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A Wedding and Halloween Parties October 26, 2012

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Friends of ours got married this past weekend. It was a lovely ceremony and hand-fasting. We had a nice, cold afternoon in the park celebrating. And a fun evening at the bride’s mom’s house. There was a campfire, and fire-spinning. Such pretty fire.

Last night was the first night of the annual two-night Halloween party. The crowd was a bit smaller than usual, but we had a good time. Tonight promises to be the huge mass of people we’re used to. I think tomorrow I’m just going to sleep, but there is another party with a big bonfire. Two more parties next week.

Two months until Christmas, retail is heating up. The big setup starts the day after Halloween. Rich is still looking for a new job. Life is a bit crazy, but we’re having fun.

Family Visit October 18, 2012

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Went to see my brother and his three kids this weekend. Sis-in-Law is out of town most of this month for a trial. So, Rich and I went up Sunday morning to let people get out of the house to help out a church. We played pool and Legos and an Angry Bird card game. Then we ordered pizza and watch a bunch of Pink Panther, and the Barbie version of The Three Musketeers. I napped most of the afternoon while the kids all played with toys and tablets. We had a great time playing the kids, they were very well behaved while Pete was out.

Monday was a shopping day for me. Nationwide decided on my settlement for the car accident, and I used my part of it to get work clothes and a new laptop so I could give the borrowed netbook back. It’s a shiny new 15.6″ Asus, this time with warranty including accidental damage.

Still no luck on the job search front for Rich. Lots of possibilities, waiting on call backs. Lots of work and hours for me, training up the new folks to help out with the heavy stuff. I really appreciated it this week. Step by step, we’re getting holiday setup going. Can hardly wait until it’s done.

This weekend friends are getting married and the Halloween parties begin. I think I will be attending four. Busy seasons.

Getting Cold October 11, 2012

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I had to defrost my car yesterday morning and turn on the heat in the apartment this weekend. Autumn is definitely settling in here in Ohio. Trees are all pretty colors and the stores are full of Halloween candy. Makes my stress-eating of chocolate a bit cheaper for a few weeks at least. 😉 I should really stop it, I know, but… it’s chocolate.

Got a good yearly review at work, and my yearly raise. Rich is still in the hunt, checking out new opportunities daily. We’re interviewing for our seasonal hires. Lots of interviews, not sure how many we’re going to take. Hopefully some in cafe, that’s been a bit of a problem keeping staffed lately. Been getting a decent amount of interest in the HD devices. Folks, if you love your local B&N store, go put your name down for an HD device (no obligation to buy) or two so we can be properly stocked for the holiday season.

The car accident claim should be settled by the end of the week as well. I just have to get the offer papers in the mail and get them back to Nationwide. Then that will be done. Looking forward to one less thing on my plate. And, if we’re lucky, one less medical bill by the end of this month, too. Then I just have to track down the big one that’s left out there in the ether.

Oh, and healthy food of the week: Miso Soup.

Missed a Week October 4, 2012

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Sorry about not posting last week, things were just so busy and exhausting. Rich got laid off and is back in the job search. I do believe he has an interview this afternoon, and has applied for many things. Perhaps this will lead him into new and better things.

On my side of things, this is my down week at work, only 24 hours, before I gear back up for long weeks through the holiday season. Our new hires are all doing fairly well, and we’re getting ready for the batch of seasonal hires to come in, too. Apparently, B&N is getting rid of part timers’ benefits entirely, fully effective end of next year for those who still had them the beginning of this year.

On a happier note, we’ve once again got new devices this holiday season. The nook HD and HD+. The latter being a 9″ screen as opposed to our usual 7″ screens. With user profiles, scrapbooking, and nook Video coming soon, it should be a pretty cool holiday season for nook shoppers.  I was happy to see that they finally created free library apps for the Color and Tablet devices, so that folk could download library books straight to the nook, without having to go through the computer. Mom says she got it to work no problems. 🙂

Several parties and fun times with friends lately. Uncle David and many friends had birthdays this week. So Happy Birthday, all around!  Coming up: a wedding, so many Halloween parties that I’ve lost count, and then the rest of the holiday season. Wohoo!