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Time for my parents to visit!

In the twenty years since I’ve moved to the Midwest, my family has been here just for my wedding. Otherwise, I’ve always been the one to travel to Newfoundland to see everyone. This past Friday my parents flew from Canada to visit Andy and I. Since then, it’s been a full week of introducing them to my life in the Midwest.

For starters, we showed them our new house. Every room except two are unpacked! They also got to meet our three cats and see our dog again. The first day we were all tired, us from moving and them from travel. We slept a lot!

On the days it rained, we used the time to show them where we work. Andy works at our local university as a programmer and as tech support for test software. I’m employed with a church as an administrative assistant. We also used the time to take them shopping for groceries, pet food, and some special meals. At the pet store, my parents got to see how fun ferret can be.  Cheese and crackers from across the world was one of the special meals we ate. In addition, Andy and I took them to our favorite bakery for fruity desserts. Finally, we used the time to attend church and to play games.

On the days the sun shone, we took them to some of our favorite tourist spots. They saw our local zoo. One of the wild birds took a fancy to my step-mom, perhaps because of her red nail polish, and even sat on her lap. They saw our local safari park. The wolves were particularly active. The park has seven of them. The wolves played, explored, and rested. They saw our local gardens. Painted lady butterflies are migrating through our state this fall and were plentiful on the flowers. They also got to see one of our local malls. My step-mom and I brought matching purses. Finally, we all have taken a couple of walks around our neighborhood.

The weekend lies ahead. We’ve got a few more activities planned, but also intend to just hang out by watching television and chatting on whatever topic arises. Thanks to my family for making the trip. I’ve been happy and proud to show them my life.

 

 

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Nineteen years to earn American citizenship!

After 19 years of visas, background checks, fees, forms, lawyers, worrying, and more, I became an American citizen on September 18. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Beatrice, the same town where my husband and I got married. Prior to the ceremony we ate at Valentino’s with my in-laws. Following the ceremony we revisited favorite haunts. Beatrice is where I rented my first house and adopted my first cat. The town is also about the size of the one I grew up in and so immediately felt comfortable to me. I taught in the area for three years.

As for the ceremony, it was held at Homestead National Monument. There were speeches and awarding of certificates. Thirty-two people from the Congo, Iraq, Canada, and many other far-flung nations, became Americans on this day. Thanks to Andy for the photos!

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Five days to find our sheets!

In June, I wrote that in addition to all the major twists and turns in life this year, there was another one on the horizon. Our landlady had called to tell us that she intended to sell her remaining rentals. We had about three months to find a new place. The end of July, God blessed us with our dream home.

This led to an incredibly busy August. I began working ahead on all my writing commitments: reviewing Advanced Reader Copies for Allison’s Book Bag, enlisting guest bloggers for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, and writing articles for Lincoln Kids. By the end of August, these tasks were all completed, freeing me from those responsibilities in September.

Early August, my husband and I weeding our stuff with the goal of a yard sale. We created signs and price lists and advertised on Craig’s list. Mid-August we held our sale. I enjoyed getting to meet people, wrangle prices with them, and hear stories. As we were packing up leftovers to bring to Goodwill, a wedding bus pulled up. Members of the wedding party put together a basket of goodies from our yard sale as a gift for the bride and groom. What a memorable first yard sale! Oh, and we raised enough to hire college students to help us move.

On September 8, we closed on our new house. Thanks goes to our real estate agent. He took care of us every step of the way. He also gave us a gift card and cookies as a parting gift. The next day we rented a moving truck. Thanks goes to our friends who provided us with boxes and for the four college students who worked eight hours for modest pay and pizza. Much gratitude as well to our neighbor who gave us food for the road. The cheese, meat, and cracker platter provided us with lunches for several days. Without it, we would have resorted to fast food.

Ah moving! We had labeled all our boxes and deposited them to assigned spots. Every day too we stayed up until nearly 10:00 p.m. unpacking stuff. Yet it still took us three days to find cookware and five days to find sheets. We’re still looking for a can opener. Over all though, we’re making good progress and enjoying our first home.

 

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We interrupt this blog … major announcement

A year ago I had been taking a path which, despite some twists and turns, felt comfortable. And then wham! New job…. New writing markets…. New career direction…. New volunteer duties…. In the course of a year, everything changed.

Even so, when the seventh anniversary of this blog rolled around in June, I thought I knew what lay ahead for Allison’s Book Bag. There’s power in words. For that reason, I’ve been picking out books to share with you in the midst of the chaos going on in our world. There’s also power in stories. For that reason, I’ve been moving towards posting more and more stories of my cats. I felt safe about my plans.

But that’s when our landlady called with a bombshell. She plans to sell her remaining rentals, including the one we’re in. We probably have about three months to find a new place.

What does that do for Allison’s Book Bag? Maybe nothing. Maybe everything. With each new change that a person juggles, commitments get dropped to allow for new ones. At times one will relinquish those forever; sometimes just for a season.

At any rate, for now, I’m right back where I was last year this time: “Pulling back but not stepping down.” There are reprints I wanted to pull from Animal Ambassadors. Those I’ll add in due time. There are posts already awaiting publication. Those I’ll post in due time. There are Advanced Reader Copies to which I’ve committed myself to review. Those I’ll write in due time. Otherwise, for the immediate future, finding a house is a major priority.

As always, see you around on the blogosphere! And remember: We are meant to thrive in God.

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Finished my Principles of Marketing course!

Back in April, I wrote that I would be writing about my new adventures. Some of those new adventures included: finishing a journalism course, updating you on my current administrative assistant job, and sharing news of my volunteer activities. Last but not least on my list of ways I have been reinventing my life since leaving the teaching field is I enrolled in a marketing class this spring.

Even in my twenties, when I pursued my own graphic design business, I have been intrigued by this field. When I started applying this year for jobs, I found myself most drawn to the ones in communication and in public relations. Both of these require some marketing skills. A close friend of mine reassured me at the time that I already possessed some marketing skills, in that I have promoted two blogs. I didn’t feel that I had enough to apply for those types of jobs, but did decide that taking some classes might make me more knowledgeable.

Principles of Marketing has been intense! It’s an online course with a three-month deadline. Students read two chapters per week, answer three questions per chapter, and comment on at least answers per chapter too. We also have weekly quizzes. And then there’s our two term papers. One involved analyzing a business and proposing strategies. Weeks of research later, I submitted a twenty-page paper! The other required one to submit a town proposal. I did that this afternoon. Now I get to enjoy six weeks off from studies before it’s back to the books.

That’s what’s new with me! What about you?


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