Yay for Fridays!

It’s only after 2pm and I already feel like I’ve had a full day. Yancy and I had appointments this morning for doctor and dentist. He had a BUNCH of work done on his teeth. Afterwords I drove him into Seattle and we went out for lunch. Soup for him and turkey club for me. Then we went to his work and I got to meet more of his coworkers. They were really nice, and even a little bit funny (for geeks). Yancy’s mouth has regained feeling, but he’s still a little sore. They must have had him in the chair for at least two hours! Poor guy. No real plans for the rest of the day. The weather is miserable and it seems like the perfect time to lay on the couch under lots of blankets and watch a movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow morning we’re going to our future rental home to pay our deposit and sign a “hold” contract for the lease starting on May 1st. We’re planning to go walk or jog at Green Lake… hope the weather is better. In the evening we’re going to the Sounders game. One of the doctors in the clinic I work at has season tickets and can’t make the game so he gave them to me for free. How cool is that!?! Our friends Mike & Joey will be there too. Whoo hoo! Again, crossing my fingers that the weather is good or at least decent. And that we get to watch the Sounders win ANOTHER game at home (they won both of the first 2 home games).



After a little bit of stress, things seem to be working out ok. Yancy starts his new job on Monday. We’re really thankful that there will be no gap between jobs! My last day of work is April 5th. I’m looking at some part time jobs, but not too seriously at this time. I’m going to work on getting our house organized and ready to move in May. And also hoping to spend some time exercising. Not sure what the future holds for me, but I’ll just take it one day at a time and make good use of each day.

We did get the duplex rental we were wanting. It’s 3 blocks west of Phinney Ridge. Great neighborhood and close to friends. It’s on a quiet residential street. We’ll have the basement unit, use of the driveway, and a private yard in the back. It’s a 1930’s home with many of the original features. The price is great too. This weekend we’ll be putting down the deposit and singing an agreement to lease the place starting May 1st.

That’s it for now. I just have four more full days of work to make it through. Then some free time. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Yancy’s happy about his new job. We’re both feeling optimistic and ready for some changes.

Big Climb 2012

Ok, a little late, but better than never: Here are the pictures from the Big Climb. We had a fun time. It was a climb of 69 flights in the Columbia Tower. That’s something like 1,311 steps in a small stairwell (no more than two people could comfortably climb side by side). There were tons of people but the event was very well run and we were pretty well spaced out. My major complaint is that I got WAY too hot. We started at 10:45am and it was already stuffy from all the people ahead of us huffing and puffing. I had worn a long sleeve shirt and then put a cotton team shirt on top. The cotton shirt only lasted about 5 minutes. My legs were fine, but it was my lungs that were hurting. The asthma kicked in pretty hard about half way up and I had to stop often to catch my breath. I finished in 30 minutes and 27 seconds. That’s 5-10 minutes slower than I had hoped, but I’m ok with that. It was my first time and I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m definitely interested in doing it again next year.ย  :O)ย  The crazy part is that my legs never got sore! I guess it’s true that the going down is what makes your legs hurt the most.

One of the cool things about this event was the team we joined: “The Long and Winding Road.” It was organized by Yvonne, who’s husband Gregg is a cancer survivor (can’t remember which kind). He has had a bone marrow transplant in the past and the donor came all the way from Boston to meet him. How cool is that?!?! We had a great group of really friendly people and then went for lunch at an Irish Pub afterwords. Fun times!

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Roller coaster

I think I’m pms’ing today. It’s probably politically incorrect to say that, but we all know that sometimes ladies have a few days when they are unreasonably emotional. I pretty much broke into tears today after getting a speeding ticket. I thought I was doing 35 in a 30mph zone, coasting down the hill, but the cop (who was being sneaky and hiding around a corner) said he clocked me at 40mph. Got a $113 ticket… for doing what everyone does on that hill everyday. And he said he was doing me a favor by marking it as only 5mph over the limit! I’ve been stressing out this weekend about my job. I can’t go back and reverse my decision to quit, and I wouldn’t want to. But I’m wishing the timing had been different. It’s going to make things next month very tight. Also stressing about what I want to do for my next job. I definitely want to work part time so that I can spend more time getting healthy and being a most excellent house wife. Yancy’s on the same page here. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  But the question is what kind of work will I do? If I stay in eye care I’ll make more $. If I follow my dream of working in physical therapy it will be a big financial sacrifice. Which is more important, money or happiness? I’m honestly not sure how to answer that because one without the other still leaves problems. I wish I could shake a magic ball and get an answer! The decision I make in the next few weeks will weigh on my future for a long time, maybe even forever. I love adventure and trying new things, but it seems I am more hesitant the older I get. Well, I have lots to think about.

