Friday, January 20, 2012


Well, I guess I should update if for no other purpose, it will no longer look as though I were drowning in despair.

Things are fine. They are busy. I have never been this busy at a job before, even at those in which I *thought* I was busy, but no. Not nearly like this. I'm blogging this during my one free hour of my calendar today and though it's 2:00, I've already been on 8 calls this morning. I work for a global company now, and I'm among "senior management" even though with such a large organization, there are probably about a hundred of us.

My routine has totally shifted. I drive to work everyday now, and I haven't spent so much time in the car in years. I am working in another county, and my view outside my window is no longer the Capitol, but ... Macy's. I'm doing the backwards commute though, and still living in DC proper with no plans to leave. One of my favorite times of the day are coming home in the evenings (and I'll miss this when the sun starts setting later) and seeing all the monuments lit up by the sunset, and all the taillights heading south or north out of the city. I coast in, unhindered by traffic, and wave goodbye to everyone leaving my city to us urban dwellers.

My ankle still hurts all the ding dang time. Yes, yes, yes I'm in physical therapy and although that helps, I'm still also in pain a good deal. I have to actively NOT limp while out in public. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't. Luckily, my job lets me telework sometimes so if it gets really bad, I stay home. Although I've only done that twice I think.

Let's see....I'm not dating anyone, not trying to date anyone, and the way I've been eating and not at all exercising due to the pain, I can say with cheerful certainty that I am probably the most unhealthy I've ever been. I used to try hard to drink alot of water each day, now I have no time to make to the bathroom much less to the kitchen to GET water. It's something I'm going to have to work on, but not right now. We're gearing up for our huge convention, I work late every night, and I refuse to throw myself on board a guilt trip train about not eating my broccoli. I'll get to it. Not today, though.

Since it's Friday, and since several things have made me giggle lately, I'll leave you with these 2 videos to give a little glimpse of where I work and live. Gauranteed to make you laugh. Happy Friday. Better get the phone.


Angie Muresan said...

Oh geez! Pain sucks. I hope you get better quick. Have a beautiful weekend SJ! I hope you get to pamper yourself a bit.

Ms. Moon said...

I love the shit people in DC say. Do they really?
But I am NOT happy you're in pain all the time. Oh baby. I wish you didn't have to work so hard.

liv said...

Funnnnyyy! The DC lingo!

Sorry to hear about the pain, but I remember it well. It will go, I guarantee. But do everything (!) they tell you in PT. In the long run, it makes a big difference.

Sounds like you are keeping all the balls in the air. That broccoli one is not a'll work it's way back in sooner or later. In the meantime, I hope you give yourself a pat on the head because juggling as much as you do deserves applause! Clap,clap,clap,clap,clap!!!!

SJ said...

It totally is how we all talk :) I live in an english basement!

thirtystory said...

hehe i love the videos. Busy is good, but don't forget to breathe. Good luck with the conventions and i hope your ankle stops hurting so much - any info from the doc on how long the pain will last?

Mel said...

Sorry you still have pain. Pain sucks because it takes so much out of you trying to deal with it, trying to rationalize it away, worrying that it won't ever go away, fretting over whether to take drugs for it, what kind of drugs to take and then more fretting that the drugs don't do that much anyway. It's emotionally draining. I hope it lessens with time. Hope. Hope. Hope.
Busy is good though. Your job sounds amazing. About the health thing, I don't exercise either, and that worries me. So I compensate by buying and eating anything fresh and colorful I can get my hands on, and trying to stretch a little when I wake up and before I get into bed. It's something, right?
I loved the videos. They made one for Chicago which made us laugh too. Very clever.
I also love the idea of your reverse commute. Going against the rush is a blessing.
Lovely visiting with you, late as I am in doing so :)