Wednesday, October 29, 2008

When I saw my dear friend Julie this weekend, I promised her I would attempt to make my blog updates more frequent. Here is my attempt.

Exciting news! Charles and I got pre-approved for a mortgage today! How wonderfully, and frightfully, grown up of us! Now we just have to find our dream home. Or something like that. As I mentioned previously, we had found one in Mansfield that is really quite nice, but upon further contemplation and discussion, we came to decide that it may not be the one. We also found another house in Mansfield which has a fantastic layout, but is in need of much love. An abundance of love. What I am trying to say, is that at the present moment it is pretty much uninhabitable. But I want to be the one to bring it back to life. I have always dreamed of buying a less-than-beautiful house and making it my own. The idea of pouring my own time and energy and sweat into a place and having it transform before my eyes makes me excited! It makes Charles nauseous. I think he can see the potential the house has, but he doesn't necessarily feel compelled to be the one to help it reach said potential. And so, we are in a period of discussion. Clearly this decision is not mine alone, and it would be selfish and wrong of me not to consider the thoughts and feelings of the one I love more than anyone. Either way, I know that somewhere out there the future Nobles' abode is sitting, waiting to be found.

Other excitement: I am attempting to channel whatever wifely, domestic abilities I may have by cooking dinner for my husband tonight. Currently, on my stove, there is a large pot containing 3 large chicken breasts, boiling happily in anticipation of becoming part of a (hopefully) delicious chicken and spaghetti casserole. Let's not discuss the fact that when I bought the chicken, I thought it was the boneless, skinless kind that can be used with the Campbells boxed dinner mix I actually know how to make, and pretend that I actually had every intention of calling my mom up and asking her how in the world you prepare chicken on the bone. I'll let you know how it turns out...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It has been a long time since I posted, so I will try to think of something interesting to say.

Life has been crazy busy here at the Nobles' residence. Charles' first semester of teaching is going full-swing and keeping him going nonstop. I guess I never really realized the amount of time that teachers put in outside the classroom before now. It's a little bit ridiculous if you ask me. But he loves what he does, and that makes me happy.

My work is pretty much the same as always. I work my 3 days each week and that's about it. I am starting to get to know my coworkers a little better, which is fun. It is a little more overwhelming here where I work with a day-shift staff of 36 as opposed to 10 or 12 back in Abilene, but that's ok. I did learn that it is not a good idea to schedule myself to work every other day in a week. Somehow I ended up doing that to myself last week. It was a long week. One day off is simply not sufficient to catch up on rest, much less any other things that need to be done. I am enjoying this week much better. I worked Sunday and Monday, off Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and tomorrow I am going to a review class for a test I am taking on Saturday. My next day to actually work the floor is Tuesday. Beautiful.

So the test I am taking on Saturday is so I can become a Certified Pediatric Nurse. I'm not really sure what benefit it will have for me to do so, except I get a few more letters after my name and a nice bonus for doing so. I suppose it also comes with the satisfaction of knowing that someone else out there recognizes that I know what I am doing, so that's good too. Anyway, my friend Michelle who I worked with in Abilene is also taking the same review course and exam, so she is coming in town today to stay with me and hitch a ride. For some reason it never occurred to me that there are people who are not used to driving in the Metroplex, and even fear it. I really need to get out of the bubble of my own litte world more often.

In other news, Charles and I have been house hunting for a little while now, and we think we have found a house we really want to pursue. It's in Mansfield, and I love it. But, I'm trying not to get overly excited about it until we know if it is an actual possibility for us or not. Charles is trying to get a hold of this mortgage guy that was recommended to us, but they keep playing phone tag. So I am trying to be patient and stop myself from mentally moving all of our stuff in before we know if it can even happen. Wish me luck.

Well, that is my life in a nutshell right now. Sorry for the lack of updates. I'm off to busy myself with scrubbing bathrooms. Yay.