Okay, just an update

Hi, again!

Sorry, it’s been almost two months again since I posted, and I know it, and I apologize!

But things have been somewhat hectic.

First of all – and you need to say this a la Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) from “The Incredibles” – we are now, officially, moved in!

Closing on the new house was the day after Thanksgiving, November 24th. We moved in piecemeal – first by emptying the Pod full of necessities like beds, dressers, sofas, chairs, etc., and then by making multiple, and I do mean multiple, trips to the two storage units we rented, and emptying those out. We emptied out the last of the storage units last week Sunday.

So, yes, we are now, officially, moved in!

Now we can take our time, unpacking, getting things set up as needed, and purging what we don’t need.

It is a bigger house than the one we were living in – 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an unfinished basement with lots of storage space, and an amazing backyard – but it’s going to be fine. It’s very sturdy, and it’s properly insulated, and everything works for the most part – we’re having some trouble with the dishwasher, as well as figuring out how the electrical wiring works. Because some switches control whole entire rooms. It’s pretty cool, though.

And, even though we’re living on a busier street than the one we used to live on, it’s actually very quiet. The noise of the traffic doesn’t even register with us….unless it’s an ambulance or police car or fire truck. You know.

Here’s what the exterior of the house looks like; photo courtesy of Youngest Brother:

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So, yeah. We’re going to make wonderful memories in this house.

Second of all, my job.

Oy.

When I initially moved back to Iowa in November 2016, I had hoped to be re-employed by the same company I’d been at when I left. I wasn’t at first. But then the temp agency got me back to the company.

The company has kept me on all this time. But what happened was I took on a different job within. It’s in the cash scanning office, and basically all I do all day is scan in checks and all their supporting documentation.

I started in the cash office in May. And it went swimmingly, though not without its share of frustrations, namely busy times. But I got into the swing of things, and it wasn’t a bother at all.

But then came October. The cash room supervisors met and came to the conclusion that the cash office workflow was declining. So they changed my hours.

And all hell has broken loose.

Long story short, I never thought I’d ever see the day where I would say I hate going to work.

Ta da! It’s happened!

And it’s a real shame, too, because this particular company is where I really wanted to be working at.

I called the temp agency I’ve been working with, and have asked them to find me a different job. I have yet to hear from them.

So. We’ll see.

I’m not a massage kind of girl. I just don’t like the idea of being touched by a stranger in such an intimate way, even though it’s meant to help. But I’d been having pain in my right shoulder for many months. And I would like to say it was because we were in the process of moving. But we had everything in storage and were just waiting for the real moving day, and that’s when the pain began. Certainly when we got to moving – namely loading my sister’s queen-sized mattress onto the Pod – that probably exacerbated the pain. I went to see the doctor about it, and the instant she touched my shoulder, she said, “You are so tight here!” So she ‘prescribed’ massage therapy. So I did that; Older Sister goes to a place that specializes in chiropractic healing as well as massage therapy, so I went there. It wasn’t unpleasant. I mean, I still wasn’t comfortable with the idea, but if the pain persists, sure, I would go back again. Just maybe not right away. Older Sister’s like “Convert!” No, I wouldn’t go that far.

As a family, we’ve seen our one movie for the year, and that was on Thanksgiving Day. We went to see “Coco.” It was awesome! Pixar just keeps making better and better movies. I thought it was a nice touch how, before the movie, some of the artists who worked on the movie explained what it took to make one of the more spectacular shots of the movie. And, for the record, I did not think the “Frozen” short film beforehand – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” – was annoying or too long. I love all things “Frozen,” so I thought it was really cute and really sweet.

Younger Brother is here now, up from Georgia, visiting for Christmas. Dad will be here tomorrow, also to visit for Christmas. Just this past Thursday evening, Younger Brother, Older Sister, Older Sister’s friend Christina and Christina’s husband Cory, and I went to see the new “Star Wars” movie.

AWESOMENESS!!!!

The only other thing I can say is….just wait until the next one.

On a sad note, Older Sister woke me up this morning with the awful news that my aunt Rose passed away early this morning from stage 4 lung cancer. I cried, because she was uncle Paul’s wife, and he loved her so much. I wish there was some way we could get out there to be there for uncle Paul (Paul lives in Utah), but unfortunately we can’t. So I sent him a message via Facebook saying how much we loved him, and that we were all here for him.

*SIGH* Life sucks sometimes, and cancer sucks big time.

I know Rose isn’t in any more pain, which is just a small comfort. I just feel so bad for uncle Paul, because he loved her so much.

So.

Well, that’s what’s been going on in the world of Mouse.

If I don’t post beforehand, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’ll try to do better next post.

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