Errands, and Being a Grownup

by Ginger on January 18, 2015

in Becoming Myself

This weekend was a whirlwind of getting stuff done, much of which was focused on getting stuff ready for my office area. I ended up getting a desk at IKEA, and though it may drive me bonkers that my measurements didn’t take into account the base boards so it peeks around the wall by 1/2 an inch (seriously, I can’t believe I forgot about that, I’m pretty happy with it. I need to get a chair still, but the desk is put together and in its new home, and wow this is starting to feel more real.

We ended up spend all of Saturday running errands, and then most of Sunday putting things together/cleaning/rearranging/etc. I feel nice and accomplished, and the house looks nice, and look, I have clean clothes for the week!, but I do also kiiinnnnddddaaa wish that I had tomorrow off to kind of recuperate. I mean, not really, because I have a ton to do in the next 5 days at work to wrap everything up and feel pretty sure I’m going to need every possible moment, but still. I sometimes miss the weekends where I slept until noon, and accomplished nothing of substance beyond making myself food.

In the midst of all the office making, it’s made me really, REALLY want to redecorate the house–or, more accurately, just decorate. Right now we have Lego chic going on, with a splash of too-cheap-to-buy-nice-things style, and I’m tired of it. We do have plans to repaint the dining room, because I think the green will drive me nuts sitting in it all day long, and then I want to repaint the living room, get a new rug, put the rug from the living room in the dining room, clean up the bookshelves, get rid of the junk/organize J’s toys (I’ve made peace with the fact that J is going to have toys and stuff in the living room. I haven’t made peace with them being all over the floor and every flat surface), and put some new pictures up on the walls. That’s just what I want to START with. But for now, we’re going to limit my grand plans to painting the dining room, and see where we go from there.

I dunno guys, this all sounds like being a grown up or something.

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Whirlwind of a Week

by Ginger on January 15, 2015

in Random

Things have been a whirlwind this week. I’ve been working like a madwoman at work trying to wrap everything up at work, and man is it exhausting. I may be excited to be leaving for a new adventure, but I also like and respect my current boss and my staff, and want to leave them with as little additional stress as possible. So I’m busting tail to try and get everything set up for as smooth a transition as possible. I know that’s practically impossible in reality, but I’m trying.

On top of that, there’s the simple fact that I’ve been in the same job, in the same office, in the same cubicle for the past 7+ years. I’ve got stuff stashed in drawers, on the walls, etc. I’m slowly separating my stuff from the office stuff, and I thought it was going to go a lot faster than it has been. Granted, I’m doing it a little at a time, but I’m kind of surprised by how much I’ve found in corners of drawers and behind other files and underneath books. And I don’t have a ton of stuff compared to how some of my coworkers decorate their offices and cubicles, but it still is more than I was thinking.

On the flip side, I’ve been spending the evenings starting to get things ready to go at home. This weekend will include a trip to IKEA (hold me) to get some stuff to set up a work space. More to come on that later, but make no mistake, everyone is aware that I need my own space. I mean, working on my laptop in the La-Z-Boy is comfy, but not exactly conducive to long term working. Since N.C. has the spare room thoroughly converted to his art studio, my space is going to be slightly less closed off than I’d probably prefer since there’s ZERO chance we can share that room, but I’ll make it work. But it does mean some rearranging and whatnot, so I’m doing what I can during the evenings.

Basically, it’s busy. It’s busy, busy, busy… and good…and I’m happy.

I like it.

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I didn’t make any official resolutions for this year, nothing I put down on paper anyway. I wrote out some general intentions for the year, but I didn’t give voice to the things I decided to try and pursue this year. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t…don’t…have some things percolating in my mind about changes, big and small, I want to make in my life in 2015.

In that list of things percolating, there’s been a big one, the one on which a lot of other things hinge: finding a new job. I’ve been in my current job for more than 7 years, and…it’s time. For a lot of reasons, including my overall stress level, career growth, lack of daily challenges beyond the “how do I accomplish all this with these limited resources?” ones, and a distinct feeling of being so, SO burnt out. I had decided at the end of 2014 that it was time for me to figure out my next steps and see if I could get myself excited about my career again and happier with my overall life.

Well, pardon my caps lock here but: GUESS WHO GOT A NEW JOB LESS THAN TWO WEEKS INTO THE NEW YEAR?

I…kinda don’t even know what happened, it all happened so fast–I did a little back and forth in late December, then last week I had three interviews and then a job offer by Friday evening–WHUT?

So, I officially have a new job–I’ve given my notice, told my staff, have a start date, and by the end of this month I will be off on a brand new career adventure. I’m excited, and nervous, and astounded, and a little tiny bit terrified, and oh, just so, so happy.

There’s a lot of really awesome stuff about this job. It’s for a social media software startup (say that 3 times fast), so it’s a completely different world than the one I’ve been working in, but I’m pretty excited to stretch into a new industry. The company is run by a woman I find pretty inspiring, and while it’s technically a start up, it doesn’t appear to have many of the “startup culture” negatives you hear about a lot. It’s a fairly lateral move for me, but it appears that it will mostly be all the stuff I love about marketing: strategy, planning, project management, brainstorming, working with a smart and capable team, analyzing data to make decisions, and all for a company that has marketing in its DNA. The money is good, the benefits are pretty amazing, and, oh yeah, there’s a whole work life balance thing I gotta tell you about.

