Posts Tagged ‘arizona’

I’m back!

Boy, I’ve been gone a long time! Lots has gone on, let me fill you in….

I really love it here in Arizona. Loving the weather (75 degrees today. Crazy!); love my job, they’re keeping me VERY busy; love my little apartment. I just got my internet hooked up today, I’ve been living off of mobile web (yuck) and using my sister’s computer when I had the chance. Almost two months without internet seemed like forever! I had a problem getting the wireless router to work, but finally when I restarted the computer everything was A-OK….except my computer was really slow (has been for quite a while now), so I decided to throw caution to the wind and restore the damn thing. I tried to have faith that all the files I needed were safely backed up on my external drive. SIGH. I think I’ll get most of my files eventually. That’s all I’m gonna say about that….

Which really sucks because I have a brand-new iPod Touch just waiting to be used! I splurged on it when I found out I was getting my settlement next month. Can’t wait to get out from under some of these bills. Obviously it’s not bad enough that I stop contributing to the bills….

OK, enough of that for now. I haven’t been knitting lately, work is super busy so I’m trying to save my hands, plus now my stupid ass computer is going to keep me busy for a while. Plus my sense of time is all off down here; I cannot believe next week is Christmas! I have cookies to bake on Sunday to ship to a certain someone, then more cookies to make Wednesday for our family get-together Christmas Day.

Well, time for me to try and get some sleep. It’s been a long day!



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…to the (two) people who read my blog, but posting is few and far between because I have no internet connection of my own right now.

I am mostly settled in to my new place, just a few boxes left to unpack. I’ve been applying for jobs like mad, both massage and miscellanious, trying to get something…anything…soon.

It’s been a surprisingly easy transition for me, this move. Only one day so far crying over the past…other than that it’s been stress and crying about the job situation (and not too much of that, even). I know it will work out eventually, but when I stress about money, I stress long and hard about it.

I took a massage class last weekend, which was lots of fun. I got to meet some local massage therapists and learn a technique I never thought I’d enjoy (I took it for the hours, not the content, so I can get my license) but really really do. Now I’m looking forward to the next “level” class I’m signed up for next weekend.

No knitting to speak of, c’est la vie.


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All moved

I’m writing this from sunny AZ. The move was loooong, but thankfully uneventful. Lexie didn’t want to take her happy pills, so I had to listen to her cry the WHOLE drive. Not fun. Plus she’s being pretty clingy now, but as I get us more settled in the apartment, she seems to settle more too.

Like the apartment complex so far. Quiet, nice grounds, I’m right by one of the pools. People are nice. My place looked small with all the boxes in it, but now that there are only a few boxes left, it will be a comfortable size.

Next up is looking for a job! I was going to wait until after I got my massage license to look, but I always worry about money, and I figure I better start putting feelers out now. Wish me luck!


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Four weeks!

That’s right! I’ll be moving in four weeks. I sent in the application for an apartment on Monday, they called today and said they have a unit on hold for me! I’m excited and nervous as hell.


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Just got home today from (super fucking hot) Arizona. When I arrived Friday, they were of course having a record high of 115 (bazillion) degrees. Saturday both my Dad and stepmom went apartment hunting with me, and what an exhausting day that was! I wanted to see as many as possible, which for me was about 6, but in one day when it’s over 110 degrees is pretty damn good. I have it narrowed down to two, it just depends what the prices are in a few weeks when I apply if I go with my first choice or not.

After apartment shopping, the fam dropped me off at my sister Angela’s to spend the night. I wanted…nay, needed…to take a cold shower, but could not get cold water for the life of me. It was pretty sad….a sweaty fat girl crying in the shower because there was no cold water. I finally just wet a washcloth and fanned it a bit to try to cool it down before using it. The whole while thinking man, I can’t wait to move here! Of course I tell Angela this when she gets home, and she says “Oh, you should have called me. You just have to let it run for a while to get the hot water out of the pipes.” Gah.

We went to Island Burgers for dinner, meeting up with my favorite Raveler Auntie Jimbo. We had such a good time hanging out! I’m surprised we were able to eat, we were gabbing so much. I had my sis take pictures, and of course we had to ham it up:



Sunday was a bit more relaxed. Ang and I went to her friend Liz’s for a while, then she and I were off to Changing Hands bookstore. Then it was back to my Dad’s house, and to Macayo’s for dinner.

