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Monday, October 14, 2013

What a Difference

Yesterday I was a desperate woman.  I was watching time tick by until I started a job that was my only option.  The job wasn't a horrible job, it just didn't really have the schedule that I have become accustomed to.  When options are low, we just have to do things we may not look forward to.

That being said, it's interesting what happens when options come unexpectedly.  It's funny that I talked about going backwards last night.  This potential new opportunity comes from my past.  It's a company I've worked for before.  It's a job I probably would have kept had I not been determined to try and find a teaching job right out of college.  Of course, it's not exactly the same job, but it's close.  It's going backwards, but in a different way.  I have a phone interview tomorrow morning.  I want to nail it!  I want them to see that although I walked away back then, that I know they are a good company to work for.  

I don't want to get my hopes up.  I know that just because I have this appointment tomorrow doesn't mean I've got this job locked.  Boy do I want it though.  They have great benefits with this job and the schedule is just the tip of the iceberg.  Maybe this is the great thing I've been hoping is out there.  Then again, maybe I'll blow it.  You know me, I don't want to pin my hopes and dreams on a possibility.  

So, I'll be praying tonight, and it will sound something like this, "Lord, no matter what happens tomorrow morning, please remind me that I have done my absolute best, and let me be the best I can be at whatever job I end up with. "  If you're a praying person, think of me tonight.  It seems selfish to even ask, but I've been really scared as I've been unemployed and have been grasping at whatever straw is dangling in front of me.  I finally see a straw I want.  I just hope it doesn't disappear.  

Sweet dreams everyone.  Lovely day tomorrow.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Superstitious

I just know the second I type this sentence I'm going to regret it.  Not that sentence, the next one coming right up.  I'm about a week and half restless leg free.  Great, now it's all out there in the universe and tonight I'll be flopping all over the place.  Oh well, it is what it is.  For almost an entire week I wouldn't go to bed without eating an orange because that's what I had right before I went to bed the first night my legs were calm.  Maybe it was the orange, maybe not.  However, I'm restless leg free without oranges.  I've been fighting those legs for years now.  I finally had to get on medicine.  Then, I was sick of relying on that medicine, and went back to fighting.....and won.  I didn't see that coming.

I also got a job.  I haven't started yet, but as soon as that background check comes back I'll be employed.  Temporarily.  I'm a seasonal employee of JC Penny.  I love that store, I just hope I love working there.  You see, I'm torn.  I need a job.  There is absolutely no doubt about that.  However, I worked very hard to get to a place where I was doing something I loved, with people who were awesome, and I got to be off weekends and holidays.  That was huge.  As many people I treasure those weekends and holidays because that's family time.  I can kiss those weekends goodbye real soon.  I may have to work on Thanksgiving too.  That's hard for me.  I feel like I'm going backwards, rapidly.  I loved working at UDF, but I missed out on everything and got depressed.  I was so happy to move onto jobs that so far have allowed me to have that free time.  So, yeah, I'm going backwards.

I'm not only losing those weekends and possibly Thanksgiving, but probably my evenings too.  I know, geeze, could I be any more doom and gloom about this job?  I blame the fact that I just finished watching The Walking Dead.  It's hard to be cheery after watching a show about the zombie apocalypse.  Anyway, I was told flat out that I cannot request any weekends off.  I'm smart enough to know the new, temporary girl, isn't going to get the good shifts.  So, if I'm working evenings, there's a good chance I'm not going to be seeing my husband too much during the week either.  He'll probably be in bed by the time I get home.

I don't want to sound ungrateful.  I'm so glad I finally have a job.  I just always thought I'd be moving forward, not backward.  It's just temporary.  Which is good and bad.  On one hand, after the holidays I can have my weekends back.  On the other hand, ummm, hello unemployment.....again.  I pray I have the strength to remain positive even though I may miss things I would have otherwise been doing with my family.  Go figure, my parents raised me to be close to my family.  That's why it's so upsetting to miss out on those family gatherings.  People I love have been lost way too soon.  I'm lucky to have had so many memories to cherish.  I don't want to miss out on making all those memories with the people I love that are still here.

I wonder what the me from 10 or 15 years ago would think of the me now.  Let's see, two years into college, I was working at UDF and wanting to move forward into my career.  It's kind of funny.  I'm about to be in a similar position.  I think the me from back then would laugh.  Oh well, moving on, moving forward.  Back then both my professional and romantic lives both sucked.  At least now my personal life is perfect.   Maybe this is just another step.  Maybe something great is waiting for me in my career.  Maybe it could hurry up and get here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

3:30 Restless Leg Fail

Well, it's 3:30 in the morning.  Yes, I'm tired.....very tired.  Yes, I'd rather be sleeping.  No, I'm not online feeding some late night Internet shopping addiction.....that would be way more fun.  Nope, I'm sitting in the living room on my couch.  The middle cushion to be exact because it's the best one to relieve my restless legs.  The ends of the couch are recliners so their cushions are more firm, and my legs like the soft.  My life is fascinating.

