Just over 4 months on the new job and I’m moving up to a front end supervisor (shift manager) position!!! I’m so excited I couldn’t wait to share!! I absolutely love this place, the people and company both. 💜💜💜
One step in fixing me is working on my diet. I thought returning to work would help me with this, but it ended up making things worse. Instead of buying more veggies and better quality food for home cooked meals we ran in a whole other direction, restaurants and fast food. Between multiple closing shifts a week and a sore Achilles tendon after long shifts I had little desire to cook. Until last week.
Last week I came across an ad for Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service full of foods I already eat, but in healthier combination with more natural ingredients and more adult flavors. Tonight I cooked our first meal, Spaghetti with ragu. Delicious!!
Ok I may have altered the recipe just a tad, but I only added to the flavor. Steam peeled tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, onion, ground beef, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper were all included in a package with spaghetti noodles of choose. I chose to add Johnny’s seasoning salt, powdered garlic, and 2 bay leaves because, hey, it’s spaghetti and I needed a touch more flavor. They also include a small bottle of Colavita Pepperolio which adds spice (heat) to the sauce and had earned a permanent place in my pantry. All of this combined with grated parmesan (surprisingly not included) have changed the way I will make spaghetti in the future. Bye bye sugary packaged sauces.
My biggest concern when I received my order was portion sizes. After tonight’s meal I don’t think portion sizes will be a problem. As you can see in the picture above, one serving (I order a 2 serving meal which feeds 2) is more than enough, I didn’t even take half of the sauce! If all of their meals are like tonight’s then I’m hooked!
Unfortunately my son was away for the weekend so I won’t know his thoughts on tonight’s mall until I cook it again, but I have a feeling he too will be hooked.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, the job is going great! I’m about 3 months in and am already working as cashier and now the customer service desk (returns, returns, returns). I am also a go to when it comes to those shady customers trying to scam us for gift cards, I love to make their transactions difficult 🙂
Things are going well and I’m ready enjoying having money to spend, maybe a little too much. I’ve splurged a bit each check. New patio table, pictures for the house, clothes, even a kitchen garbage can…it feels great. I’ve even managed to put money away for car repairs and vacation, but what makes me feel the best is sending money with my son when he’s out with friends.
The only thing that bugs me is that my son is home so many nights alone. He’s been spending time at his aunts and friends and it makes me feel bad that he’s having to rely on them for homeless dinner and company. I need to figure out a better meal plan and adjust my availability after my probationary period is over. I know he’s ok but when you’ve had a depressed kiddo you can’t stop being concerned with their mental state. Ah I feel another post in the making.
All in all things are going well.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
We celebrated our mother-son bond last night with delicious restaurant Mexican food and a movie, Fate of the Furious. Such a wonderful time. My son bough me a Cinnamon Roll scented candle and I bought myself a picture for the living room and a smaller round folding tale for the patio so we can play cards on it this summer. It feels so good to have money again, a place to be where I’m helping others, and a son that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I also spoke with my mom and will celebrate her next month with a visit, God willing.
When I applied as a cashier I did so because I need a job where I stay busy, it’s something I know I can do, it’s an easier job to get, and I need the money. When the retailer I accepted the job with made me an offer I was ecstatic, I absolutely loved working for them ages ago and the pay is better than other retailers. Looking back so many other good things have happened since accepting the job, none of which I expected.
One of the most exciting side effects of my first week cashiering is I’ve lost weight!!! I don’t know how much, but I can see a difference. I didn’t realize how sedimentary my life had gotten, but between walking to the bus and standing on my feet hour after hour, reaching left and right, bending, squatting, and lifting I and submitting up! The first few days of work I came home extremely sore from using muscles I wasn’t used to using for long, apparently during my exhaustion my muscles kept burning fat. Yay muscles!
The down side to cashiering is that my Achilles tendinitis is killing me each night. I’m trying to limit my ibuprofen intake to 2 every other night and hot baths each morning and so far it’s going ok. Had I worked more than 4 hours both Monday and Tuesday I don’t think I could have made it though, my legs needed a break. Good news though, I was able to walk to the store today without any issues or pain 🙂
Years ago I worked for this retailer a few months while pregnant. I was a cashier, sales associate, and fitting room attendant (not able to do much at the end of my pregnancy), all of which I enjoyed. Well, times change and I’m happy being a cashier. I know I can cross train into other positions and possible pull in more hours that way, but I’m good for now, the sales floor just doesn’t sound appealing right now. Aside from being slower, more boring in ways, sales rep would require me walking, squatting, stretching, and lifting to put things away or get them down and with my Achilles already suffering just standing I don’t want to push it any further. I know, first payday I will be investing in shoe inserts, praying they help a ton.
