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The new lazy

My hours have been cut back to 40/week max. There’s less stress, but working on California time means I’m often getting into a groove or being pinged by users late in my day. That frequently means 9, 10 or even 12 hour days Monday – Thursday with short hours on Friday. I like short hours on Friday. But my brain (and low back) decides after 10-12 hours of sitting at my desk working that it has had enough.

I want to read. I want to write. I want to promote my new Jamberry Nail Wrap business.

But all I find myself doing is Trivia Crack. Or Farm Heroes Saga. Or Candy Crush. Maybe someone has posted something new on Facebook… All from my phone or tablet on the couch or even in bed.

Part of it is work overload on my brain. Part of it is how horribly my low back and hip hurt. (I have terrible posture sitting at my desk, and when I’m there for 12+ hours a day it is doing a number on my body.) And part of it is pure laziness.

Tonight is supposed to be date night. (Yes, The Man and I have a Wednesday night date night every week. Mostly because he has dart league in the winter and golf league in the summer so he/we are out anyway.) But tonight he is sick. Home in bed on antibiotics. So there is no date night. And really, I’ve had a cold all week and I’m not that broken up about it. But my brain and body are used to a fairly early end to the work day on Wednesday, and then some sort of activity. So I made myself walk to my new exercise DVD. And then my back/hip, which I just had put back into place at the chiropractor yesterday started screaming at me. So I sat on my really good desk chair (with good posture!) where the lumbar support could ease the pain rather than crashing on the couch. And instead of perusing Facebook again, I opened WordPress.

And 340+ words later, the endorphin rush of exercise has combined with the relaxation I feel when I pull words out of my brain and put them to “paper”. My hip is quiet. I haven’t coughed in half an hour or so. This is good.

Maybe if I can hold on to this feeling, I can make this choice a little more often.

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Ghost town

I’m fighting another upper respiratory virus. This has been a bad year for them. Princess Girl and myself have already been sick earlier this winter.

Work in insanely busy. I can barely keep my head above water.

We are working hard toward Princess Girl’s high school graduation.
She has already been accepted into her top two schools. Now to wait on cheer tryouts.

Nationals for competitive cheer are just around the corner.

What a busy time in our lives!

 

 

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Torture device and the reason for no post this morning

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So here we are

Ligaments of wrist. Posterior and anterior views

Ligaments of wrist. Posterior and anterior views (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the midst of another lull in posts. Aside, of course from my lovely picture on Thursday of my dual wrist braces.

And that brings me to what I’ve determined is the cause of this most recent lack of posts.

I have two co-worker friends that have recently added me to their feed readers. It is fabulous to have two new regular readers of my blog!

But…

The topics that have been high on my list to write about recently have been about work. Mostly about work frustrations. But I have these two regular readers who sit a short distance from me Monday through Friday in that same work environment.

So I censored myself.

Please do not think the frustrations were about these two individuals. They definitely were not. (Hi D, Hi H! <waves>) They were about people they know and situations we are working in together. So I didn’t write the posts. I did not put the information out to the public about how I was feeling.

And I’m okay with that. I probably needed to process the issues internally. I needed to deal with them, not just vent my frustrations out to the world.

Now we come back to the topic of my wrist braces. This is also a work issue. But I am going to talk about it. I moved cubicles a couple months ago. The cube I moved into had a broken keyboard tray. My manager asked me to try working without it and see how it went.

After a short amount of time, I knew this was not going to work for me. I asked her to order a new tray. She sent the request to our department assistant. Our department assistant who thinks that every penny spent in the department comes out of her own pocket. Our department assistant who has screwed fellow co-workers out of hundreds of dollars because she was not willing to book travel in a timely manner when those co-workers were intending to add vacation with their families on to the front or back of a work trip. Our department assistant who dictates what we have access to at our desks.

More than a month later I asked for an update since there was still no tray.

More than a month after that I asked again. Still no tray.

More than three months later. After having to ask more than three times. I was complaining of wrist and thumb pain. Pain that was getting worse and worse.

Suddenly, three days later I had a new tray.

However, after three months of waiting the damage was done. Now I am living with debilitating pain. Pain that is forcing me to change my life and that does not allow me to do things I am used to doing.

Things like turning the dial on my portable heater. Things like golf. Things like picking up my water bottle.

I did not want to file a claim with work comp, but I had no choice. I could not live like this any longer. So now I am wearing braces on both wrists and have at least a month of Occupational Therapy ahead of me.

I wonder how she feels about all of these expenses coming out of her precious budget.

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Thousand Word Thursday

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Upheaval

The problem with coming in to work well before most everyone else is that when there is an email bombshell that has dropped overnight you have no one to discuss it with.

We are on about a 3 month cycle of restructuring/reorganization. I do not mean we are in a 3 month process. I mean we are seeing complete change every 3 months.

Every day is an adventure.

On a more personal note, holy cow are we busy. I have made the comment several times this week that I can not wait for school to start so we will be less busy. That seems like an oxymoron to me. However, one response I heard was that we are in free fall over the summer. There is no order. No structure.

It’s true. And I can’t wait to slow down a little bit.

Before that happens, we have TugFest weekend fast approaching. Princess Girl is once again going to be participating in the pageant.

Come out and see us. The fireworks are the best around. It is bound to be a good time.

Go Illinois!

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Time to re-evaluate

I know this coming year is going to be one of many changes. As Princess Girl enters her senior year of high school and begins applying for colleges we will be going through a year of change and growth.

There may be a need, I found yesterday, for even more change than I originally imagined.

You know it is time to re-evaluate you situation when you have your annual review, are ranked as ‘often exceeds expectations’ and you spend the rest of your day in a bad mood.

Whether it is my attitude or the location that needs to change, I can not spend the remainder of my working career crabby.

I’ll start with me. I will look at this as a personal evaluation/ self improvement project. I’m committed to this because I really do not want to be miserable from now until I am able to retire. I am going to take this seriously. I will make a plan and implement it. I’m thinking a 6 month time frame for this project on myself. After that, I will see how things stand.

Big changes. Here they come. I plan to be ready.

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