It’s Summer Baby!

I have been SO busy. The past two weeks have been kind of nuts! I started my new job, got the house totally cleaned out, had a baby raccoon visitor, and had online friends here for 5 days! Plus, the nice weather! Not too hot, not to cold, yet. Although we did have some unseasonably cool weather the whole time Miranda and Cyrus were here.

So whats been down with me? Well, I started my job. Which, so far, is amazing. It is by far the most perfect job for me I have had, ever. I work in Illustrator, typesetting and aligning peoples art, logo’s, whatever for printing on things like keychains, coin purses, mirror cases, etc. And the people I work with are nice. So I’m super stoked!

DSCF0051Over the past couple of weeks we’ve also had a small furry visitor. I guess the rustling noises from under the deck were coming from a baby raccoon who has made his home there. He’s a brave little guy too. He sits out in the front yard at night and eats and wanders about, even though we’re on the porch. We also had an accidental run in with him up close and personal while leaving one night. It was raining around 10pm and Bill and I wanted to run out for some food. When we got outside, Bill stepped down onto the steps, stopped and went OMG! We looked down and the little raccoon stepped right onto his foot! Right onto it! Then froze, looked up, and started hissing, because he didn’t realize Bill’s boot was attached to a person. It was seriously the most OMG WTF moment ever. We just stood there, staring at him, while he backed up and hissed himself into a tizzy.

Then we had Miranda and Cyrus here for close to a week from Kentucky. It was AWESOME having them here and I am so sad they had to leave. I’ve known Miranda for probably close to 8 years online, and we met back in September for dinner finally. Well, she has family that lives in Akron, so when I heard they were going to be coming up here for Cyrus’s vacation I invited them to stay with Bill and I. It was awesome! They brought their pc’s and we set them up in the living room with us and we spent a good amount of time all playing WoW together. It was awesome! I seriously miss those two like crazy though, it just felt so natural to have them hanging out with us! Hopefully someday we’ll be able to do it all the time!

So what has everyone else been up to?

I Got A New Job, Again!

As some people probably noticed I tweeted last week about having a job interview. While I do like my job, I occasionally check job postings to see what is out there. Well the other day I had been browsing through CraigsList job postings when I came across one for a Mac Operator. At the time I wasn’t sure what the job was, but the ad said it provided full training, all they wanted was someone with experience in the Apple OS and Adobe Software. So I applied and I got called in for an interview last Wednesday.

I went in and found out that what I would be doing is working in the Art Department of a production plant on a Mac, loading company logo’s onto templates in illustrator, checking them for accuracy, and then sending them to the production floor for printing on things like keychains, luggage tags, coin purses, etc. Needless to say I was stoked. The interview took about an hour, and at the end they told me I should hear from them by the end of the week. I got home and not even 2 hours later I got a call offering me the position!

I am so excited for so many reasons about this. While I don’t mind working in retail, I despise the hours, and holidays, and mean customers. Going back to working in an office monday through friday is what I’ve been hoping for. I want to be home every night to cook dinner. I want to know that I have holidays off with my family. I want to know what my schedule is every week, so that I can have a schedule for myself at home.

My last day at Piercing Pagoda will be May 27th, and I should start at my new job the following week I believe. I’m so excited about this, I can’t wait!

Family Recipe’s!

IMG_2355I got the most awesome package ever in the mail today. My Aunt LeighAnne commented on my Facebook last week saying I should expect a package to come sometime soon. She said it had things in it she thought I might want. I get home from work today and I stop at the end of the road to grab the mail and our mailman pulls up and tells me he just dropped a package on my porch. So I raced up the hill to the house to find out what my Aunt sent me.

To my utter surprise it was my grandmother, and both great grandmothers recipe’s! I was so shocked I sat down on the porch and damn near started balling my eyes out. I grew up eating my grandmothers food every single holiday, and now I have all of her recipe’s! I think I may end up making a sub domain and typing up all the recipe’s for ease of use. That and so I can’t ever lose them.

IMG_2350Also in the box were some of my favorite ornaments from my grandmothers Christmas tree, as well as my grandmother and granddad’s passports, and my granddad’s international driving permit. It was so cool getting to look at their passports, see their pictures and information and everything. There was also a letter my Mom had typed for my granddad in it.

I’m just beyond thrilled and excited to have all of their recipe’s! I can’t wait to dig in and make something now!

4 Dead in Ohio

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State Shootings. Being that I had today off, I grabbed my camera and headed down to campus to take some pictures, walk around campus, and listen to the speakers. I got there just in time to listen to the time-line of the events leading up to the May 4th massacre.

At 12:24 pm, the time that the Ohio National Guard opened fire on the demonstrators, they rang the liberty bell on the grassy commons. They also released doves. In all it only took 13 seconds and 67 bullets to kill 4 students and wound 9. Words don’t really cover the historical significance of the Kent State Shootings. It was beautiful out today, and being the big history nerd I am, I found it very humbling to be down on campus for the anniversary. Without further ado, some pictures:

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Ringing the liberty bell.

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Shot of the crowd.

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Shot of the crowd from up the hill. Also shows the daffodils planted for every soldier that died in the Vietnam War on the hillside.

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Memorial marker in the parking lot.

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William Schroeder

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Allison Krause

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Sandra Scheuer

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Jeffrey Miller

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View of the parking lot and memorial markers.

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Speaker up on the stage.

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People wrote messages with chalk all over the ground in the parking lot.