A New Day In The Life

Since starting my new job back at the end of August, my relationship with my laptop (and blog) has been non-existent. I look at a computer all day, so looking at one when I get home at night it’s at the top of my to-do list. It’s been tough adapting to my new schedule and day-to-day life.

Here’s a look of a normal Monday-Friday:

4:30am – Alex wakes me up via text (if we aren’t spending the night at each others place)

5am – Alex is in my driveway

5:15am – Arrive at Alex’s work, kiss him goodbye, and I head back home.

5:30am – Back in my bed and turn my alarm on for 6:30am.

6:30am – Turn off alarm and peel myself out of bed.

6:40-7:15am – Getting ready for work and packing my lunch/snacks.

7:20am – Out the door and off to work.

7:45-8:00am – Arrive at work, stop at the bathroom, and settle in at my desk.

8am-12pm – Working

12-1pm – Lunch which includes driving 3 minutes down the road to pick up Alex, I eat in the car, he brings me back to work, and we talk about our morning.

1-5pm – Working again

5:00pm – Alex picks me up and we decide on dinner.

6:30-7pm – Dinner is done, cleaned up, and I am vegged out on the couch.

7-9pm – Doing my best to stay awake while watching TV.

9:15pm – Shower

9:30pm – In bed like the exhausted 29-year-old that I am!

 

Somewhere in the business of my day I know I still need to make myself a priority. It’s hard, but I haven’t given up yet.

#Reverb14: Transition

The times they are a changin’…

I am a bit late with this but here is August’s prompt:

Transition | Transition of seasons; from single to couple; from couple to parents; from one to many.  It’s that time of year when the high summer sun starts to sink and we all start to long for long sleeves.  How is your life changing.  How are YOU changing?

What a perfect prompt. I am, in fact, longing for long sleeves and the cooler weather that comes with fall. This year, however, is full of changes much larger than just my wardrobe and weather.

It’s been almost 5 weeks since I left my job at Target and today I start my 4th week with Ford Motor Company. I was a nervous wreck the night before starting at Ford. This change comes with a huge learning curve. A field of work outside of any knowledge or comfort, but one that has pleasantly surprised me thus far.

The transition has been rather seamless. I now have the joy of working a fairly normal Monday-Friday schedule and wearing regular clothing that is not uniform. It’s the little things that make me happy, and this job is making me happier than I’ve been in a long time. After all my years in retail I will finally enjoy the holiday with family this year and I might even go do a little shopping.

Yes, after all my years in retail I will go shopping. There might be a deal or two I need to snag… for my new place!

Yep! After over 3 years of dating Alex and I have finally signed a lease and will officially be moving in together on October 4th!

This year has been an important year for us. We’ve added depth, gone to new heights, and now we are taking the next step towards the rest of our lives. We know this will be a big transition for both of us but it’s all working out kind of perfectly. We are prepared. You could say that timing is spot on.

This year I have learned that sometimes change is for the better. I am happier than I have been in a long time. Everything is coming together and the future has a really prosperous outlook. I am excited, thrilled, and ready.

Alex likes to say that there has to be a lot of shit on the grass before it turns green. Thankfully all that shit has finally sunk in and now our grass is finally green! :)

A Little Off-Balance

It’s Sunday and nearly a week since I’ve written.

Let’s see.

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Wednesday was my last day at Target. I clocked out for the last time and it was like a weight had been lifted. That evening Alex and I went to a Japanese steakhouse to celebrate our new jobs (he started a new one earlier this summer).

Thursday morning I woke up feeling like I had the best nights sleep. I was so refreshed but as the day worn on I found myself feeling sick and stressed to the max. A combination of different stressors got to me and my emotions ran high. It was definitely not my best day.

More of the same continued on Friday, but Friday night couldn’t come soon enough. I gathered with many of my friends from Target for a night of fun. 40 of us filled the backroom of a local tavern and had the best time.

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After a few beers and a lot of laughs Alex and I hit the road. We spent the night in a hotel and made our way to Disney World late Saturday morning. We were on our way out of the park when we ran into my old friends (that are now married!) from my high school youth group. It was such a random moment, but it was SO nice to reconnect.

The combination of friends, a comfy hotel bed, and Disney magic was just what I needed to lift my spirits.

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Now it’s Sunday morning and I am filled with first day jitters in anticipation of tomorrow. I am scheduled 8-5 (that may be the longest orientation ever!), I don’t know what to wear, or even what to expect. I am ready for a new normal to being. I am ready to start a new routine and establish my habits.

I guess I can sum it up by saying I feel a little off-balance lately.

Here’s to a good first day, a better week, and the return of Pumpkin Spice at Starbucks! :)

 

 

 

One Month Gluten Free! {sort of}

I can’t believe it’s already been a month. It went by fast but it seems like the first day was so long ago. Here is a quick over view of how the last several weeks have gone.

Food: As of late I have really struggled with eating the correct foods. I have slipped up more times than I can count. A pretzel, regular bread for various meals, a random beer, and all the other glutinous foods you can think of. It’s been hard and I have physically paid the price. I know it’s just one meal, one choice at a time, but it’s been a rough start.

