opportunities

For the past couple of months, I have been slowly getting into a routine and finding a new normal since starting my new job. I’m still trying to adjust to not working with Josh every day. I’m still trying to adjust to working out at a new gym at 7 am instead of 5 pm, for only one hour a few days a week instead of 2-3 hours six days a week. I’m still trying to adjust to working later hours than I have for the past five years (aka less quality time at home). Some days I feel completely content and happy about the changes. Some days I just plain struggle and want to give up. I know that these “issues” don’t really seem that big in the grand scheme of things, but they were all things that had become a comfort to me, things that were just a part of my life in such an easy way. Through it all, I keep reminding myself that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. All these changes are changing me and making me better. This job is going to be a huge opportunity for me to grow not only career-wise, but also as a person. I was given this opportunity to learn new equipment, techniques, and software. To actually make a difference in someone’s life. To learn patience when waiting in the terrible after-work traffic. To get to work with a group of people that are hard workers and genuinely care about making our world a healthier, better place. In the end, this is going to be a great stepping stone for whatever is next on my journey and a major blessing for my personal growth. Life sure happens, right?

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Enough with all the serious stuff, check out this awesome bibimbap we made this past weekend!

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If you like Korean food at all, I highly recommend purchasing the Half Baked Harvest cookbook and giving her recipes a try asap! Besides marinating the beef for a few hours and chopping all the veggies, all the elements came together rather quickly and easily. And the end result was so worth it. Every bite was different and delicious. I mean who doesn’t love bites made up of marinated steak, sweet potato, kimchi, quinoa, fried egg, avocado, and fresh herbs??

And of course I have to share a picture of our rotten pup…Rocko has started this new thing at Josh’s grandparents where he carries his water bowl into the living room when he thinks he needs more (side note: he was given water probably not more than 15 minutes prior)! It’s a good thing he’s cute!

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i feel home

Wednesday morning was an early morning, even for us. We got up, packed the car, and were on the road by 5 am to head home. Sea Pines has a rule that after 10 pm all outdoor lights need to be turned off so the sea turtles aren’t disturbed. It was sooo dark driving through Sea Pines to leave, there was not a light to be seen. We passed only one other car in Sea Pines and only 5-10 on the main road out of Hilton Head. No one up and about at 5 am, vacation spot for sure! We drove for a few hours before we started getting hungry for breakfast. It’s kind of a rule of ours that you have to eat at new/local/regional restaurants (we gave my youngest brother crap all week because he kept choosing to eat at Taco Bell *facepalm*), so we stopped at Bojangles. I sure wish there was a Bojangles around here, it was so yummy. Josh and I both got the Cajun filet biscuit with bo-tato rounds. The chicken was juicy and the biscuit was full of buttery goodness.   

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For several more hours, we trekked along. The weather was gorgeous, mid 70s and sunny the whole time, and there wasn’t much traffic at all. We had an awesome playlist to sing along to and get us through the looooonnngggg drive home. The Monster Energy drinks might have helped too. I’m not usually into drinking energy drinks, but these were fat free and I could not make it the whole drive without some energy. Somewhere in Kentucky (I don’t remember exactly where, I mean we did drive 12.5 hours that day), we started getting hungry for lunch. Sonny’s BBQ was our choice- I got the Sweet Carolina sandwich (pulled pork with coleslaw and Carolina BBQ sauce on a bun) and Josh ordered the pulled pork with broccoli, coleslaw, and cornbread.

After lunch, I was bound and determined to get home in time to pick Rocko up from K9 Campers where he was being boarded. We only stopped once more for a quick drink and snack and booked it to Seymour. We got to K9 Campers right before closing time, hooray! I was so excited to see our little monster. When we got home, he didn’t move from our bed all night even through all our unpacking and moving around- Campers sure tuckered him out.

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After all the mundane “coming home from vacation” tasks, we settled down to watch “Shameless” on Netflix. Have you seen this show?! If you haven’t, stop everything you’re doing and watch it. right. now. The show is based in Chicago and follows around a family of six kids, their very crazy, alcoholic father, and all the shenanigans they find themselves in. The show is jam-packed with the most outrageous, inappropriate scenarios (definitely NOT kid friendly) you can’t even imagine. We’re super far behind (somehow we missed this show coming out in 2011), but we already watched the first season in a week. #guiltypleasure

For some reason, we (ok, it was all me) thought it would be a great idea to buy tickets to the Train concert at Klipsch for Thursday night. Drive 12.5 hours home from Hilton Head on Wednesday- check. Work from 6 am to 2:45 pm on Thursday- check. Drive up to Indy for a concert that didn’t start until 7 pm and didn’t end until 11 pm meaning a 1 am sleep time- check. For those of you that don’t know, our normal bedtime is between 9 and 9:30…We sure were wild and crazy staying up until 1 am! But it was worth every minute. It was pretty convenient that on the way to Klipsch we had to drive past Handel’s Ice Cream. You all know how much I love me some Handel’s. We played one of my favorite games of “Do you want ice cream?” “If you want ice cream, I could probably eat some ice cream” and what do you know- minutes later we were pulling up to Handel’s! I had the most yummy Caramel Pretzel Crunch (caramel ice cream with chocolate covered pretzels) and Josh had the Banana Cream Pie (banana ice cream with cream swirls and chunks of buttery pie crust).

We got to Klipsch a little early, so we had to wait in line behind the lawn until they opened the gate. The opener was Natasha Bedingfield. She was full of energy and a great opening act. Next to perform  was O.A.R. which is one of my favorite bands of all time! I’ve seen them in concert at least 4 times and they’re amazing every time. I couldn’t stop myself from dancing and singing along to every song. Most especially when they closed with “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker”! And then it was time for Train. I’ve seen them in concert one other time and absolutely loved them. This concert was no different- they do an awesome job of mixing in their older stuff with their newer songs and I danced and sang along to everything they played. I was very much hoping they would play my favorite song, “Drops of Jupiter” and to my delight it was the encore! The late night and being extra tired at work on Friday was completely worth it to me just for that.    

PS I had to pick up my parents’ and brother/sister-in-law’s dogs on Saturday from boarding- seriously how adorable are these sweet pups?!

And meet my newest puppy friend, Wicket! He was the best little snuggler ever!

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