When it comes to reading, I am not a romance buff, with one exception.
Festive in Death is the latest JD Robb story about Eve Dallas and her gorgeous (and filthy rich) husband Roarke, and it’s available September 9.
OF COURSE I have my Kindle copy pre-ordered.
Here’s why the In Death series is so awesome:
–Amazing characters. I’ve watched Eve Dallas fall in love, work on conquering her demons, and generally become a stronger human being as the books progress. The other characters in these books are also well thought out, interesting, and as human as hell. Hell, I even love their cat, who has as much spunk as Eve.
–Each book has Eve solving another case, usually with her husband Rorarke by her side. The cases are lots of fun, kind of grisly sometimes (well, Eve IS a murder cop), and always very interesting.
–The dialogue uttered by these great characters moves along quickly, and their words ring true.
–The stories stay on target, from beginning to end. The scenes from Eve’s personal life do not detract from the story, they add to the story.
–This series is fun to read, and allows me to escape for a few hours as I devour each book like a crack junkie.
If you read this, and you have not read any of the In Death books, I hope you give one a try!
This is it.
The end of summer.
As I prepare to start working again (part time, yeah), I’m thinking of this new path I’m on in my life.
Creating a new normal for myself is exciting and at times scarier than hell.
But hey, I asked for this, right?
I thought through this new path for months before actually taking the leap.
Be careful what you wish and plan for, girlfriend!
Today I’m wishing you all a great Labor Day holiday, if you are in the U.S. If you work, then I hope you only have to work for a few hours.
I’m going to do laundry and work on a writing project, and take a bit of a walk this afternoon.
Cheers to you all!
Great article from the Mayo Clinic about Job burnout.
As many of you know, I retired from my nonprofit job after 12 years.
I worked at my agency from 2001-2006, then went back in the spring of 2007 and made it until the end of this June.
As a master’s level social worker, I know what job burnout is all about. I can recite all of the signs that one is burned out from the job. I worked for over a year knowing it was time for me to move on. For awhile I resisted making any changes, I think because I loathe (and fear) making any changes in my life!
So here’s what I experienced in my months of burnout:
- Coming home at night so tired all I could do was crash on the couch after dinner, and then wanting to consume large bags of Lay’s potato chips and sugar-laden foods.
- Turning down social invitations because I was so emotionally and physically fatigued.
- Absolutely dreading Sunday afternoon, because it was time to get ready for another week of work.
- Increasingly impatient, irritable, and angry with everyone–my agency, my coworkers, clients, and myself.
- I always had a headache, or backache, or some kind of damn pain, somewhere in my body.
- I was always complaining about my job, to anyone who would listen.
- My sleep was poor; I would fall asleep with no problems, then wake up a few hours later, unable to get back to sleep.
I floundered for awhile, wondering what the hell to do next. As a “mature” woman, I had to take into account ageism. If I quit my job, how long would it take me to get another one?
That’s when I started thinking about retirement. My full retirement age is next year, so I needed to assess my situation. In the end, I decided to take early retirement and start looking for part time work after a short break.
I realize you might not be in the same age bracket as me, so here’s what I suggest you do if you think you have job burnout:
- Start by assessing your situation and what you want to do next. I do not know if this will work for you, but when I admitted to myself that I was burned out, and needed to make a change, I started to feel like I was taking control of my situation. I told myself, over and over again, that I would know what direction to take next at the right time for me.
- Get some support–family, friends, coworkers (if you feel comfortable doing so), a therapist, minister, or perhaps someone who does career advising for a living.
- Consider talking to your doctor, and see if your health insurance covers any therapy sessions or support groups. If your company participates in the Family Medical Leave Act, do you qualify for some time away from work?
- Get your resume spruced up and get it out there–on Monster.com and Indeed. Join LinkedIn and start connecting with others. Spend some time on Craigslist and troll the ads, just to see what’s out there.
- If you see some jobs that appeal to you, apply for them and see what happens.
- Take a vacation if you can!
- Better yet, get some exercise! I took some Pilates classes, and they helped me manage my sleep. Yoga and walking helped me a lot also. Getting outside in the fresh air is a great mood booster.
- Even better, try some meditation, especially if you are having trouble sleeping.
I have classified myself as semi-retired right now. I will admit that I’m starting to feel a little anxious, and hope to get some part time work soon. But I am certain that I did the right thing for myself–my mood is improved, I have caught up on my rest, and I feel in control of my life again. I miss my work mates something fierce, and plan to see them socially whenever I can.
But I’m also happier than I have been for a long time, at peace with my decision to leave a job that I was ready to leave.
And if you feel you are burned out by your job, I’m sending you a virtual, side-type, Granny hug. Try my ideas, or Google job burnout.
There’s hope for all of us, I’m certain of it!
