Back to my routine…

I had the opportunity to go to Houston with two of my new co-workers for three days of training recently. This was a big change from the routine I had gotten used to, but the time allowed for me and the co-workers to hang out a little and get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

One of the duties of my new job is to teach/lead different kinds of classes for the juveniles on our caseloads. I taught t a defensive driving class for teens a week and a half ago and then taught the class again this past week. It’s a fun and interactive class but has a lot of moving parts and is four hours long, and I had not conducted something so intense like this before. I will also be teaching other classes fairly regularly to help the juveniles fulfill their court requirements. It is a lot of prep time, but I like the job and the varied duties. I think this is the happiest I have been at any of my jobs.

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Finding a routine outside of work has been a challenge. I get up around 6:30AM to leave between 7:15-7:30AM to arrive at work before 9AM. When traffic is great, which is was during the holiday season, I get to work in 35-45 minutes. When traffic is terrible it takes me an hour to an hour and twenty minutes, but this gives time to listen to podcasts for which I would otherwise not have time.  The return ride in the evening takes 35-40 minutes, not too bad, but then I have to stop for snacks, cash or fill my gas tank before going home to shower, cook Boyfriend some food when he comes in from work, and take care of the poor cat, who has been alone for several hours. I love my three day weekend, however, it is very hard to get things done during the week and actually get more than six hours of sleep. I did finally get a smaller computer that will allow me to, hopefully, blog or work on posts on my lunch break once or twice a week when I am not taking walks for the employee wellness program.

Boo 06-11-15Fridays have been busy the past few weeks due to my cedar/mold allergies that have affected many people in Central Texas. I have been getting acupuncture, which is relaxing and offering some relieve in addition to some natural remedies. I tried traditional allergy medicine and it didn’t work for me.

Please know that I have not forgotten about my blog, I am just trying to get back to my routine or develop a new one that allows to doing everything that I need and want to do. I will be finishing a few old posts and be attempting to make new posts at least twice a week. Bare with me, Word Press Blogosphere!

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell

Reason to Believe…

In response to the Daily Prompt, “Reason to Believe“, In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

Believe… in what, exactly? The prompt is a bit vague. However, I think it is open to interpretation, which is good, and this appears to be a prompt I have not responded to in my year and some months on Word press.

I believe in a lot of things… truth, justice, and the American Way. I believe in freedom, true freedom, and I believe in the right to make your own decisions. I believe that Government is not the answer to everything, they are there to keep some order and to ensure that a minimum level of services are available to the public, and that they should not be dictating everything you do. I believe in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and that they are the law of the land, and that States are responsible for what is not covered in the Constitution. I believe that states can do different things and that their people can decide what is best for their state based on population, landscape, and other factors. For instance, Texas and Illinois are different states with different needs, to some degree. I believe that the government should not tell parents what they can send to school with their children for lunch, and that wearing a shirt with the American flag on it should not be a punishable offense. I believe in the right to defend and protect myself and my loved ones, by fist, by blade, or by firearm.

I believe that people have to want things to get better in this country. I believe that we need to each educate ourselves about what is really going on in this world, rather than taking what is said on the news or at a debate for face value. I believe0 that winning six coins tosses in a row is about as likely as winning the big Powerball was. I believe in reading books, real books, because you can learn just about anything which a little time and effort. I believe in pulling information from many sources to piece the truth together. I believe that knowledge is power, and that it is better to know than not to know. I believe that we all have a voice to use, whether we speak or write or post, and that our information will resonate with others, though we may not realize it. I believe that someone may offend me but I might still be able to learn from them, and that I may offend someone as well but that they, too, can learn from me.

I believe that sometimes we each have to make tough decisions, with which others don’t agree, but that are in our best interest. I believe that blood is not always thicker than water, especially if that blood (family member) is causing you pain and suffering. I believe in spending time alone or with positive influences, rather than with negative, unhealthy influences. I believe that we all need to time to ourselves regularly to think, rest, recover, and to develop new ideas, and that this doesn’t make use weird, or abnormal, or crazy. I believe that each of us can change for the better, but choose the easier path. I believe that social media, when used wisely, can be a good thing, but can take over your life and can help you forget how to communicate with a living breathing person who is standing in front of you.

I believe in myself, and believe that I only have the power to control me. However, I believe that, by sharing my ideas, I can help others figure out what they believe.

© 2016 blogdaysofchrell