Published: December 21st 2008December 21st 2008
Pass the Jack
No, I was not as drunk as this picture looks, now the photographer might have been ;)
I am sure many of you that know me well, could tell by the past few postings; but it is official as I am not renewing my contract for next year. There were many factors that played into the biggest one is that we were many years away from ever going to a fully cooking facility, which is my passion so in the Fall I started looking for some new opportunities. I was pleasantly surprised to find several positions of interest; but of all of them, I found Farley's & Sathers to be the most exciting with the greatest opportunity.
So I leave for the States for the Holidays on Tuesday (12/23) with a stop over in Germany to visit Jetta, Piage and Liam. I will spend the night with the Kaune's in Frankfurt then fly out the next morning through Cincinnati to Fort Wayne to be with my parents and Ginger for Christams. Then on 12/26 Freddie will be flying in to experience a Christmas in the US. When we planned on this, I did not know I would be back in the States with a new job so Dad and I decided to go to Las Vegas for
Pass Me Your Glass
It is time for another toast.
our annual Father Son trip over New Years and from there I fly to Denver to go skiing with Jamie, Bill and Freddie. I must say, for only skiing 6 or so times, Freddie is getting pretty good. We went to the indoor ski place last Thursday for a few hours. The snow was terrible this time, but we had a good time.
After Denver, I will be home (Gainesville) for a week before flying back to Russia to finish up the last of my business for just one week. So while I am home, I will be very busy trying to get ready for the move to Chattanooga where I will be based as the QA Director with Farley's. And for those that know Farley's, it is a candy company and not a chicken company, so that will be a challenge and learning curve in itself; but I am very excited about the opportunity. I fly back from Russia on 1/21 to start 2/2. In that short period of time, I will need to find a car, a new home, cell phone, bank, etc. I am thankful Chattanooga is only 2.5 hours from Gainesville so I can make
I am going to miss all of you, but I promise to be back to at least visit and know you are always welcome to visit me in the US!
that trip as often as necessary. Mark has also asked to stay at the house and continue renting, which I think is good with the market the way it is and knowing the Holidays is NOT the time to try to sell a house so I think I will wait until this Spring and put it up on the market.
As you can image, it has been a emotional past week as I am starting to say my goodbyes. This weekend was the official goodbye party, but we did start. Both were suppose to be small, but we had about 10-15 at both the Friday and then the Saturday gathering. Today, I spent cleaning, buying a few gifts, and cooking. I am excited, but I am also very sad. It has been a great and wonderful time here. I have made some AWESOME friends that I will miss greatly. No, this is not my closing blog, I will do that later, but I did want to let you know of the news if you had not heard. I will also send out my new address and phone number once I get it.
I am sure I will not be on the blog until after Christmas, so let me say thank you to each of my readers, my long time fans as well as those of you that "hit" it through your internet searches. I want to wish each of you, your friends and family, a very merry and blessed Christmas.