I know I’ve been quiet lately. Life has been busy and blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat. So I just wanted to write a quick post to, “check in”. Here’s what’s going on in my world recently:
Hiring. I know I mentioned this a few weeks back, but one of my case managers left the agency and I’ve been trying to find the perfect replacement. What I’ve come to find is, “nobody’s perfect” (myself included). There have been some pretty good candidates and some pretty bad ones.
My favorite, “no go?” a candidate who told myself and my social worker (we’re both women) that one of the qualities he’d bring to the job is, “being a man”. We expected he’d then elaborate on the statement with a followup statement about the field being female dominated and how he could be a good role model for male clients etc. He did not! In fact he didn’t explain the statement at all. Strange! Sorry sir, just having male parts doesn’t make you a good candidate.
Cat care. A lot of my time lately has been spent with Liam. He’s now taking medication twice a day (pills and liquid). He’s also receiving subcutaneous fluids daily and I’m doing some assisted feeding with an oral syringe (he’s not eating well and is super skinny so it’s important to keep his calories up). A few weeks ago the vet she told us we might have to think about putting him down. I immediately became a wreck and starting having a meltdown. She thought he wasn’t eating because his kidney levels were getting worse. Thankfully she was wrong.
His blood work and his kidney levels are actually *better* than they were when he was first diagnosed with kidney failure. So we can’t figure out why he isn’t eating well. He doesn’t seem to be feeling bad or acting out of the ordinary, so for now we’re just playing it by ear. We’re thankful for each day with him and we’re taking it one day at a time.
Visiting. The weekend before last, Eric’s sister, brother-in-law and nephews came to town from Michigan. We spent the whole weekend together playing “tourist” in NYC. We went to Korea town for dinner, watched Aladdin on Broadway, walked around central park, and ate lots of macaroons. It was so nice to spend that time together and to get to know Eric’s sister better.
Since the rest of Eric’s family is still in the Philippines I’ve never met them (I’ve only met this sister twice). Eric sometimes speaks with his family on the phone, but it’s really not the same as seeing them in person. I’m really close with my family and it makes me sad that Eric isn’t able to be closer with his. So last weekend was really special.
Exercising. I made a goal to exercise at least 25 minutes per day 5 days a week and so far so good. I have to admit that those first few days when I got home from work and I was tired and hungry I didn’t really feel like working out. It would have been easier to put on my pjs and lounge on the couch. But I’ve found if I come home and get right into my workout gear I don’t allow myself to make excuses. Over the past two weeks I’ve been eating better and I’ve even lost a little weight which is nice.
Cleaning. When Eric’s sister came to town I realized what a mess our house was. 5 years ago you could eat off my floor my house was so clean. Today, I happily embrace the 3 second rule. After a long work week I just want to relax. The thought of spending all weekend cleaning, organizing and doing laundry makes me miserable. That being said, I’ve since realized that if I keep my house at an, “acceptable” level of clean during the work week, I don’t have to spend all weekend deep cleaning. So I’m making a goal to keep the kitchen table and counters clutter-free and wipe them down daily because clutter means chaos to me.
Hustling. I’ve been fortunate to pick up a few side hustle gigs. This weekend I cat sat (sounds funny that way) for one of my dog walker’s clients (dog walker was out of town). Starting next week I’ll be doing every other day cat visits for a little over a month for a client who’s going to Paris. Her cats are sweet as pie and I’m really excited to spend some time with them. I’m also thankful to make some extra money before the holidays.
Tell me what you’ve been up to? Do you have a Halloween costume yet? We like to dress up the dog (poor bugger-that’s what happens when you don’t have kids) and haven’t bought his costume yet.