Yesterday was all about Jim's new job. In the morning, I dropped him off at work and got to meet everyone and tour the plant before I went in to work (a little late, but I had been working late on year end stuff so it works out.) The plant was larger than I expected and the powdercoating process was more complicated than I anticipated. I genuinely liked everyone I met. Then last night we went to a party for Jim's boss who is retiring (one of the owners of the business that he met playing golf and a truly sweet older guy.) My only issue is that we stayed too long. We should have left right after the guest of honor left, when the majority of the people there left, but everyone (except me) had a few too many and were attempting to solve the company's issues over cocktails. I know how it is once you start drinking and don't want to leave somewhere, but it is hard NOT being the one who's doing it. I was so tired even though it was only like 10:30 - I can't go out late anymore really. We ended up having a long "discussion" about it once we finally left, and a much better conversation about it this morning and came to an agreement about how we'll handle future events. I felt like it was something that we'd never really been able to resolve and talk openly about before so I felt really good about the conversation (especially as I wasn't the one doing all the talking.)
Anyway, tonight Jim's friend Tim planned a surprise for my birthday on Monday - all we were told was to show up at the corner of Belmont and Halsted in Chicago at 3:30 p.m. today for an event and plan on dinner afterward at another surprise location. The interesting thing was, I was telling someone at work about the surprise that Tim had planned and she blurts out "Oh, you're going to go see Blue Man Group! " I said, that I thought there were some theaters in that section of town but didn't know if it was necessarily that show. She says, "Oh yeah, it has to be - the Briar (sp?) Street Theater." So there went that surprise - that was how our day had started out yesterday, with me mentioning this to Jim (which I probably shouldn't have) and him getting all upset about her ruining the surprise. So then he told Tim (who he works with) about it (I guess we are birds of a feather) and we joked around about it last night. I am excited to be going, as I haven't seen them before and have heard good things. So anyway, we booked a limo to pick us up at 2 pm (about 45 minutes from now) and so I thought I would update you all on what I had planned.
This morning I also worked on Eiffel and am now about 3/4 of the way through the first sleeve! I've said it before and I'll say it again - I don't know what I did before I learned to knit. It has been such a source of comfort to me when I'm upset and a way to relax when I'm stressed. It was so nice to have something to focus on when I was still so upset over the previous night's goings on and we hadn't had our (good) conversation about it yet.
So anyway, maybe all of that is too personal, but part of what I like about this blog is being able to write about what's going on in my life and eventually have a record to look back on about what went on when, and hopefully, see some growth in dealing with issues over time.
To lighten things up a bit now:
I saw this on Tricotine's blog and thought I would play along. These maps take a few minutes to download so either skip them or wait, depending on your level of interest. I thought they were fun and enjoyed doing the quiz.
The first one shows countries I've visited, and the second one shows specific states I've been to as I haven't been to every one (nor every Canadian province, but they don't have a detailed one for that.) South America is next on my list - probably March 2008. I would love to go to Norway and see the fjords, which is probably the trip after South America, and go to Portugal and the Azores as that is where my mother's family is originally from (before they migrated to Cape Cod area of Massachusetts in the 1800s!) I also definitely need to visit some countries in Asia as well as Australia!