The person who comments next on my blog- this post only...
will recieve a coupon from me good for 5 hours use of my Wii!!
You can bowl, race cows, play baseball and golf...
the possibilities really are endless.
The race is on!
In all reality though, today is my co-worker Hope's 35th Birthday. She's not planning to enjoy it at all, since she's working until this evening. In fact, when I offered to make her a cake, her response was,
"I don't want your stinkin cake unless you are going to have a hot guy jump out"
Her wish is my command- I'll update with pictures once I actually make the cake.
This is going to be a completely random post...just fits with how my life is lately!
The other day, I not-so-wisely decided to take a walk at 8:30 in the evening. I started out on a route I've taken, a few times before with Aniya but eventually veered off to the left, the opposite of the way we usually go. I rounded behind a few side streets, assuming they were going to circle around and I'd be home way before dark. However, I kept walking, it got darker, and soon I found myself on a main road a few miles from my house. Eventually I made it home, but it was probably close to 10 PM! Yesterday I spoke to Aniya on the phone and explained this new, cool walking route we could take next time we walk together. She agreed to go, but only if we begin at 9 am, giving us twelve hours to make it home again before dark. Sheesh. No faith, I tell you!!
In the bright summer sunshine while babysitting earlier this week, the little girl I was watching and I had fun with bubbles. Of course, eventually most of the soap ended up on my legs, but hey, that's what pools are for!
While putting the same babysitting charge to bed, I felt someone watching. I was sure of it.
Suddenly I heard a voice,
"Are you putting the baby to bed?" it asked in a gruff tone.
"Yes, deer!" I replied.
Yep, I am definitely a lunatic lately. No wonder people like Aniya say they have no faith in me! ;-)
I've been wanting to tell a lot of people to 'stuff it' lately. They all mean well, of course- suggesting "helpful" job opportunities...
"You should quit babysitting"
"So, did you find yourself a new job?"
"You should babysit if that's what you're comfortable with"
"Don't work at Kindercare!"
"Did you call So&So Co.?"
"Stinks about your job, doesn't it? The people who let you go are jerks"
"Have you looked on Craigslist?"
"If I were you I'd waitress/ go to the gold co."
"You should work at _______" (Michael's, Kohl's Target, etc.)
"You're so good with kids you'll find something"
"Have you found anything yet?"
To each of those people I have replied sweetly as possible- i enjoy it so no, no, i agree, we'll see, no, i agree, yes every hour, you're not me/when this happens to you feel free to do that, not worth it for four weeks, thanks for the confidence/ i hope so, nope!
But to them all, as a collective group? I want to say STOP!!!!!!!
Sigh. Glad we got that over and done with. I know people mean well, really and truly I do. It's just that when you have 50+ people offering their advice, and it's all conflicting, it's overwhelming.
Hmm, what's a bored, lazy single gal supposed to do when she's missing the fabulous BlogHer conference bash that all the cool girls attend?
Why, visit the park on a sunny day for some reading, great tunes
and journaling, along with some random photography of course!
In all honesty, I'd forgotten about BlogHer until the last minute and never signed up- but it turned out alright because I spent last night hanging with my co-worker Ames and her two adorable kids. We went out for ice cream and just enjoyed each other's company since the last time we saw each other was graduation in May. I love her and I love her family so it's all good.
Within nine months of my move to Big City, I had an awesome, close group of friends. I'd met Lita at a young adult group a day or two after I moved. Amy and I got to know each other through a girls' bible study the first summer I lived here, Shayna and I shared an apartment, and she and Lyn were in the same program together at school. I met Mac at a church event, and by the time my birthday came around, all of these girls attended my birthday party last year. Of course, I had other friends as well,
Mac found a boyfriend (uh, okay so ALL of them are dating now, but that's beside the point!) and subsequently moved in with me. After months and months of tough roommate issues, I asked Mac to move out earlier this year. She and I haven't seen each other or talked since.
Still, the four of us left (Lita, Shayna, Lyn and I) hung out ALL the time. We attended each other's birthday events, went to dinner, the movies, bowling... the four of us got along fantastically and always had a blast when we were together.
Until January, when Lita quit her job in BC to move back in with her parents out of state and help with her mentally disabled brother. A choice we were certainly sad about but understood, and one that has been wonderful for her. She's enjoying her family, but I've only seen her once since then- and literally just for five minutes.
Have no fear though...Shayna, Lyn and I were still a strong threesome, visiting the zoo's Christmas lights, hanging out at least weekly for shared dinners, movies, walks through downtown, and many girl talks.
And then Shayna graduated...and moved back home, three hours from here. Again I understood her decision, she hadn't liked BC since the beginning and was so excited to live in the country again. I've barely seen her since either...but Lyn and I talk almost daily. We took a picnic lunch to the park today and hiked four miles. We went to Milwaukee together last month, and she took good care of my car while I was in Massachusetts and Rhode Island last week. We have girl movie nights, make dinner together, go swimming, and she helped me out a few times with the kids earlier this summer.
Lyn's been my venting board lately, and I've attempted to be there for her as she also goes crazy with life. Both of us are job searching, although she's been frantically looking for months longer than I in an attempt to stay in BC. Sadly, as of now she's had no job offers-
so she's moving back to her parents' in the beginning of August.
I'm upset. She's doesn't want to move, I don't want her to move. She's frustrated in the job hunt and I'm certainly frustrated for and with her. She's one of my best friends here- one of the last I have here. My heart breaks for her...but there isn't anything I can do to help. I'm going to be lost without ANY of my girls here to hang out with frequently.
Last week, my grandma and I visited Martha's Vineyard. I'd never been there before, so I was excited as we headed to the Cape (one of my favorite places! We rented a house there in '00 for a family reunion and it was right across the street from the ocean...bliss, I tell you!). I love anything beach- (and ocean-) related and it was a sunny, beautiful day.
As it ended up, I had a hard time actually enjoying the island becuase...well, you know if you read this blog regularly. Nevertheless, I tried! As it ended up, Gma and I took a bus tour- awesome for me because I didn't have to act like I was in the mood to play tourist! The beginning of our journey- Gma and I loaded onto a huge ferry for a 45 minute ride to the island. It was extremely windy, so we ended up eating our bagged lunch inside instead of on top like we'd planned!
I pretty much decided this is my dream house- because look at the views!!
This seagull followed the ferry for a long time as we floated across the ocean
During the bus tour, we got lots of ocean views
We found a gas tank advertising gas for 49c!!
A historic tree on the island- apparently it's called Humphrey's Tree
This police station was the schoolhouse for years- not many students, obviously!
It's just so beautiful there!
I spotted this weathervane on top of a house- thought it was appropriate!
In all my glory, windy hair and all- and then with my gma. Gotta love that background!