Saturday, November 19, 2011

The adventure begins!

I left Miami on Wednesday... a very very bittersweet moment for me! So many amazing people and memories in Miami, so many new ones ahead of me.  No home, no job, no car, a one way ticket and a cute boy to say bye too = sobby Becky;).   But, even with the leaving of all the great people in Miami, I am beyond excited for the future!!

First stop: Alabama! I'm here staying at my mom and stepdad's house.  There's nothing quite like "Mom's house."  Im not a guest here, Im home :) It doesn't hurt that my mom is an accomplished landscaper/ painter/ AND interior decorator--- so it's beautiful, cozy, quaint... just what I needed :)  Andddd, the extra icing on the cake?  My sister Julie is still here! In transition to her eventual new home in Memphis.  We're like a lil family again! Just missing the other big sis :/

So far,  we've worked on a 3000 piece puzzle, gone shopping for backpacking gear (I found the perfectttt bag- and it's blue!!),  lounged around, lots of chai tea, lots of good food (thanks Jule... awesome chef!), Stepdad Chipper has showed me all about Krakatoa (crazy island volcano that I am sooo going to visit in Indonesia), and lots and lots of talking talking talking!!!  Yesterday morn I went for a bike ride in the 40 degree weather--- awww so nice!  Crisp air, fall colors, friendly neighbors.  I think I like cold weather better than I thought... I'm quite happy about that.

Then I heard about DayGlow, and the peace and quiet came to an end ;) hahah.  The guy helping us at the outdoor store, Taylor, mentioned it was going to be in Birmingham that next night (this was thurs).   DayGlow is a concert, but they happen to also throw paint all over the crowd :)  umm..yes??!!!  I tried to convince Jule, asked a few people I know here, even looked on craigslist for a buddy to go with.  Finally I thought, I'll ask Taylor!  Worst that can happen is he says no!  I had his cell number cuz he had called to tell me about my bag order, so I sent him a text along the lines of, "I know this is random, but can I tag along w/ your friends to DayGlow?"  He said yes!  Yipppeee!

Six of us went, pretty awesome group- It was a blast! I never thought I liked house music so much until I had gone to the BassNectar concert a few weeks back, and this just reinforced that I'm diggin' it!  The vibes  feel like they invade your body and you just can't help but dance and wave your arms... pretty cool stuff!  The paint of course just made it that much more exciting, and they had a SIIICK laser light show that was worth it just for that.
All in all, an awesome experience, and I get 5 new friends out of it :)

Pre-paint, all white still!

Mid dance partyyyy

Love this picture... put your hands in the air!

Yes, I did. Yes, I did ask the biggest guy there if I could sit on his shoulders. Sooo much better view!


So much fun! Thanks guys! :) 

I'm happy to have had a crazy night, but honestly, I'm so content with and looking forward to more peace and quiet for a while!!  Mom's knitting, Jule is cooking (pumpkin soup!), Chip watching TV, and I'm gonna work on that 3000 piece puzzle alllll night as soon as I post this!!  Relaxation is definetly under appreciated in my life... I've got another 11 days here, we'll see how long I can last without another adventure :)

Cute momma!

Cute Sister and ginorm puzzle!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy :)

There's no good enough description for the complete and total euphoria of my life right now.  Everything over this whole year has just been a tidal wave of great things happening, over and over, falling perfectly into place.  I'm not nearly a good enough writer to describe how incredibly happy I am. :)  This whole leaving thing has really brought out the true friendships and immaterial things that I have been blessed with.  I've been showered with the most amazing love/ wishes/compliments/ advice/ and gifts.  I feel like I've got my head in a cloud, a ridiculously happy cloud.  This morning I went to breakfast w/ Ryan, Edith and Mike.. I was feeling sooo muchhh happiness to be surrounded w/ fabulous people. I asked us all hold hands and give thanks with me---  Im turning into a hippy!  I think I know what all this free love shit is about! hahhah 

Thank you to everyone that has crossed my path and brought my life to this exact moment.  My new life's mission to simply to attempt to share/ pass on everything you've all given me :)  

Thank you!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

End? Beginning? Celebrate!

My 7 year stint at The Weber Studio came to an end on Friday. It was a very happy and very sad day... the end of an era, but the beginning of a new one.  Working there has been a dream come true.  I started there just a few weeks after graduation, and am forever indebted to Tom Weber for providing the base of my crazy happy life. Work is such a huge part of life... I’m sure one can be happy even with a lame job, but it certainly  can’t hurt to have a job you truly enjoy.  I love to think about how things can be so different based on ONE decision in your life.  For instance, had I decided to take the job offer from the big firm...whoa, I could be a zillion different places right now. I wouldn’t wish to be anywhere but here (currently sitting in Robek’s Juice, having a pumpkin smoothie on a Wednesday morning in my pajamas!).  Every moment in my life has led me to this, to this gigantic jump into the life of unknowns.

The process of the last 7 years of working hard and being grateful about it, to this point where I have this opportunity to take off to travel, has no alternative path that could have made it any better.   There’s something about a great boss that you can’t put a number value on.  Tom is so selfless, always was willing to take the time to show you, teach you, include you, brag on you, challenge you, and I think most importantly, praise you.  There’s nothing like being told you’re doing a good job.  At least for me it makes me want to work harder.  It was also incredibly inspiring to watch his dedication to the work/clients.  Tom Weber should be the definition in the dictionary for Selfless.   I'm shameless in giving thanks for his being such a great mentor, boss, friend, and my newest word: soul friend.  Not my best friend, not my soul mate, but the best of both. And, for being so very supportive of my decision and even encouraging it, giving me the courage to put this travel plan of mine to action. The day I gave him notice was soooo hard, and I just soooo appreciate his always awesome attitude!!  Love you Tom Weber and will never never forget or stop being grateful for our awesome time here!  Weber Studio is going places and Im so happy I got to be part of it!!! 

Tom and Leni Weber proceeded to throw me an extremely awesome (and incredibly unnecessary!) going away party.  Who throws a party for their employees that leave?? The Webers :)  It was utterly heartwarming, just the thought alone, that there was going to be a party...and then, I was super touched by how many current/past clients, consultants, GC’s, engineers and friends showed up to give regards.  Aaand of course....It had the perfect little finishing touch on it: funny face masks:)  Does Tom know me or what?  It added that extra spice that I love so much. hahah. I laugh just thinking about it.  And my parting gift?  Two of these said masks, meant to travel with me, to take a photo of myself with a random native in every country I visit.  I absolutely LOVE this gift...  I promise those pics will be goooood :)

Tom and Leni Weber!!