Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More photos..

Day 50: July 5, 2011

Rain, rain go away...come again some other day. Or actually not for awhile. We don't need anymore moisture here!


Tonight, the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant play at the Stir Concert Cove. I hope it's stopped raining by then!

Day 49: July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

We spent the day at my parents...and went to the lake for awhile. :)


Day 48: July 3, 2011

Today we celebrated an early Fourth of July with Kevin's family out at Beaver Lake. It was a great time!



Day 47: July 2, 2011

Today I worked at OfficeMax. It was terrible. I got a pretty bad headache while I was there so after work, I headed home and slept for an hour and a half. Kevin woke me up and we headed to Cedar Creek to hang out with mom and dad and Mike and Diana. We ate dinner at mom and dad's, then went back home, watched Lord of the Rings, painted and fell asleep.


The backyard at mom and dad's.


Me and Buckley!


Lisa's painting is finished!

Day 46: July 1, 2011

Thank God it's Friday. Last Friday at the Voice!!! Not counting down, am I?


Afternoon snack.

Day 45: June 30, 2011

Happy birthday, Erin!


Day 44: June 29, 2011

I ran another 5.5 miles. Not the smartest idea...considering it was like 95 degrees. Oh well.

This is a picture of my desk. Soon...I will be leaving it forever. I wonder if it's sad?


Day 43: June 28, 2011

Today was better. I ran 5.5 miles and started painting a picture for Lisa.


Day 42: June 27, 2011

Back to work. My last Monday at the Catholic Voice. Kind of weird. Didn't feel good. Got a mango pineapple smoothie from McDonalds.

Sorry...again, not my photo. It was one of those days.


Day 41: June 26, 2011

Sunday...we are super tired today - and very burned! Even though we put sunscreen on twice each, we still received a nice gift from the sun. :/

Here I am, looking out at the Niobrara shortly before we left. It was a rainy day.

Day 40: June 25, 2011

FLOAT TRIP! Woo! So much fun. And it was a beautiful day! Couldn't have asked for better weather for me and Kevin's first time down the Niobrara. Unfortunately, the person who had the only waterproof camera dropped it into the river (gotta love drunkies). So we have no proof.

This is NOT my phone but we were here at Smith Falls. Beautiful!!!


Day 39: June 24, 2011

Finally on the road to Valentine, Neb. for our float trip with some friends. We ran into a nasty storm during our 5.5 hour trip and were really tired by the time we arrived...at nearly midnight!


Day 38: June 23, 2011

Happy 27th wedding anniversary mom and dad! They invited me, Kevin, Jacob and Mike and Diana with them to the College World Series. It's weird not having it at Rosenblatt. But the new stadium is really cool looking...at least from the outside. I have yet to step foot inside.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Finally...some good news!

So I received a call this morning at about 9:30. It was Werner Enterprises offering me the position I interviewed for last Wednesday! Words cannot describe the relief I feel. And all the other emotions...excitement, happiness, nervousness. I am so elated at finally being able to leave the job I'm at now.

So a big thank you to everyone who put in a few prayers for me. They were much appreciated! The big man upstairs was listening! :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 37: June 22, 2011

Today I gave blood. It went well. My hemoglobin levels were at 14. Yay for me. Those multivitamins I sometimes take are actually starting to work! The next time I can give is August 17.


The snacks afterward are always the best. :)


Day 36: June 21, 2011

Today, after work, I drove to my parents house. First I stopped at my grandparents to check out the flooding situation. Boy, it's bad. Really bad. And it looks like it's only going to get worse with Gavins Point Dam increasing releases. By Thursday, they'll be releasing 160,000 cubic feet per second. Previously, they were releasing 150,000 cfs (record). It sucks. Here are a few photos from the day.




Day 35: June 20, 2011

Today, we drove back to Nebraska. It was nice to get home and see my cats. But I'm bummed to have to go back to work tomorrow. That's the worst! Good thing is the CWS is here this week and we're going floating this weekend.

We weren't home long when a storm rolled into our area. Boy was it scary looking!



Day 34: June 19, 2011

Today we woke up later than usual. We took our time getting ready, then headed downtown. We had lunch at Giordano's, then headed off to the beach for a few hours. It was a little too cool and the water was freezing! But we had a fun time laying on a blanket, talking and playing Scrabble!

After the beach, we headed to Navy Pier. We walked around, got some ice cream and rode the giant ferris wheel! Next, it was time to head back to his aunt's. Our vacation is almost at an end!






Day 33: June 18, 2011

Another fun-filled day in Chicago! We went to Portillo's for lunch (yum!) and then walked around more. To cap off the night, we got dressed up and ate at a very nice Italian restaurant!



Day 32: June 17, 2011

Chicago Cubs vs. Yankees game at Wrigley Field. What an amazing day! :)



Day 31: June 16, 2011

Today we did a lot of walking. We walked probably 10 miles total. We walked around at the Chicago Art Museum, saw the Bean, ate some lunch, did more walking on the Magnificent Mile and did some shopping. Pretty awesome day even though my feet were killing me at the end of it!



Day 30: June 15, 2011

Vacation! We are Chicago-bound!


