Friday, September 22, 2017

Work Trip to Burbank

Last Sunday, Heather and Carlos were in San Diego for an event Carlos would be speaking at. I was so glad they had some time to get together while they were in town. We met up at Balboa Theater (where the event was) downtown.

We got to grab some food and watch the Falcons game at a bar nearby. It was really so great to have the last minute opportunity to catch up with them. Having the chance to get together with family we don't see often is one of the things we were excited about moving here! Photo courtesy of Heather and Carlos.

The next morning, I had to take off to drive up to Burbank, CA for a work trip. I work in an office of about 10-15 people, but our main office is in Burbank where the majority of the employees work. Traffic was still pretty bad when I left in the morning so I took a longer route. It was a pretty drive, but I didn't get to drive along the coast (I did on my way home but it was dark by then so I didn't get to see the ocean right next to me).

I can't say I was super enthusiastic about leaving home for three days to work long hours with people I've only known for two weeks. But I'm still trying to figure out my place/role at this job so it was good to meet a lot of our co-workers that I may end up dealing with often.

The office in Burbank is much nicer and more updated than our little office in San Diego. But I have to say I prefer our modest little office better - it was much quieter and warmer than this one.

When I arrived in Burbank it was close to noon so I went straight to the office.

Thankfully the hotel was literally right next door and there were plenty of places to eat nearby so I didn't have to drive anywhere for the three days I was there.

The hotel was very nice. Since I didn't have time to do much there outside of work, all I have for you is pictures of work and my room ;)

It was three days filled with long hours. My second day there my boss had been huddled in a meeting for a while and I had already been there well past when I would normally go home. I headed back to the room and found out the next day they had stayed until 8 PM. I don't know if I'll ever get used to those kind of hours - I don't know how some of you who work 12 hour days do it!

I also have realized that everyone comes into work much later here. I'm not sure if it's just the company I'm working for, or a California thing. On the east coast it seems everyone goes into work between 7 - 7:30 in the morning so they can try to avoid peak traffic times. Out here it seems the office is completely dead until at least 9 - 10 AM when people finally start coming in.

On Wednesday I worked until about 6:45 in the afternoon then took off to head home. I got back home by about 9:15 and had just enough time to get something to eat, shower, and get to sleep for work the next morning. All in all it was a good experience, but it was tiring and I was happy to get back home!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Benny's Birthday

This past Wednesday was Eric's birthday! As I mentioned, we already had a little pre-celebration with his sister's family the weekend before. I've been having some long days at my new job so we knew we wouldn't have much time to get together with anyone on his actual birthday. Thankfully before I left for work though, I was able to decorate a little bit so he would have something fun to come home to.

Last time we were at the grocery store Eric found this bright blue Funfetti frosting with little shark sprinkles that he was pretty excited about.

For dinner we ordered Eric's favorite food - pizza.

He opened a few gifts.

Trying on his new outfit.

And we were so full from the pizza we almost didn't even make it to the cake, almost.

It was a great night celebrating an even greater guy! I hope this is the best year yet - Happy Birthday Eric!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Labor Day weekend and an early celebration

Over Labor Day weekend our new roommate, Caleb, came into town. He just moved from Texas and will be staying with us until he can find a place to live and get settled in. We all went to meet up with Alison's family at Moonlight beach.

They had a tent set up and were grilling burgers and dogs. The weather is getting much warmer here - great day for the beach!

On Tuesday I started my new job. I pretty much just shadowed people and did some data entry the first week. Everyone I work with is very nice and I'm learning just how casual of an environment it is. My boss's typical attire is shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops. I sit at the desk in the corner of the picture below.

We've been getting Caleb into some games with us - nice to have a third player sometimes!

Yesterday we went back over to Alison's for an early birthday celebration for Eric. His birthday is this Wednesday.

We enjoyed some pool time, lasagna, and the company of family and friends.

Eric's cake of choice - always funfetti.

Happy early birthday Eric! You make 35 look good. I hope everyone has a good week!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weekend Randoms

The two weeks after my family left, I mentioned I had been on the job search much more heavily. I was doing lots of applications, assessments, phone calls, and interviews. Well it paid off! I got a job at a company within five miles of where we live as a Financial Analyst. Yay for not having to spend 2.5 hours a day in the car :) I start next Tuesday, the 5th. I'm definitely not excited to go back to work, I got a little spoiled being home. But I'm excited to broaden my experience. I could have gone the Accountant route again with a lot of the same responsibilities I had at my last job, but I think I'll learn a lot more at this one. I'll spare you all the boring details about the differences. But I figure if we moved across the country, I can try something new at work too.

