Tuesday, April 10, 2012


It's been a while since my last post, so I have a lot to catch up on.

On March 14th I gave my notice at Kohl's.  I accepted a new job at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac.  I was at Kohl's for over 5 years and have made some wonderful friends.  I miss seeing them every day! But with my new job, I will gain 2.5 hours a day.  No more one hour commute each way!  I'm so excited to just drive down the street...literally.  4 stop lights, 2 turns.

So with that, I've had some time off.  I start my new job on Monday.  I was originally trying to get my sinus surgery done while I had the time off.  That was a no go.  I just got the letter yesterday saying it was approved after our appeal.  A little too late.  Oh well.  I'll have to suffer through allergy season once again and wait until I can get the surgery done possibly this fall.

With my time off, I've been able to tackle my to do list that's pretty big.  I'm almost done!  It's so nice being able to go shopping, run errands, exercise, hang out with friends and family and most important of all, spend quality time with Olivia.

Last weekend was Guenther's going away party in Milwaukee.  Started the day out at the Zoo and then headed to Mo's for a night of fun.  It was so great to see everyone and spend time talking. No kids!  I was lucky to have my cousin and her family watch Olivia so I could go.  We took a lot of great pictures.  They are living in London now...too far away if you ask me.  We will miss them.  But we will also have an AWESOME place to visit!!
Mike and Jessi

Last week was my birthday.  For some reason, I kept forgetting it was coming up.  I was confused one day when I got some cards in the mail.  Wow, how weird that I would get mail??  Oh, yeah...it's my birthday.  37 is probably one of the most stupid numbers out there.  I hate it.  It's boring.  No milestone. No Patrick here to help me celebrate.  Just another day.

My day ended up being pretty good.  Started the day at Starbucks for my free coffee.  Then Olivia and I headed over to get the car washed at Jet Stream during their deal of the day.  We were going to meet my parents for lunch at Gilles and had some time to spare.  So we went across the street to St. Vincent  De Paul's.  It's a brand new store and actually pretty nice.  Didn't find anything there.  Oh wait, we did.  I have a new admirer.  A local thug I would say.  He started talking to me and I wasn't paying attention really.  I was staring at his gold teeth, pants at his ankles and huge dreads.  He repeated to me, "How are you?" Me, "I'm fine, you?" Him, "Well I am wonderful now that I saw a fine looking lady today."  I smiled and walked away.  I looked in the mirror near by.  I hadn't showered yet.  Jeans, t-shirt, Brewer hat, no make up.  Huh.  Maybe this is how you pick up guys.   So we left and then headed over to Gilles for lunch.  Yum!  While we were there, I saw my admirer board the local bus system and he was out of sight....

My family kept asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I would have been fine just sitting at home watching TV.  But that didn't work.  So we all (parents, Mike, Shauna, kids and the Blessings) went to Buffalo Wild Wings.  It had been a while since I've been there, so I was excited!!  We had a blast!  I also got some great gifts. A bracelet, ring, gift certificate for a mani/pedi and a massage.  I also got a decoration that reads "Just Breathe". When I get a picture, I will post.  From Mike and Shauna, I got a very cool gift. Nothing I had seen before.  It was a book made of Patrick's 3 blog posts.  Very cool.  I always go back online and read them when I'm having a bad day.  Now I can just grab the book!  Thanks again everyone for a great day!

Me at dinner with cake and beer

My birthday hat
Olivia and I 

Uncle Shawn and O snuggling

Auntie Christine, O and Payton

Easter Sunday was really nice, too.  We braved going to church.  Olivia did pretty well.  It's just a long time to sit for a toddler.  Then I went with my parents to Green Acres for lunch.  It was awesome!  It was also nice because I had a bloody mary with my meal:)  Then we just had a relaxing day at home.  Perfect!
Easter basket-play dough, bubbles, markers and a new movie

Pissed that I made her take a picture on the stairs

O and I

I got another invite for a wedding.  It's for our dear friends in June.  I'm so excited for it. It's a weekend up in Door County.  I know it will be just beautiful!!  I'm so excited for them.  Weddings are getting easier for me to go to.  Still very hard, but not as hard.  Hard part is being by myself.  I know I have all of my friends there, but no date or Patrick.  Some day I guess.

I'll leave you with some recent pictures of Olivia. 
On the swing at the Park

Tastefully  having her snack

Loving her new glasses

Pig tails!

First fat lip

St. Patrick's day

First time going down the slide.