Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Recap

Halloween is nearly over now, and it really was nothing too special this year. In fact, we did just about nothing. I really wanted to plan a Halloween party to throw in our new house - but it's just so small in here. I'm not really sure how that would work out. Maybe I'll just aim for some sort of shin dig around New Years and see how that goes.

Last night Mark and I finally carved our cute little pumpkins. He did an awesome job and mine is totally horrible. Based on that description I'm sure you can guess which is mine and which is his in this picture:
Haha. Mine is TRYING REALLY HARD to be Harry Potter but I don't think it's working. We have them out on the porch now. Mark said he actually laughed when he got home from work today when he saw mine again. I am so unartistic, it's not even funny.

Today I worked and had lots of tables for the first time. I worked from 9-3 and then stayed a half hour to help clean up a bit and made $72! Then I had to tip out, but still. WOW. And I had less tables than some of the other girls since it was only my first day on my own for real. I can't imagine how much someone at a more expensive restaurant could make in tips, especially one with lots of alcohol. Holy cow.

In celebration of my new job, Mark and I went out to dinner at Chili's. Nothing fancy, but it was just what I wanted. I was SUPER hungry considering that I was busy at work all day and didn't get to eat anything since a Pop-Tart at 8:30 AM. That part of the job will take some getting used to. I don't like to miss meals!

So tonight the only thing left to do is watch some new zombie show on AMC (I think) tonight. I've already been watching The Munsters and The Addams Family marathons, and I watched Hocus Pocus and The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown recently too. I'm content with that for Halloween 2010 :)

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


In my distress of not having a job before I just got my last job, I went on an application spree for a good few hours last weekend and have gotten several calls back since I got my new job. I talked things over with Mark and we both figured that it might be a good idea to keep my options open and not to simply push aside these other jobs just because one finally accepted me.

So, I set up an interview today at a pizza place near my college. I don't know much about it other than I believe it is restaurant-type, maybe a cross between a Pizza Hut and California Pizza Kitchen? I'm not sure how fancy or expensive it is either. Frankly, I'm really nervous to go. I feel like I'm not going to know what to say because I technically have a job. And if they hire me on the spot, then I really don't know what I'll do because I'll have no idea which job I'll like better and which one I'll want to keep. I almost want to go in at this point with the mindset that I'm looking for a second job. I'm just not really sure how to go about it. It's making me a little anxious. Since I have a job, it's not crucial that I do awesome at this interview, but if it pays better I guess obviously I'd want to go with it. It is further away from where I live though.

Ugh! Why can't anything in life just be simple? I'm probably overthinking this. I should just relax and stop worrying. Everything will turn out how it is supposed to.

PS - I had my first few tables yesterday! 4 tables and I made $15! That's pretty nice if I do say so myself.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Finally snagged one

FINALLY after four months of job searching, applying, interviewing, and being rejected (more times than I would have liked) I finally snagged a new job! The timing could not have been more perfect as this past weekend I finally broke down mentally and just could not handle the current state of my work and finances. We were seriously about to run into some trouble paying bills, but now everything is going to be taken care of - at least I hope so! It's very nice to know that God is always looking out for me and comes to my rescue just when things are getting too much to handle.

Recently I saw a sign up at a local coney island that stated they were hiring. I was on my way to work at the time and couldn't stop, but I went in a few days later to apply. They had already hired all the people they needed (what??) but still let me fill out an application. I also had to wait a good ten minutes for them to print another one out for me, so I guess perhaps that looked good on my part.

A few days later I got a call back, which I was very surprised. As I was leaving the day I filled out the app I asked how many positions were available and they told me none. But anyways, my interview was set up for today.

It was definitely the easiest interview I'd been on yet. Even easier than the Tim Horton's job I turned down...which I'm glad I did in retrospect. It was the right thing to do. The interviewer literally asked me one question - if I had any waitressing experience. And I said no. And she said "That's alright, it's easy" Bam. Done. Okay then? I'm not complaining.

It seems that the very day I went in to fill out the application, another newly hired girl decided to quit (after I had left). If that isn't God working things out for me, I don't know what is.

So I'm hired! I start training on Wednesday. I do still work at DQ this week, so I'm trying to decide whether I should just quit or should keep working Tues/Thurs nights until I'm laid off. I don't think I plan on going back next year, so I might just go ahead and quit. I'll have to decide soon though since I'm working tomorrow!

I hope this means things will be looking up for me. Of course it isn't the most ideal job. I really would have preferred something career related, but lately I'm not even sure what career I'm leaning towards anymore. Waitressing was my second choice :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

STILL 8 more months to go.

We're just about to 8 months away from our wedding and I'm feeling really anxious about it. I'm so TIRED of waiting for it to get here, and now we still have 8 MORE MONTHS? Sigh. It feels like it is never going to get here.

