Monthly Archives: January 2013

first day….

so today was my first day back to work….i said earlier that i would let you know what i would be doing once i found out soooo drum roll please…..

i still don’t really know!  haha!  the person that will be training me was out sick today so i did a little bit of work (just a taste of what i will be doing – i think).  i answered phones today (which i won’t be doing much of when the normal people are working).  i scanned in chart information (which was surprisingly fun).  i entered in patient information (data entry).  i laughed and smiled a lot today which was a far cry from my previous employment when i wanted to literally cry as soon as i was in a 10 mile radius of the building.

my day today:  i woke up and got ready for work (yipee).  we took otis out and i prayed that he would understand that i was leaving him today.  i stopped by the gas station and got a bottle of water and a mountain dew (i didn’t want to carry a cup in since i didn’t know what kind of work place i would be in…so a bottle seemed like the best idea).  i got to the hospital early so i had to wait a few minutes but it was ok.  in orientation it as another guy and me.  we signed some forms and listened.  after all the forms were done i got a name badge and then had a physical (i had to get a flu shot and a tb test….in 2 weeks i have to get another tb test…boo….my arm hurts).  had a physical….then went to physical therapy.  i had to do range of motion with my arms and that was it (the other guy had to lift a 40 pound box and push a sled around)!  my new manager wanted me to start today so i had to be back to HR at 1.  i was able to have lunch with andy!  it was wonderful to get my mind off of it being the first day.  i got back to the hospital early and had to wait again.  but that was ok i read my employee handbook.  they called my manager and i had to wait for 30 minutes for her to come get me.  she introduced me to the people i will be working with.  (minus a few that were sick and off today).  they all seem really nice and i think that i will enjoy my temporary home!

we had dinner out tonight since andy had a meeting at the church and wouldn’t get home until late.  i got home and otis was thrilled to see me.  i took him out and he howled at me all the way to the mailbox and back.  while i changed he sat on the bed and whimpered at me and when i sat down he was in my lap curled up!  he is a mess!

happy monday everyone!  thanks for the prayers and thoughts!

not alone…an awesome song

one of my favorite shows is ncis and in the final moments of a recent show there was a funeral and they played “not alone.”  i really loved the song and had andy add it to the ipod list (even though my ipod hasn’t been updated…hint hint – andy).

so before i sign off for the day to mentally prepare myself for youth sunday practice tonight i will leave you the lyrics for the song….

“Not Alone” by patty griffin

She sees him laying in the bed alone tonight
The only thing a touching him is a crack of light
Pieces of her hair are wrapped around and ’round his fingers
And he reaches for her side, for any sign of her that lingers

And she says you are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight

One of them bullets went straight for the jugular vein
There were people running a flash of light
Then everything changed
Nothing really matters in the end you know
All the worry is over
Don’t be afraid for me my friend, one day we all fall down forever

And you are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight

The wedding date was June just like any other bride
She loved him like no one before, it was good to be alive
But sometimes that can slip away as fast
As any fingers through your hands
So you let time forgive the past and go and make some other plans

And you are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight
You are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight

unemployment rate…

well the unemployment rate in our household has dropped!  we now have 2 out of 3 working again!  that is right i have a job!  YAY! (ok i am going to throw up now!)

i am so super excited to be getting out of the house again and to be working again and helping with the bills and grocery shopping and date nights!  i felt pretty helpless before now.  i will say that i am excited to be doing something again so that my resume doesn’t have huge gaps in it!  i am excited to be socializing with new people.

but…i am so nervous!  one minute i am so excited and the next i am having a personal freak out.  i am worried about learning new systems and meeting new people and having strict hours and everything that comes with a new job….so pray for me!

ok about the job…in an earlier post i said something about praying with 2 other people.  one of those people gave me a lead on a job at the hospital.  so i went and filled out an application and the next day had an interview and was offered the position on the spot!  it is a temporary position (the girl i will be covering for is out on medical leave for 3 months) so in 3 months i might be unemployed again.  they said if i work well these next 3 months they will try to place me somewhere else in the hospital!  fingers crossed they find me something permanent!

i will post later on what i am actually doing (once i find out i will let you know).

thank goodness you are cute!

so otis has been driving us crazy the past few days.  i don’t know if it is because he has been inside so much because it is so cold outside and we haven’t been taking as long walks around the yard…or he hasn’t been on the porch because it is cold.  but he is driving us crazy!  thankfully he is cute…otherwise….who knows what would become of him!

the other day he figured out where i put his annoying toys and wanted to get them out and play!

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he got his pig out…but that wasn’t good enough…so he howled at his toys for a little longer before we told him to shut it!

happy birthday!

since moving to greeneville we have missed out on some family functions with andy’s family.  yesterday was cj’s birthday party and we hate we missed out on it.  today is her actual birthday!  so happy 2nd birthday!  we haven’t been good with getting things to people in the mail and on time….but we did get her gift to her on time for her party!  i was pretty excited about that!  maybe this means we are getting better with getting things to people on time (doubtful…but we can still hope).


we got her a butterfly necklace!  she has it on….so that must be a good sign that she likes it!  we decided with her first birthday (since it is so close to Christmas) that we would pick a theme and go with it.  because she was loaded up with clothes and toys last Christmas we decided on jewelry!  (what girl doesn’t love jewelry!?)  so last year we got her a cross necklace and this year the butterfly!   we hate we missed the birthday party…but hopefully she will get to come see us soon!

happy birthday to claudette too (a few days late…on here but i did email a happy birthday!).

snow days….

we have had some interesting weather here the last week.  on thursday the 17th it started snowing around 3 and didn’t stop for a while.  it was before our trip to gatlinburg with the youth on friday….but the roads were clear by the time we had to meet at the church.  it sure was pretty to look at!  otis didn’t much care for the weather.  he did what he had to do and ran back inside!  he hated the cold!

