Monthly Archives: February 2010

Blog Booty Call

It’s midnight and I’m in the mood for a quickie… a quickie update that is. 😉

SO many things going on that I have had zero time to even think about blogging. The only reason I’m blogging right now is to procrastinate going to bed because tomorrow is going to be the longest day in history. More on that later.

Since we last talked:

  • I GOT A NEW JOB!!!!! I got the job at a local children’s hospital in the dietary department!! I don’t start for a few weeks because of background check and orientation, but the rest will be appreciated.
  • I worked my last two shifts at the pub this past weekend. They were actually really fun and made me sad that I was going to miss out on the experience of meeting new people every time I go into work. The coworkers are not good enough though for me to stay. I did get my last phone number on Saturday, ending my reign as the phone number queen at the restaurant. ;-P (unofficial title, but seriously it happened once every 2-3 shifts)
  • National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is THIS week!!! I’m on the committee at my school, and so far the week is a success. Tomorrow’s event is the one I had the most involvement with as far as planning, psychologist Sarah Blake and a presentation of the documentary THIN. On Thursday we’re having America’s Next Top Model cycle 10 plus-sized winner Whitney Thompson speaking on campus. I’ve literally has no free time since last Friday because this week is so demanding, but so rewarding.

Here’s some pictures of my BIG NEDA week project, our informational display set up in the most popular student building on campus. Made this entire thing myself, and I’m so proud of it.

How to Talk to a Loved One -- Facts/Statistics -- ED Warning Signs

The health effects of an ED

Messages of Self-Love

Sexy, Beautiful, Curvy Celebrities

Photoshopping Before & Afters

Every time I see someone stop and read it, I feel like a proud mama. 😛

OK that’s all the updating I can think of for now. Tomorrow’s going to be craaaaaazy:

  • 8am: wake up, eat breakfast, HW
  • 10:10am-11am: class
  • 11am-1pm: Lunch/ study for lab quiz
  • 1:25-4pm: Lab
  • 4:30pm: Meet Sarah Blake at student center
  • 4:45pm: Dinner with Sarah Blake and executive board
  • 6:15pm: event set up
  • 6:30pm: Sarah Blake
  • 7:30pm: THIN documentary
  • 10pm: Homework

I’m tired just thinking about it, or maybe thats cuz it’s 12:32 am and I’ve been awake since 7am.

Bye!

Michelle

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Mental Health Vacation

Please excuse my absence recently. I’ve had a tough week. Friday was one month since my dad passed away, and the heavy weight of his death didn’t hit me until about a week ago. Since then, I’ve had a very tough week. I went to therapy on campus Friday, which was a great choice, and I went home this weekend. I was supposed to work a total of 24 hours this weekend, 12-8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (lunch and dinner all three days), but I just couldn’t. I went in on Friday morning and explained my family situation and told them that seeing my mom and taking care of myself was my number one priority. They understood and didn’t get in the way of me leaving.

I’ve come to realize that quitting the job may have been the best thing I’ve done for myself in a long time. I need to be extremely careful to take care of myself this semester. After such a tough winter, this spring could go one of two ways. I could either heal & grow or I could fall hard & fast into past behaviors of isolation, depression, and binging. I have a pretty stressful semester, the last thing I need is to come off of a stressful school week and jump right into a stressful work environment. I’ve juggled work and school for two years now, I think that I deserve a few months break at this very vulnerable time. Focusing on myself and my school work is all I feel like doing right now, so I’m going to honor that.

I’ll be back with more posts in the future. Right now, I’m just working through some personal stuff.

Michelle

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Tuesdays Make Me Tired

Happy first day of classes!! (Or third week of classes if you’re a normal school!)

Today started early at 7am. Of course I didn’t sleep well last night in anticipation of classes (you’d think I would get over that after high school… nope.) I wanted to give myself plenty of time to work my way across campus with the ice/snow covering all roads and sidewalks. Lo and behold, I fell. 😦 Stupid black ice.

Microbiology was nothing short of overwhelming and scary at 8am. The teacher seems nice, but made it clear that nothing about this class will be easy. At 9:15am I walked back to the apartment, ate my yogurt bowl breakfast, then turned right around and headed out again. My Women and Comedy class sounds like it’s going to be really fun. The teacher was very sweet, and I’m looking forward to starting some of the material.

From 12:30pm-1pm I sat in the back of the classroom for NTDT250, the class that I’m the undergraduate TA for. I handed out the syllabus around the class and waved when the professor introduced me. Once they started on notes, I ducked out.

