Tuesday, December 10, 2013
My start date is tentatively set for next week due to the growth of the company. BConnected is currently moving into a bigger, newer, nicer office and we are hoping I can begin before Christmas. In November, it was quite a tight fit due to the size of the workstation. Needless to say, I am very happy for the change of scenery and can't wait to see the end results. The area will lend a much needed blank canvas for inspiration and creativity.
Early next year I will also become an Account Manager, running company's social media channels. BConnected supports local businesses from barbershops to restaurants. They consider themselves as a team of thinkers and problem solvers dedicated to helping companies manage their social presence. They are proud of their upbeat culture which fosters creativity and amazing results - a perfect fit for me!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The house is finally set, Andy’s job is going great, and I’ve been interviewing like crazy. I accepted a three week customer service temporary position at Kimberly-Clark and I have received a couple offers since the move. Due to the offers not being the right fit, I decided to look into temp positions and hope the opening at KC will create a bigger opportunity for me within the company. I am still hoping to pursue my career in marketing, but looking into sales and/or customer service to broaden my experience. My goal is to have an actual job in January 2014. Fingers crossed!
As for the state of Wisconsin, Andy and I really like it here. We are residing in Neenah, a small town in Winnebago County. It is situated on the banks of Lake Winnebago and the Fox River, a really beautiful, Midwest location. According to Wikipedia, the area was first designated an industrial and agricultural mission to the Menominee Indians in 1835. It is also very well-known for Neenah Paper, a paper mill established in 1873 and Kimberly-Clark Corporation was formed here in 1872. Lots of history – I can’t wait to learn more.
Below are some photos of our new place, but don’t get too attached – If we like it here we may buy our first home and finally start a little family. (I am told the schools here are wonderful!) But if we don’t like it, I am totally prepared for new adventures in the future elsewhere. We hope to see all your faces soon and YES, we do have a guest room that is not pictured below due to a few more boxes that need to be unpacked. ;)
|Needs some TLC, but it is very cute!|
|Our very tiny bathroom!|
Sunday, October 27, 2013
salt and pepper
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
We arrived to Guerneville, a small vacation town located along the Russian River in Sonoma County and had a perfect and relaxing afternoon by the pool, took naps, and enjoyed lunch made by me. We had an easy night and went out for dinner and headed back to the house awaiting the hours until we toured a few California wineries by limo!
We returned to our rental home just in time for fish tacos (again by me!) followed by gifts and games. SO MUCH FUN. I was sad to say good-bye to all my new friends, Sunday we enjoyed one final meal together and headed back to San Francisco. We parted ways at the Bart station and departed from Oakland back to Santa Fe. I had a wonderful time with eight wonderful woman. I can't wait for the wedding festivities in just six short weeks.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
4 bone-in chicken thighs
salt and pepper to taste
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Today when I pulled in the driveway I noticed a package. I was so excited (I love getting packages!) I immediately unlocked the door, found a scissor, and opened the box. After being in my home for about five minutes my stomach dropped. It was the most unsettling feeling I've ever felt. I knew something wasn't right. I started walking through the hallway and didn't hear the dogs make any commotion, they always hear me when I come home for the day. Hmmm ...
Once entering the bedroom I noticed the window was wide open. Oh my god, I forgot to shut the window. My stomach dropped again. It's been pretty cold the past few days in Santa Fe, quite nice actually, so Andy and I have been sleeping with the window open. I totally forgot to shut it and lock it before leaving this morning. Oh my god.
I noticed the screen was popped out and my underwear drawer was on the floor. My eyes darted to my jewelry box. Gone. Top drawer to Andy's dresser? Open. Handgun? Gone. I started freaking out. I'm home alone.
I called Andy trying to keep my cool, but the moment I heard his voice I couldn't contain my frustration. I apologized over and over to him and tried telling him what happened, but the words weren't leaving my mouth. (Why do people feel the need to take things that don't belong to them?) "I'll be home in five seconds," he says.
I wait by the door. He holds me as I let out my anger. I'm more scared than anything. I'm sad, angry. I'm shaking.
He calls the police department. I notice our computers are gone too, chargers and all. I'm so upset I fall to the floor. This can't be real I think over and over. Andy hangs up the phone and holds me again. He is my rock.
A policeman arrives in less than an hour. He asks questions, takes photos, and writes notes. Luckily we had receipts for everything besides my jewelry, the items with the most meaning. My grandmother's costume jewelry - the rings she would literally wear on every finger, Andy's grandmother's birthstone his grandfather gave me as a gift a few years ago, a pair of earrings I wore for my best friend's wedding. There was more, much more in that box. Most of these items were worth nothing, but emotionally they were worth everything. We also had all the serial numbers for the other items. The cop was impressed. He said we are the forth house (in a row) that has been broken into. Heroin users needing drug money he assumed.
We were suppose to meet our friends for dinner, but clearly we had our minds on something else. Instead they brought dinner to us. It was so nice to sit around the table, laugh, and have a few beers. It took my mind off this horrible event for awhile.
As I was getting ready for bed I noticed our iPod was gone too and they took a pillowcase! (The iPod actually has our names engraved on the back. Good luck selling that for dope, losers!)
