Sunday, April 17, 2011

The only thing constant in life is change....and really good friends.

The only thing constant in life is change which there has been much of lately. We’ve started to settle into the new place. Beginning the process of putting everything away and trying to make some sort of sense out of this chaos. I am not sure about our neighbors, apparently one of them already put in a noise complaint about us. Wednesday night, when we were finishing up moving in around 9:30 at night, we were apparently too loud outside when we were talking with Paul and Jessica. Which, for a reasonable person was not loud AND was not during the apartments rules for quiet hours. I have to say though that the quietness of this complex does unnerve me a little bit. There are some children that can be found playing and the periodic neighbor walking or playing with their dog but it’s so quiet that I am afraid if I make any noise of any kind it’s going to seem ten times louder than it really is. I suppose it will just take some getting used to.

The move itself was brutal and I have to say that it nearly killed us. Without the help of my dad, Paul and Jessica we probably wouldn’t have made it. So very glad that is over.

This weekend is all about fun, letting Ryan actually celebrate his birthday. So I guess you could say the weekend started on Thursday, with a fantastic dinner at Chris N’ Pits. Given the fattening nature of their entire menu that restaurant is a special treat. It was great being able to laugh and enjoy a good meal with friends. Yesterday was fair; Ryan, Angel, Mario and I braved the record temperature heat…and were beaten. It had to be at least 80 in the shade yesterday. It finally got to a point where it sounded better to be at Angel’s air conditioned apartment eating pizza and watching movies; which we fell asleep to. Shows what a good day at fair it was. It was a good laid back day.

Today it is the Orange County Pet Expo, we’re volunteering with the Southern California Herpetological association and I will be covering it for my column. I’ve heard that it is a mad house of people wanting to hold and take pictures with the reptiles. It’ll be my first educational volunteering experience. We’ll see how it goes, especially since in a few weeks we’ll be volunteering at a pediatric children’s benefit.

After all of this I am going to start studying again for the CLA test. I pushed the test back to May because not only was I loosing 2 weeks of studying from the move but apparently, I have to send in my own transcripts to NALA (I thought they were going to be requesting them). Given that nothing worth having in life is easy, due to internet issues, I wouldn’t be able to take the test when I want to (over the stretch of two Saturdays).

Well it’s time to get ready to head off to the expo.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wow, what a week...and more to come!

My, oh my; what a week it has been. Frankly, as far as I am concerned, this Prince William and Kate Middleton have nothing on Amanda and Chris’s wedding. It turned out to be a lovely event and the rain amazingly stayed away. It was an all together fun day with lots of pictures to commemorate the beautiful day and it was even a fun night afterward, hanging out with friends at the nearby Denny’s and enjoying some Baconalia goodness. Though I have to say it took me until Tuesday to recover from the wedding festivities.

I have recently determined that I need to lose some weight. I currently weight 156 lbs, I am hoping to get down to 135lbs roughly. I don’t want to be a stick figure but it would be nice to fit into my pants better. I also want to be able to do some more hiking. It’s an activity both Ryan and I can get into together plus it’s a great way to spend time out in nature.

Yesterday was my student section meeting at Santa Ana Community College. It by far a nice campus and the staff there was really supportive. The event itself was a hit. We had two recruiters from Adams and Martin came in to give some helpful training on how to create a resume and get noticed in this economy. We also had a panel of paralegals to discuss their experience in the legal field.

Not that those were enough, the next big item on the to-do list is moving. We found a cute little apartment here in Huntington Beach. The location is great, it’s closer to my office (not that I need to be any closer), it’s also closer to the beach, and we’ll only be 2 miles away. Now I just can’t wait to get this move over with. The place is going to be smaller but the grounds are nice. The only downsides are that we won’t have a dishwasher and we have to get a refrigerator, which is a total bummer because if we knew we needed a fridge I would have taken the one from our friends who were giving them away.

I suppose it’s a mixed blessing that we are going to be so busy. There are a lot of big things coming down the pipeline; like the OC Pet Expo, CLA exam, hands across California and some fun in between all the hard work. Amongst all these big events it’s the small things that matter. Like Italian Ice with vanilla ice cream and playing in the park with the dogs.

Today's Vocabulary word: Due Process which mean fundamental fairness.

Book of the month: Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder

Eventually I will take a queue from one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger's blog and post infusions of cuteness (hers shows the cutest pieces of vintage clothing)