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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas comes in January

HELLO ALL!

My, my, how time does fly when you're moving into your first home and beginning a brand new job ... Let's just say it wasn't easy and it's still a work in progress. But let's catch up.

Ya'll know that I left my crappity-crap job at the newspaper for something a little less in my range of what I went to school for. Currently, I'm in the MIT (manager in training) program at Abercrombie & Fitch. Not bad. I'm certainly not miserable anymore and do not mind going to work every day. Plus.

I moved into my new home almost a month ago. (Wow, I can't believe it's already been that long.) The move went pretty smoothly and I'm trying to keep up with everything. So far ... I've been able to paint the kitchen and that's it. Pale honey from Behr is cute, I must say, and makes my kitchen look bright and warm and down-right country. Lovin' it.

I'll say this ... Owning a home is not a cake-walk. It's more like this huge, never-ending list of stuff to do. It's one project right after another. And don't expect to get everything done in a few months. No, no. This will be one big ongoing project for the next few years.

And that's OK with me. Normally, I hate tasks that are continuous with no end in sight but this is different. This is MINE. ALL MINE. And I'll make it how I want it. I never thought that purchasing wall art and paint and new furniture would get my heart pumpin'. But it really does.

I went to Rooms to Go shortly after moving in and found a gorgeous, cherry-wood master bedroom set. Fell in love and bought it. Larry, the furniture salesman, made an easy commission that day.

But I've learned a lot. My next few projects that are on my list is to figure out who the hell is supposed to pick up my garbage once a week, get my new washer and dryer hooked up, and get my backyard fenced in. (This is mainly for Barney.)

I've been a little bit of a damsel in distress, since I have so many things that I need to get done and not all the time in the world. My cousin, Annette, thankfully, lives only half an hour away, so she's been a big help in figuring out how home ownership works.


Now, don't worry. I'm not doing everything. I'm leaving a little here and there for the mister when he gets home. I've come up with a few projects for him to do when he gets home in a month or so. (He's so excited, so don't feel bad for him.)

It's exciting getting everything semi-ready for his arrival, but it's also a little saddening. First of all, I had to spend Thanksgiving without any family — a first. But I did learn how to roast a bird (chicken ... because I bought what I thought was a turkey. Turns out it wasn't.) and made a delicious Thanksgiving meal for me and my friend, Anya, who was also without family this holiday.

Christmas will also be semi-sad, as I will be alone. But I'm not that heart-broken about it. I can't really take time off from work to go home and it would just be too expensive for me right now. Instead, I will relax and enjoy my day off. I mean, I'm in charge of when I celebrate holidays from now on. So who says I have to celebrate it on Dec. 25?

Christmas is coming in January, because that's when Darrell gets home. The walls will be decked when he gets home and we will get to have our own first and special Christmas in our new home together. So while Christmas and New Years will be already over for everyone else, it'll be just beginning for us.


Until next time!