Monday, July 23, 2007

randomness...jobs, life and more

So, Mike and I have officially started our new jobs. Everything is going pretty well, but, like always, it is difficult at first. My first day I was shown to my new work area, which I must say...it a lot nicer than my last 4 by 5 ft cubicle. This one has actual walls with paint! Very exciting.

So, I get to my desk and am handed a huge Dell box with a "I hear you are tech-saavy. Go ahead and set this all up and get connected to the networks. Oh, if you need help...you can call me, but I hear you are good at this sort of thing." What? As everyone in my family would tell you, I am the most anti-tech-saavy person ever, but when you have a new job you have to live and exceed everyone's expectations. So, tech-saavy it is. I dug to the bottom of the box and I found this tiny little laptop. Seriously, I thought, "How in the heck am I going to use this computer screen for 8 hours a day. I can't even see the screen, none the less even fit my fingers on the keyboard to type!" After freaking out all day, I found out that I also had an external monitor...so it was okay, whew, disaster avoided.

All and all, the job is going well. Mike is learning a lot and golfing a lot :) Although jobs are going well, I've noticed some other things lacking. I have been really bad at cooking...so bad in fact, that I don't think I've cooked more than 2 meals since I moved a month ago. The picture below says it all. I seriously was eating a plain waffle when Mike snapped a picture with the camera.
On another note, I'm the new sunbeam teacher. That'll be an adventure.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Vegas, we're here!

So, we made it safe and sound to Vegas--that is, if you call 116 degrees safe! Mike swears he doesn't feel the heat when he is golfing for 4 hours in the dead heat of the afternoon. However, he did ask me today if I thought it was unhealthy to be outside when it's that hot...I think it is.

I enjoy the diversity out here, even if that means getting hounded by non-mormons. I went to the pool today and started chatting with these people. When I mentioned I was from Utah, it started a whole conversation on "mormons". I was asked "so, why would you live in Utah? As a young person...do you feel it is progressive at all there"? Uhhh, what is that supposed to mean? Like if I have values, I am not progressive? I just responded with, "I enjoyed living out there for a while, but I was ready to move out. I really enjoyed it there though, but there were more work opportunities outside of Utah."
Besides that, Vegas is pretty much what you think it'd be. Not only does everyone outside of Vegas talk about the heat, but everyone in Vegas does too. "Hi, how are you doing today"?...response..."It's so bleep bleepin hot" for which I respond "Yes, it is". You'd think after living here for 20 years, they wouldn't be so shocked at the heat. What temperature is it? 115? That is impossible! I've lived here for 20 years and it does that EVERY summer...yet I am in total unbelief at the heat! haha, oh well. I guess the weather is always a good topic of conversation.

Everyone I run into also does one of those, "Oh, you are new to Vegas. Make sure you stay away from the bad stuff" to which I reply "yeah, I don't think I'll have a problem with that" and then they all tell personal stories of people they know have gone bad to convince me to really not get in the bad stuff. I then assure them again that "yeah, I don't think I will have a problem with that." I don't think they believe me.

Well, life is fun and exciting here...and that's without visiting the strip. I think we'll keep it that way.


Tour of the house:

This is the view from our doorway...note the cool new entertainment center. You can't see it, but there is also a huge pinik spot where Mike spilled an entire can of salsa.

This is the spacious kitchen Our bedroom with a cute sleeping husband

Our cute little place :)