Life has been INSANE. These past two weeks have flown by so fast, I can't hardly believe it. That sounds so cliche to say.
I started my new job with the police department and I'm at the end of completing my second week. I will start the police academy next Monday and that will be 12 glorious weeks of training.
Gooooooodbye social life.
My bed time went from 12:30-1 am to now being 10:30 pm. Talk about a major lifestyle change. Ugh.
All for the better, right?
It better be, dammit.
Even though I don't blog much anymore, I still keep up with all of my favorite blogs. You guys make for some awesome reading material after a long day at the station.
(I love saying "long day at the station" as opposed to "long day at the office.")
My eyes are beginning to shut and it's only 8:54. 3 weeks ago I was barely getting home from work and finishing dinner. It is absolutely crazy how things can change so fast.
Mr. Firefighter is doing well. He actually got anooottther offer for a bigger fire department and ended up taking that position. I'm so proud of him and am so grateful to have him by my side while I'm going through all of my cop stuff.
Speaking of, I had an awesome "big girl job" party about two weeks ago. I even had the best police cake made for the event.
Annndddddd I really should post pictures of the party/cake but I'm too lazy and tired so I'll just keep you guys bored.
Maybe next time.
Speaking of "maybe next time," baseball has started. That means some good ole' trash talking and tram bashing all throughout Chicago. I'm a die hard Sox fan and my life seems to be surrounded by Cubs fans. Not a good combo. And "maybe next time" reminds me of "there's always next year" for all the Cubbie fans out there.
Enough rambling. This grandma needs to hit the sack pronto.
Life has changed quite a bit in the past two weeks.
I'd also like to report that my stripper rash went away.
I am on "vacation" before I start my new job with the police department. But as my good friend Eddie pointed out, I'm technically "unemployed." I'd like to say that I'm in between jobs for the moment. Ha.
My last weeks of work at the law firm went by faster than a one hit wonder's career. Seriously, I can't believe I'm not at work, sitting behind a computer, dozing of into la-la land, and itching to get off work. Last Friday was my going away party which was filled with TOO much food and alcohol. It turned out to be an all day event which wasn't really how it was supposed to go, but who's going to turn down free food and alcohol. Not this girl.
Boss man and his girls. He requested that we all wore red pants before I left.
The night ended, I said my goodbye's, and made my way home with a full belly of food and wine.
I've spent the last few days at my parent's house taking advantage of home cooked meals and sleeping. Unfortunately, I haven't done much sleeping in since I've taken my booty to the gym at 7:30 am the past few days. These arms aren't going to get bigger by themselves.
I still have to go through the mountain of paperwork that the department is requiring me to fill out. I've been putting it off for a good week now (maybe 2 weeks).
In less than a week, I'll be getting ready to start the police academy, go shooting with the rest of the police officers, get fitted for my uniform, etc. CRAZY! If you would have told me a year ago that I'd be working as a cop, I would've slapped you silly. I'm very grateful for getting this opportunity but I still have a LOOOOOONG way to go.
On a different note, I'd like for my layout to look different for this blog. Too bad I don't have the time nor patience to make it happen. Oh well. Sorry ladies for the generic layout.
I'll try and blog later on in the week and once I start my big girl job, but as always, no promises. Don't hate me.
Last night was supposed to be a low key evening spent with some wine and my girls.
You know that whole "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" saying? Yeah, totally me last night.
My boss invited me and my co-workers for some wine after work. Fine, nothing serious. We've done this in the past and it's always a good time. My boss had dinner plans with his wife and had to leave a little before 7 but left us with plenty of wine so the girls and I decided to stay a little longer. We made plans to go to one of our favorite diners out in Indiana after wine time was over.
That never happened.
Instead, we went out with the crowd form work who gets into all types of crazy adventures. Because they know that next Friday is my last day at work, they invited me and the rest of the girls out with them. This is where I should have just said, "no thanks." But no, I decided to take advantage of the free lavish things that I know would come with the night.
Shoulda just went home.
Long story short: everyone (but me) got pretty wasted and we ended up at a strip club. One of my co-workers bought me a lapdance and since I'm a pretty open-minded gal, I went along with it. Whatever, I've been to strip clubs before, have gotten lapdances, the whole shabang.
Well, this morning I awoke to what appears to be a rash on my neck. A RASH.
I can only imagine that I am having a reaction to either something I ate last night OR the stripper. She had very long hair and I could smell all of her stripper lotions on her. So while she was all up on me, it's a possibility that her hair or other parts touched my neck.
