Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leaky Apartments and Puppy Withdrawals: Thinking Out Loud #58

Happy Thursday! This week has been flying by and I'm totally ok with that because I am more than ready for the weekend. I got switched to reporting nightside this week and while I still love my job, I am not a night person. I've also been dealing with a mini apartment crisis, so it's made for a long week. The end is in sight though and it's supposed to be a beautiful weekend so I look forward to spending some time outside soaking up some vitamin D😎 Anyway, let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud.

1. Being a reporter is a ton of fun, but it's also a ton of work. Most people don't realize how much work goes into producing a newscast, finding stories, putting stories together, keeping the website update, etc. I mainly focus on finding stories, interviewing, and putting stories together. I lover that everyday is something different with my job and I'm never stuck in the office all day. I have never been a sit still person and reporting allows me to get out of the office, into the community, and share stories that matter. It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun too. My dad always told me to choose a career that I loved so I would never work a day in my life.

2. Another bonus of being a reporter is getting to dress up everyday. I love getting to pick out something cute to wear everyday and while some days I do feel like just bumming it once I get ready and get dressed I feel much better. A good outfit can change an entire attitude👌 It's also a good excuse to have a lot of clothes since I can't wear the same thing to work everyday. My boyfriend says I have too many clothes, but really it's mostly work clothes and gym clothes and I don't think you can ever have too many of either. 

3. Getting out into the community to share stories is a lot of fun because I get to see a lot of really cool buildings. Earlier this week I was at a meeting in downtown Lincoln and got to go into this building with these amazing light fixtures. I was fascinated by them and I'd kind of like to steal one for my apartment😬

4. Speaking of my apartment some tears were shed this past weekend. I came home late from work Friday night utterly exhausted from a not so great day (thank you technical difficulties) to find it raining IN my apartment. It's supposed to rain outside not inside. It was almost 9PM so I called emergency maintenance and then had to wait around for them to show up over an hour later. The guy said there wasn't anything he could do and he would have to wait for the main maintenance people to take a look during the week. So it rained in my apartment all weekend and then my clothes got locked in the washing machine Saturday morning as the washing machine broke down. I flat out ugly cried at that point. I was exhausted and nothing was going right. Thankfully the washing machine was fixed, my clothes were ok, but I still have a leaking ceiling because the drywall has to dry out before the maintenance people will fix anything and it's been raining all week😑 thankfully, friends drove across town on Saturday to take me to get froyo. They've known me less than a month, but dropped their Saturday plans to surprise me and cheer me up. I was blown away and so incredibly thankful.

5. On a brighter note, my parents have been keeping me updated on Cora. I Facetimed with her over the weekend, yes I'm THAT dog mom. While she was a royal pain in the butt I miss having her around. She never failed to make me laugh, I got endless puppy kisses and she was genuinely the happiest and nuttiest dog. My next door neighbor has a german shepard so I've been playing with and petting him and he even came over for a visit on Saturday to give me some much needed puppy kisses.

6. This quote has been in my mind for the past few weeks, especially in light of the massacre in Las Vegas. One of my favorite parts about reporting is I get to interact with so many amazing people from all walks of life. I will never understand how someone can have so much hate inside them that they'd want to harm another person, or a whole group of people. Step outside your comfort zone, travel, interact with people normally you wouldn't and I promise you your life will be richer because of it. Some of the best friends I have are people who come from very different backgrounds than myself and guess what? It doesn't matter. Where we come from doesn't bind us together, the friendship we have does. Open your mind to the people and places around you and watch how much will be added to your life. Love is so much stronger than hate. 

Have a terrific Thursday and a great weekend🎉🎉🎉

What are your plans for the weekend?
What is your dream job and why?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Job and Dog Stalking: Thinking Out Loud #57

Happy Thursday and happy October! It does not feel like fall in Nebraska seeing as it's still in the upper 70's and low 80's. I'm ok with summer holding on a little longer though because I know winter is right around the corner. This week has been hectic with officially starting my new job and I'm looking forward to getting in the swing of things to establish a new routine. I'm a creature of habit and routines just help me function better, have I mentioned that I'm really an old lady at heart👵 Anyway, let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud.

1. There's a dog in the house that backs up my buildings parking lot and he's simply the sweetest dog. He knows how to get attention because he just sits at the fence and wags his tail. Being the crazy dog lady that I am I couldn't resist petting him and he just eats up the attention. He wags his tail so hard his entire body moves, but it kills me because when I walk away this is the face he always gives me. I wish I could steal him and take him home with me, but I don't think the homeowners would be too happy with that. My boyfriend also reminded me that I can't just take peoples dogs no matter how cute they are😬

2. My apartment is FINALLY coming together. I unpacked the last moving box and it felt amazing! I still have some things I need to organize, but it feels like a home without boxes everywhere. I got some requests to show what my apartment looks like and where I purchased different items from. I took a quick picture of part of my living room and tagged the companies I purchased everything from. Everything was reasonably priced and I shopped a lot of sales because I love getting a good deal.

