Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy Holidays to you!

Good grief, it's been a month since I posted in here! Where has that time gone? I've had many days off playing taxi to my Mom and to a friend with no car. I also had a job interview, then a call back to take a very weird and creative administrative test. Apparently I passed that too and was one of four people called for another interview, this time with the department and boss I would be working with/for if hired. I waited all Friday to hear the yea or nay news, not straying from my phone, but nothing. Saturday morning I called into my phone at work for another reason and the bad news was left there. I wasn't hired. But at least I wasn't left hanging all weekend wondering if I was the one, or not. It was a terrible disappointment because I really wanted the job and wanted to be able to give notice on my current job. That would have been so sweet. But I had to go to work on Monday and go to the office party that Friday, bringing a gift and some food.

That same Saturday while Mom and I were out eating, we ran into some cousins who gave us the sad news that their mother had just died the night before. So another day off was spent going to her funeral and then out with my Mom and older brother. It was good to see him and get some talk time. I expressed my concerns about our mother to him privately, she is not acting like herself lately.

It's a shame that I've gotten out of the habit of blogging because I really did enjoy reading all the various blogs and you my virtual friends! But I've replaced my morning (before work) blogging habit with doing the physical therapy exercises, same with in the evening. The PT and the weight loss have helped somewhat but not as much as I had hoped. Of course, with the shoveling season upon us that is racking up my back and leg too, despite the PT exercises two or three times per day. Eventually I hope to move to a warmer place (maybe NM or Florida) where there isn't all this continual snow to shovel!

My son's girlfriend finally did get some medical care and the new due date for me to become a grandma is December 28th, which was yesterday! Of course this is her first and it looks as if baby will be overdue. I'm eagerly waiting for the big event. My neighbors who were due on December 9th finally had their baby. I saw a family member holding a wrapped little bundle through my window (and their window) as I was closing my blinds a couple of nights ago. Don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet though.

It's been a wonderful Christmas to see my two brothers and their families, have seen lots of my mother, and gone to various friend and work holiday parties. I also made lots of holiday food for all those get-togethers and need to get back on my raw food diet again soon! I like the diet, it's satisfying and fruits and vegetables have always been my favorites, so it won't be a difficult thing. I just need to stop cooking (and tasting) and get back on it. My clothes are still falling off me so the weight hasn't come back on despite my indiscretions. In fact I just weighed myself again yesterday morning (first time in a month, just like posting!) and despite my holiday eating binges--it's the same, minus 52 pounds from when I started!!! I'm SO lucky about that.

This has been a wonderful holiday season except I haven't had enough money to go down to see my kids and I really miss them! I did have a couple of long phone conversations with my son, though. I still have their gifts all wrapped up and ready to go. I did manage to hire a guy to sheetrock and tape my basement as I really really need to put the house back on the real estate market and sell it. I got an estimate for carpeting the basement, too but the first one was horribly expensive so I'll keep looking around. The heat/utility bill has gone up to $300 this month and I'm barely making it. The house is kept at a temperature of 55F, which might be a great outdoor temperature but is pretty darn cold for indoors. In fact the sheetrock guy told me that I must turn up the heat to help the mudding on the sheetrock to dry. So I turned it WAY up to 62F! And also put some fans down in the basement. But the nippy indoor weather makes me want to move and to exercise more, so all is not bad!

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones and stay warm!

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Blogger Lisa said...

OMG! Where have you been??

Yes, I haven't read the post yet, was just pleased to see you back lol

off to read it now

6:11 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow, you've certainly been busy. and I wouldn't fret about the change of your morning routine from've changed to something that can only help you. Doing the PT exercises etc will of course benefit you.

Sorry to read you didn't get the job, but I'm so pleased to read that you'd applied for another. I'll be doing my own happy dance down here when I read you've left that horrible BZ and staff behind.

Congrats on the weight loss, 52 pounds? that's fantastic! Way to go PB!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

Congrats on the weight loss!
I am so glad to hear from you - it has been long, but I too have not been around that much.

I hope you are a Grandma soon.