Backing up a bit, when we went to Liz’s, I met her adorable 3 year old daughter Gracie. Angela had a rough road getting Gracie to like her, but not me! I sat down at the table, Gracie sat next to me, stuck out her hand, and said “Hi, I’m Gracie. Nice to meet you!” Angela was standing behind her, with jaw dropped. I shook Gracie’s hand, and I was OK in her book. The whole rest of the day Angela was bemoaning the fact that Gracie warmed up to me so much faster. It was hilarious.

The flights were pretty uneventful (which is always good). We did arrive back in IL 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, to which the flight attendant quipped over the loudspeaker, “We have arrived 15 minutes early, so if you’re on another flight of ours and it’s late, consider us even!”


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No news is good news

So, the whole letter-writing idea went bust. My school won’t do it. I have to wait until after I move, then take 50 hours of continuing ed classes before I can get my license. I have to wait until after the move because the schools around here (and none are close, BTW) only have piddly classes…5-8 hours a pop. The school in Scottsdale has classes that run up to 25 hours, so I can get my hours done in two 3-day weekends. It doesn’t make the situation any better, but it’s the only solution I have at this point.

It is going to be mucho scary to move without a job (I may try to line up a part-time job or something, not sure yet. Methinks the school should be forced to give me a job, since they can’t be buggered to write a measly letter for me). Depending on the timing, I may be able to just live off the settlement money until I get my license, if all this takes place within a month. If my moving date screws with the first class, I will HAVE to find a job, because it will then take 2-3 months to get my license.

A friend asked me how long it will take after I finish my hours to get my license, and I formulated a plan. I will make a scene at the school so they messenger my transcript, ink still wet, over to the licensing board. I will then sit in the office every day, knitting, until they process my paperwork and can then hand me my license. Maybe I should also bring my iPod and sing songs as loudly as I can. Maybe that will make them work a wee bit faster!

After all my doom and gloom, I will leave you with a photo of me with my Stitch-In peeps, looking all happy together:


Front row: Marilyn, Linda, Heather, Lenore, Janan. Back row: Kathie, Eileen, Becky, Linda, Becky, Ollie, Heather, and me.


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I’ve been a bad blogger

Sorry. Lots going on here, and not much of it right now is good. I finished two more quilt tops (good), but they are being put on hold indefinitely until I can get some of this moving stuff straightened out.

The first problem I’m running into is my weight vs. personal health insurance. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that COBRA isn’t going to be too expensive for me because I’m on a few meds and I need prescription coverage at the very least. I know I need to lose weight, it’s on my to-do list. It just fries me that except for my weight and my high blood pressure (which is controlled by meds now), I am perfectly healthy. I hardly ever go to the doctor. No surgeries, no broken bones. Not even a cavity. But the fact that I don’t fit into their arbitrary number “box”, I can’t get insurance, or have to pay exorbitant amounts for the same insurance as someone who is “skinny” or “average” weight but may have a myriad of health problems.

The problem that is making me all RAGE RAGE right now is the AZ Board of Massage just told me, after it took them 2 months to get all my paperwork “in” (I think they had it for some time, in all honesty) to process my application, that my continuing education hours I submitted won’t count towards the 50 hours I am short on training (My school’s program was 650 hours, AZ requires 700 hours) because it wasn’t from a massage school. Nevermind it’s from a highly accredited and respected institute. No, they say I have to go to a massage school and get the 50 hours of training. Sure. I have plenty of time to do that in between moving across the country and getting divorced. And the fact it will cost me just under $1000 to get those 50 hours? No problem! I’ll just pick that money off my money tree tomorrow. I am going to call my massage school here in IL tomorrow and beg them to just write them a letter vouching for the hours, hopefully they’ll do it. I’ll cry if I have to. Don’t think I won’t. The AZ school I talked to said they run into this problem all the time, that the AZ Board is inconsistent about what CEU’s they will and won’t take, seemingly on a month by month basis.

What a fucking nightmare. Hopefully my apartment hunting next weekend will go smoothly (that is not a dare, Universe). Something should, at this point!


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