Monday, May 4, 2009

The End

I wanted to write one last entry on this blog. I’ve finally decided it is time I end it. It’s not that I don’t want to write anymore, but simply haven’t. It worked well when we first moved out as a great way to stay in touch, but lately I’ve found it’s done more to isolate me from a lot of you. I make these long lists of things I want to write about that have happened, and then I never get to writing about them. Plus, the excitement of the story dissipates quite a bit after 6 months, and that’s how long it is taking me to write a simple blog.

So I have decided to start sending out short sweet emails with a picture or two, and maybe a link to more pictures on my myspace. Plus, I enjoy hearing back from all of you, and the blog makes it hard for readers to send an immediate response.

My mother set up an email address for the MacVittie family a while back. I think it has been 2 years since she created it. Well anyway, it has been a great and easy way to keep in touch with all my brothers, sisters, and brother-in-laws. I miss reaching out to Dane’s half of the family a lot of times because of this, but am really trying to get all those email addresses together.

So with that said, I will send an email out shortly. Dane just got his motorcycle, and he is very excited to share.

Love You All,
Naomi

Monday, January 19, 2009

Finishing Off 2008

The guilt I felt for my weak efforts to document my new adventures in California triggered a continual stream of excuses as to why it has taken me 6 months to write another blog. Even with five days of in home studying I found myself saying, “I have to study first.”

Since so much has happened since I last wrote, I will try my best to sum it all up with a few sentences and a lot of pictures. It’s amazing how great pictures can be for time lining.

Now where did I leave off? I believe the rest of 2008 went as followed...

-Learned that dress regulations are unfair
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-Saw a funny car
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-Made new friends
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Visited with Danes father
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-Learned what it meant to have food poisoning

-Went to Napa Valley

-Dressed up as a pirate while in Napa Valley
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-Leased my freaking butt off!
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-Almost paid 5 dollars a gallon for gas

-Almost paid 1 dollar a gallon for gas

-Learned I was scared of windmills
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-Learned Dane thought it was funny that I was scared of windmills
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-Went to Discovery Bay to visit my aunt and uncle
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-Bonded with my uncle
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-Laughed as I watched Dane bond with my uncle
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-Spent too much money on a dress for American Idol, but looked damn good in it
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-Tried out for American Idol.
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-Went back to Missouri to visit family
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-Welcomed Esther to California
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-Missed out on Dane and Esther's surfing adventures
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Got drunk at my first company event
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-Celebrated my 22nd birthday
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-Celebrated my sister Ruth’s 30th Birthday
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-Went to a bachelorette party
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-Went to a wedding
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-Began to feel the Californian in me
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-Made my first jack-o-lantern
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-Dressed up for Halloween
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-Voted!
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-Spent Thanksgiving at Lake Tahoe
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-Watched my uncle make the best turkey ever!
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-Learned my sister Ruth was pregnant! Woohoo!

-Decorated for Christmas

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-Visited with Dane’s Grandmother, Sister, and Uncle on their visit to Cali.

-Joked about how perverted Esther’s license plates were
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-Made Christmas cards
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-Celebrated Christmas with our small family
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-Played Frisbee in the dark
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-Moved into a new place
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-Found a new roommate
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-Went back to Missouri for Christmas

-Saw my nephew for the first time in almost a year.
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Dane and I missed out on a lot of exploring this past year. My job required me to work weekends and we found little time to do anything at all together. Our resolution for this next year has been to take advantage of our weekends and to NEVER take them for granted. Problem is we picked an economically challenging year to do this.

We will manage though. We always do!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dane Writes- Today is not a good day to die

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So I may have poisoned Nancy and Naomi. Will be back soon with more details, but I vow never to cook again.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Colors of California

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It’s been way too long since my last blog and I am so sorry for that. I knew it was time to get on it when Mom called to see if I was still living. I actually wrote a blog a while back, but never published it so this will be composition of the two.

Holy Holi!
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Ruth and Praveen (Or Ruthaveen as I have begun to call them) had us out for Holi, the Hindu festival of colors! It was crazy fun! The objective of the afternoon was simple, a) grab a bunch of colored powder and smear it all over each other, and b) get a bottle of water or a hose and drench each other. You know how much I loved my mud wrestling events, so this was way cool. Dane already wants to through his own Holi Festival.

