Tuesday, January 13, 2009

People news and views...

For those not keeping up with my Mom's blog... my Grandpa is gone. I want to thank all of you who've been praying for our family, and ask that you tarry another day as tomorrow is the funeral. I haven't talked to my Mom in a couple days, so I'm assuming she's already up in New York. If not, the prayers I seek is that she is safe driving in this snowstorm that's moved in.

My new job... I'm a week and a half into it and finally making some headway into the transition. I've tried to demand some of my predecessor's attention, but she's so involved in so many things (many not of her choosing) that I'm still not getting the one-on-one time I'd like. All I can do is keep trying and hope I don't come off as rude. (If I failed already, I deeply apologize to you, Betsy.) I know what I need to succeed and what I need is her time. But I also know most new job opportunities don't come with the personal benefit of working with the person you'll replace, so I recognize the fine line and respect the unique position.

The new employer... It's a medium-sized (large for around here) Non-Profit organization called The Way Station. They have four or five facilities and cover services ranging from a free clothing warehouse and food pantry, to a rehab home for teens wrestling with substance abuse, to an affiliate of YouthBuild USA which is a GED/Career experience organization. I'm their new CFO, and HR rep. It's an intense position with a lot of pressure and responsibility, but I can't say how wonderfully happy I am to be a part of it. I'm certain I've never said that about any job I've ever had. We'll see how I feel in a year (huh, Betsy?!). If you'd like more information about The Way Station, check out their website: www.the-way-station.net

The home... Full of frustration. I don't want to make this post of Adrienne proportions, so I'll just list all the fun we've had in the last month.
-Frozen well
-Electrical shorts
-Blocked pipes
-Full mixed with partial electrical blackouts
-New utility pole replaced from hurricane Ike already falling down
-Uncured firewood
-Broken faucets
-Problems with washing machine
-Flooded basement
-30 degree house after two no-fire days
And I'm sure I'm missing more. Like when flushing the toilet turns off the lights. And then flushing it again turns them back on. Oh yeah, we've had some fun days. Good news for whoever buys this place, everything will be brand new.

Friends... Some are home and some are not; some are moving back and some are moving away. Our good friends Andrew & Lyndsay just moved back from Minneapolis around Christmas. It's been great to catch up with them and reconnect. But as people tend to do as they grow up, Andrew got a great job and so the two of them are moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana in February. To make it a little sadder, our friend Brad (one of Ell's best friends and my constant hiking buddy) is moving with them. Sad, yes, but exciting to see them setting out on the so-called path of adulthood. We also got to see Kyle and Andi more than a couple times over the holiday. The more I hear Andi talk about her life and passions, the more I like her. I still think Kyle is going to make a huge mark on the world and Andi seems like the perfect companion for that adventure.

The season... All know I hate winter. This season is no exception. But there has been a recent development that one could never experience in the summer. A huge snow fort, well, more like an ice castle, has risen up in my backyard. Ell and Brad started it a few days ago and are building it so intensely (with other's help) that I'm certain that thing may survive to see the spring flowers bloom. But I still hate winter.

My wife... She starts school again next week. While I still have mad respect for the hours she puts in running the Cafe and attending school and going through clinicals, I hate how much those schedules beat her down. By semester-end she's a wreck and spends the next week trying to sleep it off. I can't wait for her to be done with school and onto the next phase in her life. Not only for her quality of life, but because she's dreamed of being a nurse for so long. I'm really looking forward to her experiencing that dream.

My blog... a bit sparse as of late. Not something that shall continue. Until then...


Blogger Kyle said...

Sam, I can't say enough how much I've appreciated having you in my life. Keep on truckin buddy.

7:13 PM  
Blogger GUYK said...

Sam, I am sorry for your loss of a grandparent. My Granddad was my hero and when I lost him I cried.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

I am very sorry about your grandpa, Sam.

Praying for you & your family.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Thanks for the ketchup - it's good to hear a bit of how your new life is going. Even if the post was a bit short. ;0 Sounds like the new "flush off...flush on" concept could make it big!

Sorry about your grandpa - for you and and your family.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Zoooma said...

Sam, my VW-lovin' blog friend, just another message of condolence here. I never even knew one of my grandfathers, another passed away when I was only a wee little Zoooma, and my mom just had to move a thousand miles to help take care of her mom who now has dementia.

Life's not always easy . . . but we can get through it. My thoughts are with you and your family.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I want to thank all who have sent me well wishes. It was sad to be sure, but it was also a time spent in laughter and good memories which is what my Grandpa was all about. There's a vein of intense sarcasm that drives my family, and in its purest non-bad-intent was who my Grandpa was. He was truly gentle, not just what people say at funerals; I really can't remember him being cross with anyone. He gave me my love of gardening and trees, and I will surely miss him. Thanks again to all.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I was very close to my grandfather, and I was devastated when he died. I wrote a post about him which you may find interesting:


Anyway, thank you for your continued visits to my blog, even when I haven't always been very good about returning the favor. Let's hope 2009 is better than 2008!


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