Saturday, February 21, 2015

What a week....

What a week.  Ice, snow, sub zero temperatures and my boss on vacation.  As I close in on a full month in my new position, I hesitate to say that I actually know what I'm doing.  While I'm not in panic mode all day, I'm not fully comfortable in the new role just yet.  What I can say is that it is busy, busy, busy...and we are still in the slow time of the year.  Hopefully I will be in full comfortable mode by the time we are in the heart of spring market.

Upcoming: Relocation training for all team members; 2 members of the Relocation Department will be off to Palm Springs for conference; CBA annual awards conference (in Fayetteville of all places); Jury duty; colonoscopy - and all that before mid April.

Add to that the decision I've made to start dating again and spring could be very interesting.  Oh yeah, you heard right, dating.  No real prospects on the horizon but if the opportunity presents itself, I think it's time I give it consideration.  Don't you?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It Really Is Official This Time

After 2 delays it is now official...well at least the announcement will be on Tuesday.  I am the new Corporate Relocation Manage for Coldwell Banker Advantage.  Corporately relocating buyers and sellers that come through the Coldwell Banker Relocation Department will now be my responsibility. I am headquartered at our Raleigh Corporate office and cover all our offices in the Triangle, Lake Gaston, Goldsboro, Clarksville, VA, Fayetteville & Southern Pines.  That's a wide swath of NC folks!  I've been working 1 day a week in Relocation since December and then once January came around, twice a week.  Originally I was told my start date would be 1/5/2015, but then it was moved to 1/15/15 and now 1/27/15.  However those are just the announcement dates.  I've being doing the job full time since 1/16.  Since I was replacing someone, they needed to wait until that was all settled.  The agents in my former office (Chapel Hill) do not know but will find out on Tuesday the 27th at our  scheduled business meeting.  The owner of the company will be on hand for the announcement and he's asked me to come into the Chapel Hill office to say goodbye.  It will be a bittersweet moment I'm sure.  The folks there have been a huge part of my life for nearly 9 years.  They've seen me through ups and downs including all of Joe's cancer treatments and then the aftermath of his passing.

I know I will miss them, but this is an extremely good opportunity for me and at my age, a chance for advancement can't be passed up.  It of course also means that I will be working in Raleigh full time and so the extended plan that I've had for the past couple of years to maybe move over to the Raleigh area seems much more likely.  I don't imagine I will do anything this Spring as I'm not sure I can't take a job change and a house change all at one time.  I have quite the learning curve to adjust to with the job and just with one week under my belt, I can tell it can be very stressful at times.  I don't need to compound that just yet.  At least not unless the perfect condo/townhouse appears in the perfect area in Raleigh!  This piece has fallen into place so with just a little more luck, maybe the housing piece will work out too.  Lord knows I'm due for a change in fortune, a change in my life, A CHANGE!

I am really excited about all of this and I hope those of you still reading this will be happy for me.  Hey, I'm writing about good news.  How long has it been since I've done that?  Have I ever done that?

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful 2015.  Mine is looking up!

"And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings." 
                                                                                                                                    - Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Job Update

Got the date today when I officially begin my new position at work....1/15/2015.  Very excited about the possibilities.  Details once the company makes the change public next week.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lake Lure 2014

Not much to say other than it was a very relaxing week heading into Christmas & New Years.  Not a bad way to end 2014.

My morning view.

Outside the Wellness Center at Rumbling Bald Resort (where Dirty Dancing exterior shots were filmed)

Lake Lure itself. (somewhat drained near the resort for maintenance to the boardwalk)

The rumbling creek that feeds Lake Lure.

Lake Lure

The mountain scape near Point of View

The Broad River below Chimney Rock.

The view above Chimney Rock Village

The playground at Rumbling Bald Resort (Aimee getting her child on)

Chimney Rock Village.

Lake Lure boardwalk renovation

Welcome to Lake Lure

Me and Phyllis below Chimney Rock.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

I asked a Facebook question a week or so ago about whether or not I should even bother to put up decorations this year.  I received a resounding, "YES, YOU SHOULD".  So I went with the majority, even though my preference is never to go with what the majority wants, and put up some decorations.  Granted, this year there is even less than last year, but I should at least get props for trying.  Although I went very minimal, I am happy with the results.  Since my signature color has always been red (now if that doesn't sound queer, I don't know what does...I have a signature color), having more red throughout the house is definitely to my liking.  Maybe it will do the trick and cheer me up.  Hey, it can't hurt!

Merry Christmas