Another surprise I discovered is how natural I am at selling things (upselling, promoting). Credit cards, discount programs, promotional items…I have a knack for mentioning it then casually overcoming objections without offending or irritating people. I do tend to use humor at times to cushion things, but all in all, where they sign on or not I send them home thinking about it. Lol one of my favorite lines is “why wouldn’t you want to save?” or “may I ask why not?” Of course I don’t use these on everyone, timing and reading the situation ate a must, but these are effective on the right people. I do try to watch what I say, I’m a former 3rd party collector and sometimes I feel old tactics creep up (examples above are bordering this line) which is why I prefer humor. I’m not proud of the things I’ve said as a collector even though it got results, it’s the reason I left that job.
So after a week I am happy. Do I think I will go full time or do this for life? No, but I don’t see me leaving even if I chose to go back into the medical field. Weekends are my favorite, Thursday-Sunday, so those are always an option if I find another career.
Woohoo! I successfully completed my first week at work and did great!! Not only that but I survived my first weekend and the super slow Monday and Tuesday following. God Monday and Tuesday’s dragged, ok well, Monday for sure. Today fluctuated, but honestly I had reached my work limit and did not try as hard as normal. Regardless, I still managed to smile and do my job (aside from pushing our promotional items much), but my eyes kept drifting to the clock. I’m off the next couple of days and couldn’t be more grateful.
Special moments, I don’t get many of these with my son now that he’s going on 16, so when I do they stand out and fill my heart. Tonight I came home from work extremely sore due to my Achilles tendinitis, my son had done everything I had asked of him. From the dishes to mopping I had very little left to do and most of that could wait. I started cooking dinner, our homemade and far better version of Cheeseburger Mac, when my son appears and takes over browning and seasoning the beef. He had me assist some but for the most part it was him cooking dinner. It felt heavenly to be able to sit and relax a bit and it’s a relief seeing him work so hard to show support of me going back to work, a move that benefits him greatly. 🙂 Since I started back working my son has truly transformed into a supportive young man and as I sit here I’m tearing up from the joy and pure love I feel. I love him so much. Thank you Lord.
Busy, just the way I like work to be; what a great Saturday. Today was different, it tries to start off badly but I didn’t let it. I had to jog to the bus stop so I was there early just in case, but the bus never showed up. I waited 15 min after due then walked to the transit center and managed to catch another bus which got me to work with 5 mins to spare. Whew.
Hair wind blown and matted down from the humidity and my hood l, I want feeling the prettiest, thank God I applied mascara on the bus. A young girl made my day today, she kept looking at my eyes and told me I’m beautiful. For a split second I caught myself questioning her sincerity, but let it go as she seemed really inherited by my eyes. Tis made me smile 🙂
But seriously, what is wrong with me that the first thing that came to mind is “it’s probably make someone feel good month at her school.” Am I really that damaged? I know I’m cute, but I’m somewhat self conscious of my face due to my weight. There was an instance about 10 years ago now, when I was still skinny-ish, effete I was waiting by the restroom my son was in and some older teen boys walked by smiling in my face and acting like they were attracted, talking like they wanted to know me then when they walked off said psych and called me a dog and stayed barking. The crazy part is it was simply because my face had broken out a bit and I didn’t try to cover it 😦 no other reason, I was looking good otherwise. And yet, I have never forgotten that moment. Sometimes people just suck and no matter how confident you are in yourself words can still make you question your confidence.
Long story short though, it was a great day. I met some fabulous people each day and I hope I make them smile like they make me smile.
I am now officially a cashier!! Today was my first day on registers and I rocked it! Everybody seemed pleased with me and I have some amazing coworkers. I think this will work out well, just need to focus on getting paid and eventually how to spend the $.
God, I’m exhausted. My feet are pretty much numb right now, grateful to be resting and I’m laid out on the couch watching Criminal Minds. I didn’t get much sleep and my body had some adjusting to do to standing all day. My son’s knocked out already so maybe I should set this aside and fully relax.
Good night all.
It’s the little things, right? My son was supposed to go with a friend after school today so I took a much needed day of relaxation which included pajamas until after 4. Of course he would show up with his a different friend parading through the house right after school. He came home to give me a surprise, an Easter lily he selected for me!! 💜💜💜 this guy! He meLted my heart, all I could do was hug him and thank him. Sometimes he has a way of balancing out the previous months.