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May to September

WOW! The summer definitely went very quickly and now I find myself in the middle of September! So much has happened since I last wrote anything on here. On May 17th I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life and Community Service. It feels so great to be finished with college! On that very same day Erica Traffas also graduated from Medicine Lodge High School. Erica has since decided to attend K-STATE, her major is kinesiology. It is nice having Erica in Manhattan and getting to know her and spend time with her. In June Megan and Andrew got married! It was an absolutely beautiful wedding for two wonderful people. I was just thrilled to be apart of it. I have posted a few pictures from the wedding in the gallery, you can also find the picture taken by the professional photographer at http://www.tmproof.com/megan/ . It was truly a beautiful wedding. Once Megan and Andrew were married off they moved to St. Louis where they will both be pursuing Doctoral degrees. Megan is attending Washington University and studying physical therapy while Andrew is attending University of Missouri at St. Louis and studying Optometry. I wish them both well in their studies. Aaron and I both greatly miss having them just across town.

In July Aaron, Megan, Andrew and myself all took a trip to Nashville, TN for the National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show. I think we all had a great time, although I must say that I did enjoy the sunshine of San Diego (host city of the 2007 NAA C &S) a little more than the honky tonks of Nashville.

With August came long days and not much else. I started my job at KVC Behavioral HealthCare in May. I am a Quality Assurance Specialist, which is a fancy way of saying that I keep our records in order. KVC is a foster care agency, so we have a lot of files which must be kept current. I don’t mind the position, but I just do not think it is the right place for me. I have been thinking about what I really would like to do for the rest of my life and QA at KVC does not rank very high. So I have been looking at master’s programs at KSU as well as just exploring other employment opportunities.

With September comes K-STATE FOOTBALL SEASON! I have always enjoyed college football. The cats are off to a good season so far with a record of 2-0, but they have a couple of tough match-up in the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing how the season will progress. I think part of the reason that I enjoy football season so much is that I get to see my family so often. Dave and Chris (my brother and his wife) as well as Craig (other brother) and my Dad have season tickets so they manage to make it to most of the games.

I have tried to convince Aaron to come to the K-State games with me before, but he doesn’t have too much interest in that as he sees Saturdays as his free day to do what he wants to do. He has been keeping himself very busy lately with the usual Purple Wave auctions and playing music across Kansas. Recently Aaron decided to add one more thing to is overflowing plate. He started a website which blend two of his passions technology and being an auctioneer. The website is auctioneertech.com. One of the best feature of this site is that Aaron has also launched a podcast that covers the stories on auctioneertech.com. The podcast can be downloaded from the website or it is also avaliable on itunes. I guess I can understand why he wouldn’t want to go to the game with me. : ) I may be a little biased but have the knowlege that I do of the auction industry I believe that Aaron is truly doing great things with his new website, he is educating and helping to connect the network of auctioneers across the country. I am proud of his website and his work.

I think that is all I have for now. I will try to keep the updates a little more frequent. Remember to check out the gallery for picture from the wedding and Nashville. Until next time…

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Winding down or gearing up…

Today I realized I have 34 days until I graduate from college. Wow, it has been a long road to get to this point. So many things have changed since high school (thank goodness!). It is nice to be able to see the end. I do find it very difficult to focus on anything. Mostly I have been furiously searching for a job; I have applied for many positions and had one interview so far. I should know more about the position I interview for by the end of the week.

I am so excited to have one focus; this semester I was working three jobs and doing school. I think it will be so wonderful to only have one job to concentrate on and no school (at least for awhile). I am so excited to get to the next stage in my life. I have some apprehension about being a professional; but I believe that the only way I can get to that point is by jumping into it.

Enough about me already. Aaron is in Kansas City this week teaching an ATS (auction technology specialist) course for the NAA. I think he will do a great job. He will be there until Wednesday. Which works out nicely so that we can attend the Counting Crows concert in Lawrence. I am really excited about it; we are going to have a great time!

I have been thinking about this summer and realizing how I wonderful it is going to be; I think it is going to fly by. With Megan and Andrew getting married in June and then my roommate getting married just two weeks later. It is going to be very exciting. I can’t wait to celebrate these wonderful marriages.

Well I guess that is all for me 🙂

Diane

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Traffas Reunion

I successfully survived the Traffas family reunion. The annual gathering was held on December 29th in Sharon, KS. The reunion was a great opportunity for me to meet Aaron’s extended family. Everyone was great. Although it was much different than my own family’s activities the day was definitely an adventure.

We started out the day with some wonderful BBQ, which I love and Aaron doesn’t care for…so I guess I win! Then it was time for the scavenger hunt. Broken down into three teams we battled on wit and our collecting skills. I was honored to be a member of Shawn’s team which also included Andrew, John, Matt, Levi, Kristi and Erica. This collection of wonderful people made up the winning team. We were able to collect the most items from the scavenger hunt list; our team also scored the highest on the portion of the challenge which deal with logo and current events. So way to go Shawn’s team; we are awesome. I was also very excited that I received on wonderful name badge, my name of course it “winner”. I truly did have a great time; it was nice to meet more of Aaron family and to be able to have something interesting and fun to fill the time.

After the awards ceremony we all took the time to mix up some very tasty drinks. One of my new favorites it the tumbleweed which consists of Brandy, Kaluha, Frangelica, cream and ice; it was very yummy. I look forward to next year when I will find myself back in Sharon running all around finding this and finding that; I hope that everyone else enjoyed the Traffas family reunion as much as I did.