This goes out to M: keep your head up, old man. 🙂 M’kay? Here’s to me also: keep swimming. Things are settling nicely in the apartment. I keep saying house, but it feels inappropriate because it’s not our ‘house’ Still, I am comfortable enough to call it my home. We had some scares i.e. we thought we’d messed up our mail forwarding, but everything’s fine. UPS knows this address and that’s all that matters. 😀 I can sneak out of the house to get to work in the mornings without waking M up. My commute is now a blessed 15mins long. I can’t even calculate how much we’re saving on gas. Not to talk about how we are now away from a lot of fast food establishments which has cut down on our eating out by a lot. I’m getting a little bit more comfortable at work. Jane and stress don’t go well together. For a long while, I’ve been laboring under this not-very-accurate impression that I must have screwed something up so I literally start getting wound up about work. I know that I am not perfect, but when I constantly subject myself to this pressure of always somehow knowing (or thinking I know) that I’ve somehow messed something up? That’s not healthy. So from today, I’ll do the best job I can today and have a good night’s rest. After a good chat several days ago with my immediate supervisor, we instituted several changes for the better. I can actually attest to the fact that I think I am more alert because I have cut out (for the most part) what used to be my major distraction … the computer. 🙂 So to further help me in that regard, I’ve started doing the necessities before I go into work. Now that have cable DSL (for $19.99 a month which is way less than what we were paying at PC’s place), I can fire up the computer, go brush and have it ready to go. Thus, getting my internet fix before I go to work has definitely helped.
After much grief by M (not really. lol), he finally dragged me out, kicking and screaming, to breathe outside for a change and not inside. Guess what? I’m now hooked. Contrary to how I seem to look in my facebook pictures, I have not worked out in ages (unless standing all day and really doing a lot of pacing counts). However, I apparently am doing really well for someone who’s been very sedentary despite my bad habits. I believe M said something about my VO2 max being responsible for being able to run at a good pace in spite of my being very stationary. So, I’m comfortably aching right now, but I love it. I have no sense of direction so I didn’t run today. Maybe I’ll be able to start doing morning runs on the weekends and evening runs with M on his days off. He got me the banging-est pair of running shorts and a sports bra which I actually wore!! Yes, gun-shy Jane actually showed her midriff and didn’t feel a thang! 😀 I’d better enjoy the toned-ness while it lasts. I will have to put on some more meat on my bones for several projects that M has in mind. Left to him, he thinks I should start doing little races (5Ks, 10Ks, etc). I think I’d enjoy them and I know he can actually train me for those types of things. He’s been a competitive racer so I definitely trust his advice.
On the savings and debt reduction front, let me just say things have stagnated and even taken a step back? lol. For the better … mostly … I hope. 🙂 I needed a new external hard drive that had more bells than my plain old SeaGate 250GB USB hard drive. So I bought a 500GB SeaGate FreeAgent Pro 500GB for ~ $109. This was after a $20 promotion and guess what happened the next day? There was a $25 off promotion. I hate getting ripped like this, but it’s still a good deal considering that I had actually purchased the 250GB drive for ~$94 several moons back. So this is not bad at all. It connects to my PC via FireWire right now, but it has a USB module option as well as an eSATA interface. It looks pretty fancy and the biggest thing for me? More space to store my crap. Well, I’ve got to run. Take care and TGIF!!