I have been debating whether or not I should do these “Week in the Life” type posts for a while now. I continue to have mixed emotions and wonder if our daily life is interesting enough for this, will anyone read it, and who actually cares what we do on the weekends, what we ate for dinner and what I wore to work.
But, when I was contemplating beginning this blog what kept pushing me was the constant reminder that I love these kinds of blogs. I enjoy seeing and reading about other peoples lives and what their day to day routines are. So, if I enjoy those types of posts then maybe others will too.
Also, a lot of our family members live out of state. So I think that this will be a good way to give those who don’t see us often a glimpse into our lives.
So here it is, real everyday life. You’re going to get a first hand look at all of the things and you’ll see that I’m not that organized, we’re not always that put together, and we sometimes have bad days. But you’ll also see that even though we forget it sometimes, we are happy. Even in the midst of this messy, crazy life.
Fair warning: This will be a lengthy post but keep in mind that it will cover the whole week from Monday June 25, 2018 to Sunday July 1, 2018.
Monday June 25, 2018
As you will have read in my post about becoming an early bird, I have been doing pretty well lately with getting up early. But, I have to admit that I am still not getting up as early as I could be and I still hit the snooze button most mornings.
On this Monday morning, I actually wasn’t particularly looking forward to going to work. The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy in our HR office and it has caused all six of us in the office to butt heads a little bit and be on edge. Also, because of said busyness I had fallen behind on some of my own tasks which just served to increase my dread.
So, I wasn’t at all surprised to walk into my office on Monday morning to this:
By lunch time I needed a little break so I spent some time scrolling through Instagram and came upon this adorable nursery idea:
And I also spent some time editing and posting new content on my Disney blog:
At 4pm I got in my car and headed home. Once there I cleaned our bathroom and wiped down the counters in our kitchen.
(This is one trick that I have learned recently that really works for me, I clean one part of the house each day. Typically the schedule is Mondays- toilet and counters in the bathroom and kitchen, Tuesdays- floors and vacuum in bedroom, Wednesdays- dust the living room, Thursdays- dust the bedroom, Fridays- clean the bathtub, on Thursdays Nick does the laundry and on Sundays we change the sheets on our bed.)
While I am cleaning I let the dogs eat their dinner and allow whatever I am making for dinner to begin to cook.
Nick usually gets home from work between 5:20 and 5:30pm. I try to have dinner pretty much ready by the time he gets home and finish it up while he is changing and settling in.
We always eat dinner together while we are catching up on our shows; right now we are going back and forth between Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, and Grey’s Anatomy. On this particular night we had Western Bacon Cheeseburgers and watched SOA.
Typically after dinner we will do the dishes and clean up the kitchen and then Nick takes the trash out.
Once dinner is over then what we do really just depends on the day and how we’re feeling.
On Monday I was still feeling stressed about work so all I wanted to do was relax on the couch. So we spent the rest of the night watching the Avengers before showering and going to bed.
Tuesday June 26, 2018
Tuesday was still a day for catching up on things at work but I felt much more productive and like I got a lot more accomplished then on Monday.
I am going to be getting my hair trimmed and colored on Saturday so I took this picture as a way to document my look now before the change and also because I am really loving the way my current color has grown out.
For dinner on Tuesday night we had a Caesar salad with garlic bread and watched Avengers: Age of Ultron and America’s Got Talent.
While relaxing on the couch watching said TV programs I also made the final decision to start this blog and began working on my first couple of posts.
Wednesday June 27, 2018
I started this morning with a little prayer time as my mom was going in for a procedure on her heart.
I then styled my hair, dressed and did my makeup while also working on a couple of future posts for this blog.
Yes, I take too many Snapchat pictures
Today was a much better day at work; everyone is still a little tense but I was able to get a lot done.
My work to-do list (please ignore my horrible handwriting)
I was even able to take some pictures of my office to share with you all.
