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Government Shutdown

Saturday, January 20, 2018

I am a federal employee, so I am being affected by the government shutdown. My coworkers and I have been instructed to still report to work on Monday, and that our supervisors will instruct us on how to navigate through this shutdown. I am a relatively new employee, so I don't know if I will still be paid. However, one of my coworkers said that they were paid (albeit retroactively) after the last shutdown ceased, so that's good to know! I feel bad for the contractors, though, as they won't be paid at all during the shutdown.

That said, I'm still sick. I'm a lot better now, but I still have a really annoying lingering cough. I don't get sick often, but when I do, it's bad (because of my horrible cough).

I'm so glad it's the weekend! Although, since Monday was a holiday, and I missed work on Tuesday (due to being sick), I feel like I'm being spoiled by having 2 days off after such a short work week. :P

My eating has been horrible lately. I need to care more! The only thing I waste money on is eating out (via fast food and sit down restaurants), and this needs to stop (especially because I may need to live off my savings during this government shutdown)! I don't cook, so that's not helping.
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  • 4ROSEMARY
    I'm late responding to your blog, and the shutdown is already over. So, that's good, if you are well enough to go back to work. Hope you are feeling better. (Though it may happen again in three weeks...so be prepared for that!)
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    When I was younger I didn't cook much, but I've learned over the years, and now I can cook practically anything from scratch, without even looking at a recipe. You just need practice. There are tons of cooking shows on TV, like The Chew, and YouTube videos. Start with something basic and build up your confidence. I think if you can read a recipe, you can learn how to cook. Read it from start to finish before you do anything, so there are no surprises, get all the ingredients out and measured before you start, and then begin. Google any terms you don't quite understand. And then have fun. Cooking with a friend is always more fun, too! And I've learned to cook in large quantities. Always make a double recipe, and then freeze half of it, and you have food for another day when you don't feel like cooking. Don't be afraid to make mistakes...you learn from them too!

    One very easy recipe..buy a box of chicken stock (low sodium), and use that as a base for soup. Throw in any veggies (frozen are fine), spices, noodles, and some protein (like a store-bought cooked rotisserie chicken meat), and it will taste great...home made chicken soup within 30 minutes!
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  • SUNNYCALIGIRL
    Buy yourself an easy, healthy food how to cook cookbook tailored to your eating needs for your birthday! There are TONS of how to videos on YouTube. I never thought about how government workers are affected, I am only happy that even if there is a shutdown, I still get my disability check. BUT that must be because government employees are still working. I know my local grocery store lets government employees have a tab, and the bill gets drawn from their paycheck once it is deposited. So they don't have to wait until payday to buy necessities or food, get their loans, rent paid etc. I wonder how they handle a shutdown. Best of luck, I know you will pull through this.
    758 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    I'm glad you're better and hope that you'll get rid of the rest of your cold soon. I was sick in December and it seemed to last forever.

    Government playing games - it's just terrible. I wish they would just set aside their self serving agendas and do their jobs. (Sigh!)

    I don't like cooking either, but I do cook every now and then. Somebody suggested SparkRecipes. There are some great ones out there. Also, many restaurants and fast foods offer healthy/ier choices and post their calories in their menus.

    Being sick and work stress both lend themselves to find comfort in food.
    Remember, you are #1. Please take good care of yourself.

    Happy Sunday!
    759 days ago
  • CARBMONSTERII
    Hope you get rid of the last bit of your respiratory disease quickly, and that our government gets their act together sooner rather than later.
    759 days ago
  • CTYONIT
    I hope the shutdown is resolved soon.

    I know how hard it is to eat out--but I also know they are healthy choices out there. Fast food chains and restaurants want our money and so they offer more than ever before. I am sending you a spark mail with a link for Dining Out guide--there is even a Spark chat for Q & A.

    I sure hope you feel better--this has been lingering too long. Maybe you should make a Dr appt.

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    759 days ago
  • SUSANBEAMON
    It's too bad that the ones we elect to be in charge of the country care so little for the people working for them that they will play games with your life and income. You'll likely be paid retroactively, but it's no fun when you have to live on savings because some people can't do their jobs.
    759 days ago
  • AZMOMXTWO
    I hope you feel better soon
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  • BARCELONAME
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  • LINDA!
    Feel better. Even though you are a new employee, I believe you will have to be paid. I hope that the government shutdown is short lived. I would like to see a deal made soon.
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    Comment edited on: 1/20/2018 10:24:51 PM
  • JOURNEYCHICKGO
    I’m so sorry about the shut down, I’m sorry you have been sick. Are you thinking about learning how to cook? I’ve gotten great recipes from here. Looking for to reading about your cooking journey, or non cooking 😋
    759 days ago
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