Today I wanted to post about how I met Josh in more detail than what is on DudeThatsErin.site. To do that we have to go back in time…
We are going back to August. I was still in my depression though it was VERY minor compared to how it used to be. I needed to leave retail and get a job in my degree field so I applied several places and I got a call up by SNI which is a local staffing company. I went in for an interview with them a few times and then they told me that Availity was hiring and I interviewed with them next. I got the job.
Now let’s pause. What is Availty? They are a medical IT company also known as a clearinghouse. Google defines the word “Clearinghouse” as the following:
- a bankers’ establishment where checks and bills from member banks are exchanged, so that only the balances need be paid in cash.
- an agency or organization which collects and distributes something, especially information.
In laymen’s terms, that means that Availity collects information and distributes it to another entity. In their case, they work with doctor’s offices and insurance companies. Doctors can do the following on their portal:
- Submit claims to insurance companies and get responses (sometimes immediate ones) back from the insurance companies
- Check patient’s eligibility & benefits (what the patient is and is not covered for)
- Submit referral & authorization requests and receive responses (sometimes immediate ones) back from the insurance companies
- Update their contact information with us and the insurance companies
Those are the most common things I would help out with. Now, I worked in a call center which means I wasn’t face-to-face with these doctors and some of them didn’t even know how to left or right click on a computer let alone fill out a form online so some of these calls lasted upwards of 2 to 3 hours. I believe the longest one I was on while I was there was 2.5 hours. I was walking the doctor through how to submit a claim directly on the Availity Portal and how to check the status of said claim after submitting it.
I also worked with the insurance companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield (of all 50 states), Humana (they can die in a fiery hell), AETNA, CIGNA, Sunshine Healthplan, and more. Availity has close to 5k or more insurance companies (or what they call ‘payers’) on their portal that we would work with.
Going back to the story, I started working here and I was in training for the first month to month and a half. During that time I tried to work with Best Buy part time (weekends only) but I am not the type of person that can be working that much. I am either full time, part time, or neither. I can’t do both full time and part time. So after about a month I quit Best Buy. My last day was September 23rd, 2018. I remember that date because it was the date I met Josh.
Now, I had the choice of not going to work that day because, ultimately, what were they going to do? So, I contemplated it hard the night before and day of. I only worked either 1-8pm or 4-8pm. I don’t remember, either way it was a short shift on a Sunday. Sundays are notoriously slow in the call center at Best Buy, especially Sunday nights. I decided to go in and immediately when I get to the call center, no one else is there working the phones. I think I was like 5 or 10 min late and the previous agent is a stickler for leaving on time. The only one who is in this room is this guy sitting in the middle computer (we had 3) taking his eLearnings (or Best Buy Trainings).
I remember Josh being really timid but easy to talk to. I remember thinking to myself “I wonder if he is available.” and then “No, Erin! You have crushed and asked out too many of the Best Buy folks. You need to stop!” while we were talking. We ended up talking about Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds which is a rare game that almost no one knows about so I instantly was blown away by this random guy whom I met at my last day of work that knew about this random game that I used to play all of the time with my cousin. He was doing his trainings and we would both pause talking whenever I would get a phone call and needed to, you know, do my job. Hahaha. Overall, we talked for a good 3-4 hours about video games, ourselves, and everything. He was really easy to talk to and I thought (still do!) he was cute. He had to leave because he finished his eLearnings first but before he did I added him on Facebook. When he left I vividly remember saying “text me!” Guess what he never did? Text me. Guess who messaged him first on Thanksgiving 2018? Me. Hahaha
So fast forward, I was taking a week off from Availity to visit my extended family for Thanksgiving. Something I haven’t done in YEARS. When we do go up there it is usually during the summer but prior to this Thanksgiving trip I hadn’t been there in close to (or more than) 2 years. So, it was much needed as we are very family oriented. I was laying in my grandmother’s bed (as we stay with her when we go up to Ohio) on Thanksgiving morning and I’m not sure what or who told me to message Josh but I did.
I just texted him a simple “How was your weekend?” and we got to talking. We sent several memes back and forth. The following one is a running joke between us:
We sent that one MANY times back and forth to each other. While talking I got cold feet (because I knew this would be something real) and said no to the date but then regretted it and a day later asked him back out. Originally he asked me out to the Nordstrom eBar which I had never been to and was really out of my element. I heard that it was a really upscale Starbucks and was put off by it so that’s another reason why I said no. When I asked him back out we went to go see the cartoon version of “The Grinch” but prior to both of us watched the live action version at the same time but at our separate homes.
Our first date went well. We kissed and it was slobbery (on his side) hahaha It took him until the movie was almost over to put his arm around me.
Now the rest is history. We got married on March 29, 2019 and he proposed to me at the Nordstrom eBar (or near it, I should say) and we had a date that should have been our first date.
I will post about our wedding in the future. For now, here is a mandatory picture of him & another one with us together. Spoiler. These are my favorite pictures of him and us.
That’s all I have to write for this one. If you want to know anything about us, ask them in the comments below! I’ll be sure to respond when I can. Either that or follow me on Twitter and I will talk to you there!
I will talk to you guys in the next one! BYE!