Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today In September

September is coming to a close.  There are still 2 days left in the month but let's take a look back at what I did this month...

**Worked...a lot**

**Started subbing**

**Attended a football game for the school that I taught at last year**

**Got to see my former co-workers a couple of different times**

**Flew back to Minnesota to be the Maid of Honor in my high school friends' wedding**

**Had a few job interviews for new serving jobs**

**Got a new restaurant job**

**Got a massage for the first time since May**

**Both my fantasy team & the Vikings started off the season 3-0**

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What To Read

Once upon a time I had a list on my phone called "Books"  This was a list of books that I thought sounded interesting & wanted to read.  It had probably 15-20 books on it.  Where did those books come from?  From you.  They came from reading your various posts about books.  I almost even blogged about it.  I was going to type up a post called "Books I Want To Read" ... or something to that effect.  Then ya know what happened?  I didn't get it typed up because I was at work or something when I thought of the idea & then a couple of days passed & I had forgotten about it.  And then, my phone broke... and while all of my apps restored on my new phone, the information wasn't saved on most of them.

I know I could just keep track of them online on various websites & this whole thing could have been avoided.  However, I'm going to be honest...that's not going to happen.  I've had different accounts on different sites to keep track of books & such and it's just one more thing to check.  Maybe I'll go the old pen & paper route this time...

So now I look to y'all.  What are some recommendations for books?  What have been some of your favorite reads over the past few months?  

I already have my first book added to the list:

The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch.  I saw it on Biana's Friday Favorites.

There are a couple of others that I remember being on there but only because I had read other books in that series.  Me After You, Just One Year, & Just One Night.

Other than that I don't recall what was on the list.  So even if they aren't the same ones I had on my list before, I'd love to know what you're reading & loving so I can create a new list & get my reading back on.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Slippery Slope

I moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area in August of 2015.  I had such great plans.  I had a Pinterest board of ideas...places to eat, things to do, bucket list items to check off!  Then, life happened.  School started & not only was I teaching full time, but I was also coaching full time from October-May.  There just wasn't enough time in the day.  I vowed at the end of the school year that this year would be different.  So I sat down. looked at my Pinterest boards, & created Fort Worth Food, Dining in Dallas, & Fun in DFW.  I even created an Instagram acount to track & promote all of these awesome places: FoodFunFortWorth  These three lists contain a total of 16 activities & 86 restaurants.  Here we are, almost October, & I have been to 3 of the restaurants & done 0 of the activities.  Now granted, I have been to a couple of places that didn't make the list, but still.  I'm on that downward slope again & something has got to give.  I have very little time, & more so money, for fun.  I am working at a bar/restaurant which takes up anywhere from 4-6 nights of my week (weekends most definitely included), attend class one night a week, & occasionally sub.  I also just picked up another job, which will eventually take over my current serving job & hopefully subbing as well at some point.  My point is, my only real free time, which there is a very small amount of, is during the day...when normal people, aka my friends, work.  I also am not currently making enough to go eat at all of these restaurants & do all of these fun things.  However, something has got to give.  If not, I'm going to get real stressed & depressed real fast.

The only way to change this, is to make a conscious effort to do something about it.  And that, is my plan.  Now granted, I don't want all of my free time spent running around, because sometimes one just needs to do nothing.  My plan though is to start with the free stuff, and the cheap stuff, & at least one day a week...go.  Even if it means doing these things alone sometimes.  Because I cannot spend one more week either at work, school, or at my house not seeing people & doing things.  Every so often, I'm not going to commit myself to monthly, but every so often I plan on checking back in here & talking about the new things I've done in that time span.

Also, if anyone lives in, or will be visiting, the DFW area hit me up & we can explore together!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Work Work Work Work

(This basically sums up my weekend week)

Are y'all ready for the most redundant, least exciting recap I have ever done?

As soon as I woke up got my butt out of bed I made my way downstairs, made coffee, stuffed a couple of cinnamon crescent rolls in my mouth, & sat down so I could continue working on a lit review for my online class.  Group projects are already the worst.  Even worse is when it's a group project for an online class.  Even worse still is when no one in your group can communicate.  I sat down & worked on that for about an hour until I got bored distracted & decided to start responding to blog comments as well as reading blogs...and starting this post.  I've said it on here before but I'm a procrastinator to the core.  If anyone knows how to make this stop please let me know & I'll work on solving that...later of course.  I did eventually get back to working on the lit review once all blogs had been read & commented on.  If I didn't have to use two different gmail accounts in order to blog & work on the paper I could have done them at the same time...

That evening brought work.  I don't normally work Fridays.  In fact when I started I was told that we had a set schedule so that there would be no questions as to when we worked & not knowing until the last minute.  Because of this I didn't find it as annoying that our schedules wouldn't get posted until Wednesday, even though they're supposed to be done on Sunday & our schedules run Thur-Wed. That's not a problem when you already know exactly what days/times you work because the schedule is set.  However, this Wed when the schedule went up everyone's schedule had changed.  I normally have Tuesdays off for class & then Fridays/Sundays off just because I wasn't scheduled.  This time I was scheduled Thur-Mon.  I'm pretty sure I only got the Wed off because I had requested it off... This suddenly meant that everything I had planned on getting & Sunday had to be put off/cancelled.  This meant I couldn't meet up with my friend to start working on an assignment for our other class.  This meant I couldn't go the the football game at my old job.  This meant I couldn't go out & talk to businesses about getting a new job because of what times they want people to come in & when I needed to be at work.  This better mean that I actually start making more in tips...

