So, I’ve had a massive couple of days. It’s exhausting going from zero to a hundred in the space of a week. It feels weird to think this time last week I was sitting around all day, and now I can barely catch my breath. It’s good and I’m enjoying being employed again, but it’s hard to get used to and even harder to find time to write (especially because my TV shows are already starting to pile up and get out of control, argh!).
Yesterday was pretty good. My ears were still giving me grief but I made an effort to keep my painkillers topped up instead of letting it get out of hand then battling to get it under control. I was in induction again, and it went well. All the people in there were really friendly and fun, and the trainers were awesome. I’ve been in a lot of crappy training sessions in my time, but this wasn’t one of them. The day’s focus was on products, which is something I didn’t know much about in terms of telco-specific stuff, but I knew a lot about in it the broader sense. I still feel like I have a lot to learn about the products they offer, but I’m not letting myself get too overwhelmed or concerned by that stuff. I know it’s easy to get lost in it, but realistically you can fake-it-til-you-make-it with the help of computers and brochures and stuff.
Public transport is definitely a challenge. I’ve done it before (in fact, I did it for a month this time last year) and I’d rather PT than driving into the city and paying through the nose for parking, but it’s certainly different. Firstly, you have to get to the station, which is always a longer walk than it would be to a car park. Not necessarily a bad thing as it gets my step count up, though adds to my exhaustion at the end of the day. Then you wait for the train. Then you get on and it’s peak hour so there’s no seats and barely even anything to hold onto so you’re basically focusing entirely on not falling over as the train lurches around. You know if you do fall, it’ll be like human dominoes and you certainly don’t want to be the one that causes it. After 45 minutes you finally arrive at your station, then get off and hurry to the waiting bus (praying it doesn’t leave before you get there). You get on and hope he doesn’t take off until you’ve sat down, lest you fall flat on your face (I’ve done it before). Twenty minutes later, you get off the bus and walk about a kilometre home, avoiding big trees so you won’t get swooped by crazy mother magpies.
Seriously, I hate the fucking things. Then again, I hate most birds so that isn’t really saying much. Still, there isn’t much that scares me more than the sound of flapping fast approaching and the thought of claws and wings suddenly attacking you from behind. You ask any Australian what they hate about spring time and chances are this will make it into their top three.
Anyway, I digress. After getting up super early, battling public transport in the morning, doing training all day, battling even worst public transport at night, I get home absolutely wiped. I didn’t get the chance to rest yesterday though. I jumped straight into the car and headed to the doctors to see what they thought was going on with my ears. I always arrive early and I always wonder why. I always seem to land the ones that are miles behind. The doctor next to her saw six separate people to my doctor’s two. She was half an hour behind, so I didn’t get in there until 7.30. At least she was thorough with her questioning. We basically got nowhere though. She said it wasn’t ear infections (surprisingly) and thought it might be part of an ongoing migraine, which I wasn’t so sure about even though when it first started it coincided with one. Then she dropped the bombshell – she said if it was from a migraine, I should get a needle to hopefully fix it.
I hate needles. I was totally blindsided by it. I didn’t even know migraine needles were a thing, and even if I had of, I didn’t think what I had was a migraine. So I get sent to another waiting area then ushered into a nurse’s station. She tried to brush it off as nothing but I mean, hello, you’re sticking something into my skin. That isn’t nothing! Still, after getting a wisdom tooth out recently, I knew this wasn’t gonna be anywhere near as bad as two needles in my gum. It was okay. The needle itself didn’t hurt at all until the very end, but for the rest of the night my whole arm was so sore. I was paranoid it would become stiff like it did once when I was a kid (though I had a feeling as a kid I probably didn’t move it at all for fear of pain and that caused issues).
So, after all that, I got home at about 8.15, tired, hot, sore and hungry. Not the ideal end to the day. By the time I fed the dog and got changed, it was 8.30. I had half a bag of popcorn for dinner, watched one episode of the Block then went to bed and fell heavily asleep. I haven’t slept like that (without drugs) for a long time. It was one of those sleeps where you wake up and it feels like five minutes ago you crawled into bed. While it probably means it was a good sleep, it isn’t a nice feeling because it’s like you never got to appreciate the time between work.
I battled PT again today, and had my last day of induction. It’s funny, as I said I’ve had heaps of trainings before in my life with people I don’t know, but it’s never felt as friendly as this. We all got on really well and had a lot of laughs. We even added each other on Facebook at the end of it. I think it has a lot to do with the cool people who ran it – they were just as friendly and awesome, and really set the tone for the whole training. Today was focused mainly on systems and tying up loose ends. I think overall I liked this day the most as I’m a bit of a systems nerd and really enjoy that aspect of work, and getting to play with all the different features. We didn’t go in depth at all today but we saw what was possible and what we’d learn about in the future once we get into store and it seemed pretty awesome (albeit confusing and complicated).
After finally getting home, I had to leave straight away (again!), this time to go grocery shopping, which I’d been putting off for a couple of days. Once again, I wasn’t home until after 7.30. At least I’ve now had a chance to catch up on a few TV episodes and relax a little. I’ll probably had a bath later on, before resting up and doing something similar tomorrow – induction might be over but now it’s compliance training, which is going to be dry and long and boring. At least I should be able to smash through it, after doing all this at my previous work. I’m looking forward to getting my roster for the next month and seeing where I’ll be put to train up prior to my store opening. Hopefully it’s close by.
In terms of my diet, it went out the window this week. Honestly, while I know I should be focusing on it and keeping it up, I just didn’t have the energy. I had so much else going on that what I was putting in my mouth just didn’t make it onto the list. I fell back into old habits hard. I think once I know the gameplan I can mentally prepare a bit better and work out how I’m going to tackle it, but right now with everything so up in the air, it’s just too difficult. This is pretty much how it was this week:
At least working in the city and using public transport has automatically lifted my step count to an average of between 5000-7000 a day. I haven’t had a chance to go on my walk (I feel bad for my dog who has kind of been shafted – one week I’m there and walking her every day and the next I’m out of the house heaps and not walking her). I will make an effort to start the exercise back up once I get my roster and know where I’m working. I know I need to stick to it, it’s just a lot harder now to find time for everything.
My ears are still sore, but I’ve cut back on the painkillers a little bit, and it’s coming and going more now instead of being constant. I don’t know if that’s because of the injection or just because whatever’s going on is fixing itself. I feel like it’s probably the latter – I even told the GP I didn’t think it was from migraine pain because I get migraines heaps and they’ve never been like that. I don’t really care what the issue is, I just need to feel better. Being sick on top of all this is making everything even more stressful and exhausting.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow, even if it’s going to be boring. I really think I’m going to enjoy the job once I get settled in, and I can appreciate it after losing one and then hating the next one I got. Really makes you want to do well once you find something you like!