Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

Some how the past 5 days have slipped by and I haven't really done much else besides work... Which has been interesting to say the least. People are unsure of how to act around me or what to say... Those that I have spoken to, I reassure that I am fine. Yes, I feel like I've taken another step back, but I am focusing on the gift of time that I'm being given... I talked to the manager at my PT job and told her that I would still like to work, but I will not be available to work Saturdays or Sundays anymore, as I get two full weekend off every 8 weeks. She was fine with that and I will work 1 or 2 of my days off. I can work short shifts or long shits... Either way I will find the balance...

I made it to the gym twice this week and will get there tomorrow morning for sure. Today, there's a pile of snow down and the roads are greasy I suspect, so I'll be doing some shoveling, walking the dogs and housework all before I leave to work the lunch shift. I work the same two days next week, so I know what my week will look like at least.

I spent 120 roughly on groceries this week, stocking up the pantry and buying the needed items. I think that I will have to do a two or three week challenge to go through the pantry and freezer and use up what's in there, only buying the essentials for those few weeks. I think I will look at doing that from Feb 15 to March 4, just to see what I can do...

The LG and I had two lunch dates this week, homemade soup and beer bread one day, tuna sandwiches the next... Nothing fancy, just a chance to spend some time together...

DD called and she has the shingles... Poor girl... I wish I lived closer, but I will be seeing her in less than 5 weeks now... So excited! She's been getting lots of love and sympathy from her grandmothers, which has been good.

Well folks, that is it for now... Happy Thursday... 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

And so it begins...

Change, of course... I found out Thursday that I will no longer be working in the job posting that I love and thrive at.  Do I feel as if I am going backwards at work? Absolutely. However, I refuse to compromise my moral compass, and if people that I work with are uncomfortable with it, that is their issue, not mine. I'm going back to shift work, but they are willing to accommodate my medical needs, provided that my DR will say NO to over night shifts for this lady... I've proposed working two 7-7 shifts and 2 12-12 shifts, now if I can just get my DR to write that out for me. I'll have to pay for the medical note... I have a very difficult time with the swing around of working nights, and for a few years went on very little sleep... Working a consistent schedule also has helped me lose 40 lbs since my heaviest weight, keep my blood pressure stable, has kept the black  dog of depression  at bay and significantly lowered my stress levels.

I was disappointed for sure, but in the grand scheme of life, this is going to work well. I will be able to do things like cook suppers during the week, spend more time with LG and DB, see friends more often and have a cleaner house... LOL

It will mean more preplanning of time off, and working Sundays.... I will be sitting down as soon as I find out my start date and plan and book time off... Next year, I've decided that I will buy the maximum time allow and work less... This year I purchased 120 hours, next year I will purchase 225 hours... It will be less in my pocket, but more time at home....

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and glorious in the end ( I haven't the faintest who wrote this)... Here's to another new beginning....

Thursday, January 28, 2016

thursday, jan 28/16

This morning finds me up early. My intention is to do some house work, walk the dogs, go to the chiropractor and work both places today. Yikes, its rather full already...

Work has been the same, waiting to word of the up coming changes and dealing with people who are not happy with the limbo affect that is happening. My pt job has been quiet as of late, so there's a little less cash coming in, but I find that I am not spending a lot of money lately either.

LG, his son and I are heading to visit my DD in March. We've made a few tentative plans for the trip so far... We've booked a place through air bnb... That's a 5 minute walk from my DD's home... I am excited for everyone to meet... and to see some sites and possibly a nhl game while we are there...

Things are good in the romance department, LG and I had two lunch dates this week. Sunday I hope to go snowshoeing and cook supper... Nothing extravagant, just some good food with good company...  Friday I am going out for lunch with a couple of friends, and have a fun laughs.

I got to the gym twice this week and will go tomorrow morning for sure. I find that taking a break once in a while, reboots my system and I gain muscle faster and get a little leaner each time... The dogs continue to walk almost every day... So far this winter it's been good for dog walking...

I must go and do some housework... as my poor house is in dire need of some clean floors! Happy Thursday everyone!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Januray 24/16

This past week has flown by... The month is almost done... Yikes!

So what have I been up to?

I managed to walk the dogs every day but one...  I made it to the gym three days this week and kicked it into high gear at the  work outs. I definitely feel much better mentally when I am done. I worked two shifts at my pt job and worked at my ft job. My ft job is currently filled with a ton of chaos, so I am just waiting to see what and where I will be working... I'm second in senority which counts for nothing but vacation, so I hope to know something soon... I've been waiting on this decision since the end of August...

LG and I are continuing on at a good pace. This week was a different one as his son is living with him ft now, and sees his mother on the rare occasion.  We talk a ton on the phone and continue with lunch dates and hanging out on the weekends. Yesterday he and DB came for supper and we watched movies and sat at the table and talked... until after 11... DB was falling asleep on the couch before they left for home... The dogs love to see them, as they get spoiled twice as much when he's here.

My mom and I ran errands yesterday for over three hours. We grocery shopped, checked out snow shoes and chatted. I bought her a bunch of tulips to brighten her mornings. I bought myself some too...

