Saturday, January 27, 2007

MySpace - Update 1/27/07

Wow, I've been crazy busy lately! At work, we've been moving equipment into my office so they've had to cut power, have me move my things, etc. But change is good, and soon it will be organized chaos. Another fun thing, I had the opportunity to put together a video that will be played next week at our National Sales Meeting on the bus rides. It is an 8 minute video about our little department and what we do (and why they should be selling it). It was really nice to stretch my creative legs with this and to get to experiment more with what Sony Vegas can do. I am really proud of my little video and am excited about possibly pursuing something similar as a career path down the line. Now I'm at work this weekend (yay for overtime, though) making the VHS tapes for the bus and also getting caught up on my own work which fell by the wayside while we were moving and doing this video for the meeting.

In other news, Tigger had his first vet appointment yesterday and he gets 2 gold stars!! The worst part of it for him was having his temperature taken, but he was very good with getting blood drawn for the FIV/FeLV tests (both negative - yay!), getting his rabies vaccination, and having the doc put some ointment in his eye. [[Thursday when I got home he wouldn't open his eye for me so I asked the doc at his appointment on Friday and even though it looked better she said it might be a viral infection so gave me some ointment for his eye that should relieve any pain and swelling.]]

I felt bad even though he was such a trooper, so I went and got him a bag of new toys which he is wearing himself out on. His favorites are the little mice that rattle when you shake them. He hides them everywhere and just plays with them for 2 hours straight, it's hilarious! I've taken some video of him doing it, will post it up here soon.

Well, that's really all for now. Winter has returned (ugh), I miss Justin, and I can't wait to see him Feb 17th!! Hope all is well with you! Leave me comments or messages and let me know what's up!

<3 A

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

MySpace - Update 1/24/07

First, I have a new kitten named Tigger!

He is almost 9 months old, an orange/white tabby domestic shorthair. I got him on January 20th at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society. His given name was Tiger, but the staff kept calling him Tigger and when we got home I found out about his "in your face" personality and bouncing habit and decided that he really is a Tigger.

We've had some differences due to his kitten-ness and my lack of recent kitten interaction.. I have to stop what I'm doing sometimes and just play with him for 10 minutes until he can calm down again. He was waking me up every three hours attacking my ponytail or head-butting my forehead, so I've decided that he can have the run of the rest of the house at night and I can sleep in peace. (Although apparently he prefers sleeping right outside my door to guard me - I think Justin must have had a talk with him.) The newest thing, he decided that my books just really didn't need to be on the shelf last night and knocked half of them off to make a nice spot for himself to sniff around. We'll see about this one, I've put the books back and now I know to keep an eye on them.

He also picked up begging for my food really fast and I'm trying to be firm on teaching him that he can have a treat when I'm done eating. It helps to be in that mindset after raising a parrot for almost two years, I am especially conscious of how I have to be consistent with my actions so that he trains faster and better. Thankfully he has only had one puking accident (on my bed - eew) but he's fighting with roundworms so it's understandable.

Overall, his mellow personality is very comforting and he's just a little love bug! And a very brave boy too, upon his homecoming he wasn't afraid of my apartment at all - just sniffed around and found all of the hiding places and then fell asleep.


The second piece of news - I finally heard from my friend Angie who I used to freelance for when I worked (and after I was let go) for Aveda! It was SO good to hear from her again, I had missed her a lot and was glad when she asked if we should have cocktails on Monday. We went out and over drinks talked about what had happened over the year and briefly about some new jobs that she had for me. She even thinks that most of it can still be done after I move to Missouri this summer, so that's really good news. I've already gotten my first two projects from her that I will start working on tonight, so I'm very excited for the additional distraction and income! (I told Tigger that he has to let me work because it pays for his catnip toys so he mostly understands. Mostly.)

So that's the news for now, it's nice to have another sentient being around the house so that it's not just eerily quiet or me talking to myself.

Hope all is well with you!

Monday, January 8, 2007

MySpace - Update 1/8/07

So you heard about my New Years weekend.. now for the rest of the week. I'm starting to think that maybe every Friday or Monday I should post about the previous week. We'll see how that goes..

