I am trying to write more. It helps me process all the things I have going on in my life. This is not one of my better posts, but it is where I am right now. Baby steps.
First, I got a new job. And I have already started. I am now working for a company based in Seattle. I’ve been in Seattle, training, for the last 2 weeks. I have one more week of training before I go on vacation. More on that later.
This company is amazing. Everyone is SO NICE and helpful. They are busy, they work hard, but they all have lives outside of work. The executive team believes in grit, integrity, honesty, and open communication. It is a great fit for me. My career coach would be proud.
I am feeling a bit melancholy about it all. I wish I could retire now. I have so much life to live, I have family I want to support, there are things I want to do. I feel like I have been shackled to a job for 22 years and I tasted a bit of freedom. And I loved it. I crave it now. I want it. I desperately want it. But I had 5 months to figure out a way to retire and I wasn’t able to make it happen. So if I have to go to work, this is the company I want to be with, the people I want to work with, and the journey I am now on.
Second, my bestie Unicorns & Rainbows and I are headed to Amalfi Coast on June 16th. We will be there for 10 full days. I am beyond excited. It was a splurge, especially since the $$ came from my savings (since I was jobless), but it is going to be worth it. We are headed back to one of our favorite places, Villa Scarpariello. I hope Prince Luigi is there again. He is such a cutie.
I’m in Utah. I had a few customers to visit late this week, and decided to stay the weekend and stay with family. I’m now staying with AbFab and her two awesome kids Mayonnaise and Shahnaynay. 4 and 6 now, 5 and 7 in very short order. My twin also came up for the evening, and she looks awesome. I got a few pictures of us together, which is a rarity for us.
Since I’ve last talked about AbFab, she has gotten divorced from the kids’ father and has since remarried to a great guy. I’ll call him RoadRage for now… he is a very nice calm person, RoadRage is a great name for him as its opposite of the personality I’ve seen of him.
Anyway, they now live in a 5800 square foot home. Its GORGEOUS. I love it. It’s not the size that I love, it’s the dream of decorating and making a home. It’s turning each room into a masterpiece, with color, with furniture, with flare. I can see why rich people keep buying new homes even though the ones they already have are Martha Stewart perfect.
On a personal front, I’ve been sick lately – a combo of allergies and a head cold. I took a long nap today, it was good for me. I feel much better. Tomorrow, Sunday, I’m cooking dinner for the kids and my family…. Its going to be gluten-free (my new diet) but delicious. I love to cook, it’s nice to cook for others.
O.k. so that’s it. Not much tonight, but a little bit of something. Which is what I’d love to see/read from Grey Goose… hint hint GG, give me something!
Short post… I had a HUGE demo today…. I pulled it off.. largely because:
I had A+++ colleagues supporting me
I had the best training ever
I’m an experienced professional (in software dummies)
I practiced the hell out of the presentation and demo (can we say OCD?????)
OMG, it went so well… You could not ask for a better outcome. So now I’m heading to bed – catching an early flight home to SFO. God if feels good to finally contribute (vs. being a cost center) to my company. Honestly, I have the best job in the world – work with phenomenal people (“m the weakest link), I learn something new every day, and I get to meet the most interesting people (at prospect/client sites).
I know, the PollyAnna is coming out in me. Deal… I’m in heaven peeps!!
Today was a fabulous day… I picked up my Grey Goose, returned a skirt to Banana Republic without a hassle, and then went to my favorite restaurant and had a salad and glass of wine… I took my book with me, so I really took my time, enjoyed my lunch, my drink, the sunshine. It was a slow time in town, it was 3pm ish.. It was nice to soak up the sunshine and a great meal during a relatively calm time during the day.
The bonus is that a girlfriend, Feisty Filly joined me for a quick bite and drink! Totally unexpected, it just worked out, but we caught up and it was just the thing I needed… a friend. She of course told me I looked fabulous (and much younger than my age)… and that Mr. Meat Market Texter is crazy stupid). Here here sister!!! 🙂
So, I’m almost done with my pity party. I get it, life sometimes is a box or rocks… I’ve opened the box, I don’t like what I see, I’ve now closed the box… and tomorrow, the box is off to its new home at the Goodwill.
I have a great weekend planned… I will be hanging with my fabulous friends and am scheduled to drink just a tiny bit too much on Sunday (Customer Appreciation party at my favorite restaurant…. gotta go!!!)..
Lastly, I didn’t get much work done, which means I have to get up very early tomorrow to get it done. It’s a small price to pay for the time spent today re-energizing my mind, body, and soul.
This is the question I got tonight from a friend…. thoughts swirled thru my head… things that I’ve dont that I shouldn’t have done, things I’ve done that were “socially unacceptable”….. So many things I can’t share.. The only reason for this blog is to ask you to think about the craziest thing you’ve done. And if you are comfortable, please share!! One of these days I may get the courage to broadcast my indiscretions.
Can you believe my good fortune?!??!? A friend just alerted me to a beginning hoopers series that is starting in MY TOWN this MAY!!! OMG, OMG, OOO MMYYYY GODDDDD I’m SO EXCITED! Here is the link to all the info – http://www.heartbreakhoopers.com/ – you know that I’ve already emailed them with questions about the sessions… Me and my hoop are going public in May… watch out Washington Park, here I come!
So, I love it when an adventure comes together… I’m heading to Boston for work in a few weeks, but this time I’m going to stay a weekend and visit with one of my best friends! We had no plans to see each other 48 hours ago…. then, magic happened, of the unicorn and rainbows kind.
I woke up on Friday with an email in my inbox from my dear friend, stating she was going to be coming stateside (she currently lives in London.. I know, awesome) the first 2 weeks in April. I read it and my heart jumped! I too, will be on the East Coast during this time. We Skyped, made a plan, and I just booked my ticket. I will be heading to Boston early so that we can “do what we do” best… hang out, catch up, have adventures, and make memories!
Now all I have to do is make arrangements with the cat sitter… and I’m good to go. Life is very good – full of adventure … I love it!
This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. I am a 14 year old young naturalist with a passion for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I have been blogging since May 2013 and you can read my old blog posts at www.appletonwildlifediary.blogspot.co.uk