Benny would probably be laughing reading this because I just made that sound so simple. But really, I was toiling over this decision for while. Eric sat with me each day to weigh out and talk through every little pro and con that was running through my head. Bless him, he certainly has some patience.

Other than that, we've been continuing to soak in summer days. It's definitely getting much warmer here. I understand now why people say our summer is August/September.

We've still been biking to the beach on weekends.

We met up with Alison's family at Moonlight Beach. Also a beautiful beach but a little far from us - about 40 minutes north.

I've noticed almost all the beaches we've been to have playgrounds on them. I'm not sure if this is a Southern California thing but it seems pretty great if you have kids.

This past weekend we drove onto the inland side of the bay and parked on the beach. After an hour or two we grabbed our bikes and headed to Seaworld.

We actually realized on this day that Eric and I had been married six months - crazy how time flies! But then I also feel like it's been so much longer.

We stayed for about 2 hours to go on some rides then biked home. We also found out the Cirque du Soileil show that I mentioned in my last post is not going on anymore. I think it comes back during the summer. I'm so glad we went back when we did to see it!

Later we went to Old Town San Diego for dinner. Old Town is also very close to us, and it has lots of Mexican restaurants and shops. Their main restaurant that is a big tourist attraction is Cafe Coyote, which looks very much like Historic Market Square in San Antonio, TX. So obviously, we wanted to go see it.

We walked through but the line to be seated was very long so we walked across the street to Miguel's and were seated right away. We sat out on the patio and it was beautiful! And the food was great too.

It's crazy to think about all the things that have happened in the last six months - getting married, traveling to Costa Rica, quitting our jobs, saying some really difficult goodbyes to family, road-tripping across the country, moving to San Diego, starting new jobs, and now the possibility of a temporary roommate (more on that later). It all sounds so adventurous and exciting - and it is! But a lot of that can be pretty stressful on a new marriage too. A lot of these things have sparked some major conversations that we may not have had yet and have helped us grow as a couple. I know there will be plenty of times where there isn't always so much going on and things settle down. I'm looking forward to that, but I'm also truly enjoying this time while it lasts.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Summer Days

September is just over a week away! I can't believe how fast this summer has been flying by. On the other hand, just a few months ago we were still living in Virginia with the jobs we had for 5-6 years and had no idea what was about to be in store for us. A lot has happened since then!

Normally around this time of year I'm hanging on to and soaking in as many last summer moments as I can get. This year, I still feel that way but it's a little different since I've never really experienced the seasons here so I don't know what to expect. I hear August/September are the warmest "Summer" months which is great news for me, although I know I will miss the Fall season once those leaves are changing back home.

After family left a couple weeks ago, I needed a pick-me-up so Eric and I jumped on our bikes and took off for the bay.

It was a beautiful sunny day. We spent an hour or two at the beach and then biked to 7-11 to split a slurpee and rent a couple Redbox movies. We layed around the house the rest of the afternoon taking naps and watching movies (including Beauty and the Beast - great recommendation Eleanor). We did get out to take a walk at some point - you would think we're living at a resort with the picture below.

The next weekend we got to reuse the Seaworld tickets we used when my family was in town. It was $10 to use the same ticket again, which was a great deal. And this time Eric, Alison and her family got to come along! They were really bummed they couldn't make it the week before so they were very excited to hear we were going again on a weekend.

When we were upgrading the tickets, the lady working there told us there's a new deal online where we can actually come anytime the rest of the year and get in free with Eric's Veteran ID - good to know! Since we're able to bike here and not pay for parking, we think we may just come whenever we feel like jumping on a roller coaster or catching a show and then head back home :)

I was glad we were able to go back and see some of the things I missed the first time we went.

And Eric got to see it all for the first time in a long time too.

That afternoon Alison and her family took off to head home. Eric and I went home for a couple hours to get dinner and relax a little and then went back on our own later that night. We got to ride the Skyride that goes over Mission Bay, which was really cool to see at night.

There's a completely different feel to amusement parks at night. It's less crowded, there are lights everywhere, and you can run around and see/do almost whatever you want with no lines. Eric and I had so much fun.

Eric particularly loved the sharks, his shirt was on point.

The main reason I wanted to come back was for the late night show. It is Seaworld's best rated show, so I figured we had to see what it was all about.

It did not disappoint!

The guy with the water jet pack was by far the most impressive to watch. He literally went higher than I thought was even possible and did all kinds of flips. At one point he went so high, the jet ski connected to him was halfway lifted out of the water (unfortunately I didn't get that part on video).


It was a fun day to lead into a busy week. The week following was nothing but work and interviews. I hope you all are having a great week!