Back to school again…

Ah yes, as a bonus prize for visiting my blog, you get excellent video content such as the one above.  LOL.

Several months ago, my husband went back to school.  The company pays for it, so why not?  He’s going for his Business degree.  And doing very well at it (show off)!  So that inspired me to go back to school.  Sort of.  I signed up for a 2 week/4 session course at Rice University for Human Resources.

I’ve worked on the staffing/recruitment/talent acquisition side of HR for almost 20 years.  I’ve had some exposure to some of the other aspects, but not a lot.  So I thought it would be a good idea for me to learn a little bit more about the other sides.  I have no intention of leaving my current job.  But I feel like enhancing my knowledge can only be a good thing.

I passed!

I’m very proud of myself that I stuck with it, and attended all the classes.  It was all run online, so that was helpful.  If I’d had to attend in person (and drive all the way to and from Houston to do so), it would have be a no go.  But all I had to do was listen to the lecturer (and participate in “discussions” via a chat board), take the modules’ quizzes and the final exam.  3 hours a night for 4 nights.  Not too difficult.

I feel as if I learned a decent amount in the class – a good primer of HR.  I am notoriously bad at not retaining info that well, though, long term.  For example, all the stuff I learned in college.  *sigh*  But I’ll be holding on to my coursebook and workbook for this program, and trying to review the info and retain what I can.

I would definitely do something like this again.  Courses to keep my skills fresh and keep learning.  It probably wouldn’t hurt me to take a course in Excel or PowerPoint or something like that.

What are you doing to enhance your skill set?

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Our little group has always been, and always will be, until the end

I have spent much of the day listening to/watching Tori Amos videos on YouTube.  It’s good background music for whatever else I’m doing.  Which is mainly pinning stuff on Pinterest, and Facebook scrolling.  I’m spending more and more time alone.  Not sure why that is.  I guess I’m going through an anxious stage, where I’m just afraid to be around people.

A few weeks ago, I went to a bar for some beers, it was Sunday Funday after all.  A guy sat down next to me and we started to chat.  He was nice, for the most part, but later got a bit more aggressive in his flirting.  Some of the things he said and did made me quite uncomfortable, but I just ignored it.  I was nice, but made it clear that I was not interested, that I was married, etc.  He eventually left. 

I don’t know how to react in situations like that.  I’ve lived out here in Texas just shy of 3 years now, and it’s been very hard to make friends.   I am very socially anxious, in that I don’t think people actually WANT to get to know me and be my friend.  So when I get a shred of attention, I don’t want to turn that down.  Even if it’s from a seemingly shady dude.  That’s pretty pathetic, actually. 

It makes me miss my San Diego friends something fierce.  I miss feeling safe in their collective arms.  They’re a special group from a special time in my life.  And as time passes, it’s fading away, no matter how much I don’t want it to. 

I could say the same thing about my college friends as well. 

It seemed so easy back then.  I have no idea why now I just can’t seem to get it together.  I need to make more of an effort to go out and be social.  It’s not healthy to be a hermit.  I work from home for a company based in California, so it’s not like I can make work friends.  I get out for the occasional outing to the grocery store or pharmacy.  That’s about it. 

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B-B-B Bennie, she’s a cat

Isn’t she adorable?

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Listen, smith of the heavens, what the poet asks

Morbid thought, I suppose, but I would love to have this performed at my funeral.  I don’t even remember how I came across this song, but I fell in love with it and have searched for the “perfect” version of it.  This is about as close as you can get.  I’m a big choir nerd from back in the day, and so I’m very sensitive to pitch and such things like that.

I went to urgent care yesterday, because my shoulder has been bothering me for a week or so, with pain going into my neck.  Just a muscle strain from sleeping in a weird position, but annoying nonetheless.  They gave me a shot in my ass, and sent me to CVS to pick up prescriptions for steroids and muscle relaxers.  So far, so…decent.  The pain isn’t completely gone, but I care less about it.  I think that’s really the whole deal with muscle relaxers (and pain killers, if they’re the good, strong type).  You just don’t care.  There’s pain? Meh, whatevs.

So my Sunday shall be spent watching various music videos on youtube, with a squirmy cat by my side.

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From the Pho restaurant

Well. Kinda soon, but in 2 months I’ll be well on my way!!!

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I’m down to your last cigarette


As part of the pre-surgery process, I have to quit smoking.  Yeah, yeah, I should’ve done it years ago.  Meh.  I like smoking.  If I didn’t have to quit, I wouldn’t.  But there are medical reasons, so as of yesterday, I am one week smoke-free.

It actually isn’t so bad, most of the time.  I don’t even think about it.  Unless I’m out at the bar.  There’s something about a beer and a smoke that is oh-so-satisfying.  But, I’m also not going out as much, and won’t be for a while after surgery, so, maybe that will get easier.

In the meantime, I’d still like a smoke.

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This is the story of a girl.




It’s been over 3 years since my last blog post.  I am in Texas.  I am working for my previous employer in California, remotely.  I am still happily married and we now have a cat.

So all is well, for the most part.

It’s funny, I looked back through some old posts and it’s the same ol’ bitching – I’m fat, waaah, waaah.  Oh, if ONLY I were as “fat” as I was then!  I am pushing maximum density these days, despite my efforts.  These efforts include Weight Watchers, Atkins, Noom, Modere, hypnotherapy, and more!  I hate how I look, sure.  But as I’m in my mid-40s now, it’s more than that.  My blood pressure is high, my cholesterol is high.  My feet swell if I stand or walk for too long.  My joints (back, hips and knees) ache constantly.

A few years ago, I was doing 5Ks.  Now, I’m as sedentary as they come.

Well, I’m doing something major about it.  I’m getting Gastric Sleeve Surgery.  I feel like an asshole saying it.  I feel like a dick blogging about it.  But that’s what I’ve decided to do.  I’m getting the surgery, following the rules, and getting healthy.  And I’m going to write about the process — the good, the bad; the ups and downs.  Because I think that will help ME in the long-run.

Still, I feel like a self-absorbed tool. Being all *look at me, look at me*

I know that some people will not agree with what I’m doing.  But in the end, I have to do what’s right for me.  All I can ask is that people wish me well during the surgery, and that I have an easy healing process.

Surgery is scheduled for 11/6.



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