Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm still alive! Even though I haven't posted anywhere, I'm still here....and appreciate the notes and comments.
Last week, I worked 68 hours. Took Sunday totally off and spent the day at my granddaughter's birthday party (ever gone bowling with 9 nine year old girls?) and babysat them a few more times this week...
Lots of retirement/goodbye lunches (eaten out more the past two weeks than I have in a year I think) and nostalgia sneaking in....but plans are moving along and anticipation builds.
I expect to sleep a lot the first week of April. Then lots of travel in the plans...Then...all you spark buddies, be on the look out! Hubby and I will be heading east either early fall (REAL early fall) or next spring...and may be looking for a place to park for the night!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Yeah, quick. Does that word fit into my vocabulary?
I have not fallen off the planet. I am not sick. I am not depressed. I am really, in spite of everything, doing well.
This "volunteer" job I took on has evolved into a very stressful, but fun, paid position. I have (on top of my regular job) been averaging 27-30 hours a week (and that does not include reading and responding to a ton of emails on a daily basis) Last night, I found my self feeling really crabby and when 8 of my crew of 30 were late, missing most of the 25 minute briefing prior to the start of the show, I was ready to lose it. I was supposed to go to a broadway show with friends (yes, as a patron, NOT a house manager or head usher) and out to dinner with friends. Instead, it is 5:30 p.m. and I am still sitting in my nightie. Catching up. I was just too exhausted to go. What a waste of a good ticket.
I only have 13 more working days until I retire. And then, it will seem like a dream to only work 20-30 hrs/week. AND once they get the full time house manager on board (offer out, waiting for background check and clearance to start) I can cut back to about 30 hours per month. My dream. Play money to supplement my retirement pension. And I won't feel so burned out.
My friends are like strangers. My grandkids were here a couple of nights ago for the first time in a month. Seems like the only time I see my hubby is when I drag him along to the theater with me!
And although I am hanging on by a thread, it is a strong one. Hasn't even started to unravel. We have a new massage chair at home, and I try to spend 15 - 30 minutes in it each night with earphones on....using that time to relax and meditate. Or I take a jacuzzi bath....equally effective.
Please don't think I am forgetting any of you. And please don't think I don't read your posts, your comments and appreciate your support and friendship. I don't get here EVERY day, but I do check in...mostly lurking...but I am here....
You'll see me again soon!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Yup. It was. Red carpet. Limosines. Glamour. Glitz. And an awesome production of Chorus Line. It was an historic event. Will provide details down the road. Had 4 hours sleep and now have a plane to catch. Will be off line for several days.
Will have pics and details next week.
Friday, February 11, 2011
OK. I moved to Onderland yesterday....but I am afraid I got kicked out already. Lost the lease...in other words, with the stress of the grand opening and gala tomorrow and a potluck breakfast, going away luncheon and book club dinner all yesterday, and dinner guest tonight with brownies for dessert...I caved.
Yup. I ate.
And feel crappy.
Am I sabataging myself? Probably. But I'll be ok. Just get me through tomorrow. And then Saturday off to Las Vegas. I can sleep. We have fine dining plans and LOTS of exercise...Just 3 days to relax, observe the insanity and regroup.
I am NOT weighing daily this week...We get back Tuesday night and I will wait til Weds. Then I will be accountable and if I was booted out of onderland? I'll move back the following week. I really DO want to stay...It is definitely worth the higher rent.
Monday, February 07, 2011
WHERE did it go? I feel like I have been buried in work. And now I wonder if I've dug myself into a hole...ha ha ha ha.
OK. BIG events this past week! HUGE events. As some of you know, I have been involved on the ground floor of volunteer coordinating and training and serving as head usher along with one other person for the new performing arts center in my neighborhood. First of all it is FABULOUS! Second of all...it feels like I have been in labor and am now about to really deliver and reap the joy.
Ribbon Cutting was Friday. I was on my feet for almost 7 hours. Working as a greeter, the head usher, and then touring special guests and patrons.
First open performance was Yesterday. Again, on my feet running around like a wild woman. We had 27 ushers and almost a full house. It was a dress rehearsal of sorts...but excellent talent ranging from the symphony orchestra to the high school jazz band, a marching band, ballet troupes and choral groups. Nineteen in all, in about 2 1/2 hours...testing lighting, staging and sound. AND breaking in several brand new volunteers.
I felt like a one man band. Flashlight dangling from a wrist. Ticket scanner attached by a strap to my hand. Walkie talkie hooked on my waist band. Speaker wires and earphone wires running inside my blouse and out the neck. Two clips in place and a lanyard name badge hanging around my neck as well. Add a clipboard, lots of note paper and there I was... There were a few glitches, as expected, but the community is so enthusiastic and excited about this new venue that they were all in good spirits and overlooked almost anything that was the least bit inconvenient.
Today...open house and tours. Very exciting. Even with superbowl, we had a full house and each of us guides (about 15) did multiple tours of parties as large as 20. I am beginning to feel like a pro. The center once seemed so huge, so daunting...now it feels like home. I used to get lost, now I know every shortcut to the venues, the recording studio and the black box! (which I had a REALLY hard time finding a few weeks back....)
AND we had our first injury today. An elderly gentleman tripped on the stairs coming from the parking lot...lots of blood. LOTS of blood, but no apparant major injury. Won't go into details. Just know I was able to provide first aid until the paramedics got there and I am sure he will be fine...Never a dull moment.
Tomorrow another administrative meeting at the college, then I need to finish my 18 page application, get my finger prints taken so I can start getting paid (just over minimum wage) for the work I am doing...too bad all the hundreds of hours these past few months can't fall into that catagory.
Who has had time to eat???? I am transitioning back to whole foods, but am finding that being onsite with no access to food is challenging. So I am still using some of the Medifast bars and pretzels to keep me going. I can mix a shake and get down 200 calories of high protien in a quick minute. with no mess or storage issues (no fridge, no place to store food)
I've added fruit back into my diet too...time to add more carbs. We ate our first (and only) grapefruit off what was our mystery tree, and it was a POMELO!!! My favorite! Hopefully more next year. We are loaded with oranges, and lots of mandarins, too...I am loving the REAL vitamin C.
I haven't weighed for two days. I may have broken the 200 barrier. I am SOOOO curious, but think I will torture myself and wait until my Weds weigh in.
In the middle of all this craziness, we had a distant cousin here as a house guest all weekend. He was gone much of the time, as were we. But we joined him last night at the juggling fair and performance (in a million years I would never have known about this event, if not for him...) and we had a GREAT time.
I am headed for bed now. Caught up with my story here...So many supportive friends, that I have failed to acknowledge. ONE of these days my life WILL slow down. Up coming week? You wouldn't believe it if I shared it all...
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