Sunday, June 9, 2013

"Like sands through the hourglass..."

I HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH YOU UP ON. 

Thanks to Katie and Dawn's interest in my [boring] life, I've decided to finally blog again. I guess "boring" would be an insult, since life has been pretty fantastic and busy lately. 
I've never been good at multi-tasking, so my blog kind of got hidden away in all of the clutter of my life. I thought about joking with you and photoshopping a wedding photo or a pregnancy photo but alas, I'm no good at Photoshop(a true pity). No, nothing that drastic or big happened, but I do have some changes to share. Let's see....where to begin...

I think one of the things about blogging is that you never know how open you want to be or how much you really want to share. Should you bend the truth in your favor? Or should you be candid and honest? I decided to go with the latter since life isn't always organized and it doesn't always flow easily. Sometimes things are bumpy and you just have to "wing it". Sometimes I have no plan. Sometimes it's like I'm playing a LIFE board game and I'm just choosing one path after the next. I'm unsure during the adventure but when I finish the game, I feel like I made all the right choices and I ended up where I was meant to. 

I guess the biggest change in my life has been my job change. 
You might remember at the end of February when I posted about my new relationship with Dustin. I explained how Dustin and I met when we started working together when we were 19(2009) at a local pet store. Well I left out some details that didn't seem important at the time or didn't seem like they were needed to tell our story. Now it seems kind of hard to explain my life without filling you in. Well when I was 19 and I started that job, I was going to college and living in a dorm. Eventually I quit college so I had to find somewhere else to live since I wasn't ready to move back to my hometown. I moved in with a random girl I worked with for about a month until I was ready to find something else. (I helped with bills; I'm no moocher). 
Then I moved in with my childhood best friend Courtney and her boyfriend since she had moved to the same town to attend college.
This was around the summer of 2009 and my friendship with Dustin had already begun. We all started hanging out away from work and he would even come hang out with me, Courtney, and her boyfriend. Do you already know where this story is going? Well eventually I decided to stop imposing on Courtney and I moved in with Dustin. He was living alone in an apartment and we were both young broke kids and I said we could split all the bills in half and save more money. So we shared his small crappy apartment for about a year(another guy that was his friend lived with us for a few months too for awhile) and in that time I came to own two cats. We were crowded and I saw a fairly big house for rent down the street and I suggested we move there. Within two days, we were moved in and we've been here ever since. Our house is very old but we have a huge fenced in backyard and plenty of room for our now 3 cats and 2 dogs. I know by adding this (huge) detail, you're thinking, "Wait, so you've been living together since 2009 but you've only been dating since February??" YES. I know this is hard to understand and I get asked about it a lot. It worked for us, although I know it sounds like some weird 90's sitcom. 


(Sneak peek from March's vacation photos!)




Anyways, everyone at work knew we lived together as friends and all was good. Over the years, Dustin got promoted to a manager position and when we officially came out as a couple at work, we knew one of us would have to leave(This was in early March). It's against company policy to date someone in management and it was okay because we were both ready for a change anyways. We had been there for 4 years and we both wanted something new. I decided I would be the one to leave. I knew I didn't want to go to another retail job, but I didn't know what I wanted to do yet. Dustin had been planning to become an electrician and was going to wait until the Fall to start classes so I knew he would be right behind me after I left anyways. I had approximately 30 days to find a new job and I knew for the first 7 that Dustin and I would be taking a vacation to the Tennessee mountains(which I'll share all the photos from soon). I decided to enjoy the trip and not stress about losing that time to apply for jobs or find something new. When I got back to work my manager told me about how his wife worked for a bank and that there was a position open for a personal banker. I wasn't passionate about banking(obviously), but I couldn't deny that the hours and pay were exactly what I wanted. I applied and went through a huge process of drug testing, credit checking, fingerprinting, and a math and comprehension test when I was finally hired on and my first day would be May 13th. I was so relieved that this job just slid into my lap like that. I found out I beat out another girl they had interviewed and I felt proud of myself(and a little sorry for the other girl). I was ready for a change but slightly sad to leave my coworkers that I had worked with for so long--mainly Dustin. Everyone was great though between giving me two movie tickets, getting me a cake, and a choked up good-bye from my boss. I heard so many sweet things from him that really gave me confidence in my work ethic. He told me about how he had met his wife working together and he loved seeing Dustin and I grow from friends into more. He told me to send him an invite to the wedding(as did most of our other coworkers) among many other personal things that I'll cherish for a long time. He was the longest boss I had ever worked for and the one I could joke with the most. He had become like a father to me. As everyone prepared to say good-bye to me, Dustin went to talk to the electrician people about the process of him getting into an apprenticeship. They told him that if he did all of the paperwork etc that he could start with a company in 2 weeks. We talked about it and knew the timing was meant to be. We both started our new jobs on May 13th. It was a really good feeling knowing that we started our job together on the same day in January of 2009 and we would be leaving together on the same day too. It just felt right. 