The biggest, most lifestyle changing part: it’s a work from home job. The entire company is remote, and I’ll be honest, the idea of no more commute is enough to have me skipping around my house, doing cartwheels and flipping off the freeway. This was one of my big stress level things with my current job–the commute, plus the one car family, plus the scheduling and logistics of having to get everyone where they needed to be and I have basically been a stress case for the last 5 years. Every dr’s appointment, every teacher conference, every trip N.C. had to take up to LA, every thing. Every. Thing. I had to juggle and maneuver and man it has just worn on me in ways that I can’t even really explain. When I started thinking about a new job, my one major requirement is that it had to be less than 10 miles away. So, you know, my dining room is gonna be a WAY better commute.

(It’s going to be an interesting transition to working at home, with my husband downstairs. More on that another day).

I think know the job is going to be a challenge–I’m going to have to hit the ground running in a major way, and it’s going to be a different environment in soooo many ways that I’m going to have to really work to keep my feet under me at first. I have a lot to accomplish, and feel like I need to prove to myself  that I can kill it at this job after so many years in one industry and one company and one role.

But I’m so excited, both for the change, and to see what I can do. I’m fairly itching to get going, even if I’m a smidge nervous too (cmon, it’s a new job, doesn’t everyone get nervous?). But mostly, I’m ready. I’m ready for the challenge, for the new, for the change, for the opportunity to stretch.

2015? So far, it’s off to a pretty good start.

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Saturday Night Snippets

by Ginger on January 10, 2015

in Random

It’s insane to me that we’re only 10 days into 2015. I feel like it’s the end of January already, but….nope. We’re only just started this year. This makes me think it’s going to be a whirlwind kind of year.

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I’ve had to take entirely too many antibiotics the last few months. Related: do you have a probiotic you really like that isn’t, like, a gazillion dollars?

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We went to a birthday party for one of J’s school friends today. He & his family recently moved a couple of towns over “for more space.” OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, they basically have their own park. The house is huge, they have a giant trampoline, a pool, a hot tub, a putting green & two sand traps, a swing set, a storage shed,  a 1/2 a basketball court, AND THERE’S STILL MORE YARD. None of that stuff was remotely close to each other.  It’s seriously insane how much space they have.

I don’t get jealous about other people’s homes too often, but whoooo boy was there a little bit of a green-eyed monster showing his face every so often. All that spaaaaace.

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You know what is surprisingly satisfying and enjoyable? The Lego video games. You get to destroy EVERYTHING and it is SO. SATISFYING. Something about smashing the crap out of every single thing around you is an amazing stress reliever. So far I’ve played the Harry Potter games, the Marvel Superheroes, and Lego Movie Lego games. We also want to get the Lego Batman game, and I want to get the Lord of the Rings games too. Seriously, if you remotely like video games, I highly recommend them.

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J has been so full of personality lately. I swear, we need to get him in some kind of performance activity, because he is such a little ham. The other day he got something he was waiting for and says “Now *that’s* what I’m talking about!”

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I have probably listened to the song Uptown Funk abooooouuuuutttttt 40 times this week. I highly recommend it if you need a groove to bop along to.

 

Also, I’ve decided that “Stop! Wait a minute, fill my cup, put some liquor in it” is my mantra for Fridays.

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A long long time ago, I bemoaned my lack of writing, the loss of putting pen to paper (ok, fingers to keyboard) & letting the words spill forth. And then I decided to try and help myself, and maybe some others, by doing a weekly prompt link up. And then life got in the way, and it became not so much a link up, and then not so much weekly, and then just kind of not so much.

And that was the rise and fall of Bring Back the Words.

But, as is typical in the new year, I’m feeling the itch to write again. And after several other people said the same thing, the idea kind of sparked that hey, maybe what we need isn’t prompts, but support. Accountability. Feedback. Help.

And so with just the vaguest of ideas of what that would actually look like, I put it out there that I was starting a writing/blogging/creating support slash accountability slash therapy slash whatever else it takes to get you writing again/more group. And thus the new iteration and life of Bring Back the Words was begun.

I don’t know exactly what the group will morph into. I’m hoping that the members of the group will help build it into whatever they need. For me, I’m looking for accountability about writing more often, somewhere to talk through the mental blocks that keep me from writing, and some ideas about things to write. But that’s just *me*. You might want different things, which is AWESOME. Maybe you want prompts. Maybe you want feedback on what you’ve written. Maybe you just want inspiration that can be found by being around other people who are trying to write.  I think we can make it be whatever we need it to be.

If you–yes, you. I seriously mean ANYONE who is interested– would like to be a part of the group, for whatever it is you’re working on (blog? book? screenplay? work? journal? you name it!), let me know. It’s a secret group on Facebook*, but it’s open to anyone who would like to join, as long as you promise that you’re not going to be a jackass (like any of you would be jackasses). If you’re interested, friend me on FB (https://www.facebook.com/ginger.winters) and then let me know you’d like to join. That’s the easy part. Then we can work on the hard part, the writing.

*Facebook isn’t my favorite, but it was the easiest option here and since it was an idea I kind of implemented before I thought too hard, I went with easy. Even though I took the FB app off my phone, so if you don’t get a quick confirmation of your friend request, it’s because I’m not at my computer.

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