what I’ve been up to lately, because I know you’ve been losing sleep at night.

Work. Is. Kicking. My. Butt. In a very very good way, of course. I’ve had some really great projects this summer, as well as a few that were put ‘on hold’ months ago that came out of the woodwork in the last couple of weeks (WHAT TIMING, with the move and everything. GAH!) Most exciting lately is the fact that I am now working as a contractor for my old employer, the one I quit 3 years ago just before finding out I was pregnant, the one I left during my Big Flying Leap into Full-Time Freelancing. Funny how life comes full-circle, isn’t it?

There is also another potential work-related opportunity of sorts, one that would involve taking Maggie to daycare an extra day each week (bringing it to 3 days) I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. On one hand, she absolutely loves daycare and actually SQUEALS WITH DELIGHT when we pull into the parking lot (I try not to let this hurt my ego. heh.) But on the other hand, I love our three days each week of hanging out, going shopping, our lunch dates… such precious time together that I treasure, because there are so many Moms who would love to be in a position to do those things and honestly, we just have FUN when we’re together. But on the other OTHER hand… um, HELLO NEW MORTGAGE! The extra money would be fantastic. Plus, Maggie and I would still have 2 days together at home. So as long as the daycare thing works out (finding out those details tomorrow), I think it’s a go. Changes!

House. We’re totally not unpacked yet, but honestly? I don’t even care. The big stuff is done: kitchen, bedrooms, Maggie’s toys. The basement is filled with crap, but most of it is storage-type stuff anyway (baby clothes, Christmas decorations, etc) When not slaving away at the computer with work, I’ve been keeping busy with organizing the stuff we have unpacked, adding towel racks to the bathrooms, hanging new blinds in our bedrooms (they had those horrible, spring-loaded vinyl blinds, OMG I HATE THEM. And one in our room was half-broken and fell on my head last week. I finally replaced it today. Moral of the story: You can pay a bajillion dollars* for a house, but there are still things that need to be fixed.)

On Sunday, Dan and I spent almost 4 hours in the front yard weeding the flower beds. (This was only 1/4 of the weeds, and after 2 hours of work.) But, we are still very much in love with this house. I love that we’ve only been here for 2 1/2 weeks and it feels like home already.

And we’re not just in love with the house- it’s pretty much the whole damn neighborhood. Seriously, I never imagined having neighbors who are just SO NICE. Everyone says hello, they invite us to come play with their kids, the kids LOVE Maggie (a couple of the girls squeal and oooh and aaaah over her every time we see them, it’s so hilarious.) Saturday night was the neighborhood Golf Outing- Dan spent the day golfing and drinking beer and then we all went to the common area for a picnic while the kids played on the playground. Then after that party was over, my mom (WHO IS AWESOME.) came over to stay at the house while Maggie slept, and Dan and I went to another party a few doors down where there was much dancing and laughing and craziness with people and kids we’ve known for like 5 minutes. We lived at our other house for 5 years and barely knew 3 people by name. Quite a difference.

Maggie. At least 6 times a day she makes me pee my pants. This kid is FUNNY. I could write a hundred posts like the ones I wrote last week. It’s like overnight, she became this Person, speaking in sentences, telling jokes, making up stories. She also drives me crazy (See: Yesterday At The Grocery Store, Holy Whiny Toddler Alert) but she’s awesome.

Throw in some ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS weather and some evenings hanging out on our street with our new friends, and we’ve got ourselves a full plate. A full, happy, wonderful plate.

* We may have paid a LITTLE BIT less than that amount. Probably.


  1. Sarah Wells

    September 2, 2009 8:48 am

    I love it. So glad you love your new place! Maggie sounds like such a happy girl. I’m sure her and Eve would be fast friends (Eve thinks she’s a lot older than she is). Wish we lived closer to each other!

  2. the ambitious mrs

    September 2, 2009 12:02 pm

    Your new ‘hood sounds awesome!
    .-= the ambitious mrs’s last blog post: Crazy Like a … Pregnant Lady =-.

  3. Melissa

    September 2, 2009 12:39 pm

    Sounds like everything is going well for you guys! Plus you got cool neighbors to boot, which is awesome!
    .-= Melissa’s last blog post: mental note: never let him wear birthday shirt to playground again =-.

  4. Kelly

    September 2, 2009 2:01 pm

    *wow* a neighborhood with nice, social people and stuff. i think i’m going to steer my afternoon running up to the nearby housing development. maybe those people go outside…

    congrats, girl. you deserve it.
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post: Wordless Wednesday – My Nike Mini avatar =-.

    • Jen

      September 2, 2009 2:43 pm

      It must be all the kids, I think it helps get everyone outside. Our last neighborhood didn’t have a ton of kids, so everyone kind of kept to themselves. Little ice-breakers, they are! :)

  5. Priscilla

    September 2, 2009 3:09 pm

    Hey maybe you’ve met one of Chuckie’s friends…his name is Blake, his parents are very nice. What a great place to live, sounds wonderful!!

    How nice that there are other kids for Maggie to play with and that they instantly accepted her into their group!!
    .-= Priscilla’s last blog post: New Projects and Apprehension =-.

  6. Stefanie

    September 2, 2009 8:55 pm

    I wish our neighbors were that awesome and amazing. I am glad you got settled into your new neighborhood so quickly. :)
    .-= Stefanie’s last blog post: So much for homemade dinners. =-.

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