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Emerging from the woodwork...yes, I am still here....

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I am still here. Slogging away at this process. Some days are better than others, but overall I am getting it done. :)

I have job news...again. My last job update was that I thought I'd be getting a restaurant job. Well, I got it. And lasted a grand total of 4 shifts. I am so not cut out for it. Besides, I've always known I didn't want to work in a restaurant. I just thought it was something I should try. My last shift was July 31. And on August 1, I got a call from the Executive Chef at the University of Ottawa's Food Services department....could I come in for an interview. I had my interview at 12:45pm on August 1, and at 9:45am on August 2, I got a call from the Chef, offering me the job. He's now on vacation until August 20, and I'm out of town from the 22nd until the 26th. So on the 27th, I'm to call him and I'll go in and fill in the necessary paperwork, get my uniforms ordered and any other orientation that needs to be done.

This means, that starting September 4, I will be a 3rd cook at the University of Ottawa. I will be primarily responsible for prepping and cooking the food (vegetarian option and a meat option) for one of the hot food stations in the cafeteria. The hours are M-F, 8:30am-5:00pm. I will get the October Reading Week off, 2 weeks at Christmas and New Year's, the February Reading Week and the summers off. Which means I'd be free to volunteer for Bluesfest, travel, help cater weddings, find seasonal work as a camp cook or maybe travel to different countries for cooking classes....the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!

It's funny....because back in September (just after I finished my Chef training program), I had interviewed with this company for a job that I didn't get. And I was bummed...because I really wanted to work for them. Here I am, less than a year later, and I am going to be working for this company. The parent company operates in 50 countries and presents such wonderful opportunities for me in terms of learning and growth.

I will be starting off at $12.65/hour and in 3 months I will qualify for medical and dental benefits. He said there are other perks as well, and we'll go over those when I fill in my employee paperwork. My uniforms are provided and I will never have to work evenings or weekends.

I also went for a walk/run this morning. I did my full 5k loop and it took me 53 minutes. Yes, that's a HUGE slowing down for me (I was running it in 40 minutes before I broke my leg), but today I decided to really focus on my form, both in my jogging and my walking segments. And by really paying attention to my gait and pace, I managed to get rid of the limp. Yay! I'm going to keep working on it because the limp was getting really annoying. *lol* And the running segments felt really good. There was no pain at all. I'm just badly out of shape so I'm basically starting over.

I did have to laugh at myself though...because I'm sure I looked quite goofy. When I started my first running interval, and I realized that there was absolutely no pain or stiffness, I broke out in such a huge grin. I couldn't help it. I'm running again. :) So now it's back to basics, and I'm going to start my podcasts over at week 1 (60 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking) because I am determined this time to finally get to the point where I can run a full 5k without walking.

I am also participating in the Seasonal Accountability Challenge 3 (SAC3) and so far in the first 2 weeks, I have lost 3 pounds. While I never changed my ticker (because I hated seeing those numbers again), I had gotten back up to 180.6 pounds. As of this morning, I'm down to 177.6. SAC3 has really gotten me to focus on things that work...tracking my food, planning my meals, small bursts of exercise and getting some ST in.

So yeah...that's what's up with me. How are all of you? :D
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PHOENIX40S 8/9/2012 9:14AM

    I'm glad to have you back. I'm also part of SAC. Are you thinking of participating in BLC?

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SIRENSONGS 8/8/2012 9:10PM

    Congrats on the new job! I work in a library on a university campus, and I love it. All the breaks you get are just amazing.

And I'm glad to read that you're running again. That is so admirable, after breaking your leg. I'm super impressed!

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FITMAY 8/8/2012 7:14PM

    emoticon The details about the job sound FANTASTIC!! And hey you are back to running... that is always GOOD! Keep at it!
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/8/2012 4:50PM

    emoticon on getting rid of those 3lbs... And emoticon on all of your other updates! Life is good isn't it?! Everything happens for a reason and things seem to be falling into place really well for you!

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