Last time I wrote on this blog was September 10, 2013. Today is March 16, 2014. Haha quite some time has passed and regardless if anyone reads this or not, I'm still going to keep blogging and do a somewhat quick update instead of doing 10 different blog posts trying to catch up. Cause that's just annoying.
I did make it to Indiana, I found a great job after being here for only 2 weeks, and my pups are still adorable.
I really have enjoyed being in a ward outside of Utah - I love the missionaries in our current ward. We've had them over for dinner multiple times, and I feel like they are my little brothers. I just want them to succeed and I think they are amazing young men. The ward here is great! I've met lots of wonderful people. Unfortunatly NO ONE my age, but you can't have it all, right?
I'm an advisor in the Young Women and I love the girls. I don't know them too well yet (I got called about 2 months ago) But I have actually enjoyed teaching twice a month and going to activities.
My job is awesome. I've never had a job that has given me paid time off or paid Holidays - I have loved that. They are a great company who treats their employees very well. I started the week of Thanksgiving and I'm actually STILL training. It's a lot to learn and process, but it's been pretty good so far.
I absolutely HATE the weather here. According to the news on Friday morning, this is the 3rd snowiest season on record here and the 2nd snowiest was back in 1978-1979. There has been so much snow, ice, and freezing wind. I will never complain about winters in Utah again, cause they are nothing like what we've experienced here. Every week there have been 2 or 3 major snow storms. We also had 3 Polar Votex's, One night the wind chill was -41 degrees. The wind here is BITING cold.
I get really stressed driving in this terrible weather, because my commute is about 30 minutes, add some terrible road conditions and it's usually been about 45 minutes to an hour. I think I've had cabin fever. I never go outside unless it's to go to work or the grocery store and the post office here and there.
Sadly, I haven't met any friends that I actually hang out with outside of work or the ward. There isn't anyone my age that I've been able to meet. That's been hard. I've been pretty lonely. I realized I'm quite social and really enjoy being around people.
Here are some photos of what we've been up to:
We had a tornado warning the second week I got here. I was so freaked out. There was lots crazy wind, in the end the only "damage" was our window fell out of the wall?! Haha:
Tyler's parents and my dad and brother came out for the BYU cougars football game at Notre Dame. It was freezing cold, and they ran out of hot chocolate before halftime. Luckily they got more within a half hour. I think I had 10 hot chocolates that day, it was the only way to stay warm.
(This is why I don't wear beanies or hats Folks. Yikes!)
Thanksgiving we had the missionaries over! It actually ended up being pretty fun! Our first time making Thanksgiving Dinner, but Ty helped lots, he's a great cook!
Christmas didn't feel quite like Christmas, but we were spoiled and spent the day together opening presents, eating, and we went to a movie. We also teamed up with Gordmans to help a family in need. We went to visit the two young girls with gifts and Ty went all out and dressed like Santa, it was so fun to watch the girls get so excited.
In January we decided to go to Utah. We drove -which was our first mistake- Tyler ended up drinking 3 red bulls within 20 minutes (to help him stay awake) which led to us at a random Walmart in Nebraska with Tyler laying on the parking lot throwing up. This went on for 7 more hours of stopping off of I-80 while Ty threw up. Eventually we landed in the emergency room in Laramie Wyoming.
Last weekend the weather was better (meaning no crazy blizzard) we decided to go see the Dunes at Lake Michigan. We've heard this place is an amazing "beach" in the summer. They bring in nice sand from somewhere. We walked out onto the actually Lake -whoops- but didn't realize it till we were halfway out onto it and everyone else was staring at us. Haha! But we didn't fall in!
Tyler works long, hard hours at his store. He's a great manager. His store is #1 in his district and #4 in the company. I am really proud of him. He is also mentoring different stores who need help with their G Rewards, since Ty has done so great at it.
I work, but get the weekends off (which I LOVE) haven't had weekends off for a couple years now. I've become a better cook, spent many hours with my Netflix and I work out a ton - which is great for my body and health. There hasn't been much to do with the terrible weather. I don't think my skin likes humidity. My skin has had 25 years of Utah dry weather. I have a breakout on my forehead and have had it for 3 months, it's crazy. I've always had clear skin (thanks mom and dad) but either the stress or humidity is not liking my forehead. Boo. It sucks.
There's a semi quick update. Hopefully it wasn't too boring!