Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I got a job!

After a several month long job search, just when I had given up, I got a job!

I will be the supervisor of the forensics analytical lab, which processes 2000 samples/day. They operate under flexible hours, so Bronwen and Ava will only have to be in childcare 3.5 hrs/day (I was thinking about putting them into preschool anyway since the job search was taking so long), the commute is great (only 0.5 mile isn't on the highway -and it's against traffic), the pay is exactly what I wanted, and the people are great.

I couldn't have asked for anything more!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thankful for so many things

Okay, okay, I know Thanksgiving is still 5 days away, but I truly feel thankful tonight.

Here are my top things I am thankful for:

1) Rollerskating with Conrad and the girls today

2) Cami printing out my resume

3) My dad's spaghetti recipe

4) Talking with my mom in the afternoon

5) Talking with Tash when she's on her way to work

6) Bianca visiting during the summer

7) Watching my dad play with Bronwen and Ava

8) Seeing Puppy Springer in the Halloween costume Bronwen and Ava picked out for her

9) Happy face balloons

10) Health

11) Going to the car show

12) Living the American dream

13) Staying home with my two little best friends for the last 6 months

14) Fireside chats with my best friend (Conrad how I love you!)

15) Having a beautiful life filled with family and friends

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Latest Home Projects

Conrad thought he was in the clear of home projects when we moved from ABQ because it put physical distance between me and my great friend, Fotini. See, what would happen is that I would go to Fotini's house, get inspired by something she had done, then come back to ours and want to 1) plant; 2) paint; 3) buy furniture.

Well, the projects have begun; I met my wonderful new friend and neighbor, Cami. Hee-hee! Cami is an artist, and likes colors. We went to her and her husband's house for dinner on Saturday, and inevitably two projects were born.

Project One, THE ISLAND
On Monday and Tuesday I stripped, sanded, primed and painted our kitchen island red. A vast improvement from it's earlier state (CORK BOARD on the back, stainless steel metal plates on the bottom of each leg, and an overall white and brown color combo). It was functional so I didn't want to get rid of it, but it just looked awful. It's like the old owners tried to buy an island that matched the cabinets, but they couldn't quite get it right...then the back of the island was originally white but they glued squares of cork board on the back (were they trying to camouflage the white with the cork board so it would look brown??). Anyway, I'm much happier with the new look. Now the floor... :-)

Project Two, Painting something for Bronwen and Ava in their rooms
Cami painted at beautiful ocean/beach scenery for her daughter in her room. I wasn't quite brave enough to paint on their walls, so I settled for their doors instead. Ava's is Silvermist, and Bronwen's is Tinkerbell. The girls got huge smiles on their faces when they saw the finished products, which made me feel like a queen.

My thoughts are if you're thinking about doing something bold in your house, go for it! You can always repaint/repair if it doesn't turn out, and it's so much fun!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oh the fun you can have with Thing One and Thing Two

"The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day."
The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss

I got out the glitter
And two containers of glue
Then wondered aloud
Why are the messiest of projects
What kids gravitate to?

Despite the newspaper
I laid out for her spot
Ava tipped over the glitter
And out came the mop
(I foolishly thought securing the table was enough)

Both girls covered in glue
From their heads to their toes
There was so much glitter on their shirts
They needed a change of clothes

By then it was two,
Plenty time left to play
So I succumbed to Bronwen's wishes
And put the tent out for the day

The lower floor is a disaster
And I'm afraid the mess will soon spread
To their room, my room,
And even to my bed

But I wouldn't change anything
About this cozy, wet day
I love my Thing One and Thing Two
More than any words can say.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Homesick for Albuquerque

Well it looks like the rain we were promised for so long is finally here. I'm really missing the blue skies of Albuquerque, and all of my friends who live there. I'm happy that I've kept in frequent contact with most of you, but to those who I haven't talked to in a while, know that I'm thinking about you and miss you.