Living Out of a Suitcase

So, since I’ve started this new job, I’ve decided to stay at my grandma’s during the week and come back to Circleville during the weekend. Saves a ton of money on gas and saves me tons of time driving to and from work. Unfortunately, that means I’m living out of a suitcase right now. Not the most glamorous thing, but I’ll figure things out along the way. Things like buying extra shampoo and conditioner to keep at grandma’s so I don’t have to constantly haul those back and forth (I use the 1 liter bottles so they make my bag very heavy). Every little bit helps! I’m also quickly learning that sleeping on another bed during the week makes me appreciate my bed all that much more! Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful that my grandma is letting me stay with her during the week! It’s been great really! I’ve gotten to know her even more, we watch HGTV together, and I have a life again! I just miss my bed. Haha! And it does get difficult constantly being in “packing and unpacking” mode. Oh well. I still like this more than the alternative!

I got to hang out with my cousins and their friends the other day! We went to dinner at The Pub (I got the fish and chips… So good!), then headed over to COSI. It was packed and kind of hard to enjoy anything, but it was free! Can’t beat that! Then we got Cold Stone. It has been great being able to catch up with them. We live less than an hour apart, but we don’t get to see each other often enough. I plan to change that now that I’m staying in Columbus during the week. 🙂

Last week I was able to spend time with my friend Sam, who I hadn’t seen in at least 2 years. We grabbed lunch, headed to the Zoo, got rained on, and then grabbed sushi for dinner. It was an excellent time! He’s going to be leaving tomorrow or Tuesday for The World Race, so I won’t be able to see him for at least another year… But I know he’s doing God’s work and this is going to be an amazing opportunity for him… In fact, to learn more about what he’s doing, you should go check out his blog! http://samwalter.theworldrace.org/ He talks a lot about what it is and the prep that has gone into it. He’ll be posting every now and then (when he can) during the next 11 months to keep us updated!

My first “real” week at work was… Interesting. I talked to some very angry people, some not-so-angry people, some people who were not in their right mind, and many, many, many voicemails. Nothing too exciting there.

I watched The Muppets Movie! It was incredible! So much fun! So funny! So great! I have always loved the Muppets. They have always been good, many times great. But this movie… It was the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time! And I watch a lot of movies! I would recommend it to everyone. There were a lot of great “special appearances” by several celebrities, including Whoppi Goldberg and Jim Parsons and John Krasinski. Loved it.

Well, that’s all for now… This was a pretty rambly post. Sorry. Haha. I’ll try to make my future ones a little more exciting and to-the-point.

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Updates and a New Year!

Wow… It’s been a while… I guess I’ll just jump right into things!

First of all, I finished my half-marathon! Yay! I ran it a full 24 minutes faster than I thought I would! And I felt great at the end! I am totally planning on running the Cap City Half-Marathon in the spring! I can’t wait!

Secondly, I am an auntie again! My sister, Liz, had Maribelle Joy Baker on September 11. She’s SUCH a cutie! She has blonde hair and looks just like Liz! And sometimes… She looks just like dad! It’s crazy! But she is a chunk! She’ll be bigger than Annelise in no time! Haha!

Thirdly, I have a new job! Though I do miss some things about working at the airport, like constantly begin around lots of people and the friends I have made, I am so glad I have a new one! Actually being able to work inside all day every day is pretty awesome! Haha! Wow… I have been using a lot of exclamation points… Oh well! I like them! 😉

And fourthly, it’s now 2012! Wow! I can’t believe everything that happened in 2011! A lot of changes, both good and bad… And I must say, I don’t regret any of it! Even the mistakes or the bad times. It’s all shaped me into who I am today. And who I will be. So what’s in store for 2012? Well… I hope a lot!

I have made a list of resolutions and I’m quite proud of my list. It includes silly things and really big, cool things. So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2012!

– I want to will to blog more often! I am going to try to blog at least once a week. I will have more time on my hands now, so that should be a possibility!

– I want to will floss every day! Not just once a week like I am currently doing… I know… Gross… But seriously, I need to get into this habit!

– I want to will make my bed every day! I spend a lot of time in my room, so it only makes sense that when I’m in here, I’m not constantly looking at my unmade bed. I like my room looking nice (which it usually gets cleaned once a week anyways), and having a made bed is a part of that.

– I want to will run at least 3 times a week. Obviously when I am in training, it will be more often, but I won’t always be in training. But I don’t want to not run when I’m not training, so I’m going to make myself go at least 3 times a week!

– I want to will move out of mom and dad’s! If all goes well, that is. Since I’ve started Financial Peace University, I might change my mind so I can debt snowball… But I don’t know… I think moving out on my own will be better for me in the long run. Maybe not. I’ll keep you posted.

– I want to will take better care of my skin and hair! Now that I’ve found something for my skin that doesn’t irritate it (gotta love sensitive skin), I need to get in the habit of washing it twice a day, not once and then splashing water on it at night. And I need to take more pride in my hair and style it and have fun with it and treat it well. I’ve never really had an issue with damaged hair, but it’s still a good reminder.

– I want to will drink at least one cup of green tea a day! Green tea is SO good for you and it is SO yummy! There is NO reason why I shouldn’t be able to do this one!

– I want to will read at least ten pages or one chapter a day. I love reading, but sometimes get so caught up in everything else, that I don’t pick up a book for weeks. Since I want to read more often, and I know it tends to help me settle down at night, I want to read at least a little bit a day. Now, we all know that some chapters are a billion pages long (I’m just starting the second Lord of the Rings book… Can I get an “amen”? Haha!) and so reading a chapter would take about an hour. That’s not something I always look forward to. But giving myself the option to read at least ten pages is much more appealing, so I think I’ll be able to do this one, no problem!

– I want to will pay off all of my credit card debt! Yes… I have credit card debt… But it’s not much (compared to some people), so this should be accomplished by December 31st. I will still have my student loans to pay off, but since that’s a bit more hefty, that will take me a little longer to pay off. But I have no doubt in my mind that in five years or less, I will be debt free! Unless I buy a house… Then I will probably have a mortgage… But other than that, I plan on never having another credit card again. Ever. They’re a little too easy to use… You know… In case of an “emergency”. Which most of the time isn’t actually an emergency.

– And lastly… I want to will stay positive! I am usually pretty positive anyways, but sometimes I just get so negative. And I hate feeling like this! So if I ever start to feel myself heading in that direction, I will try to remind myself to find something positive about my situation. Even if it’s just something like, “At least I can still put food on the table” or, “At least I still have family that loves me”. Anything to remind me of how lucky I am and that will pull me out of a pit of despair.

That’s it! Those are my resolutions and a short update on what has been happening lately! I hope you all have been well! Here’s to a fabulous 2012! Bring it on! 😀

P.S. Did anyone notice I’m already staying positive by saying that I will do this instead of I want to do this? Yeah… I’m off to a great start! Haha! 🙂