I made decent money, and I'm going to tell you exactly what I walked out of there with because what I consider a decent night at work is sad.  I walked out with $88.  That is the second highest amount I've ever walked out of there with.  I did the math & in order to pay all my bills I need to make at least $95/night...and that's not having any fun & doesn't take into account that when I move in February I'll need an additional $150 month for rent/utilities.  I'm still applying places, & also praying that it picks up where I currently work.  I'm not asking for a lot.  $600-800/week would pay all my bills and allow for some fun/savings.

In other news, I "lost" my keys after work.  They somehow got put into a pocket I never put them into & didn't even know really existed.  So of course when I couldn't find them immediately panic set in which made it even harder for me to find them.  It didn't help that it was 2:30-3 in the morning... so I called AAA hoping they were locked in my car...they weren't going to be there until 4 am.  I called my roommate to unlock the house so that if they weren't in my car I could still get in if I got an Uber home.  He said he'd just come bring me my spare set.  So I sat at work & dug through my purse one more time...and there they were.  Luckily my roommate hadn't left yet & was awake when I called.

Saturday was rather uneventful.  I had plans on waking up at 8, but after not getting home until nearly 4 am I reset the alarm for 10.  I reluctantly woke up & made a pot of coffee to help me get through the day.  I finished the rough draft version of my lit review for class & then got ready for work.  Since I started at 4 I was mentally preparing to convince someone to switch cuts with me so that I could stay until close because I need the money.  Lucky for me, no one got cut so I just got to stay until close.  Before we were all on we rotated tables & stayed relatively busy.  Once all of the servers had showed up though we were put into sections & mine wasn't a super popular one so I spent a fair amount of time running other people's food.  I had a table here & there but nothing crazy.  At one point though I got a 35 top party & that lasted me pretty much the rest of the night.  Once they left I had enough tables to keep me busy until we finally closed at 2.  I made more than I ever have in the month that I've worked there.  It still wasn't anything crazy, $120 after tip outs, but it made me happy that I actually made some money there for once.  Because we had been super busy I didn't get home until nearly 4 am again.

I didn't even pretend I was going to get up at 8.  I had my alarm set for 10, plans for brunch with friends at noon, & work at 2.  I had the worse sinus headache ever when I woke up.  It took nearly everything to even get through a shower.  Between the allergy medicine & the hot shower I luckily started to feel better.  I met up with my friends/former co-workers for brunch at Cafe Brazil.  While at brunch I got a call from work saying that it was extremely slow so I didn't need to come in.  I was a little let down because money, but mostly not let down because I had two back to back late nights, I got to spend more time with my friends, & I was able to get stuff done as well as relax.  I had one nail peel at work on Saturday so I peeled the rest of them off & repainted my nails, looked into school districts to apply to at semester/next year, went grocery shopping, & just relaxed at home.  That evening I got a phone call for a job interview at a different restaurant.  Fingers crossed I get it!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

New New New

Happy Friday!  Yesterday marked the official start to fall, although in my book fall starts September 1st.  I like things to be neat & in order.  This has been a week of new things for me.  I'm so excited for new things to come, & really excited that the end of September is finally here.

I have no pictures to go with this one.  Why?  See #3...

I got accepted for a new apartment!!  I don't move until Febuary but in 4-4.5 months I will be living on my own again!  In a much more convenient location.  I am so so excited!  I will have a pool again, I will have my own space again, I will be so much closer to things, it comes with a washer & dryer.  It's. Just. Better.

This one would have been a whole lot better if I still had pictures...we got new menu items at work & since I won a contest on selling them, I got free food at work.  I mean I always eat the free stuff anyway (aka bread/chips & buffalo/ranch sauce) but this this time it was REAL food.  It was delicious too.  In hindsight I should've gotten the $17 nachos because free fuckin expensive nachos...but my logic was I had already tried those before...  

I got a new phone.  Hence the lack of pictures.  However, it wasn't for a good reason.  I dropped my phone on Tuesday & it didn't crack however the screen went black & that was that.  It was still on, I could annoyingly still hear every text message, email, notification, phone call, & alarm the next morning...but I couldn't do anything about it.  Luckily I made it to Verizon just before they closed & was able to file with the insurance & get a new phone by 10 am on Wednesday.

I tried 2 new recipes from Pinterest finally.  I bought the ingredients when I went grocery shopping last week, but luckily I was lazy & didn't make all 3 recipes.  I wasn't thinking about the fact that I had class/worked every night Mon-Wed & would be leaving for MN on Thursday & wouldn't be back until Sunday night so that much food was unnecessary.  Luckily the stuff I bought hadn't gone bad so I was able to make Cinnamon Crescent Rolls & Mac & Cheese with Roasted Chicken, Goat Cheese, & Rosemary (I also added jalapenos)

I was hoping to tell y'all that I had a new job as well.  However, I don't & here's why...

