Back to Work

Whew, I survived my first two weeks of full time work, after being a stay at home parent/spouse for the past 3 years. I am exhausted!

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I am really happy with the job. It is so much different than the corporate IT world. Here, I am actually part of two schools, with my own office in one, an a computer lab that I run in the other. I’m not an outside consultant, seen as the enemy. Rather, I am part of the school team, meaning I’m included in things like classified employee appreciation week, which happened to be the same week as my first week. This meant I got lots of goodies and way too much sugar. They also gave me gift cards to Starbucks. They already know coffee is my favorite!

Leaving Piglet was HARD. After he realized I was leaving for the day, he got really sad and pouted. One day when I said I had to go to work, he told me, “No, Dada go work.” It broke my heart! Match takes care of him Monday and Tuesday all day, and then half day Wednesday. They have been having fun bonding, and by the end of the first week, Piglet was getting into the routine. This is what I came home to one day after work. Silly daddy making Piglet laugh with his box fort.

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I’m happy my schedule allows me to be home by about 4 each day, so I still get a few hours of family time. Match and I only get one half day off together though, which is also very hard. I miss my hubby! He’s currently applying for jobs that would allow him to be closer to home, and also work day shift. Fingers crossed he finds something, because graveyard is too hard on his body. I’m also so grateful that this job follows the school schedule, which means summers off. I also have spring break coming up next week, and I’m so excited to spend it with my boys!

 

 

Curveballs and the Waiting Game

For February being such a short month, I feel like so much has happened. I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, but I promise I do have some good excuses.

The first being that I’ve been busy with a freelancing data entry job. I’ve been spending far too much time on the computer, and by the time I’m done with my work for the day, I have had no energy left over to blog. I miss you all so much! We’ve also been taking advantage of this lovely and unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. On Match’s days off, we have been spending time at the local nature preserves. This area has so many awesome walking paths and nature trails.

Last Tuesday I got together with a bunch of my friends from high school for a ladies dinner. I love how even though we don’t see each other often, the conversation flows easily, and in some ways, it is as if no time has passed. I’m so glad we all live so much closer together. I hope we can make these dinners a monthly event!

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Last week another high school friend stopped by for a brief overnight stay with us while he was in town for business. Piglet was thrilled to spend time with his Uncle. I’m glad we were able to visit with him, as he is being deployed with the Air Force this summer.

 

Second, I had an interview for a tech job with a nearby school district. The job sounds like it would be a great fit for me, and I left the interview feeling very good about it. I’d be the school computer tech person, helping both students and teachers solve computer problems. It would be the perfect mix of problem solving and socializing, unlike my previous job where I was stuck at a computer alone all day. I would also get summers off, which would allow me to spend precious time with my son. He is growing up so fast, and I would love to have that time off to focus on him.

I am supposed to hear back about the job this week, and I’ve been anxiously waiting. Today marks a full week since my interview, and I’m trying hard to stay positive. According to my teacher friend, she said they loved me, and all my references said it sounds like I’ve got the job, but there is a catch. Apparently there is a year round job opening in June, and they are considering me for that position as well. Money-wise, we could benefit more from that position, but selfishly I prefer the summers off schedule (who wouldn’t?). So we will see what happens. At this point, I just want to be hired, and I am trying to have faith that it will all work out.

Finally, our landlord contacted us this week to inform us that he will not be renewing our lease at the end of May. His daughter will be moving into our home, and wants to move as early as April, if we can find housing by then. He was very apologetic, and said he will refund us May’s rent if we are able to accommodate. We had thought about moving, but we were hoping to wait until later in the summer, and this just adds another level of stress. We just got settled in, and now it is time to start packing up again. Hopefully this is also one of those changes that will ultimately make us happier in the long run. For now, I’m doing my best to just keep swimming, and not become overwhelmed by the stress. A local move will be far less stressful than an out of state move, and at least this time we have money coming in, and don’t have to worry about selling our home. Still, I look forward to getting more permanently settled, and knowing that we will be somewhere for more than 6 months.

 

 

Zumba’s Gone Pink

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, my Zumba classes have gone pink! I’ve also become enough of a regular that I’ve started posing for pictures after each class, with the zumba crew.

