I WAS going to wait to post anything until I've actually STARTED my second job (in order to avoid jinxing it), but I'm kinda uncomfortable with the idea of leaving LJ completely dead for over a month. I know, I know, you've all been very concerned and missing my inimitable phraseology - I'm so sorry, Adoring Public! Anyway, yeah, so what was happening last time? Right.
I haven't written a blessed word, which is a little sad, but I've been a bit distracted. I'm hoping to dive into NaNo, but we'll see how it goes. I'll have more pressing things to worry about at the time, so we'll see how much free time/creativity I have to spare in November.
I HAVE been keeping up with the gym, but my progress has been a little slower than I'd like. I know that once you reach a certain point it gets harder, but it makes me feel like I'm not doing enough. It doesn't help that the last couple of sessions I've had with my trainer she's cut short by 10 or 15 minutes...I don't know why, but if it keeps up I'll ask her about it, or just stay an extra few minutes myself and make something up? I don't know. I'm officially down 35lbs, which is great! I had been hoping to be a little farther along by now (I was hoping that by my birthday/Christmas I'd be around the 50lbs mark), but we'll see how far we get. I'm still going to dance class Monday nights, and I love it! It's two hours of exercise, but I don't feel like I've been exercising at the end, even when I'm sore the next few days. It's really great, and I'm so, so glad I found this class.
I also bought my very first pair of size 14 jeans a couple of weeks ago! I almost screamed in the dressing room when they actually fit. I'm really excited. It's not as though I'm "officially" a 14 now, but at a couple of stores I've been able to buy 14s, or even Larges as opposed to XLs or XXLs, which is where I'd been heading before. I've had to retire a double-X workout shirt because it was just getting in the way anymore, which was kind of a good feeling. I'm so relieved to have concrete evidence that what I've been doing really is working this time - I really will be able to get where I want to go if I just keep this up. I have a lot more to say about my weight issues right now, actually, but I think I'd better save that for another post. Well, if anyone wants to read it, I guess, but even if they don't, it's my journal? I don't know. We'll see. I got asked to submit a column about "my success story" to one of the Wellness Program directors at my gym, and my trainer uses me as an example for other clients, but I feel like it's all a lie or at least premature, since I'm only halfway to my goal. Still, I'll save the rest of this for another entry. This one's going to be a monster anyway.
On to legitimate news: I HAVE A JOB! I actually have two jobs, but I haven't started the second one yet. Right now, I am working 20ish hours a week at my local Target. Don't let me fool you, though; it's only my first full week, and I'm still on my training schedule. It's more than minimum wage, which is nice, though not by much, so it's not exactly all my dreams come true. The people are really nice, and I'm incredibly, indescribably grateful to even HAVE this job - they didn't have to hire me, and I'm so glad that they did. $8/hour is better than no dollars per hour, every single time. So far, I have learned to cashier, some about working "soft lines," basics of the grocery section, and a pretty good grounding in "hard lines." I have to learn to run the fitting room tomorrow, and I go back to groceries ("market") Friday. They say that's where I'll be concentrating, and that's fine - I'll just need to get some gloves for pushing refrigerated and frozen products.
As previously stated, I haven't started my second job yet, but I will be a part-time teller at Chase Bank in the next town east. I'm really happy that I managed to get this one, too, especially since it's $10.50/hour (they told me $11.50 in the intervew, but what can you do?), and another 20 hours/week. So sure, I'll be getting a full workweek, but that's hardly a problem for me. Especially since I'll definitely have to work weekends, which means I will generally have shorter days, even if I rarely/never get a whole day off. We'll see how it works out. And the bank job (lol) isn't seasonal, so there's not the "Well, if you're good enough, we might think about hiring you on for real in January..." that I have with Target. I'm not actually worried they won't hire me on, but that's also getting ahead of myself.
It's a little stressful right now, because I'm having to learn so much so fast for Target, and I have the added stress of how long/mysterious the "pre-employment process" for Chase is - it's like applying to the effing Pentagon! I had to do a drug test for Target, but for Chase, they wanted a drug test, background check, fingerprinting, notarized proof of citizenship status...it's a little crazy! I mean, I understand it, but it's a lot to do in 24 hours (which is the deadline they give you).
To top it all off and to prove once again that, as everyone's been saying to me, "it never rains but it pours," I just got an email from one of the random freelance editing jobs I applied to a few months ago, and they had me take an assessment and will get back to me about whether or not I'll have yet a third job (and then have to pick one to give up, because the editing job listing says it's $30/hour).
So that's all excellent news! It's not as though my entire life is sorted out, but I feel like I'm moving the right direction, and that everything that's happened will make everything in the future that much easier. It also helps that somehow, mysteriously, my sister and I have been getting along REALLY well for almost a month now. I am so flabbergasted and grateful for this that I just don't even know what to do with myself. I wrote her a thank-you note today, and I left it on her bed, so we'll see if that's too awkward or weird for her.
In other news, I am excited about some of the Christmas presents I have decided to make, and also about being asked to help with decorations for a friend's wedding! I'm going to be all over that adorable embroidered pennant bunting. You have no idea. I've decided I really like sewing still/again, so I'm going to focus on that as my hobby of choice for a while (besides dance class). Which might mean I miss out on NaNo, but that's okay - maybe I'll use Script Frenzy as an excuse to do my own NaNo instead. After all, NaNo is right in the middle of prime present-making time. Mom's sewing non-stop on Nick's Halloween costume right now, but I really need to hijack the machine for like 10 minutes at some point to finish a different present. I COULD do it by hand, but it wouldn't be as sturdy, and I really don't want to give a flimsy present gift!
Okay so this is basically a novella now, and I REALLY hope that at least a couple of people read this, because otherwise I could be practicing my handwriting by paper-journaling all this (which I probably wouldn't because apparently I need an audience, imaginary or otherwise). But I'm going to be done now.