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Keeping On! YEAH!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Alright, so my re-do of week 2 still didn't go that stellar, but I think I improved on it, so I'll consider it done and move on to week 3 of Spring into Shape.

Do daily toning video
Track food 3 days this week
Do 20-30 mins cardio 5 days this week
Do bonus video twice this week
Freewrite 4 pages this week
Address any/all health issues this month

I found it easier to not do things daily per my crazy schedule and state of mind. So, I did do all 7 videos (except Monday or Tuesday because I was having internet issues, so I did a Coach Nicole DVD that day instead. Win.) I just didn't do one video per day. I did more like 3 "big" days of workouts instead of 7 "small" days. I would like to be a bit more consistent, though, so I think I'm going to try to work on that this week. I think I may have come up short on cardio minutes, too, but luckily that will be for week 3's challenge. I did track my food at least 3 days, and stayed mostly in ranges-woo! I counted my off-day with the DVD as my 'bonus' video... plus I used a stretching video from Coach Nicole for dealing with shin splints.

I think I only wrote 1 or 2 pages in my freewriting journal. Lame. I know I need to be consistent with that, too, in order to see any marked improvement in my writing skills. And I made it the doc this week to get on some meds to help level me back out from last week's hormone-fluctuating psychosis. It was very upsetting to be so out of control over my emotions. I'm sure half the people I encountered that week either thought I was just a total b**** or clinically depressed. I sure felt like both. And to make matters worse, I was in intense pain (if my uterus had a fist, it would have been punching me really hard... in the uterus) and I felt weak (probably pretty anemic) and ill most of those days. I'm glad to be back on some meds. THANK. GOODNESS!!!

Tap dance this week was fun. I was thrilled to have not pulled any groin muscles. HOORAY! However!!! In the last 5 minutes of class, my left ankle started to hurt. I figured it was just done. That class session involved a lot of jumping and joint-bearing steps/moves. So, after 55 minutes, I figured my time was up! I wrapped up my ankle in an ace bandage when I got home and it was pretty sore the next day. Additionally, I have felt some numbness in my big toe (also on the left foot), so now I'm wondering if I should be concerned. Seems like there's some sort of neuropathy happening, right? It's not even my whole toe that's been getting numb, either. It's just the side of my toe. It happened when I was practicing tap at home, too, so... hmmm... Anyone encounter this before? Ankle is still sore, too.

Well, I'd talk more about my "special friend", but really there isn't much to say. We haven't spoken a whole lot since his birthday weekend "fiasco" (which I still have residual feelings about) due to his work schedule, out of town relatives visiting, playing uncle to his sister's kids, and apparently he got a cold on top of all that, so we've had about 10 minutes of any sort of contact in the last week or so. Sad, disappointed, lonely? You bet I am. But, what can I do?

So, instead, I'll be wrapping this up with my week 3 goals and heading off to study for my chem exam tonight (this whole blog has been one giant procrastination).

Week 3 Goals:
emoticon Track food 3 days this week
emoticon Increase fruit & veggie intake by 1 serving per day
emoticon Daily toning videos
emoticon 30 mins minimum cardio 5x this week
emoticon 4 pages of freewriting this week
emoticon Address any health issues this month

Peace, homies.

Yesterday my granny and I both wore plaid shirts with 3/4 sleeves and those nifty rolled sleeve fastener thingies on them.

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JSALERNO 9/24/2013 6:31AM


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/24/2013 12:41AM

    I love the plaid shirt pics! I have to tell ya I hate those dang rolled sleeve fasteners...pain in ass to roll, get even and button...guess I am lazy! But 3/4 sleeves and plaid...like! Plaid is very Fall!
Sweetie, hope your sadness, disappointment and loneliness soon disappears!
So glad you have relief from that female trouble...oh, my!
Love you!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/23/2013 5:50PM

    You and your Grandma are styling!

Good job on the Week 2 Re-do! Great goals for Week 3, too. You can do it!!

I hope your toe and ankle feel better soon!

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Take 2!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

So, my week 2 of Spring into Shape didn't go so hot. Recapping my goals:

emoticon Do daily toning video
emoticon Track food 3 days this week
emoticon Do 20-30 mins cardio 5 days this week
emoticon Do bonus video twice this week
emoticon Freewrite 4 pages this week
emoticon Address any/all health issues this month

Let's see... where did I go wrong?

