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Forever & a day

That’s how long it’s been, I’m fully aware of my commitment to my blog, or lack there of.  I have, however, been working to fulfill my list of possibilities for 2008.  Seeing how the year is almost quarter over, I felt that was key.

I have been CONSUMED with finding a job, finding a house, and then still trying to “do a good job at work” (like spending a month writing a grant to provide our program with 3/4 million dollars.) Details! I am happy to report the grant application and 1 month of my life were sent out last week thursday, and arrived on Friday.

On May 9th, Brent and I will have a house.  It was exactly what we wanted, and suprisngly it was in our below average price range for what we wanted in return.

house.jpgNotice- the new tan siding, and toffee painted cedar shakes (or whatever the are called).  All new windows- the ones that fold out for easy cleaning.  An enclosed porch.  The 2 car detached garage lies on the opposite corner of the house, along with a back deck and patio.  A small private yard- perfect for a dog, grill, patio set- entertaining whoever wishes to come over in the summer time.

kitchen.jpgEntrance from the back to the kitchen.  The glass door on the left side takes you to the basement, which we will eventually finish.  The appliances are fairly new and will stay.  The floor is tile as are the counter-tops.  There is quite a bit of cupboard/counter space. The counter right of the stove opens to a breakfast bar into the dining room.  The sink is to the left of where the person was standing to take this picture.  Behind the photographer is the main level full bath, complete with tile shower.  The laundry is also in that room.

dining-room.jpg Self explanatory.  My dining room is my  favorite room.  We are getting a dark dining room set similar to the one shown…although it might be a pub sized table with tall chairs. The light fixture will be replaced once we move in.  The windows on the left have a window seat.  Straight ahead is the foyer and front door (From Screened in porch)…the leaded window adds a bit more of the vintage charm.   I’m a big fan of the dark paint with White trim.  Immediately to the right of the dining room is a possible 4th bedroom/den/piano room.  Office would be an option if I were more organized and wouldn’t be so ashamed of having it visible.  Most of the downstairs is hardwood floors, carpet in the Living Room, tile in the kitchen.  What I don’t have a picture of is the angled wall with pillars and built in curio cabinet on either side of the entrance to the living room.

living-room.jpg The living room completes the first floor.  Our Brown leather furniture will fit.  The windows add some great western light, we’ll need some blind to cut the glare on the tv during sunset I imagine. 

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The second floor- 3 Bedrooms….Ginormis Bathroom.  All rooms have huge walk-in closets.  The crib/striped room will act as an office, the other as master and guest bedrooms…until the day of babies comes (which is a few years off).

Part 2 of the List was finding a new job…..I just got the call 30 minutes ago that I was offered the position of Youth & Family Coordinator for Outagamie County (same pay, better insurance, more vacation, shorter drive, own office with a window, flexible schedule…)

Part 3- Getting a dog will wait until this summer, however names have been approved and surprisingly the breed has been narrowed to Weimaraner, Lab or Retriever.

Others ideas that I’ve embraced have been exercising….I’m trying swimming- which has never been a strength of mine.  I think I’m sick of running marathons for now and am curious about triathlons. I’ve also been making dinner and putting my clothes away pretty regularly. 

That’s my story. I’ll post later with the wedding progress!

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A little piece of heaven.

I ended my stressful, uncoordinated day with a visit to Ella’s Deli which might have the best dessert in the Universe!  I opted for the Number 1…grilled pound cake topped with an amazing turtle fudge sundae, complete with homemade vanilla ice cream, layered with butterscotch and hot fudge.  Rounding out the sundae with a few warm roasted pecans and topped with a puffy cloud of whipped cream.  It was so amazing I was clapping when it was placed in front of me. 

(4 hours later)

Thankfully, Erin inspired me to get back on track.  I have run 6 marathons and a few halves.  They are getting boring and monotonous.  I’ve always wanted to do a tri, and ultimately an ironman.  Quite frankly I’ve never been gitty about swimming.  But in my haste of packing for the business overnighter in Madison, I did pack my swim suit, complete with my cap and goggles.  I am off to the pool now for a few laps.  This is a huge step towards ending my spree of inactivity in February.  I think I have to agree with Krista, February SUCKS.  On March 1st I have scheduled a 3 mile run.  I know it’s little, but again…I have something scheduled, which is much better than sitting on my computer chair for hours.

And the idea of all this is gratifying to the 10th degree.

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