Friday, April 08, 2011

List Love (or I Love Lists)

These are some of the things I would like to finish in the apartment (in no particular order):
  • Wall of mirrors
  • Paint the hallway
  • Fix the paper towel rack
  • Clean the fingerprints off of the ceiling in the dining room
  • Paint the kitchen table/refinish chairs
  • Fabric to cover pillows in the living room
I would like to acquire these things for our house:
  • Lampshades for the chandelier
  • New bath towels/face clothes
  • A rug for the bedroom (I KNOW you want a rug for the bedroom! LOL)
  • A small grill (which would then require fake turf, some chairs and a string of lights
  • Small lamp for the kitchen
This summer I would like to do the following things:
  • Learn to sail and sail more with B1
  • Go to the beach at least once a month
  • Go hiking in the woods at least once a month
  • Go camping with B1 & maybe my sisters at least twice
  • Grill outside on a regular basis
  • Shop farmers markets weekly
  • Attend a gallery opening in the South End
  • Go to a free, outdoor concert
  • See more live bands
  • Shakespeare in the park
  • Go to at least 1 state/town fair
  • Work a craft fair
  • Pay off all of my bills so that I can start saving again
  • Spend 4th of July in/around Boston on the water
  • Take at least one road trip, hopefully staying overnight
Today's mood: Sad, frustrated, bored...

So far today I have checked the news (twice), the weather, looked up and researched local craft fairs & their booth fees, created business labels (for my own business) and checked airlines for cheap flights to Orlando.  Oh-I also wrote of list of things that I need to do around the house, things I want to buy for the house and things I want to do this summer.  All while the other girls work on projects for an event coming up-one that my dean sponsors.

I did have a frustrating conversation about a certain task that needs to be done this summer while my co-worker is out on maternity leave.  Yesterday I basically told the director in charge of this task that I would love to take the lead on this, but I will not do it if I have to pick up the pieces next month when she goes away.  In other words, I do it from start to finish and not in between.  She agreed.  This morning she came in to talk about it with me and my co-worker heard and came out to say she talked with our boss and she wants to do it all by herself.  The director told my co-worker that she explained things incorrectly to my boss and that she (the director) and I are meeting with my boss next week to talk about this.  My co-worker has given me the cold shoulder the entire rest of the day.  Which is OK but everyone thinks she is a goddess and that makes me look like the bitch.

All I want is work.  Why is that so hard to understand?  Why are 2 people basically in charge of doing all of the work?  Why have I had to fight to get ANYTHING and then fight to keep it once I have it?  Talk about control freaks!  You think they'd be thrilled that I have less work to do by design and that they could unload a crap load of it on me.

Needless to say, I am updating my resume and cover letter this weekend and making an appointment with HR next week to talk about the other job on campus.  I'm tired of this ongoing battle.  It's time to move onto a place where I am appreciated and where I can make a difference.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


B1 brought me flower last week. Bright sunny mums that brighten our office. I clipped a little bunch to put on our kitchen table. The elephants are also from B1-they were a valentine's day gift...

I've been ticking along on the diet, though I blew it last night when we went to meet my good friend Terri who dropped in for a few hours from Florida. I've been eating the menu for breakfast, snacks and lunch and then I make dinner for B1 and I at home. I typically use a Cooking Light or Weight Watchers recipe.

Monday night's dinner:

Seared tuna (with coriander & thyme) over garlic spinach with roasted tomatoes and potato wedges. Quite tasty and good for us too!

Tuesday night was sweet and sour pork:

Thin strips of pork, sherry, snow peas, pineapple and red peppers. Ginger, garlic and soy sauce made up the flavoring. Very yummy!

I am thinking about maybe leaving my current position at work. I haven't been really happy there for a little while mainly because of one coworker but recently it's grown to the fact that I don't have enough to do. The duties in our office are so skewed that some people have too much and others, like me, have nothing. I've spoken up way too many times but nothing ever happens. In fact, we had a new girl start this week and she's being given some of the tasks. I've always felt like I had to fight for what I do and had to protect everything because that coworker would take it. It's fairly ridiculous and it's getting tiring.

There is another position open in another area of the school. I'm very interested in it, but I'm not 100% sure I'm qualified. I don't know if I should ask HR about it though-I don't want to jeopardize my current job if I don't have to. Anyway, I have a lot to think about. I don't want to be unhappy at work. I spend too much time there. We'll see...

I'm scheduled to get an MRI tomorrow night. I went to see the orthopedic doctor and he feels I do indeed have a budging disk. If it shows up on the MRI I might go forward with Cortisone injections to stop the swelling and to get that sucker back in place.

So there it is-an update on me. It's not a flowery update with lots of pretty words, but it's a start, right?