I tend to suffer from the occasional panic attack if I get too stressed out or anxious so I have found that my days are easier if I find ways to relax myself while I’m at work. I do this in several ways such as keeping my to-do list, listening to my church’s worship songs or Disney music, and drinking tea. But, one of the best ways to ground myself that I have found is listening to podcasts. I usually listen to my friend Lou Mongello on WDW Radio. But, lately I have LOVED listening to the Happier podcast.
If you are looking for tips and tricks for being happier, more content, and more organized in your life then this is the podcast for you. I started listening from the first episode and am currently on episode eight and I absolutely love it.
Over the last few weeks I have developed the habit of going to the pool a few times a week after we eat dinner; some nights I swim laps, sometimes I walk laps in the pool, and some nights I just sit and write in my journal. I have found it to be a great addition to my routine as it gives a chance to be outside in nature and to allow the stress of the work day to fall away.
But in order to get to the pool I have to walk across a four lane street to get to the main building area and in order to do so I have to walk through this crosswalk where there is a button to press so that lights will flash and the oncoming cars will know to stop. But, every single time I hit the button, the light flashes, and the cars DON’T stop. And it makes me ridiculously mad! If I wasn’t paying attention and wasn’t aware of my surroundings I surely would have been hit by now.
There is no better way to relax at the end of the day then with an amazing soundtrack, my journal, the cool water of the pool and the beautiful sunset.
Thursday June 28, 2018
I have been working in Human Resources for my current company for a little more than four years and while some days
weeks months are stressful, I really do enjoy it.
I started off with the company in the hourly HR Representative position and worked in that position from April 2014 – August 2016. In that role I did a variety of tasks including greeting and assisting Team Members as they came into the office, sending New Hires out for drug tests and background checks, and conducting New Hire Processing.
In August 2017 I was promoted to the salaried Benefits Specialist position at a smaller property and then in November 2017 was promoted once more to the Benefits position at a larger property with a much larger Team Member base and a lot higher volume coming through the office.
Since I started with the company I adopted not only my To-Do List (which you saw above) but I have also adopted a set routine which I have stuck to for the majority of the last four years.
Every morning the first thing I do is check my emails (I typically have anywhere from 20-60 new emails each morning).
Then I will check the voicemails on my direct line and on my FMLA call-out line (typically 10-50 voicemails).
A big portion of my job is sending out correspondence to Team Member’s regarding a variety of subjects.
Since the office has been so busy lately I don’t get an actual lunch most days but I have also been trying to focus on eating healthier. Therefore, lately I have been trying to have either a salad or a smoothie for lunch.
Friday June 29, 2018
Today was another day for catching up on work; it seems like no matter how much I take off this pile it just continues to grow.
I have a great boss; this is the second property that I have worked at with her. She has spent the last 4 years teaching me, mentoring me and helping me grow; I have gotten both promotions partly because she has recommended me and vouched for me.
One of the things I love about her is that she doesn’t hesitate to show appreciation to her team. Over the years we have developed the sort of “tradition “ of her leaving her bank card on my desk with a note for all of us to order lunch. I’ll never forgot how crazy I thought she was the first time she handed me a $10 and told me to go to the movie theater in the building and get us all popcorn or when she would randomly came into the office closed the door and told everyone to stop what they were doing because she was taking us to the movies.
Today I came into my office to find her bank card and a note of what she wanted from In and Out.
After work I went and got my nails done before meeting Nick for dinner at Red Robin.
After dinner we walked around the mall and got BOGO Frappuccino’s for dessert.
I just can’t help looking through the baby section inside Kohl’s.
Then we headed home and made our grocery list for the week and ordered them online.
We have been using Walmart Pickup for the last month and a half and we absolutely love it. We buy our fruits and veggies from Sprouts but most everything else we get from Walmart. We have always shopped at Walmart but hated going inside and dealing with the chaos. This way is so much easier, we are able to still get everything we need, and we don’t have to go into the store because our groceries are brought right out to our car.
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