Sunday, March 23, 2014

Not much to say

I just realized today that I haven't blogged in a month.  Oops.

Honestly, there's not a lot going on.  I'm trying to fight off a bit of a cold right now.  Work is still going mostly well.  The weather is very, very slowly getting better and looking like spring.  I guess I'm mostly settled into my new place, although I still have a little more unpacking and organizing to do.  My biggest excitement lately?  I think there are a couple groundhogs building a nest nearby.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

I kissed Brad Pitt

A few nights ago I had a dream that I was helping a friend by doing a run-through read of a play that she'd written.  What I didn't realize was that Brad Pitt was actually starring in this play, that he was going to be there for the run-through, and that we were actually going to do the kissing scene in the play.  So, in my dream, I totally made out with Brad Pitt!

Not surprisingly, Brad Pitt is a really, really good dream kisser.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Some days I just love working with all guys

Tuesday night a storm came through that brought about 4 inches of snow as well as a little ice.  Since they predicted that we could've gotten up to 10 inches, I think we were all pretty relieved to only get 4.

I had told a few of the guys at work on Tuesday that if it looked like I wasn't going to be able to get out in my car, I would call one of them to come pick me up in one of the big work trucks.  I only live about 6 minutes from the office, so it wouldn't be that far for someone to come get me.  Since we didn't get as much snow, it looked like I was going to be fine getting out on Wednesday morning.  The driveway hadn't been plowed, but the road had.

Because the road had been plowed, it meant that there was that typical snow bank that gets built up at the end of the drive.  It wasn't too bad, so I figured I'd be able to back through it if I had enough momentum.  Unfortunately, I lost my momentum.  There's a bit of a bend soon before my place, so I had to brake at the last moment when a car came around the bend.  Once I stopped, I could not get going again.  Not at all.  Apartment management is supposed to take care of clearing the snow (although they've done a crap job of it so far), so I hadn't bothered to buy a snow shovel because I wasn't even sure I'd need one.  So when I got stuck, I couldn't even dig myself out.

I tried to stomp down the snow around my tires, but it didn't help even a smidge.  So I called Andrew pretty soon after I got stuck and asked him to send help.  I knew he had a conference call in a few minutes, so I knew he wouldn't be coming.  Frankly, even if he didn't have a call, I doubt he would've come just because he has so much else to do.  Fortunately, there were a couple crews in town, so we had several guys in the office that aren't normally there.

About 15 or 20 minutes after I called, three of the crew guys showed up.  There was only one snow shovel at the office, which they brought, but the also brought two dirt shovels and a bag of ice melt.  They started digging me out right away, but they were throwing the snow from under and around my car next to where my car was... which is the end of my neighbor's driveway.  Our driveways are actually just one big drive; one side leads to my garage, the other side leads to theirs.  I haven't even met these neighbors yet, although it seems to be a middle-aged couple.

Anyway, the guys had only been shoveling for a bit when the woman poked her head at the door and called for the guys to not pile the snow at the end of their drive because they need to be able to get out too.  The guys said that they would take care of it... and then they did.  They shoveled the ENTIRE driveway, both sides!!  Since my car was at the end of the drive, I told them that they didn't need to shovel in front of my car, that management would take care of it.  (I hoped.)  They said that they would be just hanging around the workshop back at the office if they weren't shoveling, and at least they weren't going to get yelled at here.  So... I didn't stop them!

The neighbor lady actually poked her head out again a little later and tried to give them money!  They wouldn't take it.  I tried to tell her that they actually were getting paid, but I'm not sure she heard me.  They did a great job of cleaning up the driveway, though, and even cleared off the snow that had blown onto my little front porch, which was truly unnecessary.  I was kind of upset having to call for help, because I feel like I should be able to take care of myself, but I felt pretty good about it all after they finished and didn't seem at all bothered by helping me out.  I was so thankful for their help and thanked all three of them both while they were here and back at the office.  They followed me back to the office to make sure we all made it back safely, which we did.

