summer has officially arrived...huzzah! the weather has been beautiful the last few days. we had three days of sunshine in a row and it makes me wonder what hideous price we will have to pay for that luxury. cleveland is the seventh cloudiest place in north america, or some such nonsense. of course this was not told to me until the day after i had signed all the papers completing the purchase of my condo here. what are you gonna do? i do treasure each day of sun now...that is fer sure.
the last week has been alot of fun. i am learning lots of things at work as i wait for my promotion to be made official. the new regional manager was in town last week and they called me at home to come in early one day to meet with him. he is a great guy! he did small group interviews with all the managerial candidates to determine where everyone is willing to move to. the growth/geographic expansion of the company is being staffed largely from within by ongoing, voluntary transfers. i've made it clear i want to stay in cleveland, given that tony
and my family are here. this could actually work in my favor, as others who are willing to move away may clear out spaces above me in the local hierarchy. in any event, i am confident this is a good company for me as well as a good locale. the regional said that they would be "promoting some people right away, some people in a month or so and some in a few months." given that i am one of only two people who are actually being trained right now, i think i can trust that mine will be in that first round of promotions.
the next question is where will i be placed? tony
and i will move in together in a new location based on that posting. this probably won't be until late this year. it's fun to look at listings online and think about a larger space together. we actually went furniture shopping
last night, even though we won't need that much. (between us we own at least two of everything, such as blenders, bedroom sets, couches, dvd players, etc.) luckily our taste in home decor matches. we both like a minimal, clean, modern style without a lot of frou-frou detail. it should make it easy to decorate once we find a space.
i've been doing some canning this last week, too. after making blackberry jam a couple of weeks ago, i also made strawberry jam (with ohio berries) and peach jam (with gorgeous georgia fruit). unfortunately, neither of them really jelled. i think the fruit was too ripe and held too little natural pectin. oh well, they taste good. i will just label it as "sauce" and folks will never know the difference. i went last night to the market and got the makings for some pickling action. corn and peppers for corn relish, beans and carrots for a mixed pickle and 5# of vidalias for pickled onions. it's been awhile since i did this type of canning so i am looking forward to it. and now i have christmas gifts for all those folks that you want to give a little something, but not a mink stole.
incidentally, i have become addicted to the gelato
at la gelateria
. we have been to all three locations. the flavors are intense, the portions generous, and the staff adorable! what more could one ask for?