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The Good Times Are Killin' Me

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Today is the first day I don't have to wake up and go be miserable for 8+ hours. Regularly working 50 hours a week (and only being compensated for 43 of them) is rough. It took a toll on my mental health, as well as my physical health. I'm glad to be relieved of that burden. Even the loss of my income is less stressful and worrisome than having to wake up in the morning to go to 'that job'. I feel like I can now get back on track to achieving my own goals... continuing to plug away at school, get back to blogging on my food blog (loooooooooong neglected at this point), and focusing on losing weight again. I've gained back almost 10 lbs since starting that job. Not okay. I have a few things I'd like to do with my free time, too.

At least I was well-liked.

Before I go any further, I just wanted to say thank you for those that expressed their sympathies when I lost my MeowMeow in mid-July. Here's the blurb I left on her Angry Meow Meow Facebook page:

"To all the wonderful followers and friends of The Angry MeowMeow: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news. This afternoon while at the vet's office, the beautiful gray cat that stole my heart, stopped breathing and slipped quietly over the Rainbow Bridge. Her x-rays revealed she had a large amount of cancer in her chest and her little body was no longer able to continue on. She was well loved in her short time with me and holds a place in my heart and soul."

I only had my sweet kitty for about a year. She was definitely a young beauty. I was telling Mary (MEWHENRYSMAMA) that I'm almost positive she chose me to ease her transition from this world to the next. She saw that I would love and care for her in her last bit of time here and that she would be comfortable and content until the end. I sure hope that's what I did for her. She's been interred in the “family plot” along with 4 other beloved beasts that went before her.

In the meantime, I have my brother's cat and our cat-sitting cat to ease my pain. They've both been great comforts to me over the past few weeks. Someday I'll get a new cat, but for now, I'm content with these two beasties keeping me company.

This is Kyle. He's, um... "special".

I do start school on Monday. I'll be taking Chem 100 w/ lab (basic chem here in my state) and working my way through the series I guess, just so I can get to the classes I really need: o-chem, bio chem, micro bio, bio, anatomy, and physiology. I'm also enrolled in a medical terminology class. I'm surprised I wasn't required to take a medical terminology class when I was doing my coursework for becoming a DSS. It would have been extremely helpful. And, my guess is, it would be extremely helpful when I am an RD, so I'll do that now. I'm looking at open classes and/or other classes that I can crash. I don't mind being full time.

Ballet classes start in September, but without an income, I'm not sure if I'll be able to do them. I'm not giving up hope on that, so I'll keep positive regarding this. I just really wanna get back into dancing again. I loved it so much before. It was a good stress reliever. And great exercise. Plus, my class schedule is once again at odds with the choir schedule. I think I mentioned previously (a decade ago, it seems) that I wanted to re-join the community choir here. But, sadly, my Chem class is at the same day/time as choir. Oh well... maybe next semester...

I'll be looking for a blissfully mindless part-time job in the meantime. I have an offer already for another full-time job, but I don't think I'll be taking it. I don't want to be working full-time while I'm going to school. Especially not with all the cerebral classes I'll have to be taking. California also passed a law allowing for home-produced cottage foods, and I've finally come up with a few ideas on what to do with that, so I'll be looking into that again.

I did mention that I've gained back approximately 10 lbs (might be closer to 8lbs, but what's 2lbs?) since starting that job. Remarkable that it was so little, but it goes to show you how active I was at work! My downfall was nutrition, not movement. The ladies in that kitchen can cook! Its all so yummy and authentic and homemade. I couldn't resist. Chorizo and potato burritoes with homemade tortillas. Special quesadillas (a local specialty). Enchiladas with sauce made from scratch. I started out this job able to take my lunch every day. I ended this job with lots of fast food. :-S I'm looking forward to getting back to eating healthier and feeling like I have more control in that aspect.

My middle brother is moving to San Diego (yet another person that gets to be there when I don't get to be) to go to school. He's leaving this weekend in fact. So, the household responsibilities will fall to me. And along with him, the need for meat and potatoes meals. I think I'll finally be able to transition the family over into a semi-vegetarian diet. 75% of my family (in this house) suffer from IBS. So, I think reducing meats and going toward a more vegetable based diet would be very helpful. I'm looking forward to it, actually.

Anyway, I think I've typed up enough. I am going to upload Comic Con photos soon, so I'll post a few of those when I get the chance.

I miss you all and look forward to being part of the Spark community again!
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    My Dear Friend!
    I was so glad to find your blog today...I was off a day or two as my IPad cord frayed and I had no power!
    Thanks for the mention...I know you were a special transition friend to Meow Meow and hate to think if you had not been there for her what it would have been to be sick on the street!
    So happy to hear the job is in the past! What a relief! You have much to do and it is more than full time! Find a really enjoyable Pt job that you like to go to...again, gift shop, etc.
    I love Kyle...LOL...special or not!
    My DH and I go to he University hospital on Monday for 3-5 days for him to have more testing and be observed. I so pray they can help us! I will take my IPad. I am concerned but we so need answers and help.
    Love you and will be thinking of you!
    Mary emoticon
    2826 days ago
    Good luck with the part time job hunt. I'm beginning to think everyone should work part time...Kyle definitely does look "special" :)
    2827 days ago
    Welcome back! We have missed you so much! That kitten looks like a complete character! Your school schedule looks like it is going to be pretty intense. I am sure it is a relief to be done with your previous job. It always sounded like you were working way too many hours under high stress. Hope you find the perfect replacement job (full or part-time) very soon! In the meantime, enjoy your freedom! emoticon
    2828 days ago
    Wow, I did not realize that MeowMeow had passed. I am so, so sorry. I know that must been tough. Big hugs!!

    It sounds like leaving your stressful job was the absolute best decision for your health and well being!

    Brian would be in hog heaven if he worked with those kitchen ladies!
    2828 days ago
    Jilly !! You've been missed. I figured you were "nose to the grindstone", I had no idea you'd been working so many hours. I'm sorry that the job didn't work out and I'm sorry that your meow meow is in a better place. I' glad you're in a better place even though you had to leave the job to do it. If the job was stressing you out, that's no good. And it's definitely no good working all those extra hours without compensation.

    Congratulations on heading back to school. Hopefully you'll be able to find a decent part time job for some income. I'm still plugging along at my job. Haven't been asked to stay perm, but have gotten good reviews so far.

    Looking forward to seeing your comic con photos. I've always wanted to go see it. looks like soooo much fun !!

    2828 days ago
    So nice to see you again, but sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. Sad. I gave up an incredibly good job (but highly toxic place that was making me sick), and opted to do my own thing. It has been a struggle, but well-worth my sanity and health. Take care.
    2828 days ago
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