It's always fun having crews in the office.  I just enjoy having guys around that I don't get to work with on a daily basis.  Wednesday felt like they were just especially nice and helpful to me.  I mentioned that we had a couple office chairs that hadn't been put together yet, so they took care of those.  Several of them were hanging out in the kitchen, having just finished eaten lunch, when I went in to heat up my lunch.  One of the guys got my lunch out of the fridge for me.  One of the guys was sitting in front of the microwave, but the microwave is up on a shelf, so I was just going to reach over him, but one of the other guys told him get out of the way.  Then the same guy who got after the other one offered to take out the trash for me, so I pulled out a new trash bag for him and let him take care of it.

I honestly love this job for all kinds of reasons, but I definitely feel like all these guys have my back including and maybe especially my boss, who is boss of all the other guys too.  I feel so fortunate so have this job.

And last night after work I bought a snow shovel just in case!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This is sad and kind of funny

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I DID find my new home!

I have signed the lease and have the keys!

The apartment that I looked at is now mine!  I've moved several boxes and things into it, but I'm not actually living there yet.  Why?  Because I have nothing to sleep on yet.  That changes soon, though.  I bought a brand new bed set yesterday and I just have to wait until it's delivered this coming Saturday.  Then I'll be living in my own place!  YAY!!

Now here's hoping that I have decent neighbors!

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

I may have found my new home

I went to check out an apartment this morning; I had invited Mom to go with me since we were originally going to be going together to the church building to help assemble holiday baskets for needy people in the area.  We did still do that, but I had a couple errands to run afterwards, so we drove separately, but she still went with me to see the apartment.

It's a 2 bedroom, 1 bath place with an attached 1 car garage.  It's a ranch style place, so I don't have anyone above or below me.  It's part of a string of 4 apartments (there are several strings along that street), so I would have people on either side of me, but I don't really expect to NOT have that, you know?  It's clean, looks fairly well maintained, and I know it's not super old.  I know those apartments were all built sometime after my family first moved to this town, although I don't recall exactly when.  There's nothing right behind this apartment except a tiny little creek and a little land, then some townhomes probably about 100 yards or more away.  There are ceiling fans in every room and central A/C, which is really nice.

There are two, pretty minor, downsides that I see to this place.  One is that the living room feels a little small and cramped, but it's not horrible.  There's a bit of a vaulted ceiling, so that helps.  The other issue is that I was hoping to find a place that include a washer and dryer, which this doesn't have, although it does have hookups.  It just means that I have to spend more money upfront in order to get those so that I'm not lugging my laundry to a laundromat (or Mom's house) forever.  Because that would suck.  But I think getting a washer and dryer is doable, I'm just not thrilled about it.

I hadn't originally planned on going for a 2 bedroom because, well, it's just me.  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it might be a good idea.  As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I HATE moving.  HATE it.  I think it's such a pain.  So when I find a place I like, I tend to stay until I have a big reason to leave, like I'm completely leaving the area.  An extra bedroom will give me some more room to really settle in, especially if the living room is a little smaller.  Plus, Mom wants to eventually downsize to a smaller place, and I still have some stuff that I've been keeping in her basement.  If I have the extra room, then I'll be able to get all of that stuff out of her basement so she's only dealing with her stuff.

This apartment is at the limit of the budget I'd set for myself when I started looking, but it's still within my budget.  One of the guidelines I've heard is that you shouldn't pay more than what you earn (gross) in a week.  This apartment is $10 more a month than I what I earn in a week, so I'm okay with that.  

The apartment manager just gave me the code to the lockbox that's on the door, so I didn't actually meet him or talk to him about it at all today.  So I'll be calling him on Monday to discuss it and hopefully put in my application.  I'm not sure how soon I'll be able to move in, but I know it won't be before the first of the year, which is okay.  I just know that the more I think about it, the more excited I get!!

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Holding Tightly to My Sanity

My job is still going well.  I'm really enjoying it.  Maybe I finally found the job I can stay in long-term!

I'm still looking for an apartment to move into.  I've found one that I think would be a really good fit for me: reasonable rent, decent neighborhood, a part of town I want to be in, all that kind of stuff.  I just can't seem to get the manager to call me back!  Normally, I'd be ready to say forget it, but there's a family at church that lived in a townhouse there for several years and really liked the area and the management company.  Plus, I'm having trouble finding anything else that's as much of what I want as this place is.  So, I'm trying to be patient since I'm not quite ready to move out anyway.  I really hope this works out.

