Wednesday, October 8, 2014

And so it goes

As some of you  may know, my sister and her family have been living with me while she looks for a full-time job. They put all of their belongings in a storage unit except what they thought they would need immediately.  The unit was packed tight by the movers, front to back, top to bottom. When Molly came home from college her stuff was put in the front.

We haven't been to the unit since August but we all needed some cooler weather clothes and I needed my winter shoes/boots for a trip to Chicago. My sister and I headed over there last night only to find out the entire unit was ransacked and robbed.

We won't be able to tell exactly what is missing until we can start pulling things out but it looks like they spent a lot of time in there opening bags of clothes, moving everything around and taking at least one television, some electronics and bags of clothes. I cant' find my winter stuff including my comforter and plastic bin of boots.

 We know, "it's only stuff". No one was hurt, everyone is ok but it's such a violation and my sister has been struggling this past year looking for a job it just feels like one more crappy thing to happen.

Please keep Suzanne, Kevin, Molly and Paige in your thoughts and prayers while they are going through this difficult time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Time sure does fly

I was amazed when I looked at my blog and realized I haven't posted in over six months! I can't even begin to think what has kept me so busy that I didn't take a few minutes to add something here.  I have been doing a little exploring of the Dallas area and I work pretty hard but jeez...

This has been an interesting summer. My sister and her family moved in with me in June. She has had a terrible time trying to find a full-time job (she works part-time at a store) and they needed some help so now I have three and a half people living with me in my two-bedroom condo. I say half because Molly graduated from college a few weeks ago and she stays with us some time and with her boyfriend some of the time. It's all working out but we all can't wait for them to get their own place.

I went to Seattle in July and had the most relaxing time with my brother's family. The weather was beautiful. I usually go in the winter so this was my first summer trip. I will never go back in the winter again! The kids and my sis in law and I  spent time hanging at the beach and just being lazy. It was exactly what I needed.

Work on the condo hasn't progressed as I had hoped. With so many people living there is just too much going on  to find the time to paint and do the things I want. Winter will be here sooner or later and I hope we can get something done when it cools off. Speaking of heat, I am really getting used to the weather here. I thought it would be worse but it's not bad. My poor dog doesn't tolerate it very well. There are nights we walk at 9:00 pm and it's 90 out. The poor thing just wants to get back in the cool house!

I guess I need to schedule some time to post a little more than every six months.  I have recently started the on-line dating thing so that should make for some interesting reading!

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Search for Sleep

I am on the hunt for sleep. I have never been a good sleeper. I wake up at every little mouse fart. My dog walking around, cars outside, wind...everything wakes me up. As most of you know, I moved to another state, started a new job and bought a new place to live, all within about three months. What you may now know and what I usually don't share is that all these changes gave me anxiety. The anxiety kept me awake and it is a vicious cycle. I can't sleep because I worry I won't sleep.

I don't usually share my most personal details but I have a reason this time. My doctor put me on Xanax. She then had me try Zoloft and when I had an adverse reaction to that switched me to Prozac. I had a reaction to that too.  In the mean time I am going to acupuncture treatments, trying Melatonin, Tumeric tea, and counseling.  None of this seems to be working so I am looking for solutions.  Both my doctor and counselor tell me this is "situational" insomnia and will eventually go a way but I sure don't want to be on drugs any longer.

I am very lucky to have a great manager who understands what I am going through and is very supportive but seriously, it is starting to affect my day-to-day well being.

If you have any ideas, have gone through a long bout of insomnia or just want to share please comment below.

Friday, January 31, 2014

New Digs!

I have been pretty busy and haven't gotten to my blog lately so I thought it was time for an update. This is it. A cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath semi-detached condo.  After living with my sister and her family for four months (!!!) I am very ready to get into my own place.  I close next Friday but won't move in until the following weekend.  It was mostly remodeled for the sale so I don't have anything major to take care of right away. I don't like the granite and tile in the kitchen but I won't be replacing it until I live with it for awhile to see what I really want.  I bought a couch! It was a major purchase for me. Thankfully I have most of the other furniture I need.

