Thursday, December 6, 2012

Changes are a happening

We just finalized our Christmas plans last night, and I finished shopping yesterday, which is really late compared to typical years. Why you ask? Or maybe you don't, but I'm going to tell you anyway. Well, we have had a crazy last few months. Blane's job is going very well, but he is extremely busy. We have only been getting to see each other a few days every 3-4 weeks. That's not nearly enough and it is wearing on us. So, we had been tossing the idea around of me finding a job to work from home and be able to go with him everywhere or asking to be home based in my current job. The idea was just in discussion phase with Blane and I. Then, out of nowhere, my company was sold. I found out on 10/24 and was leaving the next morning to go to Vegas for an 11 day work trip. (Where, by the way, they were announcing the sale). Also, I turned 27 while there. Blane was supposed to fly out the second weekend of my trip but last minute had to cancel for work. So, I took a red eye, flew all night to see him.
Sandy hit the East Coast, and Blane got sent to Washington D.C. to assess the damage. He was supposed to be home for a week for Thanksgiving but wasn't able to between juggling his work in D.C. and Louisville. Now, he is in New Jersey. He found out last Wednesday he was going and left Louisville the next morning. I checked flights for Friday (2 days after he found out where he was going) and they were really cheap. So, I booked an impromptu flight to Philly and spent the weekend with Blane in Philly/Jersey/NYC. It was a wonderful, short trip and very needed for both of us.
Anyway, that's a lot of background to tell you we are living kind of day-to-day. We make plans but they don't always work. Which is very hard for me. I am such an organized, OCD planner that basically not being able to plan is hard for me. That being said, Blane will be home in 12 days. He is flying in on our Anniversary!!!! We will get to spend our anniversary, Christmas, and NYE together. We could not be more excited.
So, what am I going to do now? Well, I'm not sure. I am in conversations with the company that purchased us about continuing with the company and working remotely.
Our lease is up in 2 1/2 months. So, we will be moving. We're not exactly sure where. The only thing that we have decided on for sure is that we have to find a way to live together. This long distance thing is for the birds.

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

For those of you who know me, (you don't even have to know me very well) you know I LOVE Christmas. Yes, I know most people say that, but really I LOVE it. I love the meaning, the decorations, and I especially like to give gifts.
I'm not sure if I told you the story last year, but we had a lot of drama over our tree last year. Tears were me of course. I purchased a very small (shorter than me) Christmas tree about 6 years ago. It was like $20 from Big Lots and wasn't meant to be a long term commitment. The first Christmas after we got married, was 7 days after the wedding. We were basically out of town the whole month of December. So, I didn't put up a tree, just a wreath. Last year I had zero intention of using the old tree. Do you know how expensive trees are?!? Well, I had just started my new job and Blane was still looking for his. Blane reasoned with me (it took a lot of reasoning) that we needed to use the tree just one more year. I eventually agreed, thinking that we could concentrate on decorating the rest of the house. In my mind, this included lights on the outside of the house. Growing up, we had clear lights on the house every single Christmas. Well, Blane did not and could not fathom why I would want him to climb on the roof and attach lights. More tears (still me). We finally agreed we would also put those off for a year too. Well, here we are at Christmas again. We are going to go 1 for 2 on the plans for last year. We did get a new tree. It is 7 1/2 feet, LED pre-lit, gorgeous tree. We will not have lights on the house. That's ok, though, because my husband is coming home!!!