09 October 2012

Past Month & Reno Recap

Shel & Shel!
Things have been good lately.  Work is awesome.  I have conquered the BPA stuff as well as the Project Administration position as a whole.  I am so far ahead of the game now.  I had all of my BPA timecards entered into Spectrum and Fieldglass on Friday and I am two payments ahead on billings for BPA.  All of my jobs have been set up.  All contracts and change orders are in Spectrum.  I’ve recently been scanning and archiving paperwork that the previous admin never handled and I am starting to get bored.  I think this is a combination of things.  I think that partly it’s because I’ve been here for almost 6 months now and I know my job. I don’t have to take extra time to read instruction books when I work on tasks so I’m much more efficient.  But also, it seems as if my workload has lightened.  I’m not sure if it’s because summer is coming to a close (Ugh, if we could even call it a summer.  At least I have duck hunting and snowboarding to get me through the winter) or if OEG’s workload has actually slowed down.  Either way, I’d rather be crazy busy than bored.  So, work is good.  Completely under control.
Best Man signing the Marriage License after me...Cheese!
Life has been better for me also because of the raise I received when I got hired onto OEG’s payroll from the temp agency.  Everyday life isn’t really a daily struggle monetarily anymore.  I have money to pay all of my bills and then some expendable money which is nice.  I got my front brakes done this last weekend courtesy of TB’s husband.  He rocks.  I had to get my rotors turned because they were pretty warped.  Now, my brakes work REALLY good again.  Awesome.  Now if I can just get used to not pushing the brake pedal quite so hard, it will be even better.  Ha ha.  Sunday Biggie came and picked me up on the Bagger and The Italian Stallion and Miss Kitty hopped on the Fat Boy and we headed East on 14 to Carson to meet up with Pops for a ride.  We stopped at the Bungalow Bar & Grill in Carson and had a few beers.  Then we headed NW towards Helens and came back around just east of Woodland and dropped into Amboy to stop for more beer at Nick’s.  By this time we had ridden almost 150 miles and it was after 5 PM so we all headed back to the house for a beer on the deck.  We had some nice conversation then Biggie and Pops headed home before it got too cold.  AMAZING SUNDAY!  Good friends, good food, good riding.  My back was killing me yesterday, but it was completely worth it.  We won’t have many more warm days like that for riding so I couldn’t pass the opportunity up!  Although, I do have my chaps to wear on chilly fall days if they guys are riding.

The Bridal Party
So…Reno recap…Me and TB’s Mommy flew while the rest of the crew rode down.  We flew out of Portland around 9 AM, had a touch and go in San Jose and arrived at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno around 130 PM on Thursday.  We checked into our room, grabbed a bite to eat and then decided to hit the casino floor.  I had already started my vacation off right w/ a Bloody Mary from Laurelwood at the airport and then another when we grabbed lunch.  Once we hit the slots, the cocktail waitress kept bringing me 2 drinks at a time.  Before the rest of the crew rolled into town I was already about 10 cocktails deep.  They all checked into their rooms and a few of them made a run to Walmart for liquor.  They COMPLETELY filled up a shopping cart with half gallons of Captain and Vodka.  $500 worth of liquor was sitting in TNT’s Suite.  It was nuts.  I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of it!  I digress.  While they were at Walmart half of us, (there were about 50 of us who made it down for this trip.  Awesome!) decided that we wanted to hit the casino and drink for free while we were waiting for the party supplies.  Pops started chatting up the Casino Host and we all got players cards and VIP treatment.  Gotta love Pops.  Hee hee.  We all hung out and gambled for a while while drinking.  At this point I’m about 20 cocktails and 10 shots in spanning from about 2 PM to 10 PM.  It’s just after 1030 and I am not only completely hammered, but I am exhausted from the day of traveling.  I ended up going to bed early that night.

Mr. & Mrs. Machkovich!
Woke up by 9 AM the next day and us girls decided we were going to hit the pool while the guys sweltered out in the parking lot trying to fix the bikes.  There were many casualties on this trip, but most of it was fixable for the Viriginia City Run for Street Vibrations.  Ugh, I digress again…about 10 or so of us girls spent a few hours at the pool drinking and soaking up some rays.  A few of the guys started trickling in to cool off as the afternoon set in.  I decided last minute that I didn’t like my dress for the wedding so I made TB go into one of the dress shops in the hotel with me and bought a new dress.  After that she and I both headed to our rooms to start getting ready for the wedding.  I showered, did my hair and makeup and then me and her Mom headed up to her suite to be there with her while she finished getting ready.  The rest of the crew started returning from the pool to get ready also.  Being from Wisconsin, TMac had all of the guys wear Packers ties w/ their suits.  Add in converse and they were all stylin!  We sent TMac off so we could get TB in her dress and it was just then about 430 and time to head down to the pool area for the ceremony. 