Well, Sunday and Monday were kinda tired/lazy days. Too lazy. Sunday I was exhausted and I'll go ahead and give myself that, but I don't have any good excuse for Monday. Tuesday I made myself do better. I got in some cardio and caught up on my toning videos. Although I kinda overdid it on the squats and lunges (Tuesday's video) and ended up *really* sore for a few days. Which probably played into the horrors of Thursday, which I will get to. Wednesday my upper body felt great (since it wasn't my legs or my abs) so I doubled up the toning video on that one. In retrospect, that would have been a great opportunity to do a bonus video instead. Lame! The cardio portion of that workout was tough- I could feel myself not working as hard or putting in as much effort, due to my overly sore legs. Regardless, I still ended up hot, sweaty, and huffin' & puffin'. I'll take it.

Thursday... ah, Thursday. I spent a nice afternoon with my "special friend" and he ended up having to drop me off at tap class. I still was a bit early, so I spent about 10 minutes trying to do a quick warm-up and some stretches in about a 2x2ft piece of floor-real-estate. My legs were still sore and wobbly from the over-exertion of Tuesday, and I tap in character shoes- they're about 1-1.5 in. heels. Should have known it was a recipe for disaster! About 10 or so minutes into the class, I flap/ball-changed/shuffle/ball-changed on ol' lefty, and repeated on righty. When I hit that flap down on the floor, something went "AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!" in the general area of my adductor longus/gracilis, where my leg meets my pelvis. And, because I'm stubborn and stuff, I just kept going for the other 50 minutes. I struggled through all of it. By the time I left class, I could hardly walk. My "special friend" had to help me into the car and then practically carry me out of it when he dropped me off back at home. I was sore and hardly able to be on my feet the remainder of the night. That meant I also didn't get to my toning video that night. The next day, Friday, the pain was no longer sharp. Just kind of a sore, obnoxious, constant ache. I decided it would be a terrible idea to push myself into doing any exercise that day, too. I did go run (or walk very, very slowly) errands at a few stores for the family and that was enough. On Saturday I felt more sore than on Friday, so I think that was pushing it too much. So, I didn't do anything on Saturday.

Today is Sunday. I haven't technically done anything yet, but that doesn't mean I won't. I walked down to my local Starbucks (it's about a 10 minute walk), but it was like 100+ degrees out, so I went very, very slow so I wouldn't heat stroke on the way. I had a heavy backpack full of chemistry B.S. to study. Which I'm SO FRUSTRATED BY!!! It's so hard and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one struggling. In fact, I'm about 99% sure that 99% of my class feels as frustrated, angry, and hopeless as I do. So, maybe we'll talk to our instructor about it. He's having us memorize A TON of things for our test and it's impossible to keep it in our brains, and with only 1 week memorize it all.

I'm having a rough weekend emotionally. I'm now almost positive it's due to an impending ToM bit of "fun", but man oh man my emotions just need to f*** off! It's my "special friend's" birthday today and last night his friends threw him a party at a local bar. He invited me to go, of course, but I wasn't able to make it... mostly due to the fact that I don't have a f***ing car!!!!!! Once again, that fact is interfering with my life. I couldn't believe my reaction to not being able to go. I was in tears, inconsolable! I binge ate homemade browned-butter popcorn, candy, and candy corn Oreos- which DON'T taste like candy corn, by the way; more like butterscotch. I watched sad movies and continued to sob my way through them. Any of this sound like me?! NO! And I still am unable to digest the fact that I couldn't be there to celebrate with him. I actually found myself hiding him from my Facebook News Feed until I can stop feeling so sh*tty about it. This weekend would have been a great one to do some boxing training, like I've always wanted to do, 'cuz I've really REALLY felt like punching something really hard... in it's f***ing face!!! Over and over and OVER!!!

Well, at least this week I'll get to work on my last-listed goal of address any/all medical problems this month. Get myself back on some hormones so I can stop this madness. And also the ovary-exploding madness. That needs to just knock it off, too.

Okay, I'm all talked out. Plus I have a chem quiz on Monday and a chem exam on Wednesday to study for. Also, possibly, a medical terminology quiz, so I guess I better study for that, too.

