Tag: adulthood

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!

What a year 2018 was. Here’s hoping that 2019 is even better.

This year I hope to read more books and go on more adventures. I also am working toward living a life that is simplified and more meaningful. I have lived in the city for far to long. The life I have been living in the city isn’t too different from the life I lived in a small town. I prefer to cook at home to going out, and I don’t spend a lot of time shopping unless I need something.

So really, my goal for this year is to work on achieving my goals, by spending more time outdoors, renewing my passport, and working on simplifying my life.

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This is what I signed up for?

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This post is more so for me to look back on than anything else.

This season has been completely different from my experience last season. Different store, different team, different management.

Both seasons have been tough but in very different ways. Last season I was in over my head trying to get the hang of things in a very fast paced environment, having never done anything like it before. This season is more physically demanding as I am working more hours, and some longer days. My schedule changes from day to day and it has been hard to make plans outside of work. I realize that is how retail works this time of year, and I am rolling with those punches.

Yesterday we were asked to come in today, so of course I did. Then while we were working, we were asked if we would stay longer. Steph and I chose to stay. We went and picked up lunch at Panera Bread since there is one within walking distance from work. It was so good. We worked until 3 today. I can honestly say I am tired from an honest days work.

Yesterday the first box of my Barnes and Noble showed up. It contained: “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks, as well as “Cannery Row” and “The Grapes of Wrath” both by John Steinbeck. Today, “Of Mice and Men” also by John Steinbeck showed up, as well as my KnitPicks Order.

I am kinda ready to have some free time again so I can work on knitting and reading books. I have so many knitting projects to work on and books to read. I love reading, but haven’t been doing enough of it in recent weeks.

One of the things I have realized is that comparing this season and last season is like comparing Apples and Oranges. The only things that are the same are: the company I work for, my employee ID number, and my job title. Last season was predictable, this season is very go with the flow, get creative and your schedule is gonna change almost weekly if not sometimes daily.

Yes, this is what I signed up for even though I didn’t know it when I signed up for it back in September.

What is a Weekend?

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I am still here, and I do still exist.

I have just gotten to the point where I have hit a wall, and I can’t even anymore.

I feel like my days are pretty much: eat, sleep, work, shower, repeat.

We are in our final big holiday push at work, which is good. With 2 and a half weeks until Christmas, life and work has been full speed ahead.

The past few days after work, I have been trying to watch movies, I don’t always finish them that day. I have also been working on my knitting when I can. Every little bit counts. Yesterday I started watching “The King and I” with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. So far it’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical I don’t really care for.

Today, after work I did some shopping at work, as well as a couple of other errands. I got part of my Christmas shopping done. Before work, I also ordered some yarn, and some new books.

Going Hiking in the Rain

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Today was the first week day I have had off this month, where I wasn’t sick or wasn’t a holiday. I was actually able to get out for a bit and enjoy my day off. I have been yearning to go on a hike for about a week. I have missed hiking, so I went for a hike today (albeit a short hike).

I was able to find a break in the rain to fit in most of my hike. The rain started picking up again at the end of my hike.

It felt really good to get out and go for a hike, even though it was a short one since I haven’t been hiking in a few months. This summer was just too hot, and this autumn has been crazy busy.

If next week goes according to schedule (where I have another week day off), I want to get out and go for another hike. I will have to wait and see if that works out and materializes. I am trying to fit in hikes where I can, as my schedule (and therefore my life) has been hectic for the past two months, and only getting busier. Each time I look at my planner and see the days filled in with what is going on and has gone on, it is a bit overwhelming, which is why I take it one day and one week at a time. I just get through what I have to do each day and each week, and try to focus on the small chunks, as to not let it get too overwhelming.

I have also been slowly working on Christmas gifts for my friends and family. I am pretty much done with my mom’s gift, now just to do Everyone else.

I can’t even anymore

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This past week was a busy one. This past Thursday was Thanksgiving for those of us living in the USA.

For anyone living outside of the US and Canada, who don’t celebrate thanksgiving one way or another (as Canadian Thanksgiving is in October), Thanksgiving is a week day set aside where we are to be reminded of what we are thankful for and for families and friends to be together.

These days it seems like the true meaning and spirit of Thanksgiving has been lost on many fronts when retail stores are open on thanksgiving, because they want your money.

