Monday, October 20, 2014

Family Visit – Part 2

I hope you didn’t lose any sleep over the cliff hanger from Friday.  Yeah, I didn’t think so.  (Especially since it was only the title that hinted at more to come.)

As you might have expected from that last post, I had family in town again this last weekend.  My brother and his family didn’t visit this time, but my parents were back in town.  They had spent the week in Palm Springs, but they were back in town and pretty much all set up when I got off work on Friday.

Saturday, we went down to Glendale Centre Theatre, where we saw Man of La Mancha.  We were able to get together with friends for it, so that was a lot of fun.  We actually had a good group of six all together.  The play was fabulous, as I expected.  Really, they always do such a fantastic job there.  We met some of them for lunch beforehand, and it was nice to visit with them more.

Sunday was church again, where they were able to meet a few more of my friends.

But other than that, we pretty much stayed around the trailer playing games.  I’d like to say that I won many of them, but I had very poor luck between the two weekends and lost most of the games.  We did go play some miniature golf in town on Sunday.  The weather was perfect and that was lots of fun as always.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Family Visits – Part 1

This past weekend, it turn out my entire immediate family was in town, some longer than others.

My parents showed up on Friday night, late and stayed for the weekend.  Saturday was pretty much the only day we had together.  I spent Friday night with them in their trailer, which is always fun.  Saturday, we didn’t do a whole lot.  We went to my condo to watch The Amazing Race.  Then, we played some games at their trailer, ate dinner, and I left.  Plus while we were out and about, I took them to my new office.

Sunday, they met me bright and early for church.  Then I helped them pack up the trailer since they moved on to Palm Springs for the week.

However, my visits with family weren’t over for the week.  My brother and his family were driving through town on their way to San Diego for the week, and we met up for dinner at Souplantation.  I really enjoyed some time to catch up with all of them.  My nephew is definitely talking more than he was when I last saw them in June.  He kept pointing at me and saying, “Mark!”  So I’d point back at him and say “Zachary.”  He’d smile so big.  I loved it.  And my niece wanted to sit right next to me to eat.  I loved that, too.  Plus I had a very great visit with my brother and sister-in-law.

So it was another busy weekend but another very fun weekend.  I was driving all over town on Sunday since I did get some ultimate Frisbee in between visits.  But I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a second of it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Word Association for October 15th

Time to get some word association in.

  1. Crime :: Punishment
  2. Whoops :: Accident
  3. Lipstick :: Red
  4. Linda :: Story
  5. Triple :: Decker
  6. Badge :: Honor
  7. Contempt :: Hatred
  8. Stunt :: Double
  9. Van :: Shoes
  10. Judge :: Jury

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Busy Weekend

That first weekend of the month was so busy I’m just now recovered from it enough to write about it.  Or some such thing.

Seriously, it was a busy but fun weekend.  It started with Ornament Debut at Hallmark, when the second half of their ornaments for the year come out.  I went and bought the ones I wanted to buy that day on Saturday morning.

Then Saturday afternoon, I went down to see Thoroughly Modern Millie at Glendale Centre Theatre with Angelique and Ann.  I’d never seen the musical before in any form, and I had a blast.  Afterwards, we grabbed dinner.

Sunday, I was at it again, starting with a book signing in Santa Monica.  Stuart Gibbs always does his book signings there on Sundays, and I rarely go, but this time I decided to squeeze it in.  It was lots of fun.

But squeeze it in I did because I rushed back so I could go to lunch with Joe and Erica and their kids.  It was great to see them and catch up, plus they treated to lunch to celebrate my new job!  Can’t go wrong with that.

From there, it was home to change to play ultimate Frisbee.  Then it was over to the Coopers to watch Once Upon a Time.

Obviously, it was very busy, but it was also very good.  I wouldn’t have traded any of that if I could.  Still, after weekends like that, I joke about going back to work to rest, and that’s pretty much what it felt like.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Word Association for October 8th

Quick, let's do the word association for the week before I forget again.

  1. Candle light :: Dinner
  2. Kevin :: Kelvin
  3. Fireplace :: Romance
  4. Pots :: Pans
  5. Scarf :: Cold
  6. Colossal :: Mistake
  7. Golf :: Ball
  8. Construction :: Site
  9. Reason :: Answer
  10. Washington :: DC

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Second Day at a Permanent Job!