6:39 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Good to hear from sure to let us know about the grandchild as soon as possible. Hope all turns out okay with that.

Your Mom is at the perfect age to start forgetting things. She might even be having tia's...(mini strokes) Just keep an eye on her...and doctor visits if she isn't stubborn. My MIL is stubborn and difficult to get to the doctor. She told me she didn't need the doctor's help to kick the bucket. I was driving at the time and nearly ran off the road with laughter!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

It's so fantastic to see you again. I sometimes wish I could get out of the habit of blogging and I might get a lot more things done around here.

Sorry to hear that you missed out on the job but glad you are still trying. One day you will get the opportunity to thumb your nose at those nasty women at work and I will be applauding you all the way.

Don't forget to post when you become a Grandma. That seems like the shortest pregnancy in history. It feels like only yesterday you told us you were going to be a grandma.

Happy New Year my friend and hopefully we'll hear some good news soon.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

happy Holidays to you too; It's been a stretch. I love the idea of your moving someplace warm---it's hard to move away from grandchildren though.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

You've changed your lifestyle, so some things have to be swept away, and if it's blogging then so be it. I think that, overall, you're in a better place now. Way to go with the weight and exercise!! Happy New Year!

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well.. looks like you've had lots of things to keep you busy..other than blogging..LOL..that is NOT a bad thing by the way..but yes..welcome back! again....

6:30 AM  
Blogger Katya Coldheart said...

happy holidays to you,sorry about the job, you've certainly had a time of it...

i hope the baby arrives soon and everything goes well...

and congrats on the weight loss, i must get back on track in the new year


2:21 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Keeping busy is good and PT is VERY important, so keep that up!

I'm so glad that your basement is coming back around. I know it was a major headache for you.

Blogville will always wait. I find it relaxing at times, but whenever it becomes a chore or I am spending more than an hour per day at it, I deliberately MAKE myself walk away from it for a few days to get perspective back. It always works. Real life should always trump blog life.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

PBS: You clearly live an exciting life! I am back to the exercise regimen too! Here in the US we have a foolish system of hiring. There is a "Human Resources Manager" but for every position, there seems to be a designated "hiring manager". No wonder we have a deficit (among other things)! Don't feel bad about not blogging. When things thin out, you'll have a rapt audience, I can assure you!

7:19 PM  
Blogger BikerCandy said...

I'm so glad to hear from you! Happy New Year!!!! I can't believe the baby is already due, it does seem like you just told us about it a week ago...but I realize it's been longer. I have missed you my friend!

I'm so jealous of your weight loss. I need to lose so bad but I still keep eating, I guess I don't want to bad enough!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

That sucks about the job but I am sure you will get one like it some day and be out of the zoo you work in now.

I'm sorry about your aunt, its is tough during this time of year.

Thats a good reason to get out of blogging for and the 52 pounds is your reward.
I hope 2008 is your year to get what you want.

Happy New Year!!!!

3:35 PM  
Blogger deni said...

Moving somewhere warm without snow is definately a plus.

We are anxiously waiting to hear about the baby!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year, and things get better for you starting with a new job.

6:22 PM  
Blogger ordinary girl said...

So glad that you're back, even if it is briefly. And congratulations on the weight loss and possibly by now a new baby!

I'm sorry about the job not panning out. Hopefully a new one will soon. You need a place that treats you better.

If you need help with finances or getting the house back in order, let us know. We could set up a fund and use Paypal for it.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Well? Wel?? WELL??? Are you a grandma yet??? Dish!!!

Good to see you posting....holidays are SUCh hectic times trying to blog too.

Anyway, glad to see ya! :)

11:16 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

Are you a Nana yet?
Are you?
Are you?

4:02 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Happy New Year PBS! Hope the year brings much joy to you and your family :o)

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10:33 AM  
Blogger RHSPapa aka The Sane said...

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8:51 AM  
Blogger angela marie said...

So there must be a new baby by now!

6:49 PM  
Blogger katie said...

Sooooo??? The baby must be here?!?!?

7:12 PM  

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