What’s been up.

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really…REALLY bad at keeping secrets. And there has been some big, exciting changes going on with The Prevention’s.

Let’s go back in time a bit here since I couldn’t say anything until now “publicly”.

First things first, Mr. Prevention was asked to take on a new & bigger role within his company – so a huge congrats to him! This position will be relocating us from right outside Columbus, Ohio to Saint Joseph, Michigan which is 90 minutes right around the tip of Lake Michigan from Chicago. πŸ™‚

The last weekend in March, Mr. Prevention and I drove to Michigan on a Thursday night. He went to work on a Friday and I began house hunting with our realtor. That’s right — we’re moving to Michigan…soon. We spent Friday night catching up with friends in MI and house-hunted all day Saturday before heading back to Ohio Saturday night.

The following weekend, my parents were in town and we celebrated my mom’s birthday.

The next weekend, the second weekend in April, we returned to MI on a Friday, house-hunted on Saturday, and returned Saturday night. Are you seeing a trend? LOTS of car rides (it’s about 4 1/2 hours from our home in Ohio to our new home in Michigan).

The weekend after that we were in Vegas. Delayed flights both directions, crazy time changes…it was one exhausting blast of a weekend.

The week after we were in Vegas, I applied for a job…on a Tuesday morning. I got a call that same Tuesday morning and I was wanted in MI that week to interview. I quickly put in for PTO and got that arranged. I drove up to Michigan on a Thursday night (late) and interviewed on Friday afternoon before heading back that same day. Insanity.

In the midst of all of this, there were several glitches with the house we’re buying in MI (there always are, right?), and with the weekends away and work all week long, I was getting behind on grading. I nearly got caught up with that before Mr. Prevention was on my case to get our current home staged and cleaned for listing.

We got our house listed and spotless. And no bites for the first several days. Worrisome, yes.

Meanwhile, last Tuesday and Wednesday I was back up in Michigan for a second round interview. Things went great. Then I didn’t hear anything for the rest of the week and yesterday, Monday afternoon I finally got a call. I got the job! It is a huge job and I am all sorts of excited…and a bit nervous, too.

The position is as Director of Nutrition Services at a small hospital. I will be overseeing the regulatory and compliance of the kitchen and cafeteria which feeds both patients and staff. I will also be the dietitian for the hospital. In addition, I will also be working to develop and grow the out-patient diabetes program, which, as many of you may recall, is where my passion lies.

This position is huge and I am so, so excited. It sounds as though I am going to have some control over what goes on the menu (it’s not a set menu, so I’ll be able to make changes as I see fit vs. complying with an outside contractor/company), and the employees sound eager to get some healthier options on the menu. I will be reporting to the CFO (oh my!) and I am pretty much so anxious I may have trouble sleeping until I start…which is July 9th.

I love that I get to dabble in a bit of everything with this position. I get my feet wet in food service and management. I still get to be a “dietitian” and keep my clinical skills sharp with patient education and care. AND I get to pursue my CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator credential) and working with the diabetes population I am most passionate about. People who know what I want in a job say this job was tailor made for me, and I have to agree. As far as I can tell, it’s perfect. We shall see!

It was certainly hard to resign from the job I’ve been at for a mere 5 months, but everyone was so understanding and congratulatory. It will be hard to leave more great coworkers and patients…again.

And about this house. It’s…lovely. Let’s start with the kitchen, obviously. It’s not hard to do, but it’s bigger than my current kitchen…probably twice the size. It has a built-in, 6 burner gas range (wasn’t I just complaining about my electric glass top ;)!!) and about 3x the amount of counter space I have now (again, I’m going from next to nothing to probably an average amount of counter space). It has a pantry and wood floors. It isn’t my DREAM kitchen (people who cook as much as I…we have lofty dreams), but it’s wonderful.

The next best thing about our new house is the location. Other than the fact that it’s 90 minutes from Chicago and my family, and 3 hours from Mr. P’s folks in central Illinois, the house has Lake Michigan beach access. We don’t have lake view from the house, but about 100 steps out our front door is Lake Michigan. When I see the beach, I realize how fortunate we are and why they say “location, location, location!” when talking real estate. I have big plans to take-up kayaking! πŸ˜€

The master bath has the jetted tub Mr. Prevention was so desperately “needing”. It has got everything we could want or need and then some. We close June 22nd…our movers are coming to Ohio June 18th and 19th. We’ll replace some carpet, lay some hardwood, and paint the last week of June, and officially move in June 29th-ish.

