Thursday, June 28, 2007

My Score: 162
Yeah Baby!

You're Stuck with Me

Well, the offer was made, and I politely declined. So, we won't be moving to El Paso anytime soon. I was up for the adventure but I know that the Goddess puts me right where I need to be and where others need me to be. I have made myself a little roadmap of things I want to learn and accomplish at my job and I am slowly picking away each month. There is room to grown, why shouldn't I grow too?

It's amazing how much information is out there. When I sat down and started looking, I have tons of online courses available to me - the topics are not all related to my current position either. And they are free. Oh, yeah, I am taking some classes, baby.

The C&T wedding plans are going well. My dress is at the seamstress now and should be completed this week. I am halfway through making the 220 Koufeta (Almond Favors) and will be picking up the supplies to make 150 servings of baklava tomorrow. The gentleman who was going to do the decorations for the wedding passed away on Monday. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for the Bride and Groom. I couldn't imagine dealing with a death so close to your wedding, so we are stepping up and helping wherever we can.

Sarah has decided to spread her wings a little and move into her Grandmother's basement. While it's not really her own apartment, it will be her own "space" where she comes and goes as she pleases and such. I am excited for her to develop a little more independence, although she is already a pretty independent girl. We will paint her room and put our computer desk in there to give us a little more room in the bedroom and probably a table for our crafting stuff. It will be nice to have a little more room for the two of us.

Now, before you get mad, of course we will miss her. But she's literally 3 minutes up the road. I am sure Lindi will have a bit of empty nest syndrome. I will just have to throw a few parties and get her a couple of hobbies and I am sure that will help.

And the pic of the day, courtesy of

Yes, this is how I feel today. Pretty much.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blessed Solstice!

As the sun spirals its longest dance,
Cleanse us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny

Blessed Solstice to You and Yours!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

El Paso

So, here's the thing. I have the opportunity to move to El Paso with my company. They are opening a new location and need people who are already engaged in their jobs to be there - kind of like mentors who already know the process. It would be permanent.

I want to go, and yet, I am still torn. I am about 75% at this point in favor of the move. And then I start thinking of everything I would need to have answered in my mind before I am at 100%. Do they pay a relocation package? What if I hate it and want to transfer back to SLC? Is there a pay grade change? Will a company come and move us or would be doing all the moving? Would they subsidize housing?

The answers will soon come.

Lindi says she's up for an adventure, but isn't sure about leaving her family just yet. I haven't broken the news to my parents. A bunch of my friends say they will miss me, but it might be a fun new chapter in my life. Sarah would probably stay here in SLC, so it would be just the two of us.

The cost of living is about 10% cheaper, and the housing market is better than SLC. The weather doesn't get as cold as Utah, and it's not as humid as southern Texas, since El Paso really is just across the border from New Mexico and isn't facing water. The warmer weather would be great for Lindi's arthritis.

I am still weighing the pros and cons. What do YOU think?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Your Inner Color is Blue
Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.
You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.
Your Career: You need to help others in your job to feel satistifed. You would be a great nurse, psychologist, or counselor.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

TAG, I'm It!

So, Hilary tagged me at Superfluous Juxtaposition for the meme 5 Weird Habits about Yourself and 8 Random Things About Me. I couldn't pick. I did them both.

The first player of this game starts with the topic five weird habits/8 random things, and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits/8 random things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You have been tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.

So, here we go.

5 Weird Habits about Yourself.

  • I have a routine when I wake up and if I don’t follow it, my day goes down the proverbial sh*t-hole. I wake up, I pee, I blow my nose, wash my hands, brush my teeth. In that order. It can vary from here, but those are the basics.
  • When it’s time to go to sleep, I have a routine, too. I pee, check my alarm, check my cell phone, set the sleep-timer on the TV for 45 minutes, put one pillow horizontal, one vertical, lay out my glasses and nightly drink and then I can sleep. Anything out of order and I won’t sleep until it is. (I don’t think I am OCD, but I guess I could be.)
  • I never brush my teeth at night. Well, not never, but rarely. I know I should. I just don’t.
  • Once a week, I like to re-arrange my desk at work. I like to line the pens up and clean the surface. It just looks better that way. And when I first get to work, I have a routine to set up for the day before I can effectively get anything done… oh, dear. OCD seems more and more more likely….
  • I bounce my leg up and down consistently throughout the day. Weird nervous energy.

