By Amanda Guy | Our Designer
Well Wheel Heads, it's not Friday. In fact, it's Saturday, and I cannot believe how quickly the last couple of weeks have flown by at the WheelHouse. It's insane, and I have a lot to catch everyone up on. I didn't want to have to wait another week before I'm able to write a new post, so I thought try and hammer this thing out today so you guys have something fun to read over the weekend.
It's been a little over two weeks since my last post while I was in a waiting room in the surgery center of Kalispell Regional Medical Center. My Dad was in the OR getting a double bypass and my sister's due date for her baby was arriving that weekend as well. Needless to say, this designer was a tad bit stressed out, and work became very busy after that weekend.
So here I am, writing from home this fine Saturday morning and ready to catch everyone up on what we've been working on, what's happening in this designer's life, and to try and build some stoke for biking season because it is literally just around the corner. (Or if you're like me, you've been riding your bike around for the last couple of weeks.)
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE WHEELHOUSE:
Er my Gerd! Work life has been insane. We're all feeling it at the office, but we cannot help but smile. As Lisa likes to say, we're at 80 smiles per hour these days. It's tough keeping up with 27 projects at one time, but between all of us at the office, we are crushing it one day at a time.
Lots of websites are being pumped out right now. Which is fantastic because I find myself loving new aspects of coding everyday. It's fun to have that knowledge in the back of my mind. "Oh, you want your buttons on your site to match your branding? We heck yeah I can do that!" I also am very proud of myself for figuring out how to get the correct information for calculated shipping on a store site. Man, after several phone calls with FedEx, the shipping company, and our client, all I wanted to do was spray champagne in everyone's face to celebrate the fact that we solved the puzzle! But that's what we do at Wheelie. Have an issue? We can help. And it never fails that we always learn a little something new ourselves.
We also have been working on several new logos, branding packages for different events, and our intern, Niles, has been busting out fun designs like crazy for the non-profits we work with each year. We'd like to welcome Bigfork MOPS to the list of non-profits! We're having a lot of fun working on your event right now.
There has been no shortage of video and photography shoots either. It seems like each week we have at least two or three shoots to conduct, and its been a blast! We have so much fun with our clients on these shoots, and we learn more and more about them on a personal level. We want our clients to leave with smiles on their faces as big as ours. Although that may be difficult. I do find myself rubbing my cheeks and face at the end of the day because we've been laughing and smiling like Malibu Barbie since 8:00am! But that's what's so great about Wheelie. We know how to have fun, we know how to play, and we definitely know how to hammer out projects.
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH AMANDA THE DESIGNER?:
Okay, I have had the craziest couple of weeks and I want to fill everyone in on how pumped I am about life right now.
Although my Dad had to have double bypass open heart surgery, he's doing quite well now and is at home with Mom resting and recovering greatly. My Grandmother and Uncle have been checking up on him regularly and making sure he's doing okay while Mom is with my sister helping out with my new nephew, Bryden McCaffrey Wenz....BMW...I call him Lil' Baby Beamer!
Yeah, that's right, I'm officially an Auntie. It's so exciting and so much fun. I got to be there for the birth of Bryden, and it is one experience I will never forget for as long as I live. My sister is a rockstar, and I have no idea how she did that whole birth thing without any drugs. But that's what happens when you arrive at the hospital, your midwife informs you that you're already 10cm dilated, and it's "GO TIME!"
Basically, on February 24th, my Dad was finally free to go home from the Hospital. I had signed up on the meal train that night to cook dinner for my family, and while I was cooking dinner Ashley began having some contractions. She thought, "Naw, they're probably false alarms, they don't even hurt." Okay, so let's fast forward a few hours to 10:00pm at the Wenz home.
Tim had called me to tell me that Ashley's contractions were becoming more, "crampy" and that they didn't have a plan for their pups if she were to head to the Hospital that night, but that wasn't for sure yet, so could I just come stay out at their house in case they do have to go to North Valley?
I packed up some stuff and hauled taters out to their house. By the time I got there, Ashley was having even more contractions and they were becoming painful. It was seriously time to go to the hospital. They headed north to Whitefish, I headed to my parents', and then Mom and I headed to the hospital as well.
1:15am on February 25, Bryden came into the world at 7lbs 14.5oz. and was 20" long. It was incredible!
THIS BRINGS US TO BIKING -- HOW YOU MAY ASK? -- WELL I'LL TELL YOU!
So Friday the 26th rolls around, and I'm exhausted. But we had a lot happening at work, and I opted to work on Thursday without any sleep. So that Friday, I was a little more rested and prepared to bust out whatever designs I needed to.
Lisa and I had an early morning photoshoot with one of our clients, and then once back at the office, I told her I wanted to go see my nephew at lunch time. I thought it might be nice if Lisa came with me, and I told Dan he should go too.
This is when they both started acting very weird.
Dan to me: "Well Amanda, how about we all wait until 1:00, and then we can all go see your nephew, and then grab some lunch, but you have to finish those social media ads before you can go." Wow, okay Dan, jeez. HAHAHA. Lisa looked at me and tried to play along with me while I was like "Gosh, Dan seems cranky, what'd I do?"
Well at that point it also became clear that something was up. Dan also informed me that I had a lot of stuff with me today that I should just go put in my truck now in case we don't come back from lunch. And I was thinking, "But I have a lot of work to do, why would I not come back."
I'll spare you from the rest of that weird conversation with Dan and Lisa (Lisa is an especially terrible liar), but in the end they kidnapped me from work, rented fat bikes from Wheaton's in Kalispell, and then took me to Somer's Beach to ride around in the sand with baby Eddy and the video camera from the office.
Lisa and Dan told me that it was "Designer Appreciation Day!" and that they wanted me to take a responsibility break and have some fun. Thus, no blog post from me last Friday.
Like I said before, the last couple of weeks have been nothing short of insane, but I work with two of the best people on the planet, and I cannot thank them enough for making each day super fun. Taking me biking was exactly what I needed, and I think if anyone else is stressed or needs a break from reality, they should hop on their bikes and go on an adventure too!
It's already March, and that means that summer is closer than you think. Get outside, get on your bike, and make some memories with your hilarious friends. And as a side note...Don't forget the SELFIE STICK! Can't wait to share our newest brand video with you all soon. (It involves a Selfie Stick if you haven't picked up on that yet.)
HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!
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