I'm getting pretty tired of living with Mom.  As much as I try to not let it show, she knows it.  She told one of her sisters that she knows that I love her, but that she knows I'll like her better once I move out.  (And she told me that she said this.)  It's true.  I've already been living here for six months and it'll likely be another month before I move out.  I'm so tired of not having my own space.  I'm so tired of having all my stuff in boxes.  I'm REALLY tired of not being able to just have peace and quiet when I want it, especially at the end of a crazy day.  It doesn't help when I'm PMS'ing, lemme tell ya.  I think I just feel like I don't have my own life back yet, and that's so frustrating.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Men at Work

Oh man.  I love working with a bunch of guys.

For one thing, I literally never have to do the heavy lifting.  I don’t have to put things together.  I don’t have to move things around.  And let me tell you, in a brand new office, there are a lot of those things being done.

Secondly, there’s not the drama and BS that is, unfortunately, typical when you have a lot of women working together.  I think I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t worked anywhere where it’s really terrible, but I know there are a lot of places like that.  The funny thing is that I’ve mentioned to a few different friends how nice it is to basically be working with only men (I interact a little with other women in other offices in the company), and without any explanation, they immediately know what I’m talking about.  As a woman, I wish that weren’t true, but it is.

Lastly, this job makes me feel feminine, which is not something I always come by easily.  I don’t dress up for this job; I’m in jeans and sneakers every day.  I never wear make-up.  I try to have my hair look nice, but it’s never all done up like so many other women do.  But in this job?  It’s pretty easy to feel feminine when you’re always interacting with roughneck kind of guys.  On top of which, a lot of these guys are former military (and still active reserve, in a few cases) and a lot of them are southern, so I get a LOT of “yes, ma’am” ‘s.  A LOT.  And while sometimes it almost feels like too much, it’s also really nice.

Even this morning, I was standing in Andrew’s office for a moment while he and Cris were on a conference call with all the crew leaders.  I hadn’t even planned on staying; I had one thing to tell the guys, and then stayed to make sure I didn’t need to be there for anything else.  Cris noticed me standing there and moved some papers so I could sit down in the other spare chair.  I tried to tell him he didn’t need to do that, but he insisted. 

Oh man.  I love working with a bunch of guys.

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

I might get some sanity back soon

Once I was offered and started this new job, one of the first things I started thinking about was when I'd be able to move out into my own place.  I so appreciate Mom letting me stay with her for free all this time; I don't know how I would've ever been able to move back from Edmonton otherwise.  But I deeply miss having my own place and I can't wait to move out.

I started looking around online and contacted one rental management company to see what they had available.  I may have inadvertently hit the jackpot.  This company is currently building brand new one bedroom places that are literally a 2-minute drive from my new job.  They're due to be finished at the end of November.  Wait, there's more!  They're only building 14 of them, so they're two rows of one-story apartments... which means there would be no one living above or below me!  Wait, there's more!  Along with the regular (new) appliances a washer and dryer are also included, which I was really hoping to find in a place to live.  Wait, there's more!  Attached to each one-story, brand new apartment that is two minutes from my job is a one-car GARAGE!!  A garage!!  Peachie would be able to park inside every night!

The nice thing about all this is that the rent is not bad.  It's a little more than I really wanted to spend, but frankly, I think it would be worth it.  This is the kind of place I could move into and stay for quite a while if I wanted to.  I have an appointment with the property manager to check out one of the units on Monday after work, so I'll see in a couple days if I like the layout and everything.  But, really, I can't imagine disliking it enough to negate everything else that I already like about it.  I've already gone past it to see what it's like from the outside, and even get an idea of maybe which unit I'd want, if I get the choice.

I may have just found my new home.

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Friday, November 01, 2013

My phone is smarter now

I'm three weeks into this new job and am still really enjoying it.  It's fun to work with and for someone I already know.  Andrew and I seem to be clicking as coworkers and I think we're going to make a good team.  I'm happy that I have this job.

Kristy is still showing up regularly, but not quite as much as it was the first couple weeks.  I think she's just desperate for attention, and while I'm friendly towards her, I try not to engage her in conversation too much.  I just don't want to hear her talk more about herself and all her complaints any more than I absolutely have to.

