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I’m a Spartan!

10 Jul

My first day at BancVue was yesterday and so far things are going really well!

I am learning all about the company patch and values.

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Got my new work stuff.

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And am just taking it all in.

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So far, so good!

Chez Zee

26 Jun

Billy and I had a wonderful anniversary last night!  He did all the planning and surprised me with an evening out.  He did a little research on romantic restaurants in Austin and came across this place, Chez Zee. 

He made a reservation for a private table so we were tucked in the back of this quaint little place.  The food was phenomenal.  And just as I thought I was completely stuffed, they brought out this cake that Billy requested.  Don’t worry, I found room to eat that.

I got a beautiful diamond necklace which I’m wearing in the picture below and the evening ended with the pianist playing our first dance song, Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney.

All in all, a perfect evening.

Happy Anniversary B!

Big News!

19 Jun

So, do you remember the last post I wrote?  About how Billy and I are moving to New Braunfels? 

Well you can forget that…

because…

We’re moving to Austin!

Let’s go back, oh, 9 months or so, and I’ll tell you a little story about how we got here.

Around Thanksgiving time, 2011, Billy and I sat down for a serious chat.  His business was going extremely well, but it was taking far longer than they had originally anticipated to jump over all the red tape and get all their licenses and certifications.  At that time, we were thinking, maybe now is the best time to move back to Chicago.  So I started looking for jobs.

And looking.

And applied for hundreds of jobs.

And found nothing.

Until this past March.  Then I randomly heard from 2 companies and interviewed with them in Chicago.  Let’s call them Company A and Company B.  The interviews went well, I was really excited, and Billy and I started planning for Chicago livin’.

The only problem is that while I was told the interviews went well, the companies were apparently in no rush to hire me.  After 2 months of waiting to hear back from these companies, I randomly applied for a couple jobs in Austin, just to see.  Company C in Austin emailed me 3 days later saying they wanted to meet with me, so Billy decided to come with and ride along and explore Austin while I interviewed with Company C. 

While he was waiting, he stumbled upon an open career fair for a startup tech company and stopped by.  He was offered that job one week later!  And that’s how he started at BigCommerce.  He’s still working on his own company with his partner, it’s just happening more on the side for now.

He started that job right away, and I continued to wait for Companies A, B and C to get back to me.  Company C contacted me 3 weeks later saying they were no longer going to be hiring anyone and they were restructuring instead.  This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because that next week I heard their big client was cutting their spending by A LOT, meaning had I started with them, I might not have lasted there very long.

A couple days later, I got an email from another company in Austin asking for an interview.  Let’s call them Company D.  This interview took place last Friday.  While I was driving to Austin, I got a call from Company A in Chicago and they offered me a job!  I couldn’t even believe it.  Only a mere 4-5 months later.  And after Billy started a new, awesome job in Austin.

I told Company D that I got an offer from Company A and they quickly made me an offer that following Monday, as in yesterday!  So I’m happy to announce that I have accepted Company D’s offer.  And Company D is really called BancVue in Austin!

While our oringinal plan was to go back to Chicago because I miss my family more than I care to talk about, sometimes you have to let fate help you make your decisions.  Billy and I have spent the past 9 months looking and interviewing and writing cover letters for a jobs in Chicago and it has just been awful.  And then we barely even look for a jobs in Austin and it was just so easy and fast.  Had companies A & B not taken so long to make their decision, things would be different, but for now, it looks like we are meant to be in Texas!

So now we have to scramble to find a place to live.  I had to cancel our apt. in New Braunfels this morning and Billy is going to look for apartments in Austin over his lunch break today, because we need to move this weekend!  Our friends are getting married in Dallas next weekend so now is our only time before our current apartment ends this month.  And now you know why my posts have been so slacking.  I always have stuff I want to write about, but for obvious reasons, I couldn’t share until now.

We are really excited for our next big adventure!

Pack ’em up

6 Jun

And move ’em out!  It’s time to move to a brand new house!  err… apartment.