Game of Thrones flamin' archery game at Comic Con. I rocked that simulation!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/18/2013 9:30PM

    Okay, so you know we want more info on the special friend!?
Sorry the school is so hard and you do not have a car...life is hard!
Wishing you some relief and renewed spirit!

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SMILINGTREE 9/16/2013 6:14PM

    Apparently I have missed A LOT OF STUFF. You have a special friend? That seems like great news...except of course you're all emotional...

And, wow! You have set up some challenging goals - you will feel so fantastic if you even get most of that stuff done.

Good luck with the soreness. A little soreness feels kind of nice, but constant, horrible soreness is just terrible.

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Digging in to the 2nd Week

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Well, this blog is better late than never right?

I did pretty well on my Week 1 of Spring into Shape Bootcamp. I didn't do 30 mins of cardio 5x a week as the challenge suggests, but I did do 10 mins of cardio (at least) 6 days a week (which was the goal I set for myself). I did the challenge video daily. And I tracked my fitness daily. Good start.

Week 2 has started pretty rocky, but I am catching up and determined to finish it out strong. When Sunday (day 1) rolled around, I was exhausted. Like, could barely get out of bed, didn't wanna get dressed, tremendous effort to just brush my teeth kind of exhausted. I felt like I could have slept all day, literally. I didn't. I didn't even nap. But, I also didn't do my Day 1 video. I didn't do anything except read- some for pleasure and some for school. Monday was a little different in that I had every intention of getting in my workout, but I kept getting sidetracked by one thing after another after another after another and before I knew it, I had to go to class! I spent the whole day in my workout clothes and didn't actually workout. Lame!

So, I made up for it as best I could today. I did 20 mins of cardio (I intended to do 30, but knew into my second 10 min round that I was not going to be able to do that) and I did both Monday (day 2) and Tuesday's (day 3) video. For the cardio, I did Sunday's video twice. This might not mean anything to those that haven't done one of the bootcamps here on Spark, so I'm sorry. Anyhow, let's just say the lower body workout is what clinched the not-doing-a-3rd-10min-bought-of-cardio, it was that intense! Tomorrow I take my mom to the dentist in the morning, where I plan to do my chem homework while I wait, then come home and do 20-30 mins of cardio and my Wednesday (day 4) workout.

As part of my "September Start-Up" I'm also focusing on a few other healthy habits or health-related things this month. I am going back to the "lady doctor" to get back on b.c. so that the obnoxious and HUGE cyst I get on my ovary can go away. And so my skin can return to a normal, calm, blemish-free (mostly) state. And so my hormones can regulate and level out. I went waaaaay back in April for my "yearly" and had blood work ordered (basic labs, nothing major). Then I got "that job, ugh" and didn't get that done. So I did, finally, today... only 5 months late! Woo! Another thing I'm doing is free-writing in a journal several times a week (ideally it would be nightly, but alas, other homework jumps to the top of the priorities). I wrote down about 30-40 topics on strips of paper and stuck 'em in a jar. Then, I draw out a topic and free-write a page on said topic in a notebook. It's not that I want to be a writer and therefore should practice writing daily... it's more like, I want to be a good blogger, and practicing writing will help with that. Like any other skill, it takes practice. And, having said that, I have some big-ish plans in the works for my blog in the near future, so I'm working on that also.

Before I forget, I should tell you about my tap class briefly. I attended ballet (and tap for the first year) at this studio several years ago and stayed until I moved to San Diego. I was a crazy, shameless 22 or 23 year old at the time. Cracking jokes, taking almost nothing seriously... had a partner in crime in the classes with me (my bff at the time). I walked into the studio last Thursday night after a nearly 6 year absence and was greeted warmly by those who remembered me. Needless to say, my reputation preceded me! I also discovered I'd be in a class with someone with whom I worked at the gymnastics club. She remembered me as well and kinda, sorta, in a way hinted at offering me a coaching job down there again. That would be nice! I liked coaching. It kept me active, it was part time and didn't interfere with my schooling, and I never had to worry about overtime 'cuz if there isn't a class scheduled, then you don't work! So, I'm planning on bringing it up again soon. As for the tap class itself- so fun! I love dancing, even if I have no rhythm and I really suck at it. It keeps me active at least 1 hour a week, doing something that isn't stressful (until recital comes around), and I get to do it in character shoes like Ginger Rogers. Ha! If only...

