2012 Mid-Year Review

It’s June 2012, how are you hanging in there? For me, well I’m hanging in there but it’s been a crazy year so far.  Our family dynamic is so different, not only having a blended family (who doesn’t now days), but my husband travels out of the country and is gone for sometimes months at a time, my oldest Brett, who is 17 lives with his Dad in another state, and when my husband is out of town, his boys often go stay at their Mom’s house.  So Brittney, my 14 year old and I are often home alone….um with our rabid Pit Bull and 3 Rottweilers. Oh and I have a shotgun, 9mm and yes I know how to use them. 🙂

Anyways…..

Brittney was home/online schooled this semester since we were suppose to be moving back to Texas but were not sure when. She and I have spent a lot of time in Texas this year but came back in April when our beloved dog Bevo became sick with liver cancer.  We had to put him to sleep April 27 but luckily my husband was able to just make it home in time.

Our oldest, Kaleb turned 18 in May and graduated a few days later. Just last week I drove him up to Provo, UT for summer classes at BYU…yeah! We are so proud!

The last couple months I have been on a serious job hunt. Although I love consulting and would like to continue doing it, I would really like the opportunity to work for a large company or agency running the social media department.  Ideally I would like to find something in Texas of course or in Florida. I know, everyone thinks I’m crazy for wanting to move to Florida but I would be in heaven!

My youngest, Brittney will be 15 this weekend so we may take a trip over to Vegas and hang out by one of the many awesome pools.

At the end of June, I will be meeting up with some high school friends to go tubing on the Guadalupe River in Texas! I can not tell you how excited I am for this trip!

Well that about sums it up from January to June…kinda. We’ve got lots of catching up to do!

The View

I moved from Texas to St. George, UT about 18 months ago kicking and screaming the whole way ( close, but not really) and it took me a very long time to get over the move.  Actually, I’m not completely over it yet. You see, I was born and raised in Texas.  Arlington, TX to be exact, which is a suburb of Dallas/Ft. Worth.  I never thought I would live anywhere but Texas. Ever.  Then I met my wonderful husband who convinced me to move to one of his favorite places as he had lived in St. George about 10 years before I met him.  I didn’t know one single person for the first time in my entire life.  I didn’t know where Walmart was.  I didn’t know where the other mall was (oh that’s right, there wasn’t another mall), and I couldn’t find any grass or trees to save my life. I was living on Mars, where everything was red rocks and red dirt.  Football was not important here and I couldn’t find a BBQ or TexMex restaurant that I was so desperately jonesing for.  You could say I was a bit homesick and not happy.

So what is a Texas girl to do?  I networked.  I found a few networking meetings in town and started going, made a few acquaintances which led to a job building from scratch the new Washington City Chamber of Commerce.  Working for the chamber was great because I was able to connect with so many people in town and many acquaintances evolved into friendships.  Although I am no longer with the chamber, I am grateful for the doors it opened for me.

In my 18 months in Utah, I have made 2 very dear friends that I visit with almost on a daily basis.  The funny thing is, you would never think we would have much in common.  One friend is in her very early 20’s, single, from Vegas and no kids and the other friend is a married empty nester, from California who is retired.  I myself am 36, and married with teenagers.  3 best friends, all from different parts of the country, in 3 different levels of life.  So what could we possible have to talk about every day?  Life, what else?  We always end up talking about relationships (past and present), friendships (past and present), business, and our day-to-day happenings. We all have an interesting take on life and advise each other daily from our own perspectives. I absolutely love these women!  They keep me grounded and keep me from being homesick 24-7.

Today we decided we needed a fourth to complete “The View”.  We were thinking about a divorced recent empty nester who is back in the dating scene, mid 40’s…maybe from Utah. You know who you are 😉

What Is Valentine’s Day Anyways?

So it’s Valentine’s Day.  Here is where all the guys say “oh crap.”, all the single girls say “who cares anyways”, and many businesses say “cha-ching!”.  I’m married and actually couldn’t care less about Valentine’s, however…it is nice to receive flowers and go out for dinner.  I am more of a believer in “take me out and buy me roses because you want to, not because you feel you have to”.  My husband is sweet and non-traditional romantic guy and absolutely despises going to restaurants on weekend nights unless it’s after 8pm and I don’t blame him.  I on the other hand, would rather you spend $50 on a steak dinner, than roses.

So I’m on Facebook one day (of course) about a month ago and saw a contest on the Love Locks facebook page.  They wanted to know what your love story was and you could win a dinner for two.  I thought “Why not?” and told them how my husband and I met and fell in love and yadda yadda yadda.  Well, we won!  We get to have a candle light dinner for two at the Lovescape, music, goodie basket, and of course a Love Lock of our own.  I was so excited because I love Love Locks and what a great gift for my husband from me…no restaurant waiting!

So what does Valentine’s Day mean to you?  For me it’s just another day because my hubby and I still act like honeymooners anyways, but again, it is always nice to have a little extra special something once in a while, right?  I like to reflect on our relationship and what is it about him that made me fall in love with him to begin with.  So if it takes one day out of the year to make us all reflect on that, I say GO VALENTINE’S DAY!

My husband Glenn and me