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Saturday, May 24, 2008

So Iím taking a bit of a break from unpacking. Honestly I feel like Iíve accomplished A LOT! But when I look at how many boxes I have left I feel a little disappointed. The old place was so cluttered Iím doing my best to avoid clutter. Iím getting rid of things I donít need. Rachel would be proud! Iím such a horrible pack rat it almost bugs me! I figure if itís something I havenít looked at in the 3 years I lived at the old place I *really* donít need it! Though, I do have two chests full of things from my childhood that I do plan on keeping.

I also finally got my pc connected to the internet so Iíll be able to post all those pictures Iíve been excited to share! It seems so amazing that Iíve lived here since May 10th and am JUST now getting through the unpacking process. Iím so grateful that itís a long weekend!

So now for a few picturesÖ

5/4/08 - The Three Musketeers Ė Out for Andieís 30th!



Cute one of my two dearest friends! I love these girls!



5/9/08 - Out with the old! Itís such a sad looking yard.



A pretty flower picked for me near my old place so I wouldnít feel left out when Tom and Brian brought back a bunch for their wives.



5/11/08 - In with the new! I love the new place! Itís awesome!



On my way to work after my first night in the new place



5/24/08 - So Rachel called me right when I pulled up at work and asked me if I would be interested in going to a Dodgers game that night. Iíve never been but have always wanted to so I said yes immediately!

Blurry shot of me and Rach snuggled up in the back seat



Me and Rach bundled up at the game



Brian (and me peeking into the shot hehe)



Brian, me and Rach
(Tom and Jacob were there too but none of the pics of them turned out that well)



Me and Rach when the rain started to pour! They put the game on rain delay at the bottom of the 9th inning! Cardinals were up by 1 so we figured it wasnít worth fighting the crowds. By the time we made it to the car the rain stopped but we were SOAKED!



More pics to come of the Steampunk Treehouse and Turtle's Wedding!

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

So Iím sitting on a comfy chair with my laptop at Chuck and Robinís in Yucaipa. Itís been a busy weekend but Iím blown away by their hospitality. They are truly amazing people! Iíve been asking Sam what I can do to show my appreciation. Chuck intimidated me when I was dating Sam but heís been an absolute sweetheart to my sister and I this whole time.

Thursday - I was up at 5:00am to be sure to get packed for my weekend in Yucaipa and I had to head down to Pasadena for the AAP Preparation Class. I left at 7:00 and because of traffic didnít make it to my class till late. The class was from 8:30 - 3:30 and packed FULL of information. The teacher made it clear early on that this class wasnít for beginners which is what I was. I was happy that I at least understood the terms. I have a study partner. She works at a small credit union so she will help me where I am weak which is the banking side of it. I am strong in the NACHA file formats since I deal with that on a regular basis so Iíll be helping her with that.

So after the class I had to head into work. Traffic was so bad I didnít make it there till 5:30. Stephanie wasnít familiar with the end of the day stuff so I had to make sure to help. We got done at around 6:15 so it wasnít too bad. I was told my sister went in for surgery at about 6:30 so I didnít rush. My sister was ready to go by 8:45! Her surgery was a huge success!

Friday - Heidi had a rough first couple of days. She couldnít move without being dizzy and feeling like she was going to pass out. Mike came down to watch Heidi while I was at work. She didnít keep food down too well and had to stay in bed most of the day.

Saturday - I took my time getting ready. My mom was down by 12:15 so I could get up to Turtleís Wedding Reception. On my way home I stopped by my friend Jamesí place to drop off the name plate he left at Alliance when he went to his new job. He was at his moms place in Oak Hills for the weekend. I had a nice chat with his mom and sister.

I stopped by my place and got dressed for the wedding. I made it out to Lucerne Valley 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Turtle was still setting up. He mentioned that it would be unlikely we would get pictures of him and the family like planned because everyone was behind schedule. So I took pics of what I could. The reception started and I snapped away. The whole concept of a Gothic reception was pretty cool. It was a great party! People were dressed like they were ready to hit the clubs. Amber was beautiful and Turtle looked great! I canít wait to show the pictures. But as with all the other pictures Iíve been anxious to share, who knows when Iíll get a chance to post them.

