snogged: ([Clone High] Raise the Roof)
I am so looking forward to being off this week and not having to return to work until January 2nd. Sure, I'll be spending loads of time with family celebrating the holidays and the birthdays (my sister Mary is a Christmas baby and my mom was born the day after), but it's not all bad.

So far, things have actually been pretty good.

1) On Friday, Nick and I celebrated Yule and exchanged presents. After the ring, I hadn't expected him to actually get me anything, but he surprised me with an Adipose Stress Toy, a Cthulhu word game, and Cthulhu dice game. I'm looking forward to trying the games out with my cousins on Christmas day. I think they will be amused.

2) On Saturday, I got to spend some quality time with [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams! We saw The Hobbit and had nummy custard at Culver's. She also gifted me with the TV show, Girls, on Blue-Ray. It's a show I've never seen, but so many have raved about how funny it is that I wanted to see for myself.

3) On Sunday, our friend Kit visited and we did a gift exchange. He gave me a nice set of Christmas hand towels and apologized for the delay with my other gift as Fed-Ex had not been able to deliver it on account of the snow storm.

4) Nick and I are planning to watch the 2006 film, All The King's Men, tonight for I want to see how different it is from the book I'm reading for my book club discussion group in January. I only hope that the movie is more exciting than the book has been.
snogged: ([Doctor Who] Epic)
I'm just going to start by saying that this has been a really great weekend so far.

For a little background, Nick and I have been navigating the world of boyfriend-girlfriend coupledom for nine years today.

Last night, we decided we'd go out for a nice dinner at Smokey's Steakhouse and I had a delicious Peanut Butter Cup ice cream/alcoholic drink to start the night. I ordered an 8 oz. fillet mignon and it came with a salad, clam chowder soup (which was surprisingly not super creamy), a relish dish, bread, and French Fries.

The steak was utterly divine. It was cooked exactly right and just about melted like butter under my steak knife (Apologies to my vegetarian/vegan friends to the descriptions.)

I asked Nick if we could stop at the video store on our way home and he agreed. We picked up a copy of The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt and headed for home.

When we arrived home, I asked if he wanted to start the film right away and he said we should wait a little bit so I booted up the computer and started checking emails and Facebook.

Nick demonstrates his ability to be awesomely casual while I lose my shit. )
snogged: ([MISC]Cozy Night In)
I went to a training on Monday for professional development called "Better Than Okay: Moving Clients From Illness to Happiness." The presenter was one of my favorite speakers - Dr. David Mays - who has a self-deprecating sense of humor and a wealth of knowledge about various subjects. I really enjoyed his presentation and I was even more excited to see my old therapist from Whitewater - Dr. Patricia Bromley - was in the audience. We ended up chatting for awhile and she seemed genuinely pleased that I found my roots in Portage and that I was working for a good place. It was really good to see her again and of course, made me miss her because she had been one of my favorites.

Don't get me wrong, though, I like Angela (my new therapist) plenty fine and I also like that I got my first statement from the insurance company and the bill wasn't bad at all.

In not-so-good news, I was a bit stunned this week to find out that the couple I stayed with while I was in New York this year is filing for divorce. Catherine told me that it's amicable and they intend to remain friends, but damn, it still pretty much sucks because David seems like a really cool guy.

*shrugs*

I don't know. I'm really trying not to think to hard about that and instead, I'm trying to focus on the things in my life that are positive and the things that I am grateful for so you're getting a five point list to close out this entry.

1) I'm happy that I went to see a movie this weekend with my mom. Wreck-It Ralph was adorable and I loved Sarah Silverman and her character, Venelope.
2) I'm happy that we still have leftover chocolate from Halloween, including Kit-Kats and Almond Snickers.
3) I'm happy that I've been making a choice to walk to work one time per week for the last three weeks. It's a 2 mile trek one way, but it seems worth it.
4) I'm happy that I'm reading a good book right now - "Motherless Brooklynn" by Jonathan Lethem
5) I'm happy that my nine year anniversary with Nick will be here on December 2nd. :)
snogged: ([BBT] Traditional Nerd Dance)
Nick and I went to see Gone tonight at the movie theatre in Wisconsin Dells because I wanted an excuse to use the $5 free gift card I got for the concessions stand and it was going to expire Wednesday. (It was a bonus gift for the $30+ I spent at Christmas getting AMC theatre gift cards for my sisters.) We both found the film quite intriguing and ended up going to Uno Chicago Grill for dinner. I got the mixed field greens salad with glazed walnuts and goat cheese and the baked haddock with red bliss mashed potatoes (totally awesome!)