It took me a while to get back to my apartment because I kept running into people I hadn’t seen in a long time. By the time I got back to my apartment at around 2(?? that’s a rough guess, I was not paying attention to time) my stomach was ready to eat itself! I distracted myself away from the hunger by jumping head first into the refrigerator and pulling out the ingredients for my lunch. I had 2/3 c brown rice with grilled all-natural growth hormone free chicken breast with sauteed pepper, onion, and mushroom.

It needed a sauce or something, but it tasted good, just a little plain.

After I finished that bowl of food, my sweet tooth was seductively singing to me “feed me sugaaaar”. My response: “Alright , but fruit first!”

So I inhaled this orange:

When I was finished with the orange, I then turned to chocolate. I depended on the orange to fill up more space in my stomach so that my sugar treat didn’t turn into sugar binge. I decided to open up my bag of dark chocolate dipped nut clusters from Trader Joe’s. Nuts+seeds+toffee+dark chocolate= BANGIN’!!!! The chunks are literally nibble-sized, very small, and three of them is 190 kcal. I decided to stick with just two of them. I could have eaten ten probably, but I restrained myself.

I’m trying to motivate myself to get to the gym for the 4:30pm yoga class. I have to go out again tonight for activities night for the table that my club has set up, so it’s not like I’ll skip yoga and stay in the apartment. But the thought of getting up and walking again so soon just sounds unbearable. I’m going to try to make it though, because I know that if I get there, some relaxing yoga will feel like heaven to my muscles. Maybe a mug of hot cocoa will make my walk more tolerable.

Expected snowfall for my area between tonight and tomorrow: 15″

Crazy! 6-10 inches by tomorrow morning. Guess Wednesday classes will also be canceled!

I’ll check in with you all later.

Bye Bye Bye, (cue N*SYNC music)

Michelle

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What a Productive Pair

The rest of my Monday was splendid! Let’s chat about it…

I met up with my friend Elyse today for coffee. Elyse is one of my very best friends (and future roomie for next year). She was in Hawaii all winter for study abroad so I haven’t seen her since mid-December. It killed her that she was 5,000 miles away when my dad died. She’d supported me so much Fall semester, so when it came to the end, she wanted nothing less than to be there next to me.

She brought me my belated Christmas present, which I promptly opened and LOVED.

Happiness Tiki

How cute is that?! It’s a Tiki figurine. Elyse is always concerned with whether or not I’m happy, because she knows about my past with depression. What a great friend. On the underside of the figurine there was an explanation:

I love my little Tiki man. 🙂

At 4pm my lovely friend Emily picked me up to go over to the children’s hospital. On the way there I gave her the inside scoop on my new found unemployment. It’s such a juicy story! 😉

I loved the hospital. I’d never been to a children’s hospital before. It was so cool! Their way of transporting young patients is pulling them around in wagons. How cute?! And there’s a huge playground out front. The inside was really nice, and I loved the look of the cafeteria and kitchen. I met some of Emily’s coworkers who were all really friendly, and her boss Jessica was very cool. She’s young, only 24 I think, and Emily says she’s great to work for. She walked us over to the office where they keep applications, and I filled it out on the spot and handed it right to the boss. She said she’d be in touch. I hope I get this job!! It’s so competitive getting jobs at hospitals. If there’s any chance of me getting one, I feel like this is the chance. What could be better than meeting with the boss herself while your standing beside one of her best employees? I’ve got my fingers crossed!!

After we were finished at the hospital we went down the road to Trader Joe’s. It was Emily’s first time. She loved it! Here’s the loot:

Top Row: creamy almond butter w/ sea salt; Cashew Macademia Delight trek mix; organic trek mix, chocolate dipped nut clusters

Bottom Row: raw almonds, raw whole cashews, shelled dry roasted unsalted pistachios, macademia nut pieces


Two cans of white chicken meat, two cans of Vegetable Lentil soup, and a packet of taco seasoning (no MSG!)


Up top: mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups; Bottom: yogurt covered raisins


Clockwise from top left: Berry Medley frozen berries, Chile Lime chicken burgers, BBQ pulled chicken breast, veggie meatballs

What a good trip and a productive day! Emily and I were pretty darn pleased with ourselves for being an awesome duo. I’m seriously excited for the food I picked up at Trader Joe’s. However, when I got back to the apartment it was already 8pm and I was completely exhausted. I decided to hold off on tearing into my new goodies. They were too special to waste on a last minute dinner. Instead I heated up one cup of store-bought roasted red pepper soup to which I added 1/2 c cooked brown rice. Along side I munched on some triscuits with a laughing cow wedge. No picture, because the food looked boring. Tasted great though!

