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Sep. 15th, 2015

This is the view from our back porch. So peaceful.


I can't wait to put a table and chairs and some fairy lights back here. We are getting our stuff this weekend. Yay! It feels like forever since I slept in my own bed!

Survived our first night

Last night, we slept in our new house for the first time. We have nothing but our pillows so we went to Ikea and picked up a futon couch bed thingie. I figured that we could use it for now and then move it into the loft or a spare room. That way if we have several guests at once, it gives us another sleeping option.

We slept in the family room downstairs. In the middle of the night there was this beeping from the alarm system. It wasn't steady. It was random. Like there would be a couple at regular intervals then nothing for a long time then one beep then nothing then a few more. So weird. It wasn't the open door or window alarm because that is 3 beeps close together. I seem to recall hearing a beep when I was walking somewhere. There may be a movement alarm in the house. I'm thinking maybe a moth or something was setting it off. Gidget was in her crate and Izzy was in the bed with me so it wasn't them setting it off. I also checked the smoke alarms to make sure one of them wasn't getting low on battery but it looks like they are hard wired. No clue. Maybe its a ghost! ;)

I absolutely love this house. David does too. I think it is my favorite house that we have lived in. The back yard is the perfect size. There is no place in the yard where we have to watch the dogs to make sure they don't eat something or get into something or whatever. There is a walk in pantry and every bedroom except one has a walk in closet. The master closet is HUGE.... like I could put a bed in there and use it as a bedroom huge. There is no excuse for any clutter in this house! LOL The kitchen has enough counter space for all of my gadgets. Have I ever mentioned that I love kitchen gadgets? Cuisinart, bread machine, standing mixer, crock pot, etc etc... No, I don't cook. Why do you ask? LOL Actually, I love entertaining and holiday cooking. I just hate the day to day stuff. Unless it involves a crock pot. I like that. The next gadget I want is an air fryer. Those look cool.

I think we are going to go down to Tampa and move our stuff up next weekend. We need to figure out the finances. But I think we can make it work. This move was last minute so we didn't have a lot of time to save up. I think we have spent about $3000 - 4000 in the last couple of weeks. *gulp* The move will be around another $1000-1200. Fortunately, David's job is giving us a big relocation bonus, but it isn't going to be here until the end of the month. So if we go into the red a bit, we can fix it then.

Also need to get internet. I am posting at the Starbucks currently while David does his homework. But need a TV set up in order to get that and it is a bundle with the internet. I don't want to buy a small TV because we already own like 4 TVs. Soon. I can deal until then. And then I can start sewing again! I already have projects in mind. I need to beef up our garb now that we are playing with the SCA again. I basically have a viking apron/underdress and a GFD under/overdress to wear. David really only has one outfit for the SCA period. And he has a rip in his chausses that needs to be fixed so he really doesn't even have that outfit! 

Spiders need not apply

I've been in Atlanta the last few days trying to find us a place to live. I thought I had found a place yesterday and put in an application. Today they let me know that they had 2 applications before mine so they would be processing them in order. I was specifically told that those previous applications were old and not being processed. That really pissed me off because I didn't look at any other houses yesterday or this morning. They did give us back our $70 application fee when I complained though. But then I was scrambling this afternoon. There are just no houses which fit our needs that aren't already either leased or have an application. There was one. I was sort of on the fence about it and then I saw HUGE spiders in the lawn. Uh... no.

So David and I are just going to move to a hotel and then look for a house. I've made my peace with it. In a way, in makes the move less stressful. Whatever is supposed to be will be. None of those houses were supposed to be for us. We'll find the right one. :)

I did manage to do the other things on my list. I got a PO box for my nursing license application. I got fingerprinted for the nursing board background check. And I got my application notarized and sent. So the trip wasn't a total waste. 

Life is an adventure

We are on the move again.

David's job is being eliminated and his new job is in Atlanta. We found out last Thursday that he needs to be at the new job on Sept 8. AUUUGGGHHHHHH! So... both of us have our last day at work here on the 28th. We'll move around the 1st or 2nd. I'm going up to Atlanta for a couple of days next week to try and find a place to live. So stressful!! Fortunately our current lease is up at the end of September so we don't have to worry about paying off a lease.

I'm really going to miss my job. I love the people I work with and love what I do. But it is what it is. I can transfer my license to Georgia but it takes a week or two. I'll probably not look for a job until we get there.

On the plus side... we used to live in Atlanta and have lots of friends there. We can also get back involved in the SCA. We never found a group that was as good of a fit as the group there. Excited about that. And it is a bit farther north so easier to attend events like the Francaise Dinner, Williamsburg, etc. We've been planning on moving back there in a couple of years so it just came a bit earlier.

And there will be seasons! Yeah, its hot in the summer, but at least there is a fall and winter. I'm a bit tired of Tampa's 80+ degree weather on Christmas.

Oh and we bought a new Jeep last night. Our Ford only had a couple of payments left and we were planning on trading it soon but doing it now helps us have room for the move. After all, my miata isn't exactly roomy!

