Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

In a rut

Oh gosh, I did not intent to be away from this space for so long.

I was (maybe still am) in a funk. Work is really not very fun. In a fit of madness, I am attempting to find a good life/work balance. Unfortunately it is putting me further behind at work. 😦 I am not an anxious person, but I hate having things hanging over my head. Couple that with a list of 5 things to do at the start of the day and most of those same five things are untouched EVERY day, I have run out of F@#%s to give. Gonna get a t-shirt made with that on it!!

I broke down and went in to work today after leaving mostly on time for the past few weeks. The work never ends and the morale is worse now than before. My manager locked herself in her office crying last week as she was going on vacation and was feeling incredibly guilty. It was very disturbing.

So instead of blogging I have been job searching. Which is not as productive as I would like it to be. No nibbles yet but that is not deterring me.

On a quick catch-up note, I went to DC for a self-made long weekend to celebrate my cousin’s 40th birthday and had a blast. It was really nice to get away (we will not talk about the 330 emails that were in my inbox waiting for me when I returned).

My cousin rubs elbows with the wealthy and wealthier. It was a very interesting trip. We went to the “rich people” spa. I say this because when the charge showed up on my credit card it was more that four times what I hesitantly pay in town for a massage … FOUR TIMES!?! It would have hurt even if we were still on par with the USD. But I don’t do this ever so I just shut my eyes and was grateful that I have the money to pay the bill.

Speaking of the massage … it was the BEST one I have ever had. I was ready to offer the RMT a house in Toronto if she moved here with me and just gave me daily massages. Given the price of homes in the T.O. and the price of the massage, I will really have to do math to see where the break even point would be. Recently a townhouse, in a great neighbourhood but still a townhouse, sold for $1 million over asking. Where the $%#@ do I live???

Ok, I’ve veered off topic. Other than my trip away, I believe it is my daily workouts, which have not gotten any easier, that have been keeping me sane.

Tomorrow I start my Spring cleanse. 12 days of so much not fun eating. I gave up meat and wheat for Lent and it was a challenge some days. I am debating if I could give up gluten and dairy for the month of May. I think it would definitely help with the weight loss.

Speaking of weight loss … I have lost exactly 1 lb since Jan 2 when I started this daily workout routine.

I have no words so I’m going to stop here. I have “cussed” enough in one post.

Have a wonderful day.

What’s new

Well the interview at my friend’s workplace has not happened. I responded to the email from HR with my availability and never heard back. I even sent a follow up email and radio silence.

My friend thinks it’s rude and strange and has recruited her supervisor to investigate. Maybe my responses are going into her spam? I don’t know.

Work is still crazy. But I did manage to get a few hours uninterrupted the other day. It’s amazing how people will leave you alone if you stab a bagel with a butter knife. LOL Ok that makes it sound more intense than it was. But basically the butter knife would not cut it so I had a minor temper tantrum. Since I am always easy going this was alarming to most. So they stayed out of my way. 🙂 I got a lot done. I might want to try it again in a few weeks.

I hurt my back working out yesterday. It feels like someone stabbed me just under my left shoulder. It hurts to breathe deeply. It is better today but still not in the clear. I am still working out though. Only walking, gentle walking as I can’t really raise my left arm too much. And I don’t want to get out of breath.

Since my weight loss is stagnant, I have decided to give up land animals and gluten for Lent, which starts on Wednesday. While I am not Catholic, I have in the past given up land animals for Lent and lost some weight because of it.

I am looking into vegetarian recipes, so if you have any that aren’t too complicated or have Tofu in it please send them my way. I will still be eating fish and diary as I need “easy” protein sources until I get into the swing of things.

Once Easter has passed, I will do a cleanse and most likely return to my meat eating ways. I hope to be more plant based though.

 

Work update

Sometimes I really love my friends. One of my oldest friends sent me a text last week to let me know her workplace is hiring. I immediately sent her my resume. We went back and forth regarding some of the details of the job and the company. I told her my salary range and that I was flexible and the HR rep from her company still sent me an email inquiring about coming in for an interview.

I am fairly sure the position will pay less than my current gig. How much less remains to  be seen. I am trying to figure out how much of a salary cut I am willing to do. My main focus is the ability to grow, short term pain for long term gain. 😉

There are other benefits that might make a pay cut acceptable, such as retirement contributions matching and profit sharing. It is further away (20 mins vs my current 10) and would take me back to 2 weeks vacation …

I have given either Tuesday or Wednesday as options for the interview and will probably take the day off. I need a break. Last week was incredibly frustrating as it was determined that I must get a laptop even though I will never take it home. I live 10 minutes away and am a workaholic. I don’t see a time/day that I could not make it into work. What I can reasonably see is that I would start working from home and making my days even longer. No thanks.

Back to the new laptop which was not set up when I came into work … 😡 Couple that with we are doing renovations and needed to pack up and empty our desks so the new carpet could be installed over the weekend. I took everything I owned home. I am mentally done.