I feel like I'm about five years behind, but I finally got my first smart phone!  When I came back from Edmonton, I had hoped to keep the flip phone that I had used there because I liked it and I didn't feel like I needed anything more.  But because of the way cell companies work, I couldn't just buy a new SIM card and put it in the phone, so I had to get a whole new phone.  This was just a week or two after I got to Ohio, and since I didn't have an income, I didn't want to pay for a big new phone and big new phone contract.  So I bought the cheapest phone they had, which was $15, and have been doing the prepaid month-to-month things since then.

Well, once I realized that I was going to be staying in Ohio permanently, I decided that I wanted to get an Ohio cell number.  Different area codes aren't such a big deal any more, but it was going to bug me to have a Lexington number without ever having lived in Lexington.  Plus, I hadn't even given my cell number to that many people yet, so it wouldn't be difficult to have a new one again already.  In addition to that, the cheap crappy cell phone I bought only five months ago was already falling apart.  I'd be upset, but what do you expect from the cheapest one there?  I thought about changing my number and not yet getting a brand new phone.  Brother got a new smart phone not long ago, and the phone he'd had before that was the same flip phone that I'd last used in Canada.  I even got his old phone from him, thinking I might just put a new SIM card in that one, still going month-to-month, so that I wouldn't be shelling out a bunch of money right now.

I decided against it.

After doing a little research, I found a phone that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg (with a contract), so I ordered it Monday evening and it arrived yesterday!  It's so exciting to have a nice phone.  I'm not even sure what all I can do with it yet, but it'll be fun to figure it out.  Since it's my first smart phone, I feel like I have a little catching up to do, but that's okay.  I'm happy with it.  :-)

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Possible Thorn in My Side

I would say that, so far, my new job is going well.  This is the start of my second full week.  (My first day was a Thursday.)  The job is something I can handle, and I have to admit that it's fun to work with someone I already know.  I mean, I've been harassing my boss from day one, which is something I've never been able to do before!  Andrew and I are getting along great and the other guy that works out of this location - Cris - seems really nice and I don't think I'll have any problems working with him.  Both guys are on the road periodically, so there are times when I'm here by myself, although I think typically at least one of them will be here.  Andrew's one brother (Gene), who's also a good friend of mine, will be in this office about one week a month doing training for new hires, so I'm working with him some too, which has been fun so far.  Things are a little slow as far as the work itself, but I know it'll come.  I suspect in another couple months, I'll be kept really busy, so I'm not worried.  I'm trying to enjoy not being overwhelmed.

So, it all sounds really good, right?

For the most part, it is.  I really only have one small complaint, and this complaint doesn't have anything to do with the job itself.  It has to do with Andrew's wife, Kristy.  As you may recall, I spent some time with her soon after I came back from Edmonton.  At this point, I've spent several hours with her, one on one, as well as numerous shorter conversations at church.  In that time I've noticed one overwhelming thing about Kristy: she only seems to be able to talk about herself or, at the biggest stretch, things that relate to her.  I'm not kidding.  In all of our time and conversation, she's never once asked me anything about myself.  Not once.  And frankly, if that's how someone is, they're never really going to be a friend of mine and I'm not terribly interested in spending a lot of time with them.

It's hard enough trying to be nice to her and have conversations with her - that are ONLY ABOUT HER - at church.  In most cases, it wouldn't even matter that much that her husband is my boss, because she's nice enough that I can get along with her well enough.  What I'm struggling with is that, so far, she has come by the office EVERY SINGLE DAY that Andrew's here.  This is my eighth day of work.  Andrew was gone three days last week.  Kristy has come by all of the other five days.

Granted, she doesn't stay a long time and in at least half of the cases, she even had a legit reason for stopping by.  But the other times?  Yeah, I kind of think it was a load of crap.

I don't think it's a case of her being suspicious of me and/or Andrew and that something is going to happen between us.  He and I were really, really good friends 20 years ago and I would still say he's a good friend of mine, although we haven't spent a lot of non-working time together in years, so we don't know each other as well.  And while I had a thing for him back in the day, he's never once shown that kind of interest in me and I don't feel that way about him now.  I think Kristy knows that Andrew wouldn't do anything out of line, so I don't think that that's why she's showing up.

Personally, I think she hates that this office exists now because it means she's out of the loop and things are less about her.  The really sad thing is that I don't even think she realizes how self-centered she is; I think all of this is subconscious.