I've decided recently to try to control some things without medicine as much as possible.  My acid reflux was a breeze to fix.  After a day or two of trial and error (and lots of Tums), I found that if I drink a glass of chocolate milk in the morning and one about a half hour before bed, I have little to no symptoms of the acid. Oh, and it can't be white milk with chocolate powder or syrup, has to be straight from the jug chocolate.  I don't know why, I didn't dig too deep to try and figure it out.  I found a fix, and ran with it.  It flares up every once in a while, but not usually bad enough to interfere with what I'm doing.  I haven't bought any acid reflux medicine in a month, and have hardly had to take any tums at all.

Why on Earth did I decide to mess with a routine that was so clearly working?  Well, let's see, at one point I was on medicine for migraines, panic attacks, acid reflux, and restless legs.  That's a lot of medicine for someone who wasn't even 30 yet.....and even though all my "issues" were controlled, I still had the side effects of the medicine to deal with (bloating, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth just to name a few of the fun ones).  I was tired of living life tied to a medicine bottle.  I figured there had to be a way to control at least some of what ailed me without putting more junk in my body.

The scariest one to let go of was my anxiety medicine.  Panic attacks are so terrifying to me that that prescription was more than a fix, it was a crutch.  I had to make that one my first attempt.  My doctor had told me that sometimes patients can come off the anxiety medicine and do just fine.  The particular one I was on didn't require to be medically supervised as I weaned off.  Heck, I didn't even have to be weaned off.  The doc had told me from day one that if I ever wanted to stop taking it, just stop.  So, I did.  I waited for the panic monsters to come after me now that I had let go of my shield of protection, but none have so far.  It's been a year.  I'm proud that I had come far enough with controlling my anxiety that I can live life outside of the anxiety bubble without medicine.  However, if it ever gets to bad again, I also have no shame returning to that medicine.  I refuse to live life the way I was when anxiety was running the show.  If medicine is what it takes to live life out of the shadows, so be it.  For right now, that medicine is not necessary.

Once I let go of that medicine I weaned off the migraine medicine.  That worked very well for about six months.  I've had a bit of a setback with that recently.  I had an eleven day migraine about a month and a half ago that would not go away no matter what I threw at it.  So, for now, that medicine and I are back on speaking terms.  Maybe I can try again soon.

As I've mentioned, I'm happily living life without having to fight with acid.  My lunch today consisted of jalapeno peppers and I loved it.  When I have a particularly spicy meal, I drink a glass of white milk with it.....just to be sure.  So far, so good.  I love spicy food, acid reflux doesn't.  The fact that I can enjoy food in all it's spicy glory without throwing up acid later is wonderful.  The fact that it's controlled without medicine is icing on the cake!

Now, the reason I'm up at, well, now ten to four in the morning writing a blog.  Restless Leg Syndrome.  Bright side, at least I found time to write an entry in the often neglected blog.  Down side, boy am I going to be sleepy, and grumpy too.  My poor husband will be glad to be at work today.  I knew this medicine was the one that would cause me to lose sleep more than any other.  Seriously, if you've never dealt with restless legs, I don't know if I can adequately describe the feeling.  I HAVE to move, no questions,  Those legs of mine won't sit still.  Constant movement is not good for sleepy time.  Restless Legs are mean and calculating.  When I'm ready to be up and moving, everything is good.  When it's time to relax, even just sitting on the couch watching TV, they want to be up and running.  Playing cards with the family, I might as well stand and march in place.  Sleeping, yeah, well, I already told ya that's not even a possibility.  The bright side to my current state of unemployment is that if I get no sleep tonight, I'm not going to be falling asleep at work tomorrow.  Trust me, I'd rather be working, just looking for the bright side to unemployment and found one.

I read up for a few days on home remedies for the restlessness.  I tried a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in a glass of water last night.  That held off the symptoms for a couple hours, but I caved and took my medicine to get some sleep.  I tried increasing the amount of vinegar in the water today to.....well, let's be honest, I have no idea because it got away from me and spilled over the spoon into the glass.  I also took a bath as hot as I could stand it right before I got into bed.  The vinegar water cocktail is awful.  I basically have to chug it to get it down.  It's like drinking Easter Egg dye without the pretty colors.  The bath was so hot I thought I was going to burn my feet off.  I stood in the bath contemplating draining the tub and starting over with cooler water, but as I stood there the shock of the hot wore off and it was actually the perfect temperature.  I was totally relaxed when I got out of there, which was exactly the point.  I put a pair of socks on which is supposed to help as well and laid down.  Well, I got no further than I did on night one.  By one thirty I was squirming all over the place.  So, I tried one last remedy for tonight.  Menthol rub on my legs.  I don't think I had enough left to do any good.

