Monday, February 27, 2006

Man do I have spring fever...

I can't believe how restless I feel already waiting for that spring time weather to begin. March hasn't even started yet, which means I still have a long wait ahead of me, oh boy! I just can't wait to be outside enjoying the sunny weather in so many ways. I'm like one of Pavlov's dogs, when I see pictures of Jason's motorcycle I start salivating. :) COME ON SPRING!!

I think part of my problem this winter is that I haven't had any time off of work in many months. Since I started my new job in October I was still on "probation" and didn't get any paid time off over the busy holiday season in November and December. That was strange - and tiring! I still haven't taken any time off so I decided that I am going to treat myself and take my birthday off - it falls on a Tuesday this year. Yeaaaaa for me! I am so looking forward to having a nice slow day in the middle of the week with no work responsibilities. Happy birthday to me...

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Life works in amazing ways...

Sometimes I have questions about things in my life, but I really have no answers for those questions, and I don't know where I can find the answers. So I continue on with my life and put those questions to the back of my head, not gone, but not as prevalent. Then all of the sudden something, or someone, brings those questions to the surface again, and also provides answers. Amazing! These are times when I don't question that there is a higher power at work.

Sometimes waiting for the answers to these questions is trying for me. I used to think of myself as a really patient person. Lately it seems like I am having to work harder to find that patience within. I guess this is a part of me that I am supposed to be working on right now, which is why I am being tested. I have heard it said that everything happens in our lives, good or bad, for a reason. True? Yet another question for which I will await the answer.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Boy do I love saturday morning workouts...

I feel like I can really kick butt and work hard! It's amazing what a difference it makes to be fresh from a good night of sleep, with some breakfast and coffee coursing through my veins, instead of after hours of work. Yeah baby!! I'm not a pretty sight though - unshowered, sleepy eyes on my pale winter white face with my bedhead hair sticking out in all directions. Yeah, it's real cute! Go ahead and laugh, I usually do when I look in the mirror. I feel sorry for the other ladies at the gym sometimes that have to see me, but I'm not the only one lookin' this way on Saturday mornings, so then I don't feel so bad. That's one really good thing about working out at an all female gym, it's OK if I look a little scary because I'm not there trying to impress anyone. I'm just there to get a good workout.

Even though we have had a pretty nice winter, and I have taken quite a few walks outside, I still look forward to this summer when I can get outside to exercise on weekend mornings rather than having to go inside at the gym. It just feels less like work, and more like fun, when you get to go outside and "play" doesn't it?
OK, so my blog a day experiment is failing me today.

I don't feel like I really have anything of great interest to say. I am happy that it is Friday!! They are usually happier, less stressful work days and people are just in a better mood for the most part. I love that I get a chance to relax and slow down on the weekends to enjoy my daytime hours instead of running around like crazy. That isn't really interesting however - just normal. So I guess I should state that I will try to do a blog MOST days, then I can take some pressure off (and not bore any readers I may have) if I miss days here and there when I just feel brain-dead or somewhat uninteresting! Ummm, that didn't take long did it, a few days in and I am wavering already. Oh well, I said I was going to TRY, and I am, so give me a break!! : )

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Rearrange, reorganize...

At work today my shared office space was being rearranged and reorganized because we were able to get rid of a LARGE printer that was in there. It has been "retired" and allowed to go to printer heaven, where upset office workers don't want to beat the crap out of it every day. Can we have a moment of silence, please, in remembrance of Mr. Toshiba Printer. OK, enough of that. We actually had talked about having a celebratory PARTY the day we finally got rid of that thing, however that didn't come to fruition, darn!

Now, with that large open area we are able to reorganize the MESS, oh, I mean office. I am hoping that all of this will help me to feel a little more settled and more like I belong in this space. As the newbie, coming in about 4 1/2 months ago, I just haven't felt like I have fit in yet. I walked into a long established team of 2 designers who are coworkers, as well as close friends. Yeaaaaaaah, that has made things a little awkward for me. Maybe now that we are cleaning out some of the "old" I can finally fit into place with some of the "new."

I had my first review, with my supervisor and manager, on Tuesday and that went surprising well, so hopefully this week will be the start of better times to come at work???
Should I try....

I started thinking tonight that I should try and do a post to my blog each day, but... do I have anything of interest to say each day? That is to be determined I guess!?!?! You never know until you try, right?

Well, today, my friend Jason left to go to Rome for almost 2 weeks. I am excited for him, because he was very excited to go, but I also feel a little sad. :( I, of course, won't see him while he is gone but I probably won't even get to email/talk to him, and that's what makes me sad. I saw his departing flight fly over work this afternoon and waved good-bye, jealous that I wasn't flying away as well. (I hope all of the flight time goes smoothly.) I will be excited to hear stories and see pictures of his adventures once he has re-entered my life, but until then, happy travels Jason, you will be missed here at home!!

Friday, February 17, 2006

OK Creative Chicen Chica, here ya go. I guess I haven't been very "chatty" lately. Thanks for the 1st comment on my blog, I was so excited!! : )


Ahhhhhhhhhhhh Winter...

I guess our time of being spoiled North Dakotans, having a nice, warm, enjoyable winter (so far this year) is temporarily over. We have once again hit the "deep freeze" as we tend to do at least once or twice every winter. When we get to the point of our HIGH temperature being below zero you know it's gonna be cold!!!! In temperatures like the one we are currently having (-10˚ actual temp., wind chill feels like about -20˚) you can quickly freeze off your bum, and every other part of your body, in a matter of minutes!! This is the weather that makes you want to hypernate inside a nice, warm, cozy home atmosphere and be LAZY! All of the new residents of Bismarck-Mandan who have arrived with our "booming" business sector are getting a taste of the REAL North Dakota winter now. I had been thinking a couple of weeks ago, as I was taking an enjoyable walk outside in January/February, that the newcomers to our state have been fooled by the weather they have witnessed so far. Well, haha, now reality sets in. You still want to live here?? It takes a hardy stock of people that can keep thriving through any temperature/weather extreme. As I was driving around town this evening I was thinking about how no matter what Mother Nature throws at us we just keep livin' our lives as normal as possible. Maybe it takes a couple extra minutes to get where you are going or you have some trouble starting your car, yet life just keeps going. We are amazing, all of us hardy North Dakota die-hards!!