I am feeling blessed and very excited for this next chapter of life!

xo,

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75 Comments

  1. May 22, 2012 / 6:24 am

    Congratulations to both of you, and enjoy that new house. That kitchen sounds awesome! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks, Melissa! πŸ™‚

  2. May 22, 2012 / 6:49 am

    CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE!!!! Wow, this is huge! New house, new kitchen, new JOB (for both of you….!!). Wonderful. Nick and I will definitely be up to visit, because we want to go on a mini vacation and go to Cleveland too, to see Michael Simon’s restaurant.
    I’ll be honest, director of a hospital is another dream job of mine (to create menus and put together programs..how fun!!). Can’t wait to see you guys when Paul is in town πŸ™‚ Congrats again!!!

  3. May 22, 2012 / 6:57 am

    Nice to hear that there are good things in store for both you and Mr. Prevention. Congrats! πŸ˜€

  4. May 22, 2012 / 7:03 am

    This is SO SO SO awesome, Nicole! I’m majorly excited for the both of you!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks, love!

  5. Becca
    May 22, 2012 / 7:09 am

    Yay!!! I live in Lansing, Welcome to the mitten state!!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:38 pm

      Yay! We’ll practically be neighbors πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Becca!

  6. May 22, 2012 / 7:39 am

    Congrats, congrats, congrats! Exciting times. I hope to see pictures of your new kitchen. πŸ˜€

    Good luck to the both of you on your new chapters!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Jenn! πŸ™‚ Appreciate it!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Kierstan! πŸ™‚ Appreciate it!

  7. Jessen
    May 22, 2012 / 8:18 am

    Congradulations!! Change is Fantastic and So Much Fun!! It’s something most people are afraid of, but life should be full of adventure and change; after all, we only live once!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Jessen! I couldn’t agree more! πŸ™‚

  8. Farida
    May 22, 2012 / 8:28 am

    Congrats!!! I’m sure you ll rock in the new job you are talented with food , Wish you all the best

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Farida! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:36 pm

      Busy but so exciting! Thank you!

  9. May 22, 2012 / 8:39 am

    So happy for you guys! My brother just got married in St. Joe this past summer and it was such a blast! I did a series of posts on the great restaurants, the things to do and everything in-between! I am so happy for you!
    Congrats on your job and your husband’s job too! What exciting things you have to look forward too!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:36 pm

      I can’t wait to read your suggestions for the area!! Thank you TONS!!!

  10. May 22, 2012 / 8:40 am

    Congratulations!!! I hope your move goes well and I can’t wait to hear how your job is after you start πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you!!

  11. May 22, 2012 / 8:53 am

    Omgoodness, congrats congrats congrats! I am so happy for you on all fronts. That job sounds amazing and seriously a perfect fit for you. And the house! When can I come visit? πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you, lady! And…I owe you an email 5 days ago! It’s a comin’ πŸ˜‰

  12. Sara
    May 22, 2012 / 8:58 am

    Congratulations! That all sounds so exciting!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Sara!! πŸ™‚

  13. Sue
    May 22, 2012 / 8:59 am

    Congratulations, Nicole! How exciting. And here I thought you were going to post a bean recipe today when you said “Tomorrow I spill the beans” πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck to both of you — and your dog too.
    -sue

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you, Sue!! Appreciate it lots!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you, Eva! πŸ™‚

  14. May 22, 2012 / 9:07 am

    So THAT is what you have been up to!
    Well it is exciting! Congrats to the mister!
    Does this mean we can do a Kuma’s Corner trip sooner than later??? πŸ˜‰

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:34 pm

      Crazy busy! Girl, I don’t know what Kuma’s Corner is…but I’m there! LOL!

  15. May 22, 2012 / 9:20 am

    That’s amazing news! Congratulations!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Rachel!

