Thursday, August 11, 2016

Broken and Lost Keys

Today was an interesting day. I started my morning trying to pack up my car with bags from the hotel, getting ready to take them over to the new apartment as I slowly move myself over there. Over four trips to the car, I forgot my room key in my room twice. My embarrassment of having to go to the front desk and ask for a new key once was eclipsed by the complete stupidity I felt when I had to go back again ten minutes later.

I chalked it up to a busy mind, too much going on, and no coffee running through my system yet.

I had a decent day at work, FINALLY installing my new pattern software and getting my new laptop set up with correct server connection and monitor connections. I stayed a little late, and headed to the apartment to drop off my morning's packed bags. Check, check, check.

As I went to turn the key in the apartment front door, I let out a little yelp as the key completely broke in half. The end just snapped right off in the lock! So I stood there staring at the door for a full minute, wondering what the hell I was supposed to do now. Luckily, I'd put my hair up with bobby pins this morning, so I was able to unbend one and pick out the broken key from the lock. I'm sure I looked super legit, working at my front door lock with a bobby pin. But I don't think anybody saw me... Hopefully!

Ok, what to do, what to do. Walk over to the office and see if (by some miracle) the land-lady decided to stay late tonight. No luck. Say a little thank you to the universe that I didn't totally panic and also lock the garage door on myself, or I would have been seriously screwed. We have a second key and I'm pretty sure it's inside the apartment. But there's a small chance it's actually back at the hotel! Jump in the car and drive to the hotel, crossing fingers and toes that it's there.

The key is not here. Call the hubs and see if he has any brilliant ideas, and of course he does. Use some logic and determine if it's really necessary to go back over there today. It's not. I was just dropping stuff off, but nothing was urgent. So I'll just take stuff back over on Monday when I'm back from Denver, and ask the land-lady to let me in then.

Now to just UN-pack the car of all the bags, and bring them back into the hotel room for the weekend. One, two, three trips again. Forgot my freaking hotel room key in the room!! I can't believe it, what is wrong with me? Go get replacement key number three for the day, and finally camp out with the Olympics on TV, a cup of soup and a beer. I think I'll just stay in this chair until I go to bed...

In dreams, when a person sees broken or lost keys, it can indicate a negative separation with something important in their lives. But this wasn't a bad dream, it was happening in real life... So I'm either just too stressed to keep my small wits about me on a minute to minute basis. Or I'm somehow manifesting a dream-like scenario into real life by feeling the seriousness of being 1300 miles away from my heart. I guess it could be a little bit of both...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

LA Wedding Weekend

The hubs and I had a great opportunity to see each other this past weekend, as we were heading to LA for a family wedding. The entire Erickson clan was heading out this way for the event, and I was very happy to be seeing some familiar faces again so soon. :)

We had so much fun getting the chance to catch up and play with our adorable niece for 4 days together. She is one of the most lively kids I've ever been around, and has more personality than most adults I know!  haha   She was the life of the party every night and kept us all entertained. She is fearless at swimming, so we took advantage of the pool and had some memorable afternoons these last few days. Hopefully we'll get to start setting up some Skype dates with her as she learns new words and tricks every day!

The wedding was beautiful, although very warm outside. We were provided with sunbrellas and fans through the ceremony, which was clutch. Refreshments were ready for us as we all walked up to the reception, and were welcomed into the shade of the giant tent. We danced and goofed off in the photo booth together throughout the evening. It was really a great party!

We spent Monday lazing around and heading out to the beach for some ocean swimming. Our niece marked a momentous summer by sticking her feet in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans! We were all trying to remember if we'd ever done that, let alone before we were two!  haha  This morning, we all headed our separate ways and I had to kiss the hubs good-bye again. It will only be a couple more weeks until we see each other again, so I think we can do it! Can't wait for the 12th already though!!

California, Here We Come!

Less than a week after we got home from Indiana, we set back out in the car for a road trip to our new digs in California. We packed the car as full as we could get it, anticipating that I might be out here by myself for a while, needing an air mattress, all my clothes, and some small furniture pieces to get by. Our first day was shorter, as we started North for Salt Lake City. We'd never been to the area, and we thought it might be a more scenic route for us. We were pleasantly surprised with the terrain and how easy it was to enjoy our surroundings through Wyoming and Utah. We arrived in Salt Lake City in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy a long, lazy dinner at a brewpub downtown.

The next day was much longer, over 11 hours in the car to arrive in Morgan Hill. Luckily, the scenery was once again beautiful and we didn't really hit traffic until we started to hit San Francisco, then San Jose. Through the mountainous areas, the driving got tricky, but the hubs was awesome and took over for me through the switchbacks.

I'm at a local hotel here until I can move into the new apartment this weekend. It's not been too bad, but it did take some creativity to find a way to unpack all of my belongings here. The little room is lonely, but at least I have a bed and a TV for now. It will be interesting when my time here is up, and things become a little more sparse in the apartment.

The job has started out great. and I'm already finding myself busy with work every day. I'm happy to be jumping right into my role, not spending my first few weeks bored and wondering how I can help. I'm hoping this only continues to get better and better, and the move and all this is worth it. We're still working toward selling the house, and hopefully it goes sooner rather than later. I'd like to get my husband out here with me soon, and start our new California adventure!