13 Years

13 years ago today I was sitting in my first day of orientation. It was the best job prospect I had since graduating 3 years prior when there were minimal jobs in my field. I had been working in a “volunteer” position but it was terminated 9 months after I started due to a restructure. And then this opportunity came along. It was part time to start, but they made it sound like full time was a very real possibility very soon. As it turns out, full time started about a month later. I was feeling a mix of excitement, nerves, uncertainty and relief. I was beginning to think I was going to have to go back to school and seek out a new career. I was done with working food/retail. I didn’t love my brief foray into admin and software programming.

Like any job, it’s had it’s ups and downs. Thankfully the rewards still outweigh the tough times. Our former director suggested the average lifespan in this career is 5-8 years. I feel like the first 13 have been such a blur. Some amazing moments are permanently etched to memory. Some horrendous moments I’d rather forget are also permanently etched to memory. This career has changed me, changed my outlook on life, forced me to re-evaluate what is important in life. I won’t lie, I do still have moments of “if I knew then…”, and I probably always will – especially as it pertains to things like health risks of shift work, PTSD (thought I might have dodged that bullet, alas, no), and even things like what it’s truly like to be an outside worker (Hello bitter cold, driving rains, sweltering heat, impromptu hikes deep in the rough, etc.). I’ve also been so lucky to have met and worked with some of the best people you’d ever want to meet.

I don’t overly want to dwell on my memoirs. It’s still far too early in my career for that, and OMERS tells me I still have ~19 years to go. That being said, I do have a work related layout I thought today would be a perfect day to share. It was a selfie I happened to snap last year when I was having a good hair day! 😉 I wanted to use some of Simple Stories 24/7 line for the layout because the job is 24/7/265. A rare layout, just for me. No challenges. No sketch inspiration. Just a selfie and a collection pack.

Supplies used: Cardstock-American Crafts; Patterned Paper, Stickers-Simple Stories; Wood hearts-Studio Calico; Twine-American Crafts; Paper Clip-Freckled Fawn

Tales From The Crazy Train

All aboard! I’m going off the rails on a crazy train!

So, after starting the blog, I wrapped up a busy week at work and got right into running lots of errands. Fun stuff. For me stuff. Get me out of the house and distract me appropriately kind of stuff. I was running on little sleep and admittedly was stressed and grumpy. Clearly not the best of conditions to blog under. I’d have everyone thinking I was some spoiled emo brat grumpasaurus which is not my norm. I’d like to think I keep to my own and live a relatively peaceful life. I digress….

Last night I was leaving my last errand of picking up a still under warranty cable for my MacBook when I got some amazing news. The arbitrator has awarded us a contract. We had been working for over 2 years without one so it was good to see it finally come to an end. For the record, I will seldom, if ever post about work. I have a mortgage I need to pay and I won’t jeopardize my job by posting things on the intarwebs about it. This makes twice that our contract has been awarded while I was off on vacation. I’ll call it an omen that I need to vacation a lot whenever we enter into contract negotiations – for the benefit of my co-workers of course. End of work discussion! I’m on vacation.

Today I have been out doing all sorts of fun errands with extra gusto! I’m currently relaxing in the chair at the hairdressers. I’ll be off from here to a mani/pedi. I’m such a girlie girl and can’t help it. I love to be spoiled. And now instead of looking like the spoiled emo brat grumpasaurus I probably look like a wee bit of a diva princess. I guess there’s worse things to be. Let the vacation times roll on…