New Place/ First Day

My bed (I can finally sleep soundly without any door slamming or yelling)

My crazy huge walk-in closet (yes, that is a pirate costume)

My living room through the kitchen

The kitchen through the living room.  I have a bright red table with matching chairs.

My new Bare Minerals face and one piece of my new wardrobe.  Quite nice if I do say so myself.

The new Keens that my parents bought for me as a Happy "you are a grown up with health insurance and a giant closet" present.
Today was the first day at full time.  I got a lot of congratulations and a bamboo from my parents.  It was mostly spent in training so my brain is not working.  I was looking all grown up but my makeup was less than professional.  As a result of that feeling and the fact that it was GORGEOUS out today, I decided to get off the bus early and pop into Ulta to buy BareMinerals makeup.  My mom has been using it for years so I knew it was good.  I tried it out and I look good (as evidenced by the photo above).  I also got new mascara and eyeliner at Target.  I feel so grown up.  I was also on the phone to get my new bank account set up.  I was looking at my benefits options and I am so happy that all of these things are working out all at the same time.  I am going to have more money than I know what to do with after Muang moves in.  I am only making a few grand a month but after surviving on the Americorps stipend, I am so much less limited by finances.


Last Day

Today is my last day of my Americorps term!  I am thrilled to have made it all the way through and really sad to leave my department and students but I am so ecstatic to have no lapse in employment.  I have already started my training plan for SE and my first full day is Monday.  Today is a big Americorps appreciation BBQ.  Also, I still haven't posted pictures of my new place.  I am aware of this.  I will soon.  It's on my weekend to-do list.

Also,  Happy Friday!


Luck is When Opportunity Meets Preparation

I am employed.  I am in my wonderful (and peaceful) new apartment. I have some great friends out here and back in Michigan.  Part of me feels so incredibly lucky and like I don't deserve all of this to happen at once.  Another part feels like I have been working my tail off for almost a year to get to this point.

I started working already.  I'm over my hours for Americorps so that gives me extra time to work on Supported Employment.  Not only does this give me the leg up in getting my feet under me but it also means that I'm getting paid more than I was expecting this month.

Muang is doing the Dirty Dash on Saturday and I will be going to cheer her on.  Sunday, SHOPPING SPREE!!!!