The One Where I Complain

It’s been a stressful time lately. I haven’t been posting much because it would be all complaining and who wants to hear about that? You do? Oh, well ok!

Here’s a list of my current first world problems.

I quit my job.

About a year ago, I switched companies. (I no longer work with hubs. Sniff, sniff.) Basically, the contract at my old place moved to a new place and I followed the contract. I was doing exactly the same job with the same people at a different company. While there were things about the new company that I loved (like the pay and having my own office and the travel – yes, I loved the travel), there were things I didn’t love (no upward or lateral mobility, the office atmosphere, etc.) So, it was time for a change even though change is super scary for me unless it has to do with my hair.

And for those of you who don’t know what I do, I’m a technical writer. I always get a blank stare when I tell people that, even after I explain what it is, so let’s just say I make balloon animals professionally. That’s easier to explain. And more fun.

I took an unpaid week off between jobs because I like not working. A lot.

I did absolutely nothing during my week off. While it sounds good in theory, I can only watch so many episodes of Scandal until I feel like I useless piece of shit. So that didn’t go well for my mental state. The week that I wanted to enjoy wasn’t enjoyable. < — I told you these were first world problems.

I started a new job!

I’m super excited about this because not only am I working with a bunch of old friends (including this lady), but it’s an instructional design position that I’ve been trying to land for a year which gives me more creative freedom than technical writing does. So now I can make more creative balloon animals!

Even though I’m excited, new jobs are stressful. The commute is a bit further, the schedule a bit different, and there are a lot of new things to learn, so it will take some time for me to settle in and be comfortable.

I gained 5 lbs.

You know what gaining 5 lbs does? It makes running suck. I’m not even sure I like it anymore.

I can barely eek out two miles without having to walk and I’m lucky if I can run a 10:00 minute mile. To say that is humbling and that I’m worried about my upcoming races would be an understatement. I want to PR. I’m not running races to get worse. I should say that I’m happy to be healthy and to have the ability to run, but I won’t because I’m a terrible person.

I started taking Oxyelite Pro.

I want to lose that 5lbs I gained and not use the jaws of life to get into my pants. I could lose it by good old fashioned diet and exercise, but where’s the fun in that? I had a friend recommend this stuff. It’s a thermogenic and an appetite suppressant with lots of freaky warnings on the bottle, so it has to be good, right?

That lasted three days.

During the day, I was fine. I didn’t notice being warmer or the mass-quantities of caffeine I was consuming. I also didn’t notice my appetite being suppressed, but then again, I don’t see anything suppressing my appetite except a giant T-bone.

Nighttime is when everything went to hell. I felt insanely tired. My eyes had that stinging feeling like I had been swimming underwater. I had crazy headaches and was super sensitive to light, plus I had waves of nausea. I do not recommend that stuff. Now that I’m off it, I’m already feeling 100% better. Definite waste of money.


I hope you all have a great weekend. I’m looking forward to doing nothing because I have a busy month coming up including a few races, a concert, and a visit to see my DC love, Melissa. This is on top of the obscene amount of Parks and Recreation I’ve been watching.

So now you’re all caught up on my super hard life.


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32 responses to “The One Where I Complain

  1. Make me a bicycle, clown!


    Good luck with the new job! Hope all goes well and make sure to #TDOTM it!

  2. Congrats lady on landing an ID job! I kind of thought you were already doing that…hehe. 🙂

    BTW – I still would LOVE a LOCAL job. Just sayin’. Another #firstworldproblem for sure.

    • Paula

      Thanks! I’m excited. 🙂

      The last place had TWs and IDs but they did the same job. They are only IDs in name there. It’s dumb but I think it’s a contract thing.

  3. I want a balloon doggy!!!! Please!

    I know exactly what you mean about you not enjoying your week off because you didn’t do anything. Leisuring always sounds so good in my head, but one day of laying around and watching TV does something seriously bad to my psyche. Two days of that and I basically lose my will to live.

    I hope you are so happy at your new job!

    And those pills look scary. End of story.

    • Paula

      I know! Why can’t I just be happy with doing nothing? That’s all I want for myself. Happiness in nothing.

      Those pills are scary! But I like to live on the edge apparently.

  4. Lee

    Dude, hope you’re enjoying the new job. I think that week of doing nothing kind of messed your mojo up.

    Season 5 of Parks & Rec is on NetFlix finally…so that’s what I’ll end up watching today while not doing anything.

    Miracle drugs in little bottles with lots of warnings are always to be avoided. Unless it’s the little bottles of vodka during a flight.

    • Paula

      We bought season 5 because we couldn’t wait 4 days for it to come to Netflix. Totally worth it for the 90 minutes of hilarous deleted scenes!

      Only allowed little bottles are of booze. Alright…if I must.