    And 8 Random Things About Me

  • As a child, I never had Chicken Pox. Or Meales. Or Mumps. But I broke every one of my fingers.
  • I didn't have my tonsils out until I was 18.
  • I like Oreos and OJ together.
  • My hair grows a half and inch every 3 weeks.
  • I have 2 tattoos.
  • I want more.
  • I feel like a lady when I am drinking tea. I love tea. go here:
  • My nickname at work is Martha Stewart. I like to decorate things and bring in treats.

    I have tagged Lorene, Toni, Danielle, Geoffrey and Rosemary!

  • Is It Over Yet?

    Holy cow! I finally get a moment to catch up on everything I've been putting off - mainly blogging. I won't promise to be better, because that is just a way for me to put you off, really. I will try - as soon as things slow down after June Okay, okay, I will just try.

    Let's start at the beginning.

    Beautiful Sarah officially graduated on June 1st. Cottonwood High was packed - and we all had to sit in separate seats, but we enjoyed it just the same. After Graduation, Lindi, Sarah, her best friend Jess and I went to Arctic Circle (her choice, not ours) for a quick meal, then home to host a Grad Night party for her and her friends. They were laughing and giggling until 3:30 when I had to tell them to go to sleep or face my wrath. They slept.

    June 2-3 was Gay Pride Day and Brynn and I were able to get a booth this year. Lindi was a fantastic help. After a few snafus with chairs and tables, we were very pleased at the turnout. Saturday was slow but steady - we were able to get our feet under us so to speak. We were place in a corner lot, which was perfectly placed under trees with lots of space behind us, so our friends used our booth as a meeting place and an area of respite. We brought a cooler of water and soda, which was a very good investment. We were placed in between a vendor from Arizona, who sold me a rainbow kitty cat hat and the Pampered Chef, who gave me a trifle bowl!

    We ran our booth from 11-7, and then enjoyed the En Vogue concert. WOW. We sold out of some of the incense so we made our way back home, I made 300 more sticks, Lindi spoon fed me Raisin Bran and then we collapsed into bed.

    Sunday the 3rd was a mad-house. Seriously. We did as much business in the first 2 hours on Sunday that all of Saturday combined. As the parade ended and people entered the festival, it just got crazier and crazier. Thank god for Brynn, who helped me keep up. We were going strong until about 4 when we winded down and could breathe a little bit. We packed up and left at 6.

    I sold out of a lot of the incense and will have to make more for the online store. I gave away 70 business cards and made about 20 contacts for our mailing list. All in all, we pulled in about $450 after booth rental and insurance.

    It was a great experience and now we have a better understanding of that kind of festival. I really had a great time.

    Saturday the 9th was Sarah's BBQ to celebrate her 18th birthday and her graduation. My parents, Lindi's parents, Sarah's father's parents, family and friends gathered for hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken legs, and carne asada, 5 different salads, 10 different beverages and a HUGE chocolate sheet cake, played games and at the end of the evening, toasted marshmallows and made s'mores in a portable fireplace. It was fantastic. I couldn't have done it without my loving sister, who kept me in check and helped me tremendously. We were cleaned up, food put away and in bed by 12:30. Yessssssssssss.

    Sunday, however, my body told me it had had enough and wouldn't let me go any further. I spent the day in jammies and relaxing with medication.

    And so comes Father's Day (no biggie), my beautiful sister and brother in law's birthdays (fun) and Teinamarrie and Christopher's Wedding. The lady who did the alterations on my wedding dress is going to make my bridesmaids dress, and just in time. Lindi is getting fitted for her tux (roawr) on Thursday. YAY!

    And now, back to work. I shall fill you in on more comings and goings (with pictures) later in the week. SMOOCH!