The Calm Before the Storm

Today is Paul’s last day working for his current company.  He has worked so incredibly hard over the last two years, and I am so proud of him.   This means that his new job starts next week, and the chaos is about to begin!

September will be a whirlwind of a month… or maybe the rest of the year will be a whirlwind, but we are taking this day by day over here!  We sold “Frank”, my little Nissan on Wednesday.  We are down to 1 car until next week when he heads on over to Jacksonville to meet with his Regional Manager, and pick up his company car.  The following week he will be in Wisconsin for training, and I’ll be in Arizona for work.  When I get back from Arizona, he leaves for Orlando to start working his new territory.  The last weekend of September we move!  Not to mention that football season is upon us, and as proud season ticket holders of the reigning National Champions (GO NOLES!) we will be fitting all of the traveling/moving/packing in around our football games on Saturdays.

That being said this weekend is our calm before the storm.  We will be enjoying our long 3 day weekend watching our Noles scalp OSU in Dallas tomorrow night, and living vicariously through our friends who have ventured on out to Dallas to be there in person.  Then we may end up at a pool/beach, or anything that allows us to avoid the housework/packing that needs to begin.  This weekend we will enjoy the last little bit of relaxation we have, before we start a new adventure together.

Happy Labor Day Weekend and Go Noles! 🙂

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Falling into Place

When Paul recently accepted his new job offer, we knew what it entailed.  We would have to move, find someone to rent our house, find a new house for us, and I would have to find a job.  To me this whole process just screams STRESS! Fortunately, to my surprise most of this process has been easy.  God has a plan for us and everything has seemed to fall right into place.

Before we knew Paul got the job, his old roommate contacted him looking to rent in our neighborhood.  Paul told him that if he could hold off until Paul knew about the job, he may be able to rent from us and we would give him cheaper rent then the house he was looking at.  Low and behold, Paul accepted the job, contacted his friend, and he will be moving in the same weekend we are moving out.  Seriously?  How perfect is that?  Not only do we have a renter, but we know them.  Which makes the whole accidental landlord thing easier to take in!

So we had his job and our house rented out, but  I was stressing about finding a new job.  I work for the same company I worked at during my last semester in college – just a little over three years.  We have been voted one of the best companies to work for in Florida 3 years in a row.  Our little office really does feel like a family for the most part.  I know the people I work with care about me, and vice versa.  I absolutely love the team that I work on, and I hate the thought of leaving.  Our owners are AWESOME!  If there has ever been a problem or something I needed, I know I am able to go to them.  They know my goals in my career, and they help me make a plan to get there.  There aren’t many companies like this nowadays… or at least from what I hear.  I was terrified to find a new job, and hate the company.  I also just felt like the job I found would be in Orlando – meaning commuting on I4 everyday… I HATE I4.  I avoid it at all costs.  Hating my job and commute would not help in our transition.  Well imagine my joy when I found out that I would be able to continue to work for my company… FROM HOME!  I knew it was an option they were exploring.  I brought it up when I gave them the news that I would be leaving.  I figured it was worth a shot… but I thought it was a long shot.

No job hunt!  No commuting on I4!  No working for an awful company! The homebody in me seriously had an all out party (but by myself… because I’m an introvert)! I get to work in  yoga pants everyday and stay at home?!  Seriously, I cannot even describe how incredibly overwhelmed I was when my boss told me.

Every step of the way for this journey, God has provided for us.  I have been completely overwhelmed by the blessings He continues to give us.  To be honest, a couple years ago I would have considered it luck, but as I’ve grown in my faith there is no denying that this is God at work in our lives.  Now we are just waiting for him to give us a house to live in… that allows 3 dogs.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Slow and Steady

I recently mentioned that my friend, Deborah, and I have been working on the Couch to 5K running app.  We recently finished up week 3 and while we are so far from running a 5k, Jillian in our office conviced us to sign up for a 1 mile run this past weekend.  She enticed us by telling us this run just so happened to be called “Breakfast on the Track” meaning after you run they give you pancakes… Sold.

So Deborah and I signed up for this run and we were pumped… until we got there.  We get there during the first heat.  AKA people running the mile in less than 5:30.  Meanwhile – we are over here just hoping to run the mile without having to stop and walk.  Can we talk about how intimidating this is?! The whole time people are running we are talking ourselves out of this.  If we leave now Jillian will just think we never showed up.  If we leave now nobody will see us finish last.  If we leave now we can go back to bed, and pretend this never happened!

Then we saw Jillian who also happens to be a Triathlete.  She also finished this run in 5:54.  There was no backing out once we saw her.  So we watched everyone run.  Heat by heat.  The whole time we just kept telling ourselves we should have waiting another week or two before we signed up for something like this.  We are in no way runners.  We are slow.  We hate running, but we are working on it!  We WANT to be runners… we just haven’t quite made it there.

Finally it was our turn (the last heat and the slowest heat).  We set two goals for ourselves.

  1. No walking.  Make it through 1 mile without slowing to a walk.
  2. Finish in 12 minutes (yes we are aware that’s super slow – but again, we are super slow)  – meaning we had to finish each lap in under 3 minutes.

