Thursday, April 26, 2007

Life Comes At You Fast...

Seriously, those Visa commercials tell the truth! After months of not much happening, my life seems to have slipped into the fast lane. Here's what's been happening:

1. I got a new church calling. I've been attending the singles ward (sporadically) for a few months, but most of you know that it typically takes awhile for a calling to be extended in singles wards. When I went to church Sunday the 15th, I hadn't been to my ward for a few weeks (for various reasons). I arrived early and sat in a corner pew to quietly read my scriptures until church started. I was accosted (not the best word) by the bishop, both his counselors, the Elders Quorum president, the Relief Society president, and the Executive Secretary (one at a time, not all together). The E.S. set up an appointment for me to meet with one of the bishopric members, so I knew I was getting a calling. I am once again (and forever???) a Sunday School teacher. I wasn't told specifically, but I'm pretty sure I'll be teaching Gospel Doctrine. I'm excited because I love teaching, and I love the New Testament.

2. I'm moving! I'm staying in the same town, at least for a year or so, but I'm getting my own apartment. I decided not to go to school at all, at least for a year or so, so I couldn't reconcile living at home any more - saving for school was the reason I moved home in the first place. I looked around for one-bedroom apartments and decided to get a studio apartment that is close to work. I really don't want a roommate; I'm ready for my very own place. I went into the rental office this morning before work, and it sounds like they'll have a unit ready for me May 7th!!!! That means I need to start packing! I've been in these studios before and they are tiny, but I don't really need that much room. I can't wait! I'll invite each of you (individually, of course, because it's so small) over for a party sometime.

3. Dating. Okay, in one instance, I'm not sure if what we're doing is actually, truly dating, but it's in that general direction. An old friend (he's 30!!!!) (inside joke) and I are experimenting with maybe being more than friends. Is that specific enough for you?? It's a little tough because we don't live in the same town, but it makes things a little interesting as well. It also means that it can't go too fast; I'm not ready for fast. There's more I could tell you, but I'm not going to. At least, not right now. Sorry. :)

The other instance is truly dating; I have a blind date this Saturday. And, before you get your unmentionables in a twist, I did inform the guy in the first instance about the blind date, though maybe not all the details. Anyhoo, a friend from college has been trying to set me up with Nice Guy for a few months. I've been pretty resistant (I don't like being set up) but finally agreed to it. It's taken several weeks to set a date and time that works for everyone, but we've finally decided to have breakfast at my friend's house this Saturday. I don't normally go for breakfast dates, especially at 8:30am, but I'm spending the rest of the day in St. George with Cardine to celebrate her birthday, so the morning was all that was available. My friend and her husband are moving next week, so it's this weekend or never. I was hoping for never. Sorry, I'm sure it will be fun - that's what I keep telling myself. :)

4. Work. This one is kind of cheating because my job is always busy and fast-paced, but attending the AAA convention in Denver last week seemed to accelerate things a bit. I learned a lot of things that I need to be doing, things that I want to start doing, and things we're doing wrong. I don't have enough time to implement all the things I want to do (so I shouldn't be blogging at work, but oh well)! I was so busy at the convention that I wasn't able to do much sightseeing. I managed to go to the Botanical Gardens and see the Big Bug exhibit; it was really neat. The fruit trees were in bloom, gorgeous, and perfumed the air with a heavenly scent! The day I went was sunny and 68 degrees; it was perfect. On the way home from Denver, we stopped at Buffalo Bill's grave. That's it for sightseeing. Oh, and I walked up and down the 16th Street Mall several times! That street is how I'll always picture Denver, because I walked it so much! It was a great week, for a few reasons.

5. Weight. This one doesn't actually belong under the heading "Life Coming At You Fast", but it's good news, and I want to share it. I've lost 15 pounds! Yeah! My secret? I've been walking a few days a week and eating less. I still let myself eat whatever I want, I just try not to eat a lot of anything all at once. I've been doing this for a couple months, and it's working well for me. I've never wanted to diet, so I like that I don't feel like I'm on a diet. I'm just trying to be healthy.

So, that's it. That's all my news. Life has taken some interesting turns and I'm pretty excited to see what's around the next bend.


Cassie said...

Wow! I had to do a double take and reread the part about you not going to school. Lots of stuff going on. I'm excited for you to have your own place. Is it big enough for me and Aly to come visit you at the same time. And do we need to call off the May visit? We were thinking late May but let us know. Also, now I don't have to ask your mother about staying with her because Will you let me stay with you in July?

And now yet another person who is dating. I'm excited for you and excited to hear about it when you are willing to tell.

julie said...

I was exaggerating a little about the size, just a little. Both you and Aly should be able to stay with me. And you can definitely stay with me in July!

Framed said...

Wow, I'm exhausted. Hopefully, you're enjoying all the action and not getting stressed.

Adam said...

Cool! Sounds like a lot of exciting things are happening for you!


booklogged said...

I'm so glad that you're young and can handle that much going on in your life. It takes me all day and the next to recover from 3 hours of work! I am such a slug.

Keep having a good time. I wish I could come to your SS class.

Cardine said...

I am so happy for you, and I can't wait to see your new studio apartment! I love it when life is excellent. It sounds like yours is.

Congrats on the 15 lbs. Stop transferring it to me. :)

tearese said...

yay! Its fun when new things happen. I bet your boss was happy that you weren't moving. Congrats on the weight too, that sounds like the best way to do it.
You'll have to email me your new address so we can send you a baby announcement in June. Good luck!

Indy said...

I think that is all great news!! It is nice to get a break from things, then have a busy life again. At least I think so. I am hitting the break period in my own life, so I am happy. Summer here I come.

Congrats on the Boy!! And the apartment!

c jane said...

Jewels, I love your life updates. They are my favorite. I'm so excited for you and everything you are doing.

warnser said...

I have to say that I think the breakfast date is pretty a brilliant idea, and whoever first thought of it was a genius. That said I do understand about not wanting to do such things, especially at early hours, but I commend you for finding a time for a date, even a date that you weren't "totally into" conceptually.

(also I'm glad your date was fairly pleasant, that's always fun)

And 15lbs? that's awesome.
I'm impressed. and being healthy is usually better than dieting from what I hear. so Congrats.