Monday, April 11, 2011
This week is going to be tough. Only four days of work until vacation! We are traveling down to New Orleans with the roller derby league and will be there for their double header against the Big Easy Roller Girls. Then, my husband and I are spending one more day in New Orleans and hopping a plane to Orlando to go to Universal Studios (Harry Potter World!!!) It's our 10 year anniversary this year, so it's kind of a big deal. And it's the first trip we've ever taken without any kids. Needless to say, we are SO excited!
But it will be tough to focus at work this week. And I really need to because I am so behind. I see several hours of overtime in my future. The comforting thought is...it's only four days.
Friday, April 08, 2011
It is quite possible I've never been so ready for a weekend in my entire life.
The good news is...next week, I only work 4 days...then VACATION TIME! WOOT!
Happy Friday, everyone. SMILE!
Thursday, April 07, 2011
So, today was tough. The day after the layoffs. It took awhile for the enormity of everything this week (leaving our church and having my friends laid off) to hit me. This morning, it all came on me at once. I cried at my desk for about an hour. My WONDERFUL manager took me outside and talked me down and after that, I felt a lot better. He really is the most amazing manager and I just love him. It also helps that he's one of my best friends.
The rest of the day was extremely productive, work-wise. I'm still behind on things but I feel like I'm in a zone now and I hope to be caught up before we leave for vacation next week.
Then, tonight I had roller derby practice and I used SparkPeople to design a KILLER circuit workout. My friend, Raven, and I did the entire workout together and we felt AMAZING afterwards. So I feel good now.
Events have passed and we are moving forward. And that's a good thing.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Today began like any other day. Then, the entire company was called to an impromptu 9:30am meeting in front of the CEO's office, in which we were told that 12 of our colleagues were being laid off at that very moment and that they would be coming up to their desks in 15 mins and that we were to be supportive and help them handle the news. Shipping their jobs overseas, where they can hire people to supposedly do the same work (though, not as high of quality AT ALL) for something like $8 per day. It makes me sick. I don't usually like to deal with politics, but this really hit close to home and just about has me ready to start fighting with SOMEONE.
We work in small teams called pods. I can't go into much detail, but my entire pod was let go, except for me and my friend. I can't tell you how devastating this was...not just for the people laid off, who had absolutely no warning whatsoever (some who have been serving this company for YEARS), but also for those of us remaining. One thing that our company has going for it is that the people that work there are just wonderful. We genuinely love our co-workers. And my pod had become like my family. These people are so special to me and being near them and hearing their voices and laughing with them every day was what made all the horrible parts of the job completely worth it. And, just like that...they were gone. The whole place was a MESS...people were crying all over the place. It was just horrible.
Then I thought...wow, I leave my church one day. The next day I lose co-workers that I love. My friends are just dropping like flies. :( Thank God I still have derby!
I did emotionally eat to handle this news. But not out of control. And when I got home, I walked 4 miles...really fast. And I am exhausted now. So, at the very least, my body is calmer and I will hopefully just get in bed and pass out and forget all about this day.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Been dealing with a lot of huge decisions lately regarding all sorts of things. In short, though, my husband and I have been feeling for awhile that our current church is not a good fit for us and we just don't feel like it's our "family" or our "home". Therefore, we finally got our courage up and made the decision to leave. This is difficult. We are nervous, scared, excited, confused...all rolled up into one. If you've never been a really integral part of a church, you might not understand why this is such a big deal for us. But it really is. It's such a big part of our lives and leaving people you care about is never easy, even if there are only a few that you feel a lot of affection for in the bunch. It really does feel, in some ways, like a divorce. We went through all of this just 2 years ago. That one happened to be a very healthy, very friendly divorce and we have been able to hold onto a lot of those relationships and they have remained. This one will likely not be so friendly and not be so clean. And that is why we are nervous.
So, in all that...I am so thankful for my health. That I have been working this past month to take care of myself and learning how to use exercise as a stress relief outlet and not see it as torture. If I didn't have the opportunity to let off steam and think about things while I'm being active, I don't know that I'd make it through this without sinking into depression.
I'm so thankful for this journey. So many new things are happening. And it is all good. If you're the praying sort, we sure could use some prayer right now.
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