Friday, August 3, 2012

Settled and Refreshed

Well I am officially moved in to my new apartment.  There are so many things that have made me happy since I have been here.  I was able to have dinner last night with a dear friend and not have to worry about driving 30 min back home after we were done. We even talked about being able to meet up for a drink later in the evenings after she gets her kids to bed now that we are neighbors.  My shower curtain fell and I can't get it to stay up, in the past I would have had to figure this one out on my own, now I just put in a work order.  I went to the store today and saw my sister working and she told me my mom and nephew had just been in there also.  I have pretty much unpacked the necessities.  I need to still get some organizing done and finish the final touches, but it is feeling like home.  Once I get fully settled and decorated I will take photos and invite over company. 

I cooked my first meal in the house today, did 3 loads of laundry and I'm now watching TV on my new cable and using the computer on my new Wi-Fi.  Speaking of doing laundry, I don't have to carry any of it up or down stairs! The AT&T guy came back at 7 pm tonight just to make sure it was all working as he had to leave for a while as someone else had to fix an issue.  That is what I call service on a Friday evening. 

Now to get out of my place, get to the pool and meet some neighbors.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movin' on up

So here goes nothing.  When I was with all the KG's in June I got the call that changed how the path of my life was going.  Here we are a month later and getting ready to close on the sale of my house.  This past month has been a crazy one.  I have decided I need an assistant cause selling a house is a full time job. 

As I read my last post I realize how much has changed.  I am no longer moving to Michigan, but I am moving up to northern KC near Liberty.  I have an apartment that is technically in Kansas City, but only about 10 min from my parents house in Liberty.  I'm so excited about the fresh start and apartment living.  I realized recently that I have not ever lived in an apartment complex.  Yes, there was the 4 -plex in college, but not an official complex.  I'm looking forward to hopefully making new friends and having access to a pool.  We aren't talking just any pool, this is a heated salt water pool that will be open year round.  Yes, a year round outdoor pool in Missouri.  I have a 2 bedroom apartment.  The apartment technically has more square footage than my house.  I will have 2 twin beds in my spare room, so feel free to come visit at any time.  I'm looking forward to the simplicity of apartment living.  I have a nice size patio and no neighbors above me.  Hopefully the neighbors next to me aren't as noisy as the ones in college (some of you will get this, sorry for those of you that don't).  As long as I don't have to leave notes on their door explaining what I hear every evening we are good. 

I will have to drive for work and I'm even looking forward to that time to wind down after work.  It will be about at 45 minute drive with traffic. 

On another note, I'm so excited for the Summer Olympics.  I have all next week off work and it will be hard to make myself get ready to move and not just sit and watch TV.  I'm going to move the majority of my furniture and boxes on Wednesday, but I will be leaving my TV and DVR box here at my current place until Friday as I won't have the new service being set up until Friday at my new place.  Sad I know. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Beginnings

I find it very ironic that my last post was titled "Restart." Little did I know what I really meant by restarting my life. At that time I had no idea where I was going to be heading this year. For those of you that haven't heard the full story here is how it all came about. I am planning to move to Grand Rapids, MI. Last November I knew we were going to have our first training class in MI to to expand our dept. Before they were even asking for volunteers I offered to go up there to assist with the training class. Shortly after this an email went out that they were needing people to transfer to MI to help with the growth there. I gave it some consideration and talked to the manager up there. It was one of those things that just all seemed to fall in place. There is no pressure. If I wanted to go it was my decision and in my timeline. I had also gotten the schedule for those going to assist with training and found out I would be there for 3 weeks to assist. What a better way to figure out if I like the office and the area. I talked to my family and some friends and had so much support. I was really excited about the opportunity. You all know me and know that change is not my favorite thing, but I just couldn't stop thinking how great it would be to just have a chance to "restart." I knew I already had some friends in MI that had moved there, so it wasn't like I was going to be moving and be alone. So my 3 weeks spent there I went with the mind frame of I'm planning to move unless there is something that just really tells me "no."

I'm realizing I'm just typing and not going in all the right order, I hope it doesn't get too confusing. So before I left for MI my family and I spent time getting my house ready to sell. Part of the deal of me moving with the company is they will provide everything to move me except selling my house. Which is fine as I will end up better in the end if i just sell it myself. So my house went on the market the first Monday I was in MI (Feb 26). We have reduced the price once, but I'm okay with that. I have been having the lookers I would like, we just need the one.

While I was in GR I just really loved the area. It reminded me of home. Everything you could want. Everything is close. We went to Lake Michigan one Saturday. It is only 30-45 min from GR. I see a Kearney Reunion on the Lake in our future. I really like the atmosphere of the office and the manager still was very understanding of how big of a move it is to come from KC and leave my family. He said still there is no pressure and in my time. I explained I'm ready to come just waiting for my house to sell. He even said if I changed my mind no hard feelings. I just keep remembering what a great place I'm in and how I couldn't have planned this better myself.

