Saturday, May 04, 2013
In previous weeks I felt like the time was moving slowly and the weeks seemed to last forever. Those other weeks went by real fast compared to this last week!
After not working for 4.5 years and draining my bank account from almost 20k down to $63.00 I knew that I needed to get some help. So I bit the bullet and went down to my local county office. They signed me up for a few hundred dollars of cash aid and a few hundred dollars of food stamps for me and my son. In exchange I have to participate in a community service program to the tune of 32 hours a week. This wouldn't be so bad if there were actually 32 hours worth of work for me to do at my assigned location (local Employment Development Dept. office, supposedly one of the best assignments). I started working there on Tuesday and each day seemed like a week, I'm so bored! On my feet for about 7 hours out of 8, trying to find things to do to keep busy. If I had hair I'd be pulling it out. So what I'm trying to say is that this week was probably the slowest of my life!
Now, being a student would normally have exempted me from doing this, but since my school isn't an old fashioned 'bricks and mortar' institution, they won't count it. If I were going to a regular school earning 12 units per semester, I'd be good. Instead though I work at my own pace taking online classes and have averaged 20 units per semester for 5 semesters, working about 20-30 hours a week on my studies. My school has the same accreditation as the University of Washington, Washing State, University of Utah, etc. so it's not due to my school being a 'fly by night' institution. Conversely, it's the fastest growing university in the nation and it's non-profit so the costs are much lower than conventional schools, I pay about $6,000 per year working towards my degree in business.
With going back to work this week, I've been too exhausted to workout. I come home, change out of the work clothes, check my email, check Spark, have a little dinner and then try to stay awake for a couple of hours before I finally go to bed.
This blog post is absolutely way too long already, so let's get to the numbers for the week.
Weight : 211.6
Lost : 1.0
Total : 105.6
A one lb loss for the week! I was really happy to see that after the week I had. It makes me hopeful that I can still lose a little even if my day is spent doing trivial things, like working.
Have a great weekend everyone :)