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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. 😉

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Officially an old person

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.

The past couple weeks

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2 weeks ago, above was a short drive away. Went to Florida for my Grandfather’s 90th birthday party. It was attended by over 40 people who came from near and far. It was a great function. I am so very glad I went. I had lots of time with my Grandfather which is priceless. Seeing my Dad’s side of the family mostly all together was amazing.

I arrived on the Friday evening and soaked up the sun and family time for 5 glorious days. We severely over-estimated the amount of food needed for the party on Sunday and ended up with way too much food. Unfortunately I think most of it went to waste as we did not have any one to give it to and it was way too much to finish in the short time the majority of us were there.

At work we revamped our gym with 2 new Bowflex Max Trainer machines and a Peloton bike. I have been on the Max Trainer twice now and am recommitting to going to the gym at work on my days off. The preset workouts are 7, 14 and 21 minutes long. Right up my alley. So far I have only done the 7 minute version. Next week I will be stepping up to the 14 minute workout. This I will do for the rest of the summer just working on increasing the intensity.

My weekend shift change was approved a long while ago and yet I had to email the manager to ask her when it would take effect. Next week will be my first Sunday shift. This works out well as I have my cousin’s baby shower to attend next Saturday and a birthday party to attend the Saturday after that. I look forward to getting my social life back.

Next week my entire sales team is coming to HQ for the entire week. Going to have to try my best to get in to work on time. 😦 This will be a challenge for sure. But hopefully a habit I can keep up as I want to be able to leave at 5 pm with a clear conscience moving forward.

 

Happy Victoria Day

Today is a statutory holiday in Canada celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria, which made yesterday feel like Saturday. Hence the lack of post…

This past week was a good week. I got in 5 workouts and am feeling myself. My oldest returned from Paris on Thursday and she has a great time. Other than her credit card being frozen because my girl decided to buy a pair of boots from Louis Vuitton for a ridiculous amount of money. So my brilliant child returned the shoes hoping that would take the hold off her card. It didn’t. So Tuesday I get a What’s up message from her advising me of the situation. After much back and forth, she was able to get in contact with her bank and get the card back in service.

I managed to have dinner with a friend I do not see nearly enough. We made tentative plans to go to St Jacob’s Market and do a waterfalls tour of Hamilton this summer. We both commented on how much we used to do when the kids were smaller and now we just let the 7 warm days of summer get away from us. Since we are both on a budget, exploring our local treasures is the way to go.

I’m excited to have rough summer plans. Along with hanging out with my friend, I am also planning a trip to Ottawa to visit with my cousin. We are going to do an “ice cream tour”. She found an article that lists the best 18 places to have ice cream in Ottawa.

And maybe this year, I can finally get to do the Whirlpool Jet boat ride down the Niagara Gorge with my kids. This has been on the to do list for far too long. This I hope will be an in the week event but with the way my oldest is working, probably not.

I think this summer is going to be a good one.

 

Happy Mother’s Day

This day has been very quiet day. My oldest is in Europe and my youngest went to work. I spent the day lounging. Went to see my own mother. She was in a good mood. Called my Aunt who is like a second mother to me. It was a good day.

Last week was great on the exercise front. I still don’t get up every morning but a workout was done 4 days last week. I’m getting there, slowly. I am still not eating after 8:30 pm. So that should help.

I ordered some clothes from Walmart of all places. I am a fan of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans. They manage to hide my side fat. I have more pairs than I care to admit to. Unfortunately some of them are starting to suffer from the inevitable chub rub. One of my coworkers told me that my jeans are in the local Walmart. I went online and found them for $9/pair!!! I bought all colours that were in my size.  4 new pairs of jeans for me. 1 pair is just slightly too small but I’m going to keep them as they were nine dollars! I’ll fit into them eventually.

I also picked up 2 dresses and a jumper to take to Florida.

Surprisingly these all got approval from my youngest.

My schedule change at the PT job was approved. Not sure when it will take effect as I am on the schedule this Saturday, but I know it is coming. Hello social life!!

I have been challenged by one of my very good friends to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. He knows that I will continue to put it off until my death bed if I am not pushed. This is still a work in progress. My first task is to identify the top 10 (minimum 8) things that are holding me back. This is harder that I thought it would be. But I will get on it.

My girl comes back on Thursday evening so I am going to have dinner with a friend near the airport before picking her up. Other than that this week should be mundane.

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Exercise was lacking last week, but I’m getting on it this week. I am going to Florida at the end of the month and I want to be in better shape. Mostly so the clothes that are in my closet might fit nicer. Really don’t want to buy new clothes.

Last week’s win was that I stopped eating at 8:30 pm on most nights. If I am not exercising, I will have to control my eating. I still eat most things although the acne on my chin seems to suggest I should lay off the dairy. I will be eating “cleaner” until my trip.

I saw Avengers: Endgame … all 3 glorious hours of it. I stopped drinking liquids at 3 pm before the 8 pm showing and was able to sit comfortably throughout the whole movie. It was a good show. My oldest was a hot mess at the end.

Took my car for an oil change and ended up buying 2 new tires as the mechanic found a nail in one of the tires. It was recommended that I get at least 2 tires for evenness or something of the nature. So that was a bit unexpected. Over the past 2 weeks, I have spent quite a bit so I am going to try to lay low for the rest of the month.

I changed my availability at my part time job so hopefully in a couple of weeks I can get my Saturday nights back and start socializing again.

I went to see a friend who recently got some bad news on the health front. It was sobering to see her so low energy. I was only there for about 30 minutes before she looked like she was ready to nap. This whole situation makes me very sad.

Reached out to my Dad today and was happy to learn that he is going out and meeting new people. In fact he is so busy, it makes me look bad. He seems to be making great strides with getting out there. It might be time for his daughter to follow suit. 😉