September

September has turned out to be a very busy, very interesting month to say the least. A lot has been going on and a lot has happened, and I’ve been doing a bit of adjusting.

The biggest thing that has happened is I finally made the decision to speak to my doctor about medication for my depression. My doctor was very receptive and listened to my concerns and asked appropriate questions. He agreed that medication was a reasonable option, and I walked out of my appointment with a prescription he felt would be a good fit for me. I started the medication that very day and haven’t looked back. I started noticing improvements around the four-week mark, just as my doctor said I should. Here I am almost 6 weeks later, doing better and feeling better than I’ve felt in a very long time…

…Aside from my stupid foot! Earlier in the summer I did something to my foot and initially it was no big deal, but it progressively got worse (mostly because I kept walking and didn’t rest it; my fault, I know). Earlier this month I finally started taking it easy and lo and behold! It started feeling better! Then, just shy of two weeks ago, I had to run to catch a bus to make it to an appointment on time. As I was running (of course I was wearing flip flops), I felt a horrible twinge in that very same foot and it starting hurting again just as much, if not worse than before. I felt like I just couldn’t win! So, as it turns out I strained my foot. Bye bye flip flops for the rest of the season! It has been less than a week wearing my cute and comfy polka dot shoes and my foot is already feeling better. it is amazing how a minor change can manage that! Anyway, foot is officially on the mend and I will be walking 10,000 steps a day again in no time. That makes me very happy.

Unlike the close call I’ve had with Tobi this month! My poor sweet fat cat has had a rough go. Tobi started acting a bit unlike herself, agitated and such. She was also a lot less snuggly, but she was eating and drinking fine so I just kept an eye on her. THEN she had a couple accidents. It was time to go to the dreaded vet, as she NEVER does her business outside of her box, nor does she leave it uncovered. I knew something was up and had a pretty solid idea of what it was. It’s not a new issue for her. She needed or bum squeezed again (a.k.a. her anal glands expressed). Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like and it is exactly as gross, but it helps my baby. She went in two Saturdays ago, and I am SO thankful I talked a friend into coming with me. The tears started flowing as soon as I heard her start to cry. It had to have been painful. THEN the veterinarian came out and told me that when she expressed them, one of Tobi’s glands was about to rupture it was so full. It was a super close call. The vet put her on antibiotics to prevent infection, and a new food to help with the root of the issue. I felt so bad for her. It was a lot to go through. The good news is a week and a half later, she is back to her old self and is more snuggly and active than ever! I am hoping for no more close calls with her. I’ve had 8 great years with her and I want a MINIMUM of 8 more!

In other news, I started a bullet journal earlier this month and I freaking love it. Not only is it helping me keep better track of appointments and events, it is helping me to keep track of daily tasks, habits, and the nice little things that happen in a day that we often forget. It is also allowing me to get creative with decorating it! October is almost upon us, and I will be making a few tweaks for October that will hopefully help keep my reboot on track. It’s a small thing, but it has created a huge positive change for me. I like positive change.

I also started my second course for my CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation. Let me tell you, this one just dove right in! There is a ton of material being covered, and I already have my hands full. I am pretty sure I will have to put in a lot more effort than I did for the last one. That’s okay though. It’s nice to sort of have that feeling of being in school and learning again. Especially that learning part…Even if it is the driest subject matter know to man… I kid, I kid. Or do I?

And guess what?! My new computer is close at hand! I had a small setback in timeframe due to Tobi’s impromptu almost emergency trip to the vet, but things are back on track again and I dont have to wait too much longer before I have the money available – probably only a month or so. It will be VERY exciting to have a computer I can play games on and use Photoshop and Office without it freezing on me every little while. Don’t get me wrong, my MacBook has served me well these past several years, but it has done its time. I am ready for a change (and a computer I can play World of Warcraft on again)!

Along with the resurrection of weekend MTG nights with Steph and reading more than I have in a long time, and weekly Alice visits, I have managed to keep incredibly busy. Super awesome nerd-friend-coworker is doing the CIP class with me, and I think it’s going to really help with motivation and keeping up my studies for this term’s class. Some apple-y goodness may also be in the near future now that autumn has arrived, and probably a trip to Sparta too. In all reality though, I am looking forward to the fall wind-down and some cozy nights in. I want to get back into blogging more regularly and I think that just might be the time to do it.

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Busy Busy Busy

I’ve had two great blog posts in the works for the past few weeks, but I just haven’t had a chance to put the time into them to really make them great. I’ve really been putting a lot into my posts recently and I’m really proud of them. I don’t want to publish something I don’t think is worthwhile. 

