Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1/24/12 - Snoring and Wide Awake

First of all, welcome to our newest wonderful reader: Susan! Susan just retired, lives in her 5th-wheel and is getting ready to travel full-time. She has a cute little dog named Angel to keep her company, and they were gearing up to head to the big Q. Unfortunately though, she just had a couple of mishaps and her travel plans have been delayed for a few weeks. You can read all about it on her blog. Our best wishes are with you Susan! You'll be on the road before you know it. Welcome!

I started my new j.o.b. yesterday as an admin at a concrete company. The hours will be far less than what I was working at the Chamber so I should have energy left over at the end of the day. I also won't have to work weekends anymore. Plus, I'll have benefits. Woohoo! All of which should free me up to write and work on my online businesses. Can you see my smile?

And just to clarify - the smile is because I'll have more time to pursue my dreams, not because I left the Chamber. I met more wonderful people in the short time I worked there than I have in probably the last decade. I said it many times and meant it: The Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce has the best members in the world! I was blessed to be a part of their lives for awhile. Oh what the heck, I'll just do a shameless plug here: Half-off any of my services to any Chamber member anywhere through the month of February. From me to you with heartfelt gratitude.


It turns out that at my new job I won't be able to do anything during lunch time (writing or business), which was a bit of a disappointment, but it's because I only get 30 minutes for lunch and everyone takes lunch at the same time in the break room. I suppose because it's a factory/industrial setting - not sure. I've never worked somewhere that does that every day, but I'm glad to join in and look forward to getting to know my new co-workers. Plus I get off at 4:30 - ahead of the bulk of the rush-hour traffic. Not bad!

I asked about taking an hour lunch just once or twice a month and was told that I could do that, but I would be docked for the time. There is no opportunity to make it up or anything. So, needless to say, I won't be doing that! Consequently, I will miss my respective monthly lunches with my high school girlfriend and my former pastor. I really looked forward to those 2 outings each month too so that's a BIG bummer. But, if that's the only major adjustment I have to make, then I'm pretty darn lucky.

I fell asleep last night at 8:00. Starting a new job is exhausting! I hope I don't ever have to do it again. Wouldn't that be a blessing? Anyway, fell asleep at 8P, then I woke up at midnight. Wide awake. Couldn't go back to sleep. But that's okay, I've been having a blast the last few hours - got some work done for a couple of my clients and got caught up on the blogs I follow. I'll probably pay for it this afternoon but I'm having such fun, it's worth it! :)

I've also been jammin' to some great tunes while working. I can do that because my roommate works nights - which is probably a good thing since I had to turn the music up really loud to drown out the snoring of my dogs! OMG! I had no idea they snore so loudly! I'm getting surround sound stereo and not in a good way! LOL.

Bentley and Nonni - Rockin' the House

Once I have permission from my clients, I'll show you some of my finished works. I also continue to make progress on A Pigeon Story and you'll get to see that next month. But for now, just know I'm working and writing. And I'm in heaven.

Take care everybody. Love and hugZ, D


  1. Thank you for the shout out. I'll find out more about my possible plans after I see the doctor today.

  2. Go Debra!

    I suppose you could change those luncheons to Saturdays or make dinners out of them.

    And every once in a while if you eat lunch at your desk you could sneak a little of your own work in. You'll figure it out :)

    I'm glad you like the job and can't wait to hear all about it next time we talk. Have a great day!

  3. @ Susan - You're welcome! Can't wait to hear how it went today. Will check your blog regularly for updates and am wishing you speedy recovery and slow travel. ;) HugZ!

  4. @ Maria - My friends can't make it on weekends but we've talked about making it a dinner every other month or something. Can't eat lunch at desk. The cafeteria 30-minute crowd thing seems to be mandatory. I'm glad I like the job too. :) Can't wait to catch up with you. HugZ 2u2!

  5. Good luck with the new job. Write , write, write!

  6. I'm glad that you are finding joy in what you are doing. It's a big part of what makes life worth living.. live the dream.

  7. @ Nomad - Welcome to my blog! My dream is probably different than many others'; am glad I finally have focus. Yes, much joy! :)

  8. And I'm in heaven. Don't come back. ;-)HugZ from Belgiem.

  9. @ Outsiplout - Ahhhhh! All giddy here.... My first international hug... there's that heavenly feeling again. Thanks buddy! :)