Time Flies When You’re Having Chaos.

Two months since my last blog post? How could that have happened? Where have I been?

I remember years ago when I worked in an office and even before that while working in the service industry (waitress, cashier, etc), very busy days felt like they went by wonderfully fast. It was like you hardly noticed you were working at all. Well, it was sort of like that anyway. Now I find that sometimes, Chaos masquerades as Busy. When it happens, parts of your personal life get flown out the window as a byproduct of all that productiveness.

Chaos has been living with me for the past couple of months.

He must have snuck into our suitcase in Las Vegas when we were coming home from our Christmas road trip. Because that’s where Bob, in a sudden inspiration of “why not?,” posted his resume to every telecommunications job in the country. He was frustrated at not having heard back from many electro-laser optic companies, so he decided to dip back into his past one last time.

Back home, it started out slowly, logically even. Says Bob, “Wouldn’t it be a good idea to start packing everything up so when a job offer comes in, we will be prepared?” Packing=Birthing Chaos.

Middle of January:  Just back from our trip to California for the Photonics West Trade Show with ISU’s Laser Club when T-Mobile calls. The next week and a half is filled with interviews, planning, and dreaming. I mean, What if, right? Wrong. He got the over-used and incredibly frustrating verdict of:  Over qualified.

End of January:  E-mail from hiring manager with AT&T asking if Bob would be interested in the Duluth, MN position that had come open. This is from the Minneapolis job he had applied for back on New Year’s Eve. Another week and a half of interviews, planning, and dreaming (though a bit more cautiously this time), and…Eureka! We were Minnesota bound. Wait…when is that start date? In 2 weeks?!?!?

We have now been in our temporary house in Duluth for almost 2 weeks. We are essentially living out of suitcases with our worldly goods packed very tightly into a storage room, awaiting their final destination into our new-to-us home, which has yet to be found… So, while Chaos still resides here, he has outgrown the “terrible twos” stage and is settling into his teenage years (I think he’s even become BFFs with Michael).

The plan is to lock him (Chaos, not Michael) into the storage room when we clear it out. Here’s hoping, anyhow.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Molly
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 18:39:01

    I hope chaos is left in that storage area soon. Just remember chaos doesn’t like laughter or does it? Chaotic Laughter! Hmmm! Can’t wait to see what kind of home you settle on. Miss you!


  2. Dula Baker
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 19:47:41

    Well, you know? if all was running smoothly, your blog wouldn’t’ve been so interesting! You really struck a chord with the man at church; he asks about you and Duluth each Sunday since I announced your move. xoxox


  3. elizabethsaidso
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:12:46

    Thanks Molly! Chaotic Laughter – Yes indeed! Miss you too! 🙂

    That is funny, Miss Baker. 😉 You can tell the gentleman that Duluth is buried in snow, Lake Superior is still frozen, but the sun shines bright and we are liking it very much so far. 🙂


  4. Wendy
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:36:17

    Elizabeth – you are still a saint and you always will be. With all the chaos you are still a smiling, happy camper. You were, and still an inspiration to me to be positive in even in the light of chaos. I so wish you all the best on this stop (I’m sure this is a temporary stop for you all–Bob will probably go for Presidency of Zimbabwe sometime in the near future!! Go Bob!!) I know those Michigan lakes do shed the snow and are beautiful blue waters in the summer time. Too bad I cant attach a picture to show you so. We’ll just have to make that motorcycle ride again to see you. Love and miss you, Wendy


  5. elizabethsaidso
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 22:03:28

    Ah Wendy! Try as I might, I can’t get the family to call me Saint Elizabeth, so I think I may have to wait a while for the official title. 😉 The choice to smile in the face of change and challenge isn’t always easy, and I don’t always succeed, but I continue to try…and when it happens it feels so much better. 🙂 You know there will always be a space for you to park your bike at our home, so I will look forward to your visit. 🙂 Love and miss you too! ❤


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