Anyway, to the reason WHY I haven’t had a chance to put the time into those posts I’d like to: homework! I am currently taking a class that is work-related, working toward my CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional) designation. While I’ve taken free online courses over the last couple of years, this course is the first course to come close to my single class workload from when I was in university! I have a three-hour virtual class to attend every week, two assignments to complete over the time I am in the course, I have to write a midterm and a final exam as well. Not only that, but my anal-retentiveness over having perfect notes still stands. I submitted my first assignment last weekend and received a perfect grade on it, and that has helped me get back into the saddle with studying. When my course began three weeks ago, I had no idea how things would go as I hadn’t been in a proper class setting for almost seven years! I’ve been stressed about it, but I’m ready to take this class by the horns now. My next assignment is due in a week and a half and I write my midterm at the beginning of June. The tricky part seems to be balancing working full time with the course load as well as still having a life. Tricky, but doable with effort. I debated taking two classes this term, but I am SO glad I didn’t. 

I guess, in essence, what I am saying is if I’m not working on homework for this course, I’m trying to relax a little bit with what little free time I have, or I am sleeping! Since this class started, I’ve taken two days off from it. I’ve done work on it every day aside from those two. I’m hoping over the next week I can put some more work into at least one of the posts I’ve been working on. I’m so excited for you all to see these blog posts I’ve had up my sleeve. 

Tobi has been a huge help with all the school work. I just thought I’d add…

Kicking Ass (and Taking Names?)

Today’s Prompt (April 3, 2016): Conversely, write about something that’s kicking ass right now.

I have a hard time acknowledging things I “kick ass” at, so this is going to be short and sweet and at least a little bit difficult. I’m obviously not kicking ass at taking care of my health, and I’m still getting things together financially. I guess I can say I am kicking ass with the Tobi love, as my cat and I are closer than ever. We are a pretty great package together and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And work is going well. I can’t say I’m necessarily kicking ass, but I’m enjoying it and I think I am doing really well. I’m learning a lot, and as of next week I am starting courses to earn an insurance designation (CIP or Chartered Insurance Professional). I know, blah blah blah insurance companies are crooks blah blah blah… but insurance is necessary, and this company knows how to treat their employees right. I’m happy there, and I think it shows in how things are going.

Interview update and Another Hobby

I just realized that I had mentioned that I had an interview last Thursday and then didn’t post any updates about it. Let’s just say once the interview was about half over I knew the job wasn’t for me. I definitely do not want to be doing commission sales door-t0-door! That’s just not for me. Unfortunately, it resulted in the trip to go to the interview being a bit of a waste of time in that regard. However, I am still optimistic. In fact, I applied for yet another job today that I think will be a great fit for me. All I can do now is hope that I get a call for an interview. It feels good to be feeling the optimism coming back again. I was in quite a rut for awhile after the rejection from what I thought was THE job back in January. Back on track again though!

The weather around home has been gorgeous this week and Spring fever has started to set in quite early! With this Spring fever, the ambition to take up a new hobby has also come about. I have decided this year that I will try my hand at a balcony garden. The plan is to try some herbs…a tomato plant, and maybe even some edible flowers. I am getting pretty excited about the whole thing and the actual planning has commenced.

Plans

I have even picked out where on my balcony it will be and this has gotten me even more pumped to get started. Now, I have to determine how much sunlight my balcony actually gets in a day. That should be fun.

Garden corner

I think it is going to be so worth it: fresh herbs and tomotoes…not to mention some fantastic colour to add to salads! I figure I will post about the balcony garden as well as my cross-stitching just to keep things exciting around here. Ahh Spring! I can’t wait!

Things Just Might Be Turning Around…

Monday has returned and what a Monday it has been!

I started a new employment workshop today working on Interview Skills. I think this one will be especially useful now as well as in the future. I am travelling across the city again for this one, but hey, why not right? If chances are it could help me get a job, it’s worth it.

I say what a Monday it has been mainly because I have an interview on Thursday 🙂 I received the e-mail inviting me for the interview just as the workshop was wrapping up today. Thursday morning at 11:30am. It is for a “manager trainee” position with a company that sells supplemental insurance. Supplemental insurance being insurance of the disability, life, accident, and health natures. The interview is in another nearby city, but the actual position is in the same town my mom currently lives in, so if I get the position, it will definitely be manageable. Here’s hoping it works out! I am definitely feeling like I am on the upswing again, after dealing with a rough couple weeks emotionally after the last rejection. Feeling good today if a little exhausted 🙂

On another note, I had another finish today. I finished A Song of Ice and Fire 2.0. This one being the bookmark for myself. I am very happy with the end result and am very excited to finally have a proper bookmark to use.

A Song of Ice and Fire bookmark 2.0 (a.k.a mine!!!)

And, I am already using it! DAY MADE 🙂

Bookmark in use

A very positive Monday all-in-all. Much more positive than I had expected it to be even considering the snowstorm the buses I ride home were slipping and sliding and fishtailing through. Glad I made it home safely and didn’t end up getting stuck somewhere! Something to laugh about soon I am sure 🙂