Monday, September 28, 2009

Bad news then good news

So, Matt recently "lost" his job as level one support manager at RedHat. I put quotes around lost because he actually stepped down from the position due to differences with his boss, but all the same, they gave him 4 weeks to find another job within RedHat and then after that, he would be out of a job completely. Well, that occurred about 3 weeks ago, so we were starting to get a little anxious about not having income. We had some stock options etc. that we could've lived off of for a little while, but not for too long. Any way, today we got word that Matt has secured another position within RedHat. It's been a possibility for a while now, but today we got word that it was going to happen! I cannot express the emotions that I have felt and that I'm currently feeling. It's a terrifying thing to know that your income isn't always a constant. I am so grateful for this position and I'm so grateful to Heavenly Father who has looked after us and protects us. I am so grateful for everything He gives us, especially this job in the area (the other big possibility was a job in California). While I'm sad that I don't get to move to California, I'm relieved and happy that we've found something here. Any way, here's a reminder that anything could happen at any time and that you shouldn't take what you have for granted. Thanks to any of you who had been praying for us. I know that it helped.

Well, I've got to run to class! I just wanted to share the news!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I think I have an overactive imagination

Some of you may not know this about me, I have incredible dreams. And the best part about it is that I can mostly remember them. Of course, many of my dreams are like this, but nearly ever time, I can remember them in vivid detail. Now if only I could take a page from Stephenie Meyer and write a best-selling book about them, I think I'd be set for the rest of my life. Would you like to hear the most recent dream involving a foldable motor-scooter and gang activity?

Monday, September 14, 2009

GUR = FUN!!!

So, originally I was supposed to do a triathlon this past weekend, but when I went to sign up for it, all the spaces were filled. Bummed and disappointed, I went in search for another race for that same weekend. I wasn't picky about where it was or how long, only that it would be on the same day. That's when I stumbled upon this. I immediately told Matt that we had to do it!!

So this last weekend, Matt and I drove down to Charlotte and stayed with some friends Friday and Saturday woke up and got ready. This was Matt's prep.

Mine was much less involved, but to explain, the race requires that you to either have matching uniforms, or complimentary costumes (like Batman and Robin). Matt and I went as Lindsay and Tobias F√ľnke from Arrested Development. If you haven't seen the show, stop what you are doing now and watch it. It is one of my favorite comedies ever.

Any way, Matt and I weren't really prepared for the magnitude of this race (ie. how far we would have to go) for prepared period. I'm glad we thought to bring out camelpacks because otherwise we would've been severely dehydrated after 4 and a half hours walking all over Charlotte, but I wish we had brought a paper map and pencil to map out our course before starting out.

Regardless of our unpreparedness, we had fun! We had to solve clues and riddles in addition to performing physical tasks. We actually teamed up with another team at one point to get done faster. The team of four were sisters who left their husbands and children at home (as apparently they do every year and this years event was doing this race). They were dressed as Thing 1's and Thing 2's. They were so nice!

Any way, we finished with a time of 4 hours, 15 minutes (which for walking 8.02 miles, I'm pretty happy with and if you want to see our route, click here) and although we didn't win the costume contest, I feel like we had the greatest costume ever. :) I would highly recommend this race to everyone! We're definitely going to do it next year and I hope you guys will too!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Interesting informations

Have you ever wondered if people actually read your blog or whether you're sending your thoughts into the proverbial e-void? Well, for those of you who wonder, wonder no more! Google analytics is here to save the day! I love looking at my stats on it. I think it's really neat that you can see how many view your website each day and where those visitors are from. For instance, I have people who have viewed my blog from the following states (in order from most to least): Utah, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, New York, New Hampshire, Idaho, California and Minnesota. For the most part, I can guess who's reading it from where. My mom checks my blog daily I think and I have family in a few of the other states. It's the states like Minnesota and Texas that surprise me!

Any who, I had my last day at work today. I'm kind of sad because this means no more monies will be coming in my specific direction. I actually liked this job (as opposed to several others that were merely means of earning income). I was working for the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. I was a data collector for a study they were managing for the college. I got to interact with parents and children in a public health setting. I really enjoyed it (for the most part). I got to play with kids and get paid for it. Hopefully, there will be another round of recruitment for this same study and they'll call me and see if I can work for them again, but it won't be for another few months. *sigh* I hope that I can find another job that has been this great. And by the way, thanks again Greg for hooking me up with the connection!!
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