blog advertising is good for you Men-O-Night: January 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shades of Grey

Two days into training and it's going well. I feel very confident in my prior experience and how it relates to my new role with a new company. I just have to absorb as much as I can during the training while not wanting to shoot myself each day with the added 2.5 hours of driving to my training location. So grateful I stuck with my guns and didn't let any locations that would have been a slightly long commute...knowing my farthest drive could be 9 miles is a relief...and not the 30 each way I'm doing for training.

But I have once again been very blessed to have Mr. and his help with the dogs. He's home before me, walks, feeds, and entertains them to the point that they're calm and content when I get home. Something that is no easy task for sure. So amazed at his ability to just take on things and not stress or get caught up in the action of it all. He's more supportive and positive than anyone I've ever been with...and I'm so grateful to have him in my life. I will gladly be making dinners, coffee cakes, desserts, and anything else he wishes for in gratitude for then support over the next few weeks. Not that I don't already do that...but you know.

Came home last night and pan seared some chicken potstickers from Trader Joes. So good! I made a miso broth with some sauteed bok choy and added that to a few dumplings in a bowl for a quick dumpling soup. So good on a cold windy night! And leftovers for lunch today too!

So, that's about it. Just trucking along. Hoping everyone is keeping up with their healthy new years spurred lifestyle changes and feeling good! - Rin

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday

I know, another disappearing act by me.  I just keep getting caught up in life's race and not giving myself time to sit down and unwind it onto the ol' laptop.  My final two weeks at my last gig were a blur.  Lots of mixed emotions and people that I unfortunately have to leave behind in the mess that is to come.  My last day wasn't even over and things seemed to be a bit unraveled already.  Not that I see myself as the reason we get through each day, but there were many things that were wrapped up in my job that not everyone was always aware of or recognized that helped keep things on task and at least functioning for the client's sake.  So, it'll be interesting to see how it pans out as people decide to leave and rolls get shifted.  At least I can go to sleep tonight knowing that I am going to work tomorrow and will definitely not have to deal with douche hole owner throwing his weight around trying to maintain his ego through the sacrifice of others.

Things are good!  I am just a bit on edge today with all the unknown that sits in starting a new job with a new company and getting into the brunt of it all.  After my first day is under my belt, I'll be good to go.  I will be training in a location different than my final spot, so I'll have that transition, but at least by then I'll have a greater understanding of my day to day job and what all the expectations are.  First days are always a blur though, so I'm just going to go in with an open mind and be ready for anything.  I at least know that my training will be organized and follow some corporate plan...which to me is a huge benefit  after having to train myself in so many of my last positions.

My boys are good...still trying to find that balance in keeping myself in order while giving them, especially my younger one, enough time and exercise to prevent issues and pent up energy.  Nothing worse than two 80 pound dogs that haven't had enough exercise or mental stimulation in a one bedroom condo in the middle of winter...even if it's a mild winter.  But so far so good.

Mr is, as always, amazing and such a blessing to me.  He is so open and creative and carries so much life that I at times just have to stop and take it all in.  Lots of exciting plans in the works and looking forward to a few trips with him in the spring and summer.  Already worked out the pet sitters so I'm good to go.  Just need to make sure the new gig is cool with the plans and I'll be booking the flights this weekend.  Can't wait!

Ok, I must prep myself, shave, and be ready for the early morning.  Long commute to my training the next few weeks will be a whirlwind!

Peace, Health, and Happiness - Rin

A great quote from MLK to share today...I found this one quite on par today.

“On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year New You

So, things have been a little quiet on here...I know, I know.  The holidays didn't even drowned me this year so I can't blame that.  I just have been a bit head spacey and not in that "sit down and focus" kind of mind frame.  Mr, the dogs, and I have been staying busy with furniture hunting, hikes, cooking, and some family/friends time mixed in for shits and giggles.

I can finally say that I have officially accepted a new position with a new company and am starting in 2 weeks.  So thrilled and nervous all balled up into one. Such a massive amount of unknown open up with a single phrase of "I Accept".  I really clicked with my supervisor that made me the offer and she even was willing to accept some of my adjustments to the offer. So excited I could cartwheel for days.  Which I have done before, so don't get me started.  (it was a cartwheel-a-thon we did in gymnastics when I was 12...we raised money for cystic fibrosis).

Anywho, back to the now.  We scored these amazing vintage wingback chairs at a thrift store for the living room.  Insane because a friend spotted them two months ago and when we went to check them out then the store was closed.  Finally we had a day together during the week and there they were, sitting waiting for us.  And it was 50% off furniture day.  What the What!  We also did some repotting of our houseplants and upgraded to some awesome pottery we found at a local nursery.  Amazingly, and must to the benefit of Mr., the plants are doing great...the entire jungle we've collected.  Mr. brought home a huge ass palm a week ago and it's loving its new home.  Hell, my orchids are even sprouting new leaves these days.

So...lots of unknown...but the possibilities are limitless.  And my new gig is with a very well established company that has HR in place to prevent all the bs that was going on at my current gig.  That is invaluable I have learned.  Still unsure of whether I should pursue the fact that I was put on a bonus plan, exceeded the goals, and never paid out for my bonus.  My normal mind would say that karma will come and repay me for that wrong and repay those who caused it in reverse...but a bit of me thinks I should shoot the info to someone with some legal experience and see what they say.  I have a few law friends, but not sure what areas any of them specialize in...but I may pick their brains a bit.

Hope everyone's holidays were amazing and your new year is off to a running start.  Hugs, and i'll be better about keeping up now that things are ironed out and my head is clear.  - Rin