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January 14, 2022

The Latest

Hello friends, how are things in your little corner of the world?

It was so nice having last weekend off and spending most of it with all of you. If I didn't pop in to visit, I promise to catch up with you on my next blog jog around blog town. I didn't do much of anything else last weekend other than making a nice big pot of homemade soup and some delicious cheddar biscuits to go with it. It was such a nice relaxing weekend for a change.

As of Monday it was back to a hectic schedule here. My husband started the orientation and training for his new job, and I was back to my two jobs. 

Both of my jobs are in retail, one in management. There's nothing thrilling to tell about either job, but the management position is where I was hired as a part time assistant manager and then got bamboozled into standing in as a full time store manager and working all the crazy hours these past months. I have enjoyed some aspects, but being on my feet 60 hours a week, climbing up and down ladders, unloading thousand piece plus trucks, and just busting my buns off usually seven days a week has been beyond exhausting. It's way more than I bargained for.

Today I called to speak with our district manager about the possibility of taking a leave for a few weeks. I've been very uncomfortable working with the general public with this Omicron variant spiking higher and higher by the day in our area. What I got was a very unprofessional lecture. Apparently I'm being ridiculous (which was so annoyingly said with a chuckle), I'm living my life in fear, it's all a hoax, media hype and so on. *Insert eye rolls and lots of HBO words here* 

Oh and just for the record, the reason the store didn't have a manager to begin with is because she died from Covid last year.

After that conversation, I'm strongly leaning towards resigning. At this point, I'm pretty much just debating whether I should play nice and give a two week notice like I normally would, or if I should just walk in there, dramatically slam down my letter of resignation on the desk and walk right back out the door - which sounds so much more satisfying to me right now.

On a more pleasant note, I have the whole weekend off again. I'm really looking forward to preparing some nice meals, spending some time outdoors enjoying this gorgeous 70s weather we're having, and of course I'll be spending lots of time here catching up with all of you. :)

January 08, 2022

A Weekend Off

Hello friends and Happy New Year! I hope your holiday season was wonderful and I hope the new year is off to a good start for all of you. 

I have so much I want to tell you about that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I'll just start with what's going on now and save the rest for later when I can get back to my regular blogging schedule. 

I have this whole weekend off! It's the first in the last five and a half months. I did have company coming in this weekend but something came up and they had to cancel their visit. There was no way I was going to fill either job in on that bit of news. You are going to be my company this weekend instead and it's long past time for us to catch up a bit!

In my last post I wrote about my absence from blogging while I've been working the two jobs. Some wanted to know why such a drastic change from being retired to working two jobs. Well, we may have appeared to be fully retired, but that was only due to the pandemic. My husband and I are retired from our careers, but we had both still been working post retirement jobs. We didn't have to work a lot, but we did still work here and there. 

When the pandemic came along we didn't want to take any risks. I'm thankful we had planned ahead before leaving our careers and had a decent emergency fund saved to rely on, but we knew we would have to get back to work as soon as we safely could. It was never in our plan to have to work quite so hard again, but Covid changed a lot of things for a lot of people. It is what it is. I can't say I'm thrilled about it, but I suppose a few more years of hard work won't kill us.

Back in August my husband applied for and was offered a position with the post office. I was a little shocked, I thought he was probably too old to get hired there, but they did hire him. Then came the long wait. He is finally getting ready to start orientation next week - talk about the post office being slow! Meanwhile I've been working nonstop between the two jobs and biding my time while waiting for him to get started. I will finally be able to cut back on hours once he gets rolling. I know some of you are curious, I'll tell you about my jobs and how working 60 hours a week came about so quickly in a later post - crazy times!

Now all I can hope for is that we both remain Covid free. Things were finally looking so much better after being vaccinated, then I go back to work and look at how things are now! Working with the general public day in and day out really concerns me, especially with most people here still not wear masks - don't forget we live in Florida Floriduh. My husband and I are fully vaccinated, including the booster, so all we can do is play it as safe as we can and hope for the best.

I hope this post will be the start of my return to blogging. I still won't be around daily for a while like I was before, but at least more often than I have been in recent months. I look forward to catching up more with all of you, I've missed you!

December 19, 2021

Soon?

Hello friends, I sure have missed all of you! It's long past time to pop in to fill you in on what I've been up to. Thank you to all who left messages on my previous blog break post and thank you to those who have checked back in on me again since then too, it's very much appreciated!

It was way back on July 27th that I decided to take a break. When I said I would be back soon I was thinking maybe a week or so, I never imagined it would be almost five months later before you would even hear a peep from me. I'm sorry if I worried some of you. I had taken a part time job and needed a little time off from blogging while I adjusted to working again. A week or so later an opportunity came along and I took a second job which started out as part time but quickly turned into a full time position. I've been working an average of 60 hours per week between the two jobs these past few months. It's had it's pros and it's cons, but one thing for sure, I've been too exhausted to move never mind blog during the little bit of time I haven't been working.

I still won't have time to make my rounds for blog visits until I can cut back on these crazy hours, and I have so much more to fill you in on too! Hopefully I can get back to a somewhat normal schedule after the first of the year. In the meantime, please fill me in on what's been going on with you! I hope you are all well and enjoying the holiday season.

Peace, love and big hugs!
Martha