Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When it rains...

...it definitely pours. But - to complete the idiom with another idiom - in every cloud there is a silver lining. Boy, if I haven't learned this lately.

Okay, so my favorite saying over the last 3 weeks is that my life is like a country song: I was sick, my dog died, and I lost my job. All I need now is a pickup truck so it can break down and a boyfriend so he can dump me! (I find that facing things with humor really eases the tension, baby.)

All of this obviously needs a little explanation, so let me see if I can do a quick recap for you...

March 12-15: Went to Seattle for business trip. Family came too. Played with family on down time. Stood in a booth at a golf show for three days. Ate Nando's chicken. Went on Underground Tour. Went to ballet. Played Settlers of Cattan in SEA-TAC Airport. Lost.

March 18-22: Went to Disneyland for 3 days with family. Loved every minute of it. Sat in the front on Splash Mountain. Got soaked. Ate a corn dog, Dole Whip, 3 churros, and Blue Bayou. Won 3 beavers. Used single rider pass again and again and again and again... Hated to leave.

March 23: Had inexplicable hives on arms. Itchy arms all week.

March 26-31: Hives spread to entire body. Had to take cold baking soda bath. Completely miserable and whiny. Just ask the roommates.

March 31: Sugar, beloved family dog, dies. Almost 14 years old. Had a ruptured disc. Couldn't walk. Had to be put down. We love and miss her.

April 1-3: Hives under control. On constant Benadryl. Sudden unexplained dizziness, nausea, and fatigue on Thursday afternoon. Stayed home Friday. Sent in job application for Western Wyoming Community College - Vocal music position. Wondered if I really wanted that job. Slept.

April 4-5: Most needed and timely General Conference ever.

April 6: Laid off from job due to downsizing (in a company of 5 people). Still working through May 15th - one silver lining. Pondered the irony of already having applied for another job. Silver lining number two. Called everybody and reveled in the shock of it all.

April 9: Set up appointment for interview at WWCC. Only 5 days away. Couldn't help thinking how quickly everything was happening.

April 11-16: Great time at home with sister and parents sewing, watching movies, playing Yahtzee. Love being at home. Hives finally disappear...for now.

April 14: Interview day. Goes well. Feel a good vibe. Wonder if I can actually move back home...

April 17: Get the call. Got the job. Felt so good about it. Accepted it. Continue to feel shocked - and completely blessed.

I think that's it in a nutshell! A very very small nutshell. My life has significantly changed in the course of two small weeks. Yes, it can happen to anyone. I am here to testify.

But with all this radical change has also come the best feeling of peace and acceptance, and I know that's not coming from me. It feels like it should be a trial, and yet, isn't one. This is what Heavenly guidance looks and feels like, and no doubt about it. And I couldn't be more grateful.

Thanks to everyone who has been there to support me through these last few rough weeks! I love you all!

And thanks in advance to everyone who's going to help me make the most of my last few months here in Vegas before moving to windy, wintery, lovely Wyoming. It's party time people!!!


sara said...

Oh my gosh! Wow, hooray for Seattle, hooray for Disneyland and Churros, sorry about the hives, so so sorry about the cold bath in baking soda, sorry about the job - I always envied it, but hooray for the new one.
Only that means you're going to desert me in the dessert or is it the other way around.
Wow, I'll miss you tons, but I'm excited you're going to have a new adventure.
Congrats on the job. They will definately be better for having you.

Perry Smith said...

Congratulations on getting the job at Western. It will be so great to have you back in the area.

Melanie and Jared said...

i like how you said it's party time and you are moving back to wy away from the party. i know you are probably really happy about the job in your field and being close to family! sorry things went down so badly.

Tara said...

Love the timeline. Jealous that you went to Disneyland! Sign me up!

Happy for how things are working for you. So happy that I was able to see you tonight. Thanks for taking in an old stranger and letting me crash your night! Had a great time and am still thinking about that shake. YUM! Thanks!

Stephanie said...

So when are you leaving, I hope its not before I get back.... I know I am selfish, but I feel I can be right now....
Ok I am done. How exciting, I tell you the lord is totally aware of us in our time of need, I know i am sitting here holding on to that promise as I am looking for something for the summer to work.

I hope you will be in vegas til I can be there the weekend of the 6th of june so we can do Yellowstone stuff, If not thats cool too.

Congrats again

Sheree Flick Photography said...

I'm so going to miss you and your pretty smile when you go. :( But I'm so happy you found a job doing what you are so good at.