Go Hawks 

I am surrounded at work by Raiders and Ram fans!   

So of course I had to represent my Seahawks!

I put up this lovely streamer on my desk (not visible to clients).  If you peek between the monitors you’ll see the bright colors of the M&M dispenser.  The  blue, green and white are actually Seahawk logo’s printed on them. 

Now when my Raider fans stop by for treats I make them say “Go Hawks”.  

The shelf is also conviently out of my reach, even though it’s on my desk.

Yoga+Schedule+Prep+to much stuff

This became one of those blogs that I tried to cram to much into……kinda like the day in general!

We found a yoga studio this weekend.  It isn’t super close, but its closer than any others to our house.  That really is not to descriptive is it?  Well besides being a 30 minute drive on surface streets (the one closest to us), there are two others further away we can also go to.

This is nice on weekends if we want to go to the beach, but maybe hit yoga before or after.  It is also close to a couple friends that we used to meet in the middle in Anaheim on Sunday mornings for yoga.  So a slight possibility there as well as being closer to school.

Anyhow.  We went to yoga on both Sunday and Monday.  I really like the studio.  It is modern and still simple without being one of those studios where there is a single room, one restroom, no place to gather for the next class and classes are limited to before and after the “normal” work hours.  This place has classes all day, there are two studio’s so the classes stagger and are not to far apart.  Some of the mid day classes are even less expensive that the “normal” times.

My schedule is not normal and Lori’s is even further from normal than that.  I found out last Friday afternoon that someone was needed in Denver and my co-worker ended up with the short straw.  Mostly because he was the last one in an the last one to answer “no”.  That did mean that my schedule is later again this week.

I don’t mind the going in later….its the getting home later that messes with my schedule.  Today I wanted to go to the early morning Fit Body workout so I could go to a 9:15 yoga.  Except that didn’t happen.  After getting to bed about 2am, I was not interested it trying to get to the gym by 6:00.  So instead I went to my usual 9:00 a.m. Fit Body class.

I went home after class so I could see and talk to Lori for 10 minutes before she left for school.  We may actually “work” the same evening hours but with my changing schedule and her office hours and meetings during the week we are lucky to have one day like yesterday where we went to yoga and breakfast.  Usually its “Hi, how was your day yesterday, see you tomorrow”

Once she left for school today I went and washed my car.  It was covered in pitch from parking under the tree all weekend.  Then to Costco for a few items.  Then to get gas.  Once home I put away the Costco items and then made banana bread with some over ripe bananas we had.  Then cooked some chicken breasts to get us through the week.  Then made a big salad for the week as well.  Once all of that was done and everything cleaned up I got ready for work and still got to work thirty minutes before I needed to punch in….hence this long winded all over the place blog.

To wrap up:  Yoga good; food prepped for week; schedule off but making it work!  Long winded disjointed blog post done.

morning beach

Saturday morning we put our feet in the sand, in the ocean.  It was a great unwinding from the week and pre-wind up for the weekend.

I wish all of you could have walked in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.  It was divine and centering and oh so very needed.

Boston’s Blanket is done

When we got back from vacation this Summer I reached out to my dear friend Diane to find out when her grandson was due to arrive and what colors the parents (my God-son and his fiancé) were decorating the nursery in.

Well the galaxy/space was my general take on it so I went for something that would look like the night sky.  I also got some silvery white yarn to make stars out of.  In my head it worked out so much better than in real life.

Making big stars about an inch tall is easier to do.  But they were way too big for this blanket.  I made these stars much smaller, but they ended up looking more like flowers.  oops.

I wasn’t sure how many to put on as to not overwhelm the blanket and backed each one up with one on the opposite side so they match.

I sent this off in the mail today and included a note that they are more than welcome to snip them off if they don’t like them.  (Color is hard to capture in the photo)

Now I’m working on for Paola who is due in less than a month.  Gender unknown so I went with the pretty white=green=blue yarn.





“Labor Day”

Rather Labor Weekend for me.  I am on call this weekend.  Luckily I had a co-worker cover for me on Saturday and Sunday mornings, simply because we are busy.  This meant I got to start in the afternoon and only had to put in 8 and 10 hour days on Saturday and Sunday.  Today however I have been in the office for 12 hours already and these clients are not any closer to clearing to print.

After 1 year of being back here I am already wondering when exactly I will be laid off.  There are changes, radical changes happening.  The boss I came back for, her last day is December 1.  After twenty-five or thirty years.  Offices are closing, systems changing and moral low.  The common gossip that I try try try to stay out of is “when is it our turn.”

