Thursday, October 29, 2009

Life at the Lindula's

Our month of October. I don't know what I've already posted, so may repost... Sorry about that!

WE GOT A LLAMA! - oh wait, I already told you that :)

Miss Heidi is growing like a weed. Here's a picture from the beginning of the month (I think) wearing her really cool "shades".

In October, Dan and Wendy Parks came for services and Audrey and Harry came along. It was fun to visit with all of them.
One of the weekends in October, Shawn had an auction in Palisade. Heidi and I dropped him off and we went to Brainerd. It wasn't long enough there, but at least Heidi made her first trip there. She made the rounds smiling at everyone. Here she is with Laura. An ongoing mission of mine to get pictures taken of her with various people. I have many fond memories of Laura and Thunderbay!

The ISD 2142 is trying to pass a referendum to save the district. I am the Cherry area coordinator, which means.... meetings, meetings, meetings and also talking to everyone I see to get them to support the referendum. If it passes some schools will be closed: Cook and Orr will close and a new school will be built in the middle; Tower-Soudan and Babbitt-Embarrass will close and a new school in the middle; Cotton and Albrook will close and a new school in the middle. Cherry will get some remodeling. They are also proposing a lot of changes in how the students will be taught and the schools will be improved. This has to pass. If it doesn't, the district will dissolve. Our areas will be picked up by other school districts which means a long commute for kids and higher taxes for everyone. Heidi is championing the efforts as well. Here she is in photo that will be going out trying to get people to save her school district. She's a little activist already.... wonder where she gets that from :)
Our weather has been a little weird. We've had snow, then it melts. Should be getting more snow soon. It's raining now, but should be changing to snow.
Shawn has been BUSY with work. He has almost finished 2 large pole sheds/garages and has another one to do yet this fall and possibly one more. That doesn't count the barn that he is going to build for us this year. We are thankful for the work and I just have to remember when he isn't home that at least he is working!!!
I continue to work at my job and have a second interview on Tuesday for a Legal Aid position. Hoping that it works out and I can work for them. It would really allow me to do what I'm most passionate about. One of my co-workers said that she knows that my company doesn't tap into what I'm passionate about and very capable of doing. I would be allowed to do that if I got a job with Legal Aid. We will see what happens. The positive part is that I don't hate my job and my job is secure so I don't HAVE to get a new position. For that, I'm very thankful and it takes the stress out of the situation. I also continue to be coordinator for Eveleth Horizons and we are working on a pretty big project (neighborhood revitalization). Miss Heidi goes with to most of my meetings and is quite the trooper. She will learn volunteering early and hopefully learn to love it and not resent it.
Next week, I have to be in St. Paul for a conference. I'm one of the presenters for a session and should probably get prepared. Oh well, I have one week to get ready and if I don't know my information, I'll never know it :)
Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Enjoy the rest of the month.... Wow, November is just around the corner and with that, deer hunting and Thanksgiving.


Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Good luck on Tuesday and let us know how it goes! :)

Went to Cokato last night and spent the night at Riitta's. Seems as if I'm not getting there very often any more, but love every minute I spend there!

Can't wait for next month! Hoping to be able to taste some of the venison that you get! :)

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

We stopped at Randalls after Eileen
Herrala's funeral and a stop at Doug and Margaret Bratts. John had
gone hunting with 12 shells; came
home with 11 and a bird. Can't
remember what kind but it was small
with lots of feathers. Kind of neat that he got it with one shot.

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

cute pictures of Heidi...she is so big, and sitting up now!
so how did your interview go? Or is it tomorrow? If so, good luck!

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

I had the 2nd interview today. Not sure how it went. They gave me a tour, told me they would add a window to the office as I was joking before about needing a window.... it comes down to money. The offer they gave would not work for me. I told them what I would like to which they said, they can't do that, the current person in the position doesn't even make that. I counteroffered and gave them my bottom line that I will accept. I told them what I make now and that I don't dislike my job and could stay with my current employer. They are going to talk then talk to the Executive Director and get back to me soon. We'll see what happens. I would really like the job, but I'm not willing to work for nothing.

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Always fun to see pictures from your direction.

How is the conference going???

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

I got a new job. I will be a paralegal/advocate with Legal Aid beginning on November 30th! I'm pretty excited about the potential of the position!!!
The conference went well. It was a 90 minute session and I was on a panel. They are already talking about making it a 3 hour session for next year... not sure if I will be presenting or not, but it's all in good fun :)

Kuoppala and Inlaws said...

Wonderful! When talking to jen, i was trying to brainstorm a way that we could connect while you girls were here for the conference. ....Next time!

Congratulations on the new job! They must have decided to negotiate on pay? I look forward to hearing more details about the job as soon as you are in the role.