I'm still plugging right along with school. Chem is hard. I got a C on my first "exam". I am disappointed by that grade, but the reality is, a LOT of people didn't do so well on the test either. There is a lot of material to cover, so the class is fairly fast-paced. :-S I'll keep on keeping on. Medical terminology is still fun and since I have some idea of the material, I'm finding it fairly easy. Which is good. I'm enjoying it.

That's pretty much me in a nutshell. I'm very tired, it's after midnight, and this is long enough, so...

I'm out!

The BooBoo gives me kisses after tap class last week.

Almost forgot to summarize my Week 2 goals right quick:
emoticon Do daily toning video
emoticon Track food 3 days this week
emoticon Do 20-30 mins cardio 5 days this week
emoticon Do bonus video twice this week
emoticon Freewrite 4 pages this week
emoticon Address any/all health issues this month

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/11/2013 11:55AM

    Sounds like the month is starting off strong, Jill! Keep it up!

I took tap with 3 of my best friends in high school and I'm pretty sure I was absolutely horrible at it!

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LODESTONE 9/11/2013 8:03AM

    You certainly stay busy. and even though you don't seem keen on exercising, you love tap! great way to burn stress, calories and just plain have fun. like zumba - but with a recital. As you say, keep on keeping on. You're doing great!

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September Start-Up

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Alliteration for the win. I didn't want to say September Start-Over because I don't feel like this journey is a stop and start thing. It's more of a waxing and waning process, ya know? So, I'm back to a little more waxing, a little less waning these days. I got on the scale on... uh... Sunday? Sure, sounds about right... And was very saddened to see the number that glared back at me.


UGH! I had gotten as low as 172 or 171 or something right before I moved back home. And I was well on my way to hitting below 170. Life certainly does throw you for a loop, doesn't it? So, on my Spark MotherShip Page, where it says in big, black, bold letters POUNDS LOST, there is a 27, where previously there was a 45. Mega sad face. So, naturally I've decided to do something about it.

I've been in my waning phase for so long now that I think I'm going to have to take it back to the beginning and build up the good stuff again from basically scratch. Although I do have more wisdom to add to this mix. So, my plan for the month of September is basically this:

Spring into Shape Bootcamp- complete that mother!
Week 1
emoticon Do all the 10 minutes-ish videos for each day (I really hated the abs one [Day 2] so I may sub that with a different abs video for the rest of the month)
emoticon Do 10 minutes of cardio 5 days of the week (minimum)
emoticon Start tap dance classes (Thursday nights)

I'm not going to focus on nutrition this week. For me, exercise is the hard part, so I wanna lay the foundation for that first, then incorporate the nutrition jazz into next week. Not that nutrition isn't hard because it is. And lord knows I've been eating like craaaaaaaaaaaap lately.

Next week my goals SHOULD look like:
-increase cardio to 20-30 mins
-do video each day
-track food 3 days during the week
-be more mindful of WHAT I'm eating (more freggies!)

In the meantime, I'm plugging right along with school. I'm taking a chemistry class and medical terminology class.

Chemistry is hard. I'm just not good with this sort of stuff and right now there is A LOT of math involved. I am terrible to the max with the maths. So, even though I'm just starting the 3rd week, I already find myself struggling. I want to get a tutor, but I'm without my own set of wheels now, so I have no way to get back and forth to campus. In fact, I'm not entirely sure how I'll be getting to class tonight. Or the rest of this week for that matter. :-S

Medical terminology is fun, though. I posted a Facebook status that pretty much sums it up:
"It's a shame medical stuff makes me so queasy 'cuz I find it so interesting and fascinating. I can't be a nurse 'cuz I'd prolly vomit. I can't be a doctor 'cuz I'd prolly vomit. I can't be a surgeon 'cuz I'd prolly vomit. Hell, I couldn't even be a dermatologist 'cuz I'd prolly vomit. That being said, I think I'm going to enjoy my medical terminology class... assuming it doesn't make me vomit."

That's what I'm up to in a nutshell.

I hope all ya'll are doing wonderful things for your September!