And here’s my latest iPhone pic, that I took today while I was out walking in the sunshine:
Some of us have been wondering what we can do to help. Here are some ways to help out the folks in Ferguson, Missouri!
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I’m not sure if you have heard about the Dollar Shave Club, but it sounds pretty cool to me.
For a few dollars a month, you can have razor blades razor blades delivered to your home.
There are three different shavers, and prices:
-The Humble Twin; you get 2 stainless steel blades and 5 cartridges per month for $1 a month. Shipping and handling are added to this option.
-The 4X, which gives you 4 cartridges and 4 stainless steel blades for $6 a month, shipping and handling included
-The Executive, which comes with 6 blades and 4 cartridges, for 9 bucks a month, and the cost also includes shipping and handling.
The Dollar Shave Club also offers shave butter and after shave options, in addition to butt wipes for men.
As I was looking over the Dollar Shave Club, I wondered if women could use these razors, so I Googled “can women use dollar Shave razors?” and learned that women are trying them! I may try some razors myself, once I use up some of my pink lady-type razors.
As many of you know, I am now semi-retired. I’m looking for a part-time job, but my income has certainly taken a nose dive in the past few months. This means my budget is a lot tighter, and here’s how I am saving money:
-Making coffee at home. When I was working every day, I stopped at Starbucks every few days. Even when I bought drip coffee, it sure added to some bucks throughout the week.
-I’m buying fewer books, both Kindle and print, and using the Seattle Public Library more. Seattle also has Half Price Books, a cool used bookstore, and I’ve actually gone out of the house to buy a book!
-I’m eating out less, and cooking at home more. When I was working, I bought my lunch 2-3 times a week, and ate dinner out weekly.
-I love to buy clothes, and I’m looking out for more sales, checking out lower priced clothing stores and consignment shops. Wow, much cheaper!
-Finally, I’m making fewer impulse purchases, and asking myself if I really need to buy a fancy new perfume or pair of shoes.
I hope you will check out the Dollar Shave Club, and if you do, let me know about your experience!
I would also love to hear your own tips for saving money!
And, as always, I’m amazed at what can be ordered online!
I’ve been a Google Chrome user for a long time.
Google is my search engine, and I have no desire to use any other search engine.
A few months ago I got this wild and crazy idea to use Skype.
So I downloaded Skype, and things went okay for awhile.
Then, all of a sudden one day, I signed on to Google and Yahoo came up as my start page, with Bing as my search engine.
So I went to my Google chrome settings, and deleted Yahoo and Bing from my start up page.
After doing some online research, I found that Skype downloads could make this happen, so I deleted Skype and reinstalled it, being careful to uncheck the options for Yahoo to be my start page and Bing my search engine.
Guess what, sports fans?
It happened again, maybe the third or fourth time I signed on to Google.
So here’s the deal, Yahoo and Microsoft: I’ve got nothing but love for both of you.
But I do not want Yahoo to be my start up page, and I do not want Bing to be my search engine.
With respect, Microsoft, please take Skype and stick it where the sun don’t shine!
photo from http://www.metroparent.com
This is a pretty good article about the availability of e-books from public libraries.
Because e-books come with terms and conditions regarding how and where they can be used and distributed, libraries don’t have the same freedom with e-books as they do with traditional print books. The report continues, “Libraries continue to have to deal with imposed and inflexible terms and conditions, some of which impede legislated copyright exceptions.”
I’ve borrowed a number of e-books from The Seattle Public Library, but some titles I’ve looked for just aren’t available for download!
In the words of the late great Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), I’m a little discomboobulated.
I’ve spent a great portion of my adult life living with family, and for a few years I shared a house with a great family in Beacon Hill. Since 2009, I’ve lived alone, in an awesome apartment that I loved. But to tell you the truth, I missed living with other people.
Thanks to my wonderful daughter-in-law Kim, I once again have the chance to live in a large, lively, wonderfully noisy household filled with love, laughter, dogs, and cats!
But it’s different, a change from my routine. Kim and I have talked about creating a new normal, for myself and for my family (as they get used to me living with them).
I’ve done some really goofy things in the past few days–spraying my hair with lens cleaner, putting my French Press coffee maker together incorrectly, and jumping up out of bed in the middle of the night when the family dog cuddled up close to me!
And as most of you know, I retired a month ago and have not been working. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally cool and I’ve loved living at a less hectic pace.
It’s just different.
And being retired is a huge contributor to my discomboobulation.
Time will work its magic and I will settle in (it’s already happening, since I’ve started unpacking my stuff and surrounding myself with familiar items).
I’m starting to consider part-time jobs, and I am NOT looking at social work jobs at this time.
Been there, done that.
I’m not focused on anything in particular right now, just looking at what is available.
So for now, I’m embracing being discomboobulated. I’ve been needing to make major changes in my life for some time, and I’ve finally done it! Yeah!
I’m kind of sitting back and seeing what happens next.
It feels good!