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!

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Photo 101 Day 1 – Home

Our buddy girl
Our buddy girl Boo

We have a fourteen-month-old cat that we adopted last summer. Boyfriend rescued her and her sisters, and they were fostered until ready for adoption. Our little buddy girl makes life interesting everyday, and is definitely an important part of our home.

This is one of her favorite spots, a cat bed in her custom-made cat-tower that Boyfriend built.

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Saturday Morning

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt:  “Me Time.”

Today is a cold, cloudy, rainy Saturday morning in Central Texas, as it has been many days recently. After a pretty good night sleep, Boyfriend and I woke up about 8:45AM, brushed our teeth, said hello to our cat, made up the bed and then munched on the delicious double chocolate peanut butter chip cookies Boyfriend made yesterday while we drank our coffee. We were then both on our laptops, with boyfriend working on videos for his website as I read news and write my blog. Brunch in the form of scrambled eggs came a little before noon. Other than the cat trying to eat our blinds and having to throw out dead plants, this has been a very typical, relaxed Saturday morning thus far, especially given the cold and dreariness of this winter season. We are both tired of the dreary weather, anxiously awaiting consistent sunshine and temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius.

Our Saturdays will change when the weather is better, depending on how we are feeling and what we need to get done that weekend. Sometimes we will get up and get dressed, pack a cooler, grab breakfast in the big city or visit a farmer’s market when it is nicer and warmer outside. Other times we will eat, run our errands and place tennis at the local university. If broken-down bodies and a busy work week have caught up to us, Boyfriend and I may lay by the pool in the sun, take a walk in the nearby park to see the turtles and geese, or just take a drive with good music and the sun shining down on us. Boy, I can’t wait for winter to be over!

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CLONE WARS

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Clone Wars.”

I remember watching the Michael Keaton movie, “Multplicity” several years, and that was my first thought upon reading this prompt today. Rather than climb my soapbox to get into the political and ethical complexities of cloning and GMO’s, I will do my best to stick to the topic. Multiplicity

Getting back to the movie, I believe the character ends up with 3 clones, which cause lots problems and make for a great comedy. The character, Doug, meets a scientist who has a clone and decides that he will get a clone to help him out at work. Each clone continues to look like him but appears to exhibit different facets of his personality. I think one clone would be enough for me, and I think I could definitely try to send the clone to work to deal with some of my difficult clients or make phone calls I don’t want to make. However, instead of making things easier for me, I would probably have to make a study guide for the clone, resulting in more work for me not less. Maybe I could just send the clone to do my laundry… or I could have the clone talk to my family on days they are arguing and I am ill-equipped mentally and emotionally to deal with the drama.

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Courtesy of wallhits.com

Uh, oh, here comes the soapbox! I think having a clone would be ripe for criminals and other mischief-makers to use against people, you know, bait and switch, plausible deniability and other methods of manipulation. On this level, the idea of cloning scares me, especially in the realm of trans-humanism, merging animals and humans with machines. While this used to be the subject matter or sci-fi books and movies, the technology is moving quickly toward anything and everything becoming a reality, unfortunately. This make me think of the clone army in the Star wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones,  and other movies such Robocop, Demolition Man and Total Recall, among other movies and TV shows.

On a lighter note, we have all joked about having a clone at some point in time, as there are only so many hours in the day and many duties to complete. Anyone with a 40-hour work week and a commute knows the difficulties of getting everything done on the weekend and in the few available morning or evening hours, depending on your schedule. I imagine that this could be an attractive people with children, as your clone could play or cook dinner while you catch a nap! You could have your clone cutting the grass, while you are at the park playing Frisbee.

Although a clone might be fun for awhile, I like to know what going on and realize that I am responsible for my job, my family and my obligations, so a clone would not reduce my stress. Maybe I can just teach my cat to clean the apartment!

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