Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Remodeling--life, home, everything...

For those of you who don't know (and please don't be offended if you don't!), I got a new job. You read that right: I got a new job. "What?" you are thinking, "Annie is CHANGING something in her life?" Indeed. I wish I could give you a million explanations, but the best one I can come up with is that I just needed something new, a bigger challenge. What better way to do that than to shake things up a little? ...or a lot.

For months, Lacy's been sneaking in suggestions that I should apply for a job where she works, at the IRB at the U of U. I would automatically laugh it off and say, "It's just not going to work..." Provo has been my home for the last 5 1/2 years, and I have had one (count that, ONE) job while I've been here. It's morphed to my needs, and I've morphed to it, so it was great. For some reason, I couldn't stop the nagging at the back of my head when a couple weeks ago, Lacy said, "They posted the coordinator position and you should give it a shot." Here goes nothin'...

Long story short, the job is mine. I'm kind of in this surreal state right now, where the initial shock and excitement is still intoxicating, but the reality of all I have to get done between now and my start date is beginning to wear on my mind.

I have to find a place to live up in Salt Lake now. I don't know where is safe or good, or what type of rent or utilities I'm going to be comfortable with. First, I need to find roommates for Rachel for the place I own in Provo. We've had a couple prospects (I'm crossing my fingers that one of the girls will choose us!), but no solid committments. I don't want to get stuck paying for two places, so I'm waiting to see how that pans out before I get serious in my apartment hunting. I also have to re-do my back room at my house. It's coming right along--we got the piano moved out and the door frame re-hung...finally! Many, many thanks to German who did the hard work and to Jake who helped us out in a pinch! Now it's time to sort through all the crap I've ditched in there and get the walls painted a lovely shade of dark brown.

Don't get me wrong: these life changes will be great for me. Living on my own, starting in a totally different career field...while these things can be scary, they are also really exhilarating. I'm not the scaredy cat I used to be, so meeting new people and getting into a new groove will be fun.


Blogger Adrianne Miller said...

You will love it!!!!!!!!! I know a change is just what you need! Plus, a new job is very exciting and challenging. Not to mention the benefits of you living in the same area as me again. HOORAY!

March 11, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Blogger Erika said...

Congrats Annie and good luck!!! Mmm those pizza scones are moving closer and closer to me... :)

March 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Blogger Laceski said...

I'm still a little shocked that all that nudging acutally paid off! :) Everyone in the office is excited to have you join us, and quite frankly, you already know a bunch of the people here, so it shouldn't be too scary a transition. I can't wait for you to start!

March 12, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Blogger Stephanie said...

AHHH!!! WOW... What a huge and terrific life change. Congrats!! I'm sure your new job will be great... though we might have to start some therapy groups down here in Provo for all the people who'll miss you like craaazy.

March 12, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Blogger Ann said...

Um, yeah. We can't WAIT to have you at the IRB. Now you too can have the happy/annoying pleasure of trying to tell people what exactly it is you do. (Hint: just tell people you work in research...they don't get it past that).

Yay! Can't wait!

March 12, 2009 at 11:12 PM


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