Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Road trippin' for a job

This is the story.

Went to Dordt College in Iowa yesterday (probably on the road for 8-9 hours with all of my stops), Monday, for my second interview for the position of Dir. of Alumni & Church Relations. It was a panel interview with 9 interviewers and me. I left my house (OK, so it's really Pastor Todd & Jenny's) about 6:30 am which is an hour before my alarm goes off on a normal day. I picked up Deb K and away we went. I met the HR gal for a campus tour and lunch at the Grille on campus before the interview. Afterwards, Karissa found me sitting on a bench on campus, talking on my phone (I know, shocker). Ran to the library to look for Deb. Instead, I ran into Brian (Lynnae's brother) and Ken Boersma from back at Sterling College. I then tried out the Humble Bean coffee shop on campus, found Deb and went to meet the real estate agent. Looked at 4 houses and fell in love with one between campus and Casey's Bakery & Pizza Ranch (the most important places in town, right?!).

After dining on a feast of Pizza Ranch buffett with a bunch of students that I know (which was so fun!) we bid a fond farewell and took a few pictures and headed back to MN. It was a looooooooong day, but worth it. The interview went well and it sounds like I will hear some sort of news next week. The goal is to have someone chosen by the third week of Oct when the board meets because they have to interview the top choice.

That's what I know.

It was a good interview and I'm excited about the job. Do I know if that's where God's taking me? Nope, not at all. I thank you all for your prayers. I'm keeping things open and trying to seize the moment.

I'm exhausted today after such a long day and all of that driving. Not to mention that I had a meeting this morning across town at 7:30 (FYI, traffic is good at 6:30 in the morning and it only takes about 25 minutes to get across town, not an hour) connected with my new Creative Memories business.

I am tired! But good tired.

Thanks again, my friends!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Pie anyone?

This, ladies and gents, is one of the things that makes the fair so great - a 813.5 pound pumpkin. I'll let the photo speak for itself.

More State Fair fun

Princess Kay of the Milky Way and her court are always carved in butter. This is one of the princesses this year. The ladies all get to keep their heads to take home. That's a lot of corn on the cob that could be buttered!

Speaking of butter, what a better way for someone from the Pancake Hub of the Universe to start the morning off than with a colossial pancake? Mine are better. I didn't eat it all. (that probably didn't matter when you consider everything else I ate that day.

State Fair

I know that you all have been eagerly awaiting some photos from the state fair, so here you go. Sorry for the delay.

The first is the crew that met up on the last Sat. of the fair. Lynnae, Kara and I did the whole day, starting at 7:30! INSANE! It's a completely different fair that time of day though. Paul and Joy met up with us in the late afternoon.

The best ride of all time has to be the Tilt-a-Whirl. You can see that they have recently redesigned the ride for a faster spin. It works! Chris was game and we both rode it for the first time in years! It was fantastic!

Then you will notice a shot of me wearing my prized purchase "On-A-Stick" Tour. Lynnae is marking off yet another tastey morsal that I partook of this year - meatballs on a stick. Yup, after everything I ate Friday night, the lack of sleep and everything I ate on Saturday, I admit. I went home a got a bit sick. I can't wait until next year!

The next 'treasure' is from the creative arts building and is indeed a DRESS made of SOCK monkeys. Can you believe it! It wasn't the only one either which is craziness. Who would wear this? I do not need that much attention drawn to my bosom, that is for certain.

I love the fair, the joy never ceases!

Bridal fun

The first photo is of the sink that we broke at my friend's parent's VERY nice home. The second is in honor of this past Tuesday. Everyone is snarlin' like a pirate. Note Heidi's hook hand on the far right of the photo. Oh, yea, Heides is the one getting married next month. YEA!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

On the job scene

Yup, still talking about a job. I have an amazing resume now and even without it I find myself in line for 2 jobs that I was unaware of just two days ago.

I'm going to Iowa again on Monday for a second interview. So I really already knew about this job, but didn't know that I was still in the running for it at all. I'll have lunch with the HR gal and then interview with a panel of about 10 people.

Secondly I'm looking at paid volunteer position in Africa. It won't be posted until mid-Oct,early Nov. I'd ideally move over there in early Feb, for a year. It would be AWESOME! I'd be called a 'bridger' and would work with the service organizations there and the North American volunteers that come and serve. I'd be the bridge between the two cultures. Amazing, huh. I know you're all jealous, well, except for the Kiwi, SN, who has probably already been to Uganda and Kenya. I'd be living in one of those places. They pay for housing and travel. Amazing. Amazing!

I'm getting into the swing of things with my CM and I am so excited about it! Hoping my sister will have a get together for me while I'm in KS next month (what do you think, Rubes?). Gotta start booking and having more fun! yippee!

Enough for now. I'll find a few pitures and post those for your great enjoyment.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Just so that you can prepare for Tuesday, Sept. 19.

You are NOT going to want to miss out on this most awesome holiday!

A huge thanks to the Friar for making me aware of this treasure.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What's new . . .

It's been a whirlwind of a past few weeks. Mostly good, too, praise the Lord!

I'm learning a lot about myself, which is scarey and hard and good.

Here are a few highlights:

Had my resume redone and it ROCKS!

Got a call about a job in PA for an interview, they were great about it, upfront and I said no.

My sister got a job, house and car all in a week or so!

My other sister and I are still working and growing in our relationship.

I bought a few treats for the new baby.

I am house-sitting which also ROCKS! I love living in a house. I don't have to pay the bills or do the yardwork. Man, how can I keep this up? I'm there for 3 months and I love it! Having folks over for pizza and a movie tonight, in fact.

I am teaching jr. high Sunday School!

My book study is starting up again and we're reading, The Life You've Always Wanted bu John Ortberg.

One of the big things is that I have just signed on to be a Creative Memories Consultant and I am so exctied about it! If anyone needs any product, I'm hoping to make the 30-60-90 plan which allows me to build my stock and better serve my customers. It's all still a work in progress, but I'm stoked! I've wanted to sell for years and I really am a scrapaholic. I should probably be seeking therapy, not start selling. Yippee!

There's so much more to come. I'll keep you all posted! Blessings to all!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I like you!

This is how I feel about most of you! I have to say most since there are probably random strangers on here that have never commented and I know nothing about. And besides that, how well do you really get to know people through blogging alone? Regardless, here's to you!