I also want to journal more. I read my friends list every day but don't post often. As I will be costuming more and doing more, I want to stay more connected. I'd like to do what some of my friends are doing with their daily posting. Working 12 hour shifts might not allow me to do it daily, but I would like to make it a weekly thing.

So stay tuned! 

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Guess David gets a new night light

Saw the radiation oncologist today. My regular oncologist didn't think I would have to get radiation, but wanted me to get a consult just in case. The radiation doc said he had been thinking about my case and was on the fence, but in the end decided I should get radiation. If I don't get it, I have a 20% chance of the cancer coming back. So I agreed to do it. I have to get treatment 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Ugh. But they said it is a very quick visit and would work with my schedule. It is what it is, I suppose. The doctor told me that there are no side effects other than a sunburn like irritation on the skin where they do it. My biggest worry is for my left arm. I have some mild lymphedema and radiation will make it worse. But my therapist is already working on it, so we'll just have to stay on top of it.

Moving forward

We were approved for a mortgage, but it wasn't really in the price range we would prefer in order to get what we want in the area where we would like to live. So we have decided to wait. I'll have my RN end of December or beginning of January so better we wait until I am working full time. I haven't worked much at all now between nursing school and chemo. I'd rather wait and get what we really want than settle. But we are still moving... just moving to a rental. And this won't delay us starting the adoption process either.

Just ordered the platters for my "last chemo" celebration. It is Thursday... I can't believe it is finally here. I can't wait until my body is back to normal! Sometimes I feel like I am locked in some alien body that I can't control. And most of all I want my hair back!

Never diss a duck

My conversation with Izzy this morning went a bit like this:

Me: Go peepee, Izzy

Izzy: Rarrarrarr (translation: Is that a duck?)

Me: I know there is a duck, but you still have to go peepee

Izzy: Rarrarrarrarr (translation: How can I go pee when there is a duck. Right. There.)

Me: Go peepee, Izzy

Izzy (just standing there staring at the duck): Rarrarrar (I will not be peeing in front of a duck, forchrissakes)

Duck: Quack

Izzy went pee.

I don't know what that duck said, because obviously I don't speak duck. But it got Izzy in line whatever it was!

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Two down, two to go!


I hope this works. It is my first mobile post.

 

Yesterday, I had my second dose of chemo. still feeling good! I always see my doctor before receiving a dose. He stopped in the doorway and said I looked great. He was surprised that I still have my hair. It has been coming out in handfuls since Tuesday a week ago, but I have very thick hair. I remember when they were doing my updo for my wedding,  they had to pincurl some to my head because I had too much hair.

 

In true reenactor fashion, I am collecting it in a bag to make a rat for 18 century pouf. Natch.

 

Today I go get my neulasta shot to speed up my immune system. So far so good!

 

Just get me through the next year!!

Found out this week that the tuition I am paying out of pocket just doubled. *sigh* It is now the same as the rent paid by a couple of my schoolmates. David and I are reworking the household budget to accommodate for it. We can manage, but it is definitely going to effect things. Just another reason to continue my mantra: Just one more year... just need to make it through one more year.

My class is going well. I got a 96 on the first exam. The second exam is this Wednesday which is also my birthday. I also have my head to toe assessment skills exam that day. Happy freaking birthday to me! LOL Clinicals is an interesting situation. We are in a medicare nursing home so some of it is pretty bad. But it has turned out to be a very rewarding experience and I'll miss a lot of the residents when we leave at the end of the term.

Oh and, by the way, nothing like a 12 hour shift in a nursing home to remind one that they are getting old! LOL By the end of the day, I can barely make it home. All I can do is take a shower and collapse on the couch. I don't even care what we eat as long as I don't have to cook it!

Less distraction is a good thing

Last night, we got the schedule for next quarter. We knew that we would have lecture two mornings, lab one afternoon and a 12 hour day of clinicals. But we weren't sure which one or who we would be with. Everyone is in lecture together, but there are two different lab groups (one after the first day of lecture and one after the second day of lecture) and 3 different clinical groups (two on one day and one on the other). There are four of us who socialize and study together so we wanted to be in the same groups. Unfortunately one person is in a different clinical group, but we will see her in lecture and lab. But the best news is that all of the annoying people are in the other lab and clinical group. YES!! Most people in the class are cool, but there are a couple who are total distractions. One girl literally does not stop talking even when the teacher is talking. She sort of carries on this low monotone discussion of what is being taught. Another is so negative and bitchy that she is always arguing with the teacher and threatening to quit/report to the dean. This is the one that I used to have in my micro lab group that caused me to switch lab groups. And then there is the girl who is so incredibly rude to the teachers and students. When she speaks, people just sit there saying, "Wow... did she just say that?" Although, her two main friends didn't pass Pharm so maybe she won't feel so emboldened this quarter. There were 8 people, in all, who didn't pass.

Yep... won't miss them a bit! All the people in my group are super cool and I am looking forward to a drama-free quarter!

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