We take this pausing moment to catch up on all the paperwork, housework and things that need to get done. I am doing good this week. The hunt for the job is on the front burner, but there are other things on that burner too - like I said, the house has to get cleaned, but there is also the revised child support paperwork that has a deadline of tomorrow. Long story, and something that has been in the works for months (not doing it for the fact that I am now unemployed). There is also my taxes - those will go in the mail to my accounted today...ah - paperwork, gotta love it, but it does need to get done.
Many other things are keeping me busy. I helped out with a Scout mailing, picking up my son early from school has been nice. Not sure where I used to have the time to work 8 hours a day - LOL - My stress test yesterday went pretty well (more on that later), but it did take up 3.5 hours of my day. I felt like my whole day was pretty much gone. I have done the grocery shopping and am ready to prepare many meals for the coming weeks....chili, soup, lasagna, three different chicken casseroles, rib-lets and I got a great price on a pork roast that will go in the crock pot one day. I had planned to do this last week, so this is good to have ready to go meals with my new finding a job schedule - or when I do get a job I don't have to worry about rushing home to cook a full meal. Just pull it out, pop it in the wave and walla - instant meal!!
I have been working out, too. Many a times I have taken in a walk with my neighbor. Even had to turn her down yesterday because I was working out in my sisters gym. Yesterday it was 30 minutes on the elliptical glider and then I did the total gym workout. My arms and legs are not as soar, so I know that I have been doing my body some good and the muscles are not as tight as they always have been in the past. My eating is not out of control - I guess that is a good thing that I am keeping busy, then I am not busy in the kitchen munching.
Oh - and yesterday was Valentine's Day. I don't have a Valentine of sorts, but do have my son and we enjoyed a wonderful day together. He gave me a lady bug Valentine and then we enjoyed dinner out with my sister and my brother-in-law. I got a card from my sister and inside was the fact that she went and paid off my car loan. Yes, I still need to pay her back, but she said for the moment this will help me put that money to another bill (like the electricity or groceries) - take the pressure off for the moment. I only had a few more months to pay off the car, but I am speechless. For one, I am not sure how she found my payment slips or when she came into my house and could find them in the midst of the huge paper mess I had at my desk, but she did. The funny part was the fact that when they went into the bank and she told the loan officer that she was there to pay off her sisters car loan, the lady behind the desk asked "can I be your sister, too?"
I really am blessed. I have my health, I have family, I have friends. My neighbor checks up on me during the day with little text messages. I have another friend that lives out of state and sends me nice text notes that give me the smile I need when I am feeling down. Other friends are calling. I have gotten many well wishes from my bloggy friends, too. My son is keeping me laughing!! This road is going to be hard, but I know (really, I do) that I will make it up this hill and that support will be there to catch me when I happen to roll back down.
Struggling with not having a job, but not struggling with the fact that yes, I am pausing and reflecting, and I know I have support!!!
Staying MOtivated MO