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Day Off Means Unpacking

Our (my mother and I) days are usually really busy doing errands, taking care of my grandparents, and taking care of the dogs.  We used to sew clothes all day and at night I would handle what ever business of the month I was doing, lately its been LimeLight by Alcone, which I adore. However, ever since we found out I was pregnant, I dropped everything. I had no interest to do anything extra because I was so sick and tired. Now in my second trimester, I’m coming out of the fog and ready to get back in the swing of things.

Thursdays are my day off because mom works at the Temple.  When I had my car, I’d go care for my grandparents and let my parents dogs out.  Now that my car isn’t drive-able at the moment, I am dependent on mom and my husband to drive me around.  So today I have nothing to do but unpack and since I have a little bit of energy, I thought I’d tackle the office boxes. Yes I have more than one box of office crap and only one desk.  I have this old antique roll top desk that my dear sweet husband thought it would be nice to replace the drawer glides, to make them open smoothly.  Well sometimes old desks can’t be modernized with new glides.  We have had the hardest time finding some that would fit and now I have 3 working drawers with handles, 2 working drawers with no handles, and 2 non working drawers. The two drawers that don’t have handles on them, I have to open them with a screw. Before the desk was in the basement so it really didn’t matter how messy it was since no one saw it.  We decided to keep it upstairs in the dining room and replace the industrial spindle I was using for a dining room table, even though we never used it.  I never got around to refinishing the wood on it so it did give splinters.  Its now outside.  I love this desk being in the dining room! It looks like it should have always been there, but now that means its has to stay neat.   Which means my loving husband now has to fix the drawers.  Not sure how he will do it but it must be done.

Anyways, I got the two boxes unpacked and now have a bin that goes to my moms full of shipping supplies. This is probably the 3rd box to go to her house, which I am sure my dad is thrilled with.

We have about 4-5 boxes that need to go to Goodwill and I am so proud of myself for having that many. I have a slight hoarder complex, but after becoming pregnant and moving into an upgraded unit, I have wanted to clean house and purge crap I am not using. I am sure there is still a bunch I could get rid of. Our kitchen is a little smaller than our last place and we have a crazy amount of kitchen gear.  I’m not willing to clutter up my counters so I’m not sure where we will put this other stuff that hasn’t been unpacked.  We have a dehydrator, which the hubs really wants to use and so do I but it takes so long.  Then there is our popcorn maker which only my husband uses.

I have two bathroom boxes that I for some reason am having a hard time unpacking.  One of them is small and the other is an extra large box that does have other items in it, but I look at them (the boxes) and just don’t want to open them.  Is that strange? I have one big bin that needs to be unloaded and I am not sure what’s all in it  I know there are some clothes in it, so those I can put up, but we already have so much unpacked and not much room to put more.  The only room that is actually unpacked and sort of ready for more is the baby room.  That was a priority for me.

Whats left is two clothing boxes full of leggings and undershirts and 4 unknown misc. boxes that I am “afraid” to open.  Hubby has been working on the basement, which is now his man cave. That was his priority.  Hahahaha.  He did help me with the baby room.

We are getting close to being done and I’d expect to be done by this weekend and then I can dust and clean the floors.  Looking forward to not walking around a maze of boxes.

Life Change and Happiness

So a year or two ago I weighed in, for the second time, over 300 lbs.  I was dealing with depression and anxiety, but didn’t know it.  I knew something was very wrong cause I didn’t want to be anymore and I didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere.  I was just existing.  So I went to the doctor cause there was no way that I was going to last much longer without help.  I was diagnosed with Major Depression and Anxiety and was put on medication. The medication my doctor wanted me on was very expensive and since I didn’t have insurance, there was no way I was going to be able to afford it, so he gave me samples until it went generic.  This was extremely generous of him.  I can’t believe what good it did me.  I actually had motivation to get out of the house!  I started walking on a daily.  I worked up to a mile a day and before long I was up to 2…3…4 miles a day and doing 5k’s!  It was great, until the medication went generic and I couldn’t get samples anymore.  I still couldn’t afford insurance, so I couldn’t afford the medication (generic cost around $400 for a 30 day supply)! So they prescribed a different cheaper medication and had me go cold turkey on the first and start the second in the same week.