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I was a little sad when the color would not wash out of my hair though. After three days of trying everything imaginable to take it out, I finally just dyed it darker. I had work the next day, and coming in on my first day with pink hair was out of the question. I also ended up having Dane cut off about 4 or 5 inches of hair. I almost cried. Since then I have had a professional highlight, and am right back to blonde. I’ve cut it pretty short too. I wanted to have the Jenny McCarthy hair due, but my hair dresser said that we needed to cut off all the tender hair before we could thin it around the front. It’s not so bad, but my hair doesn’t do one length very well. It is just too thick. I can’t wait to go back and get some layers. I’ve been kinking the top layer on most occasions. It takes about 10 minutes so it’s an easy fix for work and play.


Hospital Visit
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Most of you already know by now, that I went to the hospital recently. My lower abdominal pains came back worse than ever before. I couldn’t get off the floor and a new symptom arose. My lower back felt like it was broken! It was awful. Sometimes I just can’t believe how long I have had to deal with this. I’m sure mom can remember when I was about 12 and this all started happening. It eventually subsides, but the pain intensifies each time it happens. The doctor in the ER said that the sweating, gagging, and almost passing out was not a symptom of the problem, but just a reaction to how much pain I was going through. He also said that not much could be done, because my pain level was down so much by the time they got me to the ER. Believe me, it really makes you feel stupid when you’re pleading for help, thinking you’re about to see God, and 45 minutes later, your pain completely settles. I had to take the “Walk of Shame” out the front doors of the ER past all of the nurses and doctors. It was so embarrassing.

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Before we left the hospital, The doctor gave me some pain medicine and told Dane and I that we could save a lot more money by going to a Gynecologist, and since I really wasn’t dying, I could wait it out. The soonest I could get a doctor’s appointment was April 24th, which was almost a month away. Not only did I have to deal with my constant throbbing ovaries, but the day after the hospital visit, I got a UTI and a yeast infection (Sorry if this is too much information, but it’s hard for me to explain what I am going through without being honest. We’re all family here). Over the counter medicine only treats the symptoms for these things, so I wasn't going to get better until I could get to the doctors. Some days I’ll think I'm fine and I’ll stop taking the pain killers, but it comes right back. I gave Dane a very detailed description of how the pain felt, and I think he was a little scared of me for a while. I started by saying something like, “Now Dane, let’s pretend for a minute that you have a yeast infection, and a UTI, oh and ovaries with multiple cysts growing on them.” You can imagine where it went from there. I just got this blank stare from him. I wanted him to understand that even though he can’t see my pain, that it is there. I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping it to myself. I feel that I have to a lot of times, for the sake of the relationship. I don't think anyone else would put up with it.

So it’s been a little while since all this has happened, and I finally did make it to the doctor’s. She suggested a few things that it might be, and I have since begun to think she is just as wrong as all the other doctors. She couldn’t believe the ER didn’t give me a pelvic exam on the spot, nor could she believe I had been dealing with the symptoms of everything else since. There were a few cysts on my left ovary and a larger one on my right, but they were still not big enough to be concerned with. She referred me to a pain specialist. I didn’t know there was such a thing. She said that he helps Endometriosis victims and woman with other reproductive problems learn to live with their pain. Whatever. I will go, but I still think if a doctor really cared, they would take the time to figure out what is wrong with me. Where is House when you need him?


New Song
So, Tim sent me my completed song in April. It’s called “Darlin”, and though most of you might think it was about Dane, it is not. In fact, it is the first song I have written that wasn’t about anyone in my life, which made it a little easier to write. I didn’t have to fight to stay within the lines of a true story. Although, I must admit that the first couple lines of the song, including the repeated “My sweet darling” phrase, were drawn out of a poem that I wrote about Dane when he was headed off to college. I couldn’t use the whole poem because it didn’t work right for the song, but I really liked where the melody was going.

It is disappointing that Tim was unable to add in the third verse. I was sick when I recorded it and he said you could hear the sickness in my voice. He ended up wrapping the first verse around to the third. He likes it better that way. He also had to use my first draft vocals, because we were never able to record a final take. I’m really happy with it though.

