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THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES

You may see things differently, but this is how I view my life.

1/05/2006

VACATION

David and I are leaving tomorrow for a 3 day cruise to Ensanada. I just hope the weather continues to be as perfect as it was today. Mid 80's here in sunny San Diego.

My mom's spirits are up and is scheduled for her biopsy next week and they will remove the lump at that time.

Work continues to get crazier and crazier and I know that I'm going to be paying for taking Friday and Monday off. Then Tuesday I have a meeting in LA all day. So don't even talk to me on Wednesday. I'm going to have to put in some major OT!

Thanks for stopping by to check on me, since my blogging has been selfish the past few months.

12/29/2005

LIFE'S WRENCHES

Reflecting back, this year has been probably the best year of my life. Ever since meeting David, my life has gone from nowhere to fabulous. I am with the man of my dreams, someone I have all the trust, respect, and love that one could possibly have for another person. I couldn’t be more blessed or lucky to find someone like him.

My career has also taken off and I really love my job. I do feel overwhelmed at times, but I’m still learning and taking it all in stride.

Most importantly, my kids, who make me the person I am today. They keep me grounded and fill my life with love and happiness. Again, I am extremely lucky to have the kids I have. They are truly awesome little people.

Then there brings the fabulous friends and family that I have in my life. My parents have been married for 32 years and still get along (and I’m thinking better than ever now that they finally have the house to themselves and Mom has made some comments that I’d rather not have heard).

Now here’s the part where the wrench gets thrown in, just when every thing is going perfect. My mom called me a week ago and said that they found an abnormality in her breast. Which isn’t unusual, considering that she’s had several mammograms that have come up with abnormalities, but have been nothing.

Today she calls me to tell me she’s going to have to have surgery because the abnormality this time is a solid lump which may be cancerous. They need to perform a biopsy on the lump to find out if it is cancer. Needless to say, we have a history of cancer in our family, typically skin cancer and breast cancer. My Grandma, who died two years ago, had breast cancer back in 1995 and lived another eight years after she underwent radiation, kemo and a lumpectomy. I was lucky to have her in my life as long as I did. I love her very much.

So, this is life, and I just have to roll with the punches and deal with these things as they come. I am very close with my mom, and I’m trying to be optimistic, however, it’s hard to do that when I’m also a realist and know the history of my family and that these things usually turn out to be cancer.
I’m doing my best to keep my hopes up. It’s not easy. Please say a prayer for her.

12/23/2005

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISMAHANAKWANZA! MERRY WHATEVERRELIGIONYOUARE!

Off today at 11.

Gonna finish my Christmas shopping.

Gonna spend the rest of the day wrapping them.

While drinking some yummy Almond Chapaigne.

I'll be toasted and horny by the time David comes home.

Or napping.

Anyways...Here's some pics of my and the Ardenettes!

BTW... They announced yesterday that my company has been sold to GE and Trizek. The transaction should happen by the end of the first quarter. I should still have a job when all is said and done. Who knows what will happen. I'm not gonna stress over it. Things happen and I've been through this before.

Enjoy the pics!

12/19/2005

WHAT'S GOING ON?

Here’s a re-cap of what my life has been like the past couple of weeks, considering I don’t have a free moment to write an actual entry anymore.

Works continued to be crazy, as my boss is still officing at another property. So I’m totally missing out on some much needed training. I’m doing my best, but I know there are things that I should be doing that I haven’t been taught yet, and she doesn’t have the time to teach me.

FuckHead was sentenced to two year in the state pen. I was surprised he didn’t get at least five. However, according to his mom, the DA wanted to just give him 4 months in county and the judge said Hell No! and gave him two years. Which means he’ll be out in a year with good behavior.

