the construction team and telling them they needed to fix a cabinet because it wasn't done to my standards. I miss the bakery case Nazis. I miss having water fights in the back rooms with my kids and telling them they need to clean up when we're done. I miss having the kids come to me and ask advice on life and actually listening to me. I miss going to lunch with my kids and telling them it was okay if we were gone for 1 1/2 hours and that the staff would be fine without us. I miss seeing my team grow from "how do I do this?" to "it's okay.. I got this one.". I miss the ever-changing environment. I miss the comfort of knowing certain kids would always be there with me on the days I needed extra help.

Yeah.. I don't really get any of that working in Human Resources.

On the other hand however, I know I get to go home when the clock says 5:00pm. I know I don't have to work on Saturdays and Sundays. I know I don't have to drive to Beverly Hills to teach a class because the facilitator that day called in sick. I know I don't have to deal with DMs who hate women in management positions.

It's a huge give and take when it comes to work. Hopefully in time, things will change for me at Countrywide and I'll start seeing things in a different light.

Wish me luck.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

I'm Not Dead

Hi everyone!

I don't really have time to blog, but I wanted to say hello to you all and I'll write something soon!

p.s. Why did I want to go back to work??? I think I'm regretting that decision! :)

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Arboretum


We went to the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens last week. Aside from the 90+ degree heat and the miles of walking we did (well, maybe not MILES, but in the heat, it felt like it at times), we had a great time. I had no idea it would be that huge. The Arboretum is 127 acres in total. I think we covered about .05% of it or so. :) It's a great place to relax, have a picnic, stroll, enjoy the environment, and see the many many many peacocks strolling though the park. And now, the photo montage..

The day just wouldn't be complete if FB weren't there. :) Unfortunately, Jay was off working. We did get to see him later that night, though.

We walked over a mile searching for this waterfall. From the description, it's supposed to be very awe inspiring and beautiful. It was pretty, though I think natural waterfalls are better. :) Lily seemed really intrigued at the rushing noise the water made. She stared for quite some time, and I think she was hoping she could hop into the water like it was her bathtime.

Ahh.. the koi pond. Kinda stinky, but still pretty cool. We saw tons of little baby fish and what looked like tadpoles in the pond. Blue and orange dragonflies were buzzing about. Lily liked the orange ones. :)

Lily and her Daddy. Who knew Lily was so tall???

More later. Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Professional Vomiter

I accidentally clicked on the link that brings me to my profile and noticed something interesting.. it said that my occupation was "professional vomiter". At the time, it made sense, considering my morning sickness was HORRIBLE(!!!!), but now it just makes me seem like I'm bulimic.

I'm trying to think of something clever to write, but I'm a loss for words right now. I'm still giggling at the bulimic thing.

I am on my way to Jay and FB's place to celebrate Jay's birthday. Stupidly, I forgot to mention it last week, so this is my lame attempt to telegraph it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAY!!!
See you tonight!
lots and lots of love from me and your girlfriend :)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

NOW A Warning???

I LOVE finding new things to entertain me. Today, I received a comment from PJS, from NOW A Warning??? , and was curious to see what he was all about.

The first picture I saw once I clicked on the blog was from Mommie Dearest, a favorite of one of my best gay friends out in Seattle. Once I saw that picture, I had to read read read. I encourage you all to read, too. :) Hope you enjoy!

BTW, Jake, you are awesome!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

moving again?

Jason has stumbled upon a difficult situation with work. In a nutshell, he hates it and wants to leave. Not just leave work, he wants to leave.. California.. in a week.

When he initially brought this to my attention, I thought he was nuts and was making some really lame joke. We agreed a long time ago that we would move, but I wanted Lily to be at least 1 year old. (she'll be 1 on December 27th this year) However, now that the whole work thing has come up, he finds no point to be in California anymore. We've already decided we were going to move to St. Louis, Missouri. I wanted to live in a city that wasn't too small, still industrial and fun, someplace with culture, and a good education system. St. Louis' real estate is still affordable, and Jason could buy another apartment complex for investment. This is all planned. I already agreed to it. What I didn't agree to was that we were going to move.. like.. now.

I'm a planner. I always have been. Ask FB.. he knows I'm very meticulous about cleanliness and order. I like order in the home, work, wherever. Asking me to pack up EVERYTHING (including Lily) and moving to a city I've never been to before is A LOT. In fact, I've downright said no.

I want to see the city before we move. I want to find a place to live, not just drive out there with a U-HAUL and find someplace to live when we get there. That makes no sense to me. When asked where we'd stay, he said, "Oh.. we can find a hotel or something.. or we could live in a mobile home." A what??? Did you just say we could live in a mobile home? To clarify, he didn't mean a mobile home in a trailer park.. one of those manufactured deals that actually look like homes. He meant a MOBILE home, like a Winnebago.

I don't think I'm being ridiculous, a word Jason has used frequently in the past week to describe my behavior. Is it really that much to take the time to see the city, find a place, get it set up, THEN move?

Arg.