Yancy is still waiting to hear back on his official start date for the new job. But this is definitely his last week with the contract company. And he definitely won’t get a paycheck for one month. I foresee lots of chicken and veggie dinners. Maybe even some pasta… But things will work out like they always do. We still haven’t heard back on our application for the rental in Seattle. The landlord said he should get back to me tomorrow. I’d at least like to have that finalized so that I’m not wondering where we’re living WHILE wondering where I’ll be working. I don’t need more stress!

At least I got a good workout in today with the personal trainer. She’s leaving for Hawaii tomorrow with the triathlon group she’s coaching. I REALLY wish I was going too!!! Lavaman was my first triathlon and still holds very strong emotions for me, good nostalgic feelings. ๐Ÿ™‚ After my workout I went to the swim club to sit in the hot tub. We did the Big Climb yesterday (will do separate post on that) so I was feeling really tiredย  and not up for a second workout.

Surprisingly my legs are feeling fine today. Especially after a massage this evening. Here’s a picture of what I looked like after the massage, note the red line on my face (from the face pillow) and hair all crazy from the lotion.ย  :O)

Should I keep this style?

Dinner was chicken breast stuffed with asparagus, mushrooms, and pepperjack cheese, served with steamed carrots with curry seasoning. And there may have been some ice cream…. remind me not to go to the grocery store when having a shitty day.

Cherry on top

After a bit of a stressful week, things are looking up. Yancy accepted the offer at Amazon. He’s now got a permanent job with great pay and benefits! After looking at five more rentals today (this makes something like 12 that we’ve visited), we have picked a rental. We’ll put in the application tomorrow and should find out Monday or Tuesday if we got it. Apparently rentals in Seattle can be a little competitive. But with our income and clean history, I’m sure they’ll choose us.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  This place I’m hoping for is available May 1st, which is perfect for us. Plus it’s a couple hundred dollars cheaper than we’re at now (depending on how much Seattle utilities cost), but base rent is about $15o less per month. That savings, plus the motorcycles being payed off puts us in much better financial standing which is important because….. I put in my 2 weeks notice at work. Last day will be 4/5/12. I don’t have anything lined up yet, but feel pretty confident that I’ll find something quickly in Seattle. We’ve decided that I get to work part time and play house wife, as well as triathlete enthusiast for a while. Should be fun.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow morning is the BIG CLIMB! We’re excited and nervous as usual before one of our crazy events. But I think this one is going to be a lot of fun.

BTW, I have a treadmill for sale, and soon will have a Ninja 250 for sale. Any interest, please email or call me.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Educational Friday!

Today I get to attend a full day of continuing education with hundreds of other ophthalmology techs in Seattle. Could be fun and interesting. Might even run into past coworkers. After the conference Yancy is picking me up and we’re heading North to look at another duplex. It’s a long shot because of the drive, but what better way to check out the commute than to head up there in Friday evening traffic? Tomorrow we have several more places lined up to see.

Oh, and Yancy was told yesterday that they’d be offering him the job at Amazon, but he hasn’t received the official letter yet. Hopefully today!!! What a relief to know that he’s finally going to have a permanent position at a company he loves. I see brighter skies ahead.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a few food pics for youย ย  ๐Ÿ˜›



Phew, it’s been a turbulent week already! The new bed is great, but the “satin” sheets were a total fail! The blanket slides right off and my pillow keeps slipping out from under my head. At least we got a back up pair of cotton sheets which work prefect. The bed is firm, but super comfortable. I love it! But I’d probably be sleeping better if I didn’t have so much on my mind. Yancy’s interview at Amazon proper was yesterday and he should be getting the yes/no in the next day or two. We’re pretty optimistic that they’ll offer him the job, but there’s still the real possibility that he could be unemployed next month. We’re looking at rentals which isn’t really fun. And I’ve had some issues at my job… don’t want to go into it on the blog, but basically, I’m also looking for a new job. LOTS of things are changing over the next few weeks. Stress levels are HIGH. But we’re hanging in there. Yancy and I have great communication and a good support network, so we’ll pull through. Sometimes change is hard, but it can be good.

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