Hunger: I feel like I am always hungry these day and that is one reason I have been eating so poorly. I know I need to eat right in order to feel right.

Fitness: Still, not much is happening on the workout front. I am disappointed to admit that but it’s the truth. I need to get off my ass and sweat. Plain and simple.

Symptoms: Within hours of crappy eating the headache starts and slowly progress into a migraine. Once the migraine is in full effect that is when the nausea starts. I should learn a thing or two about cause and effect.

Feelings: I don’t have any negative feelings about needing to eat gluten-free, I just make the wrong choices for one reason or another. Most of the time the feelings are some what emotional and it leads to emotional eating.

Highlight: I am still packing my lunches for work and I’ve even cooked a few meals! I posted one Pork recipe last week that I thought turned out pretty tasty.

Lowlight: The lowlight is my eating. That part is clear as day.

 

I’m quickly realizing what kind of process this is and how much effort I need to put forth to be successful. This is no slacking matter.

Let Me Ask Y’all A Question.

Good morning, friends!

Over the weekend I was gifted with a new to me laptop. My brother upgraded for work purposes so he refurbished his old (but still rather new) laptop and passed it over to me. My laptop is just over 10 years old and was basically only good as a door stop. Needless to say this laptop is quite the upgrade!

I don’t have a blog post ready for today since I am in the process of getting this new laptop set up with the necessary programs and files. Sorting through thousands of pictures on my other laptop has turned into quite the process.

In the mean time, let me ask y’all a question!

What workout are you currently loving?

I am in a funk and need to feel inspired. I especially need to get back into a solid workout groove before I start my new job in 10 days! Thanks, friends! :)

Easy Oven Baked Pork Dinner

With Bacon! Because bacon makes everything better.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork loin over Fingerling Potatoes

I love a dinner that is easy to prep, stick in the oven, and eat within an hours time. This delivered on all counts! Plus the house smelled rather amazing, too!

What you will need:

  • Pork loin – ours was 2.34 pounds
  • 24 ounce bag of Fingerling Potatoes
  • One package of bacon – used low sodium, thick cut hickory smoked bacon
  • Seasonings – salt, pepper, rosemary, sage, and thyme

Pre heat the oven to 425 (or whatever might be suggested by your local butcher).

Slice potatoes and spread evenly in a glass baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with a cooking spray.

In a small bowl mix to taste the salt, pepper, rosemary, and sage.

Open pork (ours was already separated into two pieces) and season to taste with mix.

Open bacon and wrap bacon around each pork loin in spiral form. (used 3 pieces of back to wrap each loin.)

Placed bacon wrapped pork loin on top of potatoes that are already in baking dish. Lay one slice of bacon over the length of the pork loin. Garnish with a few pieces of thyme.

** Had about 4 slices of bacon left so I opted to chop it up and spread with the potatoes.

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Place in oven and bake until pork is cooked to an internal temp of 145 degrees. (Ours took about 45 minutes — may take longer depending on weight and if it has been pre sliced into two.)

Leave in oven and broil for about 3-5 minutes just to crisp up the bacon.

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Remove pork, allow it to rest, slice, and serve with accompaniments.

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This was one of the easiest and tastiest dinner I have made in a long time. I especially loved how the potatoes turned out — cooked in all the juices and seasoning! Yum! The left overs were great for lunch today too! I can’t wait to make this again, and maybe with a little variation.

 

For You, Robin.

When the news broken last night about Robin William I was sitting on the couch with Alex watching baseball. My best friend texted me and my response was “shut up!”. She told me to put on CNN. That is when my heart broke.

I’ll never forget that moment.

I reached across the couch, took Alex’s hand, and squeezed it tight. Depression is real and it sucks.

Throughout our relationship Alex has shared with me about his own fight with depression. It was before he and I met, and he was in high school. He is rather open about it, at least with me. He’ll tell me about the darkness and sadness that filled his life, but he always makes it known that there are ways to cope and recover.

During the last year I’ve had my own battles. My own bouts of deep sadness and darkness. On more than one occasion Alex has looked me in the eyes and told me I was depressed. Most of the time I would deny it and then wonder why he would say things like that. It would just lead me to more sadness and the vicious circle would continue. Until one day.

One particular day I had gone over the edge and felt particularly crappy, if I may. Alex held me close and again told me that I was depressed. He told me he understood and that we would get through this. Together. And that’s exactly what we did. For me, that’s all it took. I am still a work in progress, but with love on my side I am confident that those days are behind me.

As night turns to day, I am learning about many in my life who also fight with depression. I’m just a regular girl. I don’t know what darkness Robin was fighting. I don’t know what darkness anyone may be fighting. Or to what extent. It is not my place to judge but, friends, I will be here for you if you need someone.

Robin Williams will be missed. My heart breaks for his family. I have to thank him because he brought so much joy and laughter to me and to the world. I believe that at the end of the day he did for others what he ultimately couldn’t do for himself. This is for you, Robin. May you make those who have gone before us laugh eternally.

What is your favorite Robin Williams movie?
- Aladdin or Dead Poets Society.

genie

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