Saturday, April 26, 2014

Junk'n Savannah

The list from the night prior started with this:
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And ended the night with :


And the day begins.


Nothing purchased... Cute little store.
I stopped at three between here and downtown Savannah.
Love the streets in Savannah.





And then the WHOLE reason I wanted to thrift Savannah.
Two Women and a Warehouse (http://twowomenandawarehouse.com) and I finally broke open the wallet BIG time.


No not for this but HOW cute!!


And an idea for my hutch colors...


I have memories if a poker chip wheel like this Mom and Dad!

What I had been looking for was the dough bowl:


Or this boat:


So? What came home with me, you ask??

The 43" dough bowl is now mine. Why? To make a coffee table with glass top and sea shells inside :) can't wait to start that project!!


A few more stores and a lunch in the car with the nice ocean breeze on an inner Island and I had the thought to drive to Tybee.


Yeah... What WAS I thinking? I made it out there and almost to the south end if the island and gave up as there were helicopters and MORE half naked teens. I'm getting old, I'm sure they were college students but still I was NOT ready to deal with that level of crowds. Thanks, no. I got behind a local (salt life stickers, coolers and fishing poles in the back of their truck). We zipped out through back roads yay!

I plugged in a thrift store in a town north if the freeway between where I was and the hotel and was OFF. I saw a few more between here and there. Did a few turn around a and revisits (one GREAT one at Victory and Montgomery - so I'll remember that address!!)


And one impromptu estate sale that I bought a this cute step stool.






And my favorite stop of the day !!! This is in the little town of Pooler Ga. I got to walk (dodge and weave) through the WHOLE house!!!








The road less traveled. I did go down this one too there were older farm style houses but nothing spectacular.
One final Look back and the BIG house!


Ahhhhh

Friday, April 25, 2014

Hotels...

Ok this weekend is the weekend to drop Angela off to be a college student for the weekend.



Angie, Lizzie and Kayla - they have the left over bunny cake to munch on as well. :)

I ate dinner at the dinning hall with them the made my exit to the hotel. My first stop. Yes, you read that correctly. FIRST stop. My reservation was at a Baymont hotel. OMG. First impression was GAG! What you can't smell is this is a SMOKING hotel. Retch!!





THEN I start looking around.





Yes, this is a portal to HELL in the ceiling. Oh yeah, it's REALLY falling down.





Yeah. BIG black whole!!





Oh, but wait it gets better!! The shower rod is falling off the wall.

















Oh yes, that is FILTH ground into the wall.

Yeah, I left! I was offered a mini-suite in the non smoking floor but there was just a stench to the place... I hit the road with NO reservations and no clue what I would find room wise!

I stopped at the Springtown Suits. They were booked solid... Bummer.

Next up Comfort Suits across the street. It's newer they had a room.

And we have success!!





Much better!!





And look the shower curtain isn't falling off the wall! :)





Cute vessel sink to boot ;)

Well that was my adventure. I took a shower after that other hotel - really!! Now to plot my day tomorrow. :)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Jobs

After 7.5 years with one system, I have moved to a new job.  Why?  Well, it was time.  I had mentioned to my supervision that I was ready for a new challenge.  AND I'm afraid it was starting to show in my attitude of dealing with some problems over and over and over...  I hope not, but the reality is that the outside offices didn't seem to sad to see me go, so, yes, it was time. 


Believe it or not I started with this team (not the exact same players, but close) in 2002 (January) when I started at Robins AFB, I worked with this system for a year, then moved to PC support from 2003 until 2006.  In 2006 I came back again to this system where I had been until the 14th of this month.


That is a long time in one position.


I had been offered the chance for a new challenge a few years prior and didn't take the offer seriously enough as I didn't feel like I had a handle on my current job  yet.  In retrospect, I don't think in a highly challenging and active job like I had that one EVER gets a handle on the job totally - it's like trying to rope a runaway train while you're standing on the ground. 


Hindsight being what it is, I told myself if the opportunity ever came up again I would NOT say no.  No matter what the offer was and no matter how it would scare me.  A co-worked down the hall was in a position she wasn't thrilled with and wanted to switch with someone/anyone.  Management chose to offer us the opportunity to do a direct swap - same grade, same pay, just different jobs. 


When first offered the opportunity to do a job swap with someone on in our area it was a much scarier position to me that I really thought twice about as it would really push me out of my comfort zone... but even to the very scary job I said  yes.  I did my best not to let my reluctance show and I'm pretty sure I was successful in that effort.  Within 10 minutes supervision was back in my office recanting that offer (must have been a miscommunication) and offering me the job I did swap for.  I'm not sure why I was thinking this job was less scary either.  it's not as technical, however it is more about managing people rather than a system.


The proposition was presented to both parties and I was honest about the level of intensity.. she was equally honest as to why she didn't like her position.  The issues with her job is a management issue with personnel and resentments as she was brought in from an outside organization and promoted people already in place.  I'm sure I'll face similar issues with my move - I've heard rumblings, however I haven't met a challenge I can't meet head on yet.


The decision was really in her court as she was still undecided if she would accept the swap.  As I said I was already committed to NOT turning down any opportunities, no matter the fear factor.  She told me she needed the night to think and pray on the decision.  She came back the next morning with the answer of "yes" she would agree to the swap.  Part of me was scared, part of me was elated. 


I am taking a step back from a busy, busy system and moving more into a supportive role in that I'm no longer working with maintenance on the base, but with admin in SharePoint. Will this be the same challenge it was in the other system?  No, it won't.  My challenge in the new job is PEOPLE... now THAT scares me.  Will I be a good leader?  Will I be able to do what needs to be done?  Not a clue, but I'm up for the challenge!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter morning

Isn't he cute? He's no surprise for Angela. She found him @ Wally World. I thought we were past stuffed animals but I guess not (and not a bad thing either)





And I am not over hiding eggs either there are only a few and they have no candy in them. They have $$ in then. Bonus!











Easter egg hunts are better when you're older :)





The Easter haul. No big smile because it's too early :)





And a LOOK when I pushed for a BIG smile.






I sent Lizzie a box to school with glow stick, lighted duck and carrot bubbles and the traditional HUGE chocolate bunny. She also got some different candies and a package of mini Twix - her favorite. I still haven't heard that she got it...

Sigh kids in college - too cool to call parents.