in illinois…

Monday i start my new job in illinois. i’m both excited and nervous, which is pretty normal. i don’t really have the energy to go into much detail. i think i am a bit overwhelmed by all that is in front of us. frank has been flying a ton, which is funny since he’s about to be furloughed. curious.

a sudden right turn.

oh. my. goodness.

the one i really really wanted called. i’ve worked on this one for a long time, but was resigned that it wasn’t the one.

but now it’s back on the table.

and here is where we take a sudden right turn. or left. regardless… a change of course, possibly.

here. we. go.


I pray that whatever happens, it is according to God’s will.

the f word

FK just found out today that he will be furloughed by his airline in September. This will be his second furlough in one year. Nice.

God is good. We were fortunate that he landed this latest job in the first place and know that God has this all worked out. While we are sad about this situation, we know we have to keep plugging forward.

God is good, all the time. Even when we don’t get what we think we want, He always has the best in mind for us. The thing is, sometimes that best requires years of struggle to get there.

christmas in february was a bust

Most of the time I look forward to the Super Bowl with childlike anticipating of all of the wonderous ads. And I have to say, this year was no different. Instead of having high school small group last night, we invited all of the students and adult leaders over for pizza, snacks and soda – oh yeah, and of course, COMMERCIALS!!

I have to say, commercials are the perfect length for me. Tell a whole story in 30 seconds – go! I love it. I even printed out a full list of all of the commercials.

But this year, I have to say, I wasn’t as impressed as years past. The commercials aired on the side of being more violent than funny. I thought the GM ad with the sad robot was downright depressing. I have to say, I did like the final cuts of the ads – although, I am a bit biased. Oh, and I liked the Bud Light crab commercial. That was hilarious. But other than that, there wasn’t a “wow” factor.

Oh well, as Bears fans say, there is always next year!


Well, I am in a little bit of a funk. I am not going to go into any details, but I’m just glad to be getting out of this state and moving some place new… even if it is only an hour or so away. I think it will be good for me to get away from here. Well, not so much here, but you know what I mean. Whomever you are… or is it Whoever? Whatever. πŸ™‚ Frank has a nice glass of white wine for me on the porch.

Help Help!

Gotta find a job… getting down to crunch time… loosin’ my mind…

Gotta find an apartment…. but where??? I don’t know! Why? Cuz I need a job!

Gonna freak out… RIGHT NOW!!!

I need a big (non moldy) bathtub with lots of candles so I can relax. Guess I’m going to my parents’ house…

My tummy hurts. Last night I thought I was going to puke. I think it’s stress related. Or it could be from the tilex I sprayed + the smelly paint pens I used to write Dor’s invitations for her bridal shower. Someone help me!

So what is new…

I am going to take this time to do a thorough update on everything that is going on in my life. In no particular order:

Frank’s New Job

Frank is now working in Milwaukee and living 45 minutes south of that with his parents. I am still living in the western ‘burbs, about an hour from Frank. I miss him like crazy, especially when I am home from work and about to go to bed. Very lonely. Fortunately I have had some friends staying with me, and that helps a lot. He has about 2 1/2 weeks left of training, then he goes to NY for 2 more weeks of simulator training.

My Job

It has been okay. Nothing terrible, nothing great. I’m exhausted today because I went to see Nickel Creek with Kelly last night. It was a fabulous show, although it doesn’t technically belong under the heading of “my job.” I have several leads for my potential new job, which helps. My boss, who normally annoys me, hasn’t been too terrible. I think he is happy with our team and has stopped trying to prove to us how great he is. Mostly. Whatever, though. I really can’t care less.


They are okay, too. Mom & Dad turn 50 next week (the 18th and 17th respectively). My sister is in town until the 14th. Right now, she and Mom are flying back from Santa Fe where they vacationed. Andy is doing a big concert with his band at the end of this month. They created a pretty trippy band room in the basement and they call it the Rave Cave. Interesting, eh?

My sister-in-law, Kathryn, is preggers with #2. Father-in-law has named the child Coco. I think that is still up for discussion. Karen, my other sister-in-law just came back from the Czech Republic. Her stories about her trip are fantastic and maybe one day, Frank and I will go there! That would be great πŸ™‚


We have to move soon… not sure where or when. Our lease is up on 9/30. Hmmm. This could get interesting…


Since writing this blog, I have developed a headache.


Headaches made me think of expectations. Specifically expectations of others around me. With everything on my plate, there are some people that don’t quite understand that I leave the house at 7 am and I get home, if I’m lucky, at 7 pm. I do my very best to spend time with friends as much as possible and attend to everything I can. There are some people that haven’t exactly been entirely understanding of this. I am doing the best I can to honor my commitments, but sometimes you drop a ball when you’re juggling 1,000,000.

Congratulations are in order…


~Angie and Bill were engaged a month before Frank and I, so Angie and I have shared the whole getting married/marriage process together. I’m so excited for both of them and know they are going to have an excellent wedding and life together. πŸ™‚

*Jennie and Jim will be having their bridal shower on Sunday, the wedding will be on October 7. Yay!

*Dorothy and Erik have their first of three showers this weekend. The wedding is on October 16. Finally! Yay! We’re almost there! πŸ™‚ (They have been engaged since Sept. 2002)

…and last, but not least…

Congratulations to Kater for her new apartment! After everything she’s gone through to move to Cali, she finally has a place to hang her hat… WOOHOO!