Is This the Miracle I've Been Dreaming Of?

So this....isssss....love. Sorry. Disney songs in my head. So, good news. Austin found a new job just like I knew he would. He starts a week from Monday, which is extremely fortunate as this was to be his last week at QualitySmith. This means that he will not have any days of unemployment. We're grateful that the company gave them two weeks notice before they were ultimately laid off.

His new job is at a place called MarketPartner. They help out new companies that are just starting out with their marketing, brochures, websites, and the like. Austin will be a CSR (Customer Service Representative.) He will not have to be doing sales. They have salespeople for that. He will be checking up on customers for renewals and upsales. He'll be making at least what he was at the old place. He has a higher starting base, which is good, but we'll see how he does on his bonuses and stuff. The place also has benefits too which start after 90 days. They may not be as good as the ones we currently have, but we're glad to find a place that offers benefits and so soon.

Sigh. Another 3 months without insurance. Since Austin has only been at QualitySmith for around 4 1/2 months our insurance only recently kicked in. I, fortunately, made appointments for us to take care of things before his insurance at Quality expires. Austin went to the doctor and got a checkup and got his paperwork signed by the doctor to get handicapped placards. Now he just needs to go to the DMV. On Thursday Austin went to the eye doctor and we bought him a new pair of glasses, which he'll receive next week. I'm so excited for him to have new glasses. It'll be nice for him to be able to see properly again. On Tuesday, Austin and I have appts to go see the dentist for checkups. I need my wisdom teeth out, but I hope I'll be able to wait another 3 months without detriment.

Austin is enjoying his classes thus far. He is currently working on some homework before we go to the movies to go see Stardust, a movie I'm anxious to see. I've heard so many good things about it. I'm sure I'll write a review about it later.

Tomorrow is a busy day. Austin has class from 11-2, and then has to go into work from 2-4. Then we have to drive up to Price for Steve's (yes my ex-bf) wedding. While Austin is at class I have to drive up to Riverton so I can return some shipping material to Nana and Grandpa (Austin's mother's parents.) They graciously bought me a white gold necklace for graduation; however, when it arrived they discovered it was not what they ordered so they're sending it back. I also need to go to Walmart and go grocery shopping and deposit my check. I'm sad to go grocery shopping without Austin. I don't think I've done it since we've been married. We always go together. Maybe I can get HayLee to go with me...

I still haven't heard from Covenant. :( According to their last email to me, I should hear no later than sometime this coming week. I'm hoping it will be good news. I need to find a job soon. Preston is starting preschool so I will only be with the boys on Tuesday and Thursday now. I'm excited for him to go to preschool. I think he'll greatly enjoy it. I've loved my time with the boys. I'm grateful for the opportunity I've had to spend more time with them and get to know them better. I love them all so much. I've missed Tyson since he's gone back to school. Soon I will invite the boys over to spend the night. They've been asking me for a while now.

That's it for now. I have one more story to share before I go though. Last night Austin's friends Bret & Lori Allen came over for dinner. We had a good time. However, it was a hectic experience trying to get everything ready. I took a nap and overslept (I had intended to get the house all clean before Austin got home for work.) So with less than an hour before they were to show up we hurried to get the place clean and dinner cooked. We made baked potatoes, chicken, and broccoli. We didn't have time to cook the potatoes the "good" way (in the oven), so we put them in the microwave. The moisture from the potatoes shorted out the microwave. So we thrust them into the toaster oven only to discover all but ONE of our outlets had shorted. Also our dishwasher and refrigerator had shorted out as well. Fun. So we crammed everything into the one outlet we had left. Fortunately the broccoli (that I cooked in the steamer) had finished so we were able to plug the Foreman and the toaster oven in so we could cook the chicken and potatoes. We still hadn't finished everything when they arrived. Austin was freaking out because we couldn't find a fusebox and of course our landlord is only open during business hours. Fortunately we got everything ready in time for a frazzled dinner and we played Scene it! Disney version and afterwards went out to get frozen yogurt at Provo Fro-Yo, my new favorite ice cream place.

Fast forward several hours... Austin's cousin (who just moved to Utah to attend BYU) came over cuz he needed a ride to the train station. I thought we might check the outlet the fridge was plugged in and see if it had a reset switch because I was worried all our food was spoiled. Austin moved the fridge and lo and behold!...the fusebox. He reset it, and all of our appliances and outlets went back to normal.

So the story wasn't short. Well, it's my blog and I'm entitled to write as long or as short as I'd like. You, fortunately, have the choice of reading it.

Okay, Austin's now bugging me to get ready for the movie. So off I go!


