Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Move

Thankfully I have friends that are willing to help me pack, clean, and sell all my stuff. My yard sale went smoothly and I somehow packed everything I own into cardboard boxes. Moriah and Johnmark helped me squeeze all my life into a 16' truck. Hannah, Wade and the kids stopped by for one last good-bye and a few more tears.

My close friend, Robin, agreed to make the exciting trip with me across the Plains to the Midwest. And we're off! We left Thursday evening and stayed in Ogallala, NE.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Last Game Night (for Now)

This isn't actually from Game Night,
but too cute not to post.
It's Wade and my last Scrabble match. 

If you know me, you know I love to play board games and drink beer especially with my posse. Saturday nights are reserved for Game Night at Hannah and Wade's and that's that. The Saturdays in August weren't very conducive for game nights for several reasons so I felt a little put off that I might not get one last gaming in with my friends.

Luckily, I went to H&W's the Wednesday before leaving to say my goodbyes and get some hanging out in. We decided to have an impromptu game night and quickly called Kirsten and Johnmark. The four of us had a wonderful time playing Speicherstadt, Time's Up, and my autistic favorite, Ubongo.
Kirsten and Hannah trying to win in Time's Up!

Adios Jenny!

The fondest memory I have of August was my Adios Jenny! Going Away Party. My great friends, Mike and Jessie, hosted in their oasis of a backyard. Over 40 of my closest friends, former co-workers, fellow volunteers, and new pals showed up to drink, chat, and just be there. I felt so blessed by having these amazing people in my life. Mike made a toast saying he was privileged to host my going away party and forced me to make an impromptu speech. Through watery eyes, I shared that I have no family in Pueblo or Colorado for that matter. My friends are my family and I'm so grateful for being adopted into their lives.

I don't know how I can find as cool of people in MN as these people are!

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Adventure Begins

After two months of unemployment and floating in perceptual purgatory, I was offered a job with Dakota County in Minnesota. I had actually interviewed on my last day of work at the Pueblo City-County Health Department, June 29, yet didn't hear anything for a month. What a long month that was....

Of course I was offered the Environmental Specialist position the day after I accepted a job at C&C Disposal at their Recycling Coordinator. Although that would have been a great experience, I was ready to move from Pueblo. After 10 years, I needed a new adventure.

In a mere 4 weeks, I had to:

  • Find a place to live in Minneapolis
  • Figure out if I was renting or selling my house in Pueblo (I decided to rent)
  • Schedule a remodel of my kitchen, hardwood floors, and office
  • Install irrigation in my front yard
  • Step down from all of my volunteer positions and pass on the materials I had accumulated
  • Pack all my belongings
  • Sell the items I didn't want to bring
  • Schedule and pack a moving truck 
  • And say the saddest goodbyes I've ever had to say