  5. Yay for a new job & working with a good friend! It is definitely no fun being home for too many days with nothing to do. I started to feel like that in the beginning of my maternity leave — I wanted to get out and do stuff but I wasn’t physically (or mentally, really) able to do anything yet! I was relieved after the first couple weeks when I could manage to get out for a whole! Although now that I’m back at work I would give anything to be at home watching tv all day again! It’s a vicious cycle…

    • Paula

      Yes! I’d give anything to keep doing nothing. I mean, I do have the last half of Scandal to watch. So I have some time to fill now that I’ve forgotten about how miserable I was.

  6. Working is overrated. You know what isn’t overrated though? Getting a paycheck.

  7. Melissa

    You are a horrible person. Totally.

    Except not at all.

    I love how Lindsey says “leisuring.” That is my favorite. Also, I told you those pills sounded whack. Wiggety whack.

    Scandal tonight! Which I will watch on my DVR tomorrow because I can’t stay up that late.

    Can’t wait to seeeee youuuuu!

  8. Ahh switching jobs IS stressful holy F. i mean we spend a lot of time working. also it is weird how i did a big ol rare serious post today about dealing with stress since i have been losing my mind lately basically also haha.
    I am glad it sounds like you are excited about your new job though! and always nice to know when you start!!

    • Paula

      I saw your post! Very good suggestions too. Funny that you mentioned disliking some of the things I was talking about. 🙂

  9. Jenny

    Congrats on the new job! 🙂

  10. Mz. Teri

    Mz. Paula – I say this with a lot of love and life experience (since I’m much older than you) – you obsess WAY too much about your weight. What you weigh is just a number, and you are one of the most in shape and healthy looking people I know. You are also one of the most fun and entertaining people I know. I envy your ability to continue running and working out, even when you don’t want to, and I admire your ability to make people laugh with your clever quips and witty (blog) writing.

    Just keep in mind that whatever you physically do now for yourself will stay with you in years to come and will make you a healthier person in the future. And above all, continue to be the amazing person you are!


    • Paula

      Aww, I love you! Thank you ❤

      And you're right, I do obsess about my weight too much. I hate that about myself. I could tell you exactly where I got that from, unfortunately.

  11. Changing jobs is stressful. As far as the running goes 10 minute miles is great. You will get there. When I was trying to lose weight I used Myfitnesspal, which worked for me. Good luck.

    • Paula

      I use MyFitnessPal! I love it and hate it at the same time. I wish I didn’t need to use it but it’s what keeps me in check.

  12. Ugh, I’m now stressed out for you. Stress is bad…that stupid hormone cortisol is not a nice one. (As if women don’t have enough crazy hormones to deal with!)
    Focus on all those new, fun, balloon animals you get to create & the fact that you get to work with your sidekick. Congrats!

  13. Nicole

    Congrats on the new job! Hope you are much happier there.

  14. Verlin

    A few months ago I switched jobs after 26 (yes, you read that correctly) years at the same place. People kept asking me if I was taking time off in between, and looked at me like I was crazy when I said I was taking a whole Thurs/Fri/weekend combo off. I knew it wouldn’t be a relaxing time off because I’d have the new job in the back of my mind. Anywho, enough about me … my point is that I think you had a crappy time off because it wasn’t time “off” work, it was time “between” work. You will succeed at time off laziness again, I promise. And damn, isn’t it shocking how easily 5 pounds can cling to your body. I feel for you, as you know you look great, but 5 extra lbs feels like a lot when you are trying to run (or put on your skinny jeans). You’ll get your groove back and drop them, I’m sure. War and Peace length comment has concluded.

    • Paula

      Wow, my leaving my job a year ago after almost 10 years doesn’t sound so crazy anymore. Leaving after 26 yrs is a major change!

      I am looking forward to enjoyed laziness again and getting my groove back. When that 5 lbs comes off, I may even run *in* my skinny jeans. Just because.

  15. I’m a technical writer currently working on moving into an Instructional Design position within my current company or the provincial government.

    I have never been able to say or type that sentence and know that the person hearing/reading it will understand any of it! Just wanted to take a moment to say that I love you a little bit right now.

    And good luck in your new job!!

    • Paula

      I try not to talk about work for that reason! Usually when people ask what I do, I tell them they probably won’t understand. That usually kills any follow up questions once they realize I’m right. 🙂

  16. Amber K

    Ugh, first world problems for sure. But you’re certainly not alone! And now I really, really want a balloon animal.

  17. Ali

    Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy look who finally logged into Feedly and checked-up on blog posts!

    Awesome to hear you’re starting a new job! Congrats!!!

    Oddly, I kinda needed to read this because I am also starting a new job and I’m super nervous. My reasons for leaving my current job are pretty much identical to the ones you had for leaving yours. This was seriously good timing.

    How much notice did you give your now-old job? I’m giving my current place a month and two days since I resigned it’s already gotten weird.

    I thought about doing the ‘unpaid week between’ thing but… well I need money too bad so nope!

    Anywho – congrats again!!

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