We ran into a little bit of stormy weather as we neared Illinois.


Day 29: June 14, 2011

Mumford and Sons! Great concert. Only problem was the parking. Since the west parking lot is gone because of the flooding, people had to park at the Mid America Center and take shuttles. Well...after the concert it was raining and a few hundred people were waiting for shuttles. Instead of waiting for an hour or more, Kevin and I hiked the 2.2 miles to the MAC in the rain. It was an adventure.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Amen.

God help me, I am trying so hard to do this. I am trying to just trust and follow God to where he wants me to go. But it is hard. My current job tests my faith, resolution and sanity every single day. I work with an awful (not to mention insanely annoying) editor and a horrible, mean-spirited boss who constantly demeans and criticizes everything I do or say. I can’t speak correctly, I can’t write correctly and I can’t think correctly in his mind. I never do anything right. I am the epitome of everything that is wrong in my generation – which he thinks is lazy, uneducated and will run this country into the ground. As if his has done any better. We’re where we are for a reason, after all.

Anyway…that’s not the point of this blog. The point is really to get it out – because writing helps me feel better. It clears my mind. It eases the pain, if only just a little bit.

I am hoping two events will bring closure to this time of my life…that I will finally be able to start on a new career path…with a better company…with better, more understand people who will appreciate me for the intelligent, kind and educated person I am.

After all, I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I have held a position at the Omaha World-Herald (which I was hired onto before I even graduated college).

I sometimes (let’s be honest…I almost always) wish I would never have gotten the job I’m currently at…but I think – for some reason only God knows right now – there is a reason I am here. I’ve made a few good friends while working here. I’ve gained experience in journalism, too. I’ve also learned to appreciate and respect myself…I guess my boss singling me out every day to harass me for absolute ridiculous and untrue reasons, has really helped me to focus on the good things about myself…and the good things I do.

I’m human, though. I do mess up. But I always wonder why I get one review every month when no one else does. Oh that’s right … I’m the only one who needs it, he told me. Even though I never take more than an hour lunch…I rarely check Facebook except during my lunch and I am never on my phone. I can’t say the same for several other people in the office. Yet he turns a complete blind eye to them. He even tells the secretary to watch me while he’s out of the office. As though I’m a pre-schooler, which he’s often called me before.

So again, my prayer today and every day for the past two and a half years has been to ask God for patience…for understanding…for forgiveness. But most of all I ask Him for the strength to keep looking…to find another place to use my talents. All I want is to be appreciated and treated with respect and dignity. That’s not too much to ask in 2011, is it?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

XOXO,
MJ

Monday, June 6, 2011

More 365 days of photos...

Day 28: June 13, 2011

Haircut. I couldn't stand my hair anymore. Had to get it cut. Plus I didn't want to deal with it while we're in Chicago. My bangs were driving me nuts! I want to grow them out but I just don't have the patience for it!

The guy (not the usual guy I go to, unfortunately. He was booked...) did a good job of layering and thinning my hair. I really like it! But he totally butchered my bangs! I was mortified at first but when I got home and styled it my own way, it was all much better. In about a week, it'll look even better. :)


Day 27: June 12, 2011

Happy birthday, E!!! :)


Day 26: June 11, 2011

Santa Lucia Festival. Kevin and I took Maguire and Roe. It was a fun time!



Day 25: June 10, 2011

TGIF! Woo! Kevin and I went to Famous Dave's for dinner before he headed off to play volleyball. Yum!

(I did NOT take this photo...)

Day 24: June 9, 2011

Star Trek in bed with Nellie. :)


Day 23: June 8, 2011

Wednesday lunch with Kevin! We got some salads at UP and sat in the park. It was lovely...and not too hot! I wish I could eat lunch downtown with him every day. It would be wonderful. :)



Day 22: June 7, 2011

Tuesday. Worked alllllll day. At 9:30, I stopped at the Blue Jay to see Kevin. Had two slices of pizza and a drink. It's such a dingy little bar ... but yet so homey. :)


This drink is an infusion of Absolut Mandarin, Mello Yello and grenadine.

Day 21: June 6, 2011

Monday. Back to the grind. Had a difficult day at work. It's becoming increasingly frustrating every day. I babysat after work, which was fun. Then Kevin and I went for a very relaxing 4.5 mile run. It was a nice way to ease out of a stressful day.



Day 20: June 5, 2011

Today was the epitome of a lazy summer day. Went to church, then hung out by the pool and soaked up some sun for awhile. Then I went to my parents house and lazied around outside some more.

I did not take this photo...but it perfectly describes the sort of day I had yesterday. I actually did not take a photo yesterday. Does that count as a failure of the whole project? I did take one on my regular camera but I don't have the cord to upload it. Maybe another time. Until then, this will have to suffice.


Day 19: June 4, 2011

Priest ordination. The Archdiocese of Omaha welcomed four new priests on Saturday. Taking photos at the Cathedral, however, isn't my favorite thing to do. It's not real photographer friendly...let's just say that.


Day 18: June 3, 2011

I love Fridays. Need I say more? We celebrated Craig's birthday at the Green Onion. It was a good time...except I had to leave early because I had to cover the priest ordination the next morning. :(