Sunday, October 23, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
A Real Life Chronological Resume
By: Linda McBee Martinez
August 2011 to present:
• Efficiently plan and execute a 2200 mile international move for the fourth time in eight years.
• Thoroughly organize the entire household of 7 so when movers pack, everything is where it should be when boxes are unpacked.
• Kindly assure Atlas Moving Company Canada that transporting a vehicle across the border is simpler than they think.
• Lovingly reassure the kids that they’re going to love their new schools and church and remind the college age kids that they’ll find their niche and make new friends.
• Willingly let my home be used as a ‘party house’ so five teenagers can say good bye to their dozens of Canuck friends.
• Cheerfully bid farewell to my husband and children as I stay behind and handle the move from Canada.
• Conscientiously close out accounts, return rented computer hardware, say good bye to dear friends and coworkers, show the house to potential renters, deal with a very “French” cleaning lady and landlady, confirm hotel stay and airline flights and don’t leave anything behind because you are never going back.
• Cleverly unpack 167 boxes and set up house within 10 days so we can relax when my sister and brother arrive to celebrate my 16 year old daughter’s birthday.
• Quickly have all cars in working order, inspected, and registered.
• Joyfully visit U.S. Customs to retain a release certificate for the Jetta.
• Hopefully get Texas drivers licenses.
• Patiently teach Andrew how to drive so that he can take himself to doctor appointments, job searches and school appointments (after we buy another car …ouch).
• Enthusiastically join the local church while trying not to look like a fish out of water.
• Diligently continue to clean house, cook meals, maintain laundry and assist in homework while looking for a good paying and rewarding job in my spare time.
• Lovingly say hello to my husband in passing and remember to revisit the date night idea.
• Finally and most importantly thank God for the measure of sanity I still have.
Okay, this is only a description of two months worth of life so now multiply this by about 20 years and you have all things for which I am qualified!
Anybody out there hiring a solutions oriented, out-of-the-box, creative thinker with a sense of humor?
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
In an attempt to stay connected I've started this blog which I've appropriately headed Planted For Good. Originally I called it Settled For Good but I didn't want to presume on God's grace too much so I've decided to bloom where I'm planted.
With one child in college, one headed for college in the spring and three in public school, it is decision time for me. After thoroughly enjoying teaching my own children for fourteen years, I may be headed back to school. I'll keep you posted!
On another note, before David left Fredericton on his 'short term' trip to Houston, He bought a giant jar of Cara Mia artichoke hearts. For those of you who have used a professional mover before you know they don't pack that kind of stuff. Delima...what to do with a gallon of marinated artichoke hearts? Aha! flashback to Orange County 1980s at Ruben's Plankhouse with my parents. When the family business was in its glory days we ate out a lot. All that is to say here is a great recipe. The only hitch is you need a deep-fryer. Make sure the artichokes are marinated
Deep Fried Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Peanut Oil (lots)
Marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
Panko bread crumbs
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
1. Drain arichoke hearts - depending on the size of your family, you may not need a gallon
2. In three seperate cereal-type bowls, place buttermilk, panko bread crumbs and regular flour.
3. One at a time, dip the artichoke into the buttermilk, flour, buttermilk (again) and panko breadcrumbs.
Lay them on the cookie to set for 60 minutes. This allows the coating to stick well when deep fried.
Finally, place artichokes in one layer in the fryer basket and fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Place them on a snazzy presentation plate and serve them with ranch dressing.
In the meantime I'll let Costco know you'll be stopping by.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Well, I have now been in Houston 7 weeks. Despite the fact that this is the 3rd time zone I've lived in within 12 months it hasn't taken long for this place to feel like home. With David at work and all the kids (but 1) in school I set out to unpack 167 boxes of stuff within 10 days. My sister and brother inlaw, who flew in from sunny California to help us celebrate Olivia's 16th birthday, unpacked the last 10 boxes after my right hand went into shock and refused to function. Thanks again guys!
Although boxes are unpacked and furniture is set up - no pictures on the walls yet - I'm now in the process of finding new doctors, navigating the insurance websites, getting new drivers licenses and the endless list of 'moving things' that always need to be done ASAP.
Just in case I didn't already mention it, I love this place and hope to stay for a very long time!