I do work in retail. For now the company I work for still closes for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I had Thanksgiving off. I did have to work on Black Friday. Being stock crew, we got to start work early, since we had a shop set to reset. I got off two hours after we opened.

I had done a little online shopping before I had left for work. 2 am (Pacific Time) is an amazing time to go Black Friday shopping online. It ensures your order processes, and that you get what you want, and the website won’t crash due to traffic volume.

For Thanksgiving, I spent time with my family and had helped my mom make Thanksgiving Dinner.

This weekend, I have been trying to relax as much as possible, as well as working on one of the knitting projects I have going.

Through this busy season of life, I have been trying to make time for having a life and things I enjoy, on the weekends and on my days off. It isn’t always easy, but during this season of hustle and bustle it needs to be done.

Trying to fit in having a life when I can (#workingretailduringtheholidays).

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Have I mentioned that life is crazy at the moment? I feel like basically all I do is eat, sleep, work, shower and do laundry. It’s pretty much all I am doing at the moment.

That being said, I am trying to squeeze in having a life. While it isn’t much, just doing something for myself, for my sanity and mental health. Whether it is going on a date, or going to my favorite bakery and picking up a couple cupcakes after work on a friday followed by walking along the street taking pictures of the murals on the sides of the buildings.

I used to work up in this area, several years ago, which is how I knew about all these murals. The area this is in is a designated “Arts District”.

I honestly love the urban artwork, and it makes me want to go explore other places with these murals on buildings.

This is the time of year when you have your people who believe that retail should be closed on Thanksgiving, and then those who don’t care and / or think it should. While the company I work for is closed on Thanksgiving, I am in the camp where I argue that retail stores can do whatever they want to do. When someone chooses to go into Retail / Food Service and Other Customer Service based jobs (among other industries), getting holidays off is not always going to happen. Giving up holidays is something one must be willing to accept if you go into these industries. For many, working holidays means much needed pay to try to make ends meet, and keep food on the table. For others it’s just the nature of the industry and where you are on the seniority ladder and the staffing needs for the day. If you don’t want to shop on Thanksgiving then don’t shop, If you don’t want to work on Thanksgiving then don’t get a job in an industry where you may have to, I respect others choices not to shop or work in an industry where the employees have to work on holidays. I also don’t want them forcing their choice on me, whether I (or others) want to work or shop on Thanksgiving (or any holiday for that matter). Is it nice to have a day off? Yes, it is. If I had to choose between a day off (aka losing a day’s pay) or working extra / normally scheduled hours and have a better paycheck, at this point in my life the paycheck is the choice I would make. There are other factors that go into why some people want to work on holidays, and they are well within their right to do so.

For Me, having time with family doesn’t and shouldn’t be dictated to me at the cost of losing pay, when I can make time for family on my regularly scheduled days off and other times of the year when work is not in the peak season. I don’t a specific date on the calendar to show my friends and family I care about them. Sometimes the random, spur of the moment, spontaneous acts of kindness are the best.

This Season, I have really learned how to be able to laugh off certain situations and get on with it, since stressing out or letting it get to you, only hurts you and has a more negative effect on your mental and physical health. I am not saying you should laugh everything off, since there are more serious issues that need to be dealt with head on. It’s more of the minor stuff, like a mess was made or you forgot to do something that didn’t have serious consequences that you could correct easily or do better the next time, or something happened and it is what it is, and being able to find the humor in the situation.

The Holiday Rush is Starting.

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The last few weeks have been crazy busy.

This week, I have been sick for most of the week. So I have been pushing through being sick and working as many hours as I am offered.

I picked up an extra shift at a different store last night, since they needed extra help. This was the third store I have worked a shift at this season. I still love my home store, yet I also enjoy working shifts at different stores, and working with their crews.

While I am not a morning person, my normal shifts at work are ideal, I start early, and got off as the store opens.

This time of year is the craziest time of year when you work retail. It seems like my life is basically all eating, sleeping, and working. Trying to have a life as well can be a challenge, but I am trying. I managed to fit in a date yesterday before having to go to work. We had met up for coffee.

We had met up at a coffee shop I am familiar with, from when I worked in the area. It has kind of a old hunting lodge type theme to its decor, which is one of the things I liked about it. It is also very Portland.