Anywho, now that the context is in place I shall direct you back to the title of this post. We were driving home and Rihanna's song "We Fell In Love In A Hopeless Place" came on the radio.

Nick's response: "What's this hopeless place she's talking about? Is it Death Row? The ICU? Ancient Pompeii?"

My response: *laughter*

Nick's response: "These are the things I wonder about."

Goddess, I love this man. :D
snogged: ([BBT] What Up)
Today was the very first day that I was able to comment on entries and I can safely say I've caught up with most of the entries I've missed (since some of you were lucky duck enough to get on LJ a lot more than I did this week.) I did have to bookmark the fanfic posted though and will go back to reading it when I have the time.

And now for some updates in bullet-point form:

1. On Monday, I used the biggest paper shredder I've ever seen. Damn thing took up the whole room and you fed the paper into it via a conveyor belt.
Appearances can be deceiving aka this picture is TINY but it shows you what the thing looked like .
Cleaning it up after a bag filled was the worst. There was so much paper dust and I could feel it irritating my lungs with every breath. Boo.

2. I had my last day at the internet-less temp. job on Tuesday. It went pretty well. I finished up all the tasks for the HR department with an hour to spare so they sent me down to the accounting department to help them box up some files. Fun. Fun. (But not the kind of fun you have on Friday when you're looking forward to the weekend. :P)

3. I finished Bossypants by Tina Fey and freaking loved it!

4. I'm one disc away from finishing Boy Meets World Season 4. I really hope I can finish the series (Seasons 5 and 6) by August 31st so that way I'll have seen them all before Netflix ups their prices.

5. Nick is heading up to Lake Minocqua on Saturday for a week-long vacation with his family. Normally, I get to go too, but given the limited hours I work I figured it would be better for me to stay behind. :/ It'll be weird having the house to myself for a week, but I'm sure I'll manage.
snogged: ([BBT] What Up)
Today was the very first day that I was able to comment on entries and I can safely say I've caught up with most of the entries I've missed (since some of you were lucky duck enough to get on LJ a lot more than I did this week.) I did have to bookmark the fanfic posted though and will go back to reading it when I have the time.

And now for some updates in bullet-point form:

1. On Monday, I used the biggest paper shredder I've ever seen. Damn thing took up the whole room and you fed the paper into it via a conveyor belt.
Appearances can be deceiving aka this picture is TINY but it shows you what the thing looked like .
Cleaning it up after a bag filled was the worst. There was so much paper dust and I could feel it irritating my lungs with every breath. Boo.

2. I had my last day at the internet-less temp. job on Tuesday. It went pretty well. I finished up all the tasks for the HR department with an hour to spare so they sent me down to the accounting department to help them box up some files. Fun. Fun. (But not the kind of fun you have on Friday when you're looking forward to the weekend. :P)

3. I finished Bossypants by Tina Fey and freaking loved it!

4. I'm one disc away from finishing Boy Meets World Season 4. I really hope I can finish the series (Seasons 5 and 6) by August 31st so that way I'll have seen them all before Netflix ups their prices.

5. Nick is heading up to Lake Minocqua on Saturday for a week-long vacation with his family. Normally, I get to go too, but given the limited hours I work I figured it would be better for me to stay behind. :/ It'll be weird having the house to myself for a week, but I'm sure I'll manage.
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5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Well, my initial desire for Self-Destruct Button was not to include Kennedy at all. She's not a character I ever liked on the show and there are very few writers out there who can compel me to care about her. Still, she managed to squeeze herself right into the first two chapters and I'm glad she did. Things may not have ended well for Kennedy, but overall, I don't think Willow could have gotten to the place she's at without Kennedy being in the picture.

---

In other news, I hate not having AC in my apartment. Central air is something I grew up on so admittedly I'm a little spoiled. Nick, on the other hand, grew up sweltering and doesn't feel we need the "indulgence."

Stupid fiscal responsibility.
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5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Well, my initial desire for Self-Destruct Button was not to include Kennedy at all. She's not a character I ever liked on the show and there are very few writers out there who can compel me to care about her. Still, she managed to squeeze herself right into the first two chapters and I'm glad she did. Things may not have ended well for Kennedy, but overall, I don't think Willow could have gotten to the place she's at without Kennedy being in the picture.

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In other news, I hate not having AC in my apartment. Central air is something I grew up on so admittedly I'm a little spoiled. Nick, on the other hand, grew up sweltering and doesn't feel we need the "indulgence."

Stupid fiscal responsibility.
snogged: ([MISC]Cozy Night In)
Would you introduce me to your folks? Would you tell your friends, "No moose jokes!" - If I Were A Moose by Fred Small.

