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Working on a Blustery Day

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I was a little lazy and got up a little later than normal this morning. It had been windy and rainy all night and the day called for more of the same. Of course, this is the day that the employment agency called me in to work. But, of course I said yes. I had just been worrying about no money coming in last night. I guess small miracles do happen after all. Now to just get home in one piece. The news has been reporting about a million accidents.


Trying to Get Back to a Routine

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Thanksgiving weekend is over. I made it through the hectic pace of getting ready and having so many people over. I even made it through the couple of down days that I usually go through when my daughters are here and then have to leave. So, I guess this means it's time to get into a regular routine. Heaven knows, I've been going full force crazy for about three weeks now.

So, I got up this morning at my regular time, did my exercises, walked two miles and am now doing my sparking. But I sit here thinking that I really do want to get into a somewhat regular schedule. Be like normal people for a change as opposed to having great intentions in the morning and getting side tracked somehow during the day. I want it to be my New Year's Resolution that starts right now.

I'm sitting here at the computer listening to the lawn service cut the grass for what will probably be the last time of the year. I'm also looking at my Christmas tree that my daughter helped me put up on Friday. It's actually my first "grown-up" tree. I just didn't have it in me to put my usual ornaments on the tree. They are all memories of my daughters and I know that neither one will be able to be with me on Christmas day. I set a couple of them out just because, and may set a couple more out here and there as decorations. But I want to think positively this season and definitely don't want to dwell on something that can't be helped and would make me sad. So why not start something new right now?

I'm going to switch my exercise routine around. It's more than overdue. I'm going to keep practicing my job skills and interview questions as I keep plugging away at trying to find a job. I'm going to journal more consistently: I've gotten better at that but not good enough. It might give me some insight on ways to improve myself more.

I'm going to watch the Christmas specials. My daughters and I have kinda made a pact that we'd watch them together. It will be a way to feel like we're together. Maybe we'll Skype during some of them. At least we'll email and remind each other of what's on when. Granted, I'm still trying to get used to my new TV. I feel like I've got remotes all over the place. It's so great that my daughter and son-in-law bought me an early Christmas present.

I've decided that I'm going to spend a little time each day getting ready for Christmas. I don't want to have a last-minute crunch like I did with Thanksgiving, despite my good intentions. I want to take the time to reach out to friends and family and spend a little time talking with them or visiting with them. I want to be able to help family with their preparations. Isn't that what the season's all about anyway?

I'm anxious to see how I do, what I've accomplished and how far I've come in the next month. I want to be an improved me before the new year starts. My birthday is January 2 and I really want a new and improved me as compared to my last birthday.

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STRONGERLEANER 11/29/2011 8:31PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful plans for your life.

I love that you are working on so many positive things and concentrating on the GOOD.

It's so easy to focus on the bad. I'm frequently guilty of that and I sometimes have to work at "seeing the bright side."

Keep pushing forward. You're already headed towards great things!

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SLIMLILA 11/28/2011 8:21PM

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NPA4LOSS 11/28/2011 10:10AM

    emoticon Have a Sparkling day!

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A Little Better Today, But Not Much

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I'm not as down today as I was yesterday, but I'm still feeling some residual sadness. I'm still trying to stay busy. I'm planning my week out and realized that there's quite a few things on my calendar already, which is good. I know that if I stay busy, I won't concentrate so much on not having my daughters here with me.

It's a rainy day today, which never seems to help my spirits. But I did make it to church this morning and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. The church is having a formal tea fundraiser this coming Saturday. Another lady and I are in charge of the cookies that are served for dessert. So, I've got one batch already made and cooling off.

My daughter and son-in-law had gotten me a flat screen tv for Christmas and hooked it up. But they weren't able to hook the DVD player up to it for lack of some kind of wiring. We ran out of time, so we weren't able to go back to the store and get what was needed.

I don't watch too many movies, but I do throw in my walking and exercising DVDs in, especially in the winter when I can't go walking outside. So, a friend of mine is supposed to be on the way over with something that will work. I'm hoping so. The holidays are rough enough on the exercise and diet routine as it is.