Cursory photo to keep things interesting:

The Majestic BooBoo

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WOLFKITTY 9/4/2013 11:32PM

    Ooooo.. Look out! :)


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 9/4/2013 11:24AM

    Hi Friend!
You are right, it is not a start/stop thing...you got this! AND, you and I both know in past times we would have gained much more and delayed it, and not realized it is a lifestyle!
Good for you for setting up your plan/goals! Go for it...
Oh, I know how hard those classes can be...will say a prayer for you to get through them!
Do you think a tutor might come to your place to tutor? Just a thought! I know I would need a tutor! Wish I could get you a car...if I win big in the lotto...you got one!!!
BooBoo is so cute...who does he belong to?
Good Luck for a great September!
Love you...Hugs,

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SMILINGTREE 9/4/2013 11:10AM

    Have you looked [or an online tutor? Seems like there are some decent services out there...[or [ree! (the letter that comes between e and g on my keyboard died! I'm using the [ until a new keyboard arrives!)

Anyway, good plan. It's good to tackle the tougher part [irst. And you are right - it's a continuous thing, not a stop and start thing.

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DSHONEYC 9/3/2013 3:30PM

    emoticon It's another case of "been there, done that, got the T shirt". It happens to all of us and never fear you will get back on the plan. I'd bet the Medical Terminology class alone will help you "food wise"...see a donut, think .... you fill in the appropriate "vomit-visualizing word".

Seriously, Jill - emoticon

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    Sounds like an awesome plan, Jill! I know you can do it!!

I hope you find a way to class this week! ;) I'm so happy that I'll never have to take a chemistry class for the rest of my life!

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ROBBIEY 9/3/2013 2:37PM

  The plan to jump back in is excellent. I wish you all the luck and I am sure that you can starting losing weight again.

Good Luck!!! emoticon

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The Good Times Are Killin' Me

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Today is the first day I don't have to wake up and go be miserable for 8+ hours. Regularly working 50 hours a week (and only being compensated for 43 of them) is rough. It took a toll on my mental health, as well as my physical health. I'm glad to be relieved of that burden. Even the loss of my income is less stressful and worrisome than having to wake up in the morning to go to 'that job'. I feel like I can now get back on track to achieving my own goals... continuing to plug away at school, get back to blogging on my food blog (loooooooooong neglected at this point), and focusing on losing weight again. I've gained back almost 10 lbs since starting that job. Not okay. I have a few things I'd like to do with my free time, too.

At least I was well-liked.

Before I go any further, I just wanted to say thank you for those that expressed their sympathies when I lost my MeowMeow in mid-July. Here's the blurb I left on her Angry Meow Meow Facebook page:

"To all the wonderful followers and friends of The Angry MeowMeow: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news. This afternoon while at the vet's office, the beautiful gray cat that stole my heart, stopped breathing and slipped quietly over the Rainbow Bridge. Her x-rays revealed she had a large amount of cancer in her chest and her little body was no longer able to continue on. She was well loved in her short time with me and holds a place in my heart and soul."

I only had my sweet kitty for about a year. She was definitely a young beauty. I was telling Mary (MEWHENRYSMAMA) that I'm almost positive she chose me to ease her transition from this world to the next. She saw that I would love and care for her in her last bit of time here and that she would be comfortable and content until the end. I sure hope that's what I did for her. She's been interred in the “family plot” along with 4 other beloved beasts that went before her.

In the meantime, I have my brother's cat and our cat-sitting cat to ease my pain. They've both been great comforts to me over the past few weeks. Someday I'll get a new cat, but for now, I'm content with these two beasties keeping me company.

This is Kyle. He's, um... "special".

I do start school on Monday. I'll be taking Chem 100 w/ lab (basic chem here in my state) and working my way through the series I guess, just so I can get to the classes I really need: o-chem, bio chem, micro bio, bio, anatomy, and physiology. I'm also enrolled in a medical terminology class. I'm surprised I wasn't required to take a medical terminology class when I was doing my coursework for becoming a DSS. It would have been extremely helpful. And, my guess is, it would be extremely helpful when I am an RD, so I'll do that now. I'm looking at open classes and/or other classes that I can crash. I don't mind being full time.

