Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Email Can Change Everything

I had every intention of posting what I was thankful for yesterday but truthfully, I couldn't find anything I was thankful for all morning.  I realize that I am very fortunate but yesterday, yesterday just didn't start out to be my day.

As I went outside to leave for work I found ice (already!!) on my windshield that I had to scrape.  No big deal but it's really just too early in the year to see that.  Then...then!!!  I go to Sonic for my ice tea fix and turn the truck off to order (diesel's are way too loud for drive thru ordering), I turn the truck back on...put it in drive...step on the gas pedal...and the truck cuts out and the check engine light comes on.  The continues to run and I proceed to the window and get my glorious tea.  I decide that I better stop by the dealership and get it hooked up to see why the light came on.  A quick stop I think...an HOUR later almost they come back with 4 codes...not just one but FOUR!!! 

I get to work and google the code they are most concerned with and find that it can be as easy as a blown fuse...or as expensive as $900 to fix!!  This is not what I need when I'm days from being without a job.  Queue tears!!

This then makes me think about the fact that I haven't heard back from BNSF and that certainly has to be bad news.  I've put all my eggs in one basket and haven't applied anywhere else.  What am I going to do now?!  Queue more tears!

Work problems...queue even more tears!

And then...here's where we get to what I was thankful for yesterday!!  I got an email at 1:15 PM...it was the BEST email ever!  Congratulations...you have a job offer from BNSF!!!  I got the job, well it's not mine yet, today I am sitting here filling out forms and making phone calls to get all of my medical testing completed.  But after that...I get the job!! 

Day 13 - I was so immensely thankful for that one little email that changed my mood and is directing me to my new future.

And today - Day 14 - I am thankful for hair appointments, I have one at 4 PM today and it is needed and deserved if I do say so myself!

I'm still on cloud 9 over this job and cannot quit smiling!!!  So here's to new beginnings!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5 Days of Being Thankful...I'm a Little Behind

With nothing going on all weekend I somehow didn't find a chance to post any of these.  So here we go...the things I've been thankful for over the last five days.

Day 8 - Alone Time - I spent Friday night home alone and while I sometimes think that is the worst possible thing I was kind of happy for it Friday night.  It gave me time to cope with things and wrap my head around things that are coming soon and quickly.

Day 9 - Distractions - Saturday I distracted myself with Sonic ice tea and Target.  I've been waiting on an email that I was supposed to receive by Saturday and had spent the majority of the week refreshing my email approximately every 5 minutes.  Saturday's distraction took my mind off of it and allowed me to enjoy an hour long shopping trip at Target.

Day 10 - Friends - This should be on my thankful list every single day.  I don't know where I would be without my friends.  We don't see each other every day and sometimes even every week...and some I don't live close enough to even see once a month but I've got a group of the GREATEST people supporting me and making me laugh.  Life wouldn't be the same without them.

Day 11 - Naps - Apparently life has gotten me down and just completely exhausted lately.  I got home from work and put away some laundry and was just going to sit down for a few minutes.  That turned in to a very amazing almost two hour nap.  With not getting much sleep at night lately I was very thankful for this nap.

Day 12 - Family - Along with friends, my family needs to be on the list daily.  I don't have a big family but I have the biggest hearted family I could ever wish for.  They push me to be better, they encourage me to do my best, they let me complain about things all too often...they are there through everything. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

So Thankful

I missed yesterday I somehow just let the day get completely away from me.

Day 6 - yesterday I was thankful for the fact that my daddy and brother and all of the other men in my life have taught me to be self-sufficient.  I replaced (by myself) the turn signal bulb on my truck and the air filter.  I do the air filter all the time but the bulb was a new experience.  And if it hadn't been for "my men" teaching me that I can do those things, I would still be driving around with a blinker out. 

Day 7 - today I am thankful for new beginnings.  As sad as I was/am (I'm not sure if I'm still real sad most days) about my company closing I'm realizing how great this opportunity is.  I have a second chance at a career...a fresh new start.  I had a second "interview" Monday and I'm just waiting to hear back...hopefully I will get good news soon.

And just because when I saw this a couple of nights ago I couldn't quit laughing!  Three wise men...
3 Wise Men sign funny Christmas sign funny by TheFlyButterFactory, $4.95

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5 - Giving Thanks

Today I am thankful for coffee...and peppermint mocha coffee creamer.  Without it I wouldn't make it through most days, today especially.

 
The last few nights I've had a hard time sleeping.  I sleep great from about 11 or 11:30 to about 1 and then I'm up.  Like wide awake, should be up doing something, but still so exhausted I cannot handle it.  That feeling usually goes away around 4 or 5 and then I can sleep until 5:30!  I wake up not feeling rested at all and truth be told this morning I woke up and thought that I might not make it through the day without choking someone.
 
With that being said...I am so so thankful for coffee and everyone around me should be as well because I think I just might make it today!
 
And yes...I'm also thankful for my comfy, cuddly Taz blanket from probably 1990 or so!  That blankie has been on many adventures with me.  It rarely gets left home when I go out of town.

Monday, November 4, 2013

A Month of Giving Thanks - Day 4

I decided on November 1st that I was going to post everyday something that I am thankful.  With that being said, I am already 4 days behind but have a good excuse.  Ok, so it maybe isn't a good excuse but it is an excuse.