I am not as scared to loose the job this time.  Mostly because I survived last time and more importantly I have held other jobs since working here and I am very fortunate to have a great support system.

Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about “what” I would want to do.  A question I’ve never really been able to answer.  However I’m getting some clarity and although it is scary to think of this big of a change here are the two things I am looking at.

Getting a degree in nutritional science or nutrition and fitness.  Looks like this will take a couple years to accomplish so I would need to stay working somewhere while I worked on this.  It is also quite spendy but quite a few career paths to take it in.

The other thing is a yoga certificate.  That program is less expensive, takes less time and holds no assurance I would find a position that would support me.  It would be easier to find a part time gig and build from there.  The two certificates I’m looking at both take 3-6 months and include a two hour class nearly every day.  This would be easier to fit in to full time work.

Still looking into accreditations and costs.  Also finding a yoga studio to practice in as the proficiency needed to get into the program is higher then my current practice level.

Exciting thoughts…. but for now I have more work that just landed  (looks like another late night)


Habitual Creature

I am a creature of habit.  I usually work from 2:00 in the afternoon to 10:30 at night.  Now it varies a little on end of shift time if we are busy or in peak but generally I can count on leaving about 10:30 every night.

What this means is I am home about 11:30 pm (unless there is a traffic jam, which can and does happen in LA at that hour) and can be in bed by midnight.

I am generally up by 7:30-8:00 at the latest and have some time in the morning before heading out the door to my workout that starts at 9:00.

By the time I’m done with my workout I have enough time to go to the grocery store OR go out to breakfast with Lori OR wash my car and run other small errands.  I need to have my dinner made/packed and in the shower by noon so I can get out of the house by 12:45 or so to ensure I am clocked in and at my desk at 2:00.

However, my co-worker is on vacation part of last week and all of this week.  That means I don’t start work until 4:00 pm and get off work at 12:30 a.m.

Needless to say, I have not worked out all week (I did manage grocery shopping.)  I have not slept well or had enough sleep. I didn’t get home and in bed until 3:00 a.m. this morning, I was up at 6:00 a.m. when Lori was leaving for class to move my car into the driveway as it is street sweeping day and to say “see you tomorrow” to her.  Went back to bed and slept until noon.   NOON.

I actually do not know how I slept until noon.  I have never been a late sleeper, 8:00 a.m. is late for me even on weekends and all of my years on this and similar shifts.  I am a morning person and like having my “free” time before work.

I am on call all weekend (3-day weekend) and I already have two clients that will be running edits and probably clearing to print.  I am really hoping that by Tuesday I can get back to my lovely, boring, predictable, habitual routine.  Cause I’m getting cranky!

Wednesday Already!

The weekend was a whirlwind.  Kind of a repeat of the weekend before yet somehow more exhausting.

Saturday we were down to Irvine at the U-Haul place by 8:00 a.m.  Picked up the first of many Home Depot loads for the weekend.  This one included 30 bags of rock and 20 pavers along with some mulch.  They loaded the U-Haul with a forklift.  We got to out destination and unloaded all of the gear and proceeded to fill the U-Haul with the yard waste.

The previous week we filled the 15 footer with stuff from the yard and garage, we really thought a 10 footer would be enough this week.  We were holding a wall of green waste in with shelving panels while Lori tossed more over the top.  The only way it could have been any fuller is if we stood that truck on its nose and filled it from the top.

Once we dumped the stuffed truck of green waste we headed back to Home Depot and picked up part of the plants, weed block and other items.  We thought we would get some of the planting in on Saturday but there was just still so much clean up.

We managed to get the clean up nearly completed, weed block down on the two side yards and the pavers and mulch/rock laid.  This included another trip to Home Depot for 12 more bags of mulch.  By the time we left Saturday night we foolishly though Sunday would be mostly planting, a breeze with most of the plants already on site.

Sunday….Not a breeze.  There are established trees and bougainvillea (which were cut down to nothing so they could be wire trained) these have all been watered on a drip system which is a very shallow way to water so all of the roots stay near the surface.  This made a fabric or net like maze of roots we were trying to dig through to plant.  Along with the clay; seriously I think we could throw pots with it kind of clay.  We picked up gypsum and added it in to every hole we managed to dig and spread the rest on top to break down the clay.  It takes a while to work but should help overtime.

Sunday included a couple more trips for mulch, more mulch, potting soil and at the end of the very long day four pots plant in as there were no holes to be dug by the trees.

My fit bit had 20,000 steps on Saturday and a couple hundred shy of 25,000 on Sunday.  I have zero before picture of the back yard!  But here is the finished garden.