Long Time in Between

It’s been months since I’ve posted, and so much has happened in that time.  We were matched to adopt a baby girl due in June, but that match fell through at the last-minute.  We’ve been traveling (Colorado most recently) and trying to live our lives as a family of two, but it’s hard at times.

We’re back on the adoption wait, hoping for a match soon.  I have a couple of trips planned coming up (FL to visit a friend and KY with my bestie), so that helps pass the time!  I’ll try to get back on here and post more often, especially with all my crafts and home remodel stuff!

Oh!  And also training for triathlons now!  I completed my first one in early June and I have two more that I’m already registered for!  It’s hard work, but helps me focus my energy, so that’s good!  I’ll post more on those at a later date!

Missed you all, hope you’re well,
K.

The Lone Star State

I haven’t really been talking much about work lately.  Last year, I moved out of a role in Program Management, and into a role in Sales and Marketing, as an Account Executive working with our Off-Highway customers.  While living in Europe, I worked as an Account Manager in On-Highway, so I was familiar with the work and was really excited to advance my customer interactions and commercial knowledge.

However, in mid-November, my company announced that we’d be doing workforce reductions (a.k.a. “layoffs”).  This was the third layoff that I’d experienced with this company, so I knew that things were going to be in flux for awhile.  I wasn’t too worried about my position (though, anything can happen), but I knew that my group would probably take a hit.

So…imagine my surprise (and actually, I was shocked as hell), when I got pulled into a meeting with my boss and the General Manager to be told that, due to the layoffs, I was being moved into a new position, BACK into Program Management.  So…here I am, 1 week before Christmas, and I’m being told that I’m leaving the role that I just moved into a few months prior, to go back to a role that I’d left.

I won’t lie…it took a day or so for me to wrap my mind around it and to get into a positive mindset.  I was worried that I’d be overloaded like I was in my previous role, and the customer that I was going to be working with was notorious for being highly demanding.  Frankly, I was terrified my life was going to suck.

I’m happy to say, after a full month, things are going fairly decently!  I’m currently in Texas at a face-to-face meeting with the customer, and I’m feeling fairly settled.  It’s a lot more firefighting than I did in Account work, but it’s exciting.  The program launches in 2017, so I will be on this team for a year or so…and after that, I’m not quite sure.

That’s a little bit about what’s going on in my life currently!  I’m super excited because, on Friday, I get to spend the weekend with my BFF, L!  We’re going to drive to Waco and go to Magnolia Market (from the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”) and I can’t wait!  Plus, I will say, Texas has some AMAZING food!  Plenty to enjoy in this great state, for sure

Much love,
K.

Inked! My First Tattoo

IMG_0189For the past decade (at least!) I’ve been wanting a tattoo.  While the ideas have shifted on what I’d get, the desire for body art hasn’t disappeared.  J has three tattoos, so I knew he’d be supportive, and his advice was to find something that meant something to me, so that I wouldn’t get tired of it.

After living in Japan and the Netherlands, I knew that I wanted something to commemorate our love of travel.  J and I LOVE traveling and take the opportunity to see someplace new any chance I get.  With that in mind, I started researching tattoo artists that had styles I liked.  A dear friend, A, recommended a place named Firefly Tattoo, and a tattoo artist, Dina.  As soon as I saw her work, I knew that this was who I wanted to do my tattoo.  Her style was so feminine and colorful, and the designs were so well executed.  I contacted her and we started putting together ideas, and a few days before my appointment she sent me a sketch of what we talked about.  It completely blew my mind away!  It was absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t wait for her to do the actual tattoo.

Yesterday was my tattoo, and the actual tattoo time was a little over an hour.  Dina was so funny and put me immediately at ease (I was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect).  We got down to business and before I knew it we were finished!  I’m going to add the coordinates of where we lived in Japan and the Netherlands to this tattoo, once it heals up, and then I can add to it if we ever move again!  I love the idea of having a little piece of where we’ve lived to show the world!  I’ve heard that once you get one tattoo, you’re hooked, and I can totally see why.  I’m practically planning my second one already!

Much love,
K.


A Little Dash of Crazy…

I realize that my blog posting has been regular sporadic at best, which isn’t something that I had ever planned on.  But, as we all know, life has a way of going against even the best laid plans.

bestiesAfter Easter, things were fairly smooth.  I was working on a couple crochet projects (sadly, my Crochet Challenge blanket has taken a major back seat), and planning for my trip to Texas to visit my dearest, most bestest, friend.  I wanted to finish at least one blanket before I left (which I did…more on that in another post) and then have a weekend of relaxation with L.  I left for Dallas last Thursday, ready to relax!

Friday morning, all hell broke loose.  My mother called me while I was in the shower, to let me know that my father was in the hospital.  He had fallen the evening before and shattered his elbow, and now had to have surgery to repair it.  Both of my parents are older in age, and my father has Parkinson’s and early stages of Alzheimer’s, so any sort of disruption to his schedule hits him pretty hard.

