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I’m in a good place

Life is just humming along. I don’t know if it’s old age or I am just having fun but time seems to be flying.

I seem to talk to my old coworkers more now that I did when I worked with them. Their work situation seems to keep getting worse. Last Wednesday, the marketing person gave notice. She has nothing lined up but was feeling overwhelmed and taken advantage of and just reached her breaking point.

On Friday, one of my old team members handed in her letter of resignation. The VP managed to talk her off the ledge by taking her on a guilt trip and promising that things will get better. She has agreed to stay until the end of July.

The manager has been off for over a week on stress leave. To compensate, the VP has promoted the team member that was hired after me. Apparently on Friday, every member of the team went into the VP’s office to express their dismay over the promotion. Especially since the VP would like to change moral and as per my old coworkers, the promoted one was one of the most negative in the place.

Needless to say this did not go over well with the new team leader and I got an earful. Poor girl. To top it off this “promotion” came with no training or additional salary, but a promise to revisit in 3 months. O_o

I feel very fortunate to be out of that environment.

For everyone still working there I really hope that there is a big shake up and improvements are really made.

Week 1 is over

On Friday at 5 pm I left my new workplace and danced in the streets. So far there has been nothing glaring that has happened to make me want to continue job searching.

My coworkers are friendly. The work has been slowly increasing. The expectations are that training will take at least 2 months. And even with that time frame I was told to double it as the business is “tricky”.

Hey they are not expecting me to do “real” work in the first week. That’s a plus in my book. I have worked at 2 places where by the end of the first week I was doing quotes and I had no product knowledge.

Over the past week, I also received many updates from my old coworkers that reconfirmed that I made the right decision. They are beyond miserable and it is not getting better. My heart breaks for them.

I am in a good place right now and I don’ feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. 🙂

A new adventure

I think I might finally get this work/life balance thing worked out.

Guess who got a new job!?!

ETA 19 days. 🙂

I am hopeful that this new company will be less stressful than my current one. I was a little nervous about handing in my resignation today. It’s time for me to move on, but I am leaving behind some really great people and they are getting the short end of the stick. We are all drowning with work and my leaving will create more work for my coworkers.

In the past, people quitting was treated with a cloak of silence and we didn’t find out until the person’s last day. So it will be interesting to see how they will handle mine. Couple that with I have almost 10 days of vacation saved up. Most of the folks that have left were forced to take their vacation instead of being paid out.

These are interesting times.


A great day

I set my alarm for 6:15 am every morning. And every day until today I have pressed snooze, rolled over and gone back to sleep until at least 7.

This morning I told myself you might as well get up as I was not feeling tired. So I went to work out which is what I am supposed to be doing first thing in the morning.

It felt really great to get that monkey off my back. And it is a good thing too as I left work late, then went to pick up Princess from her job interview. She treated me to ice cream since she GOT THE JOB!! WHOO HOO!! We then went to buy printer ink from Staples which was right beside the nail salon that Diva was in. So we picked her up as well.

I went home, changed out of my work clothes and then we went out to dinner with a friend of mine. The meal was nothing to write home about, but it was nice to sit around a table and catch up.

I didn’t get back home until after 9 and I am beat but still smiling as I have leftovers from last night’s dinner to take to work tomorrow for lunch. 🙂 I made stir fry beef using this great recipe from Budget Bytes. It was so good. I didn’t have any rice noodles so I just made rice.

Okay, I need to get into bed so I can wake up and work out again tomorrow. 🙂

Oh wait, I forgot to mention my new work BFF talked to our old department head and she told her that I am learning quickly and she’s impressed with me. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Best news!

Life update

The new job is going very well. I still like it. 🙂 There is a lot to learn and no manual to read. 😦 But I am really loving my coworkers … well most of them. There is this one lady who was hired a month before me and all she does it complain about what we don’t have or why doesn’t it work this other way. It’s a little tiresome but luckily she doesn’t sit close to me.

I am still working out. Just not every day. Mondays and Fridays seem to be long days for me so I try to work out all the other days. I really would like to get back to exercising in the morning as my evenings are all over the place. So far I’ve worked late 3 nights in the past 2 weeks. And it really throws my whole night off. I still walk up the 5 flights of stairs and it has not gotten any easier. 😦

I need to get my ducks in a row with regards to meal planning. I have been winging it and eating dinner at 8. Not great. So today I will make ribs and macaroni pie for dinner and some ground beef and rice for lunch tomorrow. There is a Asian Sweet Chili Sesame Chicken recipe that is calling my name. This will be on the menu this week.

