I’m nervous, people. One of the things on my agenda for today is working on the budget. The budget is comprised primarily of numbers. Numbers are not my friends. Yikes. Every time I look down at the spreadsheets and my calculator, I take a deep breath. Math is not my strong suit, and that’s putting it mildly.

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way, shall we? I can’t stand to watch the news anymore. I used to fall asleep listening to Anderson Cooper and his dry wit, but now I watch whatever random show is on either TLC or Discovery Channel Health because they’re not talking about the economy. Talk of the economy scares the crap out of me. It’s stressing me out quite a bit. I think it’s having an effect on me because I’m in what’s considered a non-essential role. People don’t NEED public relations or marketing, but they’re really nice to have. I think I’d feel safer if I was an admin or in accounting or something. But no matter how much I worry, there’s absolutely nothing I can do, so I try really hard to just go with the flow and realize how lucky I am at this particular moment.

As you know, I was in the Keys last week. I already wrote about the drive through the islands down to Key West, which was highlight #1. Highlight #2 came on Saturday when Kathryn and I took a fan boat ride through the Everglades and KISSED ALLIGATORS. Real, live alligators! It was completely awesome and for the rest of my life, I’ll be able to add the kissing alligators thing to my list of random facts about me. (Another random fact: I varsity lettered in wrestling.) In addition to kissing the alligator, I got to hold one and I was surprised at how soft and squishy he was beneath his body. I thought he would be very hard and rigid, but it was the opposite. I was also surprised at how adorable they are! I never thought I’d say an alligator was cute, but the alligator I held – Larry – was a heartbreaker.

Squished between highlights #1 and #2 was an interesting class/seminar on ownership transfer and management succession. Some parts were way over my head, but I was really into the stock part, which I never would have expected to find interesting. Between classes and work, I tried to take advantage of my surroundings and spend as much time outside in the 82 degree temperatures as possible. It really was a nice change of pace. Early February seems like an ideal time to be in south Florida.

(Links to some pictures from my trip are in the pictures section.)

When I got back it was Valentine’s Day! I was really tired from my trip, so Allan and I had a mellow day. It was perfect. PF Chang’s take-out and a funny movie. I was really happy to just be able to spend a chunk of time with him, which doesn’t happen often because of my crazy schedule. We’re going to the hockey game on Friday and to IKEA (!!!!) this weekend, which I’m already looking forward to.

So, all of my bad eating habits have caught up with me. I went to the doctor yesterday – a new general practitioner – and she has me on all kinds of supplements and vitamins and stuff. (As I’m typing this, I’m eating a Tootsie Roll.) Anyway, my body is acting out in funky ways; I often have stomach issues, I’m always exhausted, I’m always a bit dehydrated, headaches, etc… Who knew those things could be taken care of via proper nutrition?? I have to make an effort to eat better and take care of myself. With any luck, the supplements will be very helpful, and I’ll try to consume more broccoli and less Skittles.

Tiffany kindly reminded me that I’ve been neglecting both my blog and my photo page. Apologies. I assure you that although I haven’t found the time to post pictures, I’ve been taking them daily. And although I haven’t found the time to post a proper entry, it’s now at the top (or kinda close to the top) of my priority list.

Peace out.

I’ve been a bad blog updater, I know. Thing is, though, I’ve been very busy lately. And I used to type blog entries when I had a few minutes of free time or needed a brain break, but now rather than type updates, I email someone. And I’ve had a lot going on at Job #1 and it’s the craziest time of the year for Job #2. So those are my excuses.

Right now I’m typing from the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Yes, I’m a lucky girl. I’m here on business, but yesterday I had the entire day free, so Kathryn and I drove down to Key West. I’ll be posting pictures soon – hate that I left my connector cord in Raleigh – and they’ll do a better job explaining what I’m about to type. The drive from Miami to Key West was like driving to another country. It’s absolutely nothing like Raleigh. The water is a stunning clear aqua, a color I thought only existed in movies. The whole trip was covered in cute little towns, palm trees and that glowing water. It was a great experience. Key West was far more touristy than I expected, but I got to stand at the southernmost tip of the US and see mile 0, which was pretty cool. And I saw all the crazy chickens that run around the island! I even got a picture of a chicken crossing the road – HA!

The club where I’m staying is hoity-toity complete with a dress code and snobby patrons, but it’s very pretty. I have to leave in about an hour for a reception, then I’m going to dinner with two coworkers. We’re going to venture out into Key Largo and see what we can find.

I’m torn. I love writing in here if only because I can look back and see six years of my life unfold, but I’m trying to be cautious with my personal life. I hope I feel comfortable enough to gush at a later time, but for now I’ll say that I’m very happily involved with a guy more wonderful than I can adequately say. It’s been such a nice surprise.

I wrote this yesterday:

Guys, I’m so freaking tired. I know I always say that, but it’s really true. I got very, very little sleep this weekend, and then I woke up at 5:30 this morning after going to sleep past Midnight. I really need to get straight into bed once I get home from tonight’s basketball game. Ugh.

So, did you know I’m from Sixburgh? I am. And I’m a fan of the Sixburgh Steelers. How about that game, huh? Actually, I didn’t find it enjoyable at all. Because I’m so emotionally vested in that team, it was hard to watch such a close game. But I’m THRILLED about the win and I think it’s awesome that a lot of people believe it to be the best Super Bowl ever. Unfortunately for me, I spent the majority of the game’s last two minutes with my head buried in a pillow, too nervous to look at the screen. I’m really proud to be a fan of the Steelers; I think it’s one of the classiest, up-and-up organizations in all of professional sports. And where I grew up, Steelers football is a religion. No joke, the priest would let us out of mass early if the Steelers were playing at 1:00. He wanted to make sure we all had time to get home and get settled before the game came on. I’ve been a fan literally since conception. No pretty pink for baby Alicia, it was all black and gold. I was basically gender neutral for the first two years of my life.

Other than the Super Bowl, most of my weekend was spent with Senor Sandoval who has a massive (7mm) kidney stone. Its name is Peyton. The doctor in the emergency room said the size of the stone warranted a name, and Dan (who was also in the emergency room for support) has always wanted to name a child Peyton, so Peyton it is. It’s good because it’s a unisex name, but Allan keeps referring to it with masculine pronouns, so I guess this particular Peyton is a boy. A very painful boy.

I’m leaving for the Keys in less than a week and I’m super, duper excited. I can’t wait to get out of this rollercoaster weather pattern and into some stable 70′s. Plus the ocean and the sand will be nice, too! Don’t you worry, I’ll take lots of pictures! It’ll almost seem like YOU were there!