Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

Overdue greetings

I think we can all agree, I am not managing this blog as well as I could. But I only have so much time and I prioritize rest before most things except work and exercise. I am working 60+ hours and still trying to work out at least 4 days a week. This was working well until I feel off the exercise bandwagon 3 weeks ago. I had to admit I was burnt out and needed a break. I am trying to find that perfect routine for me. Becoming a morning person is hard work.

My day job is slowing down and there were some lay offs last week. The rest of us have had our hours and pay cut to compensate for the decrease in business. This gives me 1 day off every week. On the flip side, the night job is ramping up so I am still busy. No rest for the wicked. At least I have the option to work from home with both jobs. So I see lots of days passed in pants with elastic waist! 🙂 I feel very fortunate to still have both jobs in a time when so many are faced with uncertainty.

I could not continue without acknowledging this global crisis we are all facing. Coronavirus has taken us all for a loop. It is frightening how quickly this virus has travelled around the world. Even more alarming is how casually way too many people are treating this situation. My heart has been breaking at the images of the elderly standing in empty aisles of toilet paper. Don’t get me started about the kids who depend on their schools to feed them and those schools are now closed. I pray that we somehow survive this and become better humans in the process.

I hope this message finds you in good health and you continue to be healthy.

Take care.

 

Feeling slightly violated

So last Sunday I am at a family function and I receive a text message advising me that my cell company is getting a request to move my phone number to another provider and if I didn’t make this request to call an unrecognized 1-877 number. I thought it looked spammy, showed my cousins who agreed and left it alone.

Fast forward 2 hours and my phone is telling me I have a unregistered sim card. We remove it and put it back, still the same message. I go to the local Rogers store and was told the text message was legit and I will need to buy a new sim card and they will assign me a temporary number until they can get my number back from the other carrier.

I didn’t think anything of it and went to work. BIG MISTAKE. On my break I tried to log into my hotmail account and couldn’t get in. I had my number back by this point so I reset my password. Logging into my account I saw an email from Amazon that my account was suspended for the next 2 hours.

FML!

This was close to my end of shift so I figured I’d deal with it when I got home. I spent the rest of my shift twitching and willing time to pass. Got home, cussed my computer for taking long to boot up. Logged into my email to see another email from Amazon telling me my order was placed. WTF!?!

Logged into Amazon, reset my password and removed my credit card. Looked at my open and cancelled orders and found nothing. The deviant also signed me up for Prime and looked at a Nintendo gaming system. Got on a chat with Amazon, while checking my credit card account. Was assured me that everything seemed on the up and up until I mentioned that there was a pending charge on my credit card for $19.99 and to then I was told someone would contact me on Monday as this needed to be escalated.

Monday morning I woke up to an email saying my order had shipped. Saw that the charge was not cancelled but charged to my card. Decided to cancel my credit card.

Reached out to Amazon again on Tuesday. Was told someone would get in contact with me in 2-3 days. Still waiting, thankfully not holding my breathe.

Did I mention that I also logged into a very old Paypal account to see someone else’s email address and a different mailing address. BLOODY HELL. Luckily I have not used Paypal in over 5 years and never had a credit card or bank account linked to it. There is $15 in the account that I have no clue how to get out.

My mind has been racing for the past week on what else could have been compromised.

2020 has got to get better right?

2019 – A look back

The last real update I posted was early July. This past summer was a good one. I was out and about almost every weekend and it was tiring and fun. I went to 2 different cottages and caught my first fish.

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I have no idea what kind of fish it was. It was small and returned to the lake. I think I might be more of a pretend fisher, really only doing it to be out on the water.

Hung out with my friends and we went all over. I had a lot of day trips all over Ontario. Went to an alpaca farm. Went to 3 different outlet malls. Finally made it to St. Jacob’s Market. Spent an afternoon at the beaches. Took a drive to Tobermory, which is beyond beautiful. Took my kids to do the Whirlpool Jet Boat ride. Went to visit a friend in Ottawa. Visited my Aunt in MD. Saw Michelle Obama.

People, I was tired and my wallet was crying. I was trying to good, then my friend’s sister died and she requested my presence at the memorial. I booked the the tickets to Chicago and my friend booked everything else. In the spirit of generosity, I refused to take payment for her ticket. She is a student and has always been there for me, so I figured it was the least I could do. My bank account is not pleased with me.

Since I was already off the budget train, I bought myself a smart watch. I absolutely love my Samsung Galaxy watch. I appreciate the gentle nudges to move more than I thought. I installed a water reminder app which helps greatly. I am trying to get back to healthy in 2020.

Next time, we will talk about my goals for 2020. Until then, I hope life is treating you well.

Happy New Year

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Well look who’s back!?!

