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Shaping Up

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

That title goes for a lot in my life recently. I used to drink diet soda all day. I'd bring it to work in two-liter bottles and pour it into smaller bottles. I probably went through three 3-liter bottles a week. For about the last month now, I've stopped that. I still have a diet soda now and again, maybe twice a week. And I still drink iced tea which I brew myself. But I've really shaped up on what I drink and now I'm drinking lots more water. I fill two bottles of water (20 ounce size) every morning from my tap (good water!) and bring it to work.

I'm also eating better. My husband is allergic to most fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked. And I mean COOKED! Steaming them isn't enough to destroy the protein that causes him problems (he can't breathe). I used to just sort of go with his flow and, since he does the cooking for us, that meant a protein (usually fish or poultry as I don't eat red meat) and a starch. Now I've started fixing a veggie with dinner (if I steam a veggie, he can always cook it further if he wants) or having salad at least one night a week. (For whatever reason, he can eat lettuce with no problems.) . I'm also doing better with exercising, although I'm not yet where I want to be in that regard.

I've been very unhappy in my job for a long time. I'm a librarian in a large public library system. I used to delight in helping people find the materials they wanted but my work has largely become tasks that an elementary school student could do. I hand out guest passes all day to people who won't get library cards to use the computers. I tell people how to print their material. I stare at websites for the first time and patiently explain that no, I don't know where something is on the website because I've never seen it before so I know less than they do since they've actually been looking at it for longer than the five seconds I've been looking at it. I let people into meeting rooms and wait impatiently for them to leave at the end of the day. When they leave on time, I'm happy. Many don't and not only hold up the staff from going home but are often nasty to us when we remind them that they signed a contract that they'd be out of the library by closing. I've been called names by children who do not wish to comply with our library rules, generally those related to their noise level.

I recently accepted a job selecting materials for another large library system. The hours are better, the pay is better, the commute is better, and the working conditions will be better. I'm thrilled! I start in two weeks.

So, I'm shaping up and my life is shaping up! I'm looking for better things from myself. Here's to me and my supporters! (You can't see me but I'm raising a bottle of water to us!)
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    3285 days ago
    Congrats on the new job, drinking more water and eating better! Woohoo!
    3285 days ago
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