Monday, March 18, 2013

Introduction

Intro
Welcome to my new blog! Writing about my weight loss surgery got boring because it's been over two years now since the surgery and it's old news. I've started a new chapter in my life, and it's a big one! There's a lot of new changes about to happen within the next year and a half, which are worthy to write about.

I recently got engaged to the love of my life, Eric :) We bought a home in a (very!) small town 5 hours away from where I currently live, which is in need of several updates.

My game plan for this blog is to write about the home renovation, my wedding planning, my change from living in a city to moving to country life, and to newlywed married life. I hope you find it interesting. I love to write, and I live a few hours from home, so it's nice to keep my family and friends updated on what's been going on.

House
We closed on a 4 bedroom farmhouse on January 23rd 2013. We got it super cheap, as it was an estate. The previous owner had passed away and the family was sitting on the house for the two years since then. They practically gave it away...sweet deal for us...and we got a ton of furniture with it. We have sold a bunch of it...it's all a bunch of vintage stuff. We are keeping the dining room table, washer/dryer, stove, fridge, and freezers. We are keeping a bedroom set for the guest room. A lot of it was ugly and had been picked over already, so it got tossed. We found some neat collectibles in the house too, which we are selling. We have been able to buy construction supplies and tools with the money so far.

We started taking down wallpaper in the living room and office, but the walls were in poor condition, so Eric and his buddies tore out all the plaster walls. Currently, the living room is a disaster zone, but soon there will be drywall up and it will be a lot cleaner!

This weekend we picked up paint samples, paint supplies, and a few toys (tools) for Eric. He has a lot of work to do before I come down in two weeks to paint.

Job Situation
I applied and interviewed for my dream job, but did not get offered the position. I was completely crushed when I got the phone call that they offered it to someone else. It's pretty much my only opportunity to get a job in my field close to my new hometown. It's pretty difficult to get a job in my field, as it is very competitive. I'll either have to work in a city further away from home and commute over an hour, like to Fargo or Watertown, or I'll have to  go back to school. I think for the time being, I am going to have to take a CNA class while I'm still in D-town so I have something to fall back on. They always are in need of CNAs where I am moving to.

Currently, I am working full-time overnights as a counselor at residential treatment, and as a part-time probation officer on weekends. Soon, I will be working straight seven days a week. I could have turned the PO job down, but I need the experience. I should turn it down. I still can, but I don't want to and I shouldn't if I ever want to work as a full-time PO. I need to earn it.  Doing this temporary PO job will help me earn about an extra $800-$1000 per month which can go directly to the house and wedding funds.

I start the 7 days a week in April, and just thinking about it makes me want to puke. Right now, I am working 2 jobs, a PO one and the same overnight job, except for I go to the courthouse right after my overnight shift. It's hard to work on no sleep, and I have to go do it today...ugh, but I do love it. At least with the weekend PO job, I will get a break and will get a chance to sleep before I work.

Wedding Planning
We got engaged on March 2nd, 2013. :) He asked me after we were finished scraping wallpaper in our new home. It was perfect :) So far, we have decided on a few things: we are having the wedding in Browns Valley on July 12th, 2014 and our colors are going to be purple/silver. We want to plan for a low-cost wedding so we can spend a lot on our *hopefully* European honeymoon, so I would love to have the reception on the farm, BBQ style with a hog roast (plenty of booze!!!!!) or something. Something casual, laid-back, and fun for our guests.  It's so fun to plan and dream about what we could do to celebrate our special day. I'm very excited to begin my life with Eric. He is very special to me :)

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