The other thing that has been keeping me busy is my new job. I have been here one month and it seems to be going well. They put my name on my door today so I guess they aren't going to fire me! I have been having some stomach upset and missed a few days of work and my new boss is super cool about it so I guess I won't quit. The drive from my sister's is about 1/2 hour in the morning but an hour in the afternoon. The Dallas/Ft.Worth area has over 6 million people and Dallas alone has 1.2 million aaand they are all on the road at 5:00 pm!!  My new place is more centrally located so I am hoping the drive will be better at night.

Lots of changes in a very short time but I am really enjoying it plus I picked the perfect winter move away from Michigan!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Holiday Greetings!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas was quiet and fun with Molly home from college. We had a nice dinner and both girls boyfriends came over later.  Not sure what we are up to for New Year's Eve but it may be a movie marathon.

Hm... let's see, what have I been up to lately? As  most of you know I got a job. I start January 6 at UT Southwestern. It is the same type of work that I have been doing for the past 10 years and involves medical resident education. I am looking forward to getting back to work after 3 months of being off. I always thought I would like have a long break but this has been too much time off.

With all the time off I have had I have been looking for a condo to buy.  I looked at about 15 or so. Most condos around here are like apartments. Going from a house to a condo is tough enough without having someone either living below me or above me. I finally found a ranch style condo that I like a lot. It's about 1100 sq ft and has a nice big patio. The problem is that it is a short sale and someone else made an offer at the same time.  The bank has to review both offers and then pick one. Hopefully it will be me!! I should know in the next few days.

I hope the next time I post I will be a homeowner once again!

Stay safe and warm and have a wonderful 2014!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Continuing saga of Texas living....

Life in Texas is going about as you would expect. The weather has been mild until this week when most of the country got hit with cold. Since I have to walk the dog now instead of just letting her out the back door, this is not my favorite kind of weather.   We walk about 1.5 miles a day which averages out to about 10 miles a week, great when it's not rainy and cold. Not so great when it's 34 out!

The job search is moving at (according to me) a snails pace.  I have had three interviews. I have another next Monday and one of the places I interviewed wants me back again next week to meet more people.  All of the applications for every job are now on-line.  You can't apply any other way and you do not get a real person.  It's a lot of sit around and wait to see if someone calls. Well, that makes me nuts so I started looking up people on-line in the jobs I am interested in and emailing them my resume. This is the only way I got the interviews.

When I planned my moved I really thought I would rent an apartment for a year until I got my bearings and knew my way around. I had a change of heart and as soon as I get a job I am going to start looking to buy a condo/townhouse.  Rent for a small apartment is more than what a condo payment would be for me and I just can't help feeling I would be throwing my money way.  I am pretty sure I will be working in downtown Dallas and since I don't want a long drive I will need to live in the city where rent is higher. Plus, I was ready to redecorate my house before I put it on the market so now I have this unfulfilled craving!

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Texas Living

I am staying with my sister and her family until I get a job and find a place to live. We are in a four bedroom, 2000 sq ft apartment. I don't mind. I have my own space and the apartment is bigger than my house was. No, my issue is Gracie. For her entire 10 years of life she had a backyard to run around in.  I could just let her out and not worry about it. Now, in an apartment, we have to walk...and walk...and walk! In the morning I take her to the field behind the complex. She gets to sniff and run around until she gets tired.  In the afternoon we walk in an almost 1/2 mile circle around the complex and at night we do the same.  While she is getting exercise, I don't think she likes it.

She used to lay on the patio and guard her yard from invading birds, squirrels, rabbits and bugs for most of the afternoon. She would sit in the front window and guard her house against marauding mail men and kids on the sidewalk for the rest of the day. Here she doesn't have as much excitement so I think she is a little depressed. Also, when we got here I noticed she was missing a tooth. This lead to finding a new vet, an extraction of 10 teeth and over $900 in vet bills.  She just doesn't seem like herself.

The cat is doing fine! Ha ha .. I was more worried about her than the dog and she great.

I started looking for a job this week and have applied to about 15 openings.  I have an "at least one application a day" plan.   I haven't had to look for a job in over 10 years and the process has changed. Everything is on-line now. I tried calling a company but they directed me to their website.  If you know me at all you know I am very impatient so all this waiting around makes me want to pull my hair out!  Wish me luck!

Finally, I am on my last aligner with my Invisalign braces and will have to fly back up to Michigan in two weeks to get finished up and get my retainer. My teeth are nice and straight and I am happy with the results. I would post a picture but teeth are gross!