You are Low Man; I am Top Banana

So things aren't as bad today. Austin already has 4 interviews set up this week, and it's only Monday. Friday I sent his resume out to like 20 companies. I'm sure we'll hear from at least 5 more before the week is over. I also scheduled Austin an eye and doctor appointment. Tomorrow I'll schedule dentist appointments.

I'm so excited for Austin to get new glasses. It's been no secret that I've always hated his glasses. I never felt they did much for him, especially now since they've been broken in two for like a year (and he still wears them, only to drive or to watch movies though.) And he'll finally get his handicapped license. That will be great finally getting good spots. Plus it'll be so much easier for him to get to class. Austin went to class for the first time on Saturday. He liked it.

More good news. Got my license plates! Yay! Now I don't have to worry about getting pulled over any more as my temporary registration ended the 18th.

I'm feeling pretty optimistic right now. I'm sure everything will work out for the better.

On a random note...I'd like to affirm my love once again for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Austin and I watched a couple of episodes from the first season again yesterday. I love that show. It really is the best. Another random note...Austin and I went and saw The Simpsons movie on Saturday. It was eh for me. It was funnyish, but the whole time I wished we had gone to see Stardust instead. We're going to go see that this weekend. Austin still has a few free movie tickets left, so we'll use them.


When it rains, it pours

Today...not the best day. We just found out that Austin is getting laid off. He has two more weeks and then one week severance pay. And yes, this happened just as he was supposed to be getting a promotion. It totally sucks. So we have to yet again find a new job for Austin. We really thought that we had finally found a stable and secure job. We're trying not to get too down. Hopefully this will turn out to be a good thing.

One kinda good news. I heard from Covenant. I'm one of the finalists and even if I don't get the position I will be able to do freelance work for them. So that's kinda good. I still have another two weeks until I hear back from them.

Austin is now officially registered for school. He's taking Math 1010 on Wednesday nights and Student Success something on Saturday mornings. He's retaking the Student Success class because he didn't do so well last time and he needs to get his GPA up. I'm sure he'll do awesome.

Before our insurance is up I have to schedule appts. for Austin and me to get into the dentist and the doctor for Austin. We want him to finally get his handicapped license. Plus we both need cleanings. I also need to get my wisdom teeth out but I don't know if there'll be time for that. Austin also needs to go to the eye doctor. He desperately needs new glasses. We have vision insurance so I need to find a place that accepts what we have so we can get him a checkup and new glasses before our insurance expires on Sept. 7.

Well that's that for now. I'll keep everyone posted. If anyone knows of any good jobs that are hiring, let us know. And please remember to keep us in your prayers. :)


The New Apartment

So we're all moved in now. We're not all unpacked yet, but we will be before the week is over. Then I'll just need to buy cute decorations...

So we obviously have internet. We pick up a really weak signal. We'll still get our own internet set up in a few months. Not only do we not have cable, but the TV doesn't work at all. We're not even getting local channels. We can still watch movies and stuff, but we haven't had time for that yet.

I really LOVE my new apartment. I don't even miss our old place. This place is just much nicer and feels more like home. I just like it much better. I'll post pics later when it's all finished.

Good news! Austin got a promotion at work. He gets a raise starting next week! Woo-hoo!

Bad news. Still haven't heard back from Covenant. I'm beginning to think that I'm NOT going to get the job which will be depressing.

The one downside to this place is that it takes me twice as long now to get to Springville to nanny the kids. Lucky Austin is now only 5 mins away from work. And we're close to UVSC. It's okay that things are inconvenient for me as our first year of marriage was a lot more convenient for me. Austin would drive me to school and work and we were close to school for me. But now it's his turn. He's finally registering! Yay! I'm so proud of him for going back to school. He's currently thinking of majoring in Art & Visual Communications. I'm 100% behind him. I'm so excited for him to go back to school. I'll be able to help him. The only sad part is that I will miss him at night as he'll be taking night classes. This semester he's just going to take a math and an English class, which I think is an awesome start. He'll probably take classes all year long to make it so he graduates sooner.

On an unrelated note, I sprained my elbow a couple of days ago. I irritated it moving and then really hurt it pushing the kids on the swing. They like to go "really high" and "really fast." And I like to be a good aunt. It hurt really, really bad, but it's finally starting to get a little bit better. I still can't straighten it all the way, but I think it'll be better in a day or two.

I haven't been feeling very well lately. I've been having difficulty sleeping, and I'm tired all the time. I've also been feeling nauseous and sore. It's probably from all the recent (over)excitement in my life. I'm hoping I'll start feeling better soon.

Well, I've got to be going. There's stuff I need to get done around the apt. So TTFN.