The Girls
I get down there and everyone is waiting for the wedding to start.  The wedding planner gave us a quick run through of what to do, where to stand etc.  This wedding was different than others I’ve been in.  The wedding planner had the Maid of Honor and Best Man walk down the aisle last.  Usually it’s the opposite.  Anyway, we all walk down the aisle and take our places and then TB and her Dad show up at the end of the aisle.  TMac LOST it and started crying.  I started crying seeing him cry.  She walked down the aisle and took her place by TMac.  It was a short ceremony.  When it was time to say their vows, she handed me her bouquet and TMac took both of her hands.  He starts crying more and used her hands to wipe his nose and tears.  It was pretty funny.  After the vows he wanted to say something of his own to TB.  He could barely get it out because he was crying.  He said to her, “TB, on my birthday when I proposed you made my wish come true.  Today, you are making my dream come true.”  I lost it again and started crying.  SO adorable.  Then came the kiss, he dipped her and since Steele had my camera taking pics for me, she got a really good shot of it.  Back down the aisle we all went.  Then it was time for pictures.  The hotel photographer took quite a few, but I ended up with almost 300 so Steele did an amazing job also.  Some of those pics are included in this post.  We all hung out by the pool for a while drinking and celebrating then we headed up to the suite for more cocktails.  TMac knew I had written a poem for them so he had me stand on a chair and read it out loud to the group.  Everyone loved it and there were more tears.  After having a few drinks in the suite most of us headed down to the country bar in the hotel.  We had lots more drinks and danced our butts off till the wee hours of the morning.  Knowing I had to get up and fly back home the next day, I put myself to bed around 230 AM.  When check out time came, I was NOT feeling so good.  Ugh.  I was like a zombie all day flying home.  We had a layover in San Jose because our flight got in early and I literally felt like a complete space case all day long.  When we got back to Portland I was finally starting to feel better.  Miss Kitty and The Italian Stallion picked us up from the airport and I pretty much went straight to bed.  It was only 6 PM!  I got a good night’s rest and woke up on Sunday and felt MUCH better.  I packed all of my riding gear and didn't even leave the hotel.  Sad.

Mrs. Machkovich
The rest of the crew left Reno on Sunday for the drive back.  Apparently there were 3 bike casualties that had to be trailered.  The Excursion was full of people and cramped.  All in all, it sounds like their trip back was fairly uneventful so that was good.
MK and TIS invited me to breakfast at Circa 33 on Sunday so I went with them.  SUPER yummy Bloody Mary’s there.  They put a strip of bacon in them.  There will be many more trips to Circa 33.  They have a weekend brunch special.  SO good.  I think I went back to bed when we got back from breakfast.  I really can’t remember.  I waited too long before I wrote about it.  L

These last few weekends have been really good.  Spending time w/ dog, family, old friends and some new friends.  The past 2 Friday’s in a row have been spent having dinner with a friend who also recently went through a break up and we’ve had a lot of fun.  It seems there will be more time spent with him in the future.  We’ve had a blast together the past few weekends.  He texts me every day, apparently he misses me when he’s out in The Dalles during the week working.  J  Sigh.  Not sure how I feel about seeing someone who is gone during the week.  I kinda did the long distance thing the last time around and in hind sight I didn’t dig it so much.  I’d rather spend time with someone that I can see more than once or twice a week. 
Saturday is the company trap shoot so I’m looking forward to that.  Gonna have to show these men how to shoot again, ha ha!  Oh, I need to clean my gun on Friday since I have the day off.  I shot about 500 rounds out of her at the last company shoot and she hasn’t been cleaned yet.  Poor Bette.  L  Bad Shel!  Forecast is calling for rain so I’ll take my hunting gear with me like I did last time.  It rained at the Albany shoot and I still stood out there taking out targets.  Some of my co-workers looked at me like I was crazy, but I stand in the rain all day when I’m duck hunting so it’s not very different.  Us rednecks are crazy when it comes to shooting and hunting.  There isn’t much that can stop me.  If I can stand out in the blind in freezing temps a little rain certainly isn’t gonna stop me!  Besides, this is the Pacific NW.  It’s kind of a given that there’s going to be lots of rain.

Saturday night it’s the 2nd Annual Decoy and Haunted Maize night.  A tradition that we started last year.  That should be drunken and interesting.  I haven’t been to the Dec in forever and I’m sure I’ll see plenty of familiar faces, especially because the Pacific Flyway opens on Saturday.  Should be lots of hunters that I know coming in from opening day on the Island.  I may try to go out hunting on Sunday.  However, w/ the just mentioned Saturday Night Festivities, my guess is I’m not going to want to get up at 430 AM and go murder some ducks.  I’ll probably be hanging pretty hard if it’s anything like last year.  SO.MUCH.FUN!  Let’s hope this time I don’t forget about Jello shots in my pocket and find them 6 months later.  That was an icky surprise in my hunting jacket!  I’m hoping to run into Spada at the Dec and find out how opening day was and see if he has some room in the blinds for me.  I need to kill something.  It’s been WAY too long.  I’m starting to have hunting withdrawals.  Especially seeing all of the dead deer and such on friends Facebook posts.  Shotgun Shel needs to get back in the action!  Plus, I miss spending time on the Island.  I SO miss living out there on acreage.  I like the city, but there’s nothing better than the country.  Being able to walk outside and kill ducks and crows whenever I want is a luxury I don’t get to exercise living in the city.  Lame!

Well…I think I’ve pretty much caught up in my blog writing.  This was a LONG post.  I hadn’t written in a while and there was MUCH to cover.  I hope you all enjoyed reading!