Yes, you read that title right.  After two and a half years or temping and not really landing anything, I have a permanent job.  The job I started six weeks ago went from temp to hire in that time, and my first day as an official employee of the company was yesterday.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised.  Not that they hired me because they’ve been talking like they’d be making the decision soon.  But I figured they’d want me to go through two month end close cycles before they made the decision.  But after only one, they brought me on.

The drive only takes me 15 minutes to get into work in the morning.  It’s more like 25 going home at night, but it’s still much faster than commuting out of town would be.  The pay is better than I expected.  And I am getting benefits again.

There is a part of me that keeps pinching myself since I feel like I am dreaming.  But it’s real.

What is amazing is how I can look back and see how God orchestrated things the last two years, the good and the bad and the temp jobs I did land, to bring me to this place.  Of course, it is easy to see it looking back, and at times in the middle I doubted.  Yet once again He has proven Himself faithful.  And yes, I am giving Him full credit for landing me the job here.

The job definitely keeps me busy, especially during month close.  There’s a high volume, but it seems manageable if you fully apply yourself to it.  I think I’m only working at over time one night a month, and then only a couple of hours.  Definitely manageable.  And I like my co-workers, too, which also helps.

I’m very happy, just in case you couldn’t tell.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Premier Party

Sunday was another party day.  Can you tell I had a busy weekend?

I started out hanging out with my friends Luke and Sarah.  I’d been seeing them this year at some of the plays I went to at Glendale Centre Theatre, but this was fun to just hang out and relax.  Lunch, visiting, and a few rounds of Big Boggle.

The next stop was Christy and Scott’s for the premier party for the new season of Once Upon a Time.  This year, we were supposed to dress up in costume, which threw me a bit.  Christy helped me come up with a costume, and I made a good Dr. Hopper if I do say so myself.  There were more people than normal, which was fun, and some of the costumes were great.  I kept doing double takes at Belle because she looked just like her, for example.

The episode itself?  I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped I would be, but I’m still looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds.  But the night was a blast, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s party.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ornament Signing

For the third year in a row, I’ve made it to an ornament signing.  It certainly helps that Hallmark has scheduled them for Southern California every year.  (And had one last year when they normally wouldn’t have one.)

This time, the artist was Sharon Visker who creates one of the series I collect.  I only got a couple of those signed and then had her sign event pieces and some of the standalone ornaments she’s done.

A friend of mine is involved in the club that won the signing, and she let me sneak in to the early signing time, which is probably the only way I got as many ornaments signed as I did.  The idea was that I’d help out as needed the rest of the day, but they had things running fairly smoothly and didn’t really need me.  I did stick around and help break stuff down when the signing was over, so at least I earned a little bit of my perks.

Overall, it was a fun day.  Sharon is very nice, and I had fun talking to other collectors.  The weather wasn’t too hot either, which was a huge blessing since we were outside all day.

On the way home, I stopped and hung out with my friends Chris and Stacey for a little while, even grabbing a pizza with Chris.  Since I hadn’t seen them for a while, it was good to catch up.  But it got me home after 8, and I crashed no too long after.  The day had started early.  While it was fun, boy was it tiring.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Word Association for October 1st

How did it get to be Wednesday already?  Better do this week's word association before I blink and the week is gone.

  1. 20 :: 30
  2. Spark :: Fire
  3. Hangnail :: Clip
  4. Distant :: Thunder
  5. Muffin :: Tin
  6. Compute :: Calculate
  7. Bangs :: Hair
  8. Mattress :: Sleep
  9. Tense :: Relax
  10. Sarah :: Abraham

Friday, September 26, 2014

Survivor Mud Run 2014

Last Saturday, I got to introduce a friend to the joys of mud runs.  David, a friend from ultimate Frisbee (and the friend who plays under water hockey), joined me for the Survivor Mud Run down at Lake Elsinore.

This is actually one of my favorite mud runs because they always make the mud so thick and gooey.  Plus there’s the inflatable slide down into the lake at one point.  Both of those things still held true.  The obstacles were pretty much standard.  And I really, really need to learn to do monkey bars.

While we were dropping off our bags, one of the new friends I’d made at the Gladiator Rock ‘n’ Run back in June spotted us.  He did the run with us a second time, so there were actually three of us going through the course.

Even better, David seemed to enjoy himself, although I think the next one he wants to do is one close to home.  But he is talking about a next time, so that’s good.

Unfortunately, they put the changing tents way far away from the bag check.  And it looks like the lines for the bag check was super long, at least when we got there.  Fortunately, there was a separate drop off line, which was super short.

As always when I go down there, it was a long day.  But it was also a fun day.