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getting to know me, life, WoW

welcome, 2018

Hey. It’s been a minute. I know I’m not the only one giving the finger to 2017, so let’s just move on from that. I want to talk about some things and do a little reflecting, you know, the normal, cheesy, New Year-type post that everyone does. 2017 started out pretty garbage. Al and I were both unemployed and depressed. I’ve been laid off several times, and it never gets easier, but we made it through. I started a great job at an amazing company (seriously, you guys,  ...

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health, life

let’s talk about mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so I’m coming out of my lack of inspiration (among other things) to join other bloggers in discussing mental health. I have dealt with anxiety and depression since I was a child. (I later learned that everyone in my family does to some extent; my uncle gave me books about writing as a kid to try to help me, although I was kind of a jerk at that age and didn’t really understand or appreciate it. Thanks, Uncle J.) I actually didn’t know  ...

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life, work, yasss

I got a job!

I promised more on IG, so since I’m up way early on a Sunday, here I am. I got a job! I actually started last week, but it’s been a pretty exhausting few days. I can’t give too many details due to security/privacy, but I basically work tech support for a bank, supporting a business product. No, it’s not HR, but even after all of the HR positions I applied to/interviewed for, this one met almost all of my other musts and then some, in no particular order: within my  ...

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life

thankful

It’s been a while. I’m still working on editing our trip photos–but hey, I put up a new layout, so there’s that. If you aren’t a Facebook friend of mine, you haven’t heard that both Alan and I lost our jobs, him right before the cruise and me at the end of October (just in time for my favorite holiday and my birthday, as if being unemployed wasn’t depressing enough). I honestly can’t say that I’m surprised, as things at the studio  ...

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home stuff, life

the finish line (we bought a house!)

Finally remembered to take a picture, and yes the lawn will be mowed tomorrow. So here we are, homeowners (well, as of like two weeks ago, but it was hot and we’re exhausted/busy/still working, so here we are). Can I just say how much of a pain in the ass buying a house is? Getting your paperwork together for the bank, going to see a million houses that you forget the second you walk out the door, trying to negotiate with stubborn sellers, juggling texts, emails, and phone calls with  ...

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home stuff, life

three big updates

So there have been lots of things happening here lately. First:┬áback in January, we had an announcement at work that threw everything on its head. It was the opposite of what we thought we’d hear, and threw me into a depression because I was suddenly faced with having no idea what was going to happen with the future. There was a very large possibility of moving to the west coast, where I would make roughly the same amount of money as I do here, but be facing housing costs three to  ...

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budgets, life

no-spend: April

via I saw this on a forum and decided that it was a really great idea for (at least) April. I’ve been pretty good with spending in March, but I definitely need to get it together even more! So, I made a list, things that I CAN spend on, and things that are not allowed: allowed – obviously basics like rent, utilities, phone, insurance, gas, etc. – necessary medications – maybe toothpaste? – refills on makeup/skincare/hair stuff if I run out (which I  ...

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life

hello, 2016

This past year has had its ups and downs for me. I like to think that the good things outweighed the bad–my best friend got married, the two of us and another best friend all turned 30, I headed to Portland, OR for Christmas, and then ended the year with some of my favorite people, drinking and dancing to the wee hours of the morning. (Also, I made cinnamon rolls, from scratch, for Christmas, which was a huge accomplishment, so…yay, me.) via Power of Positivity 2016 is going to  ...

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life

this is 30

On my 28th birthday, I had a panic attack about turning 30. I had just gotten married, and I think I was scared of how my life wasn’t really anything like I’d wanted. I didn’t go to cosmetology school like I’d wanted to since I was 12 years old. I had just started a corporate sales job that I already hated. I had a few friends I never saw, and the people I did hang out with were my (ex-)husband’s friends, who I’d always felt never really liked me. On my  ...

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home stuff, life

moving on out: the saga

Like I posted on Facebook a bit ago, I am MOVING! I haven’t moved in five years, so this is a little scary for me. I got rid of a lot of stuff when my ex-husband moved out, but it’s still going to end up that I have way more stuff than anticipated. I remember when I moved out of one of my old apartments, which, really, was me moving out of the bedroom because everything else was my roommate’s. I’m thinking, oh, I have like two car loads and my bed, no problem. It  ...

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