- How COLD it gets in Iowa during the winter
- How pretty the snow looks
- and how COLD it gets in Iowa during the winter
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I have a cubicle. With a phone (obviously a computer too). No window.
I haven't quite figured out how I will be conducting my job? The first day I sat with a fellow analyst but then he was gone sick on Tues & Wed with no back-up plan for me. So I've spent much of my time setting up my preferences on the computer & reading LOTS of instruction manuals for the software our customers use. *yawn* But I gotta start somewhere!
I brought the camera today so I could take pictures of my 'cubby'. I'll post them later!
The hours are very flexible (maybe only while I'm in training?) as long as I work 8 hours per day. The dress code is business casual, which I like. The people are very nice & helpful... sometimes I feel a little over-my-head in conversations about programming languages, codes, fixes, etc... but I'm confident I'll catch on, I've only been here 4 days!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This house next door has gone up SO fast! They actually poured the foundation on Monday & did this much framing yesterday. I bet they do the roof today? Wow!
Maybe we'll have neighbors by the end of the month! haha I doubt it.
If you can see in the distance they have formed up for another foundation to go next to this house.
The house across the street is almost done. We see the new people come to look at the progress of the house almost everynight. Sounds familiar.
This is is the view out the dining room window. Bummer. We knew it wouldn't last forever. We were accustomed to watching out this window for the bus to come each morning (it's gotten better about being on time).
I'm working on window treatments for this room, but I haven't found exactly what I want yet. Madison wants to paint the wall in here red, so I'm sorta waiting until we get that done. Oh, and we need a table too. Afterall, this is a dining room. :)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
It's this BLOG-ing thing.
Madison & her best friend from Iowa, Lauren, have set up their own blogs.
Check them out.
I guess it's better than MySpace.
Maybe they'll figure cool features out & teach me how to put it on my blog, you know how kids are... they can figure about anything out.
I'm just worried about how much time Madison will be on the computer now. Hmm....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The sweet part is that we are able to pin-point the reason he is having so much pain & there IS a solution! No more pain!!
The bitter part of the story is that the solution involves more surgery for Scott; another fusion of the next 2 vertebrae up his back from the last surgery. His lumbar vertebrae will all be fused together, no future bending, twisting, or curling of his back.
We will visit with his doctor on Friday to pursue an appointment with a neurosurgeon.
Scott is faced with the choice:
- Live with back pain but retain movement (albeit painful) -or-
- No bending the lower part of his back (translation: no more tying shoes or reach to the floor) but live in SUBSTANTIALLY less pain
The more sugery Scott has, the more mobility he sacrifices. Tough choice. Please pray about this for him. He's down in the dumps about it all.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I have accepted a position with Manatron, Inc. I will start on Monday, Nov. 26 as a full-time Support Analyst II! Basically I will provide customer support to County Recorders throughout the U.S. who use Manatron's imaging software for their public records. Sounds sorta complicated as I write it this, but I think I'll be a great asset to Manatron since my background is in public records. I'm looking forward to joining their team. Plus... the benefits are fantastic.... okay Jill, maybe not as sensational as Michaels employee discount... but for almost triple the pay I was making at Michaels, I decided Manatron is a good choice! Yay! Plus I don't have to deal with the Christmas Retail Season... I hear that can by awful... Right Dad?
We're going out tonight to celebrate. Sorry Scott... we're not waiting on ya. :(
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Well.... Dillon & I were confused as to which day was his 'picture day' since there are 2 high school campuses here. So we neglected to send money for his picture. They took it... we just didn't get any. I guess. I might look into a package from WalMart or something. Poor kid. No school pic.
Tomorrow Scott will have a procedure done called a Myelogram. This is to find out why he is still having so much pain in his back & if he needs more surgery. The Dr. will inject dye into his spinal cord & he'll have extensive x-rays & CT scans. He'll have this done as an outpatient procedure.