Almost time to go to bed. This week is going to be crazy. Let’s take a glimpse at my schedule:

  • Tuesday: Microbiology 8am-9:15am; Women Studies 11-12:15pm; introducing myself to NTDT250 as their TA 12:30-12:45pm; yoga class 4:30-5:30; activity’s night 6:15pm-8pm
  • Wednesday: Micronutrients: 10:10-11am; Meeting: 12pm-?; tentative meeting: 4pm-?
  • Thursday: Microbiology 8am-9:15am; Women Studies 11-12:15pm; spin class (the first class taught by one of my best friends!) 4:15-5:15pm
  • Friday: Appointment @ counseling center: 8am; Micronutrients: 10:10-11am; Work: 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday: Work: 12pm-8pm
  • Sunday: Work: 12pm-8pm; collapse

WOW.

On a brief (adorable) side note, my mom sent me an e-mail today asking me for “a cute picture of the two of us” that I’d taken in the kitchen recently. The second I read that I knew exactly the photo she was talking about:

When I asked her what she wanted the picture for, she said that she just wanted to see it because it makes her smile. How cute is my MOM?!? Haha, I adore this lady, and her feisty blonde spikey hair. She’s fierce. 😉

Alright, time to jot down some things in my planner for tomorrow, organize my life a bit, and then get some shuteye since my alarm will be going off at 7am. Wish me luck with my first day of class!!

Later mamasitas,

Michelle

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Food Hangover

I officially put in my two weeks at work yesterday! I talked to the new GM (general manager) Pam, who is the highest manager in the restaurant. I explained to her why I was leaving, giving her examples of how I felt singled out, under appreciated, and uncomfortable in the work environment. Some of the things I said shocked her, and she said she completely understood why I would want to leave, but was upset by it. She tried to convince me to just cut down on my hours, but I stood strong. 🙂

I’m already looking for bigger & better things. Today, I’m going with my very good friend Em to meet her boss at a children’s hospital. I’m hoping to get hired in their dietary department, something I desperately need on my resume to make it complete for applying to dietetic internships next year. If I get this job, then the combination of high GPA/ TA/ research assistant/ club executive board positions/hospital employment will make me a highly competitive applicant. Cross your fingers for me that the boss and I will hit it off, and she’ll find room in her department to hire me!!!

Last night’s superbowl party was so much fun! Although I didn’t really know many of the girls, they were all sweethearts and we had such a great time. We didn’t pay much attention to the game (puppy bowl was KILLER though! and the kitty halftime?! adorable), but we enjoyed food, chatting, and commercials. I did, however, stuff myself with food. :-/ I woke up this morning with a rough food hangover. After eating my way through the blizzard and superbowl, I’m looking forward to getting back on track with healthy eating.

In response to the food hangover, I started my day off with a cup of Stomach Ease yogi tea and a yogurt bowl.

The perfect way to kickstart a day of healthier eating.

Did anyone see Undercover Boss last night after the superbowl? I thought it was phenomenal! What a great concept, and it was executed perfectly. I’m really looking forward to next week’s show, hopefully I remember to watch it! I’m so bad at remembering when shows are on.

We’re supposed to get *6-12 more inches of snow* between Tuesday late afternoon and Wednesday. Is it possible that we’ll have class canceled on Wednesday too?! The roads and walkways are still horrible, with another layer of snow coming, it’ll be nearly impossible to travel in this town by car, bus, or foot. What a crazy start to Spring semester.

Now I’m settling in to lunch and a few hours of hanging around before my friend picks me up at 4pm to head to the hospital. Lunch is a veggie burger topped with tomato sauce, reduced fat mozzerella, and a sprinkle of oregano on a toasted whole wheat thin with a side of steamed broccoli. Mmmm smells & tastes delicious.

melted to perfection

Enjoy your Monday,

Michelle

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Blizzard Alert

Since the clock struck noon at the exact time that I started writing this post, I guess I’ll start off by saying good afternoon instead of good morning. 😉

We got snowed in!!! Two feet of snow came down between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. The roads are pretty well plowed, but very icy. However, NO walkways are shoveled out in my apartment complex, so getting from the building’s front entrance to the parking lot requires trudging through knee high snow. This is why I really haven’t left the apartment that much this weekend, lol.

My Friday night shift at work sucked. Manager T was on my behind the second that my shift started. I spent the 5 hours of my shift keeping myself busy and avoiding the managers because I didn’t want to give them any reason to scold me. I left at 10pm and walked home, walking into the wind with snow pounding my face. I stopped at the 7-eleven around the corner from my apartment building and picked up a little piece-of-heaven known as Ben & Jerry’s Frozen Yogurt Half Baked.

