Monday, October 12, 2015

Life throwing curve balls......Time for endings and beginnings.

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated my blog. With the curve ball I was thrown late last week, I've decided to dust off this blog and begin again. It's a time for new beginnings, new adventures are on the horizon. It's also a time for endings. Before anyone get's too worried, the curve ball is not life or death, not even health related, but life does have a way of making you pause for a few minutes to take stock. In light of that fact, I'm dusting off my blog and documenting my journey, hopefully this will also help me rediscover my creative path, which has been missing for most of 2015, so here goes.

It has most definitely been a year of changes, the best news of all is that I became a great aunt in February. Synnovea (Snowy) was born to my niece Teresa on Feb 10th. 
Isn't she adorable......

Here she is at 7.5 months

She's growing up so fast. Soon she will be running around getting into all kinds of trouble.

I've also been reconnecting with old friends. In February, I caught up with one of my closest friends, Heather, it had been several years since we had seen each other, Getting together for breakfast and lots of catching up was so wonderful, hopefully, we will be able to get together again soon. Colorado isn't that far away.....

In March, my twin (from another mother and 3 years younger) was in Vegas for a conference. We were able to spend an afternoon and evening together. After, 33 years, we still were sisters, and will continue to keep in touch.

In May, I spent the weekend in San Diego, at Scrapbook Expo, and catching up with family. My aunt was visiting her daughter-in-law and grand-daughter for the week, so I got to see them for dinner.

Stephanie, Jaime, Lucy and I at BJ's. I also had the chance to meet up with an old friend from college, we spent several hours talking and having a couple of glasses of wine. Since then we've met up again in Las Vegas for my birthday, and spent many enjoyable hours on the phone. I'm enjoying having a new-old friend back in my life.

In the next few weeks I'm hoping to catch up with an old friend from high school, when he's in town for a conference, it's been several years since we've seen each other. The last time was at one of our reunions. I'm looking forward to spending time with him and his girlfriend.

All of these meetings have been great and none were expected, so I am grateful for the chance to get together with everyone. These are all new beginnings. I love spending time with everyone.

In September, I moved into my own apartment again. I enjoyed living at Pat's and she is a great fun, but I'm not a very good roommate, I've spent too many years on my own, and had a hard time adjusting to having someone around all of the time. I also didn't have a lot of space, which most likely has contributed to my lack of creativity for the past year. I now have a nice, new 2 bedroom place and have been busy setting up housekeeping. Next task, cleaning out the guest room, so I can set up my creative space, and maybe have some house guests.

Now for the endings......Late last week, work threw me a curve ball. In the midst of all of the re-organization going on at IGT, there we layoffs, and while I've been able to avoid the ax for the past 7 years of layoffs, this time I wasn't so lucky. November 6th will be my last official day at IGT, while I'm a bit sad and scared, I'm also somewhat excited about finding a new career. Keep your fingers crossed, that I find something that's a good fit for my skillset.

I guess that's all for now. I will be updating the blog with my job hunt results as well as working on finding my creativity mojo.

Thanks and keep dreaming.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Beginning Again...2015

So, it seems like a very long time since I've posted - and it has been over a year, so much has been going on. After moving back to Vegas, in December of 2013, it has taken me almost a year to get back into the swing of things. It's been a long time since I've had a roommate, and it is taking me a bit of time to get used to shared space. One of the hardest things is that I've lost my crafty area, so much of my stuff is still in storage (yes, even a year later). Slowly, it is making it's way from the storage units to the house, but I get frustrated at times when I can't find something that I know I have. This year I will be making more of an effort to be organized so I can find things a bit more easily.

The first project for the new year actually started a couple of days ago and hopefully will finish up by the weekend. First let me preface, since I moved in with a friend, it is taking a lot of organization to bring two full households together - First step, the garage ..... Not sure I want to show a before picture, but here goes 

Some it mine, some is hers, and it's all a mess. My goal this week has been to clean out boxes, donate, throw and organize the rest. As of today we are about 2/3rds done. I will finish up tomorrow with the goal of getting my freezer out of storage in the next couple of weeks. The garage has lots of built in storage which helps as well. Once the freezer is out of storage, I will be able to consolidate all of my things into 2 storage units instead of 3, I have an organizational plan, and it will help me save money as well. Once I've got things straightened out, and the garbage out to the curb, I will post the after picture.

This year, I was able to make some trips to different areas of the country, that I don't normally get to visit and a trip home to Minnesota (you can take the girl out of MN but you can't take MN out of the girl). 

The first big trip of the year was to a rainy Minnesota for my Grandma's funeral. While it was for a sad occasion, it was very nice to see many cousins that I hadn't seen in years (many for over 20 years).

This is a family picture, with all of the Trembley, Holmes and Malone aunts, uncles and cousins in attendance. The family in this picture came from Michigan, South Dakota, Maryland, California, Minnesota and Nevada (me). 

In June, I got the chance to visit my cousins in San Diego, when I made the trip to Scrapbook Expo to take some classes. While my cousin Kyle Malone the Navy Pilot, was out on his ship, I got to visit with his wife Jaime, her mom Pam, and Jaime and Kyle's daughter Lucy.

Unfortunately, during this trip, I broke my camera, but was able to get a picture of Lucy and myself, thanks to Jaime. 

My next adventure was a cross-country drive from Vegas to Clintonville, WI to help one of my best friends move back home. Driving a UHaul cross-country, never thought I'd be doing that again. But we made it - 3 days and 1600 miles, road construction and all. I got her there and moved into her new home without too many problems, at least until I attempted to get home from Appleton, between severe thunderstorms and a cancelled flight, I finally make it back 24 hours later than I was supposed to. 

Cindy's cute new home in Clintonville, WI.

Cindy and I 

Camp Scrapbook Paradise took place in October this year up in Portola, CA. Much fun was had by all and creativity was all around. 

Peaceful from the outside

The craziness within

The deer come very close

The whole crew

A card kit complete

Thanksgiving cards

Christmas Cards

My last trip of the year was to Alexandria and Marksville, Louisiana for Thanksgiving to visit another friend who recently moved there. While I had been to Louisiana on a couple of occasions, I'd never been to the Marksville area. It's very pretty and I got a chance to see a bit more of the state.

Angel, Tony, myself, Deb and Charles - Thanksgiving 2014

White Tiger at the Alexandria Zoo - Alexandria, LA

Christmas Tree - Natchitoches, LA

Nick - the horse for our carriage tour - Natchitoches, LA

Christmas Lights Festival - Natchitoches, LA

Like I said, it was an eventful year. My goal for 2015 is to keep this blog up-to-date, as I'm sure there will be a lot going on as usual. Starting with next weekends trip to CHA in Anaheim. 

Until the next time ------ Dream Big.