Wow. I am too lazy to go back through and look, but I think this might officially be the longest hiatus I’ve taken from blogging! Is there anyone still out there?
Don’t feel bad or neglected (even though you’ve surely been very neglected!), I have taken hiatus’ from many things over the last few months – including, at times, my sanity! ;)
So, gosh, where to begin? Luckily I have my trusty iphone photos to remind me what all I’ve done since my last update. At least the things significant enough to warrant a picture. But first, the generalized update:
Things are going very well for Brad and I. Well, let me rephrase: We’re both broke, but we’re happy. It’s extremely hard living apart, but we’re both happy. Brad started school in August, and he’s been pouring his heart and soul into it. Right now I think he’s maintaining an A average in all his classes, which is amazing! He’s taking a full load of 18 hours, and I think there are some days where he wonders what the heck he’s gotten himself into, but I can tell that he’s determined, and feels blessed to have been given this chance to return to school.
We also made it to our 11 years anniversary without killing each other, so high-five! :P
I am still loving working for Nexstar. I’m finding my place in our little eMedia team a little more each week, and I feel very blessed to be working in a place where I’m not only enjoying what I do, but I look forward to the (hour long) drive each day to hang out with my co-workers, who each make working here very fun and interesting.
(Heh, while reading over that last sentence, I realize that that sounds like one giant suck-up…so if any of my co-workers stumble upon this blog, consider yourselves all sufficiently sucked-up to. ;) )
I’m still staying with my brother, who is gracious beyond belief to let me stay rent-free while Brad and I continue our attempts to sell the house…which is seeming more and more impossible. Last weekend on my last visit to Abilene, there were no less than 8 houses on my street alone for sale. I do not know how this is going to play out for us, but until Brad graduates he has a nice enormous house all to himself.
On the baby-making front, nothing much new to report. We’re still trying, though 150 miles sometimes makes that arrangement a bit…interesting. :/ But, we’re still trying, maybe not as fervently because well let’s be frank, we can’t really afford a baby. But I’d rather keep trying since it seems like it’s gonna take a few thousand years before any humans spring forth from my womb. On that same note, I made it through my year anniversary of getting preggo with a minimum of tears last Sunday (If you’re new and confused, you can get depressed here). Don’t take my sarcasm seriously, by the way, it’s simply a mechanism that I use to deal – as long-time readers of my blog should know by now. I’m resigned to the fact that yes, someday we will be parents in some way shape or form. All I can do is be patient, and I think I’m finally mature enough to accept that graciously. Well, most of the time. ;)
So! Now that we’re good and updated, let me take you on an additional walk through what has been happening in our little world over the last 3 months with photos.
First off, just in case you think I’m a liar, here is Brad’s acceptance letter back to ACU that we received back in July.
This next one was too adorable not to put in. When Brad first moved back to Abilene, he took Titus with him. Well, it soon became apparent that I’d have to take him back, once we saw that Brad’s schedule pretty much has him at ACU from 8am to 11pm everyday with his class and work schedule. This is a pic that Brad sent me of Titus, who was a little too happy to be back in our big bed back in Abilene.
I don't want to go back to Fort Worth!
Next is one of my new obsessions. I’ve always kinda enjoyed sushi, but it wasn’t until my boss took us out to a very awesome sushi restaurant that I truly began to love it! Before, I always kind of stuck to a bit of the blander variety, and my co-workers had me try all sorts of varieties that day that made me truly appreciate it’s awesomeness. Much to Brad and my brother’s annoyance, I try to grab sushi now whenever possible. This plate was taken at a place near Jeff’s house, that while good does not hold a candle to the other one!
Next up are some photos I took while on a trip to Utica, New York! I was sent there for work to help our station there with a project that I helped on development here at the corporate office. I was very nervous before going, it was my first trip out of state (and WAY out of state!) that I had taken by myself! I had a blast, and met some great people at our station there.
Random photo taken while driving through all the little towns to get to Utica from the airport
Our station in Utica
The view from my hotel window
The flight home
I was only in Utica for about 2 days, so it ended up being a whirlwind trip. But just like the trip to Beaumont that I took, I had a blast and really enjoyed seeing another station.
This next photo is from the Jack Johnson concert in August that Brad and I went to. I had bought him tickets for his birthday.
I like Jack Johnson!
I volunteered to help out at our GM conference this year in August as well.
What's a conference without a giant check? :)
I got to spend a couple of days working in Abilene a few weeks back, and sat through one of Brad’s classes. He tried to not be caught on camera but I was too quick!
"I better not find this photo on Facebook or your blog"
(Sorry dear, you’re too cute of a bookworm not to share! ;) )
Since I am a fair and balance fur-mom, I have to put a picture of my other babies on here. This is usually how I find them every night.
"We better not find this on Facebook or your blog"
So, these next two photos have to do with my other not-so-new obsession. Those of you awesome people out there know that there was a new Halo game released, right!? It’s just the ONLY video game I play. So of course I dragged my dear brother to the store for the midnight release. Brad was in Abilene at midnight that same night to pick up his copy. ;)
Unfortunately most people who go to midnight releases look like this...and still haven't discovered the wonders of deodorant.
But I held my breath and got my Halo on!
Most nights since it’s release have found me online playing with Brad, Jeff, and even co-workers. Well, just one co-worker, but I’m sure the rest secretly want to play too. ;)
A few weeks ago I got to hang out with my sister-in-law and our awesome nephew Cooper. He is doing OK, he’s set to have a bone marrow transplant in November, and we’re hoping that this might bring an end to his long journey he’s had this last year with chemo, radiation, and it seems a million other things. A few days later, Brad was in town and got to go to the Museum of Science and History with Cooper as well.
Brad and Cooper found a giant light brite!
I love this picture. My hubby the photographer!
I find it a strange and totally awesome coincidence that this year Brad and I started following the Rangers and baseball in general…and look at what has happened! That being said, Brad and I made it to one more game this year right before the playoffs. We had received free tickets for filling out some survey or something. They ended up losing that night with players out on injury (and probably saving their strength for the playoffs), but we still had fun!
In other interesting dining experiences, I tried an Indian restaurant for the first time ever. I went with the only other girls who work on my hall (3 of us total!), and had a great time. They both helped steer me clear of anything too spicy, since I’m a wimp.
Why do I take pictures of my food??
So, that brings us up to today. This last picture is my office, I’m all geared up for Halloween. You’ll notice the lovely “Creepy” sign – which Christi bought for me. Anyone who hangs out with me for any length of time will know that Creepy is one of my staple adjectives of choice. I have no idea why! But when she and I got to hang out in Michael’s last week, we both saw this and just started cracking up. I think I might have to leave it up year round. ;)
There you have it my friends. That’s been my life for the last 3 months. I’m doing surprisingly well with living “on my own” apart from Brad. Thank God for technology, with texting, chatting, and kicking each other’s butt on Halo while talking on xbox live, it’s been a LOT more bearable. That and being around family and making great friends here work. :)
That being said, I sure hope this next year goes by fast and I can have my own little family back together again!
That’s all for now, if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading, and hopefully it won’t be another 3 months before my next update! ;)