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the pictures imported backwards so if you want to see the snow fall in the right order….start from here and go back up!

this past friday we had ice!  it started as freezing rain and just piled on until it was a layer of ice!  thankfully it melted quickly!

resurrection 2013

so i am in gatlinburg with the high school youth. (i was in gatlinburg last weekend)  this is my first overnight trip with these kids and so far it has been fun…we are still learning each other and trying to build those relationships.  i wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the awesome things that the speaker has said.

  • ask yourself is your life worth imitating?  are you a leaky Christian?  do you ooze God?
  1.  she wanted people to look at their way of living and see if it was worth other people following…and if it would be a lifestyle that you would be proud if people lived like you…
  • churches would bust at the seams if we baptized people now like they did in Biblical days….
  1. people now come dressed to the nines for their baptism….in the old days people were baptized stark naked or with a loin cloth.  it was symbolic for being vulnerable to God and his cleansing water that the person would be dunked in.  the would be dunked in the direction the sun sets and when lifted up facing the way the sun comes up.  symbolizing that we are dead in our old ways and alive in Christ with the baptism…also once people were baptized they would be draped in a white robe….so the “dressed to the nines” comes after the act of baptism.
  • she also talked about having a wild imagination and a God sized imagination.  dream big and dream endless.  have expectations for God in that God sized imagination.
  1. she said that something happens along the way and our imagination changes….not sure what causes it to change…but it does.  (could be attributed to loss of faith).  at some point in time you tell someone don’t get your hopes up to high…which you shouldn’t…when a child goes to disney world we don’t tell them it is all fake and that tinkerbell is going to bamboozle you.  we allow them to believe and imagine big.  we tell them anything is possible and they believe….that is how we should be with our faith.
  • it was funny…..she called people in the bible “boo”  she translated some of the big words and dumb it down for us…she described the people of the Ephesians as “hot messes”
  • when talking about going to youth camps you sometimes will hear people say they have “mountain top” experiences….that is something clicked and it was an earth shattering experience….or that they felt so close to God but that GREAT things happened to them.  she said that sometimes things don’t happen like that…that sometimes you can’t expect a dove of peace to flutter down and land on the church van and whisper “jesus loves you.”  and it is ok if that doesn’t happen.
  • my favorite thing that she has said….and i love it (because i am a “what if” person…and a day dreamer…and a “we could totally take this restaurant/business/house and make it totally awesome”) but she said to DREAM DANGEROUSLY.  i love that we can dream in God with those big imaginations and that we should dream in God with our big imaginations and we should have such great expectations in God that we are dangerous in that hope and dreams.  (please don’t read this as i think that if you dream/hope/expect it that it will happen…because that is not what i am saying at all…..that is another post for another day.)

for the most part the weekend went very well.  it was fun getting to know the youth a little better and fun getting to see what they have talked about for months.  there were a few things i didn’t LOVE about the camp….but seriously i can’t think of a camp that i do love EVERYTHING about.  you never know what you are getting into that is what makes it fun!

random catch up…

i have a few posts that are going to come up maybe monday….sunday night if i get really bored…

1. snow (we had a snow day….i am sure that there is still some black ice).  i have some awesome pictures (ok i am a little biased on the quality…but whatever).

2. resurrection 2013.  i am currently on a trip with the youth.  they are enjoying their free time (so don’t worry…i’m don’t have responsibilities right now).

3.  i am sure by monday there will be something else.

soooo…i am not ignoring my obligation to blog…i am just not at home to do it…


i love music…i love to listen to it…i love to read the lyrics….i love to sing (as long as i am not with other people).  music can put me in a good mood when i am sad or mad….like rain, music evokes so many emotions and hearing a few notes of a song can bring back a flood of memories.  these days i am really big into music and expanding my favorites.  i ran across this one a few days ago and can’t put my finger on why i love it…but i do…while i am exploring music i will post the songs that i am falling in love with…..

CRAWL by superchick

How long will this take?
How much can I go through?
My heart, my soul aches
I don’t know what to do
I bend but don’t break
And somehow I’ll get through
’cause I have you

And if I have to crawl
Will you crawl too
I stumble and I fall
Carry me through
The wonder of it all
Is you See me through

Oh Lord, where are you?
Do not forget me here
I cry in silence
Can you not see my tears?
When all have left me
And hope has disappeared
You find me here

And when I have to crawl
Will you crawl too
I stumble and I fall
Carry me through
The wonder of it all
Is you See me through

When everything I was is lost
I have forgot where you have not
When I am lost you have not lost me(2x’s)

You have not lost me

And if I have to crawl
Will you crawl too
I stumble and I fall
Carry me through
The wonder of it all
Is you See me through


if we knew then what we know now….

we have some bells hanging on the front door.  we had a bunch of extra ones a few years ago so i strung them together to create a sleigh bell sounding strand that we put on the door.  when we were un-decorating: otis was slightly confused at all the boxes…so andy was gathering things out of the living room when i heard the bells and him laughing.  i walked in there and saw that he took the bells and put them around otis’ neck.  (now let me back up to say that otis was scared of his dog tags when we put them on his collar…he didn’t move for an hour when we put them on the first time….than he would take a step and as soon as they jingled he would freeze and look around).  so there otis sat frozen on the rocking chair.  we added the antlers and snapped some pictures.  he did use his paw to knock the antlers off and shortly after that i felt mean so we took the bells off his neck so he could be free.

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poor otis.  if we knew that he wouldn’t move with a ring of bells….he wouldn’t have had to suffer the crate!