Three (3!) Things Thursday

1. All of my top search hits this week are for “gazelle attacks bicyclist” or some variation thereof. I have never attacked a bicyclist, nor would I. This gazelle is a lover, not a fighter.

Gazelles with freaking laser beams

 

2. I had a flu shot yesterday, and I can barely move my arm….by about 4:30 yesterday afternoon, it hurt very badly, and I spent most of the evening lying about moaning theatrically (not really, that would’ve been obnoxious, I only moaned theatrically in my own head). Having had influenza when I was younger, I know that is infinitely worse than how I feel right now, and I know that getting the flu shot is good, especially now, but I just want to crawl into bed and do nothing but nap and read trashy books for the rest of the day. Stupid meetings.

 

3. I’ve been having lots of big thoughts lately, which I suppose comes with the upcoming parenthood gig I’ve got going on. A year ago, my plans for the future were vastly different than they are right now – partially because of upcoming baby nomming responsibilities, and partially due to the big-ass job changes I’ve gone through in the past 7-8 months. I apparently like to cram in as many things as possible into short periods of time (between July 2006-May 2007, I moved to Portland, got a new job, got married, and bought a house; between April 2011-April 2012, I got a new, very traumatic promotion, got pregnant, will finish school, and then have a baby [at least I understand that’s the most likely outcome]). My only regret is that I couldn’t just throw a marathon into the mix on that last one, too….I should’ve done an earlier marathon, but it is really hard to go for long runs while constantly nauseated, FYI.  ANYWAYS – big thoughts: I actually quite enjoy my job; it’s kind of career-like now. But it’s not what I ever anticipated doing, and I don’t want to get stuck in something that really isn’t big & meaningful to me. But then I wonder, does a job really have to be big & meaningful? Is what’s wrong with kids these days that they want to follow their dreams at work instead of just doing the mothereffing work and enjoying themselves in their leisure time? Should I just be grateful for my paycheck and the job stability and look for emotional fulfillment outside of the office? Big, obnoxious, thoughts.

10 responses to “Three (3!) Things Thursday

  1. I hear you on the big thoughts. I’ve struggled with this a lot over the last 5 years and I don’t even have kids (yet or on the near-term horizon).

  2. On point #3—I really like my new job as well but I think I’m getting to a point where I feel like there are more important things in life than having a super fulfilling work/career. I like my job, I work hard but I also like my time outside of work. I think it’s healthy to have a balance.

  3. Keep on with the paycheck until you find yourself losing sleep and crying in an exhausted heap more than 2x/month. Then hem and haw about it for about a year (while those negative effects keep progressing), then quit. Right after your bonus hits your bank account.

    Then become a part time yoga teacher.

  4. Your job doesn’t have to be the big, meaningful thing your life. It could just be a way to fund that big, meaningful thing. After being self employed for years now, I really do miss those steady paychecks, benefits, paid holidays, support staff and co-workers that I used to take for granted. Trying to make a living from your passion can sometimes take the wind out of your creative sails.

  5. paychecks. I miss those. I have freelance ones and voiceover ones, but no steady ones. hmmm. nice.

  6. Random question…did you get the thermisol free (“preservative free”) flu shot?…I’ve heard that’s the better option when preggo…

    Also? My “career?” Mom. Tim is so far ahead of me in the career ladder I don’t think I could ever catch up…unless I finally write my book and become super awesome.

    • I work at a hospital, so there’s a huge vaccination campaign each year, and when I checked w/ our employee health department, they stated that all the pre-loaded single-shots that were being offered on “vaccine days” were thermisol free. I would definitely recommend that route. Thermisol can be problematic, I think, and why take unnecessary risks…

      As for career, I inadvertently ended up with one, and since the architecture and building industries are not doing so well right now, even though my architect has work – I am the bacon bringer homer right now. At some point in the future that may change, but that point is probably not in the next year or so.