My Wicket


Today I had to work from 9:00 to 5:30. I was dreading it a bit, I was going to be working by myself and I had so much to do. I started my day off with getting residents coffee and sit with them for an hour listening to two violinists give us a concert. I then started a movie, called bingo, cleaned, and helped residents get from point A to point B. I was on my break an I realized I had some time to kill, so I decided to do something that my boss suggested. I went to see a resident who doesn’t spend a lot of time out of her room. I went into her dark living room and knocked on her bedroom door. I went in and found her sitting in her wheel chair watching tv. I had never met this woman before, so I introduced myself and told her I was from the activities department. I mentioned that I heard that she liked cats. Immediately a smile came across her face. She said “yes, I love cats” as she pointed to cat figurines all around her room. I then said, “I live only I minute away, would you like me to go get my cat for a visit?” Her face lit up, her eyes were wide as she said she would love that! 

I told her I’d be back in 5 minutes and I practically skipped to my car! I could make this lady happy, I could brighten her day! 

I grabbed my little kitten and put her in her pink harness and leash and brought her to work. I couldn’t get to the residents room quick enough. I got to her room and her roommate followed me to her bedroom. The second I gave the resident my cat she started petting her and giving her kisses. Wicket started purring and snuggling.

I stayed for just a few minutes and when we had to leave the resident looked at me and said this made her so happy, it made her day. I told her we’d be back another day and she smiled. 

This not only made the residents day but it made mine. I got to make someone happy. I got to bring someone joy. By doing all of this I made myself happy too.

Somedays I really love my job (and I always love my Wicket!)


The summer of…


This summer I am attending one class at UMD, I am working at a job I love, I am (so far) eating healthy and I am newly married. So I have decided that this is going to be the best summer yet. 

I recently switched jobs at work. I went from being a receptionist to being in activities. I get to go to work, work on crafts, listen to music, play games and be outside. I get to surround myself with happy grandmas and grandpas, all of them are sweet and happy. Constantly offering candy or words of advice, telling jokes, yes sometimes a little racist or sexist but all in all it comes from a good place. They tell stories and are excited to see you and hear all about your weekend or day or event. I am getting paid to do all of this, sounds like a pretty good deal to me. 

Being newly married I have about a zillion things to scrapbook, hang around the house, decorate, find homes for, find uses for or just throw away. So I am going to be crafting. Can I make something out of leftover programs? Can I find a use for the giant bird cage/card holder? Do I really need to use every picture that every guest took? These are the questions I cannot wait to answer. I had Alex move a dresser into the living room so I could be a part of the hustle and bustle around the house but have a place to store and work on scrapbooking. I cannot wait to organize my new scrapbooking area and plan out my pages. 

Alex and I went grocery shopping this week and we spent our own money. I know, thats a big deal! We planned out our meals for the entire week and decided what we would need to make all of them work. Neither Alex or myself can cook, but we are trying to make the most of it by taking our time to research meals we like and change things we don’t like. Our next step is to do this weekly and add working out into our routine. Finally it is not snowing or raining so I can walk to work, I can walk on my work breaks and both Alex and I can get back to our 5k a day walking route. 

I cannot wait to start doing all of these things and including Alex will only help our new marriage grow. 

So this is the summer of crafting, learning, working, playing, photography, smiling, dreaming, planning and being happy. This is my summer!

2556 days


I have waited 2556 days to marry this man. Finally, finally, FINALLY I am married! Alexander Rixe is the most amazing man and I am so lucky to be his wife. He protects me and he provides for me. 

Alex and I are currently on our non-honeymoon in Wisconsin (I am not honeymooning in Wisconsin). We are sitting in a tiny coffee shop in Bayfield eating pound cake and getting some internet time out of the way. Our plan for our non-honeymoon is to bop around and spend as little money as possible! Which seems very do-able in this cute little town. A few souvenirs for my scrapbook and then spending the rest of the time photographing the beautiful Lake Superior from as many angles as I possible can.


Alex just updated his facebook status to “Spending time bopping around Bayfield with my wife…” this little status made my heart jump. I am married. I have waited seven years and finally I am married. 

The weather has yet to cooperate with us this week so we will be spending most of our week finding activities inside, other than the obvious, we want to get massages, visit museums, coffee shops, and little quirky shops in a bunch of little towns. Even though all of these things will be great and I will love spending time just me and my him, I think the best thing we will do will happen on Sunday. We will be going to my sister (in-laws) high school graduation party. It will be our first family get together after our wedding. We will no longer be attending as Alex Rixe and Jillian Hermes, but as Mr. and Mrs. Rixe, husband and wife. We wil no longer get questions about the wedding, if we are excited or nervous.

We will get comments of how much fun our wedding was, or how beautiful the ceremony was, how they loved my dress or how sweet it was when Alex cried at the best man speech. We will never have to go back to being introduced as “Alex and his fiancee Jillian”, it will be “Alex and his wife”, “The newlyweds Al and Jill”. 


What an amazing life I get to live, all because this man chose me and I chose him.