That was Hell!

I decided from there I was going to go all natural.  I heard from a friend to check out the Pain and Stress Center for all natural supplements that could help.  I called them and they suggested some different products, which I ordered.  When I started on those, things just blossomed.  I was feeling better, calmer, healthier.  I didn’t have any side effects and things were great.  I later became a doTerra Wellness Consultant and used the oils instead of the other, due to cost.  It worked great as well and eventually was able to get off my blood pressure medicine.

Then, my back started giving me troubles and I stopped walking.  I was however able to keep the weight that I had lost off (40 lbs), but wasn’t able to lose anymore.  I became sedentary for several months, until I took on a temp. job with an old employer.  That is a whole different story that I wont get into.  Jumping forward 2 months and a move….

Mom and I decided to look at joining a gym for the pool and water aerobics classes.  That’s all we wanted to do. We went in to one and had a tour; the more we looked around, the more I really got interested in doing the whole thing ( swimming and lifting weights).  The lady showing us around told us about their trainers and the wellness program they had.  You paid $10 to see the trainer and they would customize a program for you to follow for 6 weeks and then you would see the trainer again.  So we met with the trainer who talked us into once a week sessions for $20 an hour, which is actually a great price.

We trained for an hour that day.  It was a HARD hour.  When you go from sedentary to full work out… it takes a huge toll on your body.  The next day, I could barely walk.  I was questioning if standing up would be worth it.  Hahaha  That’s when you know you have been over worked.  It took 4 days for me to be able to walk normal. We started going to water aerobics classes everyday, minus Thursdays and then the trainer on Wednesdays.  On our 2nd Wednesday, we met another lady who joined our little group, then worked our hour of hell.  At the end of the workout, we somehow was talked into 2 training’s a week, so now its water aerobics Monday- Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, then the trainer on Monday and Wednesday.  I’m trying to do two workouts a day, so I can burn 3,000 plus calories a day.

It’s funny because after the hour of hell, I look forward to the next one.  Also, Thursday and Sundays are our rest days and I am starting to feel like a bum on those days.  I never thought I would actually miss working out. I have actually started making better eating choices as well and drinking a lot more water.  It’s crazy to think that life changes can happen so quickly.

All these changes and spending so much time with my mom has made me so happy.  I have nothing to complain about.  I’m noticing changes in my body, how I stand and don’t slouch as much.  I’m feeling better and feeling healthier every day.  It’s an amazing change that has happened so quickly or at least it feels quick, not sure if 3 weeks is quick.

 

It’s Been Too Long!

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by!  All of April flew by and I wasn’t able to post because I didn’t have my computer with me.

I went up to Kansas for all of April and a good part of May.  My poor husband had to stay in Texas and do most of the packing, since I didn’t get much done.  Every night I would call him to get the daily scoop and say goodnight. It was pretty hard to stay away for so long.  Every week I got “homesick” for him at least once and then I would think, not much longer, I can do this.

We (my mom and I) were supposed to head back to Texas at the end of April, but there were other things that came up so we postponed the trip for the next week, which meant we had to cancel the going away party.  The next week was supposed to be our huge garage sale, but again we postponed for another week (this time due to weather), so we had to cancel that.  Poor hubs still having to do things on his own while we decide to stay here even longer.  The 3rd weekend was moving weekend so we really couldn’t postpone that trip.  So we decided to come as late as possible, really not wanting to stay in Texas any longer than we had to.

We drive there Tuesday night, finished packing on Wednesday, picked up my dad from the airport on Thursday and packed the truck that day, drove back to Kansas on Friday, and unpacked the truck/signed the lease on Saturday.  It was the longest 5 days!

