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New job is great after 3 days...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I work in a building with 2000 employees in the business office for a large healthcare company in Minneapolis. I have never seen such a big office before. In my area (1/4 of the floor) there is an open area with cubicles with 150 or so workers. It sort of feels like being in a beehive. I do enjoy it but everyday I see so many people in this office that it sometimes feels surreal. I came from an office where there were only about 15 people at a time in the office so it is quite a change. I find the facilities are very nice and there is even a health club connected to our building in a Sheraton hotel where I can get a membership for only $25 a month. I am going to check that out after work today. The only down side to being like a small city is that there are also about 20 restaurants on the ground floor with great ethnic foods and several coffee shops, too. I will have to be sure I pack my lunch every day so I am not tempted to have gyros or tortillas or some other tasty (but high in sodium) item for lunch. They even have my biggest temptation which is a really cool ice cream shop where they have about 30 flavors of real ice cream (the dense, high calorie stuff). Thank goodness when I check in for work I don't have to walk past all the food. Thank God for little things!!! Also, I feel grateful to have a job that appears to be something I will enjoy doing for at least the next four years until retirement age. I haven't decided how long I want to work. For now, it is one day at a time. emoticon


First day on new job went very well

Monday, September 08, 2008

I am happy about my new job. There are a lot of nice people and I think the work will be challenging and interesting. Training most of the day and getting to know the work area. Working in a huge building that used to be the main Sears and Roebuck in Minneapolis. Everything went well and I am very optimistic the job will be a good "fit" for me. emoticon

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BKP4166 9/8/2008 8:11PM

    I'm so glad to hear that. Hope it continues to go so well.

Kathy emoticon

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PONSELLE 9/8/2008 6:58PM

    emoticonGlad things went well for you and you like your new job!

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Deleted previous blog...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

About 2-3 weeks ago I wrote a blog saying how happy I was to get a new job after needing to transfer because of having had surgery on both thumbs (joint replacements). After not getting any responses to that blog, I decided to delete it as I got tired of looking on my blog page and seeing that no one commented. Well, tomorrow is the first day on my new job and I am optimistic that it will be a good fit for me within my limitations of not being able to type constantly for 7-1/2 hours a day. My new job should be a lot less stressful physically and mentally and I am thanking God for helping to find me the perfect job for me at this point in my life. It doesn't matter if anyone comments on my blog page, but it would be nice to get a congratulations or two on my new job. I was really down just before I got the good news and was starting to worry that I wouldn't find a job at all. Now I will be with the same company (after 19-1/2 years) and will still get my same vacations and other wonderful benefits that make it a great place to work. I will probably be blogging more often just to process some of the feelings of loss (of the old job and skills) and gratitude for the new job which I am sure will turn out to be a great place to be. emoticon

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BKP4166 9/7/2008 6:26PM

    Sorry to not respond to your previous blog....sometimes I have more on my plate than I know what to do with it...I did read it, but went on a Spark Break after that...and I wasn't really sure how to respond to your problem. It sounds like tings are going well now and I'm so glad for you. Keep up the good work and I'll talk to you later.

Kathy emoticon

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PONSELLE 9/7/2008 3:13PM

    It's great you got to stay with your same company and keep all your benefits! Hope you enjoy your new job as it's important to enjoy your work. emoticon

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    I'm sorry, I didn't see your other blog before you deleted it.

I do wish you the best luck in your new job! Starting a new job and trying to lose weight at the same time won't be easy but I will be here for you if you need me.

You might need to join my other team, Calling All Goonies, as they are a very motivational and supportive team.

I will send you an invite!


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Stressin' but blessin'

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Today is my "going away party" at work after 16 years in the same department and 19 in the hospital where I work. Asked for fruit for the treat instead of cake but boss said no way. I guess we know who the boss is there. I am moving on to a position where I don't have to type so much and I appreciate that I am not being kicked out on the street....yet. Apparently I have until Oct 10th before I am sent home to look for work elsewhere. Have an interview to set up and have a transition job that starts next Monday that might become a "real job" after the budget is approved. Apparently things are on hold at this time of year when budgets for departments are being written. I know I will at least have some ice cream at noon and am trying to keep the calories and carbs down as much as possible. Will not let the farewell party get me down. Must be upbeat.... LOL emoticon

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LALANI518 8/7/2008 10:03PM

    Remeber where one door closes another one opens... God Bless

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PATRICIA441 8/7/2008 5:40PM

  The very best to you. The job market is very rough . We have some major stores and restaurants closing here in DE. I will keep your situation in prayer! Hugs. Pat

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DREAMWEAVER1637 8/7/2008 7:31AM

    I'm sad to hear you are changing jobs. I will be too in a couple weeks. The business I work at is closing due to slow business. Go easy on the ice cream and cake and good luck in your future endevours.

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Is cutting my finger an excuse for not swimming?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I can't believe I was such a klutz. I was preparing a recipe from Spark Recipes, (Sesame Collards) from fresh greens from my garden and chopped a slice in my left second finger about 1/2 inch long and maybe 1/4 inch deep. At least it is not on the tip of the finger as I have to type at work (I do not seem to be having a problem typing right now, also). Not fun and definitely feel like it was carelessness on my part, but just have to chalk it up to being human. I have not had a bad cut like this for 30 years, so at least I am not making a habit of it.

The quandry this poses is I really want to go swimming but am afraid to. I guess I should take at least a couple days off from swimming and whirlpooling at the gym. This should not stop me from getting on the treadmill or pulling weeds, weather permitting. Looks like rain today.

I checked my Powerball ticket this morning and someone in Pennsylvania won the $84 million that I was hoping would allow me to travel the world and pay off my bills. Guess I have to go to work tomorrow. emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 8/6/2008 6:29AM

    Finger is healing nicely and was not as bad of a cut as I had originally thought. Definitely did not need stitches and no infection. Have kept out of swimming pool and whirlpool as precaution. Plan to exercise today on treadmill since I have "taken it easy" this week partly because of cut and also have a lot going on at work this week I am having a meeting regarding work comp issues today and tomorrow the dept I work at is having "going away" party with cake and ice cream. (I asked for fresh fruit or just ice cream treats on a stick and was poo-pooed at, was told no one will come for fruit, which I think is a lie.) I have been in this dept for 16 years and so it is an emotional time having to leave because of the arthritis in my hands and two hand surgeries in the past year which are slow to heal (expected as they were joint replacements in thumbs) and the job is medical transcription which is probably the heaviest duty typing job there is (similar to word processing). Friday is my last day on the job and will be moved to a transitional job which "might" become a real job in the next month or so. emoticon

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BKP4166 8/4/2008 6:57PM

    I did something like that several years ago...I was slicing zucchinis for salad and was going so fast...I sliced the end of mt finger off...had a trip to the emergency room for my efforts.
Probably swimming would not be a great idea and they might not even let you in the pool with a cut. Guess you'll have to resort to the alternatives.

Kathy emoticon

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MAXFOCUS 8/3/2008 8:57PM

    Sorry to hear about your cut. Waiting for a few days before swimming sounds like a good idea.
On the plus side it is good to hear that you have some yummy fresh greens in your garden.


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SUNNY_1_71 8/3/2008 9:01AM

    I would let this cut heal before I got it soaked in any type of public water, you don't need an infection or that would really stop you from working out. I think the alternatives you chose should do just fine! Hope your ouchie feels better soon!

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