Maybe I'm kind of bummed because we are getting closer to the two-year-mark of our engagement, and although I'm obviously so happy that we are engaged, I can't believe it's been TWO FULL YEARS and still we are not married. Yes, we're young - or at least I am, ha ha ha. Mark's getting old. HA HA.

...But I'm impatient. And planning a wedding for this long is enough to pull your hair out. (Although I should note that we haven't been planning for the two full years - we didn't start looking at wedding stuff until the following summer 2009...but that's long enough in my opinion too!)

The really sad thing is that we still have a ton of stuff to get done and I have zero motivation to do it. Sometimes I wonder if we'll really ever get married, or if some kind of end-of-the-world apocalypse will come swallow up the earth before I even make it to my hair appointment.

Our Save-the-Dates are going out in the mail soon though, so maybe that will make things feel more real. Hopefully I'll be able to send them out by next week or the week after. I really want them out before they get lost in the slew of Christmas Cards people still somehow give and receive even though it feels so old school what with the interwebz and whatnot. Oh well. People are sentimentalists I suppose. And who am I to talk, I'm sending out Save-the-Dates in the mail aren't I?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fun day!

Yes, it was sweetest day today, but Mark and I actually do not believe in celebrating this made up holiday (isn't Valentine's Day enough?). I won't even capitalize the day, further displaying its lack of importance to me.

However, that doesn't mean that we didn't have a FABULOUS day today! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we were up and at 'em pretty early (9:30 am...kind of early?) and headed to little brother #3's hockey game, followed that afternoon by little brother #1's football game. Little brother #2 plays soccer, but no games for him today. He did hang out with us in the stands at the football game for a while.

Because we were back in my hometown for the day, I came to the realization that we just HAD to go out to a cider mill or apple orchard of some sort and pick pumpkins. We moved about a half hour south, closer to the city, so cider mills and farms and orchards are quite a bit further away from us than they once were.

Since it was such a split second decision to head out somewhere, I didn't have my camera, but I managed to snap one picture of the pumpkin patch with my phone.
It was pretty sizable. We made some good picks that I thought were decent sized pumpkins and they only cost us $7 each! There were $10 or $14 pumpkins out there somewhere but apparently they must have weighed 20 some pounds. Good deal if I do say so myself. We also picked up some cider and donuts - heavenly! I don't often go to this particular cider mill but I am definitely adding it to my top picks. It was really crowded though. I'm sure a lot of orchards and mills were crowded considering how gorgeous the weather was.

We decided to pick up pizza for dinner and watch the movie "How to Train Your Dragon," which was very cute! I really liked it a lot. Definitely worth watching if you like cutesy kids type Pixar-ish movies.

All in all, a very fun-filled day. I'm definitely tired and think I will be going to bed early tonight! There's lots of homework to be done tomorrow that I didn't get around to today for obvious reasons :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oh and another thing

My laptop died. YES DIED. I knew it was coming soon...but I didn't expect it would be THIS soon. It all of the sudden totally stopped working last Tuesday (almost a week without it now??? how have I been surviving?) Luckily Mark knows a thing or two about what to do when such things happens and he was able to save my hard drive and get all of my documents and pictures and things off of there so at least I didn't lose anything important.

...besides the level of comfort that is achieved lounging on the couch with all the world at my fingertips...

But anyway, I'll have to survive. Mark is insisting that we should just go ahead and buy a new one right away, but it feels a bit premature to me. I don't know if I'm just still attached to my old laptop and can't let it go yet, or if I'm worried about having yet another bill to pay for (because I certainly don't have the real funds for another), or what the deal is. Maybe we'll check some out this weekend, or maybe not. It definitely is going to be a pain that I don't have it for school because this is the first semester that I've been pretty much exclusively using it to take notes, but I guess that's the way life goes sometimes.

Disappointed :(

I don't think my plans for the SELF challenge are going to work after all :( Just a few days ago Mark and I decided to go to the store and get some groceries and I figured perhaps I could go ahead and grab the ingredients I needed for the recipes.

After buying about half of the ingredients needed, plus normal everyday food, plus toiletries, our bill ended up being WAY TOO MUCH. And we even had $13 worth of bottle returns!

So now it seems that I am not able to go to the store and finish purchasing the necessary foods to follow this diet.

GAH! Plans foiled again!

Because I do have quite a few of the things I need to make the lunches though, I will try my best to post about how those are going. Otherwise, I'm stuck with eating what we can manage to afford. It really stinks being broke college students sometimes.

You know what our biggest problem is? FAST FOOD. It's horrible on our wallets AND on our health (though Mark has a super-fast-metabolism and doesn't carry and inch of fat on his bones, so I think I absorb the fat from my meal and his). I've been trying to cook more, but when schedules get hectic it's always easier to just pick something up. That has got to stop.

Lunch today?
And dinner on Saturday?

Yep. Things aren't looking good for my arteries.