Big decisions, big move

I’ve alluded to big changes at our house and my astronomical stress level in several recent posts both here and Facebook. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, for many months now.

Back in January, Josh was laid off along with 200 other people. We’d known for two years that this layoff was imminent. What we did not know is when the ax would drop. When it actually happen, it was almost surreal. In a simple email he told me he’d been laid off and would be getting a pretty good severance package. That day Josh was told that he’d be working until April 30th.  He immediately went into job search overdrive – being able to bank his severance rather than have to live on it would be best case scenario.

After reviewing his resume and talking about what companies he may want to work for and the type of position he aspired to get, he started sending out his resume. He followed up with old colleagues and worked his network. He had a handful of interviews and was lucky enough to get offers from every company he interviewed with. He had a choice of several positions. Not a bad problem to have.

Here’s the problem that caused my stress level to spike…none of positions were local. Not just outside of our immediate area, but they were all outside of Colorado.

We knew that the biotech industry, with the exception of small start-ups, is lacking here. We talked about it being a good time to move, if we had to, because the kids aren’t in school and we wanted to buy a new house anyway. When the offers from Northern California, North Carolina and Minnesota came in, we had a lot to consider.

After researching, thinking about what each opportunity meant professionally for Josh and financially for our family, what it’d mean for our lifestyle, proximity to family/friends, cost of living, etc. we made a decision.

In just about a month, we’re moving to Minneapolis.

Telling our family and friends has been sad and exciting. Telling my boss was terrifying. You see I’m finally at a place where I feel like I’m learning, making a difference and really getting to do the kind of marketing I want to do. My boss went to our president who said he’d be happy to keep me on as a consultant. We’re still thinking about what that means and how it will all work. It might mean I setup my own LLC. If it does not work out, I will be staying home with the kids for the rest of the summer to help them adjust to our new home, find child care and look for a new job.

Spring is a time for new life and changes. What a change we’ll be making.

I’m going to be sharing the process of relocating across the country as we go. I suppose I should start thinking of a new blog name too!

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Saturday Sweet 16

There is a calm early on Saturday mornings. They are free from the hustle and bustle of Monday-Friday grind. It’s a perfect time for mind clearing, stress relieving runs. I was up just before dawn feeding Anderson and figured I should just put my shoes on. It was time for my longest run of half marathon training and if I didn’t do it before the Easter egg hunt at school, I’d be doing it during my late afternoon energy lull.

At 6:30 am I was out the door.

It was slightly overcast and quiet. Almost eerily so. I had run over a mile before I saw a car drive down the road, three miles before I ran into another person on the sidewalk. There was a light breeze and the sun creeping through the clouds onto my face. I turned down my music and tried to take in the sounds of spring.

I had run almost exactly five miles when I arrived at McIntosh. I took my chocolate outrage GU and started my first loop around the lake. It was gorgeous. I drooled over a new house being built on the lake with a wall full of windows that overlook not only the lake, but also Longs Peak. If it were my house I would never leave that room.

My run was feeling effortless. I was consciously avoiding looking at my watch. Pace didn’t matter. By the middle of my second lap, there were runners, walkers with their dogs, and kids playing at the playground. I was just about to take my second GU when Josh called to make sure I hadn’t gotten lost or something because he thought I was only doing 10 miles. I had 11.75 under my belt and was ready to turn towards home.

I tried out the Salted Caramel GU. Pretty tasty, though not nearly as good as the real caramels I was dreaming about eating on Easter. When I hit a stop light about two miles from home, I changed the view on my watch to see what my pace was. I was averaging 8:57 min/miles. Just to see if I could manage it, I decided to pick up the pace for the last two miles.

I had mapped out my 16 miles so that I would basically be at my front door when my run was over. Knowing this, I watched the last tenth of a mile come to an end. I had my longest postpartum run to date and felt like I could have kept going. I had even managed negative splits for the last two miles.

Distance: 16 miles                            Time: 2:22:53                     Average Pace: 8:55 min/mile

When I walked in the door the kids were up and excited to see me. Ella gave me a good morning kiss and promptly told me that I smelled. I stretched, fed Anderson and hopped in the shower so that we could head off to the candy fest egg hunt.

Surprisingly I haven’t gotten sore. I did become quite ravenous though and made Josh stop at Chipotle to get a burrito. I enjoyed every single bite and the brief nap that followed. Only two weeks until race day!

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A celebration is in order

This is my friend Jill smiling just before starting her first chemo treatment.

Jill Chemo

That funny thing on her head is a cold cap that restricts the blood vessels in your scalp to try to prevent the toxins from getting to your hair follicles. Experimental, but it has worked and she’s kept her hair.

Over the past several months, Jill has undergone chemo every few weeks. Today is her final round of chemotherapy. Throughout the entire treatment process she and her husband John have remained ever positive, happy and caring. I’ve been so impressed by her strength and bravery. I’m lucky to count her as a friend.

Radiation is still to come, but today is a day to celebrate. It’s going to be a good day. Happy Last Day of Chemo Jill!

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The Good Things This Week

Life has been a bit hectic this week. With big changes on the horizon (I’ll get into once we things have been finalized), travel, very bad news about a friend, and general every day tasks, it’s been hard to focus on little things that make a day or a week a little bit brighter. With that, here are a few things that brightened my week:

1. I’ve been lucky enough to have a very healthy milk supply. So lucky that I have quite a surplus of frozen milk in our deep freezer. This week I took 450 ounces from my freezer stash and donated it to the Mothers Milk Bank of Colorado. With the average newborn drinking about 25 oz/day, that will feed one baby for nearly three weeks. I’m so happy that I can help families that need/want it.

