Wednesday, September 17, 2008

first blog

Wow, this is neat! I saw Katie's blog and I thought, "What an interesting way to let everyone know what's going on?" Soooo....in case you didn't get the card I sent, everyone should be well aware that Nathan and I made it 5 years!! Can you believe it? And it has really been 8.5 years together...geez how can he stand me that long? :)

So for our anniversary we have planned a nice, relaxing trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to "celebrate" our time together--by ourselves for once! :) Since the trip wasn't scheduled to leave until October 18, 2008, we decided to actually splurge on dinner in Little Italy in Baltimore, MD on the actual anniversary date. We went to a new place called Della Notte, which apparently is famous for their pianos (?) and Donald Trump loves going there. When we arrived, we noticed free parking (that's a luxury in the Northeast!) and made our way into the fancy place. Though we dressed up, many people were wearing casual clothes and jeans. I did not see a piano, but I did see quite a few Roman statues throughout the restaurant and an olive tree smack dab in the middle. Therefore, the scenery was beautiful! However, I wasn't a big fan of the food. I mean, how do you go wrong with Italian? Well, apparently they knew how. I had acorn squash soup, a tomato and goat cheese salad and whole wheat spaghetti with a tomato cream sauce and crab. (I know, I know, I am not supposed to be eating crab...but my allergies are not as bad as they used to be anymore since I've been on shot therapy.) Anyway, I couldn't find anything that I really liked. Amazing, huh? Nathan ordered a strawberry salad (that he said was kind of weird) and a pork chop dish with a side of peaches and onions (?). Very different and weird, but the only thing that I think we both liked was the wine (yum!) and his pork chops were excellent!

Aside from our dinner, we haven't been doing much since Daniel moved out. Oh ya, if I haven't told you, he moved back to Kansas over Labor Day weekend. It's been quiet now with no Daniel. :( Yet, I will have to say that with our new kitty, Feelos, she's been a terror as she goes through her terrible two's. Ughh...she is so incredibly cute, but so active that it can be super annoying. And I can't wait until her claws come out!! One more month...she'll be having surgery the week we are in Punta Cana.

As far as my work is going, the economy's slow, so we see a slow down in the travel industry in particular. Especially if my corporate travel is cut, then so would most everyone else's. It's funny because people are just now grasping the idea of video conferencing and conference calls instead of flying somewhere. :) But that's Hertz for you....luckily, the poor economy has created another project for me to pursue with the company, and that's how can I show these managers how to do their jobs better with the limited resources they have now? So my boss told me to go learn in Laurel, MD and get to work. I've been here for the last week and a half and I can see why they already aren't successful. But I won't get into that over the internet. My job is to fix it, and that's what I'm going to do. I also am continuing on a project that I become apart of in July called the Global Customer Service Initiative--redefining Hertz as a whole. It's been interesting to say the least. I have a team of individuals from the West to the East coast, including KC, and a few that contribute from London. Lucky them, they get to fly on the corporate jet to the home office when we have meetings in NY, while all I get is the train. :(

Nathan's job is going really well, but it always is with him. The company is going through many changes from the selling off of financial and motors in 2007 and they are still seeing the effects of it. His company is also seeing the effects of the economy as well. Hopefully, he'll be able to be promoted by the end of the year so he can get a free car too! Our Commander lease is up in December and I'm hoping we can do away with car payments for awhile! :)

As far as school for both of us, it's still going. Going great, not sure...we both have our seperate struggles...but we continue to persevere. Many times I've said that I want to quit, but I don't....so we'll see. Nathan was able to secure his mentor for his dissertation at the end of July and I secured mine earlier this month. Granted I didn't start until earlier this month, but nonethless, I'm happy that process is over. We are currently on our last week of our stats class (which we both HATE) and should be starting a new class on ethics at the end of the month.

Nathan's knee continues to heal well over the months. He continues to go to rehab three times a week and it seems to be helping him quite well. Hopefully this will be the last of the knee surgeries. :)

Well, that's about all folks! I don't have much news right now, but I'll try to keep up with this as we have news to talk about. Love you all and miss you as well!