20 March 2017

life, revisited.

I've sat down to write this post several different times, but I would get up and walk away after only a few words; I couldn't find the right ones.

Somehow, describing the facts of this new chapter in my life don't capture the "pinch me I'm dreaming" effect. I can't spell out how huge this is. The sky's the limit?  No, no. This opportunity can catapult me over the moon and back twice around venus.

I could list the tangible items.
I could describe the daily changes.
I could talk about the difference in personal presence.
I could elaborate on the networking opportunities and perks- like hotel, rental car, and airline rewards.
I could say how much more I'll be learning, how much more I'll be earning, how I get MY VERY OWN SET OF PIPETTES.

-pause for effect, applause, and prosperity-

I'm suddenly in a league of incredibly intelligent people who are just as ambitious as I am, who are willing to teach me everything they know and help me succeed. I'm part of a collective of people who can make amazing things happen. I'm poised on a realm of possibility that I always thought I'd be lucky to achieve.

Here I am. This is actually it. The girl from the trailer park gets a company car and an American Express, bitches!

Jokes aside, I've worked hard for this and I deserve to be here. I'm going to use this opportunity full of new challenges to grow into something even better; to make my loftiest career goals happen. To make the world a little bit better from a different perspective. I'm a strong woman and I'm ready to keep roaring.

But all the same, I've got stars in my eyes.
I'm so thankful for them.

19 March 2017

ace in the hole

Ah-ha! She got an egg in the nest. I'm so proud.

one small change

A few months ago I made one small change that has affected my life in a big way: I started taking a benadryl at bedtime.

After years of denying it, I finally admitted to myself that I have allergies.

I develop a sinus infection every November, and last time when I went to the Walgreens clinic the nurse practitioner mentioned that it's probably due to seasonal allergies and I should start taking an antihistamine to prevent it. Oh yeah. That makes sense, huh?

A few weeks after that I developed some more sinus issues and I took a benadryl at bedtime to help with the symptoms. It helped tremendously, so I continued to take about a half a dose each night at bedtime.

What I didn't expect was how much it would improve my quality of life.
First I started sleeping better, thanks to benadryl's sleepy side effect.
Then I noticed a few weeks ago that I have had way more energy. I'm not as cranky and I generally feel better.

I think it's because I haven't woken up with one of those massive, debilitating headaches since I started taking it. I might have a slight headache every once in a while, but I'm still functional.
I don't have that constant sinus pressure that fogs everything up and causes me to schlup through the day.

I never noticed how much those issues affected me, until I didn't have them anymore. I feel a LOT different, and a LOT better.

Yay, man.

18 March 2017

bird update

I've been waking up every morning to chirpy commotion at the front door.

Upon closer inspection, it seems that my little friend missed the mark a bit. The egg didn't exactly make it into the nest. Rather, it's balanced off to the side.

The nest hasn't been abandoned, so I'm assuming it's still okay? I guess I'll find out.

16 March 2017

hey, birdie

Some bird decided to build a nest on the wreath hanging on my front door.

What first caught my attention was a bird singing one Saturday morning. When I discovered the bird's motive, I tried to discourage it and cleared away the beginnings of a nest. But the bird persevered and I decided that if the bird wanted to build a nest on my front door, he/she could go right ahead.

Turns out, now I get a clear view of the nest and hopefully the babies. Despite the fact that it's on my front door and we use it sometimes, which might make for some disruptive moments, maybe I can make up for last year's fiasco.

Stay tuned.

26 February 2017

freshening up

Updates in a few areas.

I felt ambitious on Friday and committed to a boot camp Saturday morning with my coworker at our work gym. It was my kind of workout; 30 seconds at a different station. Lots of variety, fast-paced. Many of the moves were squat-heavy. I hated it while I was doing it, but of course afterwards I felt great. Today, I'm feeling every single one of those squats.
When I have a cute perky ass I'll be thankful but right now it sucks.
But the soreness is also kinda motivating? I dunno. I'm weird.

The face-to-face interview was smashing, I think. The job was clarified a bit more, and at first it was intimidating but now that I've had time to mull it over, it's perfect. It would be a good challenge, I would grow personally and professionally, and once I found my groove I would kick ass. It would change my life and I want it. For now, we wait.

Tangible De-Clutter:
It seems like spring (even after a shitty, warm winter) re-affirms all the "clear it out, freshen up" vibes. Sometimes cleaning stuff up only leads to more messes. Clutter that was once semi-hidden is now in random piles until it finds a new home. Insert eye twitch.

Brain De-Clutter:
There's a to-do list rattling around in my head and sometimes I see it with great clarity but I've forgotten to write it down and now it's all jumbled. Most of it has to do with home maintenance and I forget about it until I notice it again. I don't have the time or energy to handle it all, so I'm hoping to outsource some of it.

Schedule pest control. Ants, roaches, and flies. Flies? Really. They're everywhere.
Clear out flower beds (ask yard guy to clear out flower beds)
New front door (pick it out, buy it, get handy man to install)
Deep clean (Stuff like floors, windows... hire a maid?)
Touch up baseboards. Roomba is a daily lifesaver but is rough on baseboards.
Put away Christmas decorations. Yes I know it's almost March. Don't judge. They're all in boxes in the office and I wasn't able to help Chris put them in the attic after surgery. Now they're just sitting there. Being all cluttery.

Re-organize closet? Waiting to see if my wardrobe needs change- aka if I get the job.

All right, enough spazzing out. Time to switch the laundry and take a hot bath.

08 February 2017

jumbled but not really

Trying not to focus on how much I blew it last week during the digital interview. Let me clarify: this was NOT a skype interview. This "interview" consisted of questions on a screen and videotaped answers.

Which, apparently for me, equals temporary retardation and jibberish answers while trying to stare at the webcam instead of myself or anything else. It didn't go well. Even after I asked my reporter sister-in-law for tips. I'm the chick that got booted from the hospital's commercial because while I'm sweet and awesome in person, on video I turn into an awkward creep.

I'm torn with this whole idea because I really am happy at my current workplace. I would not be concerned with changing jobs if it weren't for this opportunity. I love my coworkers, their curious personalities and lighthearted ways, and the sense of community we have. Yes, I'm bored and unchallenged, but at the same time my heart really is calm and connected to this place. It would truly hurt to leave. Plus I LOVE the insanely short commute.

Then there's also the idea that I might move with Chris when he goes to grad school. I'm not sure our marriage can handle another long-term long-distance trek, but if I get this new job I'm definitely staying in Houston. Everything is so gloriously up in the air.

At the end of every day, I'm not really stressed at all about it. I'm convinced it all will work out the way it should.