Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday's Random Write-Up

1) Sorry I've been bad at blogging lately. I feel like I dont have anything exciting to say. Plus, I want to post pictures but I always forget to upload them.

2) Two days in a row I've worn clothes I got in high school. Yesterday I wore a fleece skirt (It's my "I dont feel like getting dressed today" outfit). Today I wore a sweater I got either Junior or Senior year. Its a baggy sweater but really warm and cozy. I'll probably wear it until it completely dies. I also found my khaki overalls but alas, I dont think they'll fit me.

3) My mom and dad were in town last weekend so we had family dinner. It was fun. I can't believe my parents had never been to Columbos! Its like a Bozeman institution. My dad remembered that the back half used to be a clothing store and he bought his first pair of Levi's there for like $5.50. He said the front part used to be like a deli or restaurant.

4) When they came, my mom brought me a tub of fabric. YAY! Theres some gray camo that would make a stellar hooter hider. However, I think I'm the only person that would see the irony of a camo hooter hider. Too bad I wont have a kid for several years. I might have to make it and save it. There was also a skirt that I had almost finished and some other random stuff in there. Including a letter from a friend who had moved that had just found me on Facebook the week before.

5) Were getting more and more excited to move. Weve been looking at houses and planning our visit. I applied to be on HGTV "My first home" but I doubt we'll get it. I think we're just a bit too far out of the areas. The best part would be that they decorate a room for you. I could totally go for that!!

6) Im getting really excited to go back to school. I really think I will make a great Marriage & Family Therapist. Im hoping I can mix it with some massage. I am also looking forward to working for myself and setting my own hours. I want to help people and help their marriages and help their families.

7) Its hard at work right now because my boss is interviewing replacement Kelsie's. And shes telling her work colleagues that Im moving. To these business/finance people, saying you're going to be a therapist is like telling them you're moving to the jungle to live with the monkeys. They dont quite get it. I'd appreciate a little less judgement though.

8) This weekend were taking our teen kids from church to Georgetown Lake to my family's cabin. It should be an adventure!!!

9) Luke's office is getting ready to move from 3 blocks from our house to 4 corners. Boo :( I like having him close so that I can swing by or he can swing by or he can come home for lunch. If anyone needs a house/building built, call him!!

10) Impressions Massage special: $5 off from now until 3/15. Thats only $20 per half hour or $40 per hour. New clients only, please.

11) I went to the Founder's Day at my sorority on Sunday. It was kind of fun. It was neat to meet some of the girls, especially Kara, who was my brother Mark's junior ambassador in Sander's county 4-H. She knew my mom and mark well. It was also cool to watch ritual and think about how it hasn't changed in over 100 years. All the alumni and current members have always had the exact same ritual.

12) Saturday I saw two friends from 4-H from when I was a kid. We had a blast reminiscing and talking about what everyone is up to. Sadie and I are planning a sewing date sometime soon.

I'm sure I'll have lots of stories after this weekend...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Accounting 101

All of the sudden I'm all about the number crunching. I was making a spreadsheet of my massage business activities for 2008 and I had a blast. It was very simple - column for event, column for expense, column for income. But it was fun! Im such a nerd. And I was able to see how I am losing money on this hobby of mine. And this week we started really thinking about moving and money (since we want to buy a house) so I spent all last night working on a spreadsheet of our spending. I was able to do January 09 and probably half of 2008. Definitely a chore, but kind of fun. We need more income to supplement our spending, which equals cuts - like my beloved cable tv. sigh! No more Flip this House, no more House Hunters, no more Squawk on the STreet, no more Campbell Brown, no more Little People Big World, no more Movies on Demand....sad. But alas, a girl must make sacrifices. And maybe I will be more productive in the sewing/crafting/reading/cleaning departments. But I hear of this website called hulu where you can watch tv shows on the internet. That may be my new cable replacement.

In other news, my thyroid medication has kicked in and its GREAT! I have energy, I'm not as hungry, and I feel like ME again. yay!!! I'm pretty sure Luke is glad to have me back too.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Virginia is for Lovers...and Fraziers

Big news! We're moving to Virginia this summer to go back to school. We have both been accepted to Liberty University for the Fall 09 semester. Luke has been attending Liberty U Online for a year and is working towards his Masters in Divinity. He wanted to finish his degree on campus to get a better education. I recently decided that I wanted to go back to school as well - I will be studying to get a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy. Eventually I would like to work with kids and help them to be better adjusted and more confident and to deal with their disfunctional families better. I would also like to try to incorporate massage with counseling. I think it could be really powerful since massage is sometimes indusive to emotional releases.

We're both really sad to be leaving Bozeman and our friends and family and our jobs, but were excited for the new opportunity and to go back to school. Liberty is located in Lynchburg, VA. Its one of the most popular retirement communities in the nation, and has 6 colleges and universities. The area is especially known for its rich history. General Lee surrendered the Civil War not too far from where we'll be living. And speaking of living, housing is really cheap, so were excited to BUY a house. We can buy a house for about $100,000. Thats cheaper than renting. I am excited to buy a house and be able to paint and make improvements. I've been watching a lot of HGTV to gear up for playing interior decorator. Last weekend I fixed up the "Bobcat Hotel" (the spare room my parents stay in when they come for Bobcat football games) into an office.

Were going to Virginia in April to visit the campus and look at houses. It will be nice to spend a few days just checking out where our new home will be.

More details to come...

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Caleb!

Guess what? Baby season is in full swing.

First up:


Isn't he a doll?

Auntie Kelsie is SO excited!

This was the highlight of my weekend! I can't wait to go visit!

In other news: Lupus sucks! I have been having the worst flare! Ive pretty much been confined to bed and the couch since Wednesday. Yuck. Luckily, only one knee hurts now. Its bearable since I can't take the good stuff and attempt to work. I'd be a wackjob. Plus, I can't miss any more work.