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Dreaming of Long Naps

Well, I’ve returned to work and am shocked at how tired I’ve been when I get home.  I miss the naps I was taking over the last 3 weeks.  I just can’t believe how tired 8 hours (okay, 9 hours when you include the lunch hour) can make a person.  I’m exhausted.  I’ve been careful to not sit down when I arrive home.  Instead, I change my clothes and get on my treadmill to walk.  I’ve been warned not to run for 6 weeks, but I have to do something to counteract the 25 extra pounds that have snuck on over the past couple of years, so I walk.  It’s amazing how quickly weight can creep on and how difficult it is to get it back off.  I had lost a ton of weight about 7 years ago and I felt great.  However, it was so easy to slow down and even easier to eat the yummy food that my husband cooks.  I blame it on the potato salad.  My husband and I can make a fabulous potato salad.  Ah well, if I want to be able to wear a bathing suit next summer, I’ve got to keep it under control this fall and winter.  Enter salads and light dinners.

Each day, I’ve prepared a salad and a small sandwich for my lunch (and my husband’s lunch, too) and it has been really tasty.  Dinner consists of a small bit of meat and rice, joined with a salad.  I am done with the ice cream in the house though and I guess that’s a good thing.  If it’s not in the freezer, I can’t eat it.  Hopefully, I can do this “lose weight” thing without feeling too deprived.  Only time will tell.

As I wrote earlier, I’ve been back to work after a 3 week injury recovery and I’ve figured out that I really like my job, but I’m not so crazy about my boss.  He’s a very frantic person and just runs around in circles.  I guess the energy he expends shows that he’s very proactive about our business and is trying to inject the rest of us with his energy and to get us moving, but really it’s difficult to deal with when you’ve got your own work to accomplish.  I am a bookkeeper and my job consists with counting cash, setting up cash registers for the coming day’s sales, preparing deposits and reconciling yesterdays income and outgoing monies.  Really, I deal with money everyday, all day.  It doesn’t require running around in circles.  It requires detail-oriented concentration.  I’m dealing with someone else’s money and it needs to be done correctly.  I stand in a small room with no windows and no heat/air conditioning and as long as I’m left alone, I’m okay with that.  It’s when I get called out to make a phone call that someone else has already made because my boss can’t just stand still when someone is ten minutes late to work.  What makes a second call by a different person five minutes later than the first call for a ten-minute tardy necessary?  However, I’ve also found that it is easier to just whatever he’s asked.  It makes it easier on my working relationship with him.  It also wears me out.  Which brings me right back to the first sentence of this post.

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Welcome October!

Well, here it is October already.  Time has really flown this year.  I remember time moving so slowly when I was a kid.  Yet now, I look back and everything from earlier this year seems like a blur.  I never could understand when my dad told me to enjoy time moving slowly because its’ pace would pick up when I was an adult and I would be trying to find ways to make it slow back down.  I didn’t get it then, but I sure do now.

This month I’m going to think about getting my christmas gift list together and try to get started on purchasing some gifts so that I won’t be caught in the dreaded holiday gift-buying frenzy that seems to happen after Thanksgiving.  I work in a grocery store and I hate the holidays because of that frenzy.  After 18 years of working every holiday to ensure customers have every last thing they need to make their holiday a success, I tend to have a negative outlook.  In fact, I spoke with my mom yesterday and we both agreed that we adults in the family don’t have space or need for yet another gift.  We already exchange money or gift cards for birthdays and this year we want to expand that tradition to the Christmas holiday.  The only one I intend to actually shop for is my niece.  She’s almost a year and half and she is the only one who will appreciate something to open under her Christmas tree.

The rest of us will go in on a Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings.  Yum!  As you can tell, I like food.  A good meal is such an enjoyable experience.  My husband is a tremendous cook and like my father and brother, can out-cook any woman in our family.  He’ll cook the meat, I’ll make the potatoes and vegetables and my brother will come up with a new dip to dunk bread and/or chips into.  The meal seems to be the only part of the upcoming holidays I’m looking forward to.  I just don’t know whether or not I’ll be working Christmas day or not.  Either way, I’ll be home by dinner!

My husband is finally done working out-of-town and it sure will be nice to get back into our usual routine.  It’s amazing how comforting I find a routine.  I like the sameness of daily life at my house.  No big shocks, very little drama.  Just a nice cozy feeling.  I occasionally long for a change, but overall I prefer to know how my day is going to go when I wake up.  The only downside I’ve experienced when my husband has come home each weekend in September was sharing the bed.  I’ve gotten used to sharing only with kitties and now there’s a whole other body that I have to share with.  I sure did miss the companionship though.  All in all, I’m glad he’s back and hope it stays that way!

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