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 Careerbuilder.com 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!

Funkified

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. 🙂 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.

Family

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 🙂

Moving

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

Headache

Since writing this blog, I have developed a headache.

Expectations

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 ARE GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY!!

~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. 🙂

*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! 🙂 (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!

The Sacred Train Rule…

Has once again been broken. There are five rules of riding the train:

1) Do not speak loudly (or at all) before 8am.

2) Take any cell phone conversations to the vestibule.

3) Do your best to avoid hitting other passengers in the head with your bag as you walk down the aisle

4) Do not speak loudly about personal problems because then I will want to ask you about them if they are particularly juicy, but I can’t because I’m not really supposed to “hear” what you are saying

5) Do not speak loudly (or at all) before 8am.

Rules #1 and #5 are particularly important and have been mentioned several times in previous blogs. I don’t understand why people have such a hard time with this rule.

This morning, there was a gaggle of teachers taking the train in from DeKalb. Now, I have to say that I’m not sure that they were really teachers per se. They were definitely student teachers, which explains the stories they were telling. One of their friend’s mothers went over to his apartment and cleaned it for 9 hours one day. First of all, what 20-something has their mom over to clean their apartment? And secondly, what MOM DOES THAT?!?! If your kid is a pig, but out of your house, I say, not your problem. Also, these girls were talking about how they like to go drinking at several bars and people they knew. What was particularly upsetting about this was that 1) they prevented me from getting a very important extra hour of sleep that I crave every morning and 2) the stories they were telling were so blah that it wasn’t worth staying awake for. But their voices were so high pitched and whiney, I couldn’t fall asleep. UGH!

So, enough of that. I’m done. Really.

Gotta finish work…