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Thread: My Life- Thoughts and Happenings

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    Sounds too stressful for me. Phew . God Bless you.

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    Originally Posted by ~Seraphim ~
    Sounds too stressful for me. Phew . God Bless you.
    It has been the worst year this year on several levels. Starting in the fall with the contracted worker fiasco. Then a colleague was diagnosed with ALS and will be retiring at the end if the year. Then continued fiasco with the contract worker. And less related to me, a colleague quit and they hired a temporary person that was a disaster! (Mentally abusive with kids). So admin had to fire her and find a temp replacrment on the fly.

    Then my amazing, wonderful boss gave her notice - not from anything bad, but because an opportunity for her dream job came up. (Glad for her, so sad for us). Then the big boss started dictating how I do my job - or rather, she had an office person do that. It was so disrespectful to me as a professional, and the professionals I deal with. In the midst of that my dad died, so I couldn't deal with that situation.

    Then another coworker gave notice. People say because of money, but I think the interfering office staff person started dictating how that person should do his job. And she is in tight with the big boss. But- she is not my supervisor or anyone we elses. So the other guy quit, without even lining up another job. And I felt like quitting, but chose to stay because of my sweet students that need me.

    So now they had hiring committees for 4 positions. I think they have all of the positions filled. I hope and pray they are good and effective coworkers. And normal.

    So yes, this year has been horrific but I am looking forward to a much better year next year.

    Aside from this year, I have loved my job.

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    So wonderful to be with my siblings. We talked so much about my dad tonight - stories about his childhood and family history.

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    Just got back from my niece's wedding in Las Vegas. It was great to see my sons and my siblings and even my cousins came from the East coast.

    My niece has always been creative, and her ceremony was a further indication of that. It was a civil ceremony in which they had the maid of honor read the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling on civil marriage. The best man read something from Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

    I like her husband and they seem to be a great match. Her new mother in law is hilarious and a character!

    Staying at a big casino hotel was not conducive for family time. It was too noisy and over stimulating and our hotel rooms were on different floors. Internet and phone service was spotty due to my lousy carrier and old phone, so texts often didn't go through until way after the fact.

    Strangely I would randomly run into family members. Or I would walk right by them and not notice, only to have them tap me on the shoulder (yep, I walked by my own son and didn't notice).

    My older son brought his girlfriend who is really nice, bright, and personable. They have been seeing each other since last fall. He lives in California so I don't see him very often.

    We all grieved my dad - and felt bad my mom couldn't come (there was no way, with her dementia).

    The weather was great - cooler than normal for Vegas this time of year, but nice and warm and sunny. Now I'm chilled at home in Oregon because it is cloudy and cool with rain expected.

    My younger son took an extra day off of university to fly out with me. He is getting serious about his music, and played a song for me that he wrote - and it was good! (I'm ashamed to say that I was surprised...)

    Now I'm home and I have a lot of cleaning, laundry, food prep, and other things to do to get ready for the week.

    My cat is happy I'm home, and I am happy there were no dead mice/birds/rats brought into the house when I was gone.

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    Yesterday morning there was a baby deer separated from its momma in the back field of my work. The momma was on the other side of the fence. My coworkers corralled the baby and caught it and put it on the other side of the fence. It was really little - likely very young.

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    Oh good! Poor guy.

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    Went and picked strawberries today. They are very yummy! I had picked some last week too, but then took some to a potluck. So I went for more. I now have some in the freezer and some fresh for now.

    Wasn't sure if they would be okay, because we had a killer-hot couple of days last week - 99 degrees F.

    I was so sapped by the week and the heat that I actually went to bed at 8:45 last night. A few more days of work next week and then I'm on a vacation break. I am so ready!

    But - I am looking toward new beginnings. My boss will be leaving next week (so sad - she was great) and new one starts next week. One colleague retired - was diagnosed with a degenerative disease and wants to spend time with family. Another colleague quit. And another one was transfered elsewhere (she was a cobtracted employee from elsewhete and was a disaster!!). So a lot of hiring has been happening. I truly hope it all comes together!

    Younger son is home for summer break, but he chose to go to his dad's. I told him he needs to spend half the summer with me, too. So he will move over to my place halfway through.

    That will give me time to work on my house and yard a bit.

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    I'm on a vacation break. I was so exhausted from the terrible work year that I was really looking forward to a break. Sorely needed!

    But. I have so much to do - delayed yard maintenance, delayed house maintenance, delayed housework, for that matter.

    The yard work - I have blackberry vines that are overtaking my yard and I decided to have professionals take it out. I just can't keep up with it.

    For some reason I have avoided calling anyone for a bid. I had 3 people bid on the job last year, but all 3 felt it was more than they could handle. So I need to call the pros. And it will cost me bucks.

    I just have to take the plunge and do what I need to do.

    I've slept so much this week, and honestly instead of enjoying my time off I have felt depressed and unmotivated.

    I think part of it is the fact that I'm now an empty nester. Older son moved out of state and younger son is with his dad for half the summer. They used to help me out with some of those projects.

    I do have lots of friends and I do keep busy with hiking and other activities.

    I just... have been lethargic and unmotivated.

    I did make a list today and at least I cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed, and cleaned and took care of some peaches and nectarines I needed to prepare. So maybe that's a start.

    It is just weird to feel such a slump when I'm on a break. I guess that's because I put so much heart and soul into my work. But I need to get some home stuff done!

    I'm glad I did at least a little bit today.

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    Enjoy some down time too!!!

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    Originally Posted by ~Seraphim ~
    Enjoy some down time too!!!
    I will, Sera, I will.
    Part of the problem was that I couldn't get out of bed or off the couch. So that meant not even doing fun stuff.

    I'll get through it.
    I had taken antidepressants for a few years and it didn't seem to make a difference at all. Except then I started to have memory issues (probably a combination of that med and the hormone blocker cancer med I was taking). So I stopped both meds after a discussion with my oncologist.

    My fun things, upcoming: a pub crawl on a pedal powered bar vehicle. A hike to some waterfalls. Camping at the coast. A murder mystery dinner. So yeah, I can do fun. Just struggling with self care and home responsibilities.

    I think, ultimately, I'm missing having a life partner to share the fun, the mundane, and the burdens. So when I have time off it is very apparent.


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