Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm Back...It's Been So Long....

Well, what can I say? So much has happened. I have joined the ranks of the nations gainfully employed, albeit in a field that has nothing to do with medicine. But, with major employers announcing lay-offs daily, I am lucky to have anything at all. The hospital that I was hoping to get a job with, just announced 500 lay-offs, so that went out the door. I did have an interview there, but the position was given to an internal candidate..surprise, surprise. I was told there may be another position opening soon, however, that was before they announced the layoffs.

Now that I have some extra income, I have been playing tennis and taking Krav Maga lessons. I didn't realize how much I truly missed tennis. I used to be really good and participated in tournaments. I hadn't played in over a year and a half. Now that I am back on the courts, it's going to be hard to ever get me off again! I just love it so much, so I am extremely content to have the opportunity to play again. Krav Maga is Israeli self-defense. Krav Maga is used by the FBI, CIA, INS and several law enforcement agencies. It is very intense. Not only do you get a great workout, but you are learning to defend yourself also. It's not for the weak. I've had a few bruises already and have been extremely sore. I haven't felt those muscles in a long time! Maybe my next post will be about Krav Maga....

The Italian is still in Italy, but we are hoping he can make it here by late spring/early summer. It's so hard to be away from him, but we speak on the phone as often as we can and email and text almost everyday. This global economic crisis isn't really helping things much, but we are both optimistic. This is the land of opportunity after all! See, it's all in the attitude, isn't it?

Portland has been in the news in the last few months. First we had the snow storm of the century, dumping almost 2 feet of snow. The city was completely shut down. No one knows how to drive in it, nor is the city equipped to handle it. I just had a chuckle because I have lived in two different states where 2 feet of snow is considered a light dusting. Then Portland was in the news because some nutjob was tired of living, decided to get himself a gun and go to the club district, which is like a mile away from my apartment, and randomly take out some people. The people he victimized were foreign exchange students. 2 died and several were gravely injured. The girl that was most severely injured was a foreign exchange student from Italy. Rome, to be exact. She was shot something like 11 times. Or was it 17?? I don't remember, but it is a miracle that she made it. Her parents came here and I believe are still here with her. It looks like she is going to ride out the school year here. Her family says they love Portland, and they realize it was completely random. I'm so glad that she made it, but I feel terrible for those kids that didn't.

I've also been on Facebook a lot. It's addicting!! I've connected with people I hadn't heard from in years. Are any of you on Facebook?

5 comments:

fromtheworld said...

welcome back! I am happy that you are back blogging so that I can read you. I love your positive attitude. I wish I could borrow it a bit :-)
No facebook for me. I really don't like it.

Leanne in Italy said...

So nice to hear from you again! I was wondering where you had gone too. Congrats on the job and as you say at this time one cannot be picky about employment but just thankful thay have something!

Gail - Fort Rock Glimpses said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you've had a rough go for a while. Hang in there. The perfect job will eventually show.

AmberBee said...

Arms wide open, ready for a big hug? Ciao again!
I've been thinking about the whole facebook thing, but I am afraid of how much time I would probably spend there....I just don't know yet...

Piccola said...

fromtheworld-thank you!! You can borrow my positive attitude anytime. If I could put it in an envelope and send it off to France, I would :-)

Leanne-You are so right. It's paying for my tennis habit, so that makes me one very happy woman!

Gail-Thank you!! I am really optimistic that in time I will get that perfect job.

Amber-Thank you! Big hugs to you too. Facebook can be really addicting. It's fun to reconnect though. Give it a try.