Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Moving Day Drama: Ode to the Painter Guy

Dear Kelly,

You, Sir, are amazing.

Thank you for cleaning and painting my apartment (again) so Penny and I have a pretty (& clean!) place to live. We love you and hope you uncover the truth as to whichever person or persons mysteriously broke in and baked pizzas, exploded soda cans, and left boxer shorts out in the back yard. Their mischief was your misfortune and for that I am sorry. Your smiling face was the only thing that brightened this otherwise annoying and stressful discovery.

Thanks a million,

Vanessa and Penny

"Kind and Generous" Natalie Merchant

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Love is friendship set to music

More pics from our trip to Flordia!
These are from our dinner cruise:

"You and Me" Lifehouse
"Unforgettable" Nat "King" Cole

Monday, July 19, 2010

When life hands you lemons...

...squeeze them into your vodka tonic.

I had a weekend full of Mondays, can I complain a bit?

First of all, I was unexpectedly let go from my job on Friday. It turns out, the parents I worked for have been looking into daycare centers for their child, to "socialize" her. I have no problem with centers, or this couple putting their child in one. What I do have a problem with is being interviewed and asked to make a year long commitment, and then being let go less than two months later because a spot opened up in the center of their choice. I take being a nanny very seriously, I think it is a huge responsibility and privilege to care for children, and it is something that I take very personally.

So, can I look at this situation objectively? Not so much. If I had been told the truth from the beginning, absolutely. However, after leaving a company I had been with for over 2 years, turning down several other offers, and hedging my finances on this opportunity, I am so not the proverbial, 'happy camper' today. Adding insult to injury, my former employers are also fellow church members, so I really do feel taken advantage of by someone I trusted. I don't play the victim card, I certainly do not think it was their intent to cause me financial or emotional harm, they're just doing what they feel is best for their child; but I do know I would have handled things differently, had the situations been reversed. Oh well, live and learn.

Moving on, I am set to move into a new apartment, actually a duplex, August first. Well, that was the plan before last Friday, I honestly can't justify taking on more expenses with no income to back them up. We shall see. I have two weeks to find employment, and I am trying my best to remain optimistic that another opportunity will arise if I keep my eyes open. Who knows? Maybe I will be blessed with a situation that is even better for me than this was. Either way, I hold no grudges and will not let a minor setback overwhelm me. All I can do is apply like crazy, and keep moving forward until something opens up. In the meantime, I have a fully stocked Hulu queue, an adorable puppy, and a man I'm crazy about to keep me company.

Mantra of the moment: Stay in the positive. Inhale, Exhale, Repeat.

"Keep Breathing" Ingrid Michaelson
"Back in the Saddle Again" Gene Autry

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why you haven't been hearing from me...

This is why I am the happiest girl in the world today:
Our trip to Tampa, July 4-9, 2010.

More to come!

"Two Tickets to Paradise" Eddie Money
"Barefoot and Crazy" Jack Ingram

Thursday, July 1, 2010

...and baby makes three.

Last week, Joshua and I got to meet this little bundle of joy. Her name is Cami Ann and she is my good friend's daughter. It was such a blessing to watch such an amazing woman fit perfectly into the role of 'mother'. Over the past couple years we have had many conversations about men and babies, and words can not express how happy I am for her! You deserve everything, Leesha. I love you, mama!
8 lbs. of ADORABLE

Vanessa and Cami

Cami's little Buddha belly

Telling her how much I'm going to spoil her.
I'm thinking...Disney EVERYTHING.

Josh and baby Cami at 6 days old.

Cami with her mommy and daddy
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