Saturday, April 26, 2014

Boxed In But Alive


The bad news? This is what every room looks like right now. Guess which one this is?


The good news? This is the view out my front door ... the river is one block away.

The move was horrible. It took three days because two of Alex's "friends" backed out (long story, but suffice it to say neither Alex nor I want to see those creeps ever again). Thankfully, Tyler came down to help and one of Alex's real friends (we've known him since they were both 4 years old) busted his rear end for us. Plus, the truck broke down on the last trip while we were all in separate locations and we didn't have A/C here at the "new" place until this past Thursday. Luckily the temps had dropped after our second day here and we didn't really need A/C until this weekend.

But the real kicker? I found out the Friday before our move (2 weeks ago) that I didn't have a job to come back to. Yep, unemployed again. I'm not heartbroken. I don't want to go into detail online but nothing ever made sense there and this is no big shock either. Whatever. I've made up my mind to be more zen about the whole no-job thing this time around and believe that everything happens for a reason. I need this time off anyway to unpack. ;-)

I did end up in the house I showed last post. Alex and I both really like the location. The house has warts, but we'll get used to them and/or get them fixed eventually. I can't really bombard my landlord all at once or I may end up on the street and I can't afford any more major life changes at the moment. ;-)

The neighborhood is a mix of old bungalows, many of them renovated beautifully, multi-million dollar mansions on the water a block away, and everything in between.Once I'm employed again, I'm going to have fun exploring the area. There's a lot to see and do.

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  1. The view looks great! Glad you were able to get all moved even with the hiccups.
    Excluding the financial part, being unemployed has a few perks. :D

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  2. Sending good thoughts on your job hunt and congrats on the move x

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  3. Whew, thank goodness you've got that heavenly view to take your mind off of the boxes and the hell of getting them there. Good luck with unpacking and figuring out a new employment situation!!! Happy to hear your news, even if it's mixed--wishing you all the best.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your determination to be Zen about life's challenges. A small, yet important reminder that is needed every day. I hope you are able to secure another position again soon.

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  5. Wonderful location. It's great to hear from you even if all we can do is be your long distance pep squad. Sending you good wishes and keeping you in our hearts and minds during it all.

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  6. It is great to hear from you again, Debbie! (Honestly, I was all set to bug you privately via email.) Sorry about the job thing but you will land on your feet, of that I am certain. The new place looks nice. Keep blogging and keep us posted!

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  7. Heavens, our paths these last couple years are definitely parallel! I have done the unemployment thing twice in the last two years (both surprises, the second not unwelcome for very similar reasons).

    I took a more zen approach this time as well and have taken a role without any long-term expectations. We'll see how things go but I'm definitely thinking more about what I want to do rather than take the first thing offered.

    Good luck to you!!

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  8. Congratulations that you made it through the move and sorry that you're jobless again. I'm sure though you will find something else! Love your new zen attitude!

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  9. Happy you have found the new spot and moved and really glad you have posted. I have no doubt you'll find something soon work wise as skilled as you are. Hope you are soon resettled and an even better position appears.

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  10. Neighbourhood looks wonderful and the move is behind you, sounds like a workplace that didn't appreciate you is too. You have made it through before and you will again. I am in Florida now if you need help unpacking just give me a shout. You. Will. Be. Fine.

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  11. Gorgeous view! Congrats on the new house! That sucks about the job--that same thing happened to several of my former coworkers who were laid off along with me last May. I have every confidence that you will land on your feet.

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  12. Looks like a neat neighborhood... Wishing you much luck with the unpacking and job hunt....

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  13. Thanks for updating us. I have been watching and wondering. Wishing you success on all fronts!

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  14. Am sorry to hear about your job--Good luck with the job hunt! Your attitude is spot on.
    Enjoy getting to know your new house.

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  15. Sorry about the job issue and good luck with the job hunt. Sometimes it takes a few times to get the right job. Love love water views.