  16. May 22, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Wow, that is a lot of stuff going on!! Congratulations to you Nicole! I have no doubt that you’ll be a success at this next job – its almost as if the job was created for you!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:34 pm

      I know! Pinch me! Can’t wait! πŸ˜› I want all my patients to have A1c’s less than 7.5%!!! πŸ™‚

  17. May 22, 2012 / 10:30 am

    That is so awesome for both of you! Very happy for you.

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks, Lena! Can’t wait to see ya back in the states soon!

  18. May 22, 2012 / 10:33 am

    Yay! I’m so excited for you guys!!
    That is going to be so much more convenient for you to see your family. I know the long drives are really taxing.
    Also, that’s a beautiful area (well, most of Michiga is beautiful, really). That’s not far from I94, right? I think we drive by there on the way to visit my sister in Illinois.

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks, my dear! Sorry I’ve been MIA…I’m sure you understand. It’s RIGHT off 94. My house is literally 1-1.5 miles (what is that, 2 km? Ha!) off 94!! VISIT TIME!?!?!?

      • May 24, 2012 / 9:24 pm

        Definitely. We’ll have to coordinate something. I probably won’t be heading that way for a while since my sister is usually here most weekends during the summer, but I’ll keep you posted.

  19. May 22, 2012 / 11:14 am

    Um…wow. That is a heck of a lot going on, girl! But, congrats b/c it’s all very good and exciting stuff πŸ™‚ So excited for you guys!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks, Gina! πŸ™‚

  20. Lissa
    May 22, 2012 / 11:31 am

    Congrats! My husband and I are originally from MI and one of our best friends is from St. Joe! It’s a beautiful city and you’ll love living so close to the lake! ahhhh I miss Lake Michigan! Good luck!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:32 pm

      Lissa: Small world!! Thank you so much – can’t wait!

  21. May 22, 2012 / 11:46 am

    Congrats!!
    That is so exciting to hear! I want to see pics of the new place. The kitchen sounds fabulous!!

  22. May 22, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    Congrats honey! It sounds like the perfect job for you. I can’t wait to hear how you rock it.

  23. Melissa
    May 22, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Congratulations!! Wow, such awesome, exciting news! So happy for you, you deserve it!

  24. Chelai
    May 22, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    That is great! Congratulations!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks, Chelai! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks, Andrea!

  25. May 22, 2012 / 3:34 pm

    Nicole i’m so thrilled and excited for you two!!!!!!! Gigantic huge congrats on the new jobs. Sounds like such an amazing opportunity. You are going to do so well at it I already know. Can’t wait to see those beautiful house pictures!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks, Heather! We both have a ton going on πŸ™‚ All good, all good things!

  26. May 22, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    That is a lot going on — congrats! So exciting!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:29 pm

      Sure is! Thank you!!

  27. cwaltz
    May 22, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    Congrats! It’s nice when life falls into place. I hope you enjoy the new house and job.

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:29 pm

      It is falling into place, yep. Couldn’t be happier! Thanks, girl! πŸ™‚

  28. May 22, 2012 / 7:11 pm

    I am SO excited for you! (And amazed that you still managed to pump out blog posts during all that!) I wish you were creating the menu’s at my hospital…as all of our food is standard greasy cafeteria food!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you, dear πŸ™‚

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! Appreciate it!!

  29. May 23, 2012 / 1:03 am

    So many new exciting changes in your future!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:28 pm

      It’s insane! Pinch me! Thanks, Kate! πŸ™‚

  30. Lisa Broadley
    May 23, 2012 / 6:36 am

    That’s great news!! You’ll also be closer to Canada!!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:28 pm

      πŸ™‚ Thanks, Lisa!

  31. Karen
    May 23, 2012 / 7:00 pm

    Congratulations! It all sounds soooo nice – the job, the lake the kitchen. I’m happy for you!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Sweet of you – thanks, Karen! πŸ™‚

  32. May 23, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m impressed, you’ve been so busy but still manage to keep up with all the blog stuff! Wow! I’m so happy for you and hope everything goes smoothly!

    • Nicole, RD
      Author
      May 24, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been busy! I’ve run out of minutes in the day! I need to catch up my Food Doodles BADLY! πŸ™‚

  33. May 28, 2012 / 11:41 pm

    What exciting news – congrats Nicole!! πŸ™‚

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