Love Love Love

I love my wife, my kiddo, our dog, and most of all...MY LIFE! I couldn't ask for anything more than what I already have. I get to spend time with those that love me, while doing the things that I love!!!



SO...the last time I stayed at home for the summer I told Lorelli (who was 2 at the tiem) that ONE of us was not going to make it to her 3rd birthday. :0) This time is much better. She is much better behaved. I am much less stressed. I am so much happier. And she is a bit bigger and understands the rules, even if she doesn't always pay attention to them.

We have gone into town a couple times - window shopping - the park - the library - swimming at some local falls with Mommy. We have been having a lot of fun.

She has been doing well adjusting to all the new changes. She has new rules. And a routine. And new authority figures. And new surroundings. It's a lot for anyone...yet less a four year old who was away from her mother for three weeks prior to all the new changes.

I love it here. I really do. I am so happy. I have not ever been this happy before. I feel all giddy and excited and calm and lvoed and warm - allll at the same time!!!!



At Long Last

We are here. In Ithaca. It is amazing. The temperatures are beautiful. I think it got up to 90 degrees yesterday, but it was not a sweltering ohmigosh I think I am going to die kind of heat. It was just a bit hot, need to run the air and have something cool to drink. No big deal. The mornings has, thus far, been crisp and cool. I am loving it.

Jennifer came in on Monday and we were busy from the time that we picked her up until we went to bed that evening. There was no time for lollygagging or playing or visiting. None at all, really. I picked here up at 2:15. We got home around 3:30 or 4. We loaded my bed and the heavy stuff from the apartment into the moving truck. Then we went to the storage unit (in the pouring rain, I might add) and wrapped all that stuff in shrink wrap and blankets so it would not get damaged during the move and the subsequent storing of items in the basement. After all that was done we headed back to the apartment to finish loading boxes and misc stuff into the truck. Then there was cleaning and picking up to do and then showering and just...SO. MUCH. TO. DO.

Tuesday was the drive (And also my birthday). And it was a long one. We had planned on leaving at 3 that morning, but since there had been so much to do the previous day we didn't get to sleep until after midnight and driving 15+ hours on 2.5 hours of sleep...we just did not think that would be possible. So we did it on 3.5 hours of sleep. We finally got on the road on our way north at about 4:30. The drive was not really bad. Lorelli did INDEED {as she had said she would} switch cars EVERY SINGLE TIME that we stopped. Which was totally fine. It gave us someone to chat with while we were driving. Whether it made the trip longer or shorter with her in the car, I am not quite sure. :) We made it through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and the midpoint of Lexington, VA (where we met the first time) by 1 in the afternoon. That was super fast. The rest of the day was a little bit slower. Getting through VA took a while. Then we zipped through West VA and Maryland...and THEN PENNSYLVANIA!! OMG That sgtate took forever. I swear I think we drove throughy that state for 73 hours. Perhaps that is a BIT of an exaggeration, but not by much. And the GOS had us go through some bass-ackwards small county highway through the backwoods or something. BUT!!! We finally made it into New York around 9:30 and to our new HOME around 10:20. SO...all in all a 15 hour drive took us about 18 hours. I think, with a 4 year old and two mommies with small bladders, that that is not too bad!!

OK - I will fill you in on the rest in a while - I have things to do other than sit online all day. Sorry. :)



The waiting is coming to an end

FINALLY!! I am in my last week here in Atlanta. I will soon be making my way to New York. To begin the rest of my life. YAY!!!!

And also...Lorelli will be coming home soon. FINALLY!!! My kiddo has been in Mexico with her daddy. They left here Monday night, June 21st. THREE. LONG. WEEKS. I have never been separated from her for three weeks. I have been apart from her for two weeks. But never three. It is weird. And lonely. I am not very good at the alone thing. I have lived alone before and it was ok, but I knew I was living alone. And my apartment was much smaller. And my best friend lived across the hall. But now? Now I am used to the noise of a four year old. And her dad. And the tv. And the radio. And just noise. There is nothing going on in my apartment right now. I have packed pretty much everything so there is not really anything extra to do or look at or figure out. I have tv, dvds, music, my computer, my phone. But I am LONELY. They should be back on Saturday, though. And I am {hopefully} having people over on Saturday for my birthday/farewell get together.

I am no good at change. I am good AT the actual change. It is dealing with the differences. It is very hard for me to explain. I am sooo excited about the move. And my new life with Jennifer. I think that you all know that. But, for some reason, my emotions get all wonky whenever any BIG change in my life happens. I am excited and anxious and nervous and happy. Its all rather confusing in my head. And it kinda makes me crazy. And its so difficult to explain. I am not anxious about the events that are changing....moreso the FACT that ANY events are changing. Does that make sense??? is my next to last day of work. And I am halfway through it. They are having a pig lunch celebration for me tomorrow for my birthday and my send off. The owner's wife sent out a beautiful and loving and doting email saying all kinds of nice things about me. Kind of gave me tears. I copied it here :
Come to lunch FRIDAY, 12pm (location to be announced) We are going to be celebrating Charisse's birthday AND "sadly" her last day at Square 1 Art!
We were hoping to celebrate on Thursday but there are just too many workmen and noise commitments to deal with that would interrupt the day. I believe Thursday, they cut through the concrete walls.
Some employees do not have email so please spread the word to your employees. Charisse is moving to Utica, NY (actually it's Ithaca - but whatever) with her daughter. We thank her for her dedication and always helpful attitude during her employment with us. She's been a real asset to our company and especially our finance department. We will miss her. We thank her for being our human resource contact prior to Cheryl too. This was no easy task and I don't think I've ever seen Charisse without a smile! THANK YOU CHARISSE!"

I have not yet spoken to the owner about the horribleness of not getting paid my bonus this season. It is a very difficult thing for me to confront people. It wouldn't be such a big deal if I still worked for a big company. But this is a small company. I feel like we are family. And confrontation is a difficult thing for me when it comes to people I am close to. UGH!!!

My birthday is Tuesday. And Jennifer will be here Monday. And we are leaving Tuesday. I can't even tell you how giddy I am.