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  16. Sorry to hear about the job but sounds like you are better off out. I believe things happen for a reason too and I am sure that there is something great around the corner. Good to hear you have a nice home to go to.

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  17. Oh man - my thoughts are with you! All those boxes . . . but I always find that unpacking is the easier end of the moving bargain! Good luck with the job hunt (as and when you start), and in the meantime . . . happy settling in!!

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  18. Good to hear from you.
    Have fun unboxing again ;)

    Sorry about your job, hope you'll find a new job soon.

    Any curtains to sew??

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  19. So sorry to hear you lost your job again. I am in the same position right now and your previous jobhunt has been a very inspirational read to me. In fact, you are an inspiration to me! I hope you will find something nice again and hope that in the meantime you will be able to enjoy your new home. I'm jealous of your view!

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  20. Good luck in your new home, it looks a beautiful area. Hope the Zen approach brings you the job you want and deserve.

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  21. Glad to hear you are ok and settling into the new place. Hope the fabric stash is full so you can keep yourself amused until the dream job comes along :)

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  22. I love the view, but I understand the boxes.. hopefully it will fall together easily now. Sorry the move was such a pain. I want to ask you about a little get together in a couple of weeks, I sent you a PM via SG. Hope you are interested, let me know. K

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  23. Great to hear from you again. Bummer about the job but if you are not entirely happy then it is a blessing in disguise.

    Hope the boxes disappear and the sewing area is back in business soon.

    New beginnings all round which will be good ones.

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  24. That is a wonderful view, and I hope you'll be very happy in your new home. The move itself sounds like a nightmare, though I guess it's good to have discovered who the real friends are!

    Best of luck in finding a job you love next time around - after you've unpacked some of those boxes, of course!

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  25. It's good to see you posting again Debbie. That first picture wouldn't be the sewing room would it? hehe
    I hope you find the right job at the right time.

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  26. Deb,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your job. I'm glad to see you back. I missed seeing you. I'll keep you in my prayers and hopefully the best job ever will come up soon.

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  27. Awk! Sorry you had these challenges - but you are right - it will all work out. File it away for future use - but I am only an hour or so north of you and have a pick up truck! - I would not have flaked out on you. Contact me any time.

    Have you considered your own business in the near future? You have so many skills and talents, maybe one of them can work itself into a viable option for you.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  28. Oh Debbie - I do hope things start looking up for you soon. but it sounds like your attitude is fabulous. Good luck unpacking and getting settled in. g

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  29. Happy to hear you are all moved in and sorry about your job. Awesome to be so close to the water :)

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  30. Thats me in the above comment :) Not sure why I am anonymous .
    Ann's Fashion Studio

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  31. Moving is a bitch, but it looks like a wonderful area to live in. I am sorry that you are jobless again. I've missed your posts, hopefully you'll be unpacked and ready to sew again soon.

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  32. Pleas kep us posted on your unpacking adventures. You have so many friends out here in the world!

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  33. You have a wonderful location for a zen attitude. You can go with the flow of the river. I'm happy to hear from you and hear that you got the house that you wanted. Now, I'm hoping (as I am sure you are) that you find the job that you want.

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  34. My mother always said "Things have a way of working out", and I believe that is true. Sorry for all your hassles, but now you can get settled and work on the unpacking and your job search at your own pace.

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  35. You do sound positive and I know you'll be in your element before you know it.
    All the best on your new digs.

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  36. Good luck with the unpacking and the job hunting. I'm looking forward to you getting the sewing machine out and posting some more about it and the new house.

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  37. It looks like you are in Temple Terrace. The Hillsborough river is great to kayak or canoe, just watch out for gators. You will love the area.
    Everything happens for a reason and this too will all work out!

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  38. Good luck with EVERYTHING. I'm sure it'll work out...you are far too tough not to land on your feet.

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  39. Debbie, sounds like a wonderful location. Sorry to hear about the challenges facing the move and loss of your job. Enjoy the view when you take breaks from the unpacking. Good luck with the job hunt!