This injection is similar to an Epidural puncture or a Spinal Block puncture in his back. Because he'll run the risk of losing spinal fluid from the site & causing the dreadful 'spinal headache', he has to remain flat on his back for 24 hours after the procedure. I'll be back to playing 'nurse maid' again... :)
I really struggled with accepting this position because I came to Texas with the intention of working with Scott on our own business venture, Cole Lining, LLC. But, as God would remind me... my timing & God's timing are not always the same...
I have peace that someday soon we'll be able to get the business off the ground & I'll be able to work independently again. For right now I simply need to get a life... I mean, bring home a paycheck.
I am also struggling with my loyalty to this part-time position. It has been YEARS since I had to 'clock-in' or had a 'boss', luckily this is a non-supervised position. Also... I have applied for many other positions with other companies that would probably challenge me more than this one... I just interviewed with one of them yesterday. Hmmm.... what if one of them offers me a job? Do I stay? Do I go? Any of you who have recently gone through job-hunting knows what I'm talking about.
Dum-Dum-Dum.... Stay tuned to find out "Will Shelly like working at Michaels" .... or.... "Will Shelly move along to something else".... ???
Needless to say... you're all getting crafty-things for Christmas this year. :)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Scott is working in Houston still. He has been putting in 4-day work weeks lately. Seems like he needs to come home on Fridays or Mondays for one reason or another. I like it that he's only gone 4 days but he really needs to focus on the job deadline coming up (Dec. 15)! He'll probably have to stay in Houston to work a few weekends soon. Bummer.
This is the last week of football for Dillon & volleyball for Madison. I think they are both ready for the season to be over. Dillon might try out for basketball, but he's also interested in looking for a local wrestling club. Madison thought she might do basketball.... she's never played on the team before... so she'll have to 'try out' to see if she's good enough to make the team. I think she should at least try. Don't you think?
Dillon just found out his choir will be going to Branson, Missouri for a few days in April to sing at a concert hall. He'll get to go to Silver Dollar City and do some other fun things. Now... if we could muster up $590.... ?!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Ingrid: Hot girls fart too
Friday, November 2, 2007
1. Praise ye the Lord! –noun
2. an exclamation of “hallelujah!”
3. a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
4. a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word “hallelujah.”
© Random House, Inc. 2006.
I hope I have caught your attention! The pathology report came back from my Mom's surgery. The surgeon feels like the removal of this tumor... (was closer to 4" diameter) has been a COMPLETE success! He feels like the recurrence of this tumor is such a small threat that a monthly injection of a prevention medicine will keep the cancer away! Of course Mom will meet with another cancer specialist in 2 weeks to verify this, but... Halleluja!!
My Dad called me this morning while I was taking the boys to school to tell me results of the pathology report & the surgeon's opinion. I had to try really hard to keep my composure... but as soon as the boys got out of the car I shouted for joy and cried, and cried... and still crying at the great news that Mom is going to be okay and that GOD IS SO, SO GOOD. Prayer works, she's living, breathing proof. Love you Mom! Thank you God!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
At 9:45 Madison & I arrived home to a crowd of teenagers hanging out at the end of our street (dead-end) in the new park & pool area. When I say crowd, I'm talking about 50 high schoolers with beer bottles and the likes.
This is a little un-settling since Madison & I are the only ones home in this area of the neighborhood & if things were to get out-of-hand... I immediately called the police when an obviously intoxicated young man approach the house & yelled to Madison through a window that she could come join the party... Jared & Ingrid showed up @ 10:30.
About 10:45 the police showed up & busted up the party. It was quite entiertaining to watch from our darkened 2nd story window. Girls in bunny costumes & guys in royal king outfits were running through the brush carrying beer bottles.
Despite the entertaining bust the policeman said that those kids had started a small bon-fire in the new pool. Some of the kids will be charged with criminal mischief. Uhhhh.... yeah! Twits! I was looking forward to the pool being opened later this month. Maybe not now. Grrr.....