March 2nd, 2019

Visit Home

I spent this week home with my family in Pennsylvania, and because I was having quality time with them I didn't really track my doings for this blog.

I flew in on Monday. It was very windy with gusts up to 50mph, so it was kind of a rough ride! I got a rental car and drove it to my hometown. After getting caught up with my parents and making plans for the next day, I went right to bed. I was VERY tired!

On Tuesday I had a phone interview, then Mom and I ran a few errands. In the evening I had a nice dinner with my Aunt Nicole, we got all caught up and shared the woes of the unemployed.

On Wednesday my sister Kate came over and we all went to breakfast at Muffin Man, a local favorite breakfast/brunch spot known for their quiche and variety of flavored coffees. I've had the quiche many times, so opted for the baked sour cherry oatmeal. It was really good, tasted like a loosely packed hot granola. After that Mom and Kate left it up to me what we should do, and since I can't make a decision to save my life I took us back home to just hang out and play games. I just want to be in the room with the people I love; I don't much care what we're doing :)

During breaks in the games I worked on filling out a second application for CapTel, a telephone captioning company for the hearing impaired. I had applied to this company in January, but couldn't make their training session this week, so they advised me to reapply near the end of February.

Later that night my parents went to Bible study, so Kate and her husband Pat and I went to The Blind Pig Kitchen for dinner! It's a really small restaurant with locally sourced food...simple stuff, but very flavorful and cooked to perfection! I got the wild sockeye salmon with ginger cider sauce, grilled bok choy, and ginger turmeric carrots. Everything was VERY good!

Kate and I did a lot of catching up. I talked about my job woes, and she told me about some of the things she's been up to lately. We are both excited for our new niece/nephew, who will be born very soon! Can't wait!

On Thursday I had a phone interview with CapTel, and was offered a job. FREAKING FINALLY. I'm sure because it's a sort of "call center" and the work is redundant, the turnover rate is very high. No matter. I will do my best. The scheduling is very flexible, the work is something that I know I can do well, and the environment is casual. I'm even allowed to do schoolwork during down time. Hopefully this will work out. There is a 90 day trial period, so at minimum I've got three months of work. Assuming I pass the four week training.

Anyway, after the interview I drove to Bloomin' Bagels for brunch with my friend Kristin, who I haven't seen in years. We ate and talked, getting all caught up. It seems like we've both been through a lot lately, her with relationships and me with unemployment. It was awesome to have someone to vent to, and we both listened and provide some support to each other. It's good to know that some friendships are stronger than distance and time. Thank you Kristin :)

Mom and I drove to Kate's house where we played games, ate snacks, and just chilled. When it was dinnertime we drove downtown and met Dad at Filet 18, a nice little restaurant that's fairly new here. I had seared tuna salad, it was pretty darned good. Dad and Pat talked politics while Kate and I compared medical notes (she's a nurse and I'm...more to come on that). We drove home full and happy, and Mom and Dad and I spent the rest of our night relaxing and doing computer work.

The next day we were supposed to have lunch with one of my mom's friends, but she backed out. It was just as well since my rental car was experiencing problems. Mom and I drove the car to the nearest Firestone in Lewisburg, and had lunch at Country Cupboard. Country Cupboard isn't just a restaurant, it's also got a bunch of shops attached, so we enjoyed ourselves looking around. We spend an especially significant amount of time near the baby items...Kayle's baby is coming pretty soon!

After that we went to the mall because Mom wanted a spiralizer, then we drove home, picking up Thai food for dinner on the way. I feel like I'm doing a food tour of PA haha.

On Saturday we got up early to run an errand with our parents, but it unfortunately didn't work out for us. No bigs, they went home to relax while I went over to Kate's house to visit with Raven and Jonah (my brother and sister who I hardly every see any more!!) We played games together and talked a lot, getting all caught up on each others' lives. When we got hungry we decided to make our own pizzas! Each of us got a ball of dough and decorated to suit our tastes. Each of our pizzas looked and tasted different! Kate's was a white pizza covered in veggies, it was very good, but the crust was preeeetty hard haha. Raven's was a good cheese pizza, mine was all right too, but Jonah's won the day with mozzarella stuffed crust and a chewy texture (the rest of us ended up with crunchy dough).

After we ate we watched Birdbox and The Incredibles 2 while eating mochi ice cream. Too soon it was time for me to go. I loved catching up with my family this week, it was much needed after four months at sea and a very frustrating, fruitless job hunt.

On Sunday I went to church with my parents, then we all went home to eat lunch and spend our last few hours together. As the first flurries started to fall, I packed up my rental car and drove to Philly. Hopefully I'll see everyone again soon. <3

Now I'm in a hotel near the airport. I drove out here the night before because the weather was supposed to be bad (and it is) and I'd rather face it tonight than worry about a 2.5 hour drive at 4am tomorrow morning. Soon I'll be back in Florida...just as Jameson leaves to check out Cubs spring training in Arizona! I have an entire week to myself, but there's a lot to do. Stay tuned.