Ballet classes start in September, but without an income, I'm not sure if I'll be able to do them. I'm not giving up hope on that, so I'll keep positive regarding this. I just really wanna get back into dancing again. I loved it so much before. It was a good stress reliever. And great exercise. Plus, my class schedule is once again at odds with the choir schedule. I think I mentioned previously (a decade ago, it seems) that I wanted to re-join the community choir here. But, sadly, my Chem class is at the same day/time as choir. Oh well... maybe next semester...

I'll be looking for a blissfully mindless part-time job in the meantime. I have an offer already for another full-time job, but I don't think I'll be taking it. I don't want to be working full-time while I'm going to school. Especially not with all the cerebral classes I'll have to be taking. California also passed a law allowing for home-produced cottage foods, and I've finally come up with a few ideas on what to do with that, so I'll be looking into that again.

I did mention that I've gained back approximately 10 lbs (might be closer to 8lbs, but what's 2lbs?) since starting that job. Remarkable that it was so little, but it goes to show you how active I was at work! My downfall was nutrition, not movement. The ladies in that kitchen can cook! Its all so yummy and authentic and homemade. I couldn't resist. Chorizo and potato burritoes with homemade tortillas. Special quesadillas (a local specialty). Enchiladas with sauce made from scratch. I started out this job able to take my lunch every day. I ended this job with lots of fast food. :-S I'm looking forward to getting back to eating healthier and feeling like I have more control in that aspect.

My middle brother is moving to San Diego (yet another person that gets to be there when I don't get to be) to go to school. He's leaving this weekend in fact. So, the household responsibilities will fall to me. And along with him, the need for meat and potatoes meals. I think I'll finally be able to transition the family over into a semi-vegetarian diet. 75% of my family (in this house) suffer from IBS. So, I think reducing meats and going toward a more vegetable based diet would be very helpful. I'm looking forward to it, actually.

Anyway, I think I've typed up enough. I am going to upload Comic Con photos soon, so I'll post a few of those when I get the chance.

I miss you all and look forward to being part of the Spark community again!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 8/15/2013 12:22AM

    My Dear Friend!
I was so glad to find your blog today...I was off a day or two as my IPad cord frayed and I had no power!
Thanks for the mention...I know you were a special transition friend to Meow Meow and hate to think if you had not been there for her what it would have been to be sick on the street!
So happy to hear the job is in the past! What a relief! You have much to do and it is more than full time! Find a really enjoyable Pt job that you like to go to...again, gift shop, etc.
I love Kyle...LOL...special or not!
My DH and I go to he University hospital on Monday for 3-5 days for him to have more testing and be observed. I so pray they can help us! I will take my IPad. I am concerned but we so need answers and help.
Love you and will be thinking of you!
Mary emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 8/14/2013 9:37PM

    Good luck with the part time job hunt. I'm beginning to think everyone should work part time...Kyle definitely does look "special" :)

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/13/2013 4:28PM

    Welcome back! We have missed you so much! That kitten looks like a complete character! Your school schedule looks like it is going to be pretty intense. I am sure it is a relief to be done with your previous job. It always sounded like you were working way too many hours under high stress. Hope you find the perfect replacement job (full or part-time) very soon! In the meantime, enjoy your freedom! emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/13/2013 2:39PM

    Wow, I did not realize that MeowMeow had passed. I am so, so sorry. I know that must been tough. Big hugs!!

It sounds like leaving your stressful job was the absolute best decision for your health and well being!

Brian would be in hog heaven if he worked with those kitchen ladies!

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/13/2013 2:00PM

    Jilly !! You've been missed. I figured you were "nose to the grindstone", I had no idea you'd been working so many hours. I'm sorry that the job didn't work out and I'm sorry that your meow meow is in a better place. I' glad you're in a better place even though you had to leave the job to do it. If the job was stressing you out, that's no good. And it's definitely no good working all those extra hours without compensation.

Congratulations on heading back to school. Hopefully you'll be able to find a decent part time job for some income. I'm still plugging along at my job. Haven't been asked to stay perm, but have gotten good reviews so far.

Looking forward to seeing your comic con photos. I've always wanted to go see it. looks like soooo much fun !!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/13/2013 1:51PM

    So nice to see you again, but sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. Sad. I gave up an incredibly good job (but highly toxic place that was making me sick), and opted to do my own thing. It has been a struggle, but well-worth my sanity and health. Take care.

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