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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Another Tuesday, and I'm not excited to be at work. I really think I need a new job. In this economy I'm lucky to have a job at all, but I shouldn't dread coming to work everyday. That's really ridiculous. It's not that my job is hard or demanding or stressful or anything, it's just that it's repetitive, boring, and unchallenging. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate the lack of brain-power necessary to do my job on days that I'm overly tired or stressed about other things, but on days like today when all I want to be doing is playing out in the sunshine, my job really gets to me.

I was looking online at the teaching certification *AGAIN* and I think I'm going to go for it. If I apply in the next week, I get over $200 knocked off one of my registration costs which would help a lot. The program itself is still more expensive than I can afford, but I'm thinking I might just take another loan out (what's a few thousand more when you're already in debt $45,000?) and still work but cut my hours back and try to get through this program as quickly as possible and then start looking for a teaching job by the summer. If I get a teaching job, I can start paying back my student loans (woohoo!) and saving money. I'm fine right now with money, but when my repayments on my student loans kick back in in June, I will be poor. I think there might be a way around having to start repayment in June if I go back to school, but I don't know if this certification technically counts as "school" or not. If it does (which would be wonderful) it means that as soon as I'm done with the program, my repayments kick in right away with no grace period. Yikes! So many decisions!

In other news, and happier news at that, I'm going to Sam's today after work to get my garden box! We decided we'd rather shell out the $100 now and grow our own food which would save us money in the long run. It's a bigger expense upfront now, but it would save us money over the course of the growing cycles, so it would hopefully pay for itself. We shall see. I'm anxious to get out there and get digging!

This morning I got up and did my running thing. We ran our 5k Sunday morning and yesterday I was just too pooped to get out of bed and run like I'd planned. Not sure if it was being run down from the race or from going to bed late Sunday night, but I just couldn't get moving. This morning I was ready to get out there. I dressed, had my coffee, and then strapped on my new iPod holder and out the door I went. After mile 1 I was warm so my jacket came off and I finished the run feeling wonderful! I broke a bit of a sweat (yay spring!) and I was happy to be out there despite the overcast weather. I thought it was going to be a rainy icky day, but after I showered and got ready, I went outside to move my plants into the rain and lo and behold it was gorgeous and sunny out! Crazy! So it's shaping up to be a wonderful day, thus my good mood. (:

Tomorrow is an off day from running and I think I'm going to try to go by the library tonight to rent a workout DVD if they have any good ones since I still don't have my weights back from my mom's house. If not, I'll do my BOSU workout tomorrow morning instead. I haven't done that in a really long time so it should be a nice change of pace. Thursday I'll get out and run again and hopefully do some ST. Friday will be a complete rest day with just stretching and possibly some light yoga. Saturday I plan to do my first real "long" run since coming back from my stress fracture. If R's working, I plan to go to a nearby park and run for a change of scenery. It almost makes me hope he's working even though normally I wish he wasn't working on Saturdays!

I've got so much energy today, it's truly wonderful. I could keep writing on and on for hours but I'll stop here. It's a long enough blog and I should probably get back to work. Dang it how work gets in my way of Sparking! (: emoticon
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    Ah, yes. Those student loans. Is there anything you can do to get extra money and start paying back the loans now? Get a roommate? (Thanks for the offer for my daughter - she doesn't want a roommate now) I can tell you about all kinds of ways to save money on utilities and other things, as long as you are willing to do a bit extra work on washing clothes, gardening, etc. And get that certificate! It will most probably help you in the long run.
    3634 days ago
    I am so happy you have a direction to go in- its so hard to work at something in the long run if your heart isn't in it. let us know how things turn out- i hope you are able to get your certificate :)

    it sounds like you got an awesome run in. good luck with your upcoming long run!
    3634 days ago
    I hope you figure out what you want to do about the teaching certificate and your student loans. I hate the idea of coming out of school with debt, yuck! I'm glad you had nice weather today and got your run in. Sounds like you're doing great since the injury.

    Hope you had a great day!
    3635 days ago
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