So, in the interest of letting my husband continue his night's rest, I moved to the couch.  To that wonderfully fluffy middle cushion.   My legs are not restless as I'm sitting on that cushion.  If I try to lay down on the couch, they go bonkers.  So, I'm sitting up.  I can't sleep like this, although I do have a pillow behind my head.  I'm just waiting it out.  They'll settle down eventually and I will get some sleep.  In the meantime, I think I'll look up a few more home remedies to try.  It's either that or find out what's on TV at 4:03 in the morning.

Until next time friends......

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Puzzled

Well, I'm officially a Mrs.!!!!  I got back from my honeymoon last Sunday.  That honeymoon was a fabulous combination of beach, disney, lovely accommodations, relaxation, and quality time with my hubby.  I have had a little more luck professionally than the last time I wrote.  I have gone through the College of Disney Knowledge and am now an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner!!  Talk about the job of my dreams!  I'm still just starting out, but I'm loving it.  I have wanted to be a travel agent for quite some time, and hope it goes as well as I want it to.  I do Disney, caribbean, cruises, etc....not just Disney (but of course that's my favorite part).

I've had 3 jobs since late April.  Not a great record.  First I was a home health aide.....not really my cup of tea, but it was a paycheck.  Too bad my knees really really didn't like it.  I physically couldn't do that job, so I had to move on.  I got a job at a daycare, and for some reason they decided it was their mission in life to make mine miserable.  So, I'm at a different daycare now.  They're friendly and all, but it's not my cup of tea.  Childcare doesn't seem that far from teaching, but in reality it's about as close as Earth to the Moon.  Childcare, is not my cup of tea.

I've been thinking I'd like to be a realtor, so maybe that's where I'm meant to go next.  I want to be my own boss.  Who wouldn't love a stay at home job, or rather a job that let you make your own hours.  The travel agent thing will be just that if I get it to take off.

I'd also like to get my crochet into some craft shows.  Make a little money doing something else I love....that sounds like a good deal to me.  I feel like it's a puzzle.  I've been drifting a little since I got laid off last year.  Luckily, I've got a great anchor who I get to call husband.  He lets me chase my crazy dreams and supports me 100% so that I can figure out where I'm meant to be.  I thought I had a career with the state, and that turned out not to be true.  It has to be for a reason.  Where am I supposed to go? What am I supposed to be now that I'm all grown up?  Guess I'll find out.

The most important thing to me is that I get to share my life with the most amazingly sweet, supportive, best guy I know.  Professionally I'm still on a roller coaster.  Personally, my life has never been better.  All in all I'm a lucky girl.  My adventure is just starting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Since Last Time

So, aren't you all glad I decided to write on this blog so much while I'm unemployed?  Yeah, me too.  I have been spending a lot of time on the computer, but it's been looking for jobs, not writing.  Honestly, I've not been in the mood to write.  After that first month, unemployment became depressing.  Literally, there have been days where I cried.....a lot for no reason other than I'm home alone all day, I know nobody down here, and maybe I was feeling a little sorry for myself.

Some good things have been happening though.  I got engaged!  Yep, Attic Dweller, who lives in an apartment now is going to be a married woman by August.  At least I've had plenty of time to plan this wedding.  I've found "the dress", and felt like a princess in it.  The girls found their dresses in the colors I like.  We have tuxes, church, hall, hair, photography, and dj all set.  Things are falling into place.  Maybe I'll have a career as a wedding planner because once we got the church and the hall, things have been falling into place quite easily.

Although professionally I'm not in a great place at all, personally, things are going well.  Ok, so there's one hiccup, but I'm not going to focus on that right now....maybe in another post.  Besides my engagement, I've grown in my Catholic faith.  I've been growing over the past year, but I can honestly say, sitting here on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, that my faith has never been stronger.  For the first time in a long time, I'll be at Ash Wednesday mass.....bright and early tomorrow morning.  I've been reading the Bible every day.....ok, ok, I'm a few days behind, but I'll catch up.  I'm lucky to have a fiancee who is also taking this journey in faith with me.  Ultimately it makes us both stronger individually, and as a couple.  That's a great way to feel as we're looking at marriage.

I've got so much to say, and it's all jumbled around in my head because I've waited so long to write a post.  I hope to take a page from my friend, Rob, and keep these posts more regular.  We'll see.

Oh, and if you know someone who needs a good receptionist/administrative assistant or teacher, send them my way.