It was nice that he took the time to finish it. He could have just dropped me when I headed out to Cali. Instead, he wants to work with me via email. It will be difficult, but I think we can do it. I’ll be working on mom’s song next. It’s called “Mama Writes” and pretty self explanatory for anyone who knows my mother. It talks about a love that is different than most moms, a love shown in writing. The chorus used to end with the phrase “Mama writes her love in cursive,” which I still would really like to have somewhere in the song. It wasn’t working with the style Tim wanted to go with so I had to cut it out, but I think I can fit it back in somewhere else in the song. The song “Darlin” is now up on myspace if you want to hear it. There is a link to my music page on the side of this blog. I’m also considering recording a soft a capella version of mama writes to put on myspace. It will be much shorter, but it will get the point across. For fun, I’m thinking about making a short video clip for the really quick country blue grass version of the song. Be looking for it soon.


My Job
So I finally started my job on April 10th and I LOVE it. I’m never bored. Who knew I would get into sales and like it? It’s really brought the competitor in me out all over again. I’m constantly trying to prove to myself and others that I can do a job like this, and it’s so much fun. I believe the competition makes me even better at what I do.

There are elements of the job that I am having a really hard time with. The job not only requires sales skills, but it also requires, technical, computer, analytical, and managerial skills. I’m answering phones, filling out forms, learning new programs, dealing with maintenance issues, listening to people complain, dealing with money, getting packages in and out of the office, and constantly trying to find ways to solve resident issues. When it comes to people and their living situation, you have to be so careful. People get “kill your brother” upset about the littlest things, things that can be solved if they give us the chance to solve them. This is the only thing I’m really struggling with. I don’t like dealing with people when they are upset, I never have, and I am really trying to learn the best way to handle the situations without getting a verbal beating.

It feels so good to finally be able to provide for myself again, and to give back to Dane. It was a struggle there for a little while, but now I am doing fabulous! I’m making more monthly now then many do right out of college, and it feels damn good. I still need to get back into school, but it will be hard to fit it in unless I cut down on hours and I don’t think the job allows for that. I will be able to take only 2 classes per semester, and probably go in the summer to finish my degree in under 4 MORE years. I thought about taking a semester off work to get an 18 hour chunk of school done. We’ll see. I don’t know if my job will be waiting for me when I get back, and I’m not ready to give it up. I won’t be back in school until January anyway.


Wall Art
So Dane and I got a little bored with the white walls and decided to paint up our living room and kitchen. We started with the living room which I had the brilliant idea of painting yellow. This went very bad. Ruth told us to make sure we picked a light enough yellow or it would look too bright. I thought I did an okay job of this, but after painting I realized the yellow looked way brighter on the walls than in the bucket. We really wanted to paint our kitchen to match our TV stand, (burnt red), even after being told by Ruth that we might regret it because of all the angles in the kitchen. Once again Ruth was right. Not to mention, our house bore a striking resemblance to McDonalds. It was so loud I about had a heart attack every day when I got home from work.

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Since Dane wanted to paint the living room tan instead of yellow in the first place, I spent the money and took the time to fix it. I painted over all the yellow with tan which took 2 days, and I painted the far wall in the living room dark blue. It looks great. The kitchen looks great too (now that it isn’t clashing against the yellow). It still needs another coat and the ceiling edges in the living room need fixed in spots, but both Dane and I have been too lazy to deal with it. I also informed Dane that we would be living here until we’re 80 because I am not EVER painting again.





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Bay to Breakers
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Dane and I went to the big Bay to Breakers race that happens once a year in San Francisco. The race began at 8 in the morning so we didn’t make it, because we missed the Caltrain twice! We also didn’t know where to go or what form of transportation to use once we got into the city. We eventually took a taxi the rest of the way toward the end of the 7 mile race. Here we found thousands of crazy drunk people wandering around in strange costumes or... naked. Dane and I were going to dress up, but we got too busy and didn’t have time to find a costume.

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I have never been to anything like it in my entire life. I really wish Ruthaveen could have been there but they were away in China. I think it would have been a lot more fun if we had been with a larger group of people, and had anything BUT a book bag of bud light. The guys seemed to enjoy it though. I’m sure Dane will have more to say about the event. We are definitely going next year and now we can be prepared.

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What’s to Come
We don't have much planned for this summer. Dane and I were going to try to come home, but we both haven’t really earned any vacation time at work, and being that we both just began our jobs, we need to be pretty committed for the first few months. I was hoping to see some of my friends make it out this summer, but am still waiting to see if it will work out.

I believe Dane’s Dad and Nancy might be able to make it out. They will be our first visitors. I am already excited to start thinking up fun things to do.

In June, Dane and I will be doing a wine tour for one of Ruth’s friends birthdays. It will be my first time at a California Winery. I’m so excited!