I had a great weekend full of nothing.  Absolutely nothing besides cleaning house and doing laundry.  I left the house twice, once Saturday to buy groceries and Sunday morning to get a breakfast burrito from Blakes.

So what have I been thankful for...

Day 1 - I was thankful for the fact that I am closing in on the end of the school year.  Only 4 more days of class after 11/1.  Four more Friday's of traveling all the way across town to go to school.  Four more 7 hour school days and I will be done!

Day 2 - Saturday I was thankful for early morning grocery shopping.  Now, it wasn't super early, like 8:30 early but early enough that I didn't have to deal with the crazy crowds at Wal-Mart.  And there were actually some very nice people there that early!

Day 3 - I was not thankful that I woke up around midnight and didn't go back to sleep until close to 6 am.  That made for a long Sunday but I was thankful that I had no plans and could spend the day in my PJs doing laundry and being lazy.  Lazy weekends are sometimes the best.

Day 4 - Today I am so very thankful for new opportunities.  I have a second set of testing to do for a new job, and while I'm nervous for it, I'm not near as nervous as I was last Wednesday for the first testing and interview.  Here's to hoping that today goes great and I don't panic and forget how to type!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Things

Thursday!!!  The last day of the work week!  I'm so ready for the weekend!

1.  Guys - Why do they have to be so stinking confusing!?  Why can't they just let their feelings be known?!  And why are they so freakin' indecisive?!  They like you then they don't, they want to hang out (they say they do at least) and then they never do.  Then they stop texting and all of a sudden on a random Wednesday night, every single guy that you've spoke with and tried to date over the last 8 month period texts you all at once. 

2.  Speaking of guys...I bit the bullet and signed up for Match.com a couple of days ago.  My best friend did it and has had pretty good luck so I thought I'd give it a try.  I mean...especially since guys (mentioned in # 1) drop off the planet more often than not.  Maybe I'm being too picky but I've not had the outcome I'd wished for.  I know it's only been a couple of days...and I've met one guy but he lives 300 miles away.  I'm considering deleting my account...just not sure the online dating thing is for me.

3.  Work - Work is still so slow!!!  Of course that is to be expected but it's driving me crazy!  I did apply for a job last week.  I'm hoping that will go well.  I need to find some others to apply for just to keep the ball rolling.  Job hunting is so stressful.

4.  School - Only six more days in class!  The closer I get to the end the less motivated I get to finish.  I think just knowing that I'm so close to not having homework and to go sit in class has got me antsy to finish.  I took my mid-term last Friday and think I did pretty well.

5.  House Work - Why do I have such a hard time making myself keep up with this?  I really need to do some major cleaning this afternoon.  I'm hoping to tackle most of it today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Very Quick Trip to Lubbock

We made a very quick trip to Lubbock this past weekend and man did it wear me out.

We've been planning this trip to Lubbock to see BFF Trish for about a month, the normal weekend trip.  Leave by 6 or 7 at the latest on Friday evening and return mid-day Sunday.  That was the plan at least...until Thursday.  BFF Bobbie works at the livestock auction on Thursday's and Friday's and Friday happened to be the BIGGEST sale of the season.  2,250 head of cattle came through the ring that day which meant that our departure time ended up being...midnight!!!

Lubbock is a good 5.5 hour trip without stops but everyone knows you can't sit in a truck that long so there were a few little stops.  We arrived at our destination at 6:15 AM...most people sleep all night.  Nope, we drive! 

After getting there and settling down from the all night trip we slept for approximately 2 hours...2 hours of sleep.  That's it!!!  We made ourselves look halfway decent and headed in to town to do a little wandering around.  We ate lunch at Cheddar's and spent a little time shopping at the mall.  We all ended up with a couple of really cute purchases.

After making our way back to the house we decided that we could relax for about an hour then we had to start getting ready.  Relaxing with 3 very chatty girls means not a whole lot of down time but it was so fun.

We spent hours getting ready and headed out.  We had decided that we were going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch football, when we got there the place was packed...apparently some big UFC fight.  so we found a table and proceeded to enjoy each others company and a few adult beverages while watching baseball, football, and UFC.  By about 10:30 Bobbie and I decided that we needed a change of scenery and to move around a little (living on 2 hours of sleep wasn't great) and we forced the others to the bar.  We ended up at Chances R and as much as some people thought they were going to hate it we all ended up having a good time.  Needless to say by about 1 AM we were ready to head home and finally get some sleep.

In bed by 2 AM and up by 8 AM...this girl needed a nap bad!  Sunday morning we got up and got ready.  As tradition goes we spent our last hour together at Hooter's talking about the fun we had and how we would miss each other until the next trip.  And of course trying to decide when that next trip would be. 

The drive home from Lubbock was not too horrible, there were a lot of very sleep deprived conversations and silly comments.  The whole trip was less that 48 hours...I think we decided about 43 hours and approximately 10 of that was spent driving and 8 sleeping.  8 hours of sleep all weekend...I'm getting too old for this.

Can't wait for the next trip...hopefully it will be a longer one.  But even if it isn't it is worth every sleepless minute!