I hope when I get my next job offer I can give more than two weeks notice as it does take long to find acceptable candidates. One of my team members is leaving and has told our manager. My manager can not start interviewing until my coworker hands in her written resignation.

The madness continues. I hope this week’s interview will being positive results. Wish me luck!

 

February Goals

I’ve had this post in my head since last weekend … Better late than never, right?

Right now I am struggling with life/work balance. I am so unhappy at work I have started looking for another job. I moved to the early shift and still find myself working at least 2 hours overtime almost every day. 😦 The only “bonus” is that I am still leaving work at a “reasonable” hour. I really thought that work would get better since we were bought out but that is not the case. It also does not help that just about everyone in my department is miserable including my manager.

Friday had me running around like a chicken with my head cut off as we’ve just implemented a new pricing process that requires multiple busy people to look at our costs before the quote goes to our finance department and then back to our VP of sales. If she changes a penny, it must go back to finance for approval …

The process is taking 5+ days. Unacceptable, but what can we do. It honestly feels like we are being set up to fail. I am told right now is our busy season and it will slow down but I am not seeing it.

On the fitness side, I am still managing to fit in at least a 20 minute workout into my day every day. My body is tired but I am getting it done. I want to increase the amount of time I exercise but I have not yet convinced myself to work out before work. And when I get home, some nights I am so hungry that I inhale a yogurt before exercising and then choose a 20 minute workout. I still have not attempted a Jillian workout.

I need to get a better handle on my food intake. I was supposed to start tracking it on Feb 1 but … I neglected to. Made myself the world’s most awesome sandwich for breakfast today and yesterday. Put it into myfitnesspal.com only to cry at how calorie heavy it is. No regrets, but it is an eye opener. Also my water intake has fallen by the wayside. 😦

Financially … I have not been as diligent as I used to be with my money. I have been having way too many coffees out. Considering I am/was a one coffee a day kind of girl and 99% of the time it was instant from home as I am not a “real” coffee drinker. I like coffee that doesn’t taste like coffee, flavoured is my jam. This new habit of going for a second coffee 3+ times a week needs to end.

Basically I am a hot mess and need to get myself back on track. This is the month to start focusing on me.

 

Sealed Pot Amount

I meant to come back during the week and not keep you in suspense for so long. As I know you have been holding your breath waiting to learn how much all those coins turned out to be.

Wait no longer my friends, I rolled $272 and there was $22.25 left loose.

Yesterday I took the rolls of coins to the bank and used them to pay a bill. I know super exciting right?

I put the loose change back in the pot and am searching my home looking for some tape to seal it again.  I know I have a roll of painters tape somewhere. I’ll find it when I least expect it. In the mean time I have hidden the can from prying eyes. 😉

2016 Sealed Pot

Every year I throw my change into a “sealed pot” as a way of saving for Christmas. Usually I open and cash out in early December but as I did my Christmas shopping throughout the year I was able to squeeze it into my regular budget. Also I didn’t think it would be as much as previous years as I was using plastic more than cash.

Anyhoo, on the the reveal.

Some days I really am not the sharpest crayon in the box. Every year I weigh my sealed pot on my bathroom scale and it is a challenge.

There were more attempts which makes this next shot proof that I need to wear my thinking cap more often.

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First and only shot on my kitchen scale. Why did I not think of this before?

Last weekend I took my sealed pot to the local bank where I previously threw the contents into their coin machine and presto change-o, a slip of paper with the grand total. Guess what is no longer there? Yup, the coin counter.So in the week I had to get coin wrappers.

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Looks impressive, right?

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Now to sort it all.

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Top pile is “twoonies” which are 2 dollar coins, next “loonies”; 1 dollar coins, then quarters, dimes and nickels with a small amount of pennies, mostly American as Canada got rid of the penny years ago.

Any guesses as to how much is here?

Freezer inventory

Small freezer.

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Chest freezer. This will need to be defrosted at some point.

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I have 2 freezers chocked full of … I have no idea what.

My goal over this winter is to eat out of the freezer. Ignore any sales on meat. Resist the desire to eat anything other than what I have on hand. Give away anything I know we will not eat. Like the English muffins that are in the top photo (lower right corner).

Meal planning would definitely help with this. My problem with meal planning is that not everyone eats in my house. So I am trying to find the balance between having too much and not enough. Now that my girls are working they are more inclined to eat out than at home, unless it is the few days before pay day …. O_o

At some point I would like to take inventory of the freezers to see what I am working it but I am procrastinating like there is no tomorrow. From my memory I know I have 2 whole chickens, various types of sausages, ground beef, chicken thighs (with and without bone), shrimp and sole fillets. There is also fish sticks, chicken strips and chicken wings.

I did take out some ground beef and chicken thighs for dinner this week. I also know think those meatballs will be used up this week.

I am making split pea soup today. Princess and I will happily eat this, Diva not so much. Maybe I’ll make spaghetti and meatballs as well since that is quick and easy. Plus I have zucchini so I can make zoodles for myself. 🙂