Justin was still here (YAY), so I worked Tuesday and Wednesday and then took off Thursday and Friday to move more and unpack and just spend time with my new fiance. It was really nice to cook again!! I made hamburger helper, spaghetti and macaroni and cheese and it felt like our little home.. it is making me look forward to July when I'll be moving down to Missouri and we'll be together every day!! Also I got cable hooked up!! Internet to follow shortly...

Saturday we headed to St. Cloud to hang out with Caroline & Marlo, we hung out at Marlo's for a little while then went and saw 'Freedom Writers' which wasn't a movie I'd go see, but it was good. (More Caroline's kind of movie). We went out and had a few drinks, initiated Justin in with a Hairy Buffalo at MC's and then went back to Marlo's to sober up, stopped at Wally World for chocolate goodies (Caroline NEEDED cookies and cream ice cream.. with extra cookies!!) and then went back home, ate our goodies and went to bed.

Sunday morning when I finally figured out Caroline was awake again around 10 am we got ready and went out to breakfast at Perkins. Yum yum! Justin's throat was hurting really bad so I got to order for him!! Fun because I got it right so I didn't get pinched. We said our goodbyes and headed back home last night for his last night here. We finished watching the Harry Potter movies (which he liked - Yay!), had dinner, and went to bed after lots of snuggle time.

I did NOT want to get up this morning because I knew that he would be leaving. I'm still trying not to cry.. it's really hard to be apart now but I know I'll get through it with all of the unpacking, planning, and re-packing I'll have to do in the next 6 months. It was a hard goodbye again and then into work where I was immediately swamped with things to do because I had taken a 4-day weekend. It's kept my mind busy, thankfully - and he called me about an hour and a half ago to let me know where he was. I already miss him terribly and just thinking about going home to my empty apartment makes my heart ache. Thank goodness he won't read this until he's home and too tired to drive back!

So all-in-all, 2007 is off to a wonderful start. I got to spend a load of quality time with my favorite person and he got to meet my best friend. I know that this won't be the high point in my year, so I look forward to all that the year has in store for me. I hope that you all have had a good start too, and if not - brush it off and let's get this happy year rolling!

Love to all,

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

MySpace - Update 1/2/07

Happy New Year!

My New Year's weekend started out on Saturday morning, loading as much as I could into my little Vue from Carrie's house and moving it to my new house in South St. Paul. I made two trips and got all of the boxes I had packed and stashed in the hallway, all of my bathroom stuff and a little more. Then I headed out to have lunch with Caroline, Scott & Scott's friend Nate. Right before the food came (I was starving!!) my aunt/uncle/grandma called to say congratulations and ask about Justin. I answered all of their questions and they let me go fill my tummy. Around 4 Justin arrived at my new apartment and after hugs and kisses I put him to work! We went and picked up my U-Haul truck and headed to the old apartment. We got my king size bed, desk, bookshelves, and other misc. furniture along with some dishes and silverware. I drove it (aiyee!) the 10 miles to my new place and we unloaded, set up the bed and zonked out.

Sunday we unpacked, moved more stuff from Carrie's and veged. We were going to head up to St. Cloud to see Caroline but by the time she & we were ready to leave town the weather had taken a turn for the worst and we were having a snowstorm. She called us from the road and said there were lots of cars in the ditch, a few accidents, and top speed was about 40 mph. (EEW!) So we stayed home, I unpacked some more, and we went to bed early.

Yesterday we had a 'Good Morning!' 'Happy New Year!' war upon waking up and I decided that we should go get the televisions from the old apartment. So I got ready and we went. It was easier than I expected!! I grabbed some things we didn't feel like taking on Saturday because moving the big stuff was so tiring and only an hour and a half later I was hooking up my dvd player in the bedroom and we were popping in a movie! (no couch in the living room so movies are more fun laying in bed). We went and had a huge breakfast, unpacked, watched movies and had a lazy day (finally!!).

I am working today and tomorrow, but have taken Thursday and Friday off to hopefully finish most of the unpacking and spend some quality time with my fiance before he has to go back home and work far too much. My cable is being installed tomorrow morning and I hope to have internet soon after!

That's about it for now, I'll get some pictures taken of my new place and put them up when I can. Thanks to my friends and family (old and new) for your love and support during this time, it has made all of the difference!