When I finally got back to the apartment I took off all my cold, wet clothes, put on my pj’s and settled onto the couch with the pint and a spoon. The ice cream totally lost the battle and surrendered to my belly. 😀

One of my bff’s Kelsey who lives in another building in my apartment complex came over at around 11pm and hung out with me. We made some hot cocoa, opened up the blinds in the living room, and watched the wicked storm while listening to some killer elevator jazz music on the weather channel. For two hours we sat, talked, laughed, and watched Jersey Shore spoofs online. It was the best ending to my day.

I was supposed to open the restaurant at 9:30am on Saturday. At 9 I got a text that they were opening the restaurant at 1pm. I got up, looked outside, and it was crazy outside! Wind was blowin’ and the snow had not let up at all. I texted the manager back and said that I’d been sick for a week and was not walking through a blizzard to work because it would just make me more sick. Take that!

Yesterday’s breakfast was a mug of warm banana oats with a big, melty, sinful blob of natural peanut butter and a sprinkle of trail mix.


Not bad, but yogurt is still my favorite.

I spent all of yesterday sitting around in my apartment, being a bum. I watched TV, ate quite a bit of food, and drank my new favorite concoction:

Hot cocoa + Bailey’s + Peppermint Schnapps = Candy Cane Cocoa Bliss

My friends have informed me that I am officially a genius for putting this one together. 😉

I’m no quitter, but…

I’ve decided to put my two weeks in at work today. After a really horrible week at the restaurant, I’ve just decided to get out of the negative environment. There are several reasons why I’m leaving:

  • I don’t want to be in a work environment where I’m afraid to ask my bosses any questions, even innocent simple things.
  • I’ve been very very sick for the past week, and I got completely derailed by a nasty case of strep throat last semester. Both bouts of illness are directly related to working at the restaurant. I got strep after a really crazy homecoming weekend at the pub, and I started getting sick this time right after I returned to work after weeks off. I can’t keep beating down my immune system with long shifts and overwhelming work stress.
  • I’ve got a tough semester this spring. I’m taking microbiology and microbiology lab which is supposed to be nearly impossible, and I’m going to be a TA for a class of peers which will be stressful. With three other classes and executive board positions on two clubs, it’s going to take a lot of work just to not feel overwhelmed. I don’t need to add 8 hour or 9 hour shifts on top of that. For example, next week (the first week of the semester) I have class Tuesday through Friday morning (Monday classes were canceled due to snow), and then I have work from 12-8pm Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday. I just can’t maintain that through the semester.

I’ve got a couple ideas for other jobs, but I’m not worrying about it too much. I’m just really excited to put my foot down and quit!

Superbowl Sunday Funday

A few days ago I came up with this awesome idea: a girls only superbowl party. Emphasis on food, chatting, and commercials, less emphasis on the game. The day has come and we’re officially doing it. I’m excited for it, even though there won’t be many girls that I actually know that well at the party. In fact, out of the eight other girls, I really only know my roomie and one other girl. But, they sound really cool so I’m keeping an open mind.

The superbowl menu includes:

  • Tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels
  • Salsa, hummus, spinach dip
  • Piggies in blankets
  • Fudgy brownies

There may be more, I’m not 100% sure. But so far, so good!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, whether you’re watching the big game, going to a party, or just relaxing at home. Two days till Spring Semester. Ahhhhh!

Later alligators,

Michelle

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Don’t Cry, Don’t Cry

No food post about yesterday, because yesterday sucked. 😦

I worked from 12pm to 8pm, still had no rest and was feeling completely drained. My shift was going well though, I was connecting with all my tables, making good money, having a fine time.

Then, my manager pulled me aside. One of my coworkers wanted to switch shifts with me next week, and I agreed to take his closing shift in return for my shift. The manager said he didn’t want to make the switch because the last time I closed he “didn’t hear good things”, then went on to say that when I’m asked to do things I need to do them right away and not “lollygag as much”.

Needless to say, after that I felt like shit. The manager, who I’ll simply refer to as T is never particularly nice to me. Whenever I ask him for something he gives me a look like “what do you want” and whenever I ask him to do a simple thing like swipe his card to comp something I accidentally put into the computer wrong (a simple mistake, we all have them) he talks to me as if I’m a horrible employee. They always say that the managers are there to help us, that we should feel comfortable going to them… how am I supposed to feel comfortable when I’m always feeling belittled?

