it’s almost friday

what a week it’s been. it’s been incredibly busy. i had late meetings last night and tonight, and joe worked late tuesday night and tonight. tomorrow night he’s taking his dad to see the second city comedy troup, which is a present, so i’ll be on my own again. it’s been weird not seeing joe much at all this week. i got a lot done though. tonight i worked out and cleaned, and tomorrow night i plan on having our pizza night without him (ha ha!) and just vegging out. saturday is mine though. i want his undivided attention. 🙂

on a funny note, joe called on his way home tonight and said a girl at the seder he was covering was flirting with him. what’d he do? he whipped out his phone and said, “would you like to see a picture of my fiancee?” hehee. 🙂 what a way to shoot her down! good boy! 🙂

all in a day’s work

tomorrow i will be in federal court. i’m not covering a case, nor am i the defendent. i’m a witness. *sigh* about two years ago, a dalton attorney was charged in a case involving a man who scammed churches and religious groups out of millions of dollars by getting them to buy into a religious resort that didn’t exist. this lawyer, who represented the scammer in several bankruptcies, was hired to filter money by dolling it out to this man or his girlfriend or pay for purchases. when he was charged with 40 counts of money laundering, i got an interview with him.

that’s why i’m going to court tomorrow. apparantly the prosecution has witnesses who contradict what the attorney said in my story. i hate this part of the job. i’ve gotten a subpoena before, but i wasn’t called. i was hoping this one would end up the same way. no such luck. i just want to get it over with. they’ve been putting me off since thursday since trials never go as fast as they expect. i really don’t have time for this considering i have a couple more things to learn before 1 p.m. tomorrow for when i start my actual shift next week. *sigh* all in a day’s work.

my weekend is almost here

today is my last day at the paper. i’m sad. and scared. i’ve been a journalist for four years, and now, though i’ll still be a journalist, it won’t be the same. i’ll be writing three-sentence stories instead of 15-inch stories. i don’t want to stop writing. i’ll have to find some way to continue. maybe i’ll start freelancing.

on a brighter note, this weekend will be mucho fun. tomorrow we’re going to my parents’ house for my dad’s birthday. he *loves* harry and david, and when i saw a harry and david store a few weekends ago, joe and i decided to make him a basket. we got his favorite fruit flavored chocolates, chocolate truffles, nuts and a coffee mug in a pretty basket. i know he’ll love it.

on saturday we’ll head down to atlanta to celebrate our one-year anniversary. we’re going to muck around during the day (joe promised me lunch at johnny rockets, one of my favorite restaurants. they make a fantastic veggie burger) and then he has a fancy schmancy night planned with dinner at the palm and a night at the atlanta marriott marquis.

on sunday we’re stopping on our way home to have brunch with lori, a friend of joe’s from work, and her husband. then it’s back to cartersville to relax with the crazy kitties and prepare for my first day at the new job!

i’m so excited. bring on the weekend!

rollercoaster of emotions

it’s been a rollercoaster of a week. lows then highs then lows.

joe’s grandmother died wednesday morning. his parents called him tuesday night while he was here and told us she was in the hospital. we asked if we should come down to see her, but they said she’d have a few more days. at 3 a.m. joe’s mom called and told us she was dying. we dressed quickly and headed out, but we got held up getting gas and then finding a gas station with a working air pump.

at 4 a.m., while we were still on our way to atlanta, his grandmother passed away. i was so sad. i wanted joe to see her one last time, but he didn’t get to. it broke my heart.

we spent wednesday morning with his family, and on our way back home i got the call saying i had gotten the radio job. we were back on a high for a little bit.

that afternoon, we went to my doctor appointment and found out i’m having surgery next friday. sigh. another low.

yesterday was the funeral. it was a very nice service, but seeing joe’s dad crying broke my heart again. i hate seeing him like that because i like his family so much. what really touched me though was that about 30 people showed up, most of them people who either work or have worked with joe’s dad. that really spoke to me. it says a lot about what kind of a person joe’s dad is that so many people would show up to support him and comfort him and his family.

after the service we had lunch and hung out at joe’s sister’s fiance’s parents’ house (how’s that for a mouthful?!). rachel (joe’s sister), joe’s parents and tommy (a cousin from new york) went out and we met up with them at this very nice outdoor mall. we had a fun afternoon shopping. rachel and i browsed through banana republic and chatted. it was a lot of fun. we found an arch that we both liked at one store, and rachel said we could both use it for our weddings. hehe.

so now i’m back home getting ready to go to my shift at my kiwanis club’s pancake day while joe is at training for his club. what a fun service-oriented morning for us! one of the biggest perks about moving to cartersville is that i will get to transfer to his club. i love the people in it. they’re so great. and the like me more than joe. 🙂 hehe. funny story and then i will end this long post…joe was telling some of the women in his club a few months ago that we were talking about getting married. linda, the immediate past president, asked if they could be the flower girls. without missing a beat, joe says, “you can be the flower women.” needless to say, that didn’t go over too well at first. hehe. now every time i talk to linda she asks if she’s going to be a “flower woman” in our wedding. i told joe since linda helped me find this job down there that she will be our official flower woman. hehe.

and now i’m off to serve pancakes or pick up trash or whatever it is i’m assigned to do this morning. woo hoo.

prescription junkie

i filled out a consent form for a pre-employment drug test tonight in which i had to list all the medications i’ve taken in the last 30 days.

ok…

category 1: pain relief pills
naproxin

category 2: cold tablets
claritin d and benedryl

categroy 3: other medications or substances
prednisone, methotrexate, enbrel (thank you rheumatoid arthritis), glucophage, doxicyclin, kariva

“have i missed anything?” i asked joe, ticking off the medications on my fingers.

“they’re going to think you’re a junkie,” he said.

*nod* a prescription junkie.

moving on

my parents have always told me that things will happen when they’re meant to be. i’ve been searching and searching for a job in the metro atlanta area so joe and i can get married next year. and i’ve been getting more and more stressed out with the numerous applications that went unanswered.

but today, i got a job. i am the new night news reporter at wbhf am1450 in cartersville. i am so excited. i’ve been praying about this, and i prayed that if this job was god’s will for me then i would get it. and i did. i really didn’t think i would. it was between me and someone already working in radio. i didn’t think i had a shot.

i’m still coming down off my high. i feel so much lighter. all my stress is gone. i can now start working on our wedding knowing for sure that we will be getting married next year. sigh. i can’t wait. we’re already working on getting our apartment. we’ll hopefully be moved in by january. with my engagement ring. 🙂 that’s all i’m waiting for now. joe says it’ll be within the next month or two. it’s all good. i can wait.