We thought a 17 ft truck would fit all of our junk and boy were we wrong! Granted we planned a huge garage sale that didn’t happen, so we had a lot of extra stuff to take with us.  We didn’t have enough room in the truck so we ended up having to leave a lot behind.  Our landlord is pretty cool cause when I let them know, they said to just put it all in the garage and they would trash it all for us.  So thankful for them!

It has been a very busy time and it’s still a very busy time…

Here it has been a week and a half and the hubs has started work and mom and I’s business has started, but we are not yet fully unpacked.  It’s really my fault.  I am procrastinating just as much now as I was when it was time to pack.  Next time I will pay someone to pack, move, and unpack for me.  It would get done a heck of whole lot faster.  Not sure what my hesitation to unpacking is.

Happy to be here though! Here is to finishing the unpacking by the end of this month!

9 to 5 Freedom!!!!!

9 Months ago, I decided to go back to work.  We didn’t need the money, but the offer came up to go back to a company I had worked with before and I just had the strongest feeling that God wanted me there.  I didn’t know why, but I wasn’t going to question him.

So I went back on a contract basis for 3 months with the intention of staying longer.  We decided to put all my paychecks in savings and try to pay off debt and allow me to get insurance.

I thought God brought me back to whip the office into shape, but without authority, that wasn’t going to work.  Things in the office were starting to get crazy and we were about to start this huge project and I’m just sitting there thinking, I don’t think I am going to be able to handle this.  I just had to pray about it and trust that God had brought me here for a reason.

3 Months later, we extended my contract until March 2015, “the end of the project”, we knew I would be there past the 3 month mark, but I did get a small raise.  There are 5 groups to this project and groups 3 and 4 are the biggest.  The first group had about 60 people, the second group had about 200 people, groups 3 and 4 had about 400 people each, and the last group had about 200 people.  That’s 1,260 people, give or take that I was in charge of.  Each person required about an hours worth of work on my part and I had 9 months to do all that I needed to do.  There was no way.

We asked for help several times, but was denied and it wasn’t until February 2015, when the boss saw how far behind I was and after I told him we were officially moving, that he finally brought someone in.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was, because I was drowning and there was no light at the end.  I was moody, my depression was coming back, I was starting to resent my coworkers, and annoying my husband with the amount of complaining I was doing.  I also gave up a lot.  I gave up sleep, my zen, all that i had worked for to get my zen, my bible study, my dogs freedom, and a possible baby (I had a very early miscarriage, and although I can’t prove that this job caused it, I can say that all the stress I was under, didn’t help.)

The girl that was to relieve me from part of my job, was very impressive.  She was twice as fast as me, I will humbly admit that.  She caught on so fast and was doing so well that I knew she would be the perfect replacement for my position after we left.  The project is being extended so they will need someone after my contract is up.

I wanted to quit every week but didn’t want to give up on God.  I thought I knew why he had brought me here, but I was wrong.  I know now, he brought me here so we could save a nest egg.  So we could finally move to Kansas. Without it I’d (I’d say we but the hubs is doing this for me) be stuck here.  Now I can finally follow my dream of reconnecting with my family.

So, here I am, March is here and I am just so excited that this is my last month and I can see the light and I’m no longer drowning, I’m able to tread at this moment.  This is now catch up time, let’s get all caught up before I leave everyone.  I was still very busy, but I know the end of the crazy is near and that is an awesome feeling.

4 Weeks left, then 3 weeks, then 2 weeks, and finally my last week is here and I am so stinking excited!  I got to come in later on a couple of days and got to leave early on my last day, which was great because the company took me out to lunch and the girls I work with gave me some very sweet and thoughtful gifts.

Yesterday was my last day….. I am now free!  Free to sleep in, to take lunch when ever I want, to dress how I like, to not brush my hair.  Hahaha

Just free….. *sigh of relief

Stress is starting to melt away and I can feel my blood pressure lowering.  Now I can get my life back.