We got 3rd place in our company’s holiday talent show. We were robbed out of second which I felt we truly deserved. But, like they say..skin to win. Belly dancers got second, and first place was a band who sand Sweet Child o Mine by Guns N Roses, and they really did a great job and rocked the house. However, I felt that since this band does the same kind of act every year, and we had original lyrics and sang and dance, we could have even possibly got first. But the thing was rigged. Third place however, put an additional $500 bucks in my pocket, plus the three hundred dollar bills that handed out at the front door of the party. $800 for a night isn’t too shabby.

12/06/2005

SOOOO BUSY

I guess the saying "You should be careful what you wish for" is true. I used to complain that I didn't have anything to do. Now I have too much to do.

Since the new PM they were going to switch with my boss got fired, and they still moved my boss over to the other properties, I've basically been running the show, with my not-even-two-months of experience.

Yesterday was the first day I've seen my boss in two weeks.

So yes, I've been quite busy.

Barely taking a lunch...just long enough to eat.

Working late.

And learning as much as I possibly can.

I really don't have time to even write this, but I figured since I got that nice message from Mallory, I'd take 5 minutes to give you all a low-down on what's been going on.

Last weekend I went to Bakersfield, where my cousin and her husband were visiting. Her husband just got back from Iraq about 2 months ago. They live in North Carolina, and came out to Cali to visit us all. We had so much fun. I love hanging out with them. Can't wait until they move closer. I've posted a few pics of Eric when he was in Iraq. We had fun bagging on him. He's an easy target, and a good sport about it.

David and the kids are doing great. David is just as awesome as always. I came home last night to a clean kitchen! Plus he cleaned the kids room, had laundry going and even vacuumed the house. Ladies, guys like this don't come around much. Luckily I snatched him up before someone else got her dirty little paws on him.

I'll try to post more when/if things slow down. Sorry I haven't even stopped by my usual blogs to catch up on what's been happening with you all. Take Care!

11/23/2005

CHANGES

There have been many good things happening here at work. For one, the PM that was coming to take over the property portfolio that I work for, got fired. I was totally NOT excited about working with her, and now I don’t have to!

A situation that happened between me and one of the girls from my dance team for the company party, turned out to work in my favor. Here’s the short version:

She was making fun of my boss and saying some very not nice things about her. I love my boss and think she is the best boss I’ve ever had. I love her management style and how diplomatic she is, plus we get along great! Anyways, that girl was being just down right mean.

Friday, I was running late leaving the office, and I stopped to use the restroom before heading out. As I was leaving the restroom and heading for the elevators, I saw my boss just enter back into the office. She takes the train, and she’d left a good 30 minutes before I did. So I thought she probably missed the train. I went back and offered her a ride. (We live in the same condo-complex). She happily accepted.

On the ride home, we were talking about the situation with her getting switched with the other PM, and she was wondering if the girls from my dance group had said anything about it. I told her that all of them had only negative things to say about her. Then my boss hinted to see if anything was said about her.

Now this is where the conversation got a little sticky for me. Because for one… there were bad things said about her, but on a more personal level. Two, I HATE lying! I’m a horrible liar. I then told her that the conversation was mainly focused on the other PM, and she was barely mentioned.

Saturday morning, I’m taking a bath, relaxing, and thinking about our conversation, wondering if she could tell that I lied. I stumbled my words, and I’m sure I turned instantly pale. I thought that if she thought I lied to her, then she would wonder who’s side I was on, and not trust me. So I called her as soon as I got out of the bath.

I left her a message and she called me back within 20 minutes. I explained to her that I hate lying and how horrible I am at it, and that I wasn’t completely honest with her because I felt as though she was hinting around to find out if a certain someone from our group had said anything negative about her, and they had. I didn’t want to be the “pot stirrer” or the cause of any drama, however, I felt that she could tell I was lying, and it was important to me for her to know where my loyalties lye. I also told her that I didn’t want to tell her what was said, because it was unimportant, but it showed me what kind of person the shit talker is, and that I know to keep my distance from her.

My boss was so happy that I told her all of this and how thrilled she is that I felt that I could come to her, and more importantly, not fall into that trap and keep above that. She was also very impressed that I could recognize what kind of person the shit talker is.