2. We paid off my car, finished our taxes and signed our wills. Yes, I am a really adult even though my head tells me I’m still 21.

3. These little people. It’s so easy to get caught up in our nightly routines. With the weather getting nicer and the days lasting a bit longer, we’re trying to enjoy just playing with the kids. Of course Anderson cannot talk yet, but he can cuddle like a champ. And my Ella, oh my Ella. Her randomly saying I love you and huge hugs melt my heart in an instant.

 

4. Dinner with my seventh grade walking buddy. Lisa and I go way back. Like going on 18 years back. While I was in Houston for work, I got to catch up with Lisa who now lives there with her husband Mike. Business trips are always better when you have good company.

5. This guy who has reminded me not to take myself or life too seriously. Even with the added stressed lately, he makes sure that we have a good laugh.

6. Room service after a long run on the hotel treadmill.

Photo: Best thing about doing a longer run at a hotel.

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life Lately

It’s been quite some time since we’ve done a day in the life post. Now that Anderson is nearly eight months old and Ella inching closer and closer to three (OMG!) here’s a glimpse into how our routines are shaping up.

4 am hour - Yes, it's ungodly early and I'm up. It's been a rough night with both kids. Anderson was up several times and Ella woke us up to tell us she needed to pee, twice. I long slightly for the diaper days and wonder why it is Anderson sleeps like an angel only on weekends. I hop in the shower, put on 90% of my make-up and head downstairs.

4 am hour – Yes, it’s ungodly early and I’m up. It’s been a rough night with both kids. Anderson was up several times and Ella woke us up to tell us she needed to pee, twice. I long slightly for the diaper days and wonder why it is Anderson sleeps like an angel only on weekends. I hop in the shower, put on 90% of my make-up and head downstairs.

5 am hour - Prep for work, nurse Anderson, finish getting dressed and am out the door.

5 am hour – Prep for work, nurse Anderson, finish getting dressed and am out the door.

6 am hour - Arrive at the office. I'm hungry so I warm up my breakfast apple cinnamon and cranberry oatmeal) and eat as I check emails.

6 am hour – Arrive at the office. I’m hungry so I warm up my breakfast (apple cinnamon and cranberry oatmeal) and eat as I check emails.

7 am hour - First pumping session of the day. I bring my laptop with me so that I can answer some of my emails.

7 am hour – First pumping session of the day. I bring my laptop with me so that I can answer some of my emails.

Laptop

8 -10 am hours – Sit through a meeting and it’s time to pump again. I take my snack and laptop with me so that I can eat while I do a module of my content marketing certification course.

Target basket

11 am hour – Another super exciting pumping session followed by writer’s block. I decided it’s the perfect time for a quick trip to Target. I return a few things and try not to accidentally spend $150.

12 pm hour - I'm so proud of myself for making it past 11:15 before eating my lunch. Leftovers...so exciting.

12 pm hour – I’m so proud of myself for making it past 11:15 before eating my lunch. Leftover BBQ chicken and spinach, artichoke and quinoa casserole…so exciting.

Cube

1-2 pm hours – Wrap up my day with another meeting, verify my flight and hotel for a last minute trade show I’m attending at the end of the week, and more emails. I swear the emails never end.

3 pm hour - I'm back in the car and off to get my kiddos. I try to get there by 4 so that I get as much time with them in the evening as possible.

3 pm hour – I’m back in the car and off to get my kiddos. I try to get there by 4:15 so that I get as much time with them in the evening as possible.

Kids playing on the floor

4 pm hour – We’re home! The kids play while I make dinner.

5 pm hour - We all sit at the table for dinner. This is one of my favorite times of day because we catch up on everyone's day. Ella generally induces laughter from Anderson who is babbling away while he tries out the new food of the day.

5 pm hour – We all sit at the table for dinner. This is one of my favorite times of day because we catch up on everyone’s day. Ella generally induces laughter from Anderson who is babbling away while he tries out the new food of the day.

Reading to Ella

6 pm hour – It’s bedtime for Anderson – diaper change, jammies and we’re ready to head upstairs to rock and nurse. Josh and Ella play and start her bedtime routine.

7 pm  hour - Bedtime for Ella. We follow these easy steps and pray that she'll fall asleep by 9.

7 pm hour – Bedtime for Ella. We go through these easy steps and pray that she’ll fall asleep by 9.

8 pm hour - With both kids in bed, I'm off to the gym for my run.

8 pm hour – With both kids in bed, I’m off to the gym for my run. I’m not the only one who loves watching Food Network while exercising am I?

9 pm hour - Arrive home and start prepping for the next day. I transfer milk into Anderson's bottles for daycare, pack up a solid of some kind for him and make my breakfast/lunch. Hop in the shower to rinse before getting into bed.

9 pm hour – Arrive home and start prepping for the next day. I transfer milk into Anderson’s bottles for daycare, pack up a solid of some kind for him and make my breakfast/lunch. Hop in the shower to rinse before getting into bed.

10 pm hour - Yes, I'm in bed! Shit is that Anderson crying? Ok, quick nursing session and I'm off to sleep.

10 pm hour – Yes, I’m in bed! Shit is that Anderson crying? Ok, quick nursing session and I’m off to sleep.

 

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