Everyone at work is having quite the time with this story. And here I am walking around the office with a red, blotchy neck. I went to Walgreens to pick up some benadryl and I'm hoping it helps because this is just embarrassing and mostly, I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS.
Lesson learned. No more lapdances at strip clubs.
I may have offended some with this post - not my intentions.
But I had to share my little Friday afternoon story.
Anywhoodle, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend not filled with stripclubs, lapdances & rashes. But if that's in your plans, go ahead and get it girl.
P.S. I have NO idea how I'm supposed to explain this rash to Le Firefighter.
My college roomie interviewed for a position here at my job and she was officially hired today! So happy and proud of her.
My last day here at the office will be next Friday, March 15th and I still can't wrap my head around the fact that I'll be leaving.
I met with the Chief's assistant yesterday to go over A LOT of paperwork and more details about the police department/academy. Let's just say being overwhelmed in an understatement. The paperwork that I have to fill out is INTENSE. Insurance, Life Insurane, Pension, Tax Forms, etc. Union jobs are no joke. Nonetheless, I am still very excited to start my new job.
In other news: Chicago weather BLOWS. We're supposed to get 6-9 inches of snow today so I'm banking on leaving early from work. I have to drive in this weather and I'm not trying to end up in a ditch somewhere.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you
4. Come up with 11 questions for the 11 people you nominate
Many thanks to my girl at Faster Than Forever for nominating me for this award! You gals should check her blog out, I promise you'll enjoy :)
This award requests that I write 11 facts about myself (this will be fun!) Hopefully this will be a way for all of my blogger friends (and hopefully new followers) to get to know more about moi. Let's begin!
1. I was recently hired as a police officer for an Illinois police department. This has been a goal of mine for a VERY long time and I finally decided to pursue it late last year. I have 2 more weeks left at my current job and I am beyond excited & nervous to begin this new chapter of my life.
2. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in June 2012 via laparoscopy. I had suffered from excrutiating pelvic pain and periods for nearly 5 years before I decided to do something about it. It's something that I deal with & manage the best I can without having to rely on medicine. I chose to manage mine with diet, exercise, Chinese herbs & acupuncture.
3. I have a horrible temper and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Bad tempers run in my family and it's something I've tried over and over again to manage. I can say that it's definitely gotten better through out the years but I'm still not full of sunshine lol. Just sayin'.
4. I was the ULTIMATE band nerd growing up. I played Oboe and English Horn and was in symphonic band, pep band, I was band president my senior year, drum major junior & senior year, and section leader.
(good thing I didn't play the flute!)
5. I am obsessed with meeting celebrities. I'll admit it, I'm a groupie and proud of it. Thankfully, I haven't had to take my clothes off to meet them. Tee hee hee.
Enrique Iglesias (my future husband and baby daddy)
Lupe Fiasco (he sometimes comes to my job straight chillin like he knows everyone)
R. Kelly (he also comes to my job but for legal purposes obviously. He's actually quite nice, handsome, and freakishly tall).
Norm Van Lier
And one of my personal favorites:
Waka Flocka Flame
6. I have a shoe addiction. I easily bought close to 40 pairs of shoes last year. What am I going to do once I start my new job that will require me to wear department issued shoes? I HAVE NO IDEA.
7. If I didn't pursue a career in law enforcement, I'd move to an island and make a living using whatever skills I have. I have always felt that I'm not supposed to stay in Illinois for the rest of my "professional" life. Midwest winters are not my thing.
8. I talk way too much. Chatty Kathy is what I am. Sometimes I just want people to tell me to shut up. But then when I let people "do the talking" and they don't talk, I get super annoyed and take charge. I'm such a bully.
9. I may be "homeless" once July hits. And by "homeless" I mean that I will probably be moving back home with my parents and/or brother. I have lived on my own in Chicago since I was 20 years old (I'm 25) and the police department I will be working for is located about 1 hour southwest of Chicago - not a fun drive to do twice a day. I am freaking out on the thought of not having a place to call my own.
10. I talk about "Le Firefighter" a lot on here. He is the man who has my heart and who makes me melt every time I see him (cue corny "awww's"). Our relationship has been tested with career issues in the past year, but we are on the right path and focusing on being the best we can be individually and together. And yes, he is a firefighter. And I am a cop in training. Don't see that too often, do ya?
Le firefighter and me.
