First off, I know I’ve been away for awhile. I could say I was too busy but that’s not really true. Honestly, I just haven’t been in the mood to write. It’s not writers block…I had plenty of stuff I could have written on, I just had no motivation to do it. I wasn’t going to force myself to do it because I know that’s a surefire way to burn myself out all together and I really enjoy blogging generally, so I didn’t want to risk that. I’ll try and write more this week!
Anyway, it’s been so long since I wrote that I feel like I don’t know where to start. I left off getting ready for an upcoming wedding of one of my best friend’s sisters. The wedding was really nice, outside in a Heritage Listed property in it’s fancy gardens. The only issue I (and most people) had was that where we were sitting was in direct sunlight, so it was kind of uncomfortable squinting to see what was going on. Oh, and there weren’t enough seats, which is kind of weird. Both things that the venue would have been in charge of, I’d assume, so they probably should have known better and pre-planned to accomodate it. The reception was held in the same venue but in a hall. They used wooden Scrabble pieces to spell out people’s names (which was really cute) and had a little bag of custom lollies with their names and their wedding date on them. The food was really nice too, though in typical Wedding fashion, was really small. I had prawns as an entree (three of them), duck for main (one small leg) and creme brule for dessert (this was the biggest meal of the three, and the first time I’d had it. It was nice). I was worried the whole day I’d get a headache, as big outings like this generally trigger them (I have no idea why) and I’d forgotten to pack painkillers. Right on cue at about dinner time, the first symptoms had started. I think maybe my blood sugar was low, and the champagne wasn’t helping, because once I’d eaten dessert the headache went away pretty quickly.
It was awesome hanging out with two of my best friends, and we all looked so dressed up and mature. Mature isn’t something we really pride ourselves on when we’re together though, so after dessert we headed off to the closest Pancake Parlour to eat a proper meal. I love Pancake Parlour. Sure, everything is full of sugar or fat but it tastes so amazing! Plus, several of the shops are open 24/7, which has come in handy a couple of times in my life. It was a great day, all in all, aside from the fact it was held on a Sunday night and I had work the next morning. Surprisingly, despite going to bed hours later than usual, I pulled up okay. Win!
My favourite meal from Pancake Parlour – Chocolate Chip Pancakes!
Speaking of food, my diet once again flew out the window this week. I started buying lunch again and while I could have found a lot more unhealthy options, the stuff I bought still wasn’t great. I don’t even know why I started buying lunch, as I’d packed food. It’s a slippery slope though, and once I started, I wound up doing it every day. My diet over the weekend hasn’t been much better either. At least my dinner’s (aside from last night) have all been Lite n Easy ones, so I didn’t go completely crazy.
My diet properly starts again tomorrow, to coincide with my starting work at my real store, after training up for over a month at a different one. It was sad saying goodbye to everyone there, and they all had such nice things to say to me considering I’d only been there for a short time. I even got flowers and a cake! I doubt I’d have gotten that at my old job after five years.
It’ll be really weird rocking up to a new store and team tomorrow. I mean, I knew it was coming but I’ve gotten so used to the team at the other store. I’ve met a handful of people from my real store but given how many staff are going to be working there, I feel like it’s going to take my a long time to meet everyone, and even longer to remember their names.
We aren’t opening officially until Tuesday week, so in the lead up to that we’re doing dress rehearsals and dry runs to get a feel for the store and make sure everything works correctly and flows like it should. I’m glad they’ve included this (even though I initially laughed at it) because it means I’m not jumping directly from one store to the other and had to try to adjust straight away. I had a bit of time to work out the differences (and there’s going to be a lot of them) and to settle into the new team.
As it’s in the city, I know my step count is automatically going to be higher than it has been while working in a shopping centre, so I’m just going to make sure I eat healthy and hopefully my diet will get back on track. In preparation, I bought myself a lunchbox and a big glass water bottle. While I’m sure the new store will have fridges and a water fountain (hell, they’re even giving us access to a free squishy machine in the back room!), I know if I rely on that stuff, I’ll be tempted to leave my lunch in the fridge and go buy food instead, and I’ll forget to drink water. If I’m lugging it to and from work, I think I’ll be more inclined to eat it.
All weekend I’ve been rekindling my love for SimCity 4. I know a lot of people think it’s terrible (and parts of it definitely are) but overall, once you get used to the interface, it’s fun and interesting and full of challenges. I initially played it when it first came out, but got frustrated with their unreliable servers causing the game to drop out and not save sometimes hours worth of progress, and eventually gave up. I briefly got back into it when the expansion pack was released but that didn’t last long either. It had been so long since I played it, I initially struggled to remember where everything was (there are so many menus and buttons) and had to google where to find things. Eventually though, it all came back to me and I started playing properly again. The servers seem a lot better now (so it should, the game has been out for two years now!) but online isn’t as fun any more because it doesn’t have many active players. Luckily that isn’t an imperative part of it so it was still fun. So much so I lost about twelve hours (probably more) of my weekend to it. That’s also another reason why I didn’t blog – I knew I should, but I just couldn’t switch off the game. I found ways to make heaps of money so it was a lot of fun spending it all then trying to juggle the repercussions of it.
The other part of my weekend was spent watching YouTube tutorials on how to use my hair straightener to curl my hair. It’s something I’ve been wanting to learn forever (as my family friend/hairdresser used to do it to my hair and I’d never managed to replicate it). I had moderate success with it after watching the tutorials, though I’m still not great at it. I’ll practice it a bit more as I think I want my hair done nicely for the store’s grand opening. I’ve got a week and a bit to get it down pat!
I don’t think much else is new. I’ll definitely update you on how tomorrow (and the rest of the week) goes, both with the new store and my diet! 🙂