The tea I had ordered, showed up while I was at work yesterday. Stash Tea, is my standby for tea. Even though Stash is local, one of the things I like about ordering it online is that there are 10 more tea bags per box. The more you buy of a particular kind (like English Breakfast Tea), the price per teabag goes down.

It is catching up with me

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This week has been pretty busy. I worked some extra hours this week. The week before last was the craziest.

With the exception of the 40 hour week I worked a couple weeks ago, this week was wore me out. I took an hour long nap yesterday and took a two hour nap today, which is crazy. I was just thinking back to last year when I had worked the same number of hours / days, and yeah, I was this tired. I can handle two days in a row of my job just fine. Three or more in a row is what gets me.

I also feel like I have been constantly hungry too, and that all I really want all day is to be eating food.

Part of why I have been trying to take naps, as well as drink more water is because I don’t want to get sick. Not getting enough sleep, and letting yourself get so run down is a recipe for getting sick. Getting up between 3:15 and 4:15 am each day has been a bit touch since I am not a morning person. At the same time it has been nice to be off of work before noon.

Today has been rainy, cool and grey. It made taking a nap so much easier and better. It is easier to sleep during the day when it’s like it has been today. When it is sunny, it is harder to sleep because it is bright. There is something about the darker days that tricks your brain to make falling asleep easier.

Family Beach Day

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Last week flew by, this weekend was good, and other than an early start to my morning today went good.

Yesterday, my family and I went to the beach. We headed out to the north coast, Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach (and the small towns in between). Cannon Beach and Seaside are my least favorite coastal towns, as they have lost their small coastal town vibes that I like, and that many beach towns here in Oregon still have. There is this bakery in Cannon Beach that has been around since the 1930’s. We stopped in, and I was surprised that they had a raisin spice muffin that was dairy free. A lot of bakeries like that don’t have dairy free options. It was nice that I could get a treat too. While I am an adult, and have been dairy free for the better part of 7 years, it does suck sometimes when everyone else can enjoy a treat and I have to abstain. In between wandering around Cannon Beach for a bit and coming back to Cannon Beach for dinner, we went down to Rockaway to go for a walk on the beach.

While it was nice in Cannon Beach, it was foggy in Rockaway.

We had walked to the jetty before turning around.

We had gone back to Cannon Beach for dinner, and tried someplace new. They had several items that could be made vegan, which is a go to for me, to make sure it is dairy free. Normally I do eat meat.

We got back to town in enough time for me to shower and go to bed since I had to be up early (3:15 am kind of early) for work.

After we got home, I realized I had gotten a little sunburned, which was crazy, since it is autumn, where we were actually walking on the beach was foggy, and I had applied SPF 70 sunblock before leaving home.

My morning at work went well. I am not a morning person, but once I am up and going (granted I get enough sleep), I actually like the schedule I have. I still sleep at night when it is day, and awake during the day. I also still have my late morning and afternoons free. That is a plus.

The craziest schedule

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Today is Thursday, right?

This week has been crazy. My work schedule has been all over the place, which means my sleeping schedule has been all over the place.

Monday was great since I had gotten off early enough in the morning that it was still dark when I went to bed, and was a cold, grey, dark kind of day which was great for sleeping. Tuesday, I also got off early enough that I could fall asleep before the sun came up.

Yesterday, was the craziest day of them all. I had started at 1:30 am, got off at 10 am, and then went and saw my mom before I came home. By the time I got home and showered, and went to bed it was after noon. Yesterday was sunny, and even if I had gone straight home it was daylight so going to bed about 11 or after noon didn’t make much difference. I slept a few hours and then had to be at work again at 9:30 last night. That was the craziest, the quick turnaround between the two shifts.

That brings me up to right now, Thursday afternoon, about four and having just woken up for the day after going to bed this morning.

So here I am, still exhausted, ready for this week to be over, yet still having one shift to go before that happens. Fortunately I will have had roughly 20 hours between when my last shift ended and the next one actually starts when all is said and done instead of 11.5 hours and starting my next shift the same day I got off the last night one.

Tomorrow is gonna be good. It’s payday and then it is also the weekend. For now though I need to do some laundry, make some tea and get some food before getting some more sleep before I go back to work.