17. if there was to be a third part to AVPM, what do you think should happen? )

The Rest Of The Challenge )

I picked up my paperwork for the Pauquette Center so I get to fill that out this weekend. :) I'm also doing the Susan G. Komen Walk For The Cure on Saturday with my friends Sabrina and Nicole (along with some of Sabrina's fellow Miche purse salespeople.) I'm excited to be doing that and I hope it doesn't get too hot. We are doing it in the morning though (8:30-10:45) so here's hoping it won't be bad.

In other news, a bat snuck into our apartment today. I was helping Nick in the kitchen when I saw something black fly across my line of sight. The little critter had taken up residence in our second living room (where my computer is) and was hanging out above our front door. I screamed like a girl. Nick was pretty much a nervous Nelly on account of never having dealt with a bat before. He didn't want to spook it and make things worse. I headed out of the house to call my dad, but thankfully, our neighbor Lee was outside having a smoke. Turns out Lee just happened to be a bat-catching expert. In no time, Lee had the bat wrapped in a towel and released him back into the wild. My neighbor totally wins the awesome award for the day.
snogged: ([MISC]Cozy Night In)
Would you introduce me to your folks? Would you tell your friends, "No moose jokes!" - If I Were A Moose by Fred Small.

17. if there was to be a third part to AVPM, what do you think should happen? )

The Rest Of The Challenge )

I picked up my paperwork for the Pauquette Center so I get to fill that out this weekend. :) I'm also doing the Susan G. Komen Walk For The Cure on Saturday with my friends Sabrina and Nicole (along with some of Sabrina's fellow Miche purse salespeople.) I'm excited to be doing that and I hope it doesn't get too hot. We are doing it in the morning though (8:30-10:45) so here's hoping it won't be bad.

In other news, a bat snuck into our apartment today. I was helping Nick in the kitchen when I saw something black fly across my line of sight. The little critter had taken up residence in our second living room (where my computer is) and was hanging out above our front door. I screamed like a girl. Nick was pretty much a nervous Nelly on account of never having dealt with a bat before. He didn't want to spook it and make things worse. I headed out of the house to call my dad, but thankfully, our neighbor Lee was outside having a smoke. Turns out Lee just happened to be a bat-catching expert. In no time, Lee had the bat wrapped in a towel and released him back into the wild. My neighbor totally wins the awesome award for the day.
snogged: ([FastFurious] BrianDomCars)
14. Which Starkid would you marry? )
The Rest Of The Challenge )

I recognize that since I'm behind on the 30 day meme that I could play catch-up and knock off several days, but I'm choosing not to mostly on account of sheer laziness. I've had a busy, but relaxing, Memorial Day Weekend and I intend to keep up with the latter half of that now that Nick and I are home from my parents' house.

In terms of a weekend recap, we drove down to Mom and Dad's on Saturday. Mom made a beef roast and mashed potatoes for dinner and then topped it off with my birthday treat: Peach Upside-Down Cake. :D I got birthday presents from my sisters, since they were unable to join us for my birthday dinner. Katie gave me two foaming hand soaps, one Wallflower, and a candle from Bath and Body Works. All of which were in the scent: Peach Bellini. AH-MAZE-ING! My sister Mary got me a French Press coffee maker. I'm very excited to try that out. Saturday night, we all watched Easy A on Netflix Instant Streaming. It was my second time seeing it, but it was a first for everyone else. I think they liked it....

On Sunday, we had our annual Memorial Day picnic and spent the day eating burgers, brats, hot dogs, and ridiculously amazing desserts with our friends and family.

Today, Dad helped me take some pictures of our cat, Sirius Black, because I'm designing a photo book/children's book on Snapfish for my niece's birthday. Later tonight, Nick and I are going to watch more of The Wire Season Three.

Hope you all have a good Memorial Day!
snogged: ([FastFurious] BrianDomCars)
14. Which Starkid would you marry? )
The Rest Of The Challenge )

I recognize that since I'm behind on the 30 day meme that I could play catch-up and knock off several days, but I'm choosing not to mostly on account of sheer laziness. I've had a busy, but relaxing, Memorial Day Weekend and I intend to keep up with the latter half of that now that Nick and I are home from my parents' house.

In terms of a weekend recap, we drove down to Mom and Dad's on Saturday. Mom made a beef roast and mashed potatoes for dinner and then topped it off with my birthday treat: Peach Upside-Down Cake. :D I got birthday presents from my sisters, since they were unable to join us for my birthday dinner. Katie gave me two foaming hand soaps, one Wallflower, and a candle from Bath and Body Works. All of which were in the scent: Peach Bellini. AH-MAZE-ING! My sister Mary got me a French Press coffee maker. I'm very excited to try that out. Saturday night, we all watched Easy A on Netflix Instant Streaming. It was my second time seeing it, but it was a first for everyone else. I think they liked it....