(vent) Right now I'm feeling a little tired of living in limbo. It started with the move. Packing up the house and moving into the new place and not being settled before I had to spend this extended weekend in Yucaipa. I can't complain about my time here because of how awesome it's been to hang out with Robin and Chuck, like I said before they are truly amazing. But I really would like to just be at my own place, but not as it is right now, I'd like it to be completely unpacked as well. Then today I get a call from my good friend asking me to housesit for her in the next couple of weeks and my first reaction was "Absolutely NOT!" But I told her I would think about it. Just right now I'm not feelin' it. I've been going too much and really just need to get things situated at my new place. (/vent)

So I had a good time taking pictures of the wedding reception. Itís always great to hang out with my friends from my wannabe goth days. I'm still even a little surprised at how the friendships have survived the years. I even got out on the dance floor! I left at 12:15am and made it down to Yucaipa by about 1:30 am. Turtle gave me more money then agreed upon which I felt bad taking just because I didnít get ANY family shots or really many single shots of them. But he said he saw me workin the whole time and he really was hoping Iíd get a chance to party a little. He was sweet. I'm really happy for him. Itís odd looking back at our friendship and where it started. I donít talk to him often, and as much as some of my friends wonít understand this, I really do feel a fondness for him. I think because he was my first kiss. You always remember your first kiss. Heh

Sunday - I have taken the day easy. I've been a little bit moody but I think that's just because I didn't get much sleep and I really just want to be home. Heidi has her appointment tomorrow so we should be able to head home tomorrow.

This work week should be interesting with all that's going on. We have a new supervisor in training. Mike is going to be in Hawaii for a week to celebrate his anniversary. Margarita comes back from taking care of her mom who fell and fractured her hip. Jody and other upper management will be in Vegas for one of the biggest conferences of the year. And I have to call and see about switching the AAP Certification test to my name and get all the paperwork and training books to prepare for the test in October.

I made a starbucks run earlier this evening and looking at the time, I'm starting to regret it! It's late and I have to be up early to get ready, pack up my things as I use them and clean along the way. I feel so blessed to have been able to stay with Robin and Chuck! I want to make sure to do what I can to leave it as close to what it was when I came as possible! Anyone have any ideas of what I can do for them to show how much I appreciate their hospitality, something special, unique?

Well I really gotta get to bed. Goodnight. Pictures to come... I promise!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Well I'm sitting on my bed, typing this blog. This is a different feeling... I have a laptop. It's mine. But it's a hand me down. A rather nice one too. Only problem: No battery life, it always has to be plugged in. Not much freedom in that is there? I guess I can always go get a new battery right?

Ok so too much to babble on about to be rambling about the laptop.

The move is complete! I won't say we're settled just because unpacking is going to take a while! And with my schedule it might take longer then I would like.

Tonight is my last night in the new place till Monday night! Tomorrow my sister is going in for surgery to fix her Otosclerosis (a progressive degenerative condition of the temporal bone which can result in hearing loss) and the doctor's have stated that she should not make the trip back up the Cajon Pass during the first few days after her surgery. The surgery is to take place in San Bernardino. And Sam's mom was nice enough to offer to let us stay at their place in Yucaipa after the surgery. I should be packing but this is the first time I've had internet since Saturday. Of course at work I can connect but things have been a little hectic there and I haven't had a lot of time to spend on the internet.

Tomorrow morning I'm going down to Pasadena for a compliance class in place of a girl that quit this week. I guess it's safe to say that I have gotten a promotion. They haven't figured out the title to give me as I will be dealing with my normal duties but taking on the compliance issues as well. This also means a raise. woohoo! I have a lot to learn but they are willing to pay for my training. There is a test in October that if I can take and pass will make me AAP Certified (Accredited ACH Professional) and will be something I can take with me.

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of Jesse's death. It hit me last night as I grabbed a box and saw Orenthal Wantsomemore (a stuffed arrangatang that Jesse bought me when we were dating). I am sad. I've thought about him quite a bit in the last couple of months. I mentioned it to Joshua at work today and he asked if it still hurts me. I'm not sure what I feel. I know he's in a better place. I know he and I weren't the best of friends when he passed away but I always knew he would call every-now-and-then and we'd talk, joke and laugh. I miss his constant impersonations. I miss him.

Also this weekend is Turtle and Amber's wedding reception which I am taking pictures of. I'm really looking forward to it!

Well it's my bedtime. I have an early morning and busy schedule ahead of me.

That's all for now...

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Moving - Well my mom and sister just left from helping me pack up my bedroom and bathroom. I have a lot of stuff! My back hurts and I'm definitely tired! I still have to pack up my desk. If I didn't have their help I'm not sure what I would have done. There are a lot of things I just want to put in my car and take over before the big moving day Saturday. My mom also came over last Saturday and we got the kitchen done so that's out of the way. My friend Andie helped me too. But by the time she got here I was already worn out so we only got my dvds and cds packed. Last week I slowly started a box or two in the evenings but at that rate I would have never been done in time.

Steampunk Tree House - I so don't feel I can give this story the full attention it deserves. It was quite an awesome trip! Sean was so cool. The tree house was even more impressive in person. The detail and creativity was truly inspiring. James and I had a blast taking pictures of every angle of the inside of the tree house. But that's all I'm gonna share for now... Moving has taken all my spare time in the evenings so I haven't had a chance to really get through all the pics. I can't wait to post them.

But right now Iím exhaustedÖ Goodnight!

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