Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Big News!!

No, I'm not pregnant.

I am, however, EMPLOYED! I applied for a part time sales position at JoAnn's Fabrics, and was hired! Yay!

After 5 years of not working, I'm sticking with a part time, small position. I'm lucky that the JoAnn's here is moving to a new, bigger store, and hiring employees to help with the move and work the new store. I get to work part time at a store that I like, helping people with things I like to do. A large part of their customer base is quilters, so it helps that I quilt and can answer at least some questions.

I don't know how much I'll be working with customers. I could be helping to set up the store and work more "behind the scenes" unless things are busy. I am perfectly OK with that. But I'm not really anxious about working with people, either. It's easier for me to be outgoing when dealing with things I really like, and I really like crafting. Basically, a job in a craft store, shoe store, or bra store would be a good fit for me.

So starting next week, I will train up and be a JoAnn's employee. No, my whole paycheck won't be spent on my employee discount. I don't even know for sure if I get an employee discount. Besides, there are bras and shoes to be purchased! And lunch and coffee dates with Kristy before she leaves, and with Jessica during and after that!

So I am once again a working woman. Yes, yes indeed. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ketchup

I'm a dork. I'm playing a little bit of catch-up here to get ready for a big news post.

Before we left El Paso, I participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March, for the second time. I tackled the training much like my marathon training. I loaded up my small camel bak backpack and started walking.

The first time I did the Bataan, I took forever and had horrid blisters. This time, I was wearing the same pair of shoes (broken in now) and had much better results. I came in at just under 8 hours, chip time (8.5 hours gun time). I only had a couple blisters, and the worst happened just in the last mile. I felt it, but could feel such fatigue in my legs that I didn't dare stop to bandage it.

I am quite proud of myself this year. I felt much stronger and faster. I even ran a bit! Once you pass halfway, you start some downhill. It was easier on my legs to do a slow run on the downhill portions. Running and walking work the muscles differently, so running a bit made it easier to walk again when I needed to.

I recovered well from the Bataan, doing some short runs the following week. I'm getting good at listening to my body. If I figure out what it wants and needs after a big event, I recover easier and faster. Hot baths are great for my legs, and I'm careful to not overeat, so my stomach/digestive system doesn't get thrown off whack.

After that, we really just got ready for the move. It was very hectic. Packers, movers, empty house. We left El Paso on a Friday afternoon and arrived in Lawton, Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon. Sunday we drove around looking at houses. Monday we went inside some houses and applied for one. Tuesday we had a house. Wednesday we went to Kansas.

Kansas was nice. It felt different having the animals there. Remy did OK. He didn't like being left in the basement suite when we weren't there, and he tried to stalk the neighbor's chickens a few times (they are in a chicken coop). Duke did great, and figured out which chair was the comfiest to nap in. We got lots of nephew time in. Liam is mobile and babbling a lot. It's a fun stage. I can say that because I don't have to care for him everyday.

I didn't get to see one of my Nuns, Sr. Dorothy. She is in Utah taking care of her sister (actual sister, like, by blood) who had surgery a while ago. But I saw Anne and Anita. As much as I want to get an overseas post, I will greatly miss my annual visit with the Nuns.

So that brings me back to Lawton. We have a tiny little house, which means we're purging even more.  It's a cute house, very close to post, in a good neighborhood. There is some great biking in our area, but not much for running. However, it's a short drive to a couple great paved trails we can run on. One on post is 3 miles, the other is a park with a 1.5 mile trail, or 1.8 if you take the extra bit.

We are almost unpacked, just a couple boxes to empty. Still figuring out where to put everything. I finally finished the bedspread I've been working on forever, and it is on my bed. I'm quite proud of it. I love the colors and prints. Now to get set up and finish all my UFOs (unfinished objects).

And with that, I will soon be posting some news. But I'm waiting another day or two. It's good, I promise. We are still waiting on orders to see where we will be next year. I will give a nice post about that when I get the news myself.