Happy happy NEW YEAR!

It’s 2012. Can you believe it?

I hope you all rang in the new year and rang out the holiday season with lots of joy. While I was with the BF, which is always a good way to spend the holiday, I’m fighting of sickness–yet again–so it was a mellow evening.

Which gave me lots of time to think.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 (in no particular order):

1. Moving to Denver!!

2. Getting my job! (A blanket statement that includes all of my new friends and new experiences that have gone along with said job).

3. Moving in with the Boyfriend!

4. Finally visiting Portland, Oregon!

5. Explorations in my new city!

6. Thanksgiving in Seattle and Christmas in Bozeman.

7. Starting this BLOG!

8. Skiing more!

9. Spending a few solid months living with my parents before moving out for REALS.

10. And, surprisingly, working at the nursing home!

‘Twas a good year, my friends, and I especially loved sharing it with you!

Now for 2012…here is what I want to happen. Resolutions, you might say.

1. Get into graduate school. (Say what? Stay tuned on that front!)

2. Make my first overseas excursion with the Boyfriend in tow. Poor thing, he always gets left behind! Or, at least finally go to New England to check out their fall foliage, baby.

3. Complete my job (it’s only a one-or-two-year commitment–I love it but I’m also ready to really start my career!) and continue to learn from it, and continue to make relationships with my kiddies.

4. Really commit myself to eating right and exercising.

5. That one’s so important it needs two. I’ve signed up for a long-term yoga class and this eight-week program to get you fit. I think it’s called Insanity and I’m scared, but I need to get my butt in gear.

6. Learn to be financially responsible. I need to stop spending money on boots (I have a serious illness) and save up for stuff! Like trips. I’m jonesing.

7. Scuba dive again! I loved it–read about my first experience here and my training adventures here.

8. Cook more. In addition, make bread. I got Artisan Breads in Five Minutes a Day (!!!) and I want to make sandwich bread and bread to give away as gives and sugary breads…pretty much all of them. On that note, I also have Mastering the Art of French Cooking that I’ve barely cracked open (it’s scary!) and I want to try to cook some truly complicated stuff out of that. Like a duck.

9. Actually learn to crochet. I sound like such a housewife. And maybe learn to knit too.

10. WRITE MORE. Keep tending to this baby.

11. Worry less. LET goooooo.

There you have it. I have a good feeling about 2012, and I hope all of you do too!!!! xo.

Silence No More

Hello out there!  I’m officially breaking my radio silence with a post about my FUTURE!

That’s news.

This past week has been a whirlwind: I helped my boyfriend move down to Denver, which equaled many lo-o-o-ong hours in a U-Haul, towing his car through eastern Montana, Wyoming, and northern Colorado. All of these states are gorgeous right now thanks to copious amounts of rain (which I really am not a huge fan of, but yum, green) but Wyoming…it’s a tad endless, I’m not gonna lie.

Anyway, after fruitlessly apartment-hunting (I’ve learned that I’m a perfectionist…who knew?) for several days we hopped on a plane for Portland, the coast, a quick family visit, Seattle, and the U2 concert. Most of this was unplanned when we landed in Portland, after a layover in Phoenix (why go south??? A mystery) but it was a fun, if exhausting weekend!

Now I’m back at work, still fairly tired and wondering when I’m going to learn to take a relaxing vacation.

Well, clearly, relaxing is too boring for me, because, folks, while in Denver…I did, in fact, get a JOB!!!!!

So, starting in August, this will be my new view:

Ok…maybe not, but I can dream ;).

Spring Break for the Unemployed

Well, it’s spring break for most of my peers, and amid all their joyous relaxation, I’m realizing that this week is going to be the busiest I’ve had in awhile…ironic.

Although, my definition of “busy” has altered significantly since I became officially unemployed, but it’s still rather eventful.

This week, I have FOUR interviews (!!!), two ski dates, a St. Patrick’s Day/farewell party to throw and cook for, and our local Borders is closing so I am all over that. Also, I’m housesitting for my parents, which means babysitting our badly behaved and seriously adorable dogs, which pushes my goal of maybe-I’ll-have-children-by-now year back about five years.

(By the way, the fact that Borders is closing is the last straw: I need to leave Bozeman. Between their coffee and the books, I possibly single-handedly kept them afloat all of these years. Apparently that wasn’t enough…but, I suppose I have been absent from their aisles for some time, thanks to my limited funding, so maybe they really felt that too).

Three of the interviews are VERY promising: all with AmeriCorps, one in Denver, one in Connecticut, and one in Portland (all on the phone, unfortunately…this is when I wish I was an engineer/businesswoman/whatever kinds of careers this actually applies to, where my prospective employers would fly me to said city). The fourth one…well, maybe it would give me time to write at 4 am? Lookin’ for the bright side here…basically, it’s quite far away, the pay is terrible, and it’s the graveyard shift. The only reasons I’m going are because my mother, who works at a retirement community herself, much like this one, convinced me it could have a “great vibe” and it’s always good to practice interviewing. And oh yeah, I’m as desperate as 10-cents-a-dance.

In addition to all of these activities, I’m still attempting to work out regularly and launch my freelance writing career (which so far has produced…this blog).

All I can say is, if this week is overwhelming, how am I going to feel when I actually have a career with all of this to juggle? Or a family? (Just so you know, both of these thoughts terrify me and send me straight to Kayak to research airfares to France).

I better enjoy the good life now. Meanwhile, I’ll keep looking at those France airfares. Maybe working in a retirement community wouldn’t be so bad…could satisfy my need for some true French cuisine in Paris.