What has made this all easier is how supportive everyone has been. Yes, it is bittersweet. I have been having some of the best times recently with my family and friends, but I know they will still happen when I come visit. I also am excited to make new connections in GR.

So that is the story in nutshell. Thank you to everyone to being supportive and praying for me.
I do know that when I get an offer on my house everything is going to go very quickly. As when the offer is in I will make the call and all the relocation craziness will happen in swift movement. I'm assuming it will all be done in a month and half after we get the offer. So that will be a crazy time for me. As for right now, I hurry up and wait.

Love you all.

Monday, December 26, 2011


I'm planning the restart to my new lifestyle. I was doing really well and then like most of the world fell off the wagon a couple of weeks ago. I am still attending Weight Watchers and getting back to boxing after a few months off. I normally take this time of year to reflect on the year and where I have been and what I hope for in the next year. So this blog post is probably more for me than for others enjoyment. Besides, I'm pretty sure I have lost most of my followers.

This year has been one of changes. Not major changes, but as I stated before, lifestyle changes. I finally found a way to exercise that I enjoy, boxing. What I will never understand about this is that it is the hardest thing I have ever done as far as exercise goes. What I have learned is that is makes all the difference to be doing something that I feel confident doing and not feel bad about myself during the workout. Also have support from friends to encourage me to go and while I'm there. Just like in most disciplines having accountability is a necessity. So just knowing that a friend is expecting you to meet them there at 7 pm after work or at 9 am on a Saturday makes you want to be there for them and not let them down.

I also joined Weight Watchers in the spring. I have done WW before, but they have a new program now that make so much sense to me and makes it so easy to follow. (This doesn't mean I have been following it all the time). It has encouraged me to eat more fruit and veggies and to be aware of everything I do eat. I go to the meetings at work. I believe this makes all the difference in the world for me. As I'm attending meetings with those that I spend the majority of my week with, some of which I each lunch with. So again this goes back to accountability. I know this is going to sound crazy, but something that has made the difference for as far as tracking goes is technology. I have a WW app on my phone so no matter where I'm at I can track what I'm eating or calculate if it is worth the bite. As my leader tells us "If you bite it, your write it." I have learned to track even on the bad days. I have learned what I can eat at some of my favorite restaurants without blowing the day.

So what has been the result of all these changes? I have lost 23 lbs since the beginning of the year. I still have a lot to go, but I know I'm doing it the right way. Slow and steady wins the race. I'm also learning what to do so when I am done losing I won't just gain it back as I will continue eating the same foods. I'm learning now to enjoy foods I have never eaten before. I have a Spaghetti Squash baking in the oven as I type this. They tell me it can replace pasta. And even better it is 0 points alone.

I have also taken sometime this year to reflect on what is in my left that causes me more stress or anxiety that is not good or necessary. After 24 hours in the hospital for stress and anxiety you realize it is more than just something you should do, but need to do. As I look toward next year I'm only going to hold one office in a group outside of work. This is very exciting for me. I'm looking forward to getting involved in my church in ways that feed me and fulfill me as I give.

As I'm almost fully recovered from my hip surgery I am so excited to have that behind me and know that 10 years worth of pain is gone. Prior to this I honestly thought I was going to be in pain for the rest of my life.

As always I'm looking forward to my travels for 2012. Next year I will celebrate my 10 year anniversary at work. This means I earn 5 more days of vacation, which gives me 30 for the year. I am taking a long weekend with my mom and older sister in January to go to a place to scrapbook for the weekend. I am going on the annual KLOVE Cruise the first week of February. I will go to Grand Rapids, MI (AKA Frozen Tundra) for work for 3 weeks in February and March. There is a family reunion with my mom's side of the family in San Antonio in October. And we will see what else may happen.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Control. What's that?

So this could turn out more random than I'm planning. I have learned over the years the best way I process and deal with things is to just write and get what is spinning through my head out. So I'm sitting here on my couch attempting to position my right leg in just the right position that doesn't hurt. The pain in my hip this week has been nearly unbearable. I'm counting down the days to surgery. A week from now I will be at my parents house, laying as comfortably as I can in their spare bed.
As most of you know I like to have at least an idea of how things are going to go. I wouldn't call myself a control freak, but I'm not the most spontaneous of the bunch either. I have learned so far though this process of surgery that we now live in a world that surgeons are so terrified of law suits that they are as vague as possible when giving information. So I don't have a grand idea of what to expect after surgery. What I do know is that "everyone recovers differently." I think what I would like to know is what generally happens. Will I be able to at least lay comfortably? When will I be able to walk? Will I really only be out of work for 2 weeks? When will I be able to function on my own again and come home? How long will I have to go to physical therapy? When do I get to kick a boxing bag again? Yes my doctor did answer all the questions he could. But they basically just tell you "everyone is different." Well, no duh.
I sure hope I don't go stir crazy. I have all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls to watch, books downloaded on my Kindle, magazines to read, and I have a project to work on if I get to a point I can do that.
Thanks for your prayers. My surgery is at 1:00 on Thursday. (I'm kinda concerned about being hungry as I won't be able to eat after midnight.)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fighting Discouragement

A quick update on my life

Well, for those of you that don't know I have been doing Weight Watchers for about 3 months. I have lost my first 5% of my weight. Trying to stay focused through the hot summer months has been challenging the past couple of weeks. I have decided having a great leader and going to meetings is what is helping me be successful. I also have some great support for my family and friends. I go to meetings at work, so I have the support at work also.