Andrew has been working out of his home since before he and Kristy were married (which has now been four or five years).  She's used to him being around... which makes it easier for her to have his attention.  Truth be told, I have no doubt that she's not getting as much attention as she'd like (or as much as I'd like if I were in her shoes) because Andrew spends so much time working.  So in that regard, I kind of feel bad for her.  I don't think the kids get enough attention either.  I'm hoping that as I take on more, I'm able to take more off of Andrew's plate, which will give him more time at home.  But it's never going to be perfect and I think he'll always be a busy guy.  And it was like this when they met, so it's not like it's something new that's come up since they were married.

Anyway, I think Kristy just wants attention, but I'm finding that I just have less and less patience to deal with her.  Even today when she showed up (I have no idea why), she's just standing in the doorway to my office for a while, even though I'm about to eat lunch.  So I ask how her weekend was, which she proceeds to tell me.  I tell her to pardon me while I take drugs (my insulin shot).  I don't care if she watches, which she does.  I stop talking, pretending to concentrate, hoping she'll go away.  She doesn't go away, and even though this would be a great opportunity for her to ask something about me (Does it hurt?  How long have you been diabetic?), she doesn't do that either.  She waits for me to finish, then starts talking about herself.  Again.

If I only saw her at church, this wouldn't be nearly as big of a deal, it wouldn't bother me nearly as much.  But if she comes by the office every single day, that means that I'm dealing with her six days a week (the five work days and Sundays).  I'll only get one non-Kristy day!!  I told Andrew on day one that I didn't want this office to be the new hang out for family or church people.  I told him that I don't care if people stop by, but if they try to just hang out for a long time in my office, I'll have to ask them to leave, because I'm here to work.  As I said, Kristy doesn't stay for long, so it's not like I can tell her that she's interrupting my work, especially since I don't have a lot to do right now anyway.  In the end, as long as Andrew's okay with her stopping by every day, I have to be okay with it too.

At least I really like everything else about my new job!

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Best week in a long time

I am employed!  And I have an Ohio driver's license!

The license thing was starting to become so much more of a hassle than I ever thought it would be.  I went to the DMV more than a month ago to switch over my plates and my license.  My Alberta plates expired at the end of August, so I had to get those taken care of.  I was able to change those with no problem.  But the girl behind the counter told me that because I was coming from out of state, I had to get my eyes tested.  The DMV in this town is in a small row of offices, and the testing office is just a few doors down the row, so it would've been easy enough to go and do it... except that apparently they're not open on Mondays and this was a Monday.

I just renewed my AB license in the spring, so I wasn't in any big rush to get my license switched over now that my plates were done.  But with this new job coming up, I wanted and needed to get it switched.  I went to the testing office on a Tuesday to get my eyes checked.  Then the woman there starts telling me how, since I'm coming from Canada, I have to do ALL of the testing again.  It doesn't matter that I was originally licensed in Ohio?  No, coming from Canada means I'm basically starting over.  *sigh*

So, I do the written test, which I pass easily.  I do the eye test, which I pass easily.  Then she's running through a series of questions (No, I do not have any pending convictions.  No, I am not addicted to drugs or alcohol.) when she asks if I have any medical conditions.  Being the honest person that I am, I tell her that I am a Type I diabetic.  Stupid disease.  Now I also had to get a form filled by my doctor, which I don't have here, so I just had to go to a clinic and have a doctor fill it out.  I'd had to do that in AB, but that was the first place.  Despite being licensed in Ohio two different times (originally and then after I moved back for a little while from Chicago), I'd never had to do that before.  I asked the woman when they started doing that.  She said she'd been working there for 17 years and they'd always been doing that.  I thought, "Well, you're either wrong or other people have been dropping the ball."  But of course I didn't say that.  Only after I returned the completed form could I schedule the driving test.

Last Wednesday was the driving test, which I aced.  ACED.  Not a single point taken off.  But I also had to do a maneuverability test.  This test is worse than parallel parking.  You have to drive forward and then in reverse through a handful of closely set cones.  I knocked over a cone, which means you automatically fail.  And of course you have to wait at least seven days before you try it again, so I scheduled it for the next Wednesday at the same time, which would've been this morning.

