Oh my, I’ve been at work for almost 9 months. Incredible. I’d secretly given myself 6 months to try and see if I liked being back in my field of training. Thus far I have. Being a staff scientist has its challenges (and rewards). I’ve been to at least 3 local conferences/workshops. I’ve made contacts, I’ve helped people. I’ve battled with an intense boss. I got a raise. I’ve been trying to be good to myself.
I finally tended to my feet and went to the podiatrist. But he’s a douche, so I’m switching. Been waiting for my orthotics which have magically disappeared (or were sent to a different doctor/office/patient). On Monday I have (what I hope to be) my last call with them. I already made an appointment with another doctor. I’ll be asking for a refund for services not rendered (though I honestly feel like calling a lawyer instead … if only I had that much money). I’m practicing assertiveness …. let’s see if I can get out of this and get my money back (into my FSA account anyway).
I’ve been trying to be good by getting new undies (because face it, science is done way better in comfy underwear), shoes, and jeans. The shoes were kindly provided by gift cards from my in-laws and a very sweet Twitter friend. Both of those gifts brightened my otherwise unremarkable Christmas season. And I’ve been carefully doing numbers so that I can eat and get new jeans (because I go through them like beer, fast). I love not having to wear suits, make up, uncomfortable shoes, etc. I’ve been (miraculously) saving a bit of money and (also miraculously) ending the month in black numbers for a couple of cycles now (wow, finally). All I need to get now is my T4 (Canadian tax form, think W2) and get my taxes taken care of. I’m not sure if I’ll get anything back, but I was sure bitching about how come I pay just the same in taxes here as I did in Canada, and I had access to provincial healthcare … we have ways to go people, seriously.
I’ve been doing a bit of walking, via taking the long route to places, and I can’t wait for the weather to be better (and for the sun to go down later) so I can walk around my neighbourhood and hopefully drop a few pounds. I did get sick, apparently dropped some pounds (not many) and was told that I Iooked great (I wasn’t too sick, but I was a bit miserable, since I hadn’t been sick since I moved to The City). I also keep eating meat-less at home, and it is oh so good. I’m exploring new recipes, but with the usual limited counter-space-real-estate I need to become more creative so I can cook various meals with the short ingredient list I have.
We’re about 1 1/2 to 2 months from hon’s defense. Can’t wait to see him finally get through this last hurdle and get his PhD. This has been a dream of his for a long, long time, and I’m also looking forward to going back to Canada and saying hi to some old friends. I’m happy Joe Fresh at least crossed the border … but there are many other things I miss about my adoptive country.
Interesting things are brewing, both in my life as a structural biologist and in social media. I have to return some emails, but I’m not feeling too well right now (damn you mother nature … not always, just once a month). I’m in bed typing, tired and without much energy. All until my cramps are under control. Still, I wish I could take NSAIDs on days like this.
That’s all …. much like my friend Geeka, now that I’m not unhappy in my career I’m blogging less frequently. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, is that life is a bit more normal (at least professionally speaking) and I don’t have much complaining to do. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll keep writing … but not much more for today. I need to make some tea and take a nap.
Oh, and did I mentioned that I got a haircut? I found a hair salon I like (and can afford) and now I’m sporting 4 inches less of hair (meaning, now more headaches when I wear my hair in a ponytail .. yes, my hair is thick, I told you I have a strong mediterranean presence in my genes). But I still need a nap.
How are things going for you?