The last time I closed, the closing manager was D. D & T are best buds and kind of like overgrown frat boys. They like the sorority girls that work at the pub, they like the girls that they think are hot, and they like the guys. I don’t fit into those categories, so I’m basically just in their way.

When I closed on Tuesday, I clocked out at 1:25am, 25 minutes after closing. That’s pretty much on par with when I get out when I’m closing with someone else who’s helping me. I was all by myself doing everything and I think I did it as quick as I could. I did ask D to help me put the chairs up on all the tables in the restaurant, because that’s really tiresome work for one girl, I know a guy can do it in half the time. I also had several coworkers who assured me that one of the guys would help me with the chairs. However, D walked right past me and ignored me when I asked for help. Did I walk away and do another job, hoping that someone would do the chairs for me? No, I went and hoisted every single chair up onto the tables.

There was also another day that D asked me to wipe down the bird crap that had gotten on one of the windows when a bird got into the store. I kept putting it off because I had customers. Finally I was going to do it, but then I realized the stain was 10 ft off the ground. I told D I couldn’t do it, he told me to get on a chair and do it. My uniform at work is a miniskirt, and I just don’t feel comfortable getting on a chair in the restaurant and reaching up to clean the window, especially if I still have people at my tables. You could basically see up my skirt if I do that! I had the busser do it for me as a favor, and I stand by that.

Now I will admit that I am not the perfect employee. Last week I did something that I could have gotten fired for. It was stupid, and not reflective of my true character at all, and I regret it immensely. I can understand being upset with me for that, but this lollygagging sh*t is really just petty in my opinion.

When I was finally done with my shift, I went to check out with T. It’s really stressed to us at work that we need to get people to sign up to be part of the “VIP Club”, and they want to see X amount of VIP slips every shift. I get frustrated because people just don’t want to get hounded to sign up for e-mail lists. Yesterday I got 0 VIPs, and when T asked me how many VIPs I got and I said “none” he looked at me and said “What did you do all day?”

I’ll tell you what I did… I worked. I made connections with all my tables. I got to know them personally, and made them feel like they knew me. I made them want to come back again and have another great experience. I can tell you something interesting about every single one of my tables yesterday.

  • One guy was a organic chemistry professor who likes to teach chemistry in a logical way, as opposed to teaching it in a way that stresses memorization.
  • Another gentleman was an engineering professor who has been working on a text book for 2 years.
  • I met a junior Civil Engineering major, going to his last English class of winter semester. They were doing presentations, he’d already done his.
  • I met another girl who was heading from the bar to the library to study for her two finals the next day.

The list goes on. Did I get VIPs yesterday? No. But do any of the other servers get to know their customers so well? I doubt it.

I was super frustrated and upset but I made a point to not let it show at work. I kept telling myself “Don’t cry, don’t cry”. On the way home, as I went over the shift in my head, I started to get emotional. When I got into the apartment a few tears started to form in my eyes.

Then I turned on my laptop and I saw my desktop photo:

This picture reminds me of a photo that we have at home of my dad and I when I was really little. We’re walking together, holding hands. But when you look really close, I actually have my entire fist wrapped around his index finger.

I saw that picture, and I started hysterically crying. It hit me, oh my god my dad’s really gone. He can’t comfort me right now, he can’t tell me it’s all going to be OK, he’s gone and he’ll never be back.

I cried and cried and cried. I cried for about an hour straight, then I had bouts of tears periodically throughout the rest of the night. When it hits you that a loved one is gone, it hits really hard. Harder than you can imagine, deeper than any pain you’ve ever felt before.

I didn’t fall asleep until after 3:30am, and I kept waking up with violent coughs.

I woke up feeling miserable, and I have to go back to work again tonight. I just don’t want to go. I’m seriously dreading it.

Due to the big blizzard about to hit the east coast (estimates of 12-24″ for us) I doubt there will be much business tonight. Hopefully I’ll have a short, uneventful shift. I’m also supposed to open at 9:30am tomorrow. I’m praying that we get enough snow by morning that I don’t have to go in. I can’t think of anything worse than walking across town in a snow storm to work for people that make you feel like crap.

Wish me lots of luck and lots of snow. I need both.

Michelle

P.S. I’m trying to decide on whether or not I want to talk to T tonight and tell him how I feel like he’s always belittling me. What do you guys think? Stand up for myself or stay quiet and hope it gets better on its own? I feel like my only chance at a better relationship with him is if I make him see how he makes me feel. Otherwise, he’ll just keep being a jerk.

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