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Lentils and roasted peppers and fresh pineapple, oh my!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Lunch today (also dinner last night) was Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils with jarred roasted peppers, artichokes, beets, and a couple of dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), also from Trader Joe. Now I am having a fruit cup with pineapple and berries. I am so lucky to be able to eat this way.

The salad platter last night looked huge, but when I figured it out and made a group out of it so I can make it again, I saw it had under 400 calories with dressing. This is the way I like to eat. I measured the lentils, 1/2 cup portion, and the dressing. But it was a lot of bulk, and I felt satisfied after eating.

I'm coming up next year to my 20 year anniversary at work. When I started, I was thrilled to find women in their early/mid 40's, same age as I was. I didn't care for the idea of working with 20-somethings. Now I've gotten to the point, in my early 60's, where most of these woman have retired and have been replaced. I make my best effort to be friendly and supportive to newer employees, but I am done with all the office politics and posturing. I come in, I listen to podcasts on headphones while I do my job, (for which I have become very skilled), chat occasionally with others, and keep my peace. No taking breaks with coworkers or becoming involved in office friendships or cliques. If I can't say something nice about someone, I keep my mouth shut. I feel a little conflicted about this, since I like people and enjoy socializing, but find that too much involvement with people at work brings headaches. Headaches that I have experienced in the past and no longer care to subject myself to.

Thank you to JSTETSER and 1CRAZYDOG for these two quotes, which I printed out and posted near my work computer terminal:

When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.
-Eckhart Tolle

Never give anyone the power to ‘make’ you feel something you don’t choose to feel.
-Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    161 days ago
    Those are excellent quotes to have near your desk! So much about workplace politics is madness :(.
    161 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Very happy that you have found the right "formula" for your work place. I haven't worked for 13 years. I certainly had my fill of gossip and office politics. I am also in my 60s and want to do things on my own terms.
    162 days ago
    You are so welcome!

    You're finding out what I am in my 60's. This age is all about being happy with ourselves, no matter what anyone else says or thinks. OUR perceptions of ourselves are most important.

    It's hard to stay out of office politics sometimes, but that's the best policy.

    Here's to a great Thursday.

    162 days ago
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