Well, since it has become a terrible habit of mine to not update this very regularly, you once again get a long update- starting in July!
During my second month at the new job, I couldn’t have had more fun. I was taken go karting by corporate (don’t worry Grandma- we wore seat belts and helmets and had lots of rules, totally safe),was recognized several times by VPs and seasoned employees for my diligence and high quality work. I was even told by the President that, “the general consensus of the company is if you want something done right, give it to Allison.”
Needless to say, I made my presence known, and laughed and enjoyed every day more than I ever thought possible at a place of employment. I was given numerous additional tasks to oversee, and was chosen as the first person in our company to receive certifications in shipping hazardous materials (also completely safe).
I educated my colleagues on contra dancing (and consequently my boss now thinks I’m a celebrity since I’m featured in many videos), and I really found my place within Alexium.
July also held new adventures and wonderful memories outside of the office. I had wanted to try aerials for quite some time, and never had a place to explore this potential new hobby. I knew that many studios in Asheville taught these skills, but it was too far to make a weekly commitment to a class. Then, I learned through a friend of a Greenville Aerialist who had her own business and was instructing many others on what she had learned training with the circus in Austin, Texas.
Needless to say, I signed up and I fell in love during my first class. Aerials is another form of expression and dance, and though I am still building my strength, I know that I have already grown so much, and will one day be ready to perform (and I CANNOT WAIT).
At the end of July and beginning of August I had a wonderful visit with two of my closest friends from high school, Annette and Ciara. They flew down to GSP on Thursday afternoon, and I was able to pick them up and take the next day off to spend with them. We went downtown to relax in Falls Park, went hiking at Rainbow Falls (and climbed under a beautiful waterfall), painted ceramics at the Color Clay Cafe, danced the night away, and otherwise goofed around like old times.
It was so wonderful having them in Greenville again, it amazes me how close we’ve been able to stay after all of these years in different states.
The beginning of August started out incredibly busy. First, I had the tail end of the girl’s trip to visit me, and the Monday I took them to the airport I had to work and head down into Atlanta immediately after for my training. I spent my week in Atlanta in class learning everything there is to know about packaging requirements and shipping of hazardous goods.
I passed every certification test (there were three) with a 100%, just because I could. Luckily I have a good friend who lives in Atlanta, and he was willing to put up with entertaining me the week I was in town. We ran together, got dinner, and he even took me to his office on Thursday (he is the Lab Manager at a local Brewery), and I got to see how science and beer collide (And I thought of you Rick, because I’m sure you would have loved it).
Friday after class, my friend drove me to the airport to catch a flight back home to Chicago. As many of you know, that Saturday was my Grandpa Wayne’s memorial service, at which I shared some of my favorite memories of my wonderful grandfather. It was definitely and emotional weekend, and I wish I could have spent more time with family, but that very next morning I caught a 5:30AM flight back to Atlanta, and followed it with a drive back into Greenville.*
*My thoughts and memories of both him and my Grandma Joanie will be written about when I’m ready, so I apologize if it seems I am glazing over this topic, now is just not the time.
After an exhausting start to August, things slowed down a bit. At the end of August I decided to race the Greenville Humane Society Mutt Strut. This 2 mile race raises money for the Greenville Humane Society, and had about 1500 racers registered. Out of all those people, I was the third woman to cross the finish line (not bad for not training for it), and the first woman who didn’t have a four legged companion to do so.
I also participated in an interview with a PR representative to talk about Furman’s Engaged Living for my former boss- an interview that could be featured in national news (and don’t worry, you’ll know if it is).
I naturally spent as much time possible dancing, and hosted my second charity techno contra the last weekend of the month- and we raised a record breaking $1632.00.
September was relatively relaxing (which was nice after a hectic August). Towards the middle of the month, my friends and I went up to North Carolina after work to go to Scarowinds’ opening day!
Scarowinds is a seasonal upgrade for a themepark (Carowinds… get it?) where they infuse it with the Halloween theme- adding numerous haunted houses, and scare zones throughout the park to keep you on your toes and get you in the Halloween spirit.
I’m not known for my bravery, and I lived up to that expectation. My friends spent the night laughing at my mid-haunted house freak outs and attempts to flee monsters. At one point in the night, I was chased by an evil court jester through the park. He kept chasing me so I took off sprinting. He turned to my friends and told them, “dang, she’s fast. She could be The Flash!” He then proceeded to walk with my friends so I couldn’t rejoin them until he decided he was bored.
That night on our way home, we had an unexpected adventure when my friend’s car broke down on the side of the interstate. We had four people in the car, so luckily we weren’t alone. It was early in the morning hours and we finally had a tow truck show up. Only problem was he could only fit two people in his truck. So, we said farewell to her car as it got towed back to Greenville, and went to a hotel at the nearest exit, and sat there until one of my wonderful Greenville friends made it up there to drive us home.
Towards the end of the month, I went to a concert with a friend who couldn’t find anyone else to go with him. I wasn’t particularly interested in the headliner, but on the way to the show realized that the lead singer of the opening band was the lead singer of a previous band that I had met at Furman back in 2012. So, being the bold individual I am, I reached out to him to let him know I’d be at the show, and after their set I went down to their merch stand to see if they were coming down. As soon as he saw me he had a huge smile, hugged me, and told me it was so great to see an old friend at his show (and yes, I felt really cool).
After the show he sent me a message letting me know how great it was to see me, and so I’m halfway to being famous at this point.
1/2 of October
October has started out quite eventful. The first weekend of the month Hurricane Joaquin decided to pay us a visit here in South Carolina, and he brought with him constant rain. It rained and rained, and rained some more. Luckily I live on a hill, so I didn’t have any problems with the weather. I was also sick, so it was a great way to feel like I wasn’t missing anything by being stuck at home.
That next week I took Friday off, and my former roommate Sam, and I drove to Pulaski, Tennessee to meet up with my parents, Rick, Molly, and Carrie to watch Rick compete. We stayed in this cute little cabin in the middle of farmland, completely disconnected from the outside world.
We had a blast. The scenery was beautiful, and on Saturday morning we watched Rick race the 2015 Warrior Dash World Championships (of which he came in the Top 20). We spent the afternoon enjoying the weather and the evening playing games. Sunday morning I took Molly for a run, and then it was time to pack up and head back to Greenville.
It was a short trip, but much needed. It gets hard being so far away from the people I love the most, so it makes every moment together incredibly special.
Rick- I know I’ve said this before, but you make me so proud to be your lil sis, and one day I want to be just like you.
Until next time everyone!