Thankful Thursday 22 September 2022

Happy Fall, y’all! At least to my friends/readers in the Northern Hemisphere. Happy Spring! to my friends/readers in the Southern Hemisphere.

It’s been a busy week. I started a new role within the county – I’m a legal administrator for the public defender’s office now. I started on Monday and I’m grateful for my new co-workers and the help/training I’ve been receiving. I work with a nice bunch now and for that I am grateful. I can also move up and if I get a paralegal certificate, I could go for a paralegal position (the DA didn’t have that). I’m part of the homicide appeals unit. I’m excited.

However, I am grateful for my time at the DA’s Office. I learned a lot and made friends along the way. Last Thursday, the appeals unit brought in gluten-free snacks for me, since they couldn’t make Friday’s luncheon. I was verklempt and grateful.

On Friday, Jess handed me a card from the appeals unit and that made me verklempt as well.

The luncheon was nice too. My friend, the forfeiture ADA, treated me. He, Bill, Jill, Ms. Bev, and Jean all joined me. My friends joined me. So grateful for this send off.

I’m still going on dates with people. Last Thursday I went on a date with someone from high school. He cooked me a nice gluten-free meal. It was a nice first date and I told him the truth – I am dating around and I have my sights set on someone, but still going out to meet other people. This guy has been obsessed with me for 15 years and didn’t listen to a word I said, he tried escalating it this past weekend. He asked me my ring size and talked about making things official. I told him “no” and that there would be no second date. He’s not happy, but oh well. Too pushy and rushy, hasn’t changed since high school.

On Monday I went into Sunoco to pick up a package and I was curious about what happened to one of the clerks. I asked the new clerk, he explained to me that the other one was fired, and he gave me his phone number. I texted Dave and we met for ice cream yesterday. He agreed to a selfie. It was so nice to reconnect. I used to talk to him every time I went into Sunoco to pick up my Amazon packages. Yesterday’s ice cream outing was fun. Total Happiness Box moment.

I’m seeing Dave again tomorrow. I have a date on Saturday evening with someone from Facebook dating. We’re meeting at an Asian fusion place. I’m excited for that as well.

On Sunday I had lunch with Kathleen, a friend from RTI, who I hadn’t seen since March 2020. It felt great to catch up and she’s so happy that I got out of that awful relationship with Tommy, and I’m getting back out there again. It felt good to laugh with her and I’m thankful for her friendship as well.

I received a letter from Christina today and the Navy is going well for her. She’s super busy. I am thankful that we still keep in touch and we are pen pals for now. I’m thinking about paying her a visit at some point.

I’m also thankful for other friends, library co-workers, and family. What are you thankful for today?

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday 22 September 2022”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    WOW, your new job sound very exciting, dear friend, and with an opportunity for advancement, you are truly sitting in the driver’s seat. Congratulations!

    I am also verklempt reading about all the kindness that friends and co-workers are showing toward you. The notes are touching, and the send-off luncheon was a special occasion you will always remember with the help of your H.B.P.

    You are becoming quite a social butterfly, out and about, kicking up your heels, biting into life, playing it loose, not getting yourself tied-down, and just plain having fun. I envy you for being in that position! Please please appreciate it while it lasts. Although you might feel lonely at times, believe me, having all of your options open is a blessing compared to jumping from the frying pan into fire.

    I wish you well with your new job and your new life of freedom on the dating circuit. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend and come meet the iconic investigative reporter and talk show host Geraldo Rivera who will be spinning tunes at Shady’s Place starting tomorrow morning!


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