August 29, 2000
Since eating out is not an option at my new work place, Iíve been eating some frozen dinners and I must share with you the best frozen meals out there: Weight Watchers. I donít mean to plug things but their lines of Bistro Meals are excellent and tasty. I had the penne pollo meal today and it was the best-frozen dinner meal of their line. It has six points and it really filled me up. Itís kind of costly for a meal but at $2.79, you canít go wrong.
I was going over my benefit coverage and Blue Cross / Blue Shield is in a partnership with Weight Watchers and all cardholders get some sort of discount. I guess that is across the board so you all should check it out. When things start to settle down, I am going to start going to some meetings. I feel as if I have been in a slump and maybe the in person meetings could help. Plus, it would be nice to have a leader to fly ideas by.
I met with my first client today! Amazingly, I was not too freaked out! I thought I was going to be a wreck because I have to drive out to the ďCONSUMERSĒ home. Yup, they want me to call them consumers, but Iím old fashioned so I will secretly call them my client. It was way out in BFE. Though, on the way back, a stone hit my windshield and made a big crack! Argh, just my luck that I have a new vehicle for a couple of weeks then damage is done to it. Though, the good thing is that itís on the passengerís sideÖso it doesnít bother me as much. Well thatís it for me today, take care all! Kellie
August 28, 2000
Wow, sorry about my absence. I was adjusting to work and searching for a new place. I looked all weekend and finally I secured an apartment today in Sparta. The rent is hefty $635 a month for a two bedroom but itís the cheapest, closest, and one of the only available places around in the area so I guess they have a real tap on the market and basically they can ask what they want for the place. Though I guess I should not be complaining too much about the place because itís 2 bedrooms but what can I say, Iím not used to forking out that kind of dough. My apartment in Louisville was beautiful and cheap ($425 so $635 seems like a lot). I must admit to feeling a bit drained over the last week. When I got home, I just didnít feel like going near the computer, please forgive. I was just trying to adjust. Itís been hectic though the last couple of days and itís going to be even more hectic this weekend when I go back to Louisville on Saturday to bring back my stuff up. Iím looking forward to having my own place again because Iím sick of the commute and when I live in Sparta, it will give me an extra hour because I was waking up at 5:40 which is pretty darn early. In a month or so, I will be purchasing a treadmill. I figure I can put it in the spare bedroomÖmy office, yup my own office in my place, so I can exercise again. Concerning I am very thankful that havenít gained any weight because Iím pretty stressed out right nowÖI canít go into too much details but Shawn is driving me bonkers! I need my space so it will be nice to be back on my own and be surrounded by my own stuff. Argh! Please tell me that things will soon settle down because Iím feeling like I am in a tornado just whirling aroundÖHoney, Iím not in Kansas anymore!
August 21, 2000
My first day of work was todayÖit seems like itís going to be a great place to work. Though, basically I just had to meet with people today and go over some books so it wasnít that exciting. The one thing that is going to be tough is the commute. Itís 56 miles from Grandville to work so itís a long jot up there. I started at 8:00 am so I had to wake up at 5:40 this morning. Letís just say Iím pretty tired right now (and itís only 8:30!) so as soon as I can find a place in Sparta, I am moving up there. The one thing about Sparta is that the housing is not abundantÖitís going to be tough to get a place to live. I donít want to rush into a place but I canít drive over 120 miles a day either because thatís going to get old real quick.
I finally lost a pound this week! Wow, it feels good to lose again. I feel this working thing is going to help me lose weight too because there are no fast food in the town I work in. the only options to eat out is the grocery store or the rite aid. Plus, I can start to work out again because they have a health club and itís only $10 a month to join if you work there. Iíve truly missed the gym so watch out here I come. Finally things look like they are going to settle down. Thanks for sticking by me through this rough time. I know my stats are not impressive like they used to be, but Iím doing this slowÖand thank goodness I didnít gain a ton during this stressful, unsettling timeÖmaybe now, I will be back on track. Take care all-Kellie
August 16, 2000
Itís been a wonderful couple of days offÖ.I really missed my mom and dad and it is great to see them. Weíve had a couple of action packed days since Iíve been home. On Friday they were busy with their new home. They are building a smaller house in the back because they like the back of the property a lot better, they have 50 acres so the new owners of this home will not even know they are there because it is located at the front of the property. Anyways, when I got home, I was exhausted from the trip. Passing through Indianpolis (oh my Jill, I donít know how you do it! 465, I think thatís it was a bear!) and Louisville was awful because of construction. My car doesnít have air conditioning and it was hot!! So when I got home, I was tired because of the drive and the fact that I didnít sleep a wink the night before. On Saturday, I went car shopping and I found me a 1996 Chevy Blazer, bright cherry red, 4x4, 70,000 miles, and fully loaded and they let me take it home on the weekend and I bought it on Monday. I got it $5,000 below blue book value and everything on it seemed okay according to my mechanic. Sheís a beauty! Teresa (my best friend from grad school) came over yesterday and stayed the night so Iíve been extremely busy. Then tomorrow, Iím leaving again for MichiganÖyhew! Thereís a lot going on!