I bought myself a new wok and some leggings and a shirt for the gym.

I also had my first ever encounter with boll weevils... In my brown rice...  LG and DB were here for super last night, and I poured the rice into the dish and put the liquid on it to bake when I saw things moving in the rice. I just about lost my mind... I had no idea what they were, but LG had an adventure with them a few years ago... Thankfully I stored it in a glass jar! The rice was tossed in the garbage and taken outside immediately... They went to the store and bought me a box of instant brown rice... Which was placed in clean glass jars...

Today, I'm going to join them in an adventure to a shooting range and see how I make out there. I've bought a ham to bake, as I have a craving for split pea soup... Which reminds me that I need to buy some split peas... LOL

I hope everyone has a great Sunday and am amazing week.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Jan 17/16

The month is half done, the weather has been decent so far. We've had one major snow storm so far this month, one really cold day, lots of sunshine and fairly mild temperatures. 

The dogs have had 11 long walks so far this month, I've made it to the gym 4 times so far ( this has to improve!), and I had one 2.5 hour snow shoeing adventure in the woods. I also went skeet shooting for the first time ever yesterday ( and I managed to shoot two clays) and considering it's been over 30 years since I picked up a gun I think I did pretty good.

I haven't been tracking every cent, but I have a general idea of where my money is going and that is a good thing. I've managed to spend very little at the grocery store, which is even better!

The lovely gentleman and I are continuing to do well. We managed two lunch dates this week, yesterday we hung out for 12 hours ( snow shoeing, skeet shooting, a visit with his parents and he and his son cooked supper for me). I walked the dogs early and my mom came to let them out for a pee and their afternoon snack for me. They were pretty excited when I got home last evening.

We received our retro and I put 1700 on a cc and gave my mom 600 for the plane ticket. It feels really good to get stuff paid down...

Work is work, nothing to get too excited about. I worked less than 8 hours at the restaurant this week and I have the same schedule this coming week.

I thought I would clarify something from last week and my cranky table. In the resturaunt I work at, we tip out to the kitchen staff automatically. For every 100 in net sales, we give the kitchen 3.00 without exception. So the table that I served and left me nothing, I paid 6.00 out of my own pocket tot serve them.

I hope that everyone had a great week. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Jan 10/16

This weekend flew by. The dogs had two lovely long walks, and lots of love.  The weather has been really good so far and my power usage is a lot less than it was last year...

I worked at my pt job last night and it was insanely busy. I had a table where the wife indicated that she wanted the drink cut off, and the men were getting too touchy feely with myself and the other female servers. It  did not go over well. Needless to say I got told off and I paid to serve them... Ouch, however, I stand by my decision and feel it was for the best. Funny part, one forgot their phone and had to go today to pick it up. I hope that they felt a little remorse for their actions...

LG and I spent the day together today. I went to his house late this morning, and we ate bagels and talked and laughed. We stopped by his parents place for a quick visit and I saw his father's latest invention/toy he created. We went to see Revenant this afternoon, I paid as I having been buying the movie passes at Costco ( and he is much better about me paying for things now). I was blown away by how good the movie was. we had supper at Dairy Queen and we hung out at his house for another bit, as my car was there. My mom came over and let the dogs out this afternoon and fed them too.

I did very little around the house this weekend, so Tuesday is going to be house cleaning day... and laundry catch up. I work Monday and Thursday at my pt job, and I'm off for the weekend. LG and I are planning to go away for a weekend in February and fingers crossed we'll go somewhere in March break with my family and bring his son too... I'd like to go to Quebec and meet up with DD for a day or two...

Friday, January 8, 2016

The sound works for net flics...

The sound on the tv works for net flics, so it must be something with the box for cable that is not working right.... That means I don;t have to buy a new TV... Thank goodness!

I found out that my retro is 2600 and change... I paid almost 2700 in income tax this pay... can you say OUCH!  On a postive note, I will be paying one CC off in full, and giving my mother the 600 for my plane ticket. I will have about 300 or so for me. I'm not sure what I will do with the money. I may buy steel framed snow shoes and new ski pants... I've had the same snow pants since 1999, so it may be time to up grade...

The weather has been quite good so far.. Only one really cold day, and so far the dogs have been getting some dandy walks in. I made it to the gym twice this week, went this morning and it was closed.... Not sure why... I ran some errands and had breakfast with two friends.  LG and I had lunch together twice this week, and it was fun. We sit and laugh and talk. He brings added joy to my life for sure.

I picked up DB a new back pack for his birthday... I'm a bargain hunter and when you find a name brand back pack for 11.30 ( that's including the tax), you grab it. LG laughed, as when I told him what I had picked up, he told me he goes through them like crazy...

I'm off to shower, as I am attending a wake for the guy who set my younger sister and her husband up. Addictions are a hard thing to break, and he lost his battle.  My family was overwhelmed by the news.

My spending has been decent... I've spent less than twenty dollars on my tobacco addiction this month.... and have smoked less than fifteen cigarettes since the 2nd.... This will be my year to become nicotine free... :)

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Who am I said Sam? I am.... a mother, a daughter, a dog owner, a PF