He would probably kill me for posting about this but oh well :)
11. I have always considered myself to be the "girliest tomboy" ever. Makes no sense, right?
Let me explain:
I hate doing my hair and rarely ever do so but I am obsessed with growing it out and making it look absolutely beautiful when I wear it down. I've also never dyed it.
I hate painting my nails or getting them done but I always have to have them painted.
I love cars, sports, guns, paintballing, running 5k's that require me to get muddy all over but also love shopping and aiding my shoe addiciton even more.
Pheewwwwww that was a lot. See what I mean about talking too much?
Now to answer Lil Desiqua's questions:
Where did you go on your favorite vacation?
A. Jamaica, hands down, was the best vacation EVER. I went for my brother's wedding and it was the best alcoholic time I've ever had.
You win $5,000! What are you gonna do with the money?
Buy my Tory Burch purse I've been wanting and use the rest to pay off my car.
3. Who or what do you miss the most?
I miss my college years the most. I had the best times, met the most awesome people, and really "YOLO'D" my whole 4 years. No bills, no surgery, no care in the world - it was the best. I also got to live in Europe for 5 weeks - BEST TIME EVER! I would give up my kidney to go back to those years. Ok, maybe not my kidney, but still. 4.
I love hearing new music! What is your favorite song right now?
I have recently fallen in love with Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" 5.
Do you have a signature scent/perfume? What is it? I've been wearing "Lucky You" since I was 15 years old, so a good 10 years now. Don't judge me guys. I've tried several different fragrances through out the years but they just didn't work out for me. Stick with what ya know. 6.
Do you have any collections? What are they?
My roommate and I recently started a collection of magnets from each state in the US. We've gotten quite a few in the past month. The plus side of having friends all over the country! 7.
What is your favorite tradition? My best friends and I used to have a tradition of throwing one sock in Lake Michigan. You read that correctly. It used to happen every year on May 20. Don't ask. Don't judge. 8.
What is your biggest fear? Having my endometriosis get in the way of my career, fertility, & life. 9.
What trait do you value most in a love interest
(bf/gf/hus/wife/etc)? Honesty and communication are the 2 big ones for me. If you can't talk to me, we are not going to work. If you can't be honest with me, we sure as hell aren't going to work. 10. I'm a quirky girl. What's one quirky or
something others might find "weird" thing about you? I always sleep with my fan on the highest setting, even when it's freezing. I do it for the noise not so much for temperature. 11.
What makes you happy?
My friends and family make me happy. Living my life how I want to live it and pursuing my goals and dream makes me very happy. Meeting new people and engaging in hour long conversations really makes me very happy. There's something about listening to someone else tell you about their life, their struggles, their journey, their everything - definitely makes me appreciate life much more.
11 questions for my nominees: 1. Backstreet Boys or N'SYNC? 2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 3. What is your favorite piece of clothing/accessory/or favorite "go to" outfit? 4. What's a deal breaker for you when on a first date? 5. Do you think money can really buy happiness? 6. Choose one: Would you rather be stranded on a dirty, stranded cruise ship with Ryan Reynolds or lost at sea on a tiny boat with Ryan Gosling? 7. Out of the four seasons, which one best fits your personality? 8. What's your ideal thing to do on a Friday night? 9. I'm not a DIY type of gal, are you? If so, what's the best DIY project you've done? 10. I can recite the movie Clueless word for word. What's a movie that you can do the same to? Or one you can watch and never get tired of? 11. Do you like to Karaoke? If so, what's your favorite song to karaoke to? Blogs that I nominate are: A New Kind Of Normal
Instead, I went out for a girls movie date and saw Safe Haven. Josh Duhamel is such a hottie.
I'm pretty sure he's at the Oscar's right now with Fergie and her lovely baby bump. See what I did there? Yes? No? Ok, moving on.
Why don't I watch the Oscars? Because I don't think I have the same critique and standards when it comes to movies compared to most of the population. It reeeaaallly takes a lot for me to dislike a movie. Or to criticize it until I can't breathe. I love movies and I'm constantly going to the theater to see what's playing. But do I get excited about screenplays, video effects, best supporting actor, blah blah blah? Absolutely not.
Now the Grammys? Pheewwwwww that's a whole different story, partner. As I've mentioned in a previous post, I have been watching the Grammys since 1999. I love music, all types of music. Now that's something I have a strong opinion and critique about. Perhaps it's because I was in band for almost 10 years and developed a thing or two when it comes to music and its composition.
But to each their own, right?
I'll be catching up on who won what, who wore what, and who did who...what?