When I first got home, I weighed 193 but I weighed in today at 190 again. I have to be really careful because I was getting up there again. The good thing about working at my new job is that there is no where to eat outÖno fast food or anything so it looks like Iím going to be taking my lunch which means I can get a better control on things. I notice that I eat a lot better around my folks because at Shawnís, I know I havenít given my weight loss goal 110% but now since Iím going to be settling down, maybe I can. Now I just have to get to pay checks and find a new place to live. I figure Iím going to live in the small village of Sparta which will be 25 minutes from my new job. I wonít be too far from Shawn, but I wonít be too far from work. Itís about time for me to move out too because I want to be surrounded by my stuff. Itís been nice living with Shawn bu we still have things to work on before we make that big commitment. We tend to argue a lot at times) but itís been difficult since moving to his new place. It seems since his moved, heís been a tad bit frazzled. I donít know what it is but he seems to be a bit more irrated and edgyÖmaybe itís the move, maybe not but hopefully he will be better when I get back. I just donít understand at timesÖhum! Well thatís it for me today, take care all-Kellie
August 11, 2000
I GOT MY DREAM JOB EVERYONE!!!!! Yippy! Thanks for all of your help with the outfit and thinking happy thoughts for me last Monday because it worked! The job is excellent, I will be a home based therapist with full benefits, no copay, and 29 days off a year. I will be making a wage that is $10,000 more than my colleagues in KY. I will work in a positive team work environment (every social workers dream)Öso things did work out for meÖ
Weíll since this news, I am heading town to KY today so I can visit with my folks and possible get a used Grand Cherokee. Iím looking for a 4x4 that is around 5 Ė 6 years old. I figure if I could get a vehicle down there, I could leave my mom and dad with my car so they could sell it because I wouldnít get a cent for what its worth up here. I started too look for a vehicle on the computer and I think Iím going to use carfax.com for the title checks because I heard that itís a great thing to use because it starts the major work history on the car, how many people have owned the car, etc. I donít want to be stuck with a lemon especially when I will be driving a lot for a while because I will be living with Shawn until October so I can get some money built up to rent a place.
Well wish me a safe drive and I will keep yíall posted on whatís going on with me. Take care all-Kellie
August 8, 2000
The interview went smashing! I did great but Iím hesitant to say that I landed the job definitely because of the situation that occurred with my other interview in late June with that one agency in Grand Rapids called DA Blodgett. I went on one interview with them for a social worker therapist and the 1st interview went well. Then I got called back to a second interview and I thought I did super well but I never heard from them again. I even called, sent a note, and mailed another resume to them but I still didnít hear from themÖhow rude is that? So this interview went extremely well but Iím still afraid to say that I landed the job because I donít want to jinx it or get my hopes up. The funny thing is that this job is my dream jobÖI can envision myself working there. So if I donít get it, I must admit I will be slightly crushed but I will get over it. I went on another interview today and it was a bust. I was over qualified for the position and it was in a bad area. When I got to that agency, I asked myself, ďCan I get up and leave?Ē I didnít but it was a waste of my time. The interviewers were very cold and I was just not into being there. Though, itís kind of neat to see all the different agencies in the areaÖ
Thanks for all the votes! It was great to hear from all of you out thereÖespecially the new people who havenít written before. Outfit 5 won by a landslide. The suit looked awesome and I felt very confident in it. The funny thing is that all but outfit 2& 3 was from Goodwill. I love Goodwill! It is the best store. Iíve been re- selling for 10 years now and you can find anything out there. I find a lot of Elisabeth clothes (thatís what the suit was) so I may pay$2.99 for the pants but they are high quality merchandise that would retail for a lot more. I found another size 16 suit today and it looked brand newÖ.someoneís junk is someoneís treasure!
Iíve been running around a lot the last few daysÖthe interview seemed like it took all Monday and last night we went to the mall. Shawn just moved to the SW corner of Grand Rapids and itís amazing to see the boom out here. Down the road is a mall, a home depot , a lowes, a bust buy, and many other stores are coming in too. So weíve been spending a lot of time at the mall to window shop and browse. I went to Kohlís yesterday and I got some Capri khakiís and a skirt for $6! Can you believe that? They are having their final summer sales. Itís strange to see the fall stuff coming inÖIím just not ready for it!
Iím the same this week. I guess thatís all I can ask for because at least I am not gaining. Iím eating okay but I feel that I am not eating what I need to eat to loseÖIím just maintaining. Thatís it for me tonight, take care all-Kellie
August 4, 2000
Thanks for all your emails so far...the outfit in the lead is #4 with 13 votes, 3rd place is spend some money on a suit with 10 votes, 3rd place is outfit #1 with seven votes, 4th place is outfit #3 with 5 votes, and lastly outfit #2 with 2 votes.
Okay, so the 2nd place opinion made me wonder...do I have something else? Well after digging through my ebay stuff (I sell a ton of stuff on ebay, it's my income right now) I found an Elisabeth Suit Size 16 that I bought for $4.99 at goodwill. I had tried it on before but I thought it didn't fit right because of the skirt being tight in the tummy area. But after trying it on again this morning it was a great fit. So I am introducing outfit #5...don't kill me folks! Still I need your help and it's nice to meet all of you that I haven't chatted with before...and thanks to the regulars who I hear from because you all are great and thanks for your continued support. So check out outfit 5 and let me know. Take care all-Kellie
August 3, 2000
To all of my readers: I NEED HELP!!!!
Okay, I have these outfits to choose from. From your opinion, what outfit should I wear. Next Monday I have the 2nd interview for my dream job so I want to go in there and impress them. But I have no clue on what to wear. The atmosphere is very casual ie, khakis. So please help me!!! Either send me an email: Kellie's Email (email@example.com) or leave me a message on the buddy boardÖbut PLEASE HELP ME. The outfit with the most votes will win and I will wear it. I donít want to spend another $80 on a suit so I have to wear what I got. Thanks for your help! ĖKellie