(Another guy named "Dustin" left that week too so
 that's why it's plural/ he doesn't just have split personalities)
So since then, we've just been adjusting to our new schedules and having weekends off for the first time in our lives. We got so lucky because we both get off around the same time of the day and we're off on the weekends together. We've been jamming as much as we can do in that time. We go garage sailing, go to the park, the zoo, last weekend we went out of town to his family's lakehouse and went boating and fishing. It's just been amazing having this time together. We can sit and talk and reflect on our new jobs and how fast this all happened but yet how happy we are. We talk about growing up. It's not as scary or as negative as it's sometimes made up to be. We're optimistic and eager and ready, because we know we can adapt and adjust. We played the game of "LIFE" and we did good. Maybe we came in first, maybe we didn't. We do know there will be many many more games though, and we're a team and we play well together.



Of course, there have been stressful events the last few months. My grandpa got sick and they weren't sure if it was cancer. First the doctors told us he was in the final stages of stomach cancer and had only a few weeks to live, and then they changed their minds. Then they changed them again, and then back again. It's been an emotional roller coaster worrying about him. I don't think I've mentioned it in a blog post, but my grandma is the chief of our Indian tribe(the Apalachee Indians if you're curious). I plan on blogging about my family heritage in detail one day, but as you can imagine having someone so important be sick is a troubling thing. He is our leader, not to mention my grandpa. Things seem to be looking up now, but I still have been making more frequent trips home to be with my family.
(I can't handle this usually strong man looking so
 weak and sad.
 Thankful that his health is slowly improving!)


I've been dealing with my car breaking down and then getting fixed and then breaking down again. It seems like everything breaks at once doesn't it? My car, my dryer, my sink, my shower, Dustin's car, a tree going through our roof....everything. Now you might see how my boyfriend's car breaking down at the same time as mine or him getting a new job at the same time being kind of problematic. I've been doing my 3 week work training out of town and he works out of town too so we've been trying to carpool and borrow cars and make things work. So to sum it up, you know general young/broke problems where you try to stretch money and not worry as much. Things are slowly getting fixed though as they always do so that's that. The weird thing is, through all these fast-moving ups and downs, I feel more blessed than ever and my faith is getting stronger and improving. I've felt closer to God lately and I'm learning to trust him more. It's a good feeling.

I feel like I had so much to say, and now I feel like I'm forgetting tons of stuff. I could elaborate on how I'm already butting heads with a new coworker. Or how I'm trying to be less anti-social and go to dinner parties with acquaintances every week and it's hard because a lot of people's personality traits irritate me more than they probably should. I could rant some but maybe I'll save that for a "Pointless Points" post where ranting is the main topic. I have some things I want to dedicate whole posts on though so that will be something to look forward to(for me mainly). I want to talk about my heritage and talk about aging. I want to talk about how fast time moves. I have so much to say, yet I feel like I've already said too much. At least I can say that I am back. I have some thoughts I need to get out on paper(or virtual paper at least). I have ideas for posts I want to write. I have ALL OF YOUR BLOGS to catch up on. I know you guys have been busy too and I miss you. I'm slowly making a new routine and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. 

So to sum it up: I still have vacation pics to share with you, I'll do a photo dump soon of my cell phone photos, and I have more rants and small stories to share with you. This is just the beginning. A "Life Lately" post. Another beginning to another chapter. 

9 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad you're blogging again. :D

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    1. I pressed publish before my comment was finished, woops. I hope you grandfather gets back to full health, he will be in my thoughts.

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  2. Ahhh I'm so glad to see you back! I've taken a bit of a blog break too this year and I'm happy to be finally inspired to blog and share again. I'm changing things up A LOT but whatever. It's still fun. I'm so happy that things generally seem to be working out for you, even if things aren't 100% perfect at least they're looking up! You and Dustin are also INCREDIBLY adorable in all of these photos. What a good lookin' couple ;)

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  3. I'm so glad to see you back on here again! After going through a blog break myself I get it, sometimes life takes over and the chances to sit down and write about it are slim to none. But I can't wait to follow the adventures that your life takes, you look like you're having blast.

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  4. Weekends off?! What is this mythical thing of which you speak?! That's what happens when you work in retail- no such thing as a weekend!
    I'd love to hear more about your family, since I know nothing about Native Americans, which is my own fault really. Glad your Grandpa is on the mend. xxx

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  5. Wow...so much going on. I must say it's good to have you back!

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  6. Wanted to stop by and catch up. I haven't been blogging since April! Sounds like you have a lot going on. I hope you're Grandpa gets well.

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  7. your blog is so beautiful, i hope you come back soon!
    xx

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  8. I just found your blog today and I'm so glad that I did. This was a great post to start on, excepting of course, the sad and the stressful parts. I'm sorry your grandpa is ill and I'll keep you all in my prayers. Life can really pile it on sometimes, but then it gets better. :)

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