Friday, September 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Tovey Family celebrated another year of familydom, and this year there were more babies than ever! I finally got to see My Danny, and Kevin and Carisa, and meet Carisa's sons, Weston and Harrison, and see so many family members that I haven't been able to mingle with in several years. Unfortunately, My Danny's brother, Derek, and his sister-in-law, Tiffany were unable to make it. Fortunately, that was due to the fact that on July 3rd they welcomed their first child, and first Taylor grandchild, into the world! The little guy was a bit early, and is still without a name, but I've seen pictures and boy oh boy he is a cutie!!
The best part was that all of the Tovey children were able to make it, and I captured a great photo of all of them together. To the best of my knowledge, although there have been many family photos in the meantime, this is the first time in roughly 20 years that such a photo was taken. It's pretty amazing to be surrounded by dozens of my own bloodline and know that it all started because two farmkids from Northern Idaho decided to get hitched. I don't believe in true love, and I've seen how hard my grandparents have had to work for all that they have, including their marriage, but their example shows that it IS possible to have a good relationship if you're willing to put in the effort.
On the Hensel side there has been far less good news. As you all know, last spring my uncle Bob and my dad were both diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy, a degenerative and fatal disease. Last summer I was fortunate to have been able to spend several hours over the course of a few days talking to Bob, and was reminded of what a neat man he was. He faced everything in life, good or bad, with a healthy dose of cynicism, sarcasm and humor, and to see how accepting he was of such a miserable, disappointing end to his life gave me new perspective of my own. Bob died in April, several months earlier than our worst anticipated timeframe, while asleep next to his wife in the home he'd lived in for nearly 30 years. It was a devastating blow to all, but especially to my cousin, Matt, and my dad, who is now facing a similar death. It is not easy to accept that he will never meet my children, or live to enjoy the freedom he worked so hard to achieve.
However, the good news for the Hensel family is that Matt married his longtime girlfriend, Shannon, just days ago! It was a surprise to us all, but none of us could be happier than we already are that Shannon is now an official part of the Hensel clan. My other cousin, Jami, is also getting married in a few weeks to our mutual friend, Brian, and I am greatly looking forward to attending their wedding to celebrate their union! It will be a damn good time!
I quit grad school back in January, and I have rarely felt so liberated. I will write a more thorough explanation as to what lead to that decision, but it isn't currently important. What IS important is that I am on the job market (still) and it is exceedingly stressful. If any of you know of a part time position opening up, let me know so that I can apply asap! :) I am living back in Walla Walla, which is taking some getting used to. I'm not used to the constant noise and lack of privacy, but I am grateful to have such a safe, comfortable place to live considering my current unemployment. I am also glad to be near my family, and I don't wish to be separated from them much in the future. Life isn't very long, and I would like to ensure I don't miss any more milestones in Max and Alora's lives.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Met Jordan in August, and we started dating...pretty much immediately. Our first date went well. We went to a Thai restaurant in town (despite my strong resistance; I'd read a ton of reviews that said it was awful, etc. Naturally it was delicious.) and had a great time. When Jordan went to pay his card was declined (because he'd forgotten to activate it!) so I went ahead and paid. Apparently this was a bigger deal to him than it was to me (I'm an educated, sophisticated, employed human being, why would anyone hesitate to pay for a meal they'd just enjoyed??), and he was determined to have a fun night with me. We did have a fun night, and a fun weekend for that matter. In fact, we were inseparable for the first few days until I moved out of my apartment and got stranded in Walla Walla. Eventually I moved back to Ellensburg and lived with Jordan for a few weeks before moving in to....
THE CAT HOUSE. This house was disgusting, the owners were tuppin' weirdos, and it was overall the most uncomfortable living situation I've had since Seattle two summers ago. And I think you all remember how that was... Needless to say, after the New Year I moved in with some friends (and by that I mean I transferred my belongings and rent monies to a new place - I spend all of my time with Jordan and his roommates at their house in town).
I cut my hair. You've seen pics on Facebook, so I won't post any now (though I will probably edit this post and place some pics on here), but I don't actually like it. The girl cut it much, much shorter than I wanted it so it's very difficult for me to style. Fortunately, however, the cut itself is by no means "bad," the response has been positive, and it's already growing out closer to the length I want it so no harm no foul.
I quit grad school. Yeah. I did that. After suffering for two years, and then realizing that I would quit literally rather be dead than attend my once-a-week seminar (which is a totally fun class, with a fun topic, the most hilarious prof I've ever met, and a ton of friends) I decided I should probably look into the repercussions of withdrawing from the university. I discovered that the financial aspect of quitting was actually pretty standard - I have to pay back any financial aid from THIS QUARTER. Since I began grad school I was under the misconception that if I dropped out I'd be forced to return all funds (the university grants, etc) since the beginning of my degree. My relief was practically an entity in the room, and I immediately stopped going to class. I now need to formally withdraw (I've been delaying, as it now looks as if I've attended most of the quarter and will therefore not have to pay back as much as I would have a few weeks ago) and then that'll be it.
I'm on the job market. I've applied to about a dozen over the last week, and have now run out of positions to which I can apply.
Jordan was recently hired for a deli clerk position at Safeway (two blocks away) with the probability of cross-training in the bakery department and the Starbucks kiosk. This is good news for multiple reasons. His job at Subway has been miserable. Like, one of the worst jobs I've ever heard of miserable (EVEN for fast food). He was also forced to drop out of school due to financial reasons, and since he'll now be able to work as many hours as he can get through the end of September, he'll have saved up enough to afford to go back to school. I've applied to a few jobs on campus as well, which means there's a possibility I will be marrying him sometime at the end of summer (don't get too excited - it's only so that he'll only have to pay half tuition, a new benefit for CWU employees and their dependents). Sorry if that's unromantic, but that's just how I roll.
Pot is legal in the state of Washington now, so naturally I quit smoking. Kidding, I only quit so that I can pass a piss test if I get a job offer, something that infuriates me considering the nature of the test (doesn't test for the psychoactive/illegal chemical, how imprecise it is as far as timing goes - there's no difference in reactions if you smoked two weeks ago or if you smoked two hours ago, kind of a vital difference) and the nature of testing generally (the assumption that all employees are criminals and therefore must be tested for drugs, evne though that drug is now legal, etc, etc.) but...whatever. I play by the rules. I'm DEFINITELY hoping for one of those campus jobs, though, because fortunately Central is an enlightened, professional place that expects their employees to be enlightened and professional and NOT SHOW UP TO WORK HIGH - so they do not test employees for drugs. Nice. :)
I went to Ocean Shores. It was my first time visiting the Washington Coast. I won't be back (but it was a really fun trip!).
Uh...I'm sure there are other things, but that's all for now. I'll update this with pictures and probably blog again when I have something to talk about and/or get a job. :)