We finish the first lap in about 2 minutes – we were feeling good.  The third lap we started to struggle, but at that point we were almost done!  We never walked, and we kept encouraging each other along the way.  (Thank goodness Deborah was with me or it probably would not have gone so well).  We finished the race in 10:43.  Way under our goal time and without walking!   We beat our personal goals and we were thrilled.  We ended up having a blast and now we want to do more!  Now we have a record to hold ourselves against.  Now we want to run a mile in 10 minutes and gradually decrease that time.  We want to run our 5k and we will get there.  Slow and steady may not win the race – but we will finish it!

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We’re Moving!

Now that this information has been given to our bosses and co-workers, Paul and I can officially publicize that we will be moving next month!

Paul was recently approached by one of his manufactuers for an internal sales position with them.  This was a long 2 month process, and if you know me it was a TORTUROUS secret to keep.  From the very beginning, we thought he had a great chance of getting the job.  He was told he was the “top candidate for the position”  (yes, that’s my husband that was APPROACHED as the TOP candidate for a position – super proud wife moment so I have to brag!)  Originially we were under the impression he could stay in Tallahassee and work.  As the weeks progressed, he learned that was no longer the case.  Due to his new territory, and the amount of business in Orlando, we decided the best place for us to relocate to within his territory will be Orlando!   This new job is a huge blessing, and with Paul covering less territory and the majority of it in Orlando, it means a lot less traveling for him!  Which makes us both happy!

This past weekend in Orlando, we started looking for places to live.  Our next hope will be to find a house to rent that allows 3 dogs… call that landlord crazy but I will love them forever if it means we get to take our 3 babies with us!  Luckily for us, my parents are in Lake Mary, and so we have a place to stay if it takes a while to find a place (thanks mom and dad!).

We are extremely excited about this opportunity for Paul, but it is definitely bittersweet.  Tallahassee was home to each of us before we met, and now it holds all of the memories we have created together.  Paul and I both really love our jobs, and not just our jobs but the people we work for!  Which only makes the decision that much harder, but we know it is the right one for us.

God has really outdone himself on this one.  It just goes to show that God’s plan will prevail. Without the job opportunity Paul was given two years ago, he wouldn’t have the opportunity he has now.  He has gone above and beyond when answering our prayers! We even already have someone to rent out our house when we move at the end of September!  Whew!

Paul starts his new job on September 1st in Orlando.  We will basically have a long distance marriage for a month, and we will move at the end of September.  September will be busy… and stressful!

We are sad to leave Tallahassee, but since it is the Home of the Florida State Seminoles and football season is approaching… so there is no doubt that we will be back regularly! Well back for football… and our adorable nieces and their parents 🙂

Just Call me Hitch

I recently posted about getting back on a workout regimen and eating healthy, so in lieu of this plan I recently started the Couch to 5K program with a friend of mine.  We’ve been running three times a week for two weeks, and I always add in some extra runs with Paul and our dogs.  Secretly I’ve always wanted to be a runner, but it’s just never been in the cards for me.

So this past weekend, Paul and I went for a run while we were visiting my family in Orlando.  We made it about 2 miles when I started struggling.  I felt like my food from dinner was being pushed back up my throat and it wouldn’t go down.  I was having trouble breathing, and I felt like I needed to throw up.  At this point we decided to turn around and head back towards my parents house.

On our way back, my body started having symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.  My hands got tingly and started swelling – they got so big it hurt to bend my fingers.  Then my ear lobes started tingling along with my forehead and my lips.  My neck and armpits started itching like crazy.  The whole time Paul just kept saying, “I think you’re having an allergic reaction… Let’s just get you home.”  The closer we got to the house, the more frequently he asked me if he could just throw me on his back and run home.

When we finally made it home I started telling my mom what happened, and she looked at me and said “oh, you do look a little puffy”.  My family proceeded to feed me Benedryl and tell me to take a shower.  When I went to take a shower I walked into the bathroom and looked at myself for the first time since getting home.  I immediately said “Oh my goodness I look like Hitch!”.  Now for anyone who has not seen this movie, Hitch has a severe allergic reaction and his face swells.  I am not exaggerating when I say my entire face was swollen and I looked like Hitch!!!  To add to my sweet swollen face, I had also broken out in hives all over my body.  By the time I got out of the shower we started going through my day trying to figure out what could possibly cause an allergic reaction.  At this point, I remembered that this has happened to me previously while working out about 5 years ago.

So on Sunday morning my mom started Googling, and  trying to figure out what the heck caused the strange reaction.  So here is our internet educated diagnosis of myself… get ready for it folks…

I am ALLERGIC to EXERCISE!!!

I swear!  During her research she discovered EIA – Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis, and it described what happpened to me to the “T”!  Google it if you don’t believe me! Basically, something triggers this reaction during a workout.  It can be triggered by eating certain foods before working out, extreme environmental conditions, etc.  I have no idea what triggered it on Saturday, or 5 years ago, but it is a funny diagnosis regardless.  What better excuse can you have for not going to workout than, “I’m allergic!”… (I should get a pan of brownies since I didn’t use it and I got out of bed at 5:3o this morning and went running).

So there you have it – you can literally be allergic to exercise… and then after your face swells up your husband can also call you Chewbacca for the rest of the weekend.  It will be fun I promise!