Monday the 12 I get a call to go in for an interview the next day.  I was slightly confused as I hadn't actually applied at that location.  However, it was closer to me than the location I had applied at so I went with it.

Tuesday the 13th I got in for the interview.  I wait, & I wait, & I wait some more.  Finally a manager (but not the one I was supposed to interview with) comes to interview me 20-30 minutes later.  He gives me the whole run down how everything works, asks about my experience, what I'm looking for hours wise, blah blah blah.  He tells me he wants to set up a 2nd interview & that that will be with the general manager (who was supposed to do the first one anyway)

So... a 2nd interview is set up for Tuesday the 20th.  I arrive & again no one seems to know what's going on.  Finally 10-15 minutes later a manager comes to interview me.  Again not the one that was supposed to.  He seems distracted the ENTIRE time.  Finally at the end he tells me "well I can't actually offer you a position right now because we have 2 people in training right now & they'll be training for another 4-5 shifts & because we aren't hard up for servers right now we like to take our time with training & only do 1 or 2 at a time.  However, when they're done if we need any help we will call you"

UMMM WHAT?!  Why the hell did you waste my time?  YOU called me.  YOU asked me to come in for not one but TWO interviews.  I didn't even apply at your location.  Why in the hell did you want me to come in if you don't even need help right now??

So, basically I'm back on the hunt for a different/additional serving job...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Routine Is Key

I have a schedule like I haven't had in a long time. Like since college.  Since January of 2012 my routine has been a little something like this:

School Year Monday-Friday
5:30-7:00 -- wake up, get ready, go to work
7:30-4:00 -- teach
4:00-6:00 -- during season coach
6:00-9:00 -- relax, grade, plan

School Year Weekends/Summer
Whatever I damn well please whenever I damn well please

However now, at nearly 28, I have the same type of schedule I had when I was 18-22.  One that I both love & hate.  I love that I technically have more time to get stuff done, but I hate that there is no real structure.  I need a real routine.  Why?  Because right now I'm kind of living a "whatever I damn well please whenever I damn well please" life until it's time to head to work/class.  I was in a wedding this past weekend which meant I was out of town Thur-Sun.  I then recovered & worked on Monday.  It wasn't until Tuesday morning when I sat down to write my reaction for class that night, that I realized I had missed a chunk of stuff for a different class due to the fact that a)I was out of town for 4 days busy with wedding stuff & b)I have no real structure in my life right now.

I miss routine.  I miss knowing that this must be done at this time.  I have a pretty consistent schedule right now:

Tuesday: class 5-7
Wednesday: work 5p-?
Thursday: work 5p-?
Friday: free
Saturday: work 6p-?
Sunday: free
Monday: work 5p-?

Granted the second I start subbing some of my days go away, & when I start a new serving job my schedule there will change.  But I have so much free time.  You know that saying?  Idle hands are the devil's workshop?  Yeah that's true. I am normally a VERY organized, routine driven person.  However, when given mostly free time I will waste it because I am also a procrastinator to the core.

I know what needs to happen:

8 am: wake up, like actually get up.  Not just my alarm goes off & I lay in bed for awhile
8-830: make coffee/breakfast
8:30-9:30: read blogs
9:30-10: shower/get ready
10-12: work on school stuff for the day whatever that may be
12-12:30: lunch

After lunch will vary.  If I work/have class at 5 I usually try to leave my place between 4-4:15 so that gives me 3.5 hours to do whatever I want still.  Read, binge TV, clean, whatever.  If I have the day off I can continue to do whatever I want.

Actually getting myself into that routine & sticking with it is a whole other story...

How do you get in to a routine/make yourself stick to a routine when there is no one/nothing telling you that something needs to be done at a certain time?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Currently In September

Making: Coffee

Eating: A larabar because I'm too lazy to make cinnamon crescent rolls

Drinking: Coffee with Bailey's Mudslide creamer

Reading: The Oath by Frank Peretti

Listening: a lot of Spotify -- Shane Barnhill "Hill Country Nights" is what's playing at the moment

Watching: I should be watching movies for the Fall Film Challenge.  I was doing so good the first couple of weeks & now I'm suddenly binge watching Gilmore Girls again.

Wanting: the creamer in my coffee to actually be Bailey's

Looking: at what still needs to be done on my 101 in 1001 & 28 by 28

Enjoying: my current morning routine

Waiting: to share some exciting news with y'all this Friday

Wondering: if there's anyway it'll pick up at my current job so that I don't have to leave

Loving: that the end of September has arrived

Needing: to be writing up a response for class tonight

Wearing: Basketball shorts & an old radio station t-shirt

Smelling: coffee

Noticing: that this year is flying by insanely fast.  I feel like just yesterday I wrote my Fall Goals & suddenly it's almost time for the 1 month check in.

Knowing: that if I want ends to meet I need to get a new job

Laughing: at Timehop

Daydreaming: about all the places I'd like to go on my next vacation

Feeling: excited for what the next few months are going to bring