Actually, I've always found that January and February are always hard for me to keep on track. I don't know if it's the "mammal hibernation" thing or what. So, needless to say, I want my DVD hooked up!

What really would be nice would be if Santa could bring me a job where I'm active. But, I guess I'm actually over the age limit that he brings gifts to. But, I'm still hopeful something will turn up for me in the new year. I'm counting on the fact that companies usually wait until the new year at this point in time to hire people. I'd be in Heaven if I could at least get something part time.

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SLIMLILA 11/27/2011 11:50PM

    Well, I am going to keep that idea in mind too, that the employers wait til January to hire... I think I am going to have to re-work my resume and take my teaching experience and maybe even some of my education off it. My dh keeps telling me I am over-qualified and that's why no one will hire me.. Something's gotta give.

if you don't get the DVD hooked up, you can still play your exercise DVD;s in the computer, can't you? I am technically challenged, so when things don't work, I get frustrated....hope you get it done... emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 11/27/2011 3:04PM

    Keep those positive thoughts. emoticon Christmas present! emoticon

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Trying to Stay Busy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I thought that I would have my daughter for at least a couple hours this morning before she left for the airport. Come to find out, she had to be out of the house at 8:30 to make her noon flight. Bumming! Even my grandkitty is going around moping. I keep telling her to stop because it makes it harder on me.

I've been trying to stay busy. I've changed the sheets on the beds and am working on the laundry. The bathroom is cleaned and the refrigerator is more organized. I've got stuff to take to the dumpster, to return to my mom's and to take to a friend's. I've got to return the Christmas tree that I bought before we found a stand that would work with the old tree. So, keeping busy is helping me to not concentrate on the fact that Lulu and I no longer have our special company.

My youngest daughter called to check up on me. That part didn't help. I wanted her here with us in the worst way. BUT, they are both coming in April for their birthdays! YAY!!!!!! I will get them both together again.

My oldest was trying to talk my friend into taking me down to Alabama right after Christmas. That would be so cool if we could do that. It's only a couple weeks away now. It's been a year and a half since I left Alabama. And it would definitely help get me through the holidays by seeing at least one of my girls. Saying a little prayer on that one!

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SLIMLILA 11/27/2011 1:51AM

    that sure sounds like it would be nice for you to go on a road trip. Glad you had the family visit, but so sad when they leave....the good things always go by so fast, don't they? emoticon

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FITMARY 11/26/2011 3:02PM

    I'm lighting a candle for you. Hope you get your next holiday wish!

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MISSLISA1973 11/26/2011 1:36PM

    Looks like you have motivation to meet some health & fitness goals by April... show those girls what Momma ca do! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 11/26/2011 1:28PM

    I will keep that thought in my prayers. It will be good to be in a different environment for some R&R. emoticon

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Busy But Pleasant Day

Friday, November 25, 2011

I had a 9 am job interview followed by an appointment to deliver Avon, so I was up and at 'em early. My daughter and I went to the pharmacy to get some photos enlarged and ran to Kmart to get some frames and a new tree stand while they were being developed. She's having lunch with her dad and grandma right now. I really need to be running to the banks while this is happening. When my daughter and son in law get back, we're going to put my Christmas tree up. A friend called and wants to take us all to dinner.

The time always goes so quickly when she's here. I'm still looking for a way to make it stand still for awhile. At least with this visit, I know when she will be back up. So, when she leaves I can think about the positive and try not to let myself get too down that she's leaving.

I had such a hard time when we were all Skyping with my youngest at dinner last night. I was able to hold back the tears when talking to her, but they still came down right afterward. We're used to seeing each other this time of year if we are apart and she's the one I was living with from June of last year until June of this year. I love my babies too much, I guess. But, on the bright side, I know I will see both of my babies in April for their birthdays. I can't wait!

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GLASSART43 11/26/2011 10:39AM

    I remember the years when my son lived in Denmark and my daughter was on the East Coast. It was tough not to see them more than once a year - email helped but it was the 90's so the technology was not like it is now. Holidays were particularly difficult. After 7 years my son returned to Calif and my daughter decided to do her graduate work at Berkeley. emoticon

It's good to have a busy life and your April visit to look forward to.


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