I’ve been eating way too much pasta recently so I am going back to no carbs after 2 pm for the next 2 weeks as I have a funeral dress to fit into. I stepped on the scale and it was not pretty. I blame the candy at work. Have to get more disciplined about those useless calories. One of my cousins recommended “The Virgin Diet” which claims by removing 7 foods you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days. There is an accompanying cookbook that I also managed to borrow from my library. So hopefully there is some meal inspiration to be found.

The memorial for my cousin is slowly being put together. There is a committee of 7 planning it out. The venue has already been changed as it was deemed not big enough. The new place is beautiful and on the water. A place my cousin would have loved. Right now the plan is to arrive on Friday and leave on Sunday. Just need my Aunt to okay us staying in her place without her.

My girls are doing well. Princess is waiting to hear back from one school regarding the entrance exam she took 2 weeks ago. She has gotten into 2 of the 5 programs she applied to so far. Diva is still working and going to school and spending like a Hollywood star. I would lecture her, but she does give me a good chunk of her pay so she can use the rest to keep McDonald’s in business if she likes. 😕  Diva did managed to get Princess a job interview at her workplace. So fingers crossed she will get the job and can take a step to becoming more independent.

I think you are now all caught up.


Day 1 done

Today was my first day at my new job and it was great.

The people are nice and the work environment is pleasant. I met my new supervisor. She is very nice and very new as in her first day was Wednesday. So we will be the blind leading the blind. 🙂 lol

This morning Diva came into my room before 6 looking for her phone. I fell back asleep but I should have probably just gotten up as I felt like I was hit by a truck when my alarm finally did go off.

Today marks the second day that I haven’t worked out. I spent Saturday and Sunday out shopping with Princess. There was a lot of walking and my feet were hurting by the end of both days. I squeezed in a workout on Saturday but could not convince myself to get it together yesterday.

This evening I attended a focus group and was rewarded with $90 for 2 hours of my time. I even found a free place to park so there were no out of pocket expenses. 🙂 By the time I returned home I was beat and in no mood to do anything including exercise.

This just re-enforces my need to get up in the morning and get it out of the way. If I am going to accomplish this I REALLY need to get into bed earlier.

On that note I’m off.

The big reveal

So you know how I vague and cryptic on Monday? Well I can now tell you what that’s all about.


I have been on the hunt for a new job for the past 6+ months. I have applied to what feels like a tonne of jobs, had my fair share of interviews but nothing really felt right.

Until 2 weeks ago when I went for an interview with a company that is just up the street from my home. The interview went really well and it felt so much like a great fit that I actually sent a “real” thank you email. Usually I send a generic thank you, I know shame on me.

Anyhoo, I didn’t hear any thing other than a thank you for my email, so last Thursday I sent a follow up email. The response I got said that they have one more interview to do and if I don’t hear from him by end of day Tuesday to contact them again. The same day I got a phone call from a woman who worked for a company I worked for 10 years ago. We had a long conversation that seemed promising.

On Friday morning the woman called to arrange an in person interview THEN in the afternoon the HR person from the job I wanted called requesting my references and permission to run a background check. 🙂

To give myself options, I went to the interview on Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, I was presented with a job offer but I was still waiting for my preferred company. I had to stall as they wanted me to start on Tuesday. O_o

Yesterday I got a job offer from the company I want!!  Start date is Feb 22.

So this means I am off to MD on Friday. If I hadn’t gotten the job I wanted I would have taken the job offered on Monday which wanted me to start this week.

I am very excited for this new opportunity and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.

First day on the job

So this job in more in line with the print industry I was in a couple of jobs ago.

I started this morning not really knowing what to expect as I was vetted like I was going to be sitting down with the Queen. My day was very quiet.  In total I think I spent less than 2 hours training with my direct supervisor.  The rest of the time I was pretty much left on my own.

It was a boring day.

What is interesting is the job that I was at the longest was a small print house so I wore multiple hats.  At this place just about everything I asked about was outside of my duties.  It was very strange.

I am not sure how I feel about this place but I don’t yet see it as a place for me to spend a long period of time as I think I will be unchallenged.

The people I have met so far are really friendly and the work environment seems soooooo much better than my last job.

Right now I feel like I should still continue to search for something else. Although this company is fairly large and there are many opportunities within it, I just have to work at my current position for 1 year before I can apply anywhere else.