Every time I move, I get this song stuck in my head.  It is from my most favorite Strawberry Shortcake episode ever when I was little.  It’s the best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTli3z92vAU

Anyways…

We’re moving to New Braunfels!

Billy got an awesome new job in Austin!   He’s just straight crushing it at BigCommerce and is absolutely loving it.

Since the commute for Billy from San Antonio to Austin is pretty long every day, we are moving to middle ground so I can go south to San Antonio and he can go north to Austin.

New Braunfels is a really cute, super country town and holds the little historic village of Gruene.  You may remember a previous post where I talk about tubing and Gruene Hall.  Our new apartment will be less than a mile from Gruene so we will be spending most of our time in town and floating down the river!


The best part about our new apartment is that it has an extra bedroom… so bring on the visitors!

Doesn’t that look like fun?  And you will have your option of hanging out in Austin or San Antonio, since we will be in the middle of the two!

We’ll be ready for you in July!

Cutting it all off

17 May

For Miss Addison!

There is a fundraiser taking place on Monday, May 21st for Miss A.  The Joliet school district (where her dad, Steve works) is selling t-shirts and on Monday, will have a hair cutting ceremony at Traditions in Joliet.  Since I live in Texas and won’t be able to make it back to the Chicago area on Monday, I decided to participate from afar.

So I ordered my cute t-shirt and booked an appointment.

Here’s a before picture…

And here’s an after!

And this lovely bag will be sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and will be turned into a wig and given to a woman with cancer through the American Cancer Society FOR FREE.

Pretty sweet.

Now I have to adjust to my new ‘do.  I used FAR too much shampoo this morning.  And I felt clumsy blow drying and straightening my hair, there was so little to work with!  Look at my baby pony!

But I’ll adjust quickly.  It’s the least I can do for one of my favorite little girls.

Good luck to Addison as she starts Cycle 2 of chemo today!  xoxo

Gorilla Challenge

14 May

On Saturday, Billy and I participated in the San Antonio Gorilla Challenge.  What is the Gorilla Challenge?  “We’re an Amazing Race/Fear Factor style event, quickly becoming the largest outdoor pursuit experience in the nation sending hundreds of Gorillas around their city looking for clues with excitement for a chance to win awesome prizes.”

And Billy and I took 2nd place!

I’m not going to lie, it was HARD for me.  We are guessing we ran probably around 4.5 – 5 miles total.  I’m not a runner so it was pretty difficult but we still had a really great time figuring out the clues and doing the challenges. 

My favorite challenge was squirting vinegar into Billy’s mouth and he had to spit it into a bottle up to a certain line.  That was probably his least favorite.  But he is already talking about doing the one in Austin in the fall.

I guess that means I better keep running!

Black Diamond

27 Apr

It’s two-posts Friday!  Well, at least this Friday it is.

Fiesta is kicking off this weekend here in San Antonio and that means no one works.  Except me.  Literally, companies close so people can go to all the Fiesta events.  Except mine.  So since it’s super slow here at work, I’ll blog!  Lucky you guys!

What is Fiesta, you may ask?

“Fiesta San Antonio” (or simply “Fiesta”) is an annual spring festival held in San Antonio, Texas with origins dating to the late 19th century. The festival began as a single event to honor the memory of the battles of The Alamo and San Jacinto.  Fiesta is the city’s biggest festival, with an economic impact of $284 million for the Alamo City. More than three million people take part in Fiesta. They can choose from more than 100 events that take place all over the city and beyond.

Let’s just say, it gets wild.

Anyway…

Last weekend Billy and I went back to Chicago and we went to the Black Diamond Charity’s 2nd annual event that my mom is in charge of.  Last year, they raised around $8,000.  This year it was closer to $16,000.  My mom has done an amazing job and we hope it keeps doubling each year!

My favorite part of the night was the photo booth.  Let me show you a few gems from the night.

And this one…

And this one…

And this one…

And this one…

There are lots more, but I think 5 are enough!

It was so great to see everyone!