Wednesday, January 19, 2011




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Working Girl

See that there sign?!?!? The Coffee Bean! Of Course, I thought that was really cool!

My trip to California was short, jam packed and wonderful. Unfortunately, I didn't get many good pictures. This is the best one I got of the ocean. Seriously. I did see it and smell it!

The only dog hair I experienced last weekend was brought there by me... and quickly disposed of once discovered! My bed was heaven with clouds for pillows!

The hotel was beautiful.

I can assure you there are NO flowers blooming outside during January in Colorado!
My mother-in-law is progressing slowly. She still is not feeling well much of the time. Home healthcare professionals have been coming to the house to check on her and for physical therapy.
Today was my first day in the office all day. I was surprised by how quickly the time went. I ran home at lunch to check on my mother-in-law, let the dogs out, switch out laundry, and to vacuum and mop the main floor. Oy!
This is definitely going to be an adjustment...

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Job

Last summer I received an e-mail from a lady at our church forwarding information on a job she thought I might like to apply for. I was very interested and I did. In fact, I've never wanted another job as bad as I wanted that one. I was a finalist for the position but in the end the contract was offered to another.

During the time I was going through the interview process with that job I got a call from my friend, Elysa, asking me what it would take for me to join them on their trip to Africa in September. I told her it would take a miracle and that I actually hoped to be working. As y'all know, it was just days after I learned I didn't get that job that she called asking me if I believed in miracles and I did go to Africa with them. Had I gotten the job that trip would not have happened.

When I got home from Africa we were so busy that my job search was scaled back quite a bit. The fact is there just aren't many jobs here in Colorado Springs right now and between my mother-in-law moving in, Double Shot's sports schedule, the Holidays and Chai Tea's wedding... I thought it would be better to wait until after Christmas anyway.

Well, I got an e-mail from the building manager where the office for that job is located letting me know that it had opened back up. I e-mailed the guy in California that had interviewed me and the ball was set in motion.

Prayer... sometimes the answer is Yes... sometimes the answer is No... sometimes the answer is Wait.

I am technically an Independent Contractor and not an employee of this organization. I've signed a one year contract to act as their Project Coordinator in Colorado Springs. It is a job that holds deep meaning for me and I am so excited to be able to do it! Unfortunately, I need to be vague about it on the blog.

And guess what? I'm going on a business trip in a couple days. I am really excited about it!

My mother-in-law's knee replacement surgery went well today. She can't come home until she can walk stairs and once she's here home health care professionals will come each day to check on her and do physical therapy. She could come home before I leave or be in a rehab facility until I get back. It all depends on how fast she heals and gains mobility.

Needless to say, things are really hopping busy around here... still. Oy!

Friday, January 7, 2011



Oh my goodness...

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for me throughout my job search!

Do I ever have an amazing story to tell you!


Running crazy today...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh My Aching Back...

I'm grumpy.
The Glad Game isn't getting it for me.
My back has been bothering me. I've been to the chiropractor and that helped but... not for long. I can't go there every other day!!!
I'm not supposed to take Ibuprofen but I have been. Sorry kidneys.
I'm waiting to hear about that job. I was notified that I am, once again, a finalist for the position. Sigh...
My house is so dirty I can't stand it. I had the time alone to clean yesterday but between my back and checking my e-mail every 10 minutes I didn't get far. In order for the house to be clean I have to be cleaning it without ceasing... and I could never leave. It is very frustrating and the dogs... Good Lord. We live in a BARN. There is dog hair everywhere... and dog footprints... and dog slobber... and I'm the only one that wipes their feet correctly when they come in from the backyard. I hate it when I go somewhere only to look down and see gobs of dog hair all over me. I seriously need to vacuum at least once a day, only I don't.
Pulling my hair out.
Screaming silent screams.
The Glad Game...
I am glad I live in a materialistic world where I've accumulated so much crap that I can't keep it straight and I'm glad my animals live more comfortably than millions of children all over the world.
Pass the Prozac.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Glad Game

Let's play the Glad Game!

I'm glad that while my bumper was crumpled yesterday, the truck I backed into sustained no damage whatsoever.
I am glad that after surveying the damage and backing out a second time, the car next to me also was not damaged as I smeared paint from my front bumper along its dirt encrusted side.
I am glad that on my third, and last, attempt backing out of that spot that the pedestrian that just decided to walk right between the car next to me and my front bumper was not injured.
I am glad that my husband, son and the entire west side of Applebees was able to witness said event.

My front bumper.

My back bumper.
My car is in the shop this morning. We immediately got two estimates after this happened and are more than happy to go with the quote for just under $500. How two estimates can be so far apart in price amazes me.
I really am glad I did not damage the other cars. OY!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Sun Has Set on 2010

Happy First Monday morning of 2011!!!
Are you excited about what this new year may bring you?
I am blown away as I look back over 2010 in my life. It was in February that I was able to speak clearly again after a 5 year long struggle with Spasmodic Dysphonia. I am still so very thankful for this blessing and all the freedom that it has brought me!
I am so grateful for our family, friends and church! We have wonderful people surrounding us!
My trip to Africa... I did not see that coming and am still trying to wrap my mind around all of it.
We have a new family member in the form of a son-in-law... who we LOVE.
My mother-in-law made it through 2010 without injury and is having her knee replacement surgery one week from today.
2010 was an incredible year for our family! I am very much looking forward to what 2011 has in store!