Sniff. Austin and I are moving out of our first home we made as a married couple. I'm sad and excited to go. I took a few pics of the old apt that I will post at a later date. (EDIT: THE PICS ARE NOW UP) I'm writing now because we don't know how long until we'll get internet set up at our new place. It might be *gasp* a few weeks. How will we survive without the internet? We also will have to survive without cable. No cable and no internet?!? What will we do??? Guess we'll have to actually interact with one another. Maybe we'll actually start working out or working on our novel.

I would write more, but it's one in the morning, and we've got people coming over in eight hours to help us move. We're almost done packing up. Sigh.

I would like to give thanks to my wonderful, macho husband who has moved so much of our stuff over to our new place. Maybe the experience will help me convince him he really needs to go to the doctor. Anyway, adieu until we get networked in.



Today I took my last final E V E R. I'm proud to say I did well. I got 100%. Now if only I had done this well my entire college career my GPA would be looking a little nicer. But I could care less about my GPA. I'm a college graduate! Tomorrow is my graduation. I'm excited, but also a teensy bit sad and of course I'm overwhelmed. I've been defining my whole life and identity for the last 17 years as a student. What am I going to do now? It's weird that I'm not going back to school ever again. (Also glorious.) I've been working part-time and going to school full-time for so long it's going to be weird once I finally start working again.

No more boring classes that I have to decide whether or not I'll make the effort to show up, no more late-night studying, no more boring/pointless reading, no more ridiculous assignments, no more PAPERS, no more getting sick during every finals week like clockwork, no more forcing myself to go to school despite the fact I look like crap, no more Testing Center, no more powerpoints, no more notetaking, no more feeble attempts to find friends (knowing I will only use them for notes), no more crappy food from the CougarEat, no more buying overpriced textbooks, no more spending over 30 minutes to find a parking spot only to have to walk 15 minutes to class anyway, no more group projects, no more tuition, no more walking around BYU campus, and no more skipping sleep to do all the above.

I am finished with all of that. I wish I could say I have no regrets, but that unfortunately is impossible. I will not, however, regret graduating. Though I don't know where the future will lead me, I am proud of my accomplishment. I never was top of the class; I didn't get a stellar GPA; I never gave it 100%, but the one thing I also never did was give up. Of course I will always wish I tried harder, did better, made more friends, socialized more, but I will never regret that I finished my education anyway.

I can now and forever present myself as Tracie B., B.A. English, Brigham Young University, Class of 2007.

I did it!


Fabulous Four

So...not to be outdone, I will follow in the footsteps of my sisters and also fill this out. (Now that I actually have a moment to do this as I'm caught up finally.)
4 jobs I have held:
pizza maker
shipping "manager"/bindery worker
team lead data entry
nanny (ha-ha, I cheated this is 5. But these are the only 5 jobs I've had)
4 movies I can watch over and over:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ever After
10th Kingdom
Lois & Clark (tv show)

4 places I have lived:
Orem, Utah (snooze, I haven't lived anywhere fun.)
Provo, Utah
4 TV shows I enjoy:
Iron Chef America
What Not to Wear

4 places I have been on vacation:
Tucson, AZ
San Diego/Fresno/LA
St. George
4 of my favorite dishes/restaurants:
Sun-Dried Creamy Chicken Pesto--Pizza Factory
Steak & salad--outback
Burger & fries--Burger Supreme
wings- Wingers

4 websites I visit daily:
McNeil Family Website
4 places I would rather be right now:
Being pampered at a spa
Snuggled up reading a good book

4 people I would challenge to do this:
Whoever Wants To
Whoever Wants To
Whoever Wants To
Whoever Wants To :)


I'm So Tired

Just wanted to briefly update. I'm extremely tired. I'm working on another "test" thing for this job I'm trying to get. I had to read an ENTIRE book and evaluate it. When I first got it, I thought it was only 35 pages long. It wasn't until the day before it was due that I realized it was 354 page long. I had to read it electronically which was fun for my eyes. I was up until 4 in the morning last night reading it, but I finished it and am now working on the evaluation. I also just found out recently that my term project for sign was due today, but she'll accept it tomorrow as well. It's easy to miss things in my sign class as I'm not fluent. So I have to do my term project tonight. I was going to do it last night, but I realized there was not enough time to do the evaluation and the project. So, my deaf friend DJ is coming over for dinner tonight and I'm interviewing him. I also need to do an email interview with Heather and then type up what I learned in a 3-page paper and turn it in tomorrow. And of course I still have to get a contract signed for the place we need to live. I'll be so glad when these two weeks are over. Then school will be over, graduation will be over, and moving will be over. Hopefully I'll also find out whether or not I'm going to get this job or not. I better for how much work I'm putting into it. Sheesh. Well, class is in 40 minutes so I must return to my evaluations. I've got to get these in before 5 today.