Dad went into surgery and came out just fine.  Unfortunately, he was very weak (partly due to surgery and partly due to the Parkinson’s) and the anesthesia really caused problems with his mental comprehension and memory (due to the Alzheimer’s).  He was very confused and thought my mom had sent him to a nursing home and left him there, and was understandably upset.  After a few days, that calmed down quite a bit, which we were all grateful for.

Mom told me to stay in Dallas and spend time with L, so I stayed until Sunday.  Monday morning, I drove back home to see my father, who was still in the hospital.  By the time I got there, he was doing better, but still not great.  He was much more steady on his feet, which meant he could go home much more quickly than we had anticipated, but his mental comprehension still wasn’t great.  He wasn’t sure who I was, and at one point thought my best friend, L, was his daughter.  I can’t even begin to describe how absolutely heart breaking it is to know that my father will one day not recognize me.  I try not to focus on it, as we’re not there quite yet (I’m still convinced his lack of recognition was due to the pain medicine, etc.) but it’s hard to know that it will eventually happen.  I know we all grow older, but it’s still like a knife in my gut.

dad and iLast night, Dad was finally released from the hospital.  For awhile, we were concerned that we’d have to put him in assisted living for a short amount of time, but we managed to arrange for in-home care for him.  I am so thankful for that, because I really think he’ll do much better in his own home and his comfort environment.  Plus, it makes it easier on Mom, so she won’t have to run back and forth.

Overall, it’s been insane in the past week.  To top it all off, I managed to pick up some sort of sinus infection while on the flight home (or the hospital), and now have zero voice.  I’m looking forward to the weekend, where I can just sleep for as long as I want, and hopefully get better!  I promise that my next post will be an update on all my crochet projects, which will be a much happier post!  Until then…have a happy Wednesday!

Much love,
K.

30 Days of Blogging: Bucket List

These days, everyone has a bucket list.  You know, that list of things you absolutely want to accomplish before you die…the “bucket list.”  I have no idea where the name came from, to be honest, and I don’t even have a list to name, bucket or otherwise.  But, this question came up, and it made me think about some major things I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime.  Admittedly, most of mine are centered around travel, because it’s such a huge part of J’s and my life.  I tend to think in terms of places to see and experience, so these three bucket list items are concerning travel only.  I’ll save the rest for another time!

1.  Hike Kilimanjaro

kilimanjaroJ and I have talked about hiking Mount Kilimanjaro for a few years now.  Up until now, I’ve never been in good enough shape to even contemplate the hike, but now that I’m more active I’d really like to give it a go.  We’d like to fly into Africa, acclimate to the time difference for a few days, and then start the hike up the mountain.  After that concludes, we’d like to spend a week on a safari, just seeing the various animals and really experiencing Africa.  Plus, I’ve also come across a place in Kenya called the Giraffe Manor, and I’d love to stay there and see all the giraffes!  It would nearly wipe out our vacation for the year, but I think this trip would be worth it.  Definitely an experience of a lifetime!

 

2.  Visit Israel

Jerusalem-Israel-Dome-of-the-Rock-R-Duran-best-picture-galleryI have wanted to visit Israel for as long as I can remember.  When we lived overseas, we had discussed booking a “Holy Lands” cruise that hit up a few spots in Israel, but the cruise was eventually cancelled due to unrest in the region.  I’ve been fascinated with the Middle East for years, even going so far as to study Arabic for my undergraduate degree, and Israel would be such an amazing place to visit.  The history, religion, food, culture…I absolutely cannot wait!  I only hope that things settle down there soon and that there is, finally, peace in the region.  I have hopes that it’ll happen, at least in my lifetime, and I would love to be able to visit and take our children with us.  J is also incredibly interested in seeing this area of the world, plus there are some amazing scuba diving spots in Israel, so it could really be a well-rounded trip (culture, diving, eating – for me, and sightseeing).   Plus, J is huge into photography, so I think he could really get lost in the opportunities for amazing pictures in this area of the world.

 

3.  Hike Petra

PetraThis goes hand-in-hand with a visit to Israel.  Since we no longer live overseas, if we were to take a trip to the Middle East, we’d try to get a lot of things accomplished while there.  J and I both love hiking, and we would absolutely love hiking Petra.  We’d like to hike in at night, so that we can see the sun rise over the monuments, which I think would be stunning.  This was another trip that we had planned while living overseas, but due to instability in the area (though not in Jordan specifically), we cancelled our trip.  However, this is at the top of J’s list, so I doubt we’ll have any trouble getting there in our lifetime.  I think this would just be a 3-4 day add-on trip to Israel, and along with that we’d probably try to see the Egyptian pyramids, so I’d like to end up spending 3+ weeks in the Middle East, altogether.  There are still opportunities for our jobs to take us to Dubai (I’m holding out hope), but so far nothing concrete has come up.  If so, I could see so many things that are on my list…it would be fantastic!

So, there are three of my “bucket list” items.  Even without a physical list, I feel like as soon as I mark something off my mental list, it’s filled up with five new things.  It’s definitely a never-ending list that is constantly changing, but I think I prefer that because if I ran out of things to see in this world, then I’d be at a loss.  What are some of your “bucket-list” items?

Much love,
K.