Thursday, June 28, 2007

My New Job
As some of you may know, I have had some difficulties with this whole stay-at-home mom thing. For some reason, I have had a very hard time with being at home all of the time. I thought that motherhood would be an all-incompasing thing that would take up all of my time and bring me great joy. I had envisions of being a modern-day June Cleaver, spending my days baking cookies and caseroles and attending to evey need my husband had. Well- it seems that caseroles and cooking don't take as much of the day as I thought they would. I have found myself getting overwhelmingly BORED and in need of more stimulating conversation than, "What does the duck say? Where is my nose? Do we have some a Little Miss Poopy Pants here?" Emma is great- but while she can't talk back to me yet, I have found myself getting lonely and depressed. Apparently all those years of holding a job and attending school and just basically being stressed beyond all reason was more addicting than I thought. Well, after dealing with this for over a year, I finally decided to talk to Ross about me trying to find a part-time job. He was favorable of this as long as we could find family members to watch Emma. It just so happens that the day after Ross and I had this discussion, my best friend Carrie called to tell me that she was quitting her morning recpetionist job because she was moving up to a job in the accounting department of the company. My family all said that they would help to watch Emma, and I was in a new job. It has been so nice for me. I really feel like I am contributing to the household both monetarily, and attitudinally (is that a word?). I am also getting some real adult interaction. It is just long enough for me to feel fulfilled in some of those areas, and for me to actually miss Emma. I am very grateful for the way everything opened up for me-- it is almost as if someone is watching and aware of me, and ready to help when I need it!
The Big Move
Back in March, Ross made the decision to find a new job, and we decided to go ahead and re-locate to Utah. It took him a couple of Months, a few trips to Utah, and a handfull of interviews for him to find a job he was happy with. He now works with the Brent Brown Auto Group selling cars for the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge lot. So. . . if any of you are in need of a new car, I know a great guy over at Brent Brown who can get you a good deal! Anyway, here is how that particualr week from you-know-where went down. We were staying at my grandparents house, and Ross had been going to about 3 interviews a day for a week. Finally, on a Tuesday he got the job at Brent Brown- but they said he had to start on Friday. So, for the rest of Tuesday we went apartment hunting, and found one that was in our price range. Then we drove up to Rexburg and got there around midnight. Ross helped to put Emma down to bed while I began packing everything up. The next morning Ross went and got a moving van, and we spent the ENTIRE day loading it all up. All of our home teachers and Elder's Quorum leaders just happened to be out of town, so it was up to us. Fortunately there was a very sweet lady with a few kids who was willing to entertain Emma outside while we slaved ourselves away. The next day we were up bright and early, and drove down to Utah where we got Ross's brother Joe to come and help us unload. I really don't think we could have done it without him. The next morning Ross was up again with aches and pains all over from moving everything that we own twice in two days- and he started his new job.
OK- I know- I never update this thing. Unfortunately, now the only place where I have internet access is work. That means that while I have ample time to write in between taking calls and making cookies and all those other receptionist type things- I have no way to down-load pictures to the site. I was under the impression that posts without pictures were boring and pretty much unwanted by most of my adoring blogspot visitors. I decided to wait until I had a chance to get internet access at home to update, thinking that Ross would be miserable without high-speed internet access. I was wrong. Apparently the only thing more important to Ross than high-speed internet is free cable access. Let me explain. When we moved into our new apartment, we were told that we would have to provide all of those special amenities that we had grown so accustomed to in Idaho- cable, internet, gym access, newspaper, etc. Imagine our surprise when we hooked up our TV and found that we do in fact have cable. We have yet to receive any bills- and are basking in the glory that is free cable. Ross is afraid to get cable internet (which is the only kind fast enough for him to pay for) because he doesn't want them to find out that we are not paying for this service. This means that the posts from now on will be primarily text based. Maybe later I will add pictures to enhance the posts- I am sure they will need it.