Hello Fresh, fixing my diet

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.

Quick update, it’s good

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

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.
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Reflection: My first week cashiering

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. 

So excited, preparing for work!

It’s almost Wednesday, why is the week going so slowly?!?! I have orientation for my new job on Monday, then find out my schedule. I so can’t wait! Why do I have to wait?! Very few people in my life know me well, well the old me, the me who enjoys working and getting paid. Heck, they don’t even know the me that loves Nike’s and coats, eating out and dining with friends; this girl has been hidden and denied too long.

It’s amazing how simply accepting a job has boosted my mood and confidence. It’s hard living life making ends meet but not having anything left to spend on fun…one can only do the same free things so many times before it no longer feels fun. Five years and I feel like I’m starting a new life, almost like leaving home for the first time. 

Today I bought a shirt for my first day and can’t wait to shop for another. Tomorrow I plan to hang our big white board and set it up to operate as our command center, with me being gone so much my son will need a place to look so he knows what will need to be done and a place to communicate (hold our notes) so we don’t forget. I don’t know what my schedules will look like but I do know opening and closing shifts are going to happen, this means pre-planning dinners and emphasising cooking lessons with my son are a must. I know he’d be happy if I gave him money to eat out most nights, but what’s the point in working if all the money goes to eating out. I feel so bad leaving him to his own devices, and a bit scared, but he’s almost 16 and knows how to manage and what’s expected, even if he chooses to not fulfill expectations 🙂 Funny, I never worried about him being home alone when he was younger, but then he just layed around playing games, now he hops buses and chills with friends…I guess me being here doesn’t make that big of a difference in what he does, huh? Until girls are involved at least.

Sunday surprise!!

Today was amazing! I woke up to a missed call from a box store that I applied to Friday. Surprisingly they wanted to interview me today, Sunday. So after 2 interviews and some paperwork I am now employed at said box store!! I can’t believe it, amazing Sunday!!

After 5 years as a stay home mom and homeschool teacher, I felt the time was right to return to work. My son is almost 16, pretty independent and not home much, so why not? I tried looking for work briefly last year before finding out I needed to move, with no luck, but after a week of submitting applications I am finally employed!! 

This is a big step, one that I’ve thought out a bit. I know that I will eventually need 2 jobs, Ke won’t be my dependent for much longer (3 more years :/ where’d time go?). So instead of jumping into my previous job title, further utilizing my certification, I decided it’s better to start with my soon to be 2nd job so I can work up the pay scale a bit. Fingers crossed this all goes well. I’ve worked at this job when I was much younger so I know I can do it, and the company is amazing toward their employees so I know I can move up and will enjoy it.

Guess who finally got out!!

I finally did it, this week I focused on me! Ok more accurately I treated myself for a change and no it wasn’t a shopping trip. Last weekend I met up with a friend from middle and high school to see her daughter’s rock band perform. It’s one of those rock camps, but damn some of those kids have major talent and her daughter is one of them!

My friend and I had a drink before the show, but didn’t get to visit much which is what happens every year. To my surprise she texted me to plan a day to go out for drinks at this bar down the street with live music. Our plans for Friday feel through, but Saturday we met up. It was a fucking blast! Seriously the drinks were strong and the band was hot how much better can it get? Lol ok add in the free drink that one of the sound guys bought us (which was all rum with a small splash of coke) and that was the perfect end to our reunion.

The next day I took my son out to eat and to the movies. It’s been ages since I’ve done this and long overdue. We saw Suicide Squad and Lights out (movie hopping is the only way to justify the cost isn’t it?).  It felt so good to spend time just the 2 of us, I need to make sure we do so more often.

I have been neglecting a big part of myself for too long. I ask so happy I’m finally taking action and growing my friends and getting the heck out the house doing things I enjoy. I know the funds aren’t there to go all out, but little things here and there make a big difference. I feel so light and renewed.

One disorganized move

So one question left to be answered since my blog sabbatical is how did my move go.

To be honest it was far more stressful and disorganized than I intended, even with my pre planning. Although it felt like I had purged tons I still ended up with over 10 boxes of random sort items and we were still packing as the moving van drove off! Yeah it sounds simple enough, just donate the boxes without looking, but we literally got to the point where we were just throwing everything into them even some things that actually get used regularly.

Thankfully I moved as much as I had packed and the big items early enough to leave me a couple weeks to finish packing and clean. The unfortunate party was after the moving truck left my son refused to even see the house again, this move has been hard on him. So it was me for a week pretty much doing it all myself. My sister came with me occasionally, particularly helping a lot towards the end. Although she wasn’t much help when it came to packing, she worked her ass of scrubbing walls and blinds and filling in holes.

All I can say is thank God for my friends and family who showed up and a $250 non refundable cleaning fee otherwise I would never have gotten out and gotten my deposit back! So all my stuff is in storage, my life in boxes, and I wait until I’m approved to find my next rental.

I hope I won’t have to move again for 4 years at least. Whoo, we did it!!

Escape

What do you do when you are stuck staying with family and things get to be much?

So much has happened since I last posted, the biggest thing being I made it through the move!! Seriously that is the primary reason I haven’t posted in so long, that move was consuming. So as of July 1 I officially became a resident of my sister’s couch. I can’t say it’s horrible but it’s not entirely a comfortable situation. So here I sit in my new used mini van that was gifted to us by a couple amazing and generous guys that I can’t thank enough regrouping and resetting my mind before I go back inside.

I have no money and my friends are busy tonight…maybe I should go read in a park. Hmm that doesn’t sound half bad.

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