Taking on 2013 and hoping to revitalize my life

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Unexpected Surprises

What a great holiday this has been. (I’m not counting the blow-outs with my teen as those are temporary and eventually we will outgrow them… hopefully before I run away from home.) But the rest of the holiday has been grand.Tree

The few days leading up to Christmas were a rush of last-minute organizing, shopping, crafting and wrapping but it was all worth it. We even had some family photos done on the 23rd and although I expected none of them to turn out we actually ended up with a couple of really nice ones.

Christmas eve included chilli for 4 (with my kids and ex) and then off to an inter-denominational church service. By the time we got home there was time to open one Christmas present each, track Santa’s progress and get jammies on before hopping into bed and dreaming of sugar plums (OK, probably not sugar plums, more like Monster High dolls and a new cell phone).

Christmas morning began at a leisurely 6:50am with my ex knocking on the door. The kids were already awake but waiting patiently in their rooms for their father to arrive. Then began the flurry of unwrapping, laughter, happy children, games, turkey and movies. All in all, everyone had a fantastic day and I didn’t even mind having my ex in my house for 10 hours.

On Boxing Day we packed up the car and headed out to visit family for a few days. My sister always hosts the whole crew and it started out with 10 people then up to 13 who needed beds for the night. There are always loads of games, food and drinks to go with the newly added abundance of teenage hormones and attitudes. In spite of the latter, a good time was had by all and it ended much too quickly as per usual.

We got home last night to a lot more snow in the yard, luckily I had my ex call a plow so the only shovelling was the deck and walkway. Once inside, I rushed like a madwoman to get ready for my date with Sven. Dinner was a little later than expected but we had a nice time.

We had planned to see each other before Christmas but those plans got cancelled so I took his present to him last night. My kids thought it was a lame gift but he had mentioned wanting a cast iron frying pan so that was what I bought him. At least I knew he would like it.

I actually bought it expecting that I wouldn’t get anything in return. I just didn’t think that Sven would think to get me anything. I was wrong. He bought me a lovely pair of earrings with a matching pendant. I was so surprised at his thoughtful gift. Did I mention I didn’t expect him to get me anything? We didn’t discuss exchanging presents, I got him the frying pan because I wanted to. I guess he got me earrings because he wanted to. For all of the complaining that I do about Sven, this is definitely a +1 for him. We even have plans to get together this weekend even though he doesn’t like to make plans. Hopefully no one will have to cancel.

And tonight is New Year’s Eve. I thought I would be spending it by myself ┬ábut a dear friend of mine has invited me over. I’m not sure who I will know there but I have accepted the lovely invite as one of my final ways to put myself out there in 2013.

I’ve Regained my Employee Status

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Desk (Photo credit: koneude)

It was a little surreal being back in the land of paid employment today after being off work for a year, but I lived to tell about it so I’m pretty sure I’ll go back tomorrow.

Everyone at work seems really nice. The CEO is seriously one of the nicest CEOs I’ve ever met. She is uber-friendly and makes me feel at home.

I got the office policies manual today. I work with a small group but you can tell that it is government-funded based on the size of the policy manual. That sucker was pretty big for a group of 15 people.

I found out today that the office closes for 2 weeks at Christmas. 2 weeks paid at Christmastime and it does not affect our vacation. I wanted to do a little dance right there.

I went to my first meeting today. It wasn’t a meeting that I needed to attend, but it was great to sit in on it as it gave me a better idea of what some of the people in my office do. I feel like I will piece together the puzzle that is my new job sooner than later so that’s a good thing.

I got several congratulatory messages this morning, all of them cheering me on for my first day of work. Both of my sisters (of course) and a couple of friends. I was super pumped to know that I have folks who care about my success. Surprisingly I did not hear from Sven. Or perhaps he did send me a message on his broken texting app and I just never got it. I’m guessing it was option A. I don’t know what happened with Sven, but things have just petered out. No one has called anything off but isn’t it weird that I have not heard from him on my first day at my new job?

Anyway, I’m not letting him spoil my fun. I had a great first day and I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow. I do miss my couch and my yoga pants a bit but I’m sure the pay check will help me get over that quickly.

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