Monday, July 2, 2012

Of Work and Play

I'd rather play than work any day, I can tell you that right now. But, one must pay the bills and so humming "I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go.." I do go to work 3 days a week.

I started this blog long after I sold my business. I wonder what my blog focus would have been if I had started it back when I owned my Curves? I did a monthly newsletter for my club and it of course covered health/fitness and all things Curves-related but I also wove in some humor and inspiration.

Now, as an employee of a Curves, rather than the owner, my focus is different. I love the ladies I meet on the circuit and I really like to help them and encourage them in their goals for health and fitness. But I also love being able to leave when my shift is done; the stress of running a business does not come home with me. And I only work 3 days a week for a few hours each shift. It's easy work. It's fun most of the time.

Still, with both my husband and I trying hard to regain the ground we lost while he was out of work for so very long, I sometimes wonder if I should be working more hours, making more money. And so, occasionally I peruse craigslist and other want ad's checking out the jobs listed. Sometimes I see something that intrigues me but it is usually something I am not trained, skilled or experienced in. And then I start to wonder about going back to school.....

This past week I saw a job posting at my local post office. That led to an online application, and a 2 part online assessment for the position. I have done part 1 but part 2 has to be done in their approved facility so I have scheduled an appointment. I have also talked to the postmaster at my post office. I have a pretty good rapport with him and we often engage in pleasantries when I go to buy stamps. He was enthusiastic and encouraging about my interest in the position and I came away feeling like the job was mine for the taking. Except.... it's a lot more hours than what I think I can or want to work.  And then I start to feel guilty because Bruce is working two jobs right now in an attempt to catch up on all the bills. (he has his full time job that he started 3 months ago and then side job popped up and ends up going there after work almost every night, sometimes getting home at 9 or 10 pm)

sigh. I decided to just go through the steps and see where it leads me. the pay for the position is really good. government jobs you know.... it could make a huge difference in our lives right now.... so I am taking one step at a time, praying about it, trusting God to open and close doors.

As I said.... I'd rather be playing. I went to the library and got a stack of books to entertain me. I scored 3 books from the library book sale table. They are all by an author that is new to me but she's on the best sellers list and these are all hard backed and signed by the author. whoot whoot! Her name is Dorothea Benton Frank. The 3 books look to be part of a series called 'low country tale' I haven't started them yet but they are fiction, female and relationship driven and all set in South Carolina which is a place I would truly love to explore.

I learned this week-- finally-- how to turn my power point slide shows into movies so I can upload them and share them. I chose Vimeo. It will be fun to be able to share links with friends and family. The first movie I made was with the very first power point presentation I ever made, which has since been tweaked a hundred times until I finally feel it's presentable. It's a slide show make over of the presentation we had at my dads memorial service 6 years ago. I had a lot of fun re-doing it even as it makes sniff a little each time I watch it.
(you can watch it if you like just click here!)

finally, playtime just got better. My husband sometimes makes some most amazing connections and today, as I was writing this he pulls in the yard with his trailer attached to the truck and loaded on the trailer is.... a HOT TUB!!! A friend decided after is has sat unused for a year, to part with is and offered it to us!!! I have been wanting a jucuzzi for like forever and this sweet little tub is gonna fit very nicely on our back deck!! BoooYAH!!!!!  except..... it needs some work first....


  1. God will point you in the right direction. :)

    Those books sound like a great summer read.

    That's exciting about the hot tub! :)

  2. I love looking at the jobs on cragislist too but, I like my time too much right now! haha.! I also liked your part about the hot tub...we have one on our deck and NEVER use it, so now that I read about this it makes me want to clean mine up and sit in it with a glass of wine!!!! Maybe I will clean it up and begin sining it again!

  3. *using. begin using it again! so much for spell check! ugh!

    1. 'sining' in a hot tub sounds infinitely more exciting. snicker snicker.....


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