Off To A Good Start

So I started working my new job this week (which is really just my old job revisited) and so far things are off to a good start. I remember more than I thought I did and it’s really not that hard to be retrained remotely. I honestly thought that would be a little more complicated than it is.

I do get a little lonely because I am at home by myself, but I try to fill the small amounts of downtime with some household chores. This will also give me an opportunity to cook more because Lorenzo and I go out A LOT. I don’t even want to know how much money we spend on food.

I think in the past 2 weeks alone we’ve been to at least 3 high end restaurants and then a few more local restaurants…well let me just put it like this: I only remember cooking dinner at home maybe 3 times in the past few weeks. Just in the past few days we’ve been to Ruth’s ChrisThe Palm, and the Cheesecake Factory only because I didn’t feel like cooking. To be fair, I think I can con Lorenzo into going to The Palm anytime I want because he LOVES that place. But this week I want to try Ted’s Montana Grill because I have never been there before. Lorenzo has, plenty of times (surprise! surprise!) but this will be a first go round for me.

And speaking of food- because if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that about 1/3 of my posts are about food- I found this website on Instagram called Try The World- where for $39 every 2 months you’ll receive a box full of goodies from another country. Because there was a sale I got 2 boxes, one from Spain and the other from France. I’ll be sure to review the products and take photos as I go. Some of the items in the boxes included: tea bags, Dijon mustard, cookies, a fig jam, hot paprika, an orange marmalade, and a chestnut spread- which I have no idea what to do with buy the way. But I’ll figure it out and keep you guys posted.

In other news we also joined a gym (it’s actually the local YMCA but they have more equipment than any of the other gyms in this area and a pool- you can’t beat access to an indoor pool all year around) and Lorenzo gets to play basketball more often so he’s happy about that. Now I have no excuse not to get my lazy butt back in the gym.

New food to cook and new workout plan. This should be interesting.


Playing Catch Up


These past few weeks have been rough. The days are flying by so fast that they are merging into one another. The class I’m taking this quarter is starting to build up on me. The professor decided to not give us to much of anything at the beginning of the term and thought it was a good idea to have two papers, and a 4 hour final back to back…consecutively. I was able to finish one of them, but it was like pulling teeth. I’m hoping (more like wishing) this quarter would just end already. Even though I’m doing well in the class, and I really like my professor because she is so funny and animated, I’m really not interested in the work. Really the homework…but then again, I could say that for any of my classes.

I’ve also been going to job fairs and have been on a few interviews last week as well. One was pretty rough: I was there for 5 hours. I’ve never had an interview last that long in my life. What I’ve noticed is that with the small companies, they really want you to get to know everyone in organization to make sure that your personalities don’t clash. I am not sure if I necessarily agree with this method because, honestly, everyone is on their best behavior during an interview and its really hard to say if you like someone after only speaking with them for 5 minutes. Some of the people there thought I was OVER qualified for the position I was applying for (which is true), but its not like they had so many to choose from. And besides, their boss found me…not the other way around.

Over the weekend, we also went to a restaurant called Seasons 52 to have dinner with a former USMC friend of Lorenzo’s and his wife. Lorenzo and I had been to that restaurant previously, way back when before I moved down here, and the only thing I remember ordering was the flat bread. This time I ordered the salmon and it was delicious (click on the picture). As much as I talk about food you would think that this would have been a food blog…hmmm.

I also reached my 15 year anniversary with the Army on March 3rd. The only thing I kept thinking about was how some people my age have children that old. After high school some people had children, I joined the Army. At the time, I didn’t think I would have stayed in this long. I planned on completing my 6 years, being inactive for 2 and moving on with my life. When it was time to re-enlist the first time I went through this whole “What am I gonna do with my life?” drama, and ended up signing for another 6 years a week before the contract ended. Right now, I’m on the hook until next year…so, we’ll see what happens then. I’m sure I’m going to stay; it doesn’t make sense to leave now when I have so little time left to retire with my 20 years. I don’t have any regrets about joining, but there are a lot of things I would have done differently, like making sure I was more strategic about my career. But that is another story for another time.

I’ll try not to be a stranger. Wish me luck with this semester 🙂

Food, Friends, and Traffic Jams

Atlanta Traffic

I have officially been living in Georgia for a month now and I can proudly say that I have been able to do the following things: I can get to the supermarket by myself (and there’s a Starbucks in that same plaza, winning!). I can get to Perimeter Mall and Walmart by myself. I found someone to do my hair. I was finally able to get my Georgia plates, 2 weeks, 2 trips and $700 later. I learned that highway 285 goes in a big circle all the way around Atlanta…and I live outside the circle. I also learned the standard times when traffic is at its worst; on Friday’s, its all day. People drive differently down there also, it’s very annoying. My two pet peeves are the ones who glide across the highway without paying attention or turn signals and people who literally stop the car before they make a turn…REALLY????

            Lorenzo and I are still looking at wedding venues. We went to 2 different places last week and I like them both. We want to see a few more before we make a decision though, and I want to keep it a surprise. But in the mean time we have been going to all these different restaurants and cafés to eat; places they don’t have in New Jersey like Steak-N-Shake, Another Broken Egg Café, La Fonda Latina, Top Spice, Pappadeaux, and Firehouse Subs. Steak-N-Shake is a burger joint that stays open 24hrs. I was completely jealous when I learned this because I remembered all the times when I was in my early 20’s and I used to party in NYC until the wee hours of the morning and wanted a place to get some junk food and all we could find was random pizza joints. Firehouse Subs is like Subway…but better. I don’t know how else to describe it. Another Broken Egg Café is so cute. They are only open until 2pm and even though they have the standard breakfast choices, they also have all these different kinds of omelets and about 6 different kinds of Eggs Benedict. I ordered the ones with crab cakes–delicious. I’m sure that I am going to have so much fun discovering all these new places to eat, because Lorenzo is kind of a foodie and I love to eat and try new foods and restaurants. It’s one of the things that I really enjoy about him; he’s not afraid to experiment with restaurants and different foods. I once dated a guy who would not set foot inside of a restaurant that didn’t serve cheeseburgers. Needless to say our menu options were very limited and I became increasingly annoyed with eating at the same places over and over….and over again.
Also, this past weekend I had the chance to train with the unit that I want to transfer to. They are preparing to go away for their two week training, so there were mostly classes given and equipment being issued. Being in this unit will be different for me because everyone there is high ranking. At my unit in New Jersey, I was one of the higher ranking soldiers because of the way the unit was assembled, but here it’s the exact opposite…so I’ve been sort of “downgraded”. I think this will be good for me because it will be a different experience, and I feel that I there’s a lot for me to learn. Being there also made me realize how much I missed my friends. Fortunately I will get to see them next week, one last time before I officially transfer out of the unit, but I realize that after our 2 week training I won’t get to see them again. I have 3 friends that I spend the most time with; Maggie (my battle), Cherita, and Rasha. They are so cool. I’m going to make the most of it, but I have to get used the fact that I won’t have them here with me….unless I can convince them all to move down here….hmmm????