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Can I just stop for a minute and geek out about this? I love being a regular zumba chica.Ā I also love that my favorite instructor likes to take pictures after our workouts. How often do we spend long periods of time working out, but never have any proof? Unless you’re that girl who takes a selfie at the gym. Don’t be that girl. At least get your workout buddies in the pictures, and then it’s not bragging. Right? šŸ˜‰

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Super awkward action shot. How awesome is that old lady in the zumba class? It’s really high paced, and she was rocking it!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit obsessed with zumba. I love how I feel, I love the endorphin rush, and now I love the group photos! Viva zumba!! Oh, and since it’s breast cancer awareness month, go get your tatas checked!

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Birthday Weekend

I turned 31 yesterday! 31 and still getting carded. I’ll take it folks! šŸ™‚Ā I received an amazing birthday present from my Aunt and Uncle who recently visited. I was blown away by their generosity. It was a new lens for my DSLR! I have been going a little picture crazy all weekend. Here’s a shot Match took right before my birthday dinner.

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I love how Piglet scrunches up his face for photos. He has that trouble maker look down! Luckily he just has the look and is usually pretty well behaved! We took him to our favorite sushi restaurant, and this time we actually let him try some of it (all cooked pieces, but still!) He seemed to like it a lot. His favorite part of the dinner was flirting with every waitress that walked by.

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He also grabbed the pen and tried to sign the check. Looks like dinner was his treat!

Saturday we just relaxed around the house. Went to the gym and then just lazed around. We really wanted to go do something outdoorsy. I had these great plans to take Piglet to a nearby children’s farm, but it was so dang hot out that we decided to wait. I’m so sick of this weather you guys. It was 103 on Saturday. šŸ™ It zaps my motivation and leaves me depressed. I guess I’m opposite most people, because rain makes me happy! I live in the wrong state!!

Anyhoo,Ā we took advantage of the somewhat cooler morning to have our breakfast outside and play a bit.

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Sunday Match had to work, so I met up with Couple Wife, her sister and their kids for a play date at Train Town in Sonoma. The weather started out cooler, and I was excited to escape the heat. Then it shot up to the low 90s, and I was sweating like crazy. Piglet was a little overstimulated and insisted on being carried a lot. It didn’t help that he’s his own little furnace. Ā We were both pretty hot and tired by the end of the day, but we still had fun! Piglet got to ride his first train and his first carousel. He got a little scared of both, but he just held on tight to mama. I can’t wait to take him back when it’s a bit cooler, and when Match can join us!

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Confessions of a Zumba Addict

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I’ve become a bit of Ā a gym rat. I’ve become a regular. At my gym, we tell the front desk personĀ our gym number. You know you’re a regular when the front desk clerk rattles off your number by memory! That just happened to me today and it felt pretty good.

Match and I have been members since 2012, but I’ve been going a lot moreĀ since Piglet becameĀ old enough to attend the daycare (he LOVES it!). Now that he’s down to one mid-day nap, we have a regular gym routine, and we go almost every day. I’m addicted to the classes, but especially Zumba. If any of you out there are considering Zumba but haven’t tried it, you.have.to.go! It is amazing! Me, the girl with two left feet, loves to dance, in public. I know, it’s weird right? But the songs, the moves, I love everything about it. Oh, and I sweat my love handles off!

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I love how friendly all the ladies are in my class. Yesterday I even met a brave man who dared to come into the hen house. He was actually a fantastic dancer, and didn’t seem phased at all by all the ladies clucking. The more I go to class, the better I get at the dance moves. Zumba is helping my coordination a lot, and I think just memorizing the steps is probably good for the ol’ think tank. I have this embarrassing habit of singing along to every single song, even though I don’t know the words. Apparently I’m not the only one!

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I love finding a hobby that keeps me healthy andĀ gives me that much neededĀ endorphin boost. I also love that Piglet is such a big fan of the daycare. He struts into the room with his little ticket in hand, and then runs off to play. He used to sniffle and hold onto my leg, and now he’s off making friends and being Mr. Social. This past week he had a fever and wasn’t quite feeling his normal self, so I kept him home just in case he was contagious. I think it was all teething related, because he had no other symptoms, and just kept moaning and pointing to his mouth. Poor baby! I could tell he missed the daycare because he sprinted off to go play the minute we walked in.

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So there you have it. Now you know what I’m up to when I’m not blogging. I’m out there at the gym, sweating buckets while I wiggle my body to kickass music and love every second of it! Oh, and I’m probably also singing along and about a step behind everyone else. But who cares?