Monday, June 14, 2010

a little bit of nothing and a whole lot of other stuff

Who lost all knowledge of how to juggle a life and work? This girl. I was basically off the grid last week. This work thing is much more time consuming than I remembered. With nine or so hour days and a commute that is over an hour both ways...I am spent when I get home. I look at the clock and cry a little on the inside knowing that I have only about three hours to do shit before I need to go to bed if I want to sleep for 8 hours. And who has slept for 8 hours every night this week? Not this girl. I've been rockin' like 6 or 6.5. Totally unlike me and the cause of my marathon sleep session on Saturday.

I have good news to report though. I am totally digging my job. I know it is temporary and I know that I have only been there a week and a day, but I like it. I tried to enter this work experience with a different attitude and approach than I have ever really taken before...and it is working. I do think I have always been a relatively good employee (see: awesome), but I think this new approach I am taking is making me happier and an even better employee and coworker. So yeah. I like what I am doing. The program is totally awesome and I just know it will make some monumental changes in the lives of others. I'm sad that it is temporary and sort of a band-aid fix for the clients we are working with...but, change doesn't happen overnight and it is often about small victories.

Anyway, in my last post I went on and on about how I didn't do much during work sabbatical. (Yes, I realized it wasn't a sabbatical. It just sounds so much nicer than unemployment.) I feel the need to share the things that I did get to do with my time off that I may not have shared with you...

  • Got a library card
  • Hung curtains in my room
  • Watched the 5th season of Weeds
  • Returned to being a brunette after spending four months as a blonde
  • Rearranged the furniture in my apartment 3 times
  • Finished a photo album I've been working on for at least 3 years
  • Learned to fold origami cranes
  • Hung pictures on my walls
  • Used my sewing machine
  • Got a second tattoo
  • Sat in the audience for a taping of Oprah
  • Watched seasons 1-3 of 30 Rock
  • Began painting one nail off
  • Went on some bad dates
  • Read A Million Little Pieces (and loved it)
  • Took a yoga class
  • Downloaded a shit ton of music
  • Drank a lot of wine
  • Visited my dad for over a week...which I haven't done since perhaps middle school
  • Ended a friendship
  • Went on long walks in the city
  • Memorized my library card number
  • Hung out with my high school best friend
  • Went to a candy convention
  • Made almost all my Christmas presents by hand
  • Threw up in a cab (it was New Year's Eve...give me that)
  • Installed my window air conditioner all by myself
  • Met one of my new favorite bloggers for drinks and Mexican food
  • Rode on the back of a scooter for the first time
  • Realized I don't hate all salad dressings
  • Went to Wisconsin
  • Helped my mom do flowers for a wedding
  • Met Craig Ferguson
  • Talked on the phone for hours to my best friend
  • Learned who my real friends are
  • Bought a plant for my apartment, so I was not the only living thing here
  • Ordered spray paint online
  • Went to a St. Louis Cardinals game
  • Saw Michal Jackson's childhood home
  • Got taken care of by my mom
  • Made coffee at home
  • Started this blog
So, I did a whole bunch of nothing...but, I also did a whole lot of stuff too. I'm not going to lie and say that I wouldn't be happy if I didn't have to set my alarm in the morning, but I am glad to be where I am right now. I don't think I can ask for much more.

P.S. I have an AMAZING CTA story for you, but you will have to wait a few days. A girl can only write so much when she is trying to get adequate sleep.


Phoenix said...

That's quite a list! I'm extremely impressed :)

LiLu said...

A whole bunch of nothing? That's more than I did last year!!! :-)