On Sunday, we had our annual Memorial Day picnic and spent the day eating burgers, brats, hot dogs, and ridiculously amazing desserts with our friends and family.

Today, Dad helped me take some pictures of our cat, Sirius Black, because I'm designing a photo book/children's book on Snapfish for my niece's birthday. Later tonight, Nick and I are going to watch more of The Wire Season Three.

Hope you all have a good Memorial Day!
snogged: ([HIMYM] Ship of Dreams)
Day 7. Fave joe (including Joey)? )

The Rest of the Challenge )

Since my birthday is on Tuesday, Nick and I opted to do a little pre-birthday celebration (so that it could be enjoyed to the fullest extent.) At my choice, we went to see Bridesmaids, which I loved. I laughed my butt off, enjoyed the footage filmed in Milwaukee (Wisconsin, represent!), and found a new appreciation for Chris O'Dowd (after getting over the fact that he doesn't ask anyone to turn off their computer and turn it back on again in the film.)

After the movie, we were were going to grab dinner at Moosejaw Pizza and Brewery, but it was packed and the wait was crazy. Instead, we decided to try a place we'd never been before called Sarento's. It was an Italian place that definitely had a more upscale feel to it once we got inside. I mean, it was still cool to wear jeans and bring a family, but the lights were dim, the napkins were cloth, and there were candles on all the tables. Definitely a far cry from the Moosejaw, and yet, we got a table right away.

I ordered an Amaretto sour and the seafood cannelloni. It was delicious. :)
snogged: ([HIMYM] Ship of Dreams)
Day 7. Fave joe (including Joey)? )

The Rest of the Challenge )

Since my birthday is on Tuesday, Nick and I opted to do a little pre-birthday celebration (so that it could be enjoyed to the fullest extent.) At my choice, we went to see Bridesmaids, which I loved. I laughed my butt off, enjoyed the footage filmed in Milwaukee (Wisconsin, represent!), and found a new appreciation for Chris O'Dowd (after getting over the fact that he doesn't ask anyone to turn off their computer and turn it back on again in the film.)

After the movie, we were were going to grab dinner at Moosejaw Pizza and Brewery, but it was packed and the wait was crazy. Instead, we decided to try a place we'd never been before called Sarento's. It was an Italian place that definitely had a more upscale feel to it once we got inside. I mean, it was still cool to wear jeans and bring a family, but the lights were dim, the napkins were cloth, and there were candles on all the tables. Definitely a far cry from the Moosejaw, and yet, we got a table right away.

I ordered an Amaretto sour and the seafood cannelloni. It was delicious. :)
snogged: ([MISC] Eddie Izzard)
This is a post in which I ramble. You have been warned. :D

BOYFRIEND: Nick's birthday (despite it actually being on Saturday) managed to encapsulate much of the weekend. It's His Party and He'll Do What He Wants To )

POLITICS: As some of you know, the political climate in Wisconsin is not a happy one. Since March, I've been volunteering my free time at the offices for the Committee to Recall Senator Luther Olsen. Yesterday, Luther Olsen became the THIRD Republican senator in this state to be recalled because we turned in our signatures to the Government Accountability Board (24,000+. We only needed 14,733.) I'm hoping that Fred Clark, the man set to challenge Olsen in the upcoming recall election, will need help with data entry. I'd love to say on board with this stuff. It excites me. :D

WEAP: The Wisconsin Early Autism Project continues to a fun experience for me. I'm hoping that I will get to add more hours to my work-load. 4-6 hours a week is just not enough, no matter how much fun the kiddo is.

BOOKS: At the start of April I completed my 15th book for the year (Water For Elephants and quickly managed to get through number 16 (Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult). I started Book #17 (Stolen: A Letter To My Captor) about a week or so ago. Ranty McRanterson )
snogged: ([MISC] Eddie Izzard)
This is a post in which I ramble. You have been warned. :D

BOYFRIEND: Nick's birthday (despite it actually being on Saturday) managed to encapsulate much of the weekend. It's His Party and He'll Do What He Wants To )

POLITICS: As some of you know, the political climate in Wisconsin is not a happy one. Since March, I've been volunteering my free time at the offices for the Committee to Recall Senator Luther Olsen. Yesterday, Luther Olsen became the THIRD Republican senator in this state to be recalled because we turned in our signatures to the Government Accountability Board (24,000+. We only needed 14,733.) I'm hoping that Fred Clark, the man set to challenge Olsen in the upcoming recall election, will need help with data entry. I'd love to say on board with this stuff. It excites me. :D

WEAP: The Wisconsin Early Autism Project continues to a fun experience for me. I'm hoping that I will get to add more hours to my work-load. 4-6 hours a week is just not enough, no matter how much fun the kiddo is.

