Todd and I have now been in Albuquerque a little over a week. We said our goodbyes to our friends and family in Nebraska and almost made it to the end without crying (almost). Our jobs in Omaha ended almost two weeks ago, we left our house we have known for 3 years, and moved into a quaint little neighborhood on the west side of Albuquerque. Within an hour of arriving with our uhaul Todd was greeted by a lady across the street who told him that if we did not have dogs yet, we should get them because it’s a rough neighborhood… Our jobs in Omaha ended almost two weeks ago, we left our house we have known for 3 years, and moved into a quaint little neighborhood on the west side of Albuquerque. We went through a great leasing company who had everything together for us and ready for us to move in. No, that’s not right, they actually neglected to inform us that our mailbox key will take 2 MONTHS to pick up, that our house would be a pit when we arrived and that we needed to bring a certified check for our first months rent and deposit… yup, we are definitely not in Nebraska anymore. I am aware of the fact that just like anywhere else, Nebraska also has it’s quirks and probably someone moving from Albuquerque to Omaha would have just as many barriers as Todd and I have had so far. But it’s that I know those quirks, to me they are just life, I don’t think of it any other way. Todd and I were chatting on the way back to Nebraska after traveling to Albuquerque the first time talking about what we are going to like about Albuquerque and miss about Omaha. Hands down one of the things I’ll miss about Omaha is the predictability of it. After living there for 10 years, it was comfortable. But in the same breath, something I was going to enjoy about Albuquerque is the unpredictability of it all. Starting fresh, new opportunities, new things to experience. However, the cost is high, this is also a place where I can’t just go to a friends place to hang out, or invite people over. Where my brother is not just a phone call away when we broke something and need to borrow a power tool of his what Todd and I have yet to purchase. Where I can’t just go to Grand Island on a whim to sit at my grandma’s kitchen counter and have a cinnamon roll she just pulled from the oven. It’s an adjustment, but it’s a good one. I have lived in places further than a afternoon’s drive away from home 2 different times in my life, both times were terribly hard, but both were times I learned more about myself that I ever though possible, and I can’t wait to see what Albuquerque holds for both Todd and I.
New Chapter About To Begin July 29, 2010
Todd and I are about to embark on yet another journey. (Yes, Jane, Sandy, Lindsay, Cori, I used the work JOURNEY). We leave for Albuquerque this weekend to find a new home. Though I have mixed emotions about the whole thing, I must admit that my biggest emotion is EXCITEMENT! I can’t wait to see what Albuquerque has for us. I think I’m just ready for a change. Of course I will miss my family and friends that have been conviently located for many years, and I still maintain that Todd will miss many things about Omaha. We were both just talking about how much we’ll miss the fall. Before Todd moved here he never had much of an Autumn season… all of you will have to send us pictures so we can live vicariously through you! Anyway, I started this up when I got married, and every once in a while I’d resurrect it, now seems like another good time to resurrect it. I’m not gonna lie, Facebook is getting on my nerves. So I may just fully transition over to this again. I’m not going to be under any illusion that people are actually going to READ my posting, but I figure if people want to know what’s going onwith the Cards, here’s a good place to look!
Ah, the joys of technology! August 4, 2009
So Todd and I did it, we are now official iPhone users.
On Friday night we set out to get them, 30 mintues max we thought, and we’d be set! 2 hours later our minds were spinning, and Todd was mourning the loss of his California phone number, but we did finally have them in hand! I woke up before Todd and I was just sitting in bed looking at apps on Saturday morning (yes, I am aware, borderline pathetic). It’s crazy, they do literally have an app for just about everything. I now have an app for where the cheapest gas is in town, how many calories there are in a meal at Taco Bell, I even have an app to tell me where the nearest public restroom is! I made sure to download the Zippo Lighter app for the Over the Rhine concert on Monday night, a girl has got to be prepared! So tonight I am going to be making stuffed pork chops with a recipe I found on my allrecipes.com app, if only there was an app that made the dinner for you and did the dishes!
Productivity March 16, 2009
Wow, it’s amazing how good you feel after a productive weekend. All these random things that have been nagging on us for months and in one day almost all of them are completed! Though I don’t feel like I got much of a weekend because of it, it’s nice to not have to think about them all the time. Especially when it’s things like pick up the poop in the back yard! The only thing I have that did not get completed was the hang up the wedding pictures. I got them framed this weekend, but then we realized we had no hardware to hang them! Wow, this is an exciting post, huh?
Take the Necessary Precautions March 6, 2009
So quick fast forward. I am in a new job working for Winners Circle. I love it, I’m a program coordinator there. Basically, we work with getting Corporate Volunteers in to work with kids k-6th grade on setting goals for math, reading, and citizenship. However, if we don’t have enough volunteers on a particular day, then we get to fill in. Yesterday I meet one on one with kids in 6 different classrooms! My final one was a 1st grade class… I should probably back up… we had beautiful weather in Omaha yesterday, so I was wearing short sleeves. So the psoriasis on my arms is exposed, obviously I did not consider the fact that I might be working with little kids! So I walk into the class to introduce myself and before I even got my name out one little girl asked what happened to my arms, I of course do not try to go into explaining what an autoimmune disease is to a 6 year old. So I just tell them how I got the scars origonally, which is that I was bike riding and fell off my bike and skinned up my arms badly and it’s still healing. Without skipping a beat, a little boy asks me in a somewhat accusatory way “You took off your training wheels, didn’t you?” How can you not love that!?! Next time, take the necessary precautions, keep the training wheels on!
MIA February 12, 2009
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Just too much going on, yet nothing too exciting to report. I’ll work on that, and hopefully have something good to report in the next week or so!
Traditions November 17, 2008
I can not believe how quickly this year has gone! It’s almost time for the holidays! Todd and I were just talking yesterday about how we need to have some traditions that are ours. Especially since now that we are splitting holidays between our families, we will not get to spend the holidays at home, but we’d like to do something at home that is just us. So far Todd’s suggestion is that we should watch the corresponding Peanuts holiday movie. (Do they have a Peanuts Thanksgiving?) I love traditions. Like in my family my parents always bought us a board game that we would open on Christmas Eve to play (and I think keep us kids distracted from constantly saying “can we open gifts yet?”) typically until dinner. As a result, my parents game cupboard is PACKED with games. Another favortie of mine as a kid was we would go to my Grandparents farm for Christmas Eve night where all my billions of anuts, uncles, and cousins would be to have a big meal, open gifts from the grandparents and then all the kids would go to the second floor and look out all the windows and watch for Rudolph. I especially liked it on the nights when there was snow on the ground, just seemed so perfect. Suddenly there was rudolphs nose! BRIGHT RED and flying down a field! We would then all run downstairs in hopes we would catch Santa Clause but to no avail. He was too quick for us but he left our gifts on the poorch for us to open. Years later I was let in on the secret that every year one of my uncles would take a flashlight with a red sock out to the field and go running and hope they did not trip over anything in the pitch black! (one year rudolph did hit a snow drift… that can’t be fun). I also loved going to the church for Mass on Christmas and everyone dressed in their best. The nativity scene I think was my favorite. I love traditions, because to me, those are some of the memories I hold most dear.