working again

January 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm (Uncategorized)

well after a few weeks of interviewing, testing, etc. i will finally start working next week. although its a temporary job, its a start. two  to three months of administrative support, data entry and analysis, not too crazy. i interviewed for one position and was over-qualified. i tested and interviewed for another, but it was filled the next day. they decided they wanted me for the first position (the one i was over-qualified for) i declined. they called me on friday to tell me about another job, not a call center…i had a phone interview on monday, they said it would be a few days until they made a decsion. i got a call fifteen minutes later, with a job offer!

i have to say that working with a temp agency has its challenges. between phone calls not returned, talking to six different people and taking a wide variety of computerized tests; it’s a lot of work to get to work. of course they talk a good game at the beginning; ‘your skills and test scores are great, can you start this week?’ in reality, it takes much, much longer.

i have mixed feelings about working full time. of course, the biggest one is how will i manage and juggle family, school activities and everything else? but i’ve done it before so i can do it again. it takes extreme organization and effort…i’m ready for the challenge!  

i just renewed my subscription to martha stewart everyday food. if you haven’t picked up this particular monthly mini-magazine then you are missing out. there is a shopping list, helpful tips and great recipes. one of my other sources for great ideas is the martha stewart food page there are lots of great ideas for dinner, lunch and snacks.

i’ll keep you posted on my progress!


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it’s time

January 17, 2010 at 11:41 pm (Uncategorized)

we’ve joined a health club. period. our goals are to get more healthy, have more energy and hopefully lose some fat. after telling the trainer that i didn’t really want to count calories, he broke the bad news to me. calories must be counted. as a self-professed ‘foodie’ i can’t imagine anything more painful than counting calories. but evidently, there is some sort of correlation between how many calories you eat and how much exercise you perform. sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, but okay, i’ll play the game.

the smallest of baby steps. this week i’m trying to go at least four times. i’m going to start on the elliptical machine, it seems a good place to burn some calories. i’m also going to start writing down everything i eat. my friend onebetamom has a site where she logs everything the eats in the day. her idea is that once you type it down you are accountable!

let the games begin!

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free at last

January 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm (Uncategorized)

well, today seems to be the day. our last day to be home owners. we are now ‘renters’ , its official. i’ll say again the words spoken by a friend….’we will live this way, so that some day we can live like no one else’. to me that means that today we will live consciously, frugally, a below-our-means-kind of life; so that in the future we can live a very different life. so with the signing of the papers, the passing of the keys, this chapter in our crazy lives is over!  we were hoping by the new year, but give or take a week, it’s not too bad.

next? well, i’m glad you asked. i’m supposed to be ‘temping’ full-time for considerably more pay than my fun retail job…but so far the temp agency has not been very good with their follow-through! i love it when they want you so bad you have to come in that very day for an interview, test, etc. and then at least two people call you within 24 hours to see if you want their job assignment and then when you say ‘yes’, get me the details….they never return your call! what is the deal!?

in addition i’m working on a family budget! yikes! i know…scary stuff. i know someone who did the  dave ramsey  envelope system for their budget and it worked for them, they paid their house off in like 3 years! i know that it will be most difficult for me – my husband, no problem.  i am breaking my ultra consumerism patterns, but it’s not been easy. i do enjoy shopping at goodwill, sally’s, etc…but you can’t get everything at a thrift shop!

here’s to a great 2010!

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….and we’re off….

January 3, 2010 at 10:10 pm (Uncategorized)

the new year is off and running. so far we are surviving near arctic conditions, without the added benefit of extra hours of sunshine! our furnace was wonky for a day and one of our cars stopped running. on the bright side we are all reasonably healthy and rested from our time off the last couple of weeks. since today is the first day of the first week of the new year, i’m kicking off the eating healthy thing. i don’t have any crazy ideas like giving up caffeine (done that before), but more of a conscious and healthy eating routine.

my good friend onebetamom started the b-i-w-i routine….bite it, write it. this seems like a public and eye-opening way to really ‘see’ what you are eating, what your pitfalls are and how you can make better choices. i’m going to give this a try. now she is counting calories, making protein smoothies and *gasp* exercising. well, i don’t want to go all crazy, but i think i’ll start by writing down what i eat and then add some exercise soon!

the YMCA seems to be the best bang for our buck. ours is close by, offers a wide variety of classes, pilates anyone? so i’m adding this to my ‘to do’ list for the week….join the Y.

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