Sitting here, not being able to sleep I think how scared the dogs probably were. I think what if I was home alone? I think it could have been worse ... I have never felt this helpless in my entire life.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Andy and I haven't gone as much as we'd like the past few years, but we'd hope to change that soon. We are extremely busy this year (I swear we have something going on every single month) but have told each other we would go more often.
I posted some photos of the past trip we went on below. Enjoy!
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Tent Rocks. This place is amazing. There are meadows of rock formations that are supposedly created due to volcanic eruptions. We hiked The Canyon Trail, about three miles, an approximate 600 feet climb to the top of a mesa. Excellent views!
We also spent a day in Taos, New Mexico. We witnessed The Rio Grande Gorge and visited The Taos Pueblo. (The Taos Pueblo is a replica of my hotel, so I was especially excited about this.) After being slightly disappointed due to the cost of just walking around the ruins, I finally started enjoying all the history that this tourist attraction had to offer. This community is known for being one of the most private, secretive, and conservative pueblos and is STILL an active place of residence today.
|Rio Grande Gorge|
Having my mom in Santa Fe makes me realize how much I miss her, but at the same time it reminds me how much I've achieved in my life. It gives me joy to be able to show her around Santa Fe and new things every time she visits. I can't wait for her annual trip next year. <3
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Since I haven’t updated my blog in about a month I thought I should put together a quick post. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to blog at least once per month and I’m trying really hard to keep up on all my resolutions. (I’ve also been working out and eating healthier. I feel wonderful and will write about that soon!)
This month was actually a rough month. Andy and I found out that we have to pay back in taxes and my hours at work got cut. I’ve been trying to stay positive and keep reminding myself that it could be worse. I just have to be optimistic (maybe do some yoga) and get over this little bump in the road.
On a positive note, my mom is coming to visit in just one month for the third time and then my two best friends are coming in 12 weeks for their first Santa Fe vacation. I seriously can’t wait!
Also, in the beginning of the month I celebrated my 26th day of birth on the 2nd. Andy and I have created a wonderful group of friends and they all came out with us to wish me a very happy birthday. We went out for sushi and then walked over to a bar next door where even more people came to celebrate with me. It was a really great time and made feel so loved.
On my actual birthday it was Super Bowl Sunday, which happens every few years to me, ugh! Andy and I weren’t very interested in the game so we drove to Albuquerque for some birthday shopping. (Andy was so excited, jk!) After, we stopped by a friend's house to watch the rest of the game. It was a great birthday and a great way to start this crazy month!
|Andy bought me my favorite dessert from Whole Foods. De-li-cious!|
|Some of our Santa Fe friends during my birthday celebration. Love them!!|
|Oh!! And we dog sat a little man named Sam. Tikka was so happy to have made a new friend!!|
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Since Christmas I've kind of become a smoothie expert. I know exactly how to make the perfect blends in less then five minutes. I have also gone the extra mile and researched great ingredients to add each morning to enhance my smoothies that makes them healthier. See below.
I've shared two of my favorite smoothie recipes below. Enjoy!
Pineapple, Peach, and Banana Smoothie
Blend all ingredients together. Serve Cold.
- half cup coconut water
- half cup pineapple juice
- one cup pineapple, cubed
- one banana
- one cup frozen peaches
- one tablespoon of grated ginger
- one teaspoon of flaxseeds
- four to six cubes of ice
"Green" Berry Smoothie
Blend all ingredients together. Serve Cold.
- one to two cups of spinach
- one cup almond milk
- one cup frozen strawberries
- one cup frozen blueberries
- one cup frozen raspberries
- one banana
- four to six cubes of ice
- agave nectar, to taste
Added Healthiness. You can add all or one of the below in your morning smoothie to make it healthier. I am no doctor, but have seen a difference already. AND you can't even taste these extra components so if you are thinking these sounds gross you won't even know it is there!
Spinach has a ton of Vitamin K that contributes to a healthy nervous system and brain function. It is also great for your bones, skin, digestive system, and vision.
Ginger is used as a natural remedy. I suffer with back-pain, migraines, and heartburn (thanks dad!), it is said to help relieve those annoyances. It is also supposed to help motion sickness and menstrual cramps.
Flaxseeds are a great source of fiber and works as a natural laxative. It is also said to lower cholesterol, favorably affects immunity, and lowers blood pressure.
Enjoy and Stay Healthy!
1. Make sure to use enough liquid. Instead of using fatty dairy products I use almond milk, coconut water, or pineapple juice.
2. Frozen fruit can be pricey. Surprisingly, I've found the cheapest at Whole Foods. I also freeze fruit once it is getting older, it lasts for months.
3. Be creative, that is how I came up with the two above.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
With that said, instead of listing my resolutions - because let's be honest ... I will do great for the first few months, but will slack the rest of the year. I highlighted below my Top Ten Memories of 2012.
1. Hiking. I accomplished the hardest hike of my life, Nambe Lake. I have faced the fact that I am not the best hiker, however, I really enjoy it. Nambe Lake was a killer, but I completed it and am very proud of myself.