Sometimes when you write a blog for so long, you get to feel pressure from your own expectations. But before I go crazy and think that this is more than what it is (a way for me to share my thoughts and experiences with whoever is listening), it’s important to set the clock back to zero and remember this is just a blog.
I use the term “just” loosely, because this blog is very important to me.
All that is just to excuse this personal post in which I say hello and give a random update. This probably won’t involve a life lesson, or a special quote that is meaningful, or a delicious recipe that includes a photo of my mom. It’s just a quick fire update by popular category:
The new job is still going well, though I can no longer deny the fact that it has very much affected my Facebook and Twitter use, and, (oh no) my blogging schedule. While doing what you love for a living may not make you hate it, it turns out it does make you do it less for yourself.
I hope to counter this by carving out more time for me during the week. In the summer, JHubbs and I like to get up at 5am for random time to ourselves for things like reading the news, drawing, and general “being awake before work” time. I plan to put that to good use as soon as I can get to bed on time.
With this new job has also come a lot of stress. Some of this will get better over time as we work on project plans and clear deadlines, but some of it is simply unavoidable at a start-up. So, what to do? I’d love your comments in the section below!
We’re taking a short break from baby step two as we fill the emergency fund back up. We didn’t budget for JHubb’s birthday, or a recent business expense, or a surprise flea party on Miss Kyle. Life gets in the way! But like most things in life, making do until you can get back to the plan is the important part.
Most importantly, JHubbs got a summer job! I am so proud of him for being willing to make this sacrifice (but don’t be worried, he has plenty of time off, too). He’s working part-time a few days per week at my new job in a different department. Let the mid-day lunch-having commence!
Fortunately, there’s a lot in it for him, too. He’s getting some great resume experience and a few qualifications that will hopefully help him transition out of teaching. As this is his first experience in a professional environment, it’s been really funny to hear him talk about what I used to talk about — the feeling of being free to relax with a coffee at your desk, go to the bathroom, etc, that you don’t get as a teacher. Also: air conditioning, a lunch break, and not getting cussed at by 16 yr-olds.
Love & Family
Happy Birthday, JHubbs! Tonight we’re heading North to have dinner with my parents, followed by JHubb’s super awesome surprise present!
Things in our small family have been good. There was some transitional miscommunications as JHubbs finished the school year and transitioned into summer. We (once again) talked about (and stressed about) about the coming year and what our hopes are, but the rocky stuff is past us for now. The things we’ve been focusing on include selling our stuff on Craigslist, cleaning and organizing, and having enough food around so that there are no food emergencies. Those things are much harder than they seem, at least for us!
After a very strong month or two, I have been eating a mismatch of Paleo, Paleo AIP, and Paleo + Rice (on weekends), for about two weeks. While I still feel better than “before Paleo”, I’ve recommitted to Paleo AIP today.
As for whether the diet has been any help at all, I now know for sure that I have a crazy reaction to rice and cow’s milk, and I suspect the same thing for tomatoes. This time around, I intend to carefully watch tomatoes, coffee, and eggs on the reintroduction. I also intend to make the final move in avoiding guar gum and xanthan gum, both gut irritants derived from beans that are in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g….
Paleo AIP hasn’t really gotten any easier, but I do feel more confident now. I have seen better results with my doctor, I have a few tricks in my pocket to help me make it through the emotional side of thing, and I’m also used to family, friends, and being in public on a crazy-restricted diet. One small victory that I need to shout from the rooftops is having been 100% clean gluten-free for 3 months now. Compared to the other stuff I’m avoiding, that’s been the easiest part!
Blogging & Design
In the midst of not blogging or tweeting enough, I spent 4 hours on a site redesign this weekend only to go back to a modified version of the same site I had before. Obviously, I need to prioritize my time better, but I guess it was what I needed to do at the time. I pulled apart what was there to see if I could make it better and I ended up liking the original more than anything else.
My Photoshop skills are improving every day, and once I set up a schedule to rock out to this little number, I may very well be unstoppable. I plan to put all those skills into the Life After Teaching site because once I redid the site I stopped making sales. Internet, you are so tricky!
Inspiration & Insight
The theme of the past few weeks has been priorities. When you’re tired, stressed, and a little sad, just forget about the dishes. Sometimes you just need to hang out with your family and truly do nothing but eat and laugh. What’s that you say? Other people already know that? Okay, well, now I do, too.