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  40. It looks like a beautiful location. Best to you in your new home and good luck with the employment situation.

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  41. It looks like a beautiful location. Best to you in your new home and good luck with the employment situation.

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  42. I have missed you!

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  43. Prayers coming your way for a short and successful job search.

    Now you can take your time and unpack slowly and clean out as you go. I am cleaning out cabinets and closets one by one.

    You are a winner. Best of luck.

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  44. Well, now that you've found a place to settle, let's hope the job hunt goes along well. Good luck with the boxes; that's in some respects the hardest part of moving.

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  45. Oh, moving is so taxing! Glad the outcome was positive, despite the trials. The house and location look great...best of luck with a new job on the horizon! You have been missed...

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  46. Sorry about the job and crap happening during the move.

    Congrats on the new home, finding who you can really count on, and not having to wedge unpacking in after rushing home from work and on weekends. I look forward to seeing how the new sewing room is set up!

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  47. I thought of you, Debbie. A small step - but maybe one you might have an interest in. https://www.colettepatterns.com/jobs

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  48. Hey Debbie,
    Hadn't checked in here in awhile.
    Sorry about the job. Again.
    Hope all is well with you.
    designdreamer

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  49. Please come back!!

    (I know you will when you have more sewing content but in the meantime, have you considered doing private lessons, fitting consultations, etc.? You have rocked my sewing world and you are one of my favorite bloggers. You are also missed!)

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  50. NICE view! Sorry you are unemployed again. I'm hoping that this leads you to a far better job! I have a sewing question for you: I'm pretty new to your blog and have been slowly reading back thru all of your posts. I really love the skirt you make again & again - Kwik Sew 3287. I've made several attempts to get a hold of the pattern but no luck so far. I'm sure I can knock one off, but I am curious about the grainline on the side hem ruffle/ flounce. Is that cut on the bias? Or is the pattern piece flared on the sides or both? I'm tryna save myself a little trial & error here, so anything you might tell me will be appreciated. I'm not in a rush to make one so whenever you get round to answering will be lovely. My email is: helenkosings AT comcast.net

    Thanks!!

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  51. Hoping all is going your way. Just wanted to let you know you are missed.

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  52. Good luck to you!

    Hey, you know what else is down by the river? The Thai Buddhist temple, where you can eat a pretty good lunch on Sundays - http://cltampa.com/tampa/tampas-wat-buddhist-temple-market-thankfully-a-poorly-kept-secret/Content?oid=2034776#.U40Jr_ldWRY

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  53. How are you Debbie? Just thinking about you and hope all is going well!

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  54. Hi Debbie! JUst stopped by to say I hope you are doing well!

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  55. How are you Debbie? Just thinking about you and hope all is going well!

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  56. I'm sorry about the tumultuous times, Debbie, but the house and location look great!!

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  57. Hi, Debbie, I hope you are settling in well and your job search is yielding some promising leads. I am crossing publish a quick post how you are doing. You are sorely missed.
    Can we help you with anything? This crosses the line from blogging into something more personal, but you have been of such help to many of us with your detailed, cheerful sewing advice that maybe we could do something for you where you need it the most.

    Claudia

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  58. Hi, Debbie, I hope you are settling in well and your job search is yielding some promising leads. I am crossing publish a quick post how you are doing. You are sorely missed.
    Can we help you with anything? This crosses the line from blogging into something more personal, but you have been of such help to many of us with your detailed, cheerful sewing advice that maybe we could do something for you where you need it the most.

    Claudia

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  59. Debbie,

    you are sorely missed. Please publish a line how you are doing. Have you settled in somewhat? Any promising job leads?
    Is there anything we can do for you? That crosses the line from blogging into more personal business, but you have helped many of us with your cheerful, detailed sewing advice. Please let us do something for you.

    Claudia

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Thank you for each and every comment. I appreciate them all, but I have to be honest and let you know that I'm usually bad about answering questions. I hope you understand that there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything I want to do.

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