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Work, Trips, Things, Stuff

Posted in Crazy Wisdom on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 1:36 pm by flerly.

It’s a new month, and the stress is up. The job situation is hammered out, and I’m currently waiting on a response about finalizing the setup of my work-at-home phone again. I’ve got several projects on the plate right now, and tomorrow I already have a 3-hour meeting in the works for the full briefing on everything that will be.

On the state of things:

The House Hunt is moving so fast. We pretty much have it narrowed down to two, with a revisit to them scheduled for Monday, for Mr.T and Mr.theMad to see what they think. Based on our conversations, I think we’ve actually narrowed it down to just one. I still have a soft spot in my heart for one of the cool cedar homes off Ponce over closer to Stone Mountain, but it looks like we’re going ever-so-slightly ITP with a house in Decatur, off I285 at the Covington Highway exit. I may see if I can bribe the realtor to make the boys visit one of the Stone Mountain houses, too. When James and I drove by there, it was in the course of visiting a ton of places, so we came at it from a horrible route and I think that scared him to death on traffic. Mapquest tells a different story. We’ll see. Either way, in order to keep from going month to month for more than the one expensive month we anticipate, we really need to put a contract on something next week.

The Mini-Vacation to Las Vegas went okay. The family time and the planned events went great. Blue Man Group again was just as fun, and as I’ve told anyone who asks, the Spamalot show left my face hurting from smiling so much. Outstanding. We did learn several things this trip, though. First, the Vegas Monorail doesn’t actually cut off much walking when you have to navigate the maze of casinos to get to and from it anyway. Second, the food choices at the Las Vegas Hilton aren’t really choices at all unless you consider Truly Pricey or Outrageously Pricey as choices. And their hours suck.

The biggest gamble taken on this trip was by nephew Dennis and Mr. T who both decided to order “the surf and turf special” one night, without asking the price. Without revealing the price here, let me just hint that when the check came, we also found out we’d paid $14 for four glasses of water. You make a guess. Now, double that and you’re probably close. Otherwise, I spent the time letting slot machines have my money quickly and video poker machines have it slowly. No big wins for anyone this trip, but that’s just how things work out. Sunday we spent a very lazy day at the pool to enjoy the heat wave for the weekend… 97 degrees and breezy. If only we didn’t have to look at the 15-story high image of Barry Manilow that was on the side of our hotel all day, it would have been damn near perfect.

We did, of course, manage to find the time to visit the Swatch store again for our only souvenirs. =)

Upcoming this weekend is Mr. T’s yearly family reunion. We’ll probably leave late Friday night this year. I know James hasn’t made it to the driving range nearly as often as he’d planned, so I have a feeling that this years golf game will again be “a day never to be spoken of again” much like the previous years. Friday is my last day of Bootcamp, too, and I have to say I’m going to miss it. With all the travel upcoming and the work and moving stress, I decided not to do the 3-month deal they offered me. Mostly, I was worried that last month would fall after we’d moved and I’d be hating life on that trip there and back every morning. Instead, I’ve signed up for two months of morning kickboxing classes, which I’m pretty excited about. I’ve been twice, and they are extremely fun. The last few minutes everyday that we spend just beating the hell out of the heavy bag before we stop to stretch and relax are really outstanding for dealing with stress.

The next weekend we’re supposed to visit my family again for a little reunion of our own. Sis and bro-in-law from Alabama and brother from Florida are converging with us on Mom’s house. Goals? Oh, just to take mom out to eat and possibly get her passport paperwork taken care of so we can all do a family cruise next year. Not looking forward to the drive… of course, but after a couple weeks of work-at-home, I may not mind it so much.

The only thing I do know about the new work situation so far is that there will be travel again, but instead of driving to local offices, I’ll be flying for a couple days at a time to other offices. The rest of the time I’ll be chained to my work-at-home desk. Seriously chained, as we launch the new program which offers customers “phone time with the designer” and I begin taking appointments daily over the phone instead of in person.

All right that’s plenty enough babble. I miss our friends, and hope that sometime soon we’ll have time to hang out again.



  1. depotmode has made a Comment

    Heh…you’re wanting to move close to where I wound up after I moved out of Dunwoody! I bet we may actually meet at this rate. 😉

    May 2, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

  2. aoide has made a Comment

    I am so excited about your move! I can’t wait to have people out my way. I was so scared about being “way out in Decatur” but now it seems everyone is sort of going that way. Let me know when you are ready for help painting or packing or whatever.

    So when can we carve out maybe just a quick girls dinner? I want to hear all about everything going on in person.

    May 2, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  3. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    me too. mom and john are going to be in town from the 5th or 6th (this sat/sun) through the 15th, EGADS! GOD HELP US! i’m going to need some dinner with the heavy drinking.

    May 2, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

  4. flerly has made a Comment

    If you want dinner PRE-mom&John, then I’ve got tomorrow night, that’s it.

    Afterward this weekend any week night is good except Fridays.

    May 2, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  5. flerly has made a Comment

    AFTER this weekend… Afterwards…. whatever. Brain fried. You get it.

    May 2, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  6. aoide has made a Comment

    I can make Friday free. Other than that, heck, I can free up almost any night if need be.

    May 2, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

  7. flerly has made a Comment

    where is your house “way out in Decatur?”

    And I can’t do Friday this week or next week, but any other week night would work. Two more weekends of travelling are coming up for us.

    May 2, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  8. flerly has made a Comment

    It could happen! We’re also looking at a place just outside the perimeter toward the Stone Mountain area. THAT is my favorite, but either way… I haven’t made it to Stone Mountain Park since I’ve actually lived in Atlanta. One of these days I WILL make it out to a walk that your planning. Hope you’re feeling better soon, too!

    May 2, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

  9. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    Friday’s good for me.
    Where shall we start the girl time?
    Oy! Let there be booze!

    May 2, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

  10. schlemaggle has made a Comment

    duh. I just read kim’s about not being able to do it Friday. i’ve got the standing Thursday date with the in-laws, so tomorrow is no good for me.

    next week sometime? i’m sure i can pry myself away from the folks one night. or bring The Mom along, if ya’ll don’t mind.

    May 2, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

  11. aoide has made a Comment

    I don’t think I have any plans next week other than I try to go climbing on Tuesdays. Monday anyone? If so, 7ish? If so, where? And I would love to see your mom. Bring her along fo sho.

    May 2, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

  12. depotmode has made a Comment

    I’m on the Stone Mountain side of Tucker, so it sounds like you’re looking around near me. 🙂 Let me know if I can give you a heads up on neighborhoods, since I’ve lived over this-a-way before.

    May 2, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

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