Monday, May 10, 2010

First Day

I feel like it's the first day of school. I'm nervous and anxious, excited and eager! My mind races and soon I'm daydreaming.

Why?

Today is my first day back to work, in an office. I have worked for the past 9 yrs..8 yrs at home. I recently took a new position that requires me to go back to work in the office. Most would say I was crazy to give up working at home. HAHA. If they had worked for the company I did, I doubt they would feel that way. I loved working a home. I loved it. But it was no longer fun. It was miserable. So miserable that I often hated my job. NOBODY should have to work a job that they hate. I prayed every morning when I sat at my desk. It helped.. but I still hated my job.

I worked at home so I could still be a MOM to my kids. It was great. My kids are 15, 18 and 21...not hardly babies. My husband is home more now. I know, but we were both WORKING at home. People often have the image that if I work from home that I don't actually work.. but someone get a check put in my account. HAHA!~ It's work... just like if I were to go to the office, just my desk is at home.

My old job I worked long hours for measly pay. Often I was still working and my husband was cooking supper. Now I will have set hours. I can PLAN things!

I am looking forward to working with people again, people I know and worked with before. I was feeling pretty lonely at home. I look forward to starting a new career. I don't like change.. but I do like learning.

I am sure there will be an adjustment period... everyone will have to find their place ... it will all be fine. I had God's push and blessing to take this new job.. I'll have to tell you about it one day. For right now, I know this is where I am supposed to be!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Love of Lists

I love lists.

Why? I can think about it once and be done. After that, I can let the list tell me what to do and can concentrate on other things. Why burdon my brain with unneccessary things??

I made a list of meals we eat routinely. I put them on index cards and keep them in my home binder. When I get in a rut, I can pull out the cards and it gives me ideas. I have them in categories like: chicken, beef, pork, sides, crockpot/quick and easy.

I based this off of Flylady. I made of list things I wanted done weekly. Then I divided that up between Mon - Fri. A little each day is much easier than a full day of cleaning. I made of list of all the things I wanted done in each room, divided my house into zones like FlyLady suggests, and now have a list for each room. I keep my pages in page protectors and check them off with a dry erase marker. This way, if I don't get to it this month I will know where I left off when I come back to it. No more trying to remember.

I make a list of menus for the week, making my grocery list for the week based on that list. I also put my list in order of the store. Ohoo, i can feel your face tensing up and looking at the computer funny! I'll tell you why I do this.

Ever go to the store and forget something making you back track with that loaded cart?? I have. Many times I decided it was too much trouble to back track. I regretted that once I was home and NEEDED that one thing to make my meal. A quick trip to the store can turn into much longer than you wanted if your stuff is not in order. One day I drew the layout of my store. I labeled each isle. Now I can look at my drawing, see what's on that isle and make my list in order. Rarely do I have to back track now. I also put the pages in my coupon binder according to the store. flip the page as you hit the next isle. Think about it once and then it's done!

Running errands is no different. I make my list of stores and what I want at each store. I then number the stores in order of going to them. I group store together by location and the same side of the road. It's a pain to cut across the traffic back and forth. This way I can go up one side of the road, stopping as needed, but across once and then do the places on that side of the road. Much less stressful.

When my sister and I Cmas shop at the mall, we park at one end then walk to the opposite to start shopping. We have our list for each store and each store is numbered as to what order we will hit them. When we are done shopping we are near the car. Much easier to carry bags once thru the mall.

I love lists. Think about your list while you have free time, make it and forget it! Let the list tell you what to do next. Free your mind, ease your stress!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Menu Monday

Monday - leftover northern beans and hamhocks.

Tuesday - meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans.

Wednesday - Porkchops n gravy, rice, veggie

Thursday - Loaded baked potatoes topped with chopped chicken breasts.

Friday - Leftovers!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Shopping venture

One of my best friends' and I did some shopping on Saturday. I packed a "snack bag" of carrots, cherry tomatoes, ranch dip, laughing cow cheese, pretzel rods, gogurt and drinks for us to power snack instead of stopping for lunch - we were meeting up with other friends later that evening for dinner.

I found some really good deals. My friend is a fashion diva and mixing and matching clothes is right up her alley. I was able to snag some navy, khaki and gray slacks from Dillards for 20.00 each. wow! Reg 40.00 a pair.

Then we made our way to Kohl's and I picked up 4 shirts on sale, of course!

Next was Ross. Love the prices. I was able to pick up 2 of those tiny sweaters (shrugs?) for the cost of 1 from the mall. I finally found a shirt to go with the black skirt I have had for, oh, 2 yrs?

We slipped into a little shop of accessories and she helped me pick out some new earrings and necklaces for my new tops.

Met up with friends for dinner. What a great time. I was pooped.

This morning I laid out all my new clothes, mixed and matched, then hauled out some stuff from my closet to mix and match some more.

Next weekend.... shoes!

And to think at one time I did not like shopping???

oh, I also splurged and bought some nice perfume. MMMMM