BOOKS: At the start of April I completed my 15th book for the year (Water For Elephants and quickly managed to get through number 16 (Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult). I started Book #17 (Stolen: A Letter To My Captor) about a week or so ago. Ranty McRanterson )
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Dear Spring Allergies:
Please go away so I can stop having sneezing fits.
Signed,

The Management.

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In other news, I wish to share five things that make me smile today.

1. I'm going to be an aunt again and my niece Lauren is going to have a little brother to play with.

2. The HR manager and the senior therapist discussed the situation that I mentioned about my new job last week and decided that I will have every other Saturday off.

3. My friend Margo is coming to visit me on Sunday. We're going to visit Goodwill and eat lunch and stuff.

4. Nick's birthday is Saturday (and I don't have to work so we can have loads of fun times together.)

5. I woke up without the assistance of an alarm clock.
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Dear Spring Allergies:
Please go away so I can stop having sneezing fits.
Signed,

The Management.

---

In other news, I wish to share five things that make me smile today.

1. I'm going to be an aunt again and my niece Lauren is going to have a little brother to play with.

2. The HR manager and the senior therapist discussed the situation that I mentioned about my new job last week and decided that I will have every other Saturday off.

3. My friend Margo is coming to visit me on Sunday. We're going to visit Goodwill and eat lunch and stuff.

4. Nick's birthday is Saturday (and I don't have to work so we can have loads of fun times together.)

5. I woke up without the assistance of an alarm clock.
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(Last Night)
Nick: So what are your plans for tomorrow?
Me: Gonna pick up the house a little.
Nick: Good luck! It's kinda heavy.

***

In other news, I feel its time to reveal something positive that's come out of my continuing job drama. A few weeks ago I put my tail between my legs and contacted Wendy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.

I had interviewed with them back in December and although I liked the concept of the work, they couldn't offer me supervised hours towards my license and their corporate office was 60 minutes from my house. At the time, I was also waiting to hear back from the Pauquette Center (whom, as you know, could pretty much offer me everything I wanted. Hence why I've sucked it up and kept my foot in their door these last four months, despite all the waiting, the paperwork, then budget bill, etc.)

But back to the present, I contacted Wendy and she told me that they had a line therapist position available at a home about 20 minutes away from me. Basically, I'll be working with a senior therapist to provide in-home therapy to an autistic child.

It's not much in terms of hours. Right now, it's 5 1/2 hours per week (two hours on Tuesdays, three-and-a-half hours on Saturdays). The pay is $10.61/hour, plus $3.00/hour for travel time. But the important thing is that it's related to my field, it will give me experience, it will keep me semi-sane while the wait continues, and it will be something I can continue to do once the wait for the Pauquette Center is over.

Not only that but I received my paperwork in the mail yesterday.

This is the real deal, lovelies. :)
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(Last Night)
Nick: So what are your plans for tomorrow?
Me: Gonna pick up the house a little.
Nick: Good luck! It's kinda heavy.

***

In other news, I feel its time to reveal something positive that's come out of my continuing job drama. A few weeks ago I put my tail between my legs and contacted Wendy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.

I had interviewed with them back in December and although I liked the concept of the work, they couldn't offer me supervised hours towards my license and their corporate office was 60 minutes from my house. At the time, I was also waiting to hear back from the Pauquette Center (whom, as you know, could pretty much offer me everything I wanted. Hence why I've sucked it up and kept my foot in their door these last four months, despite all the waiting, the paperwork, then budget bill, etc.)

But back to the present, I contacted Wendy and she told me that they had a line therapist position available at a home about 20 minutes away from me. Basically, I'll be working with a senior therapist to provide in-home therapy to an autistic child.

It's not much in terms of hours. Right now, it's 5 1/2 hours per week (two hours on Tuesdays, three-and-a-half hours on Saturdays). The pay is $10.61/hour, plus $3.00/hour for travel time. But the important thing is that it's related to my field, it will give me experience, it will keep me semi-sane while the wait continues, and it will be something I can continue to do once the wait for the Pauquette Center is over.

Not only that but I received my paperwork in the mail yesterday.

This is the real deal, lovelies. :)

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