3. One of my newest indulgences is taking bubble baths. Maybe it's because I have my own bathtub now, but regardless it's so relaxing! One of my best friends sent me the sweetest package with some self care items and one of them was bubble bath. I've done it almost every night for a few minutes. For me it's a good way to relax and unwind from the day.

4. On another positive note my thumb is healing🙌 It finally closed up over the weekend and I have a scab, but I'm just thrilled it's closed. I'm so thankful for the doctors at urgent care who took good care of me. Needless to say I've been avoiding sharp kitchen knives since slicing myself. 

5. I'm officially a resident of Nebraska🎉 I just have to wait for my new license to arrive and then it will be really official, but I now have Nebraska license plates. I was sad to switch out my Michigan plates, but I'll always be a Michigan girl at heart.

6. I decided to splurge on myself and treat myself to Mexican from a place I tried when I came and visited back in August. It's called Chevy's and if you're ever in Nebraska I highly recommend it. I hear they have fantastic margaritas, but I haven't tried one yet so I can't confirm that yet.Their fajitas are AMAZING and they make the best homemade salsa😋

7. This quote has been my mantra this week as I started my new job. It's scary to start something totally new, in a new state far away from all my family and friends, but I love knowing I have a heavenly family cheering me on. Never give up because you have a father who never gives up on you and is always cheering you on.

Have a terrific Thursday and a fantastic weekend everyone🎉🎉🎉

Do you have a quote that brings you comfort when you start a new phase of life or need to tackle a new challenge?

What is one way you like to indulge in self care?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Nebraska Life: Thinking Out Loud #56

Happy Thursday! It's my first official thinking out loud from Nebraska and I am very excited. My family, and even myself to a small extent, thought I'd have a difficult time adjusting to Nebraska life but honestly I love it out here so far. People are so friendly, the town is set up in a grid which makes everything easier to find, and it's actually really pretty out here. Granted, I've only been out here a week so far so I'm hoping my opinion won't change. Ask me in the spring once I've lived through a winter out here and we'll see if my opinion has changed😉 Anyway, let's jump into this weeks thinking out loud.

1. The first thing I noticed when I moved in was that there was a TON of butterflies. There are butterflies in Michigan, but they are everywhere here. It's so cool to see them flying around all the time. When I was walking into the hardware store this guy was relaxing on a flower so of course I had to take a picture. 

2. One of the fun parts about moving is stocking up my fridge. I stopped at a Fresh Thyme in town to load up on some pantry staples like spices, safflower oil and then some produce. I've been eating crazy amounts of fruits and veggies recently. Moving is hard work and my appetite has been insatiable! 

3. I finally unpacked the coffee cup my best friend gave me as part of my birthday present. Even though I don't drink coffee I use it for just about everything else. Plus, how can I not want to use it when it's this cute?! Thank you Kate😘

4. One of the parts I have not enjoyed about moving is all the furniture assembly. I'm proud that I assembled everything myself, but after assembling two end tables, coffee table, TV stand, desk, bed, and various other things I don't want to assemble anything again for a long time. Let alone the desk didn't come with parts labeled and the directions didn't have any words. That was a fun time trying to assemble it...not.

5. Decorating has been the part I've enjoyed the most. To me it's the fun part about moving, plus it allows me to make the space my own. I love having pictures of my friends and family around me and finding fun wall art to display. I found this picture at HomeGoods and laughed right away. I definitely say I've never seen a llama-corn or even heard of one before🙆

6. On the not so fun side of things I had my first trip to urgent care in Nebraska. I was cutting a peach when the knife slipped and sliced my thumb open. Blood started spraying everywhere so I quickly wrapped it in paper towel and held it above my heart hoping to slow the bleeding. I'm normally pretty good with blood, but there was so much blood I started to feel like I was going to pass out. After more than 40 minutes of it not slowing down I finally dragged myself to urgent care. Thankfully they took me back right away since I was still bleeding. The doctor didn't want to give me stitches because it's at such a tender spot, plus it's a really high risk of infection there so I got it glued instead. Everyone there was so nice and I'm thankful they took such good care of me. Needless to say, I will not be using knives again anytime soon.

7. Per usual I had to end with a quote. While I am loving my new life in NE I definitely miss living on the lake and am craving a trip to the ocean. Hopefully within the next year I'll be able to make it back to the ocean🤞 standing by the ocean really does make me feel so small and all my problems insignificant. I'm always filled with such a sense of peace when I'm by the ocean🌊

Have a terrific Thursday and a great weekend everyone🎉🎉🎉

If you've moved, what's been your favorite part about starting over?

Where is one place that you always feel at peace?