Yesterday morning I get a call from Columbus, the state capital.  A woman on the other end says that she's with the DMV and she was reviewing my medical form.  She was calling to tell me that I shouldn't have had to do the testing, that the system has been corrected, and I can go get my license any time!  I asked her if it was just the driving test, and she said that all I had to do was the eye test, and that I shouldn't have had to do either the written or the driving.  Hallelujah!!  I was honestly worried about passing the maneuverability test and now I wasn't going to have to bother!  I actually told the woman that she made my day, which was absolutely the truth.  I didn't think to ask her if I needed the medical form and if I'll have to do that again.  I've decided that, I'll be honest if they ask in the future, but I'm not going to bring it up if they don't.  I went this morning to the DMV and was able to get my license with no problems!  Yay!

Yesterday I finally received the official offer letter for this new job with Andrew.  I signed it and emailed it back to them.  My first day is tomorrow, so this is my last day to take it easy.  Although, this job is going to be a little slow at the beginning.  Since it's a completely new position, it's going to be a combination of me not knowing how the company operates and leaning all of that, along with us figuring out what all I'm going to be doing.  And since Andrew travels some for his job, he won't necessarily be around every day to answer my questions and such.  We both know this, so it'll be okay.  I have a feeling that once we get going, I'm going to be kept pretty busy.  Mostly I'm just ready to get started!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Life moves slowly when you want it to go quicker

I'm still not officially employed.  Not that I'm surprised, it just feels like more should be happening.  It is moving along, though, so I can't complain.  I completed and sent in the actual application forms a couple days ago, and now they're doing a background check.  I think after that is when I get to be officially hired.  So it's really not that far off.  I'm just impatient and I want to be able to tell everyone about it, instead of just the select few.

I went on Monday to get my driver's license switched from Alberta to Ohio.  What a pain this is turning out to be!  I went to the DMV a few weeks ago to switch over both my plates and license.  I was able to get Ohio plates with no problem.  The girl who helped me said I would have to go down the row to the testing office for them to test my eyes before I could get a new license, but that the testing place is closed on Mondays (which this was) so I'd have to do it another day.  I hadn't bothered to go back until this past Tuesday.  Come to find out that not only do I have to have my eyes tested, I also have to do both the written and driving tests again!  She said that it doesn't matter that my original driver's license was in Ohio, since my current one is from Canada, it's basically like I'm starting over.  On top of that, I have to get a form filled out by a doctor because I'm a Type I diabetic, like I did in Alberta.  *sigh*  I was able to go ahead and do the eye and written test - both of which I passed with flying colors - that day.  But I have to get the physician form filled out before I can do the driving test.  I'm not worried about the driving test.  I'm just really annoyed that I'm having to bother with all of this, especially the physician form.  This kind of thing always feels like I'm being punished or picked on when I didn't do anything wrong.  I'm not diabetic because I've made bad choices or something.  My pancreas just doesn't work.

Anyone want to trade their pancreas for something I'll knit for you?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm almost employed

Not quite, but almost employed.

I've had a few more conversations with Andrew about all of this, and the more I learn about the company and the job, the more excited I get.  I've given him my resume so that he can submit it with the paperwork to create this position.  They'll still have to do a background check and things, so I'm not actually hired yet, but he said he doesn't expect any problems.

Of course, this means that I'll be staying in Ohio permanently.  In the few weeks since this first came up, I've thought about it a lot, what it would be like to stay in my hometown.  I haven't really lived here in a long time.  Prior to this time, the last time I even kind of lived here was six , almost seven years ago when I stayed with Mom for six months before moving to Edmonton.  And I always knew that I was just here temporarily, like I thought this time was going to be too.  The truth is that there's a lot of things I like about being here.  My biggest hesitation has always been the thought of living so close to my mom.  I know I'll definitely have to set some ground rules with her once I move into my own place, but I've had to remind myself that maybe it's not going to be as bad as I imagine it being.

This actually feels really good. This is a growing company and I'm coming in at the ground floor of a new office in a new job position.  I get to help create what this job will be, which I love.  I get to work with and for someone that I've known for more than 20 years, so we already have a good level of trust and respect.  Not to mention that we're good at giving each other a hard time!  There's going to be another guy working out of this office and obviously I haven't met him.  But Andrew's known him for a long time; they were in the military together for a while.  This just sounds like it could be something I really end up liking, and that makes me excited.

Maybe it's time to really come home.

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