Apparently they have a long history. The Shit Talker is still an Assistant Property Manager after 5 years. Usually APM’s get promoted within 2 to 3 years. But because of her negative attitude, office gossip, and temper, she’s been held back, even though she knows her job extremely well, and is very good at it and is totally ready in that sense to become a PM.

Monday morning, my boss called me into her office and expressed to me that what I did, showed her that I have the judgment and character to be a PM, and that she is going to recommend me to be the PM of a property that they would start a new PM at. The position is currently available, however I was informed to not get my hopes up, because I am so new, there is a good chance I may not get it, but she has put the word out to the “powers that be” and has given me her complete support.

My boss called the girl and confronted her about what happened, and let her know that this is exactly why she is where she is still. I’m sure the call took the Shit Talker by surprise. She later called my boss back and apologized and said she was totally out of line and it won’t ever happen again.

I was worried that it would affect our group and they wouldn’t want me to be a part of it anymore. But I got an IM from her apologizing to me, and telling me that she wants to make sure I still want to continue with the group. Of course I do….There’s 2 G’s on the line! Lord knows I’ve got credit card bills to pay, and let’s not forget about Christmas!

I went to practice last night, and the Shit Talker was more than sweet to me. She was almost kissing my ass. Seriously. I got stuck talking to her for 45 minutes about her nightmare kitchen remodeling, but not once did she mention anything about the situation, and I wasn’t going to bring it up unless she did. So everything is good!

I get to leave at noon today, off tomorrow (of course), and was supposed to be off on Friday, however, we have a new tenant moving in, and they scheduled the walk-through for Friday. I didn’t have to come in for it, but was given the approval to come in if I wanted. It was left up to me, and since I’m on a roll, I thought I’d definitely score some extra brownie points coming in for that. (And it turns out, that I did).

We’re spending Turkey Day at my parent’s house and David’s family is coming over to meet them for the first time. So that’s a little nerve racking. My sister and I will be cooking all the sides, my Mom bought a pre-cooked Turkey and got a Spiral Cut Ham, in which we just need to heat. Not only will David’s family be there, but my Grandpa and Cousin are also coming. 17 people total. I’m excited, and will be drinking lots of wine.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

11/18/2005

WHERE'S AUNT FLOW?

I’ve been hearing more and more horrible things about the new PM that’s going to be coming in on Monday, which makes me even less excited about the change. Which means I’m going to have to cover my ass as much as possible and log everything that happens. Luckily I know that I have people within my company who I can talk to in confidence, that give good advise and guidance.

Aunt Flow still hasn’t come to visit and I’m now 8 days late. The “test” was negative, so I’m wondering if the stress between the changes of my job and the fact that I’m late is causing the delay of Aunt Flow. I’m not AS worried about it, since testing negative, however, if I don’t start in another 5 days, I’m testing again.

In other news…….. I was asked several weeks ago to be part of a song and dance act with some of the other girls from my company. We will be performing at our company Christmas party, and competing for the grand prize of $2,000 each. Yes, that’s right, each of us 5 girls have a chance of winning 2 g’s a piece. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome if you ask me.

We’ve had 3 rehearsals and have the song memorized and all of the dance moves down. We just need some rehearsals to polish the act so that it just comes naturally without even thinking that hard about it. I say we’ve made some great progress for just having 3 rehearsals and we’re gonna win this thing! I suggested last night that we do our act in a karaoke bar in front of a crowd, that way we know how we’ll perform in front of an audience, and have drinks too! Of course they loved the idea and we set the date for the Friday before the Christmas Party.

My weekend plans consist of hanging out with the kids and cleaning the house. Real exciting, I know. Hopefully there will be some drinking with the neighbor’s tonight or tomorrow night. I definitely plan on drinking some wine when I get home tonight. I haven’t had one glass all week. See, I told David I’m not an alcoholic! (He likes to joke around like that if I just have one glass of wine during the week, because he doesn’t drink on weekdays).

Have a great weekend!