Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Fragments - Late for Work Edition

Friday Fragment time. It’s the place to release your random thoughts so that they my fly free like a butterfly. If they come back to you…run! Mrs. 4444 started this whole thing, and keeps track of us all over at Half Past Kissin’ Time. Come join the party.


* I started my new job on Monday, and the good news is that I think I’m going to be very happy there. The people are just terrific, and the work seems both interesting and challenging. I actually think I might have found the right position after a year of looking.

* Even though I’m liking the new job, actually working for a living is going to take some getting used to…

* My commute is about an hour (give or take 10 minutes) each way, and traffic is proving to be a daily thorn in my side. It’s a good thing I have books on my Ipod to keep me company, because sitting still – on a road where cars should be moving at 40 miles an hour – is not my idea of fun. I’m getting a lot of books read – well, read to me – and it helps keep me calm, as well as makes me feel better, since I don’t have much time to read books with pages right now.

* I need to get my stamina up. Being home, working on the computer in my pajamas, taking a break whenever I felt like it – is a lot different that leaving your house at 6:50 AM and returning home at 6:30 PM. I’m so tired – mentally and physically – that I can hardly talk by the time I get home. By the time I’ve done dishes, laundry, and gotten my clothes ready for the next day, I’m exhausted. Hopefully I’ll get back in the swing soon.

* I wonder what the record is for highest number of individual blisters on one foot? I never would have guessed this, but the issue of what shoes to wear has become the biggest challenge of all. I’ve been wearing flip-flops or those stretchy clogs for a year. I pulled out my dressier shoes, but they don’t fit my left foot anymore (if you missed the earlier post, I injured my foot last winter, and somehow ended up with a left foot that is significantly wider than my right). I bought a couple of pairs of new shoes, and they probably would have been fine, except that this job has a lot of walking in it (something I would NEVER have guessed). I must have walked 5 miles or more at least two separate days this week. I have blisters everywhere – yesterday I had 7 band-aids on one foot and 5 on the other. When I got out of my car at home last night, I was saying “Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow” every time I took a step.

* I have had no blog-reading time. None. I haven't even checked my email. I can't stand it - I'm wondering how everyone is. I hope I can catch up this weekend.

* As a bonus to my new job, I have also discovered the true nature of love (and I’m willing to share the secret with you!) Love is…

Standing in a cold, dark, nearly-deserted parking lot at 9:30 at night, even though you are bone-tired, alternately pretending to be the curb or a vehicle, so that your child can practice parallel parking for his driving test. It still counts as love, even if you are praying “don’t hit me…don’t hit me…” the whole time.

* By the way – Alex passed his driving test! Congrats, honey. I knew you could do it.

27 comments:

Sara Elizabeth Bonds said...

Congrats on the new job! I left work a little over a year ago, managing retail, to run my business full-time from home. For me, that took some getting used to. I was used to running around 90mph like a chicken with my head cut off (retail). Being able to sit, be alone, and everything else that came along with being home was weird for me. I actually sometimes wish I was still working outside of the home.

The blisters. Ouch! I had to dress up everyday, but I was a big fan of dressy flats. Less blisters.

Happy FF and I hope the job keeps going well for you!

won said...

I guess the good news is that gas isn't eleventy billion dollars a gallon anymore....

Nonna Beach said...

Wonderful that you like your job and the people you work with. I know the feeling of tiredness you cannot shake and not wanting to talk after all is said and done at the end of a busy day ! Hope that gets better LOL

BTW,

Dr. Scholls foot care products makes a great product called Moleskin. I have used it for all kinds of foot issues...to me, it is one of the best things ever invented...kinda pricy but worth it !

Joanie M said...

Congrats on the job and Alex passing his driving test!

I'd hate having to wear dressy shoes all the time. I haven't done it in years.

Hey! Since you're so busy, you probably didn't read my jigsaw puzzle blog post. It was fun! thanks so much!

I need your address. John is insisting I send you a puzzle we did last year (his choice of puzzle, not mine!! lol) send to:joanie6726@comcast.net.

claudia said...

I so understand the foot issue with walking all day! It's something I have lived with forever it seems like!
I am so happy that you like your job and coworkers. That is 90% of the battle.
Sorry about the commute! That sucks!
YAY! for Alex! Good job!

Caution Flag said...

Yay to Alex!! That really is a great milestone :)

I've been thinking of you a lot this week and wondering how the job was. What happy news that it's going well!! Sorry about the blisters - that's a lot of bandaids. Blisters surely hurt, too. And a one hour commute? Horrible. Will it be longer when the snow starts or is it construction that's slowing things down now?

Enjoy your week-end and rest those feet.

Jocelyn said...

I feel old. I remember when I first met Alex and he held up 4 fingers when I asked how old he was. Now that I think of it, I had just gotten my license a few weeks before I met you guys. where has the time gone???

On another note, when you get all settled in, we should go have lunch. I am just around the corner!

4 Lettre Words said...

So happy the job is working out! Here's hoping the clothing gets more enjoyable and that the commute gets better.

knittergran said...

So glad you love your job!!!
And congratulations to Alex-now Mom's life gets a little easier. She can retire from chauffering. (is that how it's spelled?)
And I'm so sorry about the blisters-ouch!

Under the Influence said...

Great news about the job. Not so great news about the blisters. Ouch.

I hope you get into the stamina swing. I am still adjusting to a 6AM wake up to start getting kids off to school!

shopannies said...

so glad you like your new job and maybe after you get a routine you will find time to work in your blog visits and email time

MaBunny said...

Glad to hear you like your new job! The routine will get easier with time!

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh those commutes! The hubs has commuted 2 hours a day total since I met him 10 years ago. He does the audio books too in order to pass time. Thank goodness for being able to check them out through the library.

Mel Fraase said...

Glad you like your new job! Maybe some nice inserts would help. You should wear a pedometer and see just how much walking you're doing!

Congrats on the driving test!! I'm happy you both survived!

Barb said...

You summed up the fatigue I feel. may have to get a job just to get fit enough for LIFE.

Becca said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying the job and I knw what you mean about getting back in the swing. i went back to an office after 6 years working from home and it was tough.

mub said...

I'm glad your new job is going well! I hope your feet will recover and get used to running around so much.

Congrats to Alex!

I love listening to audiobooks, it makes time pass so much more nicely!

Mrs4444 said...

You're such a sweet mom :) Not sure I could be that brave (even now, six months or so after Kyle got his license.)

I know exactly how you feel about the work exhaustion. I always lose 5 pounds in the first two weeks that I go back to school. Unfortunately, I always gain it back.

I'm so happy that you love your new job! As for blisters, Molly and I (in or hiking days) learned that duct tape makes the BEST cover for blisters. Try it! :)

Elenka said...

What we do for our kids!
So glad that you are enjoying your job. That's half the battle.

Vegas Princess said...

I love books on CD! It makes my commute bearable. A perfect way to passs the time in my car.

Andrew Scott Turner said...

Isn't it so wicked strange that, you know, like, we're both leaving at the same time in, like, the morning, and we're, you know, um, going to college where, um, a majority of, like, ALL the FREAKIN people talk like this...

?

Isn't that so, awesome?

Alice said...

Well...I obviously have A LOT of catching up to do, too. I'm back at work after a 12-week maternity leave...and can finally check blogs during my breaks at work...b/c there is NO computer time when you have a baby at home. :) Congrats on the new job! I hope it goes well....and I totally feel you on the shoe thing....I've worn NOTHING but flip-flops since April...my new (very cute) peep-toe heels were NOT a good idea this morning! :)

Nonna Beach said...

I miss you...you must be very busy ! LOL !

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