I have also been boxing since April. I am loving it. I love that I have found a type of exercise that I love and only have to do it 3-4 times a week and it is only an hour committment.

So here is where the discouragement comes in. As many of you know I have been having hip pain for many (over 8) years. They diagnosed me as having bursitis and basically was told I would just deal with the pain and hope that exercising would work the pain away. After I started boxing I thought it was getting better, however it has been worse for the last month or so. I finally went to the doctor and told him I was sick of being in pain every day of my life and I was too young. I have also lost some rotation of my hip. He decided we should do and MRI. I got the results today. I have a torn Labrum. This is the ligament that is between the top of my femur and bottom of the hip joint. Which is the exact area they thought I had the bursitis. So now I move on to a specialist. I plan to hopefully be able to just tell him that I'm sick of trying everything besides surgery and it hasn't worked. So I'm really just ready for surgery, even though I know this means I will have to stop boxing for some time.

Please pray that I'm able to keep my focus on getting healthy even through these bumps in the road.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What's that funk?

So overdue isn't any where near the right word to use for how long it has been since I posted to the blog. Since I last posted I have been on a cruise, to Vegas, to St. Louis and spent some time at home. So you would think I have a lot to say, but not sure that I do. I'm totally attacking this post with no idea about what is going to come out. So this may be more of something I should have kept to myself, but you all are lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to get to read it. I'm not even sure if anyone still checks this. This past week I was in a major funk. I think the funk has been building for a few weeks, but it hit the high point this week. Not sure how to really describe the funk, but I just was kinda grumpy and my patience was pretty much nil. I account it all to filling my life with so much that I haven't had time to breath. Besides work, I have been pretty busy with church stuff. I love my church and church family. We are currently in a big transition with our sanctuary under renovation and some additional areas in the church. As chair of the Christian Education board this puts me in charge additional items on top of our normal duties on the board. We also currently have an interim Pastor. I can't tell you how much I am enjoying him at the church. He really has made me think a lot and just reflect on my life. During Lent I have been going to a small group at his house with some others to just go deeper in to the sermon's and I have just really enjoyed the time. I spent last weekend in St. Louis. It was great to spend sometime with one of the college girls driving there. Just catching up and seeing where she is in her life. The most exciting part of the weekend was that we got to see our good friend David on Saturday, just 3 days after his double lung transplant. Talk about inspiration. The moments this week that my funk got the worst I just thought about him and realized my life isn't really so horrible, so I need to just suck it up. Then I spent some time with my family and the kids, prior to driving back to KC with my mom. Always enjoy spending time with them. The beginning of March I went on a spontaneous trip to Vegas with Tiffany. We walked a lot, saw a Cirque de Soilei show KA, ate and shopped. It was great to spend the time with her. I love having people in my life that I can be my true self all the time and they love me for me. And we can just pick up where we left off. We also played a lot of penny slots. Speaking of friends that you can just pick up where you left off it has been great to see some of the Kearney Girls more regularly. There are 4 of us living in the KC area now and we have been very intentional to keep the 3rd Saturday of the month to spend time with each other. Again great friends that love you for who you are and there for you any time. I'm also looking forward to seeing Katie next weekend. She keeps me grounded and understands so many of the struggles I have in my life. Such a great sounding board. She is one of those friends that you can just call and you don't have to leave a message cause you just wanted her to know you were thinking about her. We spend most weeks just playing phone tag, but we know we are thinking of each other. This week I have two things I'm really looking forward to. I'm going to Lawrence on Wednesday with my friend Kristi to go to a concert to hear Matt Wertz. He was in high school with us and is such a great singer. Look him up. Then Thursday is girls night to the theatre. We are going to see West Side Story. I'm so looking forward to the time with the girls and the show as I have never seen it. Let's see what else? Oh yes, the cruise. I had a great time with a new cruising friend, Linda. Another great friend. The new stop we added this year was Key West. I loved Key West and look forward to going back next year. We already booked for next year. So you would think I had traveled enough this year, but I have a few more trips in me. I will be going to Wichita in May to visit Mike and Liz (and to get Tiffany a Cranky Turkey Sandwich). Then I believe this summer Katie and I will be traveling to Colorado for a relaxing time together. So please keep me in your prayers as I'm attempting to get out of my funk. I think the final straw this week was a visit to the doctor at which time he decided to put me on blood pressure meds. Yes this was the kick in the butt I really needed to get going in the right direction. Also my hip that has been giving my issues for over 10 years is now hurting more than ever. We may have to do an MRI and not sure what is going to come from that, but not looking forward to it. Thanks for listening (reading).