Sunday, March 11, 2012

Over Due Update

When I last posted I was in love with The George RR Martin Book series which I discovered from watching the HBO show, A Game of Thrones.  Well I am still hooked and I am reading the 5th book.  Santa came though with a Amazon Kindle for Christmas so luck for me I don't need to carry these monster books around.  I have read a few other books in between like Elin Hilderbrand, A Summer Affair and a couple of others.  I love my new Kindle

This fall and winter were crazy.  We had a bunch of plumbing problems and ending up having to have our bathroom re-done because of the water damage caused by a leak from the apartment upstairs,  The kitchen ceiling also needs to be replaced alone with the floor but that will wait until warmer weather so that if they end up ripping up the entire kitchen at least we will be able to grill outside. 

I finished up one job with people I loved working with after almost 2 years.  Because of a referral and a recommendation I got an another job in a different group working in the same building. After a 10 minute interview with the new project manager I had a new job I just had to work out the details with the agency.  This made our holiday much merrier because being unemployed around Christmas is never fun.    As luck would have it I still get to work with the area I left.  The new job is with a new agency but I was hired permanently so I have benefits through the agency.    My interview process with this new agency was rather long but I passed the mustard with all 5 of the people I spoke to.  We had a gap of a month before our new insurance kicked in and I am so grateful we didn't have any issues.  It is all working out.  My new job is intense and I am extremely busy but it is going well.   There is a good group of seasoned people on the new project but the time lines are tight.  I had my first official project feed back review this Friday and everyone was pleased with my performance.  I knew I was doing well but it is still nice to hear and have your efforts acknowledged.

For my birthday in February we went for a visit to see our niece and her family in Vermont.  We had a nice visit and I was given some great mugs from the Bennington Pottery in a light blue splatter design like these below.  I love the 16oz size and when I sip my cup of tea I think of the great visit we had.  I have the brownie baking pan also.  Since my niece discovered that I am a fan of her local pottery it makes shopping for gifts a lot easier for her.  They have these very cool heart bowls that I need to remember to hint that I like for the next holiday.

 Stitch update to follow. 



  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Mare.

  2. Congratulations on the new job, Mare!! That is awesome! I love your birthday presents. Sounds like you had a great visit with your family.

  3. It is so nice to hear from you! Congratulations on the new job! It must be a relief you were hired permanently by the agency. I can't wait to see what you have been stitching. Happy belated Birthday! I love the heart shaped pottery too.

  4. I've got a sample of that series in iBooks right now ... Just have to have time enough to read it to decided if I want the whole series