I just completed my second full week in my new job and whoa am I tired! Whew! I love being back at work, though! I haven’t worked full time in a couple of years (since I sold the cafe) and not in an actual workplace with people and stuff in over five years. It has been quite an adjustment! Early mornings, long hours on my feet (on a concrete floor), running, rushing, coordinating, making things work (when they aren’t for some reason), last minute everything…this is the day to day of my life now. I kind of like it!
Nothing I can’t handle, for sure, but I had no idea how physically demanding this job would be. Combine that with a fluctuating schedule and over extending my hamstring whilst dancing last Saturday and I have been in pain pretty much all of this past week. Oops! Well, B did come over to give me a massage on Wednesday, which was lovely. I’ve been putting an ice pack on the affected area everyday (but forgot last night). I find if I keep moving I’m better, but if I sit for too long I’m stiff and sore all over again. Ugh! That’s okay, no dancing for me this weekend, I think.
Learning the ropes here is a challenge. There’s a whole new world of acronyms and lingo and tech culture that I haven’t witnessed firsthand before. Exciting! I actually think all of the learning is really good for my brain. I have so much energy and focus in the morning (after my 4 shots of fabulous espresso, of course) and enjoy taking on all of those last minute, chaotic things. I feel like my brain is firing on all cylinders! I imagine my synopses to look like a magical lightening storm in those moments, just flashing and firing away.
My co-worker has been fantastic! I secretly adore her, even bought her some fancy chocolate bars and gave them to her today (if she didn’t already like me she sure does now! ha!). It’s been quite a week of big things and go-go-go! I love it! I do come home completely spent, though. I’m sure I’ll get used to it all soon and maybe won’t be so pooped at night, but for now I’m enjoying the ease of which I’m falling and staying asleep.
The crisp new autumn air gives me goosebumps because this is my favorite time of year (yep! I’m a fall baby!). I’m planning something fun/special for my b-day (haven’t actually decided on what yet) and tomorrow I’m going to the local Renaissance Faire with my bff and bf…Woo! Sunday night will be 80′s movies at my dear friend Lilia’s (Earth Girls Are Easy, Flashdance…who knows?!) and hopefully get some quality alone time with my guy.
It’s amazing, though, all of this. Just three weeks ago I was hunkered down in absolute determination to find a fucking job and then boom! There it is and everything feels so differently now. I get my first paycheck on Monday and I cannot wait! I mean, rent and all, but I just wanna see it (to believe it?).
Last night after work I stopped at Target for some antacid products* and perused their plus size section and found a fabulous navy dress with bicycles all over it for $8! No matter how much or little money I have or am making, an $8 dress is always a fabulous find and feeling! I was so tired, I mean my feet were killing me and I felt brain dead, but I ended up walking around that place for an hour without realizing it. Oops! I will say that their fall plus size stuff is decent. There’s a few items I gagged at, but overall pretty cool. I will never not be upset about the lack of distinction and signage for their plus stuff though. *Sigh*
* One thing I have noticed but am still sort of struggling with is food. When I wasn’t working I would often, sadly, eat only one meal a day**. And I wondered why I felt like crap all of the time! Ha! But now I’m eating three meals and using so much energy throughout the day that I feel great, but my digestion hasn’t been cooperative. Heartburn has been happening a lot, so I skipped my Cobb salad in favor of a regular hamburger today (but everything here is super fresh and organic and lovely and affordable). It was so satisfying and delicious. I felt good! No heartburn. What is odd to me though is this feeling of super fullness I’ll get about two hours after lunch. Never experienced this before, B suggested fiber. Ha-ha!
** I am now also a breakfast person. Usually my espresso, juice and some sort of pastry. Today it was a banana and an Odwalla Strawberry C monster thingy. I need the fuel first thing, dude. I’m burning through it faster than I know! Whew!
Anyway, I’m super happy and trying really hard not to question it or prepare for it to go away any second. Just trying to enjoy life and the ride and see where it all takes me. I know there are some things in my personal life that I have let slide a bit but I am confident that I will have everything back on track soon. Like Fatty Affair. Yikes! I haven’t even found a venue yet! Part of me wants to skip it but I know better and I think I’ll just do something a bit differently this time and see how that goes. I dunno, it’s all so nuts right now!
I am on the hunt for jeans, but so far have only made it into Avenue and I’m returning their bastard jeggings bullshit! Next would be LB and Torrid, though a friend swears by Old Navy. Who knows what this weekend holds! So fun and exciting…but all I can think about right now is SLEEP!!! Zzzzzz…
Heidi: ha-ha! The dress was from Target, Pure Energy brand (I wear a 4). It was on the clearance rack so no telling if there’s any left. None online that I could find. They were actually the penny farthing style bicycles, but I love it. I will try to post a picture soon. Thanks, doll.
Sorry we couldn’t go to the Renaissance Faire this past weekend; but I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying your new job. You sound very energetic! About the mid afternoon crash, it could be all that sugar you’re ingesting in the morning. Banana’s are good but that Odawalla is nothing but sugar. Do you like hard boiled eggs? You might find that eating protein instead of sugar in the morning will prevent you from crashing later in the day in the long term.
Oh and the fall, I love the fall too! It makes me want to curl up with tea and a good book!
Alena: It’s not an afternoon crash (and that would be due to something I ate at lunch I would imagine). It’s actual physical exhaustion from physical activity all day. I know I’ll get used to it eventually, I did with the cafe after all, but it’s just a bit more difficult of an adjustment than I had realized. No biggie. I only did the Odwalla smoothies (they were tiny, like 4 oz.) for the first week, they were on sale. Now I do have a banana and usually something else with my coffee.