It was never my intention to stay away so long. I actually only planned to take the summer off as it got away from me. I had the best time socializing and my bank account acknowledges this. The fall came around and I was not inspired to say anything. Not sure I am now but I figured it’s a new year, time to give this another go. I miss this space.

I am sadly still trying to manage my time better. Since I am typing this up at almost 1 am I am not succeeding. But hopefully accountability is really what I need.

I’ll be back sooner rather than later with a brief recap of the past 6 months and my plans for the foreseeable future. Until then, good night and I hope life has been treating you kindly.

Living it up

If the busyness of this summer doesn’t kill me I will be shocked.

Now that I have Saturdays free from work, I am making the most of it. Every Saturday from now until September has something booked or penciled in. And I am still socializing in the week.

Last Wednesday my new friend P sent me a Groupon for Lionel Ritchie tickets for the following evening. As a huge fan of both live events and Lionel, I could not say no. So after working Thursday I was fighting traffic to get to my local mall to meet my friend so we could travel down together.

Lionel was amazing. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he is 70 years old. He preformed for 1.5 hours and it was fantastic.

Last Saturday, had me trekking across the city to visit my oldest cousin. It was a long overdue visit. I brought my Mom along and it was very reminiscent of my childhood. Complete with 50+ minute time line to leave her house. My cousin’s husband had a stroke almost 2 years ago and I have been meaning to visit for at least the past year. It has been a rough road for her but she handles it with such grace.

This past Tuesday, I crossed off another to do item. I FINALLY saw “Come From Away” and it was everything I thought it would be.

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With just chairs and tables and 12+ people, this cast told one of the greatest stories of the best of humanity. It was very moving. This play tells the story of what happened on 9/11 when 7,000 people were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, town of 9,000. I had heard many stories about the kindness and hospitality of my country folk to the East but this story brought it all home for me.

Today, I was supposed to have a spa day but instead I am going fishing and will be playing hooky tomorrow. Shhhhhhh, don’t tell my many bosses. 😉

Last Sunday as I was at the night job I was twitching my leg, when I heard something in my hip pop. I didn’t think anything about it at the time, until I got up. The pain was very unexpected as I have popped my hip before, although usually when laying down.

I hobbled around and was made fun of on Sunday at work. But still I didn’t think anything of it. Monday morning the pain was still there. So much so that I could only walk up the stairs at work one step at a time, leading with my right leg as my left leg REFUSED to co-operate. I spent the day being laughed at as twitching on a chair as the how I hurt myself is ridiculous. Most thought I hurt myself working out and in hindsight, I should have just gone with it.

I dragged myself into the night job on Monday (I keep writing that as Moanday). Spent a lot of time sitting, which might not have been the best decision. Went home, got in a fight with my oldest, sat some more and then cried real tears when I got up to walk to my bedroom. The pain was intense. Needless to say it took 10 minutes to make the journey. Managed to get myself into bed and was cold and could not fathom getting up again. At this point, I hollered at my child for help. She asked me if I put Tiger Balm on it.  Now I hurt and felt foolish.

I rubbed Tiger Balm on my hip and took 2 Advil and still could not find a comfortable position to sleep in. I survived the night and woke up feeling better. I am still not 100% but I do feel significantly better. It goes without saying no exercise was done last week. I’m going to start off slowly tomorrow.

I have a new found respect for those struggling with physical limitations and pain. Pain is very humbling.

First Sunday

Well it goes without saying that I will need to adjust my weekend schedule now that I am working Sundays instead of Saturdays.

Yesterday I had a baby shower to attend for one of my cousins. It ran from 2 pm – 7 pm  by the time we were finished cleaning up. Sigh. I then met a friend for dinner and ended up going back to her place to hang. I got home after midnight.

This morning I met up with my Dad for breakfast before he ran off to run errands. I was to meet up with a friend at noon but she did not respond to my texts/calls in the morning so I went back home to cook and start my laundry only to have her call me around noon to let me know that she was now up and available to visit. Ordinarily I would reschedule by this friend is on palliative care so tomorrow is not promised. I did a load and put it in the dryer and left my sheets washing before running out the door.

I managed to have a quick visit before having to run off to work. The night dragged as the call center was not busy. I sent multiple texts to my oldest to remind her to wash the towels and put them in the dryer. Instead of drying the sheets and towels separately she put them in together. This has not worked out well for me as I have been home over an hour now and they are still drying … I just pulled the towels out to focus on the sheets as I only have one set that fits my bed …

I am thinking all plans to getup early to workout tomorrow morning are starting to look fuzzy.

Last week we had most of our North American sales team in HQ. It was a long, tiring week as I attempted to get to work on time. I did get in early on the only day that really mattered for a meeting I think I could have lived without attending. Overall the week was good but so many unnecessary meetings.

Coming up this week, I have no plans outside of work and will be using my time to relax and figure out my new schedule.