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No California For Now

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Oh it's a whirlwind right now in our life, you have probably noticed I have not been online lately. We were supposed to move to Lancaster, California as mentioned in February and we have been getting all prepared to move. We packed everything up, resigned from jobs on a certain date, setup our house lease to end and prepared for the movers to come on a certain date and time. As the date got closer to moving, the new employer for my husband got more and more suspicious in telling us information and assisting with the move from Virginia to California. In the end, we couldn't see the move happening without specific information in order and set in stone. So we chose to end the work contract and not move. Then my husband's current company started laying off people in large groups and of course since he had already resigned they could not reinstate his employment. See, it's a whirlwind...

Right now we have so many mixed opinions about what happened and why. Thankfully we are keeping our faith and trusting in God for instructions on how to move on from here. As two university educated individuals we have never been without work (I still have an online position but only part-time) so this is very different for us. Since it has been a different situation, we chose not to get another contract for a new house rental and came to Michigan to be with family. We thought it was a nice time to reconnect with family members and have a little fun before going to our next state for employment. So while my husband is searching for a different job, we are staying in Michigan while our personal belongings are in storage in Virginia. Sounds strange but it's working and my husband's family is enjoying us being here for now since we haven't lived in Michigan for over ten years.

So now you are all updated. It's been a crazy life lately so now that we are finally getting into a little bit of a routine, I can finally have the gumption to write this and put it out there. I know unemployment happens to everyone but seeing as it was partially our choice and seeing as we are highly educated, it is a bit embarrassing. It shouldn't be but it still is... but humility is part of life I guess.

On to happier things. Lately DH and I have been getting into some running outside and enjoying the nice weather (minus the snow fall last night). Pup walks are a great way to get out in the sun and also we are staying on a lake so we just starting up the kayaking. We do not have a gym here but we hope to get some home workouts done once we find a large enough space to do it. emoticon

Okay all updated - wish it would be a happier message but hopefully soon it will be... emoticon

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JANUT57 4/16/2014 10:54AM

  Wishing you the best. Stay positive. emoticon

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SONICB 4/15/2014 12:06PM

    That is really strange about the CA employer (passive-aggressively!) backing out of helping you guys move over there. Good luck with the new job search and the transition to wherever it is you'll end up! I'm starting to empathize with you and your husband about the unemployed life soon enough (just got my last paycheck in grad school and still need to defend, finish writing thesis, and submit before I can commit to searching for jobs).

Wishing you both all the best! It'll work out in the end. :)

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Lancaster, CA!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We're Moving!!!!

For a few weeks I have been absent since DH and I have been planning and getting everything together for his new job. He has secretly been applying for positions and he got one of the first ones he applied. He had a few offers but he choice the one that he really wanted - in the High Desert! We're born/raised Michigan folk, turned Indiana for college, turned Illinois, turned Ohio, turned Virginia. Now we are going to move to the desert, an adventure! DH has been to our future destination however I have never been even close to the area (I'm beyond freaked and stressed). Our destination: Lancaster, California! It's about an hour or so to LA (supposedly). If you are from this area, or know it, please please please contact me! I would love to know someone from the area.

We have just about 2.5 weeks now until we move. So far we don't have movers and do not have a place to live. Oh no... haha It's hard to actually find a rental when one doesn't live in the same area. Apparently there are some people that scam others by saying they are from out-of-state or something like that so now some people require renters to come in person... bo boo... We're chugging along hoping for the best.

My excitement is for having warm weather just about all year around. I've heard it does get cold at night but in the day it's warm. This pretty much gives us free range all year around to run outside. (and not lose any fingers or toes) Yay!!!! Plus there are new routes and new moutains to adventure with hiking. I'm not sure of the safety for being outside but hoping for the best.

So, I'm in stressed out mode trying to get everything packed, finding movers that actually go to Lancaster, CA and a place to rent for the first year before we purchase again. We are keeping up our normal 1 hour of exercise but have reduced it to around 4-5 days a week seeing as we have to contact California people during our evenings which is the normal time for the gym. Hopefully after we can find a mover and find a rental, I will be back to posting normal again. So sorry for the lack of posts, I miss scheduling and posting everything on here for accountablity to lose those last pesky 20 lbs. I'll be back definitely after we get internet setup in our new place though for sure. For now it will be here and there as I can...

Anyone know Lancaster, CA? I would love to know anything!

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SUGIRL06 3/10/2014 6:58PM

    How exciting! I feel like you just moved to Virginia though. Am I wrong? Then again, I can't believe its been over 2 years since I went back to school. Good luck with everything!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/22/2014 9:08PM

    Wishing you all the best with the move. Congrats on your new adventure!

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JANUT57 2/19/2014 10:25AM

  Good luck on your move! emoticon

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TBARBER68 2/18/2014 6:31PM

  I've lived in Lancaster most of my life. Moved from NY. I agree with SUSIEQ222. And I'll just add a few things to help you get your barrings.

If you are looking for things to do, like hiking The City and Chamber of Commerce have a Travel and Convention Bureau that could help you out: http://www.destinationlancasterca.o

The City recently redeveloped it's downtown . This is a great place to meet local business owners and relax. I also highly recommend looking for houses nearby. I live downtown and it is a great place to live. Full disclosure, if I was really concerned about school districts I might consider looking more west, i.e Quartz Hill, Del Sur, Rancho Vista...

The City also has a list of places to worship:

I know that many aerospace people and engineers attend Central Christian. So if your spouse's job is in aerospace that might be a good place to meet like-minded people.

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SUSIEQ222 2/18/2014 5:50PM

    I have lived in the Lancaster/Palmdale area for almost 30 years. I work at Edwards AFB. I have never lived on that side of the country, but I can probably guess that living in the Mojave Desert will be quite a change. It can be really hot in the summer and sometimes gets pretty cold in the winter. Not this winter, though, we have had near perfect weather for months. The most negative thing about the weather is the wind! It blows alot! If you have any questions, just ask and I will try to answer them best I can. Good luck on your move!

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NATPLUMMER 2/18/2014 3:53PM

    It's about a half hour or more away from the San Fernando Valley (Northridge) where I grew up.

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1/27/14 Food/Exercise

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Today we finally made it back to the gym after being out again for my back. My incision seems to have closed but when I stretch it too much, it breaks open again. My doctor said it was okay to workout, so I am listening to her and hoping it heals okay. Patience isn't my strongest attribute to the world. ha-ha Another nice feature was when we woke up, the temperature was around 40 and then rose to 54F just before lunch. It declined drastically after lunch going close to negative numbers but Furry Baby and I got out for a nice long walk - a true blessing this time of the year. I found myself sighing a lot throughout the walk since it just felt so good! Anyone else get out that hasn't been able to?

Breakfast: Oatmeal with added flaxseeds & 1 tsp brown sugar, coffee and vegan multivitamins - nothing too exciting here.

Exercise: Walk with the furry pup 1.38 miles in around 40 minutes.

Snack: None since I was really busy and lost track of time. I did have a nice cup of green tea.

Lunch: Leftover cauliflower and 'chez' with lots of peas... mmm

Snack: Sesame sticks - grrr so addicting

Dinner: Homemade Australian Vegan Sausage Rolls (no sausage inside) with side of brussels sprouts, onion and celery seasoned with coconut balsalmic vinaigrette.

Snack: Chinese plantain strips cooked with sugar

Exercise: Tonight we made it through the cold to the gym. We did 30 minutes weight lifting with breaks in between sets. During breaks I did 30 situps each time on the exercise ball. Then I did 1 mile in 10 minutes on the treadmill (just testing my back pain level) and then 20 minutes on the elliptical trainer. My back ended up breaking open again but it didn't seem to hurt too much. Yay! Nice to be back into it.

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2014 11:07AM

    I'm glad your back is holding up to the exercise.
Darn sesame sticks!! emoticon

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1/22-1/26 Food/Exercise Recap

Monday, January 27, 2014

Feeling so much better now! Last week I felt better for a few days and then after working out lightly, my back opened up again and the pain came back. It was very painful and doing too much just aggravated it. After a few days of rest and not working out, I think my back is healing once again. It's the problem with a cyst that has had to be "medically attended", it gets better and then out of the blue it's bad again. My antibiotic round is up and I think they are starting to work. They are supposed to keep working for a few weeks after you finish a round, right? Ha-ha I'm never sick so I have no idea... thank goodness it's over though - no more medicine brain.

So this weekend was a pretty good one. We did get to get out of the house and go to Richmond, VA. So pleasant! It was an easy trip and we didn't rush anything. Just a fun day of grocery shopping, vegan food and some other light shopping. Oh yea and vegan fro-yo!

Breakfast: Looked a lot like this the entire week. Sprinkles were placed on top since they put a smile on my face and let's face it, 2 tsp of sprinkles for a few days isn't going to kill anyone. :) Lots of oatmeal, pineapple and bananas. Last photo is a vegan protein pancake.

Snacks: More bananas, clementines and unsweetend almond milk made with sprinkles, a couple chocolate chips and oats.


Eating Out in Richmond, VA: (Everything shared with DH)

Exercise: Last week was hard for my back and my brain ability to function on prescription medicine for the first time in years. So I didn't get into much. I did try to move around as much as possible without hurting too much. So I call that an accomplishment. This next week I intend on doing more and more to build my back up to handling the stress once again.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2014 11:27AM

    Glad you're on the mend. Antibiotics shouldn't mess with your brain.

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1/21/14 Food/Exercise

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My back is doing much better today so I started to test it a bit more. Maybe this was good and maybe it wasn't, not sure just yet. But, thankfully we did get to the gym today as the weather was positive degrees. Food was a bit off again since my stomach is just fighting me since I'm still on my antibiotics for my back. I'm doing my best though. That's all we can hope for some days, a good attempt at doing the right things.

Breakfast: Raw Meal Protein Powder Pancake. This is protein powder, ground flaxseed, 1/2 banana, unsweetened almond milk and a few vegan chocolate chips. I also used 1/4 tsp Earth Balance Vegan butter and also a little syrup. I'm working on the recipe right now so it's still not perfect looking but it did taste good. :)

Exercise: Walk with the pup outside before it turned negative temperatures. :( 1.25 miles

Snack: Whole Foods Organic Sesame Sticks - oh how you taunt me tasty treat!

Lunch: Steamed broccoli, organic tomato sauce and a chickenless spicy patty (vegan)- Not the best since it has processed patty but at least it was filling and gave protein.

Snack: Some vegan chocolate chips, pineapple and green tea

Exercise: 30 minutes weight lifting & 30 minutes elliptical (only minor back pain)

Dinner: Homemade Vegan Japanese Curry with steamed Korean rice. On top I had some pickled ginger.

Snack: DH made me my favorite flour-less chocolate chip cookies. This are made from oats, ground. He added sprinkles (since they make me happy). They look a bit odd since it was his first time making and forgot to add the sprinkles into the batter instead of on top. But it was so nice of him to make them for me and they were so tasty.

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2014 11:49AM

    Evil sesame sticks ;-)

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GRANDMAWESE 1/22/2014 8:52PM

    :) food and great to be able to exercise

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