Whew--this year has been crazy so far! First off, I am still alive and well and here, just not online with SP a lot.
Since I last blogged (was it really that long ago? Oops!), I have spent a lot of time on job hunting, trying to get our new dog settled in, and figure out where I want to go from here. Who would have thought that could take as much time as it did?!
It took from October to February, but I'm officially back in the working world. It wasn't thanks to my fabulous job hunting skills (ha! no bites for 3+ months!) but rather a "chance" conversation with a friend who was working for a mattress retailer and loving it. I put in my application and included her name, and I'm quite sure it was her reference that got me my first interview (the hardest one to get). That led to a second interview and getting hired in spite of my minimal sales experience, and then four weeks of grueling training. No joke--7+ hours a day of training, daily quizzes, a midterm that culled a quarter of the class, and a final that took a good two and a half plus hours. A group of us got in the habit of meeting an hour or two before class to study together, so life was pretty much devoted to training those four weeks. It was a long afternoon waiting for the call to find out if I passed, but I got the happy news finally Monday night. I start in a store tomorrow with a couple of weeks of supervised work, then we will have grad day and be fully on the floor.
The new dog has taken up a lot of time, too. Stryker is 110 lbs. of energy; he is about a year old, so he is very much a puppy. He is a rescue dog and suffers from isolation anxiety, which means he gets very destructive if he is left alone. Makes getting anything done at home very challenging; we have had to get an extra large crate and crate train him to have any hope of keeping him and the house safe. Great dog, though; once we get past this stage and get him more fully trained, I think he will be a good running partner.
With the focus on the job hunt/training and the dog, my running has been minimal. I'm really looking forward to getting out for a run outside in the sunshine(!) today and getting into a better routine. Starting work at 10 a.m. or later should make it relatively easy to get some running and working out in daily; we'll see if I can get that going again.
As far as weight goes, I put on about 8 pounds over the holidays but have been able to hold the line there. Now that things are starting to settle down, I'll be working on taking those off more seriously. It has been way too easy to resort to eating out a lot because of the schedule and being so tired at the end of the day. That's expensive in the long run--both to the bottom line and to my bottom.
There you go, a reasonably brief update on what's been going on. I hope to get a little more time on SP in the future to catch up with everyone; I've been logging on and doing a little almost every day here (just crossed the 100,000 SparkPoints line yesterday!), but not much. See ya!