So it has been a couple of months since leaving my job and I think I have kept too busy to notice much. I have been working on my parents place and spending time with family. I have found that I enjoy watching a couple of cooking shows, but that’s about it. Let’s check back in on my feelings in a month or so. Maybe I will have slowed down by then. Maybe not.
So yeah. I went and had a baby seven months ago. Whoops. Where does the time go? He’s a little ham and a half and already has an unhealthy obsession with electronics. This should be fun!
In other big news, I left my job! It was a tough decision but also the easiest one. It hasn’t even been a week, so I can’t say much more than that. Right now it seems like I just took a week off, except there is no possibility of checking my work emails! I’m just going to take it one day at a time and enjoy every minute I am with my little guy.
I of course went in to labor two weeks early and therefore the last of the project had to be done without me. Just thinking about it, I was really separated from it for so long that I suppose I developed a sort of post-partum issue with it. I felt detached from the project when I went back from maternity leave. I didn’t have any issues with the baby, just the project. I don’t know why, but I find that amusing. I probably shouldn’t. Go figure.
You would think that I’m not posting much because I’m pregnant and busy with that. But you’d be wrong. Honestly, work is taking up most of my waking hours. We are about to launch a new version of my employer’s site and well, as part of the project I’ve taken on a couple of full time job roles on top of my normal job.
This has made for far too many 12+ hour days. This week I worked from home but managed to work more, like 14 hour days. Let me give you a bit of scale for this site. It’s one domain with what I can only describe as 56 microsites. If you can call them micro. They’re full scale sites within a site. It’s murder! Thankfully I’m not doing the content (anymore, because at one point, I was), but I am doing the design and structure and loading the content to make sure the design and structure works.
At the rate I’m working, my maternity leave will almost be a vacation. I’m trying to think of it that way. I’ll be spending time with my little man. Speaking of the little man. We did come up with a name. He is no longer going by Kermie. Instead, he shall be William! I’ve been writing off and on at a little site I setup for him. It was just somewhere to write the stuff that’s been going on. Check it out if you’re interested in the baby thing.
Sometimes I forget the things I know. No, really. The other day we were watching a movie and there was an entire scene that was in Italian, with no subtitles. Oddly enough, I remembered the Italian I learned when I was a kid and was able to follow along. It reminds me the time when my aunt signed something to me because she didn’t want her kids to hear her say it out loud. I actually remembered enough ASL to know what she was signing!
Now, if I start hearing Vietnamese and somehow understand, that’s going to be just plain crazy. I learned that over 25 years ago and only the basics!
In 2013, I did the “52 week money challenge” and it’s what paid for all of the nursery furniture. I wasn’t planning on being pregnant when I started, I just wanted a way to force myself to save a little “just in case it’s needed” money. Well, it’s a good thing because we ended up needing it!
The idea is that on week 1 you put $1 away. On week 2, put away $2. Week 3, $3 and so on. By the end of the year, you should have $1,378 saved. It’s a good way to save if you’re not good at saving! I’m starting an account at the local credit union and the plan is to use this for gifts etc for next year.
Anyone else thinking of giving it a go this year?
Well, my last post was a while ago and it was quite a downer. I haven’t felt like posting much since then. I find myself working a lot more than is probably healthy, but I’m going to be changing that. Why? Because I’m having a baby. After 14 years of marriage, we’ve taken the plunge. We’re expecting a boy in March. I’ll try to avoid the ins and outs of pregnancy because let’s be honest, there is plenty of that out there already. If I post, it will be what it usually is; a rambling of words coming from my mind to my fingertips. You’ve been warned!
On the morning of Sunday, June 16, 2013, we said goodbye for the last time to Skittles, our cat of 15 and a half years. She was getting very sick and finally reached the point where we knew it was the end. She made it to her 16th birthday, getting a can of Friskies as a special birthday treat. She even had the chance to enjoy being outside and in the sunbeams one last time. She had a well traveled life and is definitely missed.
I decided to give another cauliflower pizza crust a try. This time I tried The Lucky Penny’s, “BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza.” Prep wise, it was fairly easy. I don’t know if perhaps I needed more herbs but all I tasted was the cauliflower. While I love cauliflower, I wished it hadn’t been so overwhelming. I think I’ll try it again with a bit more herbs than the recipe.
Perhaps all of these years of spicy foods has done in my tastebuds. Oh no! I’ve become my father!
This weekend I put myself first. I have put off and put off redoing this site and this weekend I did it. I am not completely done. I am not settled on the colors and logo. But I am picky, so it will take time.
I do have to thank the bumble bee that I stepped on. Had it not stung me and made walking painful, I probably would have done yard work or something that “needed” to be done. I have a hard time taking time for myself. I think we all know that.
So back to that bumble bee sting. 36 hours later and it is still swollen, itching and painful. I have discovered that the use of toothpaste does help. I am taking an antihistamine and that is probably why this is turning into a ramble. Sorry about that.
So how many people have actually done the things they’ve posted on their Pinterest boards? I’ve been pretty good about trying the ones on mine. For the food pins, I have used my office as my test subjects, much to their waistline’s displeasure I am sure. I’ve cut back and occasionally have Josh try them. I think I’ve only had one recipe that I didn’t like (a brie bake).
I took a hiatus from Pinterest at one point. Their terms of service made me uncomfortable. Times have changed and I’ve started pinning again. I didn’t really miss anything as I’m seeing a lot of